Sunday, July 24, 2016

Brand Focus: ANTIPODES Skincare Range Review + Video

I am sure I have told this story previously... but since this is an Antipodes brand focus, I think I need to tell the story again! During early uni days I spent my weekends working for a cosmetic brand at Myer. My friend worked for Jurlique, she told me she saw a man stocking a small section of Myer's corner shelf with this new product from New Zealand called Antipodes. I couldn't help myself but to check out the products and instantly fell in love. That was when I first discovered and started trying Antipodes.

That was approximately 5-6 years ago.

Antipodes is one of those brands that you can't not love! They believe in sustainable cultivation of local plants from New Zealand (i.e., kiwi seed) and their packaging features fully recyclable bottles, aluminium tubes and is 100% biodegradable. A part from food and beauty products, the environment is very important to me. Yes! I am a bit of a greenie and I will always stand behind brands who cares for the environment.

(From Myer)

This is a beautiful butter cleanser that can be used on a daily basis for a deep clean. Unlike the foam or cream cleansers, this will rid every trace of grime from your face. I like to apply a scoop of this on damp face followed by a gentle massage. There are small granules (not microbeads!) for gentle exfoliation. The method of use is fairly similar to Trilogy's cleansing balm, you will need a facial cloth to wash the butter off your face. I found cotton cloths to work the best.

Although this cleanser is recommended for daily use, I have been using it at least twice per week, some nights I really don't feel like washing my facial cloth, I just want my make up to come off and face plant on my bed after work. When I use this butter cleanser I find my pores to be cleaner as opposed to when I just use cream cleansers for the entire week.

(From Myer)

This is a beautiful alcohol free toner mist, the pump it easy to push and the spray disperse evenly. I can definitely smell the sweet sage in this toner, if you don't like sweet scents, watch your nose! I have been using this toner every night after shower, and some morning if I have time before I run out the door. It provides immediate hydration to my face after a wash.

Oh and this is the toner I have been using to dampen my skin before applying my Rosehip Oil. It makes my oil so much more easier to spread!

It is also important to mention that a natural preservative is used in this toner to extend the product's shelf life to up to 6 months. In fact the recommended shelf life for most Antipodes products is 6 months - all because they use natural ingredients without synthetic preservatives.

(From Priceline)

Don't get turned off by the colour of the serum, it's brown, goes on translucent and smells absolutely divine!!!! Imagine fruits in a bottle. Antipodes' packaging doesn't disappoint, this serum (in fact, most of their bottled products) comes in a glass bottle. I picked this serum because for it's antioxidant properties - and I really need that! Personally, I feel this serum is perfect for those with really oily skin because (correct me if I'm wrong) but it's a water based serum. The serum itself is non-greasy, non-sticky and does not leave any residual on the surface of your skin. The content sinks into your skin almost instantly! Unfortunately, for me, this does not provide enough moisture - BUT since it's a water based serum, it is the perfect serum to use under oils.

(From Priceline)

A beautiful silky eye cream to re-hydrate and recharge the under eye area. I would highly recommend this eye cream for those who are fighting fine under eye lines or looking to prevent under eye wrinkles and crows feet. When I was 20 I tried using mum's rich and nutrient fill eye cream, I quickly discovered it wasn't suitable for my skin due to the growth of under eye milia. So if you are in your early 20s, I would either recommend a gel eye cream or alternate between Antipodes eye cream and a gel based cream. However, I suppose it all comes down to your skin concerns.

Personally for me, this eye cream has worked well. The cream itself is easily absorbed whilst still providing moisture and does not sit on the surface of my skin. My eye bags are still visible - I've accepted he fact that those bags are genetic and often stress related and I am very stressed due to work. This eye cream kept my fine lines at bay and maintained the condition of my under eye area - almost fine line free!

(From Priceline)

I do have a liking for hand and body creams stored in aluminium tubes, and I can't explain why.
This is a beautiful hand and body cream with pure avocado oil, wild blackcurrant berry and hibiscus bloom. The consistency of the cream is thick, however non-greasy and absorbs quite quickly following application. My skin felt soft, smooth with a lingering pleasant blackcurrant and hibiscus fragrance. The blackcurrant scent is very prominent alongside subtle notes of hibiscus bloom - I can't stop smelling my hands!! This is a must have for winter or those with dry hands and love fruity scents!


*All products in this post were provided for editorial purposes, all opinions are my own.


  1. Thank you for your review Lily, we really enjoyed reading the post and watching the video. Thank you for your kind words. #lovethearoha

  2. I've not used any Antipodes products but they sound delightful - the grapeseed butter cleanser looks particularly lush!

  3. The Antipodes range is the best! So far I have not met a product that I haven't liked and I am obsessed with their Joyful Hand and Body Cream - it smells absolutely divine and my skin has never felt better :) I haven't tried their Grapeseed Butter Cleanser so I will definitely have to give that a go x

  4. I've never tried Antipodes but I will have to keep an eye out. I have so much skincare to test and review but these look lovely. The serum, eye cream and hand cream are right down my alley :)

  5. These products look lovely! I need to try more Antipodes products. I have used their skin brightening serum before and loved it ♡

  6. Antipodes has such a lovely product range! The butter cleanser did take me a while to get used to however, having to remove it with a cloth!

  7. That butter cleanser sounds divine - definitely have to get my hands on that!

  8. I've heard of this line. I wonder if they are in Canada. They sound great! ps. I don't see ANY puffs under your eyes! And, whey does work always have to be so stressful! ugh..

  9. Hi!I love your blogs!Would love it if you could check out my new blog I've just started...
    Many thanks, Katherine

  10. Lily my dear I just LOVED this review! I've tried the Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream and absolutely adored it. I think it came in a DJ's bag, but I remember feeling quite sad when I finished it. MUST get some more! Thanks so much for reminding me of a past love, and I SO want that butter cleanser xxx


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