Saturday, 21 July 2018

The new skincare heroes - Drunk Elephant

This post was originally meant to focus on several products/ brands but I started writing about the first one and it went on and on… I decided to share all I have to say rather than cut it down to the bare minimum – hope it’s useful!

If you are a beauty / skincare obsessed gal, you would have heard of the brand Drunk Elephant – founded by a lady called Tiffany Masterson not too long ago, it has taken the skincare world by storm and I kept seeing it on various YouTube channels and Instagram accounts. I did my reading and research (if you want to learn more about the brand I recommend a podcast called Breaking Beauty – there is an interview with the founder, which I found super interesting) and decided I  should try the brand’s products. I was obviously torn about what to get but the price point stopped me from going overboard with the purchases.

The brand is not sold in Europe yet (I think it’s coming to the UK in Sept/ Oct time in Space NK, or you can try Amazon) so I got my hands on it through the good old will-you-get-me-this-when-you-go-away way and presented my boyfriend with a photo of what he needed to retrieve for me from NY.

At $80 price-point, the baby facial doesn’t come cheap. I do like the packaging and the fact it comes with a mini Marula oil sample (another expensive one) to use after the facial. The price (I should hope) comes from the fact the product is packed with AHA and BHA meant to resurface and brighten dull skin.

The product itself is like a peel, which you should only use once a week really, leaving it on your face for about 20 mins. It’s got a thick yellowish consistency and let me tell you... if your face is not used to acid this will sting! However, it’s not unbearable at all and it subsides eventually. As per my research 25% of AHA is a serious concentration so I accepted it as normal. I don't think that super sensitive skin would take it very well though so be cautious. Upon application it feels tacky and the only inconvenience is that I look super shiny so I feel obliged to announce to everyone in the house I am wearing a mask and it’s not my skin being gross.

The results come with a disclaimer that I have a relatively good skin *knocks on wood*– I haven’t had serious acne issues, my skin is dry to combination and my issues are mainly dryness, dullness and discolouration.

Having said that, I am pretty happy with the results! My skin is brighter and smoother, all the issues above were addressed. I think it made a difference and it has helped my skin look and feel a lot better. I also like the Marula oil but there are a lot of alternatives out there – I went for The Ordinary’s Cold pressed Marula oil, which was a fraction of the price of the Drunk Elephant product. Stay tuned for a comparison.

Now, the question is how long is this bottle going to last me, because the price does sting a little too. If you are happy to bite the bullet though, I’d say it’s worth it – I would invest in good skincare rather than high-end make-up.

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