I bought this product when Andalou was 40% off at Priceline, and I'm so glad I did because I absolutely love it. I've even given it an HG tag.

Yes it appears to be a cheeky dupe for the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask that everyone loves (reviewed here), but it's a pretty good dupe and it's not as potent as the PTR version so it should suit those who found that one to be too harsh.


Anyhoo. As you may know, I used an amazing cleanser from Andalou last year (I've reviewed that here) and it inspired me to buy up on various products from the brand when they were next heavily discounted at my local chemist.

So expect to see a few Andalou reviews coming up over the next few months, this being the first of them. I must say, if all the products are as good as this mask and the cleanser, I might have finally found my budget skincare line!


Andalou claims/product details:

  • Fruit stem cells, vitamin c and glycolic AHA, blended with manuka honey and organic pumpkin (rich in beta carotene), gently dissolve and sweep away dull, dry surface cells, exfoliating and resurfacing for even tone, smooth texture and a luminous complexion
  • Skin's truest self is fully realised with a portfolio of nature's most potent bioactives and the innovation that captures it all: fruit stem cell science
  • For normal/combination skin
  • To use: apply evenly to clean, dry or damp skin; leave for 10-20 minutes; rinse with cool water
  • RRP $22.99 AUD for 50ml, but do wait for specials

There's what it looks like below:


Verdict

This is an excellent product and I recommend it.

It's a gel-like mask that's orange in colour and it has a spiced orange scent that I enjoy. A little goes a long way with this and I apply a very thin layer before leaving it on for ten to twenty minutes as directed (my skin is quite dry and sometimes sensitive so I normally opt for ten).

This is one of those masks that stings quite a bit when I apply it. Not in an 'ouch' way, but in a 'this product is working' kind of way. That would be the AHA going to work. Do note, though, that it's potent enough that I avoid using it if for example I've manually exfoliated my face the night before: it can sting too much in that case so I need to use this on days when my skin feels more resilient.

What I love about this is that it works, and it does so without using the manual exfoliation particles that the PTR mask linked above contains - although admittedly that one's working on a few levels and you don't need to massage the particles across your face if you don't want to.

After use I'm left with wonderfully smooth and soft skin that looks brighter, fresher and just happier overall - and because the product removes the top layer of dead skin and gunk from my face, I always find that my skincare sinks in beautifully afterwards so I feel that my other products are working even better than before.

On top of that, on the day after after use, my fine lines are reduced and my makeup goes on better because my face is so smooth. It's the kind of mask that you might use before a big event because it makes a visible difference that lasts more than just a few hours. Bonus.

I use this mask no more than once a week (twice max) because I feel that any more than this would be too much for my dry skin. It's quite potent so I don't need to use it more than this, which is a plus because this makes it even better value when you consider that you don't need to use it that often.

All in all, this is a fantastic product that I feel meets all its claims and it's earned a permanent spot in my skincare armoury so I've given it an HG tag. And given the reasonable price tag (especially because you can often find it on special), it's one that I absolutely recommend trying because it won't break the bank - so no big loss if it doesn't work as well for you.

Love.

This eye cream came as a GWP a while ago and I've been using it for the past couple of months. Yes it's only 5ml in size, but that's enough to get a good idea of an eye cream and something this size will easily last me two to three months.

Long story short, I think it's a reasonable product but I wouldn't go out and buy it because I've used other eye creams I prefer. Still, it's pretty good and I've been happy enough to use it over the testing period. More on that below.


La Mav claims/product details:

  • This certified organic velvety crème visibly rejuvenates and transforms the delicate eye area 
  • Formulated with organic hibiscus esculentus and Pisum Sativum (pea) extracts to increase elasticity, and smooth lines and wrinkles around the eye, leaving skin visibly lifted and toned
  • Visible anti-ageing effects, such as wrinkle and sagging reduction, are enhanced with continued use due to the unique properties of hibiscus esculentus extract and other bio-actives in this unique formula
  • With its light, yet nourishing formula, the this eye cream rejuvenates the skin around the eyes to give you an instantly more awake and fresh appearance
  • Strengthens the skin naturally, to hydrate, revitalise and renew the eye contour
  • 89% certified organic ingredients
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Helps reduce dark circles and under eye puffiness 
  • To use: apply a thin layer around the contour of the eyes, twice daily, patting gently with fingertips until fully absorbed
  • RRP $39.95 AUD for 15ml, but do shop around


Verdict

This eye cream is decent for the price so it's one to consider if you're in the market for a basic eye cream that doesn't cost the earth. While it's not the right product for my 38yo, dry skin, I can imagine it working well enough for oily skinned lasses or those who are younger than I am.

It's a lightweight cream with no unpleasant scent, and it spreads and absorbs well - although don't over-apply it or you'll have some issues getting the product to sink in.

I've been using mine for the past 2.5 months, first as my twice-daily eye cream and second as my overnight eye cream, so I've given it a good test run and I've almost finished my tube now so it's time to give you my thoughts before it's gone for good.

I like that it's hydrating enough that my eyes have felt comfortable over the testing period, although keep in mind that I've only tried this during the warmer months so I can't speak to whether it would have enough punch for my dry skin in winter.

I also like that it's hydrating enough for night use while still being lightweight enough for daytime, and it sits well under makeup - something I look for in my eye creams - so that's worth noting too.

Where this product falls down, however, is in its inability to meet its claims - or at least that's my experience. Yes it's fine as a basic eye cream, but if you want something that performs back-flips, this isn't it.

On those claims: no this doesn't visibly rejuvenate or transform my eye area; no it doesn't increase elasticity, or smooth lines and wrinkles around my eyes; no it doesn't leave my skin visibly lifted and toned; yes it's lightweight while still being nourishing; no it doesn't do anything for my dark circles or under-eye puffiness; but yes it's hydrating enough for my dry skin.

Overall I think this product is fine as a basic, everyday eye cream and it should suit those who just want something simple that doesn't break the bank, but it doesn't do enough for me personally so I wouldn't buy the full size.

Fine for the price.
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