I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for ages, but I suppose it’s better late than never! You may remember that way back in November I decided to trial some Angela Langford Natural and Organic Skincare Products after I received some free tester products following a blog promotion. I received Sweet Cheeks Daily Facial Wash, Perfect Pores, Anti-Ageing, Plumping & Pore-Perfecting Specialist Face Serum and Balanced & Beautiful Kiwi & Rosehip Face Oil, which were personally selected by Angela based on the information I’d sent her based on my skin. Angela also sent me information sheets on all the products and a little note about why she’d selected them.
Well, I’ve now used up all the products, so it’s finally time for me to review them...
Firstly, I really liked Sweet Cheeks Daily Facial Wash. It has a fresh, almost lemony smell, amongst other natural aromas. I found that it cleaned my face really well without being at all drying or giving and feelings of tightness, which was essential as I was using this in the freezing November and December we had. The little bottle I received lasted almost a month, so I could see a larger bottle being pretty good value at £15.45 for 100ml.
The second product I tried, I absolutely loved. It was the Perfect Pores, Anti-Ageing, Plumping & Pore-Perfecting Specialist Face Serum – sounds like a tongue-twister doesn’t it? This worked very well with my skin. Just a couple of pumps were needed to cover my whole face and neck, as the formula is slippy. I find that my skin soaks up some serums straight away, and they don’t tend to have any moisturising effect. However, this serum seemed to be soaked up by my skin AND to moisturise – just what I’m looking for in a serum, personally. There was no stinging or irritation from this serum, something I do find with some brands. I’ve also found that my skin is looking good after using this. I’m always sceptical of anything that claims to be anti-ageing (but I live in hope), but I do think that the minor lines I have seem to be less visible, and my skin is looking more ‘plumped’ so that’s a very good thing!
Like all of Angela’s products I’ve tried, it has a natural and organic smell – there’s nothing synthetic of perfumed about it. It has an almost nostalgic smell, reminding me of when I used to mash up flower petals in water to make ‘perfume’ when I was a little girl! I’ve already re-purchased a full-size of this serum. The current price is £26.55, which is very reasonable for such a nice product.
The final product was the Balanced & Beautiful Kiwi & Rosehip Face Oil. I was looking forward to trying this, as I had enjoyed using facial oils in my teenage years, but hadn’t used one since. At first, though, I didn’t get on with it at all! I found that although it left my skin feeling soft and very well-moisturised, and not at all oily, it didn’t work at all as a makeup base, and I found my foundation slipping pretty quickly after applying it. I tried using a primer, but it didn’t seem to make much difference. I do generally wear a pretty heavy foundation, concealer and powder combo, so it may work better if you keep your base much lighter. I also found that if I got some of the oil on my lips, it would give me an unpleasant taste for about an hour.
However, I have been won over by this oil. During the freezing weather, I found that using it in the evenings as a substitute for a night cream really helped to sort out my skin and keep it moisturised and flake-free. I also tried using it underneath a normal day moisturiser, and that seemed to sort out the makeup slippage problem, whilst giving an impressive amount of moisturising. So despite my initial issues with this, I have been totally won over. I would also add that my little sample lasted for ages – I only ran out of it a couple of weeks ago, despite using it at least once at day. At £22.55 for a full size 25ml bottle, I think this is excellent value, and I’ve got this on my list to repurchase.
I think this range of products is a great discovery. I love the fact that you get a personal service from the products’ creator, that it is an independent, and for me, a local brand and the fact that the products are natural and organic with no nasties. I do think that it’s important to support local and independent beauty brands, particularly those that produce really nice and innovative products. I’ve really liked the products I’ve tried so far, despite the issues I initially had with the oil. I was sent a couple more samples free when I ordered the full sized serum, so I’m looking forward to trying them out as well. You can still receive your own free samples from the range, you just have to cover the postage and packaging charge.
Do you have any favourite local or independent beauty discoveries?
Thanks for reading! xx