Friday, 4 December 2015

12 Days of Giftmas - REN Skincare ¦ Giveaway

On the fourth day of Giftmas my true love gave to me, great skin, naturally...

REN is one of my go-to skincare brands. Invariably, I love anything they do. New REN launches are among the most exciting beauty launches for me each season and they have produced many of my Holy Grail skincare products. Not only do they sell all your mundane (but great) skincare basics, they also do really innovative, cool and exciting products which would make the perfect gift for the skincare and beauty nerds in your life (i.e. me). In addition, they also have a wide array of gift sets each year to suit every budget whether you're buying for your mother, father, sibling, friend, Secret Santa, co-worker or significant other. Basically, REN's got your back.

Which is why they are the brand that I'm focusing on for today's 12 Days of Giftmas post.


"But what, pray tell, might this 12 Days of Giftmas be?" you're probably asking.

If you didn't read yesterday's post about Viviscal, let me explain it again!

The 12 Days of Giftmas is a project that occurred to me last week. An idea that I ambitiously decided to go through with very last minute - I must be a lunatic. It's a sort of advent calendar for me and my readers, a way of saying thank you for reading and rewarding you in a small way. For the first 12 days of December, I will be writing a post every day on a shop, brand or item that would make good gifts. This is instead of the long gift ideas posts I've done in the past and offers a more in-depth look at some amazing companies and things. To complement each post, I've also teamed up with these fantastic brands and will be giving something away each day! So, the 12 Days of Giftmas will give you some gift ideas and the potential to win something for a loved one (or yourself!).

Some personal favourites from the range include the V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream (RRP £32.00) and V-Cense Youth Vitality Day Cream (£28.00). Both are ludicrously creamy and intensely moisturising, come in handy pump bottles and have a mild, comforting smell but the night cream, in particular, is a serious love of mine. Plus, they just feel pleasant on the cream. I'm currently testing out different moisturisers I got to review but I could definitely see myself going back to these. I also love the Vita Mineral Omega 3 Optimum Skin Oil (£25.00), a serum I throw on overnight after moisturisers for a serious boost. The next day I wake up with plump, happy, uber-soft skin.

Much as I adore these skincare essentials, it's the aforementioned innovative stuff that I get properly excited for. Examples that I'm particularly fond of include the Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot (£36.00) and the Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial (£32.00) The Beauty Shot is classified as a serum and the Flash Rinse as a mask but both are so much more than that. Long-term use will provide noticeable firmness (in the case of the former) and clarity (the latter) but its their immediately visible results that separate them from other skincare products. The Beauty Shot will immediately give you plumper skin and is a saviour after long flights or when you're exhausted whereas the Flash Rinse will brighten and revitalise the skin, giving you a noticeable glow. Both are really good gifts for beauty nerds as they're rather unique.

For body care, the Moroccan Rose line smells DELICIOUS. Like, seriously. People will grab you and demand to know what it is - but usually only people who know you well. It's not your typical rose scent but spicy and more complex and seriously addictive. You'll be sniffing yourself along with all the others doing it! The Moroccan Rose Gold Glow Perfect Dry Oil (£26.00) makes your skin look great and glowy, makes you all soft and smells lovely and the Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash (£18.00) is the perfect luxurious accompaniment to make you smell extra damn good. These are the gifts for the perfume obsessives.

The gift sets, then, are also great options. Something like the Glow and Go kit (£14.00) is good for smaller budgets or stocking fillers and has a Flash Rinse mini and a mini of the  Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. The idea being that you use the former in the morning and the latter at night for instantly glowy skin. Great for the party animal in your life who needs to look their best before a big do.

The Instant Beauty Booster set (£32.00), if you have a bigger budget, gives you a full-size of the Glycolactic mask and minis of the Flash Rinse and Beauty Shot and is a seriously luxurious treat - and a bargain to boot as it is worth £53.00.

If you have a pal with sensitive skin the Stop Being So Sensitive kit (£34.00) is a great option and pretty much everything they need to get started.

Finally, for fans of the Moroccan Rose line the Moroccan Rose Duo (£36.00) is a perfect gift with a full-size body wash and lotion included.

The last two posts were about party season prep and beauty gifts and these options are great for that too but also offer long-term care, salvation after the party and pampering, high-quality skincare regimes for your future. Our skin is our biggest organ and it deserves some love this Christmas/Festive season.

REN is available online, from Feel Unique, ASOS, Space NK, Marks and Spencer and more.

So, if you want to give this amazing brand a go, why not enter my giveaway of a Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial?

1. Sadly, I can only keep my giveaways open to Ireland this time around. I apologise to those who might disappointed but I have to keep the generous brands that I'm working with in mind!
2. The prize is one Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial.
3. All you need to do is comment below here or on Facebook with who you'd give it to - or if you want it for yourself! However, you must be following me on at least one platform (FacebookInstagramTwitter, Google Friend Connect, Bloglovin'Tumblr), let me know which one in the comment if it's not obvious!
4. Competition closes a week from now on the 11th of December 2015 at midnight Irish time.
5. Winners will be chosen at random.
6. I will then comment below the winner's comment and ask you to email my official blog email address.














And that's that! Good luck and see you again tomorrow for the next brand and giveaway!

(Thanks to REN and Naomi from Rachel Dalton Communications, in particular, for working with me!)


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  1. Ooh I'd like this one for myself please :P :)

    1. Hey Rebecca, you're our winner! Just contact me at and we can sort out the deets! Best, C