elixir: ren radiance

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I tried in vain to take nice product shots of REN’s new Radiance line, but the kitten (AKA Goose*) kept getting in the way. I don’t usually mind because normally she smiles nicely for the camera, but I think the riots have her feeling all fractious and rebellious. At least she’s only pulling funny faces. It could be worse.

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Luckily, I met Katie from REN when I stopped her on the street a couple of months ago to take a quick style snap. I dropped her an email to ask for some product shots so you can get a clearer picture of what I’m babbling about.

i am not a celebrity, kate mcauley, ren, radiance, beauty, elixir, goose the catI’ve been a devoted REN fan for years and years. I’m so grateful for all the excellent balms, masks, scrubs, body creams, cleansers and moisturisers that have kept me looking as youthful as possible, but I was eager to try out the new Radiance range. Although I hate to admit it, lately my skin has lost some of its sparkle (I blame age, stress and the occasional break out – I was a smug, clear-skinned teenager who now suffers from a monthly dose of Karmic complexion payback) and I hoped these products would help me out. And they did.

The Micro Polish Cleanser (£20) – with its bio extracts of amber, papaya enzyme, glycolic and lactic acid and artic seabuckthorn oil (no, I don’t know what that is either) – is a great cleanser and exfoliator. The instructions say that you should use it 2-3 times a week, but I’m guilty of adding it to my daily regime because I like it so much. I’ve only seen positive results – blemishes fade quicker and my pores have begun to shrink.

Like Goose, I’m a bit of a rebel. I keep the Radiance Perfecting Serum (£35) on my desk and apply it to my problem areas – unwanted redness and blemishes – a couple of times a day. I use it as the directions suggest too – morning and night. To be honest, it can be a little sticky going on, but I’m willing to put up with it because it helps the blemishes and other unwanted pigmentation disappear quick smart.

The third product in my Radiance arsenal is the Resurfacing AHA Concentrate (£30). I’m not going to fib, this bad boy is basically acid – glycolic, lactic, tartaric and citric to be exact. I’ve always thought that it’s counterintuitive to put anything with a low Ph level on my skin, but something this tickly concoction makes me feel like it’s working wonders. My skin instantly feels fresher.

I’ve been using these products for about a month and a number of people have told me they’ve noticed a difference. I’m one happy camper. Have you used any of these products? Or anything else by Ren? I’d love to know what works for you. Please leave me a comment below.

* All products were tested by me. I, like Ren, am against animal testing. 

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11 thoughts on “elixir: ren radiance

  1. Kat

    Hello Kate!
    I too am a REN lover, well I guess addict might actually be the word im looking for..shhh! I have used their Mayblossom wash and Matte Balance Fluid along with several of their other face and body products for years and have just started incorporating their Radiance line into my daily routine. Love it, its amazing how much brighter my skin has become! If you haven’t tried it yet I would suggest the Keep Young And Beautiful Serum too it seems to instantly wake up my skin in the mornings. Its also nice throught out the day when you feel a bit stressed or tired. Hope you like it! BTW I have to agree that Goose is beautiful! May I ask what kind of cat she is?

    1. Kate Post author

      Hi Kat,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. My other favourite products are the Guerande salt exfoliating body balm, the Hydra-calm moisturiser, the Neroli and Grapefruit body cream, and the Mayblossom cleansing gel. I’m an addict too.

      As for Goose, we’re not quite sure what breed she is. Some say a Chinchilla/British Shorthair cross, others a Short-haired Persian. We saved her from a Russian prostitute in Dubai. I kid you not.


  2. Nicole

    Hey there lovely lady

    First up, great piece and really, who better to model the products?! There is no face that cat could pull that wouldn’t be deemed cute (sshhh… don’t tell my Mischka I said that)!

    Secondly, I’m feeling all kinds of inspired by your article, have sourced REN products here in Aus (exclusive to Mecca Cosmetica don’t you know) and am looking into securing myself some youthfulness. In other words, and to quote Big Kev, “I’m excited”.

    Now that I have used an offensive amount of punctuation, I’ll sign off here! lol

    Take care

    N xo

    PS – Glad to hear you’re safe and well my friend :)

    1. Kate Post author

      Hiya sweetheart,

      Thanks so much for the comment. Get the Ren. You won’t be sorry.

      Love to you and Mischka. Hope all is well down there.


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