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Thursday, August 27, 2015



Every weekend, I always look to set aside some time for my pamper skincare treatment, right at the comfort of home. One particular brand that contains 100% of ingredients sourced from natural origin and 95% of ingredients from organic cultivation - is the lovely Antipodes which originates from Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Speaking of New Zealand, I touched down in New Zealand last Christmas for the very first time and I've got to say it's one spectacular country to visit. It's full of crisp, fresh air, doesn't feel polluted and is full of fresh organic fruit, vegetables and native fauna! Here's a quick snapshot of myself exploring the hills of New Zealand! :) 

Featuring a shot of myself at New Zealand! :) 


Just to quickly give you a run-down of what the Antipodes brand is, please keep on reading to find out more. The products being reviewed today are all sourced and made from New Zealand. It's the perfect place to source natural skincare products because they're as natural and organic as ever. The product packaging of the Antipodes brand is is distinguished by their recyclable packaging where it contains bio-active New Zealand botanical ingredients and also where their make of the products have sourced the most natural, pure plant fragrances to really give you the ultimate organic vibe to all of their products. Antipodes was developed by founder Elizabeth Barbalich eight years ago. The good thing about Antipodes is that they're internationally stocked including: China, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, U.K, Italy, Canada, Slovenia, France and Australia including New Zealand. There are about 300 stores in New Zealand stocking Antipodes products. 

 In this case, today I'll be chatting to you about which products I use to really immerse myself in the Rejuvenate and Pamper session at home on the weekends. I call it the Antipodes-spa-treatment! I love facials and ensuring that my skin looks healthy and in good condition. So are you ready for the reveal of which products I use? (Bet you are!) 

Featuring from the Antipodes range:
  • The Hosanna H20 Intensive Skin-Plumping Serum (which contains antioxidant Vinanza Grape Walwera artesian water and mamaku black fern.) 
  • and their Aura, Manuka Honey Mask (which contains Manuka honey active 20+, Pohutukawa Bloom and Vanilla Pod). 

I've used this over three weeks and already I am starting to see amazing results to clearer and healthier looking skin. The ingredients are amazing and really organic so the feeling of just putting these products on my skin made me feel great. I am truly satisfied with my weekly at home spa-pamper treatments because there's nothing better than jamming it up at home with a cup of some English breakfast tea on a Saturday morning. 

Check out the full details of what I thought of each product below! x


Contains antioxidant Vinanza Grape, Waiwera artesian water and mamaku black fern. 

This serum has actually been scientifically shown to stimulate Type I Collagen production in human fibroblast skin cells by up to 72%. The Antipodes Hosanna H20 Intenstive Skin-Plumping Serum says it all by its name. It's water-charged and oil-free bioactive serum that quenches the thirst of skin and looks to actually improve your skin appearance over the long run and with regular use of it. It looks to keep your skin super hydrated while the antioxidant elements of the Vinanza Grapes work to actually protect and build your skin's resistance to damage that may be cause by the many environmental factors and pollution. The extracts of the mamaku black fern actually look to foster cell renewal, hence it looks to make your skin more plump, glowing and healthier looking. If you're wanting more youthful skin, then by using this serum on a daily basis, you can look to maintain young and glowing skin again. 

During winter our skin gets really dehydrated so the best thing to counteract dry and dehydrated skin would be to apply this serum. It's suitable and perfect for all skin conditions so it makes it very attractive to try out especially for those with sensitive skin. So after using this serum over a three week period, my face has been looking more hydrated and less dry and flaky. Before using the serum, my face would be dull, dry and flaky. I had no idea why my skin was changing but I'd say that would have to be due to the changing weather conditions. Winter really isn't my type of weather, hence I love having skin pampering sessions because it looks to rejuvenate and re freshen my skin once again. The product itself is presented in a dropper style where it's definitely fun to use but at the same time, you're getting a precise application of the serum when you do use the dropper. It also comes in 30ml of plenty of product to last you months. 

The secret to this serum is the Vinanza grape which is a revolutionary ingredient as it acts as the antioxidant for your skin. There have been scientific studies where they proved that antioxidants actually improves the elasticity of your skin and firmness by at least 16%. The benefits that you get from using this serum is that your skin feels much hydrating, smoothing and very firm after using for a long period. It also looks to prevent dehydration of the skin. 

Whereas for the Mamaku Black fern, it looks to regenerate your skin cells and firms out your skin. The black fern is a native strong symbol in New Zealand. Mamaku extract is said to bring new life to skin cells which you can piece that together with using this serum. Your skin will look more lively and healthier in the long run. 

Overall my impression of the serum after using for over a three week period is definitely satisfied with the the results it has left my skin with. My skin feels healthier, tighter and no loss of moisture to it either. I haven't spotted any signs of deterioration from my skin so this is definitely an affordable product to invest in the long run. The serum is like a miracle in a bottle where it looks to rejuvenate and improve your skin's appearance. This product really works and I would say that it delivers for a hydrating based type of serum which is why I have used this in my home-spa routine. 

  • Scientifically tested. 
  • Plumps your skin by making healthier looking. 
  • Reduces dehydration of the skin. 
  • Contains antioxidants to help to improve your skin's elasticity. 
  • Contains black fern to regenerate and firm our your skin cells. 

  • Did not find any negatives with this serum. 

  • Apply this to your face and neck with the lid dropper before your favourite Antipodes face oil or moisturiser.
  • Use on a daily basis for immediate hydration and for the best long term results. 
  • A little of the product sure goes a long way, so don't go overboard with the dropper. 

  • Available at Priceline or Myer (department stores) around Australia. 
  • RRP $48, but Priceline currently has 20% so it's now $38.99 guys! 
  • All natural. 
  • For more information on Antipodes products, please see here: http://www.antipodesnature.com

Featuring the dropper style! 

Just a few drops onto your skin and you're set to go!


Contains Manuka Honey Active 20+, Pohutukawa Bloom and Vanilla pod

Can I just say how amazing is this Manuka honey mask by Antipodes? The reason why I chose this to be part of my spa-treatment is that it's an effective cleanser for your skin and the mask is so luscious - that you're never going to get sick of the smell and the feel of it on your face. It leaves my skin feeling really soothed and hydrated after using it. There are so many face masks out there in the beauty market but I have to say WOW! This really is truly amazing and not to be missed the next time you're out shopping at your nearest Priceline. Be sure to grab yourself a tube of the Aura Manuka Honey Mask. 

It also contains Manuka honey Active 20+ and we all know what honey has...that's right antibacterial properties which help to cleanse and clear any blemishes on your face. It also contains 100% pure Avocado oil which also helps to cleanse and lifts your spirits! Lately, I have been getting a few breakouts here and there, so when I do have time I'll be sure to always pop the face mask on. The scent of the mask is luscious and addictive. It consists of divine vanilla pod and mandarin. The mask is suited to all skin conditions so it's definitely a gentle and friendly mask to use. I personally didn't get any redness or irritation to using this mask so it was a plus factor for me and this product really worked. But I would say this is also ideal for those who have blemish-prone skin. (I mean...honey on your skin? delicious!) 

Not only that, the Aura Manuka Honey Treatment mask actually won the "BEST MASK" in both Harper's Bazaar in 2011 and then also in the Cosmopolitan. This is great news to see a face mask being voted as a top rated product because it really means that it's working for the majority of users. 

After using the mask, my face always feels hydrated and really soft. I am truly impressed with the benefits of using the mask and also amazed with how it also contains the Red Pohutukawa bloom which is one of nature's finest antioxidants! (which improves your skin's elasticity.) 

How can we not forget the packaging of the tube? It's presented in a 75ml attractive, white clean tube. I love the look of the product and I really think it's an awesome way to present a mask because it's so easy and convenient to squeeze out product for use. Definitely mess-free which is perfect for my home-spa treatments! Overall, it's a top face mask I have ever used and I would reconsider to purchasing this again! 

  • In 2011, won best mask in Harper's Bazaar and Cosmopolitan. 
  • Hydrates and makes the skin feels super soft. 
  • Effective cleanser with antibacterial properties which makes it perfect for blemish prone skin.
  • Suitable for all skin conditions.
  • Smells amazing. 
  • Draws moisture to your skin. 

  • Nothing found!

  • Look to smooth thick layers of the creamy based type of mask over your face. You can do this twice a week or like myself every weekend.
  • Leave on for 15 minutes.
  • Next rinse with warm water. 
  • Perfect for blemish prone skin. 

  • Available at Priceline or Myer (department stores) around Australia. 
  • RRP $48, but Priceline currently has 20% so it's now $38.99 guys! 
  • All natural. 
  • For more information on Antipodes products, please see here: http://www.antipodesnature.com

So in love with the Manuka Honey Mask by Antipodes! 

Have you tried this out? 

Happy reading! 

Livia xo

Thank you ANTIPODES or supporting me for this review. My reviews are based on my personal and true experiences. I only recommend products that I truly support

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