Pai Skincare have launched some brilliant beauty kits, the Anywhere Essentials Collections. I have always loved Pai for their gentle, soothing formulas; their Echium Eye Cream is my number one post-shoot eye treatment because it’s so great at calming down any soreness and their Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil is one of the best rejuvenating face oils out there. Potent, 99.8% organic and very reasonably priced at twenty pounds. Everything that Pai produces is tested extensively to make sure that it suits sensitive skin – and by sensitive, I mean skin that is really quite intolerant and reactive – and so it has become, over the years, the brand that I most recommend to friends, family and readers who are looking for clean, kind skincare solutions.
I’m really pleased that Pai have introduced the Anywhere Essentials Collections; they introduced mini sample packs a couple of years ago, which are good for people who want to try loads of different creams, but the Anywhere Essentials have more targeted products and in bigger quantities. It’s a full skincare routine with enough stuff to last at least a fortnight, each collection consisting of a cleanser (the gorgeous Camellia & Rose, complete with washcloth) an alcohol-free skin tonic and a specially chosen face moisturiser. There’s a kit for every skin worry, whether it’s wrinkles or breakouts or sore, stressed faces, and a sensitive kit that will suit absolutely everyone, too, which is a pretty safe bet!
This week, especially for A Model Recommends readers and regular Pai customers, the brand are offering a free Anywhere Essentials Collection with every order over £40 (€50/$70). The idea behind it is quite lovely; stock yourself up with your Pai essentials and get a free kit to give to your sister (or best friend, Mum, cousin, SELF, nobody will know) so that she can try the skincare routine for herself. Each collection comes beautifully packaged (I like the globetrotter theme) with a really sweet gift card to fill in and pop into the package.
I sent my sister Kate a kit in advance, to see just what she would make of it. This is a girl who is a dab-hand with the eyeliner pencil and will experiment with literally any shade of eyeshadow, yet refuses to establish a skincare routine. She’s thirty in September and had a baby just before Christmas (my baby sister, with a baby!) and told me that her skincare regimen consisted of splashing on some cold water from the tap if she got the chance. (I die.) Her skin had been quite sensitive and rough and so I was quite interested to see what she thought of the Pai products. She tends to be quite distracted these days, so I tried to call her at a time when Baby Edith might be napping…
Me: “Kate, I need to ask you about those Pai products…”
Kate: “Oh yes, I loved them – hold on, Edith is playing the keyboard mat with her feet!” (Crazy piano sounds in the background.) “I loved using the cloth, I’ve never used a cloth like that before. The cleanser made my face really smooth.”
Me: “You usually react to products, don’t you? Were these OK?”
Kate: “Yes, they were really lovely and gentle. Edith’s saying RaRa again! She’s almost saying Auntie Ruth! I liked the moisturiser, my skin feels much more comfortable.”
Me: “Does it look better?”
Kate: “Does what?”
Me: “Your face?”
Kate: “Oh haha! Yes. Smoother. But my whole nose is brown from the sun and nothing else is brown and that is all I can see when I look at my face.”
As far as my sister is concerned, that’s about as glowing (and sensible) a reference as you’ll ever get. Skin calmer, smoother, more comfortable. She also said that it was wonderful to have a routine laid out for her; it forced her to make the time in the evening before she went to bed and has really started to enjoy the ritual. A success.
If you’d like to get your hands on an Anywhere Essentials Collection then all you need to do is make an order of £40 or more. Then decide which of the collections your sister (friend, Mum, neighbour, cousin, you) might like and add that to the basket. The checkout code for this promotion is SISTERSSHARE – once you add the code, the £20 value for the set will be deducted.
There are four kits to choose from; Instant Calm for very sensitive or redness-prone skin, Perfect Balance for oily, blemish-prone or combination skin, Pure Hydration for dry or dehydrated skin or Age Confidence for skin that’s showing signs of ageing. I’d probably go for the Instant Calm if I was picking it for myself, because I love to use the products after beauty shoots, but I’ve also tried the products in the oily/combi collection and they are good for placating red, angry skin. Any of the kits would be good to take travelling, too; the spritzer face tonic is handy for plane journeys and the moisturisers would all be good mid-flight or after trips to the beach.
You can find all of the Anywhere Essentials Collections here; if you need help choosing products for yourself, I’ve written reviews on loads of Pai stuff before.
Click here to open a list of posts in a new window. There’s free delivery included, both for UK and International orders and you can use the promo code until the end of Sunday 3rd August.