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Monday 16 November 2015

Review: Mio Skincare - Turning a Runner into a Lady That Lunches

Review: Mio Skincare sent me the products to review. I said exactly what I thought and I wasn't paid to review these ... trust me, I'm a runner.

I like the idea of being one of those ladies that has facials and perfect nails and who has a glass of wine and who lunches. 

I’m not. 

Facials? I love the idea but the closest I get is a faceplant in mud after a trip at a trail run. (It’s PRACTICALLY the same stuff, right? Except for the grass and bits of straw …) And I’m not sure I can EVER boast perfect nails when I permanently have less than 5 on each foot. And wine with lunch? Nope. I’d be running into trees on the lunchtime run if I hydrated with wine! I like the IDEA of being one of these perfectly turned-out ladies but I’m just too busy actually doing things and there’s just TOO MUCH MUD. And falling over.

When Mio Skincare contacted me to ask whether I’d like to review some of their products, I have to admit I did think, ‘Not my thing.’ But when I had a look at their website, I was intrigued. This wasn’t a website for ‘Ladies Who lunch’, these were products for gym goers, runners, people in a hurry. People like me. Even the ones who couldn’t quite manage 10 toenails at a go. So I said, “Yes please.”

Here’s what I thought:

What was it?
Mio Skincare New Gym Kit & Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak
The New Gym Kit included Clean Slate Workout Swipes (10 jumbo 12” x 9” face and body swipes) and a Workout Wonder gym (size 30 ml)

Clean Swipes

What Mio say:
No water or shower required – simply swipe to remove dirt, sweat, oil and makeup wherever you need a freshen-up. Dries quickly without any stickiness. Deep cleanses, moisturises and helps protect skin in one hit.

What I thought:

A lovely, fresh fragrance - mint and cucumber - it smelled clean without being overpowering. I was impressed with the strength of the wipes - these wouldn’t break if you wanted to clean up with these after a workout but they’re also biodegradable. They are sealed individually so they keep the right amount of dampness - so you can clean about without staying sticky and you dry quickly compared to a wipe with a baby wipe or soap / water so no towel required. The wipes are about 2/3 larger than a standard baby wipe so a nice size and great for removing makeup before a workout. If I was to use a swipe instead of a shower, you would probably want to use 2. I liked these although I felt they were quite pricey as you’ pay just over £1 per wipe if you bought the Clean Slate Workout Swipes. However, if you don’t have access to a shower, but want to keep your lunchtime workout sessions then these would be a good alternative. 

Did it do what it said?

Would I buy it?
Probably not for the price although I loved the smell of them and thought they were a good product. 


Workout Wonder

What Mio say:
Ideal before and after any exercise or when you need an rapid blast of revitalisation. It boosts you into action so you get the best from your workout and then helps you recover by infusing your skin with its incredible uplifting cocktail of herbs and extracts. Rapidly cooling and revitalising with V-Tonic TM, extracts of Arnica, Horse Chestnut, Murumuru Butter, Spearmint and natural Magnesium to pep-talk your muscles, helps ease aches. Smells amazing too!
Workout Wonder

What I thought:
It smells lovely - very spearmint and fresh - and I really liked the zing it gave my skin after I applied it. It feels nice and smooth and rubs in well. The lotion is very easy to apply and it’s lovely as a body lotion even if you aren’t heading for a workout. I’m not convinced it gave my legs the pep-talk promised (!) but it lifted my mood and it was a lovely cooling treat after a hot shower. 

Did it do what it said?
Lovely as a body lotion and it certainly did smell amazing - very minty and fresh and it gave my legs a nice tingle after a workout.

Would I buy it again?
I would buy it as it’s a lovely treat after a hard workout. It’s quite pricey if you use it as a body lotion but it would make a great present for a runner or gym bunny.


Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak

What Mio Say:
Liquid Yoga is your personal masseuse in a bottle; helping relax tight, stressed shoulders and soothing tired, achy bodies. No other bath treatment is as rich in incredible actives. Magnesium-rich Epsom salts and Arnica and our heady blend of V-Tonic™, spearmint, cypress, lavender, mandarin and chamomile essential oils help to ease your stress and anxiety, plus moisturising, Murumuru Butter so your skin feels as good as your mind upon stepping out of the tub. Importantly, it is Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) free.
Liquid Yoga Bath Soak

What I thought:
I LOVED this. It was a lovely fragrance and it made my bath feel quite luxurious - once I’d shut the 6 year old out of the bathroom and given the husband strict instructions not to disturb me. The bath felt very relaxing and moisturising and it really did feel like a treat. As an additional bonus, the fragrance made the bathroom smell wonderful for several hours afterwards. 

Did it do what it said?
Yes. Very relaxing and moisturising. 

Would I buy it again?

About Mio
From their website: We have created this range of incredible bodycare to be the very best in the business, giving you fit skin that can easily cope with all the challenges life throws at us.
In our experience as women, we all want skincare that is as free of any nasties as possible, but we also want skin that actually WORKS.we do not use… parabens, petrolatum, mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, artificial colourants, sodium laureth or lauryl sulphate, xenoestrogens, phthalates, PEGs or glycols.

I found the products quite pricey compared to those I usually buy, but I loved the fragrances and was impressed with the reviews on the site and when there was one that wasn’t so favourable, that the Mio founder had personally responded to the comment to resolve the problem. There's also free shipping on all products. 

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