I've been trying and testing today's product quite a while, the Go & Glow Power Peel Exfoliant by January Labs, one of my favorite skincare brands. I'm a big fan of her beautiful Revitalizing Day Cream (review here) and Pure&Gentle Cleansing gel (review here). This mask is is like a mini facial in a jar, bringing you glowing results, but unfortunately wasn't a perfect match for my skin. I will get into detail and why is this still potentially a fabulous mask for more normal skin types.Read More
Hello! I'm sorry for the lack of recent updates on the blog, but as you may see the site has gone through a revamp. I've been working on this layout for a good couple of weeks behind the scenes and now I'm itching to get back regular blog posting. Thank you for your patience!
Today I have pleasure to review this Josh Rosebrook Active Infusion serum that was kindly sent to me from the JR team. To put in one word: bliss. That's the first and only word that comes to my mind when using this serum. To not make this review utterly and completely useless I'll elaborate, but I warn you: it's a rave review..
Active Infusion Serum
The Active Infusion Serum is a hydrating, herb-infused oil based serum. The serum is rich in phytonutrients and fatty acids to nourish, moisturize and repair the skin. It retails $70/~65.2€ for 1oz/30ml or $125/116.4€ for 2oz/60ml. You can purchase the serum from Josh Rosebrook (US), A Beautiful World (EU) and Reina Organics (EU).
I am so pleased the serum has a pump packaging instead of a pipette, but unfortunately the pump can get a little messy if you hold the bottle vertically. To get the best application, I hold the bottle horizontally and no serum will drip down the packaging. I would prefer serums and oils to be packed in a dark glass containers instead of see-through, as I'm worried they will go off quicker. At least you see how much serum you have used (which makes me panic, I don't want to run out of this any time soon).
I wouldn't buy or rate a skincare product based on the scent, in fact I prefer fragrance free products as fragrances can be irritating for the skin. However, I don't mind if a product has a natural scent. I've learned the scent profile plays a major part in many eco luxury products, sometimes even aromatherapeutic properties. I adore the scent of Josh Rosebrook's products. I find it hard to describe as I don't recognise ylang ylang or other floral scents very well, there's definitely vanilla but nothing like the overpowering synthetic or overly sweet fragrance. More like a like a cloud of vanilla marshmallow. In case of strong facial oils the scent can be strong, even foul, but Active Infusion Serum smells addictive. If you're familiar with the brand's Hydrating Accelerator or Cleanse, it's similar.
Using the Active Infusion Serum
I'm on the fence should this product be called a serum or an oil, to me it's a hybrid. The texture isn't greasy or thick, but doesn't disappear into my skin in an instant like some lighter oils do. Little goes a long way as this serum spreads on the skin. I use circular motions to spread the serum and press the it in. For me there isn't uncomfortable residue, but I can feel how my skin is significantly moisturised. Often I find it hard to distinguish products' brightening properties, but Josh Rosebrook Active Infusion Serum leaves a beautiful glow on my face. Not the oil slick type of greasy shine, but very nourished and healthy looking. My make up looks extra nice when there's a slight dew underneath.
*Avocado Oil, †Marula Oil, *Jojoba Oil, *Hemp Seed Oil, *Sunflower Oil, *Apricot Oil, *Evening Primrose Oil, *Almond Oil, *Grape Seed Oil, *Sea Buckthorn Oil, *Goji Berry, *Raspberry Leaf, *Turmeric, *Rose Petals, *Sage, *Eyebright, *Dandelion, *Alfalfa, *Ashwagandha, *Black Cohosh, *Rose Hips, *Calendula, *Milk Thistle, *Bladderwrack, *Ginger, *Licorice, *Chickweed, *Elderberry, *Marshmallow Root, *Fenugreek, *Cats Claw, *Lavender, *St. Johns Wort, *Cinnamon, *Ginkgo, *Vanilla Extract, †Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, †Rosemary Essential Oil, †Eucalyptus Essential Oil. (*Certified Organic, †Organic)
The base of the serum is a blend of beautiful, organic oils of avocado, marula, jojoba and hemp. I especially love marula oil as it's very potent source of antioxidants, nutrients and essential fatty acids. These antioxidants provide great protection against photo-aging by neutralizing free radical damage and building healthy collagen. Rich in oleic and linoleic acid, marula oil reduces transepidermal water loss for softer, protected, moisturised skin.
Despite being packed with intensely moisturising carrier oils, I find the consistency of the Active Infusion Serum light and absorbing quickly (with a little residue). I believe this product can work for a variety of skin types from dry to oily, even sensitive. The rest of the ingredients are plants and herbs that have soothing, anti-inflammatory, firming and brightening properties. Personally I can't find any offensive ingredients: no fillers, no synthetic ingredients. Just pure, high quality ingredients. Even the used oils are low or moderately low on the comedogenic scale, but I recommend patch testing if you're very prone to acne or sensitive to essential oils.
I think Active Infusion Serum is an all rounder treatment for a variety of skin types can benefit from. For oily skin types it's an excellent night oil in the place of a moisturiser, normal to dry skins can enjoy it under a light cream or a balm AM/PM. The serum won't make your wrinkles disappear in a blink of an eye, but provides nourishment, moisture and plumping the fine lines. And glow, definitely glow! The scent is easily addictive, but so is the feel it leaves on the skin. I look forward using this product every morning and night. I only wish the bottle wasn't see through, I hope the oil won't go bad in room temperature. Will purchase the 2oz bottle once I run out.
The product in this post was generously provided for consideration. Regardless, my opinions are my own honest and unbiased views. The links are for your convenience and do not contain ads.
Being "a little" addicted to Addiction, I find it hard to resist their new collections. Their icy Winter collection was pretty, but after getting all the Helene Schjerfbeck inspired eyeshadows from the Fall collection, I decided to not get anything. I was about to skip Spring 2017 as well: although the eyeshadows were beautifully marbled they didn't seem to pack much punch pigmentation-wise. In the end I was drawn to the mattes and decided to pick up one eyeshadow and one blusher: 114 Lady Amaryllis and 40 Favorite Little Dress.
Addiction by Ayako Spring Collection 2017 is inspired by a Swedish abstract painter Hilma af Klint. The blusher retails ¥3,024 (~$26,6) for 3.9g and eyeshadows ¥2,160 (~$19) for 1g.
114 Lady Amaryllis
114 Lady Amaryllis reminded me of now discontinued Equinox Flower, which is one of my favorite and most unique eyeshadows. Equinox Flower is a pearl finish, a medium yellow shade with a hint of mustard. Now available 118 Crown Imperial might work as a good substitute! Lady Amaryllis on the other hand is a medium bright orange, applies smoothly and pigmented without feeling dry or patchy.
40 Favorite Little Dress
I find some Addiction blushes to be on the sheer side, but Favorite Little Dress is nicely pigmented and applies beautifully. It gives a cute healthy flush to the cheeks and certainly packs some 'punch' what some of the eyeshadows in this collection were missing. I think Ayako also came out with a matching lipstick, but I was more drawn to the blusher shade.
For once I didn't ended up purchasing similar shades to what I already own (yay!), although now Favorite Little Dress reminds me of RBR Orpheline (review here). The only permanent item in this lineup is Stylish 30, which would look nicely tonal with Lady Amaryllis.
Here's a my weekend look using both of the items. I really like the orange eyeshadow, it adds a nice pop of color without being difficult to wear.
Base: Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle Foundation in Coconut Milk Parfait (review here), NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla under the eyes + RBR powder in Diaphanous (review here)
Eyes: Brows Viseart Structure palette and little bit of RBR brow mascara. Eyeshadow Addiction 056 Brown Beach in the crease and 063 Truffle in outer 'V', mixed on the lower lash line. 114 Lady Amaryllis on the mobile lid. Mascara Heroine Make Long & Curl (film type)
Cheeks & Lips: Addiction blush My Favorite Dress and THREE Refined Control Lip Pencil in My Lionheart
I'm liking these make up items a lot. Did you pick up anything from Addiction by Ayako's recent collections?
I didn't prepare myself for this post as I'm not very keen on keeping my empty beauty products (aka trash) around. But, at the end of January, I noticed many products in my skincare stash diminishing at the same time. It's time for a classic beauty blog post: empties. Find out what are my final thoughts and would I repurchase!Read More