Review: Josie Maran- Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil

Hello my lovelies! Today I will be doing a review on the Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream. I am a huge fan of the Josie Maran line and have been following it since it first appeared at Sephora stores. The line is eco-friendly and supports some great organizations, such as the City of Hope Cancer Center. In addition, every Josie Maran product has argan oil as an ingredient. The oil is great for your skin because it is chock full of antioxidants and minerals. The Argan Infinity Cream features argan oil among several other great ingredients such as, shea butter and avocado oil, to hydrate and condition your skin. According to the official product description, this product “delivers all the moisturizing benefits of argan oil in a portable, nongreasy, creamy oil form. The innovative formula starts as a cream and melts into an oil, making your complexion more luminous while tightening facial contours and preventing inflammation. Use it to hydrate and gently soothe undereyes, smooth flyaways, keep eyebrows in place, and condition lips. Mix it with powder blush or eye shadow to instantly transform it into a cream.”

Ingredients: Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil**, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit**, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate**, Beeswax**, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)**, Glyceryl Dibehenate**, Tribehenin**, Glyceryl Behenate**, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil**, Tocopherol, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil**, Abyssinian Oil (Crambe Abyssinica) Seed Oil**, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil**, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract**, Soybean Glycerides**, Linoleic Acid**, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil** Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter**, Aleurites Moluccana Seed (Kukui Nut) Oil**, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil**. *Organic. **Natural.

How to Use: This product has many uses and here are a couple of them.

-Deeply moisturize dry areas of the face.
-Soothe irritated skin caused by rosacea, wind, or sunburn.
-Soften elbows, heels, and other rough patches.
-Keep stray eyebrows in place.
-Smooth flyaways.
-Moisturize at night.
-Prevent razor burn and irritation.

How I Use It: I like to use this as a body moisturizer and as a lip balm before I go to bed. Also, I sometimes use this as an anti-frizz cream on my hair!

Pros:

  • This smells sooo good! It has a light sweet orange scent that’s very refreshing and invigorating.
  • You only need to use a little bit of the product per application. I only use a pea sized amount of this to moisturize my hands and to moisturize both my legs I use about a nickel-sized amount.
  • It’s so versatile! You can use it to keep your eyebrows in place or mix it with powder eyeshadow to create a cream eyeshadow.
  • It is very moisturizing. If I put this on at night I wake up with soft skin! It also really helps with frizzy hair days!
  • It’s small in size and fits perfectly into my purse, making it perfect for traveling.

Cons:

  • The consistency is a bit off. The oil separates from the rest of the ingredients and comes out of the tube first followed by the cream part. Storing the product upright helps a little!
  • It takes a long time to sink it. I have to wait 30 minutes to an hour and that’s frustrating!
  • The price. It costs $28.00 for 2.2 fluid ounces.
  • It’s very thick and oily and I’m afraid to put this on my sensitive, acne prone facial skin, however this may be okay for people who have dry skin.

Time Used Before Review: 3 to 4 times a week for 1 month.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Where to buy: The Josie Maran Website and at Sephora.

Have you ever tried the Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil? What are your thoughts on it? Be sure to comment below! Also, don’t forget to check out Naturalinnas on Instagram, FB, and Twitter! =)

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DIY: Shine Shine Away Basic 3-Ingredient Hair Rinse for Voluminous and Shiny Hair!

Hey everyone! Today, I will be sharing a hair rinse recipe that will make your hair look vibrant and full. Applying a hair rinse after shampooing and conditioning can remove product residues, make your hair softer, and can make your hair shinier. This hair rinse is super easy to make and only requires 3 key ingredients- organic horsetail herb, organic apple cider vinegar, and some H2O. Trust me after you try out this rinse, Rihanna will have nothing on you since your hair will be shining bright like a diamond! =P

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This rinse makes my hair look shiny and it helps with the curly hair tangles!

The Scoop on Horsetail Herb

  • It’s one of the most abundant sources of silica. Silica helps to strengthen brittle hair and can give it incredible shine.
  • Contains many minerals that support hair health.
  • When used in a rinse, it can promote increased circulation to the hair follicles resulting in increased hair growth.

The Scoop on Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Removes product residues
  • Acts as a natural detangler.
  • Balances the pH of the scalp
  • Keeps hair moisturized by sealing the hair cuticle. Read more about these benefits here!

The Recipe

Ingredients: 3 1/2 cups of water, 2-3 tablespoons of the horsetail herb, and 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar.

Directions: Warm the water in a pot until it begins to boil. Turn off the heat and add in the herb and vinegar. Cover the pot with a lid. Allow the mixture to sit for a few hours until it has cooled. Strain the mixture and dispose of the herb remnants. Pour the rinse over your hair after you have shampooed and conditioned it. Do not wash it out! Proceed with styling.

Some Tips:

  • You can adjust ingredient ratios to better suit your hair needs. If after using this rinse your hair becomes drier, add more A.C.V and less of the horsetail herb. If your hair becomes oily, add less A.C.V and a bit more horsetail.
  • If you have curly hair, I suggest adding in some Marshmallow Herb which acts as an amazing detangler!
  • You can add in a few other herbs to enhance your hair color. Blondes can use chamomile, lemon peel, or mullein flowers. Brunettes can use nettle, rosemary, and sage. Redheads can use calendula, red rose petals, and red hibiscus.

Review: Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser

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Hi everyone! Today I will be doing a review on my current favorite cleanser- the Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser. I discovered this oil-based cleanser after reading stellar reviews about it on several beauty blogs. In addition, there has been a lot of hype going on over probiotic and oil- based products in the skincare industry.My curiosity got the best of me, and I immediately put this cleanser on my Christmas wish list. After one use I fell in love with it! According to the company’s official website:

“This intelligent, aromatic, creamy infusion glides on to the skin and lifts off all impurities and make- up. It fuses probiotic and peptide technologies with BioOrganic plant and flower essences to hydrate and soothe dull and dehydrated skin promoting a luminous, dewy, radiant glow whilst helping to prevent skin ageing. Fragranced with an uplifting essential oil blend of Eucalyptus, Chamomile, Rosemary and Bergamot this creamy cleanser along with its soft antibacterial bamboo muslin cloth buffs away dead skin cells and make-up whilst helping to stimulate the skin’s natural renewal process. This in turn speeds skin cell turnover, resulting in a brighter complexion with fresher, younger skin cells ready for hydration on the surface.”

Check out more product info and my pros and cons list below!

Ingredients: Aqua/ Water, Dicapryly Carbonate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cocoglycerides, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Rhus Verniciflua Peel Wax, Theobroma Cacoa (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Adansonia Digitata Fruit Extract, Lactose, Lactis Proteinum/ Milk Protein, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Schinziophyton Rautanenii Kernel Oil, Panthenol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citric Acid, Limonene*, Linalool*, (*Naturally Occurring In Essential Oil)

Application: Apply to dry skin, massage deeply with fingertips to lift daily grime and makeup away from the skin and stimulate circulation. Remove cleanser with the muslin to gently exfoliate and reveal a bright, clean and glowing complexion. Ensure the cloth is warm and damp, and gently sweep over the skin.

How I Apply It: After putting this on, I like to massage my skin for several minutes. After rinsing this off, I sometimes reapply it to get a deeper clean.

Pros:

  • Even though this cleanser is oil-based it has a very nice thick and creamy consistency. It doesn’t feel oily at all when I put this into my hands.
  • I really like the muslin cloth that comes with it. It’s very soft, but it effectively removes all traces of makeup. You get a light exfoliation.
  • My face feels amazing after using this! It feels very soft and moisturized. Plus, I also have very sensitive skin, and this has not caused any irritation.
  • It really removes all traces of makeup including, water-proof mascara.
  • You only need to use a small amount of this product at every application.
  • This smells very earthy and clean.
  • The packaging is gorgeous and looks really elegant.

Cons:

  • I’m not a fan of cleansers that come in jars. Just the thought of anything in a jar makes my inner neat freak cringe. I’m always afraid of contaminating the product so I wash my hands thoroughly before scooping up this product. Also, I sometimes use a sterilized scooper. My microbiology professor would be oh so proud! =/
  • This is a bit pricey- $53 for a 4 fluid ounce jar. At the same time, you only need to use a little bit at every application.

Time Used Before Review: I applied this about once a day for 2 weeks.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Where to Buy:

Have you ever tried this cleanser? Do you love it or hate it? Comment below with your thoughts! Also be sure to check out the brand new Naturalinnas Facebook page! =)