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! =)

Get Clear, Sexy Skin! Tips for Treating Mild Acne

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Hi everyone! Today, I will be sharing my experiences with mild acne and a few tips on how to control the condition. A few years ago, I all of sudden started to develop acne. My skin was perfectly clear beforehand and I completely freaked out! I bought a zillion different products, from argan oil to Proactiv, hoping that they would help, but they made my skin look even worse. It got so bad that I eventually developed a cystic acne lesion. At that point, I was absolutely mortified! I felt so grossed out by my face I ended up putting pounds of makeup on every day to cover up the pimples. I then made an appointment to a dermatologist, who said that my acne is most likely due to hormonal changes going on in my body, and that soon the changes will cease. I came home that day disappointed, and with a prescription for a benzoyl peroxide cream. The cream proved to be a disaster! It made my sensitive skin flaky, inflamed, and dry. After reading up on the potential negative side effects of benzoyl peroxide, such as the fact that it can prolong scarring, I knew I had to try something else. I thought it would be best to try some natural acne treatments and after a year of trial and error, I have found ways to keep my skin clear! I still get a few breakouts whenever I’m under stress, but for most of the time, my skin looks amazing and I’m really happy with it! Below I have put together a list of a few things that really helped to treat my mild acne. Every month, I will add post more tips on how to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant!

  1. STOP PICKING!!!!!- If you want clear skin you need to stop doing this ASAP!!! It is one of the worst things you can do for your skin, since you can get an infection and scar your face. I know, I know you can’t help it because I’ve been there. I used to pick at my pimples like a maniac. It almost felt like some form of stress release. What helped me, was finding ways to distract myself. For example, if the thought of picking at my pimples crossed my mind, I would distract myself with another activity, such as working out or studying. It takes effort but you have to try and not give up! Just remember- PICKING IS THE WORST THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR FACE!!! Just put on a spot treatment, a bit of concealer, and walk away feeling confident!
  2. MASKS ARE AMAZING! – Throughout my struggle with acne, facial masks have been my best friends. They’re relaxing, convenient, and are effective. I particularly love clay masks. They improve circulation to your skin and also draw out harmful toxins, oils, and dirt. A great clay mask that I use is the 100% Pure Pineapple Enzyme Facial Peel Mask, that contains kaolin clay.  Also, since clay masks can be drying, they should be alternated with moisturizing masks. You can make a moisturizing mask at home with ingredients such as honey or plain yogurt. One great mask that you can buy is the Sequoia Beauty Honey Berry Enzyme Mask. Be sure to check out my review for it here! I like to put on different masks two to three times a week, while studying or before going to bed.
  3.  MAKE A FACIAL STEAM BATH- I like to make a facial steam bath at least once a week. It helps to unclog pores and improves circulation to the face. It also makes my skin feel moisturized and makes me feel incredibly relaxed! To make a steam bath just boil two cups of water in a pot and allow for it to cool a little bit. Afterwards, cover your face with a towel and hold it 12 inches away from the pot for about 10 minutes. BE CAREFUL! You don’t want to burn yourself by touching the pot or getting too close to the steam! Also, you can add a few herbs to the pot for additional benefits, such as chamomile and strawberry leaf. In addition, if your skin is incredibly sensitive and if you suffer from conditions such as rosacea, a fungal infection, or cystic acne,  I would not recommend making a steam bath since that can actually cause more harm than good for your face.
  4. EASE UP ON SKIN PRODUCTS- Try not to cover up your face with tons of different products, including creams and makeup. These things may aggravate your skin and clog your pores. Also, if something is labeled as being hypoallergenic, that doesn’t mean you should pile it on your face and wear it all day long. Your skin needs to breathe! In fact, I suggest you stop using almost all products until you figure out what aggravates or helps your acne. If you get a pimple just cover it up with some concealer and that’s it! Over time you can try out new skincare products one by one to see whether or not they are good for. Also, remember that what works for you may not work for someone else! For example, a friend of mine swears by argan oil, but it makes my skin break out like crazy! So, try and see what works for your skin!
  5. EXERCISE- Here, I just have to put in this quote said by Elle Woods in Legally Blonde- “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” Okay, so apart from the endorphin release and husband shooting preventive methods exercise can give you, exercise is also amazing for your skin! By increasing blood flow, exercise helps to nourish skin cells and also helps to carry away harmful toxins, including free radical that can age your skin. It pretty much clears your skin from the inside out! Plus, I personally love that post-workout glow my skin gets! Here are some great dance tunes you might not have heard of, that you can get you into workout mode!

I hope these tips are helpful! Do you have any tips for treating mild acne? What did you think of these tips? Be sure to comment below! Also, don’t forget to check out Naturalinnas on InstagramFB, and Twitter! =)

Review: The Bamboo Charcoal Japanese Konjac Sponge

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Hi everyone! A few weeks ago I entered a contest on the Japanese Konjac Sponge Company FB page and won a free Bamboo Charcoal Konjac sponge. I was instantly excited because lately I have been hearing a lot of hype about konjac sponges. After just one use I was instantly hooked on it! According to the company’s official website:

“Konjac (“Konnyaku”) plant is a perennial belonging to the Araceae family. The botanical name is Amorphophallus Konjac. It is believed to have originated in the Indochinese region and was introduced to Japan from China. The Japanese have used it for over 1,500 years as part of a traditional healthy food and cooking ingredients.Its main component is Glucomannan, and its solution is a calorie-free dietary fiber that is very elastic. Konjac is rich in vitamin (A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D, & E), protein, lipids, fatty acids and natural minerals such as copper, zinc, iron and magnesium. Combining these natural ingredients with its gentle texture, Konjac is not only establishing itself as a healthy food, but also make it excellent for use in skin care.”

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Learn more about the product and my experiences below!

Ingredients: 100% Konjac Glucomannan, Bamboo Charcoal Extract Powder

How to Use It: Rinse and soak the dry sponge with warm water until fully softened and expanded. Cleanse your face with water-soaked sponge or use daily with your favorite cleanser to complement and create a rich lather for an incredibly therapeutic experience.

How I Use It: I first rinse the sponge with warm water until it has been fully softened. I then apply a cleanser and massage my face with the sponge in a circular motion for about 30 seconds. The cleanser that I have been using is the Osmia Organics Black Clay Facial Soap.

Pros:

  • I love, love, love how my skin feels soooo soft and clean after using this sponge! After I use it I feel that my moisturizer tends to sink in better, making my skin even softer!
  • The texture of the sponge feels very nice. It is squishy and reminds me of marshmallows. Also, when I massage my skin with it, it feels soft but firm, providing a gentle exfoliation that doesn’t cause irritation to my sensitive skin.
  • The size of the sponge is just right! It fits comfortably in my hands.
  • The price is great! It only costs $11.50, while brands like Boscia market the konjac sponge for a much more expensive price.

Cons:

  • It does take a while to dry creating an environment for increased bacterial growth. I soak it once a week in hot water to disinfect it.

Time Used Before Review: For about 3 weeks, once every other day, since I don’t like to over-exfoliate my extremely sensitive skin.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Where to Buy: The official company website!

Have you ever used a konjac sponge? What are your experiences? Be sure to comment below. Also, don’t forget to check out Naturalinnas on Instagram, FB, and Twitter! =)

Review: Sequoia Beauty- Honey Berry Enzyme Mask

Hola! Today I will be doing a review on my current favorite facial mask- the Honey Berry Enzyme Mask by Sequoia Beauty. I ordered this mask about a month ago and have been hooked on it ever since. According to the company’s website“Sequoia Beauty is an organic flower and herb based skin care line with an emphasis on local ingredients. The products cater to the needs of your skin, as well as your own physical and spiritual well-being.” The mask fits perfectly in the company’s motto! It contains several great ingredients, such as raw honey, an antiseptic and moisturizer, and royal jelly, an ingredient known for its anti-aging properties. Check out the full ingredient list and my list of product pros and cons below!

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Ingredients: Raw Honey, Raw Royal Jelly, Raw Strawberries, Raw Blueberries, and White Grapefruit Essential Oil

Application Instructions: Put on clean skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes.

How I apply it: 10-15 minutes? #PUHLEASE I leave this deliciousness on for a full hour! When I rinse it off I like to first wet my hands and rub my face in circular motions. This mask has strawberry and blueberry grains in it that act as exfoliates.

Pros:

  • The smell! This smells so sweet and honey like!
  • After I take it off my skin feels so soft and moisturized. I can’t stop touching my face!
  • This mask helped to lighten up my acne scars and it keeps my skin clear.
  • It just feels really luxurious!!!

Cons:

  • It’s a bit pricey- $30 for 2 oz. Luckily I got this for $22 during a Black Friday sale over at the Organic Beauty Talk Shop.
  • It tends to drip off my face easily so I can’t move around a lot when I have this on.
  • It’s hard to apply this since it is very sticky. This is good on one hand since the product is truly natural and is made of honey. To get around the stickiness I use a spoon to spread this all over my face. I think it would have been nice if the product came with a mini spatula or a scooper.

Time Used Before Review: I applied a thin layer of this mask twice a week for a month.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5- Is there a way to bathe in this stuff?!