KORA Organics Daily Hand Cream Review

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Today I will be doing a review on the KORA Organics Daily Hand Cream. I know i’ve reviewed so many products from the KORA range but I’ve been pleasantly surprised most of the time and enjoy using their products. I didn’t set out to purchase this product as it was sent to me as a gift with purchase. I already was using a hand cream I loved, the L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream (I know it’s not organic, but it’s my favourite).

I will be honest, at first I was not impressed by this hand cream. I found that it did not give enough moisture as I was so used to the rich formula of the L’Occitane one. However, I wanted to give it a good try and ended up reaching for it daily. First of all, the scent is absolutely divine…very summer and citrusy. It’s the KORA signature scent that I love. The formula is more runny than thick, so you only need the smallest amount as it is quite hard to blend in if you apply too much. This hand cream will last you such a long time as you only need a small amount.

Description: A unique anti-ageing blend of Noni Extract, Avocado and Olive Oil to create the perfect rich, healing and replenishing potion for hands and nails. Ideal for re-hydrating hands and cuticles leaving them soft, smooth and renewed.

Ingredients: Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender)*, Matricaria chamomilla (recutita – Chamomile)*, Olea europaea (Olive) Leaf*, Fucus vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract*, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Macadamia integrifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil*, Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Glyceryl Oleate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Olea europaea (Olive) Oil, Glycerin^, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract*, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Rosa eglentaria (Rose Hip) Oil*, Tocopherol (and) Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Punica granatum (Pomegranate) Sterols, Carageenan, Santalum spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil*, Citrus reticulata (Mandarin) Oil*, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) Oil*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin (GMO free)*, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Citrus aurantium ssp bergamia (Bergamot) Oil*, Sodium chloride (Macrobiotic Sea Salt), Beta Carotene, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Lactic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Aqua (Water), Limonene**, Linalool**. *Ingredient from Organic Farming. **From essential oils. ^Made using Organic Ingredients. 98.0% of the total ingredients are from Natural Origin. 62.7% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming.

What I love most about this anti ageing formula compared to the L’Occitane hand cream is the finish. The KORA formula gives a more silky matte finish that doesn’t leave that dreaded greasy residue from rich hand creams. Because it dries very quickly, you can easily go about your day without waiting for it to dry like the L’Occitane one. It leaves your hands feeling incredibly silky smooth with a subtle hint of citrus essential oils. My cuticles also looked amazing whilst using this! However, I still think that the KORA hand cream would be better suited in the summer months when you don’t need as thick of a hand cream.

Although this is a lovely anti ageing formula, I would love to see KORA create a hand cream that incorporates SPF as we all know out hands show the first signs of ageing. I would definitely be repurchasing this for the summer months, however I will stick to my L’Occitane hand cream in the winter when I need more of a rich formula.

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

JJ Labs Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) 25% with Pure Hyaluronic Acid Anti Aging Serum Review

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Hello Beauties!

Today I will be reviewing the JJ Labs Vitamin C Serum 25%. Unfortunately I don’t have the bottle anymore to do swatches as I couldn’t finish using it up. Personally for me, I can pretty much tell from the first couple of uses if a new product is right for me or not. I have used this serum around 2-3 times and unfortunately it didn’t agree with my skin. As it is winter in Australia, my skin gets extremely dry and my smile lines around my mouth tend to be more apparent, especially when I wear makeup. I purchased this serum in the hopes of adding extra hydration to my thirsty skin as I research the incredible benefits of applying hyaluronic acid to the skin. I had also wanted to use a vitamin c serum to help lighten my uneven skin tone. I also loved how simple and pure the ingredient list was. While there were some amazing immediate results from using this serum for only a couple of uses, it unfortunately broke me out. It did however make my skin feel more soft, supple, and incredibly hydrated and glowing just after the first use. It tightens your skin, making it feel as though you had a face lift. Although it did significantly decrease my smiles lines and how prominent they were, especially when wearing my powder foundation, I would always break out with every use. This serum comes in five different strengths for different skin types, so I might have purchased one too strong for my skin type. Here are the different strengths:

1. Vitamin C 10%- For sensitive skin
2. Vitamin C 15%- For dry skin
3. Vitamin C 20%- For all skin types
4. Vitamin C 25%- For oily or mature skin or skin with clogged pores
5. High Potency Vitamin C PH 4.5 – For Sensitive Skin Type(those who too sensitive for PH 3.5)

Although I have dry, sensitive skin, I purchased the 25% potency because it said it was for mature skin/skin with clogged pores, so I thought it would be more hydrating and potent and prevent and heal any breakouts faster. If I were to try this serum again in the future, I would try either the 10% or 15% strength.

Item Description:

“Many leadings scientists highly recommend applying vitamin C onto the face daily to protect against UV-induced cell damage. Vitamin C has many other beneficial properties, including being one of the few ingredients that has a scientific base to show that it reverses signs of aging for your skin. Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic acid) has been shown to stimulate collagen, decrease wrinkle depth, and have lightening effects on pigmentation. Hyaluronic acid, also known as HA, is a natural compound found in skin that has many important functions, including holding in moisture, providing cushioning, aiding in tissue repair, holding together the skin and helping create a protective barrier against microorganisms. Vitamin C Serum 25% with pure hyaluronic acid is effective at moisturizing skin cells, which prevents water loss and protects the skin from dirt and other pollutants. Hyaluronic acid delivers AND holds water in the skin. Hyaluronic acid based products are considered extremely safe. We keep our product for topical use only so as to reduce the chances of this! Repeated use of hyaluronic acid will maintain moisture levels in the skin, preventing skin dehydration.”

Ingredients: Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic acid), Hyaluronic Acid, Potassium sorbate, Citric Acid, Distilled Water.

Directions: Apply twice a day, once in the morning before your normal moisturizing routine and again in the evening to a cleansed face. As the serum is concentrated, using a small amount, such as 1-2 drops, is recommended. Increase amount as desired. Refrigerator storage is recommended.

Texture/Feel: When first applied, the serum feels very tacky and sticky, but once it dries it feels incredibly smooth and soft. The serum isn’t too runny, but it’s not too thick either. It is easily spread all over the face and you don’t need to use a lot, about 2 drops will do the entire face, however you have to spread it quickly because it is sticky/tacky feeling and dries very fast. I’m not too crazy over the gloopy feel of this serum. Also, beware that if you have any open wounds, this will sting upon application.

Smell: I can’t really describe the smell, however it isn’t pleasant. The smell doesn’t linger on your face after applying which is good.

Results:

Pros:

-Hydrated, smooth skin.

-Fine lines significantly decreased.

-Smoother makeup application.

-Plump, tight, younger looking skin,

-Glowing skin.

Cons:

-Caused breakouts.

-Consistency sticky and tacky at first.

-Smell isn’t pleasant.

Size: 30 ml.

Price: AUD $18.82

Rating: 2.5/5

Recommend? I would definitely recommend this product for more mature skins as it immediately and effectively increases moisture in the skin, giving a more youthful appearance. However, make sure to choose the right strength for your skin type. My skin is very sensitive and breakout prone, so this may work wonders for somebody else.

Where to get: Amazon.com or Etsy.com

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

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