Introduction to AveSeena

Introduction to AveSeena

I've become extra picky with brands that want to send me products lately and for good reason. Skincare is such a personal and unique experience and not every brand/product works or provides a "blanket" solution that fits all. So when a brand reaches out to me to test their products, I'll typically research the brand, read their values/what they stand for, take a look at their products, ingredients and then make the decision if I want to subject my skin to them. My method of selection has led me to some amazing brands. I can't wait to share with you some recent favorites...and believe me, there are some outstanding knock-them-out-of-the-park, can't-live-without-ever products.

So let's get started with a brand I honestly didn't know what I'd think of at first...but using their products here and there resulted in me writing this post. Why you ask, if I didn't consistently reach for them...would I write a dedicated post? Because after each time I solely used their products, I woke up saying, "hmm, my skin looks bright, hydrated and seems like I actually got a solid 8 hours of sleep". So what worked and what left me craving a different formula? Let's start with:

Essential Radiance Serum $74 30ml

Ingredients: Rosa Damascana (Rose) Flower Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Glycerin, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Methylsulfonylmethane, Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi Mushroom) Extract, Glycolic Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Salix Lucida (Willow Bark) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng (Ginseng) Root Extract, Pimpinella Anisum (Anise) Fruit/Seed Extract, Armoracia Rusticana (Horseradish) Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Fruit Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Globularia Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Extract, Geranium Maculatum (Wild Geranium) Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. pH is between 5.5-6.5. Vegan.

Brightening has always been a concern of mine. Because I suffered from cystic acne (still kinda do), my skin has a lot of pigmentation left behind. Using formula's that help even skin tone, brighten and revive my skin have been a top priority. I liked using this formula in the mornings. I like to apply it post cleanse and that's it. It's hydrating on its own, balancing and sits beautifully under makeup. It has a light gel/cream texture that doesn't make you feel greasy or like you have a thick cream on. It has beautiful ingredients such as Aloe, Witch Hazel, Rose, Niacinamide, Lemon Balm, Jojoba oil and more. This formula is perfect for anyone that has pigmentation, breakouts (willow bark, witch hazel and rose are the perfect complement) or you just want lightweight hydration with some oopmh.

Ageless Perfection Cream $157 50ml

Ingredients: Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Water, Glycolic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-3, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Silk Protein Amino Acids, Stearic Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Globularia Cordifolia Callus Stem Cell Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Squalane, Methylsulfonylmethane, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ubiquinone, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Mahonia Aquifolium (Oregon Grape) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright) Extract, Helichrysum Italicum (Helichrysum) Flower Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Arnica Montana (Arnica) Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Matricaria Recutita (German Chamomile) Flower Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Rosa Damascana (Rose) Absolute, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Geranium Maculatum (Wild Geranium) Extract, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Extract, Decyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Caprylate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide. pH is between 5.5-6.5. Vegan.

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I'm a huge fan of oils. My skin loves them. They've helped bring balance and clarity to my skin that creams haven't been able to do in a very long time. This product I was apprehensive in trying. But I decided to give it a try because the ingredients proved a combination of butters, oils and extracts that I've come to love in my oil formulations. Tamanu, Arnica, Evening Primrose, Rosehip, Borage Seed and Avocado are perfect for anyone, especially dry and acne prone skin. These ingredients help to calm irritation and soothe dehydrated skin. I tested this beauty out on its own here and there and every time I used it, I was really impressed with how my skin looked and felt the morning after. Smooth, soft and noticeably brighter. Now...I've tested this layered on top of the Serum and the duo worked brilliantly together. They complement each other and offer a cocoon effect on the skin.  

So while I may not have used these 2 consistently (as you should, when trying out new skincare bits), I was still very impressed every morning post use. I really did see a difference in my skin tone, overall clarity and suppleness. Kudos!

Honeyactive Beauty Mask $67 100ml

Ingredients: Mel (Honey), Kaolin Clay, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Absolute, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Elettaria Cardamomum (Cardamom) Seed Extract, Gardenia Tahitensis (Gardenia) Flower Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Hibiscus Abelmoschus (Rose Mallow) Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract, Polianthes Tuberosa (Tuberose) Flower Extract, Hedychium Spicatum (Spiked Ginger Lily) Extract, Plumeria Rubra (Plumeria) Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin. pH is between 5.5-6.5.  Vegetarian.

The first thing I always look for when testing a new brand is their mask collection. I mask almost every night. Mostly hydrating masks and occasionally a resurfacing or deep cleansing one. When I saw this mask and looked at the ingredients, my heart did a pitter patter. Anything with honey is always a winner in my book. But when Cocao Absolute is in the mix, I melt. This scent is pure heaven. So I was thrilled to test this beauty. As you can expect, I have to compare it to May Lindstrom's the Honey Mud. I would be doing a disservice to my followers if I didn't. 

So let's compare. 

  • Very similar scent as the Honey Mud given the presence of Cocao Absolute
  • HoneyActive is thicker in texture and more difficult to apply
  • I found the application process not as easy. On days when I just wanted a quick masking session, I did not reach for this
  • But once on you figure out how to get it on, it felt great and smelled beautiful
  • Removing it was also not that easy. It didn't easily emulsify with water. I had to take a hot flannel to "heat" the mask and gently wipe it off, adding to the process. 
  • I wish it was a little bit thinner in consistency and removed easier...especially for nights when I just want a simple and quick mask
  • It does leave the skin feeling hydrating and very soft...similar effects of the Honey Mud

So all-in-all, its a lovely mask for anyone that wants to find something similar to the Honey Mud. While it has big differences in application, the effects are very similar. So which one do I prefer? The Honey Mud has been a long time obsession of mine and forever will be. The ease of application and removal along with the formula is a stand out to me. However, if for any reason, you don't want to try the Honey Mud, I would say this is a good runner up!

I hope you enjoyed my review and let me know if you've given any of these a go!

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored.  These products wer gifted to me with absolutely no obligation to review.  As always, my review is from the heart

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