Monday, 1 August 2016

A quick one-two for Summer from January Labs


After the recent Fave Fives videos, I had so many comments asking about skins that are combination/oily/acne/sensitised/dehydrated and budgets that needed to be well under £40, that it made me look at the stash of blog posts I had prepped and rearrange them. So the reviews from the Instagram update of a couple of weeks ago are coming this week, but for now, those of you in the aforementioned categories could do worse than look at January Labs.

The Mist is old news to regular readers, but the range contains other great, simple-yet-efficacious products that won't break the bank.

The pricing is sporadic, with the more high-end eye cream, exfoliants and day and night creams pushing the top end. However, the Mist, Moisture Balancing Lotion and Pure & Gentle Cleansing Gel are all between £18.00 and £24.00, making them great value, especially for the sizes. 


The Cleansing Gel is not foaming, and is one of the few that does not strip or dry out my skin - and is a whopping 237ml/8fl ozs for £24.00. Combo skins and boys, this one is definitely worth looking at.

The main reason for the post is the lovely Moisture Balancing Lotion, which I have found myself recommending to quite a few people this summer. It rehydrates and rebalances, literally like it says on the pack, and does so without causing further irritation or clogging pores. Working on literally all skins, I tend to reach for it when I'm using a particularly active serum or pardon the phrase, sweating like a horse (sorry). A little goes a long way, and for £21.00, the 60ml is a good 20% larger than average for moisturisers.

January Labs is one of the brilliant up-and-coming independent brands based out of California and as such is not as easy to get hold of as some, but if you're daft like me, that makes you want it all the more. I know I know. I really should see someone about it. But it's FUN.

January Labs is available in the US from www.januarylabs.com and in the UK from CultBeauty.co.uk who do ship internationally to a lot of countries.

Cult Beauty lists all ingredients.






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18 comments:

  1. Will check them out, thanks! And please do more posts for oily skin/pcos my skin is a nightmare and I can't find anything that helps my huge pores :(

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  2. This comment has nothing to do with January Labs, although the products look lovely and I will check them out. This is more of a PSA for your readers who, like me, might have struggled with the annoying dry and flaky lizard skin that prescription tretinoin can cause. I have tried so many things over the years to combat it and even on the lowest dose, still struggled from time to time, though I love what it does for my skin otherwise (I will be 50 next year and no one I meet believes it. Not bragging, just the truth). Annnnnyway I have finally found a solution. This sounds like an ad, I swear it's not. You know how when you find something that works brilliantly you just want to shout it from the rooftops? This was the best place I could think to shout it. So what I've been doing is mixing a dab of my tretinoin with two pumps of the Drunk Elephant B Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel. No more lizard skin. Thank you for letting me have my shout. I love your blog, and videos Caroline, and have learned so much from you about skincare. You are the best.

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  3. Excellent .Was hoping for a good recomendation for my teenage boy who's just starting with spots. Thanks.

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  4. Hi Caroline! I have just started using the mist which is gorgeous and was looking at the moisture balancing lotion as a wish list item! I have had a breakout of adult acne for about a month now (at least that's what I think it is) but I'm not sure where to go for someone to tell me exactly what it is or how to treat it bar the doctor. Unfortunately none of the GP's have a special interest in skin at my surgery and there are no dermatologists near me, do I have any other options? My skin is getting worse and worse despite my *good looking* routine. I would really, really appreciate your insight!

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    1. There's an acne cheat sheet on the right of the blog! Check that out & go from there!

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    2. Thanks [v]! I know it sounds weird, but I'm not sure if it is actually acne or something else!

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    3. Obviously all our skin is different so what works for one won't work for another. But last year I had a breakout of acne that I haven't had since a teenager, I tried loads of stuff in panic and spent a small fortune trying to fix it, and of course made it worse. What helped in the end, was taking everything back to basics and using one product at a time and adding in something else a few weeks later to find out what was irritating my skin - turned out it was the product I had been using for years that I had developed an intolerance to, the one product I didn't think it could be because I had used it for so long without an issue. My skin took a good 6 months to clear back up.

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    4. Thanks Mandytalk, i'm glad you finally figured it out and your skin returned to normal. I forgot how much it can get you down - at this rate I can't even get any make up to sit properly on it to cover it up when I need to! I have such a solid routine but my skin is still just terrible.

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  5. Hi Caroline!
    Cultbeauty says the cleansing gel foams - "Activate with water till if foams. Then rinse to remove." - so i'm a bit confused, does it foam?
    If anyone knows, please answer, thank you! :)

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    1. It's not very traditionally foamy. Sort of like the Sunday Riley ceramic slip, if you've tried it before.

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  6. Hi Caroline! Sorry this doesn't relate directly to this post specifically but I was hoping you could advise or even blog/instagram post about products containing azelaic acid to help with scarring/pigmentation. I see Rodial do a couple of products containing this acid but wondered how I could incorporate it into a routine where I am already using P50 lotion daily? Would I be overdoing the exfoliation using a serum with Rodial's 'Super Acids' range too? Or maybe you could recommend something else?

    Sorry to make this such a personal to me post but other people might benefit too if they're curious :)

    Emily x

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  7. Hi Caroline, I just moved to NYC and my skin is going absolutely crazy. Blemishes everywhere. While the stress of the move has subsided for the most part, the skin problems remain. Any tips for dealing with dirty cities and polluted air? Should I be making any changes to my skincare regimen? xo

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    1. Tons of anti oxidants and sunscreen! And make sure you do a very thorough cleanse at the end of the day. Every time I holiday in NYC, I end up going for a deep cleansing facial at the end of the trip!

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    2. The change in the water does it to me. My skin is used to "hard" water - if I move to a "soft" water area now then it breaks out for a while, then gets used to it...then if I move back I have to go through the whole thing again! And I also find after being really stressed, it takes time for my skin to settle again, a couple of months at the least.

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  8. Just ordered this. Helps that cultbeauty has 15% off at the moment too! My skin has gone a little crazy with the summer heat - tons of comedones - but slowly decreasing. Can't wait for this to arrive! I'm assuming you would use this as a 2nd cleanse and a AM 1st cleanse, yes?

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  9. Yes! Oily/acne/dehydrated is me to a T and at my budget too!

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  10. I stocked up on the Moisture Balancing Lotion back in January (there's some poetry there about buying January Labs in January), and my skin was not, not, not a fan. I was surprised that I started having terrible adult acne breakouts since it's supposed to be so mild, but I think there's just something in there that doesn't agree with my skin. I'm thinking about giving it another go to see if I have the same reaction, but from my experience so far, it did not work with my oily, blemish prone skin. :(

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