Thursday, 27 November 2014

Vitamin Science Vita A Calming Serum | Review and Giveaway!

I must confess, I am rather partial to facial serums. Actually, it's pretty safe to say I am a little obsessed with them. The serums that I enjoy the most, and reach for on a daily basis will typically contain a nice cocktail of skin loving ingredients that will protect, hydrate and soothe my acne prone skin. As a general rule, serums typically contain more concentrated amounts of active ingredients, and less "filling" ingredients. Their thin, fluid consistency allows them to be absorbed quickly and easily. I tend to rely on them much more than any high tech expensive moisturiser for those reasons.
I love that I can easily incorporate a serum into both my morning and evening skincare regimes, and I often choose different serums depending on how my skin is looking and feeling. And of course they do feel just lovely to apply...let's not forget the sensory aspect!

I was recently contacted by Luxola , an online beauty shopping mecca based in Singapore, and given the opportunity to trial the Vita A Calming Serum,  from the Korean brand Vitamin Science.

 Keep on reading to see what I thought of the Vita A Calming Serum, and find out how to enter for the chance to try it for yourself!

Vita A Calming Serum is an extremely lightweight, slightly milky serum that claims to contain all natural and organic ingredients.

The serum claims to assist in anti-aging, the prevention and treatment blemishes, hydrating and protecting the skin, and decreasing inflammation. I had to do a bit of research regarding some of the ingredients that I had not heard of, and indeed had difficulty pronouncing!

The serums' base is primarily Aloe vera, Glycerin, Hyaluronic acid and Jojoba seed oil, all lovely hydrating and soothing ingredients. A couple of the more unfamiliar (to me) ingredients included Pinus Koraiensis Seed extract, Portulaca Oleracea extract (commonly known as Pigweed), Scutellaria Baicalensis ( skullcap extract ), and Paeonia Suffruticosa Extract ( Peony Root extract ). Phew.

Interestingly,  these ingredients have been used for many years in traditional Chinese medicine with the express purpose of decreasing inflammation, improving the elasticity of the skin, providing an anti-irritant effect, and anti-oxidant protection to the skin. 

Vitamin Science, though new to me, have been in the skincare business for 15 years, and claim to be paraben free, contain no animal ingredients, and do not test on animals.

I have been using the serum over a period of 3-4 weeks, and though I cannot comment on any anti-aging claims, I can say that I found it to assist in the overall reduction in redness and inflammation in my skin. I also found that my skin texture was smoother and looked more refined. It absorbs rapidly, leaving my skin feeling comfortable and refreshed. I also found it to be quite hydrating, despite it's almost water like consistency, something fellow oily/combination/dehydrated girls might appreciate.

This serum does contain fragrance, and I was suprised to find that fragrance was listed as the last ingredient, because it is really quite noticeably floral, and does tend to linger on the skin for around 10-15 minutes. Something to note if you have issues with fragrance in your skincare.

Follow the link here and you will find that Vita A Calming serum is currently 40% off, normally $69.23, now down to $41.54! 

Luxola have a large number of both cosmetic and skincare brands..well worth a good mooch around!

I also have a discount code that you can use for your first order with Luxola;

Enter the code  LX-LOUISE at the checkout for 20% off your first order. This code is available to use storewide, with the exclusion of the following brands; Sigma, SK11, Derchos by Vichy, Vichy and Skinceuticals.

This code is valid only until 30th November 2014. This is not an afflilate link, I do not receive renumeration or any benefits if you use this code.

Giveaway Terms and Conditions;

The winner will receive one Vitamin Science Vita A Calming serum 30ml

1. This giveaway is open to Australian residents only.

2. You must be over 18 years of age, or have your parents permission to enter.

3. Please leave a comment, in the comment section in this blog post below, telling me your name, and your current favourite serum, and why you love it!

4. One entry per person only.

5. This giveaway will end on Thursday December 4th at 12 Midnight ( ESDST ) Sydney time.

6. If you are happy to, at your discretion,  leave either an email address, or your Instagram account name in the comment to assist me to contact you.

7. I will announce the winner, chosen at random, on this blog post on Monday December 7th. If you have not left me a way to contact you, do check back on that date to see if you have won!!

EDIT: This giveaway is now CLOSED. The winner has been contacted and the prize has been received. Thank you to those who entered!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Lou xo


  1. I don't have much experience with serums: I'm not sure I can justify another step in my beauty routine but it's something I do feel I should get into as I age (boo!). I've been quite impressed with moisturisers and foundations that have been '+ serum' - particular the Max Factor Ageless Elixir foundation which gives great coverage and lasts well.

    (My instagram username is azp74)

  2. My current favourite is Lancome Visionnaire (yikes!). I tried a sample and was kind of hoping that I didn't like it because of how expensive it is...but I fell in love with how silky smooth it makes my skin! So I've just bought the full size, poor wallet :(

    I haven't heard of Vitamin Science before either but this serum sounds lovely! x

    (IG: @bonnbeaute)


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