Olehenrikson #Oleglow Challenge

Back in April Olehenrikson reached out and asked if I would be interested in receiving some complimentary products to review as part of a 3 week skincare challenge. Since I’ve used and like their products I said yes. After filling out a survey regarding my interests and skincare needs I received the following products

The C-Rush Vitamin C Gel Moisturizer was one I had received a small sample of in the past but nothing enough to help me form an opinion and I have the Banana Bright Eye Cream which I enjoy so I was happy to get to try more of this line.

I was especially excited to try the Glow2OH toner because I had my eye on this for a while now due to the dark spots on my cheeks.

Here is my over all review based on 20 days of using only Olehenrikson products including the following gifted products:

▫️Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum 

▫️C-Rush Vitamin C Gel Moisturizer

▫️Truth Juice Daily Cleanser

▫️Good Night Retin-ALT Sleeping Cream

▫️Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner

I also used the Olehenrikson Phat Glow Facial Mask mask (purchased in my own) and the banana bright bright eye cream (also purchased on my own) 

Over the last 20 days I’ve only used the five gifted products for my skincare routine and I have seen a very noticeable difference in the overall health of my skin.

My skin has a natural glow and is lacking the dullness I had when I started this routine. It looks more hydrated and suptle and has made applying makeup so much easier because I require less to get that healthy look I like.

The biggest difference has been in the redness and dark spots on my cheeks. I’ve been so self conscious about these areas and I always have to add some more foundation here but after 20 days of using these Olehenrikson products I find myself with a lot less to cover up!I didn’t expect to see much of a difference because the challenge coincided with work trips to a much colder environment than where I live and with a vacation to a much hotter environment but having these products helped keep my skin balanced. There were a couple of days while on vacation that my skin felt so dry and even got flakey, but after two days of using the overnight cream, the Vitamic C Serum and the gel creme my skin was back to feeling soft and smooth.

I was happily surprised at the difference just 20 days made and have already shared my results with friends and family with high recommendations!

I’m so happy and grateful to have gotten to be a part of the Oleglow challenge and will definitely continue using these products and looking to add more into my routine!

Have you tried any of these or any other Olehenrikson products that your would recommend?

Hair care

Let’s get into this like it hasn’t been over three weeks since I last posted 😅

My hair was never the priority in my grooming, mostly because I just didn’t know how to handle it. It’s thick and tends to get frizzy and poofy and overall always looked dull.

About ten years ago (omgosh I’m old!) I started really taking care of it, getting regular cuts, trying heat protective products, leave-in conditioners, the works.

Most recently, I’d say about three years ago, I stopped blow drying and using any kind of heat in my hair almost all together. Mostly it was because I got lazy and just didn’t want to “do” my hair. The plus side is, my hair started looking and feeling a lot healthier. I trained it so wasn’t washing it as often and my natural waves were really coming through. The one thing I did change is I bleached and dyed some of it and fortunately I didn’t get any of the frying dead looking hair I was scared of.

Then covid hit and I went an entire year without cutting or bleaching my hair, I could still touch up the color at home, and my hair went straight into nothing but buns. There were many days I didn’t even brush my hair. I struggled with wanting to brush my hair because it was always so tangled. No matter what products I use, which I try to keep minimal to avoid build up, I have this spot at the base of my neck on the right side that gets so matted.

Well, now that I’m having to interact with people again it’s time to get my hair back into shape.

A cut and color touch up went a long way but I was still dealing with how tangled my hair would get.

In a moment of desperation and curiosity I picked up a “tangle free” plastic/silicon brush and let me tell you, it’s been life changing!

I don’t know what it is about this brush but whether my hair is wet or dry this brushes through it so nicely! I’m able to get rid of the matted parts at my neck with a lot less breakage and tears.

This entire post has lead me to this: if you find yourself struggling with your hair, and haven’t found something that helps with brushing, try this out!

I found mine at my local TJ Maxx for about $5.

Natasha Denona Glam Palette V2

Oy, I just checked and this palette is sold out at Sephora again and with good reason!

This palette is so pretty and the layout makes it so easy to create a variety of looks. I personally don’t like that the shadows don’t have individual names but the formula makes up for it.

I’m not usually into cool toned palettes but this color story is so easy to use. I realize it’s not very “Spring” but, inside my house all seasons feel the same, lol.

The mattes in this palette are very buildable so you don’t have to worry about going in too harshly and then blending for ages to soften the edges. The metallics are so soft and they apply nicely with a flat brush or your finger. I didn’t even use glitter primer with this look and the shadows still looked so beautiful.

I hope this palette becomes available for the Sephora Spring sale.

Other products used in this look :

  • The Crayon Case Blush Binder for bronzer and blush
  • Highlighter is CP Monster SSC with
  • Jaclyn Cosmetics Spark$ over
  • Lippie stix Hike House
  • Elf camo CC gream
  • DIOR forever foundation

#carselfies

These days my car selfies are looking a little different

My car lease was up and I’m trying to decide if I want to get another car or use alternative transportation given how little I leave my house and how close my job is (and working from home plays a big impact too)

I want to try to test this out for a month or two and how I feel afterward. I’m also hoping that not being able to just jump in my car and go somewhere will help curb my spending habits. Fingers crossed!

Maybe I’ll get a moped or scooter, haha.

Here is what I look like under the mask today

Products used:

  • Lancome Clarifique Exfoliating & Hydrating Face Essence with Glycolic Acid (gifted)
  • Supergoop Mineral Sheer Suncreen spf 30 PA++ (gifted)
  • Colourpop Rendezvous palette (discontinued) , Cool Breeze shadow stix
  • Natasha Denona Metropolis palette and setting powder
  • Morphe 25B (to set shadow base)
  • Tarte Ave Princess contour palette
  • Tarte four pan blush palette (discontinued) and BB tinted primer broad spectrum over
  • CYO foundation (discontinued

I was reall impressed with the BrowGal brow pencil (received in Boxycharm or Ipsy). It’s soft and makes it easy to fill in your brows AND it comes with a built in sharpener

Have you used any of these products?

Colourpop Eye look V1

Not sure if the previous Colourpop palette posts count but I’m calling this V1 because I’m using shadows I’ve depotted and placed into one large palette.

This is the x-large palette I used to combine several of my small Colourpop palettes. It wasn’t an easy decision, especially since most of my Colourpop impulse buys are due to the packaging, but I love being able to see all my options.

I did have to label the shadows myself and at some point I stopped including what palette they were from but it is easy to Google the shadow name and see what palette it was in.

Shadows used :

  • Champs from Yes, Please
  • Top Notch from All I See is Magic
  • Hard from Double Entendre
  • Elfish from Dream St
  • Money Tree from Fortune
  • Juicy Fruit

The highlighter is a recent Jaclyn Cosmetics loose highlighters and the bronzer is from the Tarte Ave Princess palette.

How do you feel about depotting palettes?

Fresh Kombucha Cleansing Treatment review

I was gifted this cleanser through Octoly a couple of months ago and I’m hooked!

This is a no-rinse cleanser that offers skincare that “refines the look of pores , and protects the skin’s barrier with prebiotic inulin” for clarity.

What is inulin? In ways I was able to understand: it acts as food for the good bacteria that lives on our skin which makes sense why it claims to protect the skin’s barrier.

I love that this removes my makeup and doesn’t leave any kind of residue but does hydrate and soften my skin.

This is a product I’ll definitely be purchasing and highly recommend even if it’s used after or along with another cleanser.

Eyelook and Mascara Review

I received this LA Girl Cosmetics Jetsetter mascara free to test. I was excited to test this because I’m all about inexpensive mascara, regular price this is $7US at Ulta and the brand goes on sale fairly often.

The key benefits claimed are:

  • Buildable, smudge-proof, paraben free formula
  • Sky high lift and length
  • Water and flake resistant

In my experience the formula is not buildable nor does it provide any kind of lifting or length.

To get my lashes to look as shown in the pictures, I had to apply three coats of mascara. I would have done another layer to make them darker but on the third layer my lashes started to clump and look like spider legs. I waited until the mascara dried to brush through my lashes with a clean spoolie which made them less clumpy. Having done this I can attest that the mascara is not flakey.

I give this a three out of five stars and would not recommend it.

Have you tried this mascara? What are your thoughts?

Wet N Wild Mega Protein Mascara

I’m not usually picky when it comes to mascara, in fact my favorite mascara is an Essence Lash Princess mascara that’s $4. However, when it comes to this WNW mascara, it is awful.

I picked it up hoping it would be another great inexpensive mascara (also because I didn’t have a mascara on me and didn’t want to spend money on one, haha), but it’s not. It feels greasy, maybe it’s the “protein”, and it doesn’t do much for my lashes. It actually clumps them up and makes them look sparse. Even though it stays feeling greasy, it does get hard to comb through which is how I’ve managed to get my lashes to look decent.

I’m trying to use this up, because I’m stubborn and because I hope it somehow becomes better. Once this is gone I’ll be sticking to my Essence mascara.

Love in London V2 look and life

Oy, it feels like it’s been a year since I last posted. I’ve been trying to stick to a Monday and Friday schedule but even that seems to be too much for me. I’m going to continue to keep that as a goal but more than anything I want to keep blogging because I want to, not because I feel obligated.

With that said, here is a look using BH Cosmetics Love in London palette in different lighting.

I’m surprised at how much I’m loving this cool toned palette. It’s been so easy to combine shades and they’re so wearable.

Have you tried any BH Cosmetics products?

Love in London palette look

The BH Cosmetics Travel Series collection has several location eyeshadow and highlighter palettes and so far these are the only palettes I’ve tried. The destination theme is a little sentimental because they can be of places you’ve traveled to or want to travel to, which is exactly how they got me *face palm*. Once I tried the first palette I was hooked and purchased a couple more palettes.

Today’s look is using the Love in London palette. This palette has a more neutral, lighter color story than I typically gravitate towards.

The palette is about half matte and half shimmer colors. The mattes build up nicely and blend out easily. They are a little powdery but that doesn’t affect the quality.

The shimmers are nice and buttery. They can be applied with a wet brush or over a sticky primer to show up more pigmented.

I used the two mattes, Cheers and Picadilly, in the crease and to darken the crease and outer part of the crease/lid. I used NYX glitter primer all over the lid and went in with Duchess on the outer part of my lid, over Picadilly, to smoke out the look more. Then I applied Biscuit over the rest of the lid and finished the look with Palace in the inner corner.

I used Picadilly and Duchess on the lower lash line.

I loved how this look turned out and am excited up try out more looks.

Do you have any of these palettes?