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?

#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?

Morning must haves

It’s officially heater season and with it comes dry skin and a runny nose for me.

Fortunately I’m not having to worry about people seeing my flaky skin but it’s still a concern so I’m doing everything possible to protect my skin.

With all the skincare I have, I probably overdo my routine but I do have some staples I stick to:

Saturday Skin 10% Glycolic Acid + Pore Control Compkex (gifted) : helps refine and smooth skin’s appearance. I use this 4-5 times a week

Peach & Lily The Good Acids Pore Toner : an exfoliating toner that’s gentle enough for daily use. It’s designed to wipe away dead skin cells and has ingredients to keep your complexion clear, which is perfect for mask enduced acne.

Innisfree My Lip Balm : this is a mousse texture balm that instantly hydrates your lips. I apply this right after toner and leave on while I finish my skincare routine and makeup.

Fresh Beauty Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence (gifted) : this is for smooth, luminous skin and makes my skin feel instantly hydrated.

Saturday Skin Wide Awake Brightening Eye Cream with Avocado (gifted) : helps with dryness, dark circles and puffiness. This adds instant hydration to my undereye area.

Tatcha Serum Stick: a concentrated treatment and touch up balm. I use this on my chin, my eye socket area and between my brows. These are my driest and most wrinkled areas so I figure they require the high intensity stuff

Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence (gifted) : help with dryness, dullness, uneven texture and oiliness. This is described as “an essence that drenches the skin in esencial moisture” and that’s exactly what it does.

Saturday Skin Pretty Pop Probiotic Power Whipped Cream (gifted) : helps with dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. This is a great moisturizer that doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily and is lightweight.

Are any of these part of your morning routine? What are your must haves?

Dr Denese Skincare Review

I was gifted various skincare products from Dr Denese Skincare for review.

I love a brand that offers a full range of skincare products, I think it’s the easiest way for someone to establish a routine.
These products contain a range of ingredients including: Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen, Ceramides and Retinol to name a few.

I’ve been using some of these for a few weeks now, slowly integrating them into my existing routine, and I love the results I’ve seen so far.

One of my biggest concerns is a very oily t-zone, the face serum helps mattify this area without drying out the rest of my face and gives me a blurring effect.

The hydrating dream cream is hydrating without making me oily and the spf offers a lightly tinted matte finish that really smoothes out my skin, tones down my redness and doesn’t make me oily.

Of all the products, the sunblock is the one product that I was most blown away by. With this, I’m able to go without foundation and just set my face with powder and have an almost flawless complexion.

I enjoy using the eye masks before applying my makeup and I feel like it helps hydrate and absorb creams in this area. My favorite part of this are the little plastic tweezers that come on the inside of the lid to help grab the eye masks.

Overall I would recommend this product to anyone starting a skincare routine and also to any skincare junkie.

September 19 Weekly Empties

Even though it’s only Tuesday, I know I won’t have any other empties this week so here are my accomplishments!

Pixi Retinol Tonic – it was OK, I’m not really excited about the product or results for the cost

Available at Ulta


Petite N Pretty Fully Feathered Volumizing Mascara – I got this in a Boxycharm and I really liked the way it made lashes look but I don’t know that I’ll be paying the $16 for it but if this is in your price range I definitely recommend it!

Available at Ulta


Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat shampoo and conditioner – these lasted me a while because I wash my hair once or twice a week. I really like the oil and protective primer but the shampoo and conditioner left my hair feeling a little coarse, I have thick wavy, color treated hair. I won’t be repurchasing these.


Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Pads – I received these through Boxycharm and was able to buy backups from their pop-up sale because I really enjoyed these! They’re gentle enough to use daily or you can use them 3-4 times a week

Available at Ulta


And I used a few TonyMoly face masks which I love for extra and quick hydration

What empties do you have this week?

June BoxyLuxe

I’m actually really happy with this month’s box! The box contained-

– Kylie Skin Foaming Face Wash MSRP $24
– Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream SPF 30 MSRP $35
Tula Glow & Get It Cooling & Brightening eye Balm MSRP $28
Tarte Cosmetics Tartiest Pro Amazonian Clay Palette MSRP $49
Hallmart Collectibles Satin Pillow Case & Mask Set MSRP $50
Billion Dollar Brows Charcoal 5-Piece Brush Set MSRP $55
Pure Heals Propolis 80 Sleeping Mask MSRP $55
Bodyography Lip Pencil Set (Pouty and Rosewood) MSRP $28

Total value $324
Cost $55.11 (to southern California)

I used as many products from this month’s Luxe box as possible

I used the Tula cooling and Brightening eye balm, I liked the nice cooling sensation it gave me but I didn’t notice much brightening.

The Purlesse BB Cream feels like a light sunblock but doesn’t have a scent. It looks darker and thicker than it applies. I had to use my hands to apply it, you can see how light the coverage is in the pictures below, it gives a nice healthy glow and does even my skin out a bit. I used powder to set it


I used all the Billion Dollar Brow brushes – the cream bronze/contour wasn’t stiff enough for my cream bronzer but I think it would apply cream contour nicely. I used the powder brush for both my bronzer and blush. The bristles are loose enough that it applies a light layer of color, great for building up product or getting a natural look. The concealer brush – OUCH. I would recommend roughing this up a bit before using on your undereye, it’s too stiff and pokey

I already own the tarte palette and love it. I used: Bold /Whimsy /Edgy /Smoked /Trendy and Glam. Also used Glam as highlighter

Over all I’m very happy with this box

Working from home and Isolation

It’s been a little over 11 weeks since I’ve been working from home and I’ve been focusing on keeping a routine as much as I have been on being productive.

As easy as it may be to remain in my pj’s, skip: showers, hair brushing, makeup, I’ve been focusing on not doing these things.

I mean, my weekly outfits have become one set of bottoms for sleep, one set for awake time and different tops every day but at least there’s some variety!

The other thing I’ve been focusing on is my skincare routine and applying makeup everday. I’m able to focus more on my skincare because my skin spends more time without makeup on than it did before and I’m not in a rush to get going, but applying makeup is the real pick me up to my day.

I’m loving getting to expirement with more colors, colors I wouldn’t usually wear to the office, and trying different formulas I wouldn’t in the past.

Working on figuring out this cream liner formula
A pink liner moment

So far I’ve learned I don’t hate shimmery blushes and bronzers as much as I thought I did and maybe dewy foundation actually works better than matte.

Some days I only apply lisptick, or eyeshadow and mascara. Even doing the simplest of makeup helps lift my spirits.

I believe that sticking to these routines have really helped keep me grounding in these uncertain times.

How have you been adjusting or coping?

Mamonde Essence Mask

Available at https://www.octoly.com/c/hf1f7/r/hb70x

Mamonde gifted me with these face masks
This face mask is so thin and feels like a second skin while my face absorbed all the “skin loving ingredients”! It had a nice scent that made relaxing so easy and it didn’t slip around at all. After 20 minutes my skin felt soft and hydrated.
The best part is these masks are biodegradable!
The other part of this brand that I really connected with is the the work they’ve put in to help protect honey bees

Who ever looks good in a face mask anyway?
OK, maybe this guy

Thank you again to Mamonde and Octoly for the opportunity to try this product

Henné Organics

I received a lip trio from the brand Henné Organics to try and here are my first impressions

I like the sleek and simple packaging. All of the products close with a satisfying “click” that makes you feel like everything is staying tightly sealed and fresh.

The serum lid twists off and the serum is applied with a nice 24k plated metal roller ball. What I liked best about this is that it applied easily and did not get stuck as some of these types of products tend to do. It doesn’t have a heavy oily feeling and it has a berry scent that reminiscent of a berry candle. The scent is a bit strong for my liking but it fades away after application. This is meant to “help firm the lips and reduce the appearance of lip lines” but is not meant to replace a lip balm.

The balm was surprisingly soft, but that could have been because of the heat when it arrived, and also felt very nourishing and hydrating. It has a slight coconut scent, but it’s the real coconut scent, not the usual artificial almost piña colada scent.

The lip tint has the slightest color, the one I received is in Intregue, perfect for a light touch of a black cherry tint of color. It also has a nice coconut scent leaves the lips feeling hydrating and is available in four shades.

Farmacy Daily Greens Moisturizer

I was gifted the new Farmacy Daily Greens Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer to test and here are my first impressions:

Now available at Sephora!

The first, and most important (to me), thing to note is this does NOT smell like papaya. The moringa definitely drowns out the papaya scent with its fresh and springy scent.

Second, this isn’t your typical gel moisturizer that feels wet and gooey. I would say it’s more of a hybrid between a gel and light cream moisturizer.

It’s vegan, cruelty-free and contains four types of hyaluronic acid.

From Farmacy’s website

Overall it left my skin feeling hydrated and not at all oily.

While I enjoy the packaging I wish it came with a scoop to help get the product out, or it came in a more hygenic container.

It claims to help clear pores and reduce shine as well as soothe minor irritations. I’m excited to keep using this and see if I notice a difference in my pores and the amount of shine my skin has. (while I don’t want to have dull skin I also don’t want to look like I’ve been well oiled throughout the day)