Glow time: Three Ole Henriksen products you need to try

Okay, so I know I just chatted about skincare this past Friday, but I really wanted to devote a whole post to a particular brand who recently came out with new regime that will definitely have people talking about your skin.

Ole Henriksen recently introduced a new set, The Glow That Starts Rumours, which includes three star products targeted to transform your routine and deliver glowing skin. Included in this set, which all come sold separately as well, is the Glow2Oh Dark Spot Toner, the C-Rush Brightening Gel Creme, and the PHAT Glow Facial.

Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial

Start first with the PHAT Glow Facial (C$65), which is similar to the Drunk Elephant Baby Facial I chatted about last week (except this one is available in Canada). This facial, which can be used twice a week, contains PHAs, an exfoliating acid which is similar to AHAs in that they deliver skin-perfecting, age-fighting results, but these are fats (hence the name and PHAt), so they are a bigger molecule.  PHAs don’t go as deep into the skin and they loosen up the surface layer of skin to reveal newer, fresher skin below. Pump some of the formula onto your fingers and then apply it to the face where it will turn from pink to white. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse off with a damp cloth. Afterwards apply the rest of your skincare routine.

I love using these facial products as they really help to up my skincare game (I like applying them right after a mask on Sundays).  It also is a nice treat to my skin and helps it even out skin tone, gives skin a radiant glow, illuminate skin, and more.

Ole Henriksen Glow 2O Dark Spot Toner

The next step in this routine is the Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner (C$37) which is a toner with a high concentration of AHAs and witch hazel water designed to reduce the look of dark spots in as little as seven days.  This toner will also help to combat fine lines and wrinkles, as well as smooth out texture.

The formula contains sandalwood, chamomile, and liquorice extracts and is perfect to use morning and night.  You’ll get a slight tingling with this toner (I love the sensation), but that way you know it’s really working to penetrate skin for a deep clean, prepping you for your serum and moisturizer.

Ole Henriksen Brightening moisturizer

Speaking of moisturizer, finish up your routine with the C-Rush Brightening Gel Creme (C$58), which is a moisturizer designed to deliver 24-hour hydration, brighten and firm skin, and target fine lines and wrinkles.

This moisturizer is powered by three sources of vitamin C (for addressing signs of aging) and Rose of Winter (which is rich in antioxidants to help nourish and condition skin). The peach-tinted gel creme instantly illuminates and hydrates skin and will improve your makeup application as it creates a smooth, hydrated canvas for your foundation.

You can purchase these items separately or save some cash when buying them together for $122 USD. I really love all these products and with winter upon us, now is definitely the time to stock up on some goodies that will save your skin this season.

Have you tried Ole Henriksen products?

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Smooth & sleek: Top skincare products for November

If you watch my Instagram stories, you’ll know I get a lot of skincare.

I don’t know what is going on in the beauty world, but it seems like all brands care about right now is skincare. There is a revolution behind having great skin and truthfully, I’m all for it since all the makeup in the world can’t cover bad skin.

Since I get in so many items I’ve been holding them and instead of doing separate posts on each one, I wanted to do an anthology of products for each month.  Since the temperatures are dropping fast here, it’s really important that you are taking good care of your skin since cold weather often means dry skin.

Here are my top picks for November..

Bioderma Sebium H2O collection

Bioderma Sebium H2O collection

If you suffer from oily or combination skin, then this is the collection for you.

From French skincare brand Bioderma, their Sebium H20 collection features a number of products aimed at targeting oily and blemished skin.

Start first with their infamous micellar solution (C$13.90 for 250 ml), which cleanses, removes makeup, and purifies the skin without drying it out. I love using this stuff to remove makeup since it does such a great job of removing everything prior to using my cleanser. If you are more of a makeup wipe kind of girl, then take a look at their Sebium H20 Cleansing Purifying Micellar Wipes (C$12.90), which contains 25 biodegradable wipes which has the same formula as the micellar solution, but in a single-use wipe format.

Afterwards, go in with the Sebium Oily Skin Purifying Foaming Gel (C$22.90), which gently cleanses and purifies the face without dry it out. The formula cleanses skin, reduces the number of blemishes, and limits sebum secretion as well.

After your face is nice and clean, use the Sebium Lotion (C$19.90), which acts like a toner to rebalance combination to oily skin. Pour some of the product on a cotton round to help refine the skin’s surface texture and tighten pores.

Finally, if you suffer from acne, try using one of their new products in this line, the Bioderma Global Cover (C$21.06), which is a high-coverage tinted treatment that acts to rebalance the composition of sebum to restore its natural protective functions and prevents new blemishes from forming.

The formula contains AHA esters and salicylic acid, which is commonly found in acne products to help clear pores and smooth out the skin’s texture. This product is also rich in pigments and magnifying powders to cancel out any shine.  The green colour also helps to neutralize redness as well.

Indeed Labs No Acid Facial Pads

Indeed Labs noAcid Pads

I’ve always been a fan of the products that Indeed Labs comes out with since innovative products that feature alternative ingredients to popular items that are already out there (plus bonus points since they are a Canadian company!).

The newest item to the line is their noAcid Pads (C$19.99) which are a gentle alternative to acids. I’ve tried a few different at-home acid treatments that usually come in presoaked pads that you apply to your skin a few times a week or nightly.  The use of acid in your skincare helps to intensely exfoliate skin and regenerate it for a better complexion. You may have heard about acid peels in dermatologist’s offices and these at-home products work the same way, but on a slower timeline and at a less-intense level.

Indeed’s product contains ingredients that will revitalize and improve overall skin texture since acids often leave skin feeling dry and irritated. The noAcid pads contain active probiotics and natural extracts from yarrow and Japanese cedar buds to exfoliate and reveal new skin and retexturize it for a youthful appearance. This product will refresh and tone skin, remove dead skin, brighten the look of skin, and reduce the appearance of pores.

These come in a jar and contain 30 single-use pads which are safe to use every day, morning and night, after cleansing your face.

St Tropez Gradual Tan Watermelon Infusion and Kiehls Breakout Control Spot Treatment

Kiehl’s Breakout Control Targeted Blemish Spot Solution

I recently reviewed one of Tula’s new products, their Keep It Clear Acne Spot Treatment, but if you are Canadian like me, it may be hard to pick up that product unless you’re planning a trip to the States.  If you’re looking for something easier to find, then take a look at Kiehl’s Breakout Control Targeted Blemish Spot Solution (C$37).

This targeted acne treatment helps to rid your skin of acne and blemishes thanks to salicylic acid to refine the skin’s texture. It also contains anti-bacterial properties to get rid of acne-causing bacteria, oil-absorbing ginger root extract to soothe skin, and frankincense to help reduce sebum production.

I love using these treatments when I get a pimple, since I’ll put a dab of this stuff directly on the zit and after a few days it disappears. I’ve been using an Olay version for years but have retired it for this one and the Tula one. I know a lot of people like to pick and pop zits, but if you can contain yourself, definitely try something like these products instead.

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Watermelon Infusion Everyday Moisture Miracle Body Lotion

Okay, so I’ve talked about how I’m ghostly pale a lot on here.  As much as I wish I was born with beautiful olive skin, I wasn’t, so therefore I have to rely on self tanner.

I don’t usually self tan unless it’s summertime or I have an event or trip planned, mostly because I’m super lazy and self tanner is expensive, but now that it’s pretty much winter in Winnipeg that means dry pale skin.

I’ve been slathering on body lotion every night before bed to keep my skin nice and soft, but it’s still pale as hell. That’s where St. Tropez’s new moisturizer comes in.

The St. Tropez Gradual Tan Watermelon Infusion Everyday Moisture Miracle Body Lotion (yes, that’s a mouthful), is an everyday moisturizer that will gradually build up to a medium-coloured glow. The best part is that it doesn’t have that dreaded self tanner smell, instead it smells like watermelon, which is much more pleasant.

This stuff locks in moisture for up to 72 hours and will gradually leave you a sun-kissed glow when used regularly (and none of that awful self tanning smell).  The product is infused with hyaluronic acid and absorbs quickly into the skin.  I like to apply this with a self tanner glove just in case it leaves you with orange palms, but the formula glides on smoothly and is definitely more of a moisturizer texture as opposed to a self tanner.

When I first started using this, I wasn’t sure how “gradual” it would develop my tan. After one use I saw some noticeable colour and was quite pleased with the results. Since it does have tanning properties in it, you obviously want to cover your body in it (whereas I would normally use moisturizer on my legs, arms, and chest), otherwise you may look a little uneven. That also means that you’ll use up the bottle much faster, which at C$38 a pop, it’s definitely not a cheap moisturizer.

Regardless, I still recommend picking this up if you enjoy self tanner. You could also rotate it out every second day or so to make it last a little longer.

Drunk Elephant Baby Facial

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial

Speaking of items you can only get in the States, Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial is only available stateside for now, but if you’re planning a trip down, definitely pop into Sephora and pick this guy up.

This weekly treatment ($80 USD) is a pro-quality AHA/BHA facial that reveals improved skin texture and tone, as well as a more youthful radiance. This stuff gently exfoliates the pore lining and gets rid of built-up dead skin cells. It contains a high percentage of 25% AHA (Health Canada hasn’t approved this level of AHA, hence the lack of availability in Canada at the moment), as well as two per cent BHA to smooth texture while minimizing the look of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Apply this once a week and leave on for 20 minutes then rinse off. You’ll notice that there is a slight tingling/burning sensation, which is totally normal. Afterwards, apply a serum to your face and the rest of your skincare and you are golden.

I’ve been using this product every week since September and love how it makes my skin look and feel. I’ve loved all of Drunk Elephant’s products in general, so I knew I would love this one as well. If you suffer from stubborn skin then I would highly recommend you look into investing in this product.

Alumier MD skincare products

Alumier MD EverActive C&E and Sheer Hydration Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40

As much as skincare found at department stores and the drugstore can get rid of a number of skin issues, sometimes you need something a little more powerful.

Alumier MD is a medical-grade skincare line that you can find at doctor’s offices and contains medical-grade ingredients that are stronger than the stuff typically found at Sephora. If you are looking for something heavy duty to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, then give their EverActive C&E a shot.

This serum is a high-strength vitamin C and vitamin E serum that is designed to revitalize skin and reduce the appearance of ageing. The antioxidants in the formula neutralize free radicals and protects against UV damage, whereas the vitamin C and MATRIXYL Synthe’6 strengthens and brightens skin.  This serum is unique in that the container actually separates the vitamin C in the cap, which when released into the serum, will start to work right away. Typically, when they are mixed together, the vitamin C oxidizes, so by the time you purchase the product it’s no longer beneficial to the skin.

This serum comes in a pack of three with one dropper. Apply a few drops in the morning and then follow up with your moisturizer and sunscreen.

Speaking of sunscreen, you should be applying some sort of SPF to your face every morning (regardless if you are even stepping foot outside at all). Their Sheer Hydration Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40 is a great option to pick up with the serum since it provides protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Mary Kay TimeWise Moisture Renewing Gel Mask and Hydrogel Eye Patches

Mary Kay Cosmetics HydroGel Eye Patches and TimeWise Moisture Renewing Gel Mask

I don’t know about you, but with the sun setting so early now I just want to go to bed at like 6 p.m.  Not only that, but I feel like I’m tired all the time. Because of this, it’s actually been perfect timing to receive some new goodies from Mary Kay.

The brand has recently released their Mary Kay HydroGel Eye Patches (C$45 for 30 pairs) which are designed to wake up tired eyes thanks to gel patches that you place under your eye area.  These crescent-shaped patches hug the eye area and instantly cool and soothe the skin, boost skin hydration, and diminish the look of puffiness and dullness.

I like using these in addition to their TimeWise Moisture Renewing Gel Mask (C$26), which gives you 10 skin-renewing benefits in one ultimate mask.

Apply this to your skin to lock in moisture, diminish signs of stress, plump your skin, minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and breath new life into tired skin.  Apply both these products for 20 minutes twice a week, or you can also leave the mask on all night for an overnight treatment. For an extra-special treat, store the eye patches in the fridge to cool tired eyes.

Tula Bestsellers kit and travel kit

Tula Bestsellers Skincare Essentials Kit and Travel Kit

You guys know I’m a Tula diehard, so when I got a couple of their new sets in the mail I was ecstatic to dig into them right away.

I’ve tried a lot of Tula products and can honestly tell you that their stuff works wonders, so if you are interested in picking up your own routine, then here is your chance. The beauty brand just came out with their Bestsellers Skincare Essentials Kit, as well as a travel-sized kit containing all of the same products (aside from one).

The Bestsellers Skincare Essentials Kit ($138 USD, a $50 savings!) comes with everything you need for a complete skincare routine. In this set you get full sizes of the following:

  • cult classic purifying face cleanser (6.7 fl oz)
  • so polished exfoliating sugar scrub (2.9 oz)
  • 24-7 moisture hydrating day & night cream (1.5 oz)
  • face filter blurring & moisturizing primer (1 fl oz)
  • glow & get it cooling & brightening eye balm (0.35 oz)
  • blue cosmetic bag

I already use a lot of these products every day and can honestly tell you that they all rock!  Although most of these are essentials, I wish they would have swapped out the scrub for their toner, but hey, a scrub is great to use once or twice a week as well.

If you already use Tula and are looking to bring these products along for a trip, or if you want to try them out but don’t want to invest over a hundred dollars on a routine you’re not sure about, then take a look at their Bestsellers Travel Kit which includes minis of all the products except for the Glow and Get It Eye Balm (I wish they would have just thrown this in here too since it’s so compact anyways).

In this set you get:

 

  • cult classic purifying face cleanser (1.69 fl oz)
  • so polished exfoliating sugar scrub (0.38 oz)
  • 24-7 moisture hydrating day & night cream (0.56 oz)
  • face filter blurring & moisturizing primer (0.23 fl oz)
  • TULA blue bag

The travel set retails for $52 USD and has a $70 value. If you are unsure of Tula or want to try out a variety of products, then this is definitely a good set to pick up. These minis will last you a while and give you a good idea of how these products work wonders on your skin.

Don’t forget, you can score an additional 20% off your Tula order with code SHAYNA.

There are so many great skincare products to try out this month and if you’re eyeing any of these, take a look to see if the particular brand has released a holiday gift set with that item.  The holidays are the perfect time to pick up new skincare items since you can usually find some great sets that would cost as much as a single product.

I’ll have some wonderful skincare sets coming up in my holiday round ups, but until then, let me know if you’re loving any of these items currently.

 

Please note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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Feeling royal: Juicy Couture releases limited-edition makeup collection


I’ve always wanted to have an early 2000s party. It would consist of The Simple Life on repeat, a playlist of Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child, 50 Cent, Usher, and then other nostalgic items like a Motorola Razor, the original iPod, and a multicoloured Louis Vuitton Speedy. The outfit would obviously be Ugg boots and a Juicy Couture sweatsuit.

I never had the full-on sweatsuit but I did have a Juicy zip up which I was so excited to get and something I wore with pride (I always made sure to have that J zipper showing). Although Juicy Couture had its heyday in the 2000s, the brand has been making a comeback lately with collabs left, right, and centre (most recently with Canadian brand, Brunette the Label). Although the tracksuit trend died out in the 2000s, the brand’s perfume line actually has consistently stayed strong (and one of my favourite actually), and they recently came out with a new version of their popular Oui perfume (which I’ll get to in another post) and also released the cutest makeup line I’ve seen in a while.

Juicy Couture makeup collection

Juicy Couture initially launched their makeup line last year, which was inspired by their original Oui perfume, and since Oui Glow just came out, the brand released a new limited-edition run of colour cosmetics to go with it.

The collection consists of a few favourites from the last collection, as well as new ones. There’s three shades in their Glitter Cream Lipsticks, a Oui Slay liquid eyeliner, a Metallic Lip Lacquer, a Liquid Eye Velour Paint, a Bling Queen Highlighter and a Bows Before Beaus Cheek Flush.

The brand was very generous and sent me all three new shades of the Glitter Cream Lipsticks, two of the Metallic Lip Lacquers, a Liquid Eye Velour Paint, and the Oui Slay Eyeliner.

Juicy Couture makeup Glitter Cream Lipsticks Juicy Couture Makeup Glitter Cream lipsticks swatched

Every product in this collection is a showstopper as the packaging is truly unique, girly, and just something you want to throw in your purse (regardless of if you will be using it that day or not).  My favourite item in the collection is hands down the Glitter Cream Lipsticks ($18 USD), which feature a cream lipstick with glitter around the entire bullet.

Available in five shades (three of which are new: pink, fuchsia, and purple), these lipsticks give vibrant, creamy colour with a touch of sparkle. Seriously, the first time you open these you will audibly say “oh my gawdddd” since they are so pretty. Looks aside, I was actually very impressed with both the pigmentation and wear on these beauties.  All three colours are beautiful, glide on the lips perfectly, and stay put for hours (even after eating, drinking, sweating, etc.).

Juicy Couture makeup Metallic Lip Lacquers Juicy Couture makeup Metallic Lip Lacquers swatched

Their other lip product is the Metallic Lip Lacquer ($18 USD), which is available in three shades similar to the shades in the lipsticks.  I received two of them (My Shining Armour, fuchsia; and Yes Your Majesty, light pink) and these are actually quite a unique texture.  Just by looking at them I actually thought they were glosses, but they go on as a very pigmented foil texture and then dry down quickly leaving you with a metallic finish. My Shining Armour is a very hot fuchsia colour that really stands out on the lips, whereas Yes Your Majesty is a light pink sparkle which is very stunning, as well as incredibly holiday appropriate. Truthfully, this product is very different from anything else in my collection and the packaging of the product as well definitely makes it stand out.

Speaking of packaging, the brand’s Liquid Velour Eye Paint ($18 USD) are nearly identical in packaging (they all feature a doefoot applicator by the way) and is available in three shades as well.  I got Champagne Showers, which is a sparkly gold shade, however, there is also a lilac (My Fur is Faux) and a fuchsia (Where is my Tiara).

Juicy Couture Oui Slay eyeliner and Champagne Showers liquid eyeshadow Juicy Couture Oui Slay eyeliner swatched

This product is an iridescent liquid eye colour that you apply with the applicator on the lids and then use either your fingers or a brush to blend out.  I like layering this gold over top of powder shadow for a nice pop, or underneath as a base for the rest of my eye look.

Finally, to complete your eye look, grab the Oui Slay Eyeliner ($18 USD), which is a black felt-tip pen eyeliner that will give you the fiercest cat eye.  There really isn’t much to say about this since it’s your typical black eyeliner but it does feature the most perfect pointed tip which really allows for a precise line. The colour dried down quickly and also didn’t smudge at all. It also delivers very pigmented colour on the first swipe, which is great since some eyeliners make you really press down or go over the line a few times.

Overall, I’m very impressed with this collection. For a brand that doesn’t focus on cosmetics, I think they did a bang up job creating these items and would definitely recommend picking some up (especially those lipsticks, I cannot stress this enough). In terms of Canadian availability, I’m not sure where these are sold locally here (I’m actually surprised that Shoppers Drug Mart doesn’t carry it… or maybe they do, but it’s not online).  You can order these items off the Juicy Couture website though.

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