Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Mini Collection

I’ve heard here-and-there hype about the Ole Henriksen skincare brand so I bought a a little intro kit of some of the products: the Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Mini Collection.

I’m always on the hunt for some good quality skincare products, particularly for brightening, lightening up dark spots and evening out skintone.

I’ve had a lot of success in the past with Vitamin C serums for brightening and I’ve discovered and have been using AHA exfoliants over the last year, which I find awesome at giving my skin a healthy glow and diminishing redness.  So, when I saw that this little set contained a Vitamin C and an AHA exfoliant I thought it was right up my skincare alley!

I will go through each product and tell you what I thought of it.

The Sephora website describes the set as follows:

What it is: A daily regimen developed for an effective, easy, and healthy skincare routine to treat all major skin concerns.

What it is formulated to do: This travel-sized trio of multitasking bestsellers work in synergy to brighten, resurface, and hydrate the complexion by harnessing vitamin C, essential fatty acids, and alpha hydroxy acids. Transform your skin in as little as seven days.

Truth Serum® Collagen Booster is a daytime antiaging serum with five-source vitamin C complex to brighten, firm, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and prevent future damage. The oil-free, lightweight, brightening moisturizer.

Sheer Transformation®, contains licorice root and multifruit AHAs that diminish dark spots and sun damage while providing intense free radical protection.

Invigorating Night Gel™ is an overnight resurfacer with a 12-source AHA complex to smooth texture and fine lines, even skintone, and minimize the look of pores.

What it is formulated WITHOUT: – Parabens – Sulfates – Phthalates

This set contains:
– 0.33 oz Truth Serum Collagen Booster

– 0.25 oz Sheer Transformation Brightening Moisturizer
– 0.25 oz Invigorating Night Gel

Truth Serum Collagen Booster

I love using vitamin C on my skin and I was excited for this product. A very long time ago, Avon used to make a vitamin C serum that I used religiously and it made such a noticeable difference in my skin — I’d get compliments on how even-toned, smooth and radiant my skin looked. But then Avon discontinued the serum – AGGGH!!

Anyway, I always compare any vitamin C product I use to that Avon serum and sad to say, but I still have yet to find “the one” that even comes close.  This Ole Henriksen serum didn’t give me any noticeable changes to my skin (I’d been using it for a few weeks).  I know that it might take longer than a few weeks to see any obvious results (i.e. faded discolouration, even skin tone), but I don’t have really high hopes for this one. I’m not sure what percentage of vitamin C is in this serum (maybe that’s why it’s not working as efficient for me?)

I might continue on with this — I don’t like wasting product unless it’s truly horrible for me or if I really just don’t like it.

I give the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster: a SHOULDER SHRUG 

Sheer Transformation Brightening Moisturizer

This is a very lightweight, yet hydrating moisturizer. I used this a few times during the day, but mostly in the evening (it doesn’t contain SPF, which is a bummer because I would love to use it as a daytime moisturizer).

This absorbed into my skin very quickly and left it feeling soft and hydrated.

The small amount I had in the .25 oz jar lasted me only about a week and a half with use almost every night during that time. Not sure that if I had a bigger size jar to use over a longer period of time, maybe I would’ve seen more results. But with the amount I did have to work with, I can’t say I’ve seen any dramatic changes in my skin.

Would I repurchase?  No. It’s a decent moisturizer, but I’ve used much more effective ones and for much less of the cost.  Plus, I try my best to stay away from jar packaging (sometimes you just can’t though!) – once you open up a product with active ingredients, you lose its’ benefits! And of course, it’s lack of SPF for use in the daytime is a no-no in my books.

I give the Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Brightening Moisturizer: a THUMBS DOWN

Invigorating Night Gel

We all know exfoliating is necessary to get glowing skin.  AHAs and BHAs are the best ingredients to acheive this. This product is AHA-based and is meant to resurface the skin. In my experience, AHAs work really well for me. I’m a HUGE fan of the Nip and Fab Glycolic Pads , the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads and also the Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixer — all good AHA exfoliators.

The Invigorating Night Gel is very similar to the Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir in texture and formula with gel like consistencies. Both do feel a bit tacky once absorbed into the skin. The amount of product I got with the ING lasted me almost 2 weeks. I can’t say that I noticed any significant results; I actually like the results of the Olay AHA product a bit better. With that said, for me, using AHA products help to make my skin feel smoother and reduce any redness on my face. For that, AHA exfoliants have been a staple in my skincare regime for about a year now.

Would I repurchase this product?  No. The drugstore options like the Nip and Fab and Olay are better priced and work better for me personally.

I give the Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Gel: a SHOULDER SHRUG

I purchased this set from Sephora for $28Cdn.

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May Birchbox (Canada) 2015

It’s that time of month again!  No, not THAT time, ladies.  I mean, it’s Birchbox time!

In the past, I’ve tried to sample the products before doing a blog post, but I just get so overly excited about getting my Birchbox that I want to share my goodies with you as soon as they arrive at my doorstep!  So, if I do get a chance to sample the product(s) before my monthly Birchbox posts, I will definitely share my thoughts.  Just like I did with the Beauty Blender and Benefit Roller Lash Mascara. And if there’s anything I recieve that I think deserves a post all on its own, I will do a separate post on those!

But for now, my goal is to share with you as quickly as possible, each month, the contents of my Birchbox!

No. 4 Non-Aerosol Hairspray:  Nothing to special to say about this — pretty much your typical, non-aerosol hairspray. Holds well. Doesn’t have much of a scent so this is something I’ll probably keep in my desk drawer at work (the company enforces a ‘no-scent-policy’ for those that might be allergic to scents). Great small travel size for the purse too!

BeeKind Body Lotion:  This is a very lightweight body lotion infused with honey and organic chamomile extracts. It has a really refreshing, zesty scent and I’ll definitely be using this in this warmer weather. Absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling soft.

LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil:  This is a high-gloss semi-sheer lip colour in the shade Menatour (a purpley-pink with blue undertone). The formula of this is really nice — glides on smooth and quite pigmented for a lip gloss crayon. However, this shade does not suit me at all! I’ll be giving this away to a friend.

Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Wash:  If you noticed in the photo, this body wash tube is completely empty! That’s because I used it all up already! This was a really nice body wash — lathered up nice and rinsed off clean. It’s infused with marine extracts and smells so ocean-y and refreshing. Definitely a product I would consider purchasing the full-size of!

Raw Spirit Fragrances Desert Blush Eau de Parfum:  This scent is described to have notes of Austrailian boronia, ylang ylang, jasmine and sandalwood. Slightly floral and musky at the same time, this scent is ok, but not really my cup of tea. When I smell this, I imagine this would be nice worn on a summer evening out; not really a day scent if you ask me.

There you have it – my May Birchbox!

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Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

For a high-end mascara this one has been on the lips (or lashes, more appropriately) of many beauty junkies out there.  I was super excited to find a sample size of this in my April Birchbox.  You all know I’m a total mascara loving freak and I couldn’t wait to try this out!

According to the Sephora website:

What it is:
A mascara inspired by hair rollers, this super-curling and lifting mascara gives a sexy, wide-eyed look. Its patent-pending Hook ‘n’ Roll™ brush features tiny custom-designed hooks to catch, lift, and curl even short and straight lashes.

What it does:
Bye-bye, eyelash curler! Roller Lash not only lifts and super-curls, but this instant curve-setting formula holds for 12 hours, is easy to remove, and contains provitamin B5 and serine, known for their lash-conditioning benefits.

I am very particular about mascaras — I’m always looking for one that lengthens, curls and seperates. The Benefit Roller Lash DEFINITELY delivers on all fronts!

I wasn’t too surprised that it would work great because of the design of the brush. First off, it’s a rigid plastic material with very short bristles — in my experience mascara brushes that are designed this way are the best for getting right to the root of the lash, pulling up to separate with minimal/no clumps and lengthening.

The formula is great. Not clumpy, not too wet. And it’s not marketed as waterproof, however, I find that being a waterproof mascara lover myself, this lasted all day long, with out flaking or smudging whatsoever.  Very impressive!

There are so many awesome drugstore mascaras out there that work really well for me and I won’t be giving up on them any time soon!  But if I ever had the urge to splurge on a high-end mascara the Benefit Roller Lash is definitely on the top of my list!  For now though, I hope this this little sample size lasts me a while… I don’t know though because I’ve been using it every single day since I got it!

This retails for $29 Cdn at Sephora.

I give the Benefit Roller Lash mascara: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried this yet?  Like or dislike?

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