Olay: ProX and Regenerist range

I’ve had a few compliments on my skin over the last few months and I am convinced it’s mostly because of the skincare products I’ve been using. These are not new products on the market, but to me they are and for the last 4-5 months of using these consistently, I’ve noticed a good difference in my skin!

Olay ProX and Regenerist line

Olay ProX and Regenerist line

I’m all about the anti-aging stuff. I’ve done my research, heard super great things about these products so I decided to give some of the products in the Olay ProX and Regenerist lines a try. Here are the products I’ve been using and what I think of them so far:

Olay Pro-X Age Repair Lotion SPF 30:  In my opinion, THE BEST SPF daytime face moisturizer I’ve tried yet. Why?  First off, it’s SPF 30 which is an awesome level of SPF protection for the skin, especially the face. Second, this DOES NOT leave a white cast on my face and it does not leave it looking shiny. Third, this blends in so smoothly and doesn’t have the typical thick, sunscreen-y feeling that most moisturizers do, especially with anything higher than an SPF 15 (in my experience, anyway). And last but not least, it’s got GREAT anti-aging skincare ingredients – the SPF, niacinamide, and vitamin E. A little pricier than most drugstore moisturizers (but much less than higher-end, Sephora/department store brands) but definitely worth the investment. This is fragrance- free and comes in an easy to pump container. I don’t think I ever have to search for another SPF moisturizer for the rest of my life – this is a forever winner in my books!

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum:  This fragrance-free serum has been a great addition to my skincare routine. Before my moisturizer, I apply one pump of this silky, smooth serum onto my skin and it makes my face feel well, silky and smooth!  It’s got niacinamide (a stellar anti-aging ingredient proven to lighten sun spots and scars) and other super anti-aging ingredients including antioxidants and peptides. My face is hydrated and feels radiant after using this.  It actually has the ability to blur my pores, has a bit of a silicone-y feel – I’ve tried using this as a makeup primer and it works wonderfully.

Olay Pro-X Nightly Purifying Micro-Peel:  You know I’m a BIG fan of using glycolic acid as a gentle exfoliant that helps to reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage – one of my favourite products is the Nip & Fab Glycolic Pads . When I  saw the Olay night treatment I jumped at it because having had great results from the pads I use during the day, why not amp up the treatment at night while asleep?  This product may have up to 10% glycolic acid which is why I think it works so well. After using this every other night, I notice my skin being brighter and less dull. It’s fragrance-free and has a light, watery texture. After cleansing my skin in the evening, I’ll rub about 3 drops of this into my palms and apply on my face – no need to follow up with moisturizer unless I feel I have to.

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream:  I use this cream only at night as it has no SPF.  This cream has a multitude of antioxidants that are beneficial to the skin and I like the fact that these are working for me overnight.  The cream is a light texture however it provides very good hydration – for dryer skintypes this would be a dream; for combo-oily skintypes like me, it still works but does leave a bit of an oilier feel – nothing too obnoxious that would stop me from using it though.  It comes in fragrance and fragrance-free versions. I try to stay away from skincare products that come in jar packaging (less hygienic, ingredient effectiveness lost when jar open/closed constantly) but I couldn’t resist with this cream. I wish it came in a squeeze or pump tube! I always wake up to plump and hydrated skin after using this cream.

Have you tried any of these products?  Like or dislike?  Any recommendations for me?

Thanks for reading!

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NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

To some of you reading this, this might be “just another NARS Sheer Glow Foundation review”.  But to those who aren’t familiar with this foundation, you might find this helpful! In all honesty, I blame all of the YouTube beauty gurus that I follow – this foundation seems to always be on everyone’s list of favourites, so I had to see what the hype was all about myself!

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Stromboli

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Stromboli (Medium 3)

I’ve tried many foundations – mostly drugstore and a few high-end. This NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is the most expensive foundation I have purchased to date ($58 Cdn for 30 ml). But with the 15% off VIB discount this past spring, I actually don’t feel that guilty about it!

Sephora says:

What it is:
A glowing, satin-finish foundation with sheer and buildable coverage.

What it does:
This Sheer Glow Foundation enhances, without masking, your overall natural complexion. The weightless formula hydrates the skin while complexion brightening properties improve skin brightness, radiance, and texture, leaving skin with a luminous, sensual glow.

What else you need to know:
Suitable for normal, normal-to-dry, dry, and very dry skin types.

The shade I purchased was Stromboli (for medium skintones with olive undertones). I’d say this is a near to perfect match for me; a little on the light side but nothing that a bit of bronzer can’t fix.  The NARS Sheer Glow foundation range has a very good selection of shades, from very light to very deep – this is also why a lot of people like this foundation because in terms of colour-matching, you’re bound to find a shade that works for you.

I’ve tried applying this with my fingers, a buffing brush and a beauty blender.  The application with the beauty blender was the best for me – it left me with a light-medium coverage, very natural looking with a semi-matte finish. As far as “sheer” goes, I would disagree; this definitely provides a good amount of coverage. The formula is neither too thick or too thin – it’s easy to blend out and doesn’t set that quickly so you have time to work with it.

I found that as I wore this foundation throughout the day, it actually looked better – more natural and skin-like.  They say this foundation is suitable for normal all the way to very dry skin types, however, me having combination skin, I didn’t find this to slip off my skin or anything like that. Set with a powder and I was fine – wear time a good 7 hours, I’d say (that’s typically with a primer underneath).

Overall, I like the natural, yet medium coverage this foundation gives me. For the price point, I can’t say that it’s totally worth it, but I have been reaching for it over a few of the more affordable foundations I typically use like the L’oreal True Match Lumi.  I really like how it wears throughout the day – stays put, decent coverage, while looking natural.

I like this foundation, but I can’t say I love it (as much as everyone else seems to). I will definitely keep using it – nothing to complain about really. For that price, I intend on using up every single drop!

I give the NARS Sheer Glow foundation: a HIGH FIVE

Have you tried this foundation?  Like or dislike?

Thanks for reading!