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Working Hard or Hardly Working: Yes, I’m Still Downsizing!

The past couple months has been a slow one for using up products it seems – like anything else, when it rains it pours, but in those in-between times, it seems to be a bit of a drought.  I’m just on the precipice of finishing a handful of products, but before that happens, I want to round up all the items that I finished before I began my beauty challenge – I want to be fair and transparent (lol can you tell I work for the government?), so when the time comes to match products used to products bought, I’ve got clear evidence to show you that I’m still following the guidelines.  Meticulous to a fault, eh?The list of products below are pretty boring, I have to say – most weren’t very memorable and I wouldn’t repurchase the majority of them.  There are also a handful of samples that seemed to take AGES to finish, despite some being tiny.  Anywho…enough chat – let’s hop to it!Phyto Phytheol Intense Shampoo and L’Oreal Total Repair conditioner.  The former is an anti-dandruff formulation which I had hoped would help with my seasonal dry scalp, which I thought was dandruff.  Turns out, its more likely dermatitis, as per my dermatologist – surprize, surprize, the girl with eczema has one more skin issue to worry about.  Yay…. 😦  Anyway, this didn’t do a lick for my scalp, but since I don’t seem to have dandruff, I can’t really give it a fair rating.  I think there are probably treatments out there though that are more effective and far cheaper than this.

L’Oreal’s Total Repair conditioner was OK, but absolutely nothing to rave about and to be honest, I just stopped using it a few weeks ago and already I don’t remember what it was like.  It wasn’t as hydrating or as smoothing as I wanted it to be, so there’s that.  I can tell you that I already enjoy my current conditioner, an Infusium23 product, wayyyy more.  I bought this because it was on sale.  End of story.Philosophy’s Purity cleanser.  I’m sure everyone and their dog has tried this basic product at some point.  It’s a good standby and I didn’t have any issues with it, but jeez louise this size lasts AGES.  I know that’s a great thing for some, but for Miss ADHD here, I get bored halfway through and am just dying to use something else.  I always feel that there could be something better.  This cleanser didn’t irritate my skin, but I didn’t find it soothed it either, and right now while I’m fighting tooth and nail to keep my skin under control (this cold, cold Winter is doing a major number on it!), this just isn’t going to cut it.  Great for slightly sensitive skin or, of course, non-reactive skin in general though. The Body Shop’s Wise Woman Eye Cream, Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum, and a mini jar of Vaseline (though apparently I took the label off…?).  The Wise Woman eye cream was nice, decently hydrating but nothing crazy either way, so if you’re super oily/dry, you’ll probably need something else.  It didn’t help with my dark circle, which was one of it’s claims, and I’ve had other eye creams that kept my undereye area more supple.  But for $24CAD, it was a decent price and lasted me a good year or more.

I’m not going to talk anymore about Ole’s Truth Serum – I know you’ve heard enough!!!  If you haven’t though, or need a refresher, see my original post here.  I’m on my second bottle of this now.

Ah, Vaseline.  A medicine cabinet must, even though overall I’m not a fan of petroleum.  But I use this on my lips every night before bed and my pucker stays nice and hydrated for the most part, so for the couple bucks it costs, and the length of time it lasts (seriously, like 2-3 years for this tiny thing…crazy), I’ll keep on buying it!Another Vaseline product – Intensive Rescue Soothing Hand Cream.  I really liked this a lot – it wasn’t as occlusive as the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula, but it softened my hands big time and kept them moisturized for hours.  It even helped with some of my eczema patches, which is always a bonus in my eyes.  It had a relatively thick consistency but abosrbed fairly quickly and didn’t leave my hands greasy.  I can’t remember the price but it was something like $8.99 – around the same as Norwegian Formula etc. Here’s a sample size of Aveda’s Smoothing Body Polish.  I haven’t owned a body scrub in a while – in keeping with staying away from abrasive products as a whole, I’m sort of off the scrubs – but I picked this up in the Fall and used it sporadically here and there.  It had a fairly good granular quality though I never felt that I left the shower super-smooth, so not sure what that was about.  It worked better on damp skin than fully wet.  I wouldn’t buy the full size.More samples!  I’ve had the Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel for years, but finally got on finishing it last year.  It was pretty great, actually – the scent made me nervous, kind of floral and pretty strong – but it didn’t seem to irritate my skin that I noticed.  It comes as a fine powder, with you put in the palm of your hand and add water, then it foams and you apply it to your face for 30-60 seconds and the enzymes exfoliate.  It did make my face feel really smooth afterward, and this sample, if I had used it consistently (say, every 2-3 days) would have lasted me a few months – you only need a bit of powder each time.  If there were no fragrance, I’d pay the $60-odd dollars for the full-size of this; crazy price, but it was pretty lovely.

The CoverFX Nourishing Foundation Primer and Anti-Aging Serum was another sample that lasted quite a while considering its just a little packet.  I normally don’t include those types of samples, but because it lasted so long I thought it was worthwhile.  If I recall, Liz did a post on this a few months back, that was pretty thorough.  I don’t remember it too much, but I think it was nice enough – definitely more like a treatment serum than a primer, as Liz noted.  I think there are a bunch of different formulations of these, and they aren’t cheap, something like $39CAD?  I wanted to buy one but the packing is sooo tiny for that price!  Funny the things I’ll shell out for and those I won’t eh?

That little sample jar on the right was the Philosophy Help Me that I tried out.  I still maintain that it worked quite nicely considering my skin is almost always flared up and red these days – it didn’t add to the irritation – but the fact that the retinol in the ingredients is soo far down the list concerns me.  Obviously that would contribute to why it didn’t irritate my skin, but at the same time – do I want to pay $59CAD for a product that doesn’t really do what I bought it for???  The sample lasted almost a full week using it nightly though, so it seems to go pretty far.Finally, some makeup!!  Though sadly, only one product here is full-size; the others are all sample sizes.  Nonetheless, I got through them!  Here you see a random eyebrow comb that broke (both ends – the comb part you still see is just attached for show) which I included just because.  Then we have a Clinique Lash Doubling mascara sample – this is probably my second fave mascara by the brand after High Impact.  Gives nice volume and some length, but doesn’t clump at all.  Then below it, is one of Clinique’s Vitamin C Lip Smoothie’s in Strawberry Bliss.  The lip smoothies have antioxidants in them to help keep the lips healthy and more youthful looking.  This shade was just a dark but sheer pink shade, but it was really nice and I think the color would look good on almost anyone.  However, this sample went fast – I didn’t use it all that often and even so, it was gone in two months.  I also found that the texture of the gloss is a bit thicker than I’d like – not a big issue, just something of note.

Underneath the lip smoothie, we have a Long Last Glosswear SPF15 by Clinique, another sample size, in Knockout Nude.  Nice cool shimmering beige-nude shade that looks good on most skintones, but I find the newer glosswears with SPF get sticky faster than the old ones without sunscreen.  And they get funky after a while and develop this nasty plastic-type smell.  No thanks!  You can see I didn’t finish it – and I don’t plan to! I also didn’t finish the L’Oreal On-the-Loose shadow pot in Five Alarm below it – if you recall I swatched this with my new L’Oreal Infallible shadow I bought a few weeks ago, and realized how much nicer and more pigmented the newer one was.  And also, I had to bite the bullet that this old shadow was over 10 years old, so it HAD to go.  It’s still got about a 1/4 of the container left, but…oh well!

Lastly, we have a sample jar of a MAC Pro Longwear concealer (shade NC42).  I included this because this was another sample that lasted forever – I had this for several months and was using it on my undereyes almost every day.  It was ok – it covered my darkness but didn’t completely erase it.  I’m terribly fussy with undereye concealers and have yet to find one that lives up to my expectations, to take my review with a grain of salt – for some, this might be total love, as it does conceal better than some and is buildable.  However, the pump dispenser on the full-size is irritating because it gives too much product (you only need a small dot), so that’s a turn off.  I wouldn’t buy the full-size, which retails for $21CAD.

So there’s the rundown of what I’ve used up in the past while, up to January 20th.  Moving forward, anything that I finish now counts toward a new purchase – remember, its one for one in skincare, and two for one in makeup.  Sometimes this seems like no biggie, other times, I find myself just about to pull the trigger on a new product…..only to be reminded that I gotta use ’em to buy ’em!  Rats.

Wishing everyone a great weekend!!!  If you get out shopping, make sure you let me live vicariously through you OK???

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Review: Ole Henriksen Truth Revealed Set

For Christmas this year, my sneaky boyfriend went on the blog and did some research into what I was lemming in the holiday season.  He noticed that I kept raving about the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum, so he did one better: he gifted me the Ole Henriksen Truth Revealed Set, which contains a full size Truth Serum, a full size Total Truth Eye Crème SPF 15, an a 1oz size of the Truth Revealed Super Crème SPF15 (regular size is 1.7oz), priced at $94CAD.  It came at a good time, because I was just running out of my serum, and I’m on the last couple uses of my current SPF day cream, Clinique Super Defense.  I’ve been using the set for the past couple weeks, so here’s the rundown on this ‘truthful’ trio.

The Truth Serum Collagen Booster is the first step, and one I’ve written about in detail before.  The Truth Revealed Super Crème SPF15 is described as a ‘rich anti-aging crème [that] leaves the skin with a light sheen and luminous glow. It hydrates and soothes skin while fighting the signs of aging as it firms, boosts cell proliferation, and scavenges free radicals. Truth crème is ideal for all skin types, with SPF 15 protection.’  The crème has a lovely smell, the same as serum but a bit lighter.  I find the ‘rich’ consistency almost too thick, and bit hard to spread – it sort of feels gummy, and takes about 10-15 minutes to absorb.  The serum felt similarly sticky (but the feeling dissipates quickly) so it must be a common ingredient.  Though it says it’s ideal for all skin types (I feel like I read somewhere that it is oil-free), I think it’s better suited for combination to dry skin due to the slight heaviness of the formula – I don’t think it would be suitable for oily+ skin, or very dry.  Unfortunately, it contains fragrance in the ingredient list, but its noted last, and thankfully doesn’t seem to be causing any issues for my skin at this point.  It does not contain parabens.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cocoglycerides, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Schinus Terebinthifolius Seed Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Algae Extract, Pulullan, Calcium Ascorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Extract, Corylus Avellana (Hazelnut) Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Bisabolol, Allantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Ceteareth-20, Aminomethyl Propanol, Sodium Phytate, Citric Acid, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance/Parfum.

The Total Truth Eye Crème SPF 15 is described as a ‘richly textured eye crème designed to renew and protect your eyes. [It’s] formulated with Omega 3 extracts that nourish and hydrate to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and micro algae and tri-peptide 5 strengthen and firm. Broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen protects against sun damage for total age-defying results.’  It’s also supposed to improve microcirculation to help treat dark circles.  Also containing no parabens, the eye cream has the same consistency as ‘Super’ crème but even thicker, somehow, though amazingly neither ball up under makeup despite less than ideal formula.  It takes a while to absorb as well, and leaves slightly shiny cast until it fully soaks in.  I found that it caused slight creasing in my undereye concealer due to how rich it is, and I suspect it has been effecting the wear time as well.  Again, I think this product is better for combination to dry skin, as it is heavier.  There doesn’t appear to be fragrance in this however (wise, as its to be used around the eye area!), and I notice only the slightest odor which does not resemble the other two Truth products.

Ingredients: Active Ingredients: Octinoxate, Octisalate, Avobenzone. Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glycery Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Ceteareth-20, Phenoxyethanol, Algae Extract, Pullulan, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Plukenia Volubilis Seed Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Allantoin, Schinus Terebinthifolius Seed Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Alcohol, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Hyaluronate.

My thoughts overall are not entirely favorable.  While I love the serum, the two creams don’t quite measure up.  As often happens, preventative cosmetics are hard to review, as you aren’t really going to see the benefits until much further down the road.  Unfortunately for these creams, I can’t say I’ll give them an extended run because the texture leaves much to be desired.  While not entirely problematic, I find that it is absolutely necessary to use a primer all over and under the eye in order for my makeup to stay in place – and even then, it tends to slide off my face in a much shorter amount of time.  As I noted, these products seem to be best suited for those with a drier skin type – and even then, I wonder if it’s something in the formulations which don’t allow for proper penetration?  I’m no cosmetic science geek, so I can’t say.  All I know is that the effect of these two additional products on my skin isn’t favorable – I’ll be keeping their use strictly to days in which I’m wearing little to no makeup.

Have you tried these products?  What is your verdict?

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Review: Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser

Last month I wrote about the lovely Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser, and how much I was enjoying it.  Turns out, it’s just a touch too strong for my Winter skin – as I walk to and from work every day, the cold weather can really take its toll, so I need to use gentler products than usual.  The Boscia Cleanser is going to be perfect once the warmer weather comes back around, as it really cleans the skin well, but for now, I need something a tad less effective.

I picked up a travel size of Ole Henriksen’s African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser last month while at Sephora, and initially was using it in the morning, with the Boscia cleanser at night.  Now, I’ve flipped my routine, and I’m using only water on my face in the AM to perserve more protective oils on my skin through the brutal walking commute, and then the Ole cleanser at night to remove all traces of makeup, dirt and oil.  I find it quite effective at multi-tasking, and unless I have very heavy makeup on, I don’t require using a makeup remover first.The smell of the Ole cleanser is very pleasant, just like the Truth Serum – it has the same kind of fruity scent, not identical, but in the same vein (there’s blackcurrant seed oil in there, so that could be it).  It has a pump dispenser that creates a foam as it comes out – which is actually a drawback in my opinion, as I find this makes the product get used up faster – and the foam feels sort of creamy when applied to the skin.  Once rinsed, my skin feels clean yet not stripped in any way (it contains shea butter, which helps) – aside from my usual two dry patches of eczema on my forehead, and around my mouth, my normal-to-slightly oily skin could go without moisturizer.  In fact, I think this system of just rinsing with water in the morning, and using this cleanser at night has improved the two patches considerably, which makes me extremely happy!This is a fairly no-frills cleanser; though it states it contains antioxidants, I’m not sure how much it’s truly doing for my face in that regard.  But, it’s very effective and is a perfect cleanser for slightly dry/normal/slightly oily skin, as it cleans very well but not to excess.  I think it would also be suitable for sensitive skin (as it states in the description), as it hasn’t irritated my eczema in any way, and as I said, may be contributing to the improvement of it.  Even just due to the smell alone, I think this product would replace my beloved Purity cleanser as a great basic cleanser that could be used in a pinch in all seasons and situations.  At $38CAD for 7oz, it’s a bit of an investment (Purity is $28CAD for 8oz), but I’m enjoying it so much that I wouldn’t mind paying that price for such a lovely product!  Unsure? Try out the travel size – $12 for 1.5oz, it’s a great way to see if it’s right for you.

Have you used this product?   What are your thoughts about it?  Do you have a staple cleanser that you always know you can fall back on?

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Healthy Skin Ahead: A Review of Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum

For the past month, I have been revamping my skin care routine, trying to streamline it so it addresses exactly what my skin needs – hydration but oil control, with a focus on anti-aging – while being gentle enough to not cause irritation and eczema flare-ups. I think I’ve gotten it down, and my skin for the most part is happy and healthy, which I am beyond happy about.  One of the products to contribute to my issue-free skin is Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum Collagen Booster ($60CDN for 1 oz).Before I get to the review, let me first detail what this product is designed to do (as per the website and Sephora):

Like a daily vitamin for your face, this high powered vitamin C complex helps smooth out lines and wrinkles and prevents further damage. Loaded with antioxidants to fight off environmental aggressors and moisture-binding ingredients to keep your skin nourished and protected, this aromatic serum is absorbed instantly and penetrates to the deeper layers of the skin to provide long term results. Sensitive skin prone to irritation will benefit immensely from the calming properties of this oil-free serum.

Ingredient Benefits
Grapefruit and orange extract – Purifying, astringent, brightening
Green tea extract – Protects against damage with antioxidants
Licorice extract – Evens out skin tone
Rosehips extract – Repairs and strengthens with concentrated vitamin C
Sodium hyaluronate – Binds moisture to the skin
Vitamin C – Calms, heals and strengthens collagen
Vitamin E – Heals, restores and nourishes

Water (Aqua), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Calcium Acerbate, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Euphrasis Offinalis Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Oleth-20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Benzophenone-4, Sodium Hyaluronate, Thioctic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Fragrance (Parfum), Yellow 6 (CI 15985).

Designed for all skin types, this ten-percent vitamin C skin booster is an anti-aging treatment that smoothes and firms the skin, as well as increasing brightness and hydration (yay!) and offering antioxidant protection (double-yay!).  It’s oil-free, weightless, and has calming properties that are beneficial to sensitive and irritation-prone skin types (ME!).So there’s the low-down.  I’ve been using this serum every morning for the past month after cleansing and before applying moisturizer (I usually try to wait as long as I can so the good stuff has ample time to penetrate), and I’ve been pleased with the product thus far.  I am in love with the orange scent it imparts, and how quickly it absorbs into the skin.  I really wanted to find a ‘supplemental’ product that I could wear underneath a sunscreen/moisturizer combo without making my skin too greasy, and I think I’ve succeeded!  It has the slightest sticky texture, but it dissipates within a minute and just leaves my skin soft and smooth. One pump is enough to cover my entire face and neck, but the bottle is on the small size (which is standard for serums), so we’ll see how long it lasts.  As far as effectiveness goes, it’s hard to say as I don’t really have an issue with dullness – and unfortunately, I find that because these types of products are mainly preventative, as such you don’t see many *results* per se, because it works over time to keep the skin looking young and at it’s best.  On the upside, I haven’t had any adverse effects (though, to cover the bases, please read Liz’s comments about the serum to see another side of the story), and for me that’s worth it’s weight in gold with the trials I’ve been having with my eczema.

I’m pretty excited that I’ve found a serum that addresses several of the items on my skincare wishlist – when this bottle runs out, I’ll be definitely shelling out the funds for a new one.   I feel good about the ingredients, and I’m so pleased to see that fragrance is at the bottom of the list – that’s my number one criteria for any products I buy now (that or lacking fragrance at all!).  I would recommend this serum to anyone looking for a little something extra to add to their regime to ward off aging and keep the skin smooth and supple.  This is my first Ole Henriksen product and it gives me a great reason to try some of their other items!

Are there any serums you’ve tried that you would/would not recommend?

*This product was received for consideration from the brand/company’s PR*

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