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Friday, March 10, 2017

Glow with OLEHENRIKSEN | Balance Collection Review*

'REJUVENATED.  VIBRANT.  YOUTHFUL.   Since 1975, skincare expert Ole Henriksen has been transforming complexions and indulging the senses by expertly blending the power of nature and science to reveal glowing, healthy beauty. Inspired by his Scandinavian upbringing, Ole brings his cheerful personality to his line of skincare that delights consumers with powerful performance ingredients and glowing results.'



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A few weeks ago (almost a month now), I tweeted about starting the 10 Step Korean Skin Care Routine. Not too long after, Influenster kindly sent me OLEHENRIKSEN Balance products to try and so I incorporated these new gems into my skincare routine. I plan to write a separate post covering my take on the entire routine so stay tune!

OLEHENRIKSEN did a whole new brand relaunch with an updated minimalist design. Each product line is color-coded and clearly features each product benefits so you can easily identify the right product for your skin concern.

'Why shine when you can glow?'

The Balance Collection is green and it feels so zen to me! This collection addresses those like myself who deals with oily/combination skin. Having such skin concerns, I want products that will prevent me from looking like a greasy frying pan! OLEHENRIKSEN states that the Balance products
  • Controls oil
  • Mattifes
  • Refines pores
All three products we're going to get into below contains a special green fusion complex (a blend of green tea, eucalyptus, algae (kelp), and Irish moss extracts) and neem seed oil (oil pressed from the seed kernals of the need tree which is a tropical, evergreen tree in India).

FIND YOUR BALANCE™ OIL CONTROL CLEANSER ($25 USD - 5 OZ.)



I really love this Oil Control Cleanser! Along with green fusion complex and neem seed oil, this cleanser contains glycolic and lactic acids. It reduces excess oil and cleanses pores - without stripping skin and helps loosen and lift dead skin cells that can build up in pores.

The product is sort of a thick gel when you squeeze product from the tube, so you only need a little bit! It lathers up really nice while I'm massaging the cleanser onto my face and I can feel my face tingling (both lathering and the tingling reassures me that this cleanser is really working!) which makes me enjoy cleansing my face for a little bit longer than I usually would. 

After I rinse my face with cool water, my complexion feels so fresh and clean! The Oil Control Cleanser really does cleanse well because when I go to the next step (toning), there's no traces of makeup or dirt on my cotton ball.


BALANCING FORCE™ OIL CONTROL TONER ($26 USD - 6.5 OZ.)


This toner absorbs excess oil without stripping skin and helps unclog and minimize the appearance of pores. Unlike the Oil Control Cleanser containing glycolic and lactic acids, the Oil Control Toner has salicylic acid and AHAs

I love the extra cleanliness my face feels when using this toner! Unlike other toners I've used in the past - this one does not dry out my face. I'll get a few pimples/bumps here and there and this toner helps soothe them and they would be gone the next day.

FYI, the Balance Collection features an invigorating eucalyptus-peppermint scent which I love but for those who are sensitive to smell may not care for it. I find the minty scent stronger in the cleanser and toner but subtle in the moisturizer which we will get into below.


COUNTER BALANCE™ OIL CONTROL HYDRATOR ($34 USD - 1.7 OZ)


The Oil Control Hydrator claims that it improves foundation wear for up to 8 hours. I've used this hydrator underneath my makeup and have no issues with makeup slipping or wearing off easily. 

Containing rosehip fruit extract and AHAs, this Oil Control Hydrator is perfect for oily prone skin. It is hands down, my new favorite moisturizer! This gem is ultra-light, controls oil, and mattifies. Let me repeat the last part, MATTIFIES - y'all... I have not used a moisturizer that mattifies before. I never thought that a moisturizer could achieve a matte finish until I started using this (Dear Ole, you've changed my world!).



In my skin care routine, I use the OLEHENRIKSEN Balance Collection in the evening because these products contain glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, and AHA's (alpha hydroxy acids). It's suggested that when using products containing acid ingredients, it's best to avoid sunlight because skin irritation can possibly occur and so I think it's best to let the products work its magic while you're sleeping. The Balance Collection can be use day and/or night but if your skin is sensitive like mine, I recommend using it at night.


GLOW WITH OLE 


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*Samples were sent to me courtesy of Influenster for review purposes. Any opinions are my own.



Wednesday, March 8, 2017

MAC SPRING 2017 | Eyes On MAC


'Four new Eyes x 9 palettes join our favourites in rich smoky browns, frosty metallics, red-hot shades and lush tropical-inspired hues. The new In The Flesh Eye Shadow x 15 features iconic neutral shadows, perfect for a classic nude look. Textures range from matte to satin to frost. What’s more, Eyes x 9 is packaged in pocket-sized compacts for easy portability.'





Above shown is the Eye Shadow X 15: Warm Neutral which I refer to as the sister palette of the new In the Flesh X 15 palette.

MAC Red Hot Times 9 Palette


MAC Eye Shadow X 15: Warm Neutral


EYE SHADOW X 9 ($32 USD)

Semi-Sweet Times Nine | smoky brown hues
Solar Glow Times Nine | frosty metallic hues
Red Hot Times Nine | red-toned hues
Tropic Cool Times Nine | tropical-inspired hues

EYE SHADOW X 15: IN THE FLESH ($65 USD)
A carefully edited palette of 15 iconic neutral shades, perfect for a classic nude look.



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*Samples were sent to me courtesy of MAC Cosmetics for editorial and review purposes. Any opinions are my own.