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L’OCCITANE Giveaway From AddictedToAllThingsPretty.com

(photo courtesy of addictedtoallthingspretty.com)
(photo courtesy of addictedtoallthingspretty.com)

Krissy(@Krissy90220) at Addicted to All Things Pretty is having a L’OCCITANE giveaway on her blog. You should go check it out. Here’s the link http://addictedtoallthingspretty.com/from-france-to-your-hands-loccitane-giveaway/ I’ve already entered and you should too. If you win let me know. Good luck!

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Korres Greek Yoghurt Advance Nourishing Sleeping Facial Review

So last night I half-ass cleansed my bare face(ie no make-up) by using a cleansing wipe. It was late and I didn’t want to take the time to do everything I normally do. I probably should have, but that’s what happened. After that half-ass cleansing I decided to try Korres Greek Yoghurt Advance Nourishing Sleeping Facial.

(photo courtesy of Sephora.com)

What It’s Formulated to Do(from sephora.com)

A centuries-old Greek remedy for skin soothing, moisturizing Greek Yoghurt provides a natural source of proteins, minerals, and vitamins to instantly nourish stressed, dry skin. This ultrahydrating facial-in-a-jar contains a Greek Yoghurt concentrate with two and a half times the protein content of regular yogurt, and works overnight to provide skin with intense, long-term moisturization and nourishment to create a smooth, even complexion. You will wake up to noticeable improvements in skin texture and more moisturized, refreshed skin.

I received the Korres Greek Yoghurt Sleeping Facial as a 100 point perk from Sephora a week or so ago. I thought I’d give it a shot last night because my usual nighttime moisturizer was running out and I was curious how it would work. It turns out this was not made for me and my skin.

It.smelled. Now it didn’t smell bad. The smell reminded me of the Guava Body Butter, also sold by Korres, so as I put it on my face I wasn’t immediately turned off. It was a familiar smell, so I thought it wouldn’t be a big deal. I was wrong. I tossed and turned in my bed hoping that it just needed some time to dissipate, but it didn’t. The smell wasn’t my only complaint though.

The product was really heavy on my skin. It didn’t seem too thick as I squeezed it into my hand, but after I finished putting it on my face I knew it was too much for me to handle. I tried to give it a shot, but I was so uncomfortable that after 30 minutes of trying to sleep I finally got out of bed to wash my face and scrape the last of my usual night cream out of its jar.

So between the smell and the feel of the product I couldn’t deal with Korres Greek Yoghurt Advance Nourishing Sleeping Facial. If the smell wasn’t so strong I probably could give it another shot. I’ve dealt with thick moisturizers before, but the smell was so overpowering that I took my pillowcase off so I could sleep.

It’s just a guess, but those with dry skin may love this. I hoped product reviews on Sephora were broken up by skin type so I could get a clearer sense of who liked/disliked the product but they weren’t. If you’ve tried this or will try this in the future let me know. I’d love to know your thoughts.

The full size 1.35oz Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial retails for $45 and is available at Sephora.

(photo courtesy of Sephora.com)

INGREDIENTS

Water, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Trihelptanoin, Alcohol Denat., Behenyl Alcohol, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Seed Oil, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Glyceryl Stearate, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Distarch Phosphate, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Galactoarabinan, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Hydroxide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Yogurt Powder, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Carbomer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract.

Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Mini Review

One of my new favorite products is the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum.  I snagged it from Sephora as 100 point perk a couple of months ago and have been in love. My little .25oz sample ran out a few days ago so I decided to take the plunge and by one of the fuller sizes. This product comes in a 1oz and 1.7oz size and is $48 and $72 respectively.

I’m sure you are already thinking “Nope” and I don’t blame you. I thought the same thing and was happy to see that Ole Henriksen offered some value sets so I could get a little more bang for my buck. I decided to go with the 3 Little Wonders Mini.

Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Mini
3 Little Wonders Mini. $22.50 and available at Sephora

The 3 Little Wonders Mini consists of:

  • .5oz Truth Serum Collagen Booster
  • .25oz Invigorating Night Gel
  • .25oz Sheer Transformation Crème

What it’s formulated to do:

Embrace Ole’s philosophy for gorgeous, healthy skin with daily exfoliation, hydration, and protection. These three multitaskers work in synergy to brighten, resurface, and hydrate using the most potent antiaging powerhouses—vitamin C, essential fatty acids, and alpha hydroxy acids—the three pillar ingredients of Ole’s skincare. Ole expertly balances potent actives with nurturing and soothing botanicals to achieve maximum results and give you more youthful skin. These 3 Little Wonders feature indulgent textures and aromas to make treating your skin a daily pleasure.(Sephora) 

The Truth Serum  and Night Gel are for day and night, respectively while the Sheer Transformation  Creme can be used day /or night.
The Truth Serum and Invigorating Night Gel are for day and night, respectively. The Sheer Transformation
Creme can be used day /or night.

My take:

I reviewed the Truth Serum in April and like I said I love it. The Invigorating Night Gel and the Transformation Crème that come in this set are just as good. I chose this particular set because of the price, $22.50, and because I wanted to try something to replace the night cream I had been using.

My current night cream really wasn’t working for me. I’d put it on after washing and wake up pretty greasy. It was annoying and gross so I thought I needed to try something else. I use the Invigorating Night Gel and Transformation Crème together and I’ve found that I go to bed matte and wake up matte. This is a major plus since it seems my oily skin stays in overdrive.

The Invigorating Night Gel is a clear gel with little to no smell and the Transformation Crème is a lotion. Both come in a jar and you don’t need much to cover your face and neck. A dime to nickel size amount has been enough for me.

The Invigorating Night Gel “supports cell turnover, improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and smooths skin texture” while the Sheer Transformation Crème helps “fade dark spots, even skintone, and prevent premature signs of aging while botanical fruit acids gently exfoliate and retexturize”. Together they’re an anti-aging combo that’s making me feel better about my skincare regimen. The Night Gel is to be used at night(obviously) and the Sheer Transformation Crème can be used at day /or night. However, the Sheer Transformation Crème doesn’t have SPF. 😦

3 Little Wonders Review
3 Little Wonders

These are good products for the price. I know everyone doesn’t want to shell out $70 for one product. To be honest, I really don’t either. That’s why I gravitated toward a set with a few products rather than buying just one.

So have you tried the 3 Little Wonders? Let me know in the comments.

Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders retails for $22.50 and is available at Sephora.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster Review

I have a love/hate relationships with samples. Samples are great because it gives you the chance to test something out without commitment, but they suck when you find a product you really like and now have to shell out your pretty pennies for something you feel like you can’t live without. And it seems I can’t live without my Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum
My little 100 pt perk from Sephora.

Ok that’s probably an exaggeration but I do really like this product. I received the .25oz sample as a 100pt perk at Sephora. I think I read somewhere that serums should be part of a skincare regimen so I thought I’d give it a shot. My plan was to use it under my moisturizer during the day and under my night cream.

Some people use serums as an alternative to moisturizers because they tend to have a non-greasy finish and don’t leave behind a sticky residue. They seem to work well for people with oily skin(I have oily skin) but people with chronic skin conditions like eczema or rosacea should beware because the serums may penetrate too quickly and cause irritation.

I didn’t experience any irritation with this product. It has a orangey smell but it’s barely noticeable. I also find that I need very little to cover my face. It works well under my moisturizer with SPF and works well under my night cream. I’m not sure if my skin looks brighter. I do feel like my skin feels better to the touch especially upon waking up.

My night cream alone is pretty lackluster but I’m finishing it to not be wasteful. Sometimes I thought my night cream wasn’t doing enough or it was making me look greasy upon waking up. Now that I’m using this serum I’m not dealing with those problems anymore. As a sidenote I think this is best used on a mostly dry freshly washed face. I used it once and my face must not have been dry enough because the product mixed with the water and became white on my face. I patted a bit off and what was left absorbed into my skin, but I learned my lesson.

Since I still have quite a bit of product left I think I’m going to hold off on buying a full bottle. The 1oz is $48 and the 1.7oz is $72. Serums tend to be the more costly product in a skincare regimen because they have more active ingredients so I’ll just have to keep that in mind.

Sephora.com photo of ole henriksen truth serum
The 1oz size retails for $48. (this photo is from Sephora.com)

Have you tried any Ole Henriksen products? What did you think?

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster can be found where Ole Henriksen products are sold.

Ingredients: Water, 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, Yellow 6 (CI 15985).

Glam Glow Youth Mud Tinglexfoliate Treatment Review

My birthday was last month so I received a Sephora gift card. I decided to spend on the Glam Glow Youth Mud Tinglexfoliate Treatment. This particular product comes in two sizes, a .5oz size that retails for $19 and a 1.7oz size that retails for $69. I purchased the .5oz because I only had a $25 gift card.

Glam Glow Youth Mud
Glam Glow Youth Mud Tinglexfoliate Treatment

Product Claims

This mud mask leaves skin noticeably radiant and glowing. It works with the body’s natural moisturizing collagen to provide gentle resurfacing exfoliation and helps to leave skin smoother, brighter, and softer. While providing tighter skin texture and tighter pores, it provides a more youthful appearance and absorbs impurities without removing natural oils.

My Take

The first thing I noticed was its citrusy smell. It has a gritty texture which makes sense because it is supposed exfoliate. I definitely felt a tingle after I applied it to my skin and even after it dried. The tingle doesn’t bother me but someone with sensitive skin may want to keep that in mind.

The mask has green tea leaf pieces in it that makes it a bit weird to apply. The tea leaves are pretty large and they fall off if you rub them too hard. The tea leaves are supposed to infuse the mask with super antioxidants and Polyphenols, so I don’t think it matters if they stay on your face or not.

 

youth mud tea leaf
The tea leaf covered in the mask.

It rinses off easily. It goes from grey to white so it’s easy to know when to rinse it off. To get the exfoliating benefits the skin should be rubbed in a circular motion. After rinsing I could tell that my skin felt tighter. I won’t go so far as saying that my skin looks more radiant. I dislike those kinds of claims because it just makes me wonder “What does that even mean?” I can say that my skin feels smoother as I apply my moisturizer immediately after use. I don’t think my skin’s texture is terrible but noticing a difference is noticing a difference.

I could see myself buying this product again or even moving on to one of Glam Glow’s other products like the Super Mud which is more skin clearing than exfoliating. By no means is it cheap, but I think the amount I need to use and how well it seems to work outweighs the price for me.

Have you tried any Glam Glow products? Please leave a comment below.

Glam Glow Youth Mud Tinglexfoliate Treatment(.5oz) retails for $19 at Sephora.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Montmorillonite (Volcanic Minerals), Kaolin (French Sea Clay), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (Purified Clay), Polyethylene, Pumice (Micro Volcanic Rock), Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea Leaf), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (Green Tea), Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract (Chamomile), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Marigold), Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract (Cucumber), Hedara Helix Extract (Ivy), Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract (Comfrey Herb), Lavandula Hybrida Oil (Lavender), Glycerin (Vegetable), Parfum, [Benzyl Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool], Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

Something To Clear Those Pores: Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask

Every once in awhile when my skin is getting out of whack or want to do a little pampering I like to use some type of skincare mask. There are lots of masks on the market from peel-off masks to rinse off masks. There some in jars, tubes and one-time use packets. The choice is really up to you.

I happen to like Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal mask. It’s a rinse off mask rather than a peel off mask which is a big plus for me because the last peel-off mask I used was a pain(literally) to peel off.

Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask(3.4 oz) retails for $24
Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask(3.4 oz) retails for $24

One of the key ingredients in the Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal mask is active charcoal. Active charcoal or activated charcoal has been around for centuries and has been used for all kinds of medical reasons from treating skin ailments to detoxing and eliminating toxins and poisonous substances from the body. The Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask is advertised as a mask for all skin types that can be used to draw out deep pore-cloggers.

Like anything results will vary. My initial use of the product was more about pampering. I enjoyed the process of opening my pores with a warm towel. I liked the feeling of the mask drying on my face. And I liked the way my skin felt afterward, but I wasn’t overly concerned with the detoxifying aspect of the product until I used it when I was having a breakout.

I used the mask as usual and covered my entire face including my offending facial eruption and let it work. I rinsed off the product and went about my business. However, the next day I noticed the bump was healing and not as pronounced. Knowing what I know about my skin it takes a bit of time for those large, sore pimples to dry up and go away on their own. So to see such a drastic difference in 24 hours was out of the ordinary. Since I wasn’t using any other acne medicine I assumed it was the mask.

I’ve come across other people who like to use it as a spot treatment. Since it is suppose to detoxify it makes sense to me that it could work like that as well. It’s drawing the impurities of the pimple out thus healing it. Maybe.

In any case I just wanted to share this product with you. Are you a mask person? What kind do you like?

Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal comes in two sizes, 1.7oz for $16 and 3.4oz for $24. It can be found Origins.com, Sephora.com and wherever Origin products are sold.

Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser

1oz sample size shown here. 5oz size retails for $28.
1oz sample size shown here. 5oz size retails for $28.

I received the Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser as 100 point perk from Sephora. I chose it because I wanted to try it again and make sure it was worth buying again. However, I’m not sure why I questioned it because when I purchased it last year I used up the whole thing. I tend to be an on-to-the-next-one type person so finishing a product is a big deal for me.

I love the warming sensation. I love that you don’t need much to get the job done and at $28.00 that’s nothing to sneeze at. One huge con for me though is the pump dispenser. 

The product is on the viscous side so it doesn’t just shoot out of the pump. This keeps you from using too much, but it feels like you’re working hard to get that little bit out. After using the 1oz size I know that I prefer some type of squeeze bottle over the pump. If you buy it and feel like getting it out of the pump is a problem transferring it to some type of travel size squeeze bottle might be an option. I made the mistake of transferring it to another pump bottle and still had trouble getting it out.

With all that said I know I’m going to pick some more up once the sample runs out.

Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser retails for $28 and is available at Sephora.com and Boscia.com