INFLUENSTER: Ole Henriksen Glow Cycle Power Serum

*DISCLOSURE: I RECEIVED THESE PRODUCTS COMPLIMENTARY FOR REVIEW PURPOSES. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.

I’ve never been big on anti-aging products until I finally accepted the reality that I am aging, my skin is aging. I could feel it and I could see it with the appearance of some fine lines in the side creases of my eyes or my mouth when I smile or my forehead when I get mad. Of course the first thing that came up when I started to look at anti-aging products were those with retinol, a lot of them have it so naturally these were the first few products that I tried and anything with retinol was a bit harsh on my skin. My skin would tingle a few minutes after application and I could feel my face burn after being under the sun for even a short while. I knew I had to eventually look for something else because I enjoy being out in the sun too much, I couldn’t just give that up.

Thanks to Influenster for sending me this natural retinol alternative to try out. So, Ole Henriksen has found a product that addresses anti-aging without the ‘harsh’ part, they came up with a natural alternative that contains Bakuchiol to work wonders on the skin. Of course I needed to look up what Bakuchiol was and found out that this ingredient is plant based and is the reason why upon application you feel an instant smoothness to your skin. Another thing I noticed while using this serum was the instant brightness of my skin to the point that it looked like it was “glowing”, I am not exaggerating over here.

(See photos below for reference)

Before ApplicationApplication

Heads up, the serum is purple in color and not as sticky as I expected it would be. It also smells pretty good.

After Application

I am liking the fact that my skin does not sting upon application or after long exposures to the sun. It is sun-friendly in my experience and have read that this safe for pregnant women to use unlike retinol. I’ve also noticed the lightening of some dark spots on my face but have yet to see drastic results in the decrease of those “fine lines” I mentioned earlier. For now, the Ole Henriksen Glow Cycle™ Retin-ALT Power Serum gets a two thumbs up from me.

~Rhea

INFLUENSTER: Lancôme Hydrazen Voxbox

*DISCLOSURE: I RECEIVED THESE PRODUCTS COMPLIMENTARY FOR REVIEW PURPOSES. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.

A few weeks ago, the perfect summer care package came in the mail from Lancôme c/o Influenster, inside it were 3 items— the Lancôme Tonique Confort, the Lancôme Hydrazen Moisturizer and lastly L’absolu Lacquer in the shade of BE UNIQUE. Although I received the package from Influenster in exchange for my honest reviews, I figured I might as well write those reviews here on the blog so I could keep track of the products that I enjoy the best.

With beauty products, you can try them on, wait a few hours or a day to decide if you like them or not but for skin care products, I think you should give them at least a week to see if they work well for you or your skin.I have combination skin but lately thanks to the summer heat my skin has been dry, It also doesn’t help that I’m inconsistent with my skin care and I haven’t been getting enough sleep.

Lancôme Tonique Confort (6.7 oz/200 ml) – $26

Lancôme came up with the perfect formula when they created this product, upon application it’ll feel cold against your skin and it’s a bit thick (comparable to goo but in a good way) compared to the other toners in the market. It’s refreshing on the skin and it doesn’t have that harsh alcohol-like smell other toners have, in fact it smells really good, it has a very light floral scent to it. It’s perfect for moisturizing sensitive skin like mine. I use this product twice a day (once in the morning after I take a bath and once at night after I rinse and wash my face) and it leaves my skin hydrated the entire day.

Lancôme Hydrazen Moisturizer- (1.7 oz/ 50ml) $48

 I apply this moisturizing cream gel in the morning after applying my toner, it is pleasantly light on the skin, its cool and calming and has a rose scent that isn’t over powering but if you dislike anything that smells like roses then this might be a problem for you. My skin looks rested and noticeably hydrated after a few minutes of application, it doesn’t leave my skin greasy although it looks like that upon application but the moisturizer is actually easily absorbed.

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My skin with no makeup and no filter after I applied the Lancôme Tonique Confort followed by theLancôme Hydrazen Moisturizer. Please excuse the eye bags.

Lancôme L’absolu Lacquer- 378 Be Unique – fuchsia (0.27 oz/8ml) $26

Dry lips are my norm and I usually dont bother with lipsticks just coz most of the time they dry out as the day goes by leaving me with more chapped lips. Before applying any kind of lippie, I always have to go through the tedious process of moisturizing it so the lipstick goes on smoothly. I applied this product directly on my lips and it instantly took out the dryness, it saved me the step of moisturizing and it lasted almost the entire day. After a meal, even if the gloss wasn’t there anymore my lips still stayed brightly colored like it would if a lip stain was applied on it and really only one coat of this lip lacquer did that. I’d imagine two coats would be perfect for a day out and three for a night out. In the photo above, I just quickly applied one coat before heading out.

 

There you have it, as a Stay-at-home mom of two I’d have to say getting this voxbox from Influenster was a treat indeed. Sometimes when you’re trying to do a million and one things all at the same time you forget about self care and I somewhat got reminded that I should pamper myself once in awhile even if it just means taking a few minutes out of my busy schedule to moisturize my skin.

How about you, what’s your morning summer skincare routine?

~Rhea