makeup lover. mom. wife
Blue and red make purple right? Well, what about aquamarine and pink? Mixed those two colors together and I got this stunning, unique purple. It was really dark so I diluted it with some conditioner and I could not be happier with the results. Keep in mind though that I did have a level 10 blonde with my natural light brown hair at the roots. If you are looking for a vibrant result from arctic fox make sure your base color is light.
Not Up to My Standards
As some of you know based on my last post, I was really hoping that the OleHendrickson balance collection could help with my pores and my oily skin. I also felt that it made my skin significantly worse in terms of acne. I do not usually have acne but now I have bumps all over my chin and forehead. I know some people say your face gets worse before it gets better but I simply cannot wait around to wait to see if that is the case with these products because my skin is significantly worse. So let’s get down to the truth of things. OLE HENRIKSEN - Balance It All Essentials Set I think this is for people with extremely oily skin. I have combination skin where sections of my face is oily and others are not. I found the cleanser to work great and is my favorite product from the collection. But it doesn’t stand out amongst other oily to combination cleansers. The toner is extremely harsh and I found that even using it once a week my skin would burn and it was just way too harsh and I don’t have sensitive skin normally. So I would say if you are going to use this toner for the first time start small and see how your skin reacts. this moisturizer is OK. I did not feel that it contributed much in terms of helping the oily sections of my face. OLE HENRIKSEN - Balance Babies Mattifying Oil Control Set This set has some really good products in it. And I am not overall disappointed in it. again, the cleanser and moisturizer are the same as the first collection in this review. Harsh toner and underwhelming moisturizer. Now the cold plunge poor mask. It is a clay and snow lotus extract. It is very fun to use with it’s vibrant blue color. It is a very cold feeling so it is true to its claim and name. It was not too harsh on my skin and I overall really enjoyed the way it felt. I did not however feel that it penetrated deep into my pores as I would have originally liked. The poor balance face sauna scrub is the winner of this entire collection in my opinion. It has volcanic sand, green fusion complex, neem seed oil, and AHA with green fusion complex. It exfoliates but in a very gentle way in the sauna affect warms up the skin and allows your pores to open up so that it can penetrate deep and really clean out your face. I will definitely be getting the full size of this product however I will not be pairing it with the rest of the balance collection products.
OLE HENRIKSEN-Balance Babies Mattifying Oil Control Set
I am about to embark on a serious skin care journey. As you can see large pores are my main problem. I’ve been told by multiple people that it is impossible to shrink them completely. While I refuse to except that anything is impossible I am going to aim to shrink them or at least remove the appearance of them by at least 50% if you have a similar problem and you would love to know if I’m successful and how it is I’m going to accomplish this and feel free to follow along. I plan on using different brands in different collections to see what works for me. The first collection I’m going to use is the OLE HENRIKSEN - Balance It All Essentials Setand OLE HENRIKSEN - Balance Babies Mattifying Oil Control Setwith my clarisonic - Mia Smart 3-in-1 Connected Beauty Device . It is a mix of a cleanser, facial scrub, called mask, toner, and hydrator. I will be posting my review once I have completely finished all of the mini sized products I have. I am estimating it will probably take me at least a month. Wow that might seem like a long time for a review I really want to make sure I give the products enough time to do their job so that I can make an accurate final thoughts review on my results.
OLE HENRIKSEN-Balance Babies Mattifying Oil Control Set
Blue Smoke. Flawless Base.
I have been searching forever for the perfect primer, foundation combination. After months and months and hundreds of dollars spent I have finally found it! touch in SOL - No Poreblem Primer with the LANCÔME - Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Flawless Foundation Customizable Set is my absolute favorite combo. I have extremely large pores and this is the only duo that was able to smooth over them for a completely flawless finish. Blue is such a hard color to master and I must admit it has taken quite a few trial and error‘s for me to be able to create a wearable luck. I really do love JEFFREE STAR COSMETICS - Blue Blood Eyeshadow Palette because it has neutrals and blues. I love that the blues go from very bright to almost black. It allows for a very fun smoky eye with a lot of contrast. I’ve seen a lot of people post about this MAYBELLINE - SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick recently and I am so glad to see you’re getting the attention it deserves. This stuff does not budge. Not even when you eat. I have two kids so I am kissing a lot of faces and this is a product that I don’t worry about transferring onto my kids face. It has a wonderful vanilla scent and it is not drying. Be aware though that it is sticky until it dries completely.
JEFFREE STAR COSMETICS-Blue Blood Eyeshadow Palette
I am so picky on my liquid lip formula and I have very high standards in terms of performance. I was recommended the @maybelline Superstay Matte Ink liquid lips by a friend and so I ordered a few and here are my thoughts. . The formula is so creamy and highly pigmented. It has a yummy vanilla scent. It keeps my lips extremely moisturized especially for a matte formula. It also DOES NOT BUDGE! Most forumas I’ve tried they come off when I eat or drink coffee and this one just laughs when I consume food. Being transfer proof is so important to me especially as a mom and wife, I am kissing lots of faces haha. 💕 . Overall I am beyond impressed with the formula, coverage, and performance. This is my new favorite and go to liquid lip. And for the price $9.49 it feels like I just won the lottery with this discovery.
MAYBELLINE-SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick
Absolutely zero editing done to this photo. as some of you know I have been on a desperate skin care journey. I have extremely large pores, dark circles under my eyes, and fine lines. . I have been experimenting with multiple products. And I am happy to share some of my favorites with you right now. . fresh - Mini Masking Kit Gift Set I use quite a few products from fresh however my 3 favorites are the soy face cleanser, black tea firming overnight mask, and Umbrian Clay Mask. . Kate Somerville - Kx Active Concentrates Bio-Mimicking Peptides Serum the Bio-Mimicking serum is truly magic in a bottle. I can tell when I have skipped using this product and I’ll never forget it again! . ELEMIS - Superfood Vital Veggie Mask I start my mornings with the Superfios Cica Calm juice. This is only an AM product that I use after I wash my fast but before any serums or creams. . MARIO BADESCU - Vitamin C Serum are use the vitamin C serum every other night. I love how it has helped with my skins elasticity! . DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream Protini cream is a game changer in your skin care routine. I only use this cream at night and my skin feels like absolute heaven. I use this on nights that I do not use an overnight mask. . dr. brandt - 24/7 Retinol Eye Cream 24/7 Retinol eye cream. As a mom I get very dark circles and fine lines under my eyes. This product has helped tremendously in both of those areas. I use it twice a day. . My morning moisturizer switches between a few. ESTĒE LAUDER - DayWear Anti-Oxidant 72H-Hydration Sorbet Creme Broad Spectrum SPF 15 DayWear on days that I know for a fact I will be spending most of my time outside. It has SPF 15 which is so important to me. LANCÔME - Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Glow Liquid Moisturizer Hydra Zen when my skin does not need tons of moisture I love this product. It smells like roses and does not feel heavy on my skin. @freshbeauty Lotus Youth Preserve we all know this brand is superior when it comes to the scent of their products. And this cream is no exception. But besides the wonderful scent I love the way it nourishes my skin and it doesn’t leave my oily areas too oily but it helps with my dry areas throughout the day. . I plan on trying a few new products here soon. After I give them all a fair trial I will be sure to leave my reviews and post an updated photo.
dr. brandt-24/7 Retinol Eye Cream
PORE MINIMIZING SERUM
Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and helps exfoliate the uppermost layers of the skin. It results in smooth, refreshed and refined skin, which ultimately leads to smaller pore size. The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid is the first acid serum I’ve ever tried and I still consider it one of the best ones out there. It’s also super affordable and you absolutely can’t beat the price ($7)!!! Prior to introducing this product to my routine, I remember having a lot of dry, rough patches. But after a few uses it immediately made my skin so much smoother, more supple and it overall helped reduce breakouts! I’m assuming it’s because it was removing my dead skin cells, which prevented them from clogging my pores and causing break outs. I experienced tingling when I first used it but my skin has since adjusted and it’s been completely fine. I have also been able to use it everyday (I started with every other day). It has a very thin texture, almost water-like, but I never had any trouble with application and I always use my fingers. Overall, I really like this serum! If you’re new to skincare and have been interested in trying out an exfoliating acid, then I highly recommend checking this product out! It’s also available in 5% which is more gentle and for perfect newbies (nobody wants to burn their faces off 🤣). The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA
The Ordinary-Lactic Acid 10% + HA
The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% It’s a serum that regulates sebum and minimizes pores. It’s great for people who have oily skin and want to minimize the appearance of pores. It’s a surprisingly thick and clear serum. Overall, it’s one of my holy grails. I have been using The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum for 6months and I am in love with it. I have seen a reduction in blemishes and the appearance of large pores, especially on my cheeks. I would definitely recommend this serum for everyone with every skin type especially if you are concerned with blemishes. I bought the larger 2oz size and for the price you are getting a bang for your buck. It’s super easy to use and the dropper makes it so convenient.
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
BYE BYE large Pores ! ✨
I have been using this product for a week now and I can see a huge difference on my large pores. I didn’t expect the results to be this good but for sure would continue using it! ❤️😍
PAULA'S CHOICE-Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator
Pores Be Gone!
This mask will literally vacuum all the gunk out of your pores!! It's a clay mask, but totally different from other clay based masks. It uses a three-phase system to decongest the skin - a purifying phase, a protective phase, and a responsive phase. A super thin layer is needed, unlike other clay masks that need a thick layer to be effective. I use it once a week and my skin is totally smooth, decongested and brighter! I especially notice how well it works on my nose where sebum builds up and more pores are super visible, once rinsing the mask my nose is smooth and glowy! I don't find it too drying and don't feel a need to follow up with any hydrating masks, though I usually will. 100ml retails for $60 which is a better price than the smaller 50ml that retails for $39. It will also last you FOREVER since a thin layer is all you need. It's definitely going to be a repurchase for me! NIOD - Flavanone Mud Mask
NIOD-Flavanone Mud Mask