Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Review | Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment

The Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment was featured in my most recent skincare overhaul post . I mentioned in that post that I wanted to do a full review for you guys and finally, here it is!


"This overnight resurfacer smooths texture & fine lines, evens skintone and minimizes appearance of pores with a 12 source AHA complex including glycolic, lactic & citrus acids. Suspended in soothing purified algae & vitamin E, this concentrated blend delivers rapid results without irritation. Wake up to radically smoother, young looking skin."

Beneficial Ingredients

Glycolic, lactic, and citrus acids are alpha hydroxy acids. These acids act a a chemical exfoliant (as opposed to a physical one), dissolving the upper layer of skin to trigger repair. Glycolic acids are the smallest acid in terms of their molecular structure, this means they are the most effect in skin care because they can easily penetrate the skin. Since the acidic ingredients are combined with an algae and vitamin E gel base, this treatment is not too harsh, even for those of us with sensitive skin. Algae and vitamin E are very soothing on your skin, counteracting the potential irritation they may be caused with the acids.

Product Overview

The glass bottle is not ideal to travel with, but I love that it has a pump. The pump dispenses the perfect amount of product to apply to face and neck, and keeps the product sanitary.

There is no real scent to this product, maybe a hint, and I mean the smallest hint, of a medicinal smell. I'm not overly sensitive to scents in skincare, but if you are, I don't think this will bother you.

When I first started using this, I was using it every night, as mentioned in my skincare overhaul post, and I think it's a bit too potent for me to use so often. I was breaking out quite frequently because my skin is very sensitive. I now use this every third night, and it hasn't irritated my skin since reducing the frequency of usage. I've read that strongly acid product often do that, but that you can gradually increase usage to daily if desired. Personally, I think every third day is working great for me, but I might try every second night.

Since incorporating this product into my night time skincare routine, I've seen a great improvement in my skin's overall texture. I've struggled with acne for over a decade, leaving my skin pockmarked, but also with raised bumps. My skin is so much more smooth now, and even when it was breaking my out from using it too much, once the breakouts healed, my skin looked more radiant and smooth. I also think my pores do look less visible than before, though still apparent.

When using this product, I skip my acid toner for the night. This may not be necessary for everyone, but the combination of acids, was too much for my sensitive skin. It would sting, and my skin would be bright red after wards.

I would definitely recommend this product if you are dealing with texture issues as I was/am (my skin is not 100% smooth now by any means, but I see an improvement. If you have sensitive skin, incorporate it into your skincare routine slowly to reduce the possibility of a reaction, like I had.

I hope this review was helpful. Have you tried this treatment?

Emily ♥

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Top 5 | Spring Polishes

[Clockwise from top centre: Bikini So Teeny, Lacey Lilac, Suzi Shops & Island Hops, Is Mai Tai Crooked?, Mellow Yellow]

As the second installment in my Top 5 series, I wanted to share my favourite spring nail polishes. Missed my first post in the series? You can read it HERE.

I love soft, pastel nails in the spring time. Though above the yellow and orange polishes look a bit deeper in tone, it must have been my lighting - apologies - in real life they are both muted pastel colours like the others. At work I am not allowed to have nail polish on so I haven't swatched all of these on my nails for you, again sorry, but I will link to other posts where you can see some of these shades on my nails. You can also follow me on Instagram, where I post pictures of my nails when I have multiple days off in a row and can paint my nails.

Essie in Bikini So Teeny - This cornflower blue shade with a hint of shimmer is a seasonal favourite of mine. I don't really get on with Essie polishes, but I put up with the chipping for the gorgeous shade range they have. I've done a full post on it HERE so you can see it swatched on my nails.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Mellow Yellow - The pale yellow shade really sets off a tan in the summer, but I love it in the spring as well. The colour reminds me of the beautiful daffodils blooming in the gardens around the city.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Lacey Lilac - The Xtreme Wear polishes are one of my favourite formulas at the drugstore, and these are often on sale for dirt cheap! This light lilac shade is one I've had for years, and wear it all the time. I've done a full post on it HERE so you can see it swatched on my nails.

OPI in Is Mai Tai Crooked? - I was sent a few OPI nail polishes a little while ago from their Hawaii collection, and these two were included. This orange shade is pastel, yet somehow neon at the same time, so strange! Orange is one of my favourite colours and I love wearing it on my nails.

OPI in Suzi Shops & Island Hops - A classic light pink shade. It's a touch pinker than the famous 'Mod About You' shade, but I think I like this one more for that reason. Style Watch magazine has said that this shade is the colour of the season, and I've been seeing it everywhere - in fashion, makeup, so why not wear it on your nails as well?!

What is your favourite spring polish? What beauty item would you like to see next?

Emily ♥

PS: This is my 100th post!! =D Super pleased with that. Though not an accomplishment for many, for me, as I started this as an outlet to share my love for all things beauty with cyber space. And now there are so many people who actually read my blog, and I've stuck with it for over a year now. I'm so thankful for all of you that continue to read my beauty rambles!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Casey Holmes Made Me Buy It

My first post in this series featured KathleenLights and you guys seemed to like it, so I'm coming at you with another post. The second YouTuber I wanted to feature in my "YouTube Made Me Buy It" series is Casey Holmes, who's channel used to be called 'itsbl0ndie'.

Casey has 1.1 million subscribers on YouTube, and posts a variety of beauty and lifestyle videos on her channel. She's always changing things up, recently adding 'Test It Out Thursday' and monthly 'Hits & Misses' as opposed to the standard 'Favorites'. I really love that she switches things up, not just posting the same old videos all the time. She has an amazing personality, does gorgeous makeup tutorials, and her and I both have super oily skin, with lots to cover. For this reason, when I'm in the market for a new foundation or primer, I always purchase her recommendations.

These are the four products Casey Holmes 'made' me buy:

Smashbox Primer Water - This primer makes my skin feel super hydrated, without feeling greasy, allowing foundation to glide over my skin much more easily. It is silicone-, alcohol-, and oil-free and is infused with electrolytes. I also love using this after my makeup is complete as a final step, like a setting spray as it settles any powder-y-ness, and makes my skin look healthy.

Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer - I'm always on the hunt for a great pore minimizing primer, that doesn't clog up my pores. I know - a tough order to fill. I use this primer in conjunction with the Primer Water to fill in my pores, inhibiting my foundation from sinking into all my larger pores, which isn't cute. After removing my makeup for the day, I don't feel like my pores are all clogged up like I've experienced while using other pore filling primer.

PS - Sephora currently has a limited edition set with these two primers together! HERE

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation - I've done a full review on this foundation - HERE - so if you'd like more details on it, you can go ahead and read that. I loved this foundation for awhile, but haven't used it in months because it's too dark for me at the moment. I'm tempted to go purchase a lighter shade hmm.. But if you follow me on Twitter, you'd know that after all the hauls I've done recently - HERE, HERE, and HERE - I've declared May a no-buy month for me, unless of course I run out of moisturizer or something else important.

L'Oréal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation - This is the best foundation at the drugstore for us gals with oily skin, in my opinion. I can only wear this in the summer months, once I have a tan because the shade range sucks, there's only nine shades! The demi-matte finish keeps you from looking flat, yet keeps your oil at bay longer than a non-matte foundation would, ya know?! I love the finish, the coverage, the longevity. If you haven't tried this, and you have oily skin, you should!

As YouTube is Casey's job, she's always trying and loving new products so I can't possibly keep up with her foundation and primer recommendations but within the last year she's loved these four products and had convinced me to purchase them.

Which YouTuber's are your favourite, and what have they 'made' you buy? Who would you like to see featured next?

Emily ♥

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