Things I Buy: Ole Henriksen

When I was pregnant one of the first things I did was switch out my skincare. Goodbye Retin A and all the other hardcore products that keep my face properly sanded down and presentable. See ya later good skin- or so I thought. After some research I found that AHA’s, lactic acid, and a most natural exfoliating ingredients were safe to use so I looked into Ole Henriksen, a brand I’d been sent to review in the past and always really liked. I remembered their natural-yet-effective spin on skincare so I bought Sheer Transformation for a light moisturizer that would also aid in keeping dark spots away. (Sidebar: there’s no stopping that melasma when it comes on, you just have to wait until after the baby is born to tackle it and let it fade out on its own.)

Fast forward to today when I’m out of nearly everything and need to actually buy things because all of the samples on my desk are for skin types unlike my own. I remembered how much I loved my Ole Henriksen so I headed into Sephora to grab another Sheer Transformation. I had also read great reviews on their Walnut Complexion Scrub ($24) which I tried first on my hand- it’s gritty but not too chunky and foams up so I grabbed a jar of that too. I’ve also wanted to try the Invigorating Night Gel ($45) which is a big fave among Sephora reviewers for keeping pores cleaned out and skin really clear and bright. My Sephora bonus gift was Ole too! Small sized Truth Serum Collagen Booster, Ultimate Lift Eye Gel, Sheer Transformation, and Invigorating Night Gel.

I’m always excited to try some new skincare especially when I already know I’ll love it.

Check out the line HERE at Sephora.com.

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In my car after Sephora- the car is parked of course..

August Glossybox

I’m a little late sharing my August Glossybox, but here it is!

Biolage Exquisiteoil Replenishing Treatment

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster

Touch in Sol Feel Like Honey Moon Skin Base

Illmasqua Nail Varnish in Purity (full size)

Ellis Faas Creamy Lips in L107 (full size)

Admittedly, this wasn’t my favorite Glossybox but I really liked the nail polish, Ole Henriksen serum (something I wanted to try it anyway), and the Ellis Faas lipstick. The best part of Glossybox is how I always forget it’s coming so it’s such a fun surprise month after month.

How to Do an At-Home Facial

I’m a big fan of the at-home facial, and now that more and more masks use advanced ingredients that rival what estheticians use, it’s easy to have professional-grade glowy skin in about 30 minutes at home for a fraction of the cost. Here’s what I use for my own at-home facial routine.

I always start my facials with an enzyme especially if I’m doing extractions. I’ve been using Ole Henriksen’s Blue/Black Berry Enzyme Mask, a clear gel with fruit acids, lavendar, and Hyaluronic Acid so it’s hydrating as well as exfoliating. After about 15 minutes I remove it and then I steam my face with a hot washcloth before I extract all the yuk out of my pores. It’s a trick I’ve learned by getting great facials for years, they always start with an enzyme and some steam so your skin is softened and your pores are open making extractions easy and painless. It makes a huge difference especially if you’re using a great treatment afterward because your now clean and open pores will better absorb the ingredients in the next mask.

Now grab whatever mask you use that addresses your skin concerns. Since I’ve been trying to fade discolorations and get some radiance back, I use Priori’s Replenishing Masque twice a week. It’s a creamy formula superchanrged with vitamins, Lactic Acid, and moisturizers to nourish, exfoliate, and brighten skin. I see a huge difference in my skin’s overall appearance and texture right after I use it. I’ll still use a clay formula every now and again if I sense a breakout coming on, but I’ve really been favoring this more grown up mask that hydrates and delivers bigger results without drying.

My Safe Skincare During Pregnancy Segment on Denver’s Everyday Show

Here’s a look at my segment from this morning’s Everyday show where I brought my person arsenal for keeping skin looking great during pregnancy. Don’t mind the microphone pack in my back pocket, I thought I was going to be on the other side…

Here’s a list of what I brought along with pricing and links out to the products:

For stretch mark prevention and to soothe dry, itchy skin:

Coconut Oil
One Love Organics Skin Savior $68

For acne and oily skin:

Glytone Cleansers $30

Obagi Exfoderm Forte $58

For melasma, acne scarring, and discolorations:

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation $45

For wrinkles and fine lines:

Trilogy Organic Rosehip Oil $44

Everything I brought were products I use daily and love (you can tell by the Ole which had finger dips in it) so it’s a great lineup even if you’re not pregnant but just looking for safer, chemical-free alternatives.

Again, see the segment HERE

Best Skin Lighteners for Fading Discolorations

I’m slowly starting to figure out that the all-natural stuff just doesn’t make my skin look as good as it does when I throw something more advanced its way. I’d love nothing more than to use straight nuts and berries on my face, but unfortunately it’s not helping to fade out some old scarring and redness I have going on. Believe me, I’ve tried.

In the cluttered skincare landscape filled with claims and promises, I can say that skin lighteners typically live up to their hype and are worth a try. There are so many ways to fade out age sun spots (sounds nicer), scars, discolorations and add more clarity and tons of radiance, it’s just a matter of finding something that works for your skin (and budget). I’ve put together a list of skin lighteners I’ve tried and ones I hear work great- look into them to see which might be best for the changes you’d like to make in your skin.

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation $45:

I’ve read so much about this line and heard stories from people who are crazy devoted so I bought Sheer Transformation to see if I can kick out the last of my scarring and redness. It’s especially effective when used over Invigorating Night Gel but I use it over Obagi Exfoderm Forte that also has Glycolic and Lactic acids for cell turnover and brightening so it’s along the same lines. It’s a weightless gel/cream that absorbs quickly and gives your skin a dose of vitamins, fruit acids, and licorice for non-chemical fading and brightening. I love the way it feels so far, can’t wait to see the results.


Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum $60:

Murad’s serum uses known skin lightener Hydroquinone (2.0%) for a quicker approach to fading out those age spots within weeks. Most people in their trials saw a difference in their spots in just two weeks in fact. If you’re looking for something to work quickly and effectively, this is a serum to check out. There’s still some back and forth about the safety of Hydroquinone (typically when it’s used in a much higher concentration), but it’s still regarded by many as the gold standard for skin lightening.


Estée Lauder Idealist $85:

Idealist has been the most effective in fading out the freckles on my chest that I’ve had since forever. It uses a more gentle approach so the results aren’t instant but if you hang with it you’ll definitely see even, more radiant skin in about a month with better and better looking skin over time. $85 is an investment, but so are the laser treatments I was looking into. I’m glad I found something much less invasive for a lot less money.

Iman Time Control Skin Tone Evener $16:

This treatment is the least expensive of the bunch and hydroquinone free. It’s meant for all skin tones, but it’s especially effective for fading spots on darker skin tones which can be harder to lighten.

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution $50:

Clearly Corrective is a new lightening serum free of silicones, fragrance, and parabens using vitamin c and white birch to get skin glowing. You should see some changes in just a few weeks with full results after 8, and continued use will help keep future spotting away.

Spots and uneven tone are easy problems to fix, so start with a skin evening treatment before thinking about Botox or more invasive things. You might find that your skin looks so great, you don’t need to do anything else.

Beauty Big 3: Alexis DeJoria

You might not know the name Alexis DeJoria, but you’ve have heard of her dad John Paul DeJoria and his famed hair care line Paul Mitchell. Alexis a unique mix of glamour and guts; one minute she’s walking the red carpet and the next she’s speeding around racetracks as a driver for the NHRA. She holds two world records for driving and is one of a few women to own and operate a racing team. Impressive right?

She definitely knows a thing or two about beauty, growing up around beauty insiders has left her with a lot of insight on how to get a glam look that doesn’t take all day to achieve. I was so excited when she agreed to give me her Beauty Big 3.

Alexis DeJoria
Next to her car

Foundation: Tarte ReCreate

One thing we have in common is our love for Tarte. She fancies their naturally formulated ReCreate SPF15 because It goes on smooth and has a weightless buildable coverage.

Mascara: Tarte Lights Camera Splashes

I’ve never had luck with natural mascaras, but now I might try Lights, Camera, Splashes because she swears it, “stays on through the day while I’m racing and doesn’t clump or make my lashes stick together.”

 

Moisturizer: Ole Henriksen Vitamin Plus

She loves Ole Henriksen’s Vitamin Plus because “It’s a light mattifying creme that soaks into my skin and doesn’t leave an oily residue. Some moisturizers I’ve used in the past felt like Elmer’s glue going on my face. Vitamin Plus doesn’t feel like that at all and it’s great for combination skin like my own. Plus they use natural ingredients.”

Check out Alexis on her Facebook page right HERE