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Ole Henriksen Skincare Haul

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It's no secret that one of my favorite skin care products is Olen Henriksen's Truth Serum® Vitamin C Collagen since I already raved all about it here. So when they contacted me to be part of their #RealUsersRealResults campaign, I was totally in. I've been meaning to try many of their products and I feel so lucky to have been sent this package in order to share my honest opinion with you guys. 

Please keep in mind that all of these products were customized and sent to me as someone with normal to oily skin. So without further ado, here's my awesome Ole Henriksen haul: 

1) Aloe Vera Deep Cleanser - First impression: LOVE the color! Let's see if the product lives up to my expectations fot this brand. "This cleanser proves that you can have ultra-clean skin without stripping and dehydrating", reads the label. Which is exactly what I need in this moment of my life.

2) Grease Relief Face Tonic - Toners! So easy to skip this step right? I've been slacking on it lately and I can't wait to see the results for this one. I love that its active ingredients such as Lactic Acid and Golden Seal help to disinfect, and renew, while calming and balancing. Calming is clearly the magic word here. Hah!

3) Lemon Strip Flash Peel - Have you ever used a peel before?! As a rookie, I feel like "Incorporates 20% AHA complex to dissolve dead skin cells and resurface skin" sounds a little intimidating. But again, I have high hopes for this brand and I feel that the fact that it is free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates and cruelty-free, makes it far less intimidating. I'm ready guys!

4) Truth Serum Collagen Booster - I've already tested it and it is one of my holy grail products. So glad I got another bottle because I recently finished my last one. Check out my review here.

5) Sheer Transformation - Let's be real here: I pick my skin and I'm not proud of it. Its a bad vice that is specially hard on me since it leaves marks and dark spots on my skin. Why do I still do it? I don't know. But I'm excited about this cream since it says that it will diminish my dark spots.

6) Total Truth Eye Crème - I love that this product is like the sister to the Truth Serum. So again, really high expectations for this light cream. Plus, I LOVE that it has SPF 15. I've been meaning to try an eye cream with sunscreen for a while.

7) Invigorating Night Treatment - Since I love my Truth Serum so much, I usually save it for nighttime only. So I'm really excited that I get to use that one for day and this Invigorating one for night. Reading the Amazon and Sephora reviews makes me even more excited to try it!

I will start using all of these products starting tomorrow Monday, July 20th in order to give you guys my honest opinion. Stay tuned for upcoming reviews! Have you tried any of these products? What do you think?

XO, Elena

Disclousure: These items were gifted to me by the OleHenriksen team for my honest reviews. I also wanted to add that I wouldn't be able to review these products if it weren't for you guys. Your comments and your continuous readership encourages me to keep creating content that we both love. 

 As cheesy as it sounds, it has been a dream come true and for that I truly thank you. 

Ole Henriksen

Walgreens Look Boutique and Sephora Haul

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It's been a while since I've done a beauty haul, right? Let's get back to basics! I decided to gather everything that I've been buying these past months so I can show you what's being added to my beauty routine lately. Some of them I've tried, some of them I haven't, but I still wanted to show you what I got.

L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga - It was 2 for $9 and I couldn't resist. You know the story. But being serious now, have you tried it? I've read that it actually makes your lashes look cartoon-ish. Don't know how I feel about that... 

NUXE Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm - I already started using this every night to replace my beloved Carmex. I feel like this is way gentler on my lips, but I still don't want to give it a full review until I've been using it for an entire month.

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base - Bought this after watching one too many recommendations by Ingrid Nielsen on her Youtube channel. I still don't know if I love it more than Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion, but I'll get back to you soon. 

theBalm Liquid timeBalm Spot Concealer - A lady at Walgreens' Look Boutique got me into buying this because she said it was the most amazing thing for acne spots. It was on sale since it's supposedly being discontinued by the brand so I got two of them, of course. One for me and one for my sister (who has stress breakouts) and she loves it! I still haven't used it, but I should. Soon. 

 - Sephora 500 Points Perk - No Sephora purchase is complete without some extra goodies! You guys know I don't usually use these many points unless I LOVE it, so you must know how I feel about this one. I mean, look at all these Laura Mercier stuff! Who could've resist? The lipgloss is a lovely everyday color and the blush gives me a beautiful sun-kissed glow. I gave my sister the Tinted Moisturizer since I thought it was too greasy on my skin and I'm saving the primer for a special occasion since I've read so many good things about it.

What do you guys think? Have you gotten any of these products lately? Let me know your recommendations! :)



Stila, Anastasia & First Aid Beauty Haul

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It is no secret how much I love to splurge on makeup, so the combination of me being sick at home and being bored with complete access to online shopping, is dangerous. Here's the end result:

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina - I have to say this was an impulse buy after browsing around Instagram and finding a picture of this amazing Kiley Jenner-ish lipstick. I immediately started stalking all pictures of this mauve color that I still didn't own with #StilaPatina... so catchy! But before we get into details, please note that I am not a fan of Kiley's ridiculously overdrawn lips, but I do have to admit I am a fan of her lip color choices. #NotSorry

  • Formulation: I'm not gonna lie, I was expecting a stain but it turns out this formulation is exactly what it says it is: a liquid lipstick. Although I cannot say it lives to its claim of "stay all day" I must say it stays on the lips for a good 3-4 hours top. 
  • First Impression: When you first put it on your lips, it feels like a more liquid version of a lipgloss, but then it slowly starts setting into a matte formulation without making your lips feel dry. 
  • Verdict: Love the formulation of this lipstick and Patina is the perfect shade to transition from winter to spring. Recommended!

Anastasia Brow Whiz - Like seriously, what real beauty blogger doesn't own this gem?! Of course I needed to get my hands on it! This is one of those things that I used to say "why would I need that when I have Mac's Espresso eye shadow and a good brow brush?". Boy was I wrong! I don't even know where to start... This is definitely not a gimmick, and once you start using it you will understand what all the buzz is about.

  • Formulation: The shade "Soft Brown" is perfect for my highlighted brunette hair, since it's noticeable yet subtle.
  • First Impression: This gives you the perfect natural brows without feeling overdrawn, something that usually happens with powders. Looking in the mirror, I could seriously tell the difference and how perfect they looked. And that little brush at the other end is a blessing from the skies! 
  • Verdict: We've officially reached "obsessed" status. This is a must have for everyone who OCD's over their eyebrows.

First Aid Beauty - After falling in love with their Facial Radiance Pads, I went ahead and purchased their Fab Faves To Go Kit and their lip balm to try some new products from them and get more toner pads! Here's what I think of each product: 

Face Cleanser

  • Formulation: I can agree with the website's description of its whipped formulation: "A mild face cleanser that feels luxurious". 
  • First Impression: I liked the creamy consistency, but I am not loving how it works with my Clarisonic Mia. I would love to see more foam. 
  • Verdict: Maybe this kind of cream cleansers doesn't work as well if you have oily skin... I still don't know if its giving me acne! Have any of you had this type of problem? 

Ultra Repair Cream

  • Formulation: This product is gentle enough so you can use it in your face. The website claims this product "delivers exceptional hydration and protection with no greasy petroleum". 
  • First Impression: It is very thick! It does what it claims, but I don't think I need this much hydration. 
  • Verdict: I like the consistency, but I don't suffer from dry skin so I gave it to my mom. I would definitely recommend it for someone with super dry skin. 

Ultra Repair Lip Therapy

  • Formulation: It is very thick and apparently has the same healing power as their Ultra Repair Cream. 
  • First Impression: Love the minty smell!! 
  • Verdict: Even though I don't dislike it, I'd rather stick to my trusty Carmex balm for my nighttime routine. 

Facial Radience Pads - If you would like to read what I think of the Facial Radiance Pads, visit this link

What do you think of this type of reviews? Let me know so I can keep doing them if you dig them. :)


Urban Decay Setting Spray and Naked Skin Foundation

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I have a wedding tomorrow so... what does that mean? New makeup! This is the perfect excuse to go to my local Sephora and buy some quality long lasting makeup.

After reading so many good reviews, I decided to go for Urban Decay's Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup to see if the hype was worth it. I also ended up buying their All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray.

I decided to test these out on a normal work day and let me tell you, this combination is perfect! My makeup lasted flawlessly for a whole day. The only con that I could say about it is that my skin got a little shiny at the end of the day, but I controlled it using my Chanel Powder and boom! I looked like I had just done my makeup.

I'll let you know how it goes after the wedding tomorrow. ;)

Fall 2013 Haul

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I am starting a new job tomorrow, so I decided that I would reward myself with a little shopping in some of my favorite stores: Forever 21, Bath & Body Works and Sephora. Here is the end result of my (very fun) credit card damage adventure: