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Review – Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Moisturizer

20 Nov

It feels like I have been getting moisturizer samples a lot lately.  I’m actually not complaining, especially since we are coming into a harsh season, Winter.  Protecting your skin is a must.

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From Ole Henriksen’s website:

So sheer in texture, this luxurious oil-free cream feels light and silky as it penetrates the skin and helps fade discolorations such as freckles, age spots and sun damage without the use of chemicals. Instantly nourishes and retexturizes the skin, smoothes facial lines and provides intense free radical protection to prevent further damage.

BENEFITS

Actiwhite™: Prevents and corrects discoloration and evens skin tone with an effective combination of pea extract and sugar
Vitamin C: Stimulates collagen production
Fruit Acids: Retexturizes and smoothes lines
Sandalwood, Geranium, Licorice and Chamomile Extracts: Soothes, replenishes, balances and purifies the skin
Vitamin E: Heals, restores and nourishes the skin

MY THOUGHTS

I really enjoyed using this sample. I won’t say that this is some extreme special moisturizer, but it’s a very good moisturizer.  It is non-greasy, yet it doesn’t leave my skin dry.  I used it during the Summer to Fall transition weather, with fluctuating temps.  It help up very well, adjusting to my skin’s needs.

It’s not really scented, it has “a” scent, but it’s just sort of faint and nondescript.  Some can call it chemically.

As to how well it holds up to all the anti-aging claims, I don’t think the sample is large enough to see an actual difference in skin texture.  If you recall, I had to use the Pond’s cream double the time recommended by the brand to see any difference in my skin. Here is the link to that review.

Could it in theory make a difference?   Sure, but you would probably need to use this for about 8 weeks to see an improvement.

Would I purchase this?

For the price, no way.  This is a high end cosmetic price point.  I think there are less expensive products on the market that will do the job in that same time frame.

Are you a fan of Sheer Transformation?

Thanks for reading!

~Anna

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Sephora Play! October 2016

21 Oct

I love when the beauty boxes come back to back like that.  It’s like make-up Christmas for me!

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Look at that huge size for the Christophe Robin masque!

I got this last night, and today I wore that Smashbox lip product.  I’m in love .

This is my 3rd or 4th month of Play!, and I love it.  It’s $10.00 a month PLUS tax, so it ends up being about $10.66 or something for my area.

Bonus – you earn 10 Sephora points for each month when you sign up for the subscription.

I can’t wait to use all these and review them!

Are you a Play! fan?

Thanks for reading!

~Anna

Sale Alert AND a Dupe alert!

23 Sep

Coastal Scents is having a sale on their Urban Decay Naked palette dupe.  Looks like a combo of Naked 2 and Naked 3. I have not used this palette but have had great success with Coastal Scents eyeshadows in the past.

This is only $9.95!

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Sale Alert! Coastal Scents Eyeshadow Palettes!

22 Apr

$11.95 for 120 eyeshadows it just ridiculous. These shadows work great! Honestly, they have MAC level color payoff.

 

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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Elcat Dupes!

25 Jan

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Dupe – Urban Decay vs NYX Setting Spray

9 Jan

Makeup Setting Spray is a must have for anyone who wears makeup!  Seriously.  Rubbing your face off is dumb, stop doing it.  We are here to help you do it for cheap!

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We made a post a while back comparing Urban Decay’s setting spray vs E.L.F.  You can read it HERE.   

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Let me summarize it for you – the E.L.F one works about the same and is $3. The problem with the E.L.F. is it smells like feet for the first minute of having it on your face.  Kinda gross, right?  That is what drove me to trying the NYX spray.

 

The NYX Setting spray comes in two varieties – Matte and Dewy.  I opted for the Matte as that is finish I most prefer, although I have heard that the dewy one is actually better for dry, Winter skin.  

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It retails for $7.99, so it’s a bit more expensive than the E.L.F.

The Urban Decay setting spray is $29 – that is a savings of over $20.  SCORE!

The NYX doesn’t smell funky to me, didn’t break me out, makes my face powder look lovely and holds my makeup in place.  Really, it works the same as the Urban Decay – maybe it has a tiny bit less staying power but it’s not worth pay $20 extra IMO. 

ASOS 30% off everything!!!

6 Dec

 

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Visit: www.asos.com

Splurge or Steal – Drug Store dupes of Clinique!

12 Nov

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Check out Rachel’s Blog: The Life Unsweetened for other amazing money saving tips!

DIY Tooth Whitening

1 Nov

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Remember – like most whitening kits this can cause some minor tooth sensitivity.  

You will see results but be realistic about your expectations.  

Ulta – 20% off entire purchase coupon!!!

29 Oct

I received one of these Ulta coupons in the mail and bought the Naked 2 palette (which I loooooove.)

20% off all your items – even high end products like Stila, Urban Decay, Benefit, Tarte, Butter, Two Faced, etc.

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You can use this in-store or online!