Birthday Haul [365 to 40]

I picked up a few things for my birthday from Sephora in late March. Mainly to claim the yearly birthday gift before the month ended. I haven’t shopped much at Sephora over the past two years since I discovered Ulta and the Dermstore.

Haul included:
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer – I love a glossy lip and wanted to try at least one Rhinna created product. This universal shade is so pretty and definitely work appropriate.

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Kiehl’s Since 1851 Mini Mask Sampler Set – I have been eyeing the Kiehls mask individually for quite a while now but didn’t want to spend a lot for such large jars.  This sampler set is perfect and each 0.5oz jar provides enough for a few routines. I just bought this last week of March and it is now no longer on the site.
Set includes Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque, Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask, Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask, Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask & Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Mask. The prices do vary from $32 to $54.

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I also claimed a few rewards:
250 pt perk – The Ole Henriksen The Bestsellers -Truth Serum, Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer, Invigorating Night Transformation Gel and Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser.

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500 pt perk – Fresh Mini Mask Bar – Soy face cleanser, Umbrian clay purifying mask, Lotus youth preserve rescue mask and Rose face mask. Each mask retails for $25 – $58.

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Bite Beauty Bite Lip Set (Birthday Gift)- Mini Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai, Mini Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Glacé, Agave Lip Balm and Agave Sugar Lip Scrub.

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100pt perk – Kiehl’s Since 1851 Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate 12.5% Vitamin C trial size – 0.17 oz/ 5 mL. The full size of this retails for $62 – $104.

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Ole Henriksen Perfecting Mask Review

PhotoGrid_1422936244873Apparently this mask is no longer in production. I was going thorugh my stash and realized that I had purchased this about two years ago from Ole Henriksen (OH) during Cyber Monday. I was relieved to see that it was still good as one this OH does that few brands do is to stamp an expeiration date on each product. It was still good 🙂

This is the Feel the Difference Perfecting Mask with African Red Tea. OH still has African Red Tea products and they are recommended for anti-aging  concerns. African Red Tea is antioxidant rich, strengthens the skin’s outer layer (slowing the effects of aging), calms and soothes the skin. It also contains sodium hyaluronate (to seal in moisture in the skin), algae (firms skin and boosts collagen production) and pomegrante (stabilizes free radicals with polyphenols). The mask is balm like but not too thick, easy to apply and remove.

Directions – Apply a generus amount to face and neck after cleansing avoiding hte eye area. Remove after 10 minutes with a damp cloth. This mask can be used 2-3 times weekly. 

Some other ingredients include citrus extracts: grapefruit, orange and tangerine – to purify and brighten the skin with their  astringent, antiseptic and aromatic properties. Borage seed oil – moisturize with gamma linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid that acts as an astringent and anti-inflammatory agent. Sweet almond oil – to nourish, soothe, soften and protect the skin.


Review: Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub

Every so often, your complexion needs a little extra attention to enhance the skin’s natural renewal cycle. Nothing does this better than a densely textured, smooth gliding and terrifically energizing facial scrub. Activated with water, the finely ground walnut powder foams up and slips over the skin effortlessly to awaken beautiful glowing skin.

Aloe vera Moisturizes, calms and heals
Chamomile Calms, softens and soothes
Korean ginseng Increases cellular energy, stimulates microcirculation

Walnut powder Mildly abrasive, aids in cell renewal
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Hands down this Walnut Complexion Scrub has got to be the best ‘shell’ scrub around. I love it so much I have two and will probably purchase more (if there is a sale going on). It smells divine similar to sweet almond extract and one has to keep in mind that it is not edible. This scrub also lathers extremely well and most time I just use this by itself and it is very effective at removing residual makeup and just dirt and grime in general. This scrub retails $16 (1oz) and $24 (1.7oz).
One of the things apart from the quality of the products is that they include an expiration date. As a consumer this is a blessing as rarely do people know how to read the codes included on product labels.