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January felt like the longest year, didn’t it? Last month, I parted ways with a few really great products (along with a few which failed to thrill me), so read onward to hear about my personal experience in the form of short and concise reviews! If you’re so inclined, you can also find mini reviews of these on my Instagram Stories highlight under “BEAUTY”.
For reference: I have normal/combination skin, with and oily t-zone, and am mildly acne prone.
I’ve been coloring my dark brown hair to various shades of blonde for 4 years now, and Olaplex has been an in-salon and at-home staple. I ask my hairstylist to mix it with my bleach at every appointment, and oftentimes they include this No. 3 Hair Perfector treatment for me to take home. I was previously using it only once a month, following the directions and leaving it on for 20 mins during my shower. However, my colorist suggested that if I want to reach my hair growth goals, I should use it every time I wash. Twice a week now, I leave it in for several hours i in the evening or even overnight. I’ll wash it out in the morning and let it air dry. It never feels heavy or sticky, and it leaves my thin hair silky and soft.
If you’re like me an operate daily on an anxiety level of 11/10, you may want to look into CBD. This is my first foray into this type of supplement and I was fortunate enough to receive the above from Not Pot. They only make the gummy version now, but I would take once of these every morning while I was getting ready. It helped me manage the kind of stomach-flipping, nervous energy I feel in my guy every morning when I leave the house. These were tasty, and I think I’d like to experiment with tinctures next.
This Brighten mask is from one of my favorite clean beauty brands, Herbivore. Last year I went through the full-size version of this, but received a sample size as part of a set I ordered recently. This mask uses natural enzymes to gently exfoliate and brighten your skin. You slather it on after washing your face, then rinse it off after the allotted time and apply your serums, etc. It doesn’t have a dramatic improvement on texture but it did leave me noticeably brighter and more even in tone. The directions say to leave it on much longer, but a facialist recommended I only leave it on for 3-5 minutes max. I used this about 1-2x a week, followed by a heavy moisturizer, to only positive effects.
Another chemical exfoliant for your consideration! This one, the Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% from The Ordinary, is a more watery texture, but is also formulate with hyaluronic acid to keep your complexion plump. It took me about a year to get through this bottle because I just didn’t love it. Even with consistent use over several weeks, I didn’t notice a change in skin tone or texture. They carry a version with 10% lactic acid, which may be more effective on my skin type.
Here, I would like to clarify that even though I am part of Glossier’s rep program, my opinion on this mascara is unbiased: Lash Slick the bomb. I have oily eyelids that often cause mascara to smudge under my eyes. This one does not. It doesn’t volumize, which is perfectly ok because it’s not marketed as such, but it makes your lashes look so long and fluttery. I was all about volume until I tried this when it launched, and I’ve never looked back.
Lastly, we have the Context Skin Hydrating Toner. I’m still not sold on having a toner in my routine, as I haven’t found one that seems to be worth the extra step. This one smells delicious, like fresh oranges, and is formulated with clean ingredients like witch hazel (and no alcohol), so applying it was a lovely sensory experience. I used it at night after cleansing, and it seemed to serve a similar purpose to a hydrating facial mist. The bottom line: it’s nice, but for me, not necessary.
So there you have it: no groundbreaking discoveries, just me happily emptying a few bottles of holy grail products. Leave a comment below if you have any questions about the products featured here!