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    Where do you get your Vitamin C? Drunk Elephant vs OLE HENRIKSEN

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    Awhile back I posted on IG that I started incorporating Vitamin C to my daily skin routine and I received questions on which product I recommend. Since I was a novice I wasn’t able to provide a fair response, but since then I’ve tried out the 2 most popular Vitamin C serums on the market and here are my thoughts and comparisons of the two products:

    DRUNK ELEPHANT C-FIRMA DAY SERUM

    This Vitamin C serum contains 15 percent L-ascorbic acid which is a potent form of vitamin C for antioxidant protection, fading dark spots, brightening, and accelerating collagen production.

    • Also includes ferulic acid and vitamin E (tocopherol), which are great at treating sun damage and fine lines
    • Has an acidic pH of 3.3, which is ideal because L-ascorbic acid has been shown to penetrate best at pH levels less than 3.5.
    • It can oxidize within 3 months and oxidized Vitamin C can age your skin, according to dermatologists. Rate of oxidation differs from product to product so I can’t tell you exactly when it will ” expire” however 3 months is usually 
    • Unfortunately, the rate of oxidation is not easy to gauge because it has a light golden tint even when fresh. Once it turns darker and more orange, it has probably oxidized, so I would discontinue use.
    • Contains Marula oil, which is a heavier oil with a thick consistency that may clog pores so maybe not best for acne prone skin. 
    • Stays on the skin for up to 72 hours, even if you wash your face..that’s pretty cool!
    • Uses natural and synthetic ingredients
    • Fragrance Free
    • It’s expensive at $105 for 30ml bottle

    Overall, I really liked the DE C Firma Vitamin C serum and would recommend to anyone who wants to firm, brighten and improve the overall look of your skin. It is expensive for a serum but definitely does deliver on it’s promise to give you a glowing complexion.

    It has a good amount of antioxidants + ingredients. Contains high amounts of Vitamin C and absorbs right into the skin without that sticky feeling some serums leave behind.  You can easily layer other products such as The ordinary ” B ” Oil and/or Squalane Oil without having the feeling that you have too many products or irritation on your skin. I used up the whole bottle within 2 months and that was everyday morning use, one small pump for the entire face followed by B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum. I saw some changes in the nasolabial folds ( fine lines around the mouth) but the big change happened with the overall texture and plumpness of the skin, however, I believe that’s attributed to the use of B- Hydra + C Firma together. I call these my powerhouse couple!  I feel this product would work great on all skin types except for oily skin. The Marula oil is heavy and may clog your pores, so proceed with caution.  The texture of the serum feels silky but watery so work quickly when working it into your skin. If you want long term results from the DE C-Firma Vitamin C then consistency ( every day or other day) should be your goal! 

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    OLE HENRIKSEN BANANA BRIGHT VITAMIN C SERUM

    This serum contains 15% Vitamin C which is highest concentration of vitamin C for daily use.

    • 5% PHAs (Polyhydroxy Acids) A plumper alternative to AHAs that helps even skin tone and texture through chemical exfoliation, loosening the “glue” that binds the surface layer of skin together, and reveal the newer, fresher skin beneath.
    • Vegan, cruelty free
    • plump skin’s surface with hydration and reinforce skin’s moisture barrier.
    • Contains Hyaluronic Acid that helps plump skin’s surface with hydration and reinforce skin’s moisture barrier.
    • Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps nourish and condition skin; also helps stabilize the vitamin C in the formula.
    • Again, 3 months is probably all you’re going to get form this product before it “expires”. 
    • Contains Orange Peel oil – used to achieve the orange colour, may irritate some skin types.
    • Fairly priced compared to to other leading brands at $86 for 30 ml

    Overall, I would say the Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Vitamin C serum will give you the best glow you have ever had. I do find that it takes longer to absorb than DE C Firma. This wasn’t a deal breaker for me but might be for some. The texture of this serum feels silky, smooth and isn’t a watery serum so you have time to work it into the skin.

     

    VITAMIN C SERUM

    Left – DRUNK ELEPHANT

    Right- OLE HENRIKSEN

    The type of vitamin C serum you decide to use in you routine will depend on the results you want and your price point. I use both interchangeably as I feel they both benefited me greatly! 

     

    XO, MAHA

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    DRUNK ELEPHANT Products you need…NOW!

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    We’re hoping 2020 is the year our skin sees some serious long term results so we’re putting all our faith into the highly coveted and beloved Drunk Elephant Brand.

     

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    We wanted to feature for the first time on our platform these powerhouse products as we’re consistently hearing the buzz surrounding them. For those who don’t know,  Drunk Elephant (DE) is a brand that focuses on simplicity and believes in using clean, natural, well formulated ingredients that benefit the skin and environment. DE has a cult following on social media thanks to their powerful products and creative packaging. DE is the fastest growing skincare brand in history and have been praised for kicking off the massive Clean Beauty trend. Personally, a trend I am happy to jump on 🙂

     

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    B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum $63

    By-Hydra is a serum that improves skins texture, tone and delivers maximum hydration as it contains powerhouse ingredients such as :

    Pro-Vitamin B5: Ensures hydration stays in the skin holds hydration to the skin, supporting skin’s barrier function.
    Pineapple Ceramide:  Improve the appearance of skin texture and tone.
    Sodium Hyaluronate: Delivers superior hydration to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

     

     

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    Why do I need this product?

    Everyone can benefit from a well formulated light serum such as this one. If you are concerned with dry patches, dullness of skin and wrinkles than B-Hyrda is for you. Hydration is key to healthy skin. During the cold months in Canada, some of us experience what is known as wind burns, burning and redness to the face, when engaging in outside activities such as skiing, skating or simply walking 🙂  Very Canadian, I know!

    Now, B-Hydra won’t stop us Canadians from experiencing wind burns, that would just be a miracle, however, if you apply B-Hydra to those areas on the face that are burning or feel tight due to the cold climate, you instantaneously will feel a very soothing and refreshing feeling. 

    How to use?

    One or two pumps of B-Hydra should be used after cleansing and works well combined with other serums, creams and moisturizers. DE suggests C-Firma + B-Hydra as a powerful combination that will dramatically improve your complexion and bring skin back to life! At the time of writing this article, we had just bought C-Firma and had not yet used it in combination with B-Hyrda. We were using another Vitamin C formula that wasn’t quite right for us therefore made the switch to C-Firma. 

    T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum $118

    T.L.C Framboos is a powerful overnight chemical exfoliator that rids your skin of dead cells. 

    Framboos contains a potent concoction of AHA/BHA.

    AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acid. BHA stands for beta hydroxy acid. They help peel away the surface of your skin so that new, more evenly pigmented skin cells may generate and take their place.  The T.L.C. Framboos blend includes glycolic, lactic, tartaric, citric, and salicylic acids, with raspberry extract.

    Why do I need this product?

    T.L.C Framboos fights dullness, wrinkles, fine lines, discolouration and even excessive oiliness. With continued use it may diminish the appearance of pores. This product is free of fragrance, essential oil, silicone, and irritants so works well on sensitive skin as well as dry, combination and oily.

    We have been using this product for over 2 months now and we can see a huge difference in the overall skin health, even after just one use. We used to have little bumps on our forehead that never went away regardless of the product used, until Framboos. No more little bumps! We’ve used many glycolic acids before to treat stubborn skin problems but truly nothing as effective as DE Framboos. A huge new favourite on this platform! We will repurchase over and over again.

    How to use?

    We like to mix one pump of T.L.C. Framboos with Marula oil ( DE recommends mixing with Marula oil for best results) but you can really use any oil you’re comfortable with.  At first use you may experience a slight tingling of the skin but this will diminish or completely be eliminated with continued use. It’s best to use Framboos every other night for a week or so to allow your skin to adjust to it.  Remember for best results, consistency is key 🙂

     

    A-Passioni™ Retinol Cream $98

    DE launched A-Passioni™ retinol cream to a lot of warm welcome and love! If you google  “retinol” within the top searches you will see DE A-Passioni™ retinol cream. It is a fan favourite and deserves the recognition and awards it’s received.

    According to the internet, “Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, an ingredient that promotes skin renewal and enhances collagen production (which starts to decline in your 30s). As well as lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, retinol can also reverse some of the side effects of sun damage.”

    A-Passioni retinol contains 1% pure vegan retinol, which is high for a non prescription retinol. Along with retinol, A-Passioni™ contains:

    Triple Peptide Blend: A potent trio of peptides that helps firm and strengthen, boosting the age-fighting benefits of retinol.*
    Vitamin F: Soothing fatty acids (linolenic and linoleic) that work to improve skin’s texture and suppleness and help calm signs of sensitivity*.

    Why do I need this product?

    To fight collagen loss and eliminate/diminish the look of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and dryness effectively a retinol is required. We have been using A-Passioni™ for only a few weeks and have not seen any dramatic changes in our skin, BUT  that is not because DE A-Passioni™ is not working.  A well formulated retinol such as A-Passioni™  takes 2-3 months to show improvement in the skin. Retinol works in the most inner layers of the skin. Patience is key when using Retinol. 

    How to use?

    A pea sized amount of A-Passioni™ or less can be applied day or night. For maximum results, DE recommends using them in a DE smoothies. DE smoothies are combinations of DE products that work well together. A few DE smoothie are:

    Mix A-Passioni™  with B-Hydra™  for an extra shot of hydration and vitamin B*

    ABC Smoothie” for smoother, brighter, more hydrated skin. Mix a pea-size amount of A-Passioni™ , one pump of B-Hydra™, and one pump of C-Firma™

    To ensure no irritation occurs , less than a pea sized amount should be used and frequency of use should be limited to one a week and work up to 2-3 times a week. It’s also important to mention that SPF should always be used when using retinol.

     

    Have you used any of the DE products? If so , I would love to hear from you in the comments below!

    XO, MAHA 

    *Sephora site

     

    Disclosure: Products were purchased and not gifted to this platform.

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    6 Tricks to Wake Up Tired and Dull Looking Skin Instantly !

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    We all have had those days where we’ve missed a few hours of sleep or ate super fatty foods the night before and it shows on our face the next morning or during the day your face just looses it’s glow and starts to look tired and dull.  It’s really nothing earth shattering but super annoying right? No one wants to look puffy or lack luster when it can be minimized or avoided completely.

    Here are 6 tricks that can have an immense impact on help banish tired, dull skin days and blemishes.

    Face Mist the day away

    I always carry a face mist with me at all times. Throughout the day when I feel like my face is looking dull and I just need a refresher, I take it out of my bag and it saves the day.

    Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist 4 oz/ 118 mL

    Reapply tinted moisturizer

    A MUA friend of mine gave me this little piece of advice , which he received from his MUA BFF who works on the set of a reality show ( he said it was a super covert operation so he couldn’t name the reality show…OMG), but he suggests to apply tinted moisturizer with SPF on top of your makeup throughout the day , if your skin needs a refresher without having to reapply foundation. You can easily use your fingers to rub the tinted moisturizer in to relieve you from any dry patches you may have.

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    Exfoliate the dead skin away

    Gently Exfoliating every day or every other day will shed away all the dead skin and leave you with skin that reflects more light and looks healthier and brighter. Exfoliating is key to having better skin days.

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    Go super thick with your moisturizer

    Choosing a super thick moisturizer will awaken your soul! Ok that’s a bit of a stretch but I love love a good super thick moisturizer to freshen up my complexion, especially if I’ve had a sleepless night. A thick moisturizer does take a bit more time to absorb into the skin, but, it’s well wroth the extra minute or two. Along with super long lasting hydration, some ultra thick moisturizer will give you added firmness to your skin.

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    Add glow boosting ingredients such as a concentrated Vitamin C product to your routine

    By adding aVitamin C to your skin care routine you’re taking preventive measures to protect your skin from sun damage and giving your skin anti-aging benefits. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, so it naturally helps to strengthen your skin and repel things that could damage it. I find when I started giving my skin a daily boost of Vitamin C in the morning, I saw clearer skin and a more radiant complexion. Now be careful, not all topical Vitamin C products are created equally so do your research.

     

    https://www.mdedge.com/edermatologynews/article/130640/aesthetic-dermatology/beauty-sleep-sleep-deprivation-and-skin

    Sleep, Sleep and More Sleep!

    Now I know you’ve heard this before, BUT, a good nights rest is super essential and contributes to healthy, radiant and blemish free skin. It’s not jibber jabber, it’s a fact!

    According to Dr. Lily Talakoub:

    “The reduction of sleep time affects the composition and integrity of the skin. Sleep deprivation increases glucocorticoid production. The elevation of cortisol inhibits fibroblast function and increases matrix metalloproteinases (collagenase, gelatinase). Matrix metalloproteinases accelerate collagen and elastin breakdown, which is essential to skin integrity, and hastens the aging process by increasing wrinkles, decreasing skin thickness, inhibiting growth factors, and decreasing skin elasticity.” *

    XO, MAHA

     

    *https://www.mdedge.com/edermatologynews/article/130640/aesthetic-dermatology/beauty-sleep-sleep-deprivation-and-skin

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    Luxurious Spring Makeup Wish List!

    SPRING MAKEUP WISH LIST

    Every Spring I like to add some new makeup and skin products to my makeup bag and routine. This Spring is no exception as I’ve had my eye on a few very popular products. I’m dying to try them all! Tom Ford is definitely a brand I’m very interested in experimenting with. I hear from other bloggers that his lipsticks are like no other and are a must. The Farsali Gold Elixir is also another youtube and blogger favourite. There are other brands that produce a gold elixir but I really want to try this out the most. Charlotte Tilbury FilmStar bronzer is not only aesthetically beautiful but is the perfect contour / highlight combo for Spring. The Viseart palette is definitely a splurge and will most likely be my most expensive eyeshadow palette, but I have my heart set on it and you only live once. 🙂

    SPRING MAKEUP WISH LIST

    SPRING MAKEUP WISH LIST

     

    1.Charlotte Tilbury FilmStar Bronze & Glow Light to Medium

    2.Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum

    3.Tom Ford Cream Cheek Colour

    4.Farsali Rose Gold Elixir

    5.Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow

    6.Viseart Eyeshadow Palette Warm

    7.Tom Form Sheer Cheek Duo

    8.Tom Form Complexion Enhancing Primer

    9. Tom Ford Soleil Lip Foil

    I’m really curious to hear what new products you’ll be adding to your makeup bag this Spring. Leave me a comment below 🙂

     

    XO, MAHA 

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