I Tried It: Lancome DreamTone Serum

So every once in a while, people send me stuff (for free), ask me to try it, and then write about it. I’m still waiting for someone to send me a free Bugatti (do you hear me Bugatti???!!!!). Anyway, this time, the wonderful people at SheSpeaks, in conjunction with Lancome, sent me a full-sized bottle of Lancome DreamTone Serum. Before I go any further, I want to stress that this product was complimentary, and I am in no way required to give it a favorable review. And we all know I don’t have an issue telling you how I really feel about something. We’ll start with the packaging first.

Lancome DreamTone

That right there is a sexy looking bottle. I opened the package and was almost afraid to use it, and then I got excited, because at a retail price of $98 a bottle, I thought there might be diamonds inside! Unfortunately, when I used the pump, the only thing that came out was serum. Bummer. The description that came with it claimed it would “correct dark spots, color imperfections and uneven skin tone”. Now, I don’t generally have “bad” skin. A little oily, yes, but for the most part, it’s treated me pretty good. That is, up until the last few months. I’d been dealing with a lot of stress, and it was beginning to take a toll on my skin. I switched to some new products, but some damage had already been done, leaving me with residual discoloration (I didn’t have the sense to take a picture beforehand, so you’ll have to trust me on this one). I was instructed to use this product twice a day, under my moisturizer, for four weeks. So, did it work?

Lancome Selfie

That is my “bare-faced zero makeup just came back from the gym exhausted from a long day” selfie (I take the most awkward selfies). If you look closely enough, my skin tone is pretty even, and wait, is that a, a, a GLOW?!?! If this were a few months ago, I’d probably be a little hesitant to go out in public, even to the gym, without a little concealer to cover up any discoloration. But lo-and-behold, it actually worked! If it can even my skin out in four weeks, I would imagine it would help someone with more serious skin tone issues over a longer period of time.

Would I recommend? I know it’s Lancome, but $98 for someone with real issues could be pretty pricey, even if it’s worth it. I feel like there isn’t much left in this bottle, so you would have to replenish every 5-7 weeks. If price isn’t an issue for you, then by all means, go for it. There may not be diamonds in the bottle, but there IS just a little bit of gold.

All In the Name of Health

So, as some of you have gathered, I’m a little bit of an internet search engine junkie. Before the internet was mainstream, I was confined to outdated encyclopedias (remember the Encarta CD-ROMs?) to fulfill my need to know everything.  The good ol’ world-wide web has contributed to filling my mind with a bunch of useless (sometimes useful) information on everything, from “what’s wrong with my car?”, to, “how to turn a light bulb into a mini terrarium” (don’t ask). Lately, my searches have been filled with how-tos on health and wellness, and how to naturally keep these girlish good looks (humble brag?). Some of it has delivered me results that seem, well, a little bizarre to the regular person. I’ve put together the three weird things I’ve done these past few weeks…all in the name of health.

1. Oil Pulling

Woman Oil Pulling

I have no clue how I came across this, but once I started reading, I became intrigued. I’m sure it had something to do with the wonderful-ness that is Hey Fran Hey, but of course, I always do my own research before I try anything new (sure). I Googled the whole oil pulling business, and came across this wordy but informative site. The claim is that if you swish some oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes every day, before you brush your teeth, it’ll help alleviate and cure headaches, toothaches, bronchitis, ulcers, world hunger…amongst other things. So, like the sucker I am, I tried it (using sunflower oil), and I’ve been doing it for a few weeks now. It’s pretty gross at first – I mean, it’s OIL sitting in your mouth, and it’s all yucky looking when you spit it out. I’ll admit, my teeth feel super clean, and my sinuses feel a lot better, but maybe I’m just naive. I’m going to continue to do it though, because I don’t want to be known as a quitter. If you do try it, use something light, like sunflower or sesame seed oil.

2. Facial Yoga

Facial Yoga

Dude, I find THE weirdest stuff. I really, really don’t know how and why I decided to try this, but this cute, young-looking 30-year-old has a great video on how to do it. Her claim is that she looks soooo young because she’s been doing facial yoga (it couldn’t be her good genes, no?) for years now. The first day I tried it, I forgot to lock the bathroom door, and my hubby barged in, and laughed at me. The second time, I made sure no one was around and still locked the door. It’s basically facial massage, and doing stuff like, puffing up your cheeks and tapping them to keep them fuller. My face felt nice after I was done doing all this weird stuff to it, and I guess I won’t know if it’s working until about ten years from now, since (another humble brag) I’ve been told that I look younger than my real age. If you do nothing else, you have to watch her video, and then the other bizarro ones that pop up in your search for facial yoga.

3. Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar

Bragg Apple Cider Vinega

I guess this one isn’t as weird, but it definitely isn’t common. I actually read about drinking apple cider vinegar a couple of years ago, but I didn’t decide to try it until recently. It’s supposed to aid in removing toxins from your body (like oil-pulling), clear up your skin, and it even has potassium in it! When I’ve used it, I have noticed a change in the way I feel, so it’s definitely something I’ll continue to do. I drink a mixture of it (1 tbsp in a cup of water) right after I’m done oil pulling. If you’re going to try it, I recommend the Bragg brand, because it’s organic and unfiltered.

I’ve now proven to all of you how um, different I am. But when I’m 90, looking like a 40-year-old in excellent health, you’ll all wish you listened to me. If you try any of these, let me know!

I Tried It: L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream

Ok, so I, like most women, have heard all the buzz about these BB, CC, HH (you get it) creams out there in the beauty world. I’ve been disappointed by new beauty products before, so I was extremely hesitant to waste my money on anything new. Because I’m only lucky in things that don’t involve winning large sums of money, I ended up getting a chance to try a complimentary, full-sized sample of L’Oreal’s Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream through SheSpeaks and L’Oreal. The catch was that I facilitate this review, and I happily obliged. Like most of the creams, L’Oreal’s promised to deliver on not one, but FOUR skin beautifying actions: hydration, priming, correcting, and perfecting. I was definitely skeptical; a drug store cream was going to work magic for me? Okay, we’ll see.

L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream

I waited about a couple of weeks for my sample, and I wasn’t actually expecting an entire tube of the stuff. I received my package (I love getting packages in the mail!), in “light”, and immediately decided to open it up. Whenever I get a new beauty item, the first thing I do is check the consistency. Since one of the claims was that the product was hydrating and a primer, my expectations were that it should be very lightweight and airy. No disappointment there! I was pleasantly surprised by how lightweight it actually was. I was thrown off a bit, because it came out whitish-looking, and I remember hoping that it wouldn’t show up super pale on my already winter pale skin.

My winter pale hand

Luckily, it blended in VERY well. My vanity is preventing me from actually showing you a before and after of how it looked on my face, but take my word for it. I don’t like wearing a ton of makeup, especially heavy foundation, so this cream was a winner for me. If you don’t have a lot to cover up, you could really just use this cream, some concealer and blush, and look fresh-faced.

My winter pale hand...again

So I’ve given you all the great things about this product, and like all things, there have to be some drawbacks. I have very oily skin, and I found that this did nothing to cut back on that oil. Not surprising, since that wasn’t one of the magical features, but definitely a downside for me. Also, the tube was terribly small, so it’s not going to last you too long. You need from a nickel to a quarter-sized amount to get full-coverage, so you could end up running through this tube pretty quickly. It’s not cheap either, at about $11 each, so it would probably be wise to use this on the days that you don’t need heavy coverage (like the gym, errands, etc.), which is what I ended up doing. It also worked great as just a primer, aside from that oily skin issue (no fault of L’Oreal’s, just my bad genes).

If I were to attach a number rating to this product, I’d give it a strong eight. And L’Oreal, if you’re reading, maybe you can create something that would include all of these components plus some oil-cutting action? Thankyouverymuch.