The Skincare Regimen that Changed My Skin.

By: Jen Shoop

I’ve written a series of posts about my recent skincare acquisitions (also here) and I must reiterate the entrance of two ultra-powerful newcomers in my skincare routine: Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum and Tata Harper’s Regenerating Cleanser.  I love these two products so much that I purchased them for several loved ones and spent Friday morning updating my entire Best of Everything: Beauty Post to include them.  (FYI — while editing the post, I took time to go back through every section to update/edit/add new reviews wherever needed.  I’m happy to say that the vast majority of picks have stayed the same, but there were a handful of newcomers and new products that I threw into the mix.  For example, I’d never featured a blowdry primer or hair mask or serum, but now I can’t live without any of them.)

Les Details:

Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum: Guys.  This stuff is legitimate black magic.  Go to your local Sephora, ask for a sample, scurry home, and watch true alchemy take place before your eyes.  I start every day by cleaning my face (scrubbing it for 1-2 minutes!) and then applying this serum.  I swear to God, my skin transforms before my eyes: it looks plumper, brighter, more hydrated within seconds.  It’s like having my teenage skin back!  I also find that when I apply this followed by moisturizer and truly take the time to massage it into my skin, my makeup looks better — everything looks smoother, more radiant, more natural.  I feature a lot of beauty products on this blog, but this, along with my m61 power peel pads, are must-have, game-changing power players.

Tata Harper Regenerating Skin Cleanser: For years, I tried to “break up” with Proactiv because I found it to be overly drying and overly harsh and was dubious of its ingredients — I’m pretty sure it has bleach in it, because it has stained many pajamas in my time.  But I found that every cleanser I tried was just too mild — I’d wind up breaking out or feeling as though my skin wasn’t truly cleansed.  Then I found Tata Harper’s cleanser, which contains microbeads that exfoliate your skin, but are gentle enough to use every day — in other words, it feels like your cleanser is actually doing something when you’re applying it.  I take 1-2 minutes to exfoliate with this every single morning and my skin feels clean but not tight.  Pores look smaller, imperfections are smoother,  and my skin looks overall brighter, more balanced.  I’m a convert.  Never going back.

I am also very impressed with these facial radiance pads, which I have been using for the last few weeks when reapplying my makeup before going out in the evening, or cleaning up after a run through the park.  I swear that if you use these pads or Tata Harper’s cleanser, then apply the serum, you’ll look like a changed woman.


+If you loved those Tory Burch pearled mules I bought last season, they finally went on sale in a different colorway here!

+Should have included this in my roundup of beach scarves — expensive, but beautiful.

+I know no one feels like splurging on sweaters as temperatures rise, but this would be such a great sale buy to stow away for next season!  Love.

+Lots of amazing Mara Hoffman beachwear on sale RN — I own this in a different colorway and feel like a royal princess from afar when wearing it.

+Do you use a scent booster for your laundry?  I’m thinking about buying this for when we wash our towels/sheets.  I don’t know that I’d care to use it for clothing, but to keep linens smelling fresh for longer?

+We’re taking mini on a fairly long car trip in May and I may give in to the idea of loading my iPad with a game or movie just in case we get into a desperate situation.  I’m going to buy this for the occasion.

+I’m intrigued by the design of this beach romper.  It looks SO comfortable, and I love the bows on the shoulders…but would I look frumpy in it?

+Adorable jacket for spring.

P.S.  The best options for a picnic blanket (read the comments for additional inspo!)

P.P.S.  What are you wearing for the fourth?

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4 thoughts on “The Skincare Regimen that Changed My Skin.

  1. I bought the m61 pads on your recommendation and love them! I also just ordered the Too Faced foundation you wrote about…can’t wait to try it!

    1. YAY! THE BEST! I think you’ll love it. I am normally a devotee of Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer because it’s lightweight and can be applied with fingers, but this foundation works so well for me, and has such a natural finish, that I’ve sidelined LM for the time being in favor of it. Let me know your thoughts! xo

  2. Truth Serum! I received a sample of it in a swag bag when I was 24 or 25 and remember loving it — I can only imagine that my 33-year-old skin would love it even more. Definitely going to try it out, as I’m recently out of serum … perfect timing!

    Also intrigued by the Mrs. Meyer’s laundry scent booster … I swear by their hand and dish soaps, so this might be fun to try!

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