A few months ago, I signed up to a fun, online community called Influenster. If you haven’t heard of this site before, I urge you to check it out! Covering products that range from your favourite lipstick, to dog toys, Influenster is all about reviewing products that you love in a fun and social way, while earning quirky badges and building your social impact score. The community is also a great place to get feedback on products you have yet to buy, but want to know more about. On a monthly basis, Influenster sends out magical little boxes they call VoxBoxes. Every box has a theme according to what type of products are inside, like the box I received, which featured L’Oreal’s new Hydra-Total 5 skincare line.

L’Oreal has introduced their new Hydra-Total 5 line for 3 different skin types: uneven skin, sensitive skin, and combination skin. I was thrilled to see that I had received the products for combination skin, as this is exactly my skin type and knew that I would see the most benefits from this category. Said to “revitalize and refresh for silky smooth, toned skin”, I was excited to get started and see the results!




Hydra-Total 5 Ultra-Fresh Routine: Cleanser
I have never been a fan of strong smelling facial products (who wants their face smelling like a floral shop all day?) and was so pleased to discover this cleanser had a very light, rosewater-esque scent. After using this cleanser, my skin was left feeling soft and hydrated, unlike some other cleansers that leave my skin feeling tight and stripped of its natural oils. I love that even if I am in a rush and forget to apply a moisturizer, this cleanser leaves my skin feeling great!
How I use it: As soon as I opened my VoxBox, I popped this cleanser into my shower so that it would always be in arms reach during my morning routine. Before I get out of the shower, I massage the cleanser into my face, neck, and decollette in upward, circular motions, then rinse. This cleanser lathers up easily, so you will only need to use about a dime-sized amount for a good clean.


Hydra-Total 5 Ultra-Fresh Routine: Toner
This toner had the same lovely light scent that the cleanser did. It glides on easily, and leaves my skin feeling super refreshed.
How I use it: I use this toner every morning on my face, neck, and decollette, after I’ve cleansed my skin. Once it’s on a cotton pad (just a quick squirt will do), I gently swipe it across my skin in an upward motion. This toner is also great to use before you go to bed as a quick way to remove all of the gunk and oils that have accumulated throughout the day.


Hydra-Total 5 Ultra-Fresh Cream-Gel Moisturizer
This was the first time I have ever used a gel based moisturizer, and I’m completely hooked! It is much lighter than your standard cream moisturizer, and it absorbs into your skin much faster, preventing my skin from feeling weighed down like some thicker moisturizers tend to do.
How I use it: After you have cleansed and toned your skin, it’s time for your moisturizer! I used a Q-Tip to remove a small, pea-sized amount, and then dabbed it on various places on my face, neck, and decollette, before massaging it into my skin. I find that if I apply it this way, rather than massaging it into my hands first, I used less product. With moisturizing creams being one of the most expensive items in your skincare routine, every little bit counts!


I’ve been using this skincare line for about a month now, and can honestly say that I am completely impressed with the results. My skin feels soft and moisturized at all times, even during these cold winter days. Gone are any traces of flaky skin, and I’ve noticed an overall improvement in my skin’s smoothness. I’d love to know what kind of results others have found when using the new Hydra-Total 5 line, so if you’ve given it a try, let me know in the comments!

If you’d like to receive your very own VoxBox, use this link to head over to Influenster and start your very own account today! I know what you’re thinking: “I don’t have hundreds of followers online. I’ll never get one of those fancy boxes.” That’s what I thought, too. But if you simply engage within the community and practice a little patient, good things will come!

To learn more about this VoxBox and the new Hydra-Total 5 skincare line from L’Oreal, check out my video below! In it, I share more about each product and the benefits they can have on your skin.

*All Influenster products have been received free for testing.


This month’s Glam Bag was all about love from the Ipsy team. Along with a cute thank you note, this red, quilted bag was filled with some fabulous goodies, and sealed with a kiss…zipper pull.

Below you’ll find all of this month’s products along with my reviews. Did you receive a December Glam Bag? Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what your favourite product was!


Jesse’s Girl Nail Polish in Pin-Up Girl
This is the second Jessie’s Girl product that I’ve received in my Ipsy bags (the last was an eye shadow primer that you can see here). I was a big fan of the primer, so I was excited to see their name on another on of my goodies. This is quickly becoming one of my favourite polishes – it’s super shiny, and this shade of pink will look good on anyone! I’ve had it on for about a week now, with very minimal chips (score!),

Pacifica Power Of Love Lipstick in Nudie Red
Not only does this lipstick slide over your lips like a dream, this little tube packs a powerful message. With the idea that lipstick can change the world, for every lipstick purchased, Pacifica will give one to a woman in need.

Peony Cosmetics Shadow Trio
I was hoping this month’s bag would yield something sparkly for the holidays, and this shadow trio definitely delivered! The bronze shade adds the perfect touch of glimmer, and the kaolin clay helps absorb excess oils, so your party look will last all night long…dancing and all.

Lather Honey Moisture Mask
Truth be told, I have yet to use this mask. After indulging in treats over the holidays, my skin has been breaking out. When that happens, I go for something with astringent properties. But I’m excited to have this mask in my arsenal for when the cold winter weather starts to dry out my skin. I’m sure it will work wonders! Have you tried this mask yet? Let me know if you liked it!

Klorane Floral Water Makeup Remover
I can always use more eye makeup remover – it’s one of the products I use in my daily cleansing routine, so I go through it very quickly. I swapped this product for my regular version, and was pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t greasy and it removed my mascara with ease. I’ll be using this one until it’s all gone!

For more information on these products, or where to buy, visit the links above. To start receiving a monthly ipsy glam bag of your own, click here.