1-Month Exclusively Using Drunk Elephant
If you know me, then you know I'm a sucker for great skincare. For a year or two, I had only been using Angels on Bare Skin by Lush. It had been working well with my skin by clearing up any inflammation + dirt/debris. After running out, I was interested in trying a new skincare line that I had heard raving reviews about -Drunk Elephant. You may have already read my post when I first purchased their jelly cleanser back in early December. Today I wanted to share my one-month journey into using these incredible products.
For Christmas/Birthday my amazing boyfriend had gifted me a set of minis so I could try their products as well as their T.L.C Babyfacial Mask + Retinol. (I'll be doing a separate review about these two products in the near future).
The biggest difference I noticed after using all the products was the way my skin felt. The texture has dramatically improved, there is no longer redness/irritation (except when dehydrated), and my skin doesn't feel like a oily/dry mess. Another reason I've been loving their products is how long-wearing they are, I can apply moisturizer in the morning and I don't have to reapply through out the day.
Typically my skincare consists of:
1) I wash my face with water or Beste cleanser (if I forgot to wash the night before)
2) Then I apply Shaba Complex to orbital bone/eye area
3) I mix C-Firma + B-Hydra (unless on a day that I'm using retinol then no B-Hydra is used)
4) After letting it soak I apply Lala Retro then Ultra Sheer SPF 30 Sunscreen
1) Remove daily dirt/grime using Beste cleanser
2) I apply Shaba complex to eye area
3) I mix TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum + Virgin Marula Oil (1/wk I use the babyfacial in lieu if the night serum but still follow up with the oil.)
4) Lastly I apply Protini™ Polypeptide Cream
*I've used their retinol approx. 10x + their Sukari Babyfacial 3x
Just to warn you - today's post is a little longer than normal but thank you for bearing with me! There will also be before & after pictures at the end.
-ABOUT THE PRODUCTS-
Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser
PURIFY + DISSOLVE
Since I've already written my experience about this cleanser, I'll keep it short and sweet. It's still been a great cleanser to remove my sunscreen + dirt from the day, but I would also be interested in trying their Juju bar. This cleanser is also gentle enough that the next morning I only need to wash my face with water to remove any dirt/sweat when sleeping.
SMOOTH + HYDRATE
This eye cream is a lifesaver when it comes to dry skin. Every time I apply this to my eye area - my skin soaks it up like a sponge. As it contains black tea ferment and copper peptides that help for a younger appearance. I wouldn't say that it's brightening but it's gentle yet deeply hydrating cream. Another eye product they carry is called the C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream. This is definitely going to be on my list to purchase next as it helps brightening, firming, and toning the eye area.
C-Firma™ Day Serum
FIRM + BRIGHTEN
This baby right here had been a HUGE game-changer in my personal opinion. It contains 15% pure l-ascorbic acid which helps brighten the skin while improving the texture. Plus this product remain active on the skin for up to 72 hours! Due to the active acids, do not stock up on this product. It has a year shelf life but when opened it should be used within 4-6 months. Drunk Elephant highly recommends this due to processing it in small batches and you will be using the ingredients when they are most potent. Since their products are more expensive, they want to ensure your getting your moneys worth of the products.
B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum
QUENCH + ILLUMINATE
When I first received a sample of this product, along with their Marula Oil, I was shocked by the way my skin reacted to it. Using a pea-sized amount of both, I mixed the two products and applied it to my face + neck. Within 30-60 seconds the products had been fully absorbed without any greasy feeling. On the websites description of this product they compare it to a cool glass of water for your skin. And boy are they right! It gives my skin this refreshing yet hydrating feeling that I've never experienced before. As it contains pro-vitamin B5 and pineapple ceramide it helps with the appearance of skin tone+texture while locking in moisture.
TLC Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum
REFINE + RESURFACE
A 12% AHA/BHA mix that gently lifts dead skin cells to create better absorption for products while also revealing a brighter and even complexion. (this is a great product to work your way up the Sukari Babyfacial™) At first it did have a slight tingling sensation since its a chemical exfoliator, but my skin always looks bright and incredibly smooth the next morning. This has also tremendously helped with the overall texture of my skin. When using this product you should always wear sunscreen since your skin becomes photosensitive.
Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
NOURISH + BALANCE
Also known as Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, it contains vitamin E and is rich in omega 6 + 9. Due to its small molecular size - this allows the oil to penetrate deep into the layers of your skin. While providing deep hydration it also helps with fine lines, redness/blotchy skin, and elasticity. The product really speaks for itself, this is one of the best facial oils I've ever used.
Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream
RECOVER + RESCUE
Containing six rare African oils , they're whipped into an airy cream that locks in intense moisture. While it also contains plantain extract to help brighten the skin it's complimented by an antioxidant rich fermented green tea. One of the benefits of #DE moisturizers is that you don't have to reapply these products through out the day. Once applied they're locked in!
Protini™ Polypeptide Cream
This is a product I know I'll be repurchasing until the end of time. This moisturizer takes the cake when it comes to other moisturizers. (even compared to Lala Retro™) Containing peptides, amino acids, and Pygmy waterlily - it helps improves the texture, tone and firmness of your skin. My skin drinks this product right up and my skin feels hydrated and refreshed all day. Think of this product as a protein shot to your skincare.
Umbra Sheer™ Physical Daily Defense SPF 30
PROTECT + PRESERVE
A broad spectrum UVA/UVB that is non-irritating gentle & non-pore clogging sunscreen that soaks right into the skin. Containing 20% zinc oxide (banana boat only has about 7.3% + Neutrogena SPF 60 for sensitive skin only has 4.7 - most sunscreens only have around 3-8% at most with an average of 4-5%!) especially living over 6000 above sea level I need a SPF that will work and is gentle enough that I don’t break out. I wear this everyday wither I’m inside all day or outside. Please note this is not water resistant so it will need to be reapplied every few hours or if sweating + getting wet.
BEFORE // AFTER
LEFT: Taken 12/5/18 - before I used #drunkelephant // RIGHT: Taken 1/29/19 (I am wearing a very minimal amount of concealer, eyebrow gel + mascara)
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this lengthy post but I wanted to share these amazing products with you all!
I am so thankful for Tiffany Masterson and her team for creating such incredible products that have truly changed my skin for the better. I can't wait to give you guys another update!
Would you rather see a 6-month then a one year update - or just a year update? Leave a comment below, I would love to hear your thoughts!
Until next time,