Every so often I mix up my beauty routine to try new products to see how they work. Typically you need to stick with something for a month or two in order to really see results with skincare. I’ve recently added two new regimen additions that I thought I’d share: Rodan + Fields Lash Boost and Lancome Visionnaire Crescendo Dual-Phase Night Peel.

Alright, let’s get the details out of the way first. BOTH items were gifted to me. R+F was from a friend and Lancome was from Influenster. Neither are paying me a cent to review these products and we all know I’m blunt when I need to be. (See my Tieks review.) Both are not in the “drugstore” price range- which I why I wanted to review them. Most people will spend $10-$20 to try something themselves, but most don’t have the time or resources to just try expensive products willy-nilly. I would categorize both of these as expensive- because, hello, they are. BUT (and there is a but,) I want to provide you a review in case you were wondering and wanted to try them. So, if you have zero desire to spend a lot on products, I get that. If you are curious about either product, read on.

Rodan + Fields Lash Boost

I started using this on April 1st so that I could easily remember my start date. Now, if you remember, I used to have lash extensions. I loved them, but I wanted to do a few tutorials using lash strips and you can’t do that with extensions on- so I let them all shed naturally. Due to the fact that they tend to shed a bit faster with extensions on (added weight = normal reaction), I had more baby lashes (read: shorter) when I finished with extensions. I stopped those in December and took note of the pace my lashes grew normally. Enter Lash Boost. It hasn’t even been 45 days and my lashes grew faster than in the 4 months prior. I hate to be one of those “bandwagon jumpers” but they look AMAZING. Verdict: If you’ve been wanting to try it, do it. 

Lancome Visionnaire Crescendo Dual-Phase Night Peel

Other than the insanely long name which has a musical word in it, I like it. I did notice a difference in my skin after a few days and I love that it’s gradual. It didn’t irritate/burn my sensitive skin at all- which is actually surprising. My pores did seem smaller and my makeup is applying better, BUT it did make my skin break out a bit. Now, this happens every. single. time I get a facial due to it getting guck to the surface of the skin, but it’s annoying. If you struggle with breakouts, I would probably steer clear but if not- it’s pretty amazing. My fine lines are noticeably less defined and my pores are smaller. A fantastic at-home option for those debating a spa peel. Verdict: Great for every skin type except acne prone.

Now, are either an absolute necessity? No. Are they worth the splurge? I think so. Granted, I apply false lashes all the time, so longer lashes naturally appeal to me. I also hate makeup settling into fine lines and wrinkles, so the gradual peel is a great option for that. Also, I know a lot of people are scared of the words “chemical peel” so this is a great way to dip your toe into that without the full spa visit.

I don’t know why, but I always feel an aversion to people that say something is the “best thing ever.” If they were $20 I might skew to that side of the scale, but I really do believe that price can be a deterrent. I also believe in paying money for quality and both are certainly that. I’m further into the Lash Boost than the peel, so if you had to pick one, I’d go for the lashes. Also, one tube can last 6 months, so you really do get a lot for your money. Once I’m past the 60-day mark I’ll write a full review complete with before/after pics for you to judge for yourself. Side note: my lashes are not any darker. (Mascara is still my friend if I want to be able to see my lashes.)

Oh, and as always, not everything works the same for everyone. Heck, people still completely disagree with my Tieks review, but I keep trying to put them on and attempt to like them and I STILL DON’T. 😉

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