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I couldn’t think of a better treat than to sit down for a one-on-one with the creator of some of my favorite skincare products! I had the pleasure of meeting with the incredible Ole Henriksen at his LA spa to chat about skincare and all things beautiful. His energy is so uplifting and positive, I could have sat there all day! Especially since he had such nice things to say about me: He gave me some of the most sincere compliments, and for that I’m just so flattered and grateful. And on top of the wonderful conversation we had, he graciously treated me to a face and body treatment at his spa, and I can honestly say I’ve never had a more relaxing treatment in my life. (You must check out the Hydrafacials and the Head to Toe Ritual!) It was an altogether perfect morning.

We sat down in the relaxation room and Ole was kind enough to pour me a cup of African Red Tea. (Which I ended up having five cups of by the time I left! If you’re familiar with his product line, you know he’s got an amazing African Red Tea line, and the actual tea itself is divine.) From there we began chatting about his story, our favorite products, and so much more.

TP: You know I’ve spoken about your products in a skincare video where I share some of my favorite products. And I got some comments on the pronunciation of your name! So could you give us the proper pronunciation, please?

OH: My name is a very popular Danish name and mom and dad gave it to me because it’s simple. So it’s [OO-Leh] Henriksen… And you say it beautifully! Absolutely beautifully.

For me it was only natural that when I began developing products I wanted them to carry my name, because as a skincare expert— and I have treated skin for many decades hands on— I felt it would give the clients and customers a confidence. Those are my little babies!

TP: I love it, thank you! Speaking of products and how many years of experience you have, I would love to know what your motivation was for going into skincare.

OH: For me, it was really my own skin problems and the fact that I developed cystic acne as a young man. I was a professional show dancer in Asia— I also did some modeling over there— and out of the blue my skin began blossoming, as I said, with cystic eruptions on my face, along the lymph nodes, onto my back and shoulder region. And so often in life I think when you have adversity, you look for solutions. So my aesthetician in Jakarta whom I met through friends said “I can help you!” Her treatments were magical; she used herbs that were native to Indonesia, loaded with botanicals, and I saw for the first time the transformational powers of skin when treated correctly. Then I thought, ‘Wow, I can’t go on and kick my legs high forever,’ so I met another lady that was vacationing in Jakarta at the same time, and she said “I can get you into the best school in London.” I decided I was going to follow her lead and less than a year later I settled in London and it’s the best thing I ever did.

TP: We’re all glad you did it! Now, one of the comments I get most frequently comes from frustrated viewers saying they’ve done everything they can but they still struggle with acne. And they ask me what to do— I wish I could help them all! What kind of advice can you offer for people in this situation?

OH: I really relate to everything you’re saying, and the fact that you help these women feel better and more confident is very important, you’re a great example of how you can achieve great improvements with your skin.

TP: I know how frustrating it can be, I went through it myself. I tell them, “Just be patient!!”

OH: You said it! Patience is key. Always walk tall and proud and absolutely don’t let these things get to you. But know that you can improve on your skin. So the rule of thumb is that you don’t ever want to over-treat; less is more. When skin is eruption prone, it’s all about the calming, the soothing, and getting the inflammation to go down. So if in your eagerness to achieve improvement you do 15 different things, chances are you are irritating your skin and making matters worse. So it’s important to set goals and taking inventory in broad daylight in your mirror and say, “Okay, this is where I am today,” write down the date, and let’s look at it next week when you’ve changed your routine. Obviously healthy skin starts with clean skin, so the cleansing process should be gentle, it should be a cleanser that thoroughly and gently deep cleans the skin. And disinfect using a skin tonic that’s a purifying antiseptic. But daytime it is about light hydration and environmental protection. Truth Serum is extraordinary, and you love it! And then you do a thin layer with a light moisturizer and sun protection. Just enough to where you feel your skin has hydration without feeling greasy. But hydration is important even for eruption prone skin because it keeps the suppleness!

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TP: What about scrubs? Personally I’m a fan of scrubs and I’m always asked about scrubs. What are your thoughts?

OH: The one thing you don’t want to do is use a physical scrub when acne is active, because the skin is red and inflamed; it’s all about calming and soothing. That’s where something like the Lemon Strip Flash Peel is non-aggressive. When skin is balanced and there’s no more blemishes, then you can use a physical exfoliant.

[check out my review of the Lemon Strip Flash Peel]

TP: I’m so glad you brought up not drying out your skin completely because I feel like that’s the most common misconception that you have to really dry out your skin when you have blemishes. But I feel like that only produces more of the oil!

OH: Exactly! You’re taking away something that is natural for the body. Those fats are so key for a healthy body. The suppleness of your skin depends on it. So you’re right.

TP: When you advise your clients, how much of your recommendations have to do with dietary changes?

OH: Oh you are so darn good! I always want my clients to tell me about their lifestyle. How do they eat? How is their health? How does their metabolism function? Do they get an upset stomach easily? Do they get constipated? Do they exercise? How do they feel about themselves? When you look in the mirror, what do you see? And then I just listen, listen, listen… And then very carefully I open up the door if I discover that there are dietary improvements that can be made. I don’t ever come from a place of being ‘preachy,’ but I just say, ‘You know what I think would be really great for you is if you give yourself, lets say, a one month goal and make certain changes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And as a part of the process may I recommend a book that you go out and buy that will give you additional knowledge.’ Because you’re going to find that your energy level is going to be greater, and your skin is going to look better… It’s an inside-out job.

TP: I couldn’t agree more! So I would love to know your perspective on makeup…

OH: I think makeup is incredible. I think it’s a great way for a woman to express herself. I’m an ex-makeup artist, I did studio makeup, I studied theatrical makeup. It indeed allows women to have fun and be creative, and I think makeup should enhance your beauty; it shouldn’t overwhelm a face. Lip color, blush, and eyes… Have fun with it! And don’t fear it will make your skin less healthy; makeup is too sophisticated these days.

I just like all things beautiful! Just express yourself, and it’s a fun and inexpensive way to do so.

TP: Thank you so much for your time! And my last question is: Do you have a favorite product within your line?

OH: I love the question! As far as products, it’s so funny because if you saw my cabinet at home, when I open it up to do my routine, I look at all of them and I love using them. And of course in the developing process I’m very involved. At the same time, if I were stranded on a desert island and there was only that one product that I could take along, I would say— I used to say the Truth Serum Collagen Booster and I love that product— but I must say the Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil with the rose hip seed has become my favorite. And the reason is that close to 2 years ago I was closing the trunk of my car and slashed my head open at the dermis layer. The cut was deep and the blood was gushing down my face. I looked in the mirror and I said, ‘This is not good.’ So I call up the doctor and I run to his office; he said “Ole, you are in deep trouble. We’ve got to do sutures.” I told him I don’t want to have a scar and asked if we could just tape it tightly. And he said okay. A week later, he was very impressed by the healing. And I said, ‘Let me do my little trick, let me use my rose hip seed oil,’ and that’s before I released it on the market. I healed without any scar. No scar. I became so addicted. So that’s my favorite!

 

Stay tuned for a YouTube video where I’ll be doing an Ole Henriksen product haul! I’ll explain what I use each product for and when, as well as share some of my new favorites in addition to my old favorites!! This is going to be an extra special haul video because I will also be doing a giveaway with $250 worth of Ole Henriksen products! 

 

And be sure to check out Ole’s brand new Ole La La Glow From Head To Toe Blockbuster Set. This is how I was introduced to Ole Henriksen: I purchased a set including several of his products, so it’s a great way to become familiar with the product line! And it’s the holidays, so this’ll make a great gift.

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87 Comments on A CHAT WITH OLE HENRIKSEN

    • Nathalia
      December 8, 2013 at 8:16 pm (10 months ago)

      Pick me please :)

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    • Clarissa darby
      December 9, 2013 at 8:37 pm (10 months ago)

      I never cared about my skin till I began watching your videos now I think I was crazy! Thanks for the great influence! I’d love to Win this!

      Reply
  1. Ali
    October 28, 2013 at 9:45 pm (11 months ago)

    Thanks teni

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  2. Doritha
    November 1, 2013 at 6:26 pm (11 months ago)

    Do you press the vitamin c serum into skin, or rub it in?

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    • Teni Panosian
      November 4, 2013 at 9:58 am (11 months ago)

      I like to rub it between my hands and press it into my skin, especially if I’ve just had a hot towel on it. It’s best not to rub it in. :)

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  3. Meghan
    November 3, 2013 at 11:36 am (11 months ago)

    You have such beautiful skin Teni! I was wondering what do you do to remove facial hair from your face?

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    • Teni Panosian
      November 4, 2013 at 10:00 am (11 months ago)

      I don’t remove hair on my face because it’s such fine and light peach fuzz, except my upper lip… I do thread that from time to time. ;)

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      • Meghan
        November 7, 2013 at 12:44 am (11 months ago)

        Ok great! Thank you Teni :)

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  4. micha1005
    November 11, 2013 at 7:49 am (11 months ago)

    Hey Tenni, I ordered Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil emediately after this post of yours. and now I am using it for over a week now and I have to say, its GREAT!! I have oily to combination skin, with breakouts and was a bit scared to use an oil on my skin, but it is awesome!!! and a little goes a long way. It hydrates my skin with good oils, and after a0- 15 min it has obserbed it totally.
    I just wantet to share my experiece with it with you, as I bought the Thruth serum the and the starter Kid on ur recommondation and never regreted it. the invigorating night gel is handy down the BEST exfoliator I ever used- and I have tryed alot!!! So Thank you <3

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    • Teni Panosian
      November 11, 2013 at 4:29 pm (11 months ago)

      I’m SO happy to hear that!! Enjoy!

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  5. Narine
    November 13, 2013 at 10:22 pm (11 months ago)

    Hi Teni! I loved this post and the information provided was very useful! I had a question about a cleanser that I can use from this line with my Clarisonic. Since the Clarisonic is already a bit harsh I do not want to overdo it. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!!

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    • Teni Panosian
      November 14, 2013 at 12:49 am (11 months ago)

      I’m glad you know to use something gentle with the Clarisonic! I would definitely suggest the Ole Henriksen On The Go Cleanser. It’s a gentle cleanser that’s packed with Vitamin C!

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  6. Tammy Diaz
    December 8, 2013 at 1:36 pm (10 months ago)

    Wow! It seems like such a great line of products if your skin looks that amazing!

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  7. Tianna
    December 8, 2013 at 1:37 pm (10 months ago)

    This was an amazing opportunity, I bet! I am kind of jealous :P Congratz on being able to meet Ole! I’ve been trying to get my mom onto his products but she feels that they are a bit too expensive. I hope that I can give this prize to her! And thank you so much for being so generous!

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  8. jessica pinheiro
    December 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm (10 months ago)

    so excited for this one i had gotten a sample once of his vitamin c serum and loved it, just wish i could afford the bigger one. thanks teni !!

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  9. Khadija
    December 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm (10 months ago)

    You are one of the prettiest youtube gurus ever and you seem so real not fake like some

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  10. Araceli Martinez
    December 8, 2013 at 1:48 pm (10 months ago)

    Thanks for the giveaway!! Can’t wait to go out and try these products!!

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  11. caroline
    December 8, 2013 at 2:16 pm (10 months ago)

    I just read the entire post such great information.. thank you so much!

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  12. Anna Smith
    December 8, 2013 at 2:21 pm (10 months ago)

    I am loving the wonderful giveaway opportunities you are giving us Teni! Thank you!

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  13. panda
    December 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm (10 months ago)

    Thank you for this wonderful interview! Ole’s skin and your skin are absolutely glowing so he must’ve done something right with his products. Also, thank you for asking him about acne. I’ve always tried to do more to my skin when I’m breaking out, just to try to heal it faster. But I get what he’s saying, that less is more because our skin can only handle so much at a time. And you’re right that it takes a lot of patience. It’s something I’m still trying to learn but acne is just so frustrating.

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  14. Rachel Hutchinson
    December 8, 2013 at 2:43 pm (10 months ago)

    Love it! Can’t wait to see who wins :) I have trouble with my skin, and as you were describing what each does, I was saying to myself, “oh my gosh, I need this!!”

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  15. Joha
    December 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm (10 months ago)

    So envious of you for meeting the great Ole Henriksen. Like you, I love his products and would love to have an opportunity to try them all ;)

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  16. Ibti
    December 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm (10 months ago)

    Omg, I have been looking for good products for dry skin, I am definitely gonna give some of these products a try very soon, thank you for sharing.

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  17. Nav
    December 8, 2013 at 3:29 pm (10 months ago)

    I have very bad skin and I would love to try out these products!!:)

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  18. Ella Tarrant
    December 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm (10 months ago)

    I have been in a skincare nightmare and looking for a change, especially being 40..I would love to try these products and bring in the New Year with glowing, beautiful skin

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  19. Rebeca
    December 8, 2013 at 3:56 pm (10 months ago)

    He seems like such a sweetheart!

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  20. Chammy Chan
    December 8, 2013 at 4:14 pm (10 months ago)

    I love the vitamin c serum and it really does brighten the skin! I would love to try all the other products that you’ve mention too! Thanks for this give away!

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  21. Sandra
    December 8, 2013 at 4:46 pm (10 months ago)

    I love Ole Henrickson Products! I tried my first one in an Ipsy bag and fell in love!! Now i get his stuff at Sephora all of the time! love love love!

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  22. Ashi Lavelle
    December 8, 2013 at 5:14 pm (10 months ago)

    I would love to win some of these products! I really enjoyed your descriptions of each product and hope to try some if the soon.

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  23. Rebecca Rivera
    December 8, 2013 at 5:22 pm (10 months ago)

    I’ve been looking for good quality products for my face since i have oily and dry skin, thanks for sharing this

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  24. Marta
    December 8, 2013 at 5:49 pm (10 months ago)

    I’d love to try these products, they look great.

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  25. Krystal
    December 8, 2013 at 5:58 pm (10 months ago)

    This was great! Now I’m so curious about the products

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  26. Tonisha Echeverri
    December 8, 2013 at 6:04 pm (10 months ago)

    I love trying new product lines that are natural! When i was in my 20s i had to take Accutane so now my skin is dryer.

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  27. Heather Armstrong
    December 8, 2013 at 6:33 pm (10 months ago)

    Marlena from Makeup Geek was raving about his skincare line also! I need to check it out!!!

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  28. kim ngo
    December 8, 2013 at 7:11 pm (10 months ago)

    I love their product line

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  29. Elena Shickler
    December 8, 2013 at 7:16 pm (10 months ago)

    Looking forward to trying these products

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  30. Sara hajal
    December 8, 2013 at 7:41 pm (10 months ago)

    Wow I wanna win! Great tips! Sara hajal

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  31. Danielle Cortez
    December 8, 2013 at 7:46 pm (10 months ago)

    Love youuuuu!!! Hope to winn :)

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  32. Currie
    December 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm (10 months ago)

    you have totally sold me on ole henriksen products! off to browse the website now for some goodies. FYI everything is buy one get one 50% off until 12/11! thanks for all your videos and posts…it’s really helpful information.

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  33. Kelly Oliveira
    December 8, 2013 at 8:16 pm (10 months ago)

    Please i pray i win this 1! Thanks hun

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  34. Raquel
    December 8, 2013 at 8:31 pm (10 months ago)

    Ohh I want it so bad! I love face peals

    Reply
  35. Whit A
    December 8, 2013 at 8:38 pm (10 months ago)

    Hey, I was looking at the product and I was wondering were do I start?

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  36. Caroline
    December 8, 2013 at 9:41 pm (10 months ago)

    Would LOVE to try this

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  37. aghavni hagopian
    December 8, 2013 at 9:53 pm (10 months ago)

    hope i win!

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  38. sareen hagopian
    December 8, 2013 at 9:53 pm (10 months ago)

    loved this! i hope i win!

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  39. Michelle Ferreira
    December 8, 2013 at 10:20 pm (10 months ago)

    I have tried samples of the night gel and serum and love them! Unfortunately I am a struggling college student and Sephora items have to be put on my birthday and Christmas wishes! It would be awesome to finally be able to try all the items and stock up. Thanks for the great opportunity

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  40. Jennifer
    December 8, 2013 at 10:34 pm (10 months ago)

    Love to try new products! Ole Henricksen with be a great one to familiar myself with!!

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  41. Sara
    December 8, 2013 at 10:35 pm (10 months ago)

    You’re the cutest YouTuber I know :)

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  42. Mia DiStefano
    December 8, 2013 at 10:39 pm (10 months ago)

    I just turned 30 and I need help! This stuff looks amazing!

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  43. Marcie Leeds
    December 8, 2013 at 10:44 pm (10 months ago)

    I would love to try this skin care line!!! Thank you and happy holidays!!

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  44. Michele Chambers
    December 8, 2013 at 11:02 pm (10 months ago)

    Love Ole products!! You showed some new ones I’d like to try. Hope to win this one!! Happy Holidays to you Teni!! Loving watching your videos everyday.

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  45. Betty Lianna
    December 8, 2013 at 11:11 pm (10 months ago)

    I am a skincare nut myself, so thank you so much for sharing what you personally used to help keep it beautiful. I haven’t tried all of Ole Hendrickson’s products but would love to try his new additions. By the way Teni, you were gorgeous in the video! Happy Holidays! :)

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  46. Iqra Iqbal
    December 8, 2013 at 11:19 pm (10 months ago)

    Oh amazing!! To read all this about him and even the products! Would love to try them out<3

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  47. munera
    December 8, 2013 at 11:41 pm (10 months ago)

    i’d love to try this :)

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  48. Lidia
    December 9, 2013 at 12:14 am (10 months ago)

    My skin has been so dry and dull lately, probably from the cold weather. I would love to use his products to get my skin glowing like yours Teni!

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  49. Elaine Vega
    December 9, 2013 at 12:56 am (10 months ago)

    At my age I need all the help I can get!! This would be a fabulous way to something great for my skin.

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  50. Amani M.
    December 9, 2013 at 1:33 am (10 months ago)

    Thank you for doing this giveaway! I already use some of Ole’s products and I love them :)

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  51. Carmen Solano-Alfaro
    December 9, 2013 at 5:45 am (10 months ago)

    Never tried ole henriksen, been reading reviews and they definitely seem like amazing products. Pick me

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  52. Jesika Sanchez
    December 9, 2013 at 6:05 am (10 months ago)

    So excited for this giveaway! I wanted to start getting into a skin care routine but it is so frustrating finding products for dry skin I had given up. I am excited to try some of these products :)

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  53. Emma
    December 9, 2013 at 11:42 am (10 months ago)

    This is such an exciting giveaway!

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  54. Elizabeth Cruz
    December 9, 2013 at 11:55 am (10 months ago)

    Your skin looks so flawless. You really did a great job of convincing me to get a hold of these products. Thank you for sharing :)

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  55. Daniela
    December 10, 2013 at 12:17 am (10 months ago)

    My skin is dying for these products, I hope I win!! Thank you Teni!!

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  56. Nicole
    December 10, 2013 at 7:30 am (10 months ago)

    I love to try these products!

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  57. salma (Sally)
    December 10, 2013 at 11:15 am (10 months ago)

    I Love it I’m looking for something that good for my face So can i find it in Dubai ?

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  58. June teidel
    December 10, 2013 at 8:11 pm (10 months ago)

    I would so love to try these products

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  59. Oana Lolos
    December 10, 2013 at 10:09 pm (10 months ago)

    Thank you for all the great reviews, you are proof that the products work! this is a great and generous idea from both of you!

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  60. Ashley
    December 11, 2013 at 9:44 am (10 months ago)

    Luv Ole products! They are a bit on the pricey side so I have only been able to budget them every once & a while. I really like using the fresh lips lip balm spf 15, and the walnut complexion scrub. :)

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  61. Drew Bailey
    December 11, 2013 at 12:51 pm (10 months ago)

    Wonderful, thorough interview! Love your collaboration with such an iconic man in the skincare industry!

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  62. priya
    December 12, 2013 at 1:18 am (10 months ago)

    Hey Teni,
    I dont know how you make such kind of amazing deals with everyone, but whatever You are bloody awesome. I just love watching you. I feel your feedback is just plain and simple straightforward.
    I want to win atleast one thing from your give away especially this!

    Reply
  63. yesenia rodriguez
    December 12, 2013 at 2:12 pm (10 months ago)

    Great Interview.. might buy some of my own soon!

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  64. Stephanie Macias
    December 12, 2013 at 7:51 pm (10 months ago)

    Ooohh I would love to try the under eye yellow cream bottle u mentioned! Thank u so much for all these giveaways! I really appreciate them and perfect for christmas since some people arent that fortunate!! God bless!!

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  65. kaela
    December 12, 2013 at 11:20 pm (10 months ago)

    These products seem amazing

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  66. Tania G
    December 13, 2013 at 2:23 am (10 months ago)

    I have a few of his products and love them!!! This is just an amazing giveaway! Thank you Teni!!!

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  67. Angel Ojeda
    December 14, 2013 at 1:49 pm (10 months ago)

    These products seem amazing!

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  68. Sai
    December 14, 2013 at 4:40 pm (10 months ago)

    ouu never tried their products!

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  69. Hira shah
    December 14, 2013 at 5:57 pm (10 months ago)

    Pick me i love you ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  70. Joanna Eulloqui
    December 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm (10 months ago)

    This is an amazing giveaway. I have always cared for my face since 17 yrs old, used inexpensive products tho. I hope I win.

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  71. CRYSTAL G
    December 14, 2013 at 8:23 pm (10 months ago)

    Im all about skin care and would love to start trying these products to start seeing a difference in my skin. Hoping to win.

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  72. Anne
    December 16, 2013 at 1:41 pm (10 months ago)

    Ole Henriksen is danish!! I use his products all the time, love it! Hope I win

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  73. Allison Ballesteros
    December 17, 2013 at 11:11 am (10 months ago)

    Oh my goodness! I would just die if I won this! You’re the reason I began using Ole Henrikson products and I can’t thank you enough for it! :)

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  74. Emily Aguilar
    December 18, 2013 at 12:39 am (10 months ago)

    please please I want so bad!! this is so sweet of you!

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  75. Eva
    December 18, 2013 at 10:15 am (10 months ago)

    Would love to win this thanks Teni

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  76. Maria Rivera
    December 21, 2013 at 6:35 pm (9 months ago)

    Who would of thought there was a solution to the little dots under the eyes. Looking forward to finding something for this. I thought it was my age catching up. :)

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  77. Ghasi
    December 22, 2013 at 1:42 am (9 months ago)

    Related to skin of course! A couple days ago I started using the smashbox photofinish primer and had heard so many good things, within the first day or two I noticed my skin feeling stiff and dry, but the foundation was being kept of strong. I took off my make up on thursday night and my face is disgusting haha its all dry and red. Now when I put make up on my face looks so cakey. Any suggestions on products I should use so this can get fixed asap:(

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  78. liliblue
    December 22, 2013 at 4:52 am (9 months ago)

    i would love to try this product, thxs

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  79. tracey
    March 19, 2014 at 2:59 pm (7 months ago)

    LOVE this line! I just started using this and have already noticed a difference in my skin too!!!! and being a Canadian, I need ALL the skin care I can get.

    http://glamnorth.blogspot.com

    XO!

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