Alana Mitchell Review

November 26, 2017

When Alana Mitchell reached out to me to try some of her individualized skincare products I was psyched. My skin goes through stages of rebellion and maturity constantly. I always am trying new products for my normal skin but I specifically told Alana that I was looking for help on my hormonal acne, acne scars, and brighter skin.

Let's dive in!
To help combat my issues Alana's team sent me two products to try out-

4-in-1 Cleansing Pod ($11.90) - This pod is a gentle exfoliator infused with a clay based cleanser. These pods can also be used as a mask!

Night R1 Retinol Facial Oil ($49.00) - This retinol oil will help reduce acne, scarring, and the jojoba should work similarly balancing out the skin. This facial oil contains retinol and coenzyme Q10 to reduce lines/signs of aging.
The only cleansing ish pod I've tried is the Boscia mini konjac cleansing sponge with bamboo charcoal (reviewed back in my October '15 Sephora Play box). I wasn't left with any lasting impressions so I was pretty excited to try this sponge. This cleansing pod is about the size of a bouncy ball. You dampen it thus activating the foaming cleanser and apply in circular motions. This sponge is not good for removing makeup at all so I would not suggest using this with a full face. It can be used 2-5 times but let's see how long I can get. I've used this about 3 times so far and its given me a great amount of foaming cleanser every time. I prefer to use this cleanser after a day without makeup when my skin just feels oily from the outdoors. I think this pod would be best for when I'm traveling. Carrying a face wash through TSA security check is such a pain and I own so little travel size face washes. This sponge + make up wipes + another cleanser will be the perfect trio. 
I feel ambivalent about this oil. I've used it on nights where my skin was reenacting Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and it didn't help. However, I just used it recently in a spot that kept breaking out and it helped significantly. It also helped fade some acne scars which is quite nice. I think I just need to use this serum in really small quantities. However, I am noticing a slight difference.
Overall these products were a nice pick me up. The retinol facial oil has been helping with my pesky break outs. I'm also super excited to take a cleansing pod with me next time I travel domestically.
Hope everyone had a safe and fun Thanksgiving weekend. Honestly I am wishing this weekend won't end but I am ready for the holiday season. 

I received these products complimentary from Alana Mitchell for testing purposes. All opinions are always my own.


Photos by BMB Photography
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42 comments

  1. I've never heard of this brand before!

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  2. Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. I'm not familiar with this brand either but wouldn't mind trying that cleansing pod.

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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    1. Thanks Sonia, check it out, AM has some great brands.

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  3. Great review dear. I never heard about this brand before but seems interesting.

    Much Love,
    Zarrah | The Bandwagon Chic

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  4. This is the first time I'm hearing of this brand. That oil sounds interesting though.

    annescribblesanddoodles.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Anne, hope you're having a good weekend!

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  5. They sound fantastic! That oil sounds perfect!

    xo | Cindy Elena
    www.boringclothes.com

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  6. Looks like a great product!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

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  7. Beautiful photos! So nice the facial oil help against some acne scars, I might try something like that too.

    Marije | thegfguide.com

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  8. I'm not familiar with this brand at all, so thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, girlie! That facial oil sounds amazing and one I'd like to try. I hope you're having a great start to your week!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    THE STYLE CONTOUR

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Jalisa, I've missed you!

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  9. It's a new brand for me so loved the review. Have a great week.

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  10. How cool this is a customized skincare package- I love that!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  11. Love this product!!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POSTS: FLYING BARCELONA - CALIFORNIA...

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  12. What a beautiful post!
    Gros bisous

    http://gallech.blogspot.com

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  13. Sounds like these products are worth a try!

    www.jeannieinabottleblog.com

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  14. Great review maybe it works better the more you use it... no clue. The packaging looks really nice though.
    xoxo Falasha
    Bite My Fashion


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  15. Thank you for the honest review! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, cheers to the holiday season <3
    Green Fashionista

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  16. The oil in particular sounds like a great find for fixing scars and such. Thanks for the suggestion!

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

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  17. It sounds good, so nice you got to try them!

    Marije | thegfguide.com

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  18. The cleansing pods sound interesting, and I can see it being very convenient for travel. I'm a big fan of facial oils, and this one sounds like it has some great anti-aging ingredients! Thanks for sharing this brand!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

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    1. I think you'd like these Jenny! Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. I hadn't heard of this brand before, but it's nice you got to try these products out and good you can find some uses for them even if you weren't completely in love with the products like the oil.


    Hope you had a great weekend! We did a lot of Christmasy things like putting our tree up which was good. They predicted wild weather but thankfully it stayed away all weekend.

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  20. I love me a good facial oil! This sounds like a great one; thanks for sharing hun.

    Funmi x
    http://funmialabi.co.uk

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