Simple | Water Boost Micellar Gel Wash | Review

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In A Few Words
A gentle cleanser suitable for normal and sensitive skin that contains no harsh chemicals, artificial colors or perfume.

The new Simple Water Boost Micellar Facial Gel Wash, a new generation face wash with Micellar cleansing bubbles, infused with skin-essential minerals and plant extract, this formula delivers instant hydration AND gentle yet effective cleansing – perfect for even sensitive skin. The cleansing gel comes in a 5oz plastic tube and I bought mine for $6.00 on Amazon.

I think this a great buy from the drugstore! It’s gentle on the skin (soap free and SLS free) and leaves the skin feeling clean, but tight stripped. This cleanser is not hydrating or moisturizing at all, so might want pass if you have dry skin. It’s unscented, simple, and very utilitarian cleanser so while it does the job, it’s not enjoyable to use (but for I wasn’t expecting it to be). The Micellar Gel does a good job removing face makeup but I wouldn’t use it for eye makeup and I normally just second cleanse or morning cleanse. While washing your face, it stays a very thick gel consistency so I use a cloth to wash it off because it is difficult to rinse off with water.

This cleanser is a great basic, budget buy for normal to oily skin types.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
Lactic Acid

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Phthalates
Parabens
Fragrances
Dyes
Aluminium

Possible Irritants:
N/A

Vegan:
Yes

Tested on animals:
Unknown – I cannot find a clear answer, on their website they state “Our parent company Unilever have been leading our industry and investing £3 million a year for the past 7 years on developing alternative non-animal testing methods.” … which is not a “Yes”

Complete Ingredients:
Water (aqua), Cocamidopropyl betaine, Propylene glycol, Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, Sodium chloride, Panthenol, Citric acid, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl acetate, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, Pantolactone, Saccharide Isomerate, Potassium chloride, Sodium citrate, Lactic acid, Sodium benzoate

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March Favorites | Empties | Declutter | Fails

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Products I’ve Returned | March 2018

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I live in the middle of nowhere and do most of my beauty/skincare shopping online. When I first moved, I was very shy and uncomfortable about returning used products, nut it’s hard to buy makeup and skincare without seeing it in person. As time has gone on, I have become completely shameless when it comes to returning products that I don’t like. In the past few months, I feel like I have come across a lot of misses on some really highly rated products. Maybe this post will save you from buying some duds. If you loved these products, let me know in the comments! Makeup and skincare is so personally and we all have different experiences with different products!

jouer lip topper skinny dipJouer Lip Topper in Skinny Dip & Becca Liquid Crystal Glow Gloss in Champagne Dream c Bellini

I’m lumping these two glosses together because there wasn’t really anything wrong with them other than the fact that they have too much shimmer/glitter. In pictures and video both of these are beautiful with an extreme glossy shine. But in person, there was just too much glitter for me. The formulas were good, they weren’t sticky, and they didn’t migrate off the lips – if you like intense glitter, you might like these.

NYX Tapered Powder Brush

There’s not much to say about this brush- it’s thin and stiff and pokey. You can’t set your under eyes because it’s too big. You can’t put color on with it because it’s too thin and flimsy to blend well. About the only thing you could use it for is applying translucent powder using the belly of the brush, which I don’t want to do and I have better brushes to set my makeup with like the Real Techniques Powder Brush.

becca lip priming perfectorBecca Lip Priming Perfector

I really thought that this would be the ideal product for me. I have a fuzzy lip line and while most people would embrace the outer edge of their lip line and over line their lips. We all want what we don’t have and  I actually under line my lips. My lips are also very pigmented and it messes with lipstick colors, so I will carry my foundation over the edge of my lips or cover them entirely to solve these problems. Because this primer has a nude tint I thought this could work as a concealer/primer, but the texture is just all wrong. It’s a gel that never quite dries down, the color is patchy so lip products on top of the primer become patchy, and it’s not pigmented enough to cancel out my lip color or conceal my lip line.

Clarisonic Acne Heads

I have been using the Cashmere brush for years but I decided to change things up and try a new brush head. I like the Cashmere brush but I thought it was too gentle. I chose the acne brush heads because I do get clogged pores and deal with hormonal acne. The acne brush head is brutal on the skin. It is too coarse and stiff – just feels awful. It was actually painful to wash my face with the acne brush head (I would not describe my skin as sensitive). I know the vote it split on whether or not Clarisonics are beneficial- I love mine, but I will only use Cashmere or sensitive brush heads in the future.

coola bb cream organicCoola Rosilliance Organic B.B. Cream+ SPF 30 in Light Medium

I was looking for something new to replace my IT Cosmetics CC Cream (will I ever learn “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it”? … beauty addict problems). This BB cream does have SPF 50 and it actually is shade adjusting – light/medium did work for me (NC15), though it is terrifying because it is a greyish brown when it comes out of the bottle. This cream offers zero coverage, it doesn’t even out the skin tone, and doesn’t add a glow. The only thing it offers is the SPF, but I have SPFs I like and for far less (Heimish Artless Glow Base).

RMS Eye Polish in Magnetic

I love the living luminizer by RMS, so I wanted to try out a few other products by the brand, but this one was a disappointment. In the pot, it looks like a deep ashy purple, but on the eye it is a sheer wash of color. The shade doesn’t suit me well- it makes me look sallow and sick because it just looks like shadows around my eyes. Also, the formula is greasy so the color doesn’t last long, within hours it had all migrated to the crease of my eye.

 

Currently Loving | Cleansers

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A rundown of the cleansers I am currently grabbing for ALL the time. My skin is normal / dehydrated and I get hormonal acne. I look for cleansers that don’t strip the skin of its natural oils, has a low pH, is free of sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), is not abrasive/physically exfoliating, and fit in my budget!

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Pixi Beauty x Caroline Hirons | Double Cleanse | Review

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Pixi Caroline Hirons double cleanse

In A Few Words
The Pixi X Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse is a “unique 2-in-1 jar created by Caroline Hirons where one side contains a solid cleansing oil and the other side a luxe cleansing cream for the ultimate PM cleansing.” It is a simple, gentle oil and cream cleansing duo for all skin types. The cleanser come in a plastic tub with 50mls (1.6 oz) of each cleanser and is sold at Target and pixibeauty.com.

I have no complaints with the goo – obviously, if Caroline put her name on something, it’s going to be fantastic. With that being said, I won’t be repurchasing it (this tub was given to me as a birthday gift) because I hate everything about the packaging. Because it’s a two-in-one product, you get 1/2 the volume of each cleanser so I BLEW through this so quickly. I know it’s purely a physiological thing, but I finished the tub in a month-ish and I just don’t want to have to repurchase a cleanser that frequently. Also, I hate tubs. All balms come in tubs, there’s no other option, but I really hated digging the cream cleanser out of the tub – I would never purchase a solo cream cleanser in a tub and I really don’t *enjoy* the cream cleanser in the Double Cleanse enough to come to terms with that. Finally, I am a disaster – I travel, I have kids, and I’m super Type A and a tub is not conducive to my life. If you set your cleanser on a shelf, calmly open it, and gently place it back in your cupboard then you’re good, you won’t have an issue. I, however, regularly drop it and shuffle it from travel bag to bathroom and the cream cleanser gets EVERYWHERE in the tub and fraternizes with the cleansing balm. The divider in the tub just can’t keep the cream contained when it’s getting thrown across the room.
Even though the packaging is a nightmare for me, the balm will get every spec of makeup off your face, but it can’t quite tackle liquid lipsticks and the cream cleanser is thick, moisturizing, non-irritating and just a great basic cleanser.

All of my negatives with packaging are really personal preferences and, even though I did enjoy the cleansers, it’s not worth it to me to overcome my packaging issues to buy a new tub.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
Camellia Seed Oil
Murumuru Butter
Vitamin E

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Parabens
Mineral Oil

Possible Irritants:
N/A

Vegan:
Yes

Tested on animals:
No

Complete Ingredients:
Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, PEG-8 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylgylcerin, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil. Cleansing Cream INGREDIENTS: Water/Aqua/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Dipropylene Glycol, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-40 Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Arginine, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbic Acid, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Maltodextrin, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, sh-Decapeptide-7, sh-Octapeptide-4, sh-Oligopeptide-9.

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GRWM | Melt Rust stack | Huda Beauty Desert Dusk

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25% OFF MURAD coupon code | DAMMIT HIRONS you get me every time!

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Seriously, Caroline Hirons could get me to but snow in Alaska… but I trust her and I really enjoy her knowledge bombs.

✨CAROLINE25✨ for 25% off on Murad’s website.

I stocked up on my Pigment Lightening Serum and I’m going to try their retinol because my prescription has just become too much for me.

Amika – Polished Perfection Mini Straightening Brush | VIDEO Review

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Can the amika Polished Perfection Mini Straightening brush straighten towel dried, thick, coarse, dry, and textured hair as well as a flat iron? We will see…

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Age Prevention Superfood Cleanser | Youth to the People | REVIEW

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Age Prevention Superfood Cleanser Kale Green Tea Spinach Vitamins Youth to the People

Age Prevention Superfood Cleanser

with Kale, Green Tea, Spinach and Vitamins

by Youth to the People

Claims

Ph balanced (no Ph listed on website)

Protects again free radical damage

Non-drying

Suitable for all skin types

Ingredients

SLS free, mineral oil free, vegan, no added fragrance or color

Vit A – Retinol palmitate

Vit C – Ascorbic Acid (but given that this is in a clear glass bottle with a pump 🤷🏻‍♀️ who knows long you will benefit from this before it oxidizes)

Green Tea – contains antioxidants that can neutralize free radicals, reduces inflammation, prevents signs of aging, and is an antimicrobial.

Review

I have been completely loving the Age Prevention Superfood Cleanser by @youthtothepeople. It is an SLS free cleanser that is suitable for a second cleanse or a morning cleanse – though it can remove a full face of makeup if you wanted to use it as a first cleanse. It lathers slightly and while it doesn’t feel hydrating, it leaves my skin feeling balanced and isn’t stripping at all.

The APS Cleanser is so enjoyable to use because its scent is *fantastic* like a luxury interpretation of basil+health food store. There are no fragrances in the cleanser (or basil for that matter, it’s probably the kale I’m smelling).

I love/hate the packaging. It is a glass bottle that shows off the beautiful green cleanser. It looks like something you can leave out on the counter top because the labeling is so simple and clean. Although the bottle is a very think glass, it’s still glass. So it’s not travel friendly and, frankly, it’s not Liz friendly because I have the coordination of a three year old and I really think it’s just a matter of time until I Hulk smash this onto my bathroom floor.

I really think this is a fantastic cleanser. You may want to pass on it if you are very dry or want a hydrating cleanser. Also, this cleanser is packed with essential oils so this cleanse isn’t for you if you have a sensitivity or don’t like to using products w essential oils.