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

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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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.

February Empties | 2018

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Glossier – Milky Jelly Cleanser

I like this cleanser, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again. I’m not a huge fan of roses, but the rose scent is subtle enough for me to tolerate it. While the cleanser isn’t drying, it doesn’t feel hydrating or creamy or rich. I will probably buy it again next time I place an order from Glossier because it a fine utilitarian cleanser.

belif – The True Cream – Moisturizing Bomb

A true favorite! Moisturizing, thick, absorbs quickly, and leaves your skin feeling velvety. I have already repurchased it!

Paula’s Choice – Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid

It’s fine… it does what it should do but I have grown to like AHA exfoliators better and I don’t really notice a difference in my acne when I am using it.

November 2017 Subscription Box Review – BoxyCharm and Sephora

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BoxyCharm November 2017 – Value $120.00

BoxyCharm x Luxie – Quad Eye Travel Set Brushes
While I wouldn’t really purchase Luxie brushes, I have received a few in different subscription boxes and I do like them. I would have preferred to get full sized brushes, but I can see myself using 1-2 of these regularly. All of Luxie’s brushes are vegan and cruelty free too!

CoverFX – Illuminating Setting Spray
I was really stoked about this because it is one of my best friend’s favorite setting sprays. I had recently visited her, tried it out, and decided to buy it. Then,  two days, later BoxyCharm released a preview of this product! The is glitter in this spray so it may not be for everyone.

KNC Beauty – All-Natural Collagen Infused Lip Mask – set of 3
I have not tried these out yet, I’m saving them for special occasions. 🙂

Laqa & Co – Cloud Lip – Storm
I really like this formula – it’s like a very pigmented matte balm. It’s really comfortable, wears for a few hours, and fades very evenly. I didn’t like the deep berry color that was in my box, but the formula is spot on.

Winky Lux – Kitten Palette
First of all, this packaging, whoever designed it deserves and A+ because I was sucked right in. All of the shadows are on the drier side, but not unworkable. If you go too hard on the mattes, they can blend away, and the shimmers are nice, but not intense.

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Sephora PLAY! November 2017 – Value $50.00

Caudalie – Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum
I’ve been using this as my AM serum for 4-5 days now and I’m not blown away but I also don’t think a serum is something you can really get a good grasp on with a small sample. This a basically grape water and hyaluronic acid, so you might want to check it out if you’re in the market for a new hyaluronic acid!

Marc Jacobs – Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
I’ve gotten quite a few samples in the past and it’s is a solid volumizing mascara (but not really worth the price tag).

MoroccanOil – Moroccan Oil Treatment
I love this oil so much EXCEPT it’s filled with silicone and I’ve been weaning those out of my hair routine so I will be passing it along. But it does literally miracles for dry, frizzy hair.

Origins – Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores
I have used this mask on and off for years and I really like it. It does a great job of pulling gunk out of the skin so be sure to use it when you don’t have anything special going on because it will pull some clogged pores to a head
This month’s Play! also came with a high pigment Sephora brand gloss (bad color, tasted like vanilla poisoned chemicals) and a Burberry Brit sample, both of which I have thrown out. Bad blogger.

11.16.17 AM Skincare

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Jordan Samuel Skincare Plie Treatment Cleanser

Lilyana Naturals Vitamin C Serum

Hada Labo Hyaluronic Lotion Moist

Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Gel-Cream

January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion

Cosrx – Honey Overnight Mask – Review

An overnight mask that provides intensive hydration with refreshing moisture.

In a Few Words
An overnight mask that provides intensive hydration with refreshing moisture.

Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask has a gentle formula suitable for dry, rough and sensitive skinh soothes dry skin and heals rough and flaky patches. The mask can be used several ways:
1. As an overnight mask : Use the skin care routine before bed. Apply a decent amount on the skin.
2. As a wash-off mask : Apply a generous amount of honey mask and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash off with toner or tepid water.
3. As a cream (in the morning) : Use in the end of the basic skin care routine and proceed with your normal makeup step.
The Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask has comes in either a 60 mL plasic tub or tube and sells for about $15.00.

This mask was … fine. As far as overnight masks go, it’s very light in texture and hydration. I initially bought it because I don’t like heavy lotions, but it’s thinness is the ultimate reason why I dislike it. This mask has a gel like texture, feels like nothing in the face, and isn’t extremely hydrating or heavy. Normally, I don’t like products that feel very occlusive so when I found an overnight mask that was so gel, I thought it would be the perfect fit for me! But it just doesn’t pack the punch of creamy masks like the Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Overnight Mask or Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. It turns out I really like to be able to still feel the overnight mask on my face the next morning because I feel like my face is staying hydrated all night. The creamier sleeping masks also make my skin feel softer and plumper than this mask did.

This mask might be for you If you aren’t very dry and are looking for an lightweight sleeping pack.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
85% Bee Propolis
Hyaluronic Acid

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
sulfates, triclosan, coal tar, formaldehyde-releasers, sodium lauryl sulfate, formaldehyde, tea, talc, mineral oil, peg, propylene glycol, mit, dye, parabens, phthalates, alcohol

Possible Irritants:
N/A

Vegan:
No

Tested on animals:
No

Complete Ingredients:
Propolis Extract, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, 1, 2-Hexanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Arginine, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Hyaluronic Acid, Allantoin, Panthenol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Adenosine, Honey

Simple Beauty – Argan Oil

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!


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Argan oil is is a rich oil high in anti-oxidants, linoleic acid, omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin A and vitamin E. It is non-comedogenic and is suitable to use on the face, body, and hair. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties and linoleic acid content, it can reduce inflammation and redness caused by acne. It has a smaller molecule size, which means it will sink into the skin quickly. Vitamin E is very soothing and healing for the skin so argan can be great for eczema, razor burn, dry skin, and stretch marks. Argan oil can be used on the hair to smooth frizz, retain moisture, and soften.

I have used Josie Maran Argan Oil and few random organic, cold-pressed argon oils and i can honestly say I didn’t notice a different between the oils. I know Josie Maran makes an Argan Oil Light, but I have not tried that one. I really enjoy argan oil for my hair especially. It is a little heavier and oilier than other plain beauty oils that I own and my hair drinks up oil like nothing else so the heavier, the better for me! I do wait until after styling to use argan because if I put it on my dry hair before straightening it, the oil can’t take the heat and just smells horrendous and that smell lingers all day! Because it is a bit heavier oil, I also like using argan oil on dermatitis is get on my body. Even thought argan is appropriate for the face, it’s a little too heavy for me – I don’t like the nutty scent and it never really fully sinks into my skin.

10.24.16 AM Skin

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10.24.17 AM Skin

I decided to give my skin a bit of a break for a couple weeks so I’m choosing some gentler actives, cleansing waters in the AM, and putting focus on hydration and nourishment… I don’t know if I’ll be able to give up all my acids, but I might back off from them a bit.

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

Hada Labo Hyaluronic Lotion Moist

January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion

Deciem’s The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%

Deciem’s The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

Deciem’s The Ordinary 100% Plant Derived Squalane

Tamanu Oil

Leahlani Skincare – Aloha Ambrosia – Review

In a Few Words
An oil moisturizer that repairs, strengthens, and softens the skin.

“Aloha Ambrosia has a feather light consistency, making her ideal for daytime use. She absorbs like a dream and moisturizes to perfection. This beauty will help to strengthen, soften, and repair the skin while filling in fine lines. Your skin will feel soft and supple, and ready to take on the day… Jasmine oil helps to restore the skin by balancing moisture, reducing dryness, gently fading scarring and minimizing breakouts due its antiseptic and antibacterial properties.”

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In a Few Words
An oil moisturizer that repairs, strengthens, and softens the skin.

“Aloha Ambrosia has a feather light consistency, making her ideal for daytime use. She absorbs like a dream and moisturizes to perfection. This beauty will help to strengthen, soften, and repair the skin while filling in fine lines. Your skin will feel soft and supple, and ready to take on the day… Jasmine oil helps to restore the skin by balancing moisture, reducing dryness, gently fading scarring and minimizing breakouts due its antiseptic and antibacterial properties.” Leahlani Skincare’s Aloha Ambrosia Morning Moisture Elixir comes in a 30 mL glass bottle with a pump and is $52.00.

I bought my Aloha Ambrosia on Leahlani’s website about a year ago and have used the entire bottle. I had a love/hate relationship with this product. I loved this moisturizer as an SOS product – it is so intensely hydrating and soothing on irritated skin. This elixir was the perfect rescue treatment if my skin was dry and irritated from too much retinol, changes in weather, or a sunburn. With that being said, even in those situations, I would never use this in the morning if I planned on leaving the house… which leads me to the hate. This moisturizer was so heavy and greasy. It never fully absorbs into the skin and even hours later your face is still an oil slick – and I am dehydrated so my skin usually drinks up everything! On top of being too oily, it has a heavy floral scent that never really dissipates – though, I might be extra sensitive to the smell because I hate florals. For those reasons, I never used this elixir in the morning and saved it for PM routines only. If this moisturizer did not have the heavy floral scent, I would repurchase this in an instant. Unfortunately, the smell is a deal-breaker for me. I could accept the greasiness because I knew that, no matter what state my skin was in, I could always turn to this moisturizer.

Aloha Ambrosia is extremely hydrating and healing, but it is also very heavily scented and never fully absorbs into the skin.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
Squalane
Jojoba oil

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Mineral oil
Parabens

Possible Irritants:
Essential oils

Vegan:
Yes

Tested on animals:
No

Complete Ingredients:
Organic cold pressed olive squalane oil (Squalane), Organic cold pressed jojoba oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), organic aloe (Aloe Barbadensis), organic acerola cherry oil (Malpighia Glabra), organic mangosteen oil (Mangosteen Pericarp), organic goji berry oil (Lycium Barbarum), organic passionfruit seed oil (Passiflora Incarnata), organic cold pressed kiwi seed oil (Actinidia chinensis), organic guava oil (Psidium Guajava), organic sunflower oil (Helianthus Annuus), proprietary blend of essential oils and LOVE (Aloha).