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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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.

Pur Cosmetics X Boxycharm | VIDEO | Peach and Purple Eye

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Get ready with me using Pur Cosmetics x Boxycharm Eye Shadow Palette! I am testing out a few things from the beauty subscription box: Boxycharm. The look is foundation free with just spot concealing and a quick, easy, everyday peach and purple eye look!

PRODUCTS USED
boxycharm http://bit.ly/2FROq3O
e.l.f. beautifully bare natural glow lotion in rose http://bit.ly/2HlIiRu
makeup forever step 1 hydrating primer http://bit.ly/2IgKECu
makeup forever matte velvet plus in 30 http://bit.ly/2tBRXBv
it cosmetics heavenly lux foundation brush http://bit.ly/2FBEtYg
becca color corrector in peach http://bit.ly/2GFigcU
bare minerals barepro 16hr full coverage concealer in cool http://bit.ly/2GF1URC
chanel soleil tan de chanel http://bit.ly/2FKcuJL
morphe m308 http://bit.ly/2DDdYzy
pretty vulgar blush in hush blush http://bit.ly/2HKJApJ
real techniques blush brush http://bit.ly/2Gl8axS
pur cosmetics x boxy charm http://bit.ly/2FONddi
smith cosmetics 230 http://bit.ly/2FKZEdC
sigma e40 http://bit.ly/2Hruqp7
laura mercier loose translucence setting powder http://bit.ly/2FwLhpT
luxe 231 http://bit.ly/2gwvhML
too faced diamond light http://bit.ly/2FTMRSK
wayne goss 15 fan brush http://bit.ly/2FPJYCv
Sonia kashuk small shader brush http://bit.ly/2pmk1DC
fenty match stix in amber http://bit.ly/2po05Ap
butter London double decker mascara http://bit.ly/2tXUJkN
nxy tinted brow mascara in black http://bit.ly/2FuWkUI
lashes in a box number 11 http://bit.ly/2HJ9HgC
house of lashes lash glue http://bit.ly/2HpJYtg

belif – First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask | Review

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belif first aid 360 eye care mask

In a Few Words

A moisturizing eye mask with a pudding-like texture that is appropriate to use around the entire eye area.

Belif’s First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask is a “hydrating pudding-like eye care mask releases stress around the eyes and replenishes moisture levels to dry eye rims… The leave-on, cooling and hydrating formula—infused with mimosa herb extract—instantly cools, relieves puffy and fatigued eyes, and prevents visible wrinkles by improving the resilience of the skin around the eye. Further enhanced with three belif napiers formulas (original, detox, and dark circle formulas),” – Napiers are tinctures and formulas formulated by an herbalist,Duncan Napiers, in the late 1800’s. –  are part of  “this eye care mask fights all signs of fatigue and diminishes the appearance of dark circles and puffiness around the delicate and sensitive eye areas.” The Belif First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask comes in a 25 ml plastic pot and retails for about $35.00.

The winter weather wreaks havoc on my skin and the sensitive skin around my eyes is the hardest hit. I tend to get patches of dermatitis on or by my eyelids and the corners of my eyes get extremely dry and chapped because my eyes tend to water constantly. I picked up this mask in desperation hoping I could find something to really soothe and moisturize my sad, angry eyes. Unfortunately, this mask doesn’t offer anything more than an average eye cream would (except that it’s ok to use on your lids, but I will use any eye cream on my lids if I need to). The mask is just fine as a moisturizer, but it doesn’t offer intense hydration or cooling or soothing. Also, the texture is so weird (legitimately like pudding) that it’s awkward to get out a small amount and warm it up between fingers, so I always feel like I’m using too much and wasting it. Even though I don’t like this cream by Belif, my savor this winter has been Belif’s Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream!

The First Aid 360 Eye Mask is just fine as a budget friendly, basic eye cream, but if you’re looking for an SOS product, this will disappoint.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
Mimosa Herb Extract: Prevents visible wrinkles by increasing skin resilience around the eyes in addition to relieving signs of fatigue by reducing irritation with tannins, amino acids, and other nutritive elements.
Napiers Original Formula: Contains ant-oxidation, skin calming, anti-trouble and antiaging properties to keep skin healthy.
Napiers Detox Formula: Purifies the skin by removing impurities and delivering antioxidants for improved skin texture.
Napiers Dark Circle Formula: Alleviates dark circles under the eyes with its antioxidant and brightening effects.

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Mineral Oil
Parabens
Phthalates

Possible Irritants:
N/A

Vegan: Yes

Tested on animals: No

Country of origin: Made in South Korea

Complete Ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Hexyldecyl Ethylhexanoate, Dipropylene Glycol, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG/Ppg/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-240/Hdi Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether, Panthenol, Glyceryl Stearate, Mimosa Pudica Leaf Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract* , Nepeta Cataria Extract*, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract*, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract*, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract*, Arnica Montana Flower Extract**, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract*, Galium Aparine Extract**, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract** Rosa Damascena Flower Extract**, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract+, Chelidonium Majus Extract+, Dimethicone, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Trimethamine, Trisodium EDTA, Frangrance++, Citronellol, Limonene. *Napiers Original Formula. **Napiers Formula DTX. +Napiers Formula DC. ++Fragrances of Natural Origin.

Skincare Winter Essentials – 2017

Winter can really wreak havoc on your skin – between the cold outside and the dry air inside, every last drop of life and hydration gets drawn out of your skin during the winter months. Some simple changes can help hydrate your skin and seal the moisture in, saving you from tight, itchy, irritated skin.


Hydrating Masks

First Aid Beauty – Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask – This is a great mask that can be done in 10 minutes in the morning. It not only hydrates the skin, but is also very soothing (colloidal oatmeal is second ingredient) for dry, itchy skin. I love it as an SOS product if I wake up with very irritated skin.

Josh Rosebrook – Advanced Hydration Mask – I recently got this in The Detox Box and fell in love. A little goes a long way and it is just a 20 minute wash-off mask that hydrates and regenerates the skin. I noticed an immediate difference after using this mask and have started using it at least once a week.


Occlusive Moisturizers – I live and breathe by gel moisturizers, but in the winter I need something that hydrates and seals in the skin’s moisture, but is still lightweight.

Dr. Jart+ – Ceramidin Gel-Cream – I use this as a PM moisturizer. It’s extremely hydrating and ceramides support the skin’s barrier function to help retain moisture. It looks strange – it’s a gel with little bits of encapsulated ceramides – but it smooths on your skin like a lightweight cream.

belif – True Cream Moisturizing Bomb – Probably the only cream I will comfortably put on my face (it’s just a texture thing). It is thick and rich and hydrating, but absorbs quick and doesn’t sit on top of the skin.


Lip Balm

First Aid Beauty – Ultra Repair Intensive Lip Balm – The. Best. Balm. Ever. I have tried everything from the Bite Agave Mask to plain Aquaphor and nothing holds a candle to this balm. It has a mild chocolate NECCO wafer taste that doesn’t fight with coffee (VERY IMPORTANT), stays on forever, and heals and hydrates.


Hydrating Body Care

Soap & Glory – The Righteous Body Butter – The reason why I pick this body butter over all others is because the scent is very mild and dissipates quickly. I hate when my body lotion battle with all of the other scents going on with my hair, perfume, etc.

Honorable mention to Glossier’s Body Hero Daily Oil Wash to a body cleansing oil on my current wish list because there is no way I’m going take cooler showers to save my skin so instead I’ll add a moisturizing body wash.

Jordan Samuel – The After Show (Plie) Treatment Cleanser – Review

In a Few Words
A gel to oil cleanser that is hydrating, exfoliating, and suitable for all skin types.

In a Few Words
A gel to oil cleanser that is hydrating, exfoliating, and suitable for all skin types.

The After Show Treatment Cleanser is a “unique gel to oil formula uses olive, jojoba, and grape seed oils to remove every trace of makeup (including hard to remove stage makeup), while sugarcane, apple and willow bark extracts provide a gentle exfoliation to leave the skin hydrated, soft and absolutely pristine.” It can be used morning and night: “Massage cleanser thoroughly into dry skin to break down makeup, SPF, dirt and grime. Use a warm wet washcloth to remove cleanser and every trace of makeup. Or simply rinse clean to have hydrated glowing skin.” Jordan Samuel’s The After Show Treatment Cleanser comes in a 3oz plastic tube and sells for $20.00.

This cleanser is absolutely fabulous! Normally, I like to present my critiques first, but I honesly don’t have any. I have seen that some people feel like to doesn’t rinse off completely with just water. I remove it with a washcloth or with only water and I don’t feel like there is residue left behind either way.

The After Show Treatment Cleanser is so enjoyable to use. The gel to oil formula leaves your skin feeling better after washing you face – it’s softer and plumper. It doesn’t strip the skin and will never leave your face feeing dry and tight. It gently chemically exfoliates with fruit ectracts. And it nestoligally smells like Zebra Fruit Strip Gum – it’s fragrance free so, in reality, it just smells like all of the fruit extracts. It is suitable for all skin types and can be used as either a first or second cleanse, I normally use it as a second cleanse but it does do a great job removing makeup.

The After Show Treatment Cleanser is the only cleanser I will need forever and ever, amen.

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
mineral oil
parbens
everything

Possible Irritants:
N/A

Vegan:
Yes

Tested on animals:
No

Country of origin:
Made in USA

Complete Ingredients:
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glycerin, Water, Sucrose Laurate, Propanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Rhizome/Root Extract, Anthemis Noblis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Citrus Fruit Extract Blend, Simmodsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylhyroxamic Acid, Capryl Glycol