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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Empties #1 | November 2017

Indie Lee – Calendula Eye Balm
– fantastic, full review here

L’Oréal – Voluminous Feline Noir Waterproof Mascara
– builds volume and separates
– I always have one on hand

Soap & Glory – The Righteous Butter
– mild scent that goes well with other scents
– would repurchase if it goes on sale, but I’m not loyal to it

Bare Minerals – Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara
– separating and lengthening
– wouldn’t repurchase because it didn’t build enough volume

Real Techniques – Miracle Complexion Sponge
– a staple in my makeup bag
– only downside is that it begins breaking up within a month or two

Miss Spa – Restore and Brighten 24k Gold Radiance Mask
– hard pass
– would not recommend to anyone because it’s serum/residue us a thick layer of gold glitter that makes a big mess

9.23.17 PM Skin

9.23.17 PM Skin

Jordan Samuel Skincare Plie Treatment Cleanser

Deciem’s The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Solution 7%

Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner

Deciem’s The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%

Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm

Stratia Liquid Gold + Deciem’s The Ordinary Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil + Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

 

9.21.17 PM Skin

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9.21.17 PM Skin

Stratia Velvet Cleansing Milk

Deciem’s The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Solution 7%

Deciem’s The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

Sally’s Organics Rose Water

Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm

Stratia Liquid Gold + Deciem’s The Ordinary Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

9.20.17 PM Skin

9.20.17 PM Skin

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid

Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner

• Retin-A 0.05%

Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm

Stratia Liquid Gold + Deciem’s The Ordinary Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion

 

Indie Lee – Calendula Eye Balm – Review

In a Few Words 
An oily eye cream for very dry, irritated eyes .

Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balmis a “multitasking miracle balm specially designed for the sensitive skin around the eyes. Mango seed butter dramatically diminishes appearance of dark circles, while calendula oil, beeswax, and lavender oil increase skin’s elasticity”.

 

In a Few Words 
An oily eye cream for very dry, irritated eyes .

Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balmis a “multitasking miracle balm specially designed for the sensitive skin around the eyes. Mango seed butter dramatically diminishes appearance of dark circles, while calendula oil, beeswax, and lavender oil increase skin’s elasticity”. The eye balm comes in a glass pot, has 0.5 oz of product, and sells for $42.00.

 

 The Takeaway

I bought my Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm on Amazon’s Luxury Beauty page (that is the legit part of the Amazon marketplace where you can be sure you are buying from a reliable source, versus finding an incredible and shady deal on a product that usually sells for twice as much). I have had mine for 3 months, I use it 1-2 times a day, and have used maybe half the pot. I chose this eye balm because I was using prescription Retin-A and was having problems with really dry, almost burning areas around my eye (I never apply Retin-A around my eyes, the prescription just dries the hell out of your whole face). I started by using rose hip oil with my normal eye cream on the irritated areas but decided to change up eye creams and figured  an oily balm would be more hydrating than your average eye cream. The Calendula Eye Balm did not cause any clogged pores or milia and was very hydrating and soothing. Since using this balm, I don’t experience painfully dry eyes anymore. It is not greasy at all and I never had a problem applying makeup on top of it but it does take a long time to absorb into the skin.

I do think that if you don’t have really dry eyes from treatments or weather (wintertime) or if you have oily skin, then this will probably be way too heavy for you. Also, the smell is horrendous; it smells straight-up like Chinese carry-out (which is awesome to smell at your kitchen table, not too appealing at 5 am on your face). But, the smell is not a deal breaker because as long as I am using Retin-A, I will keep buying this eye balm.

This eye balm may be too heavy for some, but it is very hydrating and soothing to extremely dry eye areas.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
Calendula Flower Oil – anti-inflammatory
Squalane – emollient

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Parabens
Mineral Oil
Phthalates

Possible irritants:
Essential oils

Vegan: No – Beeswax

Tested on animals: No

Country of origin: Made in the United States

Other info: N/A

Complete Ingredients:
Calendula Officinalis Flower (calendula) Oil, Beeswax, Magnifera Indica (mango) Seed Butter, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (lavender) Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Squalane (olive derived), Persea gratissima (avocado) Oil, Vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopherol)

9.10.17 PM Skin

Retinol night. I like to use a sleeping pack on the nights I use a retinol just to get some extra hydration. I’m kind of ‘meh’ on this one, what’s your favorite sleeping pack/mask?

Jordan Samuel Skincare Plie Cleanser

January Labs Daily Brightening Tonic 

Josh Rosebrook Hydration Accelerator

Retin-A 0.05%

Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm

Deciem’s The Ordinary Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

Stratia Liquid Gold – 24.00

CosRx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask

9.7.17 PM Skin

Some hormonal acne/congestion popped up on my chin today so tonight’s routine is focused on calming that breakout.

🌿This was my 3rd time using the sample of the Tara Harper Clarifying Mask and I’m not really impressed. I haven’t seen any amazing results 🤷🏻‍♀️I still have some left so I’ll keep trying it out.

• Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

• Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid

• Josh Rosebrook Hydration Accelerator –

• Tata Harper Clarifying Mask – applied just on congested areas

• Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm

• Sunday Riley UFO Ultra Clarifying Face Oil  – used as spot treatment

• Stratia Liquid Gold + Tamanu Oil

9.6.17 PM Skin

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9.6.17 PM Skincare

If only 11 PM meant it was time for bed. 😴 my skin was feeling a bit worn out so I passed on actives and sealed everything in with @januarylabs Moisture Balancing Lotion.

• Jordan Samuel Skincare Plie Cleanser

• Deciem’s The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Solution 7%

• Josh Rosebrook Hydration Accelerator
• Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

• Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm

• Stratia Liquid Gold + 4 drops of Deciem’s The Ordinary Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed OilSeed Oil

• January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion

9.4.17 PM Skin

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Tonight is retinol night so I tried to keep everything else simple, hydrating and nourishing.

 

Not pictured is makeup removal with Heimish All Clean Balm.

I cleansed with Stratia Velvet Cleansing Milk.

Acid tonight was Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid (I prefer this over an AHA when I am using retinol).

Hydrating toner was Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner. Normally, I would do the Seven Skin Method, but tonight was about a four-ish skin method … I was in too much of a hurry for all seven layers.

Next, I used a thin layer of prescription Tretinoin 0.05%.

Followed by my favorite Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm focused on the corners of my eyes where I can get very dry.

Finally, I took one pump of Stratia Liquid Gold mixed with four drops of Deciem’s The Ordinary Rose Hip Seed Oil for extra hydration.