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.

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.

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.

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

Simple Beauty – Dead Sea Salt

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!

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!


Dead sea salt is comprised of minerals that can be very beneficial for the skin. Zinc and sulfur can reduce and prevent acne. Potassium can balance water content of the skin by reducing puffiness and water retention. Calcium balances sebum production and encourages skin hydration. Dead sea salt can help sooth eczema, prevent acne, reduce inflammation,reduce the appearance of pores, and treat dandruff.  Dead sea salt is so versatile for hair, body, and skin health! How you want to use it is really up to your level of comfort whether it be a toner, face or body scrub, or cleansing scalp treatment.

This post is a little different because I don’t have a lot of experience with dead sea salt in my skincare. The reason I did the research for this post is because I bought a new face mist (Little Barn Apothecary Coconut and Pear Refreshing Mineral Mist) that had dead sea salt in it and I wanted to learn why the company would include that in their product. I do really like the face mist because it offers something none of my other sprays have, but I don’t find it to be anything life changing.

In looking up information for this post, I found a few recipes for DIY dead sea salt products that really piqued my interest:

Mineral Face Mist – 1 cup of distilled with 1 tablespoon dead sea salt – bring the water to a boil and add in sea salt and store in a glass spray bottle.

BUT that’s only the beginning – I think you could make the spray with an aloe base instead of water, making it a more well rounded face mist and if you don’t have skin sensitivities you could even add in essential oils for more benefits. Oily skins might like geranium, ylang ylang, or tea tree. And lavender, basil, chamomile, and juniper can be good to heal and sooth.

The other DIY that seemed really cool was a Dead Sea Salt Body Scrub – 1 cup of dead sea salt and 1/3 to 1/2 cup carrier oil (I would probably use a thicker oil like camellia or coconut) and essential oils for scent and store in a glass jar.

Ulta Haul – Fall 2017

Ulta recently had a 20% off sale and I not only made a few staple repurchases, but also tried out a few new products too. I’ve had these products for about a week so I’ve included mini reviews!

Ulta recently had a 20% off sale and I not only made a few staple repurchases, but also tried out a few new products too. I’ve had these products for about a week so I’ve included mini reviews!

I picked up a few fall lip colors. I’ve heard great things about L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipsticks. While they are a really comfortable because they don’t dry down completely, they can survive coffee but not a whole meal. But, the don’t wear well at all – they tend to flake off after a couple hours. I do like the colors I bought (Matador and Cowboy) so I’m still playing with them to find the best way to wear them.

I really like the L’Oreal Infallible Lip Paint Matte Metallic – I own Moon Lust already – this formula is not long lasting or transfer proof, it’s wear is similar to a metallic lipstick. I pick up the color Brick Metal and I really like the color.

L’Oearl Voluminous Feline Noir Waterproof Mascara and Essence Volume Stylist 18hr Lash Extension Mascara are both staples for me. They both add volume and separate the lashes, the only differences are that Essence has a bristle brush and will transfer off the bottom lashes and L’Oreal has a plastic brush and is going nowhere.

I’ve been using micellar waters for cleansing in the morning and Pacifica Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic is a decent, budget friendly option – theres nothing really outstanding about it except the price.

The primary ingredient in Little Barn Apothecary Coconut + Pear Refreshing Mineral Mist is aloe juice and it also contains fermented radish root… and dead sea salt? I’m going to do some reading up on that because I have never used a face mist with dead sea salt in it. I really like that they have travel sizes of this face mist so I can test out the brand for cheap.

The e.l.f Hydrating Face Primer was a miss for me – it’s basically a silicone primer and I just do not like that texture on my face. I have used it a few times and it was fine so you might be interested in it if you like silicone face primers.

The internet has been loving Vegas Nay lashes for Eyelure, but most of the pairs are just too intense for me. (My favorite lashes are the Kiss Trio Lashes). I saw that there were new Vegas Nay styles out and the style I ended up buying was Easy Elegance and I like that the lashes are crossed and longer in the center. A+.

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