Cleanser

Birchbox – September 2014

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Whoooop Whooooop…….my favorite time of the month when I receive a package from Birchbox.

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Avene Cleanance Soap Free Gel Cleanser – I have always adored Avene brand and loved their spray water (can’t remember the sophisticated name of it). Anyway yet to try this one, will get back to you in few days.

Harvey Prince Hello – Emmmmm don’t know. Smells nice but disappears in an hour. Seriously?!

Macadamia Professional Healing Oil Spray – LOVE I have been wanting to try this product for a while and now I don’t know why I waited this long. Easy spray, light weight oil and my dry ends thank me for this.

Temptu Highlighter – WHAT? WHY? Birchbox seriously look at my profile before you send me stuff like this! This one was epic fail.

Tocca Crema da Mano – Me limey, needed hand cream for work and this is good option. Doesn’t leave my hands with greasy feeling that my finger slips off the keyboard…you know what I mean Jelly Bean 😉

Chapstick Hydration Stick – I haven’t tried yet, will get back to you and lets see if it makes itself to my Lip Balm Trail.

What do you think of this box? Could they have done better?

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My Thoughts: Laniege Multiberry Yoghurt Peeling Gel

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I don’t know where to start with this product, I don’t know if I’m using it correctly, there I said it! So whilst the following are my initial thoughts, suggestions on how to use this are more than welcome.

I’ve used other peeling gels in the past and they actually peel and roll off dead skin from surface. So when I purchased this product based on its name ‘peeling gel’, I expected it to do exactly the same. However much to my surprise I still don’t understand what it does. Now I’m not one to waste products, so I find some way to use them. In this case, I now use it as face mask….and low and behold I still don’t get it! So I use it now as my morning cleanser! Still don’t fully grasp its purpose in life but with the spirit of no wastage, I’m determined to finish the product and present it in my 2014 empties.

The gel is very tiny grainy texture, that doesn’t feel exfoliating even one tiny bit. As a cleanser it does ‘a’ job and not quite sure what to make of it. On bright side (yes there is one) my skin doesn’t feel stripped or funny after using it. Would I repurchase it? No! Would I recommend this to a person with ultra sensitive skin? Possibly yes, I don’t think I was right audience for this product.

Ingredients:

Mannan, Sogurty, Multi Berry Complex (from sasa.com)

Laniege Multiberry Yoghurt Peeling Gel $20

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I’ve Been Everywhere Man! Travel Skincare Edition

P1000796Over the last week I have been traveling 4 states in 4 days. Whilst I don’t have any exciting or glamorous pics to share with you of my travels, I have to say I’m pretty impressed with the skincare I packed. Now you would wonder what’s the big deal?! So allow me to give you a snap shot of my situation and places.

I was travelling Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas in August summer. HOT & HUMID is a very mild way of expressing the harsh weather conditions. To make matters worse, I had to be in Fire Resistant Clothing which was full sleeves, hard hat and eye protection glasses which translates to sweaty ickiness galore.

P1000797An extreme combination of all these factors (which personally I’m not use to) I thought by the time I return home my skin will be angry, red, burnt and breaking out all over. However in saying so, I have come back with near perfect, calm skin. Which brings me to share with you my skincare which comprised of only 8 products!

Super Facialist By Una Brennan – Neroli Firming Lift & Hydrate Oil – OK the name does not suggest pre-cleanse but I do use it as my pre-cleanse and does a bang up job at it.

Shiseido Ibuki Cleanser – Makeup Remover and general cleansing, did fab job. Generally I avoid foaming cleanser like a plague however this did not strip my skin at all (possibly because it does not contain SLS).

Shiseido Ibuki Softening Concentrate – aka Toner in western skincare terms. Instantly hydration boost and skin looked happy, calm and cooperative with the conditions.

Shiseido Ibuki Moisturizer – this product was used only at night, as I feared using it during day would be disastrous (hot, humid, sweaty, blocked pores…you know the drill!). As a night moisturizer is replenished and restored the state of my skin.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo – specifically used on spots, or places “where I felt there is one coming….

Indeed Labs – Hydraluron – day time hydration weapon!

Biore Sunscreen – goes without saying in these weather conditions I needed and kept reapplying subcreen every 2 hours. Due to its water based content, my skin did not suffer at all and did not leave it in a gloopy mess.

Minimal makeup was the key. Very light foundation, spot concealing, eyebrows framed, mascara and spf lip balm!

xx

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My Thoughts: Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

I received a deluxe sample size from my monthly Birchbox subscription. I love some enzyme action on my skin (Read More Here) and therefore this product got me all excited.

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The product is white thick paste with super micro exfoliating granules (almost feels like sand). Vasanti claims it provides similar effect of microdermabrasion therefore aluminum oxide crystals listed as second ingredient. After massaging on skin for couple of minutes, you can really feel the gentle grittiness. Then emulsify with water and you have some form of lathering action. Loved the whole process however it left my skin feeling tight, dry, stripped of natural oils and worst of all consistent use over 2 weeks broke me out.

So I investigated further into the ingredients and below is breakdown of what each ingredient does:

Please note: I’m not a chemist, this is plain internet research to conclude why my skin reacted.

Aqua (Water), Aluminum Oxide (used for Microderm procedure), Cetyl Alcohol (organic alcohol), Decyl Glucoside (foaming agent for sensitive skins), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (lathering agent- can cause irritation), Glycerin, Propanediol (viscosity controlling agent that can cause irritation), Panthenol (skin conditioner-form of B5), Emulsifying Wax NF(derived from plant- or petroleum-based wax converted into an emulsion with the aid of added detergents.), Glyceryl Stearate (lubricant and slows loss of water from skin), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (essential fatty acids for skin), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil (not good for acne prone skin), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate (form of vitamin e made with natural vitamin e and add acid), Papain (papaya enzyme), Parfum, Phenoxyethanol (preservative-not irritating), Caprylyl Glycol (conditioner and moisturizer that helps increase the shelf life of a product).

After analyzing this in detail, I realized it has some irritating ingredients. In addition, papaya enzymes is listed as 4th last ingredient which really disappointed me. Considering name of product I expected papain to be 2nd or 3rd ingredient. It’s a shame because I really enjoyed using the product.

Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator – $34

xx

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My Thoughts: Priori Advanced AHA Gentle Facial Cleanser

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Apologies for disgusting cap… On bright side you know I use it like crazy woman!

Priori is such an under-rated brand. It has some amazing products in their line however I’ve rarely ever heard anyone rave about it or give it the recognition and credit it deserves. Today I want to give this cleanser its much deserved claim to fame!

I’ve used this cleanser for past 7-8 years on and off (trying other things) however time and again I’ve returned to this cleanser. It has a light milky cleanser consistency without any offensive scent. Lightly massage this into my skin and it leaves my skin lightly exfoliated (due to its lactic acid content), soft, hydrated, smooth. I noticed an overall radiance and brightness in my skin over a period of time. Did it prevent breakouts? In my opinion and experience, it’s difficult to resolve this issue with just a cleanser. Personally I rely on serums, spot treatments etc to resolve that matter.

A perfect addition to line up of cleansers as it does a wonderful job at a light cleanse in morning or as a second cleanse after my makeup removal ritual (with oil or balm).

The bottle lasts me decent 4-5 months using one pump each time, twice a day (180ml). Fortunately, the price tag is not as steep as many cleansers ($38 – Drugstore.com), so I can easily justify shelling out such moolah for a good cleanser.

Additional Information:

Appropriate for all skin types – Gentle enough for any skin type (I’m dehydrated, combination & acne prone).

No animal testing

Ingredients (my simplified explanation of what it does):

Aqua, Sodium Lactate (salt of Lactic Acid), Stearyl Alcohol, Sucrose Cocoate (sucrose moisturizer), Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol (made by heating Coconut Oil), Glyceryl Stearate (skin lubricant derived from palm), Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Phospholipids, Tocopherol (chemical with Vitamin E activity), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Beta-Carotene (Vitamin A), Butylene Glycol (works as humectant), Portulaca Oleracea Extract (anti-inflammatory or analgesic properties), Allantoin Glycyrrhetinic Acid (anti-inflammatory agent with healing and conditioning properties), Bisabolol (German Chamomile – anti inflammatory properties), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (essential fatty acids), Citrus Grandis Fruit Extract (Grapefruit extract), Xanthan Gum (adds viscosity and texture), Disodium EDTA (preservative & stabilizer), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative a natural alternative to parabens)