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August 08, 2013

L'oreal Micellar Solution

L'oreal Micellar solution is the first of its kind that I have tried. Every beauty blogger and youtuber was raving about it and I wanted to try it!
I wanted to start with a more affordable option than Bioderma or LaRochePosay and as there aren't many drugstore brands at the moment that have micellar waters in their product range I was really happy when L'oreal came out with one.
Micellar water is more gentle than a cleanser but it is supposed to work the same without drying out your skin and at the same time getting rid of all your makeup. Micellar water contains microscopic oil molecules but doesn't leave your skin feeling oily. 

My experience with this product is that it does not remove all your makeup, it does leave your skin feeling fresh and clean and doesn't sting your eyes. When I purchased it I was hoping I could just use this product for all my face and this way I wouldn't need eye makeup remover and face makeup remover. When I remove my makeup I want a product that works immediately (a few swipes and I am done). I felt that with this product I had to rub my face for a long time. However, I am not entirely dissappointed with it.

For me, this product comes after I have removed all my makeup and I am just looking to completely get rid of the last traces of makeup, kind of like a toner. I like it because it is alcohol-free and is really gently with my skin. It doesn't smell of anything but it tastes awful! So don't lick your lips after you've removed your lipstick!

This is my personal experience and it doesn't mean that it might not work for you. I have heard other people loving it so you might love it as well.

If you have tried this one and a different one, did you think they work the same? Which one would you recommend?

August 06, 2013

Cleansers & Face Scrubs

I have noticed I have been only reviewing skin care products and not many makeup products. I do have a few makeup items that I really like and would be reviewing them soon. However, I am aware that I love looking after my skin and I am always on the hunt of new products.

Part of my morning shower involves cleansing my face. In this post I am going to show you the different exfoliators and cleansing products I use. I am going to start off with the soft cleansers.

I use any of these three depending on my mood and how I feel my skin feels. 

Purity by Phylosophy (£17.50/240ml)  is a makeup cleanser with a lovely smell, for face and eyes and I use it sometimes when I wear heavy eye makeup. You can use it all over your eyes, it won't sting or burn them! But I love using it in the shower as it really deep cleans my pores. 

I have talked about the Olay refreshing face wash (£1.99/150ml) in a previous post, so there is not much to say.  It is cheap and cleanses your face, not like Purity or Checks and Balances from Origins do though. But I like having a drugstore face wash to use between my expensive cleansers. I am thinking of buying a different one though, just because I am getting bored of this one. It is my second bottle and it lasts ages!!

I got Checks and Balances frothy face wash sample from Origins (£18/150ml) a while ago. I got it after buying some presents there. I used it and then forgot I had it. I really really like this face wash. As with purity it deep cleanses your pores and just need a pea size amount for your face.

The next product would be between soft cleansers and face scrubs since you can choose which type of method to use. It is the Wave from Neutrogena that I reviewed in my previous post.

The face scrubs that I am currently using are the No Clogs Allowed! face mask and The Fab Pore, both from my beloved Soap & Glory. They are both amazing and really do a fantastic job!
No Clogs Allowed! (£11/100ml) is quite a novelty product for me as it has this particular characteristic...It self heates!! It is a white paste with tiny blue particles that when rubbed between your hands you can feel it heating up. The heat only lasts for a few seconds until you rub it on your face to make the blue particles dissolve. I usually leave it on for around 4-5 minutes. The texture is not harsh at all like some face scrubs but it leaves your skin very smooth and clean of blackheads.

The Fab Pore (£8/50ml) refines your pores and makes them less visible. It is also targeted for oily problematic skin, even though I have normal/dry skin it doesn't dry me out. The product looks very similar to No Clogs Allowed! However, this one feels a tiny bit thicker and it smells very good! I am really bad at describing scents but I would say this one has a very fresh and clean minty scent whilst the previous one smells a bit citrusy.
Anyway, as with the previous one, you just rub a grape-size dollop onto your skin and leave it between 5-15 minutes. The key ingredients are:
  • Fomes officinalis extract: a mushroom extract that helps tighten pores.
  • Salicylic acid: which loosens up the dead cells that contribute to pore clogging.
  • Kaolin: or clay, which sops up extra oil on your skin and smoothes your skin surface.
  • Vitamins E and C: antioxidants.

I find the two products are quite similar and even though they both work, I think I will only purchase one when I run out since the results are more or less the same. So there you go, here are the products that I use to cleanse my face in the shower.

Which one is your favourite cleanser? Have you tried any mentioned in this post?

August 05, 2013

Wave Power Cleanser by Neutrogena

I purchased Wave Original Vibrating Power-Cleanser by Neutrogena a few months ago. I was not too sure about it but it was only £1.99 and I'm always interested in trying anything that says will deep clean your face!

It consists of a device (or wave) with a flat rough surface which is where you put the pad. The pads have already product in them even though they are completely dry. Each one is for one use only. You just have to wet the pad (I like to rub it whilst under the tap to create more foam) turn the device on and press it onto your face moving it in circular motions. Apparently the vibrations of the wave help remove dirt, oil and make up.  After just one use my face felt really smooth and clean. 

 The package with the device comes with 14 deep clean pads and 1AA battery. After that you can buy the pads separately. There are two options: Deep Clean (left) and Blackhead Eliminating pads (right), each one comes with 30 units and the plastic rough surface, as they tend to get clogged up with the fibers of the pads (£0.99/each box).

I quite enjoy using this product and I like that I can choose between a soft and a rough cleansing option. It is also more comfortable as you don't get your hands dirty with product.

What do you think about this product? Would you try it?

August 04, 2013

My favourite shower cream!

I have never been one to pay much attention to shower gels or creams before. I didn't really care much about the brands and would pick up any that was on offer, that was until a friend gave me a The Body Shop gift box in coconut. You know...the one that comes with body butter, soap, shower cream and a bath lily.

I am not the biggest fan of coconut, I don't like the fruit and I dislike strong coconut smells. Needless to say I have never owned any product that smelled of coconut. (That's how much I disliked it!) However, these products have a very light smell and it is actually quite pleasant! My absolute favourite is the Coconut shower cream. It is a soap free product so it is better as it won't remove the natural oils from your skin.

This product has thicker consistency than a shower gel (after all it is labelled as a cream) but it lathers beautifully and leaves your skin really soft and smooth! That is why I love it, with other shower creams I would feel my skin a bit tight after the shower but with this one I can skip the body butter. Apart from that, the scent left on my skin is not too strong so I can still wear perfume. 

I really like this product and I am already finishing my second bottle. I recommend it if you have dry skin and don't have the time to put on moisturiser after the shower.

Which is your favourite Body Shop fragance? Do you have any favourites from The Body Shop?