– Happy New Year lovely followers!! we hope you all had an amazing Holiday and are recovered from that weird transitional period after the holidays are done. i know it took me a few weeks before i stopped wandering around my house wondering what i was doing each time i entered a room. we tried and tested A LOT of products in 2017 and want to continue our Empties series with you here, this time featuring the cleansers or makeup removers we loved and ones we didn’t, check out our thoughts on the ones pictured below:
Product: Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
Thoughts: i received this travel sample from the lovely ladies at Beauty Mark Boutique in Yaletown and at the time had never tried anything from Dermalogica. my skin type is normal to oily and usually dehydrated (i drink too much caffeine and not enough water) and this cleanser was not drying, my skin was left feeling clean and soft.
Buy or Not? yes i would purchase this for myself! i love that it’s soap free, VEGAN, cruelty free and has no artificial fragrances ( i get rashes when i use anything fragranced). it also didn’t strip my skin or leave it feeling tight afterwards.
Product: Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water
Thoughts: i initially tried this product in my pro kit before trying it on myself. i had so many clients tell me it smelled good, or their skin felt nice after i used it that i decided to pick it up for myself when i stopped into Beauty Mark for an event. i love the scent of grape water, it didn’t leave a soapy residue, and it dissolved even my water proof mascara without a ton of rubbing. my only complaint is that it doesn’t come in a way bigger size! i only use Micellar Water for removing my makeup at night and this 200ml bottle only lasted me about 45-60 days ( 1-2 months) and is $34 CAD
Buy or Not? yes i would purchase this again if they make a bigger size!
Product: Belif Cleansing Herb Water
Thoughts: i have used quite a few Belif products before, both personally and in my kit so when my previous makeup remover ran out ( see above) i looked forward to trying this one out as it’s less expensive ( and available at The Face Shop). one thing that stood out to me was what it was formulated without which was listed on the front of the packaging. no mineral oils, unnecessary fragrances ( which always make me itchy), dyes, preservatives i.e parabens or animal by products. i liked the way it removed makeup on the face, i didn’t like using it on my eyes to remove mascara and eye makeup. on me, it stung when i used it on my eyes, possibly due to a higher soap concentration.
Buy or Not? no i wouldn’t buy this again because i want a cleansing water that i can use on both face and eyes.
Product: Sekkisei Treatment Cleansing Oil
Thoughts: Sekkisei by Kose is a Japanese brand that extends into makeup in Japan, here in Canada just the skincare line is sold at Beauty Boutiques in Shoppers Drug Marts. i checked out the line while living in Fukuoka, Japan but didn’t get a chance to use any of the products until recently. the Treatment Cleansing Oil was the first product i tried and i used it as a makeup remover at night. it’s a thinner cleasning oil in texture than brands like Shu Uemura or the one below by josie Maran. only 2 pumps is needed to remove face and eye makeup easily and without irritation so the bottle lasted me a lot longer than i thought.
Buy or Not? yes i will be buying this again, soon actually as i am running out of my current cleansing oil!
Product: Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil
Thoughts: when i purchased this cleansing oil from Sephora i was on the HUNT for an all natural cleansing oil that was thin enough to be washed off in hopes that using less chemical ingredients would help reduce the cystic acne breakouts i was dealing with. while this cleansing oil was great at breaking down my makeup it was a little heavier in texture than i prefer, i needed to use more to remove my makeup making it a little harder to get rid of the oil residue when washing it off. it had a pleasant smell, very mild like most Josie Maran face products, a result of the argan oil in the product.
Buy or Not? i wouldn’t buy this product again based on texture alone, too heavy for me.
Product: Di Morelli Cleanser
Thoughts: i received this cleanser from the brand in an Essentials kit and gave it a try when i ran out of my regular Cetaphil cleanser this past summer. i like to switch to a gentle foaming cleanser in the summer when my skin feels a bit oilier. i only needed 1 small pump of this cleanser for my entire face which made the product last longer, even at this small size. it foamed up nicely when mixed with water and didn’t strip my skin of too much moisture, just enough to feel nice and clean. i also appreciate that it’s hypoallergenic and the cleanser is formulated to ph balance the skin.
Buy or Not? yes i would buy this product for myself, although i would use it AFTER removing my makeup, not as both a cleanser and makeup remover ( as it states on the website)
Product: Daily Concepts Konjac Sponge
Thoughts: if you’re like me, you’ve seen these sponges before, have been curious to try but never took the plunge and purchased one. i was excited to see 2 types of these sponges in the gift bag we received during a pop up shop at Little Mountain Shop over on Main st this past summer. one was a smaller size, marketed towards baby’s/kids and the other was a standard size for everyone else. i tried the baby sponge first with my son (savage i know, i didn’t make sure it was okay before trying it on a 4 year old) but i new from the packaging that the sponge was hypoallergenic and had no preservatives, chemicals or added color to irritate his skin. Konjac is a type of jelly-like potato in Japan, the Japanese have used it for a long time in their skincare routine’s as the sponge’s properties help breakdown dirt and oil while ph balancing the skin. i liked how gentle the sponge was on his skin and mine, we both have very reactive skin and this was super gentle and left our skin feeling clean. my issue with the product is in the photo below:
- the packaging for the Konjac Sponge is very specific, store in a well ventilated area in the holder supplied ( it’s also ventilated) and has a suction cup included to place in the area you prefer. the company also states that the sponge has a 3 month shelf life, provided that you follow storing instructions properly. i made sure to rinse and squeeze out all the water before storing it back in the packaging and even suctioned it on the mirror above the counter instead of keeping it in the shower where we use it. after 3-4 uses i started to see these little dots form, it got worse and the spread throughout the sponge in about 2 weeks time, so we threw it out before 1 month was even up. Daily Concepts has a few different types of Konjac Sponges so i would be interested to know if anyone else has had this issue with this or a different sponge as it happened with both the Baby Sponge and the regular Pure Konjac Sponge that i was given.
Buy or Not? no i wouldn’t buy this, and am disappointed as i wanted to like this product.
Stay tuned for the next installment of The Empties next Monday! I’m sharing my thoughts on a few body products and Hair, Skin and Nails vitamins.