My latest make-up remover is the Bi-Phase Eye Make-Up Remover from Nurture. It is definitely one of the best make-up removers I have ever tried as it is so gentle and dissolves my eye make-up so quickly. It hardly takes any rubbing to get rid of everything from around my eyes! You need to shake the bottle before you use it to mix up the two phases of the remover. One phase is an oil based cleanser and the other is to soothe and moisturise. As it is quite oily, I have found that it can leave my skin feeling a little greasy if I use too much but if I leave it to sink in it actually works well as a moisturiser. The Bi-Phase Make-Up Remover costs £6.95 for 150ml and is 100% worth it!
This Barefoot Botanicals Rosa Fina Cleansing Milk is one of the best cleansers I’ve ever used. It smells amazing and the packaging is lovely. The cleanser really suits my skin and makes it feel really clean and hydrated. It’s quite expensive (£20.95 from MyPure) but I would buy it again as I think it’s amazing!
The latest cleanser I’ve tried is Ultrabland from Lush. The woman in the shop said it was brilliant at removing make-up, especially mascara, which is the reason I choose this over the other cleansers . It’s quite thick and contains beeswax which means that it doesn’t smell all that good – the beeswax is there to remove make-up. I apply the cleanser to dry skin and then remove it using hot water and a cloth. You have to be careful to remove all of the cleanser – a couple of times my face has felt a little waxy after cleansing so I’ve had to go back and wash it again – and I find a cloth the best way of making sure I get it all off. It really is good at removing make-up and doesn’t take a lot of rubbing. I really like this cleanser and the only downside for me is that the smell is nothing special!
As far as I’ve seen, pretty much every blogger raves about the Cleanse & Polish and I don’t think I’m going to be any different. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to try it! I won’t talk too much as I’m sure you’ve read plenty of other reviews but I will say this….
I love the packaging and the smell is just amazing – fresh, invigorating but not too strong. The muslin cloths are great for gently exfoliating and my skin has never felt or looked so clean and healthy. I use it every evening and occasionally in the morning which I find works for me, although it’s recommended that you use it both morning and night.
I don’t think I’ll ever manage to settle on one cleanser as I always see new ones I want to try but I will without doubt be buying this again! The starter kit containing a 100ml cleanser and two cloths costs £14.25 and after that you can buy various sizes of the cleanser on its own with the 100ml tube costing £12.75.
I’ve just got home from my first exam and, instead of getting on with revision for Thursdays exam, I thought I’d take a break and write a quick post about my new cleanser!
Since finishing the amazing Dr Hauschka cleanser (read my review here), I’ve been using the Alva Sanddorn Cleansing Milk from MyPure which is much more affordable at £15 for 150ml (the Dr Hauschka one cost £15 for just 50ml). The Alva cleanser is just as good as lots of cleansers I’ve used in the past (but not quite as good as the Dr Hauschka one!) and has the added bonus of being brilliant at removing eye makeup. If anyone has used the Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser then the Alva one is, I think, very similar. For that reason, I’m not sure if I’d buy the Alva cleanser again as the Avene one is much cheaper and has slightly nicer packaging! It depends what you look for though as the Alva cleanser is completely free from nasty chemicals and is part of their anti aging range. While the Avene cleanser is free from parabens, it does contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate which, according to the MyPure chemical checklist, can irritate eyes, cause eczema, skin irritation and dry skin.
Has anyone tried any of these cleansers? Which do you prefer?
A while ago now I won a Dr Hauschka Radiant You Starter Kit from a giveaway on BeautySwot. I only got around to using it after Christmas and have just got to the end of the tube of cleanser so I thought it was about time I wrote a review.
The starter kit contains cleansing cream, facial toner, a mini lavender bath and a muslin cloth. I was also lucky enough to win a Melissa day cream so I had a whole new skincare regime. The starter kit comes with instructions (just as well as I had no clue what lavender bath was!) which include a description of the best way to apply your cleanser. I didn’t know there was any specific way to apply cleanser but it turns out you are supposed to press and roll your fingers.
The first step of cleansing is to put a few drops of the lavender bath into a basin of warm water, dip in the muslin and then hold over your face for a few seconds. I don’t think the lavender bath really does anything for your skin but it makes the water smell gorgeous and makes you feel like you are really pampering yourself. The lavender bath comes in a little glass vial and unfortunately, somebody knocked it off the sink and smashed it after I’d only used a few times. It was probably my fault for leaving it on the side!
Anyway, back to the point, once you have used the lavender bath, you cleanse using the special Dr Hauschka cleansing technique. The cleanser also gently exfoliates at the same time. To make sure you get all the cleanser off, you use the muslin dipped in the lavender bath again. Next you spray the toner over your face. The spray on the toner is really good at spreading it out evenly in a mist over your face (does that make sense?!). I’ve had toners before where the nozzle just sprays it out more like a jet than a mist. Finally you apply the day cream. I really like the smell of this but I do find that it can take a few minutes to sink in properly. The website says that it is suitable for oily skin but I find that if I use too much it leaves my skin quite greasy and I’ve got normal/dry skin. I would have thought that it might be too heavy for oily skin?
Since I’ve started using this range my skin has felt really clean and less dry than usual. I think using the muslin makes a big difference as it makes sure you get all the product off. The only thing I don’t like about the range is the packaging – I prefer pretty packaging! You can buy all of the products separately from the website or get the starter kit for £39.95 and the day cream for £23.95.
Today I thought I’d tell you about my new cleanser from Qsilica. It is a foaming gel cleanser which also acts as makeup remover. I had a facial for my birthday last year and I was told that I should try to avoid foaming cleansers because they tend to dry out skin but this one seems to be fine so far. The cleanser is good at removing makeup (I don’t wear a huge amount on my face so I’m not sure how good it would be if you wear a bit more sorry!) but a downside for me is that it isn’t suitable for use on eyes – I’m a bit lazy and prefer cleansers which also remove eye makeup! I really like using this cleanser and so far it’s been leaving my skin feeling nice and refreshed and squeaky clean so I’d definitely recommend it – it smells good too!
Qsilica is a natural skincare range which is new to the UK. The products in the range contain colloidal silica which is found in lots of vegetables and grains and is supposed to fight signs of aging. You can buy the products from Planet Health and the cleanser costs £15.95 for 100ml.
This month I’ve been using the A’kin Rose & Geranium Cleanser & Toner In One from MyPure.
As you know, I have absolutely loved all of the A’kin products I’ve tried in the past and this one is no different. The cleanser smells amazing and is nice and gentle on my skin. As well as being a toner, another bonus is that it removes eye makeup. It has quite a thick consistency but you don’t need to use a huge amount for your whole face.
As with all of the products sold by MyPure, there are no sulphates, parabens or other nasty chemicals so is perfect for sensitive skin.
Energys Resonance is a range of natural skincare products. They don’t contain chemical emulsifiers, aggressive chemical preservatives, SLS, mineral oils, silicone oil, polyethylene glycols or parabens. I’ve been trying out the following products:
From looking at their website, it seems as though the Energys products are suitable for pretty much any skin type. I’ve got quite dry skin and I’ve definitely noticed an improvement since I started using the range. All of the products of much more than I would normally pay which may be why I’ve actually seen an improvement in my skin!
The cleanser is really good and has a lovely fresh smell. It also removes eye makeup which is something I look for in a cleanser as I can’t really be bothered using two products when I could use one. The Gentle Exfoliant is in fact gentle, unlike lots of other so called ‘gentle’ exfoliators which make your skin feel as though you’ve rubbed it with sand paper.
The Youthful Skin Elixir is basically just a toner but it comes in a cute glass bottle which looks pretty smart. Instead of using the skin elixir you can use the Energy Gel which does a similar thing but can also be used during the day to sooth headaches, tired feet or tense shoulder muscles.
I really like the face mask which can be used 2 to 3 times a week. It leaves my skin feeling really soft and clean! The moisturiser is good as well although it doesn’t smell quite as nice as some of the other products in the range. It feels quite greasy when you apply it but it skins in faster than you would expect and makes my skin so smooth. I really love it but I don’t know whether I could put up with the smell for more than one tub?
The only product I haven’t been impressed with is the eye cream. This just seems to sit on the skin under my eyes and not sink in at all. It feels greasy hours after I apply it and makes my under eye area look a bit shiny. That being said, I really wish I wasn’t a student and could afford to buy the other products from this skincare range!
Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser has got to be one of the best cleansers in the world. It is designed for sensitive or intolerant skin so contains natural ingredients with no parabens, fragrances or colourings. The cleanser is quite thick and feels really soothing when applied. You can tissue it off but I tend to just rinse it which works as well. The best bit about this cleanser is that it also removes eye makeup. Most of the time I can’t be bothered to use a different product to remove my makeup before I cleanse so this is the perfect product! You can buy this cleanser from Boots for £8.