Beauty, Skincare

Clean & Clear Deep Action Oil-Free Cream Cleanser 

The other day, I was at the drugstore walking through the skincare aisle. Of all the expensive and inexpensive cleansers I’ve used over the years, I’ve never found one that I feel particularly loyal to. I have never used a cleanser that seemed to be solely responsible for helping my skin. In fact, most of the time, nothing changes about my skin when I change cleansers. Because of that, I’ve become a bit disillusioned when it comes to cleansers. As long as my skin feels clean at the end of the day, I’m pretty happy. Because of that, I decided to take a chance on a $5 cleanser from the drugstore: the Clean & Clear Deep Action Oil-Free Cream Cleanser.

This cleanser promises a tingling sensation which I thought was odd. Usually, you don’t want your skincare to burn you or cause tingling sensations. However, this just kind of makes your skin feel cold and minty. I don’t know if it is cleansing my pores more deeply, but I do love the scent. It’s kind of minty mixed with something else (maybe eucalyptus?)

The main attraction of this cleanser is that it is oil-free. I know that lots of people with acne-prone skin find that certain oils can help their acne, but I find that almost anything with oil breaks me out further. I’m happy to report that this cleanser has not caused my acne to get worse at all. I don’t think it’s making it any better though either.

Overall, I like this cleanser. My skin feels clean after I use it, it smells great, and it’s only $5. Will I repurchase it? Probably not. As I said at the beginning of this post, I don’t yet have any loyalty towards one specific cleanser.

What about you? Do you have a holy grail cleanser that you absolutely swear by? I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Clinique Take the Day Off Balm 

My bestie swears by the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, but I just recently tried it out. I received a deluxe sample from Sephora, and I’m so glad that I gave this one a try.

At first, I was hesitant to try this product because the balm feels a bit oily. Since I’m acne-prone, oily products can be kind of hit-or-miss for me, and often they cause breakouts depending on the type of oil. I was also kind of scared to apply this over my eyes to remove eye makeup because it is just such a different experience than typical eye makeup removers. Finally, I was kind of afraid that, if I liked the product, I would feel conflicted over whether or not to buy a $29 product just to remove my makeup when I typically use drugstore products for this.

I was very pleased that this product did not break me out. I did get a few blemishes at first, but I think these were related to my period since I haven’t had any more in the three weeks I’ve been using the product. The oiliness is actually quite nice because it really melts into the skin and does a great job at removing ALL makeup. This did not irritate my eyes, and it is actually really remarkable at removing waterproof eye makeup. I didn’t have to rub much, and I’m sure the delicate skin around my eyes and my fragile eyelashes will thank me for the gentle touch instead of my normal desperate scrubbing to remove all my eyeliner.

Lastly, I am actually okay now with the $29 price tag, and I will absolutely be purchasing this product after my two deluxe samples have been used up. You really only need a tiny amount to remove all your makeup, and I expect that the large full-size container will actually last quite a while. Also, if it’s going to be better for my skin, then it is worth the investment!

One final tip: a lot of skincare expects suggest that you use cleansing oils and balms as the first step in a double-cleanse. This means that once this product removes all of your makeup, they suggest you still cleanse your skin once more with something else that targets your additional skincare needs. For now, I’ll be using the Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser, but I’m not sure what I’ll use once that is all used up. Maybe I’ll embark on a quest for the perfect cleanser whilst blogging about my experience.

Beauty, Skincare

Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser 

Boscia is definitely one of my favorite beauty brands. It is mostly natural, and seems gentle enough for my sensitive skin. I haven’t encountered any products from this brand that make my acne worse.

This product is the Detoxifying Black Cleanser, which retails at Sephora for $28. The most prominent ingredient in this product is charcoal, which is a great product for acne. In order to get a lather, you’ll need to add water. I’ve found that, because the product is so sticky, it works best to put the water on your face before the cleanser or to put the cleanser on your hand and then add water before applying to your face. As the product touches skin, it actually does heat up gently which is kind of fun.

Overall, I think this is a nice product. I think that it has definitely helped my acne. It does a nice job at removing makeup. However, it is not without its downsides. The stickiness is kind of weird. Also, the stickiness causes the pump to clog frequently, which is very inconvenient. If the pump does cause, it will help if you remove the cap and run the pump and tube under warm water for a while. You can also just unscrew the cap and use the tube to shovel product out into your hand. It’s not the most glamorous method of using this product, but it does work. Ultimately, because of the issues with the tube clogging, I feel like too much of this product goes to waste. If the product’s packaging could be redone with a different method of dispensing, I think that would be a huge plus. As it is though, I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing this one because I don’t like to feel wasteful and the stickiness is off-putting. However, I do like how it helps my skin, which is the ultimate the goal of skincare. Still, I’d prefer to find a different product in the future.

Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

Huge Sephora Haul!

The Sephora semi-annual sale began yesterday (for VIB Rouge members – VIBs can shop today and everyone else can shop the sale Saturday through Wednesday). I decided to use this 15% off opportunity to stock up on skincare and other essentials rather than indulging in things with color like another pink lipstick or shimmery eyeshadow (I, for sure, have enough of those to last several lifetimes). So, I wanted to post a list of the things I bought since I hope to be reviewing them soon and I know other people are still finalizing their sale wish lists.

1. GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream from Origins

I got a sample of this product a while back. It really made me look more awake as it helped my dark undereye circles. It also moisturized well, and I love that it contains caffeine.

2. Detoxifying Black Cleanser from Boscia

I used to use this cleanser regularly. It heats up and contains charcoal, which is great for acne-prone skin. It helped my skin so much, but I stopped using it because the pump would get clogged and I’d have to unscrew the pump to get to the product. I’ve decided that the benefits to my skin outweigh that inconvenience.

3. AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel from Peter Thomas Roth

I’m excited to try this product. I hope it helps my hormonal acne since it contains salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and retinyl palmitate.

4. Mask-a-Holic Kit from Peter Thomas Roth

I am a sucker for a good face mask. I love them so much. They’re such an easy thing to do to feel pampered, and you can often see great skin results after just one use. I opted for this sampler pack because I’ve heard great things about all five of these masks but I’ve never tried any of them before.

5. Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet from Caudalie 

The old formulation of this moisturizer used to be my go-to moisturizer. It was perfect for my acne-prone combination skin because it moisturizes enough without me feeling greasy or oily and it did not cause breakouts. I hope little to nothing has changed with this new formulation. Fingers crossed!

6. Translucent Loose Setting Powder from Laura Mercier

I’ve been on a quest for a great setting powder, and I’ve heard great things about this one. So, I decided to give it a try.

7. Lash Building Primer from Clinique 

I have long lashes, but they are very thin and lackluster. I’ve been hoping that trying a primer before my mascara would help them look fuller and keep their curl better.

8. Maracuja Lip Exfoliant from Tarte

The key to perfect lipstick is having lips that are moisturized with no excess dry or dead skin. Using an exfoliant alongside lip balm every evening is a great way to prep your lips for the next day’s lip color.

9. All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray from Urban Decay

My bestie let me use her bottle of this setting spray for several days last week so that I could see if it worked for me before I made this purchase. I loved it! It really did make my makeup look better and last all day.

10. De-Slick Mattifying Powder from Urban Decay

I’ve been getting a bit oily in my t-zone recently, especially about half-way through my work day. I wanted to try this powder for touch-ups.

So, that was my huge Sephora haul! I’m looking forward to receiving and trying these products. They should be here by Monday or Tuesday (I prefer to shop online at Sephora because the online store has better freebies with each purchase than the physical stores). Also, I am now on a “no buy” phase for quite a while. I have so many products I already own that I’d like to review, so I am going to try to only buy new products when I have completely run out of the old products. I may actually have enough to last me until Sephora’s next semi-annual sale in November!