Sunday, 4 August 2019

5 Face Cleansers I've Tried Recently

Hello darlings!

This year I've tried quite a few face cleansers. My skin has been changing so much over this past year, that I felt like none of my usual cleansers were appropriate anymore and I started looking for diferente things in the products. That's how it started the quest for the perfect face cleanser! 
Before we start, I should explain that I have combination skin with a tendency to dehydration. Sometimes it's such a mess to define it because different parts can be completely different. Usually I have dry cheeks and forehead, but my chin and the area around my nose are oily. This means that it's very difficult to find products that work for me. 

Do you think that I was finally able to find my Cleanser Holy Grail? Well, keep Reading to find out!

๐ŸŒธ First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Cleanser ๐ŸŒธ

This is a very gentle cleanser. It says it removes surface oils, makeup, dirt and grime and it’s absolutely true! It’s infused with botanical antioxidant like aloe to calm, sooth and nurture the skin and glycerin to hydrate the skin. It can be used even by sensitive skin types. It works! For a long time this was my go to cleanser, it’s so gentle, I never noticed any redness, doesn’t dry the skin and feels very fresh. It’s fragrance free, cruelty free, vegan and gluten free. If you have sensitive skin this is an amazing choice.

๐ŸŒธ CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser ๐ŸŒธ

I think the names says everything about this cleanser. It’s suited for normal and dry skin, with 3 Ceramides, NP, AP and EOP (1, 3, 6-11) and Hyaluronic Acid to lock the moisture into your skin. I use this in the winter when my skin gets dry or dehydrated, but it breaks me out a little when the skin is back to normal. Otherwise, it removes any dirt but is a little stubborn with makeup, that's why I usually recommend it as a second or a morning cleanser.

๐ŸŒธ Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip ๐ŸŒธ

This is a gentle cleanser that uses Green Clay, Bentonite and White Kaolin to clean pores without stripping the skin from moisture, Rice and Olive Oil Esters to balance and soften sensitive skin and Neroli Extract to brighten and soothing the skin. It’s cruelty free, vegan, sulfate free, paraben free, gluten free and fragrance free. I’m not even sure what to say about this cleanser. I love the fact that it immediately soothes any redness I have, but other than that… well… it doesn’t remove makeup, it doesn’t make my face feel clean, it’s a weird liquidy form… but in its defence it’s actually very gentle and doesn’t dry out my face. It’s not an awful cleanser, but for me it’s certainly not worth the price.

๐ŸŒธ Laneige Multi Deep-Clean Cleanser ๐ŸŒธ

Even though it says that it can be used by all skin types, this is more appropriate for combination and oily skin because the Papaya Enzymes purifies the skin by removing dead cells, excess sebum and waste in pores, while the Blueberry Extract is an antioxidant that soothes and brightens the skin. This is my cleanser Holy Grail! It does everything I wish for in a cleanser: removes every trace of dirt and makeup, cleans deeply, makes my skin feel fresh without drying it or that horrible tightening feeling and the tiniest dot is enough to clean my entire face.

๐ŸŒธ Dr. Jart + Dermaclear Micro-Foam ๐ŸŒธ

This is a creamy foaming cleanser with Hydrogen Bio Water (Whatever that is!) that helps draw out impurities and excess oil, Dead Sea salt with antibacterial and disinfecting effects and Coconut water to soften and moisturize the skin. Well, this is good. I actually feel like my skin is clean and hydrated. When I first got it, I thought the effect would be horrible, because coconut water products usually breaks me out. Not the case at all! I believe this can be used by all skin types… just maybe not sensitive. 

And these were the five cleansers I've tried recently. Here I could also include the Youth To The People Superfood Cleanser, but I left it out because I already reviewed it. You can find my opinion about it here.
And in case you were wondering which of these cleansers is my absolute favourite, well… I have one with a very close 2nd place. Of course the Laneige Multi Deep-Clean Cleanser is the winner. It's everthing I look for in a cleanser and I couldn't be happier with the results. That is of course, at the moment, with the warm weather, when my skin is almost always on the oilier side.
My second favourite is the First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser. This works a little better on dry skin so, once the Summer is over and the cold wind is back, I believe it will be my front runner again. 

๐ŸŒธ Have you tried any of these cleansers? ๐ŸŒธ
๐ŸŒธ Which one is your favorite? ๐ŸŒธ 

Friday, 26 July 2019

Review: Colour Pop It's My Pleasure Palette

One of the makeup brands that I always wanted to try was Colour Pop. But it’s so difficult to get any of their products to Portugal and deal with customs that I had resigned myself to the fate of never trying any of their gorgeous eyeshadows. So, when they had this big 30% off sale, I didn’t hesitate to order the famous It’s My Pleasure Palette. 

๐ŸŒธ The Palette ๐ŸŒธ 

Let me start by telling you that this is a very small, compact palette. It comes in a purplish pink box, containing the name of the shadows in the back, but not the colours. The exact same goes for the actual palette, it’s the same colour with the name of the shadows in the back. It’s made of plastic, but I feel like I need to be careful or it might break at any moment. The inside has a pretty decent mirror and all the shadows are named there too. 

๐ŸŒธ The Shadows ๐ŸŒธ

Colour Pop It's My Pleasure is a pressed powder palette, countaining nine eyeshadows, all of them with 1g. of product each. Three of of them are complete mattes (Kittenfish, Fanfiction and Sleeper), one is matte with gold flecks (Pretty Cruel), two normal metallics (Bare Minimum and Chick Lit), two metallic duochromes (Do or Dough and Earthshine) and one metallic Ice (Mr. Sandman).

๐ŸŒธ My Opinion ๐ŸŒธ

I love every single shadow in there. Usually when I get a pallet there’s always one or two colours that I don’t care for. This isn’t the case. Even the lighter pinks are gorgeous and perfect as transition shades. When it comes to performance, all of them are very pigmented, even if I notice that the mattes are a little dustier than the others, but not to a point where it affects the application at all. All of them have some residual fall out but nothing you can’t solve brushing them off. They all blend beautifully and of course the shimmers work better when applied with the finger. None of them needs it, but when applied wet it’s like an explosion of colour! I have to admit that I’m completely in love with the shade Bare Minimum and with Chick Lit and Sleeper as a close second and third. But the entire palette is gorgeous, maybe one of the most beautiful I have.

It’s My Pleasure is sold for $12, even though I got mine for $8,40 on sale. Colour Pop is Cruelty Free and some of the products are vegan. Not this palette, though.  

What do you think about this palette? Do you like the colours?
Have you tried Colour Pop before? What is your favorite palette?

Monday, 22 July 2019

Review: Youth To The People Superfood Cleanser

Today I'm bringing you the review of the Superfood Cleanser from Youth to the People. I got the travel size when I went to Italy back in March and, while I was waiting for my train from Florence to Milan, I decided to enter Sephora. They already had the Super Ingredients Box (we only got it this month here in Portugal) and of course I couldn't resist bringing it home with me.
I was so curious to try any of the Youth to the People products that I started using the cleanser the very next morning!

๐ŸŒธ What is the Superfood Cleanser ๐ŸŒธ

It's a face cleanser gel for daily use with cold-pressed antioxidants like kale, spinach and green tea. It removes makeup, prevents clogged pores and balances skin's PH without drying it. It is suitable for dry, combination, oily and normal skin and helps preventing oiliness, fine lines, wrinkles, dullness and uneven tones.
It's sulfate-free, alcohol-free, cruelty free and vegan.

Superfood Cleanser is available in three sizes: 30 ml, 59ml and 239ml

๐ŸŒธ How to use ๐ŸŒธ

It is used twice daily: mornings and evenings. Use two pumps and rub them into a lather with wet hands, then apply to wet face and massage it for thirty seconds before rinsing it. To remove makeup add more water gradually during the massage.

๐ŸŒธ Ingredients ๐ŸŒธ

Water, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Panthenol (Vitamin B5),Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Butylene Glycol, Brassica Oleracea(Kale) Leaf Extract, Spinacia Oleracea (Spinach) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea)Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract,Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Natural Fragrance, Lecithin, HydroxypropylMethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Chlorophyll.

Kale: contains phytonutrients, Vitamin C, E and K, strengthens the skin and makes it glow
Spinach: it has cooling properties that soothes the skin 
Green Tea: anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory to clear the skin.

๐ŸŒธ My opinion ๐ŸŒธ

The very first thing that I loved about the Superfood Cleanser was the container. Even the travel size comes in a glass, clear bottle. But I would have changed the plastic lid (which I actually broke closing the bottle) for a pump, just like the full-size has.

One small detail that I loved about this and I believe that all skincare products should have, is the actual expiration date besides the shelf life after opening. This is something that helps us consumers be sure that our products haven't been laying around for years and may not be as efficient as they once were.

I have to admit I was a little sceptical about the ingredients list. I'm not a stranger of Vitamin E cleansers and I do like the ascorbic acid specially to prevent the first signs of ageing. I've used plenty of cleansers with green tea and aloe vera, they're both amazing to sooth the skin from any kind of irritation. But I never used anything with kale or spinach. And while I don't mind them in my soup or salad, I wasn't sure I wanted them in my skincare.

My first concern about this cleanser was the smell. Even though I don't have sensitive skin, I noticed that this had a natural fragrance, so I was kind of worried that I would go around smelling like spinach, or worse... kale! Fortunately, as soon as I opened the bottle all I could find was a soft herbal scent.

The cleanser is a transparent, very liquid gel. It is thinner than anything I've used before, except maybe for oils, almost watery-like. It feels very lightweight when massaged into the skin. And this is where that pump would be a great help. It's not easy to 'guess' how much is enough and even harder to prevent spilling half the bottle into our hands.

While the gel is being massaged into the skin it feels very gentle but I wouldn't use it as my makeup remover because I feel that it's not enough, specially if I'm using a lot of makeup. Now if I use it as my second cleanser that's where its strengths are. It removes all traces of leftover makeup, dirt, grime, even excessive oils. But it doesn't make me feel like the skin is deeply clean or fresh and unlike what it claims, it makes it feel slightly dry. Not to the point that it becomes an issue, but as soon as I rinse it off, I feel like I need my moisturiser as soon as possible, even if it never caused any kind or irritation or even redness, which I definitely like about it. It's not easy to find a cleanser that doesn't cause me immediate redness and so far I never saw any.

For me, I think this would be an okay morning cleanser, to remove traces of skincare and excessive oils formed overnight, but while I love that this is sulfate and alcohol free, cruelty free and vegan, I'm not sure I will repurchase it at least on a regular basis. For the same price there are other products out there that don't cause me the small issues this one does, mainly the slight dryness. I have combination skin, it can be oily around my nose and chin area but very dry in my forehead, around my eyes and cheeks and this cleanser makes these later areas feel even drier so I think this would work better with normal or oilier skin types.

Have you ever tried the Youth to the People products?
What about this face cleanser?
Let me know in the comments what your favourite face cleanser is.

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Review: Estรฉe Lauder's Advanced Night Repair

Welcome to My Boudoir!

It took me a while to decide what should be my first post. So after much deliberation I decided to skip the trendy and pick one of my favourite products to review. Why? Because it's comfortable and I'm slightly nervous about posting. A familiar product that I actually love makes things easier for me. So my choice was the Estรฉe Lauder's Advanced Night Repair.

๐ŸŒธ What is the Advanced Night Repair? ๐ŸŒธ

It's a night repairing serum that reduces and prevents signs of ageing, like lines, wrinkles and dullness. Hydrates and smooths the skin, giving it a healthy, fresh and youthful look.
It uses Estรฉe Lauder's ChronoluxCB technology to enhance the skin's natural cell repair and protection. It also contains Hyaluronic Acid, to attract and lock in moisture in the skin, helping with dryness and dehydration. Non acnegenic, it's a fragrance and oil free formula that won't clog the pores, suitable for all skin types.

Advanced Night Repair is available in four sizes: 20ml, 30ml, 50ml and 75ml. The prices go from 35€ (30£) up to 135€ (115£), depending on your location.

๐ŸŒธ How to use? ๐ŸŒธ

It can be used mornings and evenings, on clean skin, before the moisturiser, applying a drop on each fingertip of both hands and rubbing them together, then massaging them on the skin, moving from the centre outwards.

๐ŸŒธ My opinion ๐ŸŒธ

First of all, I love that it comes in so many sizes. No matter how much I like a product I also enjoy to try new things, so I usually go for the smaller sizes. Not only they don't bankrupt my account, but it also avoids products going bad or being wasted. One of the aspects that I have some mixed feelings about is the fact that it comes with a dropper instead of a pump. This exposes the product to air and bacteria but on the other hand, makes it easier to control the dosage that goes into the skin.

Usually I ignore part of the instructions and only use it in the evenings. If you decide to use it during the day, don't forget your sunscreen. I put four drops on my face (forehead, each cheek and chin). This is a very thick serum, which I first thought would be a problem, but it actually spreads very easily and the skin absorbs it in a matter of seconds without any weird residues, stickiness or oily feeling. It's just very comfortable. The smell is nothing to right home about, but it's soft and goes away once the product dries, so I'm not really complaining.

I love how good it immediately feels. As soon as I apply it, I can feel some extra freshness and a few seconds later my skin feels so smooth, I have to stop myself from touching it every ten seconds.
My skin is usually dehydrated combo and I never felt like it made it oily, in spite of the hyaluronic acid. It also doesn't give me a big hydration boost, but keeps it hydrated enough throughout the night, no dry patches or redness, so I count it as a win (specially if compared with other serums). When I wake up the skin feels silky and rested (I always joke and say it's the caffeine in the ingredients list).

In my opinion this serum biggest weapon is the long term results and here I have nothing but praise! I have some fine lines around my mouth and nose and the ANR worked small miracles on them when I first started using it. And I don't think they got more pronounced over the past two years.

Another aspect that I always notice after a few days of uninterrupted use is how beautiful the skin looks. Bright, even and healthy. It brings an amazing glow. 


๐ŸŒธ Final thoughts ๐ŸŒธ

Over the past two years this serum became a usual presence in my night routine and unless I have some sudden skin change or they change the formula, I doubt it will go anywhere. I don't use it every single night and sometimes I stop for a few months but it always returns, in spite of the hefty price. But I have such good results that it's actually worth it. 

Have you ever tried the Advanced Night Repair? Let me know your thoughts about it down in the comments.