The Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil

Hello folks!

If you’ve been reading my bog for a while now, you would know that I am a big fan of using oil cleansers to remove makeup. They work like a charm and there is no scrubbing and tugging involved. I like to try new oil cleansers each time I finish the current one πŸ˜€ I I have tired many Shiseido products in the past and they have never disappointed me. This cleansing oil is no exception!

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Shiseido Perfect Cleansing oil

It comes in a nice simple and elegant plastic pump bottle. The oil is very light and silky feeling on the skin. This isn’t the lightest cleansing oil I have tried (If I remember correctly the DHC Cleansing oil feels very light) but it glides very easily over the skin.

I like to take 2 pumps and massage it all over the face. If I am wearing eye makeup then I use an additional pump to clean off all that mascara, liner and eye shadow. It does the job really well and I never find traces of any makeup after using this to remove makeup. I always go in with a foaming cleanser as a second cleanse though.

The oil has a slight fragrance which has not irritated my skin so far..touch wood! If you are very sensitive to fragrances I would not recommend this one. The only other negative I have to mention about this cleanser is the price (35$)! The ingredients are nothing special..it is basically mineral oil and just like in the case of Shu Uemura you are basically paying for the brand name. Just for this reason, and my general obsession with trying out different cleansing oils and balms, I won’t be repurchasing.

Have you tried the Shiseido Cleansing oil?

Until next time,ciao!!

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Natio Argan and Almond Facial Cleansing balm

Hello folks!

One of the things I love about travelling is trying out new beauty products ( and of course food!) I can’t find back at home. Natio is an Australian natural beauty brand that I picked up in India. They have lots of skincare products ,color cosmetics and also candles. I found their products to be reasonably priced. I picked up the Argan and Almond facial cleaning balm and also a 10 minute brightening mask which I’ll talk about in detail soon.

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Natio Argan and Almond facial cleansing balm

The balm comes in a no frills tube which makes it an ideal travel companion. I am a fan of using cleansing oils to remove makeup, but travelling with them can be a bit difficult. This guy sorted that problem! The only con was that every once in a while when it gets cold, the oils in the tube solidify to a thick paste that you need to use a bit of pressure to get out. This also sometimes results in too much of the stuff coming out of the tube at once.

The balm is easy to use, just like any cleansing oil you take some of the balm and work it gently onto your dry face. Once the oils break down all your makeup, wash with water to get all your makeup off. I found the balm to be good at removing all my makeup including heavy eye makeup. This does have a slight herbal smell, which does not bother me at all since it is quite mild.

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Ingredient List

As you can see the ingredient list is quite nice! I love that Almond oil is number 2 on the ingredient list. The herbal smell is likely due to the combination of all the different flower oils listed.

After you wash off the cleansing balm with water, it leaves a coating/residue on the skin which I suspect is due to the beeswax and candelilla wax. This is not an issue for me since I always double cleanse when I wear makeup , so after the cleansing balm step, I go in with a foaming cleanser to make sure everything is cleaned off from my face. If you were looking to use this as your only cleanser this might be a deal breaker unless your skin is so dry it loves that waxy layer πŸ™‚

Overall, I really like this cleansing balm and look forward to trying more of their products! I found some of Natio’s products on amazon so maybe I don’t have to travel too far to try something more from the brand!

Have you tried Natio products? What do you recommend I try from them next?

Until next time, ciao!!!

The Coast to Coast Ultra Gentle Foaming Cleanser

Hello everyone!!

Today I want to share with all of you, one of my favorite cleansers! Unfortunately, the brand Coast to Coast is no longer carried at Ulta, which is where I purchased this from. Coast to Coast is an Australian skincare brand whose products are an absolute delight for my skin πŸ™‚ I have used their lovely clay mask (review HERE) and also their cleansing oil (review HERE). Don’t you just hate it when something you love is no longer easy to find 😦

Atleast now I know what to buy if I ever travel to Australia in the near future πŸ˜€

Coast to Coast Ultra Gentle Foaming cleanser
Coast to Coast Ultra Gentle Foaming cleanser

I have dry sensitive skin..the worst skin type you can have I guess and the hardest to please! The gentle cleanser from Coast to Coast is actually really gentle on my skin! It has a gel like texture which foams nicely when in contact with water. The cleanser leaves my skin feeling soft, clean but not stripped dry and does not leave any kind of film on the skin.. which is awesome. I have not used this to remove makeup and to be fair they don’t claim that it will act as a makeup remover.

Ingredient List
Ingredient List

The ingredient list for the cleanser is very good in my opinion! I love that they have Glycerin and Aloe Vera as the first few ingredients. These are amazing ingredients for dry skin. The ingredient decyl glucoside is great for those with sensitive skin. It is a mild foaming agent which is plant derived and gentle.

I was initially wary of using this due to the presence of so many plant oils and extracts because although they might be ‘natural’ some of them can irritate the skin. However, I am pleased to report that these do not irritate my sensitive skin πŸ™‚

The cleanser has a very mild scent of eucalyptus and mint which is not over powering or irritating to the skin. The smell pretty much disappears once the cleanser foams up.

Overall I am in love with this cleanser and I hope to find something as good once this runs out.

Have you tried any Coast to Coast products? What do you think of the brand?

Until next time..ciao!!

Coast to Coast Ultra Soothing Cleansing Oil

Hello folks! Happy Easter!! I am a huge fan of oil cleansers to remove makeup since I find it the easiest way to get the job done…no cotton pads, no wipes, no tugging and rubbing. I have been using the DHC cleansing oil reviewed HERE for a long time and decided to switch it up by picking up the oil cleanser from the Australian brand Coast to Coast.

Coast to Coast was available in Ulta till the end of last year (I picked this up in October)..I’m not sure if they carry them anymore since I cannot find it in the Ulta website anymore. It is sad if the brand has been pulled off the shelves because I found their brightening clay mask (review) awesome and it compelled me to try more stuff from the brand.

The Coast to Coast Ultra Soothing Cleansing Oil
The Coast to Coast Ultra Soothing Cleansing Oil

Oil cleansers are applied to the dry skin and you massage and spread it Β around after which you wash your face with water. Upon contact with water, it mildly foams up and leaves your skin all clean. The DHC cleaning oil is very light in texture compared to the coast to coast one. This oil is a bit thicker and so I feel like I need more than 2 pumps to cover my full face.

In terms of performance it does a great job in removing all my makeup including mascara. I find it comparable to the DHC oil. I always follow up with a regular face cleanser after removing my makeup with an oil cleanser just to make sure everything is removed! My face does not feel stripped of moisture after I am done with my makeup removal which is great!

Ingredient List
Ingredient List

The only issue I have with this oil is the smell. It is not too strong but I generally am not a fan of herbal like scents. As you can see in the ingredient list above, there is a mixture of oils in this product which explains the thicker texture of the oil and also the smell. The DHC one is primarily olive oil based and hence lighter in texture.

Overall, I like this product and might purchase it again if I can find it!

Have you tried anything from Coast to Coast? If not Ulta, where else is it available?

Until next time…ciao!!

Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash

Hola folks!!

I have been using the Origins checks and balances face wash for over 6 months and I am now finally ready to give my thoughts on this face wash πŸ™‚

Origins is an Estee Lauder company which makes natural skincare products with many of their products formulated with plant oils. They are also notable for formulating their products without parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, PABA, petrolatum, paraffin and synthetic colors, fragrances and animal ingredients..Phew! That was a long sentence!! I am not sure if Origins is a cruelty free brand..they do mention on the face wash tube that they test their products on volunteer panels but don’t out right say they don’t test on animals.

The Origins Checks and Balances frothy face wash
The Origins Checks and Balances frothy face wash

This face wash claims to be able to cleanse both the dry and oily parts of your face without cancelling each other out…I’m not so sure about that. I have pretty dry skin and in the summers I have an oily T zone but for the most part my skin is dry. Although, they claim that your skin won’t feel stripped or tight after using it, my skin does feel slightly tight after using it. I have to immediately moisturize my skin after using this cleanser which is what I do always anyway so this wasn’t a deal breaker for me.

A single tube can last a really long time!The tube above is pretty full looking considering I’ve used this everyday for 6 months. All you need is a really tiny pea size for your whole face and it froths up well too (as the product name implies!). Unfortunately, all that frothiness does not remove makeup..you will definitely need to use a separate makeup remover for that purpose.

The cleanser has a minty smell which although mild, I am not a fan of! It smells a bit like my toothpaste 😐 This is due to the presence of spearmint oil among the ingredients in this product.

Ingredient List
Ingredient List

The ingredients in this cleanser look good..till you get to all the essential oils listed. If you have extremely sensitive skin, you might know already that these are potential skin irritants. I have seen reviews from people with really sensitive skin on makeup alley talking about how the product caused breakouts , rashes and redness. Although my skin is pretty sensitive in general, I did not experience any skin irritation but if you know for sure that your skin doesn’t take kindly to stuff like spearmint and bergamot oil this cleanser is best avoided!

I like the idea of using a face wash with ingredients like lavender water, glycerin and Behenic acid (major component of Moringa oil) but I did not see any effect of these ingredients on my skin. For me, this was a very basic face wash which didn’t do anything exciting to my skin and so I might not be repurchasing it once I am done with the current tube.

Have you tried the Origins Checks and Balances frothy face wash? What are your thoughts?

Have a great week!!

Until next time…ciao!!

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Review

Hey everyone!!

Having lived in south east asia for close to 7 years, oil cleansers were a big part of my daily skin care routine, primarily as a makeup remover. When I moved to the US, I was quite dismayed to see that there were barely any oil cleansers in the drugstore. After abusing my skin with harsh makeup removing wipes for a while I thought I’ll just order an oil cleanser off of Amazon and I am so glad I did. If your unaware of oil cleansers, they are a great gentle way of removing your makeup, no tugging, no rubbing..just a quick rinse off πŸ™‚ So, the oil cleanser I ordered from amazon is the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil and it cost 25$ and considering how little you need, its a pretty neat price tag πŸ™‚

The DHC deep cleansing oil
The DHC deep cleansing oil

So a quick run through about how to use this..the key is to pump the oil onto your dry hands and massage it onto your dry face. I usually do not require more than 1 pump to remove my face makeup and when I do have heavy eye makeup on, I might need one more pump. After you’ve massaged the oil onto your face (and eyelids), all you need to do is rinse it off with water and..voila! your done with the makeup removal process!

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  • As I mentioned in the beginning this is a really gentle and easy way to remove makeup. The product claims to able to remove water proof mascara easily, I cannot vouch for that since I mostly use water resistant mascaras (which are easy to remove with the oil). It is able to take off all my makeup easily including staining lip sticks πŸ™‚
  • Many people might be grossed out by the idea of putting oil on their face (especially oily skin folks). When you wash off the oil from your face this does not leave behind any greasy oil film on your face, instead your face will feel squeaky clean, so you don’t have to worry about any greasy after feel.
  • In case your wondering how exactly this thing works here is a quick take :).. your makeup is composed of oil and water dissolving components..the water soluble components can be easily removed by rinsing with water, its usually the oil soluble stuff that needs special removal. When you apply the oil onto your face, the oil soluble components get dissolved in the oil and upon contact with water form oil droplets which then gets washed away from your skin surface along with water your using for rinsing.
Ingredient List
Ingredient List
  • As you can see from the ingredient list above, the main ingredient is olive oil. If you have been looking for/using an oil cleanser for a while you will know that most of them contain mineral oil. Even the more expensive oil cleansers, like the ones from Shu Uemura contain mineral oil. So if your avoiding products with mineral oil , this is a good option.
  • The only negative that I can think about this product is that it is not travel friendly. Considering its an oily substance I would hesitate to put this in my checked luggage anyday!! So for travel purposes I still go back to makeup remover wipes.
  • I do have to point out that I do not use this in place of my daily cleanser although it says cleanser. After I use this to remove makeup, I still go ahead and use my regular facial cleanser and then moisturize. To me this is only a makeup remover πŸ™‚

Do tell me, what are your favorite oil cleansers? I’d love to hear your suggestions and views on other similar products in the market :). Have a great rest of the week!!

Until next time, ciao!!

The Burt’s Bees Sensitive facial cleanser..my skin’s current best friend!

Hey everyone!!

So winter is far from over although the birds are out chirping πŸ™‚ which is so nice to hear in the mornings! Β Hopefully spring will kick in next week..its April already! I need to wear some flirty spring dresses and strappy sandals for a change..I am getting tired of bundling up everytime I step out of the house!

My best friend who lives in Michigan is probably dying for spring more than me..it was so unbearably cold when I visited her a month ago. I forgot to take along a facial cleanser and landed up using her Burt’s Bee sensitive facial cleanser. It was weird using it at first since I am used to having a cleanser foam when in contact with water but she told me this is a cleanser that kind of takes some time getting used to. It didn’t take too long for me to like it.. Β 4 days! Yup! You read it right..in 4 days I saw a change and absolutely loved it ! So when I got back, I went and got myself a tube of this amazing stuff!

Really awesome stuff :)
Really awesome stuff πŸ™‚

The good….

  • hmm..where do I start! first off, its soap free and that really helps if you have dry and sensitive skin.
  • Usually post cleanser my skin feels squeaky clean..and dry. None of that happens with this. Here is where I had mixed feelings the first time I used it. Being soap free it doesn’t lather up like other cleansers I’ve used previously. It has this creamy texture and hence you almost feel like your applying a moisturizer to your wet skin. When you wash it off it feels like there is a film on your skin but once I dry my face with a towel, that slicky feeling goes away and my face feels moisturized and soft!
  • Probably the most important reason I love this is because I did notice a visible reduction in redness. This winter made my skin really dry and red. I found this to be awesome for combating both these issues!
It has a thick creamy texture
It has a thick creamy texture

 

The not so good….

  • I really don’t have any negative things to say about this product. My friend was right in saying that you have to get used to not expecting your cleanser to foam and your face to feel all squeaky clean. But once you cross that bridge, its a happy ride πŸ™‚
It doesn't foam at all when wet
It doesn’t foam at all when wet
  • The product claims to able to remove makeup..thats not true. You probably will need to use a makeup remover prior to using this. I did test this out as a makeup remover on a day I was wearing minimal makeup (no foundation, only a light wash of eyeshadow on the lids) and it didn’t work. It isn’t a big problem for me because I have always removed my makeup with a makeup remover and don’t rely on facial cleansers to do that.

 

Looking at the product ingredient wise …

  • That feeling of having a film on your face post application is due to the presence of sunflower seed oil and beeswax both of which act as occlusives by forming a film to prevent moisture loss from the skin.
  • Another primary ingredient in this cleanser is glycerin, one of the best Β humectants around. Do check out my post on dry skin and moisturizing to learn more about what occlusives and humectants do πŸ™‚
  • I do see some other interesting ingredients in this cleanser like witch hazel water, which is known to sooth and calm irriatated skin. (Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition) and yucca extract which also has similar properties in addition to having anti microbial activity (Research Journal of Medicinal Plants).
  • Also the presence of anti inflammatory agents like artemisia umbelliformis extract (Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry) and euphrasia officinalis extract (Pharmacognosy Review) help combat irritated red skin.

 

Overall, I am enjoying this cleanser immensely ! Whats your favorite Β facial cleanser? πŸ™‚