I like to find good, gentle cleansers that leave skin feeling clean, soft, and hydrated, and I recently decided to try the Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser from the Bay Area’s Youth to the People, a relatively new offering at Sephora. On one hand, I think that plastering “youth” and “kale” on a product reflects a California trendiness that’s a little difficult for me to take seriously. On the other hand, I think the pared down product line and founders’ philosophy as it’s communicated in the marketing language seems pretty trustworthy. The two founders say that they aimed to create a “modern, straightforward, vegan skincare line good for all skin types and everyday use. Basically, something we’d want to use ourselves.”
Melaleuca Sei Bella skincare: Refining Facial Cleanser, Clarifying Toner, and Daytime Delivery LotionBy Erin on May 14, 2015
Melaleuca is a company whose products I haven’t really mentioned on the blog before. I’m not a current member, but I’m also not a stranger – I was a member years ago, and my mother has been involved for what’s probably going on 10 years now. I received a handful of their skincare products as a Christmas gift, and I was excited give them a try for the first time. In this post, I’ll be chatting about three of their ‘necessities‘ that are targeted for normal-to-oily skin: the Refining Facial Cleanser, Clarifying Facial Toner, and Daytime Delivery Lotion with SPF 15.
When I was in Taiwan in September, I was excited to visit an Innisfree store and experience their products for the first time. Innisfree is a Korean company with an extensive range of beauty products, particularly skincare, and I have to say that once I started exploring I was a little overwhelmed at the selection. I wanted to just purchase a few fun things to try, one of which was the Green Tea Mineral Mist.
I picked up the SheaMoisture body lotion with olive and green tea at Target when I needed something to help me cope with the changing seasons because I was such a huge fan of their raw shea butter body wash. I tend to get dry skin especially on my arms and legs, and SheaMoisture has many products formulated with an abundance of natural, hydrating ingredients.
I stopped in an Innisfree store when I was in Asia, and walked away with a few small items including these two “It’s Real Squeeze” sheet masks in Green Tea and Kiwi. I used both of them in the last couple of weeks and wanted to share my thoughts. I didn’t know much about these when I bought them as I can’t read Korean or Mandarin (as I was in Taiwan at the time), so I was flying blind but was definitely excited about diving into Asian sheet masks, which I purchased for the first time while on that trip.
I have three deodorants to talk about because it’s a bit of a catch up on what I’ve been trying throughout the summer. They do all have a few big things in common, though: they’re all very available (I found them at Whole Foods) and are all between $6-7, so they’re just as affordable as any run of the mill antiperspirant. These three natural deodorants are all aluminum-free and feature gentle and environmentally friendly formulations, and are cruelty-free, as well.
A year ago for Christmas, I received the Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum as a gift and I’ve played around with it off and on throughout the year. I was definitely interested in trying out what is a very visible and widely available drugstore offering. The Regenerating Serum typically costs $23 for a 1.7 fl. oz. bottle, but this is a larger 3.4 fl. oz. bottle that was sold through Costco, so I’m honestly not sure how much it cost. It’s a silicone-based gel that comes in a pump bottle and is advertised to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles in just 2 weeks and smooth out skin texture.
I’ve been slowly working my way through LUSH”s Fresh Face Mask product line, and The Sacred Truth is the most recent one I’ve been using. On the LUSH website, The Sacred Truth is described as “divine intervention for dry or mature skin”. I’m in my 20s and have combination skin, but I like this mask anyway! It’s ingredients are intended to soften and brighten skin, and it leaves my skin feeling clean yet nourished. Since the weather’s started cooling down, I’ve already felt my skin getting a touch drier so I think this mask came into my life at the perfect time.
I’ll go ahead and unofficially dub this the green edition of facial cleansing towelette reviews, not because they’re all environmentally kind (though several of them are!) but because they all happen to have green packaging! Well, green-ish. For much of my life I’ve been a huge fan of cleansing wipes. I’m lazy, what can I say. They’re some of my favorite ways to remove makeup, and are great for sticking in a gym bag or for travelling.
Just a few words on how I use cleansing wipes and what qualities I look for when I’m purchasing them. Over the years, I’ve tried a wide variety of them, and mostly stick to options that are under $8 or so for a pack of 20-30 (all the towelettes in this set of reviews are in the $5-6 range). Something else that’s developed in the last year or so is that I specifically am looking wipes that aren’t completely soaked in harsh alcohols. Lots of the cheaper wipes rely on alcohol and aren’t great for the skin, so more recently I’ve been looking for options that rely on gentler ingredients. One more thing I’d like to note is that I don’t completely rely on wipes for full facial cleansing. I use them mostly for makeup removal, and then follow up with a facial cleanser. I wear makeup and SPF during the day and don’t fully trust a wipe to remove all of that plus offer a full skin cleansing.
That all being said, I basically want a wipe that effectively removes makeup and doesn’t leave any off-putting residue on my skin. Pretty simple, right? So let’s get to it. In this edition, I’ll provide brief, straightforward thoughts on the Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes, Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes, Absolute! Makeup Cleansing Tissues with Green Tea Extract, Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes, and Alba Botanica Hawaiian 3-in-1 Clean Towelettes.
Earlier this summer, I was breezing through stores looking for more bath products and landed in The Body Shop. Due to muscle aches, I take hot baths nearly every night before I go to bed. It’s pretty rough on my skin, so I’m always on the hunt for products that will help keep my skin hydrated and soft. The Body Shop was running a pretty good sale on selected items and when I spoke with the sales associate and indicated that I was looking for moisturizing bath products, she pointed me towards three Spa Japan products that were included in the sale. I walked away with the yuzu & green tea bathing salts, yuzu & rice body milk, and the adzuki bean & rice washing grains.