A few weeks ago I bought some basic cleansing products from Sephora recently because I was kind of at a loss for what to buy once I had run out of my old stuff. Sephora Collection has added some more cleansing products since I last shopped in their section of the store, and so I walked away with a bottle of the cleansing oil and then a bottle of their cleansing cream in the rose scent to see what they were like.
My first experiences with the Neutrogena Naturals line came when I needed a makeup remover and found the products on sale at the drugstore. I decided to try the Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover as well as the Purifying Cream Cleanser because my skin had been drying out a bit. I’ve already featured the cream cleanser in a favorites post so my feelings won’t be a total surprise, but I wanted to take some time to talk about both products with more detail.
Over the past year, I did a lot of traveling, moved across the country, and got married, which sometimes got in the way of trying lots of new products. After quitting birth control last fall, I also spent much of the year struggling with new hormonal acne woes, which at times kept me from feeling super motivated when it came to certain kinds of experimentation. However, as I was going through all of the products I tried over the last year I was surprised at how easy it was to identify a bunch of standout products that made a big impact on me and became staples in my collection.
For the past few months I’ve been using an extremely lovely makeup removing balm from Banila Co. called Clean It Zero. It’s a really popular Korean option that I purchased at The Yeon in Flushing, Queens, but is also readily available online. They call it a sherbet cleanser, which is very apt – it’s solid but has a really light and silky texture, and it emulsifies once you add water.
I’ve recently moved to a new city and am currently looking for a new job, so theoretically I shouldn’t be shopping. I’ve continued to grab things here and there, though, and so recently I’ve been doing monthly purchase roundups because I tend to end up with a decent pile of new things to share. I’ve bought goodies from Lush, Sephora, Harmons, The Yeon, and CVS and will share some first impressions and swatches.
This past month, I was more successful at keeping empty containers and tracking the products that I finished up! I used of a lot of skincare items, and there are a couple makeup products in the mix as well. There’s a lot of good stuff in the pile that I’m excited to talk about here.
I’ve been using The Body Shop’s Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter for a long time and have only mentioned it once on the blog, which was in my list of standout products of 2013. So, I really like it but have taken my time getting a review up! This is a rich makeup removing balm that features Community Fair Trade camomile water that comes from a family cooperative in England and is formulated to be appropriate for those with sensitive skin.
While in India, I was curious to take a look at some of their beauty products that we don’t get in the US. I was lucky enough to be able to meet up with a friend in New Delhi who was able to help me find some great stuff. India is big on Ayurvedic skin care, which focuses on plant-based formulations with recipes that stem from ancient holistic medicinal practices (and smell amazing!).
For 2014 I’ve started keeping track of the products I use up each month, and throughout March I finished a mix of skincare, cosmetics, body and hair care products. Keeping track helps me keep focused on using stuff up rather than just hoarding half-used containers, and it gives me the opportunity to say a few words about stuff that might have otherwise passed by without a full review.