Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Simple Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes

I got this triple pack of Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes from Costco a couple of weeks ago and I have to say it's been a real favorite lately.

As a makeup remover, I find that these wipes really do the job. With one wipe, I can remove all my face and eye makeup, even waterproof eyeliner, mascara and some really tough layers of cream and powder shadow. The wipe itself is soft, kind of like the Cetaphil wipes which I like to use in the morning. I really like that because I feel like it's gentler to the skin, even if I decide to go over some areas multiple times or even rub a little. They are really well-moistened (some tend to dry up a little) and leave no greasy residue. I can even use them while I'm doing my makeup, to clean up eyeliner smudges or glitter gone awry. My skin doesn't dry up and it has no discernible odor. Overall, a real stellar performer. Best of all, there's a Costco deal now, where you get the three pack of Simple Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes (25 wipes in each pack) for $7.74. What is that, like 11 cents a wipe? I would stock up but I worry that they might dry up like the Neutrogena Wipes that I stocked up on ages ago (and I still have PLENTY, but sadly, I kind of dislike them now).

If you haven't tried these and you're a Costco member, the deal is on until April 17th.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Eve Lom Cleansers and other things

Let me start by saying that it took me a long time to determine what products really helped my winter skin. I was testing products and product combinations through the entire winter season before I homed in on the ones that I think truly worked. Now that spring is here, I've decided to carry over a couple of items until it gets warm enough to switch out again.

Above is the Eve Lom skincare lot that I had been using through most of the winter. I purchased the Perfect Partners boxed set that included the Morning Time Cleanser (4.2 oz. in the tube), the original Cleanser (1.7 oz. in the tub) and one full-size Muslin cleansing cloth. I also got more cleansing cloths, the one that they sell in the three-pack and the Lip Kiss Mix which is a mint lip balm. This whole lot cost me $154 before tax. A bit pricey, I know. But I was desperate.

3-pack Muslin Cleansing Cloths

The whole premise of Eve Lom skincare, as it appears to me, is to give you the spa experience. The cleansing cloth used with the original cleanser is central to that and there is a procedure that they recommend for use. You apply the cleanser on dry skin and massage it over the face and neck. Wet the Muslin cloth with warm water and apply it to your face, breathe in and out, and then you remove it, getting most of the makeup and dirt off. You would do this same action again and then a third time, with cool water to complete the process and close pores.

The cleanser does its job substantially and I find that it removes most of my makeup with very little scrubbing. I don't really think they want you to scrub but I do it gently and I think it gives a subtle exfoliation that's completely necessary to get rid of flakes. For people like me who have a low tolerance for glycolic acid and other chemical exfoliants, this is the way to go.

Eve Lom Cleanser (Original)

The cleanser is like a semi-coarse petroleum jelly or a sugar scrub. The smell is pleasant, in my opinion, a bit herbal and probably a result of the various aromatic oils in the product. Yes, it's like slathering oil all over your face but then it comes off cleanly in the shower and I don't find that my face feels tight after. I also don't sense any sticky residue. Overall, even if I don't use another cleanser after, I feel clean. I feel like if I bust out the Simple Facial Cleanser now, I just completely negated the whole reason for "switching" to the oil-based cleanser.