What Do We Want? MICELLES! When Do We Want Them? NOW! – Simple Micellar Water

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Everyone is talking about micelles, but do they actually know what they are?

Photo via Wikepedia

Photo via Wikipedia

Allow me to clear it up for you:

micelle:

noun

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Physical Chemistry. an electrically charged particle formed by anaggregate of molecules and occurring in certain colloidal electrolytesolutions, as those of soaps and detergents.
From the info that I’ve gathered, micelles are spherical particals (but can also be cylindrical and have heads and tails.)  that float in water and are attracted to dirt and oil in the skin.  The micelles bond with the dirt and oil for an easier, more efficient removal.
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MIcellar water has been out for a long time, and is now more accessable (and less expensive) than ever!  Imagine my joy when I spotted Simple Cleaning Micellar Water at my local Target store.  I was actually skeptical of purchasing this particular micellar water because I have been wanting to try out the Bioderma brand for so long.
The first day I tried Simple Micellar Water, I had been out in 100 degree weather all day, and was wearing a full face of makeup including Kat Von D Lock It Foundation.  So you know I put this solution to the test.
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No crazy fragrances, perfumes, or dyes, and two steps to a clean face with no vigorous rubbing?  Count me in.  All you have to do is apply micellar water to a cotton pad and wipe the pad all over your face.  How easy is that?  It is just as simple as using a cleansing towelette, but without the weird residue most of those wipes leave behind.
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I’m still getting used to the idea of not having to rinse my face after using Simple Micellar Water, so I have been using this as a pre cleansing method before showering.  I like to remove my makeup before I step into the shower, to make sure I get every bit of makup off.
If you are lazy with your makeup removal after a long day (don’t worry, it happens to the best of us), this would be great to leave at your bedside table so you can just reach over and take off your makeup – no rinsing required.
I have been using Simple Micellar Water for the past 4 days now, and I am LOVING IT.  The number one reason why I adore this cleansing solution is because it seems to have had no ill effects on my crazy sensitive skin; it hasn’t dried it out, or irritated it in any way, and that is a huge plus for me!
Simple Micellar Water seems to be fantastic for all skin types, I highly recommend this product.
Have you tried micellar water?  What are you impressions?
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Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser

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I have been battling with my skin the last few months, and while that’s the worst time to constantly switch up products, I couldn’t let this Black Friday Deal pass me up!

I was able to snag a 12 oz. Philosophy Purity Cleanser for $10! What a fantastic saving! (It is a $26 value. Thanks Sephora!)
I have used Purity Cleanser twice so far, and it leaves my skin feeling crazy clean. As if I could run my finger down my face, and it would make a squeaky noise.

I wake up every morning VERY oily, and this cleanser does a great job of clearing all of that oil without harsh exfoliants or the need to use a cleansing cloth.

I have heard others say that this cleanser does a fantastic job of doubling as a makeup remover.  Since I wore makeup today, I will be testing it out tonight to see if it does in fact remove my makeup.  Time will tell if this cleanser helps my face clear up, but from what I’ve seen from just two uses, I am highly recommending it, especially if you are able to get a good deal on it.

Do you use this cleanser?  Any tips or tricks when using it to make it most effective?

Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pumpkin Pie, Michael Todd Pumpkin Mask

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Since it is the time for all things pumpkin, I decided it was a good time to use my Michael Todd Pumpkin Mask. Since receiving this mask sample from one of my subscription boxes some time ago, I have used it a few times.

This Michael Todd mask has a really pleasant pumpkin smell, not unlike pumpkin pie. Out of the tube, it even looks like something you could eat!

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This pumpkin mask is really great, until you get it on your face. IT BURNS! For me it burns in a good way, but for someone who has extra sensitive skin, this mask would not be for you. It has 5% Glycolic Acid, which is great to treat impurities. I used this mask yesterday, and my skin felt really fresh, clean, and supple.

I would highly recommend this mask if your skin can handle it.

Washing Away My Monday Blues-Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

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The best part of subscribing to monthly beauty boxes is the awesome products you get to try that you would never have known about or had access to.  Out of all of the samples you might forget about or give away, there are always a few that stand out, and this time it is the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Kit.

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I have been having some major issues with my skin the last month or two, and I have been in desperate need of a solution, so I was excited to be able to get this sample in September’s Birchbox.

Yesterday evening, after an afternoon of running errands and dining out, I figured it was as good a time as any to try out this cleanser.  I did not wear makeup yesterday, but my skin was oily from being out in the heat.

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The instructions were to rub the cleanser onto a dry face, and wet the muslin cloth under hot water.

After massaging the cream cleanser onto my face with my hands, I wiped off with the wet cloth.  The muslin cloth does feel a little rough on the skin, but it wasn’t as abrasive as using Apricot Scrub.

I rinsed my face with cold water per the instructions.  My face felt REALLY clean, cleaner than it has felt in a while.

In case you’re interested, here is the list of ingredients:

Aqua (water), Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetyl esters, Sorbitan stearate, Polysorbate 60, Glycerin, Cera alba (beeswax), Propylene glycol, Humulus lupulus (hops) extract, Panthenol, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract, Anthemis nobilis (chamomile) extract, Eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) oil, Limonene, Citric acid, Sodium hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dehydroacetic acid, Polyaminopropyl biguanide

I woke up this morning, and the acne on my cheeks had already reduced. My blemishes were slightly red, but they definitely looked like they were healing.   Needless to say, it was a great start to my Monday morning.

This is definitely one of those instances where I am absolutely going to purchase the full size once my sample is done.  I am sold after one try, but I will update if I have any adverse affects after prolonged use.

Have you tried this cleanser kit?  Did it work for you?

BB Sheet Mask-Or What I Would Look Like As a Lucha Libre Star

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Happy Labor Day!  I hope you are full of barbecue and ready for work or school after this lovely long weekend.  I had a four day weekend and am feeling refreshed, so I wanted my skin to look how I feel.  

I took a trip over to Daiso on Saturday, and picked up a two pack of BB Face Masks with Hyaluronic Acid, and wanted to give it a try today.  

I just wanted to share a little blurb from Dr. Oz about Hyaluronic Acid:

Hyaluronic acid may not be the newest or flashiest ingredient out there, but it’s tried and true and seriously good for your skin. First off, don’t let the word “acid” fool you. Hyaluronic acid isn’t harsh or skin-stripping at all. In fact, it’s the exact opposite – a powerful humectant (aka moisture-binding ingredient) that keeps skin plump and hydrated and, yes, young-looking.

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide (carbohydrate) in the human body. It’s present in large amounts in the spaces between skin cells, where it provides moisture, plumpness, firmness and suppleness to the skin.

Instructions:

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I took it out of the package, and the mask was really wet.  It almost reminded me of a really wet baby wipe.  I had to unfold it carefully so I wouldn’t rip it.

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I applied the mask to my skin, and it felt really cold but stuck onto my face nicely.  

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What should my lucha libre name be?

I left the mask on for about 15 minutes, and in that time, I could feel a little stinging in the areas where I have blemishes.  When I took off the mask, there was still a little of what the package called “moisture filled essence” left on my skin, and it says to pat it in, and I did, but it didn’t really do anything.

Immediately after taking off the mask, my face felt moisturized and looked shiny.

Now four hours after using the mask and washing my face, my whole face still stings a little, and a pimple I had in my chin area feels quite irritated.  So I’m not sure if the mask worked or not.  I’ll be able to tell by tomorrow morning.  

 

Have you used a sheet mask?  Do you prefer these or traditional masks?  Have they worked for you?

Makeup Organization-Taking Advice From Other Bloggers

Another blogger posted her tips for organization, and I was completely inspired. (AKA I had to run out and buy exactly what she had.)  

About a year ago, I bought two acrylic cases for my makeup, and I used to keep it on my bathroom counter top, My husband HATED the look of it of the counter, so I had to compromise and take them down.  The cases were really cute, but just did not hold a lot, which was a pain.  I had to store all of my non-essentials elsewhere.

A picture of my small acrylic cases from last year when I had them stored on my countertop.

A picture taken from my personal instagram of my small acrylic cases from last year when they were stored on my countertop.

I started storing my cases in the cabinet below one of the sinks in our master bathroom.  Once it was there, I stopped keeping it organized, and in the last year I accumulated a lot more products. I have so much overflow of makeup the acrylic cases just did not work for me anymore.

My acrylic cases yesterday  right before I reorganized.

My acrylic cases yesterday right before I reorganized.

My overflow goes into my MAC traincase, a basket, bathroom drawers, and a Hello Kitty bag.  It’s just a mess.

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After seeing a blog post about cheap organization from blogger faceoftheday7, (original blog post here), I was inspired to fix my own disorganization problem.  She mentioned she got her own plastic cases from Target, that were twice the size of what I already had.  I went to Target yesterday and picked them up.  

The small case was $6.99  The large case was $9.99

The small case was $6.99
The large case was $9.99

DONE!  I fit so much inside, it's  organized, and there's still room for more.  I do still keep my overflow in the other areas, but I can access more of my makeup easily with these larger cases.

DONE! I fit so much inside, it’s organized, and there’s still room for more. I do still keep my overflow in the other areas, but I can access more of my makeup easily with these larger cases.

The drawers of the new cases are wider and deeper and I don’t have to hide so much of my makeup elsewhere.  I still have overflow, but I have faster, easier access to more of my makeup which is wonderful.

The blogging community is awesome, and I’m glad I could find such an inexpensive solution for my disorganization problem through someone else’s post.  

Where do you keep your makeup?  Are you organized?

Sonia Kashuk Brush and Sponge Cleanser-Not Clean Enough For Me

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How often do you clean your makeup brushes and sponges?  What do you clean them with?  I have tried a couple of different methods of brush cleaning that have been quite effective but I’m always up to trying new things.

I was at Target yesterday afternoon, and spotted the Sonia Kashuk brush and sponge cleanser.  Since I didn’t have any real brush cleaner at my house I decided to pick it up.  My brushes were in need of a good scrubbing, so I used the Sonia Kashuk cleanser as soon as I got home.  

All of my disgusting dirty brushes were all the same color.  Yikes!

All of my disgusting dirty brushes were the same color. Yikes!  Also, don’t judge me.

The directions for this brush and spones are as follows:

1.  Wet brush hair or sponge then liberally spray on brush and sponge cleanser.

2.  Work in cleanser by massaging with your fingers to form a good lather.

3.  Fully rinse until water runs clear.  You may need to repeat step 2 for sponges.

4.  For brushes: Using your thumb and index finger, squeeze all water out of the hair, starting at the ferrule and pulling through until you pass the tips of the hair.  

5.  Lay flat to dry.

I followed all of these step, which were the steps I always use to clean my brushes.  I just really didn’t like this cleanser.  There was really no “lather” as explained in step 2.  After spraying my brushes, working through, and rinsing with water a few times, there was still foundation residue on some of my brushes, and I was really dissatisfied.  I have had more success cleaning my brushes with dawn soap, or baby shampoo.

Drying out after cleaning.  I didn't get a picture of them dry, because I had to use them early this morning to get ready for work.

Drying out after cleaning. I didn’t get a picture of them dry, because I had to use them early this morning to get ready for work.

This brush cleansing spray just seemed like heavily diluted soap, and I could have made it myself.  I was very disappointed in this product.  

Sonia Kashuk brushes are absolutely beautiful so I wouldn’t mind picking up a few of her sets, I just wouldn’t clean them with this cleansing product.  

In case you are interested in trying this product yourself, you can get it here:  Sonia Kashuk Brush and Sponge Cleanser

What do you use to clean and soften your brushes?  A lot of ladies have been using a cleanser called Zote Soap.  Have you used it?