Quick Skincare Reviews: Kiehl’s Eye Alert & Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser

I am so very backlogged on these reviews, so sorry about that.  Here are some thoughts I have about two more of Kiehl’s more popular products!

Kiehl’s Eye Alert

  • Texture: Gel with some gel beads in it that melts as you massage
  • Scent: Light fresh scent
  • Effect: Light, easy to absorb, no greasy residue, cooling
  • Price: $21.50USD/$32CAD from Kiehl’s
  • Overall: This is actually a men’s care eye cream but it works very well for young skin who are just looking into eye products. It is a light gel that is cooling and refreshing on the eyes. It’s purpose is to wake up tired eyes and  it contains caffeine and cucumber extract, both of which are great for mornings. As it is light and non-greasy, it also works well under makeup as it absorbs quickly with no residue. Highly recommend for newbies to eye cream!

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil Free Cleanser

  • Texture: Liquid soap kind of texture
  • Scent: Smells like soap
  • Effect: Foams up nicely, cleans well
  • Price: $18USD/$25CAD from Kiehl’s
  • Overall: This simple cleanser from Kiehl’s foams up really nice and deep cleans well. However, I felt that it was a little stripping of my skin, making it feel slightly tight. This is not a surprise though because I have dehydrated normal skin and this Ultra Facial Oil Free line is geared towards combination to oily skin. It also kind of bothered me that it smelled and felt like liquid soap. If you have oily skin and won’t mind the scent, then this is the product for you!

Review: Lush Angels on Bare Skin cleanser

Lush Angels on Bare Skin is one of the most raved about Lush products. Since this was priced cheaper here in the UK, I decided to buy a tub to try out. These are packaged differently from the ones in Canada. In Canada, I remember that they had these in large amounts and you can choose how many grams you want instead of buying a pre-packaged tub of it. I like this better though, because instead of getting it one of those clear plastic containers you can get a real tub that closes properly.

What it claims (from Lush.co.uk):
Angelic and medieval cleansing wash with rose and lavender. Angels on Bare Skin is the Lush version of an expensive medieval skincare recipe. Rare, precious essential oils were first brought to Europe by the crusaders who encountered Arabian medicine. They were immediately banned by the church because their ability to alter states of mind was considered the devil’s work! But the final result was Cosmetics 1, Church 0. Rose oil and lavender oil were discovered to do wonderful things for the skin, too. Almost a thousand years later you’d be hard pressed to find a better all round cleanser and exfoliator than Angels.

Ground Almond (Prunus dulcis), Glycerine, Kaolin, Water (Aqua), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Chamomile Oil (Anthemis nobilis), Tagetes Oil (Tagetes minuta), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax benzoin), Lavender Flowers (Lavandula angustifolia), *Limonene, *Linalool}

The good:
This really does cleanse well without stripping my skin of any natural oils. One of the things I dislike about using commercial cleansers like the ones you get from a drugstore or department store counter, is that I feel because it is all basically just chemicals it is too stripping and too “artificial” for my skin. After I found this, I realized that cleansing doesn’t have to be about getting rid of everything good and bad on your skin, you can cleanse but still be nice and healthy.

To use this, I take a little chunk and mix it with water on my hand, the result is a very milky cream that you can massage into your skin. It also contains almonds and lavender flowers so you get a bit of exfoliation too. The various oils help to moisturize and protect your skin while the kaolin draws out unnecessary grease and dirt from your skin. The result is very refreshing, clean, but hydrated skin.

The bad:
I don’t like that its in a tub. It is very hard to get the right amount without waste extra product or getting the rest of the stuff wet (if you get it wet continuously it is easier for it to spoil or go bad quickly). Also, I found that if the product was a little bit colder, like if it was left in the fridge or next to a cold window or something, it became very hard to emulsify or “melt” in the water, I end up having to massage around big chunks of cleanser which can get pretty rough for my skin.

I really love this cleanser. It does a great job of cleaning but not taking any of the good stuff away.This product is currently selling for £5.50 for 100g in the UK, but in Canada it is $10.50CAD for 100g. You can clearly see that it is much better to get it in the UK than to buy in Canada. I would definitely repurchase this product, but I may have to buy from the UK website in the future. 

My score:  ❤ ❤ ❤ 

Oh Lush Coalface cleanser, why must you be so hard to use?

I went to Lush in London last Friday to grab some stuff for the lovely Erynn. She said she wanted to try Coalface cleanser, so while I was getting some for her, I decided to get some for myself too.

What it claims:
Soothing liquorice and charcoal cleansing bar. 
Ground up charcoal is very good for your skin. It helps to absorb excess sebum from the skin’s surface and acts as a mild exfoliator. We put it into CoalFace with skin softening liquorice root with rosewood and sandalwood essential oils, both rumoured to help cells regenerate and to slow the arrival of wrinkles. Although coal and diamond are both made of the carbon molecule, in this case, charcoal is a girl’s (or boy’s) best friend.

Liquorice Root Decoction (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil; Sunflower Oil; Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Helianthus annuus; Cocos nucifera), Water (Aqua), Perfume, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Powdered Charcoal, Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill and Fusanus spicatus), Rosewood Oil (Aniba rosaeodora), Sodium Chloride, *Geraniol, *Linalool, Silver Edible Lustre

Let me just say that like all other Lush products, Coalface smells amazing. It reminds me a lot of the MAC Volcanic Ash products that were limited edition (duh, because they’re all made from charcoal). As a cleanser, it does really clean well without stripping or drying the skin, and it feels great when I am massaging it around my skin, very therapeutic.

Now, I don’t know if it is because I am using it wrong, or if I’m just stupid, but I’ve found that this is VERY hard to use. What I’ve been doing is breaking a little piece of it off and trying to “melt” that under water and then massaging it on my face. I wasn’t sure if you were supposed to use it like a piece of soap and use the entire thing every time. My concern is that it won’t be very hygenic as the moisture that is left on the soap every time you use it will help the growth of bacteria. But then if you break a little piece of it off, that little piece is impossible to full dissolve into the water. I’ve actually lost chunks of this after it decided to jump into the sink and go down with the rest of the water.

I like it as a cleaner, I really do, its just I would probably not buy it again because its just too hard to use…

My score? ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Image from Lush.co.uk

Review: Cellnique Gentle Foaming Cleanser

I know I just received this on Monday, but I’ve been using it everyday for the past few days so I think its enough to warrant a review =)

What it claims (from Cellnique.com): 
A gentle cleanser, containing alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and tomato extract, designed for all skin types to remove dead skin cells, impurities and excess oil. Contains no sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).

Active Ingredients:

 Glycolic Acid

Belonging to the alpha hydroxy group of acids (AHAs), glycolic acid works as an exfoliant, and was the first AHA to be used in skin care. Glycolic acid is famous for its effectiveness in removing dead skin cells and regenerating collagen as well as elastin in deeper skin layers.
 Lactic Acid

Derived from milk, lactic acid is well-known for its skin hydrating properties as well as being a gentle AHA exfoliant, helping to re-texture the skin surface and stimulate cell renewal.
 Tomato Extract

A natural and gentle ingredient that helps to balance skin pH and avoids possible irritations from the AHA.

Purified Water (Aqua purificata), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocam-phodiacetate, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Amino Acid, Tomato (Salanum lycopersicum) Extract, Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) Extract, Saponaria (Saponaria officinalis) Extract, Propyl Glycol, Isostearamidopropyl Mor-pholine Lactate, Quarternium-22, TEA-Lauryl Sulfate, Soya (Glycine soja) Protein, Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) Extract, Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) Leaf Gel, Linden (Tilia cordata) Extract, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin.

My thoughts:
This is described to be a gentle cleanser, but made for normal/combination/oily skin. I would say that it does fit its description. I found it to be quite gentle on my skin because it doesn’t foam up as much as something like  Clinique Liquid Facial Soap. As far as a cleanser goes, it does an average job of removing dirt and grease from my face. I can tell because when I clean my face again with toner, there is left over residue on the cotton pad.
Three things that I’ve noticed though:
  • Even though it is quite gentle when washing (ie. no stinging, doesn’t feel overly clean, etc.), my skin feels just a little bit tight after a good wash-through.
  • My skin becomes a little bit red, especially in the cheek/nose part of my face, after using this. It doesn’t sting or anything, just red. I’m not sure what is causing this, as its never happened before with cleansers, but I am guessing it is the Glycolic Acid. That part of my face can become sensitive sometimes, so I don’t blame the cleanser.
  • The smell is a little off. It is a very hard to describe scent, very chemical. I don’t mind it THAT much as its a cleanser so it’ll be gone once I wash it off, but for people who dislike chemical smells, you might want to stay away.
Would I buy again? Probably not. Retail price for this is $38 USD for 200 mL of product. It is comparable to Clinique Liquid Facial Soap, which is only $15 USD for 200 mL, which means that I am unlikely going to spend the extra $23 to buy the Cellnique cleanser. Overall though, it is not a bad cleanser as it does mostly what its supposed to do.
My score? ❤ ❤ ❤
Don’t forget to enter my Lush giveaway. It ends tonight at 7 PM GMT +0000 (aka Greenwich Time). Winner will be announced a few hours later and prize will be purchased this weekend.

P.S. I will be away in London this weekend without my computer, which means I will be MIA until Sunday night. Please feel free to comment/ask questions, but I won’t be able to get back to you until Sunday night. Thanks!!

Review: Dior Gel de Lait Magique Demaquillant

I received a 50mL mini bottle of Dior’s new cleansing gel, the “Gel de Lait Magique” in a gift with purchase a few months ago. Since it was so small, I thought that it would be perfect to take on my travels as it claims to be a makeup remover at the same time.

What they claim (from Sephora.com):
Treat your skin to the backstage secret of runway models. Enriched with radiance-boosting white tea, this unique cleanser and toner in one leaves your skin clean, refreshed and glowing. Ideal for all skin types.

First, lets just say that this product does NOT cleanse, at all. I was so disappointed in this because it was advertised as a makeup remover as well, and I didn’t use it to remove any makeup, but it still didn’t do the basic job of just cleansing *sniffles*. It smells great, some kind of light floral scent that is quite refreshing and calming, but after you wash your face with it, it leaves this greasy film all over your face. That is a total let-down.

Also, when I tried to remove some lip gloss that had shimmer in it, the shimmer had gotten all over my face after I got out of the shower. It just stuck there. That has never happened to me before with any other cleanser, especially one that was supposed to be a makeup remover.

I would NOT recommend this to anyone, unless they are my worst enemies. But even then, I probably wouldn’t recommend this to them because it is just really bad. Did I mention it made me break out? Yeah, I have a budding pimple on my right cheek.

(ingredients list)

My score? For being mild, but it is still a total sigh. I don’t know what I’m going to do with the rest of the bottle…

Because of this, I went to ASDA (like Wal-mart) on Monday and bought another cleanser. I just pulled the cheapest foaming one off the shelf. I tried it yesterday and so far it has been okay, somewhat drying, but better than this Dior one. Full review will come after a few days of trying it!

Review: Komenuka Bijin Cleansing Powder

A few weeks ago, I wrote that I received a sample of the Komenuka Bijin Cleansing Powder from Kathi of Lotus Palace. I finally got a chance to try it today, and I must say, I am pretty impressed.

First-off, I need to say that I completely forgot Kathi’s instructions of using half a packet per use; I just dumped the entire contents of the packet into my palm, mixed it with water and started to massage it around my face.
What really impressed me about this cleansing powder is how soft and fluffy the foam is. My usual cleanser is the Clinique Liquid Cleansing Soap, which is somewhat harsher for skin in general and produces bigger bubbles in the foam. However this one had really mild and silky foam that was almost like foamed milk in a way.
The result? After massaging it around for about 2 minutes, I washed it off with warm water and what I got was REALLY clean skin. Kathi mentioned that it has some slight peeling effects, which I didn’t really notice because I only used it once, but it did make my skin feel as though it had been washed with a regular bar of soap. Its really THAT clean. But the downside is that it probably won’t be very suitable for dry skin, of course unless you use only half or 1/3 of the pouch each time.
Would I recommend it? Yes I would! I really loved using it on my face as it is very light and silky.
Once again, thank you Kathi for giving me the opportunity to try this out!
You can check out Kathi’s review of this cleansing powder here. This is currently available to purchase at Adam Beauty.