Wednesday, February 24, 2016

My current favorite first cleanser. Why Nooni Snowflake Cleansing Balm Wins the Race

I don't even remember what year I started using oil to cleanse my face. I've always had dry skin and makeup removers were often too harsh. When I read about the Banila Co Clean It Zero balm I felt a revolution had come. It was my go to product for a long time. I mean an oil cleanser that emulsify and also has the convince of being spill free? I was sold. Back in September I declared it my HG first cleanser. You can read about that here. I then read about the Nooni Snowflake Cleansing Balm and I figured for the price it was worth a shot! I'm always up to try new things. I was amazing to actually like it BETTER! for only $13 from MEMEBOX it is a serious steal. It leaves no residue and makes my face feel super soft. I've tried a few other oil cleansers (and my comparison quest may never end...) but this is my new default 1st cleanser. This is why I keep trying new things guys. Sometimes even a magical product can be replaced and in this case it was for a lower price. Do you have a favorite oil cleanser I should try? Any feelings about this product? Feel free to comment! My whole review of this product with photos of it in action is on my main skincare blog here if you want to check it out.

Holika Holika Deep Pore Cleansing Soda Review

Holika Holika Deep Pore Cleansing Soda
I read mixed reviews about this product so I had to try it. This isn't a daily oil cleanser but more a blast everything out of your pores occasional use oil cleanser. I've used it for a few months so now I'm ready to chat.

  The bottle is visually appealing and I like the idea of a deep clean. Because this is a deep cleansing oil rather than a standard cleansing oil the idea is to use it only on occasion instead of every day.
Purpose: To Remove makup and sunscreen as step one in a double cleaning routine. Advertised as a "deep cleansing" oil for clearing out clogged pores.
To use: Massage product into dry skin as a first cleanser  or for a deep cleaning facial massage. Emulsify with warm water before moving on to a second cleansing step.
You might like this if:
  • You like fun fragrances and cute packaging
  • You want a reasonably priced cleansing oil that isn't boring
  • You are less picky and complaint prone than I am.
You will not enjoy this if:
  • You are sensitive to fragrance or any of the ingredients
  • Runny oil cleansers annoy you
  • You are expecting huge pore cleansing results and you already have a solid pore care routine.
Ingredients from Holika Holika: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil,Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate,Polybutene ,Water,Hexyldecyl Myristoyl Methylaminopropionate,Butylene Glycol,Mineral Water,Propylene Glycol,Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract,Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract,Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil   ,Tocopheryl Acetate ,Fragrance,Phenoxyethanol,Propyl Paraben
How did my testing go?
The texture is kind of thin for something classified as deep cleansing. I found that when I wanted to use it for a slightly longer (not recommended too much rubbing can cause broken capillaries,) session I had to keep adding more oil to my face to maintain the necessary slip.
It smells like Ramune soda if you've ever tried that stuff. Sweet and faintly citrus scented I guess? I don't find the scent unpleasant but I'm also not excited about it.
I had no negative reactions to this product. It didn't clog my pores, leave my skin extra dry, and the fragrance wasn't irritating. I will finish the bottle.
Would I repurchase? No. It's cheap and it does the job but there are plenty of cheap options that don't require multiple pumps of product. I think BHA does most of the heavy lifting when it comes to making an oil cleanser more effective at loosening up clogs in the skin. This product did half its job. It removes makeup so it is a suitable first cleanser but I think calling it a deep cleanser is a bit of a stretch. 

3/5 on my rating scale.

1- I want both my money and the time I spent using this product back. It should never be used and if I encounter another in my collection it goes to the trash bin.
2- The product is nothing special but not horrible. I would use it again or give it away if I got it as a free sample.
3-The product is nice enough but I would not repurchase because I have many better options. May be better suited for others
4-I really like this and would likely repurchase if I do not find something better.
5-I love this product and it has become a staple in my collection.
So now you know what the numbers mean!

Where can you find it? 

I got mine from Amazon*

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Beauty Regrets (or NOT) from my other blog

I was browsing /r/asianbeauty while procrastinating other more important tasks and I came upon a thread about regrets. You can read the whole thing here if you want to dive in. The thread really stuck with me because I realized mostly what I don't regret. I'm about to get a little philosophical so skip this one if you aren't into that stuff! I promise to finish a few of my real review drafts soon. 1. Trying all the things at once! The most common regret was diving into products without testing. I've said before that I don't typically patch test but I do space out new products. I've had the luxury of strangely dry and hard to handle skin since childhood. This might not sound like a perk and it certainly didn't feel like one but it did come with a lot of doctors reccomendations for treating my skin. That means that for as long as I can remember I've been giving products a few weeks (or even months,) so see how they work. It never occurred to me to cover my face in a million new things in one day. It also led me to carefully research my products before using them. I was saved from over exfoliation, skin issues with an unknown cause, and a host of other issues all because I had experience. I honestly never would have guessed that my childhood years spent with raw skin being teased by classmates for being diseased would have a silver lining but here I am! 2. Not having the budget to try all the things everyone is raving about. OK I have to admit that there are a few products I desperately want to own but I can't justify at the moment. After trying the Illi Anti Aging Cleansing Oil (thanks Fiddy her amazing review led me to temporarily abandon oil balms,) I want the whole line because... The smell! I also feel a need to test out the Tosowoong Monster Pack because it looks similar to the mask from hell except I've only read good things and Tosowoong seems to make consistently good products. Or I'm a masochist. Maybe both. Actually all the new Tosowoong stuff on Memebox is calling to me... But I don't really regret not having the spare cash to try those things right now because I only have one set of skin and I rent a small room. I don't have the space for piles of products, I don't want to let things expire, and I like to space out my new products (see above,) soooo if I got all the things I want now I would end up with more clutter than I already have. Not cool. 3. Not getting to try a product before it is discontinued/becomes unavailable. This is the response that triggered this post. It brought me out of many weeks of leaving drafts unfinished because I just couldn't stop thinking about it! I'm kind of sad that I missed out on the Hair Box on Memebox. I have dry skin that extends to my scalp and the value of the box for $10 was amazing! All things I wanted to try too... But I still can't call it a huge regret because I still have other Shampoos and unless the other products are miracle workers I will probably be too lazy to use them regularly enough to justify a repurchase. Now I have read that some of those items ARE miracle workers so believe me when I say I hope that box comes back but I can't be too upset because I don't know what I'm missing. Not getting to try a specific product rather than a curated box before it is discontinued makes me even less sad. I still have a little of my Mizon Returning Starfish Cream and I will hoard my empty jar forever but knowing how fun the texture is and that it works all while coming in a beautiful and affordable package makes me miss that stuff. I don't like missing things I once enjoyed. It's sort of like NY pizza. I'm from NY state and honestly the pizza in California will never be the same. Even the chains connected to branches in NYC with pizza made with water shipped in from NY don't taste the same. My theory is that the climate plays a role because pizza is after all made of dough. Humidity and altitude change the way the pizza turns out... Maybe? Anyway my point is that for the people of California the stuff they call pizza is just fine. Even if they go visit NY and try the pizza they can come home and enjoy the stuff here. They don't know the pleasures of accessible amazing pizza and that means they have no pizza shaped holes in their hearts. I'm really probably over thinking all this because I'm reflecting on life choices and experiences that changed who I am as a person. I wouldn't change the past and yet... There are things I wish I didn't know how to miss. So you know what? If my entire wish list is discontinued before I get to it or the prices skyrocket to totally unattainable levels due to popularity based price gouging I'll be OK. My current lineup makes me pretty happy and if some of those items vanish there will be more. There will always be a new product. There will always be another sale. Don't let reviews of shiny new things get you down if you can't have them. Don't spend too much time lamenting the magical cream you never got to try. Skincare can be a huge part of life but it's only a tool. /end rant Anyone else want to share beauty regrets? Disagree with my rambles? Wonder where my best of 2016 post is hiding (near March?) let me know in the comments and stay tuned for more structured content.