Start with a Fresh Face

My mother has ingrained in my head to look your best, good skin is a must. This means always wash your face first thing in the morning and no matter how tired and/or late you get home, you must wash your face to rid yourself of the makeup. If you are not a person who wears makeup, you still need to wash your face to rid yourself of the grime that gets built up on your face throughout the day.

Growing up, I did not wear a lot of make up. I still don’t wear a lot of makeup on a daily basis as my usual routine includes: foundation, mascara, eyebrow powder and eyeliner.

I always start my cleansing routine with a makeup remover. Here is my review of 4 types of cleaners:

  1. Garnier Micellar Water

In my first Luxebox, I found this product.

Micellar water has only recently started to gain popularity; however, the French have been aware of the properties of micellar water for over a century. The concept of micellar water is that it is able to draw dirt & oil from your face like a magnet. Your face does not need to be wet beforehand. Only a cotton pad is needed. Dab some micellar water on and start removing dirt & oil in a circular motion. In theory, no rinsing of the face is needed afterwards. As a result, your face does not lose hydration at all.

Although sometimes time consuming, I am a firm believer that skincare routine time is not to be sacrificed. I decided to give this product a try because if this product is as good as it says it is, I would have found a time saver. 🙂

Verdict: Although this takes the majority of my mascara and eyeliner off with one go using one cotton pad, I still feel like I need to use cleanser afterwards. With two cotton pads, I feel like my mascara and eyeliner is off; however, I still don’t think this micellar water can take the place of a cleanser. To ensure you have clean skin, don’t skip your cleanser.

I could imagine myself using micellar water in places where I have lack of facilities to clean my face (e.g. camping). Perhaps, micellar water is also an option for when an individual truly is lacking energy to go through the full routine of cleansing his/her face but would like 80% of the dirt & oils to be removed. Remember to never go to bed without washing your face. 🙂

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2. Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil

I began this loving relationship with this product ~8 years ago when I first discovered this product thanks to one of my earliest nutrition volunteers. She gifted me this as a thank you gift.

This product is made from a blend of oils including sources from: Kukui seed, jojoba, olive, sunflower, ginger, lavender, jasmine and bixa orellana.

Of special interest…

Jojoba: This oil resembles sebum (the waxy substance produced by our skin glands); therefore, it’s a natural skin conditioner.

The other oils blend together to be a natural way to obtain antioxidants and healthy fatty acids.

Verdict: With only two pumps, this product takes off all  of your makeup leaving your skin feeling moist and comfortable. The cleansing strength of this product is stronger than that of the micellar water by Garnier. I still cleanse my skin afterwards using a cleanser.

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3. Chanel Le Blanc Cleansing Ball

Verdict: This Brightening Pearl Ball Soap Cleanser/ Makeup Remover really works!!! I was skeptical at first but I couldn’t resist the try as this product looks so aesthetically pleasing. Chanel always knows best. 🙂 This product really does take off all makeup and leaves my face feeling clean. Wet a little water and, the ball will start foaming. You don’t require a lot of foam to get a clean face.

The product claims to have pearl extract which contributes to softening the skin and correcting dullness resulting in more radiant skin. Argan oil is also in the product which can help skin feel more supple and cleansed.

chanel pearl cleanser

4. Cleansing Wipes

When on vacation, cleansing wipes are my go to cleansing tool. Those who know me know I’m not exactly the world’s lightest packer; therefore, if I can save room on packing anything, I’m going to take advantage of it!

I’ve tried many cleansing wipes; however, I find I really enjoy Dr. Roebuck’s natural cleansing wipes. I like their brand as they believe in minimizing ingredients put into the product but maximizing results.

Ingredients of special interest:

Hammamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Water: Decreases inflammation and excessive oil production, resulting in minimized pores, fewer blackheads, and tighter skin

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice: Improves natural firmness by hydrating skin and soothing it, too

Punica Granatum (Pomegranate Extract): Besides eating them, having pomegranate in your skincare can help prevent wrinkles.

Verdict: This brand takes off all my makeup.



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