Aveda Botanical Kinetics Purifying Creme Cleanser

The other day, I got to thinking about my cleansing habits. I can’t imagine going without the two-step method of using a designated makeup remover first (micellar, bi-phase, cleansing oil, etc.) followed by a foaming facial wash. But when I was in high school and college, I only used to go for a heavy foam, heavy-duty (read: drying) facial wash and and proceeded with a cotton soaked with an alcohol-based toner. In retrospect, yikes.

Anyway, I’m much more particular about cleansers nowadays due to my dry skin. And since I’ve read a lot of raves about Aveda products, I decided to give Aveda Botanical Kinetics Purifying Creme Cleanser (USD 25 for 5 fl oz / 150ml) a shot.

Aveda

Quick Specs: made in USA

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Chica Y Chico Killing Star Cleanser

Korean beauty, more fondly known to beauty junkies as K-beauty, has got me to seriously ponder branding and marketing. What makes you want to buy their products, even the more obscure brands? Is it the cutesy packaging? Celebrity endorsements/blogger raves? A killer name? The look of the contents inside? In my case, Chica Y Chico Killing Star Cleanser (PHP 340 from Althea Korea) attracted me with its badass name, then drew me in with a cleverly crafted infographic.

Chica Y Chico Killing Star Cleanser

Quick Specs: 150 ml ; made in Korea

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The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash

How was your weekend? Mine was certainly better than the last. I spent last week recovering from an ulcer that decided to act up, and I was only too glad to be feeling well enough to catch a movie on Sunday. The flick du jour was Now You See Me 2. And while I still think the first one kicked the sequel’s bum, I’m still looking forward to Now You See Me 3. (I read that it’s already being planned!)

But back to beauty products… I love my current face wash to bits, but it’s about to run out. I’ve started using The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Face Wash (PHP 550), and it has been good to my skin.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash

Quick Specs: 3.3 US fl oz; 100 ml made in UK

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Too Cool for School Morocco Ghassoul Pore Solution Foam Cleanser

Talk about “fueling” your skincare routine. (See what I did there?) Too Cool for School Morocco Ghassoul Foam Cleanser initially sounds like something you’d put in your car rather than lather on your face. For Filipinos, in particular, “ghassoul” sounds like the word, gasul, which is the term we use for LPG tanks. But as it turns out, ghassoul (aka rhassoul) is a Moroccan clay that doubles as a popular skincare ingredient. Gotta love those exotic-sounding beauty ingredients.

Too Cool for School Morocco Ghassoul Cleanser

Quick Specs: 150 ml / 5.07 fl.oz ; made in Korea

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