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.
Quick Specs: made in USA
Random Personal Update: I pledged 20 books on Good Reads, and I’ve still got 8 books to go before the end of the year. Still going through a lot of YA thrillers, because that’s often the way to get me to finish a book within 10 days. (Meaning, I elect to lose sleep to go through a page-turner.)
Also, re-watching the entire Harry Potter series in time for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It’s something of a personal tradition that started with every HP book release. Only then, I used to re-read the books. I don’t have the time to do that now, so the condensed 2-hour version should suffice. (BTW, have you guys seen the fanart of the HP-themed shadow palettes? Merlin’s beard, please let them become a reality!)
Buuut, going back to beauty, here are my latest empties. There’s quite a bit of them this time:
Clockwise from Top-Left: Nivea Extra White Firming Body Lotion, The Body Shop Shea Body Butter, Nivea Creme, Zenutrients Rich Cocoa Body Butter
If I had to rate my beauty product usage, the Top 3 High Turnover/Most Used Items in my collection are lotion, makeup remover, and face wash (in that order). Now, if I had to rate my makeup remover types by matter of preference and frequency of use, it would be cleansing gel/cleansing oil, micellar water, and bi-phase makeup remover. The first is because it’s convenient and doesn’t require cotton pads. Micellar water becomes the default when the former isn’t available, while bi-phase is just for waterproof mascara days.
The micellar cleanser I’m currently testing right now is a bottle of Biore Perfect Cleansing Water that I got on a trip to Malaysia. (From the local reviews I’ve read, the Philippine counterpart appears to be exactly the same in formulation, save for it being unscented.)
Quick Specs: 90 ml ; made in Vietnam
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
I’ve got some bad news and some good news. Two weeks ago, my friend V received a text message from Philosophy saying that their last remaining boutique in SM Megamall Mega Fashion Hall is closing its doors for good on the 31st of March this year, so all of their products are on sale until stocks last. Where do we get our fix now??? At least for the Purity Made Simple Cleanser, I seem to have found an excellent alternative. The good news: Here comes Nuxe Reve de Miel Face Cleansing and Make-up Removing Gel (regular price PHP 875).
Nuxe Reve de Miel Makeup Remover and Facial Cleansing Gel
Quick Specs: 200 ml / 6.7 fl. oz. ; made in France ; paraben-free ; 93% ingredients of a natural origin
Reve de Miel Gel Cleanser Ingredients