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[Review &How To] Garnier Clean + Nourshing Cleansing Oil

April 3, 2014

20140315_210328Alright, well, I purchased the items pictured here a little while ago during one of my couponing sprees. I was waiting for a good deal on them, because I’ve been seeing this new line in stores a lot lately. Also, I’ve been wanting to give cleansing oil a try for a long time now, but I didn’t know of any brands of oil that weren’t high-end! This may not be the first drugstore brand cleansing oil, but it’s the first one I’ve seen!

I also found a Korean product recently that is also a cleansing oil, and it wasn’t too expensive so I wouldn’t call it “high-end” either. I have yet to try it out, but I am excited to try it soon and compare it to the Garnier one!

The new Garnier Clean + line has 4 cleansers (that I have personally seen). I picked up the Nourshing Cleansing Oil, the Purifying Foam Cleanser, and the Blackhead Eliminating Scrub. They also had a cream cleanser. Since cream cleansers aren’t really my cup of tea, I just picked up the other three. For now, I’ll be reviewing just the cleansing oil!

About the Product

So the cleansing oil packaging says it “dissolves impurities and makeup & replenishes skin.” It contains Jojoba and Macadamia oils. Let me start off by saying that I didn’t read the packaging very well in the store…because I’m SUPER allergic to macadamia nuts! When I got home and saw that the product contained macadamia oil, I wasn’t sure if that would cause me to have an allergic reaction or not…so I just tested the product on my arm first to see if anything happened. Nothing happened, which surprised me, but I’m glad to say the cleanser does not cause me to have any type of allergic reaction, even when I used it on my face!

The cleansing oil is marketed for “dry skin.” This is something else I didn’t notice about the packaging until I got home. Each cleanser is marketed for a different skin type. I can’t remember what the cream cleanser is for, but the Blackhead Scrub is for oily skin and the Foam Cleanser is for combination skin. I believe I have combination skin (but don’t quote me on that…haha). I figured that I can probably get away with all 3 of them since my skin has characteristics of being both dry and oily…

If you’ve never used a cleansing oil before, let me say first off that it’s a really different experience! I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I was also a bit wary of cleansing my skin with oil (since I do get quite oily). However, even though the cleanser is marketed for dry skin, I think any skin type can use this cleanser! Oil will pull excess oil off of your face, but it will also moisturize dry skin. I get why they chose to market to people with dry skin, but really, they’re just feeding the misconception that people with oily skin shouldn’t cleanse their skin with oil. I don’t think this cleanser made me any more oily than I already am. (And you can’t expect a cleanser to fix all of your skin problems for you anyway! If your skin is overly oily, it’s because your skin is really dry on the inside. It’s producing more oil to overcompensate for not being moisturized. Cleansing with oil may actually help to balance out your oiliness, but you should stay hydrated and use a good moisturizer too!)

How to Use

I typically take two to three pumps of the cleansing oil and warm it up in my hands. It’s very important to ensure that you start with a COMPLETELY DRY face and COMPLETELY DRY hands! If your hands or face are wet, you’ll ruin the first stage of oil cleansing!

You can remove your makeup with a makeup wipe if you want, but the oil cleanser can be used to remove both eye and face makeup. I’m a little skittish about removing my eye makeup with oil, so I typically remove that first with a makeup wipe. Just remember to dry your face/hands off.

After warming the oil up in my hands, I just spread it out all over my face (and avoid my eyes). Then, I start massaging it with my fingertips, going in slow, circular motions. This is supposed to break up the makeup and impurities on your face, plus facial massage is just great for your skin anyway! This will also give the oil a chance to pull away excess oil on your face and hydrate your skin at the same time. I do this for about three minutes. Yes, it a slow process, and that’s why I only cleanse with oil at night. (I don’t use it every night; I like to alter my cleansers during the week).

After three minutes, you should have dissolved everything on your face, so it’s time to emulsify the oil. Take a little bit of water on your hands and rub it into the oil. Keep doing this, without washing the oil off. It should turn white/milky. Rub it around for about another minute, and then rinse it off with warm water. You can pat your face dry or just let it air dry.

Review

So, it’s definitely got a different method to it. I’ve been told that in some Asian skin care routines, oil cleansing is actually the PRE-CLEANSING! So after they finish with oil cleansing, they use another cleanser (like a foam cleanser). This is mostly why I bought the foam cleanser to go with the cleansing oil!

You can certainly use this product on its own, and you don’t even have to have a makeup remover! I feel like it did clean my skin well, but on some days I definitely want to use a scrub/exfoliate too because I just don’t feel totally clean unless I’ve scrubbed! =)

My skin was left nice and soft and it felt very hydrated. I was going to follow up with the foam cleanser, but I usually just use the oil and nothing else. I think I’ll try following up with the foam cleanser next and see what that does. (But I would wait in between the two cleansers in order to give my skin time to absorb the hydration from the oil cleansing).

My skin is pretty sensitive, and I didn’t notice any issue while using this cleanser. I think it’s a great alternative method for cleansing the skin, and I love how it makes my skin feel. Overall, I am enjoying this product and I think anyone with oily/combo skin should definitely give it a try. See if it will help balance out your skin! Mine has been so wacky lately I can’t comment about the products effect on that, but as I keep using it I’m hoping my skin will calm down! I’m also excited to start the Korean cleansing oil and let you all know how that goes!

Some people mention their skin not feeling clean after using oil. If you feel like it leaves a residue, make sure you’re emulsifying the oil enough and also rinsing well. If you still feel like there is residue, use a foam cleanser afterwards. You can also just use a toner.

Pros: leaves skin smooth, soft, and hydrated, doesn’t irritate skin, contains good ingredients for skin
Cons: takes longer than normal cleansing, may leave a residue for some
Verdict: Try it out!

Thanks for reading!

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[News] Free Almay Makeup at Walgreens!

March 12, 2014

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So, if you follow this blog you know I love makeup. But another one of my hobbies is extreme couponing! I also have a blog for that (where I list my hauls each week) that you can check out here.

Now, I understand couponing is not for everyone. BUT, when you can make use of some simple coupons, you can score free makeup! Even if you don’t normally coupon, this is a great deal.

Over on my coupon blog, I just listed my Walgreens haul from yesterday. I figured I’d make a post here too in case anyone wants to go grab some of the good Almay deals at Walgreens! Below, I will explain how to do it in case you don’t know how to coupon.

Everything you see in the picture above (the makeup removers and the eyeshadows) I got for FREE! Plus, I received a coupon for a free Almay cosmetic bag (which will be shipped to me soon). The eyeshadows are the Shadow Softies, so I’m excited to try these out and give a review of them! I may go back and get more. They were picked over at my Walgreens, but I’m planning a visit back home on Friday, so I will check both Walgreens stores there too!

Here’s how to get some free makeup at Walgreens this week:

First, you need to print the Almay manufacturer coupon. You can do so here. That link will take you to coupons.com and the Almay coupon ($5 off any purchase of 2 Almay products) will already be selected. If you have never printed coupons before, you need to download the coupon printer. Then you can print 2 copies of that Almay coupon.

If you have access to more than 1 computer, you can print more copies. It is limited to 2 per computer. Where I work, I have access to four computers, plus my home computers, so I print a lot of copies!

Next, you will need the Walgreens coupon for $2 off Almay products. This can be found in the March Savings book, a monthly coupon book Walgreens prints. These are located at the front of any Walgreens store, and you can find them at any time of the month. Just look at the table of contents in the front of the book to find what page the Almay coupon is on. This coupon will deduct $2 from EACH Almay makeup product you buy! (It only has to be scanned once, and it will deduct the appropriate amount of money).

If you can print a lot of the manufacturer coupons and plan on buying a lot of makeup at Walgreens, you can also cut the “points booster” coupon out of the Walgreens weekly ad. This will give you 5,000 points if you spend over $25. The $25 must be reached AFTER all Walgreens discounts and coupons are applied. However, you can use the manufacturer coupons to bring that $25 total down. If you don’t have a Walgreens card, you can sign up for one and link it to your smart phone. You can sign up online (I think!) or in store. Once you accumulate 5,000 in points, you can redeem them for $5 off of your purchase. The more points you accrue, the better the dollar amount rewards are.

Almay foundations, primers, concealers, blushes, powders, eye makeup, and makeup removers are on sale at Walgreens this week: buy 1 get 1 50% off. You can use this sale price, plus the Walgreens coupon, plus the manufacturer coupons to score free makeup! You can also get those 5000 extra points! And if you buy at least 3 Almay items, you should get a coupon (print out at the cash register) for the free cosmetic bag.

So go to Walgreens and look at the makeup. Pick out what you want, and calculate how much the items will be before you go to the register. Be warned: Walgreens does NOT typically give overage on a coupon, so you manufacturer coupons may beep at you at the register. Mine did not, but yours might, especially if you are only getting the Almay products. If this happens, ask the cashier to adjust the manufacturer coupons down. You can get items for free at Walgreens, but they don’t apply the overage to the rest of your purchase.

FOR EXAMPLE: If you buy 2 makeup removers at $5.99 each, one will ring up as $5.99 and the other will ring up as $2.99, because of the 50% off sale. That totals to $8.98. When the Walgreens coupon is scanned, it will deduct $4 since you bought 2 items. That leaves you with $4.98. You can now use the $5/2 manufacturer coupon. HOWEVER, the coupon is for $5 off and the total is only $4.98. Therefore, the cashier may need to adjust the coupon down to $4.98 instead of $5!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below. I’m happy to try to help! I was able to get the free cosmetic bag, 2 packs of makeup wipes, 2 eyeshadows, and 4 of the eye makeup remover wipes all for FREE! (Plus I’m planning on going back for more!!) I just got really excited about this awesome deal and wanted to share.

 

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New Tutorial! My Everyday Go-To Makeup

May 16, 2013

Here’s my first actual tutorial on Youtube! Hope you all enjoy it.

This is just a simple look that I wear often. It’s quick for me to do this in the morning before work. I also swap out products for other ones on different days but keep the same basic routine. A lot of days I go without mascara, but other than that, it’s all basically the same!

More tutorials coming soon!

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How to Lighten Your Skin Tone

May 10, 2013

If you are unhappy with your complexion, try some of these simple ideas below to make your skin lighter and brighter and lighter!

Stay away from direct sunlight

We all know that exposure to the sun is harmful to skin. Not only can you get sunburn, but you can also increase your risk for skin cancer by being out in the sun too much. If you want a lighter skin tone, you should avoid going outside without some form of sun protection. Wear a sunscreen that is at least SPF 20 on any exposed skin. You can purchase some foundations that have sunscreen built in, or you can opt for a separate product. Make sure to wear long sleeves if you are skipping the sunscreen, or just limit your time outside! You can also wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face.

Try a Milk Mask

Did you know that milk is a natural skin lightener? While you won’t see drastic results from using milk, applying it to your face can help lighten your skin a tone or two. You can also use milk masks on a regular basis to maintain the shade of skin that you already have. One simple milk mask can be made from regular milk from the grocery store and orange peels. After peeling a couple of oranges, put the peels in the sun to dry. Once they become brittle, grind them up into a powder. Pour milk over the powder to make a paste—don’t use too much or you will dissolve the powder).  Spread the mixture over your face and leave it on for 30-40 minutes. Wash it off with cool water and repeat at least once a week! You can also just use cotton balls to put cold milk on your face; just remember to wash it off after it dries!

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