Review – Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water

Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water was never one of the products that I had intended to purchase. I chanced upon this cleansing water by accident. One day I was testing out some lipsticks on the back of my hands and needed to remove it. I saw that Sephora very thoughtfully left out their cleansing water together with some cotton pads and tissues on a counter for the customers to clean up after testing the makeup. When I used this product for the first time, I was so shocked that it actually removed all the lipstick stains without any residue whatsoever. In the end, I purchased the cleansing water instead of the lipsticks (lol!).

Ingredients

Water, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Propanediol, PEG-12 Dimethicone, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Poloxamer 184, Fragrance, Tetrasodium Edta, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Panthenol, Zinc Gluconate, Butylene Glycol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, D-Limonene, Linalool, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydroxyethylcellulose, BHT.

How does the Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water fare?

I’m sure that everybody who’s used to the world of makeup and beauty would be familiar with cleansing waters by now. The Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water claims to eliminate impurities and makeup without the soapy texture. With the help of a Sephora-exclusive ingredient (what it is though is a mystery to me!), it leaves your skin feeling supple.

You just need to pump out the product by pressing a cotton pad onto the pump dispenser and use the saturated cotton pad to swipe it all over your face to remove makeup. I normally use this product on my face makeup alone and not on my eye makeup. This is because I usually wear waterproof mascara and eyeliner and I find that this product didn’t manage to remove them thoroughly. However for removing face makeup, it works pretty well and I can definitely see the remains of my makeup and sunscreen on my cotton pad. I find this product particularly useful for days when you come home from work and just wanna get all the dirt and grime off your face quickly but you are not yet ready to do the full skincare ritual (you get what I mean?). Now, I would still double cleanse after using this cleansing water since I’m paranoid like that. But for those of you who wear very light makeup or sunscreen, I would think that you just need to use a gentle cleanser as a second cleanse after using this cleansing water to remove your makeup.

The opening that spurts out product!

The only thing that bugs me about this product is that the pump dispenser doesn’t work very well. When you press the dispenser, the product actually spurts out quite violently and makes it a little messy to use some days. Also, this is definitely not a rinse-free product so don’t be fooled by what its packaging says. All cleansing products, whether it be cleansing water, foam, gel, oil or balm should be removed thoroughly from the skin if you are using it to remove makeup. Even if you do not want to use a second cleanser after using this product for any particular reasons, I would still recommend that you rinse off the product using plain water. This is especially important for this product because it contains surfactants which should not be left on the skin for a long time. In short, this is a nice inexpensive cleansing water which works as it should and I would keep it in my routine. Try it!

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from Sephora stores. You can also purchase it on Sephora Online. It retails at S$8 (50ml sized), S$16 (200ml sized) and S$26 (400ml sized).

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Review – French Girl Organics Facial Polish (Rose du Jardin)

French Girl Organics is a luxurious organic vegan skin and body care brand, inspired by France and made in the US, that has its roots in Etsy (Imagine that?!). It started off as an beauty line founded by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes whose early life was steeped in Cajun French lore & culture passed on from her New Orleans-born mother. French Girl Organics is the culmination of her love of nature, as well as French heritage and lifestyle. The brand’s big break came in early 2016 when Vogue.com featured their Facial Polish (which is also the product that I’m reviewing today). Since then, it has caught the attention of beauty editors everywhere and is now stocked in Anthropologie and Goop in addition to their own website.

French Girl Organics caught my eye when I saw their beautiful rose facial polish in the skincare routine of one of the beauty bloggers that I follow on Instagram. Ok, I’ll admit that I’m such a sucker for beautiful things that its packaging was the first thing that caught my eye. The packaging is gorgeous and looks absolutely minimalist chic with a casual pulled-together aesthetics that French girls seem to naturally own. Coincidentally, while I was browsing the Mecca stores in Sydney during my recent trip, I came across this brand on their shelf and bought their most famous product (the Rose du Jardin Facial Polish) to try.  

Ingredients

Oryza Sativa (Brown Rice) Powder* Rose Damascena (Rose) Petals* White Kaolin (White Clay), Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh)* Elettaria Cardamomum (Cardamom)* Rosa Canina (Rose Hips)* Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Hibiscus)*, Kaolin (French Pink Clay), Essential Oils of Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium)*, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot)*, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood)*, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil* *Certified OrganIc/Wildcrafted

How does the French Girl Organics Facial Polish (Rose du Jardin) fare?

The facial polish is a finely-milled facial exfoliant rich in antioxidants formulated with organic brown rice powder, French clays, organic flower petals and essential oils to gently polish and clarify the skin. Essentially, it’s a face scrub that you’ll use once or twice a week to exfoliate your dead skin cells and makes your skin brighter.

The instructions given on the back of the product state that you can apply the product in circular motions on your damp face. Alternatively, you could also mist your face with toner and apply this product. This product could also be used as a face mask if you leave it on for around 15 minutes before rinsing it off with water. The first time I used this product, I was a bit shocked at how coarse it feels against my skin. Admittedly I haven’t been using mechanical scrubs like this on my face for a long time since I’d started using chemical exfoliants. However, my skin felt a bit irritated and painful after I rinsed off this scrub. The next time, I mixed this product into my gel cleanser and it works much better that way for me. The coarseness of the brown rice powder included in this facial polish was cushioned by the gel texture of my cleanser. When I rinsed off this concoction, my skin felt much smoother and brighter without the irritation that I felt previously when I used this product on its own. It’s for this reason that I don’t reach for this product as much as I reach for my Orbis Powder Wash (which is also an enzyme exfoliant that’s much softer to the skin). That’s not to say that this product is not a good product, it’s just that for me personally, since I’m already using chemical exfoliants frequently, I might not be the intended target user of this product.

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from the physical stores in Mecca Australia. It retails at AU$32 (2oz sized).

Alternatively, you can purchase it from their official website, Etsy, Mecca Online and Anthropologie Online,.

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Review – Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion

I had been lemming over the Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion ever since I saw this product being featured on Caroline Hiron’s blog (the top UK skincare expert blogger who’s also a globally qualified advanced aesthetician). Back in July 2017 when Net-A-Porter was having their sale on skincare products, my heart leapt with joy! It was on sale for US$34.71 when it usually retails at US$58. I immediately grabbed the chance to make the purchase because how could I miss this great deal?!

Anyway, I’ve been using this product for quite some time (around 3 months in fact!) and think that I’m ready to provide my thoughts on it.

Ingredients

Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearyl Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octadecene, Glyceryl Behenate, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Collagen Amino Acids, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Phospholipids, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Lactobacillus Ferment, Acrylates/Carbamate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Ethylhexylglycerin, Isododecane, Behenic Acid, Ceteareth-20, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Linalool, Limonene, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, Citral, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Disodium EDTA-Copper

How does the Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion fare?

Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion is an oil-free gel moisturiser that touts to deliver intensive moisturisation without suffocating oily skin or exacerbating congestion. The moisture is apparently time-released so that it is long-lasting and keeps the skin supple, soft and dewy. In short, this is a hydrating oil-free gel moisturiser.

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My Dr Dennis Gross family!

This product is the one that I started using once I realised that my Dr Jart Ceramidin Cream wasn’t quite cutting it for me in my daytime skincare routine. As I’d mentioned previously, although I love that cream, it doesn’t wear well underneath sunscreen and makeup for me. Hence, I broke out this new moisturiser and the first time that I used it, I find that it works perfectly under makeup. It has a light gel-cream texture that sinks into my skin quickly leaving behind a soft slightly matte finish. Although it contains silicones, there wasn’t any flaking or “rolling” and my sunscreen and makeup just glides over it and sits nicely on top without looking patchy.

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It has a light gel-cream texture

Absorbs quickly leaving behind a glowing soft matte finish

Originally I thought that this product wasn’t too different from the usual gel moisturisers that I’ve tried but boy was I wrong! I packed this product with me on a recent trip to Australia as it’s pretty much a fuss free product. As you might know, the humidity levels in Australia are way lower than Singapore and that’s when I realised just how good a hydrator this product is. True to its name, it really provides a moisture cushion against the drying weather conditions and does it so inconspicuously that I didn’t realise that my skin doesn’t feel dry at all throughout the trip. It wasn’t until my husband asked for my skincare products since his face feels extra dry and uncomfortable that I realised just how well it was working for me. His tight and flaky skin was transformed after the 2nd day of applying this cream. I also applied a liberal amount of this product during my flight and my skin remains soft and dewy even when I touched down.

I think this product is suitable for almost all skin types except maybe the super sensitive skins who might react to the some of the mild AHAs included in the ingredients list. This moisturiser would be particularly beneficial for those people with dehydrated combination oily skins who crave the deep hydration that a good moisturiser should provide but are also prone to clogged pores or acne at the same time.

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from Net-A-Porter Online while it was on sale. It normally retails at US$58.

You can also purchase it from their official website and Cult Beauty Online. 

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