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Sephora 2 in 1 waterproof eye makeup remover gel

Dear Roses and Lilies,

I received a cute little sample of this makeup remover recently and I decided to share my thoughts on it with you.

This retails at Sephora in the US for only $10.00 at 4.22 oz ( 125 ml ) of product. The price everywhere else in the world should be around $10.00 + some taxes specific to each country.

On to the packaging:

The bottle comes with a pump, which is hygienic and practical. Being that it is large, it won't be easy to carry around in your bag. But you can always use a small pot for traveling.

The ingredients:

Water, Propanediol, Poloxamer 184, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer,Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol,Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA,Sodium Hydroxide, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil,Potassium Sorbate,Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Apigenin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Oleanolic Acid, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1

All of these are there to help dissolve even stubborn eye makeup and soothe the eye area ( well, apart from preservatives, pH adjusters etc. ).

The claims:

A gentle gel that moisturizes while removing eye makeup in one gesture. It's supposed to be good for your eyelids as well as your lashes.

What it does:

This 2 in 1 waterproof eye makeup remover gel does help remove eye makeup pretty quickly. I tried two methods: first I dampened the cotton pad, then added the gel. Gently patted for ten seconds then took it off my eye. It did not remove all my mascara ( and I am not using a waterproof one ).

Second, I applied the gel directly onto a dry cotton pad. The left it on my eye for ten seconds, and removed it.

Again, it removed my eye makeup but not in "one swift gesture". Had to apply twice to make sure everything was off. I guess I am too used to Bioderma and had way to high expectations on this one.

In terms of skincare, it does make the skin around my eyes feel moisturized. I don't have problems with my lashes for the moment, so I doubt this product will make them grow longer.

It did not irritate my eyes in any way and I didn't end up with bits of mascara under my eyes in the morning.

Overall: it does the job well and that's good, considering the price. The gel texture is new to me and I discovered it feels quite fresh and not as heavy as a cleansing milk.

Have you tried any other gel makeup removers?



Clinique and their DDMG

Dear Roses and Lilies,

Ever since I discovered moisturizers, I've been searching for one that is not only suitable for my skin type, but really does the job well.

From low budget to extra expensive, there a tons of brands you can choose from and it is, sometimes, a matter of personal preference.

Now, I am not really into high end skincare - to me, it means spending a ridiculous amount of money on something fancy and shiny that gets used up fast, but with the same benefits as something less expensive.

Bearing all this in mind, before going out to buy a new moisturizer, I spend a lot of time researching it. The ingredients list is very important to me so, if I read about a product on the internet and the ingredients are not listed, I tend to move on to another product. I can't stand having to spend more than 5 minutes in front of a shelf, reading the ingredients on the packaging and trying to decide whether they would be good or bad for my skin. And I feel particularly irritated when I am asked by a sales person if they can be of any assistance, especially if I don't ask for it ( don't you? ).

Gifts from friends and family do include skincare from time to time, mostly on the budget side, but I am happy to get them nevertheless. And these are the only exceptions to my rule, but that does not mean I don't test drive them for a while before giving them the thumbs up or throwing them out.

I spent a lot of time researching the Clinique skincare products: browsing their page, reading reviews on all kinds of websites, analyzing their ingredients lists. So two products caught my eye: the
Turnaround Concentrate Radiance Renewer serum ( which I received a sample of when I was shopping for skincare ) and the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel.

What's in it:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Butylene Glycol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract/Extrait D’Orge, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Caffeine, Triethelose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sucrose, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Polysilicone-11, Silica, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Oleth-10, Lactobacillus Ferment, Laureth-23, Laureth-4, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Tromethamine, Disdoium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Yellow 5, Red 4, Yellow 6

As you can see, Dimethicone is second on the list - which may mean there's a lot of it. So, if you are allergic to this ingredient, skip this moisturizer.

Next, lots of antioxidants and moisturizing ingredients - I love the plant extracts and I find it funny to see there is cucumber in it as well. Cucumber has been used by my grandma for years!

Of course, there are various ingredients that are supposed to help prevent an allergic reaction to everything else, some ingredients that are classified as fragrances ( no, not the type that irritates your skin ), two preservatives and some ingredients that add a bit of color.

It is oil free, which is great for my already oily skin.

What it does:

Beside what Clinique claim it does - which I never read before buying a product - this is a good moisturizer.

And that is all it does: moisturizes the skin "on the verge of perfection".

I haven't head any allergic reactions to it - no flare-ups, no breakouts, no extra oiliness on my T zone. It has been a year since I started using it and it really did help keep my breakouts in check.

I love the fact that it is not a heavy cream. It feels soft, gets absorbed quickly and my face doesn't feel sticky at all.

Overall: a good investment and I do plan to get the full size bottle next - and test it on family members as well. :-D

Have you tried any of the products from Clinique's three-step?



DIY gentle exfoliation VICHY

Dear Roses and Lilies,

Thermal water is very good for all kinds of skin problems. From minor burns to irritation to blemishes to dehydration, it successfully helps treat all.

You can find several brands in your local pharmacy, all with the same benefits. The one I've been using for a while is the Vichy thermal water ( I always buy the jumbo size, because small ones run out fast ).

When you first spray the water onto your skin, you can feel your pores tighten and you get that overall calming effect on your irritated areas. It is enriched with minerals, that are beneficial for your skin.

The list of uses and application methods is long:

You can soak a cotton pad in it, then apply on your tired eyes - you'll feel refreshed and the puffiness will be reduced. Spray it on sunburns and they'll calm down.

Spray it on your face in the evening, after removing your makeup, instead of adding loads and loads of cream and you'll see an overall improvement the very next morning.

On to the DIY:

Do you get those little loose bits of skin sometimes, when your skin's just acting up? Well, I do. Mostly on my forehead, nose, cheeks and lips... well, pretty much all over my face, in small patches.

What I like to do: apply some of water on a cotton pad, then gently buff the areas with loose skin. "Gently" is the key word when it comes to exfoliation, so never scrub like you would your bathroom sink!

After removing the dead skin cells, spray a generous amount directly onto your face, let it sink in for 10 seconds, then take it off with a clean towel - patting gently.

This should do the job perfectly and soothe your skin after your little semi-facial.

Say "bye bye" to those nasty flakes!