Monday, 8 September 2014

Skin Cleansers - and a video!

Finally!

*insert Arnie voice* I'm baaaaaack. :)

Erm yes so I've been a little absent on the YouTube front. Soz. Work is really busy, kids were on summer holidays, you know how it goes. As I mention in the video - I'm not a 'pro' blogger, I still work (hard!) my 'day job' and obviously that takes priority when time is tight. Anyway - I'm back!

Instead of the usual favourites I went with my current skin cleanser obsessions. Fancied a change!

The cleansers break down as (all links are in the video description box):

Alpha-H Age Delay - love this - have used for a long time but it's still as relevant as when it launched. Suitable for all skin types, washes clean away, no residue. I love using this in the morning.

Amanda Lacey Cleansing Pomade - bliss in a jar. Expensive, but if you can, do. Suitable for all skin types, washes away clean, no residue. This is a second cleanse for me in the evenings, after the gunk has mostly gone.

Lush Ultrabland - a great affordable alternative. I'm sorry, but £10 is affordable to me. There are no cleansing balms available for £1.00 (as I was asked today) that will do the same job. Richer than the others, this needs a couple of goes on the flannel to properly clear but there is no residue, just loveliness. Another good A.M. one.

NUDE Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly - brand new this week and bloody lovely. I've been using it non-stop since I got my mitts on it. It is light enough to use in the mornings or as a second cleanse in the evening and leaves no residue. All skin types.

Su-Man Purifying Cleansing Oil Gel - Brilliant value considering the quality, the ml in the tube and the amount you actually need to use. Especially considering the plethora of extortionate mineral oil cleansers out there. Suitable for all skin types, two goes of the flannel (if you don't emulsify- like awkward me) :) Evening for me.

Tatcha One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil - beautiful, simple, divine quality oil. Suitable for all skins, massages well, two goes of the flannel for this. You can use a tiny amount of this and still get great massage and cleansing action. this gets used both morning and evening, usually when I want speed as it's 'ready to go'.

The Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser - beautiful, luxurious, gives a great massage, slightly heavier on the shea butter content than the others so oily/acne faces can absolutely still use - just make sure you follow with some solid flannel action to remove thoroughly. Don't be scared.

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser - Rose clay, apricot seed powder and a plethora of gorgeous waxes make this a beautiful exfoliating cleanser without stripping or any harsh skin-damaging ingredients. This is my current first pick for either an AM cleanse or a fresh-as-a-daisy skin ready for retinols etc in the evening second cleanse.

See you tomorrow!



ooh look at me being all organised and shizz.

41 comments:

  1. I'm 19, bought the body shop cleansing oil that you recommended today for makeup removal and will follow with liz earl for 2nd cleanse for Pm. Thinking of lush ultrabland for Am cleanse. Thoughts on these? Obv use some acids etc. Occasional breakouts usually diet related but generally good skin! :) Thanks!

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  2. Great video, glad you're back! *adds even more cleansers to wish list*

    www.peonyandpeach.blogspot.com

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  3. Thank God you told us what to take makeup off with, have been confused for months finally !! * rushes out buys Emma Hardie *

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  4. Ive just got the clinique balm but havnt tried it yet. Would you recommend it?

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    1. Erm just a TAD. Search it on here :) xx

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    2. I have tried many cleansing balms and this is my favorite! on the cheaper side too. rinses away superbly!

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    3. Can I confirm TTDO is firmly in the 'first cleanse' category and not a 'skin cleanse'?

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    4. Found it and it sounds perfect for me - I have stupid blemish prone sensitive skin! I'm like a walking talking spot creating machine! Great review :)

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  5. Huge thanks for all the info imparted on your blog. There is such a huge choice of products out there it is really confusing so your knowledge and humour is priceless!
    Keep it up!

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  6. Hiya Caroline,

    Have you tried Natura Bisse's Diamond White Rich Luxury Cleanse? I'm curious as to your view on this product and the Natura Bisse line in general.

    Thanks and keep up the awesome work!

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  7. Hiya Caroline,

    Have you ever used Natura Bisse's Diamond White Rich Luxury Cleanse? I'd be curious to know your view on this product and on the Natura Bisse line in general.

    Many thanks and keep up the awesome work!

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  8. In regards to the flannel should i be swiping it across each area of my face or using it to buff the cleanser off with light/moderate pressure?
    Loving your blog as always!!

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  9. Great video, thank you for sharing your wisdom Caroline.

    Cheeky question - where did you get that lovely scarf? Looks very chic on you.

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  10. I LOVE YOU. That's all.

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  11. Hi Caroline, I LOVE your videos. I watch them while MY 4 kiddos are running around screaming. :)
    Would love to know your #1 cleanser for someone 34, still dealing with the same teenage blackheads/congestion after 21 years (sigh), and now adding some signs of aging to the game (no fair!). I bought a Murad Acne cleanser before I found you and am using both that and Amore Pacifica Cleansing Oil (Not my fave, going back to Tatcha Camellia after it's gone). Thank you for any advice! XO

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  12. I'd like to hear your opinion on homemade balm cleanser. I make mine from sesame or almond oil, beeswax, tween 80 and a few drops of vitamin e. Personally, I think it does a better job than Lush ultrabland.

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  13. Ms Hirons, are you still enjoying the Oskia renaissance cleansing gel? Has that changed for you?

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  14. Mrs. Hirons, do you use Blue Cocoon before or after KS Goat Milk?

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  15. I think you forgot the tata Harper in this breakdown :) all skins even sensitive acne prone?

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  16. Caroline, Which cleanser do you use first to take all the make up off?

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  17. Hi Caroline, would uber love to see an application video of the 'routine' - I know it may seem obvious but am never sure, how much to apply, how to apply (with massage), how to remove (for the best result) with a flannel etc... Demonstrations speak much louder than (your absolutely brilliant ;D) words! Thanks ever so ducks

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  18. Hi thanks for another great video (wife, mother of 4, beauty blogger AND you have a day job how do you have the energy? Amazing!) this may be a stupid question, but here we go..... Does mineral makeup contain the no-no mineral oil or is it a totally different thing?

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  19. Everyone's raving about Nude Skincare - just bought the treatment oil and eye complex.... now I want even more! Is it too much for your skincare to be all one range!?

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  20. saved the post before i even read it. thank you caroline! your knowledge is fantastic

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  21. In the video you are wearing a beautiful red nail polish. Would you tell me which one that is?
    Thanks for everything you do for us.. :-)
    Susanne

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  22. Yey, you're back! Quick question: I have pretty sensitive skin and struggle to find products that don't either have loads of essential oils or fragrance, or alcohol that makes my skin dry and my eyes sting. I am 30 with sensitive but also dry skin, with hormonal breakouts around jaw/chin e.g nightmare face. Anyway, which of these cleansers do you think would be best? Thanks! Gemma

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  23. Hi! Thanks for this.
    I'm curious, have u ever tried SALCURA cleansing gel? I think it's very interesting and affordable. It's also like an oily jelly and I apply it to dry face. Really lovely. I wonder what u think about it and the whole range...

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  24. Love your videos....this one didn't disappoint! Please do a video of you doing your morning and evening routines

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  25. I'd love to answer your question about why people don't use balm cleansers but I can't. However, I can tell you why I dont use them and it's because they scare the shizz out of me.
    Reason: I got my first REALLY BAD perioral dermatitis reaction right after a few uses of my first ever balm cleanser (cough cough *Ultrabland) 3 years ago.
    Caroline, I'd love to know if you have an opinion or any kind of experience with this mysterious thing that is perioral dermatitis. It seems like it's a big medical mystery, no one knows why it exists and how it flares up on certain individuals. I wonder if in your practice you've ''treated'' (read ''gave skincare advices'') some people who are afflicted with it or found out some pieces of information, coincidences, ressemblances between cases and how to take care of it.
    In my case, I had 3 horrible rashes in the past 3 years, all in the summer time. First one after using Ultrabland /balm cleanser for the first time with a washcloth (treated with the use of ProActiv *Slap my fingers with a wooden rule*), second one after using Coconot oil to cleanse my skin (treated with erythromycin) and third one, either because of a Castor oil massage (to unclogged pores because my skin was at the time my skin was the best it had ever been) or the use of Laroche Posay Anthelios SPF 50 Mineral Tinted Facial Sunscreen (and my face just went from the best its ever been to the worse-oh-my-god-this-is-bad it's ever been. Still recovering as I am writting this and I am on a water cleanse regiment because everything was making it so much worse (even my beloved Ren Gentle Cleansing Milk) and I refused to take antibiotic this time.)
    Anyway, any input would be nice if you have any...
    Keep up the good work and gosh i'd like to have a normal skin and try loads of different balm cleansers that smells good without my chin exploding into a blistery disaster.

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    1. Yes, please do write about this Caroline! I have hundreds of bottles of lovely skincare miracles that I am unable to use at this moment. Taking antibiotics for two months and using nothing but water on my skin.

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    2. You poor thing! I'm not our lovely Caroline, but here is my 2 cents as an eczema sufferer. I cannot even walk past a Lush store without my face getting itchy and angry. I'd never use Lush on my skin, it has way to many irritants and fragrance in it. Give Clinique Take the Day Off balm a go, it has zero fragrance in it and my skin doesn't react at all to it. Get a sample before buying it and see how it works. Patch test on a small area. I also find that mineral sunscreens burn my skin, that might be why you reacted badly to the La Roche Posay.

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  26. I believe PD is actually an infection cause by normal skin yeast or bacteria getting inside the deeper layers of skin as result of it being damaged by an irritant. So to get over PD it is key to treat the infection with topical anti fungal and antibiotic creams and prevent futther irration with the use or very mild cleansers and moisturizers. Discontinuing make up, until every the skin has healed well, shall help as well

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    1. So you think it could be yeast OR bacteria? not one or the other?
      And I am guessing every time you use that same irritant again when your skin is cleared (could be parabens, mineral oil, benzoyl peroxide, some type of oil such as Castor, etc) your would skin reacts the same way aka new bad perioral dermatitis reaction?
      Call me crazy but to get my chin better this time I decided to cover it with a thick layer of Clotrimazole cream at night (vaginal infection cream, yep) and it is the only thing that actually soothed my rash where EVERYTHING ELSE had failed. Even antibacterial cream (clyndamicin but it was mixed with benxoyl peroxide and GOSH my skin HATED IT! so painful). Anyway, that got me believe that perhaps PD is really a vicious yeast infection. Now (after my skin settled down a bit) I am on water cleanse only but I do use some highly diluted Oil of Oregano for antiseptic purposes in the morning.
      It's healing now but what a fuckin' nightmare (excuse my F word). I am just SO scared of every skincare/makeup product now.

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    2. I think it more likely is yeast but bacteria can "accompany" the yeast. In my case I think it was both because of how I responded to the treatment. I also used Cotrimazole, which worked very well but once I added a Serozinc step plus the antibiotic the healing really accelerated. Medical literature recommends oral antibiotics because of their anti inflammatory effect, so it could also be that. In any case,thanks for the Oil of Oregano tip. I will get it. Best to be responsible about antibiotics, besides, Buying OTC antibiotic in the UK is impossible so I had to get them when on trips to Belgium and Italy. No need to apologies for the F word, I am with you, real nightmare. I stick to face creams for atopic skin. Adore lipstick but do not dare using it :(

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  27. Just wanted to say how amazing your site is. So many wonderful tips. Just wondering if you have any recommendations for skin transitioning from teenage years to adulthood - I am 20 and my skin is all over the place at the moment nothing I used six months ago seems right, please can you help?

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  28. Thanks for another lovely video - if you had to choose between alpha h age delay & oskia renaissance cleansers which would it be? I am 38 8 mths pg skin was combo now normal/dry with the odd chin spot. But developed melasma this pg. Thank you!

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  29. I was wondering if you could give an explanation of how to work out which cleansers go in which category, for example where do cream cleansers fall. Also could you give an example of a good cleanser for each category - I am new to the idea of using multiple cleanser but from the rave reviews I here your cheats sheets are the best and really want to try them just not sure how to work out which products I need to buy.

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  30. Lovely video Caroline! Thanks so much. Just as an aside, I was wondering what your thoughts are on the Time Bomb range by Lulu. I am really intrigued by the complexion cocktails. Do they get the Hirons thumbs up or thumbs down? :-)

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  31. Would you recommend the liz Earle cleanse and polish? x

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