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EARTH TU FACE // ROSEMARY + SALT LOTION & ROSE BALM

Some say that you should never put on your body what you can’t put in your mouth–and this is specifically what the ladies at Earth Tu Face believe. All of their products can be eaten–every single lotion, scrub, balm and cream is made from 100% plant-based, food grade ingredients with organic oils and waxes. In addition, these products have been created with no animal testing and are housed in completely recyclable containers. This is truly a brand that won’t weigh on your conscience and you can feel good about using.

Speaking of eating–the first time I tried their Rosemary and Salt Lotion, I immediately pictured a fluffy foccacia covered in rosemary, olive oil and salt. Not that this lotion makes you smell like Italian bread–but the rosemary scent is vibrant and fresh, with a slight minty-ness. The lotion itself is wonderful–not too heavy and absorbs very quickly, leaving a light, herby scent behind. On particularly dry days (I have very dry skin), I love to layer some almond oil underneath.

The Rose Face Balm is not what you would normally envision for a balm–it is in no way heavy, goopy or waxy feeling. It is a very solid balm that you need to melt a bit first with your fingers. ETF describes this as a concentrated face cream as it contains no water, and I think that this is fair. It doesn’t feel as if you are slicking on a heavy layer, it’s light, protective and very hydrating. I probably wouldn’t recommend this for oilier skins, but for normal to drier skins, this would work wonderfully and be particularly beneficial in the cold Winter months. It also contains coconut oils (known to be great as an anti-bacterial ingredient), and sandalwood and lavender oils, which make for an incredible scent.

Dying to try the rest of their range now.

 

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CLINIQUE TAKE THE DAY OFF CLEANSER

YES, THIS CLEANSER LOOKS LIKE LARD, but not to worry, it isn’t. It’s a hard balm that when scraped out and massage on the face, turns into an oil that effectively removes ALL makeup, every bit of it, from your face. Eye makeup easily melts away, quickly transforming you into a panda/the scary girl from the grudge.

With a wet washcloth, the dirt from your day is swept away (rhyming, yo) in a second. Perfect for a first cleanse at night. Plus, it’s unscented, so it’s perfect for you sensi gals. Another plus, it’s also cheap–$35.00 for this tub will last you months and months since you only need a very small amount. The formulation of this cleanser (which is quite stiff at first) also makes it hard to easily waste/use an excess of this product (thanks, Clinique!).

The cheapest cleanser I’ve found around town that doesn’t contain mineral oil, shea butter (bad for acne-prone skin) or parabens and it WORKS. The best.

DARPHIN // AROMATIC CLEANSING BALM

Can you believe that some people don’t believe in washing their faces in the morning? Just cause you didn’t apply any makeup before bed doesn’t mean your face is clean! You still sweat, rub your face into your pillow and repeat for about 8 hours. Your face needs to be washed.

Y’all know I’m a big fan of balm cleansers, and the obsession doesn’t stop with this one. Darphin’s Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood is perfect for your morning pick-me-up (after scooping some of this up, I always take a deep inhale to get a whiff of it’s fragrance). This balm has the thickest and most viscuous texture I’ve used so far. I find that in the morning, my face can be puffy, and the thickness of the balm forces me to press it into my face to push the product around, breaking up the fluids and swelling in my face. I even use my ring fingers to smooth the product under my eyes and on my eyelids (my eyes are always puffy in the morn). This process wakes me up and brings my face back to normal in the morning.

This cleanser is not the best at removing stubborn eye makeup, and since you’re not technically supposed to use it on your eyes anyways, it’s all for the best, because should have removed all of your eye makeup the night before.

I use this in tangent with my washcloth/hot water/steam routine for a thorough cleanse in the morning. This cleanser is gentle, and won’t strip your face of any moisture. Skin is left soft, clean and smooth.

RODIAL // GLAM BALM MULTI

I actually won this product not really knowing what it did. But boy, am I glad I entered that contest. This is my new favourite product for getting my glow on.
Rodial boasts that there are over 100 ways to use their  Glam Balm Multi, and I believe it. You can use it as anything from a lip balm, to a facial moisture mask, to a hair mask, to a primer. I’ve been applying it as a moisture mask overnight and have been waking up with plumper, more hydrated skin. My marionette wrinkles a even a little more filled in.
After applying my other serums I just put a thin layer of this oil/gel/cream/balm all over my face (and I mean all over, even on my eyelids). In preparation for my wedding, I want my skin to look as healthy and clear as possible and this product is definitely helping me get there. I also plan to smother this on my face on the plane this July for my honeymoon so that I arrive all fresh-faced. I’ll also mix it when some hand cream to pump it up a bit. Nothing worse than cabin air for sucking every last bit of moisture out of your skin.

AMANDA’S CLEANSING ROUTINE

Feeling frustrated with my face (as always), and after devouring Caroline Hirons blog, I decided it was high time to revamp my cleansing routine. I had gotten lazy, relying on my Clarisonic to do most of the work, and when I wasn’t sonic-ing, my hands could not wash my face fast enough. All in all, I was really not cleansing my face properly.
In walks the Eve Lom balm cleanser, with her 8-step cleansing and massage routine with a muslin cloth. Before I knew it, I had started to love washing my face, taking lots of time to steam with a hot washcloth. And, I was enjoying the results. My complexion was already becoming clearer, brighter, and well, cleaner.
Since my skin is prone to becoming congested, I decided to take Caroline’s advice and start using an acidic toner. I was already using Ren’s Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal mask once a week, and loving the results, but it scared me a bit to be using acid on my face twice a day. However, I had no reason to be afraid. Peter Thomas Roth’s toner has way less acid than the mask, but is effective at kick starting your skin into action. You epidermis will begin to turnover its cells, making way for new ones and dissolving the old ones. My skin is already getting much clearer, the scars are fading and the little red bumps under the skin are disappearing. According to her, your skin should be an acid environment so as not to promote bacteria from growing. When your skin is more alkaline, this is when bacteria spreads and acne forms.
Caroline prescribes following the acid toner with a hydrating toner. I had attempted to purchase Ren’s Hydrating Toner (Caroline approved. Ren also makes an exoliating toner.), but was not able to find it in Sephora (maybe it is not carried in Canada?). Instead, I was recommended Nars’ Multi Action Hydrating Toner, which is also supposed to aid in brightening the skin, turnover, and is alcohol-free (a quality you want in a toner. The Peter Thomas Roth toner does contain alcohol, however, it was the only exfoliating toner I was able to find at the moment. It is also the fifth ingredient listed, so I don’t believe that there is enough of it to have a negative effect.). I do love this toner, and appreciate the extra step of injecting some moisture into my dry skin. I also appreciate the bottle’s design (sleek, modern, etc.), however, the cap is kind of big and obnoxious and takes up a lot of room in my skincare storage basket (which is always overflowing).
Lastly, I have added a second cleanse to my nighttime routine. Following a good, deep cleanse from Eve, I use Ren’s Mayblossom T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel with a muslin cloth. This was a winner for me because it is non-foaming (a.k.a. it will not strip the skin, thus prompting my skin to produce even more oil) and it works well. My skin doesn’t feel tight afterwards, just nice and clean. Added bonus is that it helps to balance and control my oily nose area.
Further reading/watching:

EVE LOM // BALM CLEANSER

After reading this inspiring interview with Lisa Eldridge, I thought more about cleansing my face better, especially at night. I was using my Kiehl’s cleanser for acne-prone skin (for the hormonal acne on my chin), but really was being lazy about it compared to the way Lisa double-cleanses her skin. I began to think that maybe I was getting so much acne because my cleanser was too harsh and meant for oilier skin (not me), thus stripping away my face’s natural oils, prompting them to encourage even more to compensate for the dehydration.
Well, it seems I have cracked it and this was indeed the problem. I had heard so much about Eve Lom’s cleansing balm and the method of cleansing with muslin cloths. Everytime I read an interview that mentioned this cleanser, the person always would say something along the lines of “when I was using my Eve Lom cleanser, my skin looked amazing“. Well why should we be lazy with our skin? We only get one face our whole lives, so we should be taking care of it to the best of our ability.
Eve’s cleansing method is pretty intense. It includes a 7-step lymphatic massage, steaming and exfoliation with a muslin cloth. It’s quite the process, but don’t be scared–it’s really not hard and once you do it for the first time you will be addicted to how it feels. It feels like you’re giving yourself a mini-spa experience every single time. Where before I use to wash my face as fast as I could, or count down the seconds until the Clarisonic would finish, now I take my time and a few deep breaths (and rarely use my Clarisonic anymore).
You only need to do the lymphatic massage twice a week, but when I first started using this cleanser I was having one of my worst breakouts yet. I did the massage twice a day until it started to clear up and the lymphs would drain.
Even if you don’t want to use this cleanser (there is some controversy about there being mineral oil in the ingredients. I, however, love it and it doesn’t break me out, so to each his own. It’s a bestselling cleanser in the UK, so you decide.) you should still adopt a cleansing balm (my friend Joanna tells me uses Coconut oil and loves it) and massage and cleanse your face with a washcloth. You can do so much good with a cloth–steam, open your pores, properly cleanse your face and exfoliate. And you should be using one (sorry to be preachy, it has made such a difference in my skin). This particular cleanser includes essential oils in the ingredients, which makes the steaming step really open up your sinuses.
For those with acne–don’t be scared of this cleanser just because it contains oil and is a balm. It will properly cleanse your face and will help to heal acne. You need oil to remove oil, so if you are oily, so don’t be afraid. I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and it is changing my skin. My complexion is clearer, my acne is almost totally gone (I am no longer using any spot treatments or acne treatments at all) and my skin is more hydrated than ever.