True Life: I put gel on my face. And I liked it.

My love for NUANCE Salma Hayek products continue. I hosted a party on behalf of the brand a few weeks back (post coming soon) and now I’ve gone from liking the brand to being totally obsessed. I mean, what’s not to love? The products are affordable, easy to find and they are preservative-free. This CVS-exclusive brand has quickly become one of my favorite brands and it’s because their products always feel high-end.

Like this gel cleanser…

NUANCE Salma Hayek Gel Cleanser

Man, this stuff is fantastic. I’ve been using it for a month now and it is absolutely wonderful. I spotted this at one of my CVS’s (but haven’t seen it at any others) and I can’t believe I waited so long to try it. Both oily and dry skin lovers can get behind this because it’s hydrating, soothing and cleansing. I know people are suspicious about cleansers that don’t foam up but you really don’t need suds to thoroughly cleanse the skin.

Salma Hayek Gel Cleanser

And yeah, I can be a lover of the suds too but this cleanser is just ridiculously refreshing. Especially on these too hot to think Florida days.

NUANCE Salma Hayek Gel Cleanser promises

NUANCE Salma Hayek Gel ingredients

Pro’s

-It feels cooling. If you’ve got sunburned skin, this will feel so good on your skin.
-A little goes a long way.
-The woodsy fragrance is niiiiice. And because of that, men may like this cleanser too.
-It thoroughly cleanses the skin. I checked by using a makeup remover after using the cleanser.
-Great and gentle enough for acne prone skin.

Con’s

-The lack of suds may have you questioning if your skin is really cleansed.
-It is not suitable for cleaning off waterproof makeup. You’ll need a makeup remover for that.
-May not be available at your CVS.
-It’s a tad bit pricey for a drugstore face cleanser.

 

Cost- $9.99
Where To Buy – CVS stores and CVS.com.
Do I recommend it? – Yep, I think it’s fantastic!

 

Have you tried any of the Nuance skincare products yet? Oh! And if you haven’t checked out the cleansing wipes, ooooohmiiiigoodness, you better get on it. Stat!

My obsession with coconut continues with Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes

Guess who is going out of town for an overnight trip (sans baby) later this month?! Meeeee! Quick overnight trips can be more difficult than longer ones because you’ve got to prep yourself for dealing with airplanes, hotels, ground transportation and meetings all in 2 days. But if I can do that while 9 weeks pregnant and dreadfully ill I know I can do it now. I’m getting a head start on packing my cosmetic bag and I am soooo throwing these Pacifica Wipes up in there. I got these babies for review and I know I’ve featured several cleansing wipes before but I am so lovin’ on these.

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For one, they are vegan! Wooo hoo! I’m no vegan but I tend to only regularly use vegan skincare products. And not just to be cool but because my skin acts crazy with products with a ton of mess in ‘em. So yeah, these are great because they are without the yucky ingredients.

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes mission

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes ingredients

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes rocks

And they’re cheap too. $6 for 20 wipes is a darn good deal for wipes that you plan to keep in your travel bag. The packaging is great too…

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Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes open

The hard plastic lid closes securely enough to keep the cloths moist. WIN! I should really dabble more into Pacifica products. They are my kind of brand!

 

PROS’s

-You don’t need water for these. Just pull from the package and wipe face.
-They do a great job at removing makeup too! Especially eyeliner and face powders.
-Affordable! $6? C’mon, that’s nothing!
-Skin feels great after use, not too try and they don’t leave an oily residue either.
-Easy to find! You can get these from Target or PacificaPerfume.com.

CON’S

-The packaging says that “all natural” fragrance is used but that seems ridiculously vague.
-They are a bit lint-y. So while they do great at removing eyeliner, I’d rather use my own makeup remover with lint-free pads.
-The coconut fragrance is nice and dissipates quickly but it may be a bit too strong for some.

 

Yeeppp, I’m lovin’ these! Can’t wait to try more products from Pacifica!

Simple Skincare is just so…simple. And awesome!

Yay!! New skincare products. Okay, not really new. Simple has been out for awhile but this is my first time trying them. I got a few of the products to review and after giving them about a month to work some magic, I am finally ready to review ‘em.

Simple Skincare products

First things first…you can grab these products and more at practically all drugstores and at places like Target and Walmart. This brand is SO up my alley because for one thing, it’s practically fragrance-free. Aaaanad, all of their products omit parabens, sulfates and phthalates. This hypoallergenic line has products for those of all skin types – normal,oily, dry and combination. The line carries everything from cleaners, moisturizers (with and without SPF), facial scrubs, toners make-up removers and eye creams. I’m going to do mini reviews of the products that I used…

Foaming Facial Cleanser ($6.99)

Simple Skincare Foaming Facial Cleanser

Simple Foaming Facial Cleanser in hand

This cleanser promises to not only refresh and moisturize the skin, but it also promises to get rid of remaining traces of make-up. It has such a nice fresh scent and I think that’s due to the chamomile. The glycerin in it helps with hydration and I love how my skin didn’t feel streaky clean when I used it. It does a darn good job at thoroughly cleansing the skin and yep, I felt like it removed my excess traces of makeup. The price point is a great too and I love that even though it’s a foam, it will last well over a month. Maybe even two months.

Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF ($11.99)

Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer

Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15

It’s been forever since I’ve tried a new moisturizer. I looooove this one. It’s just so…simple. No frills, no outrageous promises, it’s just a lightweight facial moisturizer. It’s perfect for this hot and humid areas and I appreciate not smelling the SPF that’s dumped in it. It isn’t greasy and is a great follow-u to the facial cleanser.

Radiance Cleansing Facial Wipes ($5.49 for 25 wipes)

Simple Radiance Cleansing wipes

Simple Radiance Cleansing wipes in hand

Too lazy to splash some water on your face each night? Um yeah…me too. Which is why I LOVE facial wipes. They aren’t exactly eco-friendly but they work beautifully in a pinch. I currently have these stashed in my travel bag because I’m finding it great for cleaning my face and neck while on the go. I think these are best suited for those with extremely dry skin because they left a bit of a film behind. It wasn’t unpleasant but it may drive those with oiler skin crazy. I didn’t try ‘em long enough to see if they brightened and evened my skin tone but with those claims, if I wasn’t a beauty blogger, I would definitely be into using this long term.

 Oil Balancing Cleansing Facial Wipes ($5.49 for 30 wipes)

Simple Oil Balancing Cleansing wipes

Similar to the Radiance wipes, these can be used in place of a traditional cleanser. It has promises to refresh skin and help control shine. It feels just as good as the Radiance wipes but I’d rather use those because of their promises to help even skin tone. Both wipes are alcohol-free. Yesssss!

Eye Make-Up Remover Pads ($5.49 for 30 wipes)

Simple Eye Makeup Remover Pads

Simple Eye Makeup Remover Pads in hand

This are cute, uh? They promise to remove waterproof mascara but nope, my waterproof mascara was holding on tightly and wasn’t easily removed by the pad. *le sigh* I’d rather stick with my regular eye makeup remover and use the facial wipes for all over cleanup.

OVERALL: I’m a huge fan of this brand. There is a definite need for a line like this on the drugstore level. I have only worn preservative-free skincare products for years (due to my sensitive skin) so I am loving me some Simple.

Have you tried any of their products?

More reasons to love the natural brand Dr. Woods…

Remember that time I reviewed an awesome facial cleanser that I impulsively purchased while shopping at a natural food store? Yep. It happens, ya know? You go in a store with a list and end up picking up stuff you didn’t intend to. Freaking Target does it to me every time. The good news is, that Dr. Woods cleanser was spectacular! And since using it, I’ve gotten my hands on some more of their other products. Their availability in stores is tricky but you can find most of ‘em online and for A LOT cheaper than what they’d be in stores.

And y’all knowwww how much I love bar soaps.

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My skin is doing all kinds of craziness due to this pregnancy. My normally dry skin has gotten all weird and oily. This Shea Vision Naturals Tea Tree oily/combination skin ain’t too shabby.

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And like all Dr. Woods products, it’s vegan. I’m in love with the fragrance as I was with the cleanser made for normal skin. It’s got a nice woods-y since but nothing over the top. This cleanser also has a clear consistency making it ideal for those with oiler skin. This baby can easily go for over $10 in stores but I found it for less than $6 at LuckyVitamin.com. And as far as those bar soaps…

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I like them a lot. I’ve been using bar soaps more for hand washin’ than body washing simply because my eczema-ridden skin can’t get too much moisture from bar soaps. But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy ‘em anyway. I love shea butter soaps and considering how moisturizing shea butter is in its natural state, I wish it was AS moisturizing in a bar. But alas, it’s not. These soaps are still pretty fantastic. Mostly because they smell all earthy and woodsy.

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Ingredients-wise, they follow the same preservative-free philosophy of all Dr. Woods products.

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I’ve got one bar in my guest bathroom and another in my bathroom but I tend to like the raw black shea butter best. The red currant clove has a nice and spicy fragrance but it’s a bit on the strong side. Like most bar soaps, it dissipates after awhile but while lathering up, these are very nice soaps. And they’re decently priced at around $3 online.

Dr. Woods rocks and I really wish I could see more of this brand in stores.

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But I don’t mind stocking up online either. If you’re a lover of natural products and lookin’ to try something new, you’ll like Dr. Woods.

Biore’s new look!

Okay, so we all know how ridiculously sensitive my skin is and how I very rarely change up my skincare regimen. But just because I can’t use a product doesn’t mean I don’t want to sound the horn and tell y’all about ‘em. Such is the case with Biore.

Biore has been busy yo! Look at that redesign. This certainly isn’t the Biore that I grew up with but I’m okay with that. The packaging is cleaner, classier and definitely hipper. Fine by me. I haven’t personally tested any of these products but I did want to showcase them for my Biore fans. The best thing about Biore? The fact that they have SO many skincare products for various skincare needs.

4-in-1 Detoxifying Cleanser

This multi-tasking face wash that cuts your routine down to one step, gently removes dirt, oil and makeup from skin without over-drying or stripping skin of its natural oils. The formula cleanses, tones, stimulates and detoxifies to help restore a healthy glow.

 

Steam Activated Cleanser, with SteamActiv™ Beads

Esposo LOVES these kind of cleansers. This invigorates skin with a cooling mint extract complex that contrasts against the warmth of the steam to revitalize the senses.

 

Pore Unclogging Scrub

My fellow acne suffers will dig this one. This creamy pearlized formula is designed to lift away pore-clogging dirt and oil. The cleanser contains spherical exfoliating microbeads that gently remove dull, lifeless surface cells without damaging skin and Salicylic acid to help prevent blackheads and breakouts from forming.

 

Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser

I’ll be holding on to this one for when after Baby Clumps is born. I don’t think I’ve ever tried a warming cleanser! This powerful blackhead-fighting cleanser is formulated with Zeolite, a special mineral clay that warms on contact with water, to help open up pores and clear out dirt, oil and makeup.

 

Deep Cleansing Pore Strips (available in 8 and 14 count nose strips)

Clean a week’s worth of dirt build-up in by using these once a week. The strips are the deepest way to clean pores in just ten minutes.

 

Daily Cleansing Cloths

These ultra-convenient, pre-moistened wipes are infused with grapefruit and pomegranate. Each cloth is double-sided, featuring a textured side for mild exfoliation and a smooth side to wipe skin clean.

 

These products are moderately priced between $5.99-$11.99. The pore strips are the most expensive of the bunch but you can score the cleanser for close to nothing at $5.99. I’ve seen these products are over drugstores and you can scoop ‘em up at Drugstore.com.

Any Biore lovas in the house?

Cleanin’ pretty with Nuance Salma Hayek’s Facial Cleansing Towelettes

Did y’all know the gorgeous Salma Hayek had a line at CVS Pharmacy? I didn’t! Aaaand, did you know the collection primarily consists of paraben-free products? Of course that reason is why I am already so in love with the brand. I’ve got my hands on a few of the products but first up, I’ll be showcasing the amazing Detoxifying Facial Cleansing & Toning Towelettes.

These are just wonderful. Especially for lazy biddies like me who want to wash their faces at night but don’t feel like going through the whole ‘turn the water on, lather up, massage, rinse and dry’ thing. Don’t get me wrong. Washing the face is ALWAYS a must but I love these towelette alternatives. And since these have so many claims, well…I expected a lot.

What the towelettes say they’ll do:

Cleanse and soothe the skin in one step with a gentle blend of Quillaja Extract, Chamomile and Citric Acid, balanced to remove impurities, soften and moisturize.

Packaging-wise, I think the 25 pre-moistened towelettes for $7.99 is a pretty good deal. I do wish they would have rounded off to 30 though. That way, at least you’d have a month worth of towelettes.

Opening, closing and removing towelettes is easy enough.

I love that there is sturdy plastic cover. Many brands have stickers on their facial towelettes and while they may work, they often dry the towelettes out quicker. This top will ensure that the cleanser stays ON the towelette without drying up.

For a second, I thought that these would be great for removing makeup too, but nope…stick with cleansing the skin. These are nice and cotton-y but also lint-ty. Which is great for removing concealer, foundation and the day’s dirt from the skin but not for removing mascara, eyeliner and eyeshadow.

Your best bet is to thoroughly remove eye makeup before using these.

Ingredients-wise, I can so appreciate how these are paraben and alcohol-free.

I do take the term “Non-irritating” with a grain of salt though. Everyone’s skin reacts differently to different products, ya know?

Pro’s

-Perfect for traveling, overnight bags or for keeping at your desk or in your car for quick “I need to refresh my face” fixes.
-Wipe stays moistened long enough to clean the face…and neck. 8)
-Feels REALLY good and my dry skin doesn’t feel all tight afterwards.
-Oh yeah…it’s paraben-free. Y’all know how much I appreciate paraben-free products.

Con’s

-The fragrance of these is a little strong for me. I definitely wish they were fragrance-free. I’d love them so much more. Buuuut, the fragrance definitely doesn’t linger so that’s a good thing.
-Because they are a bit linty, you want to avoid the eye area to prevent lint from falling into the eyes.

Overall: I really like these. They are the perfect addition to the other Nuance Salma Hayek items. I so think all makeup lovin’ guys and gals should keep facial towelettes on hands. Not just for those lazy days but also for cleaning up brushes quickly. I loves ‘em.

Are you a fan of cleansing towelettes?

My current facial cleanser. What are you washing your face with these days?

I’ve found a new face cleanser! This is a big deal, y’all. Despite being a beauty blogger, I am far from a product junkie. I stick with what works and while I may review a ton of skincare products, I usually stick with the same ones until they run out. What I review and don’t use, I often donate and pass over to those who I know who I know will use them. I just hate being wasteful, ya know?

A few weeks ago I was roaming through Chamberlin’s Natural Foods store here in Orlando and found myself venturing in the skincare lanes. I’m so ridic. I can MAKE my own skincare products but still feel the need to “buy” some. I’m no Mama Clumps. I don’t have the patience to make my own stuffs. And soooo I buy. This go ’round, I picked up a cleanser from a brand that I’ve never heard of.

Dr. Woods, uh? Is this Dr. Bronner’s cousin? Ha! I vigorously scanned the ingredients list and LOVED that there wasn’t any artificial fragrances in it. Too many times brands say a product is natural but then dump a ton of artificial fragrances in it. Which always annoys me.

This cleanser is so wonderful, y’all. So wonderful. I’ve found a keeper and don’t see myself venturing away from this one any time soon.

Pro’s

-Contains tea tree oil. My favorite all-natural pimple bustin’ agent.
-Includes peppermint oil and that makes the skin feel rejuvenated.
-A little goes a long way.
-Has a mint-y/tea tree oil smell to it. Which I really like but I can see how it may turn off others.
-Nice clear consistency. I prefer clear cleansers over creamy ones. Even though they may not be the best for my dry skin, I feel like they do a better job at drying out those pimples.
-Minimal ingredients!

Con’s

-Can dry the skin out. You have to apply moisturizer quickly!
-Pretty pricey in stores. I paid almost $12 for it but saw that you can get it online for as low as $4.69!

So yeah, I love everything about this cleanser. And I love that I can get it online for almost HALF of what I paid for it. Between this cleanser, my Weleda Almond moisturizer and Boscia masks, I have a nice line-up of preservative-free facial care products.

I love featuring ALL products here on Clumps but for every day use? I stick to all-natural, baby. With my acne flare-up’s, gentler is better, ya know?

What cleanser are your currently using these days?

A Milk Conditioning Cleanser. No cookies required

Random B Fact: I am severely lactose intolerant. Ya’ll know I’m the Queen of TMI Talk so my revealing this quite common condition among us human species shouldn’t even come as a surprise. When I first heard of glo|Therapeutics’ Conditioning Milk Cleanser, I got all giddy. Very rarely do I come across milk products that don’t have me doubling over in pain.

Okay, more TMI. My bad.

Fact is, the concept of milk cleansers makes sense. Milk can be moisturizing, soothing and conditioning. Why not be it in a face cleanser?

According to glo|Therapeutics this cleanser ‘gently washes away impurities, soothing and protecting the skin with conditioning and antioxidant ingredients’. Because of its non-foaming and gentle formula, it can also be used as a makeup remover. Quite frankly, I prefer oil-based makeup removers since I use sturdy eyeliners and mascaras, but if you don’t wear longwear eye products, I can see how this works as a makeup remover.


As a cleanser – I can’t say it’s one of my favorites. For one, while the formula feels nice and creamy, it is far too perfume-y to me. Even after I rinsed the cleanser off, I could still smell it on my face. I prefer to use products without fragrances and even if I come across one that does use fragrances, I never want them to be long-lasting. Packaging wise, the cleanser has a nice pump that makes distributing in the palm of your hands easy peasy.

Because it doesn’t foam up, the cleanser feels a lot like a lotion.


But unlike a lotion, it doesn’t sink into your skin. I always feel like I REALLY have to rub creamy cleansers in my skin to FEEL like they’re doing something. glo|Therapeutics recommends to gently massage the skin for 60 seconds but I found myself doubling that time.

After rinsing off, it felt great. Nothing exceptional but my skin didn’t feel tight and that’s always a good thing. I do think the cleanser would best be suited for guys and gals with super dry skin though.

I’m not sure if it’s the cleanser for me but if you’re on a mission to try something new, I would definitely give it a whirl. You can snag it from gloprofessionals.com.

Whatcha think? You down for trying a milk cleanser?