Facial Wipe Wednesday: Purederm’s Q-10 Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelette

You may not know it from looking at me but, I’m a ‘mad scientist’. My day job is concocting mineral makeup colors in my lab. Also, I have a doctorate in naturopath science. That’s the study of herbs, vitamins and nutrition. When I saw this product claiming it contained CoQ-10, I wanted to investigate. My false claim radar went up because CoQ-10 is a particular molecule that wouldn’t normally permeate the skin. It’s too big. That aside, I will mention more about the ingredients further into this review.

Wow, is this not a bright package! It’s even more bright in person. I have seen this brand before but hadn’t given it much regard. But, I have been on the lookout for different facial wipes and I saw this in the impulse aisle at Forever 21…

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Later that same day, I saw the exact same product at Nordstrom’s Rack. It cost just a tab bit more there…

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Right off I saw something I got excited about: This package has a 30 count!!!…

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That’s almost a rarity. And, it also had an expiration date!!!…

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I used these wipes for 3 weeks. I found that the further I got in the package, the more juicy the wipes became. These wipes were about average size…

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And they were soft too, yet with no texture…

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Purderm’s towelettes did an average job of cleansing the makeup off my face. As is the most common complaint, it didn’t do so great with mascara and was worse with waterproof mascara. I had to really scrub my eyes to remove the mascara and, I’d rather not scrub that hard.

The fragrance of these wipes reminded me of Handi-Wipes. A smell that I don’t mind wiping my hands with but, don’t like on my face one bit. That’s the alcohol smell and I’d rather not use that on my face at all.

There are three statements, from their packaging, that I find, in my results, to not be true; they didn’t gently clean my face, they didn’t work on waterproof mascara and, they would not be good for all skin types. Since there is so much alcohol, I’m not sure what skin type it would be good for…

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Last is the ingredient list. I looked this over pretty closely because I was interested in how much CoQ-10 these wipes actually had. What I do see are many natural ingredients…

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However, none of them are CoQ-10. I didn’t know what all these ingredients were so I did Google a few of them. Still, no CoQ-10.

So, my skepticism seems valid. There isn’t a whole lot of independent studies on the effects of CoQ-10 being an effective in rejuvenating the skin. There are plenty of skincare companies giving us THEIR studies but, I stay skeptical of those claims too.

All in all, these wipes are cheap, do a half-way job and would be OK if I was strapped for a makeup removing wipe. They didn’t irritate my skin but, I didn’t feel like they revitalized or enhanced my skin in any way.

Since these come from Korea, and it looks like they have lots of other products they sell in that country. I’m taking it that it is South Korea. Have you tried any other products from Purederm?

Replace or Reject: The March Edition, Part 2

This is part 2 of the monthly Replace or Reject segment. If you missed part 1, click here.

The two-tone green is Maybelline’s Eye Studio. The two below that are cream eyeshadows that I do not recall what brand…

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The Eye Studio is a two-tone powder green shadow called Ivy Icon. I didn’t find the colors to be saturated enough for my taste. And, I just didn’t reach for it. I wouldn’t replace it…

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The two cream shadows were crease city. Even if I could remember where I got these, I wouldn’t replace them or recommend them…

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Two Milani Color Play eyeliners that are colors I don’t use…

 

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I tried them out and love the precision points on these liners. It’s just the colors are not for me.

I already made mention in part 1 that I’m over Chapstick balms. I haven’t even opened the Pumpkin Pie one…

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This is an assortment of 2 empties and one reject. First, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner. I love this! This is the toner I use after using the facial wipes I review. I don’t use it every time but, during the first week of the 3 or more I test a wipe, I use the toner to see how much residue is left behind.  Kiehl’s is always a replace. This is my 2nd bottle since discovering Kiehl’s and I have already replaced this one.

 

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My beloved eyebrow pencil!! How I loved this as it was the perfect color for me…

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Definitely, well used and, used up. I can’t get the pencil into the sharpener any more. I am not even certain of the brand. I know it did come from the Dollar Tree and I picked it up on a whim. The tweezers were OK but, I have a favorite pair I prefer better. The pencil was the perfect blend of color and wax to fix and tame my brows. I’m sorry to let it go. It would be replaced without hesitation if I could find another.

This NYX lippie wasn’t a color I reach for. It’s pretty but I like my lipstick colors bolder. Also, the staying power was weak on this shade…

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I also found this Prestige lipstick that I don’t use. I actually did a review on it a very long time ago! This one had better staying power, it’s just not a color I love…

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So, there you have it. There are a few empties and lot of rejects. It feels really good to clear out things I don’t use. In fact, I finished up several paperback books and recycled them to the library at the retirement home where my Mother lives. I love books way too much to throw them away!

How have you been doing with clearing out your unused makeup?

Freeman Beauty: Facial Moisturizing Cleaner with Kiwi and Yogurt

I have reviewed many Freeman Beauty products in the past and, I have yet to come across one that I don’t like. The Facial Moisturizing Cleanser with Kiwi and Yogurt has proven to be no exception…

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Not only are Freeman Beauty products good quality, you also get your money’s worth. This tube is 6 ounces and, the cost, on the Freeman website is $4.29. That’s close to what you’ll find at the drugstores too.

The cleanser is gentle and luxurious to my skin. I consider my skin to be normal to dry so, I work towards keeping it as moist as possible and, not over-drying it. Since a large portion of my face cleansing schedule is to use makeup remover wipes for my Facial Wipe Wednesday segments, using Freeman Beauty’s creamy lotion remover was a pleasant diversion.

I found the list of ingredients rather interesting…

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Lots of healthy things like fruit extracts. However, if you look closely, the back verbiage states that it is a ‘non-dairy yogurt…

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Yet, in the ingredients, it lists yogurt…

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Anything that I could find states that hydrolyzed yogurt protein comes from yogurt. Yogurt is considered a dairy product. Vegans do not use any products derived from animals. So, if you avoid products that contain animal-derived ingredients, you might want to investigate further. As for me, I’m just confused but OK in using this product.

This cleanser does, indeed, smell like kiwis. And, I love kiwis! The cleanser did awesome with removing all types of makeup and did so easily. It rinsed off without leaving any type of residue behind. What did leave behind was baby-soft skin…

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Freeman Beauty is made in the USA and, is cruelty-free…

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If you have normal to dry skin, I highly recommend Freeman Beauty’s Facial Cleanser with Kiwi and Yogurt. It will leave your skin feeling quite pampered.

Have you tried this cleanser from Freeman?

Facial Wipe Wednesday: Dickinson’s Refreshingly Clean Cleansing Cloths

This installment of Facial Wipe Wednesday spotlights Dickinson’s Refreshingly Clean Cleansing Cloths…

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I have read that witch hazel is better for the skin than rubbing alcohol. I wouldn’t use straight rubbing alcohol on my skin, much less my face. Yet, witch hazel as a long history as being very good to the skin.

This is a list of what witch hazel can do for the skin, taken directly from the Dickinson’s website:

Cosmetic Benefits:

  • Excellent for sensitive skin
  • Removes excess oil and sebum
  • Controls oil production
  • Reduces skin blemishes
  • Cleanses and conditions skin
  • Tones and tightens pores
  • Soothes redness
  • Refreshes and cools skin
  • Does not over dry
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Dermatologist tested

In an effort to expand the variety of wipes to review, I was very much looking forward to testing these wipes. Of course, to my chagrin, this package has 25 wipes rather than 30. But, after using these wipes, I can almost totally forgive that faux pas.

The packaging states that it can do quite a bit…

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And, I found all of these to be true. Only mascara was a bit stubborn to remove. I did need to go over my lashes several times to get all the flakes off. The wipes were very moist and yes, it actually did feel refreshing to use. I can see how this product would be soothing to puffy skin, especially to the under eye area.

In the several years that I have been doing these wipe reviews, I think this is the shortest list of ingredients I have yet to see…

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Two more pluses for Dickinson’s are that they are made in the US and, they do not test on animals. You’ll notice that this product still has alcohol in it. This is used to help the product dissolve the dirt and activate the witch hazel. I didn’t find that it dried my skin out but, I always follow up with a moisturizer regardless.

I was completely impressed with the size of the wipes…

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I had to pull the wipe down to my wrist to show the complete, full size of it. This size was plenty to cleanse my entire face and eye area. And, right from the beginning, Dickinson’s Cleansing Cloths were very moist, just how I like it.

I liked that the wipe had a texture to it…

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This is the first time I have ever used a witch hazel product. I was concerned it would be too drying for my skin. But, my concern was unfounded even with my slightly dry skin. These cleansing clothes sell for around $7 at Walgreen’s. I know I picked mine up on sale, however I don’t recall what I paid for them.

For those with sensitive skin, their website claims that these are good for even the most sensitive. I think that’s pretty bold yet, with the short list of ingredients, it would seem there is less of a chance for disrupting the skin.

If you happen to visit their website, you’ll find it full of information on witch hazel. If you are considering using these wipes, which I can easily recommend, you’ll discover quite a bit there.

Have you ever used witch hazel?

Elsa’s Snow and Ice Beauty Book

When I saw the exclusive Frozen-themed items at Walgreen’s, I purchased the elf nine shadow palette, which I reviewed here, and I also purchased the Beauty Book too…

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I must admit, I have not seen the movie, as I am not a fan of cartoon movies nor musicals. However, it’s easy to say that I love the color-scheme and the makeup that this collection has.

The beauty book is just like the other elf books that have come before…

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Along with a mirror, there is a two-look tutorial underneath that…

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With a shadow brush and eight shadows, there is a face highlighter, two eyeliner pencils and a lip gloss…

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The brush isn’t my favorite but, it can get the job done. I like to use it if I’m just going to wear one or two shadows. For a more intense look, I use other higher-end brushes for precision application and better blending.

The shadows are neither chalky nor crumbly. I found them to blend amazingly well and the colors tie into each other nicely…

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Elsa Book Swatches

The eye pencils are both black. However, one is a flat black and the other has silver sparkles. I found that once I had them on, I couldn’t much tell the difference…

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The lip gloss is the scene-stealer of the book. It is highly-pigmented, not a bit tacky and it is super bold…

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I didn’t use a primer with any of these swatches. I would, however, recommend using a lip liner with this gloss as it migrated on me rather quickly. I feel a liner would have corralled it and kept it from bleeding.

The highlighter was adorable with its embossing…

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However, it is just an overspray. This is what happened when I swatched it…

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Nevertheless, for my fair complexion, this highlighter looked nice applied to the top of the apples of my cheeks. I don’t do highlighters much but, with a light application, this one didn’t make me look overly made-up or shiny.

Overall, I find this elf beauty book to be absolutely adorable. For a makeup junkie, I think it’s fun and I can easily recommend it for any age.

Have you spotted the Frozen movie products in your Walgreen’s? Which ones did you get?

 

 

Replace or Reject: The March Edition, Part 1

The Toss or Trash segment has been a tradition at the Vanity for over 3-1/2 years. I am changing the name to Replace or Reject to more clearly reflect the final outcome of my empties or, in some instances, a flat out rejection of a product. I’m not holding back either!

For March, I did very well with finishing up products. For this review, I picked these three to start off…

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First, on the left, is a lip balm from Bath and Body Works…DSCF0002 DSCF0003

Let me say that this balm never smelled like honey or apples and it turned bad, anyway, since I never reached for it, in the first place. It’s a hard balm too. After discovering Soft Lips balms, reviewed here, I decided I don’t have to put up with hard lip balms anymore. And, since I turned my family members onto Soft Lips, as well, I can’t pass this Bath and Body Works stick off onto them.

This did have a slight tint to it. I had to make sure I didn’t color outside of the lines with stick!

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Next, I tried the Simple Ultra-Light Gel Moisturizer. I used up almost all of this product in hopes that it would work for me. There was about 2/5 left when I decided that it wasn’t going to happen and deemed it a reject.

Now, the product is very good but, just not for my skin type which is normal to dry. I need more moisturizing properties than this Simple product provides. I would recommend it for those that have oily skin. I did find the gel texture to be too sticky for my preference.

Last is the Instant Youth Potion. I reviewed this as part of the ZMask set here. Since I have dedicated this year to using up or, purging products, I started using the Instant Youth Potion every day. I did use it for my morning routine as it has some skin-tightening properties. I liked how it smoothed out my fine lines almost instantly. This potion isn’t truly a Reject, as I wouldn’t mind using it again. However, since there are so many other products I have to use up and, Instant Youth Potion isn’t easily purchased at a store, I have no plans on replacing it.

Have you been doing good with purging at your own Vanity? Which of these products have you used?