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?

Vichy Laboratoires: Perete Thermale One Step Cleanser

I have TWO full boxes of empties for the Vanity’s Toss or Trash segment that has been on hiatus for like months. It’s not because I don’t have plenty of fodder! This product that I will be reviewing for you today deserves its own special review so it didn’t have to add to the shame that I’m slacking on sharing my Toss or Trash items.

I purchased Vichy Laboratories One Step Cleanser with a coupon many moons ago. It was my first Vichy product to try out. It has, also, been my go-to cleanser when I have not been doing any makeup wipe product testing. First and foremost, I have loved using this product!…

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Can you tell I squeezed every last drop out of this tube! When I can get a product that does what it promotes to do AND it does more than one job, I will stop complete strangers to tell them they need this product. Not only does it cleanse and tone the skin, but it also removes eye makeup. Yes, it actually did all three jobs…


And, it did it without any parabens. That would be with no unnecessary chemicals. See, it’s my face and I’m well past the classic age so I have to baby this face. Perete Thermale did the babying all for me in one product. And since my skin is moving from being normal to dry to almost completely dry, this cleanser did its work without making my skin feel like a parched sidewalk.

There is just one problem: I used it wrong!


The directions clearly state that you wipe it on with a cotton pad and do not rinse. Well, I screwed that up. I used it like I do almost all other cleansers; I wet my face, rubbed the product thoroughly around my eyes and face and then wiped it all off with a wet microfiber cloth. However, I am lucky. It still worked. And it was with the very last use that I followed the directions. Meh. I liked my way better.

This cleanser sudsed up very well. I felt my skin was completely clean when I was finished and there was absolutely no need to use a toner to wipe away any remaining residue…


It had no distinctive fragrance, didn’t sting my skin and didn’t hurt my eyes either. I think I need to add to the lauds that it really is good for sensitive skin.

While I have a new face wash to test out, I will miss using my Vichy Cleanser. I bought this at Walgreens and the current price is $19.50. While that may seem a bit high for a drugstore facial cleanser, do keep in mind that this one product does three things: cleanse, tone and remove makeup. And, it does it all remarkably well.

If you have tried Vichy’s Perete Thermale One Step Cleanser, how did you like it?


Facial Wipe Wednesday: Pond’s Luminous Clean Facial Towelettes

Even though it has been a while since I have done a Facial Wipe Wednesday review, I have still been using and testing cleansing facial towelettes. However, it’s time to catch you up on those that I have been trying out.

Pond’s is a beauty brand that you can say ‘they’ve been around foreeeeverrrr!’ And, you would be correct. Pond’s is one of the first skincare products I remember. I dare say it is one that I think of from my Grandma’s generation. Still holding their own, they have slowly been resurrecting themselves to generations younger than mine, which is the very last 2 years of the baby-boomer generation.

If you didn’t catch my review on Pond’s BB Cream, you can click here and find out why I think their BB Cream is ALL that!

As with many beauty brands, they can have different collections within their brand. Each collection focuses on solving a particular issues. One of the newest for Pond’s is their ‘Luminous Clean’ collection. The pink packaging of ‘Luminous Clean’ helps distinguish it from the older collections. I picked up this trial size package of 5 wipes to satisfy my curiousity…

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This little packet is perfect for throwing in your purse or gym bag. I am always impressed when a company will make the peel seal strong enough to stay closed after being opened over and over. I don’t want any towel juice staining the inside of my purse! No problems with Pond’s…

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Kaolin clay sucks out those impurities. It grabs ahold those scruffy, dull top skin cells and lifts them right off. Now your dewy, soft skin radiates through. Thus, luminous!!!

Oh, and these wipes are the softest too…

auto curler swatches 200Even though they have a texture, they are very gentle to the touch. I don’t feel Pond’s was skimpy on the size of each wipe either. One was plenty to cleanse my face…

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I can’t tell you if the waffle-weave is used on all Pond’s facial wipes but I’m glad it is used for the Luminous wipes. You can see that this is a very intricate weave…

auto curler swatches 199The wipe has a very gentle fragrance. I didn’t find it strong at all. In fact, I only noticed it when I put my thoughts on it. It’s a fresh, clean and light smell. My face felt completely clean after using just one towelette. I didn’t feel an immediate need to get moisturizer on my skin afterwards. I didn’t feel any residue, just clean skin ready for my next skincare step which is to use a toner and then a night time moisturizer.

After the 5 days, I feel very strongly in being able to recommend Pond’s Luminous Clean Facial Towelettes to any skin type except to those that are extremely sensitive. The Vanity is perfectly OK with these wonderful wipes being on the vanity and, that Pond’s has made this a pink-coded collection is beside the point.

Have you tried Pond’s lately? Do you feel that the beginnings of Winter are making your skin dull and need to freshen it up?

Maxima Rejuvenation Skin Care Review

(Facial Wipe Wednesday has been on hiatus as I have been testing out a couple of new skincare items.)

Getting an opportunity to try out a new skincare line is exciting for me, as a blogger. When I got the chance to try Maxima Rejuvenation Skin Care, I was very interested to check it out.

Here are the samples I got…

Gentle Daily Cleanser; Vitamin C 20%; Sunscreen SPF 30 and Biopeptide Mask.

I’ll start first with the Gentle Daily Cleaner

I was able to get 5 washes from this sample. Right off, I noticed it had a very distinct and strange smell to it. I can’t say it was terrible however, it wasn’t floral-y or clean smelling. It was a chemical odor. I wasn’t too put off by it but, I will forewarn those with even the slightest sensitive nose that they should not indulge in this cleanser.

The product was effective, for the most part. It didn’t tackle my mascara as well as I would like. The website says that Gentle Daily Cleanser works while ‘…leaving (skin) smooth, clean, refreshed, and  healthy looking.’ That, it does. My skin felt very clean, soft and pliable. This cleanser didn’t make my skin feel taunt after I used it. There are plenty of healthy ingredients in this cleanser too: shea butter, chamomile extract, aloe and tangerine oil. Gentle Daily Cleanser sells for $43  for 4 oz.

Next is the Vitamin C 20% Serum. Rough-handling by the USPS cracked this little vial’s glass at the top. Even though some of it had leaked out, I got 3 applications from it.

I used the serum right after I used the cleanser. I didn’t want to use a topical with Vitamin C in the morning, as sunlight can cause a not too pleasant photosensitivity to the skin. With each application of the serum, my skin drank it in. My skin was open to taking in the serum after such a thorough cleansing. I know that I couldn’t use the Vitamin C 20% Serum without following up with a moisturizer. This serum prepped my skin for that next step, though. Per Maxima’s website, this serum is a hard-working power horse. It helps diminish fine lines, detoxes the skin by bringing in oxygen to the cells. And, it will help firm the skin and that plumps up any wrinkles. A 1 ounce vial is $48.

And, next…

Sunscreen SPF 30 moisturizer. I have never liked any skin products that specifically had SPF in it. Especially facial products. But, there are a couple of things that Maxima has done with their SPF moisturizer to overcome some of the issues many folks have with this type of product. One is that it doesn’t have a smell, save for the slightest fragrance of citrus. I can smell it when I take a whiff from the jar but not when I have it on my face.

Here’s another hurdle, most SPF products are a royal pain to rub in. Actually, SPF is meant to sit on the skin to protect it. However, with the right moisturizing emollients, Maxima has developed the best of both worlds. I can’t say that my skin drank in Sunscreen SPF 30 but, I can say with a bit more rubbing in than usual, this lotion smoothed out and the white residue just didn’t exist. I have somewhat dry skin and yet, this moisturizer left my skin more dewy than I like. However, since I use mineral foundation, SPF Moisturizer worked hand-in-hand with that combo. This product is sweat-proof and doesn’t clog pores so, that makes it the best facial sunscreen for when I am out running. A 1 ounce bottle is $23.

Here is a photo of the Sunscreen SPF 30 moisturizer and the Biopeptide Mask…

The Biopeptide Mask is another product that works really hard. When I read the ingredient list for this mask and I saw ‘Matrixyl 3000®’ listed, I got excited. Matrixyl 3000® is a very potent and effective line and wrinkle remover. I have tried products in the past with this ingredient and it means business. The Maxima website states:

‘The use of the mask inhibits future new wrinkle development, brightens and lightens skin tones, rejuvenates and moistens the skin, in addition to encouraging new cell development.’

That’s a lot of jobs! And I want to add, this gel product works for all skin tones. I found that it made my skin feel very plump. And peptides are a godsend for products to be delivered into the skin layers. Think about peptides being the train that carries in the emollients into the skin cells.

I used it as a mask twice, leaving it on 20 minutes the first time and then 10 minutes the next. This method didn’t work for me as well as putting on a thin layer and leaving it on before bed. Not that there is anything wrong with the product, I just preferred using it as a moisturizer before bedtime. This gel isn’t heavy and feels cool when first applied. It has the lightest scent but, like the Sunscreen, I didn’t notice it at all when applying it to my face. Biopeptide Mask is $70 for 2 ounces.

These products performed as stated on their website. I can’t attest for the long-term effects of the Vitamin C 20% serum, as that is a product that needs to be used over a longer length of time to see results. However, I wouldn’t hesitate to use this serum long term. The Sunscreen is something that I will use during my morning runs. I found it just a bit too heavy for my liking to use under every day makeup. I’m happy I still have some of the Biopeptide Mask left as it is my favorite from the samples I tested. The one caveat I see is that the prices are expensive. I put these prices in the high-end arena. Yet, I think Maxima would hold its own up against some of the more famously known skincare lines.

Maxima Rejuvenation Skin Care is a US company. You can order their products directly from their website.

These products were provided for me to test and review. All opinions are my own honest ones.