Facial Wipe Wednesday: Wet N Wild Under The Sheets

This edition of Facial Wipe Wednesday covers Wet N Wild’s Facial Wipes called Under The Sheets. I have been wanting to try these for some time but, I continued to select other brands before them. This time when I saw them in the store, I went for it…

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The packaging is the standard plastic one with a resealable plastic flap. I am disappointed to find that the package only contains 25 towelettes…

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But, I am happy to purchase a product made in the USA. Although Wet N Wild states that these are for sensitive skin, I’m starting to feel that statement just doesn’t hold water with me or, with my readers. I implore you to read the ingredient list rather than believe that blanket and, somewhat useless nondescript statement. Here are the ingredients…

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Here’s a bit more about the product from the package…

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I found these sheets to be soft but not supremely soft. As long as the wipes aren’t scratchy or irritating, I’m OK. What these wipes did do was remove…wait for it….WATERPROOF MASCARA. Yes, it’s actually true. I have three different brands I experimented with and, I tested it over and over because I was sure I had done something wrong. There was a bit of scrubbing needed but, I didn’t feel I needed to use my ‘sanding a piece of wood’ mode.

The towelette is regular size, if not a wee bit smaller than most…

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And there isn’t much of a texture to it, however, it is soft. Just not ‘baby soft’…

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There is a very slight fragrance to it. The smell reminds me of a nice aerosol hairspray. I would guess that is the alcohol. It wasn’t unpleasant one bit. And, the fragrance didn’t linger much.

As with all Wet N Wild products, these wipes are cruelty-free…

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There are directions on how to use the wipes. Don’t flush these either. (Now I wonder what the difference is between facial wipes that shouldn’t be flushed and personal wipes that CAN be flushed. I smell research and a blog post.)…

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I picked these up at Target for $3. That makes me more forgiving about there only being 25 sheets to a package. And, although they are inexpensive, they do their job and, they do it well. I did still get some residue with following up with a toner. But, I didn’t need an extra product to remove waterproof mascara and that’s the win.

I know lots of readers love Wet N Wild brand. Have you tried their wipes? What’s your opinion on them?

Facial Wipe Wednesday: Pacifica Coco Pure Makeup Removing Wipes

This installment of Facial Wipe Wednesday is a heart-breaker. Keep reading and you’ll see why.

I purchased Pacifica”s Coco Wipes at Target, for around $6, specifically after reading a positive review on another beauty blog. Previously, I have purchased a couple of Pacifica lotions and LOVED the fragrances. If you like Summery-coconut fragrances, I recommend you check Pacifica out.

With no hesitation, I purchased the Pacifica Coco Pure Making Removing Wipes…

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Pretty packaging and just look at all the good things mentioned on the front of the package…

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And, a favorite of mine to see; a 30 count. Here is what the back of the package shows…

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The wipes were a good size…

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They were incredibly soft too…

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Another plus is the plastic opening to remove the wipes. I feel these can keep the wipes fresher and seal in moisture…

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And, I was thrilled that the wonderful fragrance I have come to associate with Pacifica was a part of these facial wipes too.

So, what went wrong? These babies stung my skin. Especially, right under my eyes and the top of the apples of my cheeks. It felt like it was burning. I ended up using Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner or, Vichy’s Calming Cleansing Micellar Solution right away to tame down the burn. Normally, I wait about 10 to 15 minutes after using a facial wipe to see how dried out my skin feels. I couldn’t wait this time.

I noticed that the burning was more intense when I was removing full-on makeup. It still burned when I was makeup-free but, not as intensely as with removing makeup. Maybe I was scrubbing extra hard to remove my makeup since these wipes didn’t work on waterproof mascara at all. Even regular mascara gave these wipes a challenge. In fact, I used two wipes when I had full makeup on because one wasn’t removing everything. I still had makeup coming off with the toner and micellar water.

The possible conclusion I have come to on why my skin felt like it was burning could be the citric acid in the wipes. However, I have used Vitamin C in lots of products before and never had a reaction. Maybe my skin doesn’t like coconut ingredients like my tongue does. Irregardless, I am very disappointed that the Pacifica Coco Pure wipes didn’t agree with me.

Have you tried any Pacifica products? How about the facial wipes?

Facial Wipe Wednesday: Puffs Fresh Faces Wipes

This segment of Facial Wipe Wednesday is a product that you might not expect. This is a facial wipe from the makers of the Puffs facial tissues, called Puffs Fresh Faces…

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As you can see, it’s a decorative box made to leave out on the vanity. My various photos in today’s post show two different color boxes. The photos above have a truer color, a pink shade, than the others I took in sunlight. I’m OK with either color, actually.

This pretty box came free with a three-pack of Puff tissues. I couldn’t find a count on this box however,upon research online, I found the count to be 45. I like that the opening is plastic to keep the wipes from drying out…

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At first glance, you make think these wipes are personal wipes. However, they are called Puffs Fresh Faces. Even though I could use them as personal wipes, they are not meant to be flushed down the toilet. Puffs Fresh Faces is made in the USA…

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The promotional ingredient in these wipes is Saline. Saline has a pretty stable pH balance close to what skin is. Once other ingredients are added, however, that pH can change. The premises of this wipe is to keep the skin moist while removing makeup and dirt…

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Here’s what I do know: these wipes smell exactly like toilet paper. Or, Puffs tissues. I find that a pleasant fragrance and it doesn’t stick around long after I have used a wipe on my face. It didn’t sting or even bother my eyes. I found that these wipes weren’t too effective on waterproof or regular mascara. But, I did find that the wipes made my face feel super clean when I used it on a bare face, for example, on days I wore no makeup at all.

The wipes are standard size and I didn’t edit this photo on purpose because Libby was up on the Vanity inspecting my work. You can see her tail at the far left…

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There’s just the wee bit of texture to the wipe…

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And, this material is thinner than most, as you can see my hand through it. But, in use, it didn’t feel thin at all. It was very sturdy all the way through.

I was not able to find these wipes on the Puffs website so, I’m thinking they came and went already. However, I did find some for sale on the Amazon website.

Puffs Fresh Faces wipes are a hit as a freshen up facial wipe. And, if you don’t have any mascara on, it makes quick work of getting off all other makeup. I love the fragrance and even my husband found using them for a fresher face to be enjoyable.

Have you seen Puffs Fresh Faces? Would you mind using a facial wipe if it smelled like toilet paper?

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?

Facial Wipe Wednesday: Sephora’s Express Eye Makeup Remover Wipes

I’m sure you have heard the saying ‘If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.’ Well, that isn’t going to apply with this installment of Facial Wipe Wednesday. My review of Sephora’s Express Eye Makeup Remover Wipes is not a positive one.

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I will start off with what I liked about the product. I was drawn to try these because each wipe is individually wrapped. That would mean no reopening a package each time I used a wipe and, not worrying about making sure the top, or flap, is sealed down tight. No worries about dried up wipes…

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The wipes were not very moist to begin with, however. I would have liked them to be a little more juicy, if you know what I mean. And yes, this is where the rest of the review goes downhill.

For $9, the box only contains 20 wipes. As you have read in my previous installments on Facial Wipe Wednesday, I have bemoaned the fact that a lot of facial wipes have dropped from a 30 count to a 25 count. So, I’m not happy at all getting just 20 wipes.

Next is the size of the wipe, itself…

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Usually, wipes will cover my entire hand and even drape over the sides. Sephora’s facial wipe didn’t even cover my entire open palm/hand. Even using these, they felt extremely skimpy and too small to use on my entire face.

Next, these were the worst facial/makeup removal wipes I have ever used. I know, that’s a huge declaration to make. Considering the information given on the package…

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I couldn’t even get these wipes to remove mineral foundation, much less regular mascara. I didn’t even attempt to experiment with these wipes on water-proof mascara because I had to work extremely hard to remove regular mascara, pencil eyeliner and shadow. Each time I used these wipes to remove makeup, I needing to use another cleanser to completely remove my eye and face makeup. This wipe wasn’t even large enough for me to clean my face sufficiently, much less work on removing eye makeup.

After my attempt to use the Sephora wipes, I felt my eyes stinging. I do not know what was causing this, actually and, it could have been that I was getting the product into my eyes from scrubbing them so hard but, it wasn’t pleasant for me, at all…

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Normally, I use the facial wipes for 21 days before I write my review on them. These wipes didn’t get past 5 days. They were so ineffective that I stopped using them. On the fifth day, I used them to clean a no-makeup face. However, if they couldn’t even partially remove the makeup on the previous days, I didn’t have high hopes that my skin was actually clean with no makeup to remove! I was compelled to go ahead and get another face cleanser and cloth and re-wash my face.

Based on my experience with Sephora’s Express Eye Makeup Remover Wipes, I cannot recommend them to anyone.

Have you tried these wipes and, what was your experience?

Facial Wipe Wednesday: Lumene Sensitive Touch 3 In 1 Cleansing Wipes

This installment of Facial Wipe Wednesday features Lumene’s Sensitive Touch 3 In 1 Cleansing Wipes…

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I have tried, and reviewed, other Lumene skin care products before and have been quite happy with them. So, when I found these cleansing wipes at Walgreen’s at a clearance price of $3.39, regularly $6.79, I didn’t hesitate to make the purchase.

If you have read my other numerous reviews on facial wipes, you’ll know that one of my pet peeves is packages of items that are used on a daily basis not coming in 30 counts. This package only had 25. But, what it lacked in quantity, it did make up in quality. Quite noticeable is the true sense of these wipes being fragrance-free…

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These had absolutely no odor to them at all. Perfect for those that have fragrance sensitivities. Also, Lumene’s wipes, in my opinion, would be better for those that have sensitive skin than Simple facial wipes. Lumene’s Sensitive Touch wipes felt more gentle to my skin. It didn’t feel drying or harsh. Here are the ingredients…

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This was the first time I have noticed an expiration date on facial cleansing wipes…

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That’s nice to see because, even though these were on the shelf with the regular skin care items at Walgreens, they still were marked clearance. So, I felt better about the purchase knowing that these hadn’t been setting there for years. I wish all wipes had that info!

The packaging states that the wipes are meant for non-waterproof makeup so I didn’t test it on waterproof mascara…

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I felt that Lumene’s wipes were very good at removing my makeup, otherwise. I didn’t have to scrub hard to remove my eye makeup and I didn’t feel the need to rinse my face after using them. I do, normally, use a skin toner afterwards to see if there is any residue or, if the wipes just smear my makeup around my face. No need to worry about that; these wipes did a great job of holding onto the makeup.

It seems that these wipes were just a bit smaller than other wipes that I have used. But, they were very soft…

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Since I haven’t seen these wipes in Walgreen’s since I made this purchase over a month and a half ago, I searched to see if they were still carrying them. I found them on the Walgreen’s website for $4.71. I also found them on the Ulta’s website for $5.94.

If you like to use facial cleansing wipes and also want to use one that is for very sensitive skin, I recommend Lumene’s Sensitive Touch 3 In 1 Cleansing Wipes.

I haven’t been disappointed in any of the Lumene’s products I have tried so far. Have you tried any Lumene’s products?

Facial Wipe Wednesday: Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Brightening Cloths

Ole Henriksen facial wipes have been recommended to me several times. After using ‘The Clean Truth’ Cleansing Cloths for Brightening, I see why!…

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I chose the Brightening because it lists CoQ10 as one of the ingredients and, I know it is a very powerful anti-aging enzyme. It was also nice to see a total count of 30 in the packaging too…

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I have mentioned in other Facial Wipe Wednesday posts that many companies (and not just with facial wipes) have cut back on 30 counts. Ole Henriksen is a higher-end skin care company so I’m pleased to see that they haven’t skipped. Also, I like the opening of their package. A plastic snap top keeps the cloths from drying out, in my opinion. I found these wipes to have just the right amount of moisture in them to get the job done and that is, a clean face with all my makeup removed.

The Clean Truth wipes contain black currant oil which is meant to help moisturize the skin. I noticed this the second night I used these cloths. My skin didn’t feel like I needed to hurry to put my nighttime moisturizer on. Absent was that tight feeling I get after washing my face. Next, and the most remarkable thing about the wipes is the Vitamin C…

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You know what orange zest smells like, right? That citrus fragrance that is unmistakably ORANGE….that is what these facial cloths smell like…10 fold. Now, I LOVE the smell of oranges so, if you don’t, you might want to pick one of Ole Henriksen’s other facial wipes. If you need to wake up or feel instantly refreshed, I completely recommend using these. I think I’ll tuck a pack of these in my workout bag because these would be ideal to use right after a hard workout. In all seriousness, I looked forward to using these just for the aromatic fragrance alone. That they do a grand job at removing my makeup was a distant second!

And, as you can see, there are lots of other healthy ingredients listed…

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The Clean Truth wipes are a standard size…

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And, the cloth is textured, which I feel helps hold onto the dirt and makeup so it doesn’t end up smeared all over my face…

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I purchased my Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Brightening wipes at Sephora. There is a complete line of The Clean Truth and I am now looking forward to trying some of them to see if they have the same intensely awesome orange fragrance. The 30 count wipes I purchased cost $15.

If you have tried any of the other products from The Clean Truth line, which do you recommend I try next?

Facial Wipe Wednesday: Target’s Up & Up Brand

As facial wipes become more and more popular, stores are putting out their own brand, as well. I picked up Target’s house brand, Up & Up Facial Wipes. This package of 25 towelettes was around $2…

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I am glad I chose the 25 count over the larger packaging. The first week of using these, I found the clothes to be on the dry side. I don’t like scrubbing my eyelashes hard to remove my mascara. However, I found that I actually needed to in order clean the mascara off.

Let’s step back a bit…I picked Up & Up Cleansing Towelettes in the Sensitive because they mention they are comparable to the Simple brand. I reviewed Simple for a Facial Wipe Wednesday installment here. I wanted to see how the two compared. I found the Up & Up stung my skin and, I was rather glad when I passed day 15 of using them. I stopped then. It mostly stung on the tops of my cheeks and right under my eyes. Also, I felt that my skin became drier than usual from using these even though I continued to use the same moisturizers I regularly use.

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As I mentioned, the first week, I was so disappointed that the towelettes were so dry. However, as I worked my way down the pack, they did get more moist. That’s one of the drawbacks, I have found with wipes: There’s no way to tell how long they have been on the shelf. The Up & Up Cleansing Towelettes have been the most pronounced at being dry in the beginning.

Even when I did get down to more moist towelettes, I found these to not clean my face very thoroughly. I use a toner after cleansing to see if there is any remaining dirt on my face. The entire time I used Up & Up towelettes, the cotton pad I used with toner finished up with lots of mascara residue. I never felt like my skin was completely clean just  imagining I was smearing makeup all over.

The packaging states that the towelettes are made with Botanic (TM) fibers…

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It doesn’t say anything more than that on the package other than the company that makes it…

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While these towelettes don’t have any scent, they don’t have much cleansing ability, in my opinion. I was rather turned off by how much dirt was left over after using these and, that my skin started to sting. For a product stating to be for sensitive skin, I cannot recommend these to anyone, especially since I don’t have sensitive skin, myself.

Have you tried Target’s Up & Up Facial Towelettes?

 

Facial Wipe Wednesday: elf’s Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths

When I began doing the ‘Facial Wipe Wednesday’ posts, it was because I had a beauty blogger friend say she felt like she was cheating when she used facial wipes. I had never thought of it that way because I used them exclusively when I traveled for the convenience. Over the past couple of years, I have reviewed dozens of makeup/facial wipes and have found some that I love and some that I was happy to review but wouldn’t use on a continual basis.

There have been more and more brands jumping on the facial wipe band wagon over the past years. I do not lack for products to do this segment. In fact, I can get quite overwhelmed. However, it has been a marvelous journey to share my reviews on this niche beauty product. I plan on continuing to share too, no doubt! I have actually come to love using them almost on a daily basis. I do use them daily when I am testing for a review. I use the same product for at least 7 days straight. It usually ends up being more like 12 days, though.

For the past 12 days, I have been using elf’s makeup wipes…

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I picked these up at Target for $3. Notice that there are only 20 cloths in this product. Most of the brands that I review have 30. I consider that a month’s worth. So, even though elf’s price is a bit cheaper than most other brands, which run around $5 to $6, those usually have more cloths too.

elf’s packaging has a double closure, which does help keep the cloths from drying out. Those packages that have just the plastic adhesive strip can lose their stickiness, over time, and dry out. With elf’s snap enclosure, you have double assurance this doesn’t happen…

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Another positive for elf, they promote the ‘good’ symbols…

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I found the cloths to be very moist and they did a good job of removing all different types of mascara, that I could visibly see…

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Don’t let all the chemical names in their ingredient list scare you off. If you Google them, you’ll find that they are found in many different facial products and nothing that is out of the ordinary. However, it is good to know what they are if you have sensitive skin…

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I didn’t experience any sensitivities. I found the fragrance to be a bit on the strong side but it wasn’t unpleasant to me. The size of the wipes are what I normally find and is large enough to completely wipe my face and eye area…

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The texture is thinner than most, however. As you can see in the photo above, you can see through the cloth. There isn’t any texture to it as it was very smooth to rub over my skin…

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For the first 3 or so days, I will follow up with a toner (I use Kiehl’s ‘Ultra Facial Toner). I do this to see how much residual from my makeup comes off. Sadly, elf’s Cleansing Cloths didn’t so such a whoopie job of removing all the makeup from my skin. I don’t think have too high of expectations to have a clean face after using a ‘cleansing’ cloth. The cotton pad I used with the toner ended up having black on it. It is my assumption when this happens that the cloth is not holding onto the mascara, in this case, and instead, is smearing it around my face. At least one day during the test period, I don’t wear makeup but still use the cloth as part of my nightly skincare routine. I follow-up with the toner to see what happens. With no makeup on, the toner pad was not blackened. I can assure you, that if my toner is removing makeup, I continue to use toner for the rest of the test period!

In a pinch, I would use these wipes but only if I have my toner to follow up with. And, with so many other brands on the market to vie for my attention, I can’t see settling for elf’s Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths.

Have you tried these wipes and what have you experienced?

Facial Wipe Wednesday: Beauty Concepts’ Tickled Pink Detoxifying Wipes

I have never heard of the department store Gordman’s until I moved to Denver. This store is like a more organized Marshall’s. Or, similar to Steinmart’s but trendier. I’m glad I stopped in because I found some makeup, scarves, purses, jewelry and purchased a swingy cardigan while shopping there.

It was time to pick up a new facial wipe and I was open to try something new. When I saw the pretty pink packaging of this one by Beauty Concepts, I was ready to start…

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This package of 30 wipes cost $4. I was eager to see if they smelled like grapefruit but sadly, I was disappointed. It did smell OK but it didn’t remind me of anything grapefruit. Here’s the list of ingredients…

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And the second part of the backside…

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I like that it hasn’t been tested on any beasties. I wonder who is checking to make sure only those that are over 18 use these, though???

The total size of the wipe is standard…

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And, the texture is run of the mill…

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Here’s my thoughts on ‘Tickled Pink’: these made me pink because I had to really scrub my face to get my eye makeup off. It was a combination of the ingredients not being potent enough to dissolve my makeup and, the wipes were not moist enough to emulsify. The top tab that opened and closed was solid enough however, I wonder how old these wipes could be that they could have, possibly, dried up some? There’s no way to tell. I do know that my eyeballs weren’t too happy with how hard I had to press to remove my makeup. Too hard for me to feel OK about it. The wipes did alright with removing my foundation but, I still felt like I was scrubbing rather than wiping. I would rather wipe!

Despite the vibrant pink packaging and listing some natural ingredients, I don’t feel my skin was detoxified. These wipes just didn’t cut the muster for eye makeup.

Have you heard of Beauty Concepts before? Have you shopped at Gordman’s?