I’ve been wracking my brains on how to go about talking about my personal collection of products, a lot of ‘bloggers’ tend to do it with their AM/PM routines, but I switch it up so often it’ll just give everyone a headache. Also, as you can see, I don’t just have 1 of each step of a routine (much to my banks despair). So I thought every week I would go through the products I have for each step of an average routine.
First step of a routine AM and PM is cleanser, so we’ll start with that. This is also the routine step I have the most products of, so I have split this section into 2 parts, so you’re not scrolling like a mad man, and drags it out a bit longer doesn’t it. Don’t expect so many products included in my other steps though.
Let’s crack on.
Jordan Samuel Skin – The After Show Treatment Cleanser
As you can see, this cleanser is in the limited addition Caroline Hiron’s yellow. This is because it came in the spring kit 1. Prior to getting hold of this, I heard constant raves about it.
Jordan Samuel is a renowned skin therapist with his products flying off the shelves and used by those highest in the industry. Samuels had an 11 year ballet career before creating his skincare line, he wanted something for stage makeup that actually works, so took the task into his own hands. (I’m guessing this is where the inspiration for ‘after show’ came from).
So the first time I used this was for an AM cleanse, and I wasn’t in love. However, I quickly came to the realisation that this gel to oil formula is designed to grip onto make up and SPF for a first cleanse, to really get to the surface of the skin (which this is amazing for). My AM cleanse never gets removed with a flannel, just emulsified/massaged and washed away.
In my opinion, this cleanser should be used with a washcloth to aid everything off your face during a PM routine.
If just rinsed with water, I feel almost a film/residue left over, which I don’t like, but if it works for you then fine.
I have been converted to a liker of this product, but won’t be repurchasing. I will definitely be buying other products from the line, due to word of mouth.
Company website: https://jordansamuelskin.com/
Full inci list: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glycerin, Aqua/Water, Sucrose Laurate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobiliss Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol
Garnier – Rose Soothing Cleansing Milk
From what I can see on Garnier’s website, they have renamed and repackaged this slightly. See below.
This is actually one of my faves from the list. Perfect for a second cleanse if you’ve gone in with an active balm or oil first, really soothes and plumps the skin. Also as an AM cleanse, being rose water, it really softens the skin ready for the routine ahead.
It spreads really well around the skin, feels lightweight and cool when massaged.
The only ”down side” of this is that it isn’t great on taking make up off, but as I touched on straight away, this is a second cleanse kind of product, which I don’t see anything wrong with.
Company website: https://www.garnier.co.uk/
Full inci list: 967257 15 – INGREDIENTS: AQUA / WATER, ISOPROPYL PALMITATE, PROPANEDIOL, GLYCERIN, ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER WATER CARBOMER, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, SODIUM PHYTATE, ARGININE, ALCOHOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CITRIC ACID, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, SALICYLIC ACID, LINALOOL, CITRONELLOL, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE (F.I.L. B195596/1)
Dermalogica – PreCleanse
Dermalogica is a brand I’ll always have a soft spot for. I worked with their products for 2 years whilst studying Beauty Therapy, and the pre cleanse was a product I was always excited to use on clients.
‘Pre cleanse’ it’s in the name, the cleanse before the cleanse, I like this. As it enforces the double cleanse regime which is vital for clean skin.
Say for example you have some lovely serums and moisturisers that you’ve put your hard earned money towards buying, you might as well have left it in your pocket. If your skin doesn’t have a properly clean surface for your lotions and potions, what’s the point? BLOODY DOUBLE CLEANSE.
This oil based cleanser does have a strong smell, which I think derives from the fruit/seed oils included in the ingredients, but doesn’t have any artificial fragrances/colours involved.
This can emulsify into a milky, almost frothy substance, perfect for a facial massage as well as make up/spf remover.
Bottle: 30ml (also comes in 150ml, which I will purchase once I start wearing make up again)
Company website: https://www.dermalogica.co.uk/
Full inci list: Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, PEG-40 Sorbitan Peroleate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Extract, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Citral, Limonene, Linalool
Lacura – Hot Cloth Cleanser & Face Wash Gel
Right, I can understand peoples upset with Lacura, quite evident robbery of branded packaging, ‘dupes’ if you will. But the prices are shockingly good if you’re on an extreme budget. Understandable if you’re morally against this brand but I wouldn’t judge those who aren’t.
I’m not wowed by these cleansers, but they’re not completely awful.
The Hot Cloth Cleanser (taken ‘inspiration’ from Liz Earl’s Hot Cloth Cleanser) is very rich, thick and creamy. It comes with a muslin cloth, which as I’ve said on previous posts, I don’t use.
Not very strong in smell, good for massage. Skin feels soft after use. Slightly too rich for my AM cleanse personally. Would recommend for those on an extreme budget.
Refreshing Face Wash Pretty sure this is a ‘Simple’ dupe. My least favourite out of the bunch. Ok in a rush of a morning, but skin doesn’t feel great afterwards. Wouldn’t recommend but it does work for some.
Rating: HCC – 5.5/10 FWG – 3/10
Bottle: HCC – 200ml FWG – 150ml
Company website: https://www.aldi.co.uk/
Full inci list:
HCC –Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene
FWG – Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium chloride, Glycerin, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipropylene glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate
Beauty Pie – Plantastic Apricot Butter
I wrote up a full review on this. Read here.
Company website: https://www.beautypie.com/
Full inci list: RICINUS COMMUNIS SEED OIL / RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL, HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE, LANOLIN, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, DIPHENYLSILOXY PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, CETEARETH-20, CERA MICROCRISTALLINA / MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX, RHUS VERNICIFLUA PEEL CERA / RHUS VERNICIFLUA PEEL WAX, RHUS SUCCEDANEA FRUIT CERA / RHUS SUCCEDANEA FRUIT WAX, LAUROYL LYSINE, CETEARETH-12, CETYL PALMITATE, PRUNUS ARMENIACA KERNEL OIL / PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL, THEOBROMA CACAO SEED BUTTER / THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) SEED BUTTER, ROSA RUBIGINOSA SEED OIL, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, TOCOPHEROL, BHT
That’s all for part 1, stay tuned for the second installment, should be out next Monday. Hope you’ve enjoyed. Let me know your favourite cleansers!
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