Aveeno MaxGlow Serum + Primer and Micellar Gel Cleanser Review

Aveeno MaxGlow Micellar Gel Cleanser

Happy Wednesday!

Today I want to review these two products since I have been testing them out for a few weeks and I’m pleasantly surprised with both!

I know that those of you who are familiar with my blog and have read my previous posts are thinking how on earth this OIL primer is working out for me since I have an extremely oily skin type. And all I have to say to that is; yes, I know I’m shocked as well! The first time I tried this oil/serum product as a primer I was going out for only an hour or two so I thought that even if it looked terrible and made me look like an oil slick it wouldn’t be too bad. However, after the few hours I noticed that my skin didn’t look like an oily mess; it looked hydrated and my foundation was very smooth and healthy looking! I guess my skin didn’t feel the need to produce a massive amount of oil because I had applied this product? – honestly, I’m not quite sure how this works but I’m so glad I tried it! The scent is very pleasant and once you shake it up the oil and serum blend together and after patting it on the skin, it allows foundation to glide on seamlessly on top.

Aveeno MaxGlow Serum + Primer

This cleanser is a nice change from the ones that I usually like; which strip my skin of all product/oils. Because my skin is very oily and I usually feel the need for a cleanser that deep cleans. This leaves my skin clean but very comfortable as it hydrates while it cleanses so I don’t feel that pulling sensation when I dry my face. I have been using this in the mornings when I don’t need such a deep clean and this product leaves my skin with a glow that is surprising as I have never had a cleanser do that before!

I highly recommend these products if you have a dry skin type and for oily skin types as well as I have recently read a lot about why our skin produces so much oil and it’s usually due to it being dehydrated!

Have you tried the Aveeno MaxGlow line? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Disclaimer: I received these products from ChickAdvisor for reviewing purposes. All of my reviews are my honest opinion whether I bought the product(s) or it was sent to me.

Clinique Pep-Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser Review

Clinique pep-start 2-in-1 exfoliating cleanser

Hi everyone!

I have a quick review of this Clinique cleanser for today. I had this little sample sized one for a while and hadn’t reached for it, but a few weeks ago I decided to try it out and was pleasantly surprised!

Clinique pep-start 2-in-1 exfoliating cleanser

I’m bad at describing scents but this has somewhat of a grapefruit scent which wakes you up in the morning as most citrus scents do. It comes out as a thick gel and I was confused about the exfoliating aspect, but as soon as I started massaging this onto my face I felt the tiny beads gently exfoliating.

Clinique pep-start 2-in-1 exfoliating cleanser

This cleanser left my skin feeling soft and not irritated as some scrubs do.

I definitely recommend this cleanser – especially for oily skin types as it really clears out your pores and gets rid of excess oil.

What is your current favourite cleanser? Let me know below!

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Milk Makeup Charcoal Cleanser (with sea water?) Review

Milk Makeup Charcoal Cleanser

Hi everyone!

This is the first product that I’ve tried from Milk Makeup, mainly because they aren’t really talked about and have never grabbed my attention. Until this product; as someone with extremely oily skin I love anything with charcoal in it. Charcoal is meant to help with oil control as it absorbs oil and other toxins in the skin.

Milk Makeup Charcoal Cleanser

The packaging is pretty simple but cool. I like the see-through plastic with white lettering and the product itself is black so it’s a nice contrast. It comes with a squeeze bottle which I don’t mind because the cap pops off and doesn’t twist off. I absolutely hate twist off caps for cleansers because I have to grab the bottle with wet hands and try to twist it open & close – it’s the worst!

The product itself has a pleasant scent; almost shampoo-like and it foams up slightly while remaining a bit creamy at the same time. I definitely feel like it does a good job with removing oils and left over makeup but it doesn’t strip my skin afterwards – I don’t get the skin pulling sensation which drying face washes give.

This cleanser includes interesting ingredients such as Vitamin E and marine water – like actual sea water is listed in the ingredients (not exactly sure what that’s good for, comment below if you do please!). Also, I don’t recall seeing Vitamin E in a cleanser either but I guess that’s why I don’t feel like this cleanser sucks the life out of my skin afterwards. Overall, I’m enjoying this cleanser and have already bought a back up since I’m actually rather picky with cleansers and this gets the job done!

What do you recommend from Milk Makeup?

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Clinique Makeup Brush Cleanser Review

Clinique Makeup Brush Cleanser

Hello again!

I don’t wash my makeup brushes as often as I should and I could easily blame much of the acne and skin irritations that I had on dirty makeup brushes. This product had really good reviews on Makeup Alley and so I wanted to give it a try.

What intrigued me about this product is that I don’t have to rinse it off in the sink; I just spray the brush and rub it on a towel and it is super clean! The hardest brushes to clean are foundation brushes (flat top buffer brushes) and with a few spritz of this miracle solution it takes out all of the foundation residue; it’s so quick and easy! I now gather my makeup brushes once every week or so and while I’m watching Netflix I quickly clean about 50 brushes in less than 15 minutes! It use to take me about an hour to clean all my brushes in the sink with the BomBeauty brush cleaner – you can read my review here. This brush cleanser also kept my brush hairs from fraying and feeling rough – I felt that it almost conditioned the hairs. Also, my makeup brush is ready to use after 2 minutes of cleaning it.

Overall, I highly recommend this product and I will definitely be purchasing this again; I do go through this quite quickly but it is worth the price. How do you clean your makeup brushes?

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Clinique Foaming Facial Soap Review

Clinique Foaming Facial Soap

Hello again!

I wear makeup on a daily basis and so I need to use a cleanser that will deep clean and remove any residue from my pores. This cleanser is the small 30ml that came in a gift with purchase.

Clinique Foaming Facial Soap

You only need to use a small amount of this creamy cleanser since it really starts to foam up when you rub it into your skin. I sometimes use a facial brush to work in the product but either way after I use this cleanser I feel that my skin is thoroughly clean. It doesn’t dry out my skin like other cleansers that deep clean; I don’t feel tightness after washing my face with this cleanser. It leaves my skin feeling very soft and hydrated.

I highly recommend this cleanser; they have different formulas of this cleanser for different skin types.

Have you tried Clinique cleansers?

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Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder Review

Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder

Hi everyone!

These powder cleansers have really intrigued me recently because they provide a gentle exfoliation and really deep clean my pores. This powder cleanser is different then the others because instead of baking soda this one has rice enzyme and other amazing ingredients.

The packaging is very cute; it’s a little bottle that has a sliding stopper so that the powder doesn’t spill in the cap if turned upside down. It has a good amount of product; 60g inside.

I like to wash my face with water first and then use about a half of a teaspoon of powder to cleanse my face. I don’t add more water to the powder; I think a wet face and hands are enough and doesn’t make the consistency of the cleanser too runny. I can feel this powder exfoliate then start to turn creamy on my face as I rub it in. When I rinse my face I feel like my skin is extremely clean without a trace of makeup left behind. It does deep clean to the point of making my skin feel tight after rinsing so I need to follow up with a good serum and moisturizer afterwards.

I love this powder cleanser and would definitely recommend it; especially for oily skin types. It contains rice bran, papaya and anti-aging properties.

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Disclaimer: I received this product for reviewing purposes. All my reviews are my honest opinion whether I bought the product(s) or it was sent to me.

Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser & Cleansing Scrub Review

Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser Cleansing Scrub

Hello again!

I have been getting a bunch of breakouts the last few months and since then went on a quest to find the right products that can improve my skin. I have an oily-combination skin type.

Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser Cleansing Scrub

This cleanser (right) has tiny “beads” that dissolve as you rub in the product which help to gently exfoliate the skin. It foams up and smells very pleasant. After massaging it into my skin for about 30 seconds I wash it off and instantly notice my skin looking brighter. Both products contain baking soda which is known to deep clean your pores by removing dirt (makeup) and oil.

The cleansing scrub (left) is a powder which “activates” with water to deep clean and exfoliate at the same time. It is suppose to do the same thing as the cleanser but with more intensity and is suppose to be used only 2-3 times per week. I find that just wetting my face and hands and then shaking some powder onto my hands foams up better than trying to apply water to the powder in your hand; as that dilutes the product too much.

I have been using both products for 2 weeks and I think I have figured out the culprit of my blemishes: not deep cleaning enough. I wear a full face of makeup almost everyday and so using products that will deep clean my skin is essential. I realized this after having no new breakouts this past week and the only thing I changed in my routine were these two products and an oil-control mask that I will do a review on soon.

What deep cleaning products do you recommend that I try out next?

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Disclaimer: I received these products from Influenster for reviewing purposes. All my reviews are my honest opinion whether I bought the product(s) or it was sent to me.

Viva Health Aromatherapy Cleansing Gel & Facial Toner Review

Viva Health Aromatherapy Cleansing Gel Facial Toner

Hi everyone!

I have been having some breakouts around my chin/jaw area lately and wanted to try out new skincare products that can help clear them up. I have been using these for over a month.

Starting off with the cleanser: this contains rosemary, geranium, tea tree oil, and ylangylang oil which supposedly helps fight acne since it controls sebum (oil) production. It is a gel formula that quickly foams up once it is rubbed on the skin. I found this cleanser to do an amazing job at deep-cleaning my face without drying it out. However, I did not notice it clearing up my acne whatsoever.

The toner comes in a spray bottle which can be directly sprayed onto the face or on a cotton round and then applied onto the face. It is very refreshing and smells like rose water. The toner removes any last remaining product on my face (makeup) at the end of the day.

I think this set would be great for someone with an oily skin type but not necessarily for someone that is struggling with acne since it was not effective at killing or preventing pimples.

Viva Health products are paraben, gluten, GMO, artificial fragrances, perfumes or colourant free.

What cleanser/toner do you recommend?

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Disclaimer: I received these products for reviewing purposes. All my reviews are my honest opinion whether I bought the product(s) or it was sent to me.