Review: Simple Micellar Water

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

According to elle.com, Micellar Water has been a French beauty staple for years. French women, who are considered by some the gurus of all things beauty, have been using this product as an all-in-one cleanser and hydrator. And unlike a pre-soaked makeup removing towel, this formula is designed to remove dirt and makeup without rinsing or smearing the grime all over your face.

Sounds cool right?

I was sold. So, I went to my local Walmart and bought Simple’s Micellar Water, which cost me $5.00. Simple brand products are widely available at Target, Walmart, and Ulta. Simple is a brand that uses no dyes, artificial perfumes, or harsh chemicals. I use their daily moisturizer, which doesn’t clog my pores and has never negatively affected my sensitive skin. (I also love their Revitalizing Eye Roll-On which brightens up my dark circles.)

On my first night using their Micellar Water, I was impressed with how soft and hydrated my skin felt. It didn’t remove all of my mascara, but it did do a good job of getting Supergoop!’s CC Cream off my face.

The next morning, however, I noticed a barely there pimple on my cheek. I didn’t think anything of it. Over the course of the week, I did notice mini red bumps pop up near my T-Zone on my face. I attribute this to the Micellar Water. Although the pimples went away within a day or two, this is a kind of disappointing side effect.

Would I say it’s still worth it? Sure. Just make sure to keep some tea tree oil, or Yes To Tomatoes Acne Spot Roller, nearby.

My Top 4 Favorite LUSH Products!

LUSH Products to Love

I’m a huge fan of LUSH Cosmetics. They make a concerted effort to not only be eco-friendly and  cruelty free, but to put their love into each product they create. If you’re new to this brand, you may not know what to try first. Here are four of my (new) favorite products:

ROOTS Hair Treatment – $20 – If you’re experiencing hair thinning or a lot of shedding, this treatment is top notch. You apply it to dry hair, massaging it into the scalp, and leave on for 10 minutes (or more). The peppermint oil will make your scalp tingle, but after one use, you’ll have hair that feels healthier, and thicker. In just three washes, I’ve noticed positive results in my hair. I should also mention this is a PRE shower treatment. Use this before you shampoo and condition regularly.

Lush Products Beauty HaulSugar Scrub – $6.25 – This sugar scrub smells like a spa. It smells so good and invigorating because of the ginger and fennel, but it also contains soothing lavender. The plus side to this exfoliant? It’s tough on cellulite.

Popcorn Lip Scrub – $9.95 – Okay, for a small lip scrub, this is pricy. Then again, all lip scrubs are pricy. But this salty-sweet exfoliant tastes so good and leaves lips so smooth. Give it a try. It can be a splurge purchase.

Oatfix Facemask – $9.95 – I’ve tried another LUSH Fresh Face Mask before called Catastrophe Cosmetic. It worked great for my sensitive skin and smelled like blueberries. Oatfix is also great for sensitive skin. It’s calming, and when it’s time to wash off, it doesn’t get hard or cake-y. Leave it on for 10 minutes, or 25 like I did. AND, it smells like cookies.

Review: Almay Intense Everyday Neutrals Review

Almay Intense i-Color Everyday Neutrals

As a fan of Urban Decay’s Naked palettes, which cost an arm and a leg, I’ve been on a mission to find something comparable in not only color, but in length of wear.

While in Walmart one day, I decided to give Almay’s Intense Everyday Neutrals palette a try. And, it only cost $5.95!

What is helpful about this little shadow palette is that it gives users a guide as to how to apply the shadows. If you’re not familiar with blending shadows quite yet, this starter palette may be right for you. The darker, larger shadow goes on the bottom lid. The lighter shadow blends in the crease, and the lightest shadow is a highlighter and is applied to underneath the brow area.

Almay Intense Eyeshadow for Brown Eyes

I really like each color in this individually. I liked the copper brown shadow, I liked the medium non-obnoxious purple, and I liked the light, shimmer shadow. I just didn’t like them as a combination. As a color palette that’s supposed to be wearable for the day, as in wearable in an office, for instance, this did not work. It would be great for a less-intense nighttime look. But I was genuinely let down. I even thought, “Who at Almay picked these shades to go TOGETHER?!”

Would I recommend buying this? Yes. If only for the individual colors. The shadows applied easily and lasted all day, so that was a plus, too. I did also like the oblong shape of the palette, which would definitely make it easier to carry in a makeup bag.

P.S. Don’t forget to use brushes to apply your shadow!