Makeup Wars – let’s remove that makeup with DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

This week’s Makeup Wars is about Waterproof makeup and makeup removers. Since I don’t have anything that’s remotely new in the world of waterproof makeup I decided to write about the cleansers in my life and in particular my newest favorite, DHC Deep Cleansing Oil.

DHC Cleansing Oil

DHC Cleansing Oil

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If you are keeping up with the latest in skincare then you already know that Asian skincare, in particular Japanese, is storming the market. DHC isn’t a new company but it is an extremely popular one. I’m a huge fan of their products, especially the Silky Cotton Squares which I buy in bulk.

The vision behind DHC is rooted in the beneficial properties of virgin olive oil. Found to be one of nature’s finest ingredients for helping to achieve and maintain healthy, younger-looking skin, olive oil became the foundation for DHC’s full line of skin-gentle products.

Japanese products based on Spanish olive oil? It doesn’t get more unique than that. We think our mixed-culture heritage is right at home in the United States, where individual tastes and preferences are celebrated.

 

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is a makeup remover for your face and can be used on your eyes. It’s the only cleansing oil that I’ve found actually removes the coats of mascara I use along with my eyeliner and doesn’t sting my eyes. I was wary of using it on my eyes at first so I just used it on my face. It did such a remarkable job that I became brave and used it to remove eye makeup too.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil directions

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil directions

The way you use this is to start with everything DRY. Your hands should be dry when you pump out the remover and your face should be dry when you apply it. The next step is to massage it onto your dry face and let it start working to remove your cosmetic residue. Next add water and watch it transform to a a milky emulsion. This rinses off cleanly and easily whether you just use water or a wash cloth.

What you are left with is a soft, hydrated feeling. It’s not dry, it’s not greasy. I don’t need to double cleanse when I’m using DHC Deep Cleansing Oil since this does everything in one step. That doesn’t mean I don’t double cleanse at times especially because I like exfoliating with a sonic cleansing machine like Instrumental Beauty Sonic Touch or the Michael Todd Soniclear Elite.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ingredient list

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ingredient list

  • In a clinical study, 92% of participants agreed Deep Cleansing Oil worked better than a leading cleanser at removing complexion makeup
  • Unique water-soluble formula rinses thoroughly
  • Rich in vitamins and antioxidants
  • Nourishes and hydrates for younger-looking skin
  • 1 sold every 10 seconds worldwide

The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is the world’s most popular product in its category. There’s no fragrance to it, it’s easy to get through Amazon or DHC’s website, and it works amazingly well. It’s one stop shopping. From now until July 31, 2017 they even have a fabulous special on DHC. If you are a new customer to DHC then you can buy this for half off, get 4 samples, and free shipping. That’s a total bargain and makes me wish I was new to DHC myself.

Other cleansers in my life at the current time (things change constantly) include

CERAVE HYDRATING CLEANSER

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

PAULA’S CHOICE RESIST HYDRATING CLEANSER

Paula's Choice Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser and Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner

Paula’s Choice Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser and Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner

OSMOSIS MELT AWAY GELEE

Osmosis Melt Away Gelee

Osmosis Melt Away Gelee

MARY KAY EYE MAKEUP REMOVER

Mary Kay Eye makeup Remover

Mary Kay Eye makeup Remover

While DHC Cleansing Oil may be the new kid on my block it’s won me over and can play here any time it wants.  —  Marcia

Let’s see what other Makeup Wars bloggers have to say about this topic!


*some products sent for review, some were purchases

Looking for an all natural cleanser? Check out Kensington Apothecary Creamy Coconut Cleanser

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Clean skin is happy skin, and lately my skin has been very, very happy thanks to the Kensington Apothecary Creamy Coconut Cleanser ($24). This was my first time trying Kensington Apothecary and I can’t wait to try other products from  100% natural facial skin care. The creator, Claudia Carey Batz, wanted to develop an all natural line that could compete with high-end skin care lines. If this cleanser is any indication, she definitely met her goal.

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Kensington Apothecary Creamy Coconut Cleanser

Kensington Apothecary Creamy Coconut Cleanser

Kensington Apothecary Creamy Coconut Cleanser

Kensington Apothecary Creamy Coconut Cleanser

The Creamy Coconut Cleanser comes in a beautiful, substantial glass jar. The cleanser is made from organic virgin coconut oil and has a coconut-based surfactant system that doesn’t dry skin out, so you get beautiful lather without that stripped skin feeling. In fact, the cleanser leaves my skin wonderfully soft and moisturized. The formula is also free of parabens, phospates, and sulfates.

I was expecting a strong coconut scent but it just has a very light, pleasant fragrance that goes away immediately. The main thing is that this cleanser does a great job of doing its job – cleansing the skin! It really washes away all dirt, grime, makeup, and it works particularly well with my FOREO Luna.

Kensington Apothecary Creamy Coconut Cleanser

Kensington Apothecary Creamy Coconut Cleanser

You can find the Kensington Apothecary skin care line at natural grocers like Whole Foods as well as pharmacies and other cosmetics retailers nationwide, plus they have an online store. I am very impressed with my beautiful cleanser and I know you will be too.  – Lisa

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Ingredients:  Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Coco-Glucoside, Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin (plant-sourced)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Pulp CO2 Extract*, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid. *Organic Ingredient

Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Cleansing Cloths

 

Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Cleansing Cloths

Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Cleansing Cloths

I try really hard to be good to my skin. I make it a priority to wash, treat, and moisturize every morning and night. At least once a week I do a deep exfoliation or some sort of mask. But there are some days when I am just too tired…or too sick…or, I admit it, too lazy to do my normal skin care routing. That’s when I reach for my Ole Henriksen nurture me™ cleansing cloths ($9). One cleansing cloth and my skin is cleansed of all makeup, as well as moisturized with Moringa Seed Oil and Borage Seed Oil. I can go to sleep knowing that while I may have skipped all of my fancy treatments, my skin won’t be clogged and nasty when I wake up.

Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Cleansing Cloths

Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Cleansing Cloths

Check out all the good stuff found in these cleansing cloths:

Borage Seed Oil: Nature’s richest source of omega-6 fatty acid, regenerates, firms, reduces inflammation, moisturizes, soothes and tones.
Moringa Seed Oil:Bursting with antioxidants, nutrients, amino acids, and omega-3 fatty acids, able to wick away dirt from the skin.
African Red Tea: An antioxidant-rich botanical that strengthens skin’s outer barrier and slows the aging process.
Pineapple & Papaya Fruit Extract: Provides advanced exfoliation and powerful enzymes to break down excess keratin to reveal softer, brighter skin.

the convenient packaging

the convenient packaging

love these!

love these!

Not only do I use these convenient little cloths on lazy nights, I also use them to prep my face for makeup, to clean my hands, and to freshen up after working out. Oh, and the best way to use them is to keep a package in the car when traveling. They are wonderful.

Now I am anxious to check out the other cleansing cloths from Ole Henriksen – the clean truth and grease relief. I can never have too much convenience in my life!  – Lisa

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Surprise your significant other with Aveeno Active Naturals for Men

I guess today is my version of drugstore heaven! This review is about some fantastic drugstore items you will want to pick up for your significant other, father, son, male muse…whatever you happen to have. The price point is ridiculously awesome and all of these products are fragrance-free and made for sensitive skin.

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Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s products

I am talking about the new Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s products. My husband tested all three for the BIZ when Aveeno sent samples and he is crazy about each one. He says they are the best men’s products he has ever tried.

Aveeno Face Wash

Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s Face Wash

The Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s Face Wash ($5.99) is a creamy lotion that washes away dirt and grime.  It has tiny scrubbing beads that exfoliate dry and dead skin. It’s made with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal, which moisturizes my hubby’s skin but doesn’t break him out. If your guy is prone to milia, have him try this cleanser. It also softens up that 5 o’clock shadow so shaving is even easier. And it is completely fragrance-free. It smells like…nothing at all.

Aveeno Shave Gel

Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s Shave Gel

The Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s Shave Gel ($3.99) shoots out a thin stream of gel that instantly turns into foam – so much fun! Let’s be honest, how many of you have sprayed gel shave cream into your hand just to watch it transform? I can’t be the only one.

My husband loves this because it leaves his skin extremely soft. Unlike other heavier shaving creams it doesn’t clog his razor. In fact, he says it keeps his skin from getting irritated even when he uses a rather dull razor. And it smells exactly like…nothing at all.

Aveeno After Shave Lotion

Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s After Shave Lotion

Like the Active Naturals Men’s Face Wash, the Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s After Shave Lotion ($5.99) is made with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal. My husband uses this after every shave. It is soothing to razor burned or irritated skin, and it leaves his skin soft but not wet or greasy. And unlike pretty much every other after shave lotion out there, this one smells like…you guessed it. Nothing. Nothing at all.

Aveeno Active Naturals Men’s products are fantastic. They are affordable, easy to find, effective, and will work for even the most sensitive skin. Surprise the guy (or guys) in your life with some Aveeno…he will thank you for it!  – Lisa

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POND’S® Luminous products are here to save us from the gloom (plus there’s a giveaway)

ponds logoThis is the time of year that you need some luminosity in your life. The weather changes daily and you can’t count on sun so you have to make it yourself. POND’S® Luminous Line of products are here to help you along. There are 4 products in this line and I’ve had the opportunity to test them all out. They are like a breath of fresh air for me. I’m not the only one enjoying POND’S® Luminous Line, Molly Sims is their spokeswoman and she has a lot to say about these products; she’s even help create a Facebook Challenge – the POND’S® 30 Day Luminous Photo Challenge (more on that later).ponds cleanser

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ponds exfoliating cleanser

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Here’s my take on the 4 Luminous Clean products – Luminous Moisture Day Lotion, Luminous Clean Cream Cleanser, Luminous Clean Exfoliating Cleanser, and Luminous Clean Wet Cleansing Towelettes. I’ve also got a great giveaway for you to win these for yourself on Beauty Info Zone as well as on their Facebook page.

Ponds Luminous Clear products

Ponds Luminous Clear products

Three of the four products are cleansing products and there is a good reason for that. You’ll never have luminous skin if you don’t properly cleanse it. Even if you are too busy or tired to cleanse before you go to sleep, POND’S® has the answer for you with these products.

POND’S® Luminous Clean Cream Cleanser is the one to use on a daily basis. When you open this you’ll see that the product even looks radiant. Let me forewarn you, you don’t need to use very much of this great cleanser. A little goes a long way. This creamy cleanser suds up nicely on my skin and doesn’t leave it stripped of the natural oils. Sometimes after I wash my face feels an immediate need for a toner but as long as I use a muslin cloth to help remove this cleanser that’s not the case here.

Ponds Luminous Clean Cream Cleanser

Ponds Luminous Clean Cream Cleanser

POND’S® Luminous Clean Exfoliating Cleanser is another winner. It’s a very gentle exfoliation, so gentle in fact that you really could use it daily if you wanted. I personally only exfoliate about every other night so this tube will last me forever. It too has that glow to the product and washes cleanly off since this is a micro-exfoliator. There’s nothing harsh or scratchy about this.

Ponds Luminous Clean Daily Exfoliating Cleanser

Ponds Luminous Clean Daily Exfoliating Cleanser

look at that luminous glow!

look at that luminous glow!

POND’S® Clean Wet Cleansing Towelettes are so big. You really could cut them in half and store half back in the container. These have a quilted texture to them. One of the ingredients that makes these particular cleansing towels unique is a soft white Kaolin clay that acts like a magnet to draw out dirt and makeup. While I try not to use Cleansing Towelettes too many evenings, there are just nights when I desperately need them. When I cleanse with any kind of towelette I do use a toner after since I don’t feel quite clean without something watery. Strange I know but I’m set in my ways. They are wet enough that you can remove most eye makeup well without having to rub your eyes.

Wet Cleansing Towelettes

Wet Cleansing Towelettes

The newest product to join the Luminous Line is the POND’S® Luminous Moisture Day Lotion. The moisturizer contains SPF 15 and I find it to be quite lightweight. In the warm weather especially I need this kind of texture or my face will break out. I’ve tried it under a few foundations and it doesn’t make them ball up so that’s a big plus. It contains both UVA and UVB sun protection and is enriched with illuminating minerals.

Luminous Moisture lotion with SPF15

Luminous Moisture lotion with SPF15

All of these products have a fragrance. It’s very light and refreshing but it is there. These products are all great for sensitive skin plus they are very wallet friendly at only $4.99 – $5.79.

There are two giveaways to announce. The one from Beauty Info Zone for the 4 reviewed products can be entered from now until Monday March 18, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST, US only. The one from POND’S®  can be entered only on their Facebook page through April 2nd. POND’S® will have 30 winners on their Facebook page.

A fashion model, actress and new mother, Molly Sims knows a thing or two about looking radiant – even when there is no red carpet or runway in sight. “Every day is a photo opportunity so I always want my skin to look its best.  As a longtime fan of the POND’s® brand, I love the new POND’S® Luminous Line of cleansers and a moisturizer that brighten dull skin,” says Sims.  “They make my skin look bright and beautiful so I am always camera-ready.”

This month, Sims joins POND’S® to help women experience the “luminous effect” that comes with having great skin.  Together, they are launching the “POND’S® 30-Day Luminous Photo Challenge,” a 30-day photo sweepstakes featuring daily challenges to inspire women to share photos of their happiest, most radiant moments.   Thirty prizes will be awarded so women can live life more luminously.  From March 4 through April 2, women can upload pictures to the POND’S® Facebook page or share via Twitter or Instagram by using the hashtag #LuminousEffect. Visit POND’S® on Facebook to enter the “POND’S 30-Day Luminous Photo Challenge,” get tips on how to look luminous from Molly Sims, and to join the beauty conversation.

POND’S® asked us to share what makes us feel luminous and my picture below shows exactly that. I call it luminous love. — Marcianate

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New finds from Aveeno for summer (and always): Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo and Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes

As an Aveeno® Ambassador I get to try out a lot of their amazing products and today I’m bringing you two that were instant favorites. I’ve liked almost everything I’ve gotten from Aveeno® and of course used the brand for years before I started blogging but these two stand out in the crowd: Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo and Ultra-Calming Makeup Remover Wipes. Both of these are new on the market, only being released in July of this year.

Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Wipes image from drugstore.com

I’ve tried several dry shampoos over the years and even have a few stashed away for use but whenever I have a keratin straightening treatment on my hair I’m afraid to use one. There are several ingredients that aren’t compatible with straightening so I can only use the dry shampoos when my treatment has pretty much grown or washed out. But the Aveeno® Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo is the FIRST sulfate free dry shampoo. When I found that out I couldn’t wait to try it. I haven’t been disappointed.

Directions tell us to shake the can well, hold it 8 – 10 inches from your head and spray lightly and evenly to dry hair concentrating on the roots. I like to turn my head over first and spray quickly, then flip upright and spray again. I then wait at least 2 minutes and brush my hair. I’ve yet to see powder in my hair and it never seems to leave a film of any kind. It smells like hairspray to me so it’s not unpleasant at all plus it doesn’t linger all day. I’ll usually use my flat iron after but sometimes I’ll just brush and go. The best thing is that the next morning my hair doesn’t feel sticky which is something I’ve noticed with other dry shampoos. The Aveeno Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo is safe for my color-treated, keratin treated hair therefore it’s moved to the top shelf. The bonus?? It’s only $7.49 – $7.99!!!

The other product I’m excited about is the Aveeno® Ultra-Calming® Makeup Removing Wipes (only $6.49 – $6.99). I’m funny about makeup wipes, actually anything I use on or near my face. The first thing I do is sniff. A product has to pass the sniff test for me before I’m comfortable using it. Well these Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes pass the sniff test and they past the makeup removing test too. They are oil-free, noncomedogenic, dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. They are safe for removing all dirt and makeup including eye makeup like mascara.

I wondered why they were called Ultra-Calming and found out that they contain the Active Naturals® Feverfew so it’s designed to alleviate redness and irritation from skin. These really do feel calming. I often use them mid-day after babysitting to refresh myself and they are a refreshing touch. I cleanse off my old sunscreen and get ready to put on an “adult” face quickly with these. I never ever go to sleep with makeup on and these wipes make it easy even on those lazy nights that I just don’t feel like washing up.

You can find both of these on drugstore.com as well as at grocery and drugstores that sell Aveeno. I’m so happy that I’ve found two more products from Aveeno® that are becoming staples in my life. – Marcia

Don’t forget to enter our latest giveaway that Aveeno is sponsoring with Beauty Info Zone.

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Side by Side with ZINN – moisturizer, cleanser, body lotion and Argan Oil

Beauty Info Zone is so excited about sharing a line that’s new to us: ZINN. Zinn products are all handmade in Morocco and are certified pure and organic. They have 4 collections and each one has their own special properties yet they all contain pure-pressed Argan oil from the deserts of Morocco. Their 4 collections cover hair, skin and body.

“All Zinn products have undergone vigorous testing to meet the strict quality standards of an organic cosmetic, and are officially certified organic by leading international agencies including the world’s leading conservation organization – The Natrue Conservancy, the Cosmetique Charte Cosmebio, and Qualite France.”

We are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to share the entire line with you.  Zinn assures us that their products are 100% pure, have no parabens, sulfates, artificial colors or preservatives. They do not test on animals which is a major asset.

Marcia’s Side:

Zinn Revitalizing Anti-Aging Cream from zinnbeauty.com

I’ve been using Zinn Revitalizing Anti-Age Cream($29.99, 1.8 oz/50 ml) as a daytime moisturizer. Once given the choice when the products were sent to us, I liked that this was for anti-aging. It’s a fast absorbing moisturizer with a light fragrance. I’ve talked a lot about fragrance in products and my sensitivity to them. Zinn’s seems to linger about 15 minutes before I cease noticing any but that’s one of the reasons I’m just using this during the daytime. This cream contains Moroccan Argan Oil and is rich in antioxidants. My face feels well moisturized when using this yet I don’t have to wait for it to dry before I can apply other products. When I’m in a rush in the morning that’s especially important. The tube is great with its flip top and would be a great moisturizer to take with on trips or to the beach.

Anti-Aging Cream tube

Revitalizing Anti-Aging Cream ingredients

 

Zinn 100% Moroccan Argan Oil from zinnbeauty.com

I’ve also been using 100% Moroccan Argan Oil($29.99). When I first got it I automatically used it for my hair. As you can see by my picture it made my hair incredibly shiny and easy to work with. My keratin processing is on its way out so I especially appreciate how great my hair looks when I use the Zinn. I just need the tiniest bit to give lots of shine and control.

My hair using Zinn 100% Moroccan Argan Oil

 

ZINN 100% Moroccan Argan Oil

Once I read more about this though I realized that it wasn’t just a hair product but it was also for skin, especially dry skin. I started using this some nights and I noticed how beautifully conditioned and moisturized my skin has been. Like the Revitalizing Anti-Aging Cream, the 100% Moroccan Argan Oil also protects against premature aging but it also is good for those suffering with acne, rosacea or sun damage. Just a little bit out of this magnificent bottle of gold goes a long way.

Lisa’s Side:

I have to say, this line has some of the most beautiful packaging that I have ever seen.  I didn’t even want to open the boxes because they were so beautiful!  I tried the Velvet Facial Cleansing Milk ($29.99) and the Smooth Body Milk ($24.99).

Zinn Velvet Facial Cleansing Milk

Zinn Velvet Facial Cleansing Milk is a very gentle, creamy cleanser that is especially good for dry skin.  It has lots of moisturizing ingredients like Argan Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Rosehip Seed.

Inside the gorgeous box you find...this!

It is one huge tube of cleanser, this will last you a very long time so at less than $30 it’s a great value.

Zinn Cleanser

This is a creamy cleanser that doesn’t foam.  I found that it worked great with my Clarisonic, and while it removed makeup well I did need to use a separate eye makeup remover.  I found this cleanser to be great when my skin was dry, but it was a little too moisturizing when I was going through a bout of ‘the oilies’.

Zinn Smooth Body Milk

I also tried the Smooth Body Milk.  Just check out that gorgeous packaging!!

Zinn Smooth Body Milk info and ingredients

This lotion is very creamy and super moisturizing.  Like the cleanser it has tons of moisturizing ingredients like Argan Oil, Shea Butter, and Jojoba Oil.  I find it doesn’t have much scent, what it does have I can’t really describe – it just smells like lotion, I guess.  The very slight scent fades quickly, so this lotion won’t compete with your perfume.

A nice size tube of body lotion!

Again, the tube is huge so the price is excellent.  I like using this as a body moisturizer and also on my feet and hands.

A thick and creamy lotion

I know it’s called a body ‘milk’, but it’s actually a very thick, creamy lotion that soaks in nicely.  If you want a body lotion that is super moisturizing and doesn’t compete with your fragrance, this is a great option.

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