Wipes and washes

Wipes and Washes

Wipes and Washes

I remember as a tween fighting about cleansing every night. I never wanted to wash my face and I hated taking baths. We lived in an old house and the water always felt cold to me. My, how time has changed all of that. Now I wouldn’t think of going  to bed without cleansing my skin. Even on my laziest nights I do something or I’d be tossing and turning worrying about my pores getting clogged and my skin being unable to breathe. It’s one of the most beneficial steps in skincare.

I’m sharing some of the products that I’ve been using for the last few months. I go through a lot of wipes, both daytime and nighttime, so if this seems heavy on that end it’s because they get used for so many things.

Wipes from Aveeno, Atopalm, Almay

Wipes from Aveeno, Atopalm, Almay

Atopalm Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes (empty now)

Atopalm Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes (empty now)

Atopalm Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes ($12.99 for 25) – I bought these from Dermstore because of their skincare claims. My logic was that if I was going to use a wipe at night instead of a cleanser that it would help to have one that was also moisturizing. I’ve used several Atopalm products with success so I knew these would be ones I like. According to Atopalm: ATOPALM Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes are luxurious cleansing cloths formulated with exclusive Multi Lamellar Emulsion Formula and vitamin E. The nourishing blend soothes and softens your skin while combating environmental influences. Allantoin calms as portulaca oleracea extract minimizes redness. Grapeseed, jojoba seed and olive oils deliver moisture, leaving your skin luminous and supple. I never use these on my eyes but I do feel like these are the best for my skin of the wipes I’ve tried.

Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Remover Wipes

Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Remover Wipes

Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Remover Wipes ($6.99 for 25)* – I’ve been using these for a few years now. These are actually daytime wipes for me since they are fragranced and I prefer fragrance free before bed. “With ACTIVE NATURALS® CALMING FEVERFEW® , an ingredient related to chamomile, these wipes leave sensitive skin feeling soothed and balanced.”

Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Remover Wipes

Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Remover Wipes

Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Remover Wipes ($6.99 for 25)* – These are a newer wipe from Aveeno. I like that they are oil free. Unfortunately these are fragranced so I don’t use them to remove my night time makeup but I do use them often when I’m swatching products for reviews. The swatches come off cleanly without leaving any residue so I can keep on truckin’. If you aren’t sensitive to fragrance I highly recommend these. “They combine exclusive ACTIVE NATURALS® Total Soy Complex, an ingredient long known to enhance skin’s radiance, with gentle cleansers that won’t dry out or irritate skin.”

Almay Oil-free Makeup Remover Towelettes

Almay Oil-free Makeup Remover Towelettes

Almay Oil-free Makeup Remover Towelettes ($6.99 for 25) – I’ve experimented with different drugstore towelettes and found that the Almay are the ones I like best for night use. I love that they are oil-free and of equal importance fragrance-free. I have used these on my eyes although they aren’t great for removing gel liner or mascara. Mostly I use these on my face though and it feels like I’m getting my face washed without water. Almay says: “hydrates and soothes skin without irritation. Botanical blend of aloe, cucumber and green tea. This face makeup remover leaves no greasy residue, so there’s no need to rinse. Hypoallergenic.”

Cleansers - Herbal Choice Mari, Philosophy, Painted Earth

Cleansers – Herbal Choice Mari, Philosophy, Painted Earth

Herbal Choice Mari Organic Makeup Remover

Herbal Choice Mari Organic Makeup Remover


Herbal Choice Mari Organic Makeup Remover  ($22 on sale for $16.95)* –  This vegan and organic makeup remover is for the nights I have time to take off my makeup properly. It’s not really a cleanser, it’s more of a pre-cleanser. Directions say to put it on a piece of cotton and gently remove your makeup. It melts away the color quickly. “This natural makeup remover does not contain alcohol, chemicals, detergents or preservatives.” It’s recommended for use on eyes too so it’s really an all in one cleanser. It has a very slight herbal fragrance but it’s very slight. It doesn’t annoy me and I’m quite picky about fragrance. It leaves skin moisturized since it contains organic olive oil but it’s not the least bit oily. Some nights I follow with a cleanser and some just with water. If you can’t tolerate glutens, this is a great choice for you.

Painted Earth True Elegance Cleansing Milk & Make-Up Remover

Painted Earth True Elegance Cleansing Milk & Make-Up Remover

Painted Earth True Elegance Cleansing Milk & Make-Up Remover ($23.50)* – This cleansing milk really is elegant. There’s something special about its thick creamy texture that makes you feel like you are moisturizing as well as cleansing. It contains coconut milk which is what must give it that creaminess. You can use this on a pad to wipe off makeup but I prefer it as a regular cleanser. It works especially well with something like a Clarisonic or the Foreo Luna though you don’t really need a tool for it. It entirely removes all makeup, including eye makeup. I prefer to use a dedicated eye makeup remover on my eyes but I’ve used this too without stinging. With Painted Earth products you can always look to see the ingredients which I think is helpful. There’s an herbal fragrance to this so I follow with toner to lessen any lingering scent.

Philosophy Just Release Me Eyemakeup Remover

Philosophy Just Release Me Eyemakeup Remover

Philosophy Just Release Me Eyemakeup Remover ($18) – I normally use Mary Kay Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover but I was at a JC Penney Sephora and this was on sale for $12 when I was checking out so I decided to pick it up. The first time I used it I spilled a lot because the top is wide open and I didn’t realize that. But I’ve since learned to use it properly. This is a dual-phase eye makeup remover that is gentle and oil-free. It seems to work slightly better than the Mary Kay one on stubborn makeup like mascara and water-resistant eyeliners. Even though it’s more expensive than the MK I will replace it when it’s done so that I have something with this gentle power. Philosophy says: “Philosophy Just Release Me™ Dual-Phase Oil-Free Makeup Remover gently yet effectively breaks down and removes the toughest eye makeup, even waterproof makeup, without irritating the eyes. Formulated with natural aloe, and chamomile and cucumber extracts, this soothing essential works to calm, clean, cool, and refresh the eye area.”

Obviously I don’t use these all every night. I base my choice usually on how much time I’ve left myself, how much makeup I’m wearing and how lazy/industrious I am that night. All are products I have no trouble recommending and will continue using them.

What are your favorite wipes and cleansers? I’m always looking at different options so please share. — Marcia

*products sent for editorial consideration

others were purchases

La Fresh – better than baby wipes and perfect for removing Halloween makeup

la fresh logoOn a recent car trip to Florida, I found myself buying baby wipes for the first time in about 7 years. I have a new car and I didn’t want anything to get sticky or messy on the way. I ended up regretting my purchase – I didn’t get unscented and I found the wipes to be heavy and unpleasant. Icky, really. Then La Fresh sent the BIZ some different wipes to try out, and boy was that a V-8 moment.  I think these individually packages wet wipes are genius.

All of these wipes are available in individual packets, or in larger packages, and be sure to check out the excellent combo packs. Believe me, whatever your needs are, La Fresh Travel-Lite has a wipe for you!

The wet wipes that La Fresh makes are for adults, not for babies (well, except for their baby wipes, lol! And they do have some just for dogs!). The variety is mind-boggling – so are the amount of ideas I have for gifting them!

La Fresh constantly continues to do research and to develop more products – all of which are environmentally responsible – to try to meet every need you may have. Here are some of my favorites:

La Fresh

La Fresh Facial Cleansing Wipes and Makeup Remover Wipes

La Fresh

La Fresh Antibacterial Wipes and Nail Polish Remover Pads

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t need these four wipes! Of course they are perfect for travel and I keep some in my glove box at all times. I also keep some at work just in case. And with Halloween coming up, what could be better? If you are going to a party or hosting one, your guests will be grateful to find a basket of these goodies available in the rest room. And think of how handy these will be to get rid of sticky candy fingers…just perfect.

La Fresh

La Fresh Antiperspirant Wipes for Men…and for Women

La Fresh

La Fresh Hygiene Wipes for Women…and for Men

Nothing smells worse than stress sweat. But you can duck into the restroom, use one of the La Fresh Antiperspirant Wipes and be back to good smelling in no time. I absolutely love that they have specific wipes for women and specific ones for men. And the Hygiene Wipes? Look, it’s not comfortable to talk about, but everyone at some time will need one of these. Better to be safe than sorry and have a few of these tucked away in your purse, gym bag, or in your desk drawer.

La Fresh

La Fresh Insect Repellent Wipes

These work great! I love how the Insect Repellent Wipes are chemical-free and I tested them right after a big rain when the air was full of mosquitos. You never know when you’ll need one of these so I always have some handy.

La Fresh

La Fresh Lens & Cleaning Wipe and Shoe Shine Wipe

Now here are two excellent ideas for wipes!! A tissue often can’t really clean glasses properly, and boy if you can’t see you are in trouble. It also works great for mirrors and for computer screens. And I love the Shoe Shine Wipes! These make scuffs disappear and shoes look soft and brand new again.

Every wipe I tried worked like a charm. See for yourself – here is a clip,  Zombie vs. La Fresh Makeup Remover, that shows how terrific the Makeup Wipe is.

I absolutely think you should invest in some wipes for yourself – they aren’t expensive, and having these on hand in your car, at work, and in your purse can make any super stressful situation much, much easier. They are fantastic for trips and think of all the great gifting ideas – I am putting together a collection for my son at college. My daughters are going to find some of them in their stockings at Christmas. And every time I have people over, a basket of these will be in every bathroom just in case. There are so many possibilities it’s terrific! Head on over to La Fresh to take a look for yourself.  – Lisa

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Traveling? Then you need Adventuress Skincare on your journey

Intro Offer Collection (image from goadventuress.com)

Anyone up for taking me on a vacation? If you are I’ll share my skincare with you! Adventuress skincare has the best travel pack ever and is perfect for a trip though you will want to use it at home too. Let me backtrack though and introduce you to the creator of Adventuress, Michele Carter.  She’s a tomboy at heart but she’s a girly girl (woman) at the same time.  She worked with a scientist (Masoomeh) who’d previously worked with big brands like Estee Lauder and L’Oreal. With Masoomeh’s connections and knowledge of raw materials together they created a naturally derived collection with vital ingredients designed for varying degrees of skin sensitivities and allergies.

There are a few ways to start with Adventuress in case you want to ease into the line or in case you are looking for terrific products packaged perfectly for travel. The one I’m reviewing is the Intro Offer Collection that contains 1.7 oz of cleanser, 1.0 oz of skin purifier, 1.0 oz of moisturizer, 2.0 oz of sunscreen plus 5 individual wipes. The kit costs $85 but its retail value is over $111. Or you could pick up the Sample Tin for only $10 that has enough for a day or two. These would both fit in your carry-on, a back pack or if you were a rider it would fit in your saddle bag.

Adventuress Travel Tin (image from goadventuress.com)

Booklet cover that comes with Adventuress

Here are my favorite things about Adventuress:

*fragrance free and paraben free

*airless containers that keep contaminants out

*the products seal so they don’t leak

*the great reusable packaging for the kit that keeps your products safe from dripping and ruining your clothes

*all products in the kit are travel size safe

*my face has not rebelled – no clogged pores, no dryness

*the creator is from Northern Michigan (my home state!)

Because I’m long winded here’s a little about each product. I must admit first of all that I could NOT figure out how to get the actual product out of the containers. I knew that they were self sealing but I couldn’t figure out how. What I learned is that it winds up to release product and then winds down to seal. Duh. Remember: Lefty loosey, righty tighty. Nothing like feeling less adventurous just opening a product.

Adventuress Naturally Liberating Cleanser

information about Adventuress Liberating Cleanser

Adventuress Liberating Cleanser

Naturally Liberating Cleanser: this white creamy cleanser is moisturizing and doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry. Apply to your skin, add a little water and let it foam, then rinse off. I like using a muslin cloth to rinse off. The kit has the full size cleanser ($18 separately). The key ingredients are – Boswellian bark tears which soothes the skin and Spanish Castile Soap that cleanses and calms.

Adventuress Skin Purifier

information on Adventuress Skin Purifier

Adventuress Skin Purifier


Vividly Restorative Skin Purifier: the skin purifier is a clear light serum. Apply it to dry skin after cleansing. It absorbs really quickly and helps hydrate, unblock pores and firm. You can use this any time you want a refreshing feel on your skin. The key ingredients are extracts including quince, willow bark, sugar maple, orange, lemon and olive leaf. This is the full size and retails for $35.

Adventuress Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer

information about Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer

Adventuress Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer

Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer: this is a very soothing moisturizer that is lightweight but very effective. Not only does it calm skin but it protects against environmental damage. “An exclusive, targeted delivery system with essential emollients including French Rose Hip and Evening Primrose oils provides intense moisturization and results in exceptional hydration for your skin.” Also full size which retails for $32.

High Performance Sunscreen

High Performance Sunscreen: we never want to be without our sunscreen!! If you are a tomboy like one of my daughter-in-laws you’ll find that out the hard way. She was diagnosed with skin cancer this past summer. I was constantly telling her to use sunscreen but she felt like she didn’t need it. She is now a convert and I don’t have to be a nagging MIL. This lightweight spray is perfect for all of us. It doesn’t irritate at all, it’s water resistant and moisturizes your skin while protecting it with SPF 30.The key ingredients are Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to soothe exposed skin and protect against free radical damage plus micronized titanium dioxide that will protect against both UVA and UVB rays. This full size SPF retails for $26.

Adventuress Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipe

information about Facial Wipes

Adventuress Fiercely Refreshing Facial Wipes

Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes: I love these, they are biodegradable and revitalizing. Look at all the benefits: – Seven plant extracts protect against Rosacea, rash and itchiness; – Reduces melanin (age spot) production, prevents pigmentation; – Anti-inflammatory; – Soothes and hydrates. You can use these at any time. They are great to carry with you on a daily basis. A box of 24 would cost $22, there are 5 in the kit.

While I’m not an outdoor enthusiast like Michele Carter, I am a person that appreciates quality skincare. My favorite sport happens to be eating but hey, you gotta look good eating too. Now where are you taking me so you can share my skincare? I’m game for an adventure with Adventuress if you are. — Marcia

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Sunday Spotlight on Korres

There’s a lot of Korres love going on nowadays. I rarely hear anything but raves for this line. Reviews on Emakemeup.com are always so delicious and tempting. Here’s a few that we find particularly intriguing.

Brenda loves the fragrance and hydration she gets from Quince Body Butter .

If Quince doesn’t get your mojo going then how about Jasmine Body Butter?

There are a lot of scents in Korres’ Showergels. PomMom has written about this amazing product.

She’s also a fan of their luscious Cherry Full Color Gloss.

Speaking of lips and Korres, we are always reading raves for their Lip Butters. Alisa has done a good job of tempting us with her review of these. (You can also follow Alisa’s blog for other favorite products of hers.)

Unfortunately Katgirl didn’t find a lot to love about their Pomegranate Cleansing Wipes so we have to learn to take the good with the bad.

If you’ve wondered about Korres sign up for their website. They always have Special Offers that are sent in emails and are advertised on their site. And don’t we all love getting bonuses with our purchases!!

Thanks for reading the Emakemeup reviews on Korres. There are more on the site for you to enjoy; we’d love to hear what you love about this brand.