Micellar water

Once a cult beauty item in the U.S., micellar waters can be found everywhere now, including your local CVS or big box store.

Micellar water is often described in a simplistic way, as a “magnet” that lifts off makeup.  Lab Muffin (!) explains the science behind micellar water in a way that is simple (as opposed to simplistic) and accessible to even the lay person.  It surprised me that micellar water is essentially … soapy water.

I’m currently using Vichy Purete Thermale 3-in-1 Step Micellar Solution and Trader Joe’s Next to Godliness Micellar Cleanser & Makeup Remover Towelettes.  Trader Joe’s: believe it!  In reserve, I have Simple Cleansing Micellar Water, which I bought using a manufacturer’s coupon, and micellar water from Italian brand Rilastil, which was a sample that the lady at Bellacara, a  beauty  boutique in the DC area, tossed into my bag.

Trader Joe's Next to Godliness Micellar Cleanser & Makeup Remover Towelettes

Trader Joe’s Next to Godliness Micellar Cleanser & Makeup Remover Towelettes

I use micellar water alone when I’m not wearing a lot of makeup (especially eye makeup).  I apply it with DHC Silky Cotton pads (thanks, Marcia, for introducing me to this).  I don’t like a lot of rubbing or wiping, so when I have a full face of makeup, I do a double cleanse with DHC Deep Cleansing Oil and DHC Face Wash Powder.  Then I’ll moisten a cotton pad with micellar water to pick up any eye makeup residue.

Asian beauty stores in the DC Metro Area

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The DC Metro Area hosts a large Asian community, and there are many stores that cater to this market.  Today I’ll introduce you to some Asian beauty stores in the DC Metro Area.

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More Shiseido in Fairfax Circle carries Shiseido, Clé de Peau Beauté, Enprani skin care and makeup, skin care sets, face mask sheets, Darkness beauty implements from Korea, and some unexpected items (underwear!).

Lotte Plaza in Chantilly features a comprehensive selection of international foods.  Grocery shopping in its produce section is a contact sport.  There are so many shoppers there that you can’t maneuver.   Bunny LaRue wrote:

Lotte Plaza is great. I have seen no less than two fist fights there. When they first opened I made the mistake of trying to get some shrimp, I nearly lost my arm. The lady that runs Cinderella is really nice.

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Do the double cleanse with DHC

Japan’s DHC might have been among the first to bring cleansing oils to the US market. How many of you have been introduced to DHC’s Deep Cleansing Oil through sample packets glued into its catalogues? I got hooked when I used a DCO sample and saw what a great job it did on dissolving eye makeup.

It’s funny that DHC has been slow to get on the bandwagon for double cleansing, even though it’s offered double cleansing for years. DHC usually pairs the DCO with one of its clear soaps, but I don’t care how mild a soap is, it still leaves a film. That’s why I prefer DHC Face Wash Powder.

DHC Face Wash Powder

DHC Face Wash Powder (image from dermstore.com)

I first apply the DCO to my face and then rinse my face with water. I then shake a little Face Wash Powder into my hand, build lather, apply the lather to my face, and then rinse my face with water. I haven’t let go of the idea that lather means that the product is working. If there are any mascara stains left, I’ll then saturate a cotton pad with dual-phase eye makeup remover (I use CVS’s knockoff of Neutrogena’s dual phase eye makeup remover) or micellar water (I currently use Vichy) and remove the stains.

Tatcha’s washing powder is grittier than DHC Face Wash Powder, takes more time to dissolve, and produces little lather. I also have a washing powder from Yojiya, a brand from Japan, but I’ve had it for so many years that it might have lost its efficacy.

My complaint about purchasing DCO and the Face Wash Powder from DHC’s website is that the threshold for free shipping is very high – 85 US dollars. I’m grateful to Marcia at Beauty Info Zone (see also 6 #beauty sites to follow), who told me about dermstore.com, which offers free shipping, no minimum. Dermstore.com also includes free samples with orders: when I purchased the Face Wash Powder, dermstore.com threw in a TSA-friendly mini-bottle of DHC Cleansing Oil (no packets here!). If you join Ebates, you can get 4% cash back on your purchase from dermstore.com.

While I purchased DHC Face Wash Powder, I have received several bottles of DHC Cleansing Oil from DHC in-house PR.

DHC Face Wash Powder ingredients:

zea mays (corn) starch, maltitol, potassium myristate, sodium cocoyl glycinate, sodium cocoyl isethionate, sorbitol, protease, dipotassium glycrrhizate, glycyl glycine, silica, water/aqua/eau, alcohol, honey/mel/miel, sodium hyaluronate, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower extract

Where to find da Vinci cosmetics brushes in the US

Another brand that I miss is da Vinci, a line of cosmetics brushes that are handmade in Germany.  You know that the Germans always make good stuff! (thanks Vince and ShamWOW!).  I purchased its Smokey Eyes set and its cleaning soap (long before Beautyblender came out with its own version) from Douglas, an outpost of Parfümerie Douglas, Germany’s largest chain of beauty stores.  Alas, Douglas pulled out of the US market.

da Vinci cleaning soap

da Vinci cleaning soap

I wrote to da Vinci, and here is how it responded:

With the same mail we are contacting Greg Daniels from our partner
Greg Daniels Fine Arts, Glendale, CA
about your interest in our “da Vinci” Cosmetic brushes.

Greg Daniels Fine Arts is the exclusive importer of da Vinci brushes, and its web site offers eCommerce.

Probably the most tortuous reply I’ve received from an inquiry

The Swedish cosmetics brand IsaDora pulled out of the U.S. market, and Walgreens quit carrying it a number of years ago.  While initially I wasn’t enthused about IsaDora,  I gave it a second look after Paula Begoun raved about its eye shadows. I still have Isadora’s eye shadow quartet in Bronzing Plums and its eye shadow palette in Matte Chocolates.

Anyhow, I wrote to IsaDora, asking where I could its products in the U.S.  Here is its response, which is probably the most tortuous reply that I’ve received from an inquiry:

Hello

Thank you for your email and your interest in IsaDora.

We have many different clients in different countries that sell our exclusive products and this is all around the world, but sometimes it can be hard to find what you are looking for if you want a specific product for different reasons.

If you don’t find the products you are looking for in your country and unfortunately we dont have a distributor in the USA the only thing we can help you with is following..and this is Only to help you as a private customer contacting us.

Please Notice that unfortunately you cant order from us directly because we don’t operate in that way and we don’t compete with our distributors around the world .

You can order from different swedish websites (located in sweden) and they ship Internationally and hopefully to your country.

If they don’t have the product you are looking for maybe you can ask them to order it from us the next time if they are able to do that for you.

Notice that this is on Swedish and you can change the language and price on the website and maybe you can send them an email regarding your questions.

It is up to YOU to choose what you want to do and it is up to You to choose below wich site you will order from and this is ONLY examples that we can give to you at the moment..

You can also visit our website www.isadora.com and take a look at all of our latest products and collections and there you can find out where you can buy our products and you can choose your country.

Here you can also get information about our products.

We wish you all the best and hope you will find what you are looking for.

Dont worry about ordering from abroad from these websites. They are very trustworthy Companys in sweden.

www.nelly.com(choose international ) (klick next to the swedish flag at the right corner.)
http://baressoshop.se (international)

Introducing LaRoche-Posay’s Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen (SPF 50)

I started using LaRoche-Posay sunscreens after buying into the hype in magazines (no doubt to keep their advertiser L’Oréal , which owns LaRoche-Posay, happy) about the introduction of Mexoryl SX to the U.S. While Mexoryl SX is more stable than avobenzone, another chemical sunscreen, it protects only from UVA rays, not UVB rays. Visit Paula Begoun’s web site for more information about Mexoryl SX.

I use LaRoche-Posay sunscreens only on my face, because they are pricey.  Curiously, none of the LaRoche-Posay sunscreens that I’ve tried have Mexoryl SX as an ingredient. So much for hype.   I used Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with sunscreen, and thank goodness that it didn’t have the petroleum odor that Smashbox’s primer with sunscreen had.

After I finished the tube of Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with sunscreen, I switched to Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid.  While I’m still using Anthelios 60 and liking it, I’ve loving LaRoche-Posay’s new Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen (SPF 50).  It’s lightweight, and I honestly believe that it’s improving my skin.  For those who seek a matte finish, I suggest that they put something like Mally Beauty’s Face Defender over the serum.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen SPF 50

La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen SPF 50

La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen SPF 50 cost $42.50 US for 1 fl.oz., so keep on the lookout for discounts.

Active ingredients: Avobenzone 2.68%(sunscreen) Homosalate 9.60% (sunscreen) Octisalate 2.88%(sunscreen) Octocrylene 5.38% (sunscreen) Oxybenzone 3.46% (sunscreen)

Inactive ingredients: Water, dimethicone, cyclopentasiloxane, tocopherol, acrylates/dimethicone copolymer, phenoxyethanol, propylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, silica, sodium polyacrylate, ascorbyl glucoside, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, disodium EDTA, diethylhexyl syringylidenemalonate, polyacrylamide, C13-14 isoparaffin, laureth-7, cassia alata leaf extract, maltodextrin, triethanolamine

Degree MotionSense™ Dry Spray does what it says it does

First, a little background: why do our armpits stink? Melissa at Gizmodo (via TodayIFoundOut.com) breaks it down for you. There are two kinds of sweat glands: eccrine and apocrine. Apocrine sweat glands may be found on the hairy parts of your body. While their secretions are inherently non-odorous, they contains precursors for smelly substances. Add bacteria to that mix, and pew!

Dry deodorant/antiperspirant sprays are getting a lot of press in women’s magazines (probably to keep their advertisers happy). Unlike other sprays, they don’t require a dry-down time. I recently bought Degree MotionSense™ Dry Spray in Sheer Powder 48-hour antiperspirant. I chose Sheer Powder because my husband uses baby powder for a rub-down, and he smells so good!

Degree Sheer Powder antiperspirant dry spray with MOTIONSENSE protection

Degree Sheer Powder antiperspirant dry spray with MOTIONSENSE protection

However, the fragrance is much stronger than baby powder. Sparkled Beauty reviewed both Dove and Degree dry sprays on her blog, and she said that the Degree dry spray in Sheer Powder smells of “freesia, jasmine and vanilla.” Say what?? My nose isn’t that sensitive.

Degree MotionSense™ Dry Spray does it what says it does: it lasts 48 hours and maybe more. I take baths/showers in the evening, and after drying my skin, I apply the dry spray. In hot humid weather (a typical DC summer), you might want to use it more often. If I don’t bathe, I’ll wipe off with a Ban Total Cooling Cloth and then apply the dry spray.

I like Degree MotionSense™ Dry Spray as it goes on dry. However, you’ll still ingest spray if you don’t turn your head away.