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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.

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

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

Bad Beauty Habits to Ditch When You Travel

Select the link below for an article on positive habits for airline travel.  I also suggest wearing compression stockings to prevent swelling and using saline nasal spray to keep your nostrils moist on long-haul flights.

Bad Beauty Habits To Ditch When You Travel - Beauty Tips

Bad Beauty Habits To Ditch When You Travel – Beauty Tips


“Bad Beauty Habits to Ditch When You Travel” on Health Perch

IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+ delivers – and how!

While I was disappointed with IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes mascara, I was delighted with IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+.  I received a sample of the CC Cream in the package containing Hello Lashes and the reversible lip liner and liked it so much that I took advantage of the recent F&F event to buy the full size.

It Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+

It Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+

When I first applied IT Cosmetics IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+, it felt very soothing. Redness is my main skin complaint, and IT Cosmetics CC Cream covers the redness beautifully. It makes skin look radiant, but not shimmery, as many luminizing foundations do.  The CC Cream also blends seamlessly with my skin: too often, when I use liquid foundation, I get edges that don’t blend, no matter how much I tap-tap-tap with a dampened Beautyblender.

In addition, IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+ s a UVA/UVB broad spectrum physical barrier sunscreen, with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, but it doesn’t have a whitish cast. While it’s rated SPF 50+ , you probably won’t apply enough to get those benefits. I recommend wearing a colorless sunscreen under the CC Cream: I use LaRoche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid, which is a chemical sunscreen.

In short, IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+ delivers on what a BB/CC/DD cream (these sound like cup sizes! 🙂 should be: sunscreen, makeup, and skin care in one multitasking product.

While I’m often typed as “light,” I actually went against the received wisdom and chose Medium. MUA Robert Jones actually recommends slightly deeper makeup for older (cough, cough) women.

IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+ comes in 5 shades (Fair, Light, Medium, Tan and Rich) and costs US $38.00 for 1.08 fl.oz. It is available online from itcosmetics.com, qvc.com, beauty.com, and ulta.com. IT Cosmetics has recently announced that it is now in all Ulta stores.

Have you tried IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+?   How did you like it? Do you have a favorite BB/CC/DD cream?

The Style Page on @thebeautybrains podcast

Hello all,

I was delighted to record a segment for The Beauty Brains podcast: listen to me discuss “pore-minimizing” products about 36:19 into the podcast.

Of course, you’ll want to listen to the entire podcast, in which The Beauty Brains discuss the efficacy of  anti-aging ingredients:  Which anti-aging ingredients REALLY work? The Beauty Brains Show episode 21.

Pixi Glow Tonic restores your skin’s glow

Pixi Glow Tonic is a bestseller in the UK and now has been brought stateside.

Pixi Glow Tonic

Pixi Glow Tonic

What is Pixi Glow Tonic? It’s a toner that contains a low concentration (5%) glycolic acid solution to exfoliate the skin and give it glow. I swear by alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid to keep my complexion looking smooth. Also, AHAs improve the application of moisturizers, serums, and makeup.

Ingredients: Deionized water, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Horse Chestnut Extracts, Propylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid and Ammonium Glycolate, Hexylene Glycol, Glucose, Fructose, Sucrose, Urea Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Hexylnicotinate, Ginseng Extract, Potassium Alum, Diazolidinyl Urea, Biotin, pixi Natural Fragrant Oil.

Active ingredients: Glycolic Acid-5%, partially neutralized by Ammonium Hydroxide.

Pixi ascribes these benefits to other ingredients:

  • Aloe Vera soothes and hydrates
  • Witch Hazel refines and tightens
  • Glucose and fructose brighten: I knew that there was a positive use for fructose 🙂
  • Ginseng extract is an antioxidant and improves circulation and energizes

There is fragrance in Pixi Glow Tonic, but it’s at the bottom of the ingredient list. It reminds me of fresh-cut meadow flowers.

I’ve incorporated Pixi Glow Tonic in my skin care regimen. I use it twice a week.

To use: follow up your cleansing regimen with Pixi Glow Tonic. First pat skin dry, then apply Pixi Glow Tonic on dry skin with a cotton pad. I use DHC Silky Cotton, which are silk-wrapped cotton pads – also a favorite of the beautyinfozone.com blog (see 6 #beauty sites to follow).

I rate Pixi Glow Tonic 4 (very good) out of 5 points.

Pixi Glow Tonic cost $29.00 for 250 ml/8.5 fl. oz. You may buy Pixi Glow Tonic at pixibeauty.com. It is not available from target.com.

Disclosure: Pixi Glow Tonic was provided to me as a PR sample.