TWO CLEANSER REVIEWS

OSKIA RENAISSANCE CLEANSING GEL & CLINIQUE TAKE THE DAY OFF CLEANSING OIL

Cleansers are quite possibly my favourite skincare item and I nearly always have three on the go at anyone time. Some people might say that a serum is the most important aspect of a skincare routine, but I’m of the opinion that there is absolutely no point in spending a fortune on serum/moisturiser etc if you’ve not properly cleansed your skin beforehand. Two cleansers I’ve been using for a while, but haven’t yet reviewed on my blog, are the OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel and the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil.

OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel £28.00 // HERE

I first discovered OSKIA about 2 years ago when I tried their Renaissance Mask. I absolutely loved the mask so when I heard that they were bringing out a cleanser of the same kin, I hot footed it down to Space.NK and picked one up. The first thing you’ll notice when using the OSKIA cleansing gel is the rose scent. If you love the smell of rose then this will be right up your street. The packaging is lovely and one pump dispenses the perfect amount to thoroughly cleanse your face and neck. When warmed between your palms it melts down into an oil, but one that gives you enough ‘grip’ to thoroughly massage your face. Flanneled off it leaves my combination skin comfortable, with no signs of tightness.

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A couple of standout ingredients include Lactobacillus Cucurbita Pepo Fruit Ferment Extract or, in laymans terms, a pumpkin enzyme that helps to shift dead skin cells. When I lived in Manchester I used to love having a Pumpkin Peel at Skin Health Spa as a few days after the treatment, my skin would look so bright and glowy so it’s always an ingredient I keep an eye out for in skincare. The other ingredient that stand out is Dimethyl Sulfone or MSM. MSM is what the whole OSKIA skincare range is based on due to its ability to boost circulation and collagen production. I’m yet to do some thorough research on this but from what I’ve gathered so far, OSKIA is a brand that can back up every single ingredient in their formulations with proven scientific evidence. It’s definitely one to watch.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil £22 // HERE

I absolutely adore the Clinique TTDO balm so when I spotted in a magazine that they did an oil version of it I just had to give it a go. Like the balm you apply it to dry skin, massage it in then remove with a flannel. It emulsifies into a milk when it comes into contact with water, but please PLEASE make sure you remove it with a flannel (your skin will thank you!)

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This cleanser does a really thorough job of removing every last trace of makeup, dirt and oil and doesn’t leave any blurriness in my eyes if I use it to remove really heavy eye make up after an evening out. The other great thing about the TTDO Cleansing Oil is that there is absolutely no fragrance or essential oils added which makes it ideal for those of you with sensitive skin.

In terms of a preference I personally I prefer the Clinique TTDO Cleansing Oil to the Cleansing Balm. I feel it does exactly the same job but prefer it purely down to the fact that it’s more convenient to use and has a hygienic pump.

What cleansers have you been enjoying using recently? Please write in the comments below.

Rebecca

CURRENT HAIR CARE LOVES

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Schwarzkopf Liquid Oil Conditioner Spray // £9.80 // HERE

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I first used this when I stole a half empty bottle off my Mum. It’s essentially a hair oil, but in a lightweight mist formula. I couldn’t believe how soft it left my hair feeling – far softer than any other hair oil I’d previously used, plus it didn’t weigh my hair down like some oils can. It’s also an absolute steal compared to normal hair oils.

Vidal Sassoon Infra Radiance Hairdryer* // £49.99 // HERE

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This thing is an absolute machine. It’s made me realise how shoddy my other hairdryer was. It’s managed to cut down my drying time (seriously, how boring is it to dry hair) by about a third which is seriously impressive. The other thing I noticed is how lightweight it is. Some hair dryers can be clunky old things. I definitely get less arm ache with this one (I appreciate how ‘first world problems’ that sounds).

Mococcan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask // £24.75 // HERE

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I honestly couldn’t manage without a weekly intensive hair mask, especially since I had my hair balayage in November. The bleach on the tips has made my hair incredibly dry so I do all I can to infuse some moisture in them, or at the very least, get them looking and feeling better. The Mococcan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask is lovely and does a good job of making my tips a little more manageable. As with all hair masks, this one works better the longer you leave it on. The old shower cap and warm head towel should do the job.

Tre’Semme 7 Day Straight // £6.99 // HERE

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I use this every other week as it just seems to keep everything a lot smoother and cuts down on the amount of frizz I have. A fair few pumps smoothed through the lengths of my hair then blow dried and straightened means that my hair is easier to manage for the next few washes which is a big thumbs up in my books!

What hair care products are you loving at the moment? Please write in comments below.

TOP 5 MAC LIPSTICKS – FANFARE, PLUMFUL, SPEAK LOUDER, REBEL & SHY GIRL

Up until last year I’d never tried a MAC lipstick. Shocking for a so-called beauty obsessive, I know. Needless to say since trying them a somewhat obsession has started (that’s totally been enabled by Lauren just so you know) and I’m now the owner of an ever-expanding MAC lipstick collection.  After thinking long and hard I’ve managed to whittle it down to my top 5 excluding Crosswires which is my numero uno – it’s the bomb.com just so you know and deserves it’s own list!

 

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MAC Fanfare – This was a ‘bought on a whim’ purchase when I was in need of aMAC fix (god I sound like an addict!). It’s a lovely natural pink with a hint of pearlescent shimmer to it. It’s a cremesheen formula so is rich and creamy and looks good even if your lips aren’t in tip top condition.

MAC Rebel – I know what you’re thinking. It’s too dark! But, used as a stain this is the most beautiful deep berry shade. For a full on bold lip use straight from the bullet.

MAC Shy Girl – You know those days where you just want a super casual look? A touch of tinted moisturizer, a sweeping of mascara and a bit of clear brow gel? Shy Girl is your best friend!

MAC Speak Louder – Speak Louder is a gorgeous hot pink shade that I’ve found works really well with a smokey eye in the past. It looks great with simply cat flick make up too for a ‘pretty-but-not-too-overdone’ look.  It’s a cremesheen formula so feels moisturising and creamy.

MAC Plumful – Plumful is my ‘go-to’ shade when I can’t decide which shade to go for – it goes with EVERYTHING. Lauren made me buy this and I’m so glad she did. It comes a close second to Crosswires! It’s a sheer formula but still gives quite a bit of colour pay off.

 

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What are your favourite MAC shades? Anything I need to add to my collection?