Week of Skincare Favourites 2014: My Top 10 Cleansers

Week of Skincare Favourites

Happy Monday, folks! I hope you’ve had a great weekend and am ready to begin a brand new week.

Speaking of which, welcome to Skincare Favourites Week! Instead of my usual individual product reviews, I thought I’d do change it up a little and do a round-up of my favourite skincare products. This ranges across the board, from cleansers to serums to moisturisers to sunscreens. I get quite a lot of questions via blog comments and email on what my favourite skincare products are so today, you’ll get the full monty.

Well, full monty of the products, that is. Ain’t nobody seeing me in my birthday suit! :P

I’m starting the week of skincare favourites off with my top 10 cleansers. Some of these cleansers are recent finds (discovered them this year) and some are classic favourites. Even so, these are the cleansers I have and will gladly repurchase. My favourite cleansers also include cleansing oils and balms that I use as pre-cleansers in my double-cleansing routine. You’ll notice that I didn’t include micellar waters like the ones from Bioderma and Garnier because I do not consider those as cleansers but makeup removers.

In no particular order, let’s get started!

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Talking Scents: Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Arancia di Capri

Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Arancia di Capri

I’ve lusted after this fragrance by Acqua di Parma for ages. Every time I’m at David Jones, I’d spray some onto a card and keep the card in my bag. And by spray, I mean it was an enough-to-kill-a-hundred-mosquitoes-with-Raid sort of spray. Suffice it to say, my bag smelled amazing for days.

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to finally bite the bullet and get it. Even though I’ve technically been spraying quite a lot of it on cards and myself over the years, there was absolutely no regrets.

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Finally Getting The Hype With Emma Hardie’s Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm

If I had a dollar every time I stumbled upon yet another beauty YouTuber or blogger raving about this, I’d have enough to buy myself a pretty nice bag. While I didn’t get myself that bag, I did get a jar of this to try out to see what the fuss was about.

I’ve been meaning to get the Emma Hardie cleansing balm for almost a year now but I didn’t get around to it because its retail price was AU$72 which is a whopper for a cleanser. Luckily, Feel Unique had a sale going on for Emma Hardie cleansing balms a couple of months ago and I managed to score mine at 50% off.

Whee! :D

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L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24H Foundations: 24 Hour Hold Claims Aside, They’re Pretty Darn Good!

L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24H Stay Fresh Foundation and Powder Foundation

Let me guess that if you were to see the words “lasts 24 hours” on a beauty product, especially makeup, you’d be rolling your eyes so hard, I’ll need to smack the back of your head with a clipboard to get your eyes right-side up again.

Okay, maybe not in such a violent way, but you know what I mean. :P

When the new L’Oreal Infallible 24H liquid and powder foundations landed on my desk for review, I won’t deny that there was quite a lot of eye-rolling at the “24 hour hold, 24 hour comfort” claim. Seriously, who actually wears foundation for that long? Unless you fell asleep with your makeup on and expect it to still look like new when you wake up, you’ll be calling B.S. on the claims.

Still, when I see a claim like that, you know that I’d want to bust those claims. Juvenile? Maybe. But surely you would want to do it too!

While I’m obviously highly sceptical about 24 hour hold claim, I discovered something quite surprising about the foundations. I actually like them! Twenty four hour hold hogwash aside, these are pretty darn good makeup.

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