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Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash Review

When it comes to faces with dry and oily places, it takes a clever cleanser to balance the two. This gentle, frothy face wash carefully does both jobs without canceling each other out. Skin feels comfortably refreshed after cleansing, never tight, pulled, or parched. Broad leaf kelp extract discourages excess oil production while wheat protein balances and protects dry-prone zones. Tourmaline actually makes water wetter to more easily disperse dirt and sebum down the drain. Best for all skin types, aromatic bergamot, spearmint, and lavender add pleasure to the process.

When I was suffering from horrible cystic acne, I decided to switch over to a more natural product. I had no idea what was affecting my skin the way it was and I thought I should try to use a more natural product to see if it would help. I was looking around on Sephora for a cleanser that had a good rating and came upon Origins’ Checks and Balances and decided to give it a try.

It claims to be able to give balance for people with combination skin. I have oily skin that gets flakey so I definitely needed some balance to my skin. I would say the cleanser is good in some aspects when it comes to that. First off, it does not dry out my skin after I use it. I like using Checks and Balances with my Clarisonic Mia and it foams up beautifully when used in conjunction. You really don’t even need that much product. A pea-size or less would give me a decent enough foam to work the whole face. This cleanser is pretty gentle on the skin and I think most skin type would be able to use it without any problems.

I do not think it gives any long-term help when it comes to helping my combination skin, however. Which is its only downfall, in my opinion. If you expect it to help in the long run I probably wouldn’t keep my hopes up.

It has a scent that I’m not sure everybody would love, but I have no problems with it. It’s not super strong, but you can smell it while using it. It’s probably from the floral ingredients used although I wouldn’t describe the scent as floral. More herbal with mint mixed in it.

I like using it after I use cleansing oil on my face at night to remove makeup. I would recommend this as a good everyday cleanser for all skin types, although if you have a more drier skin type, I think a cleanser with more moisturizing aspects would be better. It works great with the Clarisonic Mia if you usually like using that too. It does a great job making your face feeling clean and fresh.


Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Foaming Wash Review

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Foaming Wash gently clears away excess sebum and dirt on face while removing make-up with its soft and rich foam. You need not clean your face in 2 steps.

It contains Super-Hyaluronic Acid, a hydrating ingredient, to provide deep moisturization, leaving skin suppler. At the same time, it is added with cationized hyaluronic acid to form a moisture-locking film on the skin surface. It keeps cleansed face never taut.

The slightly acidic, hypoallergenic product is free from fragrances, colourants, oil and alcohol.

Hado Labo has been making quite a name for itself in Japan and also among skincare/make up bloggers! Mostly it’s gaining a reputation for being moisturizing as it contains hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid in skincare products helps to grab moisture and look it into your skin.

I was looking for a cleanser that was gentle on my skin, yet doesn’t make me feel like there’s still makeup or grime left on my face after a long day. I didn’t expect the product to take off all my makeup since I prefer using a cleansing oil to remove it prior to washing my face with a cleanser. However, Hado Labo does make the claim! Sadly, if you expect this foaming cleanser to remove all your makeup you would probably be disappointed. If you do not remove your makeup with something beforehand you would probably see hints of makeup on your cotton pad afterwards if you usually use a toner.

Discounting that fact, to judge the cleanser as is, I think it’s a pretty decent cleanser for general daily use. It comes out in a thick, dense foam that keeps its shape unlike a lot of Western brands where the foam just fizzles out. This means that less product is needed as it continues to keep the foam as you work it into your skin. In fact, I always just use a tiny dallop and it is especially visible when I use my Clarisonic Mia with it.

It is not scented, as it mentions in the description, but there is a slight soapy scent that I can detect. Not a big deal.

My skin is left feeling clean without feeling like all the moisture is sucked out of it. But as with most cleansers I use, if I don’t quickly moisturize afterwards, it will still end up feeling like my skin is stretched. Because of that, I don’t feel that it leaves my skin feeling moisturized afterwards as it claims to do. I would assume that the hyaluronic acid that it contains would be more helpful in the moisturizers and serums as opposed to the cleanser since you wash it off right after applying.

The cleanser is a decent one if you’re not looking for a bunch of frills to go along with it. It does its job as a daily cleanser, but it does not meet the claims that its description talks about. However, if you have sensitive skin I think this will be a good one to try out regardless. I actually wouldn’t mind purchasing this again, but I would rather try out other ones on the market right now though.


Topbox March 2013 — Aveda

For March’s Topbox, we got to pick between Aveda, Pure + Simple, or I think there might have been one other brand, but I can’t really remember. If we decided to not place a Privé on our wishlist or if we were not randomly selected to receive the Privé box we wish for, we would receive the regular March box. I picked Aveda because the Pure + Simple boxes only had two items, although I think they were full-size (at least one of them was a full-sized item). For the Aveda box we were able to choose whether it’s aimed for curly hair or straight hair. I chose straight.

Aveda // Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother

[[ Exclusive plant infusion blend creates a smooth surface on hair. ]]
Full Size: $30/100mL || Received: $6/20mL (2 x 10mL)

Aveda // Light Elements Smoothing Fluid

[[ A fluid styling formula that adds shine and movement as it restores a healthy feel and look to hair. ]]
Full Size: $34/100mL || Received: $3.40/10mL

Aveda // Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair

[[ Daily leave-in treatment instantly repairs damaged hair, helps protect against heat styling and detangles to prevent further damage. ]]
Full Size: $30/100mL || Received: $3.00/10mL

Aveda // Hand Relief

[[ Incredily rich moisture therapy soothes dry, chapped hands – leaving them noticeably softer and smoother. ]]
Full Size: $28/125mL || Received: $2.24/10mL

Aveda // Foot Relief

[[ Treat your feet to a soothing creme blended with active herbs, fruit acids, and plant derived oils. ]]
Full Size: $28/125mL || Received: $2.24/10mL

Aveda // Tourmaline charged Exfoliating Cleanser

[[ A daily cleanser with jojoba exfoliating beads helps increase cell turnover and remove impurities. ]]
Full Size: $38/150mL || Received: $1.77/7mL

Aveda // Tourmaline charged Radiant Skin Refiner

[[ Creamy, clay-based scrub exfoliates with bamboo extract and energizes with tourmaline to leave skin radiant and refined. ]]
Full Size: $50/100mL || Received: $3.50/7mL

Aveda // Tourmaline Charged Hydrating Creme

[[ Hydrates, protects, and infuses life and radiance into your skin. ]]
Full Size: $53/50mL || Received: $7.42/7mL

It’s nice getting such a big variety of things, but I would prefer if there were a little less and bigger sizes instead.

Approximate value: $29.57
Will edit post with reviews as I try them.

Topbox October 2012

A bunch of people were able to get off the Topbox waitlist for the October box recently. I was one of them and I was really excited since Topbox was always touted as one of the best with the lowest price when it comes to the beauty boxes available in Canada. Just a note though, they are also raising their price from $10 to $12 for everyone.

Aveda // Invati

[[ Thicker, fuller hair is yours with 97% naturally derived Invati solution for thinning hair. ]]
Full Size: 200mL/$27 || Received: (10mL x 2) 20mL/$5.40
I’m actually a bit curious about this. I don’t think I have thinning hair, but anything that can help make my hair thicker and fuller is good to me.

MaskerAide // Hydrating Facial Sheet Masks

[[ MaskerAide is a unique line of super hydrating facial sheet masks created for fabulous lifestyles! ]]
Full Size: 1 mask/$4.99 || Received: 1 mask/$4.99 (FULL SIZED)
Always love sheet masks, but I’ve only used Asian brands for sheet masks. I saw a lot of raves from others on the web though so we’ll see!

Stila // In The Moment Eyeshadow Palette

[[ A beautiful collection of Stila’s award-winning eye shadows. ]]
Full Size: 14g/$50 || Received: ??
I have to say that even though I was happy that they included Stila in this box, it’s just so small. I honestly wonder how many uses I can get out of it to try it out. Will I get anything left after I do swatches for the blog? haha ::swirl::.

Vasanti // BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

[[ Dramatically improve your skin’s texture to reveal softer, brighter and younger looking skin! ]]
Full Size: 120mL/$34 || Received: 20mL/$5.67

The box was okay. I think there were complaints about it and I myself wasn’t particularly wow’ed by anything either. Just because I’ve been on the waiting list since February so I expected a lot out of this box. It also didn’t seem like these were items that I wouldn’t get from the other boxes. Maybe except Stila, but the sample didn’t seem that exciting. Include a pencil liner or something instead of tiny swatches? I think the value of this box is lower than any other ones I’ve received…..?