Jurlique Purifying Cleansing Lotion review

And why REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser is better

Having used REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser for 1.5 years, I decided it was time for a change. I was looking for a nighttime cleanser, something that would deeply cleanse my skin and help to remove makeup. I’m one of these people who cleanses their face with a couple of different products each night to make sure it’s clean and ready for a good night’s rest. When I was younger I read somewhere that leftover eye makeup causes premature wrinkles and puffiness. As a result I have never gone to bed with my makeup on and I go out of my way to make sure I remove every last bit of it before going to bed. Hence, a good nighttime cleanser is important.

REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser is a great cleanser. It’s a thick, white, clay-based cleanser. It has a slight medicinal smell. What it lacks in smell it makes up for in effectiveness. It has French Clay and is great for acne-prone skin. It gives this ‘perfectly clean’ feeling without drying out the skin. And it is free from everything that can be harmful for your skin: parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, petrolatum, synthetic fragrance, synthetic colours, T.E.A., D.E.A., glycols, and silicones. My absolute favourite thing about this cleanser is that it removes make up while being gentle and not irritating my eyes: it’s perfect for removing eye makeup. I gently massage it into my eyelashes and leave it in for about 30 seconds. Even if I keep my eyes opened it won’t irritate them! I will definitely be repurchasing it again.

Jurlique is a natural skincare brand that I’ve been wanting to try for a long time. It’s organic, natural, paraben-free and not tested on animals. I’ve decided to try the Purifying Cleansing Lotion for oily skin. It’s supposed to balance the oiliness and remove surface impurities.

In reality it’s a really average product which I don’t quite get. It’s liquid in consistency: a very light, milk-like, non-lathering liquid with a nice flowery scent. So far so good. The thing I absolutely don’t get about this product is that it leaves the skin OILY. And I’m not talking about a film of moisture that you get with some products. I mean seriously OILY, as if you washed your face in oil.

Oil or no oil

I used DHC Deep Cleansing Oil facial cleanser before (a great Japanese brand) as well as a couple of other facial cleansing oils. None of them left my skin feeling so oily. There are two schools of thought when it comes to oily skin – the ‘no-oil’ one and the ‘oil’ one. According to the former, you should only use oil-free products on oily skin as it already produces a lot of sebum. The latter states that using products containing oil can help to moisturise oily skin and prevent it from producing excess sebum. It’s based on the assumption that the skin will somehow sense the oil and be fooled into limiting its sebum production.

Oils can contain many beneficial ingredients such as antioxidants and help to prevent loss of moisture and firmness. Couple of years ago I met a woman who despite being well over 50 had amazing skin. She said she puts a bit of virgin olive oil on a cotton pad and pats it into her face each night. Another example – Dr. Hauschka has an award-winning Normalising Day Oil. I used it for a while instead of a daytime moisturiser. DHC has a facial Olive Virgin Oil which I used as a nighttime moisturiser. It’s quite an interesting concept.

Still, none of the oil facial cleansers, or facial oils that I used left the skin feeling oily. They were all easily absorbed into the skin. My hands weren’t sticky after using them. And that’s my problem with Jurlique’s cleanser: after using this product my hands feel like I’ve just greased a baking tray and my face is dripping with oil. The oil gets all over my konjac sponge when I try to use it and on my towel.

Final ruling

Does this product help to limit sebum production? I don’t know. I haven’t really noticed a difference during the three weeks I’ve been using it. But I’m not sure it’s worth the hustle. It’s taking the whole ‘fight oil with oil’ concept to the extreme. It’s impractical, especially when I’m in a hurry to get ready for work or bed. I’m not impressed and will not be repurchasing. I’m a bit disappointed with the Jurlique.


Cream Eyeshadow Primers: Mac Paint Pot and Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow

Eyeshadows crease. Even the best ones. It’s just one of those things. If on top of this you have a slightly hooded eye, you know that a good eyelid primer is a must. It’s the difference between having an impeccable makeup all day and having two shadow lines 30 min after leaving the house.

Silicone at the heart of it all

Liquid silicone -based eye primers are quite popular. One of the most well known is the Primer Potion by Urban Decay (contains cyclopentasiloxane – a type of silicone used in cosmetics). Too Faced’s version – Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer is paraben-free but also contains silicones (cyclopentasiloxane). Similarly, NARS has the Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (cyclopentasiloxane).

Personally, I’m not a big fan of these products. It’s not that they are not good: I’ve tried the Primer Potion and it works well. It’s just that I don’t like the sticky feeling they give. I find it more difficult to apply and blend eyeshadows after using these products. It’s a matter of preference, I guess. Instead, I use creaseless cream eyeshadows. They also contain silicones but have a creamy texture and aren’t sticky. I find them easier and quicker to apply and they can also be worn on their own on days when I really don’t feel like doing much. They can also brighten your eye area and make the colour of your eyeshadows more intense.

I got Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Recess as a gift with purchase (contain cyclopentasiloxane). I wasn’t too crazy about the greyish, taupe colour so I decided to try it as a primer. When I hit pan I decided to switch to MAC Paint Pots in Soft Ochre (contain Dimethicone and Silica silicones).

MAC Paint Pot and Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow


Benefit Cons:

  • Not too crazy about the colour range, lacks a warm, bright natural shade.
  • My first pot dried out very quickly, can get quite flaky.
  • Harder to work with, doesn’t go on as smoothly.

Benefit Pros:

  • Lasts all day! Does not budge.
  • 11 shades to choose from. Recess got discontinued in the UK.

MAC Paint Pot Cons:

  • Can crease.
  • Only 9 shades.

MAC Pain Pot Pros:

  • Some great wearable shades (it’s MAC after all!). Soft Ochre primes and brightens at the same time. Helps to make brighter eyeshadows pop (e.g. NARS Ramatuelle trio).
  • Goes on smoothly and blends easily.

Final ruling

After 10h – Shadows used MAC Satin Taupe and Jaunty (limited edition)

After 12h – Shadow used MAC Cloudy Afternoon

They are both good products. But if you want something that will not fail you and won’t budge after 8h of work, lunch in the sun, 40 min in a tube on the way home and an evening outing – go for Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows. They are slightly better.

I’m not too crazy about Benefit in general. I have had a couple of their products and none of them particularly stood out to me. Don’t even get me started on Dr Feelgood – probably the most useless makeup item I ever bought. However, Creaseless Cream Shadows are amazing. They are truly infallible! Even when they dry out and flake they still last all day and I know that I don’t need any touch ups even if I’m out and about all day. If only they had a better range of shades…

Where to find them?

You can purchase the two products at a MAC and Benefit counters and stores all over the world. In the UK, Benefit retails at £14 for 4.5g and MAC Paint Pots at £14.50 for 5g.

Soy Candles – Safer, Cleaner, Better !

For Every Body Soy Candles.

There is something about the English weather that makes me want to burn scented candles every day. It also might be that I’m avoiding sugar at the moment and if I can’t eat sweets I want to at least be able to smell something sweet. My favourite candles are soy candles from For Every Body.

Soy Candles

Soy candles have a number of advantages over your average paraffin candles:

  • Health. First of all, soy candles are much healthier than paraffin candles. Couple of years ago American scientists discovered that paraffin candles produce harmful fumes and may lead to lung cancer or asthma. Of course, burning a candle every now and then will not put you at risk of developing these conditions. Still, frequent exposure to such fumes over a long period of time may increase the risk. Fumes from soy candles are far less harmful. If like me you burn candles often and in closed spaces (e.g. your room, bathroom) it might be worth switching to soy candles.
  • Environment. Second, soy candles are good for the environment. Soy, as opposed to paraffin, is a renewable material. Why not go green?
  • Long-lasting. Soy candles burn slower than paraffin candles. As a result they last for longer.
  • Safety. They are also safer. As soy candles burn at a lower temperature than paraffin candles if you happen to spill hot wax it won’t burn you as much. Ok, this might not be a priority when choosing a candle. But soy wax is also easier to clean than paraffin one. You can just wipe it off with a cloth soaked in warm water. Good luck doing the same with a normal candle. If you ever managed to spill paraffin wax on your clothes you know what I’m talking about.

For Every Body

It’s quite difficult to find good scented soy candles in the UK. The ones that I found have this generic ‘organic’ scent. Even the scented ones. What I really like about For Every Body candles is that they have a very strong, clear scent which lingers in my room for hours after burning. They come in really cool rustic glass jars and they have rich and complex scents. And there is so many to choose from! I’m a big fan of sweet, spicy food scents like vanilla, cinnamon, almond etc. (basically desert-based scents). Here is my current For Every Body selection:

My candles: Belgium Waffles, Banana Bread, Fresh Cloves, and Cherry Blossom

Banana Bread – this candle is amazing. It made me crave banana bread (not so common in Europe). I actually baked my first ever banana bread (gluten free) over the weekend, inspired by this candle. It’s a super sweet toffee, banana, buttery scent. With a hint of pumpkin and spices.

Cherry Blossom – despite the name, this candle smells like a fresh cherry pie. With a lot of almonds and a dash of brandy. Somehow it doesn’t smell as strongly as the others when it burns. Buy hey, the colour is so pretty it makes up for it.

Belgium Waffles – another cravings-inducing candle. Smells like maple syrup and fresh pancakes or waffles with butter. And strong coffee. Haven’t burned it yet but I’m sure it will be one of my favourites.

Fresh Cloves – it’s a strange one. The scent is amazing but I can’t quite put my finger on it. I smelled cloves and am pretty sure it’s not it. It’s like a fresh vanilla pudding, with nutmeg and coco, and maybe carob powder too.

Cons ?

I have only one concern. In most single wick candles the wick is not in the centre of the jar. As a result the candle does not burn equally and some wax remains unburned after the candle has burned out. For some reason this bothers me.

Where to buy them?

If you’re lucky enough to live in the US you can order them directly from For Ever Body.

If you live in Europe you can also order them off Amazon.

If you live in the UK and do not want to pay for international shipping you can get selected scents in TkMaxx for about £6-7 each.

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