Julep is doing a great job of saving me money, with all the nail colors this month being matte! Eek—not my favorite nail polish effect. I shall be skipping yet another month.
Admittedly, the stick skincare looks a bit interesting, but I kind of feel like I’d rather try the Korean versions, first. Also, I am trying to get through my massive skincare backlog, so I am not really buying any skincare at the moment.
One other quick note: Julep released a Mystery Box (Express Yourself) last month, which included two polishes: Dora (Exotic Magenta Iridescent Shimmer), which I already have, and a new color, Ximena (Pink Sugar Iridescent). I’d probably have gone for it if Dora had been a second new color, instead.
Includes two better-than-candy nail colors with a fluttering heart cosmetic bag + more beauty surprises.
Look for some extra glimmer. There’s a chance you’ll win
a Tiffany & Co. necklace in your mystery box.
Anyway, here are the eight new polishes for March:
I know I have been AWOL for a while, now—among other things, I have been hard at work on the nail polish database—a brand spanking new version is coming, with the ability to track your own collection. (‘Cause I personally really, really need to do that!)
For now, I can only offer up this rather long list of perfume notes that I have compiled over the month of January. As you can see, I’ve been doing a lot of huffing. This comes just in time for Valentine’s Day, which is tomorrow, in case you need some gift ideas for a lovely lady in your life!
Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! 💝
The full list for January:
adidas Born Original for Her
Ariana Grande Ari
Bvlgari Splendida Iris d’Or
Calvin Klein Obsessed for Women
Calvin Klein Reveal
Chanel Allure (EDT)
Chanel Allure (EDP)
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle (EDP)
Dior Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming
Dior Hypnotic Poison
Dior Pure Poison
Escada Sorbetto Rosso
Estée Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge
Etat Libre d’Orange Jasmin et Cigarette
Etat Libre d’Orange Putain de Palaces
Giorgio Armani Sí
Givenchy Ange ou Démon
Guerlain Mon Guerlain
Jason Wu Jason Wu
Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Essence de Parfum
Lacoste Eau de Lacoste
Lancôme La Nuit Trésor EDP
Prada La Femme Intense
Paco Rabanne Lady Million
Paco Rabanne Olympéa
Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina Misteriosa
Sofía Vergara Love (Fragrance Mist)
Sofía Vergara Sofía (Fragrance Mist)
Mugler Angel (EDP)
Vera Wang Princess of Hearts
Vera Wang Princess Noir
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Floral Shock
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Nuit Blanche
I also got minor sniffs of these on cards, so I won’t talk about them today. Several are scents I had tried once and forgotten—I’ll have to revisit some of them on skin!
Chanel Cristalle (EDT?)
Dior J’Adore Eau Lumière (EDT)
[Quick edit note: I had to fix quite a lot of things in this post; WordPress appeared to have not saved some of the bits I wrote, so certain entries were just incorrect. I think I’ve fixed everything, now! (Feb 13, 2018 at 11:55 PM)]
philosophy’s best-selling Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser has been a staple in my bathroom for years. I don’t know exactly when philosophy started selling it, but reviews on MakeupAlley go back to 2001, so it’s been around for at least seventeen years. I’ve probably been using it for eight years or so…possibly longer. But I know I’ve repurchased it several times, usually in the 8 oz standard size that seems to last me about two or three years.
A little does go a long way, and I only use about a pea-sized dab each time, but the main the reason I take so long to go through it is that I often switch things up and use other products. If I were to guess, if I used it twice a day and every day, then the 8 oz bottle might last me around six months.
I only recently finished up a bottle I bought in 2014, so that’s the one I’ll be reviewing today. I assume philosophy haven’t gone and changed up the formula since then! I did repurchase a new, 12 oz bottle a year ago since my previous 8 oz bottle was nearly empty, but I switched cleansers around a lot last year and only finished the last bottle a couple of months ago. The photos I’ve taken are of the newer 12 oz bottle, which I got for CA$15 (reg. CA$36) during Sephora’s 2016 Boxing Day sale and no longer seems to be produced.
Currently, the sizes available are:
Price / oz
3 oz (Mini)
US$11 / CA$15
US$3.67 (CA$5) / oz
8 oz (Standard)
US$24 / CA$32
US$3.00 (CA$4) / oz
US$36 / CA$48
US$2.25 (CA$3) / oz
US$44 / CA$56
US$1.83 (CA$2.33) / oz
32 oz (with Pump)
US$1.72 / oz
Inexplicably, the largest size—which is also the only one that comes with a pump dispenser—does not appear to be available in Canada:
our award-winning facial cleanser is loved by all for its multitasking, 3-in-1 approach to cleansing. gently cleanses and melts away face and eye makeup in one simple step, while toning and lightly hydrating. our cleanser leaves skin feeling perfectly clean, comfortable and balanced. find purity made simple facial cleanser, the #1 facial cleanser in America.
The fourth face cleanser I’m reviewing this week is another cleansing oil, this time from Julep, an American brand. They started off making nail polish, but have successfully expanded their line to include makeup and skincare, and their skincare in particular is inspired by Korean beauty (Julep founder Jane Park is Korean-American). You’ll find in their skincare lineup products like cleansing sticks, konjac sponges, sheet masks, and the first item of Julep skincare I’ve tried: Love Your Bare Face Hydrating Cleansing Oil.
A lightweight, antioxidant-rich oil blend that melts away makeup and impurities without stripping your skin. This Korean skincare secret is formulated for all skin types.
To use: Pump into dry hands and massage over dry face to dissolve makeup, dirt, and impurities. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. For best results, use with a Konjac Sponge.
At this point, I’ve still only used three cleansing oils: Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil, The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil, and Julep Love Your Bare Face. Josie Maran’s has a thick, honey-like texture; The Face Shop’s has a runny, liquid texture. Julep’s is closer to Josie Maran’s, but maybe a smidge less thick, which means it doesn’t drag as much when applied on dry skin. Like Josie Maran’s, it also has a similar citrus-y smell and yellow hue. In this review, I’ll be comparing Julep’s cleansing oil a lot with Josie Maran’s cleansing oil, since I found the two of them to be fairly similar in texture and performance.
This review has been a long time coming! The Face Shop’s popular Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil is the first Korean cleansing oil I ever tried. I’ve been using it off and on over the last year and a half, and I think it makes a very good starter cleansing oil if you have never used on before.
First of all, it is quite inexpensive. I paid a little under US$8, shipped, on sale at Cosmetic Love (link in the sidebar) back in 2015. The price has gone up a bit since then, but it’s still available for under $10 at Jolse. If you’re in Canada, the official Face Shop site has it for CA$18. There is a non-Light version available, as well (CA$15).
The packaging has also changed a little bit, but I think it’s just in the labeling. The bottle and its very nice pump mechanism appear to have remained the same. Here’s the new package:
Get pure, fresh skin with our Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil. Enriched with jojoba oil, it dissolves impurities found on your skin’s surface while hydrating the epidermis.
NIOD is one of the pricer lines under the DECIEM umbrella, and while I was a little curious about it, having only tried the more affordable The Ordinary and Hylamide lines, I wasn’t keen to shell out C$50+ for curiosity’s sake.
However, during a Sephora sale last year, I picked up Sanskrit Saponins, one of the least expensive items in the NIOD range at CA$29 for 90 mL (I ended up paying under $25).
I actually ended up liking the cleanser a lot, so during DECIEM’s recent Boxing Day sale, I picked up the jumbo-sized (180 mL) for $9 each! Whew, I won’t have to buy cleanser for a while.
What originally sold me on Sanskrit Saponins was the backstory that DECIEM provides on their website. I know, I fell for the marketing! But honestly, it sounds cool. The active ingredient is Sapindus mukurossi (soapnut) fruit extract. The saponins found in this extract are a natural surfactant, so they have been used as a cleaning agent since ancient times. A study has also indicated that soapnut extract (though not necessarily the saponin component) acts as an insecticide.
SS is a viscous and intense cleaning balm for the face formulated with highly-concentrated, very-unrefined Ayurvedic plant surfactants unsupported by any modern cleaning technology. SS contains no purified or synthetic surfactants, sulphates, oils, esters or micellar technologies. It is a pH-balanced suspension of the amino acid, Lysine, in saponins from the Ayurvedic plants shikakai and sapindus mukorossi.