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.
First of all, you’ll have to excuse my swatches today. I’ve been sick this weekend, I have a chip in one of my swatching nails, and my cuticles have been looking like hell now that winter is truly upon us! I’ll have to do better swatches of this shade at a later date.
Edit: Yes, we went to celebrate at Nathan Phillips Square this afternoon! It was freakin’ cold but worth it!
So, of course, my NOTD is the classic OPI Red, which I was saving for a Throwback Thursday, but here it is today!
OPI Red (NL L72), from OPI’s original launch, is actually one of the first OPI polishes I ever owned! Unfortunately, at the time in the mid 1990s, I decided I didn’t like the pinky red shade and swapped it off.
I saw it again recently and decided I probably should have it, albeit in the newer formulation.
It’s a slightly pink-toned medium red cream with “invisible” pink shimmer.
Sweet Temptation (20415) is listed in my database as being coded 40415, so I think at some point Orly changed their numbering system. I don’t know which collection it’s from—the oldest review on MUA is from 2006—and it’s possible that it’s even from the original core collection. The name is generic enough, isn’t it?
I also wonder if the color has been changed up a bit, since the MUA reviews generally describe a cream shade that has very subtle gold shimmer in it. My bottle of Sweet Temptation is a newer bottle that I bought at Winners last spring, in a duo pack for CA$9.99.
The shade of my new bottle is an intense azalea pink with fine pink and silver shimmer, giving Sweet Temptation a satin ribbon finish.
(If you have an older bottle, I’d love to know whether it has gold or silver shimmer.)
Haute Red (20001) is listed in my database as being coded 40001, so I think at some point Orly changed their numbering system. I also don’t know which collection this came from, though it was released as a miniature in 2006. All of Orly’s codes are 5-digits, however, so as an -0001, I feel like Haute Red just might be Orly’s first ever shade!
It is, after all, a pretty standard cherry red cream that would be included in most collection launches.
Everybody needs a red cream—just my opinion but yeah, you do!—and this is a fairly basic, flattering, true-to-slightly-cool-toned light-medium red cream. It’s bright without screaming, sexy yet sweet, and so on.
I received this 7-use sample of Elizabeth Arden’s iconic facial serum back in 2015 in a subscription box, and promptly totally forgot about it. I think I’d gotten a few samples back in my younger days (early 20s) when I got some Elizabeth Arden GWPs, and I never used them, thinking they were not meant for the young. Ah, I was silly in my youth.
Anyway, I finally got around to trying out this facial serum earlier this year, so I hope it was still good!
Ceramide Capsules were first launched in 1990. The current product sold by Elizabeth Arden has the word “Advanced” tacked onto the front: Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum. The classic capsules have been revamped for 2017:
Janet Curmi, vice president of Elizabeth Arden global education and development tells Allure. “In the new formula, we fine-tuned the combination of these lipids with new and elevated levels of skin-identical ceramides, higher levels of fatty acids, and a new ingredient, cholesterol, to further help support the [the outer layer of the skin],” says Curmi.
So, bear in mind that the formula has changed from the sample I got, though Elizabeth Arden do not mention how the technology is now advanced.
This is the new full-sized packaging (60-capsule version):
Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam says spring is just around the corner, but the movie’s Punxsatawney Phil says winter is coming. My local-ish groundhog in Ottawa, Wiarton Willie, agrees with his fellow Canadian, so I’m gonna say spring it is for us up north!
Today’s Classic is also a Throwback Thursday, as it was released in OPI’s 12-shade Hollywood collection from Fall/Winter 1999.
I’m Not Really a Waitress (NL H08) doesn’t really need an introduction, does it? I mean, it’s so iconic that OPI’s nail polish book even bears the same name. (And, yes, I have that, too!)
I actually intended to swatch my old bottle of I’m Not Really a Waitress (hereafter INRAW, because that name is just too damn long), which I got sometime in the 1990s. It’s possible that this bottle is actually a second one I owned; I might have repurchased it sometime in the late ’90s. Either way, it’s something like 15–20 years old, so it’s also in the old formula before OPI went 3-free.
However, I discovered this horror:
I’d used up quite a lot of it, so I’m not overly fussed. I do want to go and check on all my old, discontinued polishes, now. That could take a while. Eek.
First order of business: Toronto FC are in the MLS Cup Final! Last night, after ten years of existence, my hometown team finally won the Eastern Conference Championship—against rivals Montreal Impact, no less. Toronto FC will now play for the MLS Cup against Western Conference Champions Seattle Sounders FC. Coincidentally, I also spent part of my childhood in Seattle, but I’ll no doubt be supporting TFC in the final.
Second order of business is that today marks the 21-year anniversary of the first date my husband and I ever went on! That night, we saw a movie at the Uptown and had an after-movie coffee and dessert at a nearby Swiss Chalet. (We were poor students, what can I say? We also had dinner at the university cafeteria before heading out! Mmm romantic.) Both locations are now sadly defunct, but we’re still going strong!
We ordered in Swiss Chalet last night, for the first time in three or four years, to celebrate. Gotta love the Festive Special that comes with Lindor chocolates!
Finally, today’s nail polish! Today is indeed Throwback Thursday, though I’m filing it under Classics as well, since it’s the original color in a new formulation.