philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser (12 oz)

philosophy — Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser Review

This review concludes my week of facial cleanser reviews!
Here are the links to the other products I talked about:

Monday
Rodial Stem Cell Cleansing Cream

Tuesday
DECIEM NIOD Sanskrit Saponins

Wednesday
The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil

Thursday
Julep Love Your Bare Face Hydrating Cleansing Oil

Friday
philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser

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:

Size Price 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
16 oz US$36 / CA$48 US$2.25 (CA$3) / oz
24 oz US$44 / CA$56 US$1.83 (CA$2.33) / oz
32 oz (with Pump) US$55 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:

philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser
Image: philosophy.com

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.

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DECIEM NIOD Sanskrit Saponins

DECIEM — NIOD Sanskrit Saponins Review

This review is part of my week of facial cleanser reviews!
Here are the links to the other products I talked about:

Monday
Rodial Stem Cell Cleansing Cream

Tuesday
DECIEM NIOD Sanskrit Saponins

Wednesday
The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil

Thursday
Julep Love Your Bare Face Hydrating Cleansing Oil

Friday
philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser

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.

DECIEM NIOD Sanskrit Saponins, label

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).

DECIEM NIOD Sanskrit Saponins

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.

My Review

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.

From DECIEM:

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.

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Rodial — Stem Cell Cleansing Cream Review

This week is going to be facial cleanser week! I actually have several cleansers to review, and thought it’d be nice to round them all up to be reviewed together.

This review is part of my week of facial cleanser reviews!
Here are the links to the other products I talked about:

Monday
Rodial Stem Cell Cleansing Cream

Tuesday
DECIEM NIOD Sanskrit Saponins

Wednesday
The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil

Thursday
Julep Love Your Bare Face Hydrating Cleansing Oil

Friday
philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser

First up is a winner! I received a generous 30 mL (1 oz) sample of Rodial Stem Cell Cleansing Cream in an Ipsy bag, and started using it a few months ago. (Note: the product has since been renamed Stemcell Super-Food Cleanser.)

Up until then, I was not keen on cream cleansers…at all! I would find that they slipped all over my face and never rinsed off cleanly (one of the worst ones for me was La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo Cleanser). I just figured I didn’t have the right skin type for a cream cleanser, despite actually having dry skin.

But then I slowly grew to love the Nuxe Melting Cleansing Gel (it is, weirdly, sort of in-between a light cream and a gel) that I’d initially poo-pooed, got back into an unfinished Valcena Eau Lactée Cleansing Milk, and finally grew curious enough to try the sample of Rodial cream cleanser sitting at the back of my stash.

Well, whaddya knnow—I kind of love it!

It is a thick, very rich and luxurious-feeling cream. Rodial says it also doubles as a facial mask, but I have not yet tried using it that way.

From Rodial:

A nourishing dual-action cream facial cleanser and mask for dehydrated skin with advanced stem cell technology, rose hip and vitamin e. A potent super-food complex of anti-oxidants, Coconut Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Rose Wax and Coco Butter gently cleanses and feeds essential nutrients to the skin for instant relief to dehydrated complexions. When massaged into the skin with the 100% cotton muslin cloth, the gentle exfoliation enables younger-looking skin to be revealed, boosting skin’s vitality for a visible glow. Advanced stem cell technology from the PhytoCellTec Alp Rose improves cell vitality to protect against future damage. Can be used to remove make-up. Ideal for those with dry skin or with dull, lacklustre skin that needs a radiance boost.

Key Benefits:

  • Marula Oil: Anti-oxidant with fatty acids soften and condition the skin.
  • Stem Cell (PhytoCellTec Alp Rose Flower): Protects against environmental stress and helps improve the skin barrier function.
  • Coconut Oil: Helps to smooth the skin and rich in anti-oxidants and natural antibacterial agents.
  • Cocoa Butter: Cleanses whilst nourishing the skin.

I don’t believe a jot of the claims about plant stem cells in skincare products (or in haircare products), but I do think this cleanser works beautifully on my dry skin.

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Julep Nail Color in Christa, swatch

Julep — Christa (Nail Color) Swatch & Review

Collection: Julep 2015 Summer, July “Holo Nights/Days Mystery Box”

It’s rare for me to find my name in a cosmetic item—even though I really do not have an uncommon English name—and I almost always buy a similar-named one when I see it. Over the years, I’ve picked up NARS Christina lipstick and nail polishes Zoya Christinna, NYX Christine, and Julep Chrissy, Christi, and Christa. Only one of those is my actual name!

So, when Julep ran a $4 charity sale back in September, I took the opportunity to pick up Christa, which was originally released in a 2015 Mystery Box. Julep calls it a “Purple Twilight Liquid Holographic.”

Julep’s stock photos make this look pinker than it is; to me, it’s a more neutral—and probably even bluer—purple with a silvery finish. The holo is on the subtler side, so in some light it just looks like a silver purple shimmer. In bright sunlight, you’ll see a stronger pink shift and soft holo effect.

Julep Nail Color in Christa

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Essie Gel Couture in Twill Seeker, swatch

Essie — Twill Seeker (Gel Couture) Review

Collection: Essie 2016 Spring, Gel Couture Launch: Atelier

Today I have another Essie Gel Couture color sent by one of my favorite online nail polish stores, Nail Polish Canada.

Twill Seeker (80) is from the original Spring 2016 launch, in particular the Atelier collection. It’s one of the shades that definitely caught me eye, as it’s a little different from most of the other Gel Couture shades, which tend to come in cream finishes. This one is a vampy greyed purple with veins of fine green shimmer.

Purple and green combinations are not too unusual these days, but this is a really gorgeously executed version, with an inky purple and subtle glints of green.

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China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Crown for Whatever, swatch

China Glaze — Crown for Whatever (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: China Glaze 2017 Fall, Happily Never After (Halloween)

I don’t usually pick up mattes, but Crown for Whatever from China Glaze’s recently released Halloween-themed collection still caught my eye. (I’ve previously reviewed Queen, Please! and Sin-derella from this collection.)

Crown for Whatever (84083) is a deep, indigo purple with extremely subtle, fine fuchsia shimmer. It dries matte. I am not usually a huge fan of the matte look, but this one is quite striking and I probably the first matte I’d consider wearing without a glossy top coat over it!

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Crown for Whatever

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China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Queen, Please!, swatch

China Glaze — Queen, Please! (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: China Glaze 2017 Fall, Happily Never After (Halloween)

2017-10-27 EDIT: I’ve layered Queen, Please! over Crown for Whatever, and added the swatch photos at the end of this review. Worth it.

This is another stunner from China Glaze’s recently released Halloween-themed collection. I’ve previously reviewed Sin-derella, which is drop dead gorgeous.

Queen, Please! (84079) is a sheer but extremely shimmery, pale pinked champagne microglitter with a golden mint flash.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Queen, Please!

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