Cosrx Hydrium Watery Toner Review

The Hydrium Watery Toner from Cosrx is for all skin types and is said to provide long-lasting hydration and soothed and dewy skin.

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Allantoin, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate

The Hydrium Watery Toner has 6 types of hyaluronic acid for long-lasting hydration. Glycerin is a humectant. 1,2-Hexanediol is a preservative and moisture-binding ingredient. Panthenol (also known as B5) has moisturizing, regenerating and anti-inflammatory properties. Allantoin is soothing to the skin.

Directions: After cleansing, use a cotton pad to swipe away any cleanser residue, pat on the skin with fingers or cotton pad, mist on the skin throughout the day when skin is feeling dry, or soak a cotton pad and let sit on dry areas for a few minutes like a sheet mask. I like to use these toner mates.

I have combination skin, more on the oily side in the summer, and prone to congestion. I have dry areas as I am using Retin-A. I have been using the Hydrium toner in the morning and evening after cleansing for a couple months now. I apply to a cotton pad and swipe over the skin to get rid of any cleanser residue and then pat the toner on the skin and mist with mineral water.

The toner has a water-like consistency and no scent. It applies smoothly and absorbs quickly. There is no sticky or tacky feeling on the skin. The skin feels hydrated and soothed; I would not say that it looks dewy, however.

I generally like the Cosrx Hydrium Watery Toner, particularly for hydration. If looking for a toner that is more calming and soothing to the skin, while providing moisture, I would recommend the Soon Jung Relief Toner (which I will likely go back to after I run out of the Hydrium Toner).

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Drunk Elephant Kamili Cream Body Cleanser Review

Kamili is a body wash from Drunk Elephant for all skin types, formulated with mild surfactants to gently cleanse and plant oils and amino acids to soothe, strengthen and moisturize the skin. This product claims to create a rich foam that lifts dirt and other residue without drying the skin.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Coco-Glucoside, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Chloride, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Coconut Alkanes, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cassia Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Carbomer, Sodium PCA, Panthenol, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Lactate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, PCA, Alanine, Arginine, Glycine, Histidine, Isoleucine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Valine, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Aspartic Acid, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Acetate

Kamili contains coconut-based surfactants, an amino acid blend to strengthen and soothe skin and plant-based oils that provide moisture. There is no added fragrance, just the natural scent of the ingredients (sweet almond).

Directions: Apply to wet skin, massage and rinse. It is suggested to follow with Drunk Elephant’s Sili Body Lotion. Drunk Elephant says Kamili can be used to cleanse the face as well.

I have combination skin on my body; dry legs and back and oily chest. I have keratosis pilaris on my legs and arms and acne on my chest. I usually use Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash which I do not need much of to make a rich, long-lasting lather due to the sodium laureth sulfate. When I use the Aveeno, my back tends to feel dry and itchy, so I wanted to try something else.

Kamili has cocamidopropyl betaine, a surfactant often used in sulfate-free shampoo that makes the lather. Kamili has light, soft, rich bubbles when massaged onto a bath poof (if using just the hands, it does not lather much), but I need to use about twice as much body wash than I would using a wash containing sulfates (perhaps to be expected).The foam does not last long on the body or the poof. I’ll wash my whole body, shave one leg (I just use body wash to shave) and by the time I go to the other leg, the bubbles are almost gone. I tried to “reactivate” the bubbles on the poof by massaging again and adding water, which does not work, and I have to add more body wash.

The body wash itself cleanses well and rinses well with no residue. My skin feels moisturized and a bit softer and my back does not get dry or itchy. Kamili is more enjoyable to use than other body washes; I think because of the softness of the bubbles and the almond scent. The acne and breakouts on my chest remained the same (though I did not really expect the body wash to help).

I’ve used Kamili a few times on the face as well. I have oily/combination skin. This product foams a bit while massaging with the fingers. It cleanses well (needs a double cleanse for makeup and sunscreen) and rinses well, however, after rinsing and drying, the skin feels quite dry on its own and to the touch and I would not continue to use this product as a facial cleanser.

While Drunk Elephant’s Kamili Cream Body Cleanser is moisturizing, has soft bubbles and is nice to use, the bubbles do not last long and I need to use quite a bit of product. I likely will not repurchase.

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Drunk Elephant E-Rase Milki Micellar Water Review

E-Rase by Drunk Elephant is a micellar water with a milky texture that claims to gently and thoroughly remove makeup, sunscreen, pollution, dirt and bacteria from the skin (no rinsing needed) without causing sensitivity or irritation and makes the skin feel clean and soft.

To remove oil, dirt and makeup at the end of the day, I usually use The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser. I have not used a micellar water previously, so have nothing to compare Drunk Elephant E-Rase to, but I see the Bioderma and Garnier micellar waters being used a lot online that are much less expensive than E-Rase.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Propanediol, C15-19 Alkane, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Heptyl Undecylenate, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Schinziophyton Rautanenii Kernel Oil, Tocopherol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Ximenia Americana Seed Oil, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide NP, Cholesterol, Phytosphingosine, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Polysorbate 20, Ethylhexylglycerin

E-Rase has a micellar blend, gentle surfactants that attract and capture dirt, debris and pollution which are then wiped away; a ceramide blend that helps soothe and balance moisture of the skin and protects against water loss; watermelon oil that soothes, moisturizes and provides a protective barrier; vitamin E and plant oils.

Directions: E-Rase can be used as a cleanser and makeup remover. Shake before use and gently smooth over face, eyes, and lips with a soft cotton pad, holding for a few seconds on heavily made-up areas. Do not scrub, tug or rub the skin. E-Rase can be used anytime, and in between cleanses. No rinsing needed.

Going through some Instagram comments, Drunk Elephant says that E-Rase, if not rinsed, will not break down any actives or prevent absorption of actives and other products applied on top (this was my worry; if I use a serum or oil-containing product after E-Rase that the micelles would attract and break down some of the product). According to Drunk Elephant, it can be used before a traditional cleanser or after (similar to how I would use a toner, though E-Rase is not marketed as a toner and if I remember correctly, Drunk Elephant feels toners are unnecessary). They say not to skip the usual nighttime cleanse as an important step to remove makeup, product, pollution, oil and bacteria (so I gather this means E-Rase is more of a light or first-step cleanser not meant to replace a regular or thorough (double) cleanse routine).

E-Rase is a white, slightly thick-ish, slippery liquid with a smooth texture and no scent. It does not feel heavy or greasy when left on the skin and does not leave a film. Throughout my review of this product, E-Rase is not drying or irritating; the skin feels soothed and lightly moisturized and has not caused breakouts, blackheads or congestion.

I purchased E-Rase mainly for my kids to get them interested in skin care (they don’t particularly like splashing the face with water and love the name Drunk Elephant), but wanted to try it for myself as well. I have oily but dehydrated skin prone to breakouts and congestion. I have used E-Rase for 10 days thus far, trying it a few ways (morning cleanse, evening cleanse when not wearing makeup, as a makeup remover before my usual evening cleanse, before and after working out and as a toner/moisturizer). I apply with Klairs Toner Mates. The textured pads do not absorb much product and are great at helping remove makeup and debris, and the sponge pads dispense product back to the skin and can be held over the eyes or areas of heavy makeup to help dissolve and remove product.

Above, I cleansed the face and neck in the morning with E-Rase. I was surprised at the dirt accumulated on my face while sleeping and my skin gets pretty oily over night. My skin does not feel oily after using E-Rase, so it works well to remove oils. In the after photo above, there is no residue or film over the skin and the redness looks calmed down (though may be due to difference in lighting). The skin feels soft and lightly moisturized where I do not feel the need to use another moisturizer (my skin is oily and the weather hot at the time of this review).

Drunk Elephant does not advocate cleansing the skin in the morning (other than with water), however, the above is a good indication for why I want to. I usually use NIOD Sanskrit Saponins as a morning mask/cleanse.

For the last couple mornings, I have been cleansing with Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator, which makes my skin shiny, tight and dry, so I have been applying E-Rase as a moisturizer which has been soothing and hydrating and makes the skin soft.

I use E-Rase before working out to cleanse off any makeup and sunscreen, and then after to get rid of sweat, dirt and oils.

For the above photos, I used E-Rase as a makeup/sunscreen remover in the evening, shaking product on to the textured Klairs cotton pads and sweeping over the face, as I wanted to see how easily makeup was removed. I held the cotton pads over the eyes and lips for a few seconds to help with removal. This is a light, everyday makeup. Products used:

  • Sunprise sunscreen.
  • IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness (used as foundation).
  • First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Bendy Avocado Concealer.
  • Shiseido Synchro Skin Invisible Silk Loose Powder.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush.
  • Becca pressed highlighter.
  • Benefit Eye Bright pencil.
  • Nudestix Nude Metallics for Eyes.
  • Too Faced Damn Girl mascara (not waterproof).
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade.
  • Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Color.

I used four cotton pads, applying E-Rase to each, and swiped a toner over the face for the fifth. There was still a bit of makeup residue, indicating, as mentioned by Drunk Elephant, that a second cleanse is needed. E-Rase takes off the mascara well. There is a bit of eyeliner around the bottom lashes and a bit of lip color left. The face makeup and sunscreen were taken off well. E-Rase is not irritating to the eyes. Touching the skin, I do not feel any makeup or sunscreen residue. Using E-Rase this way uses quite a bit of product and a number of disposable cotton pads (I should have used both sides). With a full coverage, heavy makeup even more product and cotton pads would need to be used. My skin was also a bit red and irritated using this number of textured pads, particularly as I have been using Retin-A in the evening.

For the above photos (using the same sunscreen and makeup products), I patted E-Rase all over the face using one Klair’s sponge pad (alternatively, I could pat it on the skin with my fingers) and let sit for about 15 seconds, swiping off with the textured pads (cleanse 1, 2 and 3). For cleanse 2 and 3, I applied more E-Rase to the pads. Dabbing product on the face first with the fingers or the sponge pad worked better to cleanse the eye and lip makeup and was less irritating to the skin.

Finally, I tried E-Rase as a I would a cleansing balm, applying to the face and massaging in for 30 seconds, concentrating on the eye and lip areas, then rinsing. Most of the product seemed to be absorbed into the skin as I was massaging. While rinsing, I could still feel the sunscreen on my face. As shown in the photo above, after rinsing with water, I swiped toner over the face to see how clean the skin got. If I cleanse this way again, I would apply more E-Rase to a cotton pad and swipe over the face, as there was still quite a bit of makeup left and I could still feel sunscreen residue on the face (not really unexpected as E-Rase is not made to emulsify as a balm would, but needs to be wiped away).

E-Rase would be handy to have while traveling or camping when unable to take along a whole skin care routine (but a screw lid with a small hole at the top of the bottle would be preferred, I foresee the pop top opening in a bag).

Drunk Elephant E-Rase Milki Micellar Water is soothing, moisturizing and does not leave a film on the skin. It is not drying or irritating. It is relatively versatile, used as a makeup remover, cleanser, toner and moisturizer and works very well at softening and removing clay masks. It does remove makeup, however, not as well as a cleansing balm or oil would, needing multiple cotton pads and an excess amount of product (I was impressed by its ability to remove eye makeup, however). I prefer E-Rase to Drunk Elephant’s Slaai cleansing balm.

I probably would not use this as my main daily makeup remover (I prefer The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser), but would consider purchasing again for camping trips, for those mornings or evenings when I am in a hurry and do not have a lot of time to do a whole routine, as a quick refresh before and after working out and in a minimal routine as a toner/moisturizer.

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Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Joia Strengthening + Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner Review

I got two samples each of the Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Joia shampoo and conditioner and got three uses. I have an oily scalp and thin, dry, wavy hair that I have not colored in 6 months. I wash my hair about every 3 days.

Shampoo:

This shampoo is sulfate-free that creates a creamy lather and claims to repair and smooth the hair while making it twice as strong.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water/Eau), Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Acrylates Copolymer, Tocopherol, Algin, Coco-Glucoside, Sorbitan Oleate, Carrageenan, Chitosan, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Açaí/Açaï) Fruit Oil, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut/Noix de Coco) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuaçu) Seed Butter, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocamide MIPA, Coconut Acid, Glycol Stearate, Sodium Isethionate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Magnesium Chloride, Magnesium Nitrate, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Limonene, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 6 (CI 15985)

This shampoo uses SOL Seal Technology that uses plant-based keratin beads that target hair damage and integrate into the hair’s natural structure to restore, repair, and fuse together split ends. Brazil nut selenium contains omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E to nurture, strengthen, and provide moisture benefits while protecting against frizz. Buriti oil has healthy fats to deeply condition and smooth dry, damaged hair while providing shine to the hair. Fragrance is the fourth ingredient and the shampoo apparently smells like Sol De Janeiro’s Bum Bum Cream.

The shampoo is thick, so needs extra water to massage around the scalp. It lathers really well to a rich, creamy foam and seems to cleanse well. As I was rinsing the shampoo, my hair felt quite dry and tangled (a bit surprising for a sulfate-free shampoo). The shampoo smelled like burnt butter toffee/vanilla while in my hand, but as I was massaging into the hair had a strong, musky, rather masculine scent that I can still smell when I turn my head or take my hair down from an up-do until my next wash 3 days later. This is perhaps due to the reaction to my body chemistry. I have been tempted to try the Bum Bum lotion, but after this, am worried that it will have the male cologne smell when applying.

Interestingly, after drying and styling my hair and running my fingers through the roots, my hair seemed to feel different (which I did not expect); I would not say stronger, but perhaps this was due to a really good cleanse. My hair had a dry feeling, however.

While the shampoo has a nice lather and cleanses well, my hair feels dry and tangled and I dislike the scent. I would not repurchase.

Conditioner:

This conditioner claims to repair, smooth and strengthen the hair while reducing frizz using a rich, but weightless formula.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water/Eau), Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Parfum (Fragrance), Cetrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Panthenol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut/Noix de Coco) Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Açaí/Açaï) Fruit Oil, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuaçu) Seed Butter, Algin, Coco-Glucoside, Sorbitan Oleate, Carrageenan, Chitosan, Xanthan Gum, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Polyquaternium-37, Silicone Quaternium-3, PEG-14, PEG-33, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Trideceth-12, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Acrylates/Stearyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Isopropyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride, Pentasodium Pentetate, Phenoxyethanol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Limonene, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 6 (CI 15985)

The conditioner contains silicones and similar to the shampoo, contains the SOL Seal Technology, Brazil nut selenium and buriti oil and has the same scent that, for me, reacted similarly with a strong, musky scent on application.

The conditioner is thick and a bit difficult to apply as it does not have great spreadability. It does not have the slip or detangling ability like that of other conditioners (either containing silicone or silicone-free) while applying or while rinsing under water. After towel-drying, finger combing (my hair still had tangles) and smoothing the hair with my hands, my hair felt frizzy, almost like the top layer of my hair had tiny knots in the strands (quite unusual). Despite claiming to smooth and reduce frizz, this conditioner seemed to do the opposite; my hair was frizzy even while damp and when air dried, my hair felt dry and heavy. The ends of my hair were quite dry, almost to the point of having a crispy feeling.

There are not really any redeeming qualities for the conditioner and I would not repurchase.

I have a few split ends that are just starting to form. The shampoo and conditioner claim to repair, restore and fuse split ends together which, I will note, if it works, is a temporary solution that I suppose could temporarily prevent the split ends from getting worse, but the only way to fix split ends is to trim them. I did not notice a difference in my split ends.

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Lush Silky Underwear Review

Silky Underwear from Lush is a body dusting powder that claims to leave skin feeling smooth, silky and dry, with cornstarch and koalin clay to absorb moisture and cocoa butter to nourish the skin. This does not contain talc.

Ingredients: Corn Starch (Zea mays) , Kaolin , Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao) , Magnesium Carbonate , Fragrance , Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum) , Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides) , Cinnamyl Alcohol , Benzyl Cinnamate , Linalool 

Directions: Sprinkle all over body and rub in. Can also be sprinkled on bed sheets and hair.

Silky Underwear is a very fine powder that has a jasmine/vetiver scent. Vetiver is related to lemon grass and citronella. The scent is light and sophisticated and does not interfere with other scented products. The scent fades over time, lasting about an hour on the skin.

Once rubbed into the skin, Silky Underwear leaves a silky, soft, invisible layer on the skin. It does not leave a dry feeling on the skin and is slightly moisturizing. It does absorb some sweat while hanging out at home or working at the office and leaves the skin relatively dry, but on a hot day or when working out, the skin will get sweaty.

Silky Underwear is quite versatile. I put this product on the inner thighs to help with chafing when wearing skirts, over deodorant and under and between the breasts. It helps the most under the breasts where there is chafing from a bra strap or, when not wearing a bra, absorbs some sweat. The skin looks much better and less red here when I use Silky Underwear. It does not work as a dry shampoo, but leaves a nice scent in second- and third-day hair. Sprinkled on the sheets before sleeping leaves a nice, light scent. It can be applied to the feet and sprinkled in shoes.

Silky Underwear needs a better lid. After a few uses, powder gets clogged in the hole and does not dispense. A shaker lid would be much better.

While Silky Underwear could have better packaging, the skin feels soft and silky, chafing and redness are improved and the powder has many uses. I will continue to purchase.

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