19 August 2017

Do Microfiber Cloths Really Remove Makeup? FaceOff Makeup Removal Cloth Review

I was recently sent a microfiber cloth from the Canadian brand Face Off. A FaceOff Cloth is free of all detergents and chemicals. It's made of 80% polyester and 20% polymide. They've attached their logo to it and a little hoop for hanging the cloth up to dry. There whole marketing pitch is that the cloth gently removes makeup with no additional products needed, leaves skin feeling clean and smooth and simplifies your nightly cleansing routine.

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General Thoughts
I've use the cloth for over a week and I have to say, it absolutely removes a good majority of makeup and truly simplifies removing my makeup at night. I feel you can't rely on a warm, damp microfiber cloth to remove all your makeup (makeup fills into pores!) but it removes 50-85% off it. As long as your makeup isn't waterproof, this will easily remove most of it. Some waterproof makeup might not be removed. This cloth saves a ton of time and money over dissolving your makeup with a makeup remover or oil. It's a lot less messy than any other makeup removal routine i've had. The only downside I can see is the tugging of your skin when wiping the makeup away. Although it's soft, a light amount of pressure and pull is needed to remove your makeup. I don't want to stop using it because it significantly simplifies the tedious process of removing makeup. My anti-wrinkle plan it to be more gentle with it and when needed, add a little oil to give it more slip.

The cloth
There are two different sides to cloth, just like a bath towel.

All my makeup hand washed away from the cloth with the exception of the Viseart Editorial Palette pigments (pigmented neon eyeshadows). But I let my cloth sit in hot water and soap for 5 minutes, and it came almost completely clean. I washed mine with a 1:1 ratio of Dr. Bronners Castille Soap and dishwashing soap.

I would recommend this over the $24 CAD Makeup Eraser for the cost savings. I'm sure they do the same job. As for the difference between the FaceOff Cloth and a household microfiber cloth; it's probably the use of chemicals and dyes (and cost). Long story short, I recommend it!!

Where to Buy
This is a Canadian company so sold at a lot of Canadian vendors. You can find the cloth at Well.ca and Hudson's Bay for $13 CAD or on FaceOffCloth.com.

*Provided for reviewing purposes.

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17 August 2017

Sormè Illuminizing Highlighter Stick Review *

Another 'win' from Sormè  Cosmetics! These are great cream highlighters! I think they *might* be similar to how the Pat Mcgrath Skin Fetish Kits look on the skin.  They give a natural INTENSE, dewy-looking shine. That's as simple as I can describe it. I am in love with the shade Ethereal for my skin. They also have a more bronze shade.

Shades: The shade Ethereal is a fairly neutral champagne pink. There's not a lot of pigmentation in it, but it's just like a spotlight on your face. It looks beautiful. The shade Celestial is a light bronze highlight. It's a little too dark for my pale skin (unless I tan). It would be amazing on deeper skin tones.

Likes & General Ramblings: I love a highlighter that doesn't look like shimmer or glitter on my face. Something that gives a dewy looking 'pow!'. This highlighter stick does that for me. It's very creamy, so easily applies and blends out with your finger. If you have full coverage foundation on, you will of course need to be more careful blending it out. Unlike a liquid highlighter, this won't dissolve your makeup as easily- perfect. It is oil based, so it has potential to slip around oily skin but I don't think it's something you need to worry about.

Dislike: The only thing I don't like is how the metal part of the packaging jiggles around easily. I'd like it to feel a little more sturdy and luxurious, but it's not a big deal to me.

Product Amount: 0.4oz / 11.5g

Price & Where To Buy: You can buy these at skincaremakeupshop.com for $24 USD. I would also check out if Cosmoprof sells them yet.

Buy or Pass: These are hard to get your hands on. But I love them. I would buy the shade Ethereal again if I could buy it for minimal shipping or in store.

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6 August 2017

Best & Worst Beauty Blender Dupes (2017 NEW Drugstore & Cruelty Free)

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What is best beauty blender dupe cruelty free real techniques complexion sponge sculpting sponge ebay dupe eco tools perfecting sponge best and worst review tested

The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

$11 US./$14.09 CAD  for 2 on official site. $20 CAD FOR 2 on Farleyco
This sponge is a great choice. In my opinion, it's the second best option out of all the sponges i'm talking about. I loveeee it but I have not had it long and it's ripped so much! It's the easiest to rip out of all the sponges. It's slightly less squishy than the BB. It's about equal in squishiness to the RT Sculpting Sponge. It's very expandable when wet. It's less porous than the BB. Very soft texture. It's one of the sponges that steals the least amount of foundation. The shape is great and i've had no lines stamped on my face.

Buy or Pass?
Buy, but don't cry when you find it covered in tears.

The Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting Sponge

 $6 USD / $7.70 CAD on official website. $10.50 CAD on farleyco
This sponge is not intended to apply foundation, yet it's my favourite. It's absolutely not perfect. The shape is all wrong for foundation. I get lines stamped on my face easily. But at the same time, the shape it pretty useful for getting in tight spaces and sculpting. It also get's dents in it easily. I love this sponge because I find it very similar to the BB in bounciness, feel, size, expandability etc. It's maybe a little less squishy than the BB and about equal in bounciness to the RT Sculpting Sponge. It feels pretty hard when dry but get's super squishy when wet. It's very expandable when wet and doesn't steal much product at all. A little less porous than the BB and a little more soft in texture as well. I really think I like this more than the RT Complexion sponge although it has that stamping issue.

Buy or Pass?

Eco Tools Perfecting Duo

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$10 USD/ $13.93 CAD on their website. $15.99 CAD on farleyco
Light Green Sponge
I love this sponge! It's very similar in size to the BB. I wish they sold it separately! It's very expandable when wet. It doesn't steal all my foundation. It's around the squishiness of the BB and RT sponges. It's the least porous out of all the sponges mentioned and is the absolute softest feeling. I've experienced no rips or dents yet.

Darker Green Sponge
I don't like this sponge :( It steals a lot of foundation and just isn't that squishy. It's one of the most rough feeling in texture and was easy for me to get a dent in it. It expands a lot when wet to be pretty huge. Great shape but just not ideal in my opinion for the above reasons. 

Buy or Pass?
On the fence. I love the light green sponge but don't like the dark green. I'd wait to see if they sell them separately. 

Ebay/Aliexpress Dupe/Replica

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What a horrible sponge this was. Good job on the packaging but the dupe is nothing like a BB. It's super hard, smells bad, steals all your foundation and doesn't expand. I bought it for $3 CAD here.

Buy or Pass?
*Cat hiss*

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Thank you to Farleyco for sending over the Real Techniques and Eco Tools Sponge. You can check out their online store here.

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