I subscribe to both GlossyBox and Birchbox and my initial plan was to blog about what I receive in each box, but that can be a bit samey. Also I don’t always try everything I get, if it doesn’t interest me then I won’t use it, so I’ve thought it’d be better to write about the products I actually purchase after sampling them in the box.
First up we have the cult skin care favourite from Philsophy, the Purity Made Simple 3 in 1 cleanser, which I received in the August GlossyBox and as soon as I started using it, I knew I had to make this an essential part of my daily skincare routine.
This cleanser is meant to act as a one step, 3 in 1 product and promises:
- to act as a make up remover, cleanser and toner
- deep clean pores and eliminate make up build up
- natural oil extracts help condition skin
- fragrance free
I’ve been using this in two different ways: to double cleanse my face after using the brilliant Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser; and also on its own when I can’t be bothered spending too long cleaning my face. To apply, the instructions are to “massage a “size of a 20p piece” onto a lightly damp face, massage for 30-60 seconds, rinse and pat dry. Follow with an appropriate treatment and moisturiser.”
I’ve been following this up with the Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner and Mattifying Day Cream/Night Treatment, and my skin looks and feels great. I think the psychology of using a foaming, soap like product has made my skin feel so much cleaner after giving it a good wash, and it’s definitely less greasy at the end of each day. Another massive plus is that it is so gentle. Its definitely eye and contact lens friendly, and it doesn’t make my skin feel tight in the slightest, which is what I usually experience when using a foaming product as my skin can decide to be quite sensitive sometimes. My skin is also helped by the fact that its fragrance free. Fragranced products usually cause breakouts in me like I don’t know what.
As soon as I started using it I could feel its benefits. I was suffering from an unsightly breakout on my chin at the time and a couple of uses of this and it was almost completely gone.
It terms of make up removing, I’ve found that it doesn’t completely remove stubborn eye makeup but it does make it a hell of a lot easier to remove with a bit of toner and a cotton pad, which means the area around my eye is being treated a lot better! Other than that I haven’t found any other trace of make up on my face after using it, even when I use it on its own.
I received a 30ml sample in my GlossyBox and I still have a quite a lot left in my bottle. Its available in three different sizes:
- 90 ml for £8
- 240 ml for 17.50
- 480 ml for £28.80
We were also given a voucher for £5 off the item at any Debenhams store in the GlossyBox, so I put this to good use and purchased the 480ml bottle. I highly recommend trying this product and Debenhams are giving out the 30ml bottle as samples so get your hands on it and try it!