The Great Cleanse

“We need deep cleansing of our thoughts on and often so that we can recharge our energy for our own health, happiness and purpose”- Kishore BansalIMG_1857

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IMG_1863In what seems to be a running theme, I’ve had this cleanser set from Sephora for a while now and I thought I’d share before they get rid of it for good.

‘The Great Cleanse’ is a collection of 12 of Sephora’s best cleansing products and in my opinion, it’s a steal at just $48. I’d already tried almost all of the cleansers in the kit before purchasing it so I pretty much knew what I was getting. The set consists of larger-than-sample sizes of the following:

  • Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover(1.69 oz)- I use this regularly and it’s a great eye makeup remover in the same vein as Lancome’s Bi-Facil.
  • Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water(3.38 oz)- A micellar water from a trusted brand. You get a sizable amount of this and it should last a while. I’m really looking forward to trying this.
  • Nude Skincare Perfect Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Oil(0.5 oz)- I’ve had a sample of this before and found it hard to remove but maybe I’ll fare better on a 2nd try.
  • Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil(1.7 oz)- Never tried this before but looking forward to it
  • Fresh Soy Face Cleanser(1.7 oz)- This cult classic non-foaming cleanser is one my faves and it’s extremely gentle on the skin.
  • Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash(1 oz)- Never tried this before either.
  • Philosophy Purity Made Simple(2 oz)- A nice basic cleanser. I’ve tried it before and it was perfectly fine but nothing spectacular.
  • Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser(1.5 oz)- I love the foaming action of this cleanser but I prefer to use it in the Summer as it’s too drying for me in the Winter.
  • Glamglow Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment(0.5 oz)- I own the full-size of this and it’s a lovely cleansing mask.
  • Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser(1.5 oz)- I LOVE this cleanser and it’s one of my favourite cleansing oil/ gels. Leaves the skin feeling so soft.
  • Boscia Tsubaki Oil-Infused Exfoliating Powder(0.36 oz)- I also the own the full-size of this and I love to mix it with a cleansing oil for some extra oomph.
  • Boscia Mini Konjac Cleansing Sponge– Check out my review of the full-sized sponge here.

If it’s not obvious by now I’m completely won over by this set. It’s a great way to try some of the hottest cleansers around and I love the fact that there are so many different types of cleanser included in the kit. The Caudalie and Glamglow cleansers are on sale individually for $14 and $19 respectively so you really are getting a fantastic deal. You can still snag this on the Sephora website for the great price of $48.

Let me know in the comments if you’d like more of an in-depth review on any of the featured cleansers.

Nana Adomah

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Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge Review

Historically, I’ve been utterly terrible at taking care of my skin. I wear makeup almost everyday and it’s easy to just allow myself to be lazy, knowing that I can always cover up any blemishes with a bit of concealer. However, I’ve really made an effort over the last 6 months or so to look after my skin and I’ve definitely seen a difference. I purchased a Clarisonic and now I actually look forward to taking off my makeup.

With my new skin care regime, I’ve also become interested in natural products and most of my skin care is natural. Bearing this in mind, I was really excited to try Boscia’s new konjac cleansing sponge.

The sponge is made out of 100% pure Asian konjac root and this is supposed to balance the pH level of the skin in addition to absorbing any impurities. This sponge feels rock hard when dry but squeeze some water into it and it becomes… well… “sponge-like”. It feels really soft on the face and I don’t even feel wary using it on the delicate skin under my eyes. It also needs a tiny amount of cleanser as it really foams up. I’ve also used it after my Clarisonic without any cleanser just to balance my skin’s pH level.

The Bottom Line:

  • This is a great sponge for those who like natural skin care remedies.
  • This is a tad pricy at $18 in my opinion, especially since you’re supposed to replace it every 2-3 months.
  • The sponge takes a good 10+ hrs to dry completely so that’s something to consider if you plan on traveling with it.
  • The sponge will definitely increase the shelf-life of your daily cleanser.

I really like the concept of this sponge and I give it a solid 4/5!

Nana Adomah