Maybe it’s just me, but the best part of the day is when you wind down and start to get ready for bed. I take my showers at night because thats what makes sense for my schedule and love feeling clean and refreshed before hopping into bed. Usually my winding down routine includes taking off my makeup and doing any skincare treatments I feel like doing that night. I was recently sent Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm and haven’t touched my other makeup removers since.
I haven’t tried anything from Farmacy before, although I have eyed them at Sephora several times without purchasing. Their products come across as healthy and clean and for good reason. They grow their own ingredients on a farm, and combine them in powerful ways backed by science to create effective, clean formulas. Farmacy is cruelty free, and incorporates it’s key proponent in all its products: Echinacea Purpurea, GreenEnvy; a strong antioxidant that promotes even tone of the skin. I’m definitely all for something that evens skintone with every use!
The Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm is a soft (almost cream-like) , solid oil that is housed in jar. The lid holds a mini spatula that comes handy for scooping out the small amount of product you need to remove your makeup. It has a faint scent of lime that smells good and not overpowering. The quick melting balm consists of a blend of Sunflower and Ginger root Oil that gently cleanse the skin by breaking up all traces of makeup while Moringa Tree extract helps purify the skin. Papaya extract is also included and helps with gentle exfoliation.
Just a small amount is needed for this blam to do it’s magic. I decided to try it on a heavy makeup day when I was taking photos to see how it would REALLY work on full coverage foundation, heavy shadows and lots of mascara. This stuff seriously M E L T S everything with ease. I have to say that I’m usually still left with racoon eyes after using makeup remover but not with this one. I made sure to full massage it into the skin and focus on my lids to really give it a good chance. Once water hits it, the balm emulsifies a bit to a milky liquid and rinses away leaving incredibly soft skin. It’s one of those kinds of products that makes you want to touch your face a lot after because it feels so nice and soft!
I’d love to pair this balm with some of their other products that I’ve been eyeing, such as their Honey Drop Light Moisturizer, and their Anti-Aging Kit. Christmas is coming up and I do pick the best gifts for myself, haha!
To find out more about the Farmacy brand, you can visit their website, or give them a follow on Facebook or Instagram. Have you tried Farmacy before? Would you use a cleansing balm in your routine?
As someone in my mid-thirties, I really have focused in on what I’m using in the skincare department. My major concerns are that I have fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and breakouts from time to time. To make my skin feel it’s best, it’s important that I cleanse at least twice a day, exfoliate, treat and moisturize. Exfoliation being a very important step for my skin as I’ve been reminded to exfoliate often so that the rest of my products are effective.
The Sugar Cookie Marini Holiday Exfoliator is a limited edition facial scrub and it just landed on my doorstep last week. Limited edition, hence the holiday scent, sugar cookie. What’s different about this one from others I have used is that it uses both chemical and physical exfoliators to polish and renew the skin. By using proteolytic enzymes from papaya and pineapple, glycolic acid, and physical exfoliators like sugar, Jan Marini designed a face scrub that not only softens the skin, but treats it with a dimethicone based skin protectant to leave it smooth.
I like a face scrub with a good amount of grit or texture to it — which is not exactly what you should be looking for, but I found this one to have a good amount that I am pleased with. While there is a warning that there may be a slight tingle, I didn’t get that at all — just skin that was SUPER smooth to the touch. It’s a shame this is limited edition because I love anything that involves a sugar cookie. While the scent is quite faint and makes me think of snickerdoodle more, the exfoliating power is the opposite. A little goes a long way on a wet face, and I’ll be trying to stretch this out this tub as long as possible. I’ve only used this a handful of times but I can say that I’ve gotten no irritation, and can feel a difference in my skin right after using.
I only wish I still had the other fabulous products I’ve tried from Jan Marini such as the C-Esta Serum and the Hyla3D HA Activating Complex. I used everything to the last tiny drop! I find all Jan Marini products that I’ve tried, to be very effective so I trust this brand.
You can purchase Jan Marini products through their website and through select skincare professionals. To find out more about this cruelty free brand, you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
Now that I treat myself to hair appointments every six weeks, I’ve really tried to focus on my haircare a bit more. Color treated hair requires a bit more care, especially with fantasy colors that fade a bit quicker. I also don’t want my hair to feel processed or ruined, so treatments that nourish and repair are important for me too. It was by luck I was sent Orlando Pita Play products which couldn’t be more suited my recently colored hair.
Orlando Pita Play has four product lines that focus on either: volumizing, smoothing, color care, and deep repair. While all the products look enticing enough to try, the two I’ve used were perfect choices for me. The Former Glory Protein Treatment spray helps in repair and protecting from damage while the Hair Purifier Vinegar Cleansing Mask cleanses the hair and scalp to promote vibrant hair color.
The Former Glory Protein Treatment spray is used after shampooing and is spritzed on wet hair from root to ends. This product does have a perfume scent to it which maybe be strong for some – but it’s only for a minute that you notice it before the shower steam makes it dissipate. During the few minutes you leave it on your hair, the spray works to repair damaged parts while strengthening and preventing future damage with its special Fortifinity Complex. This proprietary blend uses amino acids, proteins and lipids to make hair look healthy and shiny once again. I can see myself using this often since I have frequent color changes.
The Hair Purifier Vinegar Cleansing Mask was the very first hair mask that I’ve used that focuses more on the roots than the ends! The purpose of this mask is to enhance color and cleanse the hair and scalp for vibrant, longer lasting color. Fantasy colors don’t hold well so anything that helps it stay longer is a necessity! I scoop out a dollop and massage directly into the scalp while adding just a tiny bit more water for it to lather up a bit. I leave it on while I use my shower poof and rinse before shaving my legs. The brand does recommend using it for 5-20 minutes which is a reasonable amount of time — at least for my kinda showers! Once I rinsed my hair felt fantastic and smoother. I still follow with my color enhancing conditioner, but I definitely felt a difference!
I’m really glad I found out about these products because I do feel that my hair feels very healthy even though it’s colored often.
You can find Orlando Pita Play products at ULTA both in stores and online. To find out more about the brand you can visit them on Facebook and Instagram.