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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Clarins One-Step Facial Cleanser

This is where I usually have some sort of witty repartee that eventually becomes an intro to whatever it is I'm going to review, but you know what? I've got nothing. Nuttin', you could even say. So, I'll regale you a little bit of my day. It wasn't the most thrilling of days, but it did see me head off to the particular area of hell most commonly known as a 'grocery store.'

My new favourite thing (well, one of them...) is trying to get the absolute most while still staying on a budget. I check the flyers, make a list, and use the calculator on my phone as I shop. I don't know why I never thought of it sooner. Anyhow, my budget today was $130, as the cupboards/fridge were so bare... well I can't seem to think of how to finish that, but trust me, there were very few tasty eats on hand. Long and short (well, the long because I can't seem to write anything short...) By my calculations, I had $129.99 in my cart, talk about down to the last few pennies. With tax - I am so proud of this as, someone who is amazing at setting budgets and then never sticking to them- my grand total was *drumroll* $130.40!!! I wanted to do a little dance at the register!

Okay, onto some Clarins, shall we?

'A cleanser and toner in one time-saving step! Clarins’ dual-action, anti-pollution formula—with gentle Orange and Moringa Seed extracts-—removes every last trace of make-up, impurities and skin-dulling dry cells, while reviving skin’s natural radiance. So pure and refreshing, there’s no need to rinse' - Clarins

This cleanser to me, is more of  makeup remover, as I don't find any sort of wipe off liquid to be enough to really cleanse my skin. As much as I like this product I still like a thorough 'soap & water' cleanse. That said, in a pinch, on those extra tired nights, this does get the job done.

The product is essentially an oil and water that you shake up to emulsify before use. The product is slightly thicker than water and has a floral-orange scent to it, which is quite nice. If I'm wearing full makeup, I find that I need to use 2-3 cotton rounds to remove everything from my face, but this does leave my skin feeling quite clean and slightly moisturized. Initially I wondered if the mositurization I felt was actually an oily residue from the product, but I never experienced any sort of breakouts or skin irritation, so I'm going to say it was the moisturizing properties of the cleanser.

Overall, I enjoy this cleanser as more of a makeup remover, but when I do need something to quickly cleanse, this definitely gets the job done and has the benefits of a toner to boot. Have you tried this product? What's your go to no-rinse product?

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