Layla Loves: Micellar Water

Layla Loves: Micellar Water

I just arrived home from work. Shoes come off first. Then my wig (yes, I wear a wig, more on that some other time). Then, off comes my makeup. I look forward to all of these things every day, but especially on days when I am tired and want to just come home and lay down, maybe watch some TV and zone out.

As much as I love to wear makeup and rock a bold lip, I also am growing to love being in my bare-faced skin and I care about it’s health as much as I care about it’s natural appearance. So, I want to make sure that I tell you all about one of my favorite beauty products EVER: micellar water.

In case you haven’t heard more than excited buzz around micellar water, let’s start with the basics. The first (and the only thing, in my opinion) that you need to know is that it’s a beauty secret and staple of French women. Say no more, right?

I heard that micellar water was great for sensitive skin (due to its lack of harsh chemicals, soap, fragrance and alcohol), requires no rinsing, is a great makeup remover, AND is a gentle alternative to most facial wipes on the market (some are soft and treat your skin like the baby it should be viewed as).

At first, I was skeptical. Very skeptical. I tried a small bottle of Simple Micellar Water and was converted to a full fledged believer within a week. My skin felt clean, looked better, felt softer and appeared smoother. On top of that, I hadn’t experienced any new breakouts. I stopped washing my face twice a day with harsh tap water ever since.

Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t stopped washing my face with good old face cleanser and bathroom sink water completely, but cutting down has helped my skin a lot–it’s undeniable.

So, which micellar waters do I use regularly and think you should try? Glad you asked!

Here we go…

The First Love: Simple Micellar Water, 13.5 fl.oz., $8,99, Target

Simple Micellar Water

The Brightening Secret: 

Botanics All Bright Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution, 8.4 oz., $5.99, Target

botanics all bright micellar

The Oily/Combination Skin Power Punch: 

Bioderma Sebium H2O Solution Micellaire, 500ml, $14.90, Birchbox

Bioderma Sebium H20 Micelle Solution

And since you’re going all in on micellar waters, make sure you are using the right counterparts: facial rounds or ovals. I prefer ovals because of their size (compared to rounds). They’re larger and can cover more of your face in less swipes, saving product and ovals. These are the ovals that I prefer.

So, will you be trying a micellar water? Do you already use them? Let me know your thoughts, and feel free to ask me any questions in the comments.

Talk soon. -xo, Layla

E.L.F. Studio Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths

E.L.F. Studio Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths

Hey glossies!

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted anything, my apologies.  Please bear with me while I basically get my entire life back in order (you know how these things can be)

While I haven’t been writing much, I’ve still been experimenting with products, etc.  The latest thing I’ve been trying are the E.L.F. Studio Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths.  So now you’re saying, “Layla, you wrote only 2 months ago about your eternal love of Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes!! What’s the meaning of this?!!”

Basically, a girl is on a budget and is looking for any and all means of saving money and still getting it done ;)

Unfortunately, I don’t believe I will cutting back in the makeup remover wipes department–at least not until warmer weather prevails.  In the spirit of full disclosure, I am still trying to figure out what skin care regimen (steps and products) will work best for me.  My skin has been acting out like you wouldn’t believe. GRR. So these cloths might actually be okay in colder months, but just not for me right now at least.

While I generally like these E.L.F. cloths, I’ve noticed that they take off EVERYTHING.  My already super sensitive combination skin feels totally stripped.  I think it the warmer months, I would fare better with this type of after cleansing feeling, however, in these colder months when skin is already dry, tight, chapped, etc. I need every added drop of moisture. I love the packaging (secure closure, sleek black/white color scheme) and the smell is ridiculously soothing.  It also removed mascara that was previously extremely hard to remove with other pads and cloths.  The size of the cloths themselves are larger than I’ve seen in more expensive comparable products and you can stretch it out a little without it ripping–that’s awesome!

The price point is also great: I purchased a pack of 20 wipes at Walgreens for only $3!! 

Overall, I like this product but I feel that I just can’t use it in fall/winter :(

Have any of you ever tried E.L.F. Studio Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below. 

Until next post (very soon, I promise!)

x’s and o’s,


Eternally Loving: Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes (Original Formula)

Eternally Loving: Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes (Original Formula)

Oh-my…skin [enter long suffering sigh here]

As much I love to try new products, especially of the skin care variety, my skin is having none of the complicated, ultra luxe routine as of yet. It screams for simple, effective, and above all: non-irritating.  So in the spirit of giving my skin what it wants so it doesn’t continue to betray me (shout out to the three zits on my forehead, you guys have been a nightmare.)

Lately, I’ve been really tired (someday I’ll tell you more about this perhaps) so I haven’t been doing the full facial cleansing that I usually do ( my beloved Clarisonic Mia, Blue Plasma by Perricone MD, eye cream, heavy night cream). I’ve just wiping my face thoroughly (but not roughly) with a Neutrogena wipe.

I must say that despite my face not having had a full spread of treats for the past week, it is looking and feeling very good. It’s super soft, has a bit of glow to it (which trust me is of no doing of my own) and is in a generally better state all around. Having said this I should still drink more water, but that’s an entirely different uphill battle.

Neutrogena wipes come in various formulas: original (blue package), oil free pink grapefruit for acne prone skin (pinkish package), night calming (purple package), hydrating (teal package), and deep clean (yellowish orange package).  Each package will run you about $5 at drugstores and other retailers like Target and Walmart. Since I know you’ll love them as much as I do, I suggest getting the starter package which includes  a baby blue case (shown in the picture at the beginning of this post) and purchase refill packs as you go along. I never take my cloths out of their original packaging but the case helps ensure that they don’t dry out prematurely. They also come in travel packs of about 5-10 wipes: perfect for travel, gym bags, backpacks, etc.

Each cleansing cloth in original formula package is of a medium thickness, is soft but not too soft or too tough.  The clothes are always saturated at the same level of the first day of use. One cloth will remove EVERYTHING. Yep, even stubborn long wearing makeup and waterproof formulas. And your skin won’t feel tight or blotchy afterwards. Just clean and a bit moisturized.

So what are you waiting for? Go pick up your formula pack and look forward to actually doing what you’re supposed to: removing your war paint before beauty rest.

P.S. Have you tried these wipes? Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought.