Kleenex® Brand Facial Cleansing Collection Review


I received this wonderful new collection of Kleenex® Brand Facial Cleansing line free to review.  This review will be on the Facial Cleansing wipes, Eye Makeup removers, Daily Cleansing Cushions, and Exfoliating Cushions, I included the Shine Away Sheets, even though, I don’t think they part of the Facial Cleansing line.  They come in dispenser containers that are all refillable.

Facial Cleansing Wipes


Facial Cleansing Wipes

It has a nice fragrance with a very moist wipe.  It is an “exclusive combination of multi-layered, textured fabric and gentle cleanser, infused with a pro-vitamin complex.”  It is only a fair makeup remover, as it did leave evidence of transfer/smudge proof makeup like liquid eyeliners or liquid lipsticks with using only one wipe as directed.  Using a second wipe would probably help in completely removing smudge/transfer proof makeup.  This wipe didn’t leave my skin feeling stripped of oil, nor had dulling residues.  Even, if this did not completely remove all makeup, it is still a good option for makeup removal rather than sleeping with makeup on, which ages you 10 years when sleeping with makeup on for a month. If you wear regular makeup, that is not transfer proof, then this will work perfectly.  It is safe for all skin types, dermatologist tested, and is alcohol free. I give these 3.5 🍒🍒🍒.

Before and After using the Facial Cleansing wipe. There is still a little bit of transfer proof liquid lipstick left but pretty good at removal

Eye Makeup Removers

Eye Makeup Remover

Designed with an exclusive micro-fine fabric and oil-free eye makeup remover that is infused with a pro-vitamin complex, which leaves your skin free of oily residue.  I love the soft pillow-y cushioned shape for precise control around the eye area.  These pre-moistened removers is only a fair eye makeup remover as it does leave a bit of smudge/transfer proof eye makeup behind only using one remover pad as directed.  Using 2 remover pads would more than likely completely remove all eye makeup.  This was good for also removing water resistant mascara.  I had to use a bit of pressure to remove the eye makeup and a bit of rubbing/wiping more than I would want.  The eye area is sensitive and needs to be treated carefully as to not create any more wrinkles.  Perhaps, the pillows need to be saturated a bit more to prevent too much rubbing/wiping for the sensitive eye area.  This does have a fragrance that is not too cloying or strong, but may be strong for those sensitive to fragrances.  These are ophthalmologist  and dermatologist tested.  I give these 3.5 🍒🍒🍒.

Daily Cleansing Cushions

Left side Massaging pillows, Right side Purifying Scrubbing Dots

Double sided cushioned cleansing duo with massaging pillows on one side and purifying dots on the other.  These have water-activated cleansers inside the cushions.  You get a gentle scrub giving you soft, radiant skin.  The purifying dots get down to the pores which does more than what your fingers and cleanser can do.  The massaging pillows on the other side will gently lift dirt, and makeup giving you a beautiful cleansed, radiant face.  It is also gentle enough for use on our delicate eye area.  These daily cleansing cushions did leave my skin feeling smoother, and softer.  I enjoyed these cushions, though, there is still so much sudsy, cleanser left that I feel bad disposing of these after only 1 use.  I give these 4 🍒🍒🍒🍒.

Exfoliating Cushions


Left side is the Buffing and Right side is the Exfoliating

These exclusive dual-sided multi-layered fabrics have a blue scrubby texture side for massaging and exfoliating, and a white buffing texture side to smooth and polish skin.  The cleanser is activated when water is added to the blue scrubby textured side and cushions rubbed together with fingers to lather.  The lather is quite generously sudsy.  Using this left my skin smoother, and more polished as I was experiencing some dryness around my cheeks due to  weather changes.  These are great for all skin types and is dermatologist tested.  As with the entire facial cleansing line, these do have the same fragrance, but they are not very strong or over powering.  I give these 4 🍒🍒🍒🍒.

Shine Away Sheets


These are pretty good at blotting oiliness around my T-zone.  Just blot on the un-printed side and these will combat the shininess and oiliness.  I was pleasantly surprised that Kleenex® Brand has shine away sheets.  I give these 4 🍒🍒🍒🍒.

These products are available online at www.kleenexfacialcleansing.com and Amazon.  I would like to thank @forestann and @kleenexfacialcleansing for providing me these samples and the opportunity to try these out.



Foodaholic 4D Skinny Fit Essence Masks Review


These are very different kind of sheet masks that I have tried.  They are made of cloth with a soft quilted side.  They are stretchable sheet face masks with slits for ear hangers and extends under the chin for a lifting effect that also has ear hangers.  Usually, our chin are neglected and I liked that these masks extend all the way to the chin for hydration.  The slits or ear hangers feel a little awkward, and uncomfortable, because they do pull your ears down, but you get used to them, as the masks are stretchable.  These masks do have a subtle fragrance but for those who are sensitive to fragrances, they might find them a bit strong.  These have just enough essence for the masks with nothing extra like other sheet masks.  If you want a cool refreshing masks, these can be put in the refrigerator prior to using, or if you wanted them warm, the package can be submerged in warm water.

As with all sheet masks, prep the skin by washing the face clean, use a toner prior to sheet mask application.  Leave the mask on for the duration instructed.

Jewel Healing 24K Gold


This mask contains 10% gold extract, blueberry, orange, pumpkin fruit extract as some of the notable ingredients.

This mask is formulated with gold extract to transform dry, rough, and dull skin to revitalized, firm, elastic skin.  Great anti-wrinkle benefits approved by KFDA (Korean Food and Drug Administration).

This had a cooling sensation while waiting for the essence to absorb into the skin.  This left my face brightened, but got a couple of acne breakouts afterward.

Tropical Healing Cactus

This mask is formulated with cactus extract to soothe stressed skin and gives the moisture and cooling effect for radiant skin.  Some notable ingredients are 30% Opuntia Ficus-indica extract, panthenol honey, and cudrania tricuspidata bark extract.

Felt a slight itching while wearing this mask, but my face did feel tightened, brighter after using.  The leftover essence after wearing the mask, I applied on my hands and it  left it moisturized/ hydrated even after hand washing.

Salmon Roe Essence Mask

This is a super food mask formulated with 33% salmon egg extract, good for anti-oxidant and hydration of the face.  Some notable ingredients are lavender extract, blueberry fruit extract, jasmine extract, orange, and pumpkin fruit extract.

This mask did make my chin itch slightly while wearing it, felt like I was getting a possible breakout 10 minutes after removing the sheet mask.  Left a cooling sensation while wearing it.  Afterward, my face appeared plumper, tightened, pores appeared smaller, and felt hydrated and lifted.

Protein Healing Horse Fat

This mask contains 5% horse fat, as well as fruit extracts from punica granatum, blueberry, orange, and pumpkin.  Obviously, this is not vegan as this actually has oil extracted from horse fat.

This mask is formulated for moisture, hydration, firmness, and to prevent skin dryness.

This definitely left my face hydrated and tightened.

I give these masks 4 🍒🍒🍒🍒 for the nifty ear hangers, soft quilted cloths, and effectiveness for what they are formulated for.  There was just some itching side effects, and breakouts that I experienced which are not ideal for my oily/combination skin type.

I received these masks free for review from Skin18, as part of their Skin18 challenge review blogger program.

Animal Cutie Mask Packs Review from Skin18

These animal cutie masks that I received from Skin18.com are indeed very cute.  I received the Whitening Aqua – Panda, Relaxing Charcoal & Aloe – Monkey, Anti-Wrinkle Collagen – Tiger, and Anti-Aging – Horse.  Besides the cuteness factor, I will be commenting on the fit as well as the effectiveness of the masks.  Overall, the fit of these masks are a bit small.  The eye holes are small, and it doesn’t reach to the hairline or edge of chin.  Because of the cute animal prints on the masks, this made the masks a little tough to smooth flatly on the face.  There is plenty of essence that these masks stay on the face with no problems and won’t slip off.  As with sheet masks.  Directions are to wash face cleanly, use toner before mask application, and leave mask on for the recommended time.

Whitening Aqua – Panda

Notable ingredients is hyaluronic acid to retain moisture for dry skin.  I did not detect a strong fragrance.  The mask provided a cool sensation.  Afterward, my face did feel hydrated, tightened, brightened but left my face feeling slightly tacky.

Relaxing Charcoal & Aloe – Monkey


Notable ingredients are Charcoal & Aloe for soothing and whitening.  No strong fragrance detected on this mask.  Cooling sensation while wearing the mask, and left my face feeling plump and hydrated.

Anti-Wrinkle Collagen – Tiger


PhotoGrid_1506656274186Notable ingredients are collagen extract to promote elasticity, as well as replenish moisture and refresh dry, sagging skin.  Also felt a cooling sensation while wearing the mask.  Face felt tightened and pores appeared smaller afterward.

Anti-Aging Horse Oil – Horse

Notable ingredients include horse oil to improve wrinkles and skin elasticity.  I did notice a subtle fragrance that dissipates quickly.  I did experience a cooling sensation while wearing the mask as well as a bit of itchiness around the chin area within 5 minutes of wearing, but it wasn’t too irritating that I had to remove it before the allotted time.  The mask left my skin tightened with a more luminous appearance.

These masks do come with a warning to avoid use if one has blemishes, pimples, irritated or sunburned skin, as these may get even more aggravated, due to itchiness, redness, or even cause the face to get swollen.  One time use of these masks would not be an accurate representation of the efficacy of the claims, and therefore, I cannot comment whether the anti-aging, anti-wrinkle claims have merit.  I can only comment that the ingredients in the masks may help with those claims.

I would like to thank Skin18USA for the opportunity to be a part of their Skin18Challenge Blogger’s program.  You can find them on Instagram here, and their website.  They should still be accepting applications for this bloggers program.

Dry Brushing

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Happy #BeautyTipTuesday
Let’s discuss dry brushing. Using natural bristled brush before showering. Start at feet/hands, brush, rubbing dry skin in upward or circular motions toward the heart. Benefits are good exfoliation and increase circulation, which leads to temporary plumping effect and vibrant skin boost, while temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite is anecdotal (no conclusive scientific evidence), and there may not be any detoxing benefits that include stimulating the lymphatic system. It is worth trying right? Because, the skin may develop micro tears from the brushing, it is important to use natural bristled brushes, and not brush too hard.
Have you tried dry brushing?

Over Exfoliated Skin?

PhotoGrid_1502754622122Exfoliating feels great on my skin.  My face feels smooth, tightened, pores appear smaller, and cleaner.  But I recently read an article about over exfoliated skin and decided to share what I found out after some research.

Over-exfoliation can compromise the top layer of skin and may hinder the skin’s ability to produce natural oils and other protectants.  This barrier is important in creating new skin cells and improving skin’s physical appearance.

Exfoliation according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) is “the process of removing the top most layer of dead skin cells.”  Here are two ways of exfoliation: 1) chemical – applying acid to dissolve skin cells in the form of peels (glycolic acid, etc…) 2) by hand – brush (textured brushes, gloves, washcloths) or facial scrubs to physically remove the dead skin cells.  Benefits of exfoliation is a brighter, smoother, more evened skin tone, appearance of pores appear to be smaller, cleaner, and tightened skin.

Here are some signs of over-exfoliation:

  1. Dry patches or peeling can be a sign that your skin’s balance is off due to over exfoliation.
  2. Excess oil production.  This can be a sign that your skin’s ability to regulate oil production is compromised.  I know us with oily skin types like to exfoliate to control oiliness but when we notice more oiliness, this can be a sign of over exfoliation.
  3. Breakouts – an increase in the amount of breakouts or sudden breakouts than normal for your skin type.
  4. Inflammation, itching, burning sensation after exfoliation can be a sign of over exfoliation.
  5. Redness – continued redness after a day or a few hours after exfoliation.  Redness immediately after exfoliation is normal but if it continues for hours or even a day, it may be a sign of over exfoliation.
  6. Shininess – an increase in shininess more than normal can be a sign of over exfoliation.

Depending on your skin type, if you are noticing any of these signs or symptoms after exfoliation, you may have to adjust how often you exfoliate (this can be once a week to once every 2 weeks, etc..) or use a method of exfoliation or scrub that is not as intense, and please consult a dermatologist or aesthetician.

You know your skin best and of course, some of these signs are just your skin adjusting to a new addition in your skin care routine or adjusting to a new product or an ingredient in the product.  It is up to you to determine whether it is normal for your skin or not.  This is why it is important to monitor how your skin is reacting and consult a dermatologist if the conditions persists to what is normal for your skin type.

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