Review: Michael Todd True Organics Charcoal Detox Deep Pore Gel Cleanser

Michael Todd True Organics Charcoal Detox Deep Pore Gel Cleanser ($24.00 for 7.1 fl oz) | link is a charcoal-based cleanser that is wonderful for combination, oily or acne-prone skin because of its deep cleansing properties. I have been using this product for the last three months and I am in love with this cleanser for a couple of reasons.

 

Pros:

  • This cleanses everything. I’m talking /everything/ okay. Any dirt or impurity your skin has will be cleansed completely with this cleanser. The nice thing is that you don’t even need that much product to cleanse your face completely – I use a half a pump of product for my entire face when I use cleansing oil beforehand. This will last for a very long time.
  • You don’t have to use a separate makeup remover. The website claims that this will take off makeup completely, and it does. Even my waterproof eyeliner and mascara melt away with water + this cleanser, with a tad bit of rubbing. Truly surprised – although I still use my cleansing oil.  
  • Helps with blackheads and clogged pores. My chin’s pores and I are in a constant battle for dominance and this cleanser is tipping the battle in my favor – even during my period! Definitely helps in keeping my pores unclogged and blackheads at bay in my trouble areas. 

Cons:

  • This can be drying. I was tempted to put in the pros ‘not drying’ because as the weather gets warmer, it leaves my skin clean but not stripped. However, when I first started to use it during the later parts of the winter, I had to make sure not to use the cleanser too much or else I would get some dry spots. Would not recommend for dry skin because I fear this would irritate dry skin further (perhaps try the Honey and Oat cleanser).
  • The price. This is an interesting point, because I will spend a lot of money for my base makeup (foundation #1) and specific skincare treatments, but this is the most expensive cleanser that I’ve ever purchased.

Would I recommend? Yes absolutely. This is quickly becoming a staple in my nightly skincare routine and my skin has taken a turn for the better once I started using it, and I will be repurchasing when I eventually run out. 

Review: PCA Skin The Sensitive Dry Skin Solution

Hello PD! This is a review of the PCA Skin The Sensitive Dry Skin Solution | $158.31
A couple weeks ago, one of our sponsors, SkincareRx.com, sent us both trial sizes of products for us to try and then review, and I got the PCA Skin The Sensitive Dry Skin Solution trial set. The Sensitive Dry Skin Solution comes with four products, including the Creamy Cleanser, Hydrator Plus SPF 30, Anti-Redness Serum and ReBalance, which are also sold separately. Here are the descriptions of each products and my thoughts on them. Please follow the cut!

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Hello! ヾ(*・ω・)ノ゜These are a couple products that I have purchased recently since I’ve been on a beauty product purchasing ban for about…a month and a half now (still haven’t bought makeup actually…proud). I’m trying (and succeeding) in finishing a couple products before I purchase a new one - and I’m also planning to do a hit pan/empty bottle post of various products I’ve finished after I collect enough products. Anyway, on to what I purchased.
Seche Vite Dray Fast Top Coat and Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat ($7.25): I purchased this set at CVS recently because I’ve decided to take better care of my nails, and I’ve realized over the years that my nails are stronger and grow faster when I have them painted. …which is great and all but I work in retail and retails kills nail polish so I’ve been hunting for a good top coat and base coat under $10. Coupons + awesome set = hoping for the best.
Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Foaming Facial Wash | link ($2.99): I believe I’ve mentioned this product in a previous haul, but I actually am running out and needed (and wanted) to repurchase. I rarely repurchase anything since I love to try new products but I really like this product currently and sales are always good (original price is around $6.99).
Essie Nail Color in All Tied Up (920) | link ($7-8): This is my first Essie polish ever! I saw this color and was like *___* I want it so…purchased. I also wanted to see why so many people adore the Essie formula and wear. For me, I’m torn on my judgment. On the one hand, it applied really well, was opaque at two coats, dried relatively quickly and the color itself has beautiful gold glitter that shines in the sunlight. On the other hand, it chipped in two days. >:| I get three days with a top coat with my Sinful Colors polishes even though the formula takes more work (and five to seven days with my China Glaze and OPI polishes). Retail truly kills the nail polish.
Essential Rich Premier Ultra Honey Hair Mask | link ($7-10): And here I begin the case for the fact that Arabelle and I truly do share the same brain sometimes. I believe she mentioned this hair mask previously on this blog. :O I have wanted to try it for quite a while since my long-time beauty friend Charmaine recommended it a really long time ago. Haven’t opened it yet but I’m excited~
Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil | link ($8-13): Yep. Arabelle and I share the same brain. She picked this up in irl Sasa, I ordered it from online Sasa otru. I have actually been using this cleansing oil off and on for the last three years and it is definitely one of my favorite cleansing oils since I refuse to repurchase the shu uemura high performance balancing cleansing oil (link), even though I love it. why are you so expensive, HG cleansing oil
As always, if you would like a review or additional pictures, drop an ask! High-res

Hello! ヾ(*・ω・)ノ゜These are a couple products that I have purchased recently since I’ve been on a beauty product purchasing ban for about…a month and a half now (still haven’t bought makeup actually…proud). I’m trying (and succeeding) in finishing a couple products before I purchase a new one - and I’m also planning to do a hit pan/empty bottle post of various products I’ve finished after I collect enough products. Anyway, on to what I purchased.

  • Seche Vite Dray Fast Top Coat and Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat ($7.25): I purchased this set at CVS recently because I’ve decided to take better care of my nails, and I’ve realized over the years that my nails are stronger and grow faster when I have them painted. …which is great and all but I work in retail and retails kills nail polish so I’ve been hunting for a good top coat and base coat under $10. Coupons + awesome set = hoping for the best.
  • Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Foaming Facial Wash | link ($2.99): I believe I’ve mentioned this product in a previous haul, but I actually am running out and needed (and wanted) to repurchase. I rarely repurchase anything since I love to try new products but I really like this product currently and sales are always good (original price is around $6.99).
  • Essie Nail Color in All Tied Up (920) | link ($7-8): This is my first Essie polish ever! I saw this color and was like *___* I want it so…purchased. I also wanted to see why so many people adore the Essie formula and wear. For me, I’m torn on my judgment. On the one hand, it applied really well, was opaque at two coats, dried relatively quickly and the color itself has beautiful gold glitter that shines in the sunlight. On the other hand, it chipped in two days. >:| I get three days with a top coat with my Sinful Colors polishes even though the formula takes more work (and five to seven days with my China Glaze and OPI polishes). Retail truly kills the nail polish.
  • Essential Rich Premier Ultra Honey Hair Mask | link ($7-10): And here I begin the case for the fact that Arabelle and I truly do share the same brain sometimes. I believe she mentioned this hair mask previously on this blog. :O I have wanted to try it for quite a while since my long-time beauty friend Charmaine recommended it a really long time ago. Haven’t opened it yet but I’m excited~
  • Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil | link ($8-13): Yep. Arabelle and I share the same brain. She picked this up in irl Sasa, I ordered it from online Sasa otru. I have actually been using this cleansing oil off and on for the last three years and it is definitely one of my favorite cleansing oils since I refuse to repurchase the shu uemura high performance balancing cleansing oil (link), even though I love it. why are you so expensive, HG cleansing oil

As always, if you would like a review or additional pictures, drop an ask!

I stopped by SASA irl the other day after sobbing over Marni & Issey Miyake at SOGO (the 50% off sales at both gave me so much life but I still couldn’t afford shit lol). The SASA website makes it seem like it’d be huge and like a department store but the location I went to was really small & cramped, and the SA’s kept on bugging me like, way more than necessary. Maybe I’m just grumpy about the humidity here though. Anyway, I only got a few things:
My Beauty Diary Masks in Pearl Powder and Black Pearl
Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil.
SkinFood & SASA were the stores I was most excited about coming here, and now that I’ve gone to them I’m at a loss as to where else to go! Any suggestions?  High-res

I stopped by SASA irl the other day after sobbing over Marni & Issey Miyake at SOGO (the 50% off sales at both gave me so much life but I still couldn’t afford shit lol). The SASA website makes it seem like it’d be huge and like a department store but the location I went to was really small & cramped, and the SA’s kept on bugging me like, way more than necessary. Maybe I’m just grumpy about the humidity here though. Anyway, I only got a few things:

  • My Beauty Diary Masks in Pearl Powder and Black Pearl
  • Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil.

SkinFood & SASA were the stores I was most excited about coming here, and now that I’ve gone to them I’m at a loss as to where else to go! Any suggestions? 

…I hauled. OTL Mostly a skincare hauled this time from Sasa.com, which I think is upping their shipping times! I got this in seven business days after it shipped, which is awesome because I’ve ordered from them before and it took a month. Not recently though, so props to Sasa. Now onto the products…

My Scheming Sakura Night Jelly | 60 ml: I usually use lighter nighttime moisturizers in the spring and summer, and I wanted to try something new, so I purchased this jelly. The first picture in the second row is the picture of the back of the box of this product, and it is completely adorable.

Hisamitsu LIFECELLA Essence Sheet Mask Trehalose: This was a free gift. I am pleased because I love masks.

Naruko APPLE SEED & TRANEXAMIC ACID Soothing White Hydra Milk | 120 ml : Can I just…can I just flail about this for a second? I FINALLY HAVE A NARUKO SKINCARE PRODUCT! *weeps* Haha if you’ve been following powderdoom for a while you might have heard of my intense want of everything Naruko skincare because of fuzkittie. And now I have one! This product is for evening out the skintone as well and it’s a light lotion. Anyway enough about that, look at the cute directions they give you to turn the product box into a cute storage thing for your desk! That’s what the second and third pictures in the second row are showing. Isn’t that the coolest thing ever. I love reusing and recycling old bottles and containers from my skincare so the fact that they give you instructions and make the box in such a way that you can actually create something else from it? Super cool.

Ponds FLAWLESS WHITE Deep Lightening Facial Foam | 100 g: I purchased this because I decided to combat my acne scarring and hyperpigmentation head on again. My acne is completely under control now so I am going to be trying a variety of different methods to see if I can make my scars less visible. I don’t believe that this cleanser will help an immense amount, but if it brightens my complexion five percent, I consider that a victory haha.

TONY MOLY Gold Sugar Black Mask | 100 ml: I’m running out of my Skin Food Black Sugar Mask (review here) that I use for my exfoliation every week, so I decided to try the Tony Moly version!

Kanebo Purenavi Makeup Remover | 145 ml: I am looking for a new cleansing oil since the one that I used to use completely disappeared. The one I’m using now (Kanebo Naive Deep Cleansing Oil) is okay but it’s definitely not something I would repurchase, so I’m hoping that this one will be better for my skin. Apparently this product is formulated for sensitive skin as well - no perfumes, artificial colorants and preservatives. If this doesn’t work for me, I might just have to bite the bullet and order the shu uemura one or something. ;;

100% Pure Blush in Peach and Mauvette | 9 g: I was originally going to just get skincare because as I mentioned previously, I’m trying to defeat my hyperpigmentation and acne scarring once and for all…but I was looking through Sasa’s sale section and there was 80% off of /all/ 100% Pure products. I haven’t heard anything about this brand, but the packaging drew me in and it was 9 grams of product for $4.50. 9 grams. $4.50. Pretty packaging…I was sold.

+ Facial Cleansing Brush: I actually ordered this from eBay at the beginning of this month and it was supposed to come in May…but hey happy surprise! I believe I purchased this because frmheadtotoe mentioned a similar brush recently in one of her videos (I think it was her March Beauty Favorites??).

And that’s it! If you have any questions or want to request a review, as always, feel free to drop an ask. That said, probably won’t be opening most of this until I run out of what I’m currently using…I’m trying to halt the habit of opening absolutely everything when I receive it (skincare-wise), potentially reducing the shelf life haha. Toodles~ (。・ω・。)ノ♡

mini review: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

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Hi everyone~ o/ It’s Chi-Chi again with yet another mini review on yet another cleanser. This time, I am reviewing Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (link), which I used for a little over a year in high school and most recently I started to use the product again because of my dermatologist. Do I like this product? Keep reading to find out.

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Back to School Skincare, Arabelle Edition:
Burts Bees Natural Acne Solutions Purifying Gel Cleanser, $10 - Salicylic acid, willow bark extract, paraben free. Awesome. 
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, $7 and up - I wrote about this before. 
Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Toner, $15 - I’ve also written about this before. It’s probably my favorite toner, though I haven’t been using it for the past month (I’ve been using Witch Hazel to minimize my pores). You can see my in depth comparison here. I think toner is such an under-rated aspect of a skincare regimen, so if you are looking to see how toner can really do wonders for your skin this is definitely a toner that will help you see a change. This is best for dry, sensitive skin, aka perfect for winter and fall.  
Bye Bye Blemish Drying Lotion, $10 - this is the same thing as Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion, it’s just $7 cheaper. Sulfer+salicylic acid treatments are the only thing that work for my acne problems. Know your skin type when you want to fight acne! What works for me doesn’t work for Chi-Chi, and vice versa. If no amount of benzoyl peroxide changes your blemish problem, try this out. 
Skin Food Kiwi Yogurt Mask, $13.99 - Yogurt is so, so, good for your skin. I cannot stress this enough! This is probably my favorite non-D.I.Y mask, and I often combine it with aspirin and lemon to make a super quick mask that does wonders. It smells amazing, and has tiny beads that burst, but it’s not gritty at all. I’m about 3/4ths done with my jar and I have a backup and will definitely repurchase. This is a universally great mask for all skin types and if you have access to Skin Food products, buy them. 
There you have it! I tried to include a product for every basic need: a cleanser, an exfoliant, a toner, a spot treatment, and a mask. I didn’t include a moisturizer or a sunscreen because I change up mine frequently and use BB cream which both moisturizes and contains SPF. I hope this helps you!  High-res

Back to School Skincare, Arabelle Edition:

  • Burts Bees Natural Acne Solutions Purifying Gel Cleanser, $10 - Salicylic acid, willow bark extract, paraben free. Awesome. 
  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, $7 and up - I wrote about this before. 
  • Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Toner, $15 - I’ve also written about this before. It’s probably my favorite toner, though I haven’t been using it for the past month (I’ve been using Witch Hazel to minimize my pores). You can see my in depth comparison here. I think toner is such an under-rated aspect of a skincare regimen, so if you are looking to see how toner can really do wonders for your skin this is definitely a toner that will help you see a change. This is best for dry, sensitive skin, aka perfect for winter and fall.  
  • Bye Bye Blemish Drying Lotion, $10 - this is the same thing as Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion, it’s just $7 cheaper. Sulfer+salicylic acid treatments are the only thing that work for my acne problems. Know your skin type when you want to fight acne! What works for me doesn’t work for Chi-Chi, and vice versa. If no amount of benzoyl peroxide changes your blemish problem, try this out. 
  • Skin Food Kiwi Yogurt Mask, $13.99 - Yogurt is so, so, good for your skin. I cannot stress this enough! This is probably my favorite non-D.I.Y mask, and I often combine it with aspirin and lemon to make a super quick mask that does wonders. It smells amazing, and has tiny beads that burst, but it’s not gritty at all. I’m about 3/4ths done with my jar and I have a backup and will definitely repurchase. This is a universally great mask for all skin types and if you have access to Skin Food products, buy them. 

There you have it! I tried to include a product for every basic need: a cleanser, an exfoliant, a toner, a spot treatment, and a mask. I didn’t include a moisturizer or a sunscreen because I change up mine frequently and use BB cream which both moisturizes and contains SPF. I hope this helps you! 

Whenever I am in between cleansers, I always come back to this simple remedy. The one and only cleanser that does not break me out! XD