Pure Clay Cleanser and Pure Sugar Face Scrub L’Óreal Review

Today I bring to you the Pure Clay Cleanser and Pure Sugar Face Scrub from L’Óreal review! Since I shared with you my latest skin care routine and now there have been some changes, I thought I might as well share them with you, specially when the results are so good!

For the past week I have been trying a new face care routine, or at least I have implemented some new products, and now that I’ve formed an opinion I wanted to share my experience with you.

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Introduction

A few months ago, some new face care products by L’Oreal Paris were released, following their Pure-Clay line. I had already tried and love one of these masks, specifically the black one, which really seemed to help bringing more light to my face and evening out my skin tone. Anyhow, though I liked it, it took me forever to use it up and I didn’t think or repurchasing it.

This was months ago, so when they released the two new masks (yellow and blue) and added them to their Pure-Clay line, I wasn’t really willing to buy them all in a rush. Also I read somewhere (I haven’t contrasted this information still) that all the masks of the line had basically the same ingredients but different colors. Though I didn’t confirmed that, it was a bit discouraging so I postponed trying the new ones for when I was feeling in a more ‘clay mask’ mood.

A few more months passed and then L’Oreal Paris released two more lines of products following these original line: the Pure Clay cleansing gels and the Pure Sugar face scrubs. The second ones really caught my attention and I kept seeing both lines in adverts and posts all over the internet, so at one point that I had some store credit in the skin care department, I thought it was time to give these two new lines a try even if it was only to confirm that they weren’t for me.

Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong!

The products

I bought the Pure Clay Charcoal Detoxifying gel wash and the Purify and Unclog Sugar Scrub with kiwi seeds.

Here is what L’Óreal website says about them:

PURE CLAY DETOX & BRIGHTEN CLEANSER

Daily Cleanser with 3 Pure Clays and Charcoal. Detoxes & Brightens Dull, Tired Skin. Removes everyday impurities.

“L’Oréal Paris Skin Experts created our 1st range of clay-to-mousse daily cleansers that leave skin looking perfectly clear. Each cleanser is powered by 3 different clays in their pure form and enhanced with a nature-sourced ingredient. Indulgently formulated to seamlessly transform from clay-to-mousse, Pure-Clay Cleansers remove everyday impurities without overdrying. Pure-Clay Cleanser Detox-Brighten goes beyond daily cleansing to clarify and detoxify for skin that can breathe better. Immediately skin is purified of dirt, oil and pollution, and is left with a clean, clear healthy look. Skin looks revitalized with a fresh glow. Use after use, skin’s overall quality is improved. Dull skin appears more radiant and luminous. Skin looks more beautiful.”

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PURE SUGAR PURIFY & UNCLOG FACE SCRUB

Deeply yet gently exfoliates for soft, smooth skin. Purifies & unclogs pores. 3 Pure Sugars + Kiwi.

“This Pure Sugar Scrub is made of three naturally derived sugars (brown, blonde & white) and enhanced with real Kiwi Seeds. This light, gel-like sugar scrub is truly kind to your skin. Because the scrubbing particles are made of sugars and eventually melt, harsh exfoliation is prevented. Purify and unclog pores for soft, smooth skin. See effective results immediately. With this exfoliating sugar scrub skin feels purified and clean. Dirt, oil and impurities are effectively removed. Dull skin is gently polished away. In 1 week: skin feels baby-soft, smooth and comforted. Pores look tighter, unclogged and less visible. Skin looks less shiny and rebalanced. Skin looks healthier, smoother, glowing. Can also be used to smooth and refine lips.

My first impressions were positive, I loved the packaging, and the gel seemed really easy to use, which I always appreciate since I’m accustomed to more natural and organic skin care that usually tends to be a little messier. Both products looked great and got your expectations high with some fancy how to use instructions and sweet promises about a better skin.

I must say that the Kiwi Sugar Scrub smells DELICIOUS. Like, really amazing. And the Pure Clay Charcoal gel smells exactly the same as its mask version (the black one).

I’ll list the ingredients of both products down here so everyone can know beforehand if this is a product that they might be willing to try or not.

Ingredients

  • PURE CLAY DETOX & BRIGHTEN CLEANSER: AQUA/WATER, KAOLIN, GLYCERIN, COCO,BETAINE, PROPANEDIOL, SODIUM LAUROYL SARCOSINATE, POTASSIUM LAURATE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, HYDROXYPROPYL STARCH PHOSPHATE, SODIUM, CHLORIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PARFUM/FRA- GRANCE, TETRASODIUM EDTA, CI, 77499/IRON OXIDES, MOROCCAN LAVA CLAY, MONTMORILLONITE,, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CHARCOAL POWDER, LIMONENE, LINALOOL, SODIUM, BENZOATE, POLYGLYC- ERIN-10, POLYGLYCERYL-10 MYRISTATE, POLYGLYCER- YL-10 STEARATE, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE, TOCOPHEROL. F.I.L.
  • PURE SUGAR PURIFY & UNCLOG FACE SCRUB: 782791 35 GLYCERIN, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, SUCROSE, CYMBOPOGON, SCHOENANTHUS OIL, ACTINIDIA CHINENSIS (KIWI) SEED, PEG-30 DIPOLYHYDROXYSTEARATE, ACCHARIDE HYDROLYSATE, TRIDECETH-6, TRIETHANOLAMINE, MENTHA PIPERITA OIL/PEPPERMINT OIL, ACRYLATES/C10-30, ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, CI 19140/YELLOW 5, CI 61570/GREEN 5, CARAMEL, LINALOOL, LIMONENE, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE. F.I.L. # B210673/1

The review

Both products work amazingly. It really was a surprise to find that they worked so well for me, a wonderful surprise I must say! I’ve been looking for some ‘easy’ skin care products that I can use whenever I don’t have that much time but that still do their job and don’t upset my sensitive skin. With these, I’ve found them where I least expected them. Let’s dive in each one of them!

Pure Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser with Charcoal

I use this now everyday, mainly at nights after I’ve removed my makeup or in the shower. The consistency is really great, it has a deep grey color and a fragrance that is the same of the Pure Clay mask of the same color. It foams up really quickly and after you have used it you feel your skin clean and smooth, almost as the same feeling you get with micropeeling products.

I’ve really grown to love it just through the start of my first tube. The packaging also is great for taking it anywhere you plan to sleep, or to the gym, the sink or the shower. It does an amazing job at reducing redness, pimples and blackheads. My skin hasn’t look smoother in a long time, and I must say that it is thank to this little gem. I’m really really happy I found it.

Also, you new very little product for each ‘wash’ so it really lasts a long time. If your skin is sensitive but on the oily/combination/acne prone zone, you have to give this a try!

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Pure Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser with Charcoal L’ÓREAL

Pure Sugar Purify and Unclog Face Scrub with Kiwi

This face scrub is really special due to two things. First of all, it is really dense and rich, and as much as it exfoliates your skin perfectly well, it also leaves your skin nourished, smooth and full of life. And second of all, the smell. The smell is so good that when I couldn’t decide which one of the three Pure Sugar face scrubs I wanted to try, I just had to buy this one for he smell (and the kiwi seeds too, that really pleased me). Luckily I can say that I didn’t make a mistake!

The sugar in this makes a perfect exfoliation, not harsh at all, the sugar almost seems partially melted into a rich creamy honey texture that replenishes your skin with shine and vitality at the same time that it gets rid of dullness and dead cells. It is all in all a delight to apply and have on. What I usually do is apply in the shower and leave it on for a minute before scrubbing it all and then rinse it of. This way I think I can get better advantage of this nourishing quality of it.

If you are looking for a good face scrub that leaves your skin amazing and smelling divine, this is the Pure Sugar scrub for you!

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Pure Sugar Purify and Unclog Face Scrub with Kiwi L’ÓREAL

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Pure Sugar Purify and Unclog Face Scrub with Kiwi L’ÓREAL

Other products

This line has other probably amazing products that I still haven’t tried.  I’ll leave you with all the information about them directly from the L’Oreal website in case you are curious about them!

  • Pure Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub

    Coconut oil sugar scrub. 3 Pure Sugars Plus Cocoa. 3X weekly cleansing treatment.

    “Naturally derived blend of 3 Pure Sugars are paired with finely crushed Cocoa, luxurious coconut oil and rich cocoa butter. This buttery-soft sugar scrub is truly kind to your skin. This scrub with brown, blonde and white sugars, rich in minerals, melts into skin for gentle, yet effective exfoliation. Experience more supple, nourished skin on both face and lips with this exfoliating sugar scrub. See effective results immediately. Skin looks more refined, feels softer and smoother. Dirt, oil and impurities are effectively removed. Dull skin is gently polished away. Skin feels smooth and comforted. In 1 week: Skin feels nourished, softer, more supple. Dry skin is smoothed. Skin looks heathier, smoother, glowing.”

  • Pure Sugar Smooth & Glow Face Scrub

    Smooth and Glow. 3 Pure Sugars plus Grapeseed. 3X weekly cleansing treatment.

    “L’Oréal’s Pure Sugar Scrubs are a naturally derived blend of 3 pure sugars paired with finely ground Acai, nutrient-rich Grapeseed and Monoi Oils. This ultrasoft sugar scrub is truly kind to your skin. It is made with brown, blonde and white sugars, rich in minerals and melts into skin for gentle, yet effective exfoliation. This L’Oréal face scrub can leave skin smooth and glow for both face and lips. See effective results immediately. This grapeseed oil sugar scrub leaves skin feeling fresher and rejuvenated. Dirt, oil and impurities are effectively removed. Dull skin is gently polished away. In 1 week: skin feels baby-soft, smooth and comforted. Skin looks rebalanced, healthier, smoother and glowing.”

  • Pure Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser

    Daily Cleanser with 3 Pure Clays and Red Algae. Exfoliates & Refines Rough, Clogged Pores. Pores appear tightened.

    “L’Oréal Paris created our first range of clay-to-mousse daily cleansers that leave skin looking perfectly clear. Each cleanser is powered by 3 pure clays and a nature-sourced ingredient. Indulgently formulated to seamlessly transform from clay-to-mousse, Pure-Clay Cleansers remove everyday impurities such as dirt, oil and pollution without overdrying. Pure-Clay Cleanser Exfoliate-Refine with Red Algae goes beyond daily cleansing to exfoliate, unclog and minimize pores. After using this exfoliating facial cleanser, skin feels smoother and looks healthier with refined texture. Use after use, skin’s overall quality is improved and pores are tightened.”

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  • Pure Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser

    Daily Cleanser with 3 Pure Clays and Eucalyptus. Purifies & Mattifies Oily, Shiny Skin. Refreshes and Cleanses Skin.

    “L’Oréal Paris created our first range of clay-to-mousse daily cleansers that leave skin looking perfectly clear. Each cleanser is powered by 3 pure clays and enhanced with a nature-sourced ingredient. Indulgently formulated to seamlessly transform from clay-to-mousse, Pure-Clay Cleansers remove everyday impurities such as dirt, oil and pollution without overdrying. Pure-Clay Cleanser Purify-Mattify with Eucalyptus goes beyond daily cleansing to deep clean and remove excess oil for skin that feels refreshed. Immediately after using this Eucalyptus facial cleanser, skin feels purer with a matte finish. Use after use, this cleanser for oily skin improves skin’s overall quality. It leaves skin with a clean, clear look”

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    And this is it! I really hope you enjoyed this review.

    Don’t forget to let me know if you use any of the recommended products or the other ones in the line!
    Thank you so much for another day, and back very soon!

Luminance Routine: A Spring Rebirth for your Skin!

Now that spring is here and everything is about light and nature, I always find it time to renew our skin care routine and give our skin a proper rebirth!

As we talked about in the last article, the glow is the trend for 2018. If you want to achieve it from within instead of faking it with make-up, keep reading!

Usually for me, spring is time to clear up the skin tone and bring brightness to our faces. The winter is finally out, flowers start blooming and sun starts shining. Summer is on the horizon and everything is about living and shining. Normally skin problems can cause dull skin and uneven skin tone, specially if you have a skin that tends to scar or redden easily after breakouts or your skin is dull and tired. Skin can be stressed too by factors like pollution, sleep and real stresses, that reflect on our skin giving it a general ‘worn’ appearance that takes away our natural glow.

There are lots of skin care products out there specifically formules to get rid of imperfections and uneven skin tone and that promise a brighter and younger look.

Today I’ve decides to share with you my particular selection of them: the ones I’ve incorporated to my skin care routine!

Luminance

I concentrate all my efforts into an anti-spot routine that works both on preventing and treating dark areas or scars on my skin as well as a moisturizing and renewing it deeply. I generally combine the action of scrubs and deep daily cleansers with lightening treatments and a good SPF cream. I’m always drawn to those type of cosmetics, but this spring my routine is one that deserves to be shared. I’ve curated some of the products after years of testing and loving them and others are just recent purchases that I totally fell in love with.

All in all, if you need inspiration to find your perfect radiant glow routine, here you have my favorites for this purpose!

The Routine

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Luminance routine on my Instagram @deathlessvogue

•Rare earth deep pore daily cleanser from Kiehl’s.

First I start my routine with this awesome cleanser. This is a re purchase so I could say it falls under the category of favorite. I hardly ever repeat with a cleanser, except the ones from Lush, but that’s another topic! It really gently but deeply exfoliates and leaves your skin ready to take in any treatment and absorb its properties and benefits to the fullest.

It contains different types of clay that help your skin clear out and stay balanced and looking rested and full of energy. You can feel your skin breathing and it leaves you with a matte but not flat finish that have you feeling fresh and awaken. I use this at least once a day, sometimes both in my morning and night routine. If you want my opinion, it’s perfect for the shower!

•Concentrated brightening essence from Caudalie.

This is a recent discovery and I can’t be more in love with it! It is a brightening essence that you can use after the cleansing step and before your creams. Think of it as a tonic meets serum product. Its texture is just like water and it feels amazing on the skin. It helps reducing spots, marks and dullness, bringing a new appearance to your skin, boosting the radiance effect of the rest of your routine! It also evens out the skin tone and promotes a healthy glow.

This is the first product from Caudalie that I incorporate to my routine but I have tried others and they are definitely a recommendation. They work perfectly and are full of natural ingredients, and they also have amazingly specific products for almost every need. If you are looking for an organic, efficient and sofisticated brand, give this one a try!

I usually apply this with my fingers to all of my face after the cleanser and then wait a bit for it to dry.

•Breakout control blemish treatment facial lotion from Kiehl’s.

This is also a great new discovery. It was actually a recommendation I got at Kiehl’s for my specific skin type. I don’t have a lot of breakouts right now but I have had problems with acne during my high school years and my skin always tend to go back to that kind of problems when it’s stressed. Also I have very delicate and somewhat sensitive skin and I still have some marks (but not scars) of these past problems.

This Kiehl’s product is wonderful since it works in both the blemishes and the skin tone. It reduces the appearance of the marks and also prevents your skin from breaking out more. I’ve been using this for two weeks now and I must say it works as it promises!

I recommend to use it at night because of its peeling power (it has salicylic acid on it), which can leave your skin more unprotected and sun can be a bit damaging, like with all lightening or renewing treatments. In fact it is a night treatment! You should wear sun protection anyway on the mornings to make sure no harm is done to your skin! This brings us to the last product of the routine.

•Ultra light daily UV defense from Kiehl’s.

A good old favorite had to be added to this routine! The protection in this sun screen is as high as you can get and a little bit goes a long way.

I highly highly recommend using sun screen everyday, even in winter, since most of the skin problems you can get with age (dark spots, wrinkles, dull skin tone, tired appearance) are due to sun exposure, beside obviously some serious skin diseases, so you can never wear enough sunscreen.

I have a wide range of sun screens that I like to combine to achieve the desired finish and protection, for example you can use a matte finish cream with some color if you want to go for an everyday sunscreen or if you don’t want to wear make-up that day. If you are going to put on make-up anyhow, or if you don’t care about looking natural, you can use some powerful traditional sunscreen like that one from Kiehl’s!

 

 

So this is it!
I hope you have been able to find inspiration to start spring with a new skin care routine that brings out the best of your skin.
What is your spring skin care routine? Any skin goals for the summer?

Have a wonderful Friday and stay tuned for more! 

Elvive Low Shampoo Analyzed

Elvive Low Shampoo has arrived in the best moment for our hair!

With the holidays so near our manes have to face the damage of the brushing and the heat of party season. The hottest way to protect it are the new washing creams, the new hair trend that you need to try.

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Low shampoos are a softer, and more respectful with our hair, alternative to traditional shampoos. With their base without sulfates, they cleanse without drying, and their cream properties with oils strengthen and nourish our tresses. Their moisturizing power is great and they are meant for dry and damaged hair.

Idea

Sulfates are a chemicals generally added to cleansing products to maximize their power. In many cases this is a blessing since we can take advantage of this but in others it can be a little too harsh. Fragile hair, which need a rest after being periodically exposed to dyes and heat or that is naturally prone to this, may need something gentler than a shampoo with sulfates. After all, you can also find them in washing liquid, which may be a little discouraging to people who already fear for the well being of their tresses.

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Elvive has launched three different low shampoos is this line to meet with every girl needs.

Dry: Elvive Extraordinary Oil Low Shampoo

For manes on the edge! Rocking pastel tresses? You can’t remember how many times you have bleached your hair? Shedding is more than a problem now? Style it everyday? This is the low shampoo for you! It contains a blend of six extraordinary flower oils that helps to revive your hair and replenish its health!

Dyed: Elvive Colour Protect Low Shampoo

If you dye your hair regularly but you don’t use and abuse the bleach, this one is perfect for you. It protects your color and retains its shine so you can space up the re-touches. It also contains a UV filter that acts as a shield and prevents your color from fading under the sun.

Curly: Elvive Extraordinary Oil Curl Nourishment Low Shampoo

For really curly or afro hair, this one fits perfectly the needs of heads that need a little extra love and that are naturally dry and fragile. Its detangling power is amazing and it helps you achieve perfectly defined and nourished curls!

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Why a washing cream?

These products are mainly meant for people with fragile hair. For some of you, lucky ones, this might be a term which doesn’t apply to you, but most of us have had some experiences with it. Maybe because you are a dye addict or a straightener fan, you know that some times you hair seems to be unable to take it up. Frizzy, unruly hair that has lost its health is a nightmare, and in those situations even washing it can look scary. Then fear no more! Washing creams don’t foam, they nourish your hair and leave it ready to be untangled. They don’t strip your color or your natural moisture, and they are far way gentler chemically speaking. Their cream texture makes them easier to apply and distribute, and also transforms your shower into a ritual!

How to use?

This is where the experience may differ from what you are accustomed to. Washing creams have different properties and therefore different characteristics, so pay attention to this!

1. Apply 10 to 15 pumps of the product to wet hair.

2. Massage well into the hair from scalp to ends and leave it in for three minutes.

3. Rinse carefully with water, untangling the hair with your fingers.

The Pros of Solid Shampoo

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Since the restrictions about liquids on flights were implanted, travelling with your favorite shampoo seems to be a real problem.

The remedy for frequent travelers and for people on the go in general exists. In fact, it’s been around for more than fifty years: solid shampoos. “They were invented while experimenting with a new solid soap base in the form of wormy bits that generated a lot more foam than normal soaps. Afterwards, essential oils and natural ingredients such as fruits, flowers and herbs were added to the formula. This is how the solid shampoo was born, which was later patented as an invention.” explains Gloria Pavía, marketing director at Lush.

In other words: a soap bar for hair. Simple and handy. The washing ritual is similar to the one we know so well for cleaning our hands, and the effectiveness, equal to the one of a liquid product. “The bar can be lathered directly on wet hair to get foam, or be worked on wet hands to then apply the foam we created onto the hair. You then massage your scalp and mane as you would do with a liquid shampoo, rinse it and apply conditioner if needed. It’s important to let the shampoo bar air dry, so it doesn’t lose its properties with humidity.” From Herbal Bionature, another manufacturer for solid shampoos, it’s advised to do the washing “in the direction of hair growth to prevent tangles.” and to “rinse properly with plenty of water to eliminate all product traces and prevent frizz and stiffness“.

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Why aren’t them easily found on shops? Pavía admits that “because of a patent matter, very few are produced yet. Also it’s difficult to change consumers habits, more accustomed to reach for the bottle than for a bar.” In Herbal Bionature, things are even more complicated. “We elaborate them with 100% natural pure oils, without sulphates, silicons or parabenes. A lot of conventional shampoos include these ingredients. They achieve short-therm good results, but they usually leave residues that, long-term, get accumulated over the hair and scalp giving it a dirty or grease appearance. Switching to one without all those chemicals implies a period of adaptation, because those residues often take a few washes to be completely eliminated. At the beginning you may feel a little hardness on your hair, but with time the hair shaft will acquire more softness, shine and strength.”

Now that you know how to use it, let’s see some of it advantages.

  1. Flying careless. If it goes on the suitcase it can’t explode or spill, and if not, you can carry it with your perfectly because it’s not a liquid.
  2. Less weight. To prevent overweight on your luggage or in your shopping bag. “One shampoo bar equals to three bottles of shampoo.” Herbal Bionature states. Do the math.
  3.  It saves space. Think of all the space you get for other products or goodies! And their shape make them really easy to apply.
  4. Bye bye, plastic. Forget about conventional bottles. The planet is happier! You are saving it tons of plastic and the air pollution that it’s generated during its manufacturing and transport. In Lush, they have the numbers: “Each year we sell 1.900.000 solid shampoos. This saves the production and transport of 5.700.000 plastic bottles, or which is the same, 142 tons of plastic less.” An eco-friendly gesture that prevents 484 tons of CO2, the gas responsible for global warming, to be released into the atmosphere.
  5. It’s more natural. Since they contain very little or no water, there’s no need for synthetic preservatives. “In that dry environment, bacteria can’t reproduced. They can be stored for two years and a half in perfect conditions.” Pavía states.
  6. Saving. Each bar last for 80 to 100 uses. This would mean three bottles of conventional shampoo, that’s why all distributors agree that “though in the first buy they may seem more expensive, they are cheaper long-term.”