So July was a month that happened.
I got a new job! That’s a thing. I got through several rounds of edits on the manuscript, started plotting out a new project, and rewatched Sons of Anarchy for the umpteenth time. I also rediscovered the Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser and how much I love it.
Image Courtesy of Mad Hippie
“Natural” products and I, as a rule, don’t jive well together. A lot of the plant extracts and essential oils they put in them are irritating at best, break me out at worst, and in the long run I don’t believe most of them are beneficial for the skin; usually the opposite. But this cream cleanser only has two of those at the very bottom of the ingredients list, and while it doesn’t remove makeup or sunscreen on its own, this is my favorite morning cleanser. It leaves my face feeling soft as if I’ve already put lotion on, and honestly as smooth as ceramic. I swear it helps with redness, too. If your skin is very oily or sensitive, this may not be the first thing I would recommend. But as my oily skin has become more normal and I’m less prone to breakouts, this is a cleanser I will gladly repurchase.
Cruelty free, vegan, $15.99 for 4 oz. on the Mad Hippie Website.
Deionized Water (Solvent), Sesame Oil (Sesamum Indicum) (Emollient/Moisturizer), Caprylic/capric Triglycerides (Emollient/Solvent), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) (Moisturizer), Cetearyl Glucoside (Viscosity Control), Carrageenan Gum (Thickener/Viscosity Control), Vegetable Glycerin (Emollient/Moisturizer), Caprylhydroxamic Acid (Preservative), Caprylyl Glycol (Emollient), Sodium PCA (Emollient), Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis Leaf) (Antioxidant), Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) (Emollient), Squalene (Emollient), Organic Macadamia Oil (Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil) (Moisturizer), Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinesis) (Moisturizer), Yeast Extract (Antioxidant/Moisturizer), Glucosamine HCL (Antistatic), Vitamin E (Tocopheryl) (Antioxidant), Sodium Hyaluronate (Humectant), Algae Extract (Humectant), Orchid Extract (Orchis Mascula) (Debateable.), Titanium Dioxide (Light Absorbing, Opacifying)
A new favorite has been the Revlon HD Lipcolor in Pink Cloud. I’ve mentioned before that I usually love wearing bright colors, but lately, maybe for the summer and maybe just because I have been interviewing for this new job and relying on “no-makeup” type makeup, I’ve been seeking out a specific shade and formula that I could only describe as “baby lips.” As I was returning the fail item I discuss below, this beautiful little gem jumped out of the display, of its own accord, and into my grubby little gremlin hands.
Can you believe that?
I have heard EmilyNoel83 rave about this formula on YouTube for years it feels like, and now I understand why. The formula is creamy, balmy, and while the lasting power isn’t superb, this one is comfortable hours after application and I can touch up without a mirror.
More importantly, it gives me the interview-ready baby lips I desire.
Cruelty free, $8.99 for 0.1 oz on Ulta’s website.
Mica (Pigment), Titanium Dioxide (Pigment), Synthetic Wax (Emollient/Antistatic), Polyethylene (Viscosity Control), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite (Viscosity Control), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene (Emollient), Red Iron Oxide (Pigment), Black Iron Oxide (Pigment), Yellow Iron Oxide (Pigment)
July wasn’t all sunshine, rainbows, and new capitalist opportunities. I was looking for a physical SPF, as I was unhappy with the chemical ones I was using before. I have loved the Josie Maran sunscreen, and was looking at the tinted version as a way to bypass foundation or tinted moisturizer altogether when my skin was behaving. Imagine my joy hearing whispers of the Cetaphil Redness Reducing Facial Moisturizer SPF 20 on the Makeupalley Skincare board!
Imagine my utter disappointment after I tried it myself!
This cream suffers from a few things. To get this out of the way, there are several ingredients that have been shown to reduce surface redness in skin. While it’s not unheard of to use caffeine in this manner, it’s relatively new compared to niacinamide, licorice extract, etc. The argument is that caffeine restricts blood vessels, thus reducing redness, and also has some soothing properties.
I want to say that I picked this up with no expectations that this would have a substantial affect on the redness in my skin, as even “tried and true” methods that I listed above are ultimately cosmetic, and if you have rosacea or chronic redness, the only proven solutions are going to be found at a dermatologist’s office. So in this regard, I wasn’t disappointed. Because it didn’t have any affect on my redness.
What it did was make me look like I smudged mud all over my face.
I am ultra pale, so I’m used to working with base products darker than I am. But this only comes in one shade, and I would put it roughly at a NC 25-30. Even for me, that’s a big jump to try and work, especially for the amount you need to adequately protect your skin from the sun. It blends in a bit, as I tried to show in the photo above, but it never really looks good. Moreover, because it is mineral sunscreen, the pigments have a sheen to them even when I powder overtop.
Despite looking oily, though, this is far from hydrating even on my normal-oily skin. If anything, it feels a bit dry. I imagine because it has such a high amount of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, both of which can be very astringent and chalky, and the first real “big hitter” moisturizer, ethylhexylglycerin, is over halfway down the ingredients list, followed by glycerin itself. They are the only real “moisturizers” in the formula, all the other fatty alcohols and silicones you see are largely just emollients that add some slip and silkiness to the formula. For a face cream that in theory seems to cater to sensitive, red skin that includes such a high content of astringent physical sunscreens, the lack of moisturizers seems super odd to me.
1.7 oz for $18.99 on Ulta’s website.
Titanium Dioxide 10.1%, Zinc Oxide 7.8% (Sunscreens)
Allantoin (Anti-Inflammatory), Benzyl Alcohol (Solvent/Preservative), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (Emollient), Caffeine (Debatable), Caprylyl Methicone (Skin Conditioning/Occlusive), Cetyl Diglyceryl Tris(Trimethylsiloxy)silylethyl Dimethicone (Surfactant), Chromium Oxide Greens (Pigment), Dicaprylyl Carbonate (Emollient), Dimethicone (Emollient), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (Anti-Inflammatory), Ethylhexylglycerin (Moisturizer), Glycerin (Moisturizer), Hydrogenated Lecithin (Emulsifier), Iron Oxides (Pigment), Isohexadecane (Solvent/Emulsifier), Magnesium Sulfate (Viscosity Control), Methylpropanediol (Solvent), Silica (Viscosity Control), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Triethoxycaprylylsilane (Emulsifier/Binding Agent), Trisiloxane (Emollient), Water (Solvent)
If your July wasn’t kind to you, I hope at least that the eclipses around the corner in August treat you better. If you have had any luck or mishaps with these, let me know!