A little more light-hearted post today :) Let's talk SKIN!
Recently I switched up two of my tried-and-true products, my cleanser and toner, for different brands. Now that I've been using both of the new products for a while, I thought I'd come back here to share my two cents.
So, here are my new items -- Bliss Daily Detoxifying Facial Toner and Cerave Hydrating Cleanser.
Here's how they stack up against my original favorites, Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic and Philosophy Purity Cleanser.
Philosophy Purity Cleanser, $32 for 16 oz. (Amazon price, here ... same size is $36 at Ulta)
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, $7.28 for 12 oz. (Amazon price, here)
I've been using Purity for several years now, but I couldn't turn down the price and dermatologist stamp-of-approval on CeraVe. I went with the hydrating line to (hopefully?) help combat some of the fine lines around my eyes that drive me nuts. So here's what I think -- the CeraVe hydrating cleanser does a good job of cleaning my face makeup, but stubborn eye makeup often proves way too difficult for removal. Plus, it leaves my skin with a hydrating film feeling, which I know is probably a good thing, but it is just not the clean feeling that I've grown to love from Purity. I want to give the CeraVe foaming cleanser a shot, but if I don't love it as much as Purity, then back to Philosophy I will go.
Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic, $30 for 6.7 oz. (Nordstrom price, here)
Bliss Daily Detoxifying Facial Toner, $26 for 6.7 oz. (Amazon price, here)
I used the Bobbi Brown toner for over two years before wanting to give the Bliss toner a shot. Lucky, I have a sweet friend who passed her bottle down to me since it just didn't work for her skin. I'd read a few reviews online that it does leave a somewhat moisturizing film on your skin that some reviewers called "soapy." I have definitely experienced that. I don't believe it has led to breakouts for me (it's not uncommon for me to get an occasional small one, but they are mainly hormone-related) but I still don't think it holds a candle to the Bobbi Brown toner. Even just for the smell alone! Bobbi Brown smells heavenly. Since the prices don't differ too much, it's not hard for me to justify the move back to Bobbi.
If you have any star products for either of these fields, please share!
I'd love to hear about any product recs you may have.