No. 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Oil – Review

no7In my quest for cheaper dupes for my favourite products I came across this cleansing oil from No.7. I’ve been religiously using the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil for a few years now but at £22 for a 200ml bottle it isn’t the most economic option. The No.7 cleansing oil is just £11 for a 150ml bottle.

Packaging: This cleanser comes in a clear bottle which is great because you can actually see when you need to top-up. On the top is a pump which you can lock close when it’s not in use. I use around two pumps per use and there is 150 ml of product in the bottle.

Ingredients: This cleanser is based on mineral oil and numerous plant oils such as avocado, olive, safflower and rose which may be comedogenic for some people who are acne-prone. It also contains vitamins E and C. Unfortunately this product contains fragrance and the fragrance has a very strong floral smell. As this is a wash-off product the fragrance doesn’t bother me too much but if you have sensitive skin I’d skip this product.

Texture and appearance: This oil more “oily” than the Clinique oil. This means it clings onto the skin better, is more moisturising but also leaves an oily film on the skin when washed off. I’d say it is more suitable for dry to normal skin.

Application: I take the oil between my palms and massage it into my skin for around 30-60 seconds focusing on areas like the eye. I haven’t experienced irritation or stinging even when the product got into my eyes, making it safe for eye make-up removal. You can wash this directly off the skin (it turns to a milky emulsion) or use a soft face cloth. I do find that this product leaves an oily film on my skin and it isn’t as good at removing eye make-up as the Clinique cleanser.

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Above, I tested this product with different makeup; foundation, concealer, mascara, pencil eyeliner, liquid eyeliner, eyeshadow primer, eyebrow pomade, lipstick, liquid lipstick and eyeshadow. After massaging the product in for 60 seconds I rinsed off with warm water and patted dry. It did a great job of getting rid of all the make-up apart from the long wear liquid liner.

I wouldn’t say this is an exact dupe for the Clinique cleansing oil, which will remain my holy grail cleanser. It doesn’t perform at removing heavy make-up and I’m not a fan of the texture and ingredients for my oily skin. However, it is a good option for me on my lighter day-to-day make-up. With it being just £11 a bottle I may repurchase it but I’m looking to try some other drug-store cleansing oils first.

Have you tried this cleanser before? What is your favourite oil cleanser? Comment below and let me know!

Jay x

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New Holy Grail Cleanser – Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil

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After 7 years of using the same cleanser (Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish) I have finally found a make-up remover that I love EVEN more than the previous one! Cleansing oils have been all the rage since last year and I really wanted to try this cleansing method, but with combination-oily skin I knew that using any old cleansing oil wasn’t going to work. When I came across this product I had to try it. I bought Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil for £22.00 from Feel Unique.

Packaging: This cleanser comes in a see through purple bottle which is great because you can actually see when you need to top-up. On the top is a pump which you can lock close when you’re not using. I use around two pumps per use and there is 200ml of product in the bottle.

Ingredients: This cleanser has some awesome ingredients in it. Lubricating ingredients (Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate), skin conditioning (Triethylhexanoin), anti-oxidants (Tocopherol -Vitamin E) although how stable/useful it is in this product is questionable, humectant (Glycerin) and chamomile oil which is skin conditioning. There is no alcohol, no sulphates and no fragrance in this product making it suitable for sensitive, oily and even acne-prone skin.

Texture and appearance: This clear oil is extremely watering in appearance and texture. In fact it isn’t “oily” at all, but more a dry oil which doesn’t absorb into the skin.

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Application: I take the oil between my palms and massage it into my skin for around 30-60 seconds focusing on areas like the eye. I don’t experience any irritation/ stinging even when the product got into my eyes, making it safe for eye make-up removal. Within seconds you can see the make-up literally melting and breaking down. You can wash this directly off the skin (it turns to an emulsion) or use a soft face cloth. What is amazing is that it left absolutely NO residue, NO oiliness and NO make-up on the skin. My skin is left feeling very clean but not stripped. I notice that the oil doesn’t absorb deeply into the skin so I wouldn’t recommend this for dry skin.

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Tested on long wear and waterproof make-up swatches. After application make-up begins to break down. Waterproof make-up dissolves after massaging into skin. Turns into milky emulsion with water. Washes away without residue.

What really took this cleanser over the edge was the fact that when I did the toner-test, there was no make-up left on my cotton pad. I don’t even need to double cleanse when using this, although I still do. I cannot fault this product, it is an amazing make-up remover, it is gentle, effective and perfect for oilier and even acne-prone skins. I haven’t experienced any breakouts. It’s important to note that this is specifically a make-up remover so you will need a different cleanser for the daytime. This product also comes in a balm form which is formulated for dry skin.

Jay x

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – Review

I remember the first time I used this cleanser and my reaction was literally “Woah”. I had seen it on QVC and was interested to see why it had won so many beauty awards. At the time I was using drug store brand cleasers which always left my combination skin feeling dry, tight and didn’t remove my make up efficiently.

From left to right: Muslin cloth, 200ml cleanser, 50ml travel size cleanser
From left to right: Muslin cloth, 200ml cleanser, 50ml travel size cleanser

The cleanser is free from mineral oil, it has a rich and creamy texture which is almost balmy. The smell has a fresh hint of eucalyptus. Massage this onto dry skin for 1 minute and then polish off the cream using the pure muslin cloth rung in warm water, to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and help reveal make-up free skin.

Creamy balm texture
Creamy balm texture
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Removal of various make-up including waterproof mascara and eye liner

I love using this product, it has really made cleansing fun and a treat for my skin. It is no longer left feeling dry or tight but instead moisturised and clean. The only reason that a bit of my MAC waterproof eye liner remained in the picture above is because I applied it just 15 minutes before removal, usually after a full day eye liner comes right off.

The muslin cloth helps to reveal brighter more radiant skin due to the gentle exfoliating action. The cloths have to be machine washed every two days, and eventually become softer when they have to be replaced. You can buy the cloths separately from Liz Earle but they are more economical if you buy them with the cleanser or you can buy them online from other sellers.

WithNature Skincare Pure & Gentle Muslin Face Cloths (Pack of 6)

The product comes in a 200ml tube (£24.75), 100ml pump (£13.25) and 50ml pump (£8.50). A 100ml pump will last one month If you use 1 pump every morning and night. However I find that I only need 1/2 a pump per wash and 1 if I’m wearing a full face of heavy make-up.

This is one of those product I can’t live without and will continue to use as long as I can afford it. I tried to revert back to cheaper cleansers but I just kept coming back to this one because of the positive effects it has had on my skin.

http://uk.lizearle.com/cleanse-tone-moisturise/cleanse-and-polish-hot-cloth-cleanser.html  

Are you a fan of this product? Comment below and let me know your thoughts.

Jay x