Review: Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser and Cloud Paint in Dusk

Ah, Glossier. With the effortless-cool-girl target audience (which is everyone. I mean, I’m not cool but I sure as hell want to be as cool as all of you), dare I day ‘millennial’ relatability and minimal aesthetic, they’ve become another new hip brand on everyone’s radar.

I shied away from buying any of their products, though, because I felt that many of their items were designed with those in mind who are practically flawless and don’t need much help. It would be great if all I needed in life was a sheer something. Rational thinking says no to the entire brand, but the marketing was successful at making me put the whole brand on my wishlist. It makes me feel a little… petty. I felt biased against the brand before I even tried anything from them.

That said, the Milky Jelly Cleanser and the praise surrounding it was the one thing that made me cave in during their Black Friday promo. I could have picked up more items, but I was still a bit unsure.

It’s a cruelty-free gel cleanser costing £15 for 177ml (£8.47 per 100ml) which is really expensive compared to my current go-to, the Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk which is £8.00 for 350ml (£2.29 per 100ml)!!! I’ve only been using it as I feel like it but I feel the bottle is depleting so fast and with regular use I’m not even sure it would last me a full month.

The packaging is minimal, of course, and it looks very cool on my desk. It has a rose scent that isn’t strong at all and the gel texture is really pleasant to use in the morning to wash the skincare residue off. It doesn’t dry out my skin at all after cleansing.

I was only expecting a decent morning cleanser from this or a second cleanser type product. I was not looking for a heavy duty cleanser that could erase my toughest makeup. Due to my oily skin, most makeup becomes so slippy, it can be wiped off at the end of the day anyway. However, it managed to take off that makeup quite well (a test-swipe with cotton showed nothing at all).

It even took off my non-waterproof mascara without stinging my eyes. My Soap and Glory cleanser does sting my eyes so this is where the Milky Jelly Cleanser comes out on top for me. I may just be tempted to repurchase this… sometime in the future.

My friend Q and I (look, we talk about makeup and money a lot, okay?) (I mention her a lot but I’m almost certain she’s one of the friends that don’t read this blog lol) were having a lengthy chat about this Glossier sale and she let me try out her Cloud Paint in Dusk. She said she didn’t use it a lot, though, and that it worked better when applied with a stippling brush. I thought that was curious because I heard all of Glossier’s products are supposed to be finger-friendly.


My first attempt at using it confirmed all my fears about the brand. The blush is lovely, sheer and so natural looking but it disappeared in my oily mess of a face in about two hours. In my second try with it, it lasted 4 hours, although it is winter at the moment, so I’m not sure it would hold up in the summer at all.

I have to be careful that I don’t dab it into nothing, too. Overall, it was a little disappointing.



TL;DR the Milky Jelly Cleanser I like, the Cloud Paint, not so much.

What do you think of Glossier?

Until next time,


Days since I last bought a lipstick: 31
Lipstick last worn: Lancome 06 Rose Nu

I Repurchased a Facial Cleanser?! (Soap & Glory Peaches And Clean Deep Cleansing Milk)

I really am quite shocked at this, readers.

I purchased Soap and Glory’s Peaches & Clean Deep Cleansing Milk back in March-ish. The remnants of the bottle lasted into October, which making it a solid 7 months that my bottle lasted. I started it off using once daily but eventually it became twice daily – half a pump in the morning and up to two pumps in the evening depending on any/how much makeup I wore that day. Now it’s the one I reach for most if there’s been something on my face at all.

I really like the creamy consistency and that fact that it really does take my makeup off pretty well, even thick foundations and all of my liquid lipsticks. Granted, it takes a little bit of effort with the liquid lippies, but I’m still pretty impressed. It stings quite a bit if I get it into my eyes, but it also removes eye product super easily – so I am just really careful when I use it there. If anything, I go back over with micellar gel if there’s stuff left. It’s also not drying in the slightest.

It smells very clearly of peaches, so if that’s an issue for sensitive skinned/nosed peeps then I would be cautious. However, it is a pleasant sweet, not overpowering smell that doesn’t linger much at all when I am using it.

Here are the ingredients (from the S&G website):

Water, Isohexadecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Tetrasodium EDTA, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Glucosamine HCl, Urea, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Algae Extract, Sorbitol, Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil, Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Leaf Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Linalool, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Ascorbic Acid.

Here’s the link to the CosDNA page for this. I don’t have any sensitivities to any of these that I’m aware of, but you might be concerned with the fragrance, cetearyl alcohol, or any of the oils if you are sensitive to them.

It’s in a pump bottle with a twist locking mechanism so it won’t accidentally pump, which makes it so easy to quickly use in the mornings. However, I found that close to the bottom, the pump sometimes didn’t pick up product so I had to decant it into a smaller bottle and wash out the main bottle using the leftover as a body wash. I can’t say I’m happy about having to do that as the cleansing milk isn’t very fluid so I couldn’t just tip it all out.

It’s £8 from Boots for 200ml, which I think is great as it has lasted so long. For the price I really do think I have gotten my money’s worth from it. I’d definitely recommend this as a cleansing option to give a try.

Thanks for reading!


pH Testing My Current Cleansers!


Hi everyone!
So recently I bought some cheap pH testing strips so I could test the pH of my skincare products, namely my cleansers and toners.

Snow White and the Asian Pear has an amazing post for explaining why your cleanser should be low pH. But in short,  our skin is not a pH of 7 and alkaline cleansers can wreck a bunch of things and only cause problems. Bar soaps are out of the question.

So of course, I have gone around testing my skincare stuff,  and am pleased to report that my current cleaners are totally fine for me to continue use until I finish them,  and that their pH levels haven’t been wrecking my skin. Cheap pH strips are probably not the best way to get a reliable measure but right now it’s sufficient for me to know I’m not using something that’s a pH of 10. I’m also not ready for the commitment of an actual pH meter complete with calibration requirements. We used one once, in a chemistry practical, and it was very tedious.

(My pH strips from eBay cost me £3.55 including shipping. I bought the kind with four colour squares.)

So.  Without further ado,  I present a bunch of pictures and numbers.

For reference, my tap water is a pH of 7.74.

I don’t use all these cleansers daily! In order from top-bottom, left-right:

  • Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser (link to previous review)– Whilst it is somewhere between a 4 and 5, I’d say it’s closer to pH4.
    I tested this without adding water.
    I use this one every two days and am running low – considering repurchasing it because I really do like it!
    You can find this in any Boots or Superdrug store in the UK.
  •  Nivea Sensitive Cleansing Milk – Between 5 and 6, closer to pH5.
    Tested without water.
    I use this one every morning and evening when I don’t wear base makeup and am also running low on it. It won’t get rid of the heavy makeup that well by itself.
    Also easily found in Boots and Superdrug.
  • Soap & Glory Peaches & Clean Deep Cleansing Milk – No result without water, possibly due to its creamier consistency.
    After I mixed it with water, I managed to get a pH of around 5, and a whiff of sweet peach scent. This one is a backup and will hopefully replace both the Biore and the Nivea once I’m done with both.
    You can find this in Boots.
  • Forever Aloe Hand and Face Soap – had to test this one after I saw a youtube video ‘proving’ it was at a pH of 7.
    I got a reading somewhere around 4/5, with water.
    This is a general family cleanser that we keep around. It’s the ‘foamiest’ of the cleansers here although none of them really foam much at all. It’s gentle for sensitive skin but dries out my super insensitive skin, so I don’t actually use this one. Mom buys this through her local distributor but you can also find this online via ebay and Amazon easily enough.
  • Innisfree Bija Trouble Cleansing Gel – I had trouble with this one because I couldn’t get any reading from just the gel. When I mixed it with water I managed to get something in between a 4/5. Other places say it’s about a 3 without water and 4-5 with water, so my result seems accurate enough.
    I keep this one around for when I need a higher pH for my AHA and BHA, and put it on my face without water (I obviously rinse it off afterwards), although something about all this pH testing tells me I could probably have gotten away with not having to buy this, judging from the results here…
    I ordered this a while ago online from Jolse’s website.

Well, from this we have ascertained that I won’t need to buy any more new cleansers for a while.

If you have some of these cleansers around, it’d be lovely to see more pH results for comparison and um, retesting validity and stuff. So if you have any of these lying around and wouldn’t mind dropping a few pounds for pH strips, I’d love to hear about/see your results too!

Hey, while I’m at it, a disclaimer/very-scientific-self-criticism/evaluation – there is some subjective element to figuring out whether a colour is closer to 4 or 5 on the colour chart.
I tested almost all of these twice (because I doubted my original results) with the same results for each one. The exception is the Soap and Glory Cleanser which I didn’t own the last time I tested them all. Depending on various factors you may get slightly differing results, but as mentioned, pH strips are not incredibly accurate and I’m content with knowing that I’m not putting anything at extreme pHs on my face. (Pure lemon juice and baking soda lovers, I’m looking at you.)

The skincare journey continues!

Until next time,


Complete Skincare Routine: September 2015

I did do a skincare routine post just a few months ago but so much of it has changed already so I thought I would do a simple hyperlink-heavy post to summarise what I’m using now. I was building it up to match the Korean Routine, famous for having 10-12 steps but I’m still young so my main focuses are cleansing, spot treating, moisture and SPF… she says as she realises how many steps she’s typed up below…
You may observe that I have previously reviewed some products that have either been finished and not repurchased, or have just fallen out of rotation so they’re not in my current routine.

As for context, I have oily, very acne prone skin, not sensitive. I’ve previously used higher end products but right now, everything is from the drugstore and under £10 apart from two cleansers.

Makeup removal: Huggies Pure Wet Wipes (Link to Boots although you can find this anywhere, usually for £1 a pack or in a multi-pack). Very simple –  It gets the bulk of my BB cream and cheap eyeliner off my face and my family swears by it for just about anything that you could possibly use a wet wipe for. Mostly I go makeup free for school, so no worries about using too many wipes.

Cleansing: My Murad Clarifying Cleanser has just been finished. Now I use three different cleansers, depending on how my skin feels. Sometimes, a milk if my face has dry patches or feels tight or uncomfortable. Secondly, a super gentle foam wash that isn’t stripping – Forever’s Aloe Hand and Face Soap, good for a refresher without squeaky cleanliness. This cleanser ranges in price depending on where you buy it – £10 to £15, although I have come across local stalls selling it for less, they are few and far between.
I have Biore’s Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser for days where I need a super deep cleanse and my face feels like gunk, which is about two to three nights a week – Sometimes nightly, again depending on how my skin feels.

Exfoliation: Twice a week, one using an exfoliating glove (which you can buy anywhere), the other with Quick Fix Facial’s scrub mask (which has run out over the weeks that I’ve put together this post – won’t repurchase).

Mask: Twice a week, one using Quick Fix Facial’s Anti-Blemish Mud Mask and the other with Boots’ Tea Tree, Witch Hazel and Charcoal Mask.

Toning: My Lancome Tonique Douceur, Confort and Eclat samples have run out and I am now using Garnier’s Refining Shine Be Gone Toner as well as the Start Afresh Toner.

In the morning at this point I would also dab on some lip balm to pre-moisturise before I put on something on my lips.

Spot Treating: My Witch Blemish Stick (Boots link here, Superdrug link here) recently ran out and I’m not repurchasing it… I am now using Lush’s Grease Lightning spot treatment (review to come!) for preventing the smaller spots then Superdrug’s Deep Action Anti-Blemish Gel on the bigger, redder swellings.

Moisturiser: Neutrogena’s Oil Free Moisturiser. Mid-way between lotion and cream and very fast absorbing. Also good value at £4/50ml. I sometimes use Murad’s Perfecting Lotion on days where I feel like using something very lightweight.

Eye Cream:  Simple’s Revitalising Eye Roll On, and later I will add a thin layer of Boots Vitamin E Gentle Eye Cream SPF 15.

Day/Night Cream: Boot’s Mattifying Day Cream SPF 15, which I am desperately trying to use up, and Simple’s Protecting Moisture Cream SPF30 (Superdrug Link) which I have deemed better. Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Renewing Night Cream is my current night cream. In the evening at this point I would slather on a thick layer of lip balm to leave on overnight.

I am currently attempting to incorporate sheet masks into my routine for the winter. I am aware of how complicated the routine is getting, and can only sigh to myself in wonder. I am still on no-beauty-spending-September, which is great as many of my products are getting used up now.

Skincare family photo. Its… a lot.

So, there you have it. Now that I’ve written it down it all sounds very tedious and long but I’m telling you now, most days this takes about ten minutes, or fifteen at most. I scrub in the shower and when I put on that mask. I put on masks and forget about them. So, most days this is 5 steps and most nights, 6.

If I oversleep, I rush cleansing, spray on Superdrug’s Vitamin E Toning Mist, then stuff the moisturising SPF into my travel bag. The travel bag already has lip things and powder in it. Leaving the house without any skincare on does make me feel a bit bare (like being defenceless against spots, eep).

My skin has seen very much development recently, but I’m now trying to cut out some steps, particularly in the moisturising area as my skin is oily and, although it needs moisture, it doesn’t need that much! I have 4 moisturising products and I am to cut this down to one as I use them up – this step will be simply replaced by one facial SPF.


P.S. This post has been in progress for a good few weeks now, and I am planning to change a few things already… Will update again soon-ish.

Review: Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

My Murad Clarifying Cleanser finally ran out! I have been so eagerly waiting for this that I bought my next one like, two weeks ago and it’s been in my drawer on standby…

I’ve been loving the idea of charcoal cleansers after sneakily using my brother’s L’Oreal Men Expert Charcoal Wash. It was really refreshing and my skin felt so great afterwards. The cleanser itself had a dense kind of foam texture and smooth and the scent of cologne (yes, it had fragrance) was light and not-noticable afterwards (important if you’re using Derp’s without asking). Literally, my face was squeaky clean afterwards (possibly not actually a good thing for oily skin as it means all the oils are gone so your face produces more to compensate). He did, however, buy it on sale at £3 when it’s usually £6.

Biore’s Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser is a bit cheaper than that at £4.50 but it delivers almost the same experience. It’s also a gel, which turns into a white foam-ish thing, and smells sweet rather than like cologne. It also contains menthol which is in the L’Oreal wash, so it has that super airy, tingly, refreshing feeling and my skin feels great afterwards. I already prefer it to my Murad cleanser as it doesn’t dry out the skin too much… Of course, this depends on how you normally wash your face.

Honestly, as it is a really deep cleanser I use 1 pump max, massage it a bit in my hands, slather it onto my face and leave it for a minute. It may just be the menthol but I think I can feel it working. It is good for a deep evening cleanse and an even more thorough cleanse at the end of the week, however in the morning I prefer to use something gentler like a cleansing milk as I only need to get rid of excess stuff on my face from my night routine.

What I found interesting is that both products are black due to the charcoal but after adding a bit of water and rubbing it in my hands they both calm to a grey colour and the L’Oreal product becomes a really light colour!

Yes, I would totally recommend this. My brother would recommend it too if it meant I kept my hands off of his stuff!


ETA: I have actually started using this up only once every few days instead of nightly, as my skin doesn’t feel like it needs deep-cleansing every night!

Empty Edit: I am running super low on this now, and would like to add that it means that by using this every two days, I have made this last at least 6 months now! I have also pH-tested this cleanser and you can check out the results here.