A bunch of first impressions, part one

Hello everyone!

About two weeks ago I recieved a bunch of skin care products. And as you might already know, every product normally gets a first impression post dedicated to it, followed by a full review post a couple of weeks later. However, today’s post will be slightly different! Perhaps you’ve noticed that the promised first impressions haven’t been posted? Yep, I’m afraid so. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet, but fear not! Today’s post (part 1) will revolve around half of the products. I will shortly touch on what I initially thought as I tried them for the first time. Also, I’ll let you know how the products are doing so far. Keep in mind that I won’t go into too much detail, just my thoughts so far. After all, the full reviews will include everything! Enjoy!

So let’s start off with the Zero Sebum Fresh Gel Cream from Etude House   ↓

I wanted to talk about this product first is because I’ve owned it the longest. Yes, you heard me. I actually recieved it about a month ago, but I chose to include it in this post since I haven’t talked about it on the blog yet. In fact I probably could have written a full review on it, but I’ll wait until it’s empty (which is very soon)!

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The first time I tried the Zero Sebum Fresh Gel Cream I really liked it. It smelled soooo good. I would describe the scent as clean and fresh. I also noticed how little effort it took to apply- and spread it, thanks to the light consistency. Oh, and it acts nice and cooling on the skin. And while all of this is still true, my view on the Zero Sebum Fresh Gel Cream has changed quite a bit. Not only is this moisturizer less suited to my skin, it’s completely wrong for it. It just isn’t moisturizing enough for my dehydrated combo skin. And I really should have realised this before I bought it, and um well, not have bought it at all. Why? Because it’s just another gel cream. And I am yet to find a gel cream that will give me what I need. In other words; there won’t be any more gel based moisturizers for this girl! However, I think someone with oily skin might really enjoy this product.

Moving on to the Green Tea Fresh Toner from Isntree   ↓

I had high hopes for this product. In fact, my expectations were sky high. Not only did the ingredient list impress me with its promising components, but it was SHORT. We’re talking under twenty ingredients, and in my book that is a very good thing! The main ingredient is green tea, which is full of antioxidants and known for its nourishing abilities. So the Green Tea Fresh Toner is a very clean, pure and natural skin care product. It’s also vegan, yay!

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This toner could be great for normal skin types or anyone who’s looking for a nourishing product, or wants to start introducing products with anti-aging benefits into their routine. However, for me personally, it’s not nearly hydrating enough. But keep in mind that my skin is dehydrated AF! Having said that, I really like the idea of a clean, natural and nourishing product, so I’m going to continue using it for its great benefits, just not on it’s own. For me, the Green Tea Fresh Toner will work better as a thinner layer under a more hydrating toner. So if you’re looking for candidates for a 3 – or 7 skin method, this toner could be a good choice! In other words; this product could be great for people who don’t have dry or/and dehydrated skin. So if your skin type is normal or oily, the Green Tea Fresh Toner may be good for you!

And last but not least, the Caffeine Solution 5% EGCG from The Ordinary  ↓

I suppose you could refer to this product as an eye serum? At least that’s what I’ll call it for now. When it comes to my eye area, I’m not really struggling with fine lines, wrinkles, bags or puffiness. However, I decided a while back that I still wanted to treat the skin around my eyes to some extra pampering. After all, prevention is key! Also, I still haven’t found the perfect eye cream, so why not add an eye serum meanwhile, right?

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So far I’m really liking The Ordinary’s Caffeine Solution 5% EGCG! I’m not sure how to explain it best, but It’s like I can feel it working, or at least doing something. And I think that “something” is a good something. Of course it’s still early days, so I’ll have to wait and see, but I can already tell that my eye area is liking it! It just drinks it all up (and I apply quite a bit) and leaves it soft and way less dry! But only time will tell if there’s any long-term effects in this little bottle   🙂

Disclaimer:
“Remember that we all have different skin types and concerns, and that you might react differently to these products compared to what I did. Maybe your experience will be better than mine, maybe it will be worse. It’s all about trying to find the skin care products best suited to your skin type, concerns and issues. Reading reviews can also be very helpful when you’re choosing which products to buy. And finally, it’s always a good idea to look up a product at CosDna before purchasing. Sometimes a product can turn out to be a little (or very) different to what you expected, and there’s little you can do about it after you’ve opened it. But you CAN check which ingredients are in the product, what they are, what they do, and if they’re listed as an irritant or acne trigger. Good luck!”

So that’s it for today! I hope you learned something new or at least enjoyed this post a teeny weeny bit. Happy skin care hunting (if that’s what you’re doing)! And if you’re just chilling, I hope you have a great day. PS: If you have any tips or tricks you’d like to share with me, feel free to do so! Oh, and stay tuned for part two.
– Vicky ❤

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The biggest game changer so far!

Hello everybody!

So, i know it’s been quite some time since you heard from me, and for that I’m sorry. I’ve been meaning to post for a while now, but sometimes life and health just won’t cooperate (something that’s been happening quite a bit lately). Hopefully things are starting to turn around, resulting in the blog being back to normal. That’s what I’m aiming for at least, and I have quite a few things I want to write about! So without further ado, let’s start with a product that literally has CHANGED my skin game like no other. I’m talking about the 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil from The Ordinary!

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I’ve already talked about this product here, and Mocka has reviewed it here, but this oil is a total amazefest so I decided that it deserved another post! And here we are. If you read my last post about the Rose Hip Seed Oil, you may remember that I really enjoyed using it every night and that I believed it to keep my troubled skin in check. However, I wasn’t 100% sure, because it does take a couple of weeks for a product to show it’s true colours.

This is an oil that is supposed to have skin clearing properties, amongst other things, and boy is that true! I can say, hand on heart, that this product has been the biggest game changer for me, so far. And I f*ckin’ love it. Sure, I’ve noticed small improvements after using other skin care products aswell, and my skin is better now than it was a year ago, even without the Rose Hip Seed Oil. But hot damn! After I introduced this oil to my skin and let it work it’s magic for a few weeks, my skin looks amazing compared to what it used to. And no, it’s still not perfect, but it’s pretty damn close! And I’m never going to stop using it.

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The way I apply this oily delight to my skin, is first mixing it with Skinfood’s Tea Tree Clearing Emulsion on my hand, then spread the “mixture” on my face. It works wonders! But you can also mix it with other products or just apply it on it’s own. Just make sure you apply the oil after you’re done applying your water-based products. This also means that the oil won’t nesicarily blend well with all products, if you choose to mix it like I do. You kinda just have to find out through some good old trial and error! Good luck, it’s totally worth it 😀

It’s also worth mentioning that The Ordinary actually isn’t a Korean brand BUT other than being a very effective product, it’s also natural, organic, nourishing and super cheap! Oh, and it will last you a long time.

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This post probably sounds very “sponsored” by now, but I promise you, it’s not. I’m just a regular skin care junkie that has discovered a truly amazing product that I love and will from now on never be without. And I just wanted to share the news with you, so it hopefully can help others with awkward skin 🙂

That’s it for now!

Until next time,
Vicky 

July empties!

Hey everyone!

In today’s post I’ll be taking you through the skin care products that are either empty as we speak, or running very low.

So let’s get to it!

The Multi Function Formula Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule from Mizon   ↓
Okay, I’ll be honest. This bad boy has been close to empty for some time now, but I took a break from it a while back and recently started using it again. Well, the little that was left. ANYWAY. It’s completely empty now, and I’m considering repurchasing it! If you’re interested in Mocka’s review on the product, you’ll find it here!

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The Moistfull Collagen Water Jelly Cream from Etude House   ↓
This is a great little cream if you want something cheap that will last a long time, smells lovely, and last but not least; takes it’s job of moisturizing quite seriously. You can read my review on it here! I’ve finished about 7 tubs of this gel cream, and although it’s not FANTASTIC, it’s great for the price! Definetely a repurchase for me.

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The Multi Function Formula Snail Repair Eye Cream from Mizon   ↓

I’ve had two or three tubes of this little gel, and now that I’ve emptied the most recent one, I know that I will repurchase! I’m not sure how effective it is, but I love it’s thin consistency and gentle cooling effect. And I just think that it’s a great little eye cream to have on hand. Plus it’s mega cheap!

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Photo borrowed from Google.

The Jeju Lava Seawater Boosting Ampoule from Innisfree   ↓
Now, this little sh*t didn’t exactly last long before the “Repurchase or not?-question” became real! The thing is, when it arrived, about one third of the product just wasn’t there, and then, about a week ago, me being the idiot that I am, managed to knock it over TWICE in about 7,5 seconds. So, yeah. But I do like the product and I might repurchase it. You’ll find my first impression here. Lol, you know you’ve messed up when you spill the remaining half of a product down the sink before you get your review out.

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The Jeju Horse Oil Soothing Gel Cream from The Saem   ↓
Oh my Gosh. I just love this one. I’m usually not a fan of body lotions but this has seriously impressed my balls off. It absorbs into the skin like a dream, leaving it soothed, moisturized and smelling delish! After application the skin has a natural glow and doesn’t feel sticky or oily when touched. Score! I don’t use it every day or night, but whenever I’m going out and my arms/legs are showing, I put some on. Bye bye dry patches, hello amaze! If you’re interested in the first impression, you’ll find it here.

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So that’s it for my July empties! Hope you enjoyed 🙂

– Vicky  ❤

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Two new arrivals!

Hey everyone!

Today’s post will revolve around two products that arrived very newly. I’m talking about the Jeju Lava Seawater Deep Essence from Innisfree and the 100% Organic Cold-pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil from The Ordinary! I decided to include both of these products in one post as opposed to giving them seperate “first impressions” like I usually do. I did this because I’ve already experienced the deep essence before, so I couldn’t really write a first impression post about that one. And Mocka has already reviewed the rose hip seed oil here, as she purchased it before me. But I might do a review on it myself later on, cause you can never get too many opinions on a thing, right? Or can you?  :O

Anyway, let’s see those beauties   ↓

 

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Ahh…

So as you may have guessed, I purchased the rose hip seed oil from The Ordinary after Mocka got on the hype train and ran me over with it! She raved HARD about this product for quite some time and wrote a glowing review on it a while back. Apparently this baby comes from The Skin Clearing Heavens! Needless to say; I was wrapped in a dated newspaper and sold like cold salmon on the street. And as far as I can tell, I’m really loving this sh*t. I think it’s keeping my skin in check, but it’ll take some time before I can confirm this for sure. But what I can say is that it adds some moisture and nourishment to whatever cream you mix it with (if that’s how you choose to apply it, of course). It takes a mediochre moisturizer to the next level, if not even further! It adds a lot of thickness without clogging pores or causing me to break out. Loooove.

When it comes to the Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Deep Essence, this one’s no stranger to me! That’s right, unlike the rose hip seed oil I’ve had this deep essence in my routine at a much earlier stage of my K-beauty obsession. I was slapping that sh*t on my face every day and every night until I ran out. And I don’t know why, but I just didn’t repurchase it after it was gone. And now that I finally have, it’s safe to say that I have a new-found love for it. It smells soo good, and I feel that it helps hydrate my face just a little bit more than usual. Result!

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Both of these products have been successfully introduced into my current skin care regimen. Although one can never be too sure about any product, I have high hopes for the future. Yep, I can see myself using them both in my everyday routine, for quite some time. At least until something potencially better comes along!

Feel free to give me a shout if you’d like to hear more about these two!
Until then,
Vicky  ❤

 

First impression: J.One Hana Cream

Hello everyone!

I know there’s been little activity on the blog for a few days now, but unfortunatly sometimes life just gets in the way. ANYWAY, sorry for the absence, and I’m back with a first impression on the J. One Hana Cream!

Let’s get to it   ↓

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The basics   ↓
Product type: Capsule cream.
Purpose: Improving elasticity, smoothing, nourishing, vitalizing, moisturizing and anti-wrinkle care.
Step in skin care routine: Last step, unless you apply a sunscreen (day) or sleeping mask (night).
Price (Ebay): 33.50 USD

More details   ↓

Colour: Creamy white
Scent: Very perfumey. And please excuse me when I say this, but: it sort of smells like “old lady”…
Consistency: Semi thick. Spreads out nicely.
Appearance on the skin: After application you’re left with a satin to shiny finish.
Feeling on the skin: Feels nice and cool, silky, luxurious and refreshing on the skin.
Container: Medium size, frozen glass container. A bit heavy and possibly too fragile for travelling.
Packaging: Black box with white writing on.

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Let me tell you, I spent a lot of time looking forward to the arrival of the J. One Hana Cream, and I was sooo happy when it finally came! Until I opened the jar. Yep, this is another product that left me with a load of mixed feelings and thoughts… We’re talking about a pretty jar of supposedly amazingly moisturizing – and let’s face it, REALLY FUN balls. But there is a drawback. And you can count on me to tell you what it is!

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The thing is, I didn’t really have a certain expectation when it came to this product, cause I didn’t read a whole lot about it before purchasing (which I should have, and usually do!) but I didn’t expect what awaited inside the jar along with the balls; THE SCENT. Or should I say “stench”? I mean, it doesn’t smell like dog sh*t, but in my opinion it still smells quite terrible. More specifically: old lady. (Again, please excuse me, but I’m lacking a better way to describe it…). And this is so, so sad, because the jar is beautiful, although a bit bulky, and the product does a good job of moisturizing. But the scent is just too much in your face, literally. It smells VERY perfumey and old? I mean, when I sniff these little balls of goo, the scent I’m picking up takes me straight back to the 50’s. And I haven’t even been in the 50’s! Someone who is very sensitive to scents, will definetely run a mile from the J.One Hana Cream. 

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“And remember; I always recommend taking a closer look at any new product before purchasing it, just in case you’re allergic or sensitive to one or more of the ingredients. Personally I always check before buying a new product, because I know my skin is of the extra vulnerable type as I do have dehydrated combination skin with acne prone areas. You can find the ingredients, what they are and what they do at CosDna
.” -Myself, lol

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Usually, I return after a couple of weeks with a full review of every product I try, but I honestly don’t know if the J.One Hana Cream will ever get as far as a review. The reason being that I had a f*ckton of breakouts the morning after I used it. Of course one can never be too sure if breakouts are the result of a newly introduced product, or something else, but I’m very suspicious towards the J.One Hana Cream now, and my guess is that it is indeed the sinner in this case…

So that’s it for my first impression on this cream! I Hope you found it helpful. And please let me know if you’ve tried it and if you like it! Myself? I am not so sure about this one… However I will update you in a while, on how I get on with my new jar of balls!

Vicky ❤

Review: Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream

Hello everyone!

Today I will be sharing my thoughts – and all over experience with a product that you haven’t seen on the blog for a while. I am of course talking about the Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream! Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe you haven’t. This cream is rather obscure compared to others, but then again, I know that many of you are deep diggers and hard sniffers like me and Mocka! Now, I must admit that I no longer use this moisturizer. But I did use for about three weeks before it got axed. And you’ll find out why if you continue reading!


The basics   ↓
Product type: Cream
Purpose: Hydrating, whitening, nourishing, smoothing, anti-wrinkle care and moisturizing.
Step in skin care routine: Last step, unless you apply a sunscreen (day) or sleeping mask (night).
Price (Ebay): 17.17 USD

More details   ↓

Colour: White
Scent: Flowery scent.
Consistency: Quite thin for a cream. Spreads out nicely.
Appearance on the skin: After application you’re left with a satin finish.
Feeling on the skin: Feels nice, silky and refreshing on the skin. Oh, and very luxurious!
Container: Medium size, quite heavy and probably too fragile for travelling as it appears to be made of frozen glass instead of the more typical solid plastic. Comes decorated with some kind of cloth, cute.
Packaging: White box with black decor.
(Copy-pasted from my first impression on the same product.)

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So what do I like about the Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream?
Honestly, not a lot. To me this product turned out to be a big disappointment. (You’ll find out more about this in the next paragraph.) I don’t know if it’s the product alone, or if it’s because of the high expectations I had. Anyway, the only thing I enjoyed about the Dynasty Cream, was the pink-ish paper “cloth” thingy that covered the lid when I first recieved it. It was cute, okay? Sadly it stops there.

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And what are the cons?
In my personaly opinion, the Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream comes with several cons. First of all, the scent. I’m not a fan of it at all. To me it’s a bit overpowering. So it’s pretty safe to say that a person with a very sensitive sense of smell, would most definetely find this scent overbaring! Up next is the container, which is very little travel friendly, because it’s heavy and fragile. Yes, it is indeed made of glass and if you read the first impression, you’ll know that mine had some serious leaking going on when it arrived! What’s more? It isn’t really that moisturizing? And how about the fact that it broke me out like a mofo?! Gurl, get out.

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Conclusion
For me this will certainly NOT be a repurchase! I should never have bought the product in the first place, and if I had managed to find the correct ingredients list on CosDna, prior to buying it, I never would have. The Dynasty Cream’s moisturizing ability is simply not good enough, and I own cheaper creams that do a better job. The strong scent and the fact that it caused breakouts, leads me to think that this cream is riddled with perfume and quite possibly other “no-no’s”! Oh, and let’s not forget the stupid ass container.

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Rating   ↓
Colour: 10/10
Scent: 5/10
Consistency: 6/10
Feeling on the skin: 6/10
Appearance in the skin: 6/10
Moisturizing: 5/10
Container: 5/10
Price: 5/10

Overall   ↓
🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸  
5/10

“And remember; I always recommend taking a closer look at any new product before purchasing it, just in case you’re allergic or sensitive to one or more of the ingredients. Personally I always check before buying a new product, because I know my skin is of the extra vulnerable type, as I do have dehydrated combination skin with acne prone areas. You can find the ingredients, what they are and what they do at CosDna.” -Myself, lol

That’s it for my review on the Dynasty Cream from Beauty of Joseon! As always, I hope you enjoyed it and maybe even found it a bit helpfull. Please let me know if you’ve tried this product and if so; what your experience with it was/is. 


Vicky 

Review: Banila Co. Clean It Zero – Purity

Hello everyone!

It’s time for me to share my thoughts – and all over experience with a product that I’ve already included in an “experiment sort of comparison type of post”, but not yet fully reviewed. So that’s what we’re doing now!

I’m talking about the Banila Co. Clean It Zero – Purity, which I’ve been using for about three weeks now. This product is a balm type cleansing oil that you’re supposed to use at the first step of your evening skin care routine, followed by your favourite foam – or gel cleanser. In other words, this product is meant to be the first part of a double cleansing routine!

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There are several different cleansing oils in the Clean It Zero series, but I chose the Purity as it is catered towards sensitive and troubled skin, and that’s totally me. Yay! Other than the “Purity”, there’s also a “Classic”, a “Radiance” and a “Resveratrol” in the same line!

If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you probably know that I usually post a first impression on a product after i’ve tested a product once, AND a review a couple of weeks later, after the product in question has been properly tested. In this case, I didn’t do a first impression, however, you can if you’re interested read Mocka’s first impression on the Clean It Zero – Radiance here.

Without further ado; let’s get on to the actual review   ↓

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The basics   ↓
Product: Cleansing oil.
Type: Balm type.
Purpose: Dissolve and remove makeup and impurities from the skin.
Suitable for: Sensitive skin.
Step in skin care routine: First.
Price (Ebay): 18.97 USD

More details   ↓
Colour: Cream-ish.
Scent: Pleasant, clean and fresh scent with a hint of herbal (maybe eucalyptus?)
Consistency: Semi thick balm, similar to Cocosa (coco nut oil). Spreads out with ease.
Appearance on the skin: Oily, as expected!
Feeling on the skin: Feels quite rich and luxurious on the skin.
Container: Turqoise/mint themed plastic tub with metal lid. Looks very nice, indeed.
Packaging: Same as container. Spatula included.

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So what do I like about the Banila Co. Clean It Zero – Purity?
I love the fact that the Clean It Zero – Purity is a balm type oil cleanser and that it therefore comes in a tub, as opposed to a container with a pump, which is less travel friendly and in my opinion more messy in general. I also like the scent and the texture of the oil after it has transformed from a solid balm to a liquid form oil! Another fantastic thing about this cleansing oil is that it dosen’t break me out or give me any kinds of trouble. And last but not least, it does a great job of dissolving and removing my everyday makeup!

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And what are the cons?
The only cons I can think of is that this product does sting a tiny bit if it gets in your eyes (but not nearly as much as for example the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil from The Face Shop), and you have to apply it twice and really work with it before it will break down makeup with a stronger lasting power than your average day-to-day makeup. If you want to see how both of these cleansing oils performed on makeup swatches, you’ll find my comparison post here.

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Conclusion
If the Clean It Zero – Purity didn’t sting at all when it gets in my eyes, AND if it was able to dissolve and remove more hardcore – and waterproof makeup in just one go, instead of two, it would totally get top marks from me, and I would love it forever. Although that’s not the case, I still love it, because it works for me and I’m not a hardcore makeup wearer. In other words; I can’t say that it sucks, because after all, it caters to my needs. However, people who wear more long-lasting makeup, for example liquid lipsticks and waterproof eyeliners – and mascaras, might not think that the Clean It Zero – Purity is quite good enough. Also, it might be worth mentioning that people with a very sensitive sense of smell might find this product’s scent a bit overbaring. I for one really like it! Definetely a repurchase for me   🙂

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Rating   ↓
Colour: 10/10
Scent: 7/10
Consistency: 10/10
Feeling on the skin: 10/10
Makeup dissolving/removing: 8/10
Container: 10/10
Price: 8/10

Overall   ↓
🐨🐨🐨🐨🐨🐨🐨🐨🐨  
9/10

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“And remember; I always recommend taking a closer look at any new product before purchasing it, just in case you’re allergic or sensitive to one or more of the ingredients. Personally I always check before buying a new product, because I know my skin is of the extra vulnerable type, as I do have dehydrated combination skin with acne prone areas. You can find the ingredients, what they are and what they do at CosDna.” -Myself, lol

So that’s it for my review on the Clean It Zero – Purity from Banila Co! As per usual, I hope you found it a bit helpful or at least enjoyed reading it for some other reason! Please let me know if you’ve tried this product and if so; what your experience with it was/is.  😀


Vicky