Double Trouble; A review of both the Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum and the Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop!

Yay, a double review!

Hello Darlings, long time no see right?
I know, and since I’m almost sorry, I’ll make it up to you with a double review! I’m a little bit sorry, but you know, summer happened, and the sun, being an utter rarity here in Norway, made me a bit ditsy and forgetful one might say.

Anyway!  Let’s get down and squeaky clean with the info on these lovely supple treats!
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Name: Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum
Product: Serum
Good For: Providing moisture, soothe red and inflamed skin.
Description: With a fortifying blend of organic ingredients, including celery, carrot root, and broccoli extract, the Rich Moist Soothing Serum replenishes your skin’s moisture levels without compromising the delicate nature of your skin (Curtesy of Soko Glam’s website)
Price: 19$-22$ ( Ebay, SokoGlam)
Cosdna
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Name: Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop
Product: Vitamin Serum
Good for: Maintain and revitalize the skin
Description: Burst of energy for the skin, Vitamin C A non-irritant vitamin serum that rejuvenates the skin. (Curtesy of Wishtrend’s website)
Price: 24$ (Ebay)

So basically I’m going to make it simple today. The reason you’re all getting the pleasure of a double review is because I use these two as a power couple. I find the Vitamin drops to be a bit too heavy on the oily side when used alone, but together they really do the trick!
So let’s just get down to it!

Packaging:
Both these products come in nice subtle containers, leaving the focus to be on what’s actually inside the them, which is what it should be like!
Both bottles are plastic fantastic, so they’re actually very travel friendly, trust me, I’ve tested it out a couple of times this summer, serum bottle road trip! Or not.
The Vitamin drops comes with, yes omg, you guessed it, a dropper! Making it easy to plop out the exact amount you need!
The Soothing Serum has a nifty little pump, where a squeeze and a half should do the trick, plus points for easy peasy packaging.

Texture & Smell:
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Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum: This is just divine, the scent is a faint citrusy kind that just cuddles your nose and reminds you of summer, for me at least, it’s like a half runny gel, and spreads on evenly and effortlessly, which is nice when you’re a big fan of effortless delicious moisture.
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Again, super easy to spread, and it doesn’t take a whole eternity before it sinks into your face.
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Look at this! Delicious, and of course, even better when applied on a face, screaming for moisture and plumpness!

So! Let’s move on to some vitamin infused oiliness!

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Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop: It doesn’t really smell that much, it has a hint of clean, if that makes sense? But hey, as long as it doesn’t give off a scent wanting you to dispose of your afternoon snack, I’m all on board!
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This one is a bit runny, so I’d recommend applying it either fast by dripping it directly on your face while staring at the roof and rub it around like a super speedy goddess, or just mix it in with a serum of your liking, makes for a much easier application!
It takes a bit to sink in, and dries a bit oily, which I really don’t like.
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I have a theory that when winter time comes around it will be a bit more manageable, but believe me, at this time of year I don’t sweat. I oil. Literally. And who on this rainbow blessed, unicorn loving earth would want to be extra oily? Not moi. 

But then again, since it’s not the last step of a routine, you’ll easily cover up the feeling of being a walking oil-diva.

Application:
Cleanse, tone, serum-time! If you’re unsure where to put this in your routine, follow the thinnest to thickest in consistency rule!
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As mentioned earlier, these two mix very well, at least in my opinion, and when you find a way that works for you, stick to it!
I first tried them separately, and that just made me love the serum, and hate the vitamin drop, so obviously I had to give them both a go together!
The Soothing Serum has really helped for the problem I initially purchased it for, that being irritated and sensitive skin, and of course, some good old fashioned super moisture!

My thoughts on these products?

So if you’ve read this far, and really don’t know what I feel about the product, I can reassure you and say that I’m about to start my third bottle. That’s commitment to a product right there.
When the whole moisture barrier case was starting to improve I introduced the vitamin drop to the routine, it didn’t last more than a week on it’s own, because I couldn’t quite get over the oil madness going on.
But! A K-beauty adventurer never gives up, and I tried mixing it in with other products, first the moisturizer I was using, boy was that nasty. And finally, the Soothing Serum, they were like a match made in heaven, I mean, who wouldn’t want a super duo hydrating and maintaining your face?

So ever since, they’ve been unseperable and they’re still in my daily nighttime routine, the soothing serum gets to be in my morning routine as well, but I personally prefer to only do Vit C when the sun has set, and there’s no danger of getting skin damage caused by the sun and Vitamin C, I’ve heard they don’t get along too well.

Hopefully this will have given you some insight to these products, so I’ll just move along to my favourite part of these posts. Yes darlings, you guessed it, it’s rating time!


Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum Rating:
Packaging: 8/10
Scent: 10/10
Texture: 9/10
Performance: 9/10
Overall: 9/10
This product gets:
🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋/ 10

Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop Rating:
Packaging: 8/10
Scent: 6/10
Texture: 5/10
Performance: 7/10
Overall: 6/10
This product gets:
🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋/ 10

Remember, this is my experience with this product, you might not have the same, and the product can work wonders for some, and be bad for some. Your Mileage May Vary, and we’re all different, you should always check the ingredient list and read about a product before purchasing it, but hey, no pressure!
So there you have it, ladies and gentlemen!
Next up from me will be a first impression on a product from a brand I’ve never tried before, I’m so excited!

Hope you liked this review, and have you tried any of these products?
Let me know!

Peace & Love
-Mocka

 

 

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Comparison: Two cleansing oils

Hello everyone!

So on Tuesday I Instagrammed a photo of the Banila Co. Clean It Zero – Purity and The Face Shop’s Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil, saying that I was doing a little experiment on the two (test + comparison), as well as reviewing the Clean It Zero – Purity, and that a post about this hopefully would be up on the blog the day after. As you might have noticed, that didn’t exactly go to plan. It turned out that a post featuring both the review, the experiment and the comparison would not only be a bit messy and unorganized, but also very big. So I dicided to break the monsterous post into two parts: the review by itself and the experiment/comparison by itself, making it easier for me to do both posts justice, and more pleasant for you guys to read. In other words; today you’ll get to see the experiment and read my comparison on the two cleansing oils, whilst the review on the Clean It Zero – Purity will be available on the blog in a couple of days!

 

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Banila Co. Clean It Zero – Purity VS. The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil!


Many of you have probably already seen K-beauty Youtubers test cleansing oils on makeup swatches, and that’s what I’ll be doing today. The only difference is that I don’t own seventy-three different cleansing oils, I only have two on hand. But that’s how I usually like to operate.Whenever I find a skin care product I like, even almost love, I’ll still be open to testing out a newbie for the same step, just incase I stumble across something even better. And that’s also the case here. I bought the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil back in the day when I was completely new to AB. I enjoyed it a lot and even repurchased it. But is that a good enough reason to stop there? Not try anything another? No. And here we are, with the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil’s opponent: the Clean It Zero – Purity!  

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“Which one of these cleansing oils is better at dissolving and removing makeup?” is without a doubt the million dollar question here. But before we move onto that, there are a few other things about these products that need comparing:

Price
Although comparing a dirt cheap product to a more high-end expensive product (like Mocka did here), might have been more fun or useful to some, these cleansing oils are still in my opinion in two different price ranges. Neither of them are particularly cheap or expensive, however the Banila Co. Clean It Zero – Purity is double the Price of The Face Shop’s Rice Water Bright Cleansing Oil!
Clean It Zero – Purity – 18.97 USD
Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil – 9.07 USD

Type and texture
Both of the cleansing oils are essentially… oils. Who would’ve thought it? However, they’re not even nearly the same type to begin with. What I mean by this is that the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil is an oil in liquid form, whilst the Clean It Zero – Purity starts off as a more solid balm, very much like Cocosa (coconut oil), but during application it transforms into a liquid form oil. When it comes to texture, the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil is very thin compared to the Clean It Zero – Purity (after it has transformed) which is richer and thicker.

Scent
To me both of the cleansing oils have pleasant scents. The Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil has more of a flowery scent while on the contrary, the Clean It Zero – Purity’s scent is more “fresh” and “clean” with a hint of “herbal” (maybe a teeny bit of eucalyptus?). Mind you, someone with a very sensitive sense of smell might find these scents to be a bit overbaring.

Skin type
Whilst the Clean It Zero – Purity is catered to people with sensitive and troubled skin in general, the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil is best suited people with particularly oily skin.

Ingredients list
According to CosDna the Clean It Zero – Purity has a much “safer” ingredients list than the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil, but for me personally, none of them have caused breakouts or any other problems.

Container
The Clean It Zero – Purity comes in a clean looking, solid plastic tub with a metal lid whereas the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil comes in a more cheap plastic container with a plastic pump dispenser. The Clean It Zero – Purity is in my opinion much more travel friendly.

Other
Both of these cleansing oils will to some extent sting if you get them in your eyes. However, the Clean It Zero – Purity stings a lot less than it’s opponent.

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Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here are the makeup products that I will be swatching 

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Okay, so maybe not the most hardcore lot you’ve ever clapped eyes on, but I’m not the most hardcore makeup wearer either. The point is that this is a selection of different makeup products with different properties and claims (for example being waterproof, smudge-proof, waxy etc).
Although you for sure can find even more resiliant makeup products than the ones I have on hand, these are definetely a lot more stubborn and long lasting than what I normally wear when I go about my day   🙂

And here are the swatches  

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Before we move on to the actual testing prosess, let’s see what these two cleansing oils actually claim to do   

Banila Co. Clean It Zero – Purity
“An off-shoot from the popular Banila Co Clean It Zero Classic, this is a perfect first step in your double-cleanse. This award-winning hypoallergenic oil cleanser appears as a solid balm and transforms into a silky oil on the skin. Its sorbet-like texture and lightweight formula effortlessly dissolves stubborn makeup and impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils. Free from artificial coloring, synthetic fragrance, alcohol, parabens, and mineral oil. Formulated for sensitive skin types” – Soko Glam

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil
“Natural extract removes all kind of impurities thoroughly. Maintains healthy skin even after cleansing.”
– Roseroseshop

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The testing prosess  

How exactly did the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil perform on the makeup swatches?

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To the left: Swatches after they’ve set for a while. To the right: The removing prosess with the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil.


As you can tell from the photo, the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil works like a charm on your average day-to-day sort of makeup, but when it comes to the waterproof mascara, the waterproof eyeliner and the liquid lipstick, this cleansing oil is about to give up. But I can’t walk around with this hot mess on my arm all day, so the next logical step is to give the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil a second chance at removing the left over makeup!

Round two! DING DING DING!  

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To the left: Swatches after they’ve set for a while. To the right: The removing prosess with the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil.


So, as you probably have gathered, the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil did infact remove 100% of the makeup, but not in one go, two. It’s probably also worth mentioning that I had to rub quite hard and for some time to get all the remaining swatches completely off.

And now let’s take a look at how the Clean It Zero – Purity from Banila Co. performed  

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To the left: The swatches are ready for the Clean It Zero – Purity. To the right: During the makeup removing prosess.


I slapped the Clean It Zero – Purity on and massaged it in, as the discription tells you to. As you can see, the product removes most of the swatches with ease, but like the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil; it struggles with the waterproof mascara, the waterproof eyeliner and the liquid lipstick. And since I gave the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil a second chance, it would be unfair not to do the same with the Clean It Zero – Purity. So?

Round two. DING DING DING!  

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To the left: The oily makeup mess has been wiped off and the Clean It Zero – Purity has already been reapplied and wiped off again, leaving one clean and happy arm (to the right).


So… The Clean It Zero – Purity also removed 100% of the makeup after two applications, but it failed to break down and remove all of the makeup in one go. And just like the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil, I had to be a bit tough with this one aswell and rub quite hard to get the remaining makeup off. Didn’t someone use the word “effortlessly?”

Summing it all up
The Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil and the Clean It Zero – Purity both work great on your average “day-to-day” sort of makeup, and both of them need to be applied twice on makeup with stronger lasting power. In other words: Performance wise, it’s a tie! So when I remind myself that the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil from TheFaceShop is half the price of the Clean It Zero – Purity from Banila Co, my first thought is “next time I might as well buy the cheapest one, cause they do the exact same thing, they both smell good and none of them break me out”. However, I will for now discontinue using the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil and switch to the Clean It Zero – Purity because I prefer the tub-and-lid container and the product itself doesn’t sting as much when I get it in my eyes (which tends to happen quite a bit)! I also find the Clean It Zero – Purity a lot less messy to work with   🙂

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So that’s it for my comparison on the Clean It Zero – Purity from Banila Co. and the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil from The Face Shop. For me personally, the winner out of the two is the Clean It Zero – Purity mostly for practical reasons, and therefore I think it’s worth the extra dollars! Stay tuned for the full review of the Banila Co. Clean It Zero – Purity, which will be up on the blog in a couple of days.

Vicky