God, I love skincare. I love the creams, potions and concoctions that companies come up with and inventive ways with which to make our skin THAT MUCH BETTER. I happily use a Clarisonic, but how would a manual facial brush compare? And at just $13 for the SEPHORA Collection Cleaning Me Softly Facial Cleansing Brush* why not give it a go? This brush comes in either pink or black and is a gentle deep-cleansing brush for both the face and neck. I do tend to forget about my neck and hope that my neck doesn’t hit the age of 50 before my face does.
The bristles are fairly long and feel quite soft to the touch. I liked the length of the brush handle and as well as how slender it was. The smaller brush head also allowed for more accuracy around my nose. As soft as the bristles felt on my hand, they felt a little harsh on my cheeks meaning that I only ended up using this brush on my T-zone, neck and chest. I tried brushing with less force on my cheeks, but they still hurt so I think they are just a sensitive area for me. Is it better than a Clarisonic? For me personally, no, but if you’re just looking for a deep cleansing facial brush, this is not bad.
Whenever I see cotton swabs, I get so excited. I imagine all the possibilities of what they could potentially clean and how precise they can be! It’s weird, I know so when I saw these black Detox It Out Charcoal Swabs*($4.00 CDN), I was very intrigued. Why are they black? And why are they spiral spun?
You can see that each bud has little grooves and the actual cotton has a rougher texture than traditional cotton swabs. I feel like this product is a bit confusing to use because based on the description, these are charcoal swabs designed to remove dirt and oil, but from where? When I think of charcoal, I usually think of detoxing the face, but I’m not really sure how these would apply. works in this case.
When in doubt, go the Sephora reviews and see what other beauty lovers have come up with, am I right? The most useful tip I read was from a VIB Rouger named genna187 who has been using these for eliminating mascara smudges on the upper eyelid. The rougher texture of the swab allows the mascara to come off skin more easily. While this isn’t an issue of mine, I can see how that would work. What I HAVE found to be true is that the grooves in the swabs allow you to remove mascara from each eyelash from underneath more effectively. It’s just unfortunate that these are black and you can’t quite know when you’ve gotten all of your mascara off!
Where the colour of the black swabs comes in handy is for removing light-coloured eyeshadow because you can see your progress more easily than with white swabs. These all seem like a bit of a stretch so aside from the travel-friendly case, I don’t know if I’ll be abandoning my boring white swabs any time soon! The weird thing is, I love cotton swabs so much that I would TOTALLY get these as a gift for someone. They are such an inexpensive little add-on that if you need to put a little skincare package together, these would fit right in!
Have I gotten anyone curious about these? Wouldn’t you love it if I got you charcoal swabs?!