May 2016 | Alexis Adrienne

29.5.16

The Best Beauty Blender Cleaner EVER - Daiso Puff & Sponge Detergent

Hey everyone!

Today, I'm sharing the only thing I'll use to clean my sponges and brushes. I've tried all the 'life hack' products - bar soaps, hand soap, and baby shampoo, but Daiso Puff & Sponge Detergent is literally the only thing able to get everything 100% clean. You can see these sponges are absolutely COVERED in foundation, and one still has some translucent powder on it - there's an after photo after the jump!
best beauty blender cleaner makeup brushes
One of the things I love most about it is how quickly it dissolves makeup on sponges - using anything else literally takes FOREVER. Another thing that's great about this is that it does actually disinfect the sponge, preventing mold spores from taking hold. I know of SO many people who have had their sponges go moldy, and I 100% believe using this on the reg helps prevent that! I also really appreciate how no fragrance has been added - I didn't really like how other products would leave everything scented.

Here's the after photo of that super gross header photo:
daiso beauty blender cleanser best
So honestly... If that before & after doesn't convince you, I don't know what will. I think it's worth mentioning that the two pink sponges in the photo had been stained & dirty for months (I wasn't using them like that OBVIOUSLY, they are the Kmart $3 sponges that I stopped using because they are totally not worth spending your money on)

What brush/sponge cleanser do you use at the moment?

Lexie xx

where to buy
Daiso | $3.50/3 for $10 | In-store only
Amazon* | US$5 | Free shipping

purchased

16.5.16

Review: L'Oreal UV Perfect Aqua Essence SPF50+/PA++++

Purchased
Hey babes!

I recently ran out of my beloved Bioré Aqua Rich Watery Essence without time to reorder online, so I had to make do with what I could find at my local shops. I saw this L'Oreal sunscreen pop up at a few, so I thought why not grab it - finding a HG in-store makes things so much easier than needing to reorder online!
l'oreal uv perfect essence nz

I paid NZ $16.99 for this at Farmers, which is a couple dollars more/on par with what I would pay for Bioré on eBay depending on the exchange rate. However, the Bioré is 50ml while this is only 30ml. Honestly, I was pretty stoked to see this in store! Judging from the packaging and other reviews on it, it was originally available just in the Asian market before launching here.
The Aqua Essence contains both chemical and physical sunscreens - here is a link to the COSDNA analysis! Even though this contains titanium dioxide, I didn't find that there was a white cast on my skin at all. The only thing I would recommend doing if you wear this on it's own is to set with a mattifying powder - it's a little shiny on it's own. Formula-wise, it looks like a traditional sunscreen, but is definitely lightweight and easy to wear. It's unfortunately not as lightweight as the Bioré Aqua Riche, but it definitely makes a pretty good quick-fix replacement.
This gets a 3/5 from me! It's good as a short term replacement since it's so easily available, but the formula could use some work.

What's your go-to daily sunscreen?

Lexie xx

rating scale
1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Not amazing, but not terrible.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.
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