Melting Away with Vike Makeup Melt

My all time favorite makeup removing method is a damp Makeup Eraser. Sometimes, a little product is needed to assist and in general when i need a makeup remover, I reach for a make up balm. This isn’t to say I don’t like other products. In general the reason I go for the balms is that they are less drippy.

I know, not a really scientific reason.

I will say though that when I received this Vike Makeup Melt Spray in my Boxycharm Premium, I was intrigued. I really like the thought of being able to apply a makeup remover and then be able to reach for the water taps without leaving makeup remover smeared all over them making them slick. In theory, a spray would be a good solution. And I had never tried a spray on makeup remover. I had also never heard of the brand Vike.

makeup on

We all know that makeup removing in general is so annoying, so we wanted to make it better! Makeup wipes are actually not your friend. They are harsh on the skin and over time, that rubbing can cause an increase in fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. #realtalk

What it is: A makeup removal spray with skincare benefits! The spray makes it easier to target all areas of the makeup you want to remove, no wipes or pads needed. No longer do you have to tug on your delicate skin and lashes to remove makeup after a long day. All you have to do is SPRAY! Makeup Melt provides an easy solution to remove everyday makeup giving you a spa-like experience at home. Makeup Melt has four key antioxidants to nourish your skin after removal, leaving your skin bright, clean & renewed.

Vike Beauty

All of that sounds interesting, and so product in hand, I tried it. I actually tried it several times and in several different ways. The first way I tried was with a dry, makeup filled face. I sprayed and let it sit for a couple of seconds to settle in and start the melting process. And yes I am the sort of person who timed it. I set the timer for 30 seconds.

removed with makeup eraser and spray (allergies have my eyes super puffy)

The scent of the Vike Makeup melt is odd. It lists cucumber, grapefruit, moringa and passionflower. It also lists eucalyptus. I used it for a week thinking the scent was vaguely familiar. I just couldn’t place it. Finally I asked my babydoll. His response was…

This smells like something my grandparents would have in their medicine cabinet as a topical cure all, got a rash, here you go, need to disinfect a scrape, here you go it hurts less than iodine.

And to be fair, he is right. Somehow all of the ingredients combine to smell a bit like an old fashioned not as harsh as iodine spray that my grandparents would have kept in the medicine cabinet. You know the kind of think that smells like medicine but you aren’t sure if it actually does anything?

I will say that I can’t see the makeup melt sitting on my skin long enough for there to be a lot of skincare benefits going on. And it is going on top of makeup so there is a bit of a barrier. However I don’t mind that they are putting good for your skin things in makeup removers. It is better than bad for your skin things. I just don’t think it comes in contact with your skin long enough to do much of anything.

After letting the spray sit on my skin for 30 seconds, I rinsed it off. It is a very fine mist. It did an okay job. Mascara and more foundation than I like was left behind. For my second trial, I sprayed my dry makeup covered skin and let the product sit 30 seconds. I then used a damp makeup eraser to remove everything. It worked well.

The combination left virtually no foundation on my skin and took down all but a few smidges of mascara. There was less rubbing involved. This is not a spray that you can just spray on your face and splash a little water on to remove all of your makeup. This needs a wash cloth or a Make up eraser with it as a partner. I did try using just a wash cloth, but there was significantly more rubbing to remove the makeup needed. Plus there is always the possibility of makeup staining the wash cloth (especially mascara). My suggestion is to just get a makeup eraser if at all possible. It really is going to help decrease the amount of rubbing.

All in all I am very pleased with this spray. The spraying directly into my face with makeup remover took a little getting used to, but it does work well with pairing with my makeup eraser. The two together remove more product than either alone and with significantly less rubbing and pulling of the skin. I am glad I got to try this out. And even though I did tease about the scent, it isn’t a scent I mind. In fact I kind of like it. It just bothered me when i couldn’t identify it. Now that I know why it seemed familiar, I am okay with it. This Vike Makeup Melt retails for $24 which I think is a very good price. It works well and I was not left with a greasy residue on my skin. Oh and even though it was a spray, it didn’t get into my contacts and cause them to go all fuzzy. In my opinion, this is a makeup spray I would not mind repurchasing. It also makes me curious about what else the brand produces. Most definitely something to look into.

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Peach Pudding Makeup Cleanser

For the past few weeks I have been using the Peach Pudding Makeup Cleanser from the brand Peach Slices. I admit I bought it mostly out of curiosity. I really like the Glass Skin serum from Peach and Lily and when I go to the Peach and Lily site I often see this Peach Pudding, along with a lot of other items from not only Peach slices but other Korean brands as well. It is one of those sites that is really fun to poke around on because even though it is serious skincare a lot of their products are packaged with a lot of whimsy. Take the moisturizer that I purchased from them recently. It is in a cupcake shaped container, or maybe an ice cream cone, I can’t remember but it is really cute.

But this is not about the moisturizer, it is about the Cleanser. And cute packaging is one thing, but the product has to work.

This Cleanser is called Peach Pudding and decorated with a large Peach on the cover. Unsurprisingly, it smells of peaches when you open the container. I think I’d be rather disappointed if it didn’t. However it is not the sickly sweet Peach scent. I don’t feel as though I am smearing peach cobbler all over my face.

The white cream has a clean and fresh skincare scent to it that is blended with peaches. It smells more like you are walking past a basket of freshly picked peaches at a farm stand than anything sweet enough to feel sticky.

I know that sounds a little strange but sometimes when I smell sweet things that I associate with a sticky sugary thing then when I apply the product I sort of feel sticky even if the product isn’t actually sticky. With this that wasn’t a problem. Even if it is called a Pudding.

Pudding is actually a decent term for it. Most of the cleansing products I have tried are oils or balms. This has the consistency of a moisturizer. I would say it is more like a gel cream than a water cream, but it is that sort of range.

To apply I took a little out of the container and then rubbed it all over my face as though I was applying a moisturizer. Although it was over makeup. It melted the make up off really well. I had trouble with mascaras and had to go in switch my Klorane Coneflower Waterproof eye makeup remover, but on all other products it worked really well. It took down the brightest of my red lipsticks and had no issues with shadow.

It is a hydrating make up remover, which was something I didn’t really care for. It removed the Makeup well and when I rinsed it off my face felt a little greasy. It wasn’t that big a deal as the makeup remover is only step one in my nightly skincare routine and I followed it up with my current Cleanser, the Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser. The Korres took the greasy/hydrating elements of the Peach Pudding makeup remover right off. It is however something to be aware of. If you have very dry skin, it might not be an issue for you. For me, i didn’t care for it and was happy that my second cleanse removed the feeling.

Besides that one thing, I have to say I really enjoyed using this Cleanser. It works really well, uses only a little product, removes makeup without stripping the skin and a 100ml sized jar only costs $9.99. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the texture of the cream Cleanser as well. It is definitely a product I will be repurchasing. I will also always use a second Cleanser, but I will certainly purchase this Peach Pudding Make Up Remover again.

 

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Trying out the Klorane Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

I have tried a lot of different types of makeup removers.  They have come in different forms from oils to waters to balms. Some have worked well, others not so well.  Some I even used inappropriately.  A very big thank you to the reader who pointed out that I needed to start oils on a dry face to use them to their best efficacy and then rinse with water instead of starting with damp skin. I very much appreciate that.

However, often the issue I have with some cleansing products involves my eyes.  As mascara is always a product I need to remove, this is somewhat of an issue.  Sometimes the products will sting my eyes and sometimes they will seep into my eyes, coat my contacts and make my vision cloudy until I realize that no matter how much I rinse the contacts, the product isn’t coming off of them and so the contacts need to be replaced.

It is an ongoing frustration.

I have found products that I like for removing makeup (including eye products) but I wasn’t entirely thrilled with the way they worked with my eyes. With some products I like them enough that I devise systems to make sure they don’t get into my eyes.  It’s sort of like my own nightly game show event.

However, when I made my last dry shampoo purchase from Klorane (I am loving the Nettle infused formula for dark hair and may not go back to the regular version) I received a sample of their Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover made with soothing cornflower to try.  While only a sample size the bottle does contain 25 ml so it is plenty for multiple trials to see if I like it.

heavier than usual eye makeup with waterproof eyeliner

I’ll admit, at first I was skeptical since I had at least one minor issue with almost all of the makeup removers and my eyes in the past, but decided that since I had the sample, I might as well try it.

According to the website…

Remove stubborn makeup the easy way with Klorane Waterproof Eye Make-up Remover with Soothing Cornflower. Waterproof mascara and eyeliner can be difficult to remove at the end of the day, or it can leave behind a faint stain. Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover with Soothing Cornflower removes everything in one gentle swipe. This formula is infused with cornflower, a mild botanical that works to soothe the delicate eye area and calm inflammation and redness. Free of common irritants, this eye makeup remover is perfect for sensitive skin and those who wear contact lenses. 

one pass with a moistened cotton round – I did a little under eye clean up with the mascara that was it.

Oh yes my darlings, the description actually addresses the main issues I have directly.  And so I tried it. 

I put a little on a cotton round and used it to remove my eye makeup.  The trick with this little bottle is that under the cap it is just an open bottle.  There is no regulator to control dispensing (which I believe the full size has).  So you need to press the cotton round to the top of the bottle and quickly upend then right the bottle so the product just kisses the cotton.  Otherwise when you put it to your eyes the product will just run down your cheek.  It won’t cause issues, it just wastes product. 

And after my first use I knew that I didn’t want to waste product. The eye makeup remover has a lightly floral scent that actually smells of cornflowers. I used to live in an area where they grew wild everywhere. It is a very light fresh scent rather than a perfume-y one and it doesn’t last, dissipating quickly into the air. 

The product itself feels slightly greasy when you apply it, but the greasy feeling doesn’t remain on your skin, it departs with the makeup.  I had a really easy time getting rid of my eye makeup with the product.  It required no harsh rubbing or pulling on the skin.  After the first pass I had to go back in under the eyes to catch the last of the mascara sludge, but that too came off easily.

the cotton round

I did get some product in my eyes, especially when I accidentally got too much on the cotton round.  I didn’t try to get the product in my eyes and I don’t recommend deliberately putting it there, but if you have ever removed eye makeup then you know getting the remover in your eyes is an occasional occurrence you can’t always avoid.

There was no stinging at all and no clouding of the contacts.  Zero. Zilch. Bupkis. It felt like I splashed water in my eyes and then blinked it out. That was it.

The Klorane Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover worked well, had no stinging in the eyes and no clouding of my contacts.  I also only needed to use just a little bit to achieve the results I needed. 

While I added a lot of eyeshadow to my eyes during this test, concentrating on both waterproof formulas and the darker colors that tend to be harder to remove, I don’t usually go all that heavy on my eyeshadow. I tend to favor simpler more low key looks and with those sorts of looks, a tiny drop was all I needed.  After about a month of use, I am only half way through the sample sized bottle.  The sample sized bottle is 25 ml while the full sized bottle is 100 ml. That means Klorane’s $16 bottle of Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover would last me about six months. Clearly if you wear a lot more and a lot heavier makeup, you would need to use more remover. But for me this is a great product at a great price that will last me quite a while.

In addition, I still used my normal cleansing balms on the rest of my face.  Since I didn’t have to play the “What will this do to my eyes and contacts’ Game with them, I found myself liking several of them a lot more as well.  Plus, as I didn’t have to use them to remove my eye makeup I could use less of them, and concentrate them on my face where they belonged. It was an extra win for me.

Normally, when I think of Klorane I think of Dry Shampoo as they are my favorite brand of Dry Shampoo.  If I expand my thoughts I still usually stay in the realm of haircare.  I actually have a leave in conditioner from Klorane that I have scheduled to try out. I rarely think of them outside of haircare, but if their other products are as good as this Waterproof Eye Makeup remover, I really need to start branching out and trying some of their other products. 

The next time I order my dry shampoo, I will be ordering a full sized bottle of this eye makeup remover.  I’ll probably also keep this sample sized bottle around so I can refill it for travel. As it is the perfect size to fit into my travel kit.  I will probably also start poking around the site more to see what I can find to try out.  After all their Dry Shampoo is my go to product and the Waterproof Eye Makeup remover is now on my must keep stocked list.  I can’t help but wonder what other goodies the brand has to offer.

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How well does the Yensa CBD Superfood Dual Cleansing Oil work?

I have to say I have been really impressed with Yensa lately.  I was always a fan of their primer, but then I fell head over heels in love with their lip oil.  As you may recall if you read my IPSY unboxing post this past month, one of my repeat items was the Yensa CBD Super Food Dual Cleansing Oil.  At the point when the new bottle arrived I had been using the bottle of cleansing oil I had for about a month.  I am less than halfway through the bottle.  So in case you read the post and think, how did you get through so much cleansing oil in such a small amount of time?  I did not, this is the older bottle.

full face of makeup

So first, let’s see what the product claims are…

A dual makeup remover and cleanser infused with CBD and 8 SuperOils that nourishes, cleanses, softens and removes impurities without stripping the skin.  The eight benefits are:

  • Dual-phase Makeup remover and cleansing oil
  • Nourish, soothe and cleans the skin while removing impurities
  • Powered by CBD 8 super oils
  • CBD oil calms skin and helps reduce redness
  • Black sesame oil improves skin rejuvenation
  • Black cumin oil fights against acne and clogged pores
  • Chia seed oil restores moisture in the skin
  • Broccoli seed oil is rich in omega -6 and helps cell renewal

Ingredients: Heliantus Annuss (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed Oil, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cannabidiol, Bakuchiol, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Fragrance (Parfum)

Yensa

Now, I could be wrong, but here is my take on cleansers.  I am happy to see all sorts of good ingredients in them and I do prefer the ones that are designed with skin care in mind rather than throwing a bunch of elements at me.  However with a product like a cleansing oil, it is the first step in my skin care routine.  I apply the cleansing oil over my makeup, let it break down the makeup, rinse it off, and then go back with a regular cleaner.  Then of course I proceed to the toner. 

Cleansing oil over makeup

What this means is that the products that are in the cleansing oil, aren’t going to stick around long.  I don’t know how much cell rejuvenation and renewal the ingredients can do in the short amount of time they have against my skin.  I appreciate their efforts, but I am not looking for a whole lot of long term benefits in a cleansing oil. 

What I want it is to not cause damage to the skin, remove my makeup and not leave my skin feeling stripped. The lovely ingredients list tells me that the ingredients in the cleansing oil are not going to do damage to my skin.  Nothing in the list is something I have a sensitivity to and nothing is going to cause a reaction for me. So that is one box checked.  The only issue I could see is from the fragrance added.  However it is the last ingredient listed so I don’t think there is enough included in the product to be an issue.

water added to foam the oil

As for the scent of the product, it is slightly earthy.  If I was blindfolded and asked to sniff this cleansing oil I would be able to tell it was a CBD product. It has that CBD scent to it.   To be honest, I have no idea how else to describe it, and not because of my usual scents coming up as colors and tastes either.  It smells like a CBD oil.  The only time I have smelled that scent is in products with CBD in them. It isn’t a heavy scent.  It isn’t over powering, but it is present.  I don’t particularly mind the scent, but if you have issues with the scent, you might want to pass.

I really like the design of the pump.  It is easy to dispense, the bottle is sturdy and to be honest, I will probably end up reusing it when I am done with the product. Only two pumps of the product are needed to cover the entire face.  It is a clear oil in a green bottle.

As with most cleansing oils, it does have the tendency to get into your eyes when you remove your mascara and eyeliner. I did get it in my eyes.  It didn’t sting and surprisingly it did not stay to film up my contact lenses.  I had that problem with the Sunday Riley Oil cleanser.  Once in my eyes it would stick to my contact lenses and no matter how many times I took the lens out and cleaned it, the film remained so the world was a cloudy place.  I wear disposable lenses so it wasn’t as big a deal as it could have been but It was something that bothered me. 

clean skin

This Yensa CBD Superfood Dual Cleansing oil did not have that problem. When it did get onto my contacts, it was easily rinsed away.  Perhaps it has something to do with the dual cleansing.  Speaking of which…

After I applied the oil over my makeup and rubbed it around on my face, letting it start to break down the makeup, I added water as specified and began to wash.  The cleanser did foam up a little and then rinsed off.  It took 90% of my make up with it when it washed off.  There was a little mascara and a bit of foundation left behind (toner pads don’t lie), but most of it was gone. My skin did not feel stripped and I had no issues with clogged pores. 

However, I still felt as though I needed to wash my face with a regular cleanser.  Especially after I did the toner test and found makeup remaining. My skin just didn’t feel all the way clean with just the cleansing oil, dual action or not.

It is a very good cleansing oil, but I needed a regular cleanser to follow. I enjoyed using it for the past month and will continue to use it moving forward.  It is one of those cleansing oils that is a good reliable product.  I may set this to the side to try other products, but I will return to it until the bottle is empty.  I have no problem returning to it and in the future I might pick up another bottle. While I am more of a cleansing balm sort of person than a cleansing oil, this is one of the better cleansing oils I have tried lately. While I am uncertain about the eight listed benefits in the description, it does meet my three criteria, It doesn’t irritate my skin (or do other damage), it takes off my makeup well, and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped.


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