Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

A while ago I reviewed the Bioderma Micellar Water and this was my first introduction into the world of micelles!  I have (almost) swore off makeup wipes in favour of using micellar waters on those days/nights when I’m just too lazy to give my face a good “real” cleansing.

I really like the Bioderma but I’m not so fond of the price (around $20 Cdn for 250ml (on sale)). I had my eye on the Simple Cleansing Micellar Water for quite some time and as soon as I ran out of the Bioderma I purchased the Simple one for only $7 Cdn (for almost 200ml):

I’m just going to jump in and say it:  I LOVE THIS STUFF. BETTER THAN BIODERMA! I know, it’s a stretch (because of Bioderma’s cult following), but seriously, the Simple water is so effective at removing all my makeup with ease.  I soak just one round cotton pad, use both sides and my makeup is all gone.  For my waterproof eye makeup, I still go in first with a separate eye makeup remover, but the Simple is able to remove any last bits that may have been left behind.

Also, just comparing the Bioderma to the Simple, I noticed that the Simple has no taste (I will sometimes swipe the waters over my lips to remove lipstick). When I lick my lips after using the Bioderma, it’s like I get a subtle alcohol taste; with Simple, I taste nothing.

Another bonus: Bioderma can leave my face feeling ever so slightly tight after using; Simple does not!

I highly recommend the Simple Cleansing Micellar Water to anyone who wants an alternative to makeup wipes or to the more pricey Bioderma. This is the micellar water I’ll be repurchasing over and over again (dare I say, forever??).  I just wish it came in a bigger bottle!!

I give the Simple Cleansing Micellar Water: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried this cleansing water?  Like or dislike?  What’s your fave cleansing water?

Thanks for reading!


Bioderma Sensibo H2O Micellar Water

I’ve been wanting to hop on the micellar water bandwagon for some time now. After reading reviews about various brands that have their own version, I settled on my first try to be with the most widely reviewed and popular of micellar waters — Bioderma Sensibo H2O.

On lazy days, I admit, I will use makeup wipes to remove all my makeup (sometimes without rinsing or cleansing afterwards, eek!). The appeal of a micellar water is that you can use it to remove all your makeup without having to worry about following up with a cleanser.

Intially, I purchased the Bioderma Sebium H2O, which is the micellar water they make for combo/oily skin. I tried this once; yes it did remove all my makeup quite well, however, it stung my eyes and left my skin feeling tight and dry. Although I do have combo/oily skin, this formula was too strong for me. (Those with oilier skin, might find this tolerable).  So, I went back to the drugstore and exchanged it for the Bioderma Sensibo H2O which is formulated for sensitive skin.

This solution is virtually fragrance-free and has the consistency of, well, water! I soak 2 cotton pads with enough Bioderma to clean my entire face. First, I hold the cotton pads over closed eyes for about 20 seconds and wipe my mascara and eye makeup away with gently swipes. I turn the pads over and use them to wipe off the rest of my face makeup. After I’m finished, the pads are pretty much covered with all of my makeup — awesome!

This definitely leaves my skin feeling very clean and fresh. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped of moisture afterwards. I’ve read a lot of reviews saying that the Bioderma can remove all eye makeup, even waterproof, easily. Unfortunately, I can’t agree with this — yes, it does take MOST of it off, but I find that it doesn’t take ALL of it off (I always wear waterproof mascara so that makes it a bit tougher to remove anyway). What I’ll usually do is remove my eye makeup first with the Neutrogena Oil-free Eye Makeup Remover and then finish off my cleanse with the Bioderma. Overall though, this is a GREAT cleanser, so to speak, and I am not disappointed!

Now, let’s talk price. This is not cheap. I got this on at Shoppers drugmart for around $17.49 Cdn for the 250 ml and the little mini one I got for $5.99 Cdn — and these were sale prices at 20% off!

I’ve seen a few other micellar waters on the drugstore shelves — some of the more higher-end drugstore brands also have their version, like La Roche Posay and Vichy.  Of the “cheaper” brands, L’oreal has one. Apparently, Garnier has one, but I have yet to find this (some reviewers say it’s the closest dupe to the Bioderma; and Simple has come out with a version as well, which I haven’t found yet either.

I do like using the Bioderma. For some reason it makes me feel less guilty than using a facial wipe, as I feel like I really don’t need to rinse afterwards. I will probably continue to use the Bioderma, but until I find/try a cheaper version that does the same, I’ll stick to this for now.

I give the Bioderma Sensibo H2O: a HIGH FIVE

Have you tried this?  Like or dislike? Any suggestions on alternative micellar waters?

Thanks for reading!


Monthly Favourites: July

Hi Pretties!

Here are my favourite skin, face, body, and hair products for the month of July, with some brief thoughts about each one. Plus, one favourite random product thrown in at the end!

July Favourites:  Living Proof Thickening Cream; Bioderma Hydrabio Tonique Moisturizing Toning Lotion; The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Beautifying Oil; Real Techniques Buffing Brush

July Favourites: Living Proof Thickening Cream; Bioderma Hydrabio Tonique Moisturizing Toning Lotion; The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Beautifying Oil; Real Techniques Buffing Brush

SKIN: Bioderma Hydrabio Tonique Moisturizing Toning Lotion

Really enjoying this toner! If you want to read my full review on this and why I love it so much click HERE! Lucky for you, I just did a recent post on this product!

FACE:  Real Techniques Buffing Brush

The Real Techniques Buffing Brush has changed my mind about applying foundation. I was always partial to using my fingers (which I still do prefer) however, this brush gives such a great finish when I use it for any foundation I use. Been using this for most of July and I haven’t had any issues with shedding, even after giving it at least 4 good washes already throughout the month!

BODY:  The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Beautifying Oil

If you’re the kind of person that can’t be bothered with lotioning after a shower because it just takes too much time, this oil will help you out! I think this might be my third bottle of this stuff since last Christmas — I love it! You can see in the photo that this one is almost done and I’ve got a Brazil Nut oil waiting for me in my back-up stash!!

If you want to read my original review on this, click HERE!

HAIR:  Living Proof Full Thickening Cream

This little miracle product came in a Living Proof travel/trial set I purchased from Sephora for $35Cdn. The set came with a Living Proof Full Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner, the Thickening Cream, a Root Boost spray and a Primer. For a person with fine, thin hair, I’m always looking for products that pump up the volume and make my hair look thicker. So far, out of the Living Proof set, I am really enjoying the Thickening Cream. A small amount — about a dime-size dollop — is more than enough for my almost-shoulder length hair. It gives a bit of a “stiff” feeling to my hair after blow-drying, but after using my straightener and combing through, it leaves my hair feeling and looking thicker. It has a really nice scent to it, almost citrusy and minty — same as the shampoo and conditioner. Definitely considering purchasing a full-size version of this hair thickener!

RANDOM FAVOURITE: Kicking Horse Coffee

I am a coffee freak. I need me a coffee at least once a day, especially in the morning. Do you know anyone with a Starbucks GOLD CARD because they buy so much coffee there?  Well, now you do… ME!!

If I’m not buying my coffee at Starbucks, I’m brewing it at home and the brand that I purchase the most (and loving this month) is Kicking Horse Coffee. The brand has a wide variety of beans — from light roasts to dark roasts, even decaf. My personal favourite is Three Sisters which is a medium roast, but the one I have here is a light roast I thought I’d try, Kootenay Crossing, and I’m loving it so far!

Kicking Horse coffee beans are certified organic and fair trade and also roasted in Canada – yeah!!

There you have it! My July favourites!

What are yours?

Thanks for reading Pretties!!