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L’Oreal Go 360˚ Clean Scrublet vs. Random Japanese Scrubbie

January 5, 2010

Just to show you how good a deal L’Oreal’s Go 360˚ Clean cleansers are, I’m bringing you a quick comparison of the Scrublet you get with L’Oreal’s cleanser vs. a similar scrubby I purchased at my local Japanese market (all on its own, no cleanser included). Check out the details and more photos after the jump!

So admittedly the Japanese scrubby (on the right) is pinker, larger, cuter, and comes with finger loopies – but surprisingly it just doesn’t match up to L’Oreal’s Scrublet for several reasons.

#1 it’s just too large and floppy and therefore a bit of a disaster to use. The finger loops do help to hold it in place, but the added size really does nothing for this as I prefer to focus on smaller areas of my face while cleansing.

#2 the suction on my Japanese scrubby is pure rubbish. Stick it on my mirror, walk by a few hours later and there it is, sitting on the ground, just crying to be picked up. Contrast that to L’Oreal’s suction which stays put for days on end. Really people, it’s the little things that make me happy :).

#3 – it really comes down to price. From what I can remember, I paid close to $5 for my Japanese scrubby, whereas L’Oreal’s Scrublet + cleanser is a mere $6.99 – who can argue with numbers like that?

My conclusion? Go out and try L’Oreal’s Go 360˚ Clean for yourself. It’s inexpensive enough that I can suggest it to all of you without feeling guilty, and fun enough that I know you’ll all want to indulge!

Drugstore Discoveries: L’Oreal Go 360˚ Clean Deep Cleanser with Scrublet Review

January 5, 2010

If you’re anything like me, you look at a $6.99 cleanser on the shelf at the drugstore and wonder if it can really be any good – you’re probably used to the drying, irritating, strip your skin to the bone type of cleansers that many drugstore brands seem to love releasing. Well your inner recessionista will rejoice over the awesomeness that is L’Oreal’s new Go 360˚ Clean Deep Facial Cleanser. Check out the details after the jump!

The Go 360˚ Clean Deep Facial Cleanser makes a fantastic daily cleanser. On my simultaneously super dry yet super oily skin, Go 360˚ Clean provides a wonderful deep clean that removes trace of foundation (it’s not so great with the mascara) while also keeping my skin break-out and blackhead free. And the best part? It’s non-drying!

What makes this a ‘love’ product for me is L’Oreal’s darling little Scrublet (close-ups below) that comes cleverly nestled within the Go 360˚ Clean bottle. Its soft, siliconey nubbies are gentle enough for use on the most sensitive of complexions but deep cleansing enough to keep the most stubborn of pores clear and blackhead-free. Plus the back has a suction cup (if you don’t feel like sticking it back into the bottle) so that you can pop the Scrublet onto your mirror, shower door, or other surface of choice for easy storage.

I only have two tiny gripes and they really are pretty minor – I’m not crazy about the slightly medicinal scent, and I don’t know about you but the top of my bottle is ridiculously hard to get open. One other thing I should mention is that while this is a great cleanser, it’s not very high-lathering meaning if you’re used to working your cleansers into a rich, thick, luxurious foam, you might be a little disappointed.

If you’re like me and have gargantuan mutant blackheads that never know when to quit, L’Oreal’s deep facial cleanser just may be the product for you, and given that it’s well under $10 even after tax, it’s definitely worth a look-see. If you’ve tried the other versions of this product (I’ve got my eye on the cream and the exfoliating versions) I’d love to hear about them!

Availability: L’Oreal Paris Go 360˚ Clean will be available February 2010 at and chain drug, food and mass market retailers for $6.99.

A press sample of this product was sent to ABS by the brand’s PR representative for blog consideration. I probably would’ve purchased this anyway because I’m a sucker for the cute scrubby! If you have any questions regarding the foregoing, please feel free to contact me at

L’Oreal 2010 Sneak Preview: Go 360˚ Clean Cleanser with Scrublet!

December 16, 2009

L’Oreal Paris’ new Go 360˚ Clean is an innovative new cleanser collection which comes paired with the Scrublet cleansing tool that goes beyond clean for an extraordinary pore-by-pore daily cleansing experience. Pores look smaller and skin is cleaner, smoother and softer.

More info and photos after the jump!

Go 360˚ Clean includes L’Oreal’s Scrublet cleansing tool, a super-soft, flexible cleansing disc that applies the collection’s cleanser with 500 extra-supple touch pints that gently glide across the skin, activating the cleanser formulas on contact to create a high-foaming lather. This rich lather penetrates into the pores, unclogging them and gently removing traces of dirt, oil and makeup in every last pore, crease and crevice.

Go 360˚ Clean offers a complete range of cleanser calibrated for ideal performance with the Scrublet:
The Scrublet pops right into and out of the custom-made bottle for convenient storage, and even comes with a suction cup allowing you to stick the Scrublet onto your bathroom mirror or tile. I’ve been using the Deep Facial Cleanser for a few weeks now and my skin is looking pretty fabulous if I do say so myself, and my pores are noticeably tighter looking. Full review to come soon!

Availability: L’Oreal Paris Go 360˚ Clean will be available February 2010 at and chain drug, food and mass market retailers for $6.99.

Drugstore Discoveries: Burt’s Bees Radiance Facial Cleanser Review

December 3, 2009

Burt’s Bees Facial Radiance Cleanser with Royal Jelly
($10.00 for a generous 6 fl. oz.) is one of those drugstore gems you discover every now and then – the kind that makes you wonder why you bother to spend $50 on a pricey department store cleanser that you happen to love but loathe shelling out for every few months. Read the rave after the jump!

Burt’s Bees Radiance Cleanser
is pretty much exactly the kind of cleanser I like to use every day. It’s a light lotion-type cleanser that, when mixed with water, lathers lightly and becomes wonderfully milky. It’s effectively removes all of my makeup while leaving my skin neither stripped nor oily thanks to the additions of nourishing royal jelly and very lightly exfoliating jojoba beads. Plus I do happen to be rather fond of the packaging, particularly the easy lock mechanism for the pump which makes this a dream to travel with.

I actually have noticed that my skin appears to be brighter when I use this cleanser on a regular basis, and I have every intention of stocking up and using these as stocking stuffers. I think they’re a bargain at only $10.00 a pop (it’s tough to find a good product under $10 nowadays) and do recommend that you check them out!

This was my first Burt’s Bees purchase and I’ll definitely be making more in the future. Who knew that a drugstore cleanser could feel so luxurious and department store-y?

Jill Stuart Cleansing Oil Review

September 21, 2009

Since the Jill Stuart Beauty line is at long last available in the US, I figured it was about time that I got around to reviewing her uber-girly sweetly scented Cleansing Oil for you.

Containing strawberry juice, apricot seed oil and raspberry essence, the Jill Stuart Cleansing Oil helps to massage away dead skin and the grime that the surface of your complexion may have accumulated during the day. To read more on why I can’t live without my cleansing oil, check out my SK-II Cleansing Oil review.

See more photos and check out my full review of Jill Stuart’s Cleansing Oil after the jump!

What I love about the Jill Stuart is basically the wonderful at-home experience you get out of this one little bottle ~ it’s quite literally a treat for the senses! The bottle is a treat for your eyes (I feel like a princess just looking at it), the cleansing oil itself smells just heavenly (it has Jill Stuart’s signature fruity scent to it that I LOVE), it feels fabulous as you massage it into the skin, and it rinses away nicely leaving your feeling cleansed and pampered.

My one little caveat is that when I get this particular cleansing oil in my eyes, it does sting a little, but I love all the other aspects of the Jill Stuart Cleansing Oil so much that I’ve managed to look past this one little flaw.

If you’ve been looking to try a cleansing oil, definitely give Jill Stuart’s a shot! Not only is it pretty affordable compared to other cleansing oils that I’ve tried, but it’s also finally available stateside through the Jill Stuart boutique meaning you’ll no longer have to fly the stuff in from Asia. Remember that while it seems counter-intuitive, cleansing oils are actually fabulous for keeping oily skin clear and happy, so do give them a chance, you just might be pleasantly surprised!

Drugstore Discoveries: Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Foaming Cleanser Review

July 28, 2009
Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Foaming Cleanser – Oil Free ($7.99)
Some soaps can over-dry your skin. New CLEAN & CLEAR® Makeup Dissolving Foaming Cleanser has a rich lathering foam that gently lifts away dirt and makeup without leaving an oily residue. This oil-free formula is gentle enough for daily use.

Nicole introduced me to this after I introduced her to the wonders of Clean & Clear’s Soothing Eye Makeup Remover (review HERE – the stuff is seriously awesome!) and so now having officially tried all of the items in Clean & Clear’s makeup removing/dissolving line (all the stuff that comes in white & purple packaging) I can without hesitation say that it’s all pretty amazing! You already know how I feel about the Eye Makeup Remover, and how much I love the Facial Cleansing Wipes (review HERE), and this foaming cleanser is just one more Clean & Clear product that I’m mighty surprised to find myself raving about.

This is one of those ‘starts off as a liquid and dispenses as foam’ products, which I’m usually not crazy about as the foams tend to be weak, puny little things that re-collapse into their liquid forms without offering any real satisfying foamy action, but Clean & Clear’s is actually a nice, silky feeling foam that seems to be able to retain its foamy goodness during use. I usually need to use multiple cleansers to remove my makeup, but unless I’m wearing some ridiculously heavy-duty mascara, this slim, affordable bottle of purple goodness eradicates any and all makeup remnants while leaving my skin feeling as soft and smooth as a baby’s bottom.

I like a good, rich foam so I tend to use two to three pumps of this cleanser at a time, but the results really do speak for themselves. This doesn’t dry out or irritate my sensitive skin and does exactly what it’s supposed to do – remove stubborn face makeup in one go. If you’re at a drugstore be sure to check out this entire Clean & Clear line as it’s really wonderful (although I’d exercise caution with the products not from this line as some have broken me out terribly)!

Ingredients: Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Glycerin, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Polysorbate 20, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Citric Acid, Isoceteth-20, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Camellia sinensis leaf extract

Drugstore Discoveries: Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes Review

July 14, 2009
Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes ($5.99 for 25)
These convenient, pre-moistened oil-free wipes instantly dissolve all traces of dirt, oil and makeup deep down to the pores. They even remove waterproof mascara. In one easy step, your skin is left perfectly clean and refreshed with no oily residue, so there’s no need to rinse.

Say hello to yet another wonderful product from Clean & Clear that’s wallet friendly, and like the eye makeup remover I raved about HERE, comparable to a higher end product (in this case MAC’s makeup wipes). The Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes have become a staple for me, in large part because after a late night at work or out with friends (or just watching Eureka on my laptop) I’m often too lazy to wash my face. These have saved me on many an occasion!

Lazy butt that I am I always having these sitting by my bedside table within easy reach should I already be lying down in bed — I can just feel around blindly for these without having to get up! The packaging is utilitarian and basic, no frills here. You get a plastic packet with a lift up sticker that seals in moisture, nothing at all fancy about it.

And what makes these makeup removing wipes so great? Well first of all the wipes are large enough to use on the entire face: one wipe is sufficient to remove every last bit of makeup, although I do like to use a separate remover for my more stubborn mascaras. What’s also simply fabulous is the texture of these wipes. They have this weave to them that makes them almost like a light fabric and the texture really snags every last bit of foundation/eye makeup/other mess you may have gunked on your face leaving your complexion feeling cleansed and refreshed.

Close-up of the material.

These are contact-wearer friendly and definitely something I’d suggest checking out should you happen to be at a drugstore in the near future (I believe that I saw these on sale at Duane Reade sometime last week). Between these Makeup Dissolving Wipes and the Soothing Eye Makeup Remover, Clean & Clear has really been impressing me. Plus Nicole told me that their foaming face wash (the one that’s purple and looks like the eye makeup remover) is pretty great too – it’s next on my list of things to check out!

shu uemura Limited-Edition Tokyo Kamon Cleansing Oil

July 8, 2009
In collaboration with renowned manga artist and beauty expert Moyoco Anno, shu uemura introduces playful new packaging. The oils remain the same; the bottles are more beautiful than ever.

Moyoko created the Tokyo Kamon Girls, a series of five sophisticated yet modern characters that adorn the Cleansing Oil range. Inspired by kamons (Japanese family emblems), each signature cleansing oil features unique designs and meaningful kamons that describe individual female characteristics.

shu uemura ‘Moyoco Anno Skin Purifier – Fresh’ High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil ($65)

A lightweight cleansing oil that leaves the skin clean, fresh and refined. Cute motifs drawn in pink adorn the bottle of Fresh Cleansing Oil which is designed with an image of the pure and innocent Tokyo kamon girl, Sakurako. The delicate chrysanthemum adorning the Fresh Cleansing Oil is one of Japan’s most symbolic flowers that is used as the kamon of the emperor. While the flower is most common in shades of yellow and white, Moyoco adopted a pink palette to give the image cuteness and elegance. Inspired by the cherry extract in the Cleansing Oil, she also created a cute cherry blossom kamon.

shu uemura ‘Moyoco Anno Skin Purifier’ High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil ($65)

The original shu uemura cleansing oil. Expressing sparkle and happiness, vines and shimmering heart-shaped flower petals adorn the bottle of Balancing Cleansing Oil which is designed with an image of the fulfilled Tokyo kamon girl, Tsuruha. Leaves and vines playfully intertwine in the design of the Balancing Cleansing Oil, which also features heart-shaped flower-petal icons shimmering in delicate pink.

shu uemura ‘Moyoco Anno Skin Purifier’ High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil ($65)
A rich cleansing oil that leaves dry, dehydrated skin clean and nourished. An eye-catching checkered pattern adorns the bottle of Cleansing Oil, which is designed with an image of the strong-willed Tokyo Kamon girl, Tamaki. The energetic pop of orange color on the High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil is enhanced by a color mix of monotone checkered patterns and beautifully arranged black kamon. Checkered patterns are often used in kimono textiles. Inspired by the orange shade of the High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil, Moyoco drew Tamaki in the mandarin leaf kamon.

shu uemura ‘Moyoco Anno White Recovery EX+’ Brightening Cleansing Oil ($75)

This gentle cleansing oil leaves the skin appearing more even-toned, translucent and smoothed. An audacious combination of noble purple and vivid green adorns the bottle of Brightening Cleansing Oil, which is designed with an image of the coquettish Tokyo kamon girl, Katsura. Inspired by the color of the Brightening Cleansing Oil, Moyoco chose the combination of alluring purple and fresh green, which is common in traditional Japanese designs. Fresh green expresses young leaves and purple expresses beautiful wisteria.

shu uemura ‘Skin Purifier’ Premium A/O Cleansing Beauty Oil ($75)

shu uemura’s #1-selling Premium A/O Cleansing Beauty Oil, an anti-aging and antioxidant skin purifier that thoroughly cleanses the skin while protecting it against the internal and external aggressions associated with aging. An exquisite contrast of dynamic pine trees in an eye-catching bright red color adorns the bottle of Premium A/O Cleansing Beauty Oil, which is designed with an image of the elegant Tokyo Kamon girl, Matsuno. Moyoco’s first creation for the range is intended as a harmonizing image, taking inspiration from her immediate surroundings. A magnificent Japanese pine tree inspired by the deep, austere green of the Premium A/O Cleansing Beauty Oil dominates the rest of the image in an eye-catching shade of red.

I’m so loving these limited edition shu bottles, but at $65-$75 a pop they’re painfully expensive, especially when I don’t love shu uemura’s cleansing oils nearly as much as I do other ones. Either of those first two bottles could easily tempt me over to the dark side though! Which are your favorites?

Drugstore Discoveries: Clean & Clear Soothing Eye Makeup Remover Review (and a Quick Bi-Facil Comparison)

July 6, 2009
Clean & Clear Soothing Eye Makeup Remover ($5.99)
CLEAN & CLEAR® Soothing Eye Makeup Remover gently conditions as it dissolves long-wear eye makeup. Its oil-free formula, infused with a combination of cucumber extracts and aloe vera, soothes and refreshes the delicate skin around the eyes.

I’m ashamed to admit that I’m terrible about removing my eye makeup, mostly because it’s just so tough to remove. But when I did reach for an eye makeup remover, it was always Lancome’s Bi-Facil; it’s pricey ($26 for 4.2 oz as opposed to $5.99 for 5.5 oz), leaves me feeling greasy and irritates my eyes a little bit but I’d always heard it was the best out there. Well I’ve now found an alternative that’s dirt cheap, readily available and simply superb at removing even the most stubborn waterproof mascaras and eyeliners (even my Majolica Majorca which nothing has been able to remove until now) ~ Clean & Clear’s Soothing Eye Makeup Remover.

What I Love: I’ve actually had this sitting around on my vanity for a number of months now. To be honest I figured since it was cheap it wouldn’t be any good and wasn’t really planning on using this (it was given to me by a friend) but this is some seriously great stuff! Just like the Lancom Bi-Facil, I shake the bottle to mix up the dual-phase formula, soak a cotton pad with the remover, press the cotton pad to my eye for 15-20 seconds and then voila, even the most stubborn eye makeup melts right off! I’ve tried many many eye makeup removers, and this is definitely one of the best, especially for the price!

Not So Much: The packaging could be a little better, but I guess for $5.99 I really shouldn’t be complaining. Other than that I really can’t find anything wrong with Clear & Clear’s Soothing Eye Makeup Remover–it really is that good!

Am I the only one who loves bi-phase products? It’s so much fun to shake them up!

The Verdict: If you’re a fan of Lancome’s Bi-Facil but can’t stomach the price, Clean & Clear’s Soothing Eye Makeup Remover is an amazing alternative! The oil-free formula is non-irritating, doesn’t leave an oily film over your eye area, feels less greasy than Lancome’s formula, and most importantly, gently removes even the most budge-proof eye products. My inner (much-supressed I swear!) beauty snob cringes a little at how much I love this stuff, but you can’t argue with results!


And in case you’re curious, the INGREDIENTS:
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Benzyl Alcohol, Dipropylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Chloride, Poloxamer 182, Tripotassium EDTA, Benzalkonium Chloride, Allantoin, Dipotassium Phosphate, Potassium Phosphate, Propylene Glycol, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract (Cucumber)

Wonderbar’s thewonderbar Review

June 2, 2009
($40 for 25 grams; $105 for 80 grams)

I’m sure many of you remember my Wonderbar post from a few months back-if not, click HERE for a refresher. This little bar contains a mix of detoxifying, herb-rich Heilmoor clay from Austria and an algae-based nano-concoction called Chlorey’nahre designed to enable the skin’s dermis to absorb the clay’s benefits. And of course being me, I was dying to try it but loathe to pay $40 for an ugly brown bar of soap.

Lucky for me I was able to get my hands on a small sample of the stuff, and it’s pretty amazing. I’ve been using it on and off for about a week and a half, and let me just say that the Wonderbar’s claims to leave your skin feeling baby smooth are 100% true. I lather up with my mini bar, let everything sit for a few minutes, then wash it off and my skin is seriously softer than any other product has been able to get it. My skin feels soft, smooth, toned, and just overall looks healthy and wonderful. I’m thinking I may get a 25 gram bar for myself!

I will say that my mother didn’t love this as much as I did–she has very very dry skin, and she said the Wonderbar left her face feeling a little tight. As for me, I’m a Wonderbar convert!

If you’re interested, check out the Wonderbar at