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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!


ABS’s Favorite SK-II Products (Cleansing Oil and Air-Touch Foundation Reviews)

April 26, 2008

SK-II’s Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil is the one item in my skin-care regimen that I couldn’t do without. I know people have differing opinions on it, but for me it’s a lifesaver. It’s the only thing that keeps my pores clean and keeps my blackheads at bay, so I’m more than happy to dish out the $50/bottle (plus one bottle lasts forever)!

I’ve always had a hate/hate relationship with the pesky blackheads on my nose. The evil little things take up residence and refuse to budge! I’ve tried everything out there, from strange chapstick-like Japanese devices to Biore nose strips, scrubs, blackhead extraction devices that look like Medieval torture instruments, and aspirin masks-but nothing fazes my blackheads. I scrub and I scrub, but when I look in the mirror the darn things are still happily staring back at me from my nose.

I purchased the SK-II cleansing oil one year from duty free on a whim. I honestly don’t know what possessed me to, since I have oily skin and why would you think to put oil on oil? But it’s really worked wonders for my skin. Every night I take a good pump of this and work it into my skin, giving myself a mini facial. I concentrate on my nose area, working it into my pores and applying slight pressure. If you have blackheads, you should eventually be able to feel them slide right out and voila, you’ve given yourself a deep clean!

The one complaint I do have about this cleanser is that I feel the need to follow up with a foaming face wash since this leaves an oily residue behind. The oil has pitera in it so is supposed to be good for you, but I wouldn’t leave the oily remnants on my skin as my skin is oily as is.

Now there are tons of other great cleansing oils out there-Shu Uemera, DHC, Amore Pacific, etc. I haven’t tried all of them, nor am I inclined to as I’ve found one that works great for me, but if this doesn’t fit into your budget remember that there are cleansing oils for any and all price ranges!



SK-II Air-Touch Foundation

What is it? SK-II Air-Touch foundation is the first of its kind. A portable air-brush foundation system that fits in the palm (well not really) of your hand. It’s compact and delivers on each and every promise it makes. And as an added bonus, it contains Pitera, SK-II’s famed anti-aging ingredient.

How it works: The initial unit ($150) comes with one foundation packet, and after you’ve gone through that, the refills are available in sets of two for $80. While the price is a bit steep at first glance, remember that you’re in essence paying for two foundations at once-hopefully that makes it a bit more palatable! I know the foundation packets seem ridiculously small, but this is an airbrush system, meaning you’re really only using a tiny amount each time, and that small slim packet will last you quite awhile!

Once the unit is locked and loaded, you switch the device on and spray your face in a zig zag motion. I like to focus on my cheeks and under my nose, as those are areas where I tend to have redness. You can go as sheer or as heavy as you want, as this’ll never look cakey, but the longer you spray, the longer the foundation will take to set, meaning you face will be sticky/prone to smudges for awhile.

Comparison to other spray foundations: Prior to the SK-II Air-Touch, DiorSkin AirFlash was my spray foundation of choice, but having tried the SK-II I can never go back. The Dior gave me great coverage and was fun to use, but I could always feel it sitting on my skin. The biggest issues I had with the Dior was that it would get everywhere-all over my hair, my clothes, and my eyebrows. I had to resort to using this right out of my shower, with my hair completely covered with a towel. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it at the time, but the fact that the SK-II foundation’s ionized particles don’t stick to anything but my face is a deal-clincher for me.

Pros: Air-Touch provides beautiful natural looking coverage that leaves your skin with a dewy glow (scroll down to see how this looks on). The spray mechanism obviates any need to touch your face (aka no pulling/tugging/bacteria), is fun to use, and doesn’t get any foundation where you don’t want it.

Cons: The foundation takes a good amount of time to dry if you don’t set it with powder, and if you do set it with powder and you’re not careful, the powder will stick in a giant clump to one spot and refuse to budge. Also, if you touch the foundation before it’s completely dry, it’ll leave a noticeable smudge/streak. If you haven’t the unit in a while, the foundation will separate a bit so you must use the droplet setting on your unit to expel some foundation in order to have it operate correctly. And finally, the unit’s a bit heavy and hence not as portable as you’d hope

Conclusion: Yes it’s a bit arduous to use, but really what foundation isn’t? This is much faster and easier than applying foundation with a brush, and gives you an unbelievable finish. On those days when I don’t feel like bothering with this, I use a regular foundation or tinted moisturizer and then just use this as a finishing spray, as you still get the same flawless finish. I think this is really a must-have for every woman’s makeup arsenal, even if it’s reserved for those special occasions when you need to look perfect.

Saks had a promotion going on where you could get the spray unit for free with the purchase of $300 worth of SK-II products. I don’t know if it’s still going on, but it’s definitely worth looking into.

Left: Before applying anything (straight out of the shower)
Right: After Air-Touch but before setting with powder
{don’t mind the fact that my face halves don’t match up. it’s hard to crop two separate photos into a whole face!}

Have you tried the cleansing oil or the Air-Touch foundation? Been curious about them? Have questions about colors? Let me know what you think! (and please no comments on how terrible my skin looks before makeup!)