Budget Beauty: Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser

While I was home in NJ for the holidays I snooped around my Mom’s beauty cabinets and found Neutrogena’s Deep Clean Cream Cleanser.  I’d never used this before, so I figured I would use it daily for a week and a half to see if it was a good Budget Beauty buy!

First off, I’m a huge Neutrogena fan, I think they really are the best for budget friendly, high quality, products.  I’ve used a variety of Neutrogena products since middle school (!!) and I have never been disappointed. 

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Ole Henriksen’s Balance Oil Control Line

It. Is. Finally. Summer. Time.

The past month has been filled with end of year testing, report cards, and moving out of our temporary school…I’ve been non-stop for quite some time, but I am so happy that I now have my summer to relax and focus on something that makes me truly happy…this blog!

With the weather heating up quickly, I need to make sure my current skincare products reflect the inevitable…oil control.  I tend to have naturally oily skin to begin with, so knowing that humid and hot days lie ahead, switching up my routine is at the forefront of my beauty to do list.

A few months ago Ole Henriksen released a new line, Counter Balance, aimed at solving all of your oil control needs.  When I opened a box from Influenster and saw the new Balance Oil Control Cleanser, Toner, and Hydrator, I just about fell over in excitement.  The hype around this line was real and I couldn’t wait to dive in and get to using these products!!

Let me start by saying I’ve been using these three products in the morning, as a way to prime my skin for the long, oil bound, day ahead.  This line features Ole Henriksen’s trademarked Green Fusion Complex, which includes antiseptic properties to keep oil at bay, as well as many botanical ingredients such as kelp, eucalyptus, green tea, and Irish moss extracts, to keep skin calm and hydrated.  

I use the Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser as soon as I wake up, and in addition to the Green Fusion Complex, the cleanser also has alpha-hydroxy acids that help to unclog pores and control oil.  Despite the AHAs, this cleanser doesn’t leave skin feeling tight or dry, which can so easily happen with a product aimed at oil control.  My skin feels refreshed, matte but not dry, and ready for product after using this cleanser.
Next, I use the Balancing Force Oil Control Toner on a cotton pad.  I try to focus most on my T-zone and chin area as I wipe the toner on my face…those can be my oiliest spots during the day, and I want to make sure I control that as much as possible.  The toner is definitely my favorite part of this line, I love the peppermint and eucalyptus scent, and it makes me feel and look super matte…again, without feeling dried out.  I also tend to use a bit more in an area where I have a breakout since this toner contains glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids.
After the toner I apply one of my many serums, it depends on the day and what I want to focus on, and after I let the serum settle in I follow up with the last product in the line, the Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator which is super lightweight.  It creates a great base for my makeup each morning,  I’ve skipped primer some mornings because I’ve been so pleased with the way this moisturizer mattes my skin.

This entire line has been great for my skin for the past month.  The heat and humidity and wreck havoc for those of us with oily skin types, but this Ole Henriksen line does a great job in setting up skin for success against the weather.  Stop by Sephora and test out the feel of the toner and moisturizer, guaranteed you’ll fall in love!  I recently discovered they have an Balance it All Essentials Kit, which has mini versions of each, perfect for traveling!

[Disclaimer: I received this products in exchange for review through Influenster.  All opinions are my own.]

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Top 5 Cleansers for Combination / Oily Skin

A great cleanser is the foundation for #skingoals.  I’m a huge believer in toners and serums, but honestly, they can’t get the job done unless your skin is prepped by a great cleanser.  I’ve used tons of cleansers over the years ranging from drugstore to high end, all targeted toward my skin type, combination to oily. 
Today, I’m sharing my Top 5 Cleansers, in 5 sentences or less, for skin types just like mine…sometimes oily, sometimes more combination.  I take my skincare routine seriously, and as I said above, I know that both in the morning and evening my cleanser is prepping my skin for the rest of my routine.
Top 5 Face Cleansers

This is one of my all time favorite cleansers, although I haven’t purchased it in a long time, since I’m trying to use up the 500 other cleansers I have!  I’ve loved using this with my Clarisonic, although it is just as great without a device if you don’t have one.  This face wash is perfect when experiencing a breakout, the clean feeling it gives is squeaky, which can lead you to think it’s drying, but it isn’t.  I know it combats any unnecessary oiliness I’m experiencing, and therefore sets me up perfectly in the morning before applying makeup.  If you’re acne-prone this is the perfect cleanser for you!
I will always have this somewhere in my home, and always bring a mini when I travel.  This product truly is the best all in one cleanser out there, and I’ve been using it for literally 8+ years.  Aside from the fact that it removes makeup, cleanses, tones, and hydrates, it also is super gentle and deep cleans pores.  I love to travel with Purity Made Simple because it does the job of both makeup removing and cleansing where I know I don’t need to bring extra products.  Also, it’s a great brush cleanser!!
This is a smaller skincare brand, but I cannot begin to tell you how much I miss using this cleanser when I had it.  This face wash has menthol, willow bark extract, and marshmallow extract, and it is the absolutely perfect cleanser if you have oily or acne prone skin.  The menthol and willow bark create a not too intense tingly feeling, you can actually feel the ingredients go to work while you’re cleansing, which is why it is one of my favorites.  The chances of anybody being familiar with this brand is slim, but trust me when I say, this Lytic Gel Cleanser is a great product, and I noticed improved texture in my skin when I used it! 
This is a Fresh cult classic for sure because it is perfect for all, yes all, skin types- & not only is perfect for all skin types, it’s perfect for all skin ages.  I use this cleanser regularly, and so does my Mom, and we both keep repurchasing because it is really just that great.  I like to use this at night, after I remove all my makeup, the gentleness of it is great after wearing makeup all day long.  The soy proteins help with skin elasticity while rosewater and cucumber extract help promote a balanced and calm skin tone.
The ultimate budget friendly cleanser, this Neutrogena product deep cleans by removing dead skin cells and purifying pores with beta hydroxy.  This face wash is more on the moisturizing side, so I have used it mostly in the winter when I do experience the occasional dryness.  Do not use this to remove makeup because it won’t work out too well, I suggest using this after you have throughly remove makeup or in the morning to prep your skin for the day. 
I’m always looking to add new cleansers to my beauty closet, even though I have so many to go through! What are some of your go to cleansers??  Leave me a comment below, and share your favorites.

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Budget Beauty: Simple Skincare Cleansing Micellar Water

I love trying out all the varieties of makeup removers these days from cleansers to balms, removing oils and, today’s feature, micellar water.  I don’t have a particular favorite type of remover, but I do have a favorite brand within each.  For micellar water though, is has to be Simple’s Cleansing Micellar Water, which I find to be so gentle and thorough at removing my makeup.


If you’re wondering what micellar water is let me fill ya in.  Micelles are tiny cleansing oil molecules that draw out dirt, makeup, anything yuck you don’t want at the end of the day, leaving your skin cleansed and pure.  This particular micellar water has Vitamin C and B3, which helps to hydrate and purify skin as you’re removing makeup.

Another part about Simple’s Micellar Water that I love is how fresh and pure my skin feels after using it.  There’s no residue, & you don’t need to rinse after use.  Since the solution using Triple Purified Water, it leaves you with such a clean and great feeling.


Simple’s Micellar Water is perfect for removing your more everyday makeup, versus heavier makeup and eye makeup.  I love using it nightly, and the price point is almost too good to be true.  Def pick it up next time you’re in your local drugstore, Ulta, or Target!

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water | $7.99

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Clarisonic Mia 2 Deep Pore Dextoxifying Solution Kit

I’m a huge Clarisonic fan, I’ve had a Mia for a couple of years, and I switch out the brush heads depending on what my skin needs at the particular time.  If you’re unfamiliar with the Clarisonic brand, it’s a facial sonic cleansing system that cleans skin incredibly well.  Clarisonic says they get 6x more dirt out of pores than just regular face washing by loosening and removing that dirt, makeup, etc.  I must say, the results I get from using it on a consistent basis are incredible.  Sometimes I go for a while without using my Clarisonic, and I can see the difference in my skin.

Unfortunately, my first Mia isn’t working as well as it used to, it’s probably about 3-4 years old now, so it has run its course.  I was so excited to try the new Clarisonic Mia 2 Deep Pore Detoxifying Solution Kit because I has seen it on some websites, and the idea of a deep pore detoxifying solution sounded magnificent to this beauty blogger!

Not only does Clarisonic put out a great facial cleansing system, they also have done a great job with their skincare products, such as cleansers and masks, as well.  You don’t “need” to use a Clarisonic cleanser with your Clarisonic, I didn’t use their brand cleanser until recently, but they actually make a really great product!

The Deep Pore Dextoxifying Solution Kit comes with a bunch of great goodies.  First, you get the Mia 2 device, which now functions with 2 speeds of cleansing, along with the 60 second timer, to help customize what your skin truly needs.  You should not use the device for more than 60 seconds, one minute truly is all you need.  One added bonus in this kit, that I didn’t have with my first Mia, is a case for it, which is really helpful in keeping it clean and in its own “spot”.

The kit also comes with the Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, in a great size too, no tiny sample bottle in this kit, and a Deep Pore Detoxifying Clay Mask.  I’ve been using the Clay Mask twice a week, it’s your average clay mask, I enjoyed using it.  I remove the mask with the Clarisonic when I’m done for a little added clean, it feels great.

If you’re looking for an every day facial type of feel, I highly suggest you invest in a Clarisonic, it is life changing!  & here’s a bonus, score 15% off your Clarisonic order with the code HERCAMPUS until November 20!  Yes, November 20!!  Clarisonic also makes a great gift idea.  If someone you know already owns one, think about getting them a few brush heads for the holidays, using the 15% off code makes it so worth it!

[Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Clarisonic and Her Campus Media.  All opinions are my own.]

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Budget Beauty: Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil

Recently I’ve been wondering…how did I ever take off my makeup without using a cleansing oil?  Since the fall I have been religiously using a variety of cleansing oils, & I am so addicted.  I love my PM skincare routine, but seriously, since incorporating a cleansing oil as my main makeup remover, I seriously look forward to it every single night.  Weird, right?  I don’t know why but I’m just obsessed with how well a cleansing oil takes off makeup and preps my skin for my PM cleanser.

If you’re unfamiliar with the cleansing oil trend, that’s okay, it’s relatively new.  The good news is, no matter what skin type you have, there’s a cleansing oil for you.  So, yes, that means a cleansing oil can even work for those of us who have an oily skin type.  The, not so, bad news is, there are so many cleansing oils to choose from now, almost every brand has come out with one, & since they aren’t necessarily “cheap” it can be difficult to find the right one.
Essentially a cleansing oil is going to effectively remove makeup while also using the oils in it to unclog pores.  It’s strange to think of an oil unclogging pores, but cleansing oils don’t sink into pores, they work keep the good oils present on your skin while eliminating the “bad” oils we’re most familiar with needing to combat.  These cleansing oils are also filled with all sorts of antioxidants, botanical oils, and vitamins. 
One of my favorite drugstore brands of cleansing oil Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Cleansing Oil with Coconut & Argan Oils.  The scent is light and coconut-y, and at night when I’m exhausted from work it’s refreshing and calming.  This oil is also super lightweight- I’ve been using a variety of cleansing oils recently and this one is without a doubt the most lightweight I’ve used.  

The Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil is also great at removing makeup with no residue- there’s no oily feeling once you wash it off, and my skin doesn’t feel anything but clean and hydrated.  As far as eye makeup and mascara, I simply lightly massage the oil over my lashes, not pulling, and it all comes off.  I’m able to easily follow up with a nightly cleanser and can trust that that cleanser is able to do its job on my clean skin.  I have read some reviews of users experiencing a breakout after using this product, but I have sensitive skin, have been using this product for months, and never experienced that in the slightest way.

I know the price tag might not seem so budget friendly, but seriously this is a great price for this type of product.  If you’re looking to try a cleansing oil I’d try Burt’s Bees, they are such a well respected brand and I think this cleansing oil delivers great results!! 

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Budget Beauty: Bioré Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar

I’m a huge fan of charcoal products, I’ve been using a variety for quite some time.  While I love Origins and Lush charcoal products, it’s always nice to try a more budget friendly option every once and awhile.  Bioré makes great products, and once I saw their Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar* I knew I needed to give it a try.



If you enjoy reading beauty articles, there’s no doubt you’re familiar with how great charcoal can be for your skin.  Charcoal is basically a magnet for dirt and other yucky things in your skin, it’ll pull out anything clogging your pores and will control excess oil by delivering an excellent exfoliation.

The Bioré Charocal Bar contains peppermint oil and jojoba beads as well, which keeps skin feeling fresh and smooth.  I use this product every morning, but I only put the bar directly on my face and exfoliate every 2 or 3 days- otherwise I just create a nice lather and wash.


I’ve found a huge change in my skin since using this product, I wear makeup every day and for a long time.  Using the Bioré Charcoal Bar in the morning really sets me up for my makeup application and long day.  I’ve noticed a huge drop in tiny breakouts and pore issues I was having, and I know for a fact it’s because of this fantastic product!

Next time you’re in your local drugstore pick up the Bioré Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar*, it won’t disappoint!! 

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Unique Buy: Feather & Bone Face Gems

One of the toughest packing challenges I have is making sure I have a high quality face cleanser that won’t spill in my bag or take up too much space.  I’ve had my favorite travel cleansers miraculously open en route to my destination, covering all my beauty products and just causing a mess.  Ugh, too annoying.

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Feather & Bone put a new spin on facial cleansers with their Face Gems Face Wash, making their all natural exfoliating cleanser in a tablet form.  Super unique, and perfect for traveling, I loved throwing the foil wrapped tablets in my makeup case during a few weekend getaways.

The tablet is formed using sandalwood, fullers Earth, and starch- which deliver cleanliness, exfoliation, and hydration…in that order.  All I did was run the tablet under running water, crush it up, and massage it into my skin.  It worked perfectly- didn’t irritate, fully cleansed my skin, and left me feeling clean.

All in all I really enjoyed using this super unique face wash.  It was something new to me, and I had fun using the Face Gems.  While I might not use it regularly while I’m at home, I would certainly use it while on a trip- you really cannot beat the convenience!!

Each box of Face Gems Face Wash has 60 tablets, so they keep you covered for quite some time.  Check them out on the Feather & Bone site, and pick up a box for $15…a steal in my opinion.

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Obsessed: Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

My most recent empty has made me really quite sad.  Two weeks ago I ran out of my favorite makeup remover, the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser.  I had quite a few samples of this when it came out, and then Birchbox was kind enough to send me a full size.  
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

I am so in love with this cleanser.  It comes with a muslin cloth that helps to exfoliate and remove all the makeup.  The formula of the cleanser itself is fantastic, it’s creamy, hydrating feeling, and has a light and refreshing eucalyptus and rosemary scent.  It removes all makeup, waterproof included, and does so in such a kind way…it doesn’t feel like your skin is being stripped of anything besides the day’s makeup.  I honestly have never used a cleanser that left me feeling so nourished, it’s amazing!
If you have sensitive skin, this cleanser is def for you…it calms my redness and the cleansing cloth isn’t harsh at all.  If you use the cleanser without the cloth, it won’t remove all of your makeup, the cloth is super important if you want all that makeup off.  However, I’m a double cleanser during my PM routine, so I would sometimes not use the cloth, and not really care, since I also follow up with a cleanser targeting the mood my skin is in at the current moment.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish | $25.50


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Budget Beauty: Burt’s Bees Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleansing Towelettes

I’m a huge Burt’s Bees fan, my two favorite products being both the Pomegranate Oil and the Pink Grapefruit Lip Balms.  Howeverrrrrr, recently I’ve added another Burt’s Bees product into my daily routine, the Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleansing Towelettes, that have become a serious daily obsession.  I used to use the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes pretty regularly, but I thought I’d give the Burt’s Bees product a try since they’re more natural, & honestly, I like the packaging more too.

Burts Bees Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleansing Towelettes

These cleansing towelettes work great to take off my daily makeup, it even gets all of my mascara off.  Grapefruit is great for oily/ acne-prone skin, which is why I’ve always used a cleansing wipe with grapefruit as the featured ingredient, and the Burt’s Bees wipes are natural and paraben-free, which is what drew them to me the most.

After removing all my makeup I feel fresh and clean, even though I always follow-up with a cleanser just to remove any lingering dirt or makeup, and I never have that film-y feel some wipes tend to leave on skin.  I think these facial wipes are perfect when you get home after a long night out, and the gentle refreshing scent is helpful for those times too, if you get what I mean.

I know there are hundreds of new and different facial wipes out there in the beauty world right now, but currently I’m loving the Burt’s Bees Pink Grapefruit, and I think I will for quite a while!

Burt’s Bees Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleansing Towelettes | $5.99

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