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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Eucerin Dermopurifyer Cleanser | Review

You may have seen me talk about this product in a haul video back in April, and how I was my second bottle of this miracle product. I've been using the Eucerin Dermopurifyer cleanser from since October last year, and the three best things about it is that it's affordable, gentle yet keeps breakouts at bay. The not so great thing about it is the misleading marketing garb.

Now as I've already said, this cleanser works to keep my skin clean and mostly free of acne breakouts. It doesn't dry my skin out, or leave it with that tight feeling some more harsh acne cleansers do. I tend to use the Dermopurifyer with my L'Oreal Scrublet which gives a good gentle exfoliation, and I've even used this product to clean my Real Techniques Blending sponge for daily use.

The Dermopurifyer is a colourless,fragrance-free gel which produces a lot of suds and effectively cleanses off my daily makeup as well. I also use this in the morning, unless I choose to switch it up with the Biore Pore Unclogging scrub. Eucerin has prided themselves in making a product without fragrance and soap. But...here's where I got a bit confused.

When I first purchased this product and up to the point of the haul in April, the use of the term "ampho-tensides" on the bottle made this seem "revolutionary". Not that I only purchase based on marketing labels on products, but it honestly made me very curious. At first, trying to be smart with my knowledge of Chemistry, I assumed this was the small amount of salicylic acid it contained in its formula, but at the same time, I was conflicted by the term and other ingredients since ampho- (more specifically amphoteric) refers to a substance that can be both positively- and negatively-charged, or can react with acids AND bases. Salicylic acid is definitely not amphoteric. (It reacts with bases or negatively charged ions.)

In researching this mysterious "ampho-tenside" further, I found abstracts of medical journals, but no real information about it. Until I broke apart the word and realised this fancy "ampho-tenside" was simply referrring to detergent (surfactants).

I'm absolutely picky about my skincare products, especially one which is affordable and works, but they call this a "soap-free" formula and instead have replaced soap with detergent. I'm not sure if that's necessarily for the better. Sodium Cocoamphoacetate and  Sodium Laureth Sulfate are the detergents Eucerin uses in this product. In their defense, it's primarily Sodium Cocoamphoacetate which is coconut-oil derived, and if you have irritation with SLS you may be okay using this product, since there are lower concentrations than most cleansers.

Pros


  • Affordable
  • Foams well
  • Effective at keeping acne breakouts under control
  • Gentle cleansing
  • Does not leave skin feeling stripped or dry
  • Removes foundation and other makeup
  • Soap-free
  • Fragrance-free

Cons 

  • Slightly misleading marketing claims

Product Specifications

Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Cleanser is a daily-use, soap-free and fragrance-free formula for gentle, yet effective, cleaning for impure and acne-prone skin. Containing 6% Ampho-tensides, it eliminates excess sebum (serbboreah) while removing dirt and make-up. Its anti-bacterial properties rid skin of bacteria and inhibit bacterial reproduction and, as it is non-comedogenic, it won’t clog pores.
  • Volume: 200mL
  • Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Salicylic Acid

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I must say though, the labelling had me a bit lost sadly. But would I repurchas this product knowing what I do now? YES! It's $12.10BDS, which is very affordable for a liquid cleanser which is gentle yet effective.

Where to purchase: Collin's Pharmacy, Boots (UK), Amazon.com



Disclaimer: This product was purchased with my money. Opinions are my own.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Reflections on 2015

Seasons greetings to all! I hope that you've had a great Christmas season!

I just wanted to pop in and share a couple videos I recorded in December. Yes, I finally am recording again! YAY! I am going to definitely keep this up *crosses fingers*.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Return to blogging... (with photos)

Hey all! I've missed you all so much. It's definitely been too long since I last blogged, the only reason that I could give you is that life happened. And it was/is hectic.

So around the end of August, I somehow spilled water on my laptop *hides in shame* and had the time of my life to get back my computer from Customs/ my mail forwarder. I didn't get it back until... October, although it was repaired a lot earlier than that. Lesson learnt, people do not always have your best intentions at heart, sadly.

I probably said in a video that I'm still teaching, but not having my laptop which I had prepared a number of things on for this term, meant that I had to work a bit harder than I intended at the start of the term. Thank goodness for Google Drive and the OneDrive though. Even if you don't own a word processor, they have pretty good ones. Also have I mentioned how cool it is that Google allows you to sign into your Chrome and see your tabs from anywhere, even saves the bookmarks across platforms? Well that definitely helped.


Somehow I thought the term would drag along slowly, but instead it went along so swiftly that we're just about 2 weeks before the end. I barely have had time to catch my breath. If I've not been busy marking, or putting together more work for classes, I've been sleeping. Legit, just coming home and sitting down to do something, and within the next few minutes I'm asleep. I tried staying up to at least watch a few YouTube videos (since I can't edit at the moment) or even a show on Netflix, but instead they end up watching me. I'm turning into a 50-year old, haha.

My drive to make a video is there, but my room is ... messy at the moment (read: I ain't got the energy or patience to put everything in a perfect place right now, though I'd like to). I really  did just want to talk to yall. Say I'm still alive and making it.



Oh! And I have to make mention to my new hobby, Aerial Silks! I've been trying to stay fit with this really fun experience. (I'm not one who likes the idea of just a gym workout.) If you follow my Instagram you would have seen some of my posts on it.

Anyhow, here are a couple of pics to hold you over until I can make it back to YouTube fully.

Makeup I did for my first rave. I wasn't quite sure what was the best for a rave. Then to find out anything goes, haha.
Short-lived Amanda the African Daisy
Birthday week! Installed some twisted braids by myself.
Cake cake cake cake cake cake...
Wrapped handstand moves. Still working on them.


Let me know what other posts and videos you'd like to see!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Back to School Giveaways!

Hey all! I know it's been too long since I've posted here, but I have great news (if you read the title you already know)!

GIVEAWAY time since it's Back to School! I know, I know, no longer a student but I just love stationery and it always comes in handy. I posted this on my YouTube & Instagram about a week ago now. If you're not following me on either, make sure you do for future giveaways and life updates!


Anyone (student or otherwise) can enter!

YouTube giveaway rules:
Open to residents of the Caribbean, USA and Canada.
This giveaway will run from 28th Aug to 12th Sept 2015. (2 weeks)

1. Must be subscribed to my YouTube channel.
2. Have to be 18 or older, or have your parents permission to enter if you're not.
3. In the comments, answer what you're most excited about for back to school. Or if you're like me, why you're not that excited.
You can enter as many times as you'd like!

Instagram Giveaway rules:
Open to residents of the Caribbean.
This giveaway will run from 28th Aug to 18th Sept 2015 @11:59pm. (3 weeks)

1. Have to be 18 or older, or have your parents permission to enter if you're not.
2. Go to my Instagram, @thebajanchristina.
3. REPOST the giveaway image with the hashtag #b2swithChris (so that I can find it)
You can enter as many times as you'd like!



Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Relaxer day & Hair colour change | Relaxed Hair update #11

Hey all! It's been a microwave minute since I last did a hair update. I'm such a bad beauty blogger. Anywho, this weekend I not only relaxed my hair, but I switched up my colour and did a thorough assessment of my problem areas, my thin ends.



Thursday, June 18, 2015

L.A. Girl Glazed lip paints | Swatches & Review

By now you’d think that the hype of these would be dying down, but nah! These are still as relevant as ever. The first time  I spotted these (in September 2014) I was either in Cherish, or a beauty supply store and I was stoked, remembering Leina had compared them to the Too Faced Melted lipsticks . Hardly anyone else was on to them. Then of course, our lovely ladies at Moden Makeup posted about them and before you knew it, everywhere had them! Also like most things in Bim, with more hype comes higher, random pricing. So before you run out to go purchase these, be sure to check more than one place for the best price. I wouldn’t suggest paying more than $15 for these. If you’re more interested in the swatches, skip below the review.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Makeup Doll Cosmetics Lip gloss | Review

Hey all! This review is long overdue, so I'll keep it nice and short. Late last year I bought these 2 lipglosses from MUDC here in Barbados and I've been loving them ever since.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief | Review

Christmas was very good to me. I was able to snag a bunch of skin care minis from Clinique to try out, all while buying gifts. Score! You probably already know I’m always in search of a light-weight yet moisturising moisturiser for my normal skin type. I used to think I had dry skin and so I thought the richer the better, but turns out my face doesn’t agree, especially when you throw Barbados’ heat into the mix.
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