The Milkiest of Jellies

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This is how Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser is described on Glossier's site.

"Non-foaming, velvety on the skin, smells slightly of flowers, & removes all makeup – even mascara" is how I personally have described it on my blog (& to friends).

You've probably heard of Milky Jelly by now. You've seen it on Facebook – or on top shelfies – & you've probably seen the ad campaign that generated some…snickers in the comments section (we get it, it's goopy & transluscent-white, okay?)

Milky Jelly Cleanser is one of Glossier's best-selling products. It was also one of the first. About two years ago, Into The Gloss posted an article entitled "The Glossier Cleanser: Milky Jelly is Here!"

According to the article, this cleanser had spent a year in development. This was after ITG (& Glossier) CEO Emily Weiss posted an article on the site entitled "The Glossier Cleanser: What's Your Dream Face Wash?"

Basically, she was asking people to tell her what they wanted. The idea? A cleanser that would work on all skin types – & please all customers.

Of course, it's impossible to please everyone – we all know that. But I get a lot of questions about Milky Jelly, what skin is best suited for it, what's the scent, etc. These questions keep coming…so it means that people are still interestd. What is Milky Jelly like?

Recently, Glossier started promoting Milky Jelly again on their Instagram, as you can see here:

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Four milky jelly bottles? Backups on backups on backups? My first instinct was to laugh – then I scrolled through my feed. A few minutes later, I'd found at least three photos of Milky Jelly that I'd posted at some time or another – all of them featuring more than one bottle in the frame.

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I am that backup girl. That's me. I do actually freak out when I don't have at least one backup for this cleanser. I also drool over images like these uploaded to the Glossier Instagram story:

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So…why do I love this so much? What's so great about Milky Jelly Cleanser for me? What are the ingredients like? What about texture? Scent? Let's answer some of these questions. When a product is being promoted, curiousity arises. So – I'm here to (hopefully) answer some of these questions.

Why do I love this so much/what's so great about Milky Jelly Cleanser for me?

Well, I have dry/sensitive skin. Most foaming cleansers are a living hell for me – they absolutely strip my skin of any moisture…something that toner cannot make up for. The only exception is the CLĒ Cosmetics Oxygen Foam Cleanser (read about it on their blog here), but that's a rare exception.

Milky Jelly works great mornings & evenings; it works well on dry or damp skin. It really does melt off my makeup – mascara can be difficult, so I'd advise you keep at least a little micellar water on hand. Other than that, however, I know that I don't have to worry about leftover makeup on my pillow if I wash my face with Milky Jelly before I go to sleep.

I also never get a tight or dry feeling after using Milky Jelly. That's good – it means that my skin is still hydrated, which is super important for someone with dry/sensitive skin.

I love the subtle, floral scent of the product – as well as the velvety texture. The texture is extremely difficult to describe; I'd say "velvety" is about as close as it gets. I can do better with the scent, though: let's call it rosy but not antique; summery but not cloying. It fades gracefully with time – like the best of scents.

So – I like Milky Jelly Cleanser because it keeps me hydrated, removes my makeup, has a relaxing texture & a fresh scent. It's easy to travel with & easy to use.

So – what's so great about Milky Jelly Cleanser that it's truly universal?

Emily Weiss says:

"Basically everyone wanted what we wanted—we were all thinking about it the same way. What we settled on is basically a jellified micellar water. Our formula is based around the same cleansing ingredient you find in contact lens solution—so super gentle—but with conditioning elements like comfrey root extract and betaine that moisturize and soothe the skin while you clean it. Once we had that down, it became about really nailing the right texture." (x)

So – soothing, hydrating. But what are some key ingredients that make it right for everyone?

  1. It's pH-balanced. That means straight off that it'll work to cleanse without unbalancing your skin's dryness & moisture levels. That means calm skin – which means clear skin.
  2. The gentle agents used in the cleanser (called Poloxamer) are also used in contact lens solution; that makes it safe to use around the eyes – which is why it's such a great (safe) eye makeup remover.
  3. Rosewater replaced 1/4 of the H20 content in Milky Jelly's formula. Rose anything is soothing & reduces redness/inflammation. This, again, means clearer, calmer skin. Plus…smells great. (If you're sensitive to rose as a scent this product is not for you! Take note)
  4. Comfrey Root Extract takes major credit for helping out those with dry skin – it contains allantoin, which heals skin that's dry or stressed.
  5. Sounds complex, but works pretty simply: Aquaxyl refills skin's water reserves & improves the barrier to improve overall hydration. Strengthened barrier = less bacteria. Less bacteria = clearer skin (see what I'm saying here)

Hold up….it says "soap free"??? That's okay. Soaps contain detergents, which are drying & irritating. Just because it's soap free doesn't mean it's not cleansing – ex. cleansing oils!

A few extra bonuses: appropriate for all skin types, paraben free, sulfate free, cruelty free, non-comedogenic. So, basically: it's good for your skin (no matter what skin type you have) it won't clog your pores, it smells good, no animals were hurt, it works as a makeup remover…Shall I continue?

No, but seriously. I love Milky Jelly with all my heart. In fact, it's one of my Top 4 picks on my Glossier Rep Page:

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Glossier's come out with some incredible products this past year – the whole time I've been a customer (& now a rep, too!) I've seen some amazing products that have changed the game for me. But – no matter what's next (& it's good, I promise) Milky Jelly will always have a place in my Top 4. For all of the reasons I mentioned above. & also more. I'll tell you more – you just have to ask. You might not even have to ask, actually.

Get yourself a bottle of that Milky Jelly! & oh – why's it called that? Says Annie Kreighbaum, the Executive Editor:

Once we knew what we wanted it to look like—a milky jelly—then the name was obvious. It’s fun to say. I actually don’t remember a time when we didn’t call it Milky Jelly—sort of like with Boy Brow or Balm Dotcom. Those names were always the names.” (x)

There you have it. Oh! One more thing. The more bottles of Milky Jelly you buy, the better your sticker game will be. Mine gets better with each bottle – & each sheet.

Is Milky Jelly your holy grail cleanser? Why or why not? Do you have another holy grail cleanser (that you think I should try)?

Love,

Sof ❤

Here's a link to my rep page. I'm honored & so happy to be working with Glossier! They've given me vision, direction, & creative inspiration (& good brows that stay put) & I am infintely grateful for that. 

FOREO Challenge: Part 2 (The Verdict)

It’s me! I’m back! After 7 days of using the two FOREO products I was sent (the LUNA Mini 2 & the IRIS Eye Massager) I am back to report results).

Like I mentioned in my opening post, I am going to be extremely hard on & honest with my review, since these products are not cheap. If they’re not worth tha $139 price tag, I will absolutely be clear in letting you know that.

Before I get to my notes that I took every night after using the products, let me just describe to you how I used the products: I used only one cleanser the whole week, so that any effects (good or bad) I got, I would know they were from the devices, not the cleanser. The cleanser I used was Glossier’s Milky Jelly – a cleanser I am super familiar with – one that I already know how it works on my skin, device or no device. As for other products – I didn’t use any new ones. I used a few facial oils, some serums, & moisturizers/essences, but none of them were ones I hadn’t tried before. Basically, the only new things I was giving a go were the LUNA Mini 2 & the IRIS Eye Massager.

The LUNA is supposed to be used only once at night for one minute. Done. The Iris is supposed to be used twice a day: 15 seconds on each eye in the morning, 15 seconds on each eye in the evening, which adds up to one minute total. Also done.

So, with all that information made clear, let’s proceed to the notes I took after using the devices each evening, & what my impressions were!

first night!

  • Wetting skin, massaging on Milky Jelly, going to town with the LUNA
  • Easy; pauses every 15 seconds so you know when to move to a different area
  • Different speeds etc., this I found a bit confusing so I just stuck to the default speed. The manual seemed straightforwards, but I just couldn’t figure out how to switch speeds
  • The LUNA felt really, really gentle; no complaints on my end about roughness on my face. I don’t feel like I’ll get microabrasions from the “bristles”
  • My face wasn’t red afterward – this is unusual, since even my charcoal sponge gives me a bit of redness. I take this as a good sign
  • IRIS was on a fast setting & it took me about ten minutes to figure out how to slow it down; in the end, though, I found it super soothing & calming. It’s really relaxing IF you have it on the right setting for your own eyes

Second night!

  • Wet skin, used with Milky Jelly
  • Now, I knew a little better how it worked! Because of this, I feel like it was more effective
  • Products used: Glossier Milky Jelly, Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs & Rosewater, Glossier Super Glow Serum, The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10%, Anese Slay Serum, Sunday Riley U.F.O., Saturday Skin Featherweight Cream
  • I applied Milk Makeup’s Cooling Water Stick, followed by Saturday Skin Wide Awake Brightening Eye Cream, & used IRIS (again was easier to use because i had figured it out better…finally at a lower speed! Nice nice nice
  • So, far so good – no irritation or redness (actually the opposite my skin feels very clean but it’s not red at ALL when i’m done cleansing (usually the case)

Third night!

  • Okay…I really do think this thing (LUNA) is working. My T-zone had quite clogged pores on Day One. They’re is going away very fast – much faster than usual
  • However, it could also be because I amped up my lactic acid from 5 to 10%, so that’s definitely something to consider
  • No irritation, no redness, no micro abrasions, no new breakouts. Yay! Skin looks clear. Also yay!
  • At this point, it’s super easy to use. I will say it takes a minute & a half to figure out what works best for your face (some people might prefer a higher setting, others might prefer a lower one).
  • The device is fully charged; I don’t expect it to run out any time soon. It says it has about 300 uses in it once fully charged; this seems realistic to me. There’s no evidence in it slowing down or being less effective. Even so, it’s super easy to charge it (comes with a charging cord)
  • I would say it takes about two days to get the hang of these things. Once you do, it’s super soothing (both LUNA & IRIS). I was super tired tonight & this felt like an amazing facial massage
  • Goodnight!!!

Fourth night!

  • I did a Sunday Night Detox (as per usual). Used Drunk Elephant Babyfacial, rinsed it off, then went on with my other usual products
  • Everything went really smoothly
  • I can definitely see the LUNA making a difference in clearing up clogged pores
  • The IRIS is making my eye area more defined; I don’t know exactly how to describe it but it keeps my eyes from being puffy which makes my cheekbones look nicer…does that make sense?? Anyone? Bueller??
  • Anyway… it looks & feels really good

Fifth night!

  • When I woke up this morning I had a few breakouts, but that happens sometimes after doing the Babyfacial (detoxing remember)
  • I tried a higher setting to remove my cleanser; felt really nice – like a more intense massage
  • Thanks to the IRIS, my eyes truly look amazing. bright, wide awake – never puffy, but i haven’t lost my dark circles. i’m actually glad about that
  • Just a side note that my dark circles might be from my anemic tendencies & not from genetics or lack of sleep

Sixth night!

  • Surgery tomorrow morning
  • Easy easy! Used LUNA in the shower with Milky Jelly. I usually don’t like washing my face in the shower – just feels gross – but I decided to do it because I’m also testing out some hair products that require me to “hang out & wait” in the shower for a little longer so I might as well. Didn’t feel gross! I actually felt really good & felt like I was taking advantage of the time on my hands
  • My skin was feeling a bit dry – because of this, I decided to hold off on The Oridnary’s lactic acid, but used all the same products otherwise. Results?
  • FRESH AND SOOOO GLOWY the next morning!!!!!! Despite my lack of sleep & anxiety over the procedure of the day!
  • I did wake up with one small red spot under my nose from irritation/dryness (?) i used the glossier moon mask in the morning & it went away
  • IRIS feels & looks amazing – last night of the initial test tomorrow!! I have a good feeling…

Seventh Night!

  • Well…night after my surgery day
  • Unsurprisingly was feeling a bit rough…plus, super dry, because of dehydration (thx, “no fluids after 10 pm”)
  • Because of feeling so dry, I went super gentle on my night routine, using only moisturizing products
  • Despite all the stress/sleeplessness i’d been through the past 7 days due to surgery prep etc. my skin looks clear, glowy, & my eyes (amazingly) are not puffy or red
  • Wow, just wow

So, these notes might seem a bit scatter-brained – that’s because they are! It was a quick documentation of my experience after using the devices every night. Overall? I really, really like the two devices. I especially like the LUNA Mini 2. I think if you were to buy one of the two, I’d go with the LUNA. The IRIS is amazing, don’t get me wrong – but if you’re around 20 years old like me, you might not necessarily need an eye massager that claims to reduce wrinkles, dark circles, & puffiness. Like I said – don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing! – but the LUNA is probably going to get more use. The LUNA is amazing to travel with, super versatile (can be used in or out of the shower) & I really like the different settings – you can decide how intense you want your cleansing experience to be. I would say that it’s kind of confusing to figure out how to change the speed settings on both devices, but once you do, it’s heaven – because you’re able to customize your facial cleanse, & find a setting that works effectively & steadily, no matter what.

My face looks clearer & brighter, like I said. I had a lot of stress & lack of sleep the past 7 days, but I still look alert, glowy, & able to function – what a miracle!

I say miracle because it’s really, really hard for me to go places without being told that I 1) look tired or 2) that I look sick. The answer to both of these questions is that yes, I am tired; yes, I am sick. That prompts further questions that I either don’t want to answer or don’t have the energy to respond to! So…it’s great to feel like I can use two plastic devices on my face to make me not look like The Walking Dead.

Final verdict: FOREO! I love you! i especially love your LUNA. Younger people: if you’re considering a FOREO device, I’d go with the LUNA. It’s easy, it’s travel-friendly, & it will improve your skin. I have had absolutely no micro-abrasions since I started using the LUNA, which is amazing! It takes a very special product to avoid that calamity. For older people: consider both, perhaps, & know that the IRIS will improve the area around your eyes! It’s a great device, & I truly love both of them. Howevevr, if I were a paying customer & could only afford one, I’d go with the LUNA. I know I’ll travel with it, get more use out of it – it’s basically my baby at this point.

So: FOREO, thank you for sending me these products to test! I’m glad I got the experience to do so. & readers: I hope this helped settle your minds on FOREO’s products, if you were considering buying one. Remember that if the LUNA is still too expensive for you, there’s a mini (non-rechargeable) LUNA sold for $40 at most Sephoras/Ultas & on FOREO’s website…so if you’re still doubting the power of LUNA, you can give the mini a go. Don’t worry, I get it – $139 is a lot to spend on a device. In my opnion, this will last a long, long time (& I’ll let you guys know if it doesn’t!), so while I’m glad that I did, yes, recieve these for free, after trying them out, I do believe that they’re worth the money – especially the LUNA.

I hope you guys liked this review, I hope you found it honest & forthcoming (that was the goal!) & I’d love to hear your thoughts on any FOREO device you may have purchased. Let me know in the comments below!

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Five days into using my FOREO products. no makeup, just sweat (as a highlight)
Love,

Sof ❤

FOREO Challenge: Part 1

I love a good facial cleanser. Obviously. What I’m trying to say is that I really did have a breakthrough moment when I started using a non-foaming cleanser (aka Glossier Milky Jelly) & slowly started to figure out my skin type, what was good for it, & what was not, & that there are, yes! foaming facial cleansers that work beautifully, like the CLĒ Cosmetics Oxygen Foam Cleanser.

But I digress. I’ve been properly cleansing my skin for about a year now – when I say “properly,” I mean that I know what type of skin I have (dry/sensitive) & what tends to work best for it. I know which products to stay away from & which ones to hoard like a dragon.

I don’t know if everyone can relate…but remember middle school? Unfortunate time, I know. But for me, in middle school (& the first two years of high school), it seemed like everyone was asking for a Clarisonic for their birthday present or Christmas present. I really was never interested…after all, I don’t even remember what I used to clean my face at that point – probably…hand soap? – so I just kind of shrugged my shoulders. Didn’t seem like a great present for me, but I was happy for those who got them.

Clarisonic was pretty new around that time – hence the hype. As I got older, I started hearing people complain about their Clarisonics (& similar devices), talking about how they actually made them break out worse, how the device was breaking open their skin, etc., etc. By this point, I felt wary enough about them to know: I was not going to be using a device like that on my face. &, after I got diagnosed with my illness, & started immunosuppressive medications, I became even more aware of taking care of my skin – & how I can even infect my own skin by my own body (see here).

My point? I had to be super careful & super gentle with my skin. Not just my face…all over my body! But since the skin on our faces is the most sensitive, I had to treat it with extra caution. So – basically, no Clarisonic for me. Ever.

In November of last year, I started using a charcoal vegetable sponge, only $5 or so at Ulta (you have to change them out every 2 months or so!) & saw great results. People were talking about how charcoal sponges were basically the Clarisonics for those with sensitive skin; that they get rid of impurities without breaking open the skin. Basically, it was perfect for me! Since then, I’ve been using them quite religiously, & I do believe it makes a difference. I use it only once at night (I just cleanse with my hands in the morning) & that seems to do the job quite well. It cleanses gently – but you can feel it doing its job.

Then, just this week, I got a package from Foreo. You probably have seen Foreo’s products in either Sephora or Ulta – you know, the pretty, egg or cylinder-shaped objects, usually in pastel colors. Essentially? They’re electronic charcoal vegetable sponges (with a much higher price point). The intent is the same. The devices have bristles, yes – which I was initially wary of – but the bristles are made of silicone, rather than some sharper material. Basically, they’re very soft & gentle. They’re raved about in Vogue, they’re pretty, they’re small, they’re waterproof…on & on & on.

But. BUT. I’m still skeptical. Because I don’t know if my skin can take this. On the skin of my hand, both devices they sent me feel nice…but on my face? I don’t know what to think yet. Let’s get acquainted with both devices.

Foreo LUNA mini 2 Sonic Face Brush

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Called a “cool & customizable face brush,” the LUNA mini seems like it’s just an updated version of the original. I was sent it in the shade “mint” – cute, kind of like an Easter egg. It has “eight adjustable intensities for a fully customizable cleansing experience,” & “the updated 3-zone face brush is optimized for all skin types.” Again…a bit skeptical. But okay, moving forward. You’re only supposed to use the LUNA on your face for one minute a day. This is both comforting & concerning to me. Comforting because one minute doesn’t seem like a long time – so I won’t injure my skin with micro abrasions. Concerning because…one minute doesn’t seem like a long time….you get my point.

The LUNA has 8 “pulsations” or speeds, so that you can choose the one that best suits you; the one that feels most comfortable. Again, according to the site, the “T-Sonic pulsations deliver the unique ability to remove 99.5% of dirt and oil, as well as makeup residue and dead skin cells, and exfoliate without irritating the skin.” Its touch points come in a variety of thicknesses & textures – all on the same device – so that again, you can choose the one(s) that work best for your skin. This seems pretty comforting. By the end of reading this, I’m less scared than I am eager to try this out. Especially because: “It is extra gentle & hygienic. Even softer touch-points are extremely gentle on the skin; ultra-hygienic silicone is nonporous to resist bacteria buildup; it is 35X more hygienic than standard cleansing brushes”

These are all big, BIG claims. But this is an expensive device. It’s waterproof, has 300 uses on a full charge (yes, it comes with a USB cord) & claims to be “A skincare investment – no replacement brush heads needed (shade at Clarisonic?) two year warranty, & 10 year quality guarantee.” Finally: “Users experienced 97% more deeply cleansed skin, 97% softer & smoother skin, & 87% healthier looking skin.” Again: big claims.

Like I said. This is an expensive device. No two ways about it! So, with my sensitive, immunosuppressed, infection-prone face, I’m going to use the LUNA on my face for a week (unless it gets me hospitalized, in which case I’ll stop) with the cleansers I usually use (the Glossier Milky Jelly & the CLĒ Cosmetics Oxygen Foam Cleanser) & see what happens. As a side note, you can use whichever cleanser you like with this device – I’ll be using the ones I always use because there’s no sense in switching it up! Because this is an expensive device, I’m going to be tough on it. I’m specifically going to see if it’s a worthwhile investment for people with suppressed immune systems – & if it is, I will sing its praises to the heavens to all of you, & throw away my charcoal sponges with bliss. If it isn’t, I will let you know. It seems to me that Foreo is pretty invested in the hygienics & effectiveness of its products; whether that’s true, only time will tell! On to the next device.

Foreo IRIS Illuminating Eye Massager

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Yeah. You might be having the same thoughts I had. No, it’s not that. This is meant to…massage your eyes, or the areas around your eyes. Mine came in “petal pink” (cute, very millennial) &, like the LUNA, has a 2 year warranty & a 10 year quality guarantee. It doesn’t say whether its waterproof, but if it works similarly to the LUNA, I would guess so (however, I don’t see the need in massaging your eyes in the shower…so…).

Reading through this, what this device seems to be is an electronic version of a jade roller: it’s inspired by lymphatic eye massages (originated in Asia, which is also where the jade roller originates), & is supposed to decrease puffiness around/under eyes, decrease dark circles & bags, reduce crows-feet & fine lines.

I am 20 years old, so I can’t really say much about the fine lines (I don’t have any yet…unless they’re so fine that I can’t see them) but I do have an issue with under-eye puffiness. I have dark circles, but that’s because I’m anemic – I’m not sure if the IRIS will help my dark circles, since they’re from anemia. However, I don’t mind my dark circles – I actually kind of like them! – so what I’m looking for here is a decrease in under-eye puffiness, which the IRIS is said to do 3.5x more effectively.

Again…big, big claims here. & expensive devices.

Both the LUNA mini & the IRIS are $139. That is objectively expensive. & I didn’t pay the price for these devices! So, when I use these devices, I will constantly be reminding myself of their cost, as well as evaluating their effectiveness. I’m specifically trying to see, like I said, if either or both of these devices are gentle yet effective enough for sensitive (immunosuppressed) skin.

I have a few friends who purchased the smallest version, the LUNA Play Plus, which is not able to be recharged, though it can be used with batteries – so in a sense, it is rechargable. (??) It’s $49, much cheaper, obviously, as well as smaller. My friends who’ve purchased this version basically did so to see if the larger version would be worth the while. I’ve heard good things, even great things – but their skin types are different than mine, so I do have different things I’ll be looking for. Basically:

  • Will it get rid of texture/impurities/clogged pores better than my cheap charcoal sponge?
  • Will it be gentle (yet effective) enough for my sensitive skin?
  • Is a product this expensive worth the investment? Does it do everything it claims to do?

I received these devices today in the mail; they’re currently charging. I’ll be using them tonight for the first time – one minute each, just like the manual says. I will check back in one week with an extremely honest review. Are these worth the money? Are they both worth the money? Is just one worth the money? We’ll see. Until then!!!!

Love,

Sof ❤

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Charging up for tonight. I KNOW WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE!!! I KNOW! I know. I. Know.

Visit foreo.com if you want to read even more in-depth product claims/product reviews. Overall, both of these devices have, for the most part, 4.5 to 5-star reviews. Everyone seems pretty happy, even thrilled! But the real question is: will I be? -S