Hello there lovelies! I know it’s been a while since my last k-beauty review, but I’m finally back with review of a few products by one of my favourite lines and stores – The Face Shop!
Today, rather than make-up, I’m going to be reviewing four products, while also doing my best to maybe help some of you in finding a new and refreshing way to clean your face every morning and night. Now, this isn’t my complete routine – only a select part of it, to be honest – but it takes up a huge part of my cleansing routine.
Alright, so the four products in question are all from a specific line by The Face Shop which is a company that bases its lines off of the idea that beauty is natural, and thus their products are made with the exact same idea – natural ingredients. They have multiple lines, but two that stand out to me are The Clean Face line and the Herb Day line, the latter being the one we will be analyzing today.
The Herb Day line is probably one of my favourites as it is affordable while also being excellent products that are just as healthy for your precious skin. Now, the items pictured below are the Herb Day 365 Cleansing Foam (Aloe), Herb Day Eye and Lip Make-up Remover, Herb Day Green Tea Cleansing Cream and lastly the Konjac Cleansing Puff. Forewarning, expect some high ratings for all of these products and I will be reviewing them in the order in which I use while cleansing my face.
Firstly, we shall examine the eye and lip make-up remover. I use this to remove in the specified areas, including eyebrows if I have used a pencil to shape and darken them for the day. Do not use this on your whole face as it is specifically meant to help cleanse the eyes and lips only as they have other types of wipes form this line made for skin make-up removing. This product comes in wipes, which I use, along with a liquid for those of those who do not like using the prepackaged wipes. I can easily say the price of this is 5 out of 5 lipsticks, only being 4 USD in store and you get 30 wipes which works out to be 13 cents a wipe. This product can be purchased on The Face Shop website in their skincare section as well as from various eBay sellers, most including free shipping. As for overall effectiveness, I will also give this product 5 out of 5 lipsticks as the scent is very clean and not overpowering upon opening the package. The next best thing about this remover, especially for those with sensitive skin, is that it is not harsh on the eyes or lips and does not leave behind any strange chemically taste as most North American products do. Obviously don’t lick it, but the left behind on your lips is nothing to fear. When I used to use an Olay remover, I found it smelled of chemicals and such for almost an hour after using which was a huge turn off in the first couple uses. These wipes will easily remove my dramatic black eyeliner, which is water proof, as well as the rest of my make-up around my eyes. It takes about two wipes on darker or thicker lipsticks before my lips are completely clear of any colour as well. I would definitely recommend these to anyone, to be honest. It’s very effective at what is does and really has no bad after effects.
Next, we shall have a look at the cleansing cream in green tea. The cleansing cream in question comes in various other flavours including aloe, five cereal combination and a fruit mix. All of these are effective, yet do different things depending on your skin type and the purpose of use. They are supposed to be used in a two-step method in washing your face and the green tea is great for those who are looking to remove make-up. Green tea is generally good for tightening of the skin while also reducing redness and imperfections. Pictured below is what the cream looks like.
This cleansing cream has mild granules in it to help with removing dirt and oil from the skin, while also not being abrasive and drying to your skin. Use warm water to wet your face before applying and rubbing into a lather. You can either splash your face to remove it while rubbing or use a warm, soft and wet cloth to gently rub away the cream from your face. The price of this product is once again an easy 5 out of 5 lipsticks as it only cost me 8 USD. Once again, you can purchase it online from The Face Shop or from various eBay sellers who normally include free shipping. The product itself is very easy to use and has a very nice scent, and to be honest, I would give it a full mark but I haven’t used it with very heavy make-up yet so for effectiveness I will give it a 4.9 out of 5 lipsticks. I’m definitely in no way saying this is a bad product – I will continue to purchase it but I haven’t done a night outs make-up and tried to remove it with this.
After this step I get out my little Konjac sponge and cleansing foam! Now, most of you are probably wondering, ‘what the hell is a konjac sponge?’ Well, I’ll tell you. This fancy little guy is a hundred percent all natural sponge pulled from various locations in Japan and South Korea. Depending on the one, it will also be made from different things. The sponge I have is a hundred percent pure white konjac which is a plant fiber and some sponges have been made with various plant extracts from bamboo to cherry blossoms to mint. Konjac is rich in vitamins (A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D and E), proteins, lipids, fatty acids and natural minerals such as copper, zinc, iron and magnesium which is excellent for your skin overall as it is nourishing and it is rare for one to have an irritation to one of these sponges. I honestly would recommend purchasing two sponges, one for the face and one for the body, to cleanse your skin overall as it is excellent in removing dirt, oil and sebum. These sponges are GMO free and also animal cruelty free, so don’t worry about the creation of said products. The price is, again, an easy 5 out of 5 lipsticks and only cost 4 USD in store. Unfortunately, they cannot be purchased online specifically through The Face Shop, so if close to a store location, I would recommend going in and purchasing one. If you do not live near one, with some research they can be bought online through various Japanese and Korean companies (just do some research on the company before purchasing to make sure they are selling one hundred percent natural products). For this products effectiveness, I will combine it with the Herb Day foaming cleanser as it’s supposed to be used with a cleanser to wash the face.
The foaming cleanser in aloe, our last product for the day, is an excellent product for those with sensitive skin as well as for combination skin types. The foaming cleansers in this line come in five flavours all together: aloe, peach, lemon, mung beans and acerola. I picked up aloe for my random breakouts, along with the reduction of redness which I have a lot of during the summer months although, I will soon be picking up acerola to try out. The aloe foaming cleanser is an easy 5 out of 5 lipsticks for price as its only 4 USD in the shop itself. It can be found on The Face Shop website as well as eBay for a very low price, all usually including free shipping if you don’t live close to a store. The product itself is very clean smelling and it doesn’t take much to apply to your whole face.
In combination with the konjac sponge, I can easily give both of these a 5 out of 5 lipsticks for effectiveness. When applying, dampen the sponge with a bit of warm water (if you use too much water, just squeeze out some access before using) and squeeze about a nickel size amount of the cleanser on the rounded part of the sponge and move across your skin. It will create a foamy substance and after using the sponge all over your face for about fifteen seconds, lightly squeeze out any access with the tap on and run it into the sink. Like before, either use a bit of lukewarm water and splash onto face or use a soft, damp cloth to remove the foam. Normally the sponge will have a small string in which you can hang it to dry or just place it in the small packaging it came in and put it away! Both of these products are very nice to use on all skin types and don’t leave my skin feeling dry at all afterwards. I still obviously use my toner and moisturizer afterwards, but my cheeks are so soft afterwards sometimes it feels like I don’t have to.
In the end, I can easily say these products get 5 out of 5 lipsticks in all categories as they are effect, especially for those with sensitive skin and people looking for more natural products all while keeping your skin healthy. They are also incredibly affordable as I bought all four of these products for about 22 USD including taxes.
I hope you enjoyed my little review on skin care and cleansing, and I really hope it helped some of you looking for a way to find more natural and easier ways to clean your skin. It can be very difficult to find products that are affordable, especially for those who are in College or University students and/or only working part-time. The Face Shop of course has its pricey lines, but all in all the company has a very good image on top of having some easy to purchase lines for those who don’t have a lot of money to spend. If you do have extra cash laying around, there are definitely some lines that I would recommend like the Smim line and the Gold line.
Thank-you for reading, and please feel free to leave any comments/questions regarding anything J I will also respond to questions on my Tumblr at http://tomomi-eottokaji.tumblr.com/ Thank-you for your time! Have a great day and remember – beauty always comes from within!