#SelfcareSunday Week 4 | Cleansing with (Micellar) Water

I am sorry I didn’t have the chance to post my selfcare/skincare routine last week, and I didn’t know you guys enjoyed reading it so much–grazie for all the messages. I am not going to pretend like this is not one of my favorite things to do anyway. I also like how more and more people are adopting the idea to view skincare as selfcare, rather than a dreading action that every makeup wearer *must* perform every morning and every evening. If you have to do it, you might as well enjoy it and get all the benefits you can from it.

So here’s what’s on my menu today.

1. Whamisa | Cleansing Water

I know that for some of you micellar water is old news, but I had never come across one that was made with such “clean” ingredients. Excuse the blog-ish term, but I am slightly obsessed with using it now that I have found it. If you aren’t familiar with micellar water at all, it is simply a water that contains micelles, (tiny cleansing oil molecules) suspended in water. This allows this “water” to melt down the makeup, trap dirt and excess sebum, and remove any particles sitting on your skin. If you have never tried it, this may sound like a magical thing, and it kinda is. You just swipe it gently over your skin and everything comes off. I do, however, use this product mainly on my eyes, to remove eye makeup without getting cleansing oil all over my contacts (ugh!) and deal with blurry vision for the rest of the evening.

Just a heads up that it’s finally back in stock! It was sold out everywhere for a week or two, but it’s back and you can find it here.

2. MŪN | Akwi Cleanser

Like I said, I use the cleansing water mainly for eye makeup removal. I could use it on the rest of my face, too, but these (cold) days I enjoying the comforting texture of a cream/balm for massaging my skin and remove my face makeup/sunscreen, so I have been using Akwi. This cream turns into an oil as you massage it and then it gets a bit more milky as you add water. It feels soothing and removes makeup effortlessly. It needs however, to be removed with a wet face cloth, and for me, it requires a second cleanse to completely remove any product residue. Full review here.

3. YÜLI | Halcyon Cleanser

First of all, if you tried to place an order recently and you didn’t find it on their website, let me assure you that they haven’t discontinued it. *happy dance*. I was losing my mind trying to figure out why on earth it wasn’t there and *in a really dramatic voice*, “what will I do now, I am going to start to breakout for sure”, etc. but it was just out of stock. If you are new to it, you can read my review here. In a few words, it’s a very effective, oil-free cleanser for all skin types (except maybe if your skin is extremely dry), and I believe that it has helped to keep my skin clear for the past few years.

4. Odacité | Synergie Beauty Masque*

I am currently rotating a few different masks, because my skin has been changing quite a bit. Some days is more normal, a little on the oily side, but most days it would feel a bit dry and dehydrated if I didn’t apply the right products. Today I want something exfoliating but gentle, and brightening, because my skin is looking a bit dull (it’s very cold and dry–again). This mask is great for both of these purposes because it contains enzymes and fruit enzymes for gentle exfoliation and Vitamin C + Probiotics for reviving and brightening the skin. It is a quick mask, it dries in about five minutes (and I keep it on for an extra five) at which point I can’t move my face anymore, so I rinse it off (it comes off easily).

5. YÜLI | Ambrosia Beauty Nectar

Recently, I have been using this product as a hydrating toner+treatment. This is full of hydrating ingredients like the hyaluronic acid complex, which my skin seems to soak right up. It is also great to see how my fine lines immediately soften. It gives my skin a plump, fresh look (that chok chok glow, as they call it in the Korean beauty world).

6. Marie Veronique | Dara’s Oil*

Though I am pretty sure that in the warmer months I will be able to use the Ambrosia serum as my only moisturizer, these days I do reach for a few drops of oil to layer on top. I am still enjoying this oil formulated by Marie Veronique for the founder of Ayla Beauty, Dara. She has very delicate skin and does not do well with essential oils and fragrance, so that’s what this oil was formulated for. It also absorb quickly and feels light and comfortable on the skin. I haven’t reviewed this one, so here’s a few key ingredients worth mentioning: hyaluronic acid for hydration, prickly pear seed oil for antioxidants, and because it helps the skin to retain elasticity, cranberry oil for essential fatty acids (anti-inflammatory). You can read the full-ingredient list here.

What’s your selfcare routine looking like on this fine Sunday?

*gifted sample

  • Dara

    Lovely post. Cannot wait to hear a full review of ambrosia and how it compares to mv barrier repair.

  • Anna

    Hi Lil, how are you ?
    I’m thinking about purchasing Ambrosia soon. Would you say it is worth the money? I’m 27 and some daily dose of anti-aging cannot hurt,right? ;)

    • Hi Anna, I am sorry that I haven’t had the chance to write a review for the Ambrosia Beauty Nectar. In a short answer, yes, I do think that it’s an outstanding product, and if you can afford it, I say go for it. If your skin is dry, mix it with a few drops of face oil, (mix it in the palm of your hands), and pat it gently into your skin. It feels heavenly and makes your skin look calm, balanced and plump.

      • Anna

        oh thank you for your quick response! It would be great if you could write a review for the Ambrosia! And how long do you think the 50ml bottle of it will last? It is pretty expensive..

        • You’re welcome, Anna. I have had my first bottle for a couple of months, and I have been using it daily (once or twice a day). Two pumps for each use.

          • Anna

            Oh thank you Lilly! Ambrosia and Halcyon are on my list! I have to use up what I’ve got (I guess about 2 weeks). Do you think I can use a moisturiser instead of an face oil after Ambrosia? I really love the live live Bee Yummy Skin Food. I’ve been using it for years on and off and always end up missing it in my beauty routine. I tried a lot of face oils (which btw I really like using) like May Lindstrom, Yüli, Pai and so on, but you know that feeling when a product is the one and whatever you use, even if it’s really good, you can’t wait to use it up and repurchase the one you know is the best for you?:D Bee Yummy is that product for me and I think paired with Ambrosia and Halcyon we could be awesome together haha
            And btw Lilly you are beautiful and your skin is flawless! I heard you sain’ in one of your youtube videos about skicare that you were in your late 30s god how do you do that?! I want to look like you when I’m your age!!!

    • Nina

      I’m 24 and after using oils/balms for over 3 years, realized the problem I had wasn’t that my skin was getting drier but rather that oils and balms did not provide any hydration. It was literally overnight that I realized I was spending hundreds in serums that treated dry skin and totally ignoring dehydration. That is what Ambrosia takes care of for me, it’s the most effective hydration serum I’ve used and is then anti-inflammatory and anti-aging. My skin has that really refined and bouncy texture. Totally worth the money IMHO, especially when you consider $185 for 50ml is actually cheaper than many face oils (May Lindstrom, Vintner’s Daughter, Tata Harper etc) and comes out to be similar in price to the Kristina Holey serums.

      • Totally agree with you, Nina. You made a great point about the price as well. Do you use an oil over (or mix with) Ambrosia?