5 Jan 2013

Sensai Kanebo Step 1 Silky Purifying Cleansing Oil review

I haven't done a post on my new year's resolutions.  I have made a few, but I'm always terrible at sticking to them and I'd be lying to myself if I promised this year would be any different!  One I really do intend to keep though is a fairly simple one - I want to give up makeup remover wipes.  I don't use them all the time, and I much prefer a good cleanse, but they can just be so quick convenient to use late at night before falling in to bed.  I've read about a few other people who gave up wipes last year and saw a big difference in their skin, so that's motivating me to give it a go.  So, you're likely to see quite a few new cleansers on the blog as I work out a makeup wipe free routine, and the first is that oil cleanser from Kanebo.

*Sensai Kanebo Step 1 Silky Purifying Cleansing Oil | £34 | Selfridges

I tried my fist ever oil cleanser in 2012 after many years of avidly avoiding getting anything oily anywhere near my face because of my combination skin.  I discovered that I really like oil based products for nighttime cleansing.  

Now that I'm all brave putting oils on my face, I was really excited to be given another oil cleanser to try out, and it's the Step 1 Silky Purifying Cleansing Oil from Sensai Kanebo.  Sensai's a brand I've not heard much of before as it's Japanese and isn't all that widely available in the UK.  I think it's exclusive to Selfridges and Harrods.  

One of the things I like about this cleanser is a bit odd - I like the colour, well the lack of colour.  I don't know about you, but a cleansing oil the colour of your regular kitchen olive oil can be just ever so slightly off-putting to me!  

I like to take my time when using this cleanser, warming it up in the palms of my hands and then massaging it into the skin so that it can literally melt away the makeup and the grime.    If I use this on a face full of liquid liner things can get a bit messy, so I find it's best to take my eye makeup off first, not thoroughly but just enough, and then cleanse with this oil and it's a more pleasant experience.  I think I'm only just coming around to the fact that I probably need at least two cleansing products that compliment each other - one to focus on removing eye makeup and another that has the job of deep cleansing my skin.  I'm wondering if now's the time to jump on the Bioderma badwagon.  I was so determined not to buy it last year just because everyone else was, but if I'm going to kick the wipes for good, I need some good alternatives to hand, even if that does make me a bit of a sheep :) 

Are you anti makeup wipes?  What's your favourite cleanser / eye makeup remover?
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  1. I was wondering about jumping on the bioderma wagon too, its just face wipes are so easy to use!

  2. This is also my resolution. Unfortunately Bioderma and a few other micellar cleansears bought my skin out in a rash (I've never heard of this happening to anyone else) so I'm really looking forward to seeing your posts on a few different cleansers. Do you have any problem with oil based ones on your combination skin?

    Ria x

  3. I love cleansing oils for removing makeup but they're all so expensive :(


  4. Hi i use for my skin the Simple skin range, anything else would irritate my skin but i never had that problem with Simple. I use make-up wipe when i'm feeling lazy and i can't be bother to use anything else.


  5. Uh i need bioderma in my life too. This sounds like a nice product, very pricey though!

    Zoe | zozeze.com

  6. Wipes are so crazy easy to use, but I'm also one of those who find my skin does much better without them (plus I think I can do without the tugging and such). I've tried 2 of the Bioderma formulas, Caudalie Cleansing Water, the Avene version...but my favorite so far is the Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water! Awesome stuff :-) My favorite overall cleanser though is Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip...

  7. I can be so lazy with my skin at night and wipes just seem an easily alternative. Although, I do wonder how much they really do work. This sounds nuts and some beauty fanatics may shriek in horror but Clean and Clear Blackhead Cleansing stuff is so so good for getting makeup off. It's crazy how much it ges off even after you've used wipes. You just have to be careful around your eyes and preferably not use it on them, I've found it really works!

  8. Go for the Bioderma! I've been using it for about a year now and I love it! :)

  9. I gave up wipes last year and it has made a huge difference to my skin! My New Years resolution this year is to always double cleanse at night....hoping it will have a good impact too, so far so good :) xo


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