1.21.2013

Product Test Drive: Simple Skincare and Ponds

How was your weekend? I took Charlie to the vet--he was limping and turns out his knee pops out. It's fine for now, and I was upset, but I feel better after talking to the Dr. I also started watching Sons of Anarchy--a show everyone's been trying to get me to watch for years. And I watched the Atlanta Falcons lose, but congrats to the 49ers! Finally, I had my weekly ritual of exfoliating. I have sensitive skin, so I have to be careful what products I use. Speaking of, I thought I'd share with you some products I was sent and have been using for a couple of months. Check out my reviews:


First up is Simple--Sensitive Skin Experts. If you're looking for basic, easy-on-the-skin skincare, I suggest you check them out. I've reviewed other Simple Skin products here.
  • Exfoliating Facial Wipes--I found these to be pre-moistened super exfoliating and they made my skin red. Instead, I use them on my feet to exfoliate. I use them to wipe off makeup from my hands and when wearing super heavy makeup or sunscreen. Those who are in the entertainment/theatre industry will love these.
  • Refreshing Facial Wash Gel--This is a wonderful, nice, and easy gel wash. It's very cooling and washes away the day's makeup effectively. I use it with my Clarisonic or with a cloth and have had no negative effects. It's very gentle.
  • Simple Eye Makeup Remover--This remover is gentle and feels almost like water. It didn't irritate my eyes or leave that film on my eyes--you know what I mean?
  • Vital Vitamin Day and Night Creams--The Day formula is naturally a thinner version of the Night. Both work great as basic moisturizers and I experienced no break outs.
I was also sent Pond's products, a company many of us are familiar with, but check out the Luminous Clean line:
  • Wet Cleansing Towelettes--These have soft white Kaolin clay in them, which works to draw out trapped makeup and impurities. These broke me out twice out of the four times I used them (I'm talking a pimple or two since I don't have acne) so I no longer used them. I generally have this reaction to clay as my skin is very dry, so those with oily skin will probably fare better.
  • Daily Exfoliating Cleanser--This also has clay but didn't irritate my skin nor cause me to break out any time I used it. It's a pearlescent cream with gentle microbeads. It is a great exfoliating cleanser that isn't drying.
Have you tried either of these skin care lines? What do you use? Is your skin oily, dry, or combo?

PS: This week's The 52 Project challenge is to moderately exercise 5 days this week. Last week's challenge of keeping my chin parallel to the ground has been going well!


37 comments:

  1. I love the Simple stuff after being recommended by a friend! My face can get quite shiny..err, oily. haha!

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  2. I used to use Simple when I was living in Ireland, I spotted some products here in Finland as well, but now I moved on to some other brands.. Simple are quite ok, I think I only had make up remover and some face cream at the time.

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  3. Thanks for the reviews! Good luck exercising this week! You can do it!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  4. i'm loving the kiehl's skincare line right now!

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  5. Great reviews - I have oily skin so Ponds may work for me... and Rex has the same thing - it's his Patellas (or knees) that can pop in and out of place... it happens a lot and usually it naturally goes back into place. But sometimes it's painful for them and it breaks your heart. And there's really nothing you can do! Glad he's better - so scary when that happens!

    XO
    Pearls & Paws

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  6. Great idea to use the Simple wipes on your feet! If something doesn't work for me, I just throw it out. I'll be sure to remember this.

    http://mandycrandell.blogspot.com/

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  7. I use Pond's Luminous Clean cream cleanser and I LOVE it!

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  8. I've been curious about the Simple line but have always put off trying because I was too worried it would be too harsh on my skin - I feel like I should check it out now!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  9. My weekend was fine, thank you for asking. I hate the 49's won I DON'T want the Ravens and thar murderer Ray Lewis to win.

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  10. These products sound great!! I'll have to give them a try! xo, Julie

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  11. I'm an avid fan of the Simple line! It dominates my daily skincare line up! Plus the price makes my wallet happy!

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  12. I used both of them in the past. Ponds was actually one of the very first creams I've ever bought. :) x

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  13. These sound great -- I also have sensitive skin so good to know these didn't irritate :)

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  14. Simple has always worked well for me when I've used them. Really great line. I hope Charlie gets better :) Have a gorgeous week doll :) xx

    The Dainty Dolls House

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  15. Really want to try that Simple line. And hugs to Charlie. Hope his knee turns out ok.

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  16. Hope Charlie feels well soon, haven't tried these out before but the exfoliating wipes sound really good!

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  17. Awww! Poor Charlie! Glad its okay though, I would have been freaking out! I haven't tried either... I have very oily skin so it is always about finding the best product that controls that without over drying my skin!

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  18. I really like your blog so I am now following you! Stop by and follow back if you like.

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  19. Aw glad Charlie is ok. My husband and I love Sons of Anarchy, it's such a great show. I haven't tried these products yet. I tend to have drier skin in the winter, but it's not bad.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  20. I used Ponds in high school & college, but haven't used it for a long time. I use a Mary Kay facial cleanser & a Clarisonic:)
    xoAmy
    www.dreamingincashmere.com

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  21. I just picked up some of the Simple products around Christmas, but I haven't tried them yet. Thanks for reminding me of them now I'll have to dig them out and use them.

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  22. Hi sweets! Awh poor Charlie :( I hope he's ok.

    And I always love your product reviews. I've tried the Simple products but not this Pond's line yet. Will have to check it out.

    Hope you're doing well, love! xoxo

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  23. I have combo skin, and I've tried some Pond's products, and worked ok, but never tried Simple products!

    http://mymakeupcompulsion.blogspot.com.es/

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  24. I'm a massive fan of simple. I use the face wipes and love them. Need to try the make up remover.

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  25. I have tried Simple's face wash - it wasn't my favorite though. I've always wanted to try Pond's. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on these products! :)

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  26. I've been wanting to try out that Ponds cleanser! I love their products, especially the cold cream. Glad to hear you liked it!

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  27. Love that you have a weekly exfoliating ritual :) The Ponds Daily Cleanser sounds lovely as I'm terrible at remembering to exfoliate. Thanks for these reviews - it's so nice to read about products I can actually afford!

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  28. My mom swears by Pond's cold cream -- and it does work well to remove makeup. I haven't ever tried any of their other products, though.

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  29. Ohhh I need to hop on that eye makeup remover. I'm so sorry about Charlie...I hope he's 100% soon and that the problem doesn't return! I'm also really sorry about the Falcons. With the Steelers not even in the playoffs I was really rooting for them. I don't want to cheer for our rivals, Baltimore, but I also don't want the 49ers to have as many rings as us. :p

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  30. Glad your doggy isn't worse off. How did you like "Sons of Anarchy"? I tried to get into it but couldn't. Too violent.

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  31. i was kind of sad to see that simple had parabens in some of their products, no so simple Xo Megan, www.TfDiaries.com

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  32. I've bought SImple Skin & Dove products, great reviews on both! :)

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  33. I got the Simple Eye Makeup Remover in my Glossybox a few months ago and absolutely love it!

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