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Saturday Splurge vs. Steal


This post will be about comparing similar items with different price with my review and opinion on what I think is the best.  Starting off the first splurge vs. steal with facial cleanser which is one of the most important things we can put on our face.  My skin is acne prone so I have to be very careful about what I use.  Over the years, I have tried both drugstore and department store cleansers and below are my recommendations and opinions.


Let’s start with the acne clearing face wash:

  Neutrogena Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit – for about $8 at any drugstore, you can buy this face wash.  I must admit that the smell of this cleanser is amazing but that’s about all the good it has.  I found that, for me, it did nothing like it promised.  It didn’t clear/prevent acne or blackheads and didn’t eliminate oil.  After using it for a month or so, I saw no change in my skin.  I still got pimples, had blackheads, and my t-zone was shiny.  It also promises to get rid of dirt which it did but I had to use a lot of it, especially when I wore make up; so, it ran out faster.   I don’t recommend this product even if it’s only $8, not worth it.
  Olay Acne Control Face Wash – also about $8 and can be found at any drugstore but it’s much better than Neutrogena.  I liked the light smell of this wash and it somewhat did what it promised.  It did prevent some future breakouts, but I still got a few here and there.  It didn’t, however, fight blemishes; I still had the old acne marks and got new ones from the few that I got, had blackheads, and my t-zone was still oily.  But a little of it went a long way so it lasted longer.  A great buy for a recessionista!  
  DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser – $38 for one bottle and you can purchase at any Sephora or department stores that carries this line.  The best acne cleanser I used so far and it actually did prevent breakouts and somewhat lightened the old acne scars I had.  Only one pump is enough to thoroughly clean (two if I was wearing make up) and it lasted for months.   But I couldn’t use it to clean my eye area, had to get a separate cleanser for that, and I noticed that my face still got oily and had blackheads.  Since my concern was mainly acne prevention and it did just that, I was very pleased.  I recommend this if you are willing to splurge a little.  

Now, let’s talk about regular cleansers:

  Olay Pore Minimizing Cleanser + Scrub – a little over $8 and can be purchased at any drugstore.  I liked the light smell of this cleanser and it did clean thoroughly.  But the scrub part did nothing and I didn’t see a significant reduction in my pore sizes.  I had to buy a separate facial scrub to use with this cleanser.  I was disappointed in this product because it didn’t quite deliver on its promise about minimizing pores and the scrub was useless.  I don’t recommend it.
  Biore Steam Activated Cleanser – again a little over $8 you can get this at any drugstore.  I liked this cleanser much more than Olay.  You can really feel it working in the shower (its feels a little warm) and it does what it promised, cleanses thoroughly.  Again, a great buy for recessionistas.  
  Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Cleansing Foam – $28 and can be purchased at any Sephora, Bliss, or department stores that carries this line.  I am currently using this and LOVING it!!!  A little goes a long way; cleans thoroughly and makes my skin looks bright.  The smell is awesome and wakes me up in the morning (great for a non-morning person like me)!  Its not meant to fight acne but ever since I have started using this, I have seen reduction in breakouts.  I love how I can use it all over my face, unlike DDF for which I had to get separate milder cleanser for my eyes, so it saves me money.  I have nothing bad to say about this cleanser; it’s the best out of ALL the ones I used so far and has my highest recommendation.  It’s worth the $28; go get it if you can/want to splurge.  
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