*This post contains gifted items.
I first tried out Junoco wayyyyyy back when, when they mainly had their holy grail product, the Junoco Microfiber Velvet Sponge (in blue of course). At the time I remember seeing it everywhere and paid more than the sponge just to get it delivered here to the UK. The good news is, not only is shipping to the UK much easier but they now also have a skincare range as well as a plethora of sponges to try! Here are my thoughts on a couple of the new Juno Skin products...
I adore a good cleansing balm, and first up is the Juno Skin Clean 10 Cleansing Balm* (£12.00 for 85g), which comes in a pretty white and nude tub complete with spatula. Suitable for all skin types, this unique oil-based cleanser effortlessly dissolves makeup. It does have a slight scent to it - a fresh citrus fragrance that isn't at all overwhelming and doesn't aggravate sensitive skin. The star ingredient, Japanese Barley Magic is a source of vitamins and antioxidants which help to regulate the skin's melanin production, which in turn brightens the complexion and reduces dark spots. I love the luxurious oily feel to this cleansing balm, as it feels really hydrating and leaves my skin feeling super clean and juicy. I am a massive fan of double cleansing, so I first apply a small amount to my palms, warming the product up and then gently massaging the cleanser into my skin with circular motions, and then rinsing with a warm damp cloth. I then re-do this as the first cleanse with any cleanser removes surface makeup and dirt, whilst the second works deeper to also condition the give a really good cleanse to the skin. A little goes a long way with this product too, and so for the quality, and results, the price point is excellent and will last you a decent amount of time.
To remove my cleanser, I was kindly sent the Juno Skin Cleansing Cookie* (£7.00), a reusable makeup remover pad. It is baby blue and white (my favourite colours), and is a large double-faced super duper soft sponge that you can use to remove your cleanser, and I sometimes also use mine to remove face masks. I haven't used cleansing wipes for years - certainly not on my face anyway - the only time I use them is to remove makeup swatches from my arm after taking blog photos. I have used reusable cleansing pads like this for a long time now and not only are they kinder to my skin, they wash well time after time and of course are much better for the planet. I especially enjoy the size of this one as some are quite small, but this is large enough to remove makeup and skincare products in just a couple of swipes. Even without using cleanser (though I always highly recommend you do), the Cleansing Cookie removes makeup using just water, including waterproof mascara! But please, use a cleanser!
If your skin is feeling a little dull, dehydrated and flaky, then step up your cleansing game with the Juno Skin Clarifying Cleansing Powder* (£14.00 for 50g). Yes, you read that right, a Cleansing POWDER. Made with antioxidant-rich rice lees extract, this powder to foam formula uses hyaluronic acid to give you intense hydration and protection, while papaya enzymes and rice powder gently exfoliate away dead skin cells without being too abrasive or stripping your skin of its natural oils. The Cleansing Powder can be used both morning or night, and I like to first use the Clean 10 Cleansing Balm and then use the Powder as a double cleanse. You simply dispense about half a teaspoon into wet hands (Dermalogica have a similar product for about 5 times the price) and rub until a light, creamy foam is created. You then gently massage the foam in circular motions and then rinse thoroughly with water (or with your Cleansing Cookie) and then pat dry. This really helps to smooth out the skin as it is getting rid of dry skin cells, but also helps to keep moisture into the skin so it doesn't get dehydrated. This has been such a lifesaver for my skin as it just hasn't been the same since all of my surgeries.
Last but absolutely not least, I just have to include the sponge that started it all! The Junoco Microfiber Velvet Sponge* (£5.00) is the original velvet sponge and is by far superior to any other velvet sponge on the market. I am pretty sure the price hasn't changed in all these years too, which is rare these days. The Velvet Sponge provides you with a natural, airbrushed finish to the skin and is made with velvet-soft microfibre bristles and has a slanted edge to help you control stippling, providing fast, smooth, buildable coverage. For liquid and cream products, be sure to wet the sponge with water, and leave dry for powder applications. Gently tap and blend your favourite makeup products onto the skin until you achieve an airbrushed finish. It really is one of the softest feeling sponges I have come across and applies makeup beautifully and quickly.
You can find Junoco and Juno Skin online here.
All the Loves,
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