We’ve been long-time fans of Colleen Rothschild over here. I wrote up her life-changing, oil-based face cleanser in a gift guide two years ago, and haven’t stopped using it since. Scotti and I recently had the pleasure of meeting Colleen and her husband at a blogging conference, and we were thrilled to find that they were both nice and down-to-earth. Furthermore, all Colleen Rothschild products are formulated without Parabens, SLS/SLES Sulfates, Phthalates, Triclosan, Formaldehyde, PABA, Toluene, or Benzene – something this cancer survivor seriously appreciates.
So when the brand reached out and asked if we’d like to test out a few products…um, YES. Yes, yes, yes. Since I was planning a girls trip with A, one of my besties, back to my hometown of Marquette, MI, I asked Colleen to send us a few goodies to play with. I rounded up my mom, my sister (including baby G), champagne and loads of chocolate from Donkers (no visit to Mqt is complete without visiting Donkers), and we spent a very girly day testing out products.
Keep reading to see some of the fun we had, our thoughts on the products, as well as a promo code (20% off!!) just for Mom Edit readers….
Top Pick: Radiant Cleansing Balm
The Radiant Cleansing Balm is a total game-changer. It’s an oil-based cleanser that you scoop out, warm between your fingers, and apply to your face. Then – and this is the best part – you simply towel it off with a damp muslin cloth (included with your purchase). There’s no need to splash water on your face! This cleanser leaves your skin clean, refreshed, and perfectly balanced (not oily or dry). As I mentioned before, I’ve been using this one for years, and will never switch. It’s that good – even removes all traces of eye makeup!
And Scotti, who has notoriously NEVER washed her face at night (she seriously slept in a face full of makeup for years) has started using this product. The difference? Scotti describes her new nightly ritual as “an experience, not a chore.”
Extreme Recovery Cream
We also love the Extreme Recovery Cream. It’s a super-thick moisturizer that feels cool and soothing on the skin – not oily. It was created to be used over of any sort of treatment serum – it’ll keep your skin moisturized, without irritating sensitive skin. I’ve found that this face cream is perfect after microdermabrasion treatments, over retinol, when sunburned, or windburned (which Raines is constantly battling during ski season). If only I had known about this product during chemo….
Face Oil No.9
This No. 9 face oil is like a miracle catch-all. I use it on my face when I’m in need of a little extra moisture, on my lips, cuticles, everything. It was especially helpful a week or so ago when I had a bad cold – my poor red nose loved this stuff. It has a beautiful, subtle smell, and never feels greasy. I’ll even pat it over make-up in the dead of winter when I realize my poor face is all dried out.
Sheer Renewal Cream
This one, the Sheer Renewal Cream, is Scotti’s other favorite (besides, of course, the Radiant Cleansing Balm). It’s a lightweight moisturizer that doubles as a make-up primer. It leaves a ‘powder-light finish’ that one reviewer claims is perfect for steamy Florida weather.
A Few Skin Perfectors…
The last two products we played around with were both new to me: the Dual Enzyme Polish and the Clarifying Detox Mask. I would categorize both products as masks, actually. The first time I used the Dual Enzyme Polish, I gently scrubbed it on my face and attempted to wash it off. It took several tries to get my face clean, and I was a little underwhelmed with the results. Then I read the directions: you actually apply this one as a mask, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Once the time is up, you scrub in little circles and then you rinse.
Ah. Suuuuuper soft and glowy skin. Now I know what all the fuss was about.
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All of the products mentioned are available in a travel set, if you just want smaller samples to try. The travel set would also make an amazing gift. (As does the Radiant Cleansing Balm, but I’ll shut up about it now. Wait! One more thing: buy extra muslin cloths. You won’t regret it.)
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photo credits: Vafa Photography. Love you guys.
A huge thank you to Colleen Rothschild for sponsoring this post! We had so much fun, and I was thrilled to have yet. another. chance. to rave about the Radiant Cleansing Balm. Miracle product. And readers, thank you for your continued support! It doesn’t go un-noticed, and is so very much appreciated.