First Impressions: Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm

In this podcast, I talk a little bit about makeup cleansing balms, and give you some of my first impressions on Pixi’s Nourishing Cleansing Balms.

Notes and Links:

My price and ingredient comparison spreadsheet for makeup cleansing balms:

Comparison - Cleansing Balms

Link to spreadsheet

Products You Can Buy:

Ingredient research: ethylhexyl palmitate.

Other Links:

Current Skincare Routine: May, 2018

This is currently what I’m doing to my face to take care of my skin. If it changes in the future, I’ll update with a new post, and reference with this one.

Morning Routine

Face Wash
I use one or the other, based on how good I was at cleaning my face the night before. The White Clay Foam is a little higher-octane.

Acid Toner


  • CeraVe PM Face Moisturizer for Nighttime Use
    I like this formula well-enough: it was great for the winter when my face was a but a dried-out corn husk. It’s a little too occlusive for the summer Ohio humidity – the ceramides in it suck up all the moisture in the air, and makes me feel a little greasy.
  • belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb
    Sample size purchased using Sephora Points – would love to be able to buy/afford the full size.

Evening Routine

Double Cleanse
The first cleanse is designed to remove makeup, and the second to cleanse the skin.

Acid Toner

Acne Treatment
One thing I discovered is that the only way I’m able to keep my acne at bay is by treating my whole face (not just spot treatment) every single day. Spot treating is locking up the barn after the horse already escaped.

  • DDF Benzoyl Peroxide Gel (5%)
  • (Formerly) La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo
    Made the switch to DDF because the cost/oz is so much better, part of which is because I think you aren’t paying for ingredients in negligible quantities. That said, if you can afford to use Effaclar every single day, it’s a great product.
Acne Topical Cream Comparison
I have an entire Sheet in my Google Drive that I use to do ingredient and price comparison on tons of different products. This spreadsheet is for acne creams, and I had originally compared 10 different creams, for price and ingredients.



You’ll note that I don’t have an SPF integrated into my skin care. Be ye not so foolish as me! Use sunscreen every single day, separate from what’s in your makeup product! I’m just super lazy and haven’t integrated it into my skincare routine.


Edited 05/22/2018 @ 7:35pm EST:

Some Notes:

  • A lot of websites will give you a discount if you sign up for their email list. I’ve gotten great deals this way. To get around using an actual email account, sign up for a burner and never get pestered again (unless you use an actual email to confirm the order – then you’re on your own).
  • If you want to check what the ingredients in your skin care actually do, like I did in my spreadsheet above, go to the INCIDecoder, and nerd out.