REVIEW: Then I Met You…But Really, Where Have You Been All My Life?

I tend to make random New Years resolutions that I am too insecure to share with family and friends. I typically like to reteach myself a forgotten childhood skill, like 2013 when I purchased an origami kit, or I strive to learn something that is superficial. For example, last year I wanted polished, Kardashian-style brows and ended up getting microblading by September. This year, I wanted to become more knowledgeable about make-up as far as applying that elusive smokey eye and mastering the art of contouring.

As a result, I’ve been experimenting with more make-up recently but did not want to start using my Clarisonic daily. I am loyal to my Mia but always worry that too much of a good thing could backfire on my face. Therefore, I was intrigued when I discovered Double Cleansing while perusing various beauty accounts on Instagram. I have been hesitant about using oil to wash my face but have warmed up to the idea after using the Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil on days where I don’t use my Clarisonic or wear make-up. I have mentioned before that my skincare routines are comparable to a complex dance. No two days are exactly alike as I am constantly having to foretell my skin’s potential reaction to changes as slight as a dip in the weather.

I extensively researched various Double Cleansing products and ultimately purchased the Cleansing Duo from Then I Met You. I decided on this product solely because it is the brainchild of Charlotte Cho, the cofounder of Soko Glam. Cho is passionate about skincare as well as the bonds we make in our personal lives to places and people. I don’t have to be moved by every interview conducted with the founder of a brand I use, but it certainly doesn’t hurt! Cho’s sincerity regarding the importance of connections we make in our lives definitely made me more apt to trying her product.

The Then I Met You Cleansing Duo. Image via TIMY

The first step involves washing with an orange-hued, decadent oil-based balm. The color of the balm juxtaposed against the periwinkle packaging are what my aesthetic dreams are made of. My bathroom smells like a luscious persimmon as soon as I open it. I also love the integrity of the spatula as I dig into the balm. The second step is the water-based Soothing Tea Cleansing Gel. The tea gel smells clean without being medicinal or overtly fragrant. You can buy them separately or purchase the duo for $68. I love using this on the days where I wear make-up. I may have even started wearing make-up more often just so I can use this at the end of the day. My dry/sensitive skin is too temperamental to use this everyday. I also live on an oak tree lined street in the suburbs so air pollution isn’t as much of a concern as it used to be. I highly suggest giving this a try if you are a city-dweller or if you have oily/combination/acne-prone skin. What I love the most is that my skin doesn’t feel too dry or tight after I use it. It just feels so nourished. I have been astounded at how something can dissolve all these layers of make-up without stripping away moisture. I can’t wait to take it on vacation to see how it does on days where I am not wearing make-up but want to take off all the sunscreen I reapply throughout the day.

I look forward to Charlotte Cho developing more products that I don’t yet know I can live without!

Feel free to send me a message on IG @reinesoleillesoin

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