Drugstore Beauty: Keep it Simple.


If you’re anything like me, the change of seasons can wreak havoc on your skin. My skin has a tendency to get really dry — and because it’s sensitive… really red. This is caused by dry office air, extreme up + down temperatures outside, not drinking enough water and overdoing it on the coffee or alcohol. It’s around this time that I switch to an ultra gentle skincare routine to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Simple recently introduced its new Micellar Cleansing Water, designed specifically to thoroughly cleanse + instantly hydrate skin. I’ve used Simple’s cleansing wipes for quite some time now (though I’m a little obsessive about fully washing my face every night, they’re amazing for removing makeup in a pinch) but I didn’t realize until recently that Simple is the leading drugstore brand for sensitive skin. All of the brand’s products are formulated without dyes, perfumes, or harsh chemicals… without parabens or any of the other nasty stuff that is in a lot of beauty products… just pure, gentle products that work without causing irritation.

The Micellar Cleansing Water is formulated with triple-purified water (which removes all of those nasty contaminants that irritate skin) + multi-vitamins. You just splash a generous amount (several drops) on a cotton round, and wipe it all over your face to gently remove makeup + impurities. There’s no rinsing required. After cleansing, I’ll follow up with Simple’s replenishing moisturizer. That’s it. Keeping it (truly!) Simple.



Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve been using Simple‘s cleansing wipes for ages. I have strong feelings about cleansing wipes: they are NOT enough to get your face truly clean. But in a pinch they are amazing for removing dirt/oil/makeup/grime… and if you have a face full of makeup, I like to use one prior to using the Micellar Cleansing Water.


Visit www.simpleskincare.com to learn more (and get a sample!) or pick up a bottle at Target!


Thank you to Simple for partnering on this post.

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  1. emzi:

    I love Simple 😀 I need to try out the micellar water too 😀

    3.20.15 Reply
  2. iReply:

    a few weeks ago you had a article on your use of SKII products I am having a hard time understanding how you are using all these products. Or if you are in fact using these products because it seems like you are just promoting them because they “partnered” with you please clarify.

    3.20.15 Reply
    • graceatwood:

      Hi there! I can see how that can be confusing. As a blogger, a big part of my job is to try as many products as possible and tell you about the good ones. This site would be boring if I only told you about one or two products. I literally have bags and bags of beauty products that are sent to me each week for consideration for the site…. but only the best ones make the cut.

      SK-II is a product I use every single day (and have been before I even had a blog.) That said, Simple reached out to me and asked if I’d review a sample of their new Micellar Cleansing Water on my site. I said sure… but only after I’d tried it and had a chance to make a decision about whether I like it. So for a good week, I tested this out to see if I liked it… and I ended up really loving it and accepting their proposal. (It’s a great product, and it’s also considerably less expensive than the SK-II… I try my best to feature a range of price points when it comes to beauty, as I’ve been criticized in the past for featuring too many high-end beauty products.)

      I try to be really thoughtful about the products I post here… I’ll never write about a beauty product that I haven’t tested for at least a full week and had a highly positive response to. Any beauty sponsorships are fully vetted before signing contracts, and while making money from my blog is certainly nice, content comes first.

      I hope that clears things up. Thanks for your comment. You’ve had a few comments lately… also know that you can always always email me if you have concerns about the ethics behind this blog. 🙂

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      • iReply:

        Fair point however, no where in this post did you state that you tested the Micellar Water product for 1 week. Nor did you state what positive effects you experienced. The product you did speak to, the cleansing wipes, you said you had strong feelings and that they “are NOT enough to get your face truly clean” which does not seem like a highly positive response. So it seems from this readers view point that you are contradicting yourself.

        As for the being gifted products (i.e. my other comment) I had not noticed you putting c/o but perhaps that is because you put a stop to being gifted items and as such the clothing you wear is not c/o applicable. If that is the case I applaud you!

        3.20.15 Reply
        • graceatwood:

          Hi there. I see your point. With the cleansing wipes I just have a weird thing with them. I really do love them in a pinch, but it’s important to actually wash your face at night (sometimes I wash my face twice) to get your skin truly clean and what I wanted to stress was that the wipes are a great way to take your makeup off before you use the Micellar water to wash your face.

          As for the gifted items, I still accept them here and there but only if it’s something I desperately want or need. I’ve been trying to cut back on both shopping + c/o items because it was just getting to be a bit too much – I want a leaner closet. I haven’t written about it (yet) but I’ve been going through a massive wardrobe purge. I will still wear gifted items from time to time (I have a few gifted pieces that will be featured next week) but they’ll always be disclosed with “gifted” or “c/o” in the caption.

          Anyway, the bottom line is that I disclose everything. I’ve always thought of myself as rather anal about it. I want to thank you for taking the time to comment and reply back. Reader trust is the single most important thing to me, and it’s comments like these that push bloggers to be better.

          Oh – also I’ve updated my disclosures page. http://thestripe.com/disclosures/

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  3. Wishes & Reality:

    I’ve been looking for an affordable cleansing water to try – thanks for sharing this one.


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  4. Eden:

    I’ve seen this brand before but never tried it. Thanks for sharing!


    3.20.15 Reply
  5. Alexandra:

    Love your beauty posts! I think you give awesome reviews – keep it up!

    Warm Regards,

    3.20.15 Reply
  6. Morgan Rose:

    Hi Grace!
    Just wanted to say that I love your blog so much! Thanks for taking the time to produce such amazing and thoughtful content!

    3.23.15 Reply
    • graceatwood:

      that’s so nice – thank you Morgan!

      3.23.15 Reply
  7. Jamie:

    I’m a huge Simple Skincare fan. I especially like their exfoliating cloths.

    Hello There, Lady!

    3.23.15 Reply