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Why You Should Be Double Cleansing

Why You Should Be Double Cleansing

If you're a COMvert, you probably know all about double cleansing. The Cleanse Off Mitt is the ideal first step of a cleansing routine and in our eyes, the Cleanse Off Mitt is best used alongside a cleanser. It's very simple to make a claim like that without explaining why but that ain't how we roll at Nerd HQ. 

What is Double Cleansing? 

The key to double cleansing is in the name. In a double cleanse, there are 2 steps: removing makeup (with your Cleanse Off Mitt) and a more thorough cleanse. You use your Cleanse Off Mitt to take off your makeup so that your cleanser can get to your skin without there being anything in the way.  

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What are the Benefits to Double Cleansing? 

Number 1: your skin is cleaner. Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy. Using the Cleanse Off Mitt removes all visible makeup from your skin but if you are a makeup-wearer, there are possibly still traces of makeup and an accumulation of oils in your pores. Traces of makeup + accumulated oils = possible breakouts. When you follow up with a more traditional cleanser, you ensure that absolutely everything is off your face!

Makeup and oils aren't the only things on your face when it comes to skincare routine time. When you walk around outdoors (and indoors too, depending), you're essentially walking through a big cloud of pollution. We cannot guarantee that a double cleanse helps you at all when it comes to pollution and your skin but logically, it has to be more efficient than a single cleanse in this respect. 

The second step of your double cleansing routine is usually your treatment step. Your cleanser may have active ingredients, such as salicylic acid or glycolic acid, or be enriched with vitamins or emollients, for example. Your cleanser will be much more effective when it can cleanse and work into your pores without having to remove your makeup too! It is kind of like why you hoover before you mop - your floor will be cleaner if you mop without hoovering but it MAY not be the most effective way to do it. 

Your Second Cleansing Step

When we say cleanser, we mean a wash, a foaming cleanser, a gel cleanser, a cream cleanser or whichever one suits your skin the best. The cleanser you should be using depends on your individual skin concerns and your skin type. If you have oily, acne-prone skin, your cleanser will contain ingredients that break down sebum and control oil. If you have dry or dehydrated skin, your cleanser will be packed full of things that will pump your skin with moisture and help your skin to keep its own moisture in. 

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The Cleanse Off Mitt Double Cleanse Routine

Step 1: Wash your hands with antibacterial soap. If you have bacteria on your hands and you don't wash them, you just transfer that bacteria to your Cleanse Off Mitt AND your face. Not ideal. 

Step 2: Rinse your COM in warm water, wring it out and pop your hand in it. 

Step 3: Working outwards and downwards from the centre of your face (for lymphatic drainage), swipe the COM across your face gently and use the same side to remove your eye makeup too.

Step 4: Rub an acorn-sized amount of cleanser onto your face with your fingers for 60 seconds. 

Step 5: Do the COM Roll - flip your Cleanse Off Mitt over to the other side and remove your cleanser thoroughly using the mitt. 

Et voilà - you've done the COM-certified Double Cleanse Routine that all of us here in Nerd HQ do each night. COMsider yourself part of the family!

Are you not a COMvert yet? Get your mitts on the Cleanse Off Mitt from any of our amazing stockists or on our online store

Nerd HQ's Top 10 Stocking Fillers

Nerd HQ's Top 10 Stocking Fillers

Christmas is fast approaching at this point and it's time to start filling those stockings if you haven't already... let's be real, nobody is 100% prepared just yet. There are still 'i's to dot and 't's to be crossed but do not fret - we're here with our festive favourites to take the hassle out of your last-minute shop! 

 

Ban.do Hot Stuff Thermal Mug 

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Ban.do's L.A. vibes are perfect to brighten up your loved one's January and who doesn't need a travel mug for bringing that green tea on the go? This Rose Parade Thermal Mug costs only €12.95! 

 

Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm

 

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This lip balm is our office go-to as it is, by name and nature, ultra-nourishing and so it is ideal for these blustery Winter months. If that's not enough, "rêve de miel" means "dream of honey"... awwww. It is €12.00, which is a bit above the average lip balm price, but we can testify that it lasts absolute yonks and it is so good that the user will actively try not to lose it.

 

Yon-ka Lotion Travel Size 

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Stuff their stocking with Spritz O'Clocks on the go! The travel size Lotion Yon-ka is key for the friend who is always awaitin' skin hydratin', whilst still being a busy bee. It can be popped into car doors, handbags, manbags or just on to one's desk. Full of essential oils, it is a wellness retreat in a can for €17.50. 

 

Human+Kind Body Wash

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It smells fantastic, it's completely natural and it is Irish! The Human+Kind Orange Body Wash is a steal at €7.95 and it is a definite upgrade on the overly-sensitising, fragranced body washes of times gone. It is the citrusy shower friend that all will be happy to find on Christmas morning! 

Seoulista Instant Facial Sheet Masks 

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If someone were to ask any of Nerd HQ what they'd like to receive the most of, we would all say sheet masks. We can't get enough of them, especially the Seoulista Instant Facials. Choose from Charcoal Detox, Brightening, Correct & Calm or Super Hydration. Each mask costs €8.99. 

Pukka Cleanse Tea 

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Not only is the Pukka Cleanse Tea deliciously fennel-y and minty but it gets your skin glowing from within and it smells better than most scented candles we know! As a bonus, it is only €3.45 per box. 

 

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Fresh Mist

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Spritz No. 2 on our list... okay, but you can never be TOO obsessed with Spritz O'Clock. However, this is a Spritz of a different breed. The Anthelios Invisible Fresh Mist is an SPF that can be applied before or after makeup which makes it a game-changer in light protection. It is so handy for SPF top-ups throughout the day and it is only €14.99 for a 75ml bottle. 

TanOrganic Tanning Oil 

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TanOrganic is not just a sunless tan, it is a skin tan. Not only will it give your glow-loving pal a bronze sheen, but it will nourish and hydrate their skin at the same time. Now, that's a concept we can get behind. The oil is €24.99 and glides on like a cream never could. Oh, and it is Irish too! 

 

Dermalogica Mini Special Cleansing Gel

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A mini cleanser is the stocking filler to get for those frequent flyers, mini breakers and gym goers in your life and the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel cleanses all skin types without stripping the skin. Not only that but it goes excellently alongside the Cleanse Off Mitt. The 50ml cleanser goes for €13.10!

Cleanse Off Mitt 

Surprise! Of course the Cleanse Off Mitt is our must-have stocking filler - it is the best accompaniment to a cleanser, any other skincare product or, well, anything. Everyone of all genders, ages and skin types has to wash their face, so why not give the gift of easy, skin-friendly cleansing this Christmas? 

 

Get your mitts on the Cleanse Off Mitt here or at pharmacies, salons and clinics nationwide!

Nerd HQ's Top Tips For Skin-Friendly Face Painting

Nerd HQ's Top Tips For Skin-Friendly Face Painting

The big day has arrived! The costumes are ready, the sweets are by the door - you're sorted! All that's left is to apply the face paint... well, here are some important tips to follow to ensure you and your minis' skin aren't in the horrors! 

1 - Only Use Face-safe Face Paint 

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Everyone is a special effects makeup artist these days... however, some people don't want to pay special effects makeup prices to complete their look. Non-toxic does not equal skin-friendly and PVA glue should NEVER be applied to the face. 

Why? The colourants, dyes and other ingredients found in non-skin products have not been tested on skin, so you are more likely to react to the wide array of ingredients... nobody wants to be left with blemishes in real life because they were creating a blemish illusion! 

Make sure to only use brands that you have researched or heard of, like Snazaroo, to avoid any nasty ingredients. 

While on this note, do not use craft glitter in lieu of face glitter! The difference is that if craft glitter can get into your eye, it can scratch your cornea and leave you in serious pain... Look for glitter marked as "cosmetic glitter". 

 

2 - Be Careful When It Comes to Bacteria

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Sharing is caring, right? Not necessarily... When it comes to face paint, you are much more likely to spread bacteria from face to face due to the application method. Unless you disinfect the face paint pan after every swipe, your face paint becomes a petri dish in no time! 

For the acne-prone, this could spell absolute disaster. Stick to tubes when buying face paint as it is the most hygienic option, as there is no "double-dipping"! 

Most reputable face paint brands contain antibacterial ingredients in the product to stop the spread of bacteria anyway but it is always good to be on the safe side. 

 

3 - Wash it off PROPERLY! 

Skin-friendly face paint should not cause any irritation to the skin but it is hard to tell which brands clog pores and which don't! We here at Nerd HQ find that after using face paint our skin is definitely more congested than before...

However, considering Halloween is only one night, the possibility of clogging is something that can be overlooked but you should definitely be ensuring it is completely and absolutely removed before you hit the hay. 

The Cleanse Off Mitt removes face paint gently and fully on its own but you should follow up with your regular cleanser to make sure that not even a smudge of it is left on yourself.... with the added bonus of avoiding long-lasting pillow stains!  

If the face paint being used is particularly stubborn, add a little bit of coconut oil to avoid any rubbing on delicate young skin.

 

4 - Remove Liquid Latex With Care

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Liquid latex is essential to pulling off a semi-realistic wound, but you can end up pulling off more than just a fabulous costume! 

Liquid latex is a cosmetic adhesive - its entire purpose is to stick to the skin. Unfortunately, because of this, it also sticks to the vellus hair (AKA the fine, thin "peach fuzz" that is found all over the body). 

Your vellus hair helps to protect the skin against extrinsic stressors like harsh weather so it is important to keep it intact. Remove liquid latex using warm water and a cleanser to loosen the bond between the latex and your skin and its vellus hair. 

 

5 - Look After Your Skin Post-Party 

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Face paint can really take it out of the skin! Even if it it skin safe, it can be very drying and leave the skin looking dull and even a bit flakey. 

Bring it back to life with a product formulated for sensitive skin like Declaré's Gentle Cleansing Powder, which can be used on both adults and children. If your skin is in need of hydration, reach for the hyaluronic acid!  

 

At the end of the day, as long as you are using brands that are well-known and committed to skin safety, your skin will survive the night! Happy Halloween from everyone at Nerd HQ!  

Nerd HQ Life Hacks

Nerd HQ Life Hacks

Every once in a while you need to be able to cut corners - maybe you've got a busy week, or it feels like pay day was years ago. What you need are some life hacks.

What is a life hack? Simple - a life hack is something that makes your life a little bit easier, whether it's using something for more than one purpose or using something for a purpose that is not the most traditional. We've compiled a list of the absolute favourite Nerd HQ Life Hacks...

Use Baking Soda to Deodorise Your Kicks

Runners are the most practical of all shoes; FACT. Thankfully, they're becoming more and more acceptable in the work place. So now, you're wearing your Nikes/Adidas/New Balances/Pumas in the office, to the gym, at home and on the sesh. Let's be real: they're probably not smelling the best. 

Don't fork out money on expensive sprays when you can life hack the smell away. Add two tablespoons of baking soda to five drops of an essential oil of your choosing, mix it together, and shake it into the inside of your shoes. 

Leave it overnight and hoover it out in the morning et voilà, the box fresh scent is back! 

 

Use Permanent Marker to Cover Scuff Marks on Pleather Shoes

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Pleather scuffs so easily. You get a brand new pair of shoes, you're feeling fly, about to leave the house, and you see the tell-tale flap coming off your shoe, exposing the dirt-grey material beneath. You're already late... what are you going to do?! 

Easy peasy - just gently remove the flap and colour over the mark with black permanent marker. Is this a classy life hack? No. Is it practical? YES. 

 

Keep Magazine Perfume Samples To Freshen Your Drawers

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Oo-er... we mean your bedroom drawer. Well, technically, also your other drawers. You know the little cottony scented pads behind the foil doors in magazine perfume ads? Most people swipe it on themselves and chuck them out straight away. You wouldn't think you're being wasteful, would you? Newsflash: you are! 

Pop them directly into your underwear drawer, other modes of storage or your freshly odour-neutralised trainers. It'll gently scent your clothes, leaving you smelling divine all the time.

 

DIY Your Own Blotting Paper

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Blotting paper is a fairly frivolous expense to many of us. We are oily as a chip pan and we want to be able to instantly blot it off without completely re-applying our whole face, but we don't want to spend 20 euro for a pack of 50 for the privilege.

A very simple blotting paper hack is to separate toilet paper and dust it very lightly with mineral powder to soak up any excess oil. We recommend splitting the toilet paper layers whilst wearing gloves so as to avoid transferring any bacteria. You can keep your DIY blotting papers in an old mint tin.

 

 Save Hotel Minis For Future Holidays

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We are not openly advising you to steal from hotels. However, when you're going on an in-country mini break, bring full-sized shampoo, conditioner and shower gel, as you are not restricted on liquids. Then, save the minis you're given for when you can't bring as many liquids as you'd like! Ta-da - this one is maybe the easiest to do and will save you trying desperately to funnel slippery stuff into tiny tubes. 

 

Tie Bobbins Around The Legs Of Your Glasses To Prevent Slippage

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Everyone with a narrow face who is not blessed with the gift of perfect vision understands the struggle of trying to find glasses that fit your face properly. This leads to your glasses slipping down your face all the blimming time.

Take medium-width hair bobbins and wind them around the end of the each leg at the bend, as shown in the picture. That's all there is to it! The bobbins will keep your specs snug to your face so that you can live your life without the hassle of pushing them up all the time. Bliss. 

 

Make the Most of Your Mitt 

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The Cleanse Off Mitt is a mitt of many talents. On top of using it the classic mitt-to-skin way, you can use it as a pre-cleanser before a traditional cleanser OR apply your cleanser directly to the mitt to save time! Ta-da, super clean skin! 

The Cleanse Off Mitt makes your life easier and saves you time. Hack your skincare routine! 

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