Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash and Moisturizer: Review and Giveaway

Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Skincare.

Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Skincare.

Combination skin is a trial. Am I right? Whenever skin care is advertised for "combination skin," I'm skeptical. Combination skin could have any number of issues: dry and oily, oily and normal, normal and dry….how could one kind of cleanser and moisturizer possibly suffice to address every problem? 

Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash and Moisturizer was recommended for my combination skin, and in spite of the fact that it doesn't address all of my skin's needs (how could it?), it's not bad! Here's an overview.

Pros:

  • The foam wash is gentle enough for my skin, which is a combination of sensitive, somewhat dehydrated, and oily in the t-zone. 
  • The lotion, which is meant to keep skin matte during the day while providing adequate moisture, does its job admirably. Win!
  • The lotion contains SPF, which, for me, is a must for day moisturizer. Us ladies who struggle with oil control don't want to be layering sunscreen over our lotion.

Cons:

  • The foam wash is not sufficient for evening use for me—it does nothing to remove makeup. Some might argue it isn't supposed to, but when there are cleansers that do remove makeup, why would I bother with a remover AND a cleanser?
  • I prefer to use a different moisturizer in the evening—something with a little more hydrating power. This moisturizer isn't quite enough.
  • The moisturizer tingles a little when I use it, and is not recommended for use around the eyes. I am a tad concerned that the product could become irritating. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to steer clear of this product. 

The verdict: If you read my blog, you can probably guess that I'm partial to higher-end products. Typically, you get what you pay for—but not always. Especially when it comes to products like cleansers that you're going to wash down the sink two minutes after you massage them into your skin. So I'm more than okay with cheaper, drugstore skin cleansers provided they're not too harsh. Cetaphil's foam wash fits the bill there. The moisturizer I have mixed feelings about. I love that it helps me battle shine, but I'm concerned about possible irritants. I'll keep using it and see what happens.

Bottom line: If you don't have sensitive or dry skin, these products are worth a try.

Rating: Three and a half stars out of five.

Available: London Drugs and other drugstores for about $17.99 apiece (prices may vary by location).

Now for the great news: You don't need to take my word on these products—Cetaphil is giving you the opportunity to try them for yourself!

That's right, readers: I'm hosting a giveaway. Read on for details! 

More about Cetaphil products and reviews (sponsored by Cetaphil):

Disclosure: This product was provided by PR for my consideration. This giveaway is sponsored by Cetaphil.


Time to Celebrate with a Revlon and Annabelle Giveaway!

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Thanks to all you lovelies, my little blog has been growing! I thought it was high time I thank you all with a giveaway featuring products from Revlon and Annabelle. Here are the goods: 

1) Annabelle Eyeshadow Quad in Grape Vine. My friends, if you haven't tried Annabelle eyeshadow, you need to stop what you're doing (after you enter this giveaway, that is) and go to the drugstore. Right now. We're talking MAC quality at drugstore prices! Crazy pigmentation, easy-breezy blending, and great wear time. You'll love this fun purple quad.

2) Annabelle Eyeshadow Trio in Quartz. I have this trio in my personal makeup kit, and it's love. It makes a beautiful warm-neutral eye.

3) Annabelle Retractable Eyeliner in Twilighting. Another piece I have in my personal kit. It's a lovely, creamy, dark-purple liner that will look especially awesome on brown- and green-eyed beauties. 

4) Revlon Crazyshine Nail Buffer. Salon-shiny nails with no polish. That's right.

5) Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede in Runway. This is yet another dupe of a product in my personal kit, and it's the most uniquely textured lip product I've ever used. It really is like suede!

6) Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick in Smolder. Easy-breezy smoky eye! I haven't tried this, but it looks fun! 

7) Revlon Nail Art Chalboard Matte Nail Enamel in Lavender. You paint your nails with the black enamel to turn them into little chalkboards, then make art on them with the lavender colour. How cool is that? 

All of the above products are from the fabulous goody bags from Blog Vancity—I got more than I could ever use! Thanks to the organizers and sponsors.

Bonus from my personal stash: A cute floral makeup bag from Clinique to put it all in! Wahoo!

This giveaway is open to November 15. I'll announce the winner on November 16 here and on Twitter. Come back every day for more points! 

Have fun, and thanks for visiting!