Road Test - In Defense of Wipes

Greetings readers! Back from a particularly wonderful holiday with a renewed spring in my step, and the Scottish weather is obediently falling in line. I wore shorts yesterday. Yep, shorts. In Scotland.  Take that.

So. What I am going to be touting the merits of today (in a pretty thinly-veiled attempt to cram some vacation photos down your throat) are wipes. Yes, that's right. Wipes.

No, you did not misread. I did say, or wrote rather, wipes. Not very sexy is it? Even the word wipes brings to mind imagery of screaming potty-training toddlers, or perhaps acute proctological distress of a delicate medical nature.

But relax. I am talking about facial wipes here,  so get your minds out of the gutter and stop your snickering. This is science. Here. I want to show you my new favorite cheap-thrills beauty thing.

                                                 Yes To Blueberries Brightening Facial Towelettes 

Okay, technically they are facial towelettes...whatever.


Let me tell you,  these wipes are the travelling gal's best friend. They fit in your handbag or carry-on for that long-haul flight, and importantly, they are neither a liquid, nor are they a gel. So even the the geniuses at TSA with their rather, erm, liberal interpretation of what makes a liquid or a gel should leave you alone (lipstick is a STICK guys...a high enough temperatures, I will melt too...doesn't make me a liquid though, does it!? I mean, we humans all contain about 6 litres of liquid. Should I show up for my flight in a clear plastic bin liner?!). Anyway.

The "Age Refresh" part of the title is in reference to the slightly exfoliant nature of the ingredients (contains some fruit acids), meant to improve skin texture, which it actually did for me. I did not find the product at all irritating, although I should note that some of the reviews I have read did have some claims of irritation, so if you are super-duper sensitive, proceed with caution.  But I imagine you do anyway.

I used these religiously over my two week holiday, went through an entire pack, if you really must know.  In fact, I used them every day and night to clean my face instead of my usual facial cleanser and water... I did have to use more than one wipe to take off any makeup I may have been wearing, but I did not suffer a single breakout or dry patch while using these in place of my cleanser. That's a pretty good endorsement when you consider the large amounts of sunscreen one wears on a trip to southeast Asia. I should also mention that  technically, the package says that you should be careful to avoid the eye area. Naturally, I used this as an eye makeup remover too. What can I say, (recurring theme alert) I have trouble following directions. Luckily, these wipes stood the test of my inability to follow directions and held their own. No problems whatsoever.

Here are the ingredients, for all you nerdy science types:

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Sucrose Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Sucrose, Mannan, Xanthan Gum, Galactoarabinan, Sodium Hydroxide, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Pectin, Fragrance, Citrus Medica Limonum, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Calcium Gluconate, Certified Organic Ingredient, 100% Natural Fragrance

As for caveats, this product seems to have very few. Among them are the fact that the wipes are sort of dry at the top of the pack, and get more product-laden as you work your way through the pack. I did not find this particularly troubling, but I suppose it might bother those of you anal-retentive thorough types who have a thing for uniformity. Also, because this product is a wee bit moisturizing (but never greasy, I hasten to add), you may find that you need to follow it with a mattefying product (if you can be bothered. I can't), especially if you are not planning on wearing any makeup, and doubly-especially if you are in a hot, jungle-like climate, like say....Thailand (nice segue...subtle, eh?). I myself am prone to shiny moon face in jungle-hot climates. 

Shiny moon face in a longboat on the river in Bangkok
Shiny moon face after buying snorkeling stuff at a Koh Samui market

Shiny moon face at the Bangkok Flower Market at night
Shiny moon cocktail face at Chaweng bay in Koh Samui

Anyway, you get the idea.

So while Yes to Blueberries wipes won't cure you of your shiny moon face, they will keep your shiny moon face clean and fresh-looking and evenly-toned and without blemishes. A perfect product for when you have neither the time, nor the inclination to do a complete face wash. And that, readers, is something I can get on board with. I will be saying Yes to Blueberries.


Five stilettos.


  1. Agreed--this is the way to go on more adventurous trips. (Manhattan not included)
    Looking at your wonderful photos, could not help but be drawn to the lovely looking cocktails in the final frame. Gasp! DId you order things with ICE in SE Asia?!?!?!? and live to tell about it?

    1. Yep. We did the ice thing and had no problem. I certainly wouldn't down it by the bucketload, but it was fine in our drinks. We did not hold back. My personal opinion is that chill peppers and booze must counteract whatever is in the ice. ;)

  2. I'm right with you! I can't imagine anything better on a hot, sticky, humid face than the cooling, moist gentleness of a wipe. Face, neck and the underboob area, too.

    I also love that last photo. You look so happy, and the setting looks so serene I just want to be sucked up into it away from my horrid deadline that might cause me to work over the long weekend. *cries*

    Sometimes when I am feeling lazy or am just plain exhauster, I'll use one of my Pond's wipes to remove my makeup at night. It does the job, and it's much better than going to bed with it on. Long live wipes!

    1. Its easy to look happy when you are sipping a cocktail on a Thai beach! Those were called coconut tree. I think they were coconut, midori, and something else....malibu maybe? Who knows....and who really cares!? Its vacation!! hoot!


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