We all know how important it is to remove our makeup at the end of the day. I mean, if you haven’t seen all the horror stories about people losing their sight due to not removing their mascara properly, Google it, though not while eating, and see the importance of cleansing. It’s only recently, a year or so, that double cleansing was brought to my attention, and since then anytime I’m wearing makeup I do it. First I like to use a balm and then follow up with a milky cleanser. The balm of choice at the moment is the Clinique Cleansing balm, which is part of the much loved Take the Day Off range.
I had a sample of this for ages before I finally gave it a go, it was mainly because I thought my skin wouldn’t feel clean afterwards. Of course I was wrong. Balm cleansers are revolutionary for me, because they actually get off all my makeup and this one in particular doesn’t leave me with panda eyes either (Elemis balm I’m looking at you.) They go from balm to oil as you rub them into your skin, which for someone with dry skin who usually finds makeup removal dries out my skin it’s a nice feeling afterwards. I do find this works even better in hot climates as it turns into more of a gel texture, so you don’t even have to wait for it to melt – it’s pretty much this texture at the moment due to the lovely British weather we’re having.
I managed to pick the full size Clinique cleansing balm in a set which was reduced on the Clinique website. The set included the balm, a full size take the day off remover and a mini mascara, all for just over £20 – when I applied the extra 20% off! Bearing in mind the full size balm is £24 on its own, I thought I did very well. The mini has lasted me a couple of weeks worth of full face use, which I think bodes well as it would mean the full size lasts around four months, though I could be over estimating there. Sadly, the full size is over the limit you’re allowed to carry on flights which is why I’ve kept the mini pot so I can transfer it over for when I go away.
Clinique are one of my go to brands for skincare as they are perfect for people with sensitive skin – none of their skincare products have a fragrance. I don’t tend to break out when it comes to minor fragrance but I have been known to break out when using heavily fragranced creams (that might be by Botanics. Just giving you a heads up.) Their skincare is often on the pricer side, as they are a highend brand, however I tend to invest in my skincare. Especially when it comes to makeup removal as without I have to pay extra to fix my spots.
I’m highly likely to repurchase this, and I’ve hardly even scratched the surface of it. I have heard good things about TheBodyShop alternative but I don’t know whether I’m able to move away from this one just yet. I love my skincare at the moment, and that doesn’t look like it will be letting up just yet, so there will be many more posts coming soon. (And an exciting update at the end of the month!)
You can buy the Clinique Cleansing Balm on the Clinique website for £24.