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Monday, December 15, 2014

The Clean Team

the clean team

Once upon a time I didn't care much for makeup removal. While I can remember wearing makeup at a younger age, I don't think I have many memories of taking it off. Ahem... Yeah. Those days are long gone, as I am pretty strict about never going to bed with makeup on. I don't do it. Ever. Not that there I times I haven't wished my cat could do it for me- I'd just put my head back on the couch, she'd rub on a little cleaning butter, wipe it off, you know the deal. It wouldn't be perfect, but hey, I wouldn't have to do it. Since that likely won't be happening anytime soon, I do have a nice little combo of products that do get the job done, my Clean Team if you will. Read on for the rundown!

the clean team- lierac velours cleansing oil, the balm balms away, neostrata gel cleanser

My cleansing routine is pretty simple- get the makeup off and cleanse. Did that blow your mind? To get the bulk of my makeup off I've become a fan of cleansing oils, either in liquid form or a cleansing butter. That said, every now and then, when I'm feeling particularly lazy, and my kitty helper isn't being much help, I reach for Pacifica Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes (which I forgot to add in the photos, blogger fail) as they not only smell amazing, but are also really saturated and have enough oomph to actually cut through the majority of makeup. Normally though, it's Lierac Demaquillant Velours Cleansing Oil for Face & Eyes and theBalm Balms Away Eye Makeup Break-Up. Yup, two cleansers. While I quite like the Lierac cleansing oil, it just doesn't cut through mascara- especially waterproof- as well as I'd like. That said, it does really well with all other forms of makeup with it's blend of jojoba and macadamia oils. It's gentle on skin and emulsifies to a milky cleanser when you add water.

To get off every bit of eye makeup -particularly pesky mascara- Balms Away does a superb job. It's a solid oil cleanser formulated with vitamins A, C and E and plant derived lipids that hydrate delicate skin and help keep it smooth while it works to dissolve your EOTD. I love how easily this works and the fact that there is no need to scrub as it does the work with just a little gentle rubbing.

Okay, so the makeup is off. You could call it a day a this stage and move onto the rest of your skincare routine, but I like to do a gentle cleanse to you know, cleanse. I've always had the frame of mind that makeup removal removes makeup and cleansing cleanses. Meaning, you need two steps. From time to time I do skip the second cleanse, but for the most part it's part of my everyday routine. My cleansers change pretty frequently, but lately it's the super simple and gentle NeoStrata Cleansing Gel I've been reaching for. It really isn't anything exciting, but it's gentle and doesn't leave skin feeling stripped.

the clean team- loreal sublime soft micellar thayer's rose petal toner (1)

Wait. Okay, technically, I'm not quite done with makeup removal. I do like to do one last eye check by using a little micellar on a cotton round. There is always that last little bit of product right up against your lash line and L'Oreal Sublime Soft Gentle Micellar finds it and eliminates it. By the way, I love this micellar. I've tried quite a few at all price points, and it's just as great as the very popular red capped variety ( you know what one I mean.) To finish everything off, I reach for a second cotton round with a splash of Thayer's Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner. Toner is something that's hard to get excited about, but I really love this formula. It's alcohol free and feels soothing on skin. It's got a fresh rose scent that's refreshing, but not cloying and is quite nice as a facial mist if you decant a little into a spray bottle.

Looking at everything all together, it seems like a lot, but I swear it feels like it only takes me a minute to get to spotless skin. Tried any of these products? What do you reach for?