Today I’m going to discuss makeup removal, so boring I know, but oh so important. I have already mentioned about how I like performance makeup and don’t want to have to reapply in the middle of the day (things like foundation, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, blush, etc). I wear waterproof or long wear makeup a lot on my eyes including an eye primer. Even some heavy duty sunscreens or foundations with sunscreen can be difficult to remove.
It took me years to figure out that needing a good cleanser was half the battle I was having with my sensitive break out prone skin. The gentle cleansers weren’t taking off my makeup (making me breakout) and the stronger cleansers were stripping my skin and making me break out. I have tried most brands from high end to drugstore. I tried the whole erno laszlo routine, I tried clinique 3 step which actually ends up being like 8 steps, philosophy’s purity made simple, neutrogena (several of these), dove bar soap, and this list goes on and on. I also used some of these cleansers with the clarisonic to get my makeup off which only gave me broken capillaries. #thanksalot #likeididnthaveenoughproblemsalready
I don’t remember how I came across Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil 5 years ago, but it changed my life. It is one step for me. I massage it on to my dry makeup laden skin and sometimes put a little extra on my eyes, then wet my fingertips and start emulsifying the oil by rubbing my face with the water, mixing the water and oil together to make a milky type lather (emulsification) #soundsweirdbutdoitanyway. I do this with the water two to three times with special attention on my eyes so I can get off all the makeup and then I start rinsing it off ie. splashing water on my face, using a face cloth whatever. My face never feels oily after or tight and it gets off all my makeup. #onestopshop #nobreakouts I also use this all year round. This is one is my favorite cleansing oils and the one I keep coming back to after I have tried others such as Tatcha pure one step camellia cleansing oil, Josie Maran argan cleansing oil, and L’Occitane shea cleansing oil. I also only use this at night because for me it is pricey and I use it to get off makeup at the end of the day. When I use it this way a bottle can last me 6 months. (You can purchase at sephora or boscia.com 5 oz for $30)
Something else that I have been trying recently (last 3 months) that is on the cheaper side and highly available are the Olay Sensitive 4-in-1 facial cloths 33 ct ($8)/Equate (walmart) 2-in-1 Daily Facial Cloths 60 ct ($10). These are dry cloths that have soap in them already and then you wet them to activate the suds. You wet your face, then wet the cloth, and then scrub your face with the cloth, giving your face a mild exfoliation and taking off your makeup. They do a great job of removing makeup, sometimes eyeliner and mascara you have to be a little more diligent about, but the cloths do a good job. I actually prefer these to premoistened cloths because I don’t have to worry about them drying out in the package. Bonus they are super easy to travel with because they are not a liquid. #nospillage #nopatdownfromTSA My face feels so smooth when I use these, but I am not sure if I will like them for winter when my skin gets drier- we will see. In summary, I like something that is quick, easy, efficient, and gentle to remove my makeup. I don’t want a bunch of high maintenance steps. #nofussmakeupremoval
I’m also including other cleansers that I use that have been gentle but cleansing to my skin, ones that I use in the morning. When I started seeing a dermatologist 5 years ago, he recommended Cerave, its fragrance free, sulfate free, and has ceramides, hyaluronic acid and niacin in it- skin communicating ingredients. I use both the foaming cleanser (in summer) and hydrating cleanser (in winter). Some would say either one of these would take off their makeup, but they don’t work like that for me. #hardcoremakeup I even use the the foaming cleanser in the shower with a poof/loofah on my delicate and sensitive body skin. 😉#bodyskinneedslovetoo These run about $8 for 12oz. and can be found at most drugstores.
I have also discovered First Aid Beauty which I thought was just a gimmick, but is actually really great for sensitive skin. I use the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser which foams up really nicely and never leaves my face tight. I have this pictured above with the boscia, but for me it doesn’t remove ALL my makeup so I end up using it in the morning or if I feel like using it after the boscia or cleansing cloths in the evening. #paranoid (5oz bottle for $20 can be found at sephora, ulta, and beauty.com)
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Have a great weekend everyone! I have some awesome ideas for next week: I’m going to talk about giorgio armani and tightlining among other things so come on back!! Post in the comments if you want more info/blog post on my small haul from this week that I posted on instagram. To follow me on instagram click here!