I'm going to do a little series on my skincare favourites featuring products I'm loving and have used for ages on my skin. Hopefully it'll give you a little insight into the stuff I trust to put on my skin.
I really recommend using quality skincare and embracing a proper routine, and if that means spending a bit more then I really don't mind. To be honest good skin is more important to me than having nice clothes (did I just say that?).
At the end of the day, it's not about buying the most expensive thing from the counters at DJs, just discovering what works well for you!
So let's talk quickly a bit about my skin so you can see whether you can relate to anything I can recommend and this post in general (hopefully you can in some way!). My skin's never been overly problematic, just mostly dry to sometimes stupid dry. I occasionally suffer from the odd breakout, which mainly occurs when I don't cleanse my face properly after a night out of wearing shit loads of foundation, powder, concealer, the works. I have a billion steps in my routine and usually switch up products all the time, which probably isn't the best!
Here's me with a bit of liquid eyeliner, mascara and concealer on. You can actually tell how dry my skin is (the little bumps on my forehead aren't actually spots, just dry patches which make my skin tone look super uneven). Overall it's not too horrendous (hopefully!).
So let's start with removing makeup. Before I begin, I just want to say removing makeup is NOT cleansing. It's exactly what it is: removing makeup. I know we can sometimes fall under the trap of taking off makeup and thinking we're done for the day. The only thing I can say about this is, TRY NOT TO BE LAZY!
As annoying as it is, I'd always recommend cleansing your face twice, one to get off makeup and the other to actually wash your face. Look out for my next skincare favourites which I'll do on cleansers!
1. Bioderma Crealine H2O (available here)
I repurchase this stuff all the time. The perfect cleanser (especially for sensitive skin) to take my makeup off any day of the week. It's basically a cleansing solution that you can use to get rid of everything, including any eye makeup which is really important to me because sometimes I really cant be screwed using something separate just to take makeup off of the eyes. I like to soak a cotton square with this stuff and go over my face twice, hardly anything comes off the second time, which is amaze. If you haven't tried this, you need to now! If you live in Melbourne, you can purchase this in store from Hub Makeup on Chapel!
2. Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil (available here)
Oils are, in my opinion, the best way to remove your makeup and I know a lot of people who use olive oil to break down their makeup. Anyone can use oils to remove makeup and Shu Uemura even do one that's designed for oilier skin types that balances the skin which my mum uses and loves. I'll generally use this cleanser if there's been a special occasion and I'm wearing every sort of makeup product I own on my face. The reason being is that if I used anything else I know my skin will be hardcore dehydrated, so I need something that cleanses but also moisturises like there's no tomorrow. This is defs on the more luxurious side of life, so I tend to reserve it for when my skin is at is worst in terms of dryness. It's a miracle oil.
3. MAC Wipes (available here)
These are probably the best wipes on the market in terms of efficiency. They will literally get everything off. Wipes tend to irritate my skin a bit and leave it dry, so I tend to resort to them when I REALLY cant be screwed or when I'm just that tired. They're better than not doing anything at all in my opinion, which is the only way I can ever justify using makeup wipes. In saying that though, until I find a better makeup wipe, I'll still return to using the mac ones! Defs let me know if you know of anything better for me to try!
4. Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm (available here)
I love this balm because you can basically use it all over your face, including your eyes, so you can really slather it on and massage your face to remove everything. Clinique is a favourite brand of mine, just really good for basic skincare. The texture of this stuff is quite different, it's like a solid cream but then heats and melts into an oil texture on contact with your skin. Overall, it breaks down makeup and rinses off really easily and doesn't leave my skin feeling overly sensitised. Really great for dry skin types!
I hope you all enjoyed this post! Let me know what your favourite makeup removers are, I would love to try some new things out!