Autumn is officially here; and usually my taste in make up changes with the seasons. As the leaves turn to shades of beautiful burnt orange and the nights draw in I normally begin to reach for fuller coverage bases and deeper hued lipsticks; but this year I can’t seem to shake my love for minimal makeup. I’m sure that my trusty NARS Sheer Glow and Dior Skin Star foundation will come into rotation sooner rather than later, but for now I’m still enjoying a light tinted moisturiser, a quick coat of mascara and a slick of lip balm. Even then, as soon as I get home I’m straight into the bathroom and getting stuck into my evening skin care routine. Is there really any better feeling than taking your make up off at the end of the day, other than perhaps climbing into a cosy cocoon of fresh bedding? I think not.
There are three products in particular that I honestly cannot get enough of at the moment, and they all have the prettiest purple packaging…very convenient for my aesthetic. The first two products come from Clinique, and we all know how much I adore pretty much anything by them! They were the first fancy brand I ever introduced into my skin care routine, and have remained an integral part ever since. I have a whole lot of love for their Moisture Surge collection, which I featured as part of my Sunday Sessions series, and the Take The Day Off range holds a special place in my beauty-obsessed heart too. There are still a few products I need to get my hands on (I’m very curious about the Eye Makeup Removing Stick) but there are two that I use on the daily: Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips, £17.00, and the Cleansing Balm*, £23.00. My mascaras of choice are always pretty heavy duty; Dior’s Pump and Volume being my current favourite. Let’s just say that it takes some budging, and my Bioderma simply ain’t up to it. Soaking a small cotton pad in this oil based makeup remover and simply holding it down over my lashes, finishing it off with a gentle swipe, takes away every last stubborn trace of mascara, shadow and even the most durable of liquid liners. I then move onto the Cleansing Balm; scooping out a small portion of the solid balm, warming it between my palms and massaging all over my face. The texture very quickly melts into a luxe, lightweight and silky oil that dissolves basically anything – makeup, sunscreen, dust and dirt from decorating a house. Both products are super gentle yet effective, always leaving my skin feeling so soft and hydrated. Although oily, they don’t make me feel greasy in the slightest, and as I always use these as a first cleanse, the second cleanse rids me of any remnants of oil left on the skin. Talking of second cleanses…
I think it was almost three years ago since I first walked out of John Lewis the proud owner of Liz Earle’s Cleanse And Polish, and it has been a love affair ever since. I really do enjoy trying out new products (all in the name of blogging, right?) but there are a handful of items that I always have to have in my bathroom cupboard, or on display on my fancy new ladder shelves, and this is one of them. Creamy, thick, luxurious; you know the drill. I’ve raved about Cleanse And Polish so many times (you can read a full review of it here, and have a giggle at how bad my photography used to be), but the reason I’m bringing it up again is the scent. Oh my goodness the scent. Rose and Lavender make it a perfect addition to my evening skin care routine; I find the fragrance so calming and relaxing, really helping me wind down after a busy day. And despite the essential oils, the formula remains gentle and nourishing, never irritating my sometimes sensitive skin. I picked this one up a little while ago before I moved, and it doesn’t seem to be available on their site but fear not! I’ve tracked it down in Boots for £16.00 so be sure to snap one up before it gets discontinued. I love using this as a second cleanse, and can’t wait to see what limited edition scents Liz Earle bring out for Christmas!
What products do you swear by for removing your makeup and winding down with?
*This post features PR Samples. All opinions, as always, are my own.