Clinique 'Take The Day Off' Cleansing BalmThursday, 10 July 2014
I was never big into skincare. I'm probably still not, to be honest. I'm very lucky that I've never had to be, I don't suffer from super oily or super dry skin and my skin for the most part is relatively spot free. As someone who wears a decent amount of makeup on an everyday basis though, I knew that I had to start taking care of my skin in order to keep it calm and not congested.
Previously I used Origins Zero Oil, which I still keep in my shower for days where I need a particularly good cleanser to help me out. On my last trip to the States though, I picked up the Clinique 'Take The Day Off' Cleansing Balm and I haven't looked back since.
I used to be pretty lazy with makeup removal - most nights I would grab a few cotton pads soaked with Bioderma and that would be it for me. I thought the idea of grabbing a face washer and cleanser and hot water was too much of a faff. Hah! Since purchasing this balm, I've totally been converted. I've actually realised that this way is much quicker than the old Bioderma and cotton pad version, and much more satisfying!
The balm itself is incredible. I scoop a small amount out with my fingers and rub it together so it creates a very creamy, softer version of the balm which when massaged into the skin creates a warm and gentle oil like consistency. It cuts through makeup like nothing I've ever seen, and my favourite part is that it's great around my super sensitive eyes, unlike my Origins which would sting the bejesus out of my eyes! I also love that this has no fragrance, as I am very particular about fragrances in beauty products and would prefer if everything was just scent free!
I use a washer and warm water to remove everything, and the whole process literally takes me like, a minute. It doesn't leave any sort of residue on the skin, and whilst my skin feels clean and fresh, it also doesn't feel completely stripped like it would occasionally after the Origins Zero Oil. I honestly find it to feel so luxurious, from the rubbing between my fingers, right till the end when I pat my face dry and wonder why my skin feels so soft!
I can't remember how much I paid for this cleanser, but it can't have been that pricey, and I am ridiculously happy with it. Granted, I haven't tried everyone's holy grail Emma Hardie cleansing balm yet, but I have heard a few people either compare the two, or choose the Clinique balm over Emma Hardie! It's goooood stuff.
Have you tried this? Let me know your thoughts on it if you have, especially if you have also used Emma Hardie, as I am still very interested in giving the latter a go :)