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 :)

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  1. This sounds amazing! I just bought my first cleansing balm the other day (The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter) which I'm so excited to try.

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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  2. This is the first and only cleansing balm I have tried so far but I am in love with it. With combination skin, I was afraid this would leave my skin more oily but it actually makes me skin feel normal. It is just so good! xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  3. I blame my oily skin for my fear of using cleansing balms and oils. I usually stick with gel cleansers and Bioderma but I really want to try this one out especially after reading all the raving reviews! I tried looking for this in Mecca once and couldn't find it so I probably need to venture into Myer or David Jones. I also want try the Emma Hardie one, but if this is good as they say hopefully I won't have to!

    Chantalle x
    ceceandgrace.blogspot.com

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    1. As someone who definitely has oily skin, I can assure you it works perfectly with oily skin! It's so fantastic. Try looking in a Mecca Maxima, or if not, Myer or DJ's should definitely stock it. Totally worth every cent!

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  4. I've dying to try this and you just made me want to even more! I'm big on skincare but I'm sure I could slot this in somewhere :P

    Sarah | More Than Adored

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  5. I contemplated buying this Clinique Cleansing Balm, but I kept searching for others to try because I didn't like the idea of it being more on the solid side for some reason. I think I just wanted something that I could just quickly slap on my face! I may try it in the future because everyone seems to love it, but I am really loving the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, which you don't need to rub together before applying. Plus, it's pink! The Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm price is fucking ridiculous, but so worth trying out! I'd recommend saving up and trying this little beauty one day. It's thick and really luxurious. Plus, you can use it as a mask.

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    1. I will definitely try the Emma Hardie one day - and you need to try the Clinique! Haha. I promise you, it being 'solid' will not be a problem...I literally put my finger through this to scoop it out and it already starts to soften. The rubbing between the fingers literally makes it go from soft coconut oil consistency to this creamy, balm texture within seconds. It's not effort at all :)

      Stop tempting me to buy the Oskia cleanser, woman.

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  6. I'm glad you like this one so much, it's nice to know there are other reasonable alternatives to Emma Hardie being that the latter is now so ridiculously expensive D: Although it's my absolute favourite, I had given up on purchasing it until I got lucky with that 45% off discount and stocked up with two of them. Maybe when they run out, I'll try this one!

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    1. I am hanging on to every Feel Unique e-mail hoping they have another crazy sale on. I cannot justify the current price - so crazy! Even if it does last a while, I'm pretty happy with my current pick (my curiosity always gets the better of me though so we will see how that goes...)

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