Makeup Removal

The Complete Cleansing Ritual

It’s always good to be back home.  Especially when my disappearance from home is about a week, always.  And when I’m back, I would inaugurate a whole seek and destroy regime to make sure

Palmolive Naturals Invigorating Liquid Hand Wash 250ml

Palmolive Naturals Invigorating Liquid Hand Wash 250ml

I first wash my hands well and thoroughly for >30seconds or more.  Any soap dispenser would do.  I don’t believe in the anti bacterial sanitizing shit.  Good ol’ proper OCD procedure to get your hands, CLEANSED.

Bio-Essence Cleansing Milk & L'oreal Gentle Lip & Eye Makeup Remover

Bio-Essence Cleansing Milk & L’oreal Gentle Lip & Eye Makeup Remover

Only when the hands are clean enough to touch the face, then the proper facial cleansing regime begins.  I start with an L’oreal Gentle Lip & Eye Makeup Remover to remove my mascara.   I am using L’oreal cause I am trying to help my mom finish that tiny winy bit of it left.  I then used Bio-Essence to remove the makeup on my face.  1 cotton pad, 2 cotton pad, still not enough.  Well I guess we need a higher being in charge from here.

The Holy Trio.

The Holy Trio.

Hada Labo Cleansing Oil

Hada Labo Cleansing Oil

Cleansing Oil is the most effective way of getting rid of all traces of makeup.  So I called in the God of High Heavens.  I rinsed my face first to get rid of the traces of the milk cleanser n what not.  Toweled my face dry, I then rubbed 2 pumps of it and generously apply all over my face, rubbing the product across my face over and over again.  Until I felt my palm warming up a lil bit and that’s when I know it’s pretty much done, I rinse it off thoroughly with water, while again with a little bit of rubbing motion to make sure all unwanted excess are out of the way, out of my face!

Arrahan Lavendar Aroma Peeling Gel

Arrahan Lavendar Aroma Peeling Gel

Towel-patted my face dry, now I moved on to Peeling Gel.  For those with Sensitive skin, please do not use it more than once a week.  Twice a week for normal skin.  Sorry, I just have to stress this cause the face is oh so gloriously brightened you just can’t help and wished you could do this every 1hr!

Technique is important too.  ONLY USE LAST 3 OF YOUR FINGERS to rub the product across the face, put enough pressure just to keep it going.  Focus on the areas where you notice more debris (dead skins) are coming off, rubbing gently in circular motion, alternate with zig-zag motion at rougher patches.  Whole process should NOT last more than 2 minutes.  2 min TOPS, MAX, STOP.

After that, rinse, everything off, and you’ll notice how much “thinner” your skin gets and how much brightened your face is.  Of course, there will be bound to be areas where there’s bits of redness due to your sensitivity.  But fear not, after the whole regime is done, use some anti-sensitivity serum or calming agent to apply it, it will be fine after that.

Mary Kay Timewise 3-in-1 cleanser (combination to oily)

Mary Kay Timewise 3-in-1 cleanser (combination to oily)

Lastly, My Mary Kay Timewise 3-in-1 Cleanser – for combi/oily skin.  The gel texture is always so cooling and smooth and it has really gentle almost melt-able microbeads in it.  I use this as my final wash to wash off all traces of everything left, chemicals left from peeling gel, and what not.

So That’s it.  I would then proceed on with my usual regime of serum-essence-night cream-sleeping mask.

And the next day, I would wake up, wash my face clean, and apply my Algae Purifying Mask that I keep in the fridge, for 30 minutes.  With that night, my favourite Q10+Royal Jelly Double Lifting Mask follows through to hush at my face and goes… “it’s alright now… we are good now… your face is stripped clean and rejuvenated now…”

And my soul, is purified.


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On The Topic of Makeup Removal

Heyo, I know Halloween is over by now, and it’s no hard feat to find your ways to make yourselves into scary ghouls.  Plenty of videos out there to show you the path of transformation to a zombie bride, glittering vampires, but have you seriously thought about the aftermath?  Ladies and gentlemen, it is mighty important that you strip off every trace of that makeup.  I know, you are lazy to remove it, washing face suffices.  But listen up and read on, this is your conscience speaking (in your mother’s tone).

I often talk to ladies about skincare, and I immensely enjoy the conversations when both have in depth knowledge about skincare and cosmetics.  But it always, DISAPPOINTS me when even for those who are so passionate about makeup, take makeup removing so lightly.  Yes, I get disappointed, really, the knowledge of your carelessness is that harsh on me.

Whether it’s on a normal day with or without makeup, you come home all tired (or drunk), please, seriously, deploy the step of makeup removal.

Why is makeup removal so important?

The revolution of skincare has begun from the basic 3 steps (cleanse-toner-moisturise) to crucial 4 steps (makeup removal-cleanse-toner-moisturise).  It is a MUST even if you hadn’t worn any makeup on your day out.  Reason being, it serves as a dirt/dust/makeup removal, and you shouldn’t rely on your cleansers to do that for you.  You MUST physically remove the dirt/makeup before you proceed on with cleansing.  If you skip this mighty important step, you would actually be rubbing the dirt/makeup into your pores when you’re washing your face.  And if that’s your constant habit, your face is in deep trouble.  Your pores would be clogged, nothing you apply herein onwards would be as well absorbed as it should be, hence, time x money x effort = waste, and then the dull face the dead skin cells and all the horror stories in facial halloween would come to life.

What are the makeup remover agents?

Cleansing Milk

This is so far my method all this while.  The common method is to pump that cleansing milk onto a cotton pad and start wiping makeup off your face.  And listen to me young ladies or i’ll pull your ears, you do this until nothing shows on the cotton pad no matter how many it takes.  I would even use up to 3 cotton pads on a day w/o makeup!  Yup, I’m industrious that way, deal w’ it futhamuckas.  Plus with cleansing milk, it’s the most gentle method and most suitable to sensitive skin.

What am I using, and have tried?

Bodyshop Seaweed Purifying Cleansing Milk – This is probably the strongest cleansing milk I’ve ever used.  I keep telling myself to stop purchasing this product but one way or another, when I run out whilst traveling, I go back to Bodyshop (member card discount).  You can go on with 4-5 cotton pads and you still find traces of dirt on the cotton pads.  Serves the purpose but quite irritant, it stings your face and leaves the sensitive spots reddish.

Bio-Essence Deep Cleansing Milk  with ATP – Good for the money.  Gentle on the skin.  Viscosity is on the thicker end like most of their products.  Doesn’t remove dirt as well as Bodyshop one, but a bottle does go a long way.

L’Oreal Dermo-Expertise Gentle Cleansing Milk – It passes.  Serves the purpose, removes satisfactorily well.  Just don’t really like the oily layer it leaves on the skin after, and I don’t like Loreal (personal grudge, lol).

Eucerin Gentle Cleansing Milk – Meant for sensitive skin.  Price is higher than Bio-essence or Loreal.  It cleanses quite well as I remember, but again it leaves a slight sting after.

Lancome Galatee Confort Cleansing Milk – Of course it’s good.  Gentle, and it cleanses well, viscosity is fluid, no sting after.  But then, unless you have the money, you can do the review for me.

Makeup Remover Wipes

I have never trusted this method but I guess for some it works.  You probably have to do your own research in finding a trusted brand that doesn’t break you out.  I can no longer tell the difference between wet tissues/baby wipes/feminine wipes/makeup remover pads etc, (like, if i can use baby wipes in the bathroom, can I bring out feminine wipes at dinners?)  Just make sure it is fragrance free, it doesn’t break you out and it SERVES the purpose, getting that seed of evil like holy water!

Cleansing Water

I have just found out about this recently!  I’m telling you, I’m liking it.  But this is still a shortcut method.  This is what the counter girls would use on you before they demo any product on you.  This cleansing water is what they use to cleanse your face.  It can remove   eye/lips/face makeup.

Cleansing Water originated from fashion runway show in Paris where models have to change their makeups oh so many times in a show.  This was then invented as the most effective, safest, and gentlest to sensitive skin and for all skin types.  Eventually most brands adapted this product and you can find this in many lines.

It has a nice upward pump, you put a cotton pad on it and press it down.

Legend has it Bioderma was the inventor of cleansing water. I got this small bottle Bioderma Sebium, which is for oily/acne skin.

Although this is a quick way (lazy way) of removing makeup, I was told this doesn’t fully count as makeup removal.  Its cleansing ability still does not match those of cleansing milk or cleansing oil.  This brings me to the next topic.

Cleansing Oil

From what I’m told, this is actually the most effective cleansing method.  Cause only oil can get into every pore and dissolves all dirt/makeup and successfully, brings it out of your pores.  This is also an one-for-all method to remove makeup from lips/eyes/face.  So if you slather on paint (heavy makeup) on a night out, take 1-2 pumps out in your hands and just rub all over your face, you will see pretty soon the makeup is dissolved.  Just make sure you splash on enough water to remove all the oil (thus effectively carry away the unwanted particles), then you proceed with facial cleanser.

Last but not least, is lips makeup removal necessary?

Yes, it is.  Even though we usually have eaten away our lipsticks/lip balms and they seem to have disappeared, you still have to wipe your lips at your makeup removal regime.  Unseen by human eyes but they could be hiding in the crease on your lips, especially with the formula these days, everything’s either long-wear or long lasting.  If that’s not done properly, your lips will darken overtime.

There are many other organic methods such as using olive oil (extra virgin.. no?) as effective and probably healthier replacements.  Go on and explore what suits best for you.

Do share what’s your favorite product or what’s your usual regime!