Monday, September 16, 2013
Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm | Review
As I arrived in my new bedroom for the next five weeks and dropped my two, massive suitcases in a relieving manner, my mom flashed me a 'are you serious' look. In an effort to defend my luggage (or, more so, the ridiculous amount of beauty products that they contained), I couldn't help but mutter, 'Do I look low maintenance to you?'
That's right--I'm a high-maintenance daughter, but I can't help it. I often command complex dinner orders when dining, wake up ridiculously early so grabbing a measly Nature Valley bar is no option, and, most importantly, require two cleansers. Previously, the take-it-off routine consisted of three: Bioderma, Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, and REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser. As of current standings, the REN Clay still remains (you know I adore the stuff), but I've ditched the other two and replaced it with one--the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm.
With a thick, white, balm (quelle surprise) consistency, it quickly melts everything on your skin from the day's war-paint to the powdered sugar from that mid-afternoon snack. I dig into the pot during the dwindling hours of mornings and nights--for my morning cleanse and my evening pre-cleaning.
For the mornings, it's gentle, no frills, yet cleansing properties rid of the midnight gunk, but don't strip the skin. In fact, it's so gentle, it's not redness inducing, or pimple flaring.
For the evenings, it removes makeup in a 1-2-3 action and get's the waterproof mascara off like no other (even the most stubborn formulas--L'oreal Telescopic Waterproof, I'm looking at you).
In short, it doesn't disrupt the rest of my routine, clog the skin--like coconut oil did when I experimented with that--and gets the job done.
So, I know you fellow maintenance gals are probably pondering a purchase. Well, if you are and you've got any skin type imaginable--acne prone, oil-slick, aging, dry, sensitive, or anything else--this cleansing balm would work for you...because it's amazing, and makes your natural skin-type that little bit more manageable. And, it has even eliminated two cleansers, and replaced it with one. See, mom?