lazy girls guide to... makeup removal

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The Body Shop Chamomile Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover*, Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover,* Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water, Vichy 3 in 1 Cleansing Micellar Solution*


I'm a lazy girl when it comes to all things beauty. There a some parts of beauty routines I know I should do but I often can't be bothered so I take the most minimal steps towards doing it. I try not to scrimp too much on things, as long as it gets the desired job done I've decided to start a new series called The "Lazy Girl's guide to…". It's some of my sneaky ways to cheat beauty routines and cut corners without compromising on impact.

In an effort to cut down the amount of times I fall asleep with my makeup on I decided to split my cleansing routines into two different categories. Mainly so I didn't feel so guilty, and partly make me feel like there was some sort of structure to my currently very sloppy skincare routine. It's split into two categories: the lazy removal and the "proper" removal routine. While I don't like to do the lazy option too much I have to admit I cant be always bothered with skincare faff. I don't recommend my lazy cleanse every night. I'd always advocate a proper wet cleanse, with a suitable cleanser for your skin type and warm water. In fact when I do my "proper" skincare routine I do both my lazy cleanse and my full cleansing routine. This is good for lazy night or when you come home after a few too many, but not a long term cleansing solution.

Now the obvious option would be to reach for makeup wipes but I really don't recommend them (and neither does Caroline Hirons, and she's as close as a Skincare Goddess we're going to get). In general they make my skin feel worse and I always feel like Im just spreading stuff around my face.

For quick removal I always suggest a micellar water. I'm of the opinion most Micellar Waters are the same and I'm not hugely brand loyal when picking a new one. Bioderma h2O is the most popular but I've also used the Vichy 3 in 1 Cleansing Micellar Solution and countless others. Trust me, most of them are the same thing just packaged differently. So therefore I tend to just go with whatever I have lying around. It's quick and gets the makeup off with ease although I feel like I go through about 100 cotton pads each time I do this. So probably not as eco friendly as it could be.

Another great product is the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover. A two part solution, that when combined makes a super powerful eye makeup remover. It gets rid of eye makeup instantly (see what they've done there?). A similar product is The Body Shop Chamomile Waterproof Makeup Remover. I find it removes my makeup just as quickly and is a little bit cheaper. It's kind and soothing on the eye area and a few seconds later Im left with makeup free eyes. Both are great for all types of heavy duty eye makeup including waterproof mascara.

As I said, I don't do this routine often  I never feel like my face is clean enough when I use a Micellar water alone. I think they are good for a pre cleanse or when you are super lazy but I don't really like the idea of cleansing my skin without washing it. But we all have those nights were those extra couple of steps to the bathroom is just too much effort.
What other "Lazy Girl's Guide to..." would you like to see?

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