There are some products that come in your life and completely change your skincare game. As far-fetched as it may sound, it seems like I may not turn back to micellar waters anytime soon, thanks to an amazing cleansing balm I have discovered. The product I am going to review today is the Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm, a cult level cleansing balm that many bloggers I trust swear by. I was finding it hard to get my hands on this product without spending a massive amount on shipping, but finally bought it during a sale from StyleKorean.com. Here are my thoughts on this product after using it for a couple of weeks.
Guest Post by Sohini
I’m Sohini, a budding blogger, youtuber as well as an influencer. I’m into this thing since last year and Mrinalini is one of the first few bloggers whom I followed on WordPress as well as on Instagram and writing for LipstickforLunch is a great opportunity for me.
So for my first guest post for this blog, I would like to share my experience with a new and innovative product I recently used- the generic version of the original makeup eraser. I got this from the brand Stay Quirky. It’s called their Wipe Out Makeup Remover.
You may invest buckets of money in high-end skincare products and make regular trips to the salon but may still be noticing dullness, acne or pores on your skin. What is it that you are doing wrong? Perhaps you have not incorporated these skin-changing habits into your lifestyle! And what may these be? Read on to find out!
1. Applying Sunscreen Every Day – “But it isn’t sunny today!”, “I will just cover my face with a scarf”, “I’m stepping out only for a couple of hours” – If these are the excuses you fall back on for not applying sunscreen then you are doing gross injustice to your skin. You need to apply sunscreen DAILY, regardless of the weather conditions or your schedule. Those pesky UV rays are everywhere, and you need sun protection all day long. These days, sunscreen products are available in a number of formulations, from gels to matte lotions and hydrating creams, so pick the formula that suits your skin type the best and hold on to it for dear life!
2. Using a Toner Every Time You Cleanse – Every time you wash your face or use a face mask, the product unclogs your pores and removes all the gunk from them, but after this is done, your pores are still open. This is where a toner comes into the picture. Using a toner helps to close back your pores so that they don’t remain exposed to dirt and pollution. This could be something as simple as rose water or a slightly more intense Vitamin C toner. If you are experiencing bumps and craters on your face then a toner is what you need.
3. Removing Your Makeup Every Night – Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t makeup that destroys your skin but not letting your skin breathe at all. Leaving makeup on overnight is perhaps the worst thing you could do to your skin. No matter how exhausted you are, your skin is even more exhausted and needs to be decongested and allowed to heal overnight. I am a strong believer in double cleansing, so first break down your makeup with a micellar water or cream cleanser and then follow it up with a face wash. Top it up with a toner and moisturiser. This skincare ritual may seem too tedious but trust me, it takes only 5 minutes and will make your skin look so much better the next day.
Making these 3 skincare habits a part of your life can truly make your skin glow from within and look so much healthier. If you have been struggling with skin issues for a long time then do pay heed to these rituals and I am sure your skin will thank you for it!
Everybody swears by them already, but I never tried them before. Simply because I am not a fan of makeup wipes and personally prefer my entire arsenal of lotions and potions for an elaborate skin care routine. However, on my recent trips, the Kara Skin Care Wipes were absolute saviours for me. Here is why I liked this product so much.
First of all, Kara Skin Care Wipes are made with 100% natural and biodegradable viscose fibre which I love. Secondly, they have the perfect amount of liquid infused in them, they do not feel dry or draggy on the skin and nor do they seep out too much liquid to make the skin sticky. The packaging is pretty compact and functional and even after multiple pulls, the remaining wipes retain their moisture and do not dry out. Also, the formulation of the liquid is very gentle on the skin and does not tingle or irritate even around the eyes.
Personally, I liked the Rose & Thyme variant more than the Seaweed & Lavender variant because it seemed gentler yet more effective at removing makeup. With one wipe, you can get rid off the first layer of makeup, but I will still recommend going in with a face wash to remove all traces of makeup that may be left behind. The wipes can also be used to refresh the skin and to get rid of the sweat and grime in the middle of a busy day.
Overall, these are some of the best makeup wipes I have used from among the ones that I have tried during vacations. The price point of INR 85 for 10 wipes is pretty good for the quality and the pack size of 10 wipes is very practical for carrying around. I will definitely be trying more variants from the brand in the future and will report back to you with more reviews. In the meantime, do try the Rose and Thyme wipes and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
The Garnier Micellar Oil Infused Cleansing Water has been the talk of the blogosphere for both good and bad reasons. While it is an extremely affordable micellar water (INR 225 for 125ml) that works on waterproof makeup too, a lot has been said about the unsafe ingredients in the products. Read on to find out my thoughts on the product and the many controversies that surround it.
The Garnier Micellar Oil Infused Water is a bi-phased makeup remover that contains micellar water and a layer of argan oil. The presence of oil makes this product effective at removing all kinds of waterproof makeup, including waterproof mascaras and stubborn liquid lipsticks. However, there are a few issues that I have with the marketing of the product.
First of all, this product claims to be a “no rinse off” product which is something I am strongly against. I feel that any makeup cleanser needs to be washed off the face, whether it contains oil or not. Being a strong advocate of double cleansing, this “no rinse off” claim does not impress me. After using this product, a thin film of oil is left on the skin, which I HAVE to wash off with a face wash. This second cleanse would also remove any of the alleged harmful ingredients contained in the product. Secondly, I do not like the fact that this product is heavily fragranced, which could irritate sensitive skin and could also lead to breakouts. Thirdly, the product claims to remove all makeup in one swipe while in reality (as I expected) you will need multiple swipes to get rid of all the makeup on your face.
Since I am no expert regarding the safety of skincare ingredients, I do not want to comment on that aspect, but I would recommend you to do your research on the ingredient list before investing in this product. I personally feel that perhaps the concentration of the allegedly harmful products could be low enough for this product to be allowed in the Indian market, and perhaps washing your face after using the product could eliminate its dangers to a large extent, however, you need to do your own research about whether this makeup remover will be safe for you or not. I personally consider Bhumika from Makeup and Smiles as an ingredient guru and here are her thoughts on the ingredient list of this product.
What are your thoughts on the controversy around this product? Let me know in the comments below!
Remember the good old days of cleansing milk? Back when there were no micellar waters or cleansing balms to take our makeup off in one swipe? Those were the days when double cleansing was unheard of and a makeup wipe was hard to come by in a supermarket. With the advent of these products and waterproof makeup, the trusty cleansing milks lost their sheen and were pushed to the back of many a makeup closet, and I must confess, I purchased the Nivea Refreshing Cleansing Milk primarily for nostalgic reasons. While it is an absolute joy to relive a teenage memory, here is how the product fared in other departments.
The Nivea Refreshing Cleansing Milk is a rich milky cream with the classic Nivea scent that I adore. It removes light weight makeup quite easily while being extremely nourishing and hydrating – I can actually feel that my skin is plumper and softer just after using this product. However, since I always wash my face with a cleanser after using this cleansing milk, I am not sure how much I actually benefit from its nourishing properties, although my skin does feel more moisturised than usual.
When it comes to removing waterproof makeup, this cleansing milk does not fare so well, especially with waterproof mascara, eyeliner and liquid lipsticks. Personally, I reserve this for the days when I am wearing less or no makeup, because it also removes the dirt and grease from the skin even when there is no makeup on it. I love its creamy texture on the skin and the fact that is so very gentle, and no, it does not sting the eyes either!
Overall, the Nivea Refreshing Cleansing Milk is a good option for those who wear light to minimal makeup on a daily basis. It can also be a good first cleanse of the makeup removal regimen for those who prefer heavier/long-wearing makeup. An excellent cleansing milk for all skin types, I would particularly recommend this one to those with sensitive skin.
The Summer Gods are glaring down upon us and my skin keeps begging for something refreshing. Since I adore the Rose Water Face Mist from Greenberry Organics so much, I decided to try out their Fresh Cucumber Mint Toner to keep me cool in the heat. Read on to find out how I feel about this product.
This refreshing toner is a green mist with a refreshing mint scent (which I love but those with a sensitive nose may find a little bothersome). Upon spraying on the face, it has a cooling, tingly, minty sensation on the skin which lasts for at least 15 minutes. This product is an excellent toner that leaves my pores feeling tighter and it has also reduced the greasiness of my skin, thereby making it perfect for those with oily skin who are suffering in the heat and humidity of the Indian summer. Also, my skin has been behaving quite well with hardly any breakouts since I started using this product. While this is definitely a combined result of all the skincare products that I use, the oil controlling properties of this toner have definitely helped in preventing breakouts.
The formula contains a bunch of skin-loving ingredients such as Rose Water, Aloe Vera, Cucumber extracts and Witch Hazel extracts. The bottle is pretty sturdy, leak proof and travel-friendly while the spray comes out in the form of a fine mist that is perfect for the even coverage of the skin. This product claims to be a toner and makeup remover combined in one and while I wouldn’t use it on its own to remove my makeup, it definitely helps in getting rid of the residual makeup left on my skin after cleansing.
To sum it up, this toner is really good for those with open pores and acne-prone, oily skin. It will help to dry out existing breakouts and will control oil production to prevent future breakouts while being extremely cooling on the skin. The product is priced at INR 400 for a 100ml bottle but is usually available on Amazon at around INR 250, which is a great price for the quality and quantity of the toner. A great buy for the summers in my opinion!
Unless you have been living under a rock, you will know that the Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water is now available in India, with the bubbly Alia Bhatt swiping off a full face of makeup with a single cotton pad in the television adverts. What this means is that the years of hunting for Instagram sellers that stock this product, begging your NRI friends to lug it back for you each Diwali, and of hoping that the guys at Customs go easy on you when you purchase it from an Internation website are finally over. Also, priced at INR 349 for a huge 400ml bottle, this product comes as a relief for all those who have been splurging on the expensive but tiny Bioderma bottles. Now I am someone who found her perfect makeup remover in Bioderma, particularly because it does not sting my sensitive eyes at all, therefore I was a little wary of trying out something new, but the excellent price point got to me. So here are my thoughts on how this product fares.
This micellar water looks exactly like clear water, similar to Bioderma, and lucky for me, it is extremely gentle on the skin and the eyes. It does not sting my eyes at all while removing my mascara. I feel that in the makeup removal department, it is a tiny bit behind Bioderma, as I have to work a little bit more with this product to get rid of all my makeup. Also, Bioderma works way better on waterproof mascara and liquid lipsticks than this variant, so you may want to pick the Argan Oil variant of this product if you wear waterproof makeup on a regular basis. However, for your standard foundations and kajals, as well as for non-waterproof lipsticks and mascaras, it does a pretty good job, with only slightly more gentle rubbing needed than with Bioderma.
Overall, I would say that this product or its argan oil cousin can be an affordable alternative for Bioderma but make sure to choose the right variant based on your skin type and the kind of makeup you use. Also, although most micellar waters claim that they don’t need to be washed off, I would still recommend using a cleanser after going in with a cotton pad soaked in the product. Trust me, you can never clean your skin enough, but this is definitely a great first step to achieving clear skin!
I was a little hesitant before starting to write this post because how much can one really write about a makeup remover? However, I do tend to read the reviews before I purchase a new makeup remover, therefore I thought that I must share my opinion of the Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover with all my readers. This makeup remover claims to be super gentle on the skin and promises to not leave any oily residue. After using it for several months, here are my thoughts on whether or not the product lives up to what it promises.
I am intrigued at how this is a bi-phase makeup remover yet does not contain any oil. The brand claims that the formula is completely oil-free and therefore perfect for oily skinned people. The packaging also states that the product removes waterproof eye makeup without any tugging or stinging and contains aloe and cucumber extracts to soothe the skin. Since it is a bi-phase product, you need to shake it well before each use, to allow the ingredients to mix together.
Starting off with the positives of this product, it does remove waterproof mascara pretty easily and does not leave an oily film on the skin. However, you can still feel that there is a film of some substance on your face and personally, I am never comfortable with using such products without washing my face afterwards. Regarding the stinging of the eyes, it doesn’t sting them but it does cause an uncomfortable sensation if some of the product enters the eyes. Nothing can beat pure coconut oil at removing waterproof mascara gently and effectively, but this makeup remover also gets the job done.
My biggest complaint, however, is not with the product itself but with the packaging. I am not sure if they have upgraded the packaging in the past few months but the one I purchased some time ago has a screw on lid with a wide bottle opening, as shown in the picture below. Because of the lack of a smaller hole, I always end up applying too much product on the cotton pad, which leads to a lot of wastage. Perhaps I would prefer this product a lot more if it came in a better packaging.
The Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover is available in India at a price of INR 399 for a 162 ml bottle. I would say that the price is fair considering the amount of product you get. If you prefer using bi-phase makeup removers and want something that is not too oily then you can give this product a shot. To be honest, I will not be purchasing it again simply because I prefer cleansing oils for waterproof makeup, followed by a good face wash. One suggestion to those who buy this product is to definitely cleanse the face after using it. Trust me, no matter what the brand claims, the residue left behind by makeup removers always clogs the pores!
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I love the wide array of makeup removers that have hit the drugstores but still do not feel satisfied until I lather up my face and splash it with water. On the occasions when I do use makeup wipes or micellar water, I still end up going for a second cleanse with a face wash so that my skin feels completely fresh and the pores are unclogged.
I do love Bioderma for removing my eye makeup as it works wonderfully with even waterproof mascara and does not irritate the eyes. It does remove face makeup really well too but my skin still needs a more thorough scrubbing to breathe freely.
I would definitely recommend this product because it removes makeup quickly and is suitable for sensitive skin. A 250 ml bottle of Bioderma Sensible H2O is available on Nykaa.com at INR 945. It may seem a bit expensive but you only need a few drops to clean your entire face and neck area. Also, it is much lighter on the skin than most makeup removers that I have tried and gets my vote of approval!
Do let me know what is your favorite product for makeup removal!