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Sunday, January 26, 2020


It's been a whiles since my last post... the last three months have been really crazy! I took a brief hiatus from posting due to just how busy everything else has been in my life. I ended 2019 working two jobs and an extra project, but now things are starting to get back to normal. I'm glad to start off the Year of the Rat back on here writing about my favorite topics again! Last night we hosted a Chinese New Year party at my house which featured me in a full face of makeup... something pretty rare these days! It made me think about how important my makeup removal routine is and how much it's changed in the last few years. I used to just use a makeup wipe and call it a day, then something totally changed that...

I don't wear too much makeup anymore, mostly because my skin has been doing a lot better these past few years and I don't feel like I have to cover up any major problem areas anymore. My focus has shifted a lot from makeup to skincare (which seems to be the case for a lot of bloggers), but I still have a love for makeup artistry and enjoy when I have the time to do a full look. Like I mentioned, last night I went all out for the holiday and did a full coverage, glittery face. After the party I couldn't wait to take everything off! 

My makeup removal routine changed drastically around two years ago, when I first started using a Clarisonic. I was so thrilled to receive one for free to review through Her Campus's InfluenceHer Collective, you can find the post I wrote on it here. It totally changed how I looked at taking makeup fully off, I would use this to wash my face after using a makeup wipe and it was stunning to see the Clarisonic brush turn tan with foundation residue that had been left over! From then on my routine kept evolving to what it is now, and I no longer feel like I experience breakouts after doing a full face of makeup. Note that while I'm still using makeup wipes now, I'm about to invest in a Makeup Eraser as part of my New Year's goal of reducing waste (and I read the reviews are great too)!

I'm so used to this makeup removal routine now that I don't feel like my skin is totally clean and ready for bed until after! It's pretty simple too, I find this usually takes about ten minutes:

1. Initial Removal
I'm soooo mad I forgot to photograph my Garnier Micellar Water in this picture! I almost always use waterproof mascara and the Garnier's Micellar Water is really the easiest way to get it all off without scrubbing too hard. After I take most of that and any eyeshadow/eyeliner off, I use my Neutrogena wipe to take everything else off around my eyes and from the rest of my face.

2. Cleanse
Next I wet my face and my Clarisonic brush. I like to squeeze Mario Badescu's Acne Facial Cleanser onto the brush then turn the brush on and get to scrubbing! I'm still amazed every time I look down at the brush and see the tan colored suds from the leftover makeup that was still on my skin after the wipe. This is the main part of getting my face nice and clean after makeup!

3. Mask
I don't always have the time or chance to do my favorite scrub mask, but when I do it makes me feel extra amazing. I wet my face again and apply a layer of Freeman Beauty's Apple Cider Vinegar Clay Mask and Scrub, then let it sit for at least five minutes. This mask is so refreshing, and I feel like my skin is cleared out and never dried out afterwards. This I like to remove with a washcloth.

4. Hydrate
My last step is applying a generous amount of my current moisturizer, Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Coconut Water Facial Moisturizer. I love this moisturizer, the fluffy gel/cream formula really keeps my skin hydrated without being oily. Even in this dry NY winter air my face looks supple and glowing!

That's really all there is to it! After I realized makeup was still lurking on my skin after wiping it away with a makeup wipe and started taking steps to make sure it's really all off, that's when I started seeing an even bigger improvement in my overall skin quality.