Monday, September 14, 2015

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Clinique Take The Day Off: Cleansing Balm

What can I say, this has by far brought the fun back in to cleansing.  This is an amazing product for a PM first cleanse (the cleanse to remove makeup) or when you just want an enjoyable facial massage - which by the way, I believe is key to having gorgeous, glowing skin).  For many years, I have found the cleansing stage to be lackluster and boring, but this really steps up the game a bit, and the experience is indulgent, silky, and frankly it gets the job done.  This will remove 90% of makeup, including water resistant formulations (I reserve 10% for dedicated eye makeup removers, because some products are truly that stubborn).

This is probably about the best balm cleanser you will find for price, functionality and efficacy:
  • It removes everything - even waterproof - easily, quickly and with no faff.
  • Leaves the skin completely clean and soft - does not leave any residue
  • Great for sensitive skins, acne prone skins, all skin types can benefit from this
  • mineral oil free

Now let's get in to logistics, since I could rant about how this changed my routine for days.

What is it?
A transformational, lightweight makeup remover that goes from balm to oil to milk to melt away every trace of makeup—a makeup artists' best friend. 

How do I use it? (as directed)
-Use fingertips to massage balm over dry skin.
-Rinse well with warm water.
-Pat dry.
-Follow with your Clinique 3-Step Skin Care System. (or any skincare for that matter)

How I use it?

Massage a quarter size amount on to skin, I massage skin for a few minutes, paying attention to draining the lymph system, somedays I'll massage it up to 15 mins, depending on how much time I dedicate to it.

Use a warm, wet (rang out) washcloth

Second cleanse (such as Clinique Extra Milk facial cleanser)

Follow with toning products and skincare regimen. 

What's in it?

Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Polyethylene, Peg-5 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Water, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol

How much?


Where can I buy it?

How would you rate it?

5 stars!!!

Who is this good for?

YOU! Everyone should have this.  

AND IT'S CLINIQUE! WHAT, if you know me, you would know I have never been a Clinique fan, but things change and Clinique has some amazing products out know.  This is where I start, and I will continue as I test more and more.


Friday, September 11, 2015


PIXI GLOW TONIC: Exfoliating Toner
5% Glycolic with Aloe Vera & Ginseng

What is it?

The Glow Tonic is an oil-free, alcohol-free, gentle but astringent toner. Heavy in aloe vera, it also contains witchhazel to tone and firm, smooth the appearance of the skin and soften the texture. Ginseng is a natural supplier of oxygen to the cells and horse chestnut stimulates the skin and circulation.
Glycolic loosens the excess accumulation of dead skin cells and thus exfoliates. Good for all skin types.

What does it do?

It does what it says it's going to do

Essentially a very "active" exfoliating toner that reveals smoother, brighter skin over time.  Feels gentle and is well balanced.  

When do I use it?

AM and PM.  Safe and Gentle enough for twice daily or for older skin as AM toner.

Where in the regimen?

Before hydrating.

Cleanse, PIXI, Spritz/Essence, Serum, Moisturizer, (SPF in DAY)

How do I use it?

Small dollop on a cotton pad/ round [maybe a silver dollar amount] and wipe all over face and neck.  Turn it around and do it again.  Simple.   

What's in it?

First Impressions?

Very satisfying sensorial experience.  No burning or irritation, very soothing and skin smoothing product.  The scent I found satisfying (almost floral) and light.  Felt luxurious for a toner, didn't reek of a chemical smell.

Glowing, softer skin.  It literally does what is says on the bottle!

Would you recommend this?

Yes definitely, I'm glad I bought this and am so happy that Pixi is now in the US!

Where do I buy it?

In the US you can buy online at or at TARGET
100 ml; 3.4 oz $15.00

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