Battle of the Micellar Lotions


Back in the early days of my makeup obsession, I used to dread removing my eye makeup in the evening. The first eye makeup removers that I experimented with were AWFUL. Some burned, some made an oily mess, and they all seemed to require a bit of scrubbing to completely remove shadow, liner and mascara.

Now I look forward to removing even the most intense eye looks and it’s all thanks to my new skin care obsession: micellar lotions. AKA cleansing waters or micellar solutions, micellar lotions are really just simple, no frills makeup removers that can be used to remove makeup anywhere on your face. I prefer to use them as eye makeup removers because they’re extra gentle and rarely contain fragrance or other irritants that can bother the extra sensitive eye area.

The first micellar cleanser I ever tried was the iconic BioDerma Sensibio H20, a favourite of makeup artists. I do love that one, but it’s kind of expensive and not always easy to find where I live. Luckily more and more brands are coming out with micellar cleansers, so I’ve been experimenting with some different ones recently.

Vichy‘s Purete Thermale 3-in-1 is a nice, though somewhat pricy, option. It’s fairly gentle and does a good job of breaking down makeup. This one loses points with me because it contains vichy-purete-thermale-1301fragrance. I prefer that anything going near my eyes be fragrance free. I also didn’t care for the pump dispenser. It was tricky to control how much product was dispensed and got a bit messy at times. (It also broke before the product ran out…grrr.) I wouldn’t bother repurchasing this one since there are way better ones out there.


Next up is NeoStrata‘s Micellar Cleanser. I received this one as a gift-with-purchase, and it’s not half bad. It’s gentle and does a decent job of removing makeup. Call me fussy, but I don’t like the fact that this one has colour added. For me, a big part of the appeal of micellar waters is that they’re…well, like water. The simpler the better. This one is good enough to use up, but I won’t be running out to replace it.

Helping to drive my obsession with micellar cleansers is the fact that londonpremierethere are now some budget options available. This one from London Premiere (a London Drugs brand) was only $13 for 500ml. Since many others I’ve tried sell for around $20 for 350 ml, this one’s a steal! It’s not as luxe as the others mentioned in this post, but it gets the job done. Major points for packaging on this one. It has one of those pump tops where you put your cotton pad onto the dispenser and push down until it’s saturated. It keeps things tidy and prevents waste. This one is very gentle with no unecessary colour or fragrance added. My only gripe is that it doesn’t seem to break down makeup quite as effortlessly as some of the others I’ve tried, but that’s a minor complaint.

I saved the best for last. I think Marcelle‘s 3-in-1 Micellar Solution is as 300ml-eaumic-3in1_05good as the BioDerma if not better. It’s simple, gentle and makes eye makeup removal a breeze. It has my preferred pump top dispenser as well. And for what it’s worth, it’s approved by the Canadian Dermatological Association. (I’m picturing scientists in lab coats nodding in approval.) I will definitely repurchase this one…..when I’m done experimenting that is. Bravo Marcelle!

Are than any others I should try? Let me know in the comments.

Game Changers: Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm


Well, it’s that time of year again. We’ve turned back the clocks, the 26102014 047weather outside is getting colder (it feels like it will snow any minute), and the air inside is drying out from having the heat going all the time. What that usually means for me is dry, cracked lips. Normally in the winter months I have to scrub away a layer of dry, scaly skin (gross!) before I can apply any kind of lip colour. Not so since I found this game changer: Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm.

I first heard of this product through Lisa Eldridge and decided to give it a try. I picked this up about 4 or 5 months ago, and I’m so glad I did. This26102014 049 balm has made a huge difference; it keeps my lips smooth and moisturized. I apply it first thing in the morning before doing my makeup and again right before bed. That’s all it takes to keep the scaliness at bay.

What I really love about this product is that it seals in moisture without feeling too heavy. I just use a small amount and really work it into the lips. Afterwards, I can hardly tell it’s there. It gets the job done without looking shiny or feeling greasy. You can use it to moisturize before makeup and rest assured it won’t interfere with any lip products you put on top. You can also wear it overnight without waking up with that gunky white stuff all over your lips…if you wear lip balm at night, you know what I’m talking about. This post is just full of fantastic imagery, isn’t it?

At $17 for 15g it’s a tad pricy, but it succeeds where so many other lip balms have failed, so I’ll happily bear the cost. Since I only apply a small amount twice a day, this one tub is lasting me a good while. In 5 months I’ve only gone through about half of it. This balm is also available in stick form, which would be handy if you want to take it with you. I’m tempted to get one to keep in my purse. If you’re in Canada, you can find this at some Shopper’s Drug Mart locations.




Review: Buxom True Hue Blush


26102014 006A few weeks ago I wrote a post about my go-to fall look and the products I use to create it. That post was all about eyes and lips and said nothing about cheeks. There’s a good reason for that. For ages, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect berry-toned blush to complement the bronzy colours I like to wear on my eyes and the plum/berry shades I like to wear on my lips. At last, I have found it! Pictured above, is Buxom‘s True Hue Blush in the shade “Shangri-La-La.”

Lately I’ve been making a concerted effort to branch out and try some of the brands that I normally overlook. The Buxom line from Bare Escentuals is one that I’ve been aware of, but I’ve always passed it by, assuming I wouldn’t like the products. You know how you have certain brands that you just ignore for no real good reason? Buxom is one of those brands for me. And I’m beginning to think I’ve been missing out on some good stuff!

“Shangri-La-La” is a beautiful muted raspberry shade that gives the 26102014 012cheeks a healthy berry flush. I’ve worn it nearly every day since I got it, and it pairs nicely with just about everything. It doesn’t seem to matter what I use on eyes or lips; this blush just finishes off the look without clashing or competing with the other products I’ve used. It has great pigmentation and a super silky smooth texture. In the pan it has a bit of a sheen to it, but it reads matte on the skin. (I can’t stand blushes with too much shimmer.) The staying power is excellent. Even when applied sparingly, it sticks around all day. I’ll be paying more attention to Buxom from now on. The stellar pigmentation and texture of this blush have me wondering if maybe I should check out their eyeshadows next…