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Skincare: Clinique Take of the Day oil cleanser review

Skincare: Clinique Take of the Day oil cleanser review

Today we're talking cleansing! Honestly, when you're into wearing makeup like I am, nothing is more important than removing all of it before bed. When I switched from sheer coverage foundations to medium-full coverage ones (Revlon Colorstay, at the time), I immediately noticed that my regular cleansing milk just didn't cut it anymore - my skin started to break out because it wasn't thoroughly clean at the end of the day. I started looking for a product that would take all of my longwearing makeup off without having to combine 20 steps or without having to rub my face (sensitive skin right here), and oil cleansers solved all of my problems. I usually use two: a liquid one for my eye makeup, and a thicker, balm type product for my face. Let me introduce you to my current favourites: the Take the Day off cleansing duo by Clinique!

I've really come to love Clinique products since I got to know the brand a bit better. Soft on my redness-prone, dry-mixed skintype, effective, and at a reasonable pricetag. These cleansers are no exception. I've already told you that I love them, but words only say so much. Allow me to demonstrate.

Skincare: Clinique Take of the Day oil cleanser review

I applied some of my favourite long wearing products along my forearm, letting the swatches dry before I grabbed the cleansers. From left to right: Limecrime Pumpkin, Milani Matterialistic, Kylie Candy K, Hema's Long Lasting Colour in 106, a Dior waterproof metallic eyeliner, and my MAC Extreme Dimension waterproof mascara.

Next, I grabbed the Clinique take the day off makeup remover for lids, lashes and lips. This is an oil-water emulsion that you shake well before drizzling some on a cotton pad, after which you press the cotton pad to the area that needs cleaning, letting the cleanser loosen everything up. After about 10 seconds, you wipe away all of that gunk, going in for a second soak-and-swipe if necessary.

Skincare: Clinique Take of the Day oil cleanser review
Skincare: Clinique Take of the Day oil cleanser review

I used this on just for the eye makeup products I had swatched to the right: the waterproof eyeliner and mascara. This is the result after pressing the cotton pad on for about 10 seconds and then just wiping the product off:

Skincare: Clinique Take of the Day oil cleanser review

As you can see, not all of the product is gone, but about 95% of it is. Considering that these two products are waterproof and arguably my hardest-to-remove eyemakeup items, I find that pretty impressive. Just one more swipe, and all of it was gone.

Next, I went to town on the liquid lipsticks. I chose a couple of red based colours because those are always hardest to remove for me, they generally leave a stain behind. For this part, I used the Clinique take the day off cleansing balm.

Skincare: Clinique Take of the Day oil cleanser review

The balm seems solid in the jar, but once it coms in contact with your body heat through your fingertips, it dissolves into a clear, odorless oil.

Skincare: Clinique Take of the Day oil cleanser review
Skincare: Clinique Take of the Day oil cleanser review

It's mostly plant based oil, really, and a nice and short list of ingredients. I really used a tiny bit and just massaged it in to get all of those swatches off.

Skincare: Clinique Take of the Day oil cleanser review

This is after massaging the balm in for about ten seconds. Everything is loosened up nicely. As a final step, I grab a damp washcloth and gently wipe off the residu.

Skincare: Clinique Take of the Day oil cleanser review

Et voila! The only thing that's left is a tiiiiny bit of staining left by the Hema long lasting colour - that product really is a pain in the ass to remove. Still, I'm very impressed by the cleansing balm, it's my favourite out of the two Take the Day off products. If I'm not using waterproof makeup, I use it on my entire face, including for my eye makeup. I enjoy the sensation of massaging it in, stimulating circulation in my skin, and it really does an amazing job at getting everything off. I used it once after wearing my Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious oil blend mascara (which is awesome but incredibly hard to get everything off), and for once I didn't wake up with panda eyes the next morning. Definitely proved its effectiveness to me.

The Clinique Take the Day off cleansers are available online, or at cosmetics stores such as Inno or Ici Paris Xl at €27.50 for the cleansing balm, and €20 for the eye makeup remover. The balm especially will last you for ages since you only need so little product. I can't recommend these enough for sensitive skintypes, especially if you have dry skin.

Outfit: Levi's Wedgie fit jeans, embroidered shirt, glitter boots

Outfit: Levi's Wedgie fit jeans, embroidered shirt, glitter boots

Beauty: Yves Rocher's new lipstick collection

Beauty: Yves Rocher's new lipstick collection

Hi there! Let's talk lipstick for today's post ;-) For spring 2017, Yves Rocher is overhauling their entire lipstick collection: instead of differently packaged and named lipsticks (cherry oil vs grand rouge vs moisturizing cream), all of their lipsticks will be rebranded into the Rouge Vertige line, differentiated by finish: satin, shine and pearly. Sleek, and it's much easier to find the shade and finish you're looking for if you don't have to take the different collections into account. I received three shades in the three different finishes to give you guys an idea. Let's take a look.

Outfit: Sixties inspired in suede mini, knee boots and beret

Outfit: Sixties inspired in suede mini, knee boots and beret
Outfit: Sixties inspired in suede mini, knee boots and beret
Kipling Lifesaver bag
Outfit: Sixties inspired in suede mini, knee boots and beret
Kipling Lifesaver bag
Outfit: Sixties inspired in suede mini, knee boots and beret
Outfit: Sixties inspired in suede mini, knee boots and beret
Outfit: Sixties inspired in suede mini, knee boots and beret
Boho print Lifesaver handbag: c/o Kipling - cableknit sweater: H&M - suede mini skirt: vintage - knee high boots: & Other Stories - robe coat: c/o Mint & Berry - beret: old

Hi babes! How's things? I've just had a rather productive work day getting into academic literature on Foucault, poststructuralism and feminism (I know, writing a PhD is pretentious AF), and now I'm zoning out on the couch watching Catfish. It's the episode on this little 4chan type asshole who catfished 400 women and still doesn't understand that he's the gross bag of dicks. He's probably alt-right too. Something about entitled assholes whining that gorgeous women won't give them the time of day, while their own standards are obviously set way too high, just makes me feel like punching something/someone. TOO BAD THAT PATRIARCHY ISN'T WORKING FOR YOU THE WAY IT WORKS IN BULLSHIT MOVIES DUDE. 

Anyway, rant's over: an outfit! My bangs really work so well with these types of retro 60s/70s looks, and I love how this one came together. Simple basic pieces offset with a statement bag, neutrals paired with vibrant eggplant - I felt very elegant wearing this outfit to work. The skirt was a vintage find from late 2015 (I think) that I sort of upcycled by shortening it from midi to mini, much more wearable. Perfect timeless, high quality suede skirt. For those types of finds, thrifting really is the best option.

The bag is by Kipling. I keep being impressed by how cute and fashion forward Kipling's handbags really are these days! I know I'm not one of the only kids who grew up loving those backpacks with the little fluffy monkey attached (remember that the monkeys always used to have really dorky grandpa names?? I had one named Herbert or something, loved it), so seeing that the brand has grown up along with me is a pleasant surprise. Although I sort of wish the fluffy pompom hanging from this Lifesaver bag had a dorky name as well.

Hope you like the look!

Wishlist: ruffled blouses

Wishlist: ruffled blouses
something interesting is going on to the left of the picture frame :/

Quick post tonight! As you can see in these two outfit pictures, I have completely and utterly failed at keeping my recently discovered love for ruffled blouses a secret. I mean, not that I have really been trying. What would be the point in that anyway? It's not like an unabashed obsession with ruffled blouses is anything to be ashamed of... RIGHT? I mean, ruffles often get a bad rap for being too girly, too cute, too twee.

And I get why people recoil from ruffles an pastels - I've been annoyed at "female" being equated to "childish" too. I mean, how many dudes do you see rocking styles that reference toddlers? Do you see guys wearing ruffles and onesies and pastels and bows and bloomers? I think not. But I feel like there is a particular type of strength in embracing unapologetically feminine style and relishing in it, having fun with fashion even if it's a bit ridiculous. Let's face it, I'm never going to be the type of person why dresses purely functional, and I don't see why I should.

Ruffled blouses go with ANYTHING and are just the right amount of cute and crazy, making this hands down my favourite spring/summer 2017 trend.

I did a little round up of affordable options for you guys if you want to give the look a try ;-)

Wishlist: ruffled blouses