Removing Makeup: The Energy Level Edition

Removing makeup, I don’t know about you – but I bloomin’ hate doing it. Applying it, all over it. Infact, it’s one of my favourite things to do. But taking it off, just one of those things you’ve got to do but I could do without. Anyone with me?

Now, I’ve talked about skincare before – today I’m at it again. When you have a condition that means you may have different energy levels each day, you’ve got to count those spoons. And each spoon TOTALLY counts. (if you have no clue what I’m on about, i’m not talking about actual spoons. It’s the spoon theory.) Anyway, what I’m saying is, depending what kind of day I’m having – depends on how I remove my make up. So today I thought I’d go through those.


Recently I went to Dermalogica to get one of those skin consultations. I’ve never really known what skin type i had, but I’ve started to get a lot of breakouts on my jawline that’s actually a bit sore too. Anyway, turns out I have combination Normal/Oily. It was actually great to get that confirmation so now I can get products that will hopefully work on me rather than just guessing.

The person on the counter suggested these two products for me.

Dermalogica Facial Cleansing Kit and precleanse

Precleanse and Special Cleansing Gel. These were specifically for oily skin. Now, if I’m honest – when you put this on, you know you’re getting the good stuff. Your face is well and truly treated when you do these steps. But probably because it’s a two-stepper too so double the cleanliness.

They do what they say on the tin. The precleanse is all about melting that make up off (if you’re a makeup wearer). You put it on dry rub it on and wash it off with a wet cloth.

The Special Cleansing Gel is like a double check. It washes off the stuff that the pre-cleanse misses without taking out the skin’s natural moisture apparently. I’ve got to say I do feel a million dollars when I’ve used it.

HOWEVER, personally, I’ve found these bottles to be really hard to use for me. The bottles are not squeezy, so getting the product out can be tough. So when I’m aching, I’m like – not today. I was thinking about scraping what I can out and using another travel pot that’s easier. We’ll see how it goes. The special cleansing gel also has one of those pop-down lids to open the hole – which again isn’t the easiest to open.

So overall – the outcome is amazing, but unfortunately, the physical effort of opening, accessing and using these means these are somewhat a treat for me.


So when all is well with the world but I want a quick cleanse this is probably my most used one. That is the Clinique Take the Day Off makeup remover. It is amazing and has even replaced my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. You can literally rub it all over your face and watch it melt away – lovely. So easy when you’re in the bath or just quickly want to take your makeup off at the sink. I’ve even got this travel size which is perfect for when I’m away for the weekend I don’t want to take the bigger tub. It is slightly expensive – however you really don’t need much so it’s definitely worth it as it lasts months.

Clinique Take the Day Off


Fun Fact: When I’ve had a bad day, I’m aching or I’m just in a foul mood – I’ll text mum with a simple “code red”. This gets her ready for either, a massive rant or pure exhausted silence after a long day. She also either runs me a hot bath or gets a brew ready for my arrival – thanks mum <3

Anyway, when I’m like this – removing my makeup is the LAST thing I want to be doing. Alas, I know if I don’t I’ll have spots the next day and mascara on my pillow. So when I’m feeling like this, the Garnier comes out. Micellar water I reckon has only just become popular in the last year. At first, I was like – surely water is not going to take my makeup off. I was so wrong. It’s perfect when you don’t even have the energy to lean into the sink. I keep mine near my bed with some cotton pads for when code red arrives. It doesn’t last a really long time for me as I think you need a lot if you wear a decent amount of makeup. But, it’s so handy and you can also get big bottles too. It’s also a sqeezey easy bottle with a lid that I can open easy – lovely.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water


So, sometimes I like to mix it up and use one of the above steps and also add something extra too. If I am feeling this way these are two products I’d totally recommend. Not necessary but nice extras.

Pixi Tonic Glow

Now, this is so lovely. I don’t actually know what the professional term is for this, is it a toner? I’m not sure. All I know is that I use it when I want my face to feel extra fresh. I put it on either first thing on a morning or on an evening after removing my makeup. I think it’s just another way of cleaning your face and making it feel lovely and soft. It’s not a super squeezy bottle but enough to be able to drip a few drops on a cotton pad. Again, not essential, but a nice treat!

Pixi Glow Tonic

Boots Expert Eye Wipes

And finally, as I mentioned earlier, I’m a bit of a rebel for making mascara pillow marks – oops. Sometimes when you’re removing your makeup, it’s hard to get right in there and know you’ve got everything isn’t it! That’s why I LOVE these boots expert wipes for your eyes. You can tell they’ve got lots of product on them and they’re super mini. I actually keep them in my bag so when I’m away and I need to take my makeup off, I can make sure it’s properly all off. And again – super handy when you’re not really feeling up to doing the full sha-bang.

Boots expert skincare wipes

Wow – I think that’s one of the longest blogs I’ve done in a while! If you’ve stayed with me throughout this post – thank you (and possibly well done ha). I really hope you’ve enjoyed this as I’m actually super keen to share thoughts on what products make life easier for us all – especially those of us who really have to think about our daily routine and the energy we use.

Do you use any of these? Or is there something I really need to add to the list? Let me know because – I don’t think you can ever have too many products… am I right or am I right?

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