All posts tagged: clinique

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

A lovely reader asked me recently how my beloved Emma Hardie cleanser compared to Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, £22.  Since I’d not used it before, it was the perfect time to buy a jar and try it out – and I have to say,  I’m impressed! When I opened the Take the Day Off, I was delighted to find it unscented.  As I’ve mentioned many times, my skin can be very sensitive, and fragrance-free products are less likely to irritate.  The balm itself was quite soft, and melted into a lovely oil on the skin. Where Take the Day Off really excels is eye makeup removal.  It easily dissolved my waterproof mascara and didn’t make my eyes water.  It also removed every scrap of foundation and left my skin feeling clean, soft and balanced.  Sadly, after a few uses, it caused the skin on my eyelid to turn that familiar shade of red, warning me not to continue lest I risk a weeks-long battle against inflammation.  I don’t think this cleanser would irritate most sensitive …

Lip Colour for Sensitive Lips

It’s the time of year when I have to give up a lot of makeup I enjoy.  Cold winter air coupled with central heating makes my skin super-sensitive, and it becomes intolerant to just about everything.  My lips can become so chapped that it leads to cheilitus – a painful inflammation that can last for weeks.  Because of this, lovely matt lipsticks are off the menu until late Spring, but that doesn’t mean tinted lip balms only.  There are some great lip colour formulas available that help nourish and protect lips while looking lovely. It’s no surprise that Perricone’s No Lipstick Lipstick, £25.00, is on my list.  I love so many of their products, and this one is no exception.  Because it’s skincare combined with makeup, it provides great protection while delivering a good colour payoff.  The formula is soft and moisturising, but annoyingly, only available  in one colour.  It’s still very pretty – perfect for a natural, nude look. If you need a bit more colour, try Zelen’s Lip Glaze, £29.00.  Collagen-building and full of antioxidants, this …