It’s funny isn’t it, how bad experiences with skincare can put you off a brand. Back in my late teens, the Clinique Three Step Skincare regime was in the in thing, and I used it to death. My knowledge of skincare wasn’t particularly great back then and going with what my friends were using rather than listening to skin ended up with me using totally the wrong products that stripped my skin of every bit of moisture it had in it. Maybe I should have taken a step back and looked at what was happening, but I was really pleased with myself for cleansing, toning and moisturising. To say that Clinique left a bad taste in my mouth was an understatement and it took me a long time to get back into the brand. Now that I’m more aware of my skins needs, I know that I shouldn’t be cleansing with a soap, using a toner for oily skin when its actually more on the dry side, and the need for a hydrating moisturiser. I’ve started afresh with Clinique, and I’m not afraid to admit that the bad taste that I once had is no longer there.
The cult favourite Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm has been a very hyped post and in my original post from 2014, I still really didn’t get the hype at all. Since I’ve been having huge issues with my skin and have totally overhauled my entire skin care regime, the Take The Day Off Balm has made an appearance with a brand new post, and two very cute embroidered muslin cloths with my initials on them.
Starting afresh with the balm, I dived right in to see if it indeed could remove stubborn makeup such as mascara in one go. Heading into the bathroom with a full face of make up, and totally ignoring my initial cleanse with a wipe to start to dissolve the makeup, I rubbed a small amount of the oily balm across my face. Within minutes, I resembled a panda as the oil turned to milk and started to break down every scrap of makeup on my skin. After rinsing, my skin felt so clean and smooth that I was a little bit in shock. I couldn’t remember the balm ever making my skin feel this good. In fact, I remember saying that it felt horribly cloying on my face. Maybe a second chance is all that it needed.
It’s been so good, that I’ve swapped from my trusty Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and have solely been using the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm each time I have cleansed. I hold my hand up, I was wrong before. Clinique, you have converted me, and for that I’m so grateful. As is my wonderfully cleansed skin!
If you want to try the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, head down to John Lewis on the 25th and 26th May and get your free travel sized 15ml pot. There’s no purchase necessary to try it, but I guarantee that you will be back to buy a full sized one in no time.
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