Every morning, I literally smother my face in makeup. Not in a cakey, clown or stage makeup sort of way, but still, on a daily basis I use; concealer, foundation, powder, highlighter, blush, eyebrow colour, eyeshadow, eyeliner, a ton of mascara and lipstick.

We all know that saying ‘What goes up must come down’, well my makeup philosophy is: ‘What goes on must come off, without fail, every night’.  This means that every night before I go to bed, I take off my makeup (mainly to avoid black mascara blobs all over my pillowcases, and because if I ever got broken into, my unmade-up face would be enough to scare even the toughest of burglars away!). But back to the point, this means I need a makeup remover that is effective, kind to my skin and, considering the amount of work it needs to do, cost effective.

I also love that this does not dry out my skin and it leaves it feeling refreshed and ready for a good exfoliation and face mask (if I have time). I also love this because it is very gentle on my eyes; I have had the occasional mishap where I have accidentally blobbed some straight onto my eyeball and not once have I winced in pain or felt like I had to get myself to the eye hospital ASAP. The last makeup remover I accidentally got in my eye made me very nearly get my Mum to call 999 because it stung so much – of course, I do not recommend putting this into your eye, and as always if you do, you should rinse it out straight away.

Another makeup remover I have recently discovered is The Balm Balms Away Eye Makeup Remover. When I first opened this remover, I expected a creamy product (like every other remover out there) but instead I was presented with a jelly  – a jelly that looks exactly like a grey Vaseline! My instant thought was: “There’s absolutely no way that’s going to remove my makeup!”…oh, how wrong I was!

I must admit, the texture takes a little getting used to. It removes my makeup very gently and effectively, and leaves my skin feeling very hydrated and smooth. Don’t be put off by the fact that the texture is very different to all the others. In my opinion it’s very clever – the fact that it is very thick and controllable means it definitely minimises the chances of an product-to-eyeball scenario!

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