Beauty lessons from my mother #1

My mother is an amazing woman. She likes to give advice, whether you want to hear it or not. Most of the time she’s right. Well, a lot of the time (but don’t tell her!).

Her first piece of beauty advice that she always reminds me of is:

Always take off your makeup.

I’m pretty good at following her advice, though there are those late nights where I slip up…

My mum’s routine is simple. She uses a very basic cleanser (and isn’t loyal to any particular brand) and then moisturises with a vitamin E cream.

Being the beauty product junkie I am, I like to mix it up and these are my favorite makeup removers.

Hair Romance - favorite cleansers and makeup removers

1. Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil – You know my love of facial oils, and this is my first step of double cleansing especially when wearing a lot of makeup. Available from Shu Uemura.

2. Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel – I love this gentle cleanser as it doesn’t sting your eyes. I buy the large pump pack to keep in the shower. The trick is to lather it in your hands first before applying it to your face. Available from Adore Beauty and ULTA Beauty.

3. philosophy purity made simple foaming 3-in-1 cleansing gel for face and eyes – A new fave, I picked this up in Sephora recently and love how it removes makeup and cleanses in one step. It’s not drying on my skin and the perfect cleanser for when I’m wearing light makeup. Available from Adore Beauty and Sephora.

4. Bioderma Crealine* – This French pharmacy cult product is now more widely available in Australia and I couldn’t be happier. This “miracle water” is a gentle micellar solutions that dissolves eye makeup without irritation. Great for removing long lasting lipsticks too. Available from Adore Beauty and selected pharmacies.

5. Swisspers Cotton Pads – always on hand in my bathroom for removing eye makeup. Available from supermarkets and pharmacies.

6. Nivea Daily Essentials Facial Cleansing Wipes – For those nights when you cannot be bothered taking your makeup off (but can still hear your mother’s voice in your ear) these wipes are a quick fix. Keep them in your bedside draw so there’s no excuse not to take off your makeup, even when you can’t lift your head off the pillow. Available from supermarkets and pharmacies.

7. Clarisonic Mia 2* – I resisted trying the Clarisonic for a long time and now I can’t even remember why. Now it’s available in Australia, and for a better price, it makes the Clarisonic impossible to resist. The effects on my skin are instant and I’m now addicted to that super clean feeling. Available from Adore Beauty and Sephora.

Do you take your makeup off every night? What’s your favorite cleanser and what beauty lessons has your mother taught you?

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  1. says

    My mum has amazing skin, and her routine sounds similar to your mums – she always removes her makeup and cares for her skin using the most basic of products.

    I use the Shu cleansing oil, the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel, Bioderma Crealine and the swisspers cotton pads in my routine. I’m completely terrified of Clarisonic – I’m worried I’ll end up over exfoliating my skin.
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    • Hair Romance says

      I was the same but I love the Clarisonic. It’s much gentler than I thought it would be but my skin feels so good after using it. I’m hooked x

  2. Emily-May says

    I always, always, always take my makeup off at the end of the night. Or 3 in the morning! As someone prone to hormonal breakouts I really can’t afford to slip up on my skin care regime.
    I stick to Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish using a warm muslin cloth. I need something gentle that will get the job done and the addition of the muslin cloth is the perfect way to remove 99% of my makeup in one hit.
    The lesson I learnt from my mum wasn’t one I think she intended to pass on but I certainly picked it up from her; if it truly works and makes a difference, don’t stress about the price if it is clearly worth it.

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