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Hello friends!

What a way to welcome in spring with a $350 Visa gift card giveaway! Once again, the Beauty Blogazons have teamed up to give one of our lucky readers a Visa gift card. Be sure to enter through the Gleam widget. The giveaway is open internationally and will run until April 6th. Good luck!

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New In: Garnier Clean+ Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser

Who hates taking off their makeup? I do, I won’t even lie. But, I do love the satisfaction I feel after I’ve washed my face before bed. It’s like the best feeling knowing that when I wake up, I won’t have makeup smeared all over my pillows, or if I rub my eyes, I won’t get old mascara all over my face. I’m smug, I know. I’m a fan of stuff that makes my nightly routine easier. I want to get in and out in the least amount of time (hello, how do people do 15 step routines?). I have tried it all, micellar waters, cleansing oils, wipes, etc. My current routine includes a micellar water for my eye makeup, and a cleanser for everything else. Not ideal, especially for the nights when I am feeling really lazy.

Garnier Clean +

Enter Garnier Clean+ Makeup Removing Lotion Cleaner. What’s this you ask? Well, to be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure! At first glance, I thought it was just another cleanser. After trying it out for a bit, I realized that it is much different from a cleanser. Think traditional cleanser, meets micellar water, meets oil cleanser. If you combine all of those products, that’s essentially what Clean+ is. Plus, Clean+ is fragrance, dye and alcohol free, approved by the Canadian Dermatology Association, and it is made for sensitive skin.

Garnier Clean +

I also have to admit that I had no idea what to do with this product at first. Do I use it for my eye makeup or not? The instructions weren’t very clear, and it was hard to find any information on it. The instructions say to apply to dry skin and remove with warm water or cotton pads. Garnier does advertise Clean+ as being able to remove waterproof mascara, so I decided to give it a go and see what it was capable of.

Garnier Clean +

I started with a grape size blob. I applied it to my eye makeup first, and let it stand for a few seconds before applying to my face. I spent the most time going over my eye makeup, but I could feel it working very quickly, think about a minute. It felt very similar to a cleansing oil, with every pass, I could feel it breaking down my mascara. My lashes quickly went from stiff, mascara covered, to clean and soft. I chose to remove it with a damp cloth because I felt like cotton pads wouldn’t really remove everything. There was a lot of makeup left under my eyes, and I didn’t like the feeling that was left on my skin after, so I have been dual cleansing when I use Clean+. I kept my eyes closed until I thought I had removed enough of the product, so I did not have any issues with stinging eyes, so be careful if you use it to remove your eye makeup too.

To show you how Clean+ works, here are some before and after shots. I used Dior mascara, Urban Decay liner, a L’Oreal gel liner and a Make Up Forever cream blush. These are some of my every day wear products and some of the longer wear products I have.

Garnier Clean +

As you can see, it removed everything! Am I a fan? Yes! I like the consistency over a cleansing oil, but I prefer my two step routine because I feel like my skin is cleaner afterwards. I do not have sensitive skin, but it does seems to be pretty gentle on my skin. I personally just don’t enjoy the feeling after. Should you try it? Yes, definitely! Clean+ retails for $7.99, so it’s a pretty good value. I will continue to use it while following up with my usual cleanser, but I will also be using it on my makeup brushes because I think it will be amazing on my tools to get clean out stubborn makeup like cream liners.

Have you heard of Garnier Clean+? What is your favourite makeup remover?

julia

*This is a sponsored post courtesy of Crowdsocial but it in no way affects my opinion.

 

Desire the New Make Up For Ever Cheeky Blush Trio Inspired by 50 Shades of Grey

Desire Me Cheeky Blush Trio Set

I think I might be the only female in the 25-50 demographic who hasn’t read 50 Shades of Grey. My interest in the movie pretty much revolves around the makeup collections that brands are coming out with for the upcoming release. Make Up For Ever was the official makeup partner for the movie, and they have released three limited edition sets to celebrate the release and to help you get the Anastasia look.

MUFE Desire Me Cheeky Blush Trio

I received the Desire Me Cheeky Blush Trio ($56) for review. This blush set comes with a very cute keepsake velvet bag, three blush shades and a travel size 150 Artisan brush. It also comes with a booklet on how to get Anastasia’s cheek looks in the movie. The pans in the trio are actually the multi-use Artist shadows in shades I-526 Pearl Beige, I-808 English Pink, and S-748 Coral. Coral looks pretty dark in the pan, but when swatched, it is a lot more toned downed.

Mufe Cheeky Trio

The three shades can be used all together or separately to create a desirable glow. The shades can also be used as shadows if you’re in a rush to get out the door. The winner in the Cheeky Trio palette is definitely the highlighting shade. I find it to be the smoothest application, and it leaves a beautiful glow on my skin. I normally do not highlight daily, but I was really impressed by this shade. All three shades work great on my skin tone, but if you have a darker complexion, Coral will probably be the only one you’ll see. I find that English Pink needs to be built up to get the full effect of the shade.

Cheeky Trio Swatches

The travel size 150 brush is pleasantly exactly like the full size. Some times I find that travel size brushes don’t have the same quality as the full size, so I am very happy to report that this brush does. There is nothing worse than palette brushes that you can’t work with! I think this is yet another testament to the quality of Make Up For Ever products (for more info on their great brushes, click here).

The Cheeky Trio is one of three limited edition makeup sets by Make Up For Ever for the release of 50 Shades of Grey, be sure to pick one of the sets up at Sephora or Make Up For Ever boutiques.

Happy Shopping!

julia