April 12, 2007

Cleaning Routine

Coming back from a night out, the thing I dread most is washing the make-up off my face. I am very anal about having remnants of make-up on my face in fear of break outs, so I try really hard to make sure everything is off. Here is what I have to go through:First off is the eye make-up, which is the most painful to get off. I use Lancome Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Make up Remover, first on cotton to get rid of the mascara, eye shadow and some eye liner. For mascara I put the remover-soaked-cotton on top of my closed eye and gently wipe downwards to try and get the majority off without losing too much lashes (I already don't have that many!). It generally gets really messy and I hate it- is it any wonder that I don't wear mascara all the time? THEN to get rid of eyeliner, I soak a q-tip with remover and gently run it along the eye-lined areas that are especially close to my eyes. Nevertheless its still quite tricky to get rid of eye liner under the upper lid and in between the top lashes for me.
THEN I wipe my face with this gentle Sebium H2O purifying cleanser until no more color (from foundation) comes out. Next I use my usual gentle Cetaphil face cleanser to clean my face just in case. And FINALLY I put wipe on some toner and put on moisturizer and call it a night.
Oh and did I mention before this I will probably also shower and wash my hair to get rid of all the smoke smell? Its a looooong painful process that takes me around an hour or more, but I still do it. Now if only I have a cure for my smokey smelling clothes. Especially my cashmere cardigan, its all smokey now :( . . . . I thought they banned smoking indoors in america?!?!?

28 Comments:

Anonymous Alysia said...

to get out odours from foods and smoke and such without washing/drycleaning your cloathes I use a spray bottle filled with water and 6 drops of lavender oil (any esential oil could work as well) or try linen spray. Its esentially the same thing. It freshens the fabric and helps diminish odours. You can also use sented pouches in your drawers, or take an unsecented bounty sheet and spray with whatever you want your cloathes to smell like.

4/13/2007 7:33 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I know, I always wash and make sure all the makeup is off before I go to bed, even if I'm stumbling around doing it. I just can't stand that grimy feeling when you slip between your nice clean sheets that you DON'T want to dirty... I wonder if too many other people do this, I mean it must be a bit wierd...

4/13/2007 9:23 PM  
Blogger M said...

actually..my routine is quite similar except i use vichy's sensetive eye make-up remover and swipe a soaked cotton all over my face to get rid of foundation, etc too. i find that it works quite well. then i cleanse as usual and moisturise, etc. i dont find it much of a hassle anymore but see it more as a thank you to my skin! and it gives me a few minutes to ponder the events of the night... :)

4/13/2007 9:32 PM  
Anonymous midwes said...

i always was grossed out by my coat getting disgusting in bars and then having to wear it the next day to run to the grocery store or something...and i refuse to dry clean a winter coat every weekend.

so my roommate and i in college discovered that if you hang whatever on the back of the door while you shower the steam usually helps alleviate a lot of the stench. also - febreze is awesome. (is that not very high fashion of me to say?)

so i don't know what your dorm situation is like - it won't work particularly well if you can't get the room nice and steamy while you shower. but if you're doing it anyway before bed might as well help your clothes too.

4/13/2007 10:13 PM  
Blogger Mrs Fashion said...

Oh I HATE that smoky smell - and I'm often in the bath at 3am trying to wash it all out before going to bed... The best way to get the smell out of clothes is, as Midwes mentioned, to hang them in a steamy bathroom for as long as possible (usually the steam from a couple of baths / showers will do it). Airing clothes is my #1 secrret for cutting down dry-cleaning bills!
Mrs F x

4/14/2007 12:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband is always laughing at "my routine" but it is vital!

4/14/2007 12:26 AM  
Blogger Harrods Girl said...

Def! Cleaning routine after a night out is so essential. Unfortunately, I usually still end up with panda eyes the day after from whatever leftover mascara and eyeliner.

4/14/2007 1:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i used to use lancome bi-facil... until i found that regular facial lotion works just as well.

4/14/2007 1:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what happend to just good 'ol soap & water? your doing too much if you ask me...or maybe becuase i hardly break out. But still. If anything I just use ponds makeup removing cloths. They work pretty good..

4/14/2007 5:12 AM  
Blogger Jennine said...

i concur with anonymous... too many products, i've read on the nyt, and also from my friend who is an esthetician, that really all we need to remove make up is cold creme or mineral oil. and a gentle cleanser. she rolls her eyes when i tell her i use babywipes... but hey it works.

4/14/2007 5:34 AM  
Blogger author: guopin said...

Hi, just want to say that I'm a big fan of the blog, really appreciate your guys' articles. Keep up the good work!

4/14/2007 7:30 AM  
Blogger NY KAT said...

I use neutrogena make-up remover clothes, they work awesome!

4/14/2007 8:36 AM  
Blogger mighty twisted said...

I use baby soap. It's got lavander in it and having the most sensitive skin limits what I can use on my face. I use a mixture of the baby soap and corn meal every few days to exfoliate. And I love Dove face toner. After all is done I moisturize with Dove night cream.

4/14/2007 9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fabreeze really does work in getting odors out. I use it all the time. Just spray a mist over the clothes and let it dry off.

4/14/2007 1:10 PM  
Anonymous mimi said...

you sound very similar to me. i am extremely anal about taking my makeup off after a night on the town.

i used to use lancome for my eyes too. now i just use neutrogena all over makeup wipes and makeup remover facial cleanser. it's quick, and it (makeup wipes) doesn't leave your skin oily.

as for the smoke smells - smoking is actually illegal inside nightclubs and pubs in australia!! yaaay! i can come home without my clothes reeking of foul cigarette smoke and i dont have to wash my hair before passing out in bed. the legislation was brought in about a year ago, and let me tell you, it has made clubbing a much more enjoyable experience!

4/14/2007 3:11 PM  
Blogger Bambie said...

Try Lancomes effacil eye makeup remover Didn't think it was possible but it is really really good in removing all the eyemake up almoast at ones.
I wear alot of black liner & mascara everyday & thought that I would have to live a life wher it would take around 10 min to get all the mascara and eyeliner off. Until I found that beauty it niw takes me less than a min for both eyes.

4/14/2007 5:50 PM  
Anonymous Lals said...

Oh you make me feel bad! I always stumble in and just fall straight to sleep and wake up feeling awful...and looking worse. I should really try making an effort.

4/15/2007 3:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm SO obsessive about washing my face everything before bed too, even after a night out. My routine is easier though, because i agree with teh "less is more" principle: i use eye makeup remover for my waterproof mascara, then Dove soap and water.

As for smoke, thank god Montreal banned cigs indoors! It's SO nice to come home and not have to wash that stink out of my hair!

4/15/2007 3:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd always, always wash off my makeup after a day/night out. Like you and some of the ladies here, I'm SO anal about it! I'd use Shu Uemura's Cleansing oil to remove my makeup (with a cotton) rather than lather it on my whole face.

p.s: I'm loving this blog! Keep up the awesome work :)

4/15/2007 11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you were to wet your face a little before using eye make up remover, it makes the eye make up just slide off, without messing too much with your eye area..
love your blog!!

4/16/2007 6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So it's whiny people like you who make it hard for the people who want the freedom to smoke to actually enjoy it. How about you just stop breathing?

In other news, Eskinol works just fine. Why do you have to drown your face in unecessary chemicals?

4/18/2007 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 3.28: If you want to enjoy a smoke, yellow your teeth, stink your clothes and destroy your lungs thats fine with us. But just do it away from us.

The majority of us just want to enjoy going to a club, and not risk killing ourselves with lung cancer from all that second hand smoke you are forcing us to breath in. Not to mention stinking up our clothes and hair.

4/19/2007 5:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 10:01 -- Party pooper. The majority of us just want to go to a club, enjoy ourselves without your holier-than-thou attitudes being shoved down our throats/lungs. If anything, our culture has gotten more conservative with people like you restricting freedoms left and right.

4/19/2007 10:14 AM  
Blogger Corinne said...

one word: FEBREZE

4/19/2007 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FANCL mild cleansing oil from japan is the best make up remover EVER!

4/20/2007 12:42 AM  
Blogger alis said...

i know this post is kind of old, but i couldn't help myself when i read about your strict routine... how old are you? I'm 22, and until the last week i was just as strict about taking off my make-up.. but right now all i can say is "DON'T!"... one day i woke up and my skin was covered in blemishes, i mean there was no normal skin showing at all! i was a nightmare, i couldn't leave the house for a week, and now I'm forbidden by the doctor to use any cosmetics(including moisturizer) for a month.. DO NOT over-clean your skin, as it will ruin the natural oil-balance of your skin.. the doctor said it is completely unnecessary(and harmful) to use so many products until the age of 30! just use a gentle washing gel, and a good moisturizer, and that's it. this is the doctor's advice, not mine, so take it seriously.. oh btw eye make-up shouldn't be that hard to take off, I'm guessing the lancome one isn't worth it's price.. a mild cleansing milk will work wonders(you won't lose ANY lashes at all).. but don't clean your whole face with milky, creamy, oily products, and after the eye make-up cleaning, simply was your face.. sorry it's a long post but i wouldn't want any of you girls to turn out like i did..

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