Take it All Off: My Makeup Removing Process

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I love putting on makeup, it’s an instant pick-me-upper for days when you feel like you’re uglier than the ugly duckling. I remember back in college whenever we had an Accounting exam, we always had that feeling that no matter how hard we studied, we’re still bound to fail. What got my friends and I through every grueling exam is putting on makeup before taking it and telling ourselves, “If we’re gonna fail this test, might as well fail it feeling beautiful. At least we still have that! Pathetic, if you think about it, but it made a hell of a lot difference in our confidence level. Anyway, as much as I do love putting makeup on, nothing feels as good as taking it all off at the end of the day/night. I tell you, no matter how tired, drunk (good ol’ days) or sleepy I am, I never fail to wash my face and remove all the gunk before plopping in bed. In this post, I’ll be sharing my two no-fuss makeup removing products namely Biore Makeup Remover for Eye & Lip and Boots Cucumber Cleansing Wipes. Read on for more!
Biore Makeup Remover for Eye & Lip —This makeup remover has two layers namely an oily layer on top and a runny layer underneath containing hyaluronic acid, a moisturizing ingredient to keep skin around eyes moist. These two layers are separated (not as pictured above, that one has already been shaken) and you have to shake the bottle so that the two layers mix and become ready for use. It is fragrance-free and leaves very little oily residue as compared to other makeup removers. To use, just shake the bottle, pour product on a cotton pad and leave the pad on the eyelid for 5-10 seconds. No need to continuously wipe and stress the skin around the eyes. Repeat process for the other eye. For stubborn waterproof mascara, I usually have to do another round and target my lashes for complete removal. However, for gel liners, glitters and waterproof eyeliners, no repetitions needed after leaving it on for 10 seconds as instructed. One little thing, it does sting a tiny bit if too much product gets in the eye. Most of the time, I don’t feel any stinging but when I’m too tired and don’t watch how much amount I put in a pad, I end up with stuff in my eye and it does sting a little.
Price is around Php 350-400 but I’m not sure where to purchase it locally. I bought this in Bangkok. I really recommend this makeup remover as it really delivers and removes every bit of product quickly and easily! I’ve been thinking about the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil but I’m not sure I’m ready to shell out almost P5,000 for a bottle. Youch! I’m happy with this little wonder as of now.
Boots Cucumber Cleansing Wipes — I’m a wet wipes user, I love that stuff. I always bring a pack with me in my bag wherever I go. I’ve just never used it for my face. However, upon finding this in Boots Bangkok, I’ve been a believer. It’s a gentle cleansing wipe for all skin types which I usually use after taking most of the gunk off with my Biore makeup remover. It’s a pre-finishing touch before I go on to my usual cleansing, toning, moisturizing process. I also use it to wipe my face when I feel oily and just downright dirty after walking around in Manila pollution and whatnot (when I’m not wearing makeup, that is).
I’m looking for a replacement already as I’ve gone through mine quickly and am left with only a few more wipes to go. I’m leaning towards The Face Shop’s version of this one, I think I saw a cucumber kind too. But if you guys have any suggestions, please share them below!

So this is what I usually use up for when I use both products. Note that I didn’t really have heavy makeup on, just a normal everyday face makeup but I had eyeshadow with primer, waterproof liquid liner and waterproof mascara on. Check photo below for the result.

 I didn’t have lipstick on to begin with but I’m absolutely positive it removes every trace of lipstick, too. As you can see, my eyes are completely clean and gunk-free! The cotton pads above were for both my eyes even if I’m showing you just one eye here (for quality purposes!). No sting when I used it this time and very minimal oily residue that disappeared when I used the cleansing wipe after (patting motion on eyes, don’t forget! Be gentle on your eyelids and general eye area for future no-wrinkles you!).

And that’s it for my makeup removing process — simple, fuss-free and doesn’t break the bank! I haven’t had a problem with extreme breakouts or acne so I believe this process works for me as of date. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to try Shu Uemura or Clinique’s touted cleansing oils soon, but I’m happy to share that we don’t need expensive and lavishing oils for a thorough makeup removing process. I’d love to hear your makeup removing regimen though so please, do share it below!

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  1. December 15, 2012 / 9:23 am

    The Biore make up remover is simply amazing, so so good, works perfectly!

  2. December 15, 2012 / 9:59 am

    sounds good! and your skin is so pretty ^_^ i love wet wipes too but only for REALLY lazy days i use them I still don’t feel clean enough after using them.. I use Philosophy and MAC :3

  3. December 15, 2012 / 10:14 am

    Your skin is FLAWLESS!

  4. December 15, 2012 / 10:19 am

    I don’t use wipes , never found soft and saturated enough ones, I love Bioderma for makeup removal followed by alpha-h balancing cleanser XO

  5. December 15, 2012 / 11:55 am

    I do the same for remove my makeup, but when i’m tired i just wash my face with water 😛


  6. December 15, 2012 / 2:37 pm

    Aaaah. Do you have pores? Hahaha kidding Shari. But you really do have a beautiful skin!

    I dont have a particular make uo remover brand, usually just wet wipes, or if I dont have it handy, water lang hAha. I dont really wear that much make up.

  7. December 15, 2012 / 2:53 pm

    i am very fond of biore cleansing line!
    wish i could get my hands on the biore remover…

  8. December 15, 2012 / 3:54 pm

    Wow! I must try this Biore thing! I’ve only been using Etude House since I tried it last year (and has been loyal waaah) but hmmm, the stuff I read from you gets me influenced in multiple ways hohoho.

    Thanks for sharing Shari! Happy weekend!

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  9. December 16, 2012 / 2:19 am

    I’ve been looking for good make-up removers for a while and am definitely going to have to try these!

  10. December 16, 2012 / 2:54 am

    I use biore makeup remover too! Its really good 🙂

  11. December 16, 2012 / 3:41 am

    Haha, I’m an accounting graduate too and I used to say that a lot before. On exam days when I’m not feeling very confident, I wear dangling earrings and a little bit of makeup.

    Babagsak ka na nga, panget ka pa. 😀 Awww, college days.

    Anyway, my makeup removing routine doesn’t break the bank too. I’d rather spend on makeup than removing makeup 😀

  12. December 16, 2012 / 5:06 am

    looks nice, thanks for the tip, just a tip, today i actually made a baking sodapaste and massaged it super gently on my skin, i try to do this once a month

  13. December 16, 2012 / 6:36 am

    Thanks for this post! You’re absolutely right about how taking off all your make up is soooo refreshing! I’ll have to try cucumber wipes as well =)

    xoxo Can’t wait to read more!


  14. December 16, 2012 / 6:01 pm

    try purederm ate! 🙂 I haven’t used mine because I don’t apply eye make-up but they have it in cucumber, green tea and something else. I found it in NBS by the counter 🙂

  15. December 16, 2012 / 7:20 pm

    I like to use Johnson & Johnson’s baby oil and then Neutrogena Makeup Wipes to remove my makeup. I used to only use makeup remover but once I started using the wipes and saw how there was still gunk on my skin I’ve learned you can’t rely on just one product!

    I also wanted to let you know that I tagged you in my Holly Jolly Holiday tag(:

    Lipstick & Lace

    • Inna
      May 4, 2015 / 11:48 am

      really? I heard mineral oil like J&J causes pores to clog

  16. December 16, 2012 / 11:17 pm

    Hi Shari! 🙂 I got a sample of Laneige’s Lip + Eye Makeup Waterproof remover and it’s been a dream! No stinging at all. The full-size bottle is Php 850, if I’m not mistaken. I’m going to be buying it when my sample runs out. It’s a pretty big bottle that will last you a long time.

    I use the cleansing oil by shu and it really is the best cleanser for the entire face I’ve tried. It melts the gunk off of your face. I think they have different “types.” Mine’s the most basic one. It’s about Php 4,000 (?) ish for the big bottle and it will last you months talaga. I don’t put on a lot of/any foundation, so I use an amount between half and one whole pump. It’s awesome. I’ve been using it for maybe 5 months and I still get the fuzzies. 🙂

  17. December 17, 2012 / 3:30 am

    We pretty much have the same method too although I use different brand lang =) I’ve tried the Shu’s cleansing oil and I didn’t feel any better on removing makeups nor did it give any benefits to my skin. I learned my lesson and just stick with a basic remover and cleansing wipes~ =)

  18. December 17, 2012 / 9:31 am

    i have been wanting to try biore.. great review!

  19. December 17, 2012 / 5:42 pm

    I need a new eye makeup remover!

  20. December 18, 2012 / 6:55 am

    The nice nice beauty by using beauty products i really like it and and want something told about similar products about beauty and skin care.

  21. December 18, 2012 / 3:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I’m thinking to buy myself a new makeup remover! 😀

  22. December 22, 2012 / 7:43 pm

    Wow, if only I could get my hands on those! I usually use Formula 10.0.6’s facial wash as it is gentle and leaves my skin feeling fresh. It promises to help acne prone skin, but as most products it doesn’t work. But it’s a really good cleaner when you think about how cheap it is!

  23. December 26, 2012 / 3:33 pm

    sounds great:)

  24. February 12, 2013 / 6:20 am

    I swear by Etude House’s Lip & Eye Remover, gentle but does the job! Pretty affordable too!

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