Sunday, 16 March 2014

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

The idea of a cleansing balm has long intrigued me, but up until now I haven't really thought about giving it a whirl. It seems to be a growing trend, however - there are so many brands out there that now cater to our balm needs that it's almost like walking through a minefield. If I'm honest it was a little overwhelming trying to decide which one would be best for me and my skin. That's where I'm thankful for the blogging community. You lovely people helped me to decide on the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, and now I feel like it was a bit of a no-brainer!

I can be really lazy at times with my daily skincare routine and makeup removal (slap on the wrist for me). After a long day all I want to do is go to bed, but I love this cleansing balm simply because it's virtually faff-free; and anything that takes minimal effort gets a big tick from me already. This is one product that I would use the phrase "don't judge a book by its cover". It doesn't look the most attractive - let's face it, it looks like lard, but we all know looks can be deceiving. The balm melts into a lightweight oil that glides nicely across the skin so that it can be massaged in. It removes every last trace of makeup, even waterproof mascara, but still rinses off clean leaving your skin refreshed and sans-grime. I like to use a Muslin cloth to remove it, but just rinsing also works. For people worrying about using it on oily skin, I wouldn't: this balm doesn't add to your natural oils, still rinses clean and is completely non-greasy.

The (only) downside? Well, if you're a lover of smellies then this fragrance-free balm may disappoint you. Personally I can get past the total lack of fragrance if it does the job it's supposed to do, which it definitely does. I hear the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm smells heavenly if you're looking for a more expensive alternative.

At £21, the balm is an extremely fair price for such a thorough cleanser. A little goes a long way, so it's pretty economical. The product is not luxurious, by any stretch of the imagination, but it gets the job done quickly and will fit into most beauty regimes - what with it being for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. I'm so happy that I trusted my fellow bloggers on this one - the balm is simply fabulous!

Clinique's Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm retails at £21, and is available from the Clinique website, House of Fraser, and Boots.
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  1. It definitely doesn't look appealing in the tub but it sure does sound fantastic. I think once I finish my Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish I'll give this a go. I'm all for anything that makes removing my make up easier and less time consuming.

    Raise The Waves

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    1. I love Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish (it was actually my very first blog post!) and had loved creamy cleansers until this baby turned up! I'm definitely a balm convert now! You should give it a go! Xx

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  2. I agree! I've been using this since October and I love it. So simple and fuss-free but also a great product

    Life of a Trainee Journalist

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    1. It's brilliant, isn't it? Anything that makes life a bit easier! Xx

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  3. I've never owned a cleansing balm but this looks intriguing and fairly priced compared to others I have seen!

    thegirlsnextdooruk.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Some are really expensive, I know! This one is pretty economical because you only need a tiny bit with every use! Xx

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  4. I love cleansing balms and so does my skin. Have been using the body shop one but want to give this one a try now.

    Lace Louboutins and Leather

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    1. Ooh, I must have a look at The Body Shop cleansers - never really thought of looking there! I definitely recommend this Clinique one though! Xx

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  5. I was going to try this when I was after a cleansing balm but went for the Body Shop's Camomile Cleansing Butter instead, it feels absolutely amazing on my skin! I'm thinking I'll add the Emma Hardie one to my birthday prezzie idea list haha!

    Hannah x
    hannahhepton.com

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    1. Sounds lovely! The Emma Hardie balm has been on my wish list forever but it's so pricey I don't know if I can justify it! Xx

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  6. I can be really lazy too with my skincare routine. This balm sounds good as it's not greasy- I have tried the elemis cleansing balm and that feels quite greasy (although it smells of lovely lavender)!

    http://laurenslittleblogs.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

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    1. It's easy to slack, isn't it? I was wondering about the Elemis balm, actually. Glad I went for Clinique instead now! Xx

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  7. I am good with my skincare routine but I hate faffing about, the easier the better for me so this sounds fab! xox

    Kirsty : Tartan Bones

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    1. If you're willing to part with the pennies then I suggest you go for it! Xx

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  8. I haven't had much luck with Clinque products and it's a pain considering the price! I paid £30 for a skin care regime pack but it hasn't done a thing :-( This sounds like in 2-in-1 product and very fair for the price. I want to get my hands on it!! xx

    Hannah @ FashionistaDigital

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    1. That sucks that you haven't had a good experience with Clinique in the past! Hope this one works better for you if you decided to take the plunge! Xx

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  9. I have been using it for a while and I absolutely love it:)

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  10. I actually quite like the idea of it being fragrance free - I may give this one a go when I'm in need of a new cleansing balm xx

    kizzyhearts.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. If you're not worried about it being fragrance free then I would absolutely recommend it! Xx

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  11. this one is my next makeup remover purchase. currently using josie maran cleansing oil. I heard the EH was really good, but I saw the price and sure would appreciate a budget one. This sounds like a god option.

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    1. Ooh, I've heard great things about the Josie Maran oil! Exactly - the price can really put you off a product. The Clinique one is definitely a go-between! Xx

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  12. I've never tried Clinique before but have wanted to and after reading this post, the cleansing balm seems a great product to start off with. Really enjoyed reading this.

    wink-beauty.blogspot.com

    Hannah xo

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