How I Remove My Makeup

There’s nothing that feels better than taking off my makeup at the end of the day. Even with as much as I love makeup and how fun it is to apply, I can’t wait to take it off the second I get home. I used to wear makeup from the moment I woke up to the moment I went to bed and I never realized what it was doing to my skin. It is so important to let your skin breathe! I’m not saying makeup is necessarily bad for your skin, but it’s definitely not doing anything good for it either. When it comes time to remove my makeup, I want it done fast. My routine only takes me exactly seven minutes and could not be any easier.

Obviously the first step is to remove my contacts. Can’t wash the face with those on! I’ve only ever used Opti-Free Replenish contact solution since I first got contacts nine years ago. It’s never given me any problems and always keeps my contacts comfortable. I won’t use anything else!
There’s all kinds of options when it comes to removing makeup, but nothing works better than just soap and water. I don’t use any kind of makeup remover, I just put my face straight into the sink and wash it with my normal facial cleanser. The Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser for normal to oily skin is my absolute favorite.

Once I wash and dry my face, I go back in with a little bit of coconut oil to remove whatever’s left on my eyes. Again, I don’t use any kind of eye makeup remover. Coconut oil is natural, it’s something I always have at home, and it’s a great moisturizer. Keeping the eye area moisturized is beyond important in preventing wrinkles. Since I already removed most of the makeup, the mascara is softened and wipes away so easily with a little bit of coconut oil on my fingertips.
I rinse my eyes again to get off the coconut oil and then dry my face with a dark washcloth. I actually learned this trick when I was staying at a hotel. They had a separate black towel set to the side asking that it be used to remove makeup in order to prevent stains on the white towels. I thought that was genius and bought a small pack of black washcloths at Target as soon as I got home. Now all my hand towels stay stain free!
Then I go through with a toner to make sure all the makeup is removed from my face. I know this is going to sound crazy, but I actually use isopropyl alcohol. I’ve tried witch hazel, apple cider vinegar, along with other skincare toners and nothing removes every bit of product off of my skin like the rubbing alcohol does. It’s unbelievable! I have extremely oily skin that isn’t very sensitive, so I’ve never had any issues.

The alcohol dries pretty quickly and then I add a moisturizer on top. I’ve tried tons, but I’m loving the benefits I’m seeing with the Nip + Fab No Needle Fix Serum. It provides just the right amount of moisture to my skin without adding any excess oil and it has drastically improved the uneven texture on my cheeks. It doesn’t have a strong scent and it absorbs into the skin super fast.
Then to finish it all off, I add a few eye drops. My favorite are the Thera Tears. I always keep a bottle in my bathroom and in my purse so I have it available at all times. They are so comfortable and one of the eye care brands that I really trust. This might be one of my favorite parts to this routine because adding two drops in each eye feels so good at the end of the day, especially after wearing contacts for hours.
I hope you were able to get a few tips from this routine. I promise, it really does only take me seven minutes to do all of these steps. So that means you have no excuse to not take your makeup off at the end of the day. It’s amazing the difference it makes on your skin when you actually let it breathe!

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~Mani Monday~
This week, I’m wearing one of my favorite nail polish shades ever. This one is called Perfect Match by Essence. It looks almost identical to Soulmate by Sinful Colors. I love the quality on both of those polishes and they’re also both incredibly affordable. This Essence polish might be my favorite because it’s slightly more opaque and I love the curved brush design. I’d definitely recommend picking this up next time you’re in Ulta!
What’s on your nails this week?

~Christina~

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  1. What a great routine! I recently started using coconut oil to remove my waterproof mascara, and it really is the perfect solution. This is going to sound funny, but we use those same eye drops on our pugs! They've got big eyes, haha. I'm super impressed with it!
    Kristen // www.pugsandpearls.com

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    1. Thank you!! I can't believe how easy coconut oil removes makeup! That's just one less product that I have to buy and find a place to store since I always have it on hand anyway. My optometrist actually recommended those eye drops when I first got contacts and I love it so much! They're more comfortable than anything else I've ever tried.

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  2. Wonderful little routine you've got going here my lovely! I use coconut oil for my eye makeup as well - I used to have to fully rub and rub and rub on my eyes with wipes and solutions that sting my eyes just to get the makeup off but coconut oil just breaks it down! I've never tried cetaphil but I've heard good things - thanks for the recommendations! x
    Marina Rosie x
    http://marinawriteslife.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you! Coconut oil is great at so many things!! I also use it to help break down any kind of long-wear lip product I might be wearing. It's wonderful! I actually held off on trying Cetaphil for the longest time, but I'm so happy I finally made the switch. It's such a simple product that makes a huge difference!

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