What I would give to live in a Parisian apartment – just a block down a French pharmacy with its grand white “+” sign on a green square. Sure, to the average Parisian it’s like our American version of “CVS”, but to me it’s so much more. They provide clean, basic and simple skincare for all skin types. Luckily, there are a few brands that are now being introduced to mainstream American drugstores, like “La Roche Posay”. But still, nothing beats walking into a cool yet busy pharmacy in the heart of Paris – It’s like walking into a candy store! (And yes I’ve been, here‘s my post on my travels).
I learnt about this product about 3 years ago from YouTube beauty gurus and beauty bloggers who rave about it. Personally, i’ve using it for a year and a half and let’s just say I’m obsessed. Naturally, I would never talk about a product I don’t use daily and wouldn’t repurchase (hence why I barely do beauty reviews). But this is different. Unlike most removers, which can be extremely oily or drying – this product is formulated to genuinely feel like you are removing face/eye makeup with water. I won’t give you a science lesson, but if you are interested then google it – I found it so interesting. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to flush my eyes with cool water from getting too much oily makeup remover in it. Say goodbye to residue my friends!
Directions (which I learned from Lisa Eldrigde, an editorial makeup artist based in London: watch her tutorial here).
- Take 1-2 cotton pads (depending on the heaviness of makeup), pour desired amount on to Pad (not cotton ball).
- Place over eye, and press lightly with a few fingers onto the pad for 30 seconds.
- After 30 seconds, drag pad downward off the lashes.
- Wipe away minimal leftover makeup.
*Also, you can leave your fake lashes on before beginning. This process will actually make the lashes come off so easily. It’s foolproof, no more painful late nights ripping off false lashes!
And since it is hard for us non-Parisians to get, I’ve read many reviews saying the Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water is very comparable to Bioderma. I have yet to try it, but I’m planning on purchasing it soon to see the comparison. When I do, I’ll be sure to do a dual review. Let me know if that sounds like something you’d like to read!