On Rotation: Makeup Removers and Cleansers

I like to have 2 different cleansers and removers. Other than having something different for day and night use, the main purpose for this is mainly variety. I get bored easily. I have many different cleansers in my cupboard, and I want to use them up before purchasing / opening new ones. I don’t want to limit myself either, so I thought 2 is a good number. I’ve reviewed some of them before, so I won’t go into details. First up, cleansers.






The reason there are 3 here is because I’m about to use up the Murad Daily Cleansing Foam. I received a sample of this for review, and I liked it, so I bought the full size. I like that once I pump it, I get foam. I think I have about 3 uses left. I’ve been using it day and night for the past few months. Once this runs out, I’ll be replacing it with this Biotherm Exfoliating Gelee. I like this very much because of its gentle exfoliation. My skin feels so soft after! I have a feeling I’ll be using this at night after removing my makeup. For mornings, I’ll be using this Antipodes Hallelujah cleanser. It’s quite a rich cream cleanser that nourishes the skin. I bought this in August, because it was my birthday month and there was 25% off all purchases. It was a great deal and I even bought 2 bottles of Antipodes Worship serum.






See that big Bobbi Brown tub with that little yellow patch? It’s the Extra Balm Rinse that I love love love! It’s taken me a long time because it’s HUGE and I don’t use it every day. Now that I’m going to finish it, I’m missing it already. However, I cannot buy a new tub because I still have removers to use up. On evenings I don’t use this to remove my makeup, I use the Dior Instant Gentle Cleansing Oil. I bought this a while ago, but only started using it regularly recently. Now, this is interesting, because it doesn’t feel like oil AT ALL. It’s just like liquid soap. No emulsification is needed, and it even smells a little like soap. I’m intrigued why this is called cleansing oil. Maybe I should ask Dior directly eh? Once this is done, I’ll be replacing it with something else though. I find this to be drying on my skin, and it takes quite a lot for my skin to feel that pull. If you have dry skin, I don’t recommend this Dior (not) Cleansing Oil.

For eyes, I’m still using the Biore bi phase makeup remover. It gets the job done, and it is affordable. When I wear some hard to remove eye makeup, like those tough ass mascara, I use the Dior Instant Eye Makeup Remover. I love this stuff! It’s strong, but gentle on the eyes. Because it removes makeup so effectively, I don’t have to rub my eyes at all. A gentle swish and all traces of makeup – gone. It is also oil based, but it does not feel too oily on my lids. It doesn’t sting and doesn’t make my vision all blurry if it gets into my eyes.


What cleansers / removers are you using currently? Do you stick to your favourite and repurchase without thinking, or are you a wanderer… like me?



xoxo Lily




  • Hi Lily, I use Biore too! It’s very effective for heavy eye makeup, and yes it doesn’t make my eyes blurry if it gets to my eyes. I’m currently using Borges Extra Virgin Olive Oil (my fave beauty hack) as a cleansing oil and wash it all up with Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip. I am pretty satisfied with my cleansing regime, because it has not break me out so far 😀

    • Lily

      Ah I want to try some Sunday Riley but I’ve had really bad luck with the customs and I’d be heartbroken if they took away my skincare!

  • Lately I’ve been just using drugstore stuff to remove any harder to remove eye makeup, but I really don’t wear a lot of that anymore on my eyes because most removers just bother me too much. I am liking the Tatcha Oil one everyone loves-but I find I need 3 pumps to do a good job as opposed to the Shu ones where one pump is enough so I don’t know man…it’s all so confusing HAHAHA

    • Lily

      Right? The Shu oil is definitely thicker. I find that for some oils, I use less than others. This Dior one, I definitely need at least 3 pumps.

  • I’d be interested to see the ingredients of the Dior cleansing oil. I’ll try and check it out!
    I want to check out the Bobbi Brown one you have here. I used to be very faithful to a few cleansing products – a few wrong purchases that didn’t clean and just left me sticky were to blame, so I guessed I should stick to what I know works – but am ready to try new stuff!

    • Lily

      I always try new stuff. Lol! But I also go back to the few that I love and trust. I threw out the box of this cleansing oil. I should look for the ingredients and you can enlighten me 🙂

  • I used to be more of a wanderer, but lately it’s been the same cleanser, lol. I switch cleansing oils though, just alternating between a few that I know I like, depending on what’s on sale or where I’m buying from, lol!

    • Lily

      I switch my oils up and I think after this, I’ll go back to either the Dermalogica one or the Bobbi Brown cleansing oil.

  • I used to try different brands but after all my wanderings, I still go back to liquid castille soap, namely Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap. Love the green tea and cherry blossom editions that are only sold in Japan. For makeup removers, I’m def a cleansing oil fan although micellar waters are great for quick swipes before working out and I’ll do a thorough cleanse later in the evening.

    • Lily

      I haven’t tried Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap! I think I need to write this down and give it a try. I do the same too! I’d use micellar waters for those in between hours before a proper cleanse. It does the job, but isn’t too harsh for our skin 🙂