Four Favorites: Makeup Remover Edition

Heavy Duty Makeup Removal

On any given day I wear makeup for an average of about 12 hours. When it’s finally time to clean my face, I don’t want to have to wash four separate times or scrub forever just to get it all off. This product removes all traces of makeup quickly and effectively. The Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing balm transforms into a silky oil as you massage it into your skin. All you do is rub a dime sized amount all over your face, rinse with warm water and towel dry.


In my opinion, this is the BEST makeup remover. Here’s why:

  • It’s fragrance free
  • It doesn’t leave you feeling greasy
  • All the product comes off when you rinse your face and it leaves your skin silky smooth
  • Great for contact lens wearers (like me!)
  • It’s allergy tested and great for sensitive skin

I used to be a makeup wipe only kind of gal, but I will never go back after finding this balm. It has reduced my breakouts and completely removes stubborn mascara and lipstick. It also works as a cleanser so I don’t have to double wash my face. I can’t say enough good things about this product. Everyone needs it.

Makeup Removal and Moisturizer

If you have dry skin, Pond’s Cold Cream is a great alternative to take the day off. I know Pond’s makes everyone think of their grandma’s medicine cabinet, but there’s a reason why it’s been around so long; it works and it’s affordable.


I will admit, I don’t love the smell, but it does a pretty good job removing makeup and hydrating my skin. The main ingredients are mineral oil which removes makeup and debris from the skin, and beeswax to lock moisture in.  Pick this one up on your next Target run and avoid dry skin this winter.

On-the-Go Removal

You don’t always have the time to wash your face and apply a thousand serums. I find that fully washing my face causes less irritation and removes my makeup more quickly, but for the times I’m in a rush, these do the trick.


Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes are the only drug store brand that don’t make me breakout or feel greasy. I like to keep these in my gym bag to use after class. They’re also great for a quick trip when you can’t haul your entire skincare lineup with you.

For Stubborn Eye Makeup

Last but not least is Kiehl’s Supremely Gentle Eye Makeup Remover. I use a sulfur wash that is amazing for acne-prone skin, but it’s also drying. When I wash my face, the delicate skin on my eyelids gets dry and sensitive. This eye makeup remover has the consistency of moisturizer and is very gentle, so it doesn’t irritate my eyelids or contacts. It removes waterproof mascara and the little bottle lasts forever. This combined with take the day off and you are squeaky clean!


I hope you find a product or two from this lists that works for you. If you have any other makeup removers I need to know about, please let me know in the comments!

Wake up and makeup!

Love, Leigh

My Favorite Fall Lip Look

My daily beauty routine is pretty consistent. The one small change that always makes a world of difference is switching up my lip color.

My (rather large) lipstick collection is filled with a variety of shades. I love bright orange and pink hues in the summer and deep reds and maroons in the winter, but the tans and peaches are my favorite shades to flaunt during fall.

There’s something about throwing on a comfy knit sweater, my favorite pair of booties and a glossy nude lip that makes me feel like a pumpkin spice latte-drinking rockstar. The natural colors match perfectly with the earth tones I’m always wearing when the temperature starts to drop.

Here are a couple of my favorite combinations for the perfect fall lip:

The first look is a liner, lipstick and a lip gloss. lip1My MAC lip pencil in the shade Soar is the perfect base for any nude or dark pink lip. It has a creamy texture and is great for overlining and filling in thin lips. I have been using this liner for years and it’s one of my favorites.

After applying my Soar liner, I use Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick in shade Morning After from the sheer line.

Side note: Who names these colors? Some of the other shades from this collection are called Anarchy and Phone Call

Anyway, I love Urban Decay’s Vice line in sheer. The lipsticks are creamy and have a super shiny finish. Morning After is a light pink with just the right amount of pigment. Aside from the great texture, the blue undertone makes your teeth look whiter and brighter.

The last product you need for this look is Benefit’s Punch Pop! in Sugar Cookie. This is one of the Ulta exclusive shades and I am completely obsessed with it.

If you are reading this knowing you are going to stick to just wearing a gloss – you need this one. It’s softening, subtle and perfect for fall.

The final look is a pinky nude with an ultra glossy finish that makes your lips pop.

The second combo has a more peachy hue and is great for those of you who have any sort of pigment to your skin, unlike me.

img_0164.jpgI start out with the ModelCo Lip Enhancer Illusion Lip Liner. I received this in a Birchbox a few months ago and will definitely be reordering it soon. This wax pencil comes in one shade and magically defines and enhances any lip color.

Next, I swipe on my Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Lip Gloss in shade Patina. The one I have pictured is super old and from Nordstrom Rack (my second home), but the link takes you to the one I have purchased more recently.

This color stays on all day, is hydrating and has deep pigment.

The final look is a rich color that lasts from nine to five.

IMG_0172If you have any suggestions for fall makeup trends you’d like to see, please comment here or DM/email me. I’m always up for a trip to Ulta to spend more money than I planned on!

Wishing you all a happy week filled with glossy lips and strong coffee!

Love, Leigh