It's pretty shameful how often I fall asleep in my makeup, considering I'm a beauty writer. I'd say on average about once a week I'm just too exhausted to deal with it. Or I'll half-ass it and use a quick face wipe on my skin but leave my eye makeup on, which seems even more insulting. It's especially always irritated me that I have to use a separate eye makeup remover, thereby adding another step to my already lengthy nighttime skin routine. It's just too much, you guys. Especially when I'm exhausted or crabby, it's just not happening. I use wipes on my eyes sometimes, but it usually results in losing some eyelashes from vigorous wiping to try to get my mascara off. I usually use drugstore brand eye makeup removers like Neutrogena or whatever knock-off brand is cheaper, but NO MORE, my friends.
I've always had a special place in my heart for French beauty products, as we all should, but have been pretty lazy about getting my hands on them, mainly because I am loathe to pay shipping fees from Europe, even though it looks like more carriers like Beautylish and Amazon are starting to carry them. So when my friend, JP, went to Paris and brought me back my dream makeup remover, I could not have been more thrilled. BIODERMA Crealine H2O Solution Micellaire has long been touted as a cult product in the beauty world as one of the best makeup removers around. And now, I can vouch for it as well.
It has the consistency of plain water, but gently removes all kinds of makeup - eye and/or face - quickly, smoothly and easily. There is no tugging at eyelashes, or rubbing your cheeks over and over to get your foundation off. I don't know how it does it, but it works like a charm. It's definitely a bit pricier than your average makeup remover, but I won't be going back to my drugstore versions anytime soon. It doesn't leave an oily film afterwards that most other ones do, even the ones that claim to be oil-free, and it has little to no odor, which is awesome if you're sensitive to smells like I am. And if you have oily skin, Bioderma has an option for you as well with their Sebium Micelle formula. If you have extremely dry skin, then their Hydrabio formula is for you.
French women rarely use water to clean their faces, instead opting to use products like Bioderma to both remove makeup and cleanse their skin. I don't know if I could give up giving my face a good cleaning in the shower, but I can definitely see the benefits of using Bioderma before bed and then slapping on my nighttime creams, sans any other kind of water cleansing. Have you ever tried Bioderma? Are you planning on going to Paris soon and bringing me back delicious beauty products?