The Holy Grail of Cleansers

I thought it would only be fitting that my first entry would be about skin care. It’s been said time and again that the first step in doing makeup is skin care (cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and then priming). Having said that, the first step in skin care is obviously keeping your skin clean.
Years ago, when I just graduated from makeup school, my first job was managing the MAC Cosmetics counter in the Shangrila Mall. We were required to wear makeup 6 days a week – not light everyday beauty makeup, it had to be full-on trend makeup. In those days, full coverage products were all the rage. It wasn’t uncommon for us to use Studio Fix Liquid Foundation topped with Studio Fix powder foundation so you can imagine how thickly packed our faces were with powder & pigments. You can also imagine how difficult it was to thoroughly remove all that gunk at the end of the day.
I used to massage an oil based makeup remover onto my skin, then use wipes or a cotton pad to remove the emulsified product from my face (repeat a second or third time if I had to), and finally, wash whatever was left with my facial cleanser. It was tedious to say the least but everyday, I repeated this routine.
This is when I learned to appreciate having truly clean healthy skin. I have always been on the look out for products that can do the job without drying my skin out too much.
Last year, I was asked to do some work for Herbalife. They were in the process of launching their newest line in outer nutrition called Herbalife Skin. The range is composed of 5 different products (depending on your skin type) but my ultimate favorite is the cleanser because not only is it paraben and sulfate free, it also washes the makeup off your face like a makeup remover!

I use the Purifying Citrus Cleanser. It’s formulated for normal to oily skin.
I use the Purifying Citrus Cleanser. It’s formulated for normal to oily skin.
This me with full on eye makeup.  I used a waterproof liner and brow gel.
This is me with full on eye makeup. I used a waterproof liner and brow gel.
With wet hands, I use a little more than a pea sized amount of cleanser & proceed to massage the product onto my face.  Adding more water as you go. You can already see in the picture how the eyeshadow has emulsified  & the eyeliner has already come off.
With wet hands, use a little more than a pea sized amount of cleanser & proceed to massage the product onto the face. Adding more water as you go. You can already see in the picture how the eyeshadow has emulsified & the eyeliner has already come off.
Here I am massaging the cleanser into the brow, working the product in to get rid of the waterproof brow gel.
Here I am massaging the cleanser into the brow, working the product in to get rid of the waterproof brow gel.
 And finally, clean brows!

And finally, clean brows!

 

To this day, no matter how tired I am after a long day of work or after a night out with some friends, I will always make sure I go to bed without a trace of makeup on my face. Now of course, the process has been made so much simpler.