Hello again, friends! It's been such a long time since I posted - I'm sorry! I always have the very best intentions when it comes to maintaining the blog and executing on all of my post ideas, but then other things come up, and I get distracted, and nothing ever gets done. Time management skills = not my strong suit.

But, I have been watching a ton of YouTube beauty guru videos lately (Rachhloves, amiright?!), and at the same time I’ve been doing a bunch of organizing around our house and I realized - for the umpteenth time in my life - that I have a ridiculous number of products in my bathroom cabinets. So that made me think it would be fun to do a hit or miss style blog post series with all of the various makeup, skincare, body, etc. products that I have tried/have in my cupboards. I will talk about the products that I love as well as the products that didn't work so well for me, and then I will give each product my personal rating of love it, like it, or lose it. I will also link to where you can buy all of the products and list their prices.

Quick disclaimer before we jump in - First, these products aren't new. The point of this isn't to focus on new launches or new arrivals, some of these products have been around forever. This is just based on what is in my collection and what I have tried. Second, please don't get upset if I didn't like a product that you love. We all have different skin types and react differently to the different formulations and products. Just because something didn't work well for me doesn't mean that it won't be amazing for someone else.

Everyone cool? Okay, let's do this.

So I’ve said it before, but I’m a bit of a skincare junkie, and obviously, in order to achieve beautiful, healthy skin you have to remove your makeup. For a long time, I thought that just washing my face was enough to remove all of my makeup... long story short - it's not. While washing your face is obviously pretty crucial, if not the most crucial step in any skincare routine, it’s definitely not going to effectively remove all of the makeup you have on your face. So, I started testing and trying out different makeup removers, and this is a breakdown of my thoughts on the ones that I have tried so far.

Link/Description Order: Top Row - first, bottom row - second, left to right

Note - my budget pretty much dictates that I use mostly drugstore/affordable products. However, I do subscribe to Ipsy, and I was a Birchbox subscriber for a couple of years so I will have some high-end products mixed in here in here and there.

RMS Beauty™ The Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipes -  I received a sample of these wipes in a Birchbox and I was super excited to try them, but they are literally coconut oil in a wipe. Which sounds like maybe it could be a good thing, but no. So. Much. Oil. Oddly enough, the wipe itself feels really dry but when you wipe it on your face it leaves behind a super slick, oily residue. Now, I have really dry skin so oil isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but the residue that this wipe left behind wasn’t that healthy, hydrating oil. It was just slick and unpleasant and didn’t sink into my skin and it was just blahhh. Because these are made with coconut oil, they smell incredible, but the fact that they left behind a horrible oil slick on my face combined with the fact that they really did not remove my makeup makes these a big thumbs down for me.

Consensus? Lose it | Where? Sephora Price? $16.00

Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion - OK, I know that this is a strange one to have listed with makeup removers, but when I was in middle school I was at a friends house, and I forgot a makeup remover and I was struggling because I didn’t have anything with me and then her Mom handed me a bottle of this moisturizer and told me at the oil in the moisturizer will break up the oil in your makeup and will remove it. That advice has stuck with me since that moment because it freaking works. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this as your primary makeup remover, but if you’re in a pinch and you have this around, it’s a great option. It's especially great for removing stubborn mascara and eyeliner along the lash line, just roll a Q-tip in the product and gently rub it along your lash line.

Consensus? Love it | Where? Target Price? $10.69

Neutrogena® Oil-Free Gentle Eye Makeup Remover - I was on the dance team all through high school which means that I wore a lot of really heavy performance makeup and for four years this was my go-to product in order to remove it all. So, it definitely does its job. It will absolutely remove the most stubborn, waterproof, pancake stage makeup but, it will also leave your skin feeling like you rubbed butter all over it. So. Much. Oil. It’s actually hilarious to me that I stuck with this product through all four years of high school because, to put it bluntly, I hate it so much. It says that it's oil-free and leaves no oily residue - Um, I'm sorry but false. It leaves behind so much oil, it just makes me feel icky and greasy and yuck. I know that this is a go-to for tons of people, but it's just not for me. (Note to high school Andree - I'm so sorry I put your face through this for all of those years).

Consensus? Lose it | Where? Target Price? $5.79

Neutrogena Fragrance-Free Makeup Removing Cleansing Towelettes - Neutrogena, you’re so wonderful at so many things, but man, I just can't vibe with your makeup removers. I’m not gonna write a lot here because most of what I have to say about this product is exactly the same as what I said about their Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, just in the form of a wipe. Using these was basically like wiping my face down with a rag soaked in butter. Nope, nope, nope-ity, nope.

Consensus? Lose it | Where? Target | Price? $4.99

Up and Up Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover - I honestly have no idea why I bought this in the first place since it literally says on the bottle “compare to Neutrogena oil-free makeup remover.” But hey, whatever, I bought, and now I can review it for you. I got this from the dollar section of Target before a vacation thinking it would be nice not to have to bring a full-size makeup remover with me. Again, it's straight up oil. I mean, just looking at the bottle I can see that the product has separated and if you turn the bottle over you can watch the oil move around separate from the rest of the formula. I even had my husband touch my face after I used it and his immediate response was "What the hell, that's all oil" (I guess maybe it's not actually oil that I can see moving around in the bottle, but it certainly feels like it).

Consensus? Lose it | Where Target Price? $3.99

Burt's Bees Cucumber Sage Facial Cleansing Towelettes - Because I hated the Neutrogena facial cleansing wipes I was hesitant to try any others, but I love Burt’s Bees, and I'm a sucker for anything with a cucumber scent so I thought why not? Super glad that I did! These have been a staple for me for a few years now. They’re gentle, they’re not oily at all, and the scent is amazing. They can be a bit drying, but I always follow them up with a good moisturizer, and it hasn’t posed me an issue. These are also fantastic to use after a good workout. They give a nice refresh and make me feel clean and all not sticky and sweaty. Bottom line is that I am a big fan of these cleansing wipes. I would steer clear if you're overly sensitive, but otherwise, they get a big thumbs up from me.

Sidenote: I use the cucumber sage cleansing towelettes, specifically targeted towards normal to dry skin. I know Burts Bees makes them for oily skin, combination skin, etc. in a few different scents. I can’t speak to those, I’ve heard differing opinions, but having never tried them myself I can't offer an opinion.

Consensus? Love it | Where? Target Price? $4.79

Garnier® SKINACTIVE™ Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser It took me a really long time to jump on the micellar water train but, I was at Ulta and there was a little travel size of this sitting next to the registers, so I decided to try it out and I’m hooked! It totally removes all of my makeup and it does not leave me oily or dry! I’m actually a little shocked because almost all of my favorite YouTubers and beauty bloggers don’t love this particular brand of micellar water, so I really didn't expect to love it as much as I do, but I will definitely be buying this again.... and again and again and again!

Sidenote: I can only speak to the Garnier micellar water with the pink top, Which is the all-in-one cleansing micellar water. I’ve never tried the one with the blue top, which I believe is geared towards waterproof makeup or the one with the green top which is mattifying, so I can't offer any sort of opinion on those.

Consensus? Love it | Where? Ulta | Price? $10.69

Avène Micellar Lotion - This is another product that I received from Birchbox, but unlike the RMS Makeup Wipes, I enjoyed this one! It was very effective at removing my makeup, you don’t have to go over the same areas over and over and over again and because it’s a micellar lotion It will leave your skin feeling nice and hydrated. I can’t say anything negative about this product, it did exactly what it was supposed to do but I also don’t think that it is so much better than the other micellar water formulas that I have tried. And for that reason, I'm not convinced that it is worth double the money of some of the drugstore options but it is still quite good.

Consensus? Like it | Where? Dermstore Price? $18.00

Simple® Micellar Cleansing Water - I decided to try this micellar water after tons of YouTubers raved about it on their channels, especially since most of them sort of hated on the Garnier® Micellar Cleansing Water and I loved that one, so I wanted to know why they felt like this was so much better. And honestly, I still don't know. Don't get me wrong, the Simple® Micellar Cleansing Water is good, but I felt that the Garnier® was much better. I definitely had to use more product with the Simple® water, and it took a quite a bit more work to remove everything. Both leave your face feeling soft, smooth, and refreshed, but I definitely prefer the Garnier® Micellar Cleansing Water over this one.

Consensus? Like it | Where? Amazon Price? $5.42

And that's it for the first entry in my love it or lose it series, I hope you guys enjoyed it! Let me know in the comments what your favorite makeup remover is! I'm also looking to try out new products! Until next time, friends! 

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