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The Cult Collection: Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

One of the world’s most popular moisturizers, Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (DDML) is my favourite moisturizer ever and the only one I use.  They say that a bottle of this distinctively yellow face hydrator is sold every four seconds and I truly believe it.  One, because they offer it in basically all of their Gift with Purchases and two, it just works so damn well.

I have known about this product for as long as I can remember (I would come across the little sample jars in my mom’s vanity drawer) but I first started using this product when I was 16 or so when I had an allergic reaction on my face which I thought at the time was acne.  Like any other teenager, I freaked out, so my mom took me to the Clinique counter and the sales associate recommended their famous three-step system, which I still use to this day.  I don’t use any other face moisturizer and when I do, it’s just not the same as DDML.

So is it cult-worthy?  Yes, yes it totally is.  And Clinique knows it, so much so that there is an abundance of different sizes and versions you can buy it in.  You can get the lotion or the gel (for oily skin types) in either a travel size tube or a jar or a jar with a pump.  And the best part?  It’s affordable (well relatively, this is not going to be the same price as an Olay cream, but for department store, it’s pretty good); the prices range from about $15-31 CAD.

So why is it so good?  Well, according to Clinique’s website:

Hydrated skin doesn’t just look smoother and healthier-it’s better able to function as a barrier against external aggressors. Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion is the moisture “drink” developed by Clinique dermatologists to maintain skin’s optimal moisture balance. Works to soften, smooth, improve the condition and texture of your skin. Custom-fit to skin type in Very Dry to Dry Combination skin formula.

How To Use
Apply twice a day to face and throat all over, or where needed. For best results use after Facial Soap and Clarifying Lotion.

I think they nailed it on the head when they said it’s a moisture drink for your skin.  A few weeks ago I ran out of the product but I wanted to wait to repurchase it because Sears was having bonus time in a week or so.  Well, I couldn’t stand it; my face felt so dry and tight, it needed something to drink.  So I cracked and bought a bottle (the small one) and man it made such a huge difference. My face felt so moisturized and fresh after I put some on, and I basically vowed then and there that I wouldn’t go a day without it.  I have tried other lotions from Clinique and they have some others that are great as well (like the Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief), but for the price, DDML can’t be beat.

Have you tried Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion?  What were your thoughts? Do you think it’s cult worthy?

Tag, You’re It! 40 Beauty Questions!

So I felt like doing a fun little post today.. that and I couldn’t think of anything else to write about. Well, there were a few things on my mind, but it’s not time to blog about them yet.

I thought I would do a tag post.  What is a tag post you ask?  Basically it’s questions that other people have answered and then they “tag” you to do it too!  I found these questions online and I thought they would be fun to answer.  I thought I would start with beauty and then maybe in future posts I could try other tags that have to deal with other topics.

So here goes!

SKINCARE

Need some new moisturizer!

How many times do you wash your face daily? Twice.
What skin type do you have? (dry, oily, combo) Normal?  It does tend to get dry sometimes in the t-zone though.
What is your current facial wash? Clinique Facial Soap.
Do you exfoliate? Yes, with Clinique Clarifying Lotion
What brand do you use? Clinique! I have been using it since I was about 16.
What moisturizer do you use? Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
Do you have freckles? Nope
Do you use eye cream? Nope! Not yet!
Do you or did you have acne prone skin? No, fortunately.
Did you ever have to use Pro-activ? Nope, never had a problem with acne.

MAKEUP


What foundation do you use? Depends on the day and what mood I’m in.  I usually switch between Bare Minerals SPF 15 Original foundation and MAC Pro Longwear.
How about concealer? ELF concealer/illuminator
Do you know your undertone colour? Ugh… red?  Not sure what this is…
What do you think of fake eyelashes? Love them!! I got extensions so I didn’t have to use them all the time, but I still put them on every once in a while for more oomph!
Did you know that you are suppose to change your mascara every 3 months? Yes.  Do I? No.
What brand of mascara do you use? Don’t use mascara anymore but when I did I used Benefit’s Bad Gal Lash.
Sephora or MAC? Toughy! It depends what I want.  I’ve been really into MAC lately though…
Do you have a MAC Pro-card? No! But I wish I did!  Not fair that writers/beauty editors can’t get one!
What makeup tools do you use in makeup application? Foundation brush, powder brush, kabuki brush, eyeshadow brush, eyeliner brush, crease brush, and blush brush.


Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes? Yes, Urban Decay Primer Potion!
For the face? Hard Candy Sheer Envy
What is your favourite eyeshadow (color or shade)? Neutrals!
Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner? Both.  I like liquid more for my upper lashline and pencil for my lower waterline.
How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil? Almost never.
What do you think of pigment eyeshadows? Never used them.
Do you use mineral makeup? Yes! Bare Minerals! Their mineral foundation is great!
What is your favourite lipstick? I have a few and all by MAC: Fashion Mews (limited edition from the Hello Kitty collection), Saint Germain, and Myth.
How about lipgloss? MAC Viva Glam Gaga, the pink one.
What is your favourite blush to use? Not a huge blush fan, but right now I’m using NARS Orgasm.
Do you buy your makeup on eBay? No.
Do you like drugstore makeup? Yes, but it depends on the brand.


Do you go to CCO’s? (cosmetic company outlets) I’ve only been to the one in Vegas.  Pretty good stuff there and good deals.
Did you ever consider taking makeup classes? Nah..
Are you clumsy in putting on makeup? Sometimes and it depends on what product it is.
Name a makeup crime that you hate? Too much blush!
Do you like colourful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones? Depends on the mood i’m in.  Usually I’ll go with a neutral eye and a bright pink lip.
Which celebrity always has great make up? Kim Kardashian.
If you could leave the house using just ONE makeup item,what would you use? Does Rosebud Salve count?
Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on? Yes, lazy Sundays.
Do you think you look good even without any makeup on? Depends on the day and the lighting.. haha but seriously, everyone is beautiful, makeup just enhances natural beauty.
In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line? MAC, but I have heard a lot of good things about NARS as well.
What do you think of makeup? It’s fun to play around with.  You can be very creative with makeup.

 

Makeup Be Gone: The Hunt to Find the Best Makeup Remover

From left to right: Clinique's Take the Day Off, MAC's Pro Eye Makeup Remover, and Maybelline's Expert Eyes 100% Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

So after my lash fill on Friday I figured it was time to go out and get a good eye makeup remover. Up until this point I have been using Clinique’s Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes, and Lips, but it is an oil-based remover and those types aren’t recommended for eyelash extensions.  I thought it wouldn’t matter but after a few days of using it I did notice that more lashes than usual would fall out.  So I tried an old bottle of Maybelline’s Expert Eyes, a 100 per cent oil-free eye makeup remover, but honestly the stuff is just like glorified water, it didn’t do anything.

So yesterday I figured I would go pick up MAC’s Pro Eye Makeup Remover and so far I really like it.  I thought I would do a comparison between the three because upon reading reviews online I discovered that a lot of people are comparing MAC’s product to Maybellines.  So I thought I would do my own review with the two products, as well as an oil-based remover like Clinique’s.  I also thought I would do a test as well.  I took my Joe Fresh black eyeliner and drew a line on my hand and then, using each remover one at a time, I counted the number of swipes it took to completely remove the liner.

The Test

Maybelline Expert Eyes

Maybelline Expert Eyes- a 100 per cent oil-free eye makeup remover

 

From Maybelline.ca:

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

This 100% oil-free formula gently and effectively removes washable mascara and eye makeup without oily residue.

FOR BEST RESULTS

Slightly moisten a cotton ball or tissue with the remover. Gently press and hold for several seconds against your closed eyelid. Gently wipe off. Rinse eye area with water. Wait five seconds then wipe with tissue. 

The product comes in a 2.3 fluid ounce, 68 ml bottle.  It has a flip top lid and you squeeze the solution out.

On the back of the bottle it says:

  • Formulated to gently and effectively remove washable mascara and eye makeup without oily residue.
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance-Free
  • Safe for Sensitive Eyes
  • Ophthalmologist Tested

Directions:

  1. Moisten cotton or tissue, squeeze to remove excess.
  2. Close eyes.  Gently press against lid, hold for a few seconds.
  3. Gently wipe off.  Rinse with water.

I purchased this product a few years ago because I needed an eye makeup remover and I didn’t want to shell out a lot of cash for something that gets rid of makeup.  I have about 3/4 left in the bottle and that is totally because this product did not work for me.  It did not remove any makeup at all and with eyelash extensions the number one rule is ‘no rubbing’, so therefore I didn’t want to rub this product on my eyes.  I would totally rather go with the oil-based cleanser, I mean both ways would leave me with falling-out lashes anyways…

On the swipe test, I had to swipe this product a staggering 18 times before the eyeliner wasn’t noticeable anymore.  That’s a lot, and I bet you you would probably get the same results with water.

I think this product retails for $4-5 in Canada, but I wouldn’t waste your money on it.  Try to find a better makeup remover that actually does what it claims – remove makeup.

MAC Pro Eye Makeup Remover

MAC Pro Eye Makeup Remover

 

From the MAC website:

A mega-effective remover that lifts off every look – from delicate to dramatic – without smudges, tears or aggression. Pro-quality, yet decidedly gentle; calms, hydrates and soothes skin with cucumber extract. Makeup can be immediately reapplied. A favourite of busy models.

The bottle is a screw off top with a little opening inside so you can dip a Q-tip in it.  It is 100ml and 3.4 US fluid ounces.

On the back of the bottle it says:

Saturate cotton pad.  Gently sweep over eye area.

I really liked this product.  Like I said in the beginning of the post, I have only used it once because I got it yesterday, but if you need a good oil-free makeup remover I would recommend this one so far.  It is a bit pricey however, $21.50 in Canada and $18 in the U.S. and I’m not sure how long the stuff will last for.  I don’t typically use a makeup remover every day because it depends what I’m wearing on my eyes.  Most times water and soap will remove the product, however, there are the odd times where it just won’t come off.  If you use this product everyday, it can probably last you two months max I would say.

As for the swipe test, it did really good.  I only had to swipe the cotton ball four times before the eyeliner was gone.

All in all, if you are looking for a oil-free remover and don’t mind spending the money, then give this one a try.  Much better results than Maybellines.

Clinique Take the Day Off

Clinique's Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes, and Lips

 

From the Clinique website:

Take The Day Off

Totally tugless, two-way makeup remover speeds the departure of hard-to-remove eye and lip makeups. Dissolves and “lifts away” long-wearing makeup, even waterproof mascara. Non-irritating, non-stinging. Ophthalmologist Tested. Appropriate for contact lens wearers.

How To Use
Shake well before using, then saturate 100% cotton ball with remover. Cleanse one eye area at a time. Apply to eye area and hold for several seconds, then wipe with downward strokes. Repeat using fresh cotton ball if necessary. Use a new saturated cotton ball or tissue for lipstick removal; rinse with cool water.

I just want to start off by saying that I have the mini version of this product, the ones you get with the Clinique bonus times.  A full-size bottle is 125 ml and retails for $21.50 Canadian, so the same as MACs.  The bottle’s cap is similar to an Advil bottle, you know those child-proof kinds that you have to press in and turn?  It’s one of those.

This particular remover has two levels to it – water and oil.  You shake them up and it will create the makeup remover.  I have always liked this product, I have had a full-size bottle of this in the past and thought it worked wonderfully.  The only thing that is a bit annoying is that wherever you use it it leaves an oil residue that you have to rub off.  Not a bit deal though, I think the pros definitely outweigh the cons when it comes to this product.

For the swipe test, it did the best out of the three- the liner was gone in three swipes.  I did expect it to do the best as I have always found oil-based removers to take off makeup the best compared to anything else out there.

So to sum everything up, I would say to skip Maybelline’s Expert Eyes, I would try MAC’s Pro Eye Makeup Remover (it is a bit pricey though) if you want an oil-free based remover and Clinique’s Take the Day Off remover is very good as well if you like an oil-based solution.

What are some of your favourite makeup removers?  If you know of a good oil-free one please let me know because I love trying new products.