Ever since I first started reading beauty blogs about 3 years ago, one product that everyone has seemed to rave about is Micellar water, and in particular Bioderma - and to be honest it was never really something that excited me - I'd previously used liquid make-up removes with cotton pads before and had always found them to be a bit naff and I wasn't prepared to pay £15 odd pounds (and alot of time tracking down Bioderma as it was tricky to get your hands on in the UK) for a beauty product when I was not sold on the concept.
So fast forward 3 years when nearly every drugstore brand has their own micellar water and I finally caved into the hype. Now I'm not going lie one of the main reasons for giving Micellar waters a go was my sheer laziness - I'm usually pretty good when it comes to removing my make-up and do a deep cleanse with a hot cloth cleanser, but occasionally, and I'm going to be honest here - if it's late and I'm tired, I really can't be bothered do do a deep cleanse I will most likely just reach for the makeup wipes (which if you read Caroline Hirons blog you will know that, that it is a skincare sin - Sorry Caroline!) But I was noticing that doing this was not doing any favours for my skin and the alcohol in the wipes was drying my skin out badly and the wipes weren't really doing the job of the removing the make-up completely either and my skin was just more problematic in general. After reading lots of reviews online I decided to give one of the beauty communities favorites a go - Garnier Micellar.
To use the product, I just put some on 3 cotton pads; I use 1 to remove my Lipstick, 1 to remove my eye makeup and another to remove the rest of my face makeup (I do this as I quite often wear heavy eye makeup and bright lipsticks, so I find that by doing this it doesn't smudge it all over my face!) and just wipe them across my face - If my eye makeup is being particularly stubborn ("They're Real" I'm looking at you!) I just place the cotton pad over the eye and gently hold it there for a few seconds and then wipe away outwards and it removes it easily!
I also really like it to correct any mistakes I might make whilst applying my makeup (fellow winged eyeliner lovers will know where I'm coming from!) To do this, I just place a small amount of the Micellar water onto a cotton bud and then remove the area that has gone wrong - It just removes what you want and doesn't smudge everywhere so the rest of your makeup isn't ruined! I also really like it to remove any fallout that I might get from eye shadows before I apply my base makeup!
I find that it also last a really long time as you get quite a large bottle of 400ml for £4.99 (It's currrently on offer in Boots for £3.33!), so for me it works out as much better value that wipes as I get through those bad boys at the rate of knots (Very quickly!) It's now available too in a small 125ml bottle for £1.99 which is perfect for travelling or for in your handbag for touch-up's on the go!
I now have to say that I'm a complete Micellar water convert and I can't live without it in my beauty stash! Garnier now do two other types of Micellar water as well - Pure Micellar cleansing water and Skin naturals Micellar cleansing water for Combination and sensitive skin.
What do you think of Micellar waters? Which is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!
*Products mention in this post*Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water 125ml
Garnier Pure Micellar Cleansing Water 400ml
Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water Combination & Sensitive Skin 400ml