So, the Mr has this theory. See, he thinks I am hooked on anything that has; independent, limited edition or infused in the title. Maybe I just like hitting up independent little cafes, opting for the limited edition flavours and maybe, just maybe, something infused is something a little special? I argued the toss with him, as you do, then promptly found Garnier's Micellar Oil-Infused cleansing water fall into my possession.
I’m still not convinced I have this obsession he’s going on about, but one obsession I have to admit to is my obsession with micellar waters. One of my Ikea Alex drawers is pretty much devoted to these cleansing waters and a whole bunch of cotton pads to go with them! Micellar waters are just so versatile!
Garnier's Oil-Infused cleansing water for dry and sensitive skin aims to remove waterproof makeup, as well as cleansing, nourishing and moisturising your skin - no rinsing required. With a holiday coming up to somewhere rather sunny, I know I’ll be needing to freshen up through the day but I don’t want to have to keep washing my face with face wash as even the most moisturising can be drying when overused!
Can I just say, the bottle looks like a lava lamp and I really shouldn’t admit how much time I’ve wasted just tipping the bottle around to make the oil float about? It looks less like a skincare product and more like it just needs some glitter and a lightbulb. Mesmerising.
This cleansing water smells amazing, it’s very subtly fragranced, and it reminds me of parma violets! I’ve been using this as a too-early-to-be-out-of-bed pre-gym workout cleanser. Even though I’m off to get all sweaty, I still need to give my face a quick cleanse, removing all of the previous night's lotions and potions. Though the water feels greasy and looks greasy, it actually doesn’t leave any residue behind once it’s dried!
When it comes to make-up removal, it does the job on mineral make-up without even trying. If anything, it seems to break the make-up down quicker than their original micellar water - and when it comes to waterproof mascara, I simply soak a pad and let it sit on my eye for 10-15 seconds, then gently wipe away. It probably removes around 60% first swipe! Winner! Even though my skin looks and feels pretty clean after cleansing with the water, when I’m taking off a full face of make-up I’ll still follow up with a thorough hot cloth cleanse. I still find traces of makeup on the cloth, so even though the micellar waters gets rid of most of my makeup (and we’re only talking mineral here) a tiny bit of something is still being left behind.
That being said, when it’s not removing make-up, I can’t fault it. It great pre and post workout for removing sweat and grime (sexy) and leaves me skin feeling super fresh. The downside, after using it for around two weeks I started to notice little whiteheads cropping up on my chin - boo! Seen as though this was the only new product in my regime, I couldn’t blame anything else. Let’s not forget, it is for dry and sensitive skin, whereas mine is oily, so that probably had more to do with those pesky whiteheads. For dry skin, I think this would be pretty amazing.
Overall, I’m impressed. It seems to do a little more for my skin than your average cleansing water but for oily skin, it wouldn’t be my first choice!
How often do you reach for the micellar water?
Until next time,