Bioderma Crealine H20: the best makeup remover EVER.

There’s a beauty secret the rest of the world has been keeping from us, that has only just been Chinese-whispered in our direction. It looks like water and has the consistency of water, it’s fragrance-free, alcohol-free, soap-free, hypoallergenic… And the most gentle and effective makeup remover I’ve ever seen or used. It’s the Bioderma Crealine H20 cleanser and make up remover… it’s an EXTREMELY sublime find and it’s now available in Australia!!

Bioderma Crealine

Back up, you just described water. Is it water?

Kinda! It’s a micellar water!

Huh? You lost me.

Micelles are molecular microstructures that allow impurities, dirt and excess sebum to be removed without the need to rinse off your skin. Suspended in water, they only disband when in contact with the skin. The are made of two parts, one is a hydrophilic component that likes water, the second is a hydrophobic component that attracts oil.

Micelles

The Micelle!

Science?? Huh?

As we know oil and water usually separate, so micelles are super special because they enable oil to be suspended in water. The fact that micelles have both oil and water loving components means that they can lift makeup from skin easily! The oil-loving bits are in the middle of the micelle and therefore suck the dirt away from your skin. It won’t need washing off and won’t dry your skin out!

Holy cats! Now I’m with you! This sounds amazing! 

It IS sublime seekers!

Micelle water first became a thing in Paris where locals sought the opportunity to avoid the bad effects of the city’s famously hard water had on their skin. Micelle waters (specifically Bioderma’s) became a staple among models who were walking 7 or 8 shows in a day, with different make up for each. Bioderma’s alcohol-free, soap-free product offered a solution that was quick, easy to use without a sink and importantly, kind to even the most sensitive of skins.

Ruby Aldridge

Some people, including Brisbane’s hair and makeup maven, Jo Twidale, wouldn’t exclusively use it as a makeup remover, but rather as an ‘eraser’ to delicately and effectively shift makeup when a look needs to be adjusted. The top of Bioderma’s cap is conveniently the perfect shape and size for a q-tip; the perfect tool to fix a winged eyeliner look gone awry.

If you’re using Bioderma’s Crealine H20 to remove makeup on your whole face (it’s safe for the eye region) soak a makeup remover pad to about 70% capacity and gently wipe over your face. Depending how much makeup you have on, you may need a second pad. I am utterly AMAZED how effective AND gentle it is. I wish I could take back so many years of using makeup remover wipes and other products… or no products, you know, back when I was a dirt face.

Where can I get it? 

Bioderma is a French product, and until recently was very difficult to get the world over. Jo recalls asking friends to stock up on the product to smuggle back to Australia. No more, sublime seekers! A little while back adorebeauty.com.au became the exclusive Australian stockist… and now it’s hit the shelves of Priceline!

A 250ml bottle will set you back $29.95 at Priceline (or $23.99 when this post was published… it’s 20% off!). The price point felt expensive to me when I first bought it, but I think that’s mainly because I felt like I was buying a bottle of water. Having used it for about 6 months (and still being on my first bottle) I would not hesitate to purchase again. In fact, I wouldn’t not purchase again, it’s a buy-again-before-you-run-out kinda product.

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Run, don’t walk! 20% off at Priceline (making it $23.99) for a limited time!

And so I recommend it highly and give it the sublime find stamp of approval! Do yourself a favour and grab a bottle while it’s on sale now!

♥AS

Have you used it? Tell us below! 

Six Products for a Perfect Pout

Romance is in the air, sublime seekers! So today we’re talking kissable lips; more specifically, six products to get you on your way to your most perfect of pouts!

Moisturise!

Until recently, I was one of those gals using Lucas’ Papaw Ointment on my lips religiously every night and wondering why they were still dry. It feels so silky and smooth going on, the sensation itself is addictive. Then a couple of months back, I was having a whinge about my forever-dry lips when VM tells me my beloved red tube’s product base in petroleum jelly. While it’s safe and proven to be a great barrier product, it ain’t moisturising my lips.

On AW’s recommendation, I switched to Lanolips and ladies, this shizzle be good. Lanolin (of sheep’s wool fame) is somewhat obviously the main ingredient and it proves to be all-natural goodness… no wonder this product has a bunch of awards to it’s name!

Lanolips 101

Lanolips 101 Ointment $17.95 at Priceline.

Exfoliate!

Do you exfoliate your lips? Just like the rest of your face, exfoliating your lips can help clean away dead skin cells and make way for a soft, smooth smooch. Flakey skin can be particularly troublesome under your lippy, so exfoliating is well-timed before making yourself up. Don’t over do it though, scrub gently – once a week should be plenty enough. My product pick is Lush’s Popcorn Lip Scrub. This product is not only great for a gentle lip buff, it’s DELICIOUS. Made with castor sugar, jojoba oil, coconut butter and popping candy, it’s all natural AND tastes like salted caramel!

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub $9.95 (at this price for a limited time) online at Lush.

Start with a good base! 

We know the secret to long lasting lip colour is starting with a good lip liner. My pick is MAC’s lip pencil, it’s creamy texture is makes it uber gentle and easy to use. I chose Hip N Happy for it’s inoffensive colour; it makes a great neutraly-pink base.

Mac Hip N Happy

MAC Lip Pencil $30* at your nearest MAC counter or online.

Long lasting colour!

I’ve never been a huuuuuge lipstick fan, I’m more a gloss or balm girl with the occasional dabble in lipstick. The evolution of the ‘cubby stick’ (as Clinique have dubbed theirs) was made for girls like me. Looks like a crayon, glides on like a balm, gives you colour like a lipstick. I think Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain is the best of the bunch. It moisturises and still gives you a flush of colour. It’s super easy to get a great looking lip and the colour lasts (and lasts and lasts). I bought bold hue ‘sweetheart valentine’ (how fitting!)… I’m pretty in love with it. Still easing my way into the world of bold lips, I’m planning to treat myself to a softer shade like ‘honey’ soon too.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain $17.95* at Priceline.

A little bit of shine! 

I think gloss is a must for that extra polished lip-look. There’s a gazillion glosses on the market and every gal is sure to have their favourite. My pick is Clinique’s Long Last Glossware in Air Kiss. I’ve been a decade-long devotee to this classic, there is just a hint of hue, just a smidge of shimmer and it isn’t sticky like lots of other glosses. Better yet, it’s got the rare (in gloss) quality of also having an SPF15. Lips get burnt, lovers. Don’t underestimate the importance of having them protected.

Clinque Air Kiss

Clinique Air Kiss $35* at your closest Australian Clinique counter or online.

Cleanse!

I have been reading lots of recommendations saying an oil-based cleanser is the most gentle way to take lipstick off your lips. Beauty Demi-god, Zoe Foster-Blake even suggests a bit of olive oil as a would-be cleansing solution if you wake up on the other side of a successful Valentines date, but nowhere near your beauty supplies (oh behave!).

After hearing allll the hype, I bought a bottle of the French-pharamacy-icon; Bioderma’s Crealine H20. I am a total convert! It’s uber gentle, has the consistency of water, but is a great erasing. Its not a thorough cleanse, but it’s great on a cotton bud to clean up a little eye-makeup mid-application, or to remove the chance of any remaining lippy smudging across the face during your slumber.

Bioderma Crealine H20 Cleanser & Make Up Remover

Bioderma Crealine H20 $29.95 for 250ml (which lasts a surprisingly long while).
Priceline have just started stocking it! Whoop!

These are my sublime finds for 24 hours of fabulous and lusciously kissable Valentines-y lips! Lover in tow or no, I hope your V-Day is a good one. Mwah!

♥AS

p.s. Are you freaking out V-day is tomorrow!? Check out gift-guide for last minute ideas!

* zomg at least half this price in USA. Did someone say freight forwarder?

What are your go-to products for a perfect pout? Share your recommendations below!