One of my greatest beauty loves is the answer to this week's Lipstick League query: Do you use cotton pads at any point in your skincare routine? If yes, do you have a favourite brand or type?
Three words: Shiseido Facial Cotton. One more word: Love. Those who know, know they're strong, cushion-y soft and lint-free, and unlike some cheap-ass cotton pads, they will never, ever, scratch your skin. I could go on and on, but I already have here.
Depending on how much makeup I'm wearing, I use one or two Shiseido Facial Cotton ($11 CAd/165 pads and $9.50 USd/165 pads at sephora.com – that's six cents per) with micellar water to cleanse my whole face, including eyes. If my waterproof eye makeup is stubborn, I'll use a Shiseido facial pad with gentle eye makeup remover first, then do the micellar thing. Afterward, I mist my skin generously with thermal water, and use a Shiseido facial cotton pad to pat off the excess moisture. (If it was a no makeup day, I'll use one end with micellar water to cleanse, and the other end to pat away the excess thermal water afterward.)
Believe it or not, I've given Shiseido Facial Cotton as presents for birthdays and Christmas. What better way to get friends and family hooked? Right now in Canada, they're also available in pretty little red boxes of 60 pads ($6 CAd at sephora.com) that are even better for gift-giving.
I have been known to sleep with Shiseido Facial Cotton pads. Make of that what you will.
lipstick league links of the week
My Newest Addiction - Laura is a stickler for a solid skincare routine. This week she shared her daily skincare routine with Cetaphil and she has a fun giveaway in it for you!
Nouveau Cheap - Have you explored the Amazon Handmade department yet? Think Etsy, but on Amazon. Here’s my review of a makeup brush roll that was handmade by an Amazon Artisan (and it’s under $20)!
Olive & Ivy - This local gem of a green beauty heaven is a MUST visit if you’re ever in Vancouver. And even if you’re not, they have an online store too! Obsessed.
Phyrra - Looking for the perfect pale foundation? I've found it with the new Kat Von D Lock-It 41 Foundation! I give it an extensive wear test, plus share the best tools for perfect application.
Prime Beauty - is thrilled with the POPSUGAR Must Have Box for July! It's full of summer fun and fabulousness!
we heart this - we've got the lowdown on the classic Clinique 3-step skincare system and a giveaway for anyone with dry skin (worth $77!)
Beautygeeks - is flirting hard with a New-and-Sexy, but has no intention of giving up her current love. Solution? A lash-fluttering three-way, of course.
Beauty Junkies Unite - If you like pretty blushes paired with gorgeous highlighters -- you're in luck! Check out the BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits Shimmering Skin Perfector Mineral Blush Duos. They're epic!
Blushing Noir - Live Long and Prosper! Take a look at some swatches of the upcomingMAC Star Trek Collection & see what’s on my wishlist!
EauMG - You can spend a lot to smell like fresh, bitter neroli but you don’t have to! Here’s a budget-friendly perfume that I keep reaching for on these hot, humid days.
Gouldylox - No matter what you did to your skin over the summer, I've found five products to help you undo all of the damage.
My Beauty Bunny - I firmly believe that beauty (and happy, healthy skin and hair) starts on the inside. If you do too, you'll want to check out our CORREXIKO Skin Supplement Review and Giveaway!
(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)
My Newest Addiction is Currently Craving: Laura gets lusty over Chanel and the Candeur Et Experience quad is no exception.
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Have you tried Shiseido Facial Cotton yet? If no, what's holding you back? If yes, would you give it as a gift? Or would you be pleased to receive it as a gift?