Thursday, March 19, 2015

Reviews: Clinique Take The Day Off Balm and Benefit Roller Lash Mascara.

New stuff! I am always looking for the next best thing, mostly just for blog science. And because I like trying new stuff. So, I've been using DHC Deep Cleansing Oil for a while and I like it just fine, but I was nearly out and that seemed like a good reason to try something different. I've been wanting to try Clinique's Take The Day Off cleansing balm ever since I read Caroline Hiron's review of it. She's tried everything under the sun and loves this stuff, which is good enough for me.

I'm amazing!

I bought it and have used it every night for a week and you know what? She's totally right. This is a freaking great cleansing balm. It's unscented (a plus for me) and it feels amazing on, gets rid of all makeup and rinses clean without stripping my skin. My face seems to be really happy with it so yay for that. Lovely stuff that's popular for a reason.

Now, on to the mascara. I got a deluxe sample tube of the new Benefit Roller Lash mascara in my latest Popsugar Must Have box and I was pretty excited to try it. According to the website, "The eye-opening Hook ‘n’ Roll™ brush grabs, separates, lifts and curls…while the instant curve-setting formula holds for 12 hours."


I cracked it open, curled my lashes as usual and went to town. And...huh. I was completely underwhelmed. This stuff gets rave reviews on Sephora but I'm not feeling it AT ALL. Am I doing it wrong? I mean, it's fine, it does the normal mascara things, but I didn't notice any kind of magical lifting, curling action and a few hours later my lashes were back to their normal stick-straight sadness, despite my having curled them anyway. I am calling bullshit on this! It's just mascara with a dumb fancy brush. Wah. Pass.


  1. I'm intrigued by the cleansing balm. I'm currently using the DHC cleansing oil, but I have a hard time removing my eye makeup. I use the Take the Day off eye-makeup remover and the cleansing oil, and I still have raccoon eyes.

  2. I use the Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing oil and I love it. I can even massage it around my eyes to remove eye makeup and it doesn't sting one bit. I have the balm too, but I think I prefer the oil texture, the balm feels a bit goopy to me. I felt the same way about the Roller Lash, I'm definitely going to return it. It doesn't compare to the Dior Overcurl - I think it's the wand.