If you thought a face cleanser was exactly the same thing as makeup remover, then think again. Makeup remover is designed to specifically remove your color cosmetics, including stubborn waterproof formulas and eye makeup. This step should be done before you actually cleanse your skin at night. To learn more about the importance of this essential step, just keep reading.
You know how you're really not supposed to put nail polish remover in nail polish to extend its life, but you end up doing it anyway when you're in a pickle? While it's not ideal, you can apply a similar theory to mascara by using eye makeup remover instead. Two drops or so of eye makeup remover added to mascara that's on its last legs can temporarily bring life back to this makeup standby. Proceed with caution: if you've had said mascara for longer than three months, for safety's sake, it's probably best if you toss it.
And if you're really in a pinch, you can fake thick lashes sans mascara. First, dot on eyeliner in between the lashes to simulate thickness. (Watch a video tutorial here.) Curl the lashes for a few seconds at the base and then again toward the middle. For an even more eye-opening effect, apply clear mascara if you have it on hand.
A wise man once told me that he didn't believe in the walk of shame, because there's nothing for which to be ashamed. And while I agree with his sentiments, sometimes there's no avoiding feeling a little less than put-together after a fun night out. Since "unshowered and stale" isn't the kind of Facebook status update you probably want to have, I've put together a clever kit of products, all in sizes small enough to stay inconspicuous without cluttering up your purse. To find out more about these goods, just wave your cursor over each one.
When it comes to products, sometimes the generic options don't live up to the original. Have you ever actually tried off-brand ketchup? Blech. At team Bella, we're always looking for a bargain, and that's why we've gathered together a few of our favorite generic beauty items — along with one option that just doesn't make the cut. Find out what they are now.
I've got a really important challenge for everyone this week. I recently ran out of my eye makeup remover, and I am desperate for a new one. I've been using my longtime favorite, Lancome Bi-Facil, but I am ready for a change. My requirements are that it must remove every last smudge of mascara and liquid liner, but that it is gentle on my sensitive eyes and not require too much tugging or rubbing to be effective. I'm not partial to oil, water, gel or cream-based removers, as long as it works! So, I'm turning the decision-making process over to you, and I can't wait to share your favorites next Tuesday.
Let me know your suggestions by bookmarking items from around the web and tagging them with the phrase eye makeup remover.
Recently I ran out of my favorite makeup remover, Lancome Bi-Facil, and thought I'd take a more affordable one for a whirl. I picked up a package of Almay Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Pads ($4.94), which were reasonably priced considering that you get 80 pads in one container.
Almay makes these pads in oil-free and moisturizing versions, and I hemmed and hawed over which one to choose. In the end, since the pads were going on my eyes, I went with the moisturizing formula. A better name for the product might be Greasy Time Fun Pads, because, lemme tell you, these things are very oily. They'll leave a bit of oil on your eyes, which might be annoying if you wear contacts. I always blot up the excess oil with a cotton pad, because I don't want to have oily eyes.
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A couple of weeks ago I told you about 24-hour Mascara from Prescriptives. Frankly, what worried me about this mascara was how to get it off! I understand that it's supposed to stay on for a full day, but to me that just sounds like insurance that it will make it through the night. Come bed time, I want my makeup off—and I don't want to have to scrub my eyes out to remove it, either.
Prescriptives must have been on the same wavelength, because I've just come across a makeup remover solvent to help solve my waterproof mascara problem.
Better Off Fast-Acting Waterproof Makeup Remover ($18) is like pulling out the big guns. It's a dual-phase formula to gently and efficiently lift away long-lasting and waterproof mascaras. There's no oily residual on your skin and it won't irritate your eyes. I wonder if Prescriptives can actually read minds—I think they've just become my favorite beauty brand of the month!
Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover ($24) seriously takes off anything and everything. I've been using this for years and it has never let me down. It has a dual-phase process to it you can actually see the separation when it's been still for a while) so you need to shake it to activate the formula before each use.
Upon contact, it washes away even the most stubborn water-proof makeup and it also conditions your skin so that the end result is a smooth and soft face.
The only super-small complaint I have is that sometimes I feel like I need to wash my face one more time than usual to get the extra layer of oil off.
Having said that, it's really not that big of a deal. It leaves my face feeling nice and cool, and the best part of all is that it's really light and gentle so never stings my eyes or makes them watery and red.
So there you have it: Sometimes the best products around are the oldies but goodies!
Challenge #7 in the Beauty Junkies Group was to find your favorite eye makeup remover. Personally, I love using the pads because they are mess free, easy to travel with and they save you a step when you're taking off your makeup! Here are three gentle eye makeup remover pads that I think you'll like just as much as I do.
It looks like atoxicsparkle is also a fan of these super gentle Neutrogena® Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes, $8 - aren't they fab! What I like best about them is that they don't irritate my eyes and the pads are very soft on your skin. They completely remove all traces of makeup and grime and leave my face feeling really good.
It says on the package that there is no need to rinse, but I always do and then I follow with a moisturizer. These pads are also approved for contact lens wearers. One box includes 25 towelettes.
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Now that Beauty Week is over, here are some mild makeup removers to help wipe your makeup slate clean. These makeup removers are strong enough they will thoroughly remove all of the residue on your face from the day, but gentle enough they won't irritate your eyes causing redness and sagging skin. Makeup removers are also great for quick fixes for spot treating messes. Just dip a q-tip on them and you're good to go. Here are my top three choices:
This oldie but goodie has never irritated my eyes or my skin. It's a no frills, oil and fragrance free eye makeup remover that you can use all over your face, day or night. It's also super easy to take off; just rinse with water. This Clinique Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent is $14.50.
Napoleon Perdis Foaming Makeup Remover, $25, is so cool! You can put it in the fridge to chill it. This foaming marshmallow-like makeup remover leaves your face feeling fresh and crisp. Use water if you like, or just wipe everything away with a tissue.
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