April 2, 2014

Why I'll Never Buy Eye Makeup Remover Ever Again

 The "Offender"

Yesterday I made a rookie move. In my defense, I didn't know it was a rookie move until I was {trying} to remove my makeup last night. I'm not sure how many of you have used CoverGirl's new{ish} mascara called "Bombshell" but if you have, you know how insanely, ridiculously difficult it is to remove if you've used side 2 in addition to side 1. Side 1 alone is very easy to remove, but once you "seal" it with side 2, things escalate...quickly. This just baffles me because it is not advertised as a waterproof mascara, so I'm sure there are droves of women out there, unbeknownst to them, shellacking on this second step of mascara, admiring their glossy lashes, unaware of the toil and angst they are going to experience come "wash down time" at night. I say I made a rookie move because I was fully aware of this "sealing" effect that side 2 had, and yesterday, in my attempt to save time, I ONLY used side 2 because I didn't need full lashes, just darkened and slightly natural looking. Well......let me let you in on a little secret: unless you want eyelashes that feel like they've been coated in gloppy, sticky, black tar, DO NOT USE SIDE 2 ALONE. The even stranger thing? Even though my lashes felt like they were permanently coated in glop and were rock hard to the touch, somehow, the mascara still found its way up onto my brow bones! WTH?! It was like some kind of cruel joke.

At this point you might be wondering what the hell my ramblings have to do with this blog title. Hang in there...I'm getting to my point this year.

I washed my face last night using my current routine, and I did something I NEVER do. Like......ever. I was so intimidated by my cement tar eyelashes, I ignored them (I didn't have any other eye makeup on, just the tar mascara). In the words of Julia Roberts from Pretty Woman "Big mistake. Big. Huge." I woke up with what felt like hardened plastic glue across my eyelids. They had stuck together and created this freaky SuperLash (I'm coining that term) that looked like one big, fat, single lash sticking straight out from my eye. I think I audibly gasped. I tried eyemakeup remover, it barely helped. I tried cold cream, it did nothing. Then I remembered reading something online a few weeks ago about using coconut oil to remove makeup. At this point I was desperate. I use coconut oil for all sorts of things so I thought "it couldn't hurt". I scooped out about a teaspoon (I didn't even need that much) and I just used my clean fingers to rub it into my lash area. I kind of "pinched and rolled" my lashes gently between my fingers and then a magical thing happened, I started to see black all around my eyes and my lashes started to feel like lashes again! Then I heard this. I'm not kidding. I kept massaging the coconut oil into my eye area and lashes until I felt it was completely lifted, then I took one of my makeup removing cloths and wiped the entire area completely clean. MY EYES! I could see my eyes again! Free of black tar! It was so simple! The answer was right under my nose the whole time I was just too blind to see! (Get it? Get it?)

So here is my epiphany: I have used just about every single kind of waterproof mascara out there and I have always been able to remove it with an oil based eye makeup remover. Thing is, most of the eye makeup removers I've used (and liked) are pricey and don't last as long as I'd like. If coconut oil could remove THIS crap, which I'm now confident could seal the cement of a new parking lot, it can remove the toughest waterproof mascara out there. Period. This is the kind I use and I adore it. I use it for all kinds of things related to cooking and baking and it is an incredible skin moisturizer and hair conditioning treatment. Now I will be reserving a little jar of it to keep by my bathroom sink for removing eye makeup. No more spending $20 a bottle of eye makeup remover! I'll just go down to my giant tub and replenish my supply!

The Lifesaver(s)

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