I have a love-hate relationship with makeup remover. Whenever I buy it, I fall in love with how easy it makes removing my waterproof eyeliner and mascara. On the other hand, I go through it way fast and realize how expensive that “ease” really becomes. At one point I actually started using Vaseline to remove my eye makeup because I was just so sick of paying $10+ for eye makeup remover at the drug store.
Vaseline, by the way, is a miracle worker. Not only is it a fabulous moisturizer and effective makeup remover, but it also left my under eye region feeling soft as silk. But, it wasn’t so fabulous as a general face makeup remover. It left my skin super oily and caused a few breakouts so I knew I had to find something else to help remove my foundation before my nightly face wash.
Skip to a trip to LUSH Cosmetics on Queen Street. As luck would have it, my car ended up being too closely parked to a fire hydrant and I ended up spending a couple hours and a few hundred bucks retrieving it from a tow lot (augh), but that’s a tale for another time.
During my little shopping trip, I grabbed a couple of products including an awesome dry shampoo and a new, natural makeup remover called 9 to 5. The main ingredient in the cleanser is almond oil, which makes for an excellent eye makeup remover. Plus, it’s light enough to use all over my face without clogging my pores or causing any pesky breakouts.
Technically you can use a tissue and a little bit of 9 to 5 to remove makeup from your entire face and don’t even need to rinse your face afterwards. However, I always follow up my makeup removal with a face wash (and then sometimes toner and always moisturizer) because I like the ritual of it all. Plus, I’ve used plenty of makeup remover towels in the past and never found them to be quite the same as actually washing my face with water.
If you’re interested in trying out 9 to 5, I’d highly recommend it. It also smells phenomenal, so that’s worth bonus points. ;)
Until next time,