The perfect products for the hazy days of summer and you can find them at Cracker Barrel!

Tons of goodies from Cracker Barrel!

I can’t be the only one. I love Cracker Barrel, and it’s not just for the food. In fact, as much as I love the biscuits and gravy, the yummy green beans, and the to-die-for dumplings, I actually eat pretty quickly so I can get to the real highlight – the shopping afterwards! I have a number of beautiful picture frames and angels (I collect angels and Cracker Barrel always has some fabulous ones) that I bought there, not to mention several clothing items. The old-time candy is always fun too, but the real highlight is of course the body products!! Today I have a few goodies that Cracker Barrel sent me that are just perfect for celebrating these last hazy days of summer.

I love the Burt’s Bees line, and am always perusing it at Cracker Barrel. A few of my favorites include the Garden Tomato Toner which is very refreshing particularly if you tend toward oily skin. I also always pick up the Eye Makeup Remover Pads, which are cool because they are soaked in kiwi water. They are also a unique shape that reaches all corners of the eye and these pads remove even the most stubborn waterproof eye makeup.  I’m also a big fan of the Res-Q Ointment which saves dry, damaged skin. Plant oils and vitamin E are so soothing and I always keep a tin of this around particularly when I’m doing lots of gardening.With the summer heat, lips and hands need attention. You can find J.R. Watkins Beeswax Lip Balm at Cracker Barrel and I love all the flavors. Peppermint is a wonderfully cooling one that is great for summertime. I also adore the Dionis line and always buy some when I am there. I can never have enough hand cream.  The Goat Milk Hand Cream is really fantastic. This one is Mediterranean Blue Tea, which is new for me – I usually go for the Vanilla Bean – and this is a wonderful mix of blue tea leaves, iris, and cardamom. It’s a subtle and sophisticated scent that has totally won me over.

Did you know that you can shop all the wonderful lines that Cracker Barrel carries online?  I didn’t either. Check out their website at shop.crackerbarrel.com for Burt’s Bees, J.R. Watkins, Dionis, and plenty more – including the decor, clothing, and nostalgia candy items. You can even buy those amazing rocking chairs that are outside every Cracker Barrel. Of course, it’s not as fun as eating a big plate of dumplings then wandering about in a food coma and shopping in person…but it is the next best thing. And if you can get to Cracker Barrel in person, be sure to take a look at all the great items they have to get you through the last lazy, hazy days of summer.  – Lisa

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3 more to make sure my eyes score: EndureLash, Borghese, and My Fair Lashes

Last week I shared 3 of the eye products that I’m using that knock it out of the ballpark and today I have 3 more that finish the job so I can win the game. Today’s picks are Endure Lash Organic Eyelash Cloths, Borghese Restorative Eye Sheet Mask and My Fair Lashes mascara. Two of the three are going to be new brands for you to learn about and that’s why I’m here!!

Endure Lash Organic Eyelash Cloths, Borghese Restorative Eye Sheet Masks, My Fair Lashes mascara

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First I need to wear an eye mask which is one of my very favorite things to do. The Borghese Restorative Eye Sheet Masks are ones that are treats for my eyes. These are a brightening and hydrating treatment for the eyes. And they feel as good on as they sound.

Borghese Restorative Eye Sheet Mask

These can be used any time of the day or evening but I love them before I apply makeup because they make my undereye area look well rested. Directions for use are so simple: Cleanse skin and pat dry. Remove the clear protective film, place the hydrogel eye mask under the eye and discard the white protective sheet. Relax and leave mask on for 5-15 minutes. Remove each mask and gently massage excess product into the skin. Use 1-2 times per week.

Borghese Restorative Eye Sheet Mask

Borghese Restorative Eye Sheet Mask

These hydrogel masks feel light as air, are completely comfortable, don’t slip down, and make me feel great. And the single packets are easy to pack up for a journey. The key ingredients show why these are a home run:

  • Acai Fruit Extract and Avocado Fruit Extract: help firm and soothe skin
  • Arnica Montana Fruit Extract: helps refine skin texture
  • Hyaluronic Acid: builds a moisture barrier and prevents moisture loss
  • Caffeine: boosts skin elasticity
  • Pomegranate Fruit Extract and Olive Fruit Oil: conditions and revives skin’s vibrancy

Now I’m going to apply mascara and I have a new one that I’ve been using: My Fair Lashes mascara from Velvet 59. This is totally unique in so many ways that we can appreciate.

Most important is that this is a vegan mascara. It took Velvet 59’s Paris Manning two years to perfect this mascara. All Velvet 59 products are cruelty free too.

My Fair Lashes mascara

My Fair Lashes is smudge proof, flake proof and quick-drying. It’s a deep black that is great for length and definition. The wand is very unique. It has a flat edge and a flat ball tip. (That’s an oxymoron if I ever heard one.)

My Fair Lashes mascara

My Fair Lashes mascara

Directions say to wipe off the excess product and then on your top lashes apply in zig-zag motions. When you get to your bottom lashes use the tip of the wand with the flat side closest to your face. This way you are apply it to get the most out of your bottom lashes and the inner corners. “The My Fair Lashes wand has a flat side which can be tipped and tilted to reach even the smallest, hardest to reach lashes.”

My Fair Lashes mascara

The first few days I used the mascara I wasn’t so sure if this was a good one for my eyes but now that I’ve been using it for several weeks I’m happy with it. I get a little volume from two coats while it makes my lashes appear longer and well defined.  So far I haven’t had to use an eyelash comb either. It doesn’t smudge when I apply it on my bottom lashes (nor the top) which is rare for me. It’s the reason I barely use mascara there but My Fair Lashes changes that for me.

Days over and it’s time to wash up. That’s where ENDURE LASH ORGANIC EYELASH CLOTHS come into play. These cloths were originally made for eyelash extensions but I’ve never had extensions and I’m finding EndureLash to be wonderful for removal of mascara. All you need is warm water and the cloth!

EndureLash Organic Eyelash Cloths

There are 2 different cloths or you can buy the combo pack. The Eye Makeup Organic Drying Cloth in the combo pack is 8″x8″ and is made of 60% organic bamboo viscose, 30% organic cotton, and 10% spandex ponte. This is the one you want if you have extensions since it doesn’t budge them nor snag on them. You’ll get fewer lost lashes between fills.

EndureLash Organic Drying Cloth

I throw this in the laundry with my dark load so it saves me money on buying cotton pads and eye makeup remover.

EndureLash Organic Eye Makeup Removal Cloth

The smaller cloth is the Organic Eye Makeup Removal Cloth and this works like magic for me. I use warm water, apply it to my eyes without rubbing and voila my mascara is gone. Really truly gone. I know it’s on the cloth but I don’t see it and there’s nothing that remains on my face. I’ve used this with 3 mascaras just to prove it works as great as I thought. The Eddie Funkhouser mascara coats lashes so you’ll see that on your face but it washes off with warm water too.

EndureLash Organic Eye Makeup Removal Cloth in bag

It comes with a mesh bag for storage and laundry. Put it in the bag and run it through with your washload. Now this doesn’t remove my shadows unless I use a very natural look so I do have to use eye makeup remover or a micellar water to do that. But the Organic Drying Cloth does get off my other eye makeup better. I can tell you right now that this mesh bag and removal cloth are coming on my next vacation.

I’ve rounded the bases with these three products and the ones from last week and my eyes are the ones that are winning. I’ve found some products that work great for me and that I’m sure will work as wonderfully for you. —  Marcia

 

Kleenex has entered the beauty market. Grading two products

Kleenex Cotton Soft Pads and Moist Eye Makeup Remover Pads

Kleenex Cotton Soft Pads and Moist Eye Makeup Remover Pads

After reading a few reviews of some products that Kleenex brand has brought to the beauty market I decided I wanted to try them out. After years and years of using both DHC Silky Cotton Pads and Mary Kay Eye Makeup Remover I thought that maybe there was something better out there. Did these two products convince me to change? Yes and no.

Kleenex cotton soft pads

Kleenex cotton soft pads

Let’s start with a qualified yes. KLEENEX COTTON SOFT PADS ($4.99 for 85 pads) are the ones I am enjoying and would gladly rebuy. There isn’t much I would change about these other than the fact that you can’t buy them in a store. Kleenex isn’t a company though that I want to purchase online. Shipping is free at $25 so I made sure that I spent that much but I doubt I’d do it again.

They call this a 5-in-1 beauty tool – 1) Removing makeup. 2) Applying toner. 3) Correcting makeup application. 4) Washing face instead of using hands or cloth. 5) Removing nail polish.

Kleenex cotton soft pad

Kleenex cotton soft pad

It does all of those well but so do the other cotton pads I like. I can remove every bit of my makeup, including eye makeup using just one pad which makes this cost efficient. It also easily removed two different manicures without needing another pad. One was a cream polish, one had a little shimmer to it and it held up both times.

The pad itself is really big at 4″ x 3.5″ compared to the size of DHC and Shiseido at 3″ x 2″. It’s very thin but soft and sturdy.

Kleenex soft cotton pads vs DHC Silky Cotton Square

Kleenex soft cotton pads vs DHC Silky Cotton Square

Kleenex soft cotton pad

Kleenex soft cotton pad

While I like the Cotton Soft Pads, I can’t recommend purchasing Kleenex Moist Eye Makeup Remover. The package I bought ($9.99 for 65 pads) is a refillable dispenser. Refills can be purchased for $4.99. But I’d return this if I had bought it locally, that’s how much I dislike these.

Kleenex Moist Eye Makeup Removers

Kleenex Moist Eye Makeup Removers

These are a premoistened pad created to remove your eye makeup without needing any other product or tool. I admit I have an aversion to fragrance though I’m much more tolerant than I used to be. I don’t like the sickly sweet artificial fragrance of these. I was willing to overlook that since I figured the scent would disappear but they just don’t work for me. I have better luck using just micellar water with the Kleenex soft cloth pads than I do with the formula they’ve used to remove eye makeup.

Kleenex Moist Eye Makeup Removers

Kleenex Moist Eye Makeup Removers

The formula is oil free and it doesn’t leave a film. But I have to rub so hard to take off even eyeshadow and it doesn’t remove all of my mascara. They claim it removes even long lasting makeup but if it doesn’t remove any of the neutral eyeshadows I wear with ease then I won’t trust that statement. My plan for these is to use them to remove swatches during photography but not on my eyes.

Kleenex cotton soft pad and moist eye makeup remover

Kleenex cotton soft pad and moist eye makeup remover

(Ingredient list: water, isopropol palmitate, steareth-2, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, phenoxyethonol, sodium benzoate, malic acid, potassium soyate, ppg-5-ceteth-20, panthenol, tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, fragrance, polysilicone-20, tocopheryl acetatem, sodium hydroxate)

Grades? A- and D. Can you guess which is which? Would you buy any of these? — Marcia

*nothing to disclose

 

 

$5 wonder product from Reviva Labs: Eye Makeup Remover Gel

reviva eye makeupAs I was using the REVIVA LABS Eye Makeup Remover Gel last night I was thinking about stocking up on it. I received this one when I mentioned I wanted to try it and now that I have it I want more! What I didn’t know until I started writing this review is that this is only $5. The price only enhances my feelings for how great this gem is.

Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel

Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel

What makes this eye makeup remover different is that it’s a gel. Most removers I’ve tried are either pads or duo phase liquids. I even did a Makeup Wars post on my favorite remover. Mary Kay won that and I still like it and will continue to use it. But Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel has moved up the ladder and is tied with Mary Kay.

This remover contains Cornflower Extract, Allantoin, Camomile, and Eyebright Extract and is very gentle on my eyes. This gel is moisturizing and not the least bit oily. I feel like my eyes are more conditioned after using this. There’s no residue left either.

Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel

Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel

This 2 oz plastic bottle will travel well, I’ll put it in a small ziploc bag and maybe put a piece of tape over the opening. I can carry it on or put it in my luggage knowing I’ll have a comforting gel wherever I go.

Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel

Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel

There are two things that make Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel a standout product for me. First is that it never stings and never bothers my eyes. Second is that this is the only eye makeup remover that dissolves heavy duty mascara like Maybelline Lash Sensation. I was having a heck of a time removing the Maybelline so even though I loved the look, I was reluctant to wear it too often. And then came Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel. Now it removes so easily that I can continue wearing the mascara without worrying about losing lashes.

One of the blogs I follow is written by Olivia, The Unknown Beauty Blog, and she’s got a great use for this that I never would have thought of – she uses it as a mixing medium for pigments. I think that’s why I wanted to try this so much. Definitely read her review and learn more.

Then get to Reviva Labs or one of the natural food/product stores that carries this great line and put down your $5. You won’t be sorry. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration but opinions are 100% mine

 

Makeup Wars picks favorite eye makeup removers

Counting down just like David Letterman does to get to my all time favorite Eye Makeup Remover!
1430010167_eye-make-up-remover_product#5  RIMMEL JUST LET IT GO – I received this in an Influenster box and I have mixed feelings about it. The price is right at under $5 and it’s very gentle. It never burns my eyes. But if I wear a gel eyeliner or a heavy mascara, I have to pick a different remover since it’s just not powerful enough.
1430010090_p_makeupremovers_eye_longwearingwpliquidmakeupremover#4  ALMAY LONGWEAR & WATERPROOF GENTLE EYE MAKEUP REMOVER  – I need to have a waterproof eye makeup around for certain water resistant mascara and Almay is always consistent in this category. I’ve used Almay most of my life so I keep an eye out for sales on the brand and keep a small stash of these around. No burning, no oily feeling afterwards, and does a good job of removing mascara.1430010034_p_makeupremovers_eye_oilfreeeyemakeupremoverpads#3  ALMAY OIL FREE GENTLE EYE MAKEUP REMOVER PADS – These are staples in my life. I have used these since I started wearing eye makeup. I can’t even imagine how many jars of these I’ve gone through. They are fragrance free and hypoallergenic. They are not the least bit oily so they are perfect for touch-ups or goof-ups. I don’t necessarily use them to take off my makeup at night but this is what I travel with and I use this to clean my gel eyeliner brush. Once I started doing that I stopped ruining brushes.
1430009957_00500960_just_release_me_re_a1#2 PHILOSOPHY JUST RELEASE ME EYE MAKEUP REMOVER – I’m wondering if they are going to discontinue this since they are marked way down on the Philosopy website. I might just have to order a few. I love this product but I hate the opening. I probably spilled 1/4 of it by mistake. The top is too wide without a stopper but that’s the only negative I have about this eye makeup remover. It removes everything without a problem.
1430009842_mary-kay-oil-free-eye-makeup-remover-h#1 MARY KAY OIL FREE EYE MAKEUP REMOVER – Actually I thought about just writing about this one alone. Mary Kay has me wrapped around their little finger with this Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover. There’s nothing I don’t like about it. It never burns, stings, or leaves an oily residue. The top has a stopper on it so I don’t spill it out as I’m putting it onto a cotton square. I love that I can use this with whatever makeup I’m wearing. It’s not specifically for waterproof but I’ve rarely had a problem removing anything with Mary Kay. Don’t ever stop making this MK, please!!!

Mary Kay Eye Makeup Remover wins!!!

Mary Kay Eye Makeup Remover wins!!!

Now that you’ve met the 5 eyemakeup removers of my life, what are yours? I’m sure I can find room in the bathroom cabinet for another. — Marcia


*Rimmel sent by Influenster, rest were purchases

Try a little magic with tarte eye makeup remover wipes and blotting papers

I’m sure by now you all know the good things about tarte cosmetics. tarte is the leader in eco-friendly products. They’ve gone to faraway places to discover ingredients that are good for us (I’m sure they have a magic carpet for that). I’m always happy when I receive tarte to review. But now I’ve discovered that tarte has hired a magician to work for them. This is a little known fact, actually I may be the only one that knows this, but I’m sure it’s true.

tarte fresh eyes maracuja waterproof eye makeup remover wipes

tarte fresh eyes maracuja waterproof eye makeup remover wipes

The reason? tarte fresh eyes maracuja waterproof eye makeup remover wipes. These are truly magic. When I first received these I wondered what I could say about remover wipes that I hadn’t said before. But that was before I used them. From the first day I opened this package of 30 wipes and used one I was blown away. It was like being a kid again and seeing that rabbit being pulled out of the hat.

tarte fresh eyes maracuja waterproof eye makeup remover wipes

tarte fresh eyes maracuja waterproof eye makeup remover wipes

These wipes are the best eye makeup remover product I’ve ever used. Seriously! I can’t believe how little effort it takes to remove every bit of my eye makeup. I’m not shy when it comes to eye makeup; most days I wear the whole shebang. I love eyeshadows that are very pigmented, I crave rich black mascara, I adore eyeliner. When I use my other eye makeup removers I use a cotton pad and put a liberal amount of remover on them, hold for a while, and wipe several times. Then I usually have to go back and remove my eyeliner better with a cotton swab. But the magician that created fresh eyes maracuja waterproof eye makeup remover wipes made them work in a very short time and made them non-greasy. I have only once had to work a little harder at removing an eyeliner – once!

tarte not so slick blotting papers and fresh eyes - size comparison

tarte not so slick blotting papers and fresh eyes – size comparison

The premoistened eye makeup remover wipes are about a third the size of a facial wipe yet one wipe removes makeup from both eyes. Fresh Eyes don’t drip with moisture, they are a little on the dry side. You wouldn’t think they could be the magic that they are when you felt them. They have a fragrance from the fruit extracts combined with maracuja. The fragrance is noticeable when I open the package and then it’s gone. I don’t notice them to be oily at all but if I were reapplying eye makeup I’d probably wipe my eyes with water first. But using them at night before bed leaves the nourishment of the ingredients to help moisturize and help with the signs of aging.

Here’s what tarte has to say about the ingredients: Powered By: maracuja: rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs) and vitamin C known to replenish and rebuild for firmer, brighter, smoother skin and maximum hydration; grapeseed oil: rich in antioxidants and fatty acids known to moisturize, fight free radicals and brighten dark circles; papaya extract: contains enzymes known to exfoliate skin to improve tone and texture; pineapple extract: contains enzymes, vitamin A and C known to promote exfoliation and anti-aging properties

Here’s what I have to say about the ingredients: it’s magic!

tarte not so slick oil-absorbing blotting papers

tarte not so slick oil-absorbing blotting papers

tarte not so slick oil-absorbing blotting papers

tarte not so slick oil-absorbing blotting papers

Another product to check out from tarte is the not so slick oil- absorbing blotting papers. This convenient pack of 30 papers is excellent for that mid-day shine or oil slick. The blotting papers are weightless yet they are infused with green tea which is rich in polyphenols and is an excellent anti-oxidant. I’m impressed with how quickly they work. Since tarte is so eco-friendly I’m not adding to waste in the environment with plastic type blotting papers. They don’t add a powder like some. They don’t disturb makeup. They just work.

tarte fresh eyes and not so slick

tarte fresh eyes and not so slick

Add some magic to your life with these tarte products. Then maybe the founder of tarte will introduce us to her magician or at least get him/her to work on more amazing products. Have you tried these yet? If not I can assure you that you need to do so! — Marcia

*received for editorial consideration

 

Wipes and washes

Wipes and Washes

Wipes and Washes

I remember as a tween fighting about cleansing every night. I never wanted to wash my face and I hated taking baths. We lived in an old house and the water always felt cold to me. My, how time has changed all of that. Now I wouldn’t think of going  to bed without cleansing my skin. Even on my laziest nights I do something or I’d be tossing and turning worrying about my pores getting clogged and my skin being unable to breathe. It’s one of the most beneficial steps in skincare.

I’m sharing some of the products that I’ve been using for the last few months. I go through a lot of wipes, both daytime and nighttime, so if this seems heavy on that end it’s because they get used for so many things.

Wipes from Aveeno, Atopalm, Almay

Wipes from Aveeno, Atopalm, Almay

Atopalm Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes (empty now)

Atopalm Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes (empty now)

Atopalm Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes ($12.99 for 25) – I bought these from Dermstore because of their skincare claims. My logic was that if I was going to use a wipe at night instead of a cleanser that it would help to have one that was also moisturizing. I’ve used several Atopalm products with success so I knew these would be ones I like. According to Atopalm: ATOPALM Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes are luxurious cleansing cloths formulated with exclusive Multi Lamellar Emulsion Formula and vitamin E. The nourishing blend soothes and softens your skin while combating environmental influences. Allantoin calms as portulaca oleracea extract minimizes redness. Grapeseed, jojoba seed and olive oils deliver moisture, leaving your skin luminous and supple. I never use these on my eyes but I do feel like these are the best for my skin of the wipes I’ve tried.

Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Remover Wipes

Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Remover Wipes

Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Remover Wipes ($6.99 for 25)* – I’ve been using these for a few years now. These are actually daytime wipes for me since they are fragranced and I prefer fragrance free before bed. “With ACTIVE NATURALS® CALMING FEVERFEW® , an ingredient related to chamomile, these wipes leave sensitive skin feeling soothed and balanced.”

Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Remover Wipes

Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Remover Wipes

Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Remover Wipes ($6.99 for 25)* – These are a newer wipe from Aveeno. I like that they are oil free. Unfortunately these are fragranced so I don’t use them to remove my night time makeup but I do use them often when I’m swatching products for reviews. The swatches come off cleanly without leaving any residue so I can keep on truckin’. If you aren’t sensitive to fragrance I highly recommend these. “They combine exclusive ACTIVE NATURALS® Total Soy Complex, an ingredient long known to enhance skin’s radiance, with gentle cleansers that won’t dry out or irritate skin.”

Almay Oil-free Makeup Remover Towelettes

Almay Oil-free Makeup Remover Towelettes

Almay Oil-free Makeup Remover Towelettes ($6.99 for 25) – I’ve experimented with different drugstore towelettes and found that the Almay are the ones I like best for night use. I love that they are oil-free and of equal importance fragrance-free. I have used these on my eyes although they aren’t great for removing gel liner or mascara. Mostly I use these on my face though and it feels like I’m getting my face washed without water. Almay says: “hydrates and soothes skin without irritation. Botanical blend of aloe, cucumber and green tea. This face makeup remover leaves no greasy residue, so there’s no need to rinse. Hypoallergenic.”

Cleansers - Herbal Choice Mari, Philosophy, Painted Earth

Cleansers – Herbal Choice Mari, Philosophy, Painted Earth

Herbal Choice Mari Organic Makeup Remover

Herbal Choice Mari Organic Makeup Remover

 

Herbal Choice Mari Organic Makeup Remover  ($22 on sale for $16.95)* –  This vegan and organic makeup remover is for the nights I have time to take off my makeup properly. It’s not really a cleanser, it’s more of a pre-cleanser. Directions say to put it on a piece of cotton and gently remove your makeup. It melts away the color quickly. “This natural makeup remover does not contain alcohol, chemicals, detergents or preservatives.” It’s recommended for use on eyes too so it’s really an all in one cleanser. It has a very slight herbal fragrance but it’s very slight. It doesn’t annoy me and I’m quite picky about fragrance. It leaves skin moisturized since it contains organic olive oil but it’s not the least bit oily. Some nights I follow with a cleanser and some just with water. If you can’t tolerate glutens, this is a great choice for you.

Painted Earth True Elegance Cleansing Milk & Make-Up Remover

Painted Earth True Elegance Cleansing Milk & Make-Up Remover

Painted Earth True Elegance Cleansing Milk & Make-Up Remover ($23.50)* – This cleansing milk really is elegant. There’s something special about its thick creamy texture that makes you feel like you are moisturizing as well as cleansing. It contains coconut milk which is what must give it that creaminess. You can use this on a pad to wipe off makeup but I prefer it as a regular cleanser. It works especially well with something like a Clarisonic or the Foreo Luna though you don’t really need a tool for it. It entirely removes all makeup, including eye makeup. I prefer to use a dedicated eye makeup remover on my eyes but I’ve used this too without stinging. With Painted Earth products you can always look to see the ingredients which I think is helpful. There’s an herbal fragrance to this so I follow with toner to lessen any lingering scent.

Philosophy Just Release Me Eyemakeup Remover

Philosophy Just Release Me Eyemakeup Remover

Philosophy Just Release Me Eyemakeup Remover ($18) – I normally use Mary Kay Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover but I was at a JC Penney Sephora and this was on sale for $12 when I was checking out so I decided to pick it up. The first time I used it I spilled a lot because the top is wide open and I didn’t realize that. But I’ve since learned to use it properly. This is a dual-phase eye makeup remover that is gentle and oil-free. It seems to work slightly better than the Mary Kay one on stubborn makeup like mascara and water-resistant eyeliners. Even though it’s more expensive than the MK I will replace it when it’s done so that I have something with this gentle power. Philosophy says: “Philosophy Just Release Me™ Dual-Phase Oil-Free Makeup Remover gently yet effectively breaks down and removes the toughest eye makeup, even waterproof makeup, without irritating the eyes. Formulated with natural aloe, and chamomile and cucumber extracts, this soothing essential works to calm, clean, cool, and refresh the eye area.”

Obviously I don’t use these all every night. I base my choice usually on how much time I’ve left myself, how much makeup I’m wearing and how lazy/industrious I am that night. All are products I have no trouble recommending and will continue using them.

What are your favorite wipes and cleansers? I’m always looking at different options so please share. — Marcia

*products sent for editorial consideration

others were purchases