What’s behind the scenes for a makeup blogger?

Makeup Wars small but necessary

I love the fun of Makeup Wars. The group brainstorms ideas to share together but since we are so diverse in our taste we all have different thoughts on how to execute the idea. This week we’ve chosen to share what makes our beauty world spin. The items we don’t routinely talk about but we can’t live without. No makeup allowed today but where would I be without these?

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Let me start with Tweezerman. I’m obviously a Tweezerman junkie though I admit to loving other tweezers too but where would I be without my Tweezerman I-Lashcomb and slanted tweezers? A hairy unkempt mess if you want to know the truth.

My partial Tweezerman collection

Next I’m onto eyelash curlers. Having short stubby lashes that are stick straight isn’t the most fun. I love mascara and feel unmade up without it. Therefore one of my most necessary tools is an eyelash curler. My favorites are Tweezerman’s Rose Gold Classic*, Kevyn Aucoin The Eyelash Curler, and Shiseido’s Eyelash Curler. These are the ones that fit my eye shape best. I hate when I pinch myself with an eyelash curler which is why some days I need to stay away from one of these.

eyelash curlers: Shiseido, Tweezerman, Kevyn Aucoin

Since we’re still on eyes I need to talk about eye makeup remover and everyone who reads this blog knows I’m a huge fan of the Mary Kay one. I buy two at a time even though it lasts forever. But I don’t want to be without.

Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

That leads me into other makeup removers which makes me think of Micellar Water. (I feel like I’m writing the makeup version of “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”.) My number one pick for years has been Bioderma Sensiblo H2O Micellar Water. To save money I started buying Simple Micellar and now I’m into Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water in the pink all skin version.

Bioderma Sensiblo H2O Micellar Water, Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

So if you give a mouse woman a micellar water she needs something to use it with and I have 3 I use. I’ve talked about the DHC Silky Cotton Pads forever so you are probably sick of that but I also like the ones from Kleenex and Shiseido for different reasons. The DHC Silky Cotton are both absorbent and sturdy. The Kleenex Soft Cotton Pads (not moistened) are big and are great for your whole face as well as eyes. But it’s not the most absorbent so sometimes I have to use more water than I prefer. Now that Amazon has them though I’ve bought them again since it made it easier than their website. Shiseido Facial Cotton is so soft that it sets the standard for makeup wipes. For really stubborn mascara I prefer the DHC but for soft effective eye makeup removal Shiseido feels the most luxurious.

Shiseido Facial Cotton, DHC Silky Cotton Pads, Kleenex Soft Cotton Pads

I can’t forget about makeup brush cleaner. We all get lazy and forget to clean our brushes often enough but it really is essential. I have a stash of MAC Brush Cleaner because I stocked up before I lost my discount. I am loving my new PUREbrush* cleaner since it’s easy to clean a brush instantly with it even if I’m not near a sink.

PUREbrush Cleaner, MAC Brush Cleaner

One more item that I don’t want to be without is Invisibobble*. I remember hearing my friends talk about Invisibobble Traceless Hair Rings and wondering what the heck it was. Now that I know I have them all over – drawers, purse, cosmetic bag. I love these little things and love the variety of color and sizes they have. They come in sets of 3 which at first I thought was overload. I gave one to my sister and instantly wanted it back. These phone cord rings stretch and hold, then they bounce back into shape. My granddaughter with her silky hair looks so adorable when I put the Nano Invisibobble in for a little pony on the top.

Invisibobble regular and Nano

Invisibobble regular and Nano

There are so many more but these are the ones that this mouse blogger uses all the time. What’s behind the scenes for you?

Check out what the team has chosen as their necessities.  —  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