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


  1. Lola Seicento | 25th Sep 17

    So many amazing staples! Bioderma is a definite must-have for me as well!

  2. Erika | 25th Sep 17

    Invisibobbles! I love those things. Bioderma and Shiseido facial cotton are must haves for me, always. I really enjoyed reading about your favorites.

  3. Brooke Pakulski | 25th Sep 17

    I love Bioderma too! It’s pricey but I’ve found YesTo Cucumbers Micellar Water removes just as well if not better. It’s A LOT cheaper, too!

  4. Lynne B | 25th Sep 17

    I love that you shared your behind-the-scenes products. I feel like I get to ooh and aah over my girlfriend’s stash! lol. My favorite makeup remover is Makeup Forever Eye Makeup Remover. It gets rid of my waterproof mascara and eyeliner so well…just don’t get it in your eyes. My favorite drugstore makeup remover is Neutrogena ® Hydrating Eye Makeup Remover Lotion – the closest dupe to Makeup Forever in my opinion. But I also use a makeup remover cloth (I’ve found cheap dupes of the real thing).
    I also like the slanted tip tweezers but haven’t really had to use them much as I approached 50. My HG eyelash curler is Shu Uemura -LOVE LOVE LOVE! But I’m also on a search for a less expensive dupe. Shiseido is my runner up. Eyes & brows are my must-do before I run out the door so I’m very choosy. I have a few micellar waters but I find I don’t use them because my cleansing routine is pretty thorough. I’d love to use any of the cotton pads you mentioned but I can’t bring myself to spend the money on something that’s going in the trash when I’m done. lol.
    Anyway, this is the longest comment I’ve ever done! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Phyrra | 25th Sep 17

    I love the invisibobbles!

  6. gloria patterson | 25th Sep 17

    You made me think about what I have that are my favorites……. My #1 is my slanted tweezers

    I have so much problems finding the perfect one but I keep trying. My old pair that works is at least 3 years old and I have at least a dozen in drawers just there…………. time to throw them away

  7. Never Say Die Beauty | 26th Sep 17

    Love this post! I’m looking for a solid cleaner that’s more affordable than Blender Cleanser. Any suggestions?

  8. Anastasia | 26th Sep 17

    Bioderma is so good! It made me fall in love with micellar waters and I now compare all of them to it, like it’s my gold standard.

  9. The Beauty of Life | 26th Sep 17

    You use so many fun products! I still need to try Bioderma.

  10. Ehmkay nails | 26th Sep 17

    I absolutely adore my eyelash curler. They make sure a difference. I have a neon green one from Sephora.

  11. Kathryne | 26th Sep 17

    I have those hair rings, plenty of them coz jut like hairpins, they seem to magically disappear, lol. I need to get new pair of tweezers, thanks for reminding me

  12. The Jedi Wife | 26th Sep 17

    I love Tweezerman and need to get a pair in the mail for resharpening! I also really like the Mary Kay makeup remover as well- it’s the one product from the company I really enjoy and like to keep on hand!

  13. Cindy (Prime Beauty) | 26th Sep 17

    Right now I have 3 bottles of micellar water I’m using and 2 eyelash curlers.

  14. LittleNuclearReactor | 27th Sep 17

    I feel you on the eyelash curler thing, I use to hate curling my lashes cause I would always pinch myself. My behinds the scenes hero is the Shu Uemura eyelash curler! It’s the perfect shape for my eyes, I haven’t pinched myself once with it!! On another note, I really need to try bioderma, I hear so much about it!

  15. Stacie @ wacie.com | 27th Sep 17

    Wait, Tweezerman makes lash combs? Where has this been all my life? My Tweezerman tweezers are a very prized possession and I can only imagine how amazing that lash comb is.

  16. Stacie Hamilton | 27th Sep 17

    Oh my gosh, I love this post! I can’t live without makeup remover wipes, micellar waters, cotton pads and tweezers. All of these happen to be for removing things that don’t belong on the face. LOL!

  17. Chris L | 27th Sep 17

    commented on the IT pore refining Blush & powder

  18. My Nail Polish Obsession | 27th Sep 17

    I use micellar water too, a different brand tho. I’m all about brows and lashes, but I don’t use a lash curler. Thanks for the tip on the invisibobbles, those are so cute!

  19. Polished Hippy | 27th Sep 17

    I love these kind of posts! I am much simpler when it comes to makeup, but I have a whole set of things for nail stuff, including acetone, clean up brushes, and base and top coats, as well as moisturizers.

  20. Emily Draher | 29th Sep 17

    Great post! A good tweezer is definitely a must-have! 🙂

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  22. Cindi | 4th Oct 17

    I love Tweezerman products and especially their nail tools, but seriously my favorite tweezers are from Damone Roberts. I will keep digging in my drawer past all the other cute little pink ones and past all the floral print ones for those plain black Damone Roberts tweezers. I do love my eye lash curlers but I tend to skip that step if I am in a rush and running behind.

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