|My eyes done up for a night out on the town|
A few years ago I worked as a beauty advisor for Lancome cosmetics. While I hated the sales aspect of the job, working for one of the largest cosmetic companies in the world had it's advantages, mainly, the free products. I got SO much free loot working there it was ridiculous. I still have a few products left over from my time with the company.
While working at Lancome I discovered the best eye makeup remover I have ever used. It's called Bi Facil and it will take off even the most stubborn waterproof eye makeup.
The problem is, like most Lancome products, it's expensive. A four ounce bottle will set you back $23 and up. Since I don't get free products and employee discounts, I sadly cannot afford fancy pants lotions and potions anymore.
I have three different home made eye makeup removers to share today that will only cost you pennies. If you already have these ingredients (which most of you probably do) then it will cost you nothing and free is always the best price.
Number 1: Vaseline
Yes, good old petroleum jelly. If you have a jar of this in your medicine cabinet take a look at the label. It actually lists eye makeup remover as a use. Since Vaseline is a petroleum product it's not my first choice since it's not great for the environment or your skin but since most people have a jar of this stuff somewhere in the bathroom I thought I would include it. Simply take a pea sized amount and gently rub it over your eye lid and lashes. Be careful not to get any in your eye. Wipe off with a cotton pad or wash cloth.
Number 2: Oil
You can use most oils you have in your pantry, just go with which ever you like best. I like olive or grape seed oil. Pour a tiny amount on a cotton pad and wipe over your eye. I actually use oil to wash my entire face. It's a method called Oil Cleansing Method. I plan to do a post on this soon. You can google it if you are curious. My skin has never looked better!
Number 3: Adrienne's Homemade Bi-Facil
My version of Bi-Facil may not come from France, have fancy french words on the label or make you feel like running barefoot through the lavender fields of Provence, but it works and that's all that matters.
Step 1: Take your old empty bottle of eye make up remover and wash it out, or use any old container that would work for eye make up remover.
Step 2: Add a tiny amount of baby shampoo or any kind of no- tear shampoo. For a 6 ounce bottle I used a pea sized amount
Step 3: (optional) add a squirt of witch hazel. I use witch hazel as toner sometimes so I added a teaspoon to the bottle. It helps clean up the oil you will be adding to the mixture in step 5.
Step 4: Fill the bottle halfway up with water
Step 5: Fill the bottle the rest of the way up with oil. I used grape seed. Any light weight cooking oil will do.
The oil and water will be separated in the bottle. Shake it up till they are mixed and pour onto a cotton pad. Wipe carefully over your eyes. The oil part of the mixture will break down the waterproof parts of you eye makeup and the water/ shampoo mixture will clean up the rest of the eye makeup and remove any oil residue.
You can follow this up with the rest of your normal face cleansing routine.
Let me know if you give this a try and tell me how it works for you in the comments!