Alternative Makeup Removers

There are a lot of times when you just don’t happen to have makeup wipes on you or you come home from a party at midnight and you don’t want to wake up with three more pimples but are too tired to go out and buy some wipe etc. So here are some things you can use that will fulfill the purpose of taking off makeup:

  • Oils – These few oils are great because not only do they take off makeup, they also leave your skin moisturized after so you don’t have to take additional steps like applying moisturizer etc. Since they are oils, they dissolve waterproof makeup so you don’t have to scrub on your eyes, lashes or skin. Just pour a little bit on a cotton ball or cotton pad and wipe it off. For stubborn eye makeup, hold the cotton ball or pad, soaked in oil, over your eyes for 10-20 seconds and gently push onto your eyes and wipe it off.
    • Coconut oil (One of my favorites but don’t use if you have a lot of acne or oily skin)
    • Olive oil (Non-comedogenic and great if you have acne since it won’t clog pores)
    • Jojoba oil (Unscented oil that is very similar to the oils produced but your own skin)
    • Baby oil  (I recommend you use this if you have really delicate skin because if it’s gentle enough for babies, it’s gentle enough for you)
    • Almond oil (Pulls out dirt from your pores)
  •  Your normal cleanser – Apply a little bit to your dry skin and rub in circular motions for about a minute all around your eyes, hairline and everywhere you have makeup. Wash it off with warm water and then finish off with cold water to close your pores back.
  • Vaseline – The oil in the petroleum jelly dissolves the makeup so let it fit for a few seconds before you wipe it off (I don’t really recommend you do this on your eyes though since your eyes are way more sensitive than your face).
  • A thick moisturizer – Slather on a lot of lotion, let it sit for a minute or two and wipe it off with a tissue or exfoliating pad.
  • Baby wipes – You’ll need more than you would if you were just using makeup wipes.
  • Your exfoliator – Don’t do this all the time because it will dry out your skin.

I hope that these help you out during your time of need,

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How to reduce the appearance of under eye bags.

The area around your eyes is the thinnest and most delicate skin of your face. That area, in particular, is filled with small blood vessels and due to many things like allergies, dehydration (which can also be caused by eating foods with a lot of salt which causes fluid retention), lack of sleep, smoking etc that can cause these vessels to burst which causes a dark shadow, a lowkey bruise-like kind of look. They’re totally harmless and not that hard to take care of.
Here’s some things (there’s a lot but here’s the most popular ones) that cause eyebags:
  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Coffee Addiction
  • A large alcohol intake
  • Iron Deficiency
  • Menstruation
  • Crying
  • Pregnancy
  • Inadequate nutrition
  • Loss of skin elasticity/Aging
  • Eczema
  • Allergies
  • Sleeping with makeup on
  • Kidney Problems
  • Overworked Eye Muscles
  • Dry eyes
  • Excess rubbing
  • Sinus Infection
  • Genetics
  • Hormone Imbalance
Here are some things you can do if you’re looking to reduce their appearance:
– Really use the weekend as a time for you to de-stress
– Catch up on your sleep during the weekend or whenever you don’t have work, school etc and make sure to set a bedtime routine for yourself, try to go to bed early and wake up early BECAUSE sleeping TOO MUCH CAN ALSO CAUSE EYE BAGS. Yup, there needs to be a balance in everything, don’t sleep too little or too much, just as much as you need to stay happy and fuel your body.
Here’s the needed sleep amount  from the National Sleep Foundation for every age group and I highly suggest that you try to get AT LEAST the lower half of the recommended amount:
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– Drink tons of water, that really helps detox your body and reduces the amount of salt and toxins out of your body. Also stay away from things that cause you to get dehydrated like caffeine, alcohol, things with a lot of sodium (like frozen foods, and just things with a lot of salt)
– Cold compresses are known to temporarily reduce bags. Place a cold compress under your eyes for 10-15 minutes before bed and 10-15 min after you wake up. Some good examples of cold compresses are:
  • Refrigerated spoons
  • Ice pack
  • Tissue dipped in cold egg whites (mixed or not, your preference) [helps tighten skin]
  • Cotton pads dipped in chilled milk
  • Cold potatoes slices
  • Cold cucumber slices
  • Refrigerated tea bags
– Don’t over exfoliate and rub your eye area a lot and make sure that before bed you always clean your skin.
-Try facial exercises (there’s a ton of videos on youtube) to help strengthen your face muscles.
-Avoid sleeping on your back, gravity can cause your skin to sag so if you can, sleep on your back and if that’s hard for you, surround yourself with pillows.
-Use eye creams. Gently pat it on and it’ll help repair your skin.
-Make sure to always moisturize your face to help retain moisture and elasticity and wear sunscreen at all times when you go out.
– To reduce the APPEARANCE of under eye bags, use 2 concealers, use a concealer STICK that is one shade lighter than your skin tone then use your favorite cream or liquid concealer over it ♥

Hope these helped! Let me know if there’s any you already do below in the comments. Please let me know if you have any requests for future posts.

Much love,

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