Perks of having roommates like mine are that you get to share beauty finds (and cupcakes!). My friend and roommate Dorothea taught me a thing or two about gentle makeup removers that wash away makeup in a snap.
For a long time I’d been using a blue, oil-based makeup remover from Sephora (read the review here). However, I noticed that as I started to use more eyeliner and water-resistant mascara, I had to really scrub to wash it all off at the end of the day. I knew this couldn’t be good for my eyes or the eye area.
Dorothea introduced me to Biotherm Clarifying Cleansing Milk ($27, 13.5 oz.), a double-duty cleanser and eye/face makeup remover. Cleansing milks are silky, oil-in-water emulsions that leave the skin moisturized and refreshed. They are non-irritating and safe for the eye area. Apply with a cotton pad around the eyes or use as a normal cleanser for the whole face. Unlike my old eye makeup remover, this product doesn’t leave behind a film or residue.
If you are looking for solely an eye makeup remover because you already have a facial cleanser, I recommend the Sephora Sens’ Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser ($24, 3.38 oz.). This makeup remover has a similar texture and consistency. ✧
Men’s fragrances can be tricky: too musky and you smell old, too sweet and you smell On The Prowl, too spicy and you smell like Axe. My favorites have wood bases balanced by fresh, sparkling notes.
L’Homme Saint Laurent: amber woodsy with notes of bergamot, ginger and vetiver
Dolce & Gabbana The One For Men: cedarwood with notes of cardamom and orange blossom
Don’t know where to start? Grab one, identify the base notes, and decide yes/no. Cologne is very personal, and remember that fragrances can change in intensity and note throughout the day. You can request a sample, try it for a day, and see if you like it. If all else fails, SOS text me or ask the girl behind the counter. We’re here to help. ✯
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Who remembers the color changing markers we used when we were little? This solar activated nail polish by Ruby Wing is the next best thing.
Ruby Wing is a line launched for summertime by nail art maven Color Club. The polish changes color in the sun, creating two completely different looks for indoor and outdoor. There are tons of hues to choose from, with names like Festival and Birdie.
To apply, swipe on a base coat, 1-2 coats of the color, and a top coat. The formula is thicker than usual, so make sure to wipe excess off the brush and use clean strokes with even pressure. Watch the color change in the sun.
Ruby Wing in Poppy on my friend Dana
The next in nail trends? We’re hoping for mood-changing nail polish. ☼
RUBY WING, rubywing.com, sold online at select retailers