** Sorry I missed you yesterday, bellas! Wednesdays are always terrible, because of my deadline for the jobby job. But then finally after deadline, I had a dentist’s appointment. Remember my Superbowl tooth situation? I finally got my permanent crown yesterday. Woo hoo! I can chew gum again! OK, back to your daily dose.
One of my favorite Nina Simone songs haunts me every night before bed.
You see, my nightly ritual — have dinner, watch The Daily Show and Colbert, then stay up writing the next day’s Afrobella until like, 3:00 in the morning — leaves me so deliriously tired that it’s all I can do to tumble into bed sometimes. And it’s awful to go to sleep with a face covered in makeup residue. It’s like asking for zits. Hence the song.
Aww yeah, sing it Nina.
Believe me when I say that I can sleep in till afternoon when I have the weekend downtime (I live for Saturday morning), and I’m in an ongoing battle with my sedentary nature. But for the most part, it’s not so much that I’m lazy, it’s just that I’m burning the candle at both ends and burning myself out in the process.
I was sick of giving myself breakouts and blackheads, but inevitably too tired to make it to the sink to wash my face. My sort-of solution? Convert my bedside table into a mini-dresser of makeup removal items so I can lie in bed and cleanse my face as I fade out for the night. Brilliant!
Needless to say, these circumstances call for high quality makeup removers. I don’t need a runny liquid in a badly designed bottle that’s going to drip all over when I try to apply it from a reclining position. Nor do I need some dried out makeup removal pads that fail to properly cleanse my face. So here’s the skin-saving skinny on some of my favorite makeup removal products.
Sitting in a prominent position on the side table is good old Pond’s Cold Cream, but with a twist. I’ve got the Pond’s Clear Cold Cream, and it looks like aloe vera gel. And looking at the official Pond’s site, it seems that the product’s been discontinued. Hmmm. They’ve now got a full line of brand new cleansers, but Pond’s isn’t stupid. Good old cold cream will always be their star product, because it works like a dream. I’ve always loved the stuff. If you have dry, tight skin, or you’ve been bombarding your face with drying acne prevention products, slather some on at night, wipe off your makeup, and treat your face to the cooling moisture that remains. It’ll remove your eye makeup, powder, foundation and lipstick, but if you’re looking for a one-swipe-and-it’s-all-gone kind of remover, my advice to you is to keep on looking. I usually need to use two applications of Pond’s before the cotton pad comes away clean. Perhaps the deep cleanser and make up remover works better? I’ll find out and let ya know.
I’ve been holding on to my Kiehl’s Supremely Gentle Eye Makeup Remover for a while, because I love anything Kiehl’s makes. It’s guaranteed good stuff. This creamy cleanser works great on my eye makeup, and it is quite a gentle product. But sometimes it makes my lashes feel a little gunky and clumpy and not totally clean, so I went ahead and bought the Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover. It leaves my lids and lashes feeling super clean — the bottle features the proud boast that it “removes waterproof mascara,” — and it brings me the closest to that “really, I just washed my face” feeling. But, it’s a really thin liquid and if I’m lying in bed with my eyes practically closed, I’m most likely to spill this stuff everywhere. So I like the Rimmel a LOT as an actual cleanser, but for my purposes, it isn’t the best purchase.
For my purposes, the absolute best makeup remover on the market is Boots’ No. 7 Quick Thinking Wipes. They’re soft on my face, but strong enough not to tear when I use them, and thanks to the sturdy plastic flap, the wipes stay moist and don’t dry out like every other wipe I’ve used. I can let my head sink back into my pillow and wipe of all the makeup of the day. Plus, I get the added satisfaction of seeing all my makeup residue completely wiped away. Love this stuff, and for $6.99 at your neighborhood Target, they can’t be beat! If you’re like me and you’re the laziest gal in town, these wipes just might be your new BFF.
I haven’t really tried this yet, but an amiga of mine at the office swears by Albolene. Apparently Wendy Williams loves the stuff, and it supposedly works as a quickie instasweat desperate weight loss method as well as a quality makeup remover. Hmmm. Have any of you tried it? Do you like it, or do you love it? Let me know — I’m always on the lookout for something new!