Everyone has a guilty pleasure.
Some of the smartest people in my life watch some of the most ridiculous TV shows, some of the healthiest people I know have a soft spot for the occasional Krispy Kreme donut, and some of the most naturally minded people, like myself, love wearing eye makeup.
So, let me break it down for you all and come clean. My shampoo is entirely natural, I use the oil cleansing method to clean my face, I make my own body wash, and I use coconut oil as shaving cream. I haven’t owned a bottle of hairspray, gel, or mousse in well over a year and when I am in need of lotion I, again, reach for the coconut oil. My beauty routine could easily be described as minimalistic if it weren’t for my makeup drawer.
Even my makeup drawer has its limits though. Outside of some concealer and some blush, I am not a big fan of using makeup all over my skin. I am simply a sucker for eye makeup.
My eyes have been my primary defining physical characteristic my entire life. As a child, everyone I met would immediately comment on my “big beautiful eyes.” For most of my young life I thought that was an incredibly strange compliment to pay someone. I didn’t really understand what they meant by “big” and it kind of sounded like everyone was telling me I had bug eyes or something! That was until I started to see some examples of women in the media who are described, affectionately, as having “big” eyes. Now, I understand what people are referring to and I embrace it. In fact, I genuinely think it is fun to accentuate my trademark facial feature, in spite of the fact that, I am sure whatever is in the eye makeup I use should probably not be put anywhere near my eyes.
“Confessions” aside, all guilty pleasures should have their limits. In an attempt to limit the amount of potentially damaging chemicals I am subjecting my skin to, I decided to come up with a simple and natural makeup remover that easily removes my eye liner and mascara.
This recipe utilizes castor oil and witch hazel — both of which are fabulous for your skin. Castor oil is thought to promote hair growth and thickening so it is great for using around your eyelashes, especially if your lashes are thin. It is also a great skin moisturizer and may help promote the production of elastin and collagen which helps reduce or delay the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Witch hazel is a natural astringent and is great for removing puffiness around the eyes and reducing redness as well as moisturizing.
So, whether you enjoy using eye makeup on a regular basis like me or you are getting dolled up for a special occasion, give this super simple DIY project a try and nourish your skin after a day of working hard and looking so beautiful.
DIY Eye Makeup Remover:
- 2 TBS Castor Oil (This organic Castor Oil is a great choice)
- 2 TBS Witch Hazel (Scratch Mommy loves this Witch Hazel)
- ¼ tsp Vitamin E Oil
- A Small Container to put your DIY Eye Makeup Remover in (These quilted 4oz Jelly Jars from Ball make fabulous, reusable storage containers)
Combine all of your ingredients in a small container that can be easily sealed. Using a cloth, cotton ball, or Q-Tip, dab a small amount onto your skin and wipe off your makeup. When your makeup is removed, either clean off the remaining amount with a dry towel or massage it into your skin to receive the full nourishing benefits of the ingredients. If your ingredients separate after being stored for a while gently shake the container to combine them again.
I hope it goes without saying that makeup is not needed to make a woman beautiful. If you aren’t a fan of makeup than show your original beauty to the world and be proud of it. If you do use makeup, use it for fun and only for fun. Regardless of your preference though, nourish your skin naturally and it will thank you!