Um, why do I feel like rubbing orange slices all over myself? Oh, yeah — I remember. NYX Eye & Lip Makeup Remover ($8), one of the best smelling makeup removers I’ve EVER sniffed.
Fo’ reals! This dual-phase liquid (an oil and water emulsion; it turns a pale blue when shaken) smells fresh and sweet like a yummy (blue?) orange, and it digests le war paint almost as well as the much more expensive Lancome Bi-Facil, also a dual-phase formula.
They say the nose knows. Well, mine stopped paying attention as soon as it caught a whiff of this fragrant potion of orange and papaya extracts. As a matter of fact, I like the smell so much that I’m willing to overlook its few shortcomings, one of which has to do with mascara. It’s not that good at removing it as Bi-Facil (or any number of other eye makeup removers), but nothing’s perfect, right? Except perhaps the way NYX Eye & Lip Makeup Remover smells, LOL!
RANDOM SIDE NOTE: Wouldn’t it be freaky if our eyes could process scent?
Even though Bi-Facil whisks away mascara and waterproof products better than NYX’s remover, the later still manages to spirit away most of the non-waterproof lip and eye makeup I’ve thrown its way, doing so without irritating my sensitive eyes or clouding up my vision (I’m talking to YOU, Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover!).
I noticed an oily film on my skin after using it the first time, but it rinses off with water (and dissipates in a few minutes even if you don’t want to rinse).
Now, when it comes to fragrant products, one gal’s rose water is another gal’s stinky feet, so it pays to let your nose be your guide. If you do decide to give this a sniff, I hope you like the scent as much as I do.
AVAILABILITY: At select drugstores and nyxcosmetics.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
If at first you don’t succeed…
When I first got into freelance writing a zillion years ago I pitched Ladies’ Home Journal dozens of times, never once getting a go-ahead on an article. It was pre-blog, and I was working as an assistant to a literary agent at the time, trying to change careers by freelance writing at night and on weekends.
LHJ was one of the magazines I was dying to get a byline in, but no matter how hard I tried, no matter how many query letters I sent them with self-addressed stamped envelopes, nothing. They just wouldn’t bite (I still have the fat stack of photocopied “Thanks, but no thanks” form rejection letters too).
Over time, I started to focus more on blogging and just sort of gave up on ever getting a byline in LHJ.
Well, things have a funny way of working out.
WARNING: Self-congratulatory outburst coming.
It’s their online edition and not the print magazine, but finally, after all these years, it was beachy waves that did it… Beachy friggin’ waves!!!
I think I’ll treat myself to a congratulatory spoonful of Nutella tonight. And not one of those dinky teaspoons. I’m going with the tablespoon, yo.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,