These days, the only resident of Casa de MBB who regularly parties like a rock star is Tabs, but back in the day, gurl, my middle name was margarita (on the rocks with salt, please!).
Kidding, of course (sort of).
Interestingly enough, the new Nuance Salma Hayek Cucumber & Rosewater Dual Phase Makeup Remover ($7.99) contains two ingredients that also appear in my former favorite drink.
No, not cucumber and rose water, although I bet those could make a tasty drink. I’m referring to aqua (water) and agave.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Isohexadecane, Butylene Glycol, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Opuntia Ficus Indica Stem Extract, Physalis Angulata Extract, Agave Tequilana Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Glycerin, Benzophenone Centrimonium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Red 40 (CI 16035), Blue 1 (CI 42090)
Listed above both rose water and cucumber in the list of ingredients, agave, the botanical du jour, has been quite the trendy ingredient lately, popping up in numerous skin care products for its alleged hydrating properties (I haven’t seen any clinical evidence to show what it supposedly does), but it’s not the star of this show.
That honor goes to cucumber and rose water, the two botanicals that get top billing here.
Cucumber & Rosewater Dual Phase Makeup Remover is, as the name implies, a dual-phase remover. Phase One: shake well (like it’s a bottle of salad dressing). Phase Two: remove.
It cuts through even long-wearing stuff in a flash, probably due to the solvents, silicones and alcohol it contains. I tested it against the big guns — NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, MAC Paint Pot, MAC Fluidline, YSL Crayon Yeux Haute Intense Long-Lasting Eye Pencil, Urban Decay Cannonball Waterproof Mascara and MAC Pro Longwear Concealer — and it whisked all of them away in about two minutes.
I use it with those little cotton squares, about 10 drops per eye to remove everything, and since it’s a bargain compared to $30 department store makeup removers, I don’t mind having to use a lot.
On top of how well it works, it doesn’t have an overwhelming scent, cause my skin to tighten, cloud up my eyes when I use it on the water line, or leave behind a greasy film. Great, great and great.
PRICE: $7.99 for a 4.3-oz. bottle
AVAILABILITY: Available now exclusively at CVS/pharmacy stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A (an A+ if it relied on more natural ingredients)
It’s for the greater good, Ryan!
It’s only 9:45 p.m., and I’m totally ready for bed.
One upside to going to bed early, though, is having more time to dream about Ryan Goslingâ€™s abs. They made an all-to-brief appearance in Crazy, Stupid, Love. last night.
I would like to demand, on behalf of all womankind, that 1) Ryan’s abs get more screen time in his upcoming films, and 2) Ryan stops wearing shirts.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,