Here’s for Loraine =)

Botanics Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover ($5.99)
This is hands down the best dual-phase eye makeup remover in the market considering how cheap it is. It contains Iceland moss extract to hydrate and calm the skin and oil to remove stubborn eye makeup, including waterproof mascara. It also feels very gentle on the skin and is never too drying or too oily. I highly recommended this for all types of skin.

Chanel Precision Gentle Biphase Eye Makeup Remover ($27.50)
Like Lancome’s Bi-facil, this comes in a dual-phase formula. It contains water cornflower extract and water rose extract to soothe and calm the eye area. It is also fragrance-free and does not leave a oily film like Lancome’s and it never stings. It is pretty effective but a tad expensive for an eye makeup remover so I say get it only if you have the extra money.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (~$3)
People have been using this to remove waterproof mascara and the most stubborn makeup since forever. It is extremely gentle, non-irritating, cheap, widely available and works just as well as your department store makeup removers. I used this last night and my eye makeup came right off after one swipe. If you wear contacts like I do, however, remember to take them out before using it – the oil can mess up your contacts.

L’oreal Gentle Eye Make Up Remover ($6)
Since Lancome is owned by L’oreal, their products usually share a similar, if not, the same formula. I *loved* Bi-facil so I picked this one up, hoping it would be a great knock-off but boy was I wrong! Compared to Lancome’s Bi-facil, this definitely feels drier on my skin. It does remove my eye makeup but for heavier makeup, you would need a few more swipes. It also does not do anything to waterproof mascaras and made my eyes all dry and itchy. I am so staying away from this one!

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For those of you who shaves or waxes, ingrowns are probably your biggest nightmare. The only way to prevent ingrowns is regular exfoliation. There are also treatments out there to help with ingrowns. Sephora sells a product called Tend Skin ($20-35) that claims to improve the appearance of razor bumps, ingrown hairs, and redness caused by hair removal.

Here is a recipe of a homemade version of Tend Skin I found online. The major ingredients are aspirin, alcohol and witch hazel. I have tried it on myself and trust me it works – my bumps were gone overnight!

Eyecon, Benefit’s newest eye treatment, contains extracts of sweet almond and apple fruit and claims to nourish, smooth, depuff, and fade dark circles. Since I was running low on my Juvena Ulti-max Eye, I picked up this cute little gem from Sephora and decided to give it a shot.

I have been using it day and night religiously for two weeks. The texture is just like most eye creams – not too thick nor too watery – and sinks right in. Although it didn’t do much fading my dark circles, it is definitely moisturizing and soothing.

My biggest complaint is the packaging. I hate eye creams that come in a jar – it just feels so insanitary to scoop the product out using your fingers! But other than that, this eye cream did what a basic eye cream should do. Plus at $26, it is definitely affordable.

Bottom line, I probably would not repurchase when I run out and I recommend this only if you’re not looking for something heavy-duty.