Welcome to Klog Chat, a series where we ask you to tell us how you do skin care and beauty. This week we want to know: What’s the most “unsexy” beauty product in your medicine cabinet? We’ll go first.
We’re living in the age of the shelfie, when one skin care product is more Instagrammable than the next, and ingredient lists read like a tasting menu at a gastronomy restaurant. As a beauty writer (Hi, it’s Sarah, by the way!), I’m lucky to have a medicine cabinet full of these types of trendy/cool/luxe products. But in my medicine cabinet you’ll also find some very not trendy/cool/luxe products, like a big, greasy bottle of Johnson’s Baby Oil.
I wear L’Oreal waterproof mascara every day (It’s the only stuff that keeps my straight lashes curled from morning ’til night.) and it is not easy to get off. Oil-based makeup removers are the best for gently and effectively stripping lashes of waterproof mascara so I’m a fan of products like the MAC Cleanse Off Oil. But do you know what works just as well and costs a fraction of the price? That’s right, baby oil.
I can buy a 20-ounce bottle for under $5 at any drugstore and it lasts me for a year. I also always pack a travel size bottle in my makeup bag on trips. Discovering this mascara-removing trick has been a game-changer for my lashes and my wallet.
The hulking bottle, with its disintegrating label and its pore-clogging, mineral oil-based formula is by far the least “sexy” thing in my nighttime routine – even my toothpaste and floss (shout out to Hello and Cocofloss) are photogenic. But it works for me and I’m not ashamed to tell anyone who is struggling to remove their stubborn eye makeup all about it.
Despite what Instagram may lead us to believe, I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m not the only one with products purchased for pure function versus brand name, packaging, or buzzy ingredients. Am I right? Let’s chat!