Tried & True: Rimmel Just Let It Go… Gentle Eye Make Up Remover

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I try to be loyal with beauty products, I really do.  But it’s a fine line between my penchant for loyalty and my curiosity about new products.  Anything that I label “Tried & True” will be considered a go-to item in any given category.  It may even be an all-time favorite, which happens to be the case with this particular product – Rimmel’s Just Let It Go… Gentle Eye Make Up Remover (it used to simply be called “Gentle Eye Make Up Remover,” but I guess they felt it needed a more punchy name – I do not agree).  It will take a lot for me to try another makeup remover.  I’m not saying it will never happen, just that I will need a very specific reason for venturing outside my box on this one.

Side note: I am going to do my best to always use the true name of a product, regardless of how I feel about the spelling of certain words.  In this case, when referencing the actual name, I am calling it “Make Up Remover,” but for my own purposes, this is “makeup remover.”  Makeup. Is. Not. Two. Words. (not in Beeks’ world anyway)

I have used this product faithfully for years.  As someone with a sensitive eye area, any product I use for makeup removal must indeed be gentle.  Rimmel doesn’t disappoint.  I don’t wear contacts (hell, I don’t even wear my glasses 99% of the time), but I would imagine that this would be suitable for any contact lens wearers out there.  It’s oil-free, which is a must for me – I have combination skin, oily in the T-zone, and aside from occasional night treatments or very rare bouts of extreme dryness, I do my best to avoid adding oil to my face.  Plus, I just personally cannot stand the feel of an oil-based remover, all slick and icky.  Another important aspect of this product is that it does a really good job of removing waterproof liners and mascaras, which are great when you need them, but usually a pain to get off of your face.  It’s reasonably priced (usually around $6 or so), has nice packaging (never had a spill when traveling), and the bottle lasts a long time (I use it in the morning for touch-ups/refining and at night for full removal).

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My Beauty Mecca

Favorite store to shop for beauty products… hands down, it’s Ulta.  The rewards program can’t be beat, especially once you reach Platinum status, and I really like the fact that they carry such a broad spectrum of products.  That’s why I prefer it over a store like Sephora.  The low-end to high-end offerings, the drugstore-type items, not to mention the coupons and the sales.  Yes, some things I could probably find cheaper at a store like Target, but if I can use a coupon and earn points on the transaction, I’m going to get it at Ulta instead.  Bonus if the item is on sale as well – in that case, it may very well be cheaper than Target AND the reward points are just gravy.  You have to spend $400 in a year to achieve Platinum status and you do have to re-qualify annually to maintain it.  Platinum status is particularly advantageous during your birthday month, when you earn double points on all purchases.  Also, throughout the year they have special events for Platinum members where you can earn 3x points.  I was very lucky this past year that one of the 3x points offers coincided with my birthday month (November) – I earned extra points just for being Platinum, then double points, followed by triple points.  I made bank on rewards points that month and Platinum points never expire, so I don’t even have to rush to decide what I’m going to use them on or risk losing them because I forgot they were there.  Bottom line, if I’m going to buy these products anyway, why not do it at a place where you get something back?  And I’ve found that you get the most for your money at Ulta.  Happy shopping!

The Legend of Beeks

Hello all!  I’m Beeky, self-professed beauty product addict/hoarder.  I don’t have a career in the beauty industry… at least not one that’s based in reality.  However, I do play makeup artist in my bathroom on a daily basis and while that may not gain me any legit credibility within this field, I think a lot of women can probably relate.  My purpose here is simple – to share my thoughts and findings related to both products that I have found to be tried and true, as well as new products that I am eager to sample.  I’m a beauty fiend on a budget and as such, most of the products I review will be ones that I consider to budget-friendly, based on price and/or bang for the buck.  I hope that you’ll find my reviews cover a wide range of products and provide useful feedback based on my experiences.  In addition, I welcome suggestions for products to review and if should you try something based on one of my recommendations, I’d love to hear what you thought.