Rimmell eye makeup remover Scandaleyes liner

Since I have three daughters, I have seen a lot of makeup products come and go in my household.  Many times the items don’t live up to their claims and aren’t worth the money I paid for them.  That’s why I am always willing to give my honest review in exchange for free products to try out.  I get to sample the items without spending any money out of pocket to find out if they are worth buying or not.  In my FrostyVoxBox, complements of Influenster, they sent me the Rimmel Just Let It Go gentle eye makeup remover and also a Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal eyeliner pencil in black.

The eyeliner pencil says that it is waterproof which is interesting.  I am not even sure if there is an eyepencil like that out there already.  Anyhow, after trying it out I can definitely say that it stays put better than other eyeliners.  It doesn’t smudge easily but it does still smudge.  I can see using this for defining lines but if you are looking for an eyeliner that blends easily, this is not it.  Interestingly, I was able to wipe the eyeliner off with just some plain water on my finger so I am not sure what makes this “waterproof” since it definitely isn’t. Bottom line:  a good eyeliner that stays put and doesn’t smudge easily (but is NOT waterproof)

The makeup remover states that it is “gentle”.  I don’t wear a lot of makeup on my eyes.  I am a mascara and eyeliner kind of girl so it’s not like there was a ton of stuff to take off.  I usually just use baby oil and a tissue to remove my makeup.  When I tried this remover, the fact that it was “oil free” just made it feel more difficult to take the makeup off.  Like it was actually drying to my skin. It did not make the skin around my eyes feel smooth and soft and cared for.  It also made my eyes sting. Bottom line:  I did not like this remover at all and will be sticking with baby oil and a tissue.

** I received these products for free to test and review

#Rimmel   #Influenster

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Today I was sitting here at the computer working on some things that totally do NOT motivate me.  I mean I was just about to cry out of frustration!  All I could think was, I don’t want to work on this anymore.  Then it occurred to me. I DON”T HAVE TO!  No one is making me work on those projects.  It is only out of some sort of warped sense of personal obligation that I was forcing myself to work on the project to begin with (sort of like when I start a book and it is terrible but I make myself read it anyhow…. but that’s a topic for another post).

Yep, its true! Realizing this helped me figure out that you don’t  HAVE to do a lot of things.  No one can make you.  You have free will.  I find this liberating and considering how obstinate I can be at times, it’s kind of amazing that I just figured this out.

So, look at your To-Do list for the day (if you missed my brilliant post on to-do lists and sharpie markers check it out now at Sharpie Love).  Do you really have to do all of it?  How much of it brings you joy?  How much of it can you cross off and let it go?  Go on, get your Sharpie out and get to it!

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My two older daughters and I often do the “girl talk” thing.  Several times we have ended up discussing relationships.  What makes them work or not work.  Why they work or don’t work.  Can you MAKE them work or do they need to just function without a lot of effort?  Should things flow easily or do they need to be pushed sometimes?  This is what we have come to as a conclusion…..

My oldest daughter had a teacher a few years ago who had been married for over 50 years.  This particular woman was married to a man that she did NOT choose.  Hers was an arranged marriage.  Wow.  What an eye opener. 

After hearing what she had to say about her situation, it was clear that what makes a relationship work is NOT love.  It is commitment.  It is dedication.  It is being “all in” and not holding back.  Love comes later.  Love is built on the foundation that all those other things provide.  Think about it.  Can you truly love someone if you aren’t committed to them? If you aren’t dedicated to them?  If you are holding back?  No.  But the reverse IS true……. If you commit and dedicate yourself to the relationship and don’t hold back, you can love them based on that. 

I think that the hard part is in the “not holding back”.  So often, as humans, we wonder what’s in it for us (it may be consciously or subconsciously).  Why should we give of ourselves when the other person didn’t give us anything first?  Why should I do for them if they haven’t done for me?  Then it becomes a stalemate with no one giving anything of themselves and the relationship sours.  Sure, if you give of yourself first, you can get hurt.  That’s the risk that cannot be avoided.  But, if you don’t try, then you will never know what could have been and you may just miss out on the best thing in your life.

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