July 9, 2012

My Makeup Brings Me To Tears. Literally.

Filed under: Beauty,Style — by twistedchic @ 3:41 am

It’s allergy season here in Chicagoland, and my eyes have really been bothering me.  Even Claritin doesn’t help.

I think the problem may be my eye makeup.  I use a couple of different drugstore brands of mascara, eyeliner and occasionally eyeshadow.  Not all at once, I don’t put my makeup on with a trowel or anything…

So I wandered over to my neighborhood Sephora, where the ladies are usually friendly and helpful.  But not this time.  I asked for hypoallergenic, but whatever the saleslady used really stung my eye.  I had to wipe it off and hightail it out of there.  But she did give me one helpful piece of advice; my eyes are really sensative.  Sensative, you ask?  That’s kinda vague.  Yes, yes it is.

Thus began the research phase of my quest.  I think it was the chemicals used in my normal makeup (sob, maybelline, why!?) that was giving me the problems.  So I’m trying a few new products.

Beauty Routine 1.  Almay Mascara and Physicians Formula Felt tip eyeliner.  This was better, but I’m still getting a little irritation.

Beauty Routine 2. Physicians Formula Organic Eyeliner and Shimmer Strips.  I’ll let you know how this one goes, but these are supposed to be Paraben Free, organic, etc.

If this doesn’t work, I might try Pixie or Bloom.  Someone suggested Origins, but the nearest store is Woodfield.

TLDR: I threw out all my makeup and am starting over from scratch.  Whoof!



  1. Hey! I just came across your blog.
    That’s so weird cause for a few months my eyelids were getting really irritated. I thought maybe it was something new I was using, but even when I used my old stuff it would happen. And if I wore no eye makeup for a few days and then started again, they’d still be irritated. I think it may have been the brush cleaner I used cause once I washed my brushes a few times (without that cleaner) the irritation seemed to go away.
    Anyways, good luck and hope your eyes get better soon! I know how frustrating it is!

    Comment by quixoticxfemme — July 9, 2012 @ 11:48 pm |Reply

  2. Hey, that’s a good point, thanks! It is important to clean your brushes. I’ve also read that sharpening your eyeliner pencils is a good way to keep those clean.

    Comment by twistedchic — July 12, 2012 @ 3:04 am |Reply

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