Not a Review (…but you need to get this!)

Flower Zoom-In Mascara : Zim on a Whim

We interrupt our regularly scheduled blog of food and DIY to bring you a review a testimonial to one of the best mascaras out there, in my opinion. {GUYS: Come back later on when there’s food. Buh-bye for now.} Chances are, you may not have known about this little gem. That’s because it’s from FLOWER, a cosmetics company owned by Drew Barrymore, who does not advertise. They rely on Drew to promote the brand, freeing up all those advertising dollars to be spent on making great products. It’s important to note that the products are made in the USA and not tested on animals. Woohoo!

Let me tell you why I think this mascara is the best I’ve ever used. Usually you have to choose between long lashes, curly lashes, or thick lashes. The results are based on the way the brush is shaped so you are hard pressed to get all three in one shot, unless you use an eyelash curler as well. ¬†This company has designed the wand so it can be dialed into three different brush types!

#1 – It comes out of the tube straight and elongated to lengthen lashes…

Flower Zoom-In Mascara : Zim on a Whim

#2 – Then with a twist to the end of the wand, it becomes a volumizing brush to thicken lashes…

Flower Zoom-In Mascara : Zim on a Whim

#3 – And finally, twist two times to use the curling brush…

Flower Zoom-In Mascara : Zim on a Whim

{Tip: I recommend straightening out the wand before putting it in the tube to re-coat. I think it will keep the brush from getting ruined.}

I haven’t had any issues with it wearing off before I take it off. It’s a quality product for a lot less. Even if you’re not on a budget, I think it’s better than anything you’d find at a cosmetics counter in a department store. Plus, I love the rose gold packaging! But I do think the card backing needs some redesign. It’s hard to see the FLOWER logo and I had a tough time finding it. The first photo at the beginning of the post shows what it looks like.

The ONLY drawback to this exceptional find is that you can only get it at one store. WALMART. Did you catch my frown? I never go there unless I have to. I’m a Target girl. Walmart gets my blood boiling as soon as I drive into the parking lot. I don’t know what it is, and I apologize to any loyal Walmart customers, but that store makes me insane. It is worth going there just for this mascara though, so I will brave the crazy drivers and long lines for you, Drew. And for my lashes.

Flower Zoom-In Mascara : Zim on a Whim

Cheers to an inexpensive, USA-made, not tested on animals, quality product!
OK, back to the food…

Homemade Eye Makeup Remover

eye makeup remover

I’ve been making my own eye makeup remover for over a year now, ever since I saw it here. It takes only 3 inexpensive ingredients and it works just as well as what you can buy in the store! Because the ingredients are gentle, it is safe for all skin types and it doesn’t sting.

You will need a clean bottle to put it in. I purchased mine in the travel bottles/trial size aisle in Target. It has a pop top like a shampoo bottle, but you can use anything that will be easy for you to pour a little on a cotton ball or makeup pad. You can even use the bottle from your current eye makeup remover when you run out!

So here are the easy instructions:
1. Wash out your bottle and set aside.
2. Boil 1 cup of water and let it cool.
3. Add in 1  1/2 tablespoons of baby WASH*
4. Add in 1/4 teaspoon baby oil (or olive, coconut, or almond oil)
5. Stir together and pour into bottle. You may need to use a funnel.

*FYI: When I made this originally, I used baby shampoo. I didn’t like the residue that settled in the bottom of the bottle, so I switched to baby wash and it stays nice and clear. I use the Target store brand of baby wash to save even more money! I buy the biggest size because I also use it for my homemade foaming hand soap found here!

{You may want to buy 2 bottles or have something clean in which to store the leftover remover. The recipe makes a little more than what fits in my bottle.}

This is one of my favorite homemade products that I regularly use, along with the foaming hand soap, hair detangler, and laundry detergent. It’s nice to know exactly what’s in the products you use everyday. Hope you try it!

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

I’m sure you’ve had moments when you learn how to do something so easy and you wonder, “Now why didn’t I think of that?” Learning this trick was one of those moments for me. I love foaming hand soap, especially with kids who like to use a little bit too much. We seem to go through it like water! The gel soap is too gloppy and goopey (I don’t care if that’s not a word, spell check!)…and actually can clog up your drain. Sometimes you can find large refill bottles of the foaming soap, but all it really is is just watered down soap! So, save one of those soap dispensers and save this post for when you run out. Note: It has to be a foaming soap dispenser. A regular liquid/gel dispenser will not work. It’s the dispenser that does the foaming.

All you need is an empty foaming soap dispenser and some type of gel/liquid soap – preferably a large bottle to save even more money. I started out using the largest store brand baby wash they had. (Not the shampoo – but the baby wash) It’s really inexpensive and I got many, many refills out of it. Recently I found a gel hand soap refill from when I used to buy the gel hand soap and have been using that. They both seem to work the same! It’s your choice.

Pour about 1/2″ to 3/4″ of the liquid soap of your choice into the empty soap dispenser.

Add water slowly until you get to just below the line on the back of the dispenser that says “Don’t fill past this line!” If you fill past that line, it messes up your dispenser.

Put the pump back on and slowly SWIRL the dispenser around. Just go in circles or move it back and forth. DO NOT SHAKE! If you shake it, it will get too bubbly and ruin the foaming pump mechanism. Do this for a minute or two until it looks well blended.


I’ve been doing this for about a year now and while I don’t know how much money I’ve saved, I’m sure it’s been quite a bit. This costs pennies to make. Plus, I’m being green by continuing to reuse the same soap dispenser. Win Win!

Another homemade solution: If you haven’t tried it already, give homemade laundry detergent a shot. It is so inexpensive to make and works just as well! See my post on it here

Have a good weekend!