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 Hair Detangler

It’s amazing all the stuff they put into beauty and hair care products. Unless you’re a scientist, you probably don’t even know what half of the ingredients are, let alone be able pronounce them. But a few of these products are a necessity and we can’t do without them. For me, one of those products is a spray hair detangler. Combing out my thick, wavy, wet hair is a chore unless I use a detangler. Some of them can be pricey, but even the reasonably priced one I use can add up using it every day. I was intrigued when I saw this post about how to make your own for a lot less.


  • You’ll save a bunch of money.
  • You are being green by reusing the same spray bottle rather than buying a new one all the time!
  • Because you only need water and your conditioner to make it, you’ll never run out.
    (Unless you run out of conditioner, of course)


  • You have to spend less than 5 minutes to make it rather than go to the store, pay for it, come home, and put it away. Wait, that should be with the other “pros” too, huh?

I’m kind of embarrassed to tell you how easy it is, but I wanted to pass along this money saving idea. All you do is get a spray bottle and your conditioner. For the spray bottle, I just use the one that my purchased detangler came in, but you can get one for $1-$2 almost anywhere. As for the conditioner, it doesn’t have to be an expensive conditioner, but you should be happy with the results. I use Pantene Conditioner. Open the spray bottle and squeeze a big dollop down in there — about 1 tablespoon. The amount will depend on the size spray bottle you use. (See photo for reference on how much I use but keep in mind my bottle is larger than most generic spray bottles).

Now add regular tap water to the spray bottle, but don’t fill it all the way to the top. You need a little room to be able to shake it up and mix it well. Replace trigger and shake, shake, shake…shake, shake, shake…shake your bottle…shake your bottle! (Channeling a little K.C. and the Sunshine Band there.) And now it’s ready to use!

If you find that it’s too thick for your type of spray bottle and trigger, just use less conditioner for the next time. To remedy this the first time you make it, just pour a little out and add more water, shake again, and test it. Some spray bottles can easily clog up, so find one that has a good quality trigger. I also use a big detangling comb as well which you can see in the photo. Maybe I should just cut my hair?!? 🙂

Happy Combing!