MNM rarely has revelations. I’ve had times when I should have had revelations – like before I put coconut oil on my hair, before I started No Poo, before I stopped using deodorant, before I gave up my coveted liquid eyeliner.
But today I had a revelation. I’ve been struggling with all-natural mascara for a few weeks now, and let me tell you it’s not an easy road. Every morning I whip up a tiny batch of Aloe Vera Gel and activated charcoal powder in a little Dixie Cup (roughly 1 part charcoal to 2 parts AVG). And then – here’s where the fun comes in – I begin the laborious process of trying to get the homemade mascara to adhere to my lashes. I have an old mascara brush that I use for this, but it was failing me. I’d take at least 15 passes at each eye with a brush loaded up with black gunk, and with every stroke I’d only succeed in alternatively wiping on and wiping off the mascara. Yes, I am the Karate Kid.
But all that changed today. MNM woke up tired, and she wasn’t having any of that natural crap this morning. Honestly, I almost caved and just used regular makeup (I’ve been telling you all this time that I threw it out, but really it’s just shoved in a drawer in my room). Of course, I didn’t do this; if I had I never would have had the revelation.
So I took the mascara brush, chunks of yesterday’s stale mix caked into the bristles, and I poured some AVG and activated charcoal right into the palm of my hand. I mixed thoroughly – or was it “angrily” – with the brush, all in my palm. Then I globbed it on.
Well what do you know? It worked like a charm. Almost like I was applying real mascara. Almost. You still won’t get the coverage, color or thickness you’re used to, and it won’t last mucb longer than your work day (i.e. you’ll have to reapply before Happy Hour). However, you’ll see fewer clumps, and it’s not even that hard to apply! It only takes a few swipes to get adequate (for natural, homemade mascara) coverage.
Perhaps the trick is to leave the previous day’s mascara on the brush, or perhaps it’s to mix the product in the palm of your hand. I’m really not sure, but I’ve found that you don’t question Mother Nature about a success. If you do, she’ll just give you some coconut oil and baking soda in congratulations.