Eyes, Makeup

Top 5 Eyeliners and how to use them.

My mum’s been wearing the same makeup for as long as I could remember.

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Mother. Au naturel…bar the liner/mascara. Don’t tell her I posted this because she’ll always find something wrong with it.

When I was a little girl I sat watching her intently every morning while she applied those two jet black lines on her eyeballs. This always followed by mascara, naturally. Which always followed by de-clumping with a needle. A fucking needle! Mind you, back in the day, in what was the Soviet Union, the mascara she used came with a brush so big that would be better maneuvered around a shoe; the pot of mascara wasn’t far off either.

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Not too far off from something like this cake mascara. Apparently they’re still around for those that love to build up their lashes.

Anyway, she was so quick and proficient with these liner flicks that it looked easy enough for anyone to do. Years later, now residents of the US, I got my little hands on mum’s American liquid liner and decided to give it a go while she was away at work.

Fail.

Determined to make it happen, I would spend hours of class time in high school, particularly my Biology class with Mr. Beeftink (such a great name) painting mine and anyone else’s face. Practicing. Perfecting.

There was a moment I thought I was Gwen Stefani, wore track pants and crop tops and thought white liner peeking right above black liner was the shit. I swear I’ve seen people try to do this in the past year and it makes me pee my pants.

Now, I can’t imagine life without eye liner…

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Clearly I’m a fan of red lipstick too.

There are so many textures and ways you can manipulate them. Under shadow or above it. Fat. Skinny. Long. Geometric. Metallic. Gel. Cream. Top. Bottom. Whatever position you like, my dear. The list goes on and on.

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Some of the beauties I’ve lined.

Without further adieu, here are my faves:

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Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner – gel liner that was recently reworked. This stuff is just plain fucking awesome. Though it stays on through tears and sweat, you can always manipulate from a sleek line to buffing a smokey texture. My recent fave is the Dark Brown which is amazing on hazel and blue eyeballs. $22

Merle Norman ProPenEyeLiner

Merle Norman Pro Pen Eyeliner Рis just like using a marker/pen. It glides on super smooth and leaves the perfect line. Having something so easily maneuverable is perfect for anyone looking for liner practice. It only comes in Sharp Black  and it really is just that, sharp. $15

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Milani Liquid Eye – can be found at your local Walgreens/CVS/Target. Brownie point numero uno. Fits into every budget – 2 points. Their blues are electric and glide on beautifully – 3 points. Won’t smudge – 4 points. Paraben-free – gold star. $6.99

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L’Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner – is what my mum wears every day. It’s what I used to wear when eyeliner came on my teenage angst-y radar. A drugstore staple. Great for sensitive eyes and lasts up to 8 hours. $9.79

_6811886Kevyn Aucoin The Eye Pencil Primatif – my all time favourite pencil liner. I’m obsessed with the way this bad boy glides on and stays. My leaky water line has never created crease goop in the corner of my eye after wearing it for hours like some others. Dark like a kohl and available in 7 colours. $26

If you don’t wear eyeliner because you are afraid to look like an earthquake hit when you were applying, here are some tips:

  • don’t try to create a long line, shorter staccato strokes will do the trick
  • if your eyes naturally slant downward on the outer corners you probably shouldn’t wear liner on the water line because it will accentuate the droopyness, but you’ll definitely benefit from a cat eye
  • white liner on the water line widens smaller eyes
  • take a q-tip to your liner [not liquid] and smudge for a softer look
  • when applying, keep your eyes open if you can so that you can balance both sides of the face
  • have fun, you won’t learn any other way

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Lashes

Fiber Lashes | Fibre de Cils

If you love your tiny, puny, scarce eyelashes – we shouldn’t be friends.

We should be friends if you love the black goo from your mascara spoolie so much that you slather it on maniacally, taking turns between eyelash curlers and¬†Q-tips. We should be friends if you love the look of [well applied] fake lashes but don’t have the time or energy to adhere them every day. We should be friends if the idea of eyelash extensions makes you weep on the inside because you’d do it in a heartbeat if it didn’t mean losing the few precious ones you own naturally in the long run.

I present to you…

L’Oreal¬†Voluminous False¬†Fiber Lash¬†Mascara

Whilst visiting my nearest CVS with some family from out of town, I spotted this bad boy on sale and, naturally, nabbed it off the shelf and straight into my red shopping basket.

That was two weeks ago. Between then and now – I haven’t spent a day without coating my cils in this shiz. Two words: DOLL EYES! I love ’em and they’re all mine.

Though I was a wee bit put off by the clumpy spoolie, it distributes the colour evenly leaving my lashes thick and long (that’s what she said). At the end of the day/night washing off makeup with a gentle cleanser there is almost no need for makeup remover! Brownie points. My only complaint is that throughout the day there is some flaking happening under the eyes if I do a coat on the bottom lashes. Otherwise – smooth sailings.

To summarize, this is a long-overdue-blessing for ladies who don’t want to spend $30+ on fancy fiber mascaras or have the option more than a drugstore on their home turf.

Rejoice, girls!

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Beauty, Eyes, Lashes, Lips, Makeup, Moi, Skin

Inside | A l’int√©rieur

Want to know what’s in my purse?

Well, today’s your lucky day!

KIEHL’S Unusually Rich But Not Greasy At All Hand Cream With SPF 10 – This stuff is awesome when you’re on the go and don’t want to leave oily paw prints over every surface and does the job perfectly.

NIVEA A Kiss of Protection Sun Protection Lip Care With SPF 30 – quick and easy fix for lips out in the sun daily. This is great for anyone who likes to be out in the sun as much as I do…carefully.

SMASHBOX Lip Gloss in Ravishing – sun kissed perfection on any pout with just the right amount of shimmer to make your lips shine enough to eat.

L’Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner – thanks to my mother I love this liner. Personally I thinks the precision is great and it lasts for-ever.

PRESTIGE Lip Stick in Fatal Red – this cheapie tube is one of my favourites now! Total staple to my every day, so much so that Josh has been complaining that I’m wearing it too often. I LOVE my red lipstick! Paired with a lip pencil from ULTA called Fire.

Trish McEvoy Essential Pencil in Nude 1 – this crayon is awesome for fall/winter seasons with plumy tones and warmth. Topped with Sephora Gloss in Rosy Glow – yum.

TOO FACED Lash Injection Mascara – life saver. ‘Nuff said.

What’s in your bag?

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