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.


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.


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.


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…


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.


Some of the beauties I’ve lined.

Without further adieu, here are my faves:


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 – is 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


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


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



Web Launch | Lancement du Site Web

Friday evening my friend Zoe and I attended the Milani Cosmetics website [re]launch party.

Milani and I are both in the tenth year of our careers and together we have brought beauty to Peru.

Aside from providing quality products to the general public within anyone’s budget, they are amazing humanitarians.

I have been blessed to have met their beautiful family and to say that we have worked together.


The champagne was flowing and the bottles were vajazzled with bling.


Zoe got her nails did.

There are some really exciting products [and gorgeous shades of nail polish] out now – run to CVS to pick up yours!

*Big shout out to Susan McCready and Laurie Minc. You ladies are the best!

Milani, Nails

Milani Base and Top | Base et le Sommet Milani

So I lied yesterday when I said that it would be my last review. I’ve got one more up my sleeve. Saturdays are becoming Colour of the Week days, however, though this is a polish – you do not see it.

This base coat is pretty wicked. I had a little chip on my big toe and it leveled it perfectly. The top coat coats smoothly and dries quick. Give it a go, ya’ll.

$4.99 = buy two for under $10! Steal.


Eyes, Milani

Milani Eye Liner | Traceur Pour les Yeux Milani

This may be my last Milani review, but I definitely love this LIQUIF’EYE Liquid Eye Liner Automatic Propel Pencil…

This liner is pretty friggin’ awesome. It glides across the lid like a liquid liner – as promised. Application is easy even if you don’t have a steady hand because of its forgiving shimmers. Not the most amazing smudging, but then again it is smudge-proof…don’t worry if you have oily eyelids as it stays put after application.

I tried Purple [out of the 3 colours available] the other day with the Metallic Baked Eyeshadow over it and the combination made me very happy. You can’t beat $5.49 price tag either. Now I just wish it came in black, brown/gold and white/silver for those that aren’t colour savvy.

Get it.

Baked, Eyes, Milani

Milani Baked Eyeshadow 2 | Au Four à Paupières Milani 2

As you already know I’m loving my baked eyeshadows, thus today I’ll give word of my love for the Metallic collection.

Like the Marble you can use these wet or dry and they are highly pigmented and super glam-y. I’ve been rockin’ Rich Java with Nonstop Infinite Liquid Liner for a Priscilla Presley inspired look. Big hit.

It’s a possibility that tomorrow shall be a Purr-fect Purple day…stay tuned for my Tweets (on the right side of the page) for photographic evidence.

Ok, now enough linkage.

Go get some $7.49 shadows, ladies!

Lips, Milani

Milani Lip Flash | Éclat Lèvres Milani

As much as I was excited for this line – have to honestly say I was left a bit disappointed. Milani’s Lip Flash is a lip gloss pencil that has a ton of cool features like: nourishing, sharpen-able, non tacky and etc., and yet the colours are all wrong for me. Each one is shimmery and just-a-bit-off.

Look at how rad they look, though!

I was reminded of the Trish McEvoy Essencial Pencils except these are glossier, which I like, but sadly aside from the darker shades like News Flash all the others are too frosty for me and make me look like a toddler raiding mommy’s makeup bag. 😦

However, if you were bestowed with lips under the endowed mark, the shimmery tones can give the illusion of fullness. Get a few because you can afford them at $6.99 a pop. The best part – no lip liner needed!



Lips, Milani

Milani Advanced Lip | Lèvres Avancées Milani

This is an ode to Milani’s HD Advanced Lip Color…

Have to admit, I’m kind of a fan. Kind of a huge fan. Fan enough to try out colours on myself. Fan enough to test its HD properties on the feature film I’m working on shot on the Red One cam. Win.

The $7.99 price tag is more than decent for another HD product [I hope Milani keeps surprising us with more HD products] that has 12 colour options split evenly into cream and pearl shades.

Personally I favour the cream shades to the pearl and have been using Vivacious Fuchsia and Rasberry Flush the most. They do tend to bleed on some so a nude lip liner prior to application will seal those pesky leaks right up.

Full recommendation from me and you can find all the shades here.