I posted a while back that I was going to start a beauty blog. It’s been difficult trying to learn how to manage two blogs under the same account, but, I think I may have gotten the hang of it.
Love & Eyeliner eventually will stand on its own, but since I have way more followers on My Enchanted Life, I figured i would advertise my first post here. Please visit loveandeyeliner.wordpress.com and follow me! Even if you hate makeup! (Sean, I’m talking to you!)
Here’s a copy of my first post, sans photos, because I don’t think I can copy and paste those…
Thank You ALL!!
I’m addicted to black eyeliner. I think it stems from watching my Mom standing in front of her vanity with her Mary Kay cake liner, licking the brush, rubbing it in the cake and creating the perfect winged eye. Damn, she could make a perfect wing. But, I digress. Not only did she inspire my love for black winged eyeliner, she also, by licking that brush, subliminally taught me that not all tools come in packages at the beauty shop. (Another post on tips and tricks to follow!) Here is my homage to my favorite black eyeliners. I haven’t gone a day without a cat eye since I was fifteen years old–well, except on those stay at home days. Here I am at 10:00 AM on a Sunday morning and yes, my liner is on. But enough jibber jabber… Here are the liners I can’t live without.
My Eyeliner Staple: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner Pen
I don’t remember when I started using this liner, but I do know that I have gone through about twenty of them–and that’s not because the liner dries out quickly as some reviewers say. It’s because it is amazing. It has an inky felt tip liner which is perfect for the novice or the expert. You can create a thin line with the tip or a thicker line by dragging the pen across the lid using the side of the tip. The best part about about it? The name does not lie! This liner STAYS ALL DAY! Even better, it is super easy to remove with regular drugstore eye makeup remover or wipes. I’ve tried the gray, which is a bit too light for me, the brown, which I didn’t like because I’m a black eyeliner girl and I would love to try a deep purple if they ever come out with one. (I’m partial to a very dark purple liner. It’s super easy to find at any Sephora, Beauty.com, and Stila’s own website. Seriously, it’s a must have for any black eyeliner loving’ girl and if you’re new to “liquid” liners and are afraid of the waterproof factor in the event of mistakes–don’t be! A Q-Tip with a drop of eye makeup remover will fix any mistakes you mazy make, and believe me, I’ve made plenty. There are just some mornings when you have a shaky hand or nothing is going right. At twenty dollars, some may think it’s a bit pricey for an eyeliner pen, but I’ve purchased drugstore brands which cost between nine and thirteen dollars and they can’t come close to the staying power and versatility of Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner. Seriously–give it a try! If you don’t like it, you can always return it for something that works better for you!
My New Black Eyeliner Love: Benefit “They’re Real! Push Up Gel Eyeliner Pen”
I’m a big fan of Benefit cosmetics in general, so when they came out with the matching gel eyeliner for their “They’re Real!” mascara, I had to give it a try. I LOVE IT. After excitedly ripping opening the packaging, I was a bit confused. There was a little orange stopper in the tip of the pen and no eyeliner ready to swipe over my lid. I finally figured it out, removed the orange stopper and twisted the pen until I saw the gel liner start to rise from the slanted applicator tip. It was love at first sight. It took me a couple of tries to get the hang of it, but, oh my, the results! The easy glide of a gel liner in a pen, the choice to make a thick or thin line because of the slanted rubber applicator and you get to choose exactly how much liner you want to “push up.” I think that this feature makes it a good choice for beginners. I just adore it. It’s like using a gel pot without he brush. It’s not waterproof, but lasts all day long. Removal can be a bit messy, but easy enough with again, any ol’ drugstore brand eye makeup remover. At $24.00, it is a splurge, but I was lucky enough to receive a few deluxe samples with some Sephora purchases. The reviews aren’t that great on sephora.com, but I give it five stars. It’s a deep, dark, long lasting black gel liner in a pen which allows you to create the perfect cat or winged eye.
An aside, I also adore the matching “Push Up Mascara.”
An Interesting Liquid Pen: Too Faced 3-Way Lash Lining Tool
At $22 dollars, again, it’s no bargain, but I don’t skimp on my black liner, so as soon as I saw this strange looking eyeliner pen in my local Sephora, I had to buy it. I’m so glad I did! It’s not waterproof and removes easily with, again, any ol’ eye makeup remover or plain soap and water. (I never use soap and water on my eyes, but I’m sure a facial cleanser will take it off rather easily.) What attracted me to this pen was the strange three pronged tip. I was intrigued. After my first use, I was in love. The three pronged tip is designed to dig deep into the lash line giving you a line which doesn’t have to be reapplied those times that you just miss the lash line. You can youse the side to start a thin line and begin to rotate it to create a thicker line at the ends. As the description on sephora‘s website states, it is a “tool” to “create the perfect lash line” and the reviews are great.
Always on My Bathroom Shelf: MAC Fluidline Gel Eyeliner
At $16.00, MAC’s Fluidline Gel Eyeliner is a bargain. One pot lasts forever (don’t forget to put the cap back on or it will dry out) and because you must apply with an eyeliner brush, you control how much or how little and how thick or how thin you want your line. It comes in a ton of colors, but I’m writing about black eyeliner here, so I’ll stick to that. I’m not sure if I would recommend this for the beginner because it does require a brush, but hey, as I wrote earlier, my Mom used spit on a brush and a cake liner to create her perfect eye. Practice makes perfect! MAC also has a waterproof version MAC Chromaline Gel Liner for $20.00. (This will be purchased after I conclude and post!) I prefer to purchase my MAC products at department stores such as Nordstrom because their return policy lis so good. I’m not a huge MAC fan with the exception of this liner and their fabulous lipsticks, so it makes more sense for me to purchase what I know and like from MAC from department stores. (I’m not sure of MAC’s return policy…I’ll have to do some research…) If you want to see how much I really, really love this liner, take a peek at the photos below. How often do you finish an entire beauty product? Me? I have so many, it’s not too often, but I do have my favorites which you will be reading about soon.
So my fellow makeup lovers, thank you for reading my very first post on Love & Eyeliner. I would love your feedback and hit that “follow” button! And one final question…
What’s your favorite black (or for that matter any) eyeliner?
I love trying new products and can’t wait for your feedback!
Love & Eyeliner,