Inventory: Eyeliner

Posted on August 10, 2017 under Inventory

Let’s quickly run through this. Even I have limits when it comes to discussing eyeliner.

Liquid Liner

A staple in my eyeliner life since forever (aka 2013), I think I will always have Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black on hand. This eyeliner has never done me dirty in four years, which is why I have a backup. (I keep expecting this one to run out because I bought it in June 2016, but somehow it has managed to surpass its usual lifespan of 10 months.) I also have the same product in Snow and Indigo.

I’ve come to realize that almost every NYX product I’ve tried has disappointed me and thus ended up being destashed, but the Vivid Brights Eyeliner in Sapphire is legit. I rarely find a liquid liner formula that my eyelids don’t swallow, and this is one of them. Plus, well, cobalt blue is my colour.

Finally, a third liquid liner formula that actually works for me: Lancôme Grandiôse Eyeliner in Cerulean and Fuchsia*. Sadly these two beautiful colours were limited edition in the winter, but I love them. They’re so much fun and wear beautifully. I wish Lancôme would come out with more fun colours in this line and make them permanent, because the formula of this liner is bomb.

L-R: Stila Intense Black, Stila Snow, Stila Indigo, NYX Sapphire, Lancôme Cerulean, Lancôme Fuchsia

Pencil Liners

I use black pencils exclusively to tightline. Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil in Noir is okay, but not the most transfer-proof. I got this as a gift from a friend and I’d never pay $27 for it! The Marc Jacobs Highliner in Blacquer (last year’s Sephora birthday gift) lasts a lot better, though it’s also overpriced.

In terms of browns, I have two of these Stila Smudge Sticks, in Damsel (a matte dark brown) and Lionfish (a lighter, warmer brown with some shimmer). These Smudge Sticks seem to multiply of their own accord; I’ve never actually bought one, but somehow have four (and that’s after decluttering at least two). Two more: Halfmoon and Purple Tang, a matte grey and a sparkly purple, respectively.

Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense in Black Honey is a really nice warm brown that complements warmer eye looks very well. I probably don’t need it since I already have two brown liners, but I like it.

NYX Wonder Pencil in Light is a classic nude to pop in the waterline to brighten tired eyes. I like it! I’m usually a twist-up pencil kind of gal because I’m lazy, but it’s a soft, creamy pencil that sets nicely. I love that they make this in different shades of nude, too.

Finally, two blues: Lise Watier Waterproof Eyeliner in Marin, a navy, and Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner in Lapis, a beautiful cobalt. Lise Watier and Annabelle are both Canadian brands owned by another Canadian brand, Marcelle, and of the two I vastly prefer Lise Watier. The Annabelle eye pencils come in a really great array of colours, but they’re drier and stiffer. The Lise Watier liners are creamy to apply but budgeproof once they set. Of course, they’re also about twice as expensive.

L-R: Clarins Noir, Marc Jacobs Blacquer, Stila Damsel, Stila Lionfish, Stila Halfmoon, Stila Purple Tang, Clinique Black Honey, NYX Light, Lise Watier Marin, Annabelle Lapis

Eyeshadow Sticks

I don’t know why I decided to put these in this post instead of with the single eyeshadows, but what’s done is done. These live in the same cup as all my liners, so that’s probably why.

If you were involved in the Reddit makeup world in 2013, then you probably either bought a NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk or coveted this product mightily. This was back in the days of savagery when NYX was not available in Canada, so I had to get my mom to pick these pencils up in New York for me. This product does not work as an eyeshadow base for me whatsoever: it creases terribly, even over a primer. I also don’t like it in the waterline because it’s too stark. I used up quite a bit of one pencil on Halloween 2015 when I used it as makeshift face paint on three people. The other one is untouched.

Lise Watier 24 Hours Glam Cream Eyeshadow in Satin Glam is a beautiful, shimmery champagne shadow stick. I’m not big on eyeshadow sticks, but this has a great formula. I mostly use it in my inner corner for an intense highlight.

L-R: NYX Milk, Lise Watier Satin Glam

I also have a gel eyeliner by Essence which I neglected to photograph but which you can see in action here.

There we go – I breezed through that batch of products pretty quickly, huh?

Products I’m digging out for fall

Posted on September 19, 2015 under Lists

Although it’s been boiling hot here in Montreal for the past few weeks, I know that fall is just around the corner – and I’m itching to pull out the fall clothes and makeup. With summer winding to a close, it’s time to seriously cut back on the peach, coral, and bronze tones that have been dominating my makeup for the past few months. More traditional fall tones are my favourite, and are never completely banished even in the hottest days of summer. My fall palette isn’t exactly creative – it consists mainly of taupe, berry, plum, dark purple, and rich brown, which is rather predictable. Here are some products that are coming out from hibernation now that fall is on its way!

Eyes

fall-eyes

My favourite fall eyeshadow is the eyelid shade from the Wet N Wild Silent Treatment trio – it’s the most gorgeous purple-y taupe! A lot of the shades from the LORAC Pro palette could potentially join my roster, but I’m particularly excited about Slate and Deep Purple.

As for products in stick form, I adore the Stila Smudge Crayon in Umber, a dark brown with a richness that suits the colder months. To round off the eye makeup, I’ll be pulling out Clinique’s eyeliner in Black Honey and Stila’s Smudge Stick in Tetra, two deep colours that will be perfect for this time of year.

fall-eyes-swatches

Cheeks

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On the cheeks, I’m super excited to use my Sleek blush in Flushed, which is one of my all-time favourite blushes. The formula is great, the colour is stunning, and the packaging is delightful. This is one product that I really don’t find myself reaching for at all in the warmer months, but I know I’ll go right back to it in the fall. (For some reason it always photographs as much warmer than it is, but it’s a lovely deep berry.) Another beautiful berry option is Benefit’s Benetint, which gives a lovely sheer glow.

I also love redder blushes when it’s cold out, as they most naturally mimic a natural flush from being out in the cold. My absolute favourite blush for this is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty, but a warmer option is Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat. (Okay, so maybe I just want an excuse to use my Hourglass blushes whenever possible. CAN YOU BLAME ME?)

I’m also keen to move away from warm and sunkissed highlights by pulling out my Topshop Glow Highlight in Polished, which gives the most etheral, otherworldly glow. Somehow that just seems more appropriate for the crisp, cold weather.

fall-cheeks-swatches

Lips

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Finally, you know I have a huge selection of lipsticks that I am itching to bust out. From the very dark (Topshop lipstick in Depth; L’Oreal Colour Extraordinnaire in Plum Adagio) to the berry red (NARS Cruella; Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Matte 107) to the rosy brown (Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Sultry), I have a large selection! Other favourites are MAC Creme-Sheen lipstick in Hang-Up, MAC Satin lipstick in Rebel (my all-time favourite lipstick), Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Aria, and Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté 017.

fall-lips-swatches

I attempted to arrange these swatches in some sort of organized fashion.

I know I’ll be kicking myself for wishing for cooler weather when it’s -40 in a few months, but, well, I’ve had enough of summer. Bring on fall!