On Saturday I was in a local chemist having a sneaky peek at the Lancôme counter to see if there was anything pretty and new when I spotted a basket on the counter with some discounted cosmetics. It’s not unusual to see a basket of reduced makeup on a counter in a chemist but I never bother to look in them. I always assumed they were full of opened products that people have stuck their fingers into to swatch or else the items are really old or broken. But with a quick glimpse I could see that all the products were either Clarins or Lancôme and they looked fine so I took a closer look. All the products were new, unopened and in perfect condition and better yet they were all marked €7. I’ve been trying not to buy makeup on impulse but instead do some research so I only spend money on products that I really want, but I figured you can’t go wrong with Clarins and the pencil is a beautiful khaki green and you know how much I love green.
The formula is soft a creamy. It glides on smoothly and doesn’t drag the eyelid. Its well pigmented so you get a solid line of colour in one go; I hate when you have to keep going over the line to fill in the colour, which is something that can happen with cheap eyeliners. There is a smudger applicator on one end so you can create a softer or smoky look. It doesn’t set so it’s not smudge proof or water resistant but it does last all day and night and it’s easy to remove. Unfortunately this means it’s not a great choice if you’re totes emosh or you suffer with allergies. But like I said, it is a beautiful khaki green; here are some pictures:
Eye Shadow: Max Factor Wilde Shadow Pot in Auburn Envy
Mascara: Lancôme Hypnose
While I was waiting for my hairdresser in my beauty and hair salon I started playing with the bits and pieces on their Smashbox stand. I ended up buying this on a bit of a whim and I’m glad I did. It’s one of my favourite eye liners, not my all time favourite but it’s up there and I use it loads. I personally do not like black eyeliner on me so I tend to mostly use browns and purples. The name of this is Black Violet and as the name suggests it a dark purple; it’s definitely more purple than black. It’s not so dark that it looks harsh on me but it is dark enough for a nice smoky eye.
The formula is nice to use; it glides along the skin without dragging or pulling. You can smudge it out to soften the line. I use a MAC 219 brush to smudge the line but you have to be quick because once it sets it doesn’t budge. It comes off easily enough with a good eye makeup remover or usually whatever cleanser I’m using to take my makeup off will remove the eye liner as well.
Also the sharpener in the lid is quite handy as it will sharpen any makeup pencil. So when travelling, if you bring this eye liner then there is no need for a separate sharpener for other pencils.
In the simple eye makeup look below I show you Smashbox Limitless Eye Liner in Black Violet in action. All I have used here is MAC Satin Taupe (a purple gray taupe) all over the lid and in the crease. Then I used a small bit of MAC All That Glitters (a rose gold) in the inner corner.
I lined the tightline, waterline, upper lash line and lower lash line all with Black Violet and smudged the lines with a MAC 219. A quick sweep of Lancôme Hypnose mascara on the lashes finishes the look.
On a recent trip to Boots I picked up this Bourjois Contour Clubbing Waterproof Eyeliner in Purple Night (€6.59) as part of a 3 for 2 deal. (Boots 3 for 2 is like a beauty bloggers Bermuda Triangle; where many a woman gets lost for hours.) I had been on the lookout for it after reading a few reviews especially this Lovely Girlie Bits one, and since I am quite partial to purple eye makeup, there was no hesitation when I spotted it.
I agree with Karen in loving the packaging. Purple with metallic teal are a fabulous colour combination. As for the liner itself: it’s lovely to use. It’s very pigmented and glides on easily without tugging or dragging the skin, and it is very creamy and smooth. There is a hint of metallic teal shimmer shot trough the purple liner for added interest, which really makes green eyes pop.
I wore Purple Night out Saturday night and here is how I used it.
First we have a picture of Purple Night lightly lining my water and tight line
Then I blended it outside the upper and lower lash lines
Next I blended MAC Fireside into the crease
Then I covered the lid with MAC Satin Taupe
A little highlight in the inner corner and some mascara and I’m good to go. Now I could have went a bit heavier with the liner for a more dramatic look, but I choose to keep it a more subtle and soft smokey look for this time.