Tag Archives: Eyeliner

Making faces

25 Apr

I’ve got to post about this right away, just in case you want to go buy this makeup kit before it’s gone. On sale this week, the $20 regularly priced UO Beauty Playground Kit is only $4.99. I’ve been staring at this kit for weeks while I work, unwilling to pay the $20 for eyeshadow in a paper box. Mostly I’ve been plain curious to try the Urban house brand of cosmetics, wishing I was a beauty buyer picking out the product or the merchandiser packaging it.

The kit includes 4 eyeshadows, black pencil eyeliner, gold shimmer powder, and a lipgloss. Shimmer powder is almost as useless to me as glitter. I just don’t need it or really dig it. I wore it today as a highlighter on my cheekbones today just to try it. Eh. Maybe if I was a tan girl and not Snow White I would love it. The eyeliner was pretty basic. It went past smudge-able to “you can practically wipe it off.” I wore it under my eyeshadow so it set pretty well. The eyeshadow palette was similar to a Mary Kay one I got for free, am almost out of , and loved. Again, they may look better on a tan girl, but they’re still good metallic neutrals. I’ve been seeing a lot of magazine spreads using colors like the lightest shade, a shimmery peach, as a base, highlighter, and along the lower lash line. It’s been a great change for me from the super light base colors I’ve been using. No more white mask around my eyes.

I’ve saved the best for last. The lipgloss was my favorite part. It’s a great rusty cherry color (always worry about reds and the whiteness of my teeth and this looked good). The lipgloss was smooth and not sticky, it felt great. It didn’t last terribly long but maybe that’s because it smelled and tasted like candy (yummy).

If Urban sold these lipglosses individually, I would snatch them up. Especially if they featured the new trends (bright orange? Hot pink? Yes please.) I understand the difficulty of creating an in-house cosmetics line: loss prevention, training employees on the product, keeping sanitary testers, building a brand and regular customers. BUT Urban should totally push these lipglosses. They’re doing well with their nail polishes. The great colors get girls to buy them. I think the quality for the price gets them to come back for more. Nail polish and lipgloss have become as important as jewelry to a girl’s wardrobe.





Makeup Muse: oh my goth!

10 Dec

Today is my dear friend Miranda’s birthday. I was thinking about her and her signature style as I was getting ready today, and I totally did homage makeup, copying her. I don’t know how much of it was intentional, but she always makes me want to be more goth. Here’s a picture I stole from her (it’s so fierce!)

The bad ass goth older sister I always wanted.

Every day this girl has the porcelain skin, goth eyebrows, cateyes (or wings I sometimes like to call them), and red lips. Oh, and she always has the best bangs. I don’t know what I would do if she suddenly started using bronzer or changed up that eye makeup. My world might collapse in on itself. The movie Cry Baby always reminds me of Miranda. The Cry Baby girls had the same winged eyeliner.

Traci Lords in "Cry Baby"

Miranda is the queen of eyeliner. I won’t tell you how many years of practice she said she’s had with it, or how old she’s turning today. After stealing and posting her picture without her permission, that would just be too far. (Good thing she loves me.) I’ve always been so in awe of her skills because I am eyeliner deficient. She can do this makeup with liquid or pencil. I’ve only recently started using pencil and could not make these lines so smooth and sharp. Maybe if I had gel eyeliner I could do it, but I can’t see myself using it every day to justify buying it. The scumbag way is to make do with what you’ve got.

close up

a little bit goth

Miranda and I have the porcelain skin thing in common, so that’s a check. I used my darkest rusty blush just under the cheekbones. No rosy apple cheeks with this makeup. I kept my standard eye makeup as a base. L’oreal Morning Light Perle eye shadow as an all over highlighter, then Rimmel Smokey Quartz to define the crease. I started with my black pencil eye liner, but couldn’t get the wings sharp and straight so I busted out my angled eyeliner/shadow brush (Sonia Kashuk) and my good ol’ black eyeshadow (CoverGirl Shimmering Onyx). I’ve done this before by wetting the brush, but didn’t really need to today.

To get the really red lips like Miranda’s, I usually do some combination of a stain, pencil and lipstick. Today I decided to just smear on some cherry red lipgloss. It was the solid kind from a palette. I always like the texture of those better than a tube, but I do have a red fingertip now. (I find lip brushes annoying.)

Now if I could ever have rockin’ bangs the look would be complete.