Liquid Eyeliners Scare Me

They really do! One wrong move and BAM… you have to wipe it off and start all over again. Which is why I stuck with good old pencil eyeliners. Unfortunately I have really oily skin and my eye makeup always ends up creasing and I constantly find myself reapplying my eyeliner.

I used Prestige Eyeliner for years. I would buy 2-3 at a time so I wouldn’t have to keep running back to the store but because it’s a pencil, I would have to always sharpen it to get a nice thin and crisp line.

Prestige Eyeliners

Prestige Eyeliners

When I said I used this product for years, I mean YEARS. Until one day (2 years ago lol) I decided that I am now a big girl and big girls use liquid eyeliners… Gulp! So again, I made my way to the local drugstore to purchase and try the liquid sort.

After about an hour of ooking and trying to decide which one to go with I picked one out (I can’t remember which one) and went to pay. The girl behind the counter asked if I had ever used that particular one before… I think she could smell the newbie in me lol! I told her no, so she recommended that I try the Quo liquid eyeliner instead because it “dries faster and easy to use”.

Quo Liquid Eyeliner

Quo Liquid Eyeliner

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So I paid the $16 plus tax CAD (wtf?!) Boy was she wrong! The brush itself was great but because it “dries so quick” I also had to dip it back into the bottle to get more colour. It also seemed that it only dries fast on the brush and not on your skin. I would literally need to sit with my eyes closed for about 5 minutes to make sure I didn’t smudge it and some times it still smudged! I was in a rush one time and thought I had given it enough time to dry… Nope. Imagine my embarrassment when I looked in the mirror and realized I had a nice dark black line on my eyelid!

I complained about it to a co-worker after that horrid event and after some laughter (a lot of laughter) she recommended a liquid eyeliner that is a pen and gave me one that she uses.

Kate Liquid Eyeliner

Kate Liquid Eyeliner

The brand of this liner is called Kate and it’s an Asian line. My co-worker gets her makeup sent from Asia and after the conversion, it only cost me $7 and worth every penny. The only drawback to this liner is that it’s not very dark so I would need to apply it twice in order to get a nice black line.

Top is Kate, bottom is Quo

Top is Kate, bottom is Quo

I’m not sure where you can find the Kate liner here. I actually want to try the Geisha line of liners after I use this one up.

Even with using liquid eyeliner, it still gets creased every so often if I sweat too much and would have to reapply but it’s not nearly as bad as the pencil kind. One thing for sure though, I am now converted and won’t be going back to the pencil liners!

What are your favorite liners?

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Foundations

I love makeup. I’m not exceptionally great at applying it (that’s still a work in progress) but I love wearing it and buying it. I also seem to have a habit of using makeup that is constantly getting discontinued, therefore causing my OCD tendencies to flare up.

Like every adolescent teenager, I first started out using Cover Girl foundation… But since my parents were not supportive of their young daughters using makeup, I was relegated to using the little sample packs from magazines. Sad, I know. And then I realized one morning that the foundation did no match my natural skin tone nor was I applying it evenly on my face… Very embarrassing for a teenage girl in high school! Armed with my first weekly allowance money, I made my way to the local Shoppers Drug Mart. I decided on the Cover Girl pressed powder. Again, no research was done as to what suited my skin best. I continued to use that for a couple years until I reached my senior year of high school. It was then that my mom took my sister and I to the MAC counter at the mall.

I used MAC pressed powder foundation for a couple years after that. They have a really great product exchange program where you bring back 6 cleaned and empty product containers and exchange it for a free item… I didn’t use makeup enough at the time to utilize the program though.

I noticed that my skin was on the more oily side and I had a problem (big problem) with acne throughout high school. So much so that my mom regularly to my dr to see why it was happening. Anyways, my mom took me back to the mall and suggested I switch to the skin care line that she’s used for years; Shiseido. I started using the pressed powder foundation from their Pureness line until one day when I went back to buy a refill and they told me that it has been discontinued. Now, this was years ago and I think they’ve actually brought the line back now. So I made my way across from Shiseido over to Clinique. I started using their Almost Powder Makeup Broad Spectrum pressed powder. I used this particular foundation for quite a long time until my sister-in-law was getting married and I needed something with more coverage as the Clinique one was sheer coverage.

Chanel Teint Innocence compact foundation is now my foundation of choice. You’re asking why I haven’t tried liquid? Well, I can’t quite seem to get liquid foundation to blend well. Plus I also don’t want to look TOO made up; I like a bit more if a natural made up look. Price point: not cheap! Obviously this Chanel foundation cost more than the other brands I’ve used previously. I pay $65 CAD (tax included) and there are no refill options.

Chanel Teint Innocence

Chanel Teint Innocence

I found that the Teint Innocence gave me incredible coverage and lasted me all day at the wedding (which was in July… In Vancouver summer humidity). For regular normal day-to-day wear I use a bit less for sheer coverage, for events like weddings and parties I use a bit more for extra coverage and longevity. A friend of mine also gifted me with her Diorskin Airflash spray on foundation. She didn’t like it after using it a couple of times and gave it to me to try.

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First off, the Diorskin is incredible! It gives a flawless finish because it essentially gives an airbrushed look. All you do is give one small spritz clockwise (or counterclockwise.. Whichever you want) and use a foundation brush to blend and presto! You’re done! The price point is also incredible… Incredibly high!!! I got this for free but this bad boy will set you back $65 plus tax CAD. The down side is obviously the high price and it’s definitely not meant for everyday use as the can uses up pretty quick.