Sunday, September 29, 2013

Eyeliner Collection & September Ipsy Bag

Hey there, big girls!  Sorry to have been MIA the last couple of weeks.  I have been drowning in essays to grade plus went out of town with my parents, but this weekend brought me back to my normal schedule and gave me a chance to continue my series of makeup collection posts.  Today, let's talk eyeliner.

First, here are my everyday brown liners:

From top to bottom:

 - Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Bourbon (FAVORITE brown liner of all time!  I wear this on my lower lashline almost every day.)
 - Clinique Creamshaper for Eyes in Chocolate Lustre (like the Bourbon but with less shimmer)
 - Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Corrupt (left side of pencil in first pic)
 - Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner in Brown (these are GREAT budget-friendly alternatives to the UD 24/7 pencils!)

Here are my black liners (plus a gorgeous deep plum), which I use to line my upper and/or lower waterline and sometimes line the lashline:

From top to bottom:

 - Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Perversion (the BEST for lining the upper waterline and the blackest black liner on the planet!)
 - Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero (right side of pencil in first pic) - a good black that is not as "extreme" as Perversion.  Not sure why it looks streaky in the swatch, though...
 - Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner in Black
 - Estee Lauder Doublewear Eyeliner in Black Plum

I also have been loving gel liners for my upper lashline.  These are the two that I use regularly, and both are extremely long-wearing and smooth:

From top to bottom:

 - Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Eyeliner in Caviar Ink (a super-dark brown)
 - Cailyn Line fix Gel Eyeliner in Iron (a beautiful, shimmery gray that came in one of my previous Ipsy bags.  I LOVE to use this as a base/primer for darker eyeshadows, too.)

The Cailyn eyeliner comes with a fabulous built-in brush of its own:

Also, when I ordered the Bobbi Brown Eyeliner from Sephora back in the Spring, I ordered this Laura Mercier Smoky Eyeliner Brush, which I love.  It has a super-pointed tip that keeps its shape after every use and wash:

And, even though I usually stick with brown, gray, or black liner, every once in a while I get crazy and use a colorful pencil on my lower lashline or waterline:

As you can see, I love NYX pencils for adding a pop of color.  From top to bottom:

 - NYX Slide On, Glide On pencil in Jewel (a shimmery plum)
 - NYX Slide On, Glide On pencil in Golden Bronze
 - Sephora Flashy liner in Flashy Green (but it's more of a blue)
 - NYX Eye/Brown Pencil in Bronze Shimmer (not as long-wearing as the Slide On, Glide On ones)
 - Rimmel Scandal Eyes pencil in Nude (Yes, I bought into the hype of this pencil.  I've tried it on my lower waterline to make me look more "awake."  I don't really think it does, though...not like a couple of cups of strong coffee do. :)  

Also, here is a product that you need to RUN OUT AND BUY NOW for sharpening all of your lip and eye pencils - The Urban Decay Grindhouse Double Barrel Sharpener:

 I NO IDEA why this sharpener works better than any other sharpener that I have ever bought, but it truly is fabulous and worthy of its $10 price tag!  It is especially good for sharpening softer, creamier pencils like the UD 24/7 ones. 

Next, want a neat little trick for getting your pencils super-sharp?  Here it is...

That's right!  Just pop those pencils in the freezer and let them hang out with your frozen peas and corn for about 10 or 15 minutes.  They will sharpen SO much better than they would at room temperature. 

Lasly, liquid liners, which I have grown to love over the past couple of years (after spending many years in fear of them!).  Now, I do not do the wing/"flick" at the end normally.  It's just not a look that I think looks good on my eye shape, plus not a skill that I have mastered yet.  What I normally do with black liquid liner is smudge over it with a dark shadow, as I like a "smoky" dramatic eye versus the precise cat-eye look.  Here are my favorite liquid liners:

From top to bottom:

 - Jesse's Girl Liquid Eyeliner in black (This new drugstore favorite of mine has a Japanese calligraphy brush tip and can be used to create super-thin lines.  You can buy Jesse's Girl products at Rite-Aid and on the Jesse's Girl website.)
 - Stila All Day Liquid Eyeliner in black - with a tip almost as fine as the Jesse's Girl, this one is great for achieving a dramatic look.
 - Milani Ultra Fine liquid liner in black - Before discovering Jesse's Girl and Stila, I used this a good bit. However, now that I have gotten used to the finer, more precise tips of the other two, I rarely use it anymore.  It IS very black, though, and long-lasting.  I good drugstore alternative if you want a thicker, more dramatic line.

Oops...this pic is not in the same order as the one above.  L to R - Stila, Jesse's Girl, and Milani

Top to bottom - Jesse's Girl (look how THIN that line is!!), Stila, and Milani

And, just to give you a comparison of the Jesse's Girl and the Stila (and an example of how I never draw a precise line with either, lol), I took a couple of extra pictures.

Here is me with the Jesse's Girl liquid liner:

I LOVE the thin line that I can achieve from this Jesse's Girl liner , and makes my lashes look SO much thicker after I put on mascara.

And, here is me with the Stila liquid liner:

Not sure what is up with the shakey-looking outer corner.  Too much coffee this morning, perhaps, or maybe just my aging eyelinds?

And speaking of my love for Jesse's Girl liquid eyeliner, looky looky looky...

My September Ipsy Bag:

After receiving the lamest Ipsy Bag ever in August (no Urbay Decay lipstick and they sent another crappy hot pink plastic bag from JULY! GRRR!), this Ipsy bag has redeemed itself by providing me with a backup of the Jesse's Girl liner.  Here are some up close pics of this month's contents:

Hooray!  Another Jesse's Girl liquid eyeliner AND a gorgeous purple NYX shadow!)

A little look that I created with the NYX shadow and Jesse's Girl liner

This Cailyn "tinted lip balm" is nothing of the is a highly pigmented, almost matte lipstick.  However, it works perfectly for that "Mad Men" lip!

This J. Cat lipstick would make me look like utter death, so I am leaving it untouched and will try to find a friend who could use this pale, peachy-nude.  I have enough mascaras already, but this It's So Big mascara will make a great throw-in for a swap.

Whew!  That was a monster eyeliner/Ipsy post.  Hopefully it made up for my temporary absence from the blogging world. :)  Also, coming up this week in a continuation of my makeup collection posts - mascaras!

What are your favorite eyeliners?  Any application tips or tricks? 



  1. I've always wondered where to buy Jesse's Girl products. Thanks for letting me know they're at RiteAid. I will be buying the JG liquid liner you demoed: that skinny line is just what I was looking for at an affordable price tyvm! PS My August ipsy bag never arrived at all lol so my September bag certainly was better than that. Wish I got the JG liquid liner in mine!

    1. You are welcome! Check out the Jesse's Girl nail polishes, too. She has some really unique colors! :)

  2. all great eyeliners! i've yet to try the JG one but it's on my list. great bag this month too.
    i did a video and post on how to wear nude lipstick, but long story short, wear a berry, pink, or brown lip liner first, and then the nude will look "normal."

    1. Thank you, Elle! LOVED that post/video that you did on nude lips tips and tricks. I am going to do a favorite nude lips post in the near future, and I will be sure to post a link to your post and video!