I am quite picky about eyeliner and always looking for something that won’t smudge. I have oily, hooded eyelids, so that’s no easy feat.
I actually had the same meh experience as Renee with Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner (funnily enough, I also tried the Cobalt).
For ultimate staying power, liquid eyeliners work best. Most recently, I’ve been impressed with two eyeliner pens by Blinc: the Liquid Eyeliner Pen and the Ultrathin Liquid Eyeliner Pen. I think both use the same formula: deep jet black, dries slightly shiny, comes off in flakes with water and gentle pressure or regular eye makeup remover, and–yes!–smudgeproof.
For the second summer in a row, the AmorePacific Color Control Cushion SPF 50 is a staple in my routine. (The product link goes to QVC, which has a video demonstration and shade guidance. No longer available on QVC.) In Asia, cushion foundations have been around for several years, but they are just now hitting the U.S. (It Cosmetics just released one. Actually my friend told me that Stila and Almay came out with cushion makeup years and years ago and lo and behold my Googling turned up Stila Pivotal Makeup.)
Renee’s Asian cosmetics haul was from Alhambra/Monterey Park in the Los Angeles area. But thankfully Asian cosmetics are increasingly available online from international sellers and even in regular American stores and websites.
Dior Wonderland, that is. Dior’s latest lip product is the Dior Addict Fluid Stick, a glossy stain with pigmentation buildable to the equivalent of a lipstick. Read on for my review of Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 575 Wonderland.
While Renee works her way through the animal kingdom, let me share some lip looks that I’m drawn to lately.
I was briefly am still obsessed with the Korean drama “My Love from the Star” (also known as “My Love from Another Star” and free on Hulu and DramaFever).
Story aside, I loved taking in the characters’ makeup looks. Cheon Song-Yi (played by Jun Ji-Hyun), Korea’s sweetheart, sported full-on bright lips in a rainbow of feminine colors: cherry red, deep red, orange, hot pink, violet pink, coral pink, . . . gawgeous. Her best friend/proverbial bridesmaid, Yoo Se-Mi (played by Yoo In-Na), sported the very-popular-in-Korea gradient lip, usually in orange or peach tones.
Here I show you three different lip looks inspired by “My Love from the Star” and all those beautiful Korean stars with hateably glowy and clear skin.
*Note: Today was overcast so all of the photos came out dull and cool-toned. I edited them to try to show the true color, but I don’t think I captured the brightness and richness of the colors.
1. Over lightly moisturized lips, pat on a suuuuper light layer of foundation (I used a BB cushion). Stop here if you like corpse lips.
Hi, world and Google footprint! Angela here. I like to think I’m the softer side of TheDurianGray BeautyandtheCat. . . we’ll see. It’s the first day, and I’m still up at 1am blogging.
For my first post, and because it’s freakin’ 1am, I wanted to start off with something simple and easy to photograph. So today I’m introducing you to a little known item that I can’t live without: the clear waterproofing topcoat for mascara.
The title of this post is a little fib as it’s not a must-have for everyone. But it sounded better than “Mascara Must-Have for a Narrowly Defined Demographic and Just Optional for Everyone Else.” If you read on, you might recognize yourself as a member of that lucky demographic, and if so, this just might be life-changing info.
You see, the bane of my makeup existence has always been my hooded eyes. Sometimes referred to as Asian eyes (even though many Asians don’t have them) or monolids (which are actually different), hooded eyes mean that my poor lashes are constantly touching my upper lids. The constant friction and oils from my skin inevitably cause the melting of any mascara within an hour. Yes, even waterproof mascara. Yes, even after applying a great eye primer (Urban Decay Primer Potion) and powdering the area.