Stila Smudge Stick Eye Liner

Everything I love about eye liner, Stila nailed with their Smudge Sticks, a waterproof formula with a color variation that sets them apart from the rest. Getting a straight line is a snap with their thin, rounded tip and the bright shades have a nice sheen to them so they don’t fall flat on the skin. I have Lionfish, a bronzy shade that’s a perfect departure from the usual flat brown, but I’m itching for the deep, eye-catching Purple Tang.

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Stila Smudge Sticks

Smashbox Wish for the Perfect Pencils Set for the Holidays

Here come the stocking stuffers! It’s not too early to think about the holidays is it? Smashbox has their Wish for the Perfect Eye Pencils out, 4 pencils for only $16. It’s basically buying one and getting the rest for free. Here’s a look at the set.

And the colors..

From left to right; Graphite, Orchid, 14K, and Onyx

It’s basically every liner color you should own. Their Onyx is super rich and deep – something I love, the Graphite is perfect for when black seems too dark for daytime, Orchid works to offset those shimmering nude eye shadows we all love, and 14K  highlights the inner corners of your eyes or under your eyes. It will probably end up being your favorite and most used of the 4. The pencil’s smudging quality is great so you can build the liner into a rich shadow with a sweep of a brush.

Remember, $1 from each limited edition set goes to the Children’s Miracle Network, beauty with a cause!

Wish for the Perfect Eye Pencils

NXY Super Fat Eye Marker; A Must Have For Liner-Lovers

You could probably tell me that the Super Fat Marker from NYX is made from lead paint and arsenic and I’d still think twice about not using it. It actually looks like a marker, but this eye liner easily allows you to apply liner as thin or as thick as you’d like. Check it out.

Here’s the line yesterday at 10am when I got ready for a long day (sans mascara).

And a look at it last night around midnight. Yes, I’m still using Latisse.

Another glimpse.

So here’s the thing about this Eye Marker, it’s amazing. Its a rich, stark black delight for a self-proclaimed liner enthusiast like myself. I’m grabbing another one for my kit, I can’t wait to use it on girls with deeper skin tones to get a true black line when most black liners dull out and look gray. The tip takes a little getting used to, but it’s pretty easy to manage. If you don’t like using the marker straight on, rub the tip of your favorite eye lining brush against it to transfer the color over and use it with a brush you’re more comfortable with. Either way this is a deep black, long-wearing liner that’s worth way more than the $10 price tag.

NYX Super Fat Marker

Beauty on a Budget; Wet N Wild

Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers, Cover Girl foundations, Rave hairspray, I’ve been using drugstore cosmetics since I was a kid. I’ll never be the girl who uses only exclusive lines, the brand doesn’t mean anything to me as long as the product passes the test. Even though they’ve been around forever, Wet N Wild is proving lately that good cosmetics don’t have to come at a high price. While not everything in the line can be stellar, there are a few that I really like and are well worth the price.

Who doesn’t love a pink gloss? MegaSlicks gloss in 564A Cherish is the color I like because its luminescence glows like a frost but catches the sun like a shimmer, and the thick formula clings to lips without bleeding out. 

Its shimmery particles blend into the color so they don’t stand out on the lips. You won’t see sparkles, just a dynamic looking $2 gloss.

Mega Glo Face Illuminator ($4) is even a hit over at with its reviewers. This is one of the most versatile radiance builders I’ve used because you can easily build its intensity from slight to more pronounced and it’s easy to blend. 

Here’s a medium amount of it (in 341 Blushing/ Rougissante) to show how it reflects light. I like the pinky shade used over blush or on top of cheekbones.

I was more than a little surprised to like their Mega Liners as well as I do. They last a really long time and have a fantastically fine brush so even a total eye liner novice can easily glide the color on.

Get a colored liner into your routine, they have some fun wearable shades like 864 Plum which I’m wearing right now with a nude shimmer shadow. Check out the waterproof version ($4) which uses a stiff-tipped applicator to easily apply a formula that doesn’t move or fade.

Color Icon Bronzer is so super rich that it doesn’t hold back. really the only thing wrong with this $4 compact is the stiff little brush that’s included. Ditch it for a big fluffy one so you can place the color where it needs to be and buff it until it’s the right shade for your skin.

‘Cheap’ is not a bad word. Explore the world of budget beauty.

MAKE UP FOR EVER: Aqua Cream & Rouge Artist Lipstick

I ransacked Sephora lately looking for a few new Aqua Cream colors, the beautifully pigmented multi-purpose crams from MAKE UP FOR EVER. They’ve apparently reformulated since I got my last one and now they’re all waterproof which is fantastic since I use them on brides or on-set under hot lights. I layer the creams with powder shadows to build a crease-free look, I use them as liners even in the lower waterline where color is known to make a run for it. They glide on effortlessly and stay in place without creasing which is why they make the perfect primer.

Colors from left to right; #15 (brown taupe shimmer), #4 (pearly white), and #1 (graphite).
I also picked up my new BFF, Eye Seal a liquid waterproofer that can be added to creams or powders (even lips) to convert any color into one that wears all day.

If you’re a lipstick girl, you have to check out their new creamy dreamy Rouge Artist lipsticks. They’re formulated with 50% more pigment than other lipsticks so the color is true and super rich. It’s also a paraben-free formula that feels amazing on – super creamy and long wearing.

Check out this color, #38 a pinky coral – one of my all-time favorite shades to flatter most skin tones.

Eye Liner Pretty Much Rules

One eye liner and a few seconds is all you need to create a day or night look for your eyes. Forget about mastering eye shadow application, a great liner is all you need. Don’t believe me? Click HERE

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