Hey Guys! Starting off another week after a short weekend...I ended up spending most of my weekend asleep and/or napping because I wasn't feeling that great. Minos the Wonderkitty didn't seem to mind though, since he's all about lounging around and napping whenever possible :)
Stash Week is over, but I thought I'd extend it a bit by showing you the eye makeup that gets used most often in my stash...
Urban Decay Primer Potion, $18: this is a miniature bottle that came with the UD Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows. After giving the UDPP a few chances, I really do like using this as a primer for my eye makeup. The sheer color dries to a trasnparent finish, and it really makes the eyeshadow stick.
Lumene Eye Makeup Base, $8: my second favorite eye primer, this product is a lot cheaper than the UDPP (about $8 the last time I bought a tube) and it lasts forever. The packaging is great - since it's a tube, you know you can squeeze out every last bit of the base without it going to waste. The fine tip ensures that you won't get excess product on your finger when you use it - you only need a tiny amount to prep both of your lids. It's just a wee bit drier than UDPP, but it dries to a transparent finish and holds on to eyeshadow well.
MAC Paint, Sublime Nature, $16.50: one of my first MAC purchases, this Paint shade is technically an eyeshadow, but I also use it as a primer. It's a nice neutral color that you can use alone on your lids (similar to Benefit Creaseless Cream Liners), or as a base for your other eyeshadows. It's creamier/oilier than UDPP and Lumene, so staying power isn't quite as long, but it does extend the wear of my eyeshadow when I use it.
MAC Paint Pot, Soft Ochre, $16.50: I'll admit that I don't use this paint pot as often as I'd like to, because I find it kind of drying on my lids. It really makes eyeshadow stay put, but you have to know EXACTLY where that shadow is going...and for a novice like me, it's not always a good thing. I mainly use this if I plan on using a single shadow as a wash of color, or maybe 2 shadows at most.
L'Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner, Black, $8: Liquid pencil eyeliner? Yes! If you like MUFE or UD liners but sometimes find that they smudge or don't stay on your waterline, you should definitely try out this pencil! It only comes in 3 shades (Black, Grey, and Brown), but as a standard black eyeliner I absolutely love it - as you can tell by the little nub of a pencil that's left, lol. (Don't worry, I already have a backup ready to be used when I finally finish up this pencil) It glides on effortlessly, and once it dries, it stays in place until you take it off with makeup remover! My waterline is tricky - generally ANY liner I put on my waterline can disappear within a few minutes to a few hours, but this liner holds on for a couple of hours.
Urban Decay Liquid Liner, Perversion, $18: I've tried a few liquid liners, but this is one of my favorites. I suck at using the liners that have a felt tip (yes Tokidoki liner, you're cute and I ♥ you, but your felt tip makes me screw up a lot), so the brush tip on the wand is great for me. Perversion is a matte black...well, as matte as a liquid liner can get. The color is really pigmented and it dries pretty fast.
Wet N Wild Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner, Black, $4: Great purchase for the price! After my HIP liner died on me, I went searching for an affordable cream/gel liner as a replacement, and bought this liner. It might not come in a nice glass container like MAC's Blacktrack, or the HIP liner, or even the Maybelline liner, but one light swipe across my lids gives me the perfect black line. It doesn't smear or run during the day, and only comes off when I use an oil-based cleanser (I used Mandom on a test swatch on my hand and it took quite a bit of rubbing to remove it completely). It might dry out faster than my HIP liner, but for $4 a pop, I'm ok buying it more often.
Shiseido Mascara Base, $23: I haven't tried many eyelash primers, but this is by far one of my favorite items to use! My super short, straight, Asian lashes get a lot of help with this mascara base - it's clear/grey on the brush, but you can't see it on your lashes, and there aren't any fibers that could stray into your eye or get stuck on a contact lens. This helps keep my lashes curled after I apply mascara.
Canmake Curl Styling Base, $6: This base contains small fibers that grab on to lashes to build a little bit of volume while holding on to curl. It's not as great as the Shiseido base, but I'll grab this base when I'm going for a more natural look.
CoverGirl Lash Exact Waterproof mascara, $8: my go-to for natural looking lashes, this mascara adds just enough definition without too much length - which is great when I wear my glasses during the week. Mascara smudges on lenses are not attractive, haha.
CoverGirl Lash Blast Waterproof mascara, $8: I wear this mascara when I want my lashes to look thicker and fuller. The CoverGirl mascaras are great for me because they don't smudge or fall under my eyes to give me that racoon look at the end of the day. It took a while to get used to the packaging for this mascara, but I'm used to it now - and it's easy to find the bright orange tube in my dresser in the morning!
Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus, $17: I love using this mascara to look like I'm wearing false lashes without actually wearing them :) The formula doesn't outright say that it's waterproof, but it really is - or just extremely stubborn! I need to use an oil cleanser to get all of this mascara off at the end of the day. One side of the brush is to add volume, and the comb side lengthens.
L'Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Carbon Black mascara, $9: Another good mascara to use for volume, the formula is thinner than CoverGirl but works just as well. No smudges from this mascara at the end of the day either.