the one where I talk about make-up
Wed 21st, Nov, 2012
Well here we are again with a little bit of a Beach Cottage Real Girl natter about beauty products…don’t say you don’t get good blog value at this corner of the internet, haha, yep today I shower you with my much experience with, wait for it, eye-liner.
Now, I am one who has the knowledge of pulling down one’s lower eyelid, peering in a mirror and scraping a pencil along it…lining it, a la Diana with cobalt blue, so I sure knows what I am talking about in this department…all girls who did not grow up with that phase in your life? Just call you an amateur baby.
Then, in my journey with make-up, not long after blue inner eyes, we moved to the next stage where one was all about ‘nude’ and ‘barely there’, cafe au lait coloured lips and a touch of chocolate eyes …that was much needed after coating our eyelashes with electric blue (or even silvery white in my case!) and lining our lips in hot pink liner with a paler more sugary inner. No less.
Once one has been through those two very distinct movements one decides to beat to one’s own drum where make-up is concerned and starts to find a look that works even as one moves into one’s, ahem, forties.
And for me, a girl who once trawled Boots (as in The Chemist) on a Saturday afternoon perusing the beauty counters slavishly for ideas, after having a few babies and I got a real life things changed…
I wanted a simple make-up that saved me from looking two minutes away from death when I was doing the school run, and as with my clothes, where I wore a ‘uniform’ (link to that below if you missed), with make-up I started to do the same with my face…
In that VERY super quick uniform face, that was whacked on so I didn’t scare the neighbours or anyone at the school gate and so my kiddos knew that I would still be there to collect them at 3 o clock and not on the way to the undertakers, eyeliner was in there as a must-do….but, I tell you what I have tried heaps, lots and it has been hit and miss for a VERY long time, in fact so much that a lot of the time I didn’t bother. It was either gloopy, fell down my face by the end of the day, smudged or just didn’t sit right.
And then, with this here blog, came a few occasions where I found myself on more than one occasion staring back from a national newspaper and magazines…without any eyes. That my friend is not one of your best bets in life when you are no longer in your twenties and have 3 kiddos that keep you out late at night driving taxis.
And so I have been dabbling with eyeliners more, tried, experimented and wasted my money on expensive brands, thrown away cheapies and tried my go-to make-up brand that makes up most of my make-up bag.
Nothing cut the mustard…it was either tricky to put on, it didn’t stay put and wandered halfway to my eyebrows or worse cheeks, its shelf-life on my eyes was way too short or it made my eyes sore.
That was, you see, until I came upon this. Mabelline Master Precise (you can find more about it here)
Now, this particular beauty came to my person because of the benefits of having one very popular and very particular beauty blogger as a friend and roomie…I mean hello, the girl travels well stocked, not that she needs to, she about rises from bed looking good…
But when you room with her or indeed meet her in an airport, there are many benefits – firstly she will spritz you with things (more on those soon) and all of a sudden you will not feel like you just spent hours and hours in a plane, secondly she will offer you creams, lotions and potions to improve your droopy bits and lastly and the best, when you are in the bathroom and she is in the lounge blogging you can snoop through the toiletries on the shelf and try to discover her secrets…
This is the the point where I found the eyeliner…no I didn’t try it on, cough cough…and it ROCKED…..and so, I have been hoarding and stashing this in the back of the magic wardrobe ever since…
Now, not one to ramble on on this blog, haha, I thought I would also enlighten you as to why I like this product…as I am sure you don’t have anything more exciting to do in your life today other than read about why a girl in her forties, who lives in an old cottage with a lot of white, loves this eyeliner.
1. Though it looks a tad on the scary side when you see the applicator this is super duper easy to use. It’s very pointy, making you think that perhaps you would not be professional enough to use this but it’s not.
2. The colour is deep, dark and so there but without being, you know…yucky.
3. It stays where you put it…I don’t know about you but I do not need an eyeliner to be falling about all over the place, I have enough lines on my face nowadays, I don’t need extra ones from eyeliner…. this does not add any extras.
4. It can be layered up – for daytime a simple line, for evening I like to zoosh it up and put it on a bit heavier across the top, this does the job without dicking around.
5. It dries as it goes on…no waiting around, I do not have time in my life to even think about eyeliner, let alone letting it dry.
6. It’s fussy free – no little pots of black stuff, no brushes to get lost, no things to twist up and down that always break – take off the lid and go.
7. It won’t mean you have to feed your kiddos baked beans on toast for a week (note and yes I know I always bore you girls with this, it’s not super-duper-el-cheapo in Australia as it is in just about every other part of the world, but it’s not in the same ball park as some I wish I had not parted with my money for)
And that my friends is my little nugget of beauty wisdom today on the blog…just call me a beauty blogger, last week we had shampoo and just wait ‘til what I have up my sleeve next.
Now, I would love it if you would share some, any or all of your real-girl eyeliner recos, or indeed mascara tips and tricks – myself and the lovely lg were chatting with a coffee overlooking the ocean this morning and she is looking for a new mascara after being very disappointed having treated herself to a high-end brand, spending a whack of money and being left with half of it down her cheek by mid-morning…I told her the one I love…do you have any that you can’t live without too?
p.s. this is not a sponsored post & I spent my own pennies on this product
p.p.s but if you want to send me lots of lovely products to try I am happy to be a willing tester ahem
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