It certainly wouldn't be my deepest darkest confession to admit that I love makeup, so it should come as no surprise that I have a decent stash in my bedroom drawers. And while some items might seem similar, or even duplicates, each has it's own purpose.
This principle applies to all my beauty products too, as my bathroom drawers are almost as full as my make up ones! As such, I thought it an opportune time to share some of my good finds over the years in Beauty Duty!
Crayon Eye Liner
When I was about fourteen, maybe even thirteen, I was getting ready with friends to go to a concert and up until this point I'd been makeup free. My first experience was a friend of mine pencilling thick black eyeliner underneath my lower lashes; a look that ended up becoming my signature for many years to follow. Thankfully it at least got a little more refined the further into the beauty world I delved. So with black pencil eyeliner my first foray, I like to think that over the years I have tried and found the most suitable and consistent product. I go with Revlon ColorStay in Black, with built in sharpener (that I notably never use...). While some black eyeliners can often look a little dark grey as opposed to black, the Revlon Colorstay liner is definitely black - the first tick on my list of key attributes! It glides on silky smooth, and most importantly, it has longevity. Gone are the teenage years where I enjoyed the smudgy look, nowadays I want my makeup staying exactly as I apply it. In saying that, if you're going for a deliberate smudge, then this liner will still accommodate that too!
Liquid Eye Liner
It's probably no coincidence that nowadays my signature makeup style is still closely related to that of thick black eyeliner. These days however, it's a lot more refined and I have played to my inner kitty by sporting the cat eye wing tip for at least half a decade. I've tried a number of liquid eyeliners and to master my particular look, I opt for double duty; starting first with Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen in Blackest Black, and following with L.A Girl Fineline. Beginning with a crayon as my base line, I then apply the Revlon liquid eye liner over the top and extend out the wing tips. The Revlon product is great, smooth, a good thickness and perfectly black definition, but to do the slightest tiny tweaks, the L.A Girl fineline is definitely the tool of choice! With a super thin tip and a decent amount of liquid, this is great for tidying up little gaps along the lash line or refining the wing tip to look as dramatic and immaculate as Taylor Swift.
Eye Makeup Remover
Although I wouldn't say I wear a tonne of makeup, I certainly err towards the heavier end of the spectrum, and as such, looking after my skin is super important. A large part of this is taking off my makeup, particularly eye makeup due to the sensitive skin area around the eye, in an easy, efficient, but natural way. And it's this last part that had me struggle over the years to find something that balance between working and being natural. I have since discovered the wonderfulness that is Coconut oil; completely natural, cheap, and best of all removes my eye makeup while feeling like I'm hydrating my skin with lush creamy oil. I use Organic Blue Coconut Oil, and it may be surprising to find that it is actually solidified and not liquid oil. As such, I smear some on a cotton pad then wipe gently over my eyes and my makeup comes off quicksmart! Wanna know the best part... it doesn't hurt, sting or even make your eyes water! You can have your eyes wide open and be wiping off your mascara with ease. This is my total top pick!
Once I've applied all my makeup then subsequently come home and removed it all, I like to follow up with some nice cream to feel like I'm doing my part in the 'preventative' aging regime. My go-to eye creams are L'Oreal Dermo-Expertise Line Eraser Pure Retinol (check out Jessica Alba's The Honest Life to read all about the benefits of retinol!) and Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Dark Spot Corrector. The latter, while not a traditional 'eye cream', I use underneath the eyes - I first started this a few weeks before my wedding when I was getting dark circles for the first time (yes, there were probably other reasons for that!) and have kept on going since then. I am a big fan of the Palmer's range, not only because of the delectable cocoa scent but they are paraben and phthalate free - learn about those nasties in The Honest Life too!
Finally, I can't go this whole Beauty Duty segment on eyes without mentioning FusionBeauty StimuLashFusion Intensive Night Conditioning Lash Enhancer. Normally I'm not a big fan of these kind of seemingly 'gimmicky' beauty products, but a friend gave me her one that was almost finished and after using it for a couple weeks, I couldn't believe the results! It's a natural product (paraben free, hoorah!) and filled with ingredients that promote longer, thicker lashes. Apply it right along the lash line just before bed, and three weeks later there's a noticeable difference! I never had short lashes before, but I started getting comments from people on how long my lashes were after using this for a while.
There you have it, my not-so-secret beauty tips for the eyes! I could've delved into numerous other products, but that's probably enough for now. I'll save some material for the next Beauty Duty! Check out the list below for links to all the products mentioned.
- Revlon ColorStay (Black)
- Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen (Blackest Black)
- L.A Girl Fineline
- Organic Blue Coconut Oil
- L'Oreal Dermo-Expertise Line Eraser Pure Retinol
- Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Dark Spot Corrector
- FusionBeauty StimuLashFusion Intensive Night Conditioning Lash Enhancer