Q:Thanks for this blog! You have made me more brave with makeup, which has never been a particular joy for me. Which is why I'm a bit stumped by my Annie-approved-Urban-Decay-eyeliner that now needs sharpening: how does one sharpen one's eyeliner pencils without ripping the whole thing to shreds?! Whenever I use my regular old eyeliner sharpener to coax a pencil back to a point, I fail utterly. Is there a trick? Or is this just one of those girl skills I'm not destined to have?
Thank you for such kind words about this Tumblr! I am always so flattered when someone, like, you know, reads it!
Yes, Urban Decay pencils can be a pain in the ass to sharpen, but I think you can probably get the hang of it.
I use an Urban Decay sharpener for two reasons: UD claims it is designed to be sharper and therefore better able to sharpen the silicone pencils and because I keep getting them for free with other UD stuff. I don’t think it matters at all as long as you’re using a standard sharpener. So basically just not scraping it against a flat rock or using one of those wall mounted abominations we grew up with in classrooms. If you have an eyeliner sharpener, you will be fine.
The trick to keeping your pencil from crumbling and smearing while sharpening it is to put it in the freezer for twenty minutes or so. I usually leave it for twenty minutes to like five to seven days — the frequency with which I eat ice cream and will discover the forgotten liner in freezer. I would recommend closer to 20 minutes though, I think,
After it’s out of the freezer, you can sharpen it with far less fallout.
Top row is Naked Basics and the bottom is Pulp Fiction, both from Urban Decay.
Both have a highlight shade, a dark brown, and a black. The big differences in the palettes are the middle shades. Basics is much cooler than Pulp Fuction and has one more shade — but that shade is an extra light nude that’s almost identical to the other light nude. Pulp fiction has one of those annoying split colors that you have to be careful not to mix. If you already have Naked Basics and Pulp Fiction isn’t calling to you, I think you can skip it.
However, I love the Pulp Fiction palette and I have used it to the near exclusion of all other palettes. It’s really simple but the quality of the shadows is great, the packaging is small and durable, and it’s got a Samuel L. Jackson quote from Pulp Fiction on it. It’s in the running for my favorite palette of the year so far.
My power brow attempt looks okay? ish? maybe? But that’s only because it’s paired with an updo. The effect of bright pink hair next to my strong brow an red lip was alarmingly clownish.
Used the Pulp Fiction palette on my eyes and Melted Candy on my lips.
- Me: I am not going to buy anything until the holiday season! I want to use stuff I already have!
- Me: *browses Sephora's website for an hour*
I am a nervous person. I bite my lips a lot, and no matter how much water I drink or balm I apply, I usually have pretty shredded up lips. Lipsticks generally look horrible.
Too Faced’s Melted lipsticks look fantastic on my lips, though. Everyone was raving about them for awhile, but I couldn’t decide on a shade and then they faded from my memory. When they came out with four new shades, though, I grabbed up Melted Marshmallow (left) and Melted Candy (right). I was worried that the Melted Candy would fight my nuclear-pink hair, but I think I like it better than Melted Marshmallow.
The lipsticks apply in a squeezy tube, like a balm, and they are incredibly opaque. They go on like wet paint and then dry down to a balm-like feeling. I don’t think they really moisturize my lips, but they definitely don’t dry them out.
I want the purple one next.
Hey, can’t talk right now. I got Lorac Pro 2 a few weeks ago. It was awesome. Call me if you need anything. Love you.
Urban Decay has one of their semi-annual purges going on, and I spent way too much money. I picked up the Black Market pencil set and an extra Razor Sharp powder, both of which are gone now. However, I also got three Glide On Shadow cream shadow pencils (in Rehab, Noise, and Mushroom), Ocho Loco 2 pencil set, and the Shadow Pencil Brush, all of which I recommend. There are two shades of shadow (Grifter and Cobra) that are on sale, too, in case you didn’t already get them in the Ammo Palette or Book of Shadows IV.
The shadow pencils are my favorite purchase and also the best deal. They’re really creamy and you can blend them for about a minute before they set up and, just like UD’s eyeliners, don’t budge. Below, I swatched Rehab, Noise, and Mushroom. I made the mistake of scribbling them all on and then trying to blend them out with my finger, when I should have done one at a time — that’s why Rehab (brown) looks great and Noise (pink) looks okay and Mushroom (gray/taupe) looks patchy, because by time I got to Mushroom it had mostly dried. They all blend really well. Noise sheers out a little more than the other two.
If you’re thinking about bobbing for apples in Florida in August, have I got a mascara for you.
This mascara is insanely durable. It’s a top rated mascara over on MakeupAlley and I finally picked a tube up on Amazon. It’s a drugstore brand from Japan, and it’s been my experience that mascaras that hail from countries where monolids are common often are designed to be hardier, to withstand eyelid skin rubbing on the mascara more frequently.
I applied this right as I was coming down sick and three damn days later it looked exactly the same, having withstood sweating, puking, sleeping, and a hot bath. There was no transfer to my under eye at all. No smudges or raccoon eyes. Nothing. I looked like death warmed over, but my eyelashes were fine.
When I applied it, I put on two coats and ran a little metal comb through my lashes. It didn’t give me a huge amount of volume or length, but it was a perfectly fine mascara. It came right off with a little bit of makeup remover (I use Sonia Kashuk) and a cotton round, also, unlike the devil’s ink, They’re Real mascara. I’ve never seen a mascara this durable. If you need something that’s cry proof, sweat proof, swim friendly, and able to survive The Bomb, this is less than fifteen bucks on Amazon.