Saturday, January 2, 2010

In Search of the Superficial to Attain Momentary Bliss (Purple Eyeliner pt.3)

Resolution: To Complete Things I Start

I suppose on New Years Day, we all expect that we have a chance to start fresh.  Maybe that is why we celebrate like mad on the 31st - drunk with thoughts of reconciliation and possibility - until well beyond the stroke of midnight.  I sit and wonder how many celebrations I can actually recall but quickly come to realize, save a handful of fabulous moments in time, I have spent this specific "holiday" not doing much more than watching the ball drop on tv from the comforts of home.  I know, bo-ring, right?  Meh, sometimes I think NYE ranks up there with St. Patrick's Day - no offense, but somewhere inside, I hear a voice: "Amature Night."  I mean, we all celebrate these with glasses in the air, but the probability of the Foolish people sneaking out from under their rocks is high on these evenings.  And quite frankly, I like to steer clear. Actually, I welcome the banality of pjs and a remote control with open arms, because by the time the last day of the year has piled up, I am flattened and fried. And in my exhaustion, I shall hole up, at least for the next few days, and do absolutely nothing in particular except catch you up with my latest adventures.  I know it may be frivolous, but make-up/beauty/youth is all about pushing creativity.  It's my little piece of colorful in this shades-of-vampire-gray world.  I would also like to address one of my main resolutions, which is to live this year while consistently answering the question, "What do I want?".

So tonight, I offer you a blog:)  It will have no particular direction, but hopefully, as I mentally process this time of the year, it will be somewhat entertaining in the are-you-kidding-me-right-now/well, that's somewhat interesting kind of way.   Why?  Because after braving counter after counter during the Christmas season, I need to share.

I've been hitting the pavement and investigating products just for the sake of finding the best stuff out there.  Without all the brainwashing from the media or influence of free product bribery (I wish! Wouldn't that be a kick?!), I would really like to discover the Creme de la Creme.  I try to hold no bias based on price or label.  I've been testing things on my face, my hands, my inner arm...  I've sniffed perfumes until my head pounded and my nose bled (just kidding, but it felt like it would).  I have kept pages of notes comparing and contrasting, but what it really comes down to is You Have to Go Knowing What You're Looking For.  Case in point? Purple eyeliner mission completed.

I had a plan. I was to focus on all available purples and test them out on my hand.  After one hour and a hand slashed with multiple shades of purple eyeliner, it was clear that I would only find what I wanted based on what my standards were. 

Some were great going on but insulted the hell out of my wallet.  Some were cheap and not just in price.  Some were just plain discontinued. *Sigh* There are just too many options sometimes.  I went from counter to counter, store to store, and found that even though there are a bazillion people standing around doing nothing, they do not necessarily want to help me.  But I will say that Haley and Myrissa @ Macy's should get a raise because in the sea of stares, they are the two stars willing to help a girl out.  Props ladies;)  Unfortunately, I still did not find the color I loved.  Onward.

Whew! In a word: OVERWHELMING. Time passed.  I began to tire of being the human scratch board.  Suddenly, in the hazy light of late morning, I was lured into the bright, well-organized  M.A.C. store, and checked out the gamut of purples available.  It was like an oasis in the desert of proper product presentation.  However, I realized that I had 15 minutes, but I was in the right place so np. I found not 1, but 2, exquisite shades of purple that quenched my thirst.  My head was spinning, but it was early enough so that I was offered a proper tutorial by a guardian angel of M.A.C. (I would mention the artist's name, but I'm not allowed to tell...). After several attempts to find the perfect match for me,  I finally had a plethora of choices AND a guide (Speaking of options, go to the website if you want to find out about the differences in liner types for this particular brand; there's something for everyone). 

I just got absolutely hooked on "Bordeauxline," which is a no-nonsense, creamy, sultry, aubergine "powerpoint" crayon. We're talkin sexy smooth - just waxy enough to glide-on and just matte enough to stay put.  Yummm.  It's the kind that glides on and just begs to be laid on the waterline.  Then, there it was.  A flicker. A spark. Eureka. I'm shown the most intriguing, electric, violet color that ever graced my prescence.  It's name: "Electrolady," of course.  Not for the faint-hearted, it's a metallic, purple, liquid liner (just use small, manageable strokes, and rest your outer hand lightly on your face as you line to stay steady).  It's sensational.  It demands to be taken out about town.  This little liquidlast liner is said to withstand almost anything including time.  I was instructed to use an oil-based eye make-up remover for this.  I'm thinkin' Lancome Bi-facil hands down.  Anyway, I couldn't decide, so I took both home.  One for day, used with "Shale" and one for Date Night, used with "Indianwood" paint pot.  Defined brow and thick black lashes, and Welcome back Hotter.  Btw, I left the liquid on overnight (bad, I know, but for testing purposes) and it even stayed through the steamy shower! 

Well, that's that for now because it's late and purple eyeliner doesn't go well with dark circles. I'll probably share my Beauty Booty Blog tomorrow and hopefully get savvy with pics;)  Night night, don't let the haters bite...


1 comment:

  1. Tag, girl... you're it!



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