Comparisons: 3 Eye Liners

I’m not someone who wears makeup everyday (or even if I do, I don’t wear a lot at all most of the time) so I can’t justify trying out too many make-up items or spending too much money on them. When I do wear any make-up at all, eyeliner is definitely at the top of the list with some sort of face coverage (Concealer, BB-Cream, or Foundation) and I am a victim of the oily-eyelids-can’t-wear-a-lot-of-the-eye-make-up-stuff (lol) condition. So I would say that staying power is at the top of my list of criteria of what a good eyeliner should be for me.

So here are the three eyeliners I am comparing today:

IMG_6176The world famous Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion as well as Maybelline‘s Master Precise Liquid Liner and a Korean brand Nature Republic liquid liner.

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Urban Decay >> Maybelline >> Nature Republic

I’m not quite sure about Nature Republic as it was gifted to me by my cousin who went to Korea earlier this year and a lot of the markings have come off now. But It comes on the most sheer out of the tree so I have to normally layer 2 or 3 times. This doesn’t run down my face but rather disappear in patches on the lid – so although I don’t look like a raccoon, I still look somewhat strange. Not sure which look I’d prefer.

The Maybelline eyeliner is probably the best in terms of accessibility and price (well I can only compare the price with Urban Decay) at just under AUD $10. With this eyeliner, I can finish my eyeliner in one or two layers to get the intensity that I like. The brush tip allows for a lot of control, however, this stuff does run down my face after about 4 or 5 hours of wear.

I came across Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil from Ingrid Nielsen (Missglamorazzi) on Youtube. She seems to have a similar problem to me with the oily eyelids and she recommended this one as well as one from the Nars brand (I want to try this too someday!). I really love the creamy texture and how I can put this on my waterline quite easily and this stuff stays put better than any pencil liners I’ve tried. It ran down my face a little bit after about 8 hours of wear but the good news is it’s not patchy! The bad news is, the cheapest place I found to buy this particular liner was BeautyBay.com and that was for about AUD$23 – twice the price of the Maybelline. In my opinion though, it was worth it since it’s solved a lot of my problems. Another thing is that since this is very soft, the tip goes out of shape very fast and I have yet to figure out how to take out the rest of the eyeliner so I can use it (other than the tip).

Summary Score Cards:

Urban Decay 247

Maybeline Master Precise

Natures Republic Eyeliner

I realise that comparing these are like comparing oranges and apples to some people since they aren’t even the same type of eyeliner. But hey, I want a day where if I do wear eyeliner, I don’t want to look like a raccoon by the end of the day.

Overall, I would say that my favourite out of the three is the Urban Decay 24/7 just because it’s versatile and has great pigmentation and staying power. I would love to know the differences between this and the Nars Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliner someday but hey I think I got my hands full with these eyeliners (and some gel liners) for now.

Have you tried any of the eyeliners mentioned above? Are there any that you think I should try?

Lots of Smiles,

Sita

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DIY: My Neighbour Totoro Shoes

Hello hello so this was my Sunday Arvo / Rainy Day project yesterday – TOTORO SHOES!

I’d seen a few pictures on Pinterest on grey shoes decorated with the Totoro theme. Being an anime & totoro fan myself, I decided to give it a go on these AUD$3.50 K-Mart shoes. Really you can’t go wrong with a $3.50 pair of shoes. Worst case, it looks ugly and you throw away $3.50 with some experience on DIY-ing a shoe.

Here’s how I did it:

Face Inspiration

Face Inspiration From Pinterest

Materials:

  1. A pair of grey shoes,
  2. White paint (I used acrylic paint since that’s what I have at home)
  3. Black Sharpie
  4. Black ballpoint
  5. Toothpick
  6. Paper
Spirits Inspiration

Spirits Inspiration From Pinterest

Method:

TOTORO:

  1. Prepare the picture of Totoro you want to add to the shoe i.e. I used this image. You can either print or do what I did: trace this straight from my screen on to paper. It turned out to be the perfect size for where I want to put the drawing.
  2. Cut out the totoro outline
  3. Trace the outline onto your shoe. You can be as detailed or as simplistic as you want.
  4. Mark dots on the shoe of where the eye, nose, mouth are supposed to be. I did this by placing the template on to the shoe and then folding where I have to mark. I marked the top of the eyes, a dash for the nose, and a dot at the top, bottom, left and right of the mouth.
  5. Finish the outlines with ballpoint – this means draw 2 circles for the eyes and connect the dots on the mouth and I added the teeth lines here
  6. Paint the whites and wait to dry (time of drying depends on paint type) – eyes & mouth
  7. Outline everything with sharpie!

SPIRITS:

  1. Draw hairy black blobs – I drew them like how I would draw daisies since the sharpie bleeds a little.
  2. Draw eyes on the blobs using a toothpick (or you can use anything with a point) dipped in a little bit of your white paint.
  3. Wait for it to dry and you’re done!

Here’s the results:

Front of the shoes (Totoro Face!)

Front of the shoes (Totoro Face!)

Back of the shoes (Spirits!)

Back of the shoes (Spirits!)

This probably took me half an hour to do not including the wait time. Outlining the drawing takes literally 1 minute.

This was a very easy, quick & cheap DIY. You can also use this method not only to do Totoro shoes but for any design!

What do you guys think?

Lots of Smiles,

Sita