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Eyeliner Lifesaver

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Like a lot of people with hooded eyes, I have had an ongoing battle with eyeliner and making it stay in place.  A hooded eyelid usually spells trouble for eyeliner, particularly a winged or cat-eye look since the simple act of blinking often causes the eyeliner to transfer to the upper eyelid, slide to the outer corners or disappear altogether.

It never seemed to matter which eyeliner, or which eye moisturiser, eye makeup primer or concealer I used, by an hour or so into the look I was trying to achieve, the eyeliner would smudge or pool at the corners of my eyes into unattractive salamander feet-shaped splotches which I would have to touch up at least two to three times throughout the work day.

I recently visited my local beauty headquarters, Shoppers Drug Mart and met beauty expert Jessicca who listened patiently while I bemoaned my eyeliner woes.  Like me, Jessicca has hooded eyes and she shared this simple, yet invaluable little tip: clear lip liner.  That’s it.

Jessicca advised me to apply my eyeliner in whatever manner I usually did.  In my case, I generally apply it to the top lid and wing it out slightly to elongate the length of my eye.  I have smaller eyes, so I generally skip lining the bottoms of my eyes as this tends to make them look even smaller.

Jessicca’s advice was to then simply outline the area you just lined with darker pencil with a clear lip liner.  The lip liner I use already is clear and is made by one of my favourite brands, Urban Decay.  It works obviously with any colour I choose to use on a given day and so this morning, I lined the outside of my eyeliner’d area with Urban Decay’s Ozone Lip Liner and so far, everything is staying put.  My cat eye is still in place, there is no smudging or transferrence whatsoever!

This just goes to show that sharing tips and tricks with your girlies and friends makes all the difference in each of us attaining that level of beauty which makes us feel like the sexy and confident women we all are!

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Product review: Essie Gel Couture

Essie has a great lineup of products, along with an outstanding array of colours to choose from, so naturally I was thrilled to learn that they had come out with a line of gel polishes which as an added bonus, don’t require a UV or LED lamp.

The colour I chose is ‘Tropical Lights’ since I had been looking for a subdued shade of blue for quite some time which was universally flattering to all my outfits, but also ‘quiet’ enough to wear to work.

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I lightly buffed my nails to smooth out any ridges or rough spots. If your nails are already smooth, skip this step as excess buffing will weaken your nails over time. Then I cleaned the nail surface with a nail cleanser. You can also use regular non-acetone nail polish remover to cleanse your nail surface.

Afterward, I simply applied 2 coats of polish, allowing time between each coat to dry and then applied a single layer of clear topcoat. Essie says about 60 seconds between coats is sufficient. However, since I was watching one of my favourite TV shows at the time I applied this polish, I simply used the commercial breaks to apply the second coat and top coat.

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Make sure you follow up your top coat with a good cuticle oil or moisture-rich lotion to rub into your cuticles which will also help prolong your manicure.

Since then, I have washed dishes, weeded the garden and even sanded the steel rims of my truck, all without chips or fading. I’m super-impressed with this so-called gel polish because unlike my experiences with both Revlon and Sally Hansen, Essie’s no-light-required gel polish actually seems to deliver on its promises of lasting colour with long wearability. I can’t wait to try the other colours, but for the moment, I’m reluctant to remove this polish (just use regular nail polish remover) since it’s lasting so long and doing so well!

Verdict: 5 out of 5 #essielove 🙂

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