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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Lip Liner Declutter

I have a problem. Well clearly I have two problems: I obviously feel like I have to try every lip liner on the market and I take too long to actually try them. Evidenced by taking stock of the above captioned category and discovering that I had 57 lip liners in my stash; 16 of which were still in their plastic wrapping. Shameful.

Lip liner stash - www.modenmakeup.com

What's more shameful is that after hours of swatching and comparing and swatching again I could only find 13 that I was willing to part with. Sigh. Plum and nude/brown lip liners like dem is my kryptonite.

brown lip liner swatches - www.modenmakeup.com
L - R: Absolute New York Waterproof Gel 'Coffee Bean', M.A.C 'Chestnut', Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat 'Foxy Brown', Italia Deluxe 'Chocolate', L.A. Girl Endless Semi-Permanent (retractable) 'Cocoa', Milani Easyliner (retractable) 'Cocomo', NYX Long Pencil 'Brown', Jordana Quickliner (retractable) 'Bordeaux', Cat Cosmetics 'Naked Lips'

brown and nude lip liner swatches - www.modenmakeup.com
L - R: Palladio 'Walnut', Cat Cosmetics 'Naked Lip', Palladio 'Spice', NYX Retractable 'Nutmeg', L.A. Colors 'Sienna', Make Up For Ever '5C', Milani 'Spice', Too Faced Perfect Lips 'Perfect Spice' and Urban Decay x Gwen Stephanie 24/7 Glide-On 'Ex-Girlfriend' 

berry and plum lip liner swatches - www.modenmakeup.com
L - R: Jordana 'Cabaret', Italia Deluxe 'Cabaret', Jordana Quickliner (retractable) 'Bordeaux', NYX 'Plum', Italia Deluxe 'Plum', NYX 'Deep Purple', Absolute New York Waterproof Gel 'Berry', L.A. Girl Endless Semi-Permanent (retractable) 'Berries', L.A. Girl Endless Semi-Permanent (retractable) 'Wine', Maybelline 'Plum'. Sephora 'Lovely Lilac', Jordana 'Sexy Mauve' and NARS Velvet 'El Agua'

red and berry lip liner swatches - www.modenmakeup.com
L - R: L.A. Girl Endless Semi-Permanent (retractable) 'Berries', Colour Pop 'Bitchette', OCC 'Black Dahlia', Palladio 'Chianti' and Absolute New York Waterproof Gel 'Berry'

Some things I recognized:

1. M.A.C 'Nightmoth' is the still the darkest plum with a red undertone that I have. Colour Pop 'Leather' is definitely more purple based.

berry lip liner swatches - www.modenmakeup.com
L - R: Italia Deluxe 'Auburn', Italia Deluxe 'Cola', Jordana 'Cabaret', Colour Pop 'Bitchette', 'Palladio 'Chianti', M.A.C 'Nightmoth' and Colour Pop 'Leather'

2. I found less dupes that I thought I would have.

lip liner dupes - www.modenmakeup.com
L - R: Inglot Colour Play '313' vs. M.A.C Pro Longwear 'Shock Value', NYX 'Mauve' vs. M.A.C 'Whirl', M.A.C Pro Longwear 'RiRi Woo' vs. Revlon ColorStay 'Red' and OCC 'Hoochie' vs. M.A.C 'Heroine'

Jordana 'Sexy Mauve' vs. NYX 'Mauve' vs. M.A.C 'Whirl' - www.modenmakeup.com
L - R: Jordana 'Sexy Mauve' vs. NYX 'Mauve' vs. M.A.C 'Whirl'

3. I have found no substitute for my most used L.A. Colors 'Sienna'.

4. L.A. Girl Endless Semi-Permanent Auto and Absolute New York Long Wear Waterproof Gel Lip Lipliners are the epitome of cheap and sweet.

L - R: Italia Deluxe 'Cabaret', L.A. Girl Endless (retractable) 'Berries', NYX 'Plum', Italia Deluxe 'Plum' and NYX 'Deep Purple'

So what did I declutter?

Passing on

lip liner declutter - www.modenmakeup.com
Trash

M.A.C Pro Longwear Lip Pencils - www.modenmakeup.com

Everything above is fine formula wise with the exception of the majority of my M.A.C Pro Longwear Lip Pencils. I already told you here that I'm done buying those.

M.A.C Pro Longwear Lip Pencils - www.modenmakeup.com

Am I the only one that's in love with lip liners? Which brand makes your favourite? Let us know in the comments.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Try This!

This is a tip that I heard a while ago yet I don't see many people do it when I watch beauty videos on Youtube.

We all know the heartache of mascara transferring to our eyelids and potentially ruining the eyeshadow work. Bonus tip: if this happens to you wait until the mascara dries then remove the product with a qtip. This usually happens when we're working with a particularly wet formula like the ones from L'Oreal. So what do we do to prevent that? Apply mascara to our lower lashes first.

Many moons ago, the international trainer at a M.A.C In Mode class I attended made reference to the "mascara face". He said: "stick your booty out, tilt your head back, open your mouth and make that mascara face". 😂 Whether that was just for dramatic effect I dunno but I do know that the combination of applying mascara to my lower lashes first plus slightly tilting my head back while applying to my upper lashes has greatly decreased my mascara mishaps.

Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara applied - www.modenmakeup.com

Let us know your mascara application tips in the comments.