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Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Tips & Tricks: How to Line Your Lower Lash Line

When it comes to lining your lash line, do you often get lost on the who, what, when, where, and why of it all?  Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks to make lining the lower lash line a breeze.

When using gel liners… I find using a more traditional pencil liner to an extremely effective tool for applying the gel liner itself to the lower lash line.  What I do is I take a similar colored pencil liner and dip the tip into the gel liner.  I then apply it to the lower lash line (or water line).  This is especially useful when lining the water line, too, because I know my water line is far too sensitive to endure using a brush!

Prevent smudging and migration… by setting any and all liners with powder.  You could certainly try translucent powder (e.g. MAC Transparent Finishing Powder), or you can use a similar colored eyeshadow.  I’d apply it sparingly and lightly using a very thin or pointed brush so you don’t smudge your liner too much.

Prevent smudging and migration, part deux… by using a concealer or primer base first on the lower lash line.  This is only going to work with skin-colored bases (and I mean, your skin), which is why concealers tend to be the go-to, but if your skin tone matches your eyeshadow primer/base, that will work just fine.  Apply sparingly, because you don’t want too much product in that area–too much will cause it to sink into fine lines and end up creasing.  Just like with eyeshadow, a good base for liner helps to keep it in place.

Softer is better… you want a soft, smooth, near-creamy product for the lower lash line (or the upper lash line, for that matter).  Gone are the days where we have to suffer through stiff, tough liners that drag and tug at our eyes.  No one needs to settle for that!  If your eyeliner is tough, try heating it up for a few seconds under a blow dryer, but if that fails to help, toss it and invest in softer liners.  My picks are Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes and Urban Decay 24/7 Pencils.

You don’t have to go all the way… you don’t have to line your entire lower lash line.  It may not be to your liking or taste, or you may find your eyes are more open by just lining the outer third of the lash line.  There are no hard and fast rules about how much or how little you need to line–the best way to figure out what works for you (particularly in discovering what you like best on yourself) is experimenting.

What are your tips & tricks on lining the lower lash line?

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

How do you apply your foundation? What’s your technique?

Temptalia's Answer.

I always use the 109 spritzed with water — that’s really my go-to for foundation application!

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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Today, THE FAIREST has a Jurlique sale going on! I know that Jurlique can be a pricey brand for some, but you can grab a slew of Jurlique products at 50-60% off (making products range from $10-30 for the most part).

When you join from our invite link, you will receive $5 (and I will receive $5, to be clear) when you make you first purchase. Also, it also helps us track how many people we’ve turned onto The Fairest and let’s us (and The Fairest!) know more about the Power of Temptalia. :)

Share your favorite Jurlique products in the comments! :)

P.S. – The Fairest is currently only shipping to U.S. residents right now. If and when anything changes, I’ll definitely pass the word along!

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Barbie Loves Stila has officially launched on Stila’s website!

You can now purchase the new Smudge Pots, Eyeshadow Palette, Liquid Liner, and Lip Glazes! You can get free shipping with any Barbie Loves Stila purchase with the code BARBIE, which is good through September 5th, 2009.

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Survey Says

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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

CoverGirl LashBlast Length Goes Long

CoverGirl LashBlast Length Mascara ($7.49) is the newest mascara launch from CoverGirl. With the popularity of LashBlast solidified, CoverGirl’s LashBlast Length is a lengthening mascara. CoverGirl touts that it makes lashes “80% longer looking vs. your bare lashes” (on average).

LashBlast Length indeed delivers–and does it well–when it comes to lengthening lashes. I felt like my lashes were significantly lengthened with just three quick coats of mascara. I saw instant lengthening and darkening of my natural lashes. I wouldn’t say it added any thickness/volume to my lashes, though (which, sadly, I definitely need!), but this is one of the better mascaras I’ve tried in terms of lengthening prowess. The mascara also stays true to the advertising: it does not smudge or flake during the day.

In fact, it did such a great job at lengthening my natural lashes that when I tried a few other mascaras during the week, I felt like they gave me rather stumpy lashes! The length might be so much more dramatic than the average mascara that I just might not worry so much about a mascara that lengthens, thickens, and volumizes all at once. My only issue is you really should stick to two or three coats, and don’t try to make your lashes look thicker with this mascara — you’ll only end up in Clump City with nowhere to turn!

The packaging is much slimmer compared to the original LastBlast (huge plus!) and the brush is easy to use. It has a plastic (I do believe, it certainly looks so) applicator that grabs onto lashes well–I didn’t feel like it left too many lashes behind. The brush itself is fairly long and very thin/narrow. Those with smaller eyes may find it a bit unwieldy, though I didn’t personally experience any trouble using the wand (I’d say I have medium-sized to small-sized eyes).

LashBlast Length officially launches and debuts in mass retailers around the nation in September, but limited quantities are available for early purchasing at select retailers online (Amazon, CVS, Drugstore.com, and Walgreens).

  • Product: 8/10
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 8/10
  • Packaging: 7/10
  • Overall: 8/10

Recommendation: At just over $7 a pop, it’s a good, budget-friendly option for the mascara maven looking for long, wondrous lashes. Those on a hunt for a thickening/volumizing mascara might want to look elsewhere.

Availability: Drugstore.com, Amazon.com

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