doubly false eyelashes

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 11:55 pm
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A friend of mine shared a tip she uses as a cosplayer: instead of applying the false eyelashes right on your lashline, make a thick thick thick line of eyeliner, and put the false eyelashes on top of that line.

I find false eyelashes too finicky for everyday wear, but applying it this way is easier than usual because you don't have to worry about putting it right against your eye, you're just placing it on a random spot on your eyelids. There's less fussiness about getting everything placed just right.

It's easily the most ridiculous thing I've ever done to my eyes -- but I love it. It's great! My eyes looked huge~

There are two distinct layers of eyelashes (the false ones, and my real ones), but since I have black natural eyelashes and used black eyeliner/black false eyelashes, it's not obvious unless you have your face right up against mine.

Pros: Less worrying about trying to manipulate something fine near your eyes, end of the false eyelashes can't poke against the the edge of your eyelids (especially as the day wears on), skin further away from the eye is less delicate than skin near the eye, no problems removing the false eyelashes (less risk of makeup remover in eyes), potentially better hygiene since you're not going right up against your eye.

Cons: I don't know if it will work if your eyelashes aren't black / the same shade as your eyeliner or false eyelashes. Ridiculously makes me want to try false eyelashes more??

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I just found out about Beautypedia.

It has a sortable index of product reviews which you can filter for type or brand and then sort by rating/price/etc. Reviews are short, but they don't just parrot the product descriptions. Instead they tend to bring factors that might affect your individual decision. (might work for oily skin / might not work for sensitive skin etc). Also they often make it a point to note when foundation/concealer has a wide range of shades or not, or whether a line of blush will work with darker skin or just fairer -- just... things that most other places don't mention (to be fair most other places are individual bloggers so of course they'll just talk about what works for them).

Filtering by type is great for finding the best in a particular category. Which is nice but a lot of places do the same, albeit more informally. What really makes it for me is the ability to filter by brand + sort by rating. I've long been looking for a way to get an overview of each brand, get some idea of what each brand is known for. Because NARS has awesome blushes and concealers, but gel eyeliner you probably want to get at Bobbi Brown, and eyeshadow take a first stop at MAC -- or maybe try NYX (but skip NYX foundation) etc etc.

One thing: they do tend to mark down for fragrance, which may be good if your skin is sensitive to fragrance, but not as helpful if you don't care about fragrance as long as the product works or the pigmentation is fantastic.

Their review of Avene Cleansing Foam is a good example of the kind of review they give ;) Fairly positive review overall for people with $skintype, because it does work but then also calls them on their bullshit when it's needed (beauty products are full of bullshit~)

Con for me is that since it's a US-based site, there are no reviews of local brands. Also even some of the relatively cheaper brands on that list sell at a premium here ("imported kasi" bleh!). But it really does have a broad selection of brands, both at the higher and lower ends of the market, and they don't seem to be biased towards higher-end brands (which is... a difficult bias to fight so yes!)
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Errrrr so I've fallen into the abyss which is makeup stuff online. Anyone have any recs for sites to watch / blogs to follow?

A great example of what I'm hoping to find more of is Brightest Bulb in the Box: funny, geeky (her beauty bullshit posts often contain images of the chemical structure of the molecules :D also statistics :DD), some meta, and some product reviews. I'd love to find something more like that out there, I just don't know where to start.

What I'm craving: anything that talks about makeup as... something to geek out over, without necessarily going for the buy/not-buy (individual products) angle. Less videos more photos/text; videos take too much time and my attention wanders (which unfortunately means I tend to skip most look tutorials).

I also appreciate pointers to blogs that focus on product reviews, but I tend to be very careful and picky. I adore posts which include like whether something might work okay in hot weather or with oily skin or the like -- context so I know if the results might apply to me or not! Brightest Bulb in the Box does a fantastic job of that :D (I ummm really wish I could find a blog exactly like that, written by someone with my skin coloring though, then when there are swatches I can just go :DDDD)

I've been trying to look, but googling makeup just brings you to people who are trying to sell you stuff. So here I am hoping/asking for recs :D

ETA: AHEM also also in sort of related... thing. Eye makeup that tells a story. There's a whole bunch of things there: some are inspired by fairy tales (I adore the Cinderella one -- wee shoe right at the edge of the eye!). Some are cute (black cat with a ball of yarn \o/). Some are just... weird (Heisenberg from Breaking Bad :x). They're all pretty cool though.

Note: makeup on the eyelids features a lot of open eyes, in case eye contact is an issue for you -- I'm not sure if the fact that the eye is surrounded by a picture is enough to make a difference to context.