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Sephora Glitter Eye Pencil

As if you needed another reason to shop at Sephora…here’s one!Sephora Brand Liner Electro, a glitter-infused eyeliner pencil, has become one of my make-up bag favorites. I have Black Electro, a matte black with silver glitter. I’m not a huge fan of glitter, due to its annoying tendency to migrate all over one’s face, but this pencil adds just a touch of shimmer along the lash line if applied with a light hand.
The pencil is soft enough to draw a nice line without tugging or skipping. I don’t line my lower lids since I have oily skin and was afraid the glitter would melt down my face (glittery cheeks aren’t terribly attractive). I also like to use my regular black liquid eyeliner, then draw a light line with this pencil on top of it for a hint of sparkle at my eyes.

I haven’t tried any of the other colors yet, though Mauve Electro looks pretty.

Cost: $8 on sephora.com

Time Crunch

There’s a new poll to the right of this post called “How long does it take you to get ready?” I’m interested in seeing everyone’s responses, and why it takes you that long (or not long at all!) to get yourself ready to face the world.

I responded “30 minutes”, but it depends, naturally. If I skip blow-drying and put my hair into a ponytail, I shave off at least 15 minutes because my hair, though fine, is ridiculously thick, a recipe for aggravating, “I’m-going-to-shave-my-head” hair! If anyone has a recommendation for a great blow-dryer that can tackle thick hair, I’m all ears. Currently I use the whiplash method of flipping my head upside down to dry sections, then standing up, and flipping back upside down because my hair is mutantly resistant to drying. If I wear my hair down or partially up, requiring blow-drying first, then I have to add 15-20 minutes to my routine.

I prefer to take my time with make-up application because (a) I am naturally klutzy, and (b) I like liquid eyeliner, which takes practice and a steady hand! The entire make-up time is maybe 10 minutes, though, because I can’t stand the heavy, mask-like feel of foundation, so I just powder my face and move on to eye make-up.

How long does it take you to get ready, and how much time is devoted to make-up vs. hair? What else do you devote time to in getting ready?

Make-Up Trivia!

Here are just some fun, interesting facts and trivia about make-up!

Lipstick doesn’t just look good! There’s a connection between wearing lipstick and a reduced incidence of malignant lesions on the lip. Turns out lipstick can work as an effective sunscreen!

The average woman in the West uses 4 to 9 lbs. of lipstick in her lifetime.

Lipstick is also one of the mostly commonly shoplifted items.

In 1904, a perfumed lip salve would have cost you 25 cents and would’ve been packaged in an aluminum case.

By 1908, it was okay for women to apply lipstick at the table during lunch at a restaurant. It was not okay to apply lipstick at dinner!

No pain, no gain?: in some cultures, women have used arsenic, lead, mercury and even leeches to give themselves the pale appearance deemed beautiful in the old days. When will we see leeches in Sephora? (Hopefully never!)

Nail polish originated in China, where they developed nail lacquers made from gum arabic, beeswax, egg white, and colored powders.

*Sources: About.com Beauty, Cosmetics LTD, Web MD, Fun Trivia

What Kind of Beauty Are You?

Just for fun, here’s a little quiz! My results are:

You Are a Natural Beauty!

You’re the kind of beauty that every guy dreams about…
One that looks good in the morning – without a stitch of makeup.
That doesn’t mean you’re a total hippie chick, though.
You have style, but for you, style is effortless.

What Kind of Beauty are You?