Monday, January 13, 2020

Esqido Gel Eyeliner Pencil Review: Waterproof Eyeliner

I love a good eyeliner, don't you? I recently tried out the Esqido Gel Eyeliner Pencil. Esqido tells me that the benefits of this eyeliner pencil are that it is highly pigmented, it is long lasting with all day wear, it is water resistant/waterproof, and is smudge resistant. 
esqido gel eyeliner
I was excited to test this liner out because a good waterproof eyeliner is something I like to use for my brides and their wedding parties on wedding day.


esqido gel eyeliner black and brown
I tested this liner out for a week to really get a feel for it. It comes in black and brown. The black is very dark. The brown is a nice rich brown. The brown actually works great on my dark brown eyebrows, too. This product is cruelty free, of course, or I wouldn't be trying it!

A gel eyeliner pencil tends to have a softer feel than a regular pencil eyeliner when it is applied. It also should create a smooth line with ease.

The Packaging 
This pencil is a plastic twist up pencil. I like the packaging of this liner. It is has many features to keep the product from drying out.


esqido gel eyeliner wrapping
The pencil is packaged in a box. The pencil inside the box is wrapped in plastic which is nice because I find gel liners can dry out and become hard quickly when exposed to the air. 


esqido gel eyeliner seal ring
There is also a soft silicone like ring on the pencil that forms an airtight seal when the cap goes on the pencil. 


esqido gel eyeliner sharpener
There is a handy sharpener on the end of the pencil. I recommend that the pencil be sharpened before each use to get a well controlled, nice line. 

The Application
This pencil feels comfortable when it is applied and it goes on fairly smoothly. Both colors have a lot of pigment and both create a bold line. I am wearing the black liner in the photos.
esqido gel eyeliner on eyes

esqido eyeliner black on eyes
My eyeshadow is from the Tarte Flirt Palette.

My lipstick is Becca Ultimate Lipstick Love in Blaze.

If you like to smudge your line a bit to soften the look like I do, you have to do it quickly. You have about one minute to smudge it before it sets up. It will start to flake off when you try to smudge it after it has set up.

The Wear
Does it smudge?
This pencil wears pretty well for me. The claim is that it is smudge resistant. They don't say smudge proof. I found this liner was mostly still on at the end of a long work day at the salon.

I always have trouble with any liner staying on at the inner and outer corners of my eyes. I did experience some smudging  and wear in these areas but it was still there at the end of the day. 

My skin tends to be on the oily side. Oils dissolve makeup, both waterproof makeup and regular makeup. Skin care creams, concealers and foundation can also dissolve eyeliner. I feel it is impossible to have no smudging at all at the end of the day with a pencil liner unless you have dry skin.

Is it waterproof?
Yes! I find this liner to be waterproof. Go ahead and cry or swim with it. You need an oily makeup remover to take it off easily and gently. Olive oil is my go to oily eye makeup remover. I would have liked using this liner when I was on vacation in Jamaica!

Click here for my favorite waterproof mascara


The Ingredients
This liner is free of parabens and other harmful ingredients. I have not experienced any irritation from this product. This product is made in Korea. 

Black liner ingredients: 
CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, SYNTHETIC WAX, C30-50 ALCOHOLS, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, SILICA, POLYBUTENE, MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX, ACETYLATE GLYCOL STEARATE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, MICA (CI 77019), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510) 

Brown liner ingredients: 
CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, SYNTHETIC WAX, C30-50 ALCOHOLS, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, SILICA, MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX, ACETYLATE GLYCOL STEARATE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, MICA (CI 77019), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492) 

I found that the Esquio Gel Eyeliner does live up to it's claims. It's worth a try if you are in the market for a waterproof eyeliner. Just remember to work quickly with it to deliberately smudge and soften the line. Also, expect a small amount of wear after a long day. You can purchase it from esqido.com or Amazon for $16.00.

Watch my quick Esqido Gel Eyeliner Pencil video on facebook and instagram to see it in action.


       Have a Beautiful, Cruelty Free Day! 
xo
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Monday, January 6, 2020

Pantone Color of the Year 2020: Classic Blue, Nail Polish and Decorating Ideas

The Pantone Color of the Year for 2020 is Classic Blue. They described it as being like the color of the sky at dusk. It's a calming, peaceful color which is what we need in our crazy world right now. Color psychology, if you will. Last year's color was Living coral, a bright lively color.

See the 2019 color of the year, Living Coral and coral makeup ideas


 pantone color of the year 2020 classic blue
Another shade of blue, Cerulean, was the Pantone Color of the year 20 years ago. Many of us were freaked out that the computers were going to crash when they had to turn over to 2000. We needed the tranquility of blue then too!

I am a fan of blue. I always have been. You will frequently find my fingers and especially my toes, a shade of beautiful blue nail polish. I'll show you a few of my favorites that have the Classic Blue look.

Here is Zoya Aire from the Innocence Collection. It's similar to the Pantone Classic Blue.
Zoya Aire

Shop for Aire on Amazon.

Here is Zoya Elliot. It's a deeper version of Classic Blue.
Zoya Elliot

Shop for Elliot on Zoya.com

Zoya Mallory is also a nice blue with the Classic Blue feel.
zoya mallory

Shop for Mallory on Amazon

I also love a little blue eye shadow. Click here to see my post on blue makeup 

I also decorate my house in shades of blue including Classic Blue. Even though I hate the tile counter top from the '80s in my kitchen, it happens to be a shade of Classic Blue so I'm right on trend, sort of. If only it wasn't tile!!!

Feeling bold? How about a blue wall? I painted a blue accent wall for my friend last summer. The inspiration piece was her blue vase. Flashy Sapphire from Behr Paint was a great match to the deeper color in the vase.
blue vase with matching paint
The paint came out fantastic!!! It's bold and beautiful yet it has a soothing quality about it. I really love how that vase looks on the mantle with the blue wall.
blue accent wall
It went from mediocre yellow to bright, colorful blue!
yellow walls

Not feeling that bold? You can still be trendy by adding little touches of blue.

glass blue cats
It is easy to add touches of blue throughout your house with simple accessories like pillows, candles and art pieces without spending a lot of money.

You can add some pretty blue knobs to your cabinets for a touch of Classic Blue in the kitchen or bathroom. I saw these cute ones on Amazon along with other pretty blue things to design on a dime.

blue and white knobs

Here's a beautiful blue candle I like.

blue candle

I'm loving these blue pillows.

blue pillows

blue pillows

Even a blue accent rug would be an inexpensive way to add some blue to a room.

blue area rug

You can even add some blue towels to your bathroom. The blue towels along with the blue cabinet knobs would look amazing in the bathroom!
blue bath towels
Here's a great thing about blue, blue coordinates with so many colors. You don't need to go painting and changing everything in your house. Adding some blue to your existing color palette will work beautifully. The brown, green and vibrant flower colors of the landscape go perfectly with the blue sky. 
negril jamaica sunset
And how gorgeous the orange, pink and purple colors of the sunset go with the deepening blue sky. This is a sunset from my favorite vacation spot, Jamaica. So beautiful!

It's easy to get with the Classic Blue trend on yourself and in your home. I'll be looking in the stores to see if fashion follows the color of the year.


You can find Zoya products at salons, spas, zoya.com and on Amazon.  We carry Zoya nail polish at Styling Point in Media, Pa. Come see me to get your nails looking pretty with a beautiful Zoya nail polish color.

       Have a Beautiful, Colorful Day! 
xo
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decorating with blue


Thursday, December 26, 2019

Holiday Makeup Look: My Favorite Things

holiday makeup look
It's time to sparkle and shine for that New Year's party, romantic dinner, or to just look fun and festive now or any time of year! I want to show you some of my favorite makeup items to add a little glamour and glitz to yourself.

I have lots of favorite brands. All cruelty free of course! Today I will show you some things from Laura Geller, Too Faced and Zoya.
makeup products

Let's start with the Laura Geller's Baked Gelato Swirl Iluminator in Gilded Honey. 
laura geller baked gelato swirl illuminator
This remains one of my favorite things year after year. It can be used as an eye shadow or as a highlighter on the cheeks or on the cupid's bow for a gentle gold shimmer. I use this product all the time not just holiday time. It looks especially amazing in the summertime!

I used it on my eyelids and cheekbones for my holiday look. 


laura geller blush n brighten
I also love Laura Geller's Baked Blush n Brighten in Pink Grapefruit. This is a great color. It is a multi colored powdered blush in peach and pink shades with a soft shimmer that create a fabulous glow on my cheeks. I sometimes dust it on my eyelids as well. 

Shop for Laura Geller Cosmetics

too faced razzle dazzle berry eyeshadow palette
too faced razzle dazzle berry eyes hadow palette color names

I adore the colors in the Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Berry Eye Shadow Palette and it smells yummy too! I find that this shadow goes on smooth and stays bright and beautiful all through the day.


pink gold eyeshadow look
For my pink gold eye shadow look, I started by applying Dazzle to my entire eye area, the lid, the crease and the brow. 

I applied the Laura Geller Guilded Honey to the inner corners of my eyelids.

Next, I applied Razzle to the outer half of the eyelids. I love the silky texture of this particular color.

Pink Suede went in the outer half of the crease and was blended inwards.

I love the deep blue Bad to the Berry! I used it as a smoky liner and to accent the outer corners of my eyelids.

Shop for Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Berry Eyeshadow Palette


too faced better than sex waterproof mascara
Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara is the best waterproof mascara! Not only does it make your lashes look great, it won't budge or smudge all day long, at all.  It's really my favorite mascara. It stays beautifully all day and helps keep my lashes curled. 

It is a bugger to remove though, so only wear it when want to take the time to tackle the removal process. 

Another tip I have is to buy the small travel size. It cost less and it's great to have the smaller size for a mascara you are not going to use everyday.

Read my Better than Sex Waterproof Mascara Review

This is a mascara I love to use on my brides and wear on beachy vacations because it's so waterproof and smudge proof. Good stuff!

Shop for Too Faced Better than Sex Waterproof Mascara


Zoya matte velvet red lipstick
For my lips I used my all time favorite holiday time red, Zoya Matte Red Velvet. It's matte finish is soft, sort of satiny. The color is a bluey red that is just perfect for me. 
zoya matte velvet red lipstick
I find some mattes too matte, almost dry and chalky, which can look really great on younger people but not so great on us older people!  We need a matte that has a bit of a satin finish like this Zoya red. 

Shop for Zoya's Matte Velvet Red Lipstick

zoya hot lips glossy balm
If you want a glossier finish, Zoya's Hot Lips Glossy Balm in Starlet adds some nice shimmery gloss over the Matte Velvet Red. The combination looks gorgeous! I am wearing both the Matte Velvet Red Lipstick and the Hot Lips gloss in my full face makeup look at the top of this post.

Shop for Zoya Hot Lips Glossy Balm in Starlet

I hope this post sparks some makeup inspiration for you so you look glowing and fabulous this New Year's Eve! You can see me at the salon if you need your makeup done for New Year's Eve!



       Have a Beautiful, Colorful Day! 

xo
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