Product Review: Sleek Makeup Dip It Eyeliner In Black

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Name: Dip It Eyeliner in Black
Brand: Sleek Makeup
Size: 4ml
Price: €5.49

From Sleek Makeup’s website:
A highly-pigmented liquid formula, Dip It can be used to subtly define eyes or create dramatic feline flicks. The fast drying formula guarantees fuss free and precise application with minimal smudges. The firm, tapered tip of the applicator is easy to control and allows for quick and precise application.

What I liked:
- pigmented
- matte finish
- easy to apply
- dries quickly
- longlasting
- pretty and practical packaging
- the price

What I didn’t like:
- not waterproof

Whenever I get a new liquid eyeliner, my first thought is, “What on earth am I supposed to do with this?”. Liquid eyeliner and I aren’t the best of friends. When I try to use one, I am more likely to poke myself in the eye with it rather than create a feline flick a la Brigitte Bardot. *sighs*

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But with Sleek Makeup Dip It Eyeliner, I shouldn’t have worried. This stuff is fool-proof. The applicator has a sturdy and slim felt tip that glides smoothly, without tugging, on the lids, and allows you to create both thin and thick lines easily. The long, slim handle gives you control for an even more precise application. And the small, travel-friendly, pot itself is just so cute!

Dip It Eyeliner in Black is a true, inky black with a matte finish. It’s perfect to create both dramatic cat eyes and intense smokey looks for an evening out. Opaque in just one coat, it dries quickly and doesn’t budge for most of the day.

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It did start flaking a bit after 8 hours (I wasn’t wearing a primer, by the way), but we’re in the middle of a heat wave at the moment, which makes most makeup products melt a lot faster. Considering that Dip It Eyeliner isn’t waterproof, I’d say that’s pretty impressive. Just don’t wear it at the pool or the beach and you’ll be fine.

Available at: Amazon, Boots, and Superdrug

Sleek Makeup Dip It Eyeliner in Black is pigmented, easy to use, and dries quickly. Although longlasting, it isn’t waterproof and can flake when it is too hot.

Rating: 4.5/5

Disclosure: this item was sent by PR for consideration. The review contains affiliate links. For more information, please see my disclaimer.

New Collection: Shiseido Fall 2014

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Colourful eyes, intense lips, and a flawless complexion. That’s the look Shiseido wants us to wear this upcoming fall. Here’s how to achieve it:

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Available in BL215 Stationary, GR716 Vinyl, and OR316 Floral Design.

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This foundation promises to even out the skintone and give skin a healthy glow. Available in I00 Very Light Ivory, I20 Natural Light Ivory, I40 Natural Ivory, O20 Natural Light Brown, and O40 Natural Tan.

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Available in PK226 Pink Sweetheart, RS727 Grey Rose, RD728 Violet, RD529 Tango, and PK430 Pansy.

The collection hits counters this month. Do you like it?

Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.146

Happy Sunday gorgeous!

Ready for this week’s random ramblings? Here we go:

Oscar De La Renta

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Oscar De La Renta is by far one of my favourite designers. He knows how to make every woman look chic and sophisticated on any occasion. His designs are modern but with a vintage touch that makes them timelessly elegant, and the attention to detail is extraordinary. I also like that he’s not afraid to use bold colours. That makes even the most conservative styles suitable for young women who want to look chic but not boring. What do you think of Oscar De La Renta? Who are your favourite designers?

What I’m Reading Now

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Secret Lives of the Tsars: Three Centuries of Autocracy, Debauchery, Betrayal, Murder, and Madness from Romanov Russia by Michael Farquhar
Do you want to know more about the Romanov dynasty but don’t fancy reading a long, boring, academic history book? Then this one is for you. It’s quite short as Farquhar only discusses the most salacious, scandalous, and violent events in the reign of each tsar. So, the chapter about Catherine II focuses on her love life, while that about Alexander II on the many attempts on his life. The book sheds some light on some of the least known rulers of Russia and shows us how each one shaped the country during the centuries until the breakout of the revolution. Even when discussing serious and bloody events, Farquhar’s style remains witty and engaging, which will appeal to both history lovers and casual readers alike.

The Links

Why dieting won’t bring you neither health nor happiness - Adios Barbie

The myth of natural hair products - The Natural Haven Bloom

The trouble with making your own sunscreen - Personal Care Truth

The best concealers for covering everything
– 15 Minutes Beauty Fanatic via ebay

What are CC, DD, and EE creams? – Lab Muffin

Sunday Survey, Vol.214

1. One thing you’re really great at?
I’ve been told I’m a great listener.

2. Do you use roll-on perfumes?
Rarely. They’re not very hygienic, but are great for travelling.

3. Current obsession?
Canva. It allows anyone to create beautiful graphics very easily. Very handy!

4. Bootcut or skinny jeans?
Bootcut. Skinny jeans are too unforgiving.

5. What do you think of meditation?
I hear it’s a great way to relax and reduce stress, but I’m really struggling to get into it.

It’s your turn now!
1. One thing you’re really great at?
2. Do you use roll-on perfumes?
3. Current obsession?
4. Bootcut or skinny jeans?
5. What do you think of meditation?

Know Your Ingredients: Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine

cocamidopropyl dimethylamine

What it is
Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine is derived from coconut oil, but can also be made synthetically in a lab.

What it does
Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine is an antistatic agent.

Side effects
Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine is generally considered to be safe when used in small amounts in water-based formulas. High concentrations, instead, can be irritating.

(Source: International Journal of Toxicology, July-August 2012)

Vintage Beauty: How Our Ancestors Made Lead Powders

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These days, lead can be found in cosmetics only in trace amounts so tiny they won’t pose a risk to our health. But our ancestors didn’t hesitate to use lead as the main ingredient for their lotions and potions in an attempt to get white, porcelain skin. Back then, pale skin was a status symbol, and lots of women thought it worth the risk of dying prematurely.

Shocking, isn’t it? And you haven’t heard what else was in that lead powder yet: horse manure. Ewww!

Here’s a recipe for a lead powder:

- several thin plates of lead
- a big pot of vinegar
- a bed of horse manure
- water
- perfume & tinting agent

Steep the lead in the pot of vinegar, and rest it in a bed of manure for at least three weeks. When the lead finally softens to the point where it can pounded into a flaky white powder (chemical reaction between vinegar and lead causes lead to turn white), grind to a fine powder. Mix with water, and let dry in the sun. After the powder is dry, mix with the appropriate amount of perfume and tinting dye.

The things women would do in the name of beauty, eh? Would you have done it too? Frankly, there’s no way I ever would have. It’s bad enough to use poisonous lead, but with horse manure too… no thank you!!