Sonia, Lashxtend, and Almay

This is my second of three posts I’ve been meaning to write for the last two months.  The next one will be about restaurants I’ve tried, but this one is going to be about makeup because it’s easier and I’m in-between important assignments, so bear with me.

Since being here, I’ve added a few favorites to the list of products that will always travel with me. They are as follows: Sonia Kashuk’s Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Berry Nude from Target, ModelCo’s Fibre LashXtend Lengthening Mascara from Birchbox, and Almay’s Makeup Eraser Sticks, available at the drugstore of your choice.

Sonia Kashuk introduced her lip crayon to me during an interview for Passport Magazine, but I wasn’t really hooked until I started packing for Spain and had limited room in my toiletries case. (Yes, I know, I packed three toiletries cases. Not the point). So anyway, after trying on a gazillion lipcolors to determine my “can’t live withouts” for the spring, I stumbled across the lip crayon.

My favorite shade: Berry Nude

My favorite shade: Berry Nude

I was stunned. Unlike Ruby Woo (which I still adore), the crayon looks relatively natural and doesn’t budge. Berry Nude goes on smooth, layers beautifully, and compliments my winter-fair skin without overwhelming the rest of my face. To be fair, I should add that I apply lip crayons like I do lip pencils – line the outside of the lips first, then shade the inside and layer to your liking – so it was easy to find the right color balance. But I honestly believe that this would easily look great on anyone. And the $7.59 price tag doesn’t hurt, either.

ModelCo’s Fibre LashXtend Lengthening Mascara arrived with my Birchbox a couple months ago. But, being a spoiled brat about mascaras, I left in untouched for an embarrassingly long period of time until I finally ran out of Covergirl NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara (another staple I can’t live without). Though I already had a backup of my longtime favorite, I thought “Eh, what the hell, I’m just going to the movies and no one will see this anyway.” Two coats later, I was dying to change the plans so I could show off my false-looking lashes! Thick, dark, long and defined – I could literally feel them hitting below my eyebrows. And it lasted through the night, without flaking, so I woke up the next morning looking bright-eyed and ready to go. Birchbox, I will never doubt you again.

image courtesy of Birchbox

image courtesy of Birchbox

(Note: I should add that this mascara sometimes irritates my eyes when removing with cleanser or while in the shower)

Of course, this can’t hold true 100% of the time. We’ve all experienced it: waking up late, pulling on clothes, checking the mirror and realizing you don’t have time to clean up the raccoon look. Or spending full days out of the house – both working and playing – only to find that your primer has betrayed you and you resemble the joker. Frustrating, and generally difficult to prevent. For me, the solution came from beauty guru Jenn Falik’s blog post on how to “Melt-Proof Your Makeup.”

image courtesy of Allure

image courtesy of Allure

Almay’s makeup remover sticks are an easy, quick, portable way to clean up the smudges without disturbing the rest of your makeup. They’re pre-filled with a skin-conditioning, oil-free cleanser that’s released to one end of a q-tip when the other is snapped, and are available for between $5 and $6 at various drugstores. I use them mostly when I oversmudge my eyeliner and/or accidentally poke myself in the eye with a mascara brush and end up swiping my face…both of which occur with embarrassing frequency. I also keep a handful with me during the day, so I can do a quick touch-up while running between classes, work, and various social commitments. You’ll see no love lost to the days of finger-licking from me!

On that note, I’m off to watch Carne Trémula for my film class and write a scholarship essay for the summer. Check back soon for my list of favorite restaurants thus far in Spain.

Stay fabulous, my friends. XX.

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