“May your hair reach the highest of heights, may your heart be filled with love and laughter, and may your eyes remain richly rimmed with black liner, forever and eternity.”
I’m seriously thinking about making that my new standard goodbye…like a makeup nerd’s version of “live long and prosper.”
Way better than a boring old “see ya!” or “peace out,” right?
Speaking for myself, I’d love to get a greeting like that. I mean, black liner well wishes? I’ll take that.
Black liner’s one of those things that I hope never goes out of style. If it’s good enough for cats and Cleopatra, then hell! — it’s good enough for me. And it deserves a spot in my makeup bag.
These days, Guerlain’s new deep, rich matte black $37 Khol Me Kajal pencil in Noir Volcanique (“Black Volcano”), from the brand’s Terra Ora summer collection, has been keeping me company, both as a liner and an eye shadow (it doubles as both).
The crayon-shaped tip is fixed — doesn’t twist up or down — so you just use it down to a nub.
You probably could try sharpening the tip, but I wouldn’t recommend it (I actually tried and mangled the tip).
The pencil formula itself feels hard to me, and yet, surprisingly, the liner glides along my skin, almost like a gel.
Along my lash lines and lids (as an eye shadow), it wears like a long-wearing gel liner, lasting from dawn till dusk without migrating. Along my water lines, however, it does need a bit of babying at first (like me first thing in the morning, haha). To lock in the color, I’ll apply a layer, wait for it to dry, and then add a second layer. Doing that I’m good for at least 5-6 hours.
I love it for smudgy, messy, causal looks, and because it lasts so long, it’s low maintenance. No need to worry about it smearing or skipping town after a few hours.
I just wish I could sharpen the tip…
Unlike the limited edition Terra Nerolia and Terra Ora Bronzers, Khol Me Kajal will live in the permanent line, so if you don’t pick it up when it arrives in May with the rest of the Terra Ora collection, you’ll have time to change your mind.
AVAILABILITY: Coming this May to Guerlain counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
I’ve been all about improv meals this week because — surprise! — I’ve been too lazy to cook, and I desperately need to go grocery shopping.
Today I made one of my favorites, an improv Trader Joe’s creation I like to call my (TJ’s) “Thai Shrimp Gyoza and Spinach Soup.”
Ever have Chinese soup dumplings…? It’s like a lazy girl’s version of that. Quick, easy, not too expensive (TJ’s prices are great) and filling.
To make it, just pour Trader Joe’s Vegetable Broth into a pot, and bring to a boil.
Then, drop in a handful of Trader Joe’s Shrimp Gyoza (I usually do about 5, which comes to around 250 calories). Turn the heat down to medium-high, and let that cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the gyozas are cooked all the way through.
Right before serving, add a handful of spinach, and stir until it wilts.
Improv meals for the win.
Speaking of winning, you did a great job today. I hope you’re having a nice night (did you catch The Voice?). See you tomorrow.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,