I love surfing and like to think of myself as a water baby…but I’ve never actually done anything really cool on a surfboard. I’ve never ridden a tube or hanged (hung?) ten, and terms like “double overhead” (a wave twice as tall as the surfer riding it) fill me with far more fear than excitement.
For me, a good surf day involves simply standing up on my board (sometimes in the water) and, if I’m lucky, not colliding with anything or falling too ungracefully into the waves.
Great surf days include all of the aforementioned aspects of good surf days but happen only when I’m able to paddle out without getting my hair wet. As you can probably imagine, those days are few and far between.
I used to surf up here in the Bay Area, but not anymore (never got used to the cold). Now I wait for trips to warmer waters, like the one I hope to take this summer. This time, thanks to Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($22 each; available in eight colors), when I fall off my board, all arms, ankles and elbows, at least my eye makeup will look cute.
With eight bright, shimmery colors, the new line of waterproof, long-wearing liquid liners is just in time for surf days and lounging by the pool.
They’re a breeze to apply. Just shake the tube, open, and swipe. I usually do a single layer along my upper lash lines applied with the sponge-tip applicator, which works well for medium and thick lines, but not for super skinny ones. The product dries in about a minute to a high-shine finish.
Remember the MAC Superslick Liquid Eye Liners from Fabulous Felines (MEOW!)? These are a lot like those.
The eight new shades will join the Stila permanent lineâ€¦
- Sequins — a shimmery black
- Curacao — a shimmery blue
- Flash — a shimmery green
- Rock Candy — a shimmery brown
- Starry — a shimmery gunmetal gray
- Bora Bora — a shimmery teal
- Electric — a shimmery green
- Royal — a shimmery purple
These bright, intensely pigmented liners are like awards shows (they last a very long time). Yesterday morning, I swatched a few on the back of my hand for testing, and even after hella hand washes and a shower, the swatches survived. I finally took care of them with makeup remover.
From left: Rock Candy, Royal, Bora Bora and Sequins
Swatches from left: Sequins, Rock Candy, Royal and Bora Bora
As for the price, how does that song go, “You can’t always get what you want?” I wish Stila would knock about $4 off the price and bring them down to $18, but as the song goes…
PRICE: $22 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (they’re a little too expensive)
Quite possibly the raddest chair ever!
We’ve been living here in our condo for a little over a year now, and yet we still have one entirely empty room (the dining room). I know, I know. I’m just not a decorator. I think the only furniture we’ve gotten in that time has been for Tabs.
In the Open Thread a couple weeks ago, when I asked for Bay Area furniture store recommendations, you suggested Pier 1, which I’d totally forgotten about. I stopped by last night and found this awesome outdoor chair.
It’s called the Outdoor Swingasan — a huge, hanging basket (like a big cradle for adults) with a stand. Sitting in it, my feet don’t touch the ground. It even has built-in nooks on the arm rests for beverages and magazines. COOL!
I spent so much time chillin’ in it that I caught the sales associates giving me the sneaky eye. “What the heck is that girl doing over there?” Haha!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,