You used to see it a lot in movies that took place in Brooklyn, New York, where on a blisteringly hot day, one of the so-called dog days of summer, someone, most of the time you didn’t know who, would crank open a fire hydrant on a busy street, and all of the kids in the neighborhood would laugh and play in the spray.
Back when I was a kid, since none of the houses on our street had a swimming pool, and fire hydrants were deemed off limits and impenetrable, we did something similar with sprinklers.
It never seemed planned, but on some of the hottest days, one of the moms or dads would turn on the sprinklers in the yard, and all of us kids would converge on the house like a swarm of butterflies, buzzing and darting through the spray.
My thing was cartwheeling, which I’d deftly do directly over one of the sprinklers, up close like to thoroughly soak my hair.
Big sigh… That was always one of my favorite things about summer.
Ya know, someone should pass an ordinance making it socially acceptable for adults to leap and frolic through sprinklers in their bathing suits. I’d strongly support something like that.
Among the selling points: sprinklers cost less than swimming pools, they’re a very efficient way to cool off, and you can use the opportunity to try out some waterproof eye makeup at the same time.
LOL! Don’t even front. I know you were thinking it, too. It’s one of the reasons I love ya.
Not wanting to miss a millisecond of fun, I’d look for a smooth-as-silk liner with lots of pigment, ideally one that I could quickly apply, like Stila’s Smudge Crayon Waterproof Primer + Shadow + Liner in Midnight Blue ($22), a chubby, twist-up waterproof crayon able to draw thick, rich lines that dry in less than a minute.
It’s one of eight Smudge Crayons that recently made their way onto Stila shelves last spring, each one promising to prime, shade with shadow, and line.
Okay, but what makes it worthy of one those great summer sprinkler sessions?
I’m glad you asked.
The answer: intestinal fortitude! Also known as durability. On my bare combination dry/oily lids, as long as I’m careful not to rub my eyes, it won’t budge for a solid 6-8 hours, 5-6 on my water lines, and it’s totally fearless around water, and that includes perspiration.
When I’m in the mood for thick swipes of dark blue, I like to use it as a liner…
Stila thoughtfully tucked a sharpener into the base of the liner, making it a snap to sharpen
Now, as a primer and shadow, I think Midnight Blue is just okay. It struggles a bit when I use it as a primer beneath powder eyeshadows, making it a little tougher to create smooth transitions and gradients between different shadows.
I’m not sure why, but I think it might have to do with the quick-drying formula, which doesn’t feel slick/slippery at all. When it dries, it’s set, almost like a temporary tattoo.
As for using it as a shadow, I do love the color, but again, it refuses to budge, which in this case makes it tough to blend and buff out the edges. I was really surprised that a product with the word “smudge” in the name would be so difficult to smudge, but c’est la vie.
So, yeah. Even though Midnight Blue isn’t as flexible as I’d like, as a waterproof liner for drawing thick, dark blue lines, I think it’s great.
PRICE: $22 (available in eight shades)
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and online at stilacosmetics.com
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The Point Reyes Lighthouse: Saving sailors since 1870
On our anniversary last Saturday, El Hub and I spent a big part of the day exploring some parts of this area that we’d never seen before, like Stafford Lake…
Only about a 15-minute drive west from here on the way to the Pacific Coast, it’s a smallish lake encircled by a pretty park dotted with picnic tables (it’s also home to about a zillion Canada geese!).
Now that we know where it is, El Hub is trying to get me to go fishing there with him one of these days… I said I’d give it a try as long as I don’t have to touch any worms.
After the lake we continued west another 10 minutes or so to the quaint town of Point Reyes, just a tiny town with a few restaurants around a walkable downtown.
Saturday was their weekly farmer’s market, so we cruised around…
…but we were very hungry and craving a sit-down meal, so we stopped for lunch at an Italian place called Osteria Stellina Restaurant, a cute and cozy spot with decent food and very nice ambiance.
After lunch, we were off! Onward to the famous lighthouse.
It took a loooooong while to get there, probably another 40-50 minutes, but it was a neat drive. It’s way out in the middle of nowhere at the end of a road with hardly any traffic on it that goes through pasture land by a bunch of old dairy farms and ranches that all have big wooden signs in front of them stating when they were founded. The oldest one claimed to have started around 1850, so just a year or two after the beginning of the California Gold Rush.
Out there the cows outnumber people and have the right of way, so we had to wait a few minutes at one point for a cattle crossing (the first of my life)!
All the way at the end of the road, right near the ocean, we came upon a big parking lot, surprisingly busy with people who seemed to appear out of nowhere. Then we parked and started the half-mile trek down to the lighthouse.
Notice the fog? It went from being more than 80 degrees a few miles from the coast to the mid-50s right by the water.
Actually getting to the lighthouse requires climbing down (and then up when you’re done) a set of 300 stairs!
There’s a small historic building with a little tour about the history of the lighthouse, which was finished in 1870, how it was only the second lighthouse built along the North American West Coast (the first was on Alcatraz island in 1854), and how the entire mechanism was shipped around the world (because this was before the Panama Canal) from France.
Then comes the fun part. Going back up the 300 stairs!
It’s not too bad if you take it slow…and there are benches to rest along the way.
If you happen to be in the neighborhood, Point Reyes and the lighthouse make a nice day trip, and there are lots of other trails, wildlife and other sights to see in the surrounding area (I hear there’s even a trail that ends at a waterfall).
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,