With the New Becca Automatic Eye Pencils, the Extras Make the World Goa Round

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Not gonna lie, after feasting my eyes on the delicious nail polishes and blushes from the Becca Halcyon Days collection, I didn’t have much of an appetite left for the Automatic Eye Pencils in Goa and Majorca ($23 each). The two twist-up makeup tools were way down at the bottom of my “I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it!” list.


But then I noticed the value-added extras Becca thought to include, like the sponge-tip applicator, hidden pencil sharpener (sweet!), and effortless texture — so smooth that it would give any silk worm a complex. In this case, it was the extras that made me stop and take notice, and I figured, heck, with summer right around the corner, I can always use a couple of new long-wearing, waterproof eyeliner staples.

Becca kept both of these colors conservative, opting for basics to complement the coral, peach and pink shades from Halcyon Days. Goa, a shimmery golden brown, reminds me of a mellower MAC Teddy, and it sits in stark contrast to starless Majorca, a pitch black devoid of green or blue undertones.

I wore both of them a few times last week, and while I like them well enough, I’m not convinced they should be called long-wearing or waterproof.


Of the two, Majorca’s my fave. It kicks it all day long on lash and water lines, but unlike Urban Decay’s long-wearing 24/7s, it never fully sets after it dries, so it stays creamy and, I guess you could say, a little too light on its feet (it tends to move around). The consistency makes it fabulous for soft and smudgy eyeliner looks, but I think it also holds it back from being completely waterproof. I suspect it wouldn’t handle 30 minutes on the treadmill or a day at the pool, but it’s a brilliantly black liner for running errands, even considering that it costs some coin. MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+/A-

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Wearing Goa on eyes


Goa, the second of the two, is like the girlfriend who ditches you at the club when she meets a cute guy. She’s there at the beginning of the night, watching your back while you both have fun, but three beers later she’s nowhere to be found. I wish it lasted longer on my lash and water lines, but the color (shimmery golden brown) makes me want to keep it around. Although I think you can find something similar for less ($), it’s great for when you want a little flava without going full-on dark. MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B

Game of Thrones!

OOH! Did you watch last night’s episode yet?


Measuring how much I liked the episode by the number of times I yelled “HOLY CRAP!” I thought it was mostly okay. I was glad to see Ned Stark still alive and kicking, even if it is with one good leg, but that scene with the Khaleesi eating the raw horse heart almost made me barf!


Oh, and what’s up with Ned’s daughter, Sansa? Hello, irritate much? The whole thing with evil Prince Joffrey kinda gets on my nerves.

I haven’t read the books yet (I plan to), so I don’t know what happens next, but I have a feeling that once the kids get older, Arya Stark is going to kick arse.

Gotta love a plucky gal who’s not afraid to speak her mind…and also wields a sword. 🙂

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  1. larie says:

    Love the pic of you wearing Goa – so sunkissed and summery!
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  2. jennifer s says:

    no!!!!!!!!!!! my 3 month free period of HBO just ended and I am so GAME OF THRONES deprived :/
    you look great in that pic karen!

  3. Nina says:

    Majorca is soooo lovely! 🙂

  4. Vijaya says:

    I really need to get in on this Game of Thrones show!
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  5. Sara says:

    Um, YES! Game of Thrones – I am loving it! I love your “extras” – you are so funny!

  6. Phyrra says:

    Strangely, I HATED the books. I like Daenerys in the tv show. Arya is pretty awesome and Khal Drogo I’ve loved in everything I’ve seen him in. Tyrion is very complex and entertaining.
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  7. I really love Becca but I think these are a pass. I love the YSL waterproof pencil, stays PUT!
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  8. raisa says:

    Goa is such a beautiful colour! Though I can’t stand having to reapply eyeliner more than once a day lol.
    You look extra cute in these Becca pics! You’re really a good advert for them lol I’m buying the two blushes for sure 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, LOL! They colors are easy for me to wear — love me some corals, peaches, golds and browns. 🙂

      Are you already a Becca fan?

  9. Charisse says:

    Game of thrones is awesome! The books especially.. so well written. Goa is nice too :p
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  10. Siena says:

    I’ve been looking for a good shimmery brown liner for a while, but maybe this one isn’t it… but one things for sure, I really wanna see game of thrones, looks so good! I’m such a sucker for those medieval type shows haha

  11. Liz says:

    I love love LOVE Arya! And Bran. You should read the book if you’re loving the series if you haven’t already.
    – Liz
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  12. Eesha says:

    Liked your look 🙂

  13. Jen W says:

    They look great in the swatches, but I think I’ll pass if neither of them have great staying power.

    I LOVE your blush and gloss in the photo!! What are they?
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  14. Kim says:

    I like the idea of the creamy texture but I can’t handle a liner that migrates! 🙂 That built in sharpener is cute, though.

    I thought Sunday’s episode was excellent, too! Only 2 more so, we’re winding down. Arya is definitely one of my favorite characters (and Sansa is one of my least favorites). I thought they did an excellent job with Daenerys and the heart-eating. Totally gaggy. Viserys was a more sympathetic character in the show; I almost felt a bit sorry for him. Not so, at all, in the book! Sean Bean is doing a great job as Ned. You can’t help but love him. And they did some good casting for Robb – the boy’s pretty cute. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      The interesting thing about it is it doesn’t really migrate unless you rub at it. It stays put once you get it on, but it’s still very creamy. Odd, but in a good way, I guess.

      I really like Daenerys a lot. Girl is tough! I like to refer to her as “The Quiet Storm,” which, coincidentally is also the tag line for the local easy listening music station, LOL!

  15. Linnea says:

    Karen! The boy has read these books, and he has hinted that indeed, Arya kicks ass when she gets older, and yes, sansa is supposed to be a total stupid b****. 😀

    So all of your feelings are correct!

  16. JJ says:

    you look splendid. it seems like products are either hit or miss… glad to have your view on things! oh, btw, your blush application look perfect. do you use a special brush? what’s your hg blush right now? thanks 🙂

  17. Kay says:

    Neutrogena’s nourishing eye liner is an automatic pencil with built-in sharpener and smudger which is styled very similar to these Becca liners, except for $7-$8. Don’t know how the two compare otherwise, but may be worth a look as a much cheaper alternative. Besides, I like how both brands focus on subtle and natural makeup.

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