FIVE FAVOURITE :: eye products

FINALLY the second in my FIVE FAVOURITE series! Today, I’ll be going over a few of my favourite eye products.

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It’s only recently that I started going beyond a little eyeliner and started delving into different kinds of eyeshadows and mascaras, and I won’t lie–it’s been a struggle. The problem with my eyes is that 1) I have double eyelids. These are different from Korean monolids and Caucasian hooded lids, and it means that everything is about 10X more likely to be creased, smudged and oily. Gr0ss. 2) I have the most stubborn, uncooperative eyelashes in all of history (maybe that’s an exaggeration, but I don’t know anyone else who struggles as much as I do). I have avoided mascara like the plague for pretty much my whole life, simply because I have extremely long, thin and straight lashes which are difficult to curl, control and maintain.

These five products, therefore, are my selected favourites from years of trial and error and black, crappy mascara-stained tears.

1. VDL Expert Colour Primer for Eyes – W13,000

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Before I apply any eye product, I begin with this primer from VDL, a Korean cosmetics brand. Prices in the US for this product fall at around $16, but I love how Korea makes quality products for extremely cheap. This primer has never failed me. It brightens the colour of any eyeshadow, and does an amazing job of preventing smudges and creases in my eyeliner and shadows. For my extremely oily lids, it does wonders.

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Not a lot of product is needed to get the job done. To apply, I simply dot the primer onto my eyelid, and rub it in with my fingertips.

2. Lovely Me:Ex in Teddy Beige from The Face Shop

After I prime, I usually wash this beautiful neutral eyeshadow from The Face Shop over my lids. This colour is gentle, feminine and flattering. It matches perfectly with my skin tone to deepen my eyes without being too overbearing. Unfortunately, I think they may have discontinued the product as I can’t find it anywhere on their website! If you ever stumble across one in store, however, definitely grab it if you’re looking for the perfect neutral.

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3. Maybelline Eyestudio Hypersharp Liner in Black – £15

This liner is the tour de force of all liquid liners. It literally suits every skin tone, type and eye shape. The pen format means easy guiding of the hand, and the extremely fine brush allows you to create the perfect pointy flick to your cat eye. It honestly makes my life so much easier, and I rarely struggle with uneven wings, simply because I feel like I have so much control with this product in hand. If you get anything out of this post, it needs to be this liner. Again, I can’t find the product on the official Maybelline website, but I’m pretty sure you can go into any cosmetics shop and find it. On Amazon, the price is £15.

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4. Maybelline Volum’ Express Turbo Boost Mascara – £5.99

Okay, we need to talk mascaras. As I mentioned above, I have the most stubborn, rebellious eyelashes–freakily long, thin and straight. That means that there is almost no mascara out there (that I have yet come across) that caters to these very specific qualities. Most mascaras are used for lengthening the lashes, but I feel like if mine get any longer, they’ll just look like spiders on my face. I thought that I would need a good curling mascara, but for most of them, my eyelashes flatten out again right away just because of their sheer length and consequent heaviness. Out of all the mascaras I’ve tried, however, Volum’ Express Turbo Boost works the best. It works to thicken my lashes so that they don’t look as creepy and spidery, and maintains the curl better than any other self-proclaimed “curling” mascara that I’ve tried. Despite Turbo Boost being my favourite so far, I’m still looking to find other options. If you know of any other great mascaras that could possibly be a good fit for me, comment and let me know!

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Idk what I’m doing with my face I’m just trying to show you the effects of the mascara.

5. Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadow in Cement

If you’re looking for the perfect, quick day-to-night fix, this is it. When I stepped into the Bobbi Brown shop for my free make-up lesson (if you have a store near you, book your free make-up lesson asap! Honestly so fun and useful), and the make-up artist applied this shadow, I literally opened my eyes to take a look and went “WOW” out loud. I’m a huge fan of glitter, and this sparkle eyeshadow is glamorous and tasteful. It is impactful, yet not overdone at all–in fact, it is a beautiful, subtle shimmer. The perfect sparkle eyeshadow, in my opinion, and highly recommended for special events or dressy nights out.

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To apply, I simply use my finger and press product into my lid, and around it, if I’m feeling super flashy.

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You can’t really see the effects of the sparkle shadow in this photo, but trust me, it looks beaut.

And that’s this week’s wrap up of my FIVE FAVOURITE eye products! I hope you’re enjoying this series and finding it useful, because I’m having a lot of fun writing them up!

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Remember that you are beautifully made today!

Peace & blessings. Stay trippy xoxo

∙ vienna ∙

FIVE FAVOURITE :: lip products

Alexa Chung, style guru of the 21st century, says in her adorable book It, “Your lips should always be kissable.” For this reason, I am starting a fun new series called FIVE FAVOURITE. It’s as simple as it sounds–every now and then, I will be listing out five of my favourite products that I like to use for particular beauty and fashion needs. Today we are targeting LIPS. I am one of those people who will pick and rub and bite at my lips if they are chapped and flakey, so you can rest assured that these products have been tried and tested, and I have selected them as my absolute favourites. All of them will leave your lips smooth, hydrated and kissable!! ;)))

1: LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub – £5.50

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To start, every now and then I will exfoliate my lips with this LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub. Surprise, surprise, I started doing this I after I read Alexa Chung’s It, as she has this weird obsession with exfoliating and moisturising and suddenly I found myself wanting to be JUST LIKE HER (jk, but am i jk? u decide). POINT IS, this product actually does wonders for smoothing out my lips and getting rid of any flakey bits of skin. It’s made of all natural ingredients, mostly sugar, so not only is it effective, it is incredibly yumz. It’s a win-win situation.

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I just scrub it all over, lick it off, and I’m good to go.

2. L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Lip Balm, Certified Organic – £8.50

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After I scrub off the nasty, I immediately apply this organic, all-natural shea lip balm from L’Occitane. The two products pair together wonderfully. GUESS WHAT ALEXA CHUNG ALSO SAID–lip balms with all-natural ingredients are the most effective. Maybe this doesn’t come as a surprise to you, but you’d be amazed at how many lip balms and “moisturisers” I have been through, being severely disappointed that yes–they would leave my lips feeling smooth upon application, but give it ten minutes and they were absolutely parched and I had to re-apply a thousand times a day until I had no more product left (u sneaaaky sales ppl). SO. This product is a gem that does not fail me. I squeeze out a teeny blob, apply it all over and voila! I’m set for the day.

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3. CHANEL Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in Adrienne – £36

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Ok, now let’s talk lipstick. I. Love. Lipsticks. And the Rouge Coco line by Chanel has got to be one of my favourites because not only are the colours beautiful, but it’s ultra hydrating! Say goodbye to crappy lipsticks that shrivel up your lips and make them look nasty. I especially love this nude colour called Adrienne, partly because I took this cute little quiz that recommended it to me so I felt that it was just meant to be, but also because it’s matches my natural lip colour and effortlessly brightens it. It’s the perfect no make-up make-up, everyday, go-to product (that was a lot of hyphens). Also, it’s Chanel.

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4. MAC Lipstick in Brave – £15.50

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For days when I want a flush of colour, but nothing too dramatic, I reach for MAC Brave. This mid-toned pink gives my lips a deeper hue for a more sophisticated, gentle look. It’s also an amazing everyday lipstick and, like all MAC lipsticks, is smooth and hydrating. No fussy flakes.

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5. NARS Lip Gloss in Baby Doll – £19

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Finally, being the #NARSissist that I am, I can’t have a FIVE FAVOURITE cosmetics post without a NARS product. This new shade of lip gloss, called Baby Doll, is the perfect companion for MAC’s Brave lipstick. I love applying Baby Doll over Brave because the tones match amazingly, and it gives a sheer, shiny addition to my lips. Baby Doll also gives wonderful tone and shine to your lips when used alone. An all-round cutesy shade, I highly recommend it as a product that can be used both day and night.

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shown: NARS Baby Doll over MAC Brave

That’s it for my first series of FIVE FAVOURITE :: lip products! I hope this list serves to be a useful resource for you laydiez looking for products that will definitely keep you satisfied. And for any lads who are reading this post, now you know what to get your girlfriend/sister/mum. You’re welcome.

Peace & love to you all, and stay trippy,

∙ vienna ∙