Thursday, 27 July 2017

Everlasting Lip Liner by Kat von D in Homegirl

I wasn't too excited when I heard Kat von D was releasing lip liners, but when I realized the line had the perfect shade for my brows, I just needed to give them a go. I bought this one from Vancouver. I always use lip liner when I wear traditional wax-based lipsticks, to get more wear out of them. My go-to liners are Mac lip pencils, but occasionally I use an OCC liner or a Nyx one. The Mac liners are very dry (I mostly use Nightmoth and Cyberworld) and stay on my lips well. Kat von D's liner is very different. Where the Macs, Nyxs and OCCs are waxy and will eventually melt, the Everlasting Lip Liner goes on just like a wax based liner, but then sets and stays on much better. Much like the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, it is very resistant to smudging and can be removed only with oil-based cleansers (or actual oil).

Homegirl was my choice of shade, as I just never get bored of dark reds! I own a lot of dark red lipsticks so the shade works with many lipsticks, but I also do my brows with lip liner so I wanted a shade that works also for that. I have to say that for brows the liner sets a little bit too fast. I would need more time to work the pencil. The skin on my forehead is also much more oily than on my lips, so the liner doesn't stay quite as well as on lips, but it's still very good.

The pencil is made of plastic and is of the twist up variety.

The tip straight out of package.

Kat von D Everlasting Lip Liner in Homegirl on pale skin.
I have to say I'm quite impressed with how well the liner stays! The shade is lovely and the packaging works well. I could happily buy this product in another shade too!

Monday, 17 July 2017

Ruki's Challenge

I was reading a blog post on one of my favourite blogs, Pin The Fuck Ups (in Finnish only, sorry!), when I was really surprised that out of all the blogs they had challenged me to do a post on the story of my blog! PTFU is a lovely blog, full of feminism, wittiness, gorgeous pictures and often commenting on topics that are interesting to me. I consider myself a feminist, and in the same fashion as what PTFU does, meaning that I want to promote equality of different ethnicities and genders. Some feminist texts can be very boring, even if they are important, but I love PTFU's playful and happy take on the subject.

So, on to the challenge! I decided to do this in English, since it suits my blog best that way.

Why did I start writing a blog? The short answer is to document and show off my make-up projects. I fell in love with indie make-up and enjoyed taking photos and writing reviews of the products. Putting on make-up felt much more rewarding when I could take a picture to remember it by, and not just try to remember what I used and where. I had also just purchased my brother's old camera and was taking photos of EVERYTHING and needed a place to put them in ;D

The long answer is that I enjoy projects, am a highly visual person and like to document what I do. I work in the games industry, where looks really don't matter, and since my line of work as a game designer mostly includes writing tables and instructions, I needed a way to express my visual creativity. Compiling posts with pictures and text is satisfying and gives me sense on completion. I NEED creative hobbies and blogging nicely combines all of the things I like: writing, photographing, documenting projects and showing off nice stuff I make or own. I don't draw or paint much these days, but I use all the knowledge I have of colours and textures to do make-up looks. Make-up is just as varied and interesting and any paper, canvas and media. An eyeliner is just a different type of pen, you can draw on paper or skin.

My favourite projects are outfits for events or festivals. I love to sew, do crafts and just combine things in my closed in new ways. Creating complete outfits, with clothing, accessories, hair and make-up all working well together is very satisfying for me. Then documenting these creations with a camera is what I want to do. I want to look at pictures and remember what worked, what didn't, and what was happening in my life when I was working on the project. At work the projects I work on are long, 2-3 years, so having quick cycles with visual things keeps me going.

When I started a blog, people warned me that people comments are often nasty. I haven't seen this happen. I've had the blog for over three years and can count the insulting comments with my fingers. My readers are lovely, comments are supportive and nice. I love you guys! So for anyone thinking of starting a blog, don't be too worried about the mob mentality on the web. Blog platforms have good tools for handling problematic commenters if something were to happen, and it's absolutely possible to have a blog that simply doesn't get nasty comments.

I do some commercial collaborations on the blog, but mostly I just write for fun. I enjoy it. And that's how I want to keep it. I have a job that I love, and blogging is my hobby. I don't want it to become another job.

What does the future hold for my blog? Hopefully more posts! I haven't been as active as before, but I feel the blog must follow my energy levels. If I'm tired or too busy, the blog needs to give. I enjoy writing a lot more when I'm not in a hurry, and the posts are better too, in my opinion. I just ordered a new lipstick and I have lots of other things to write about. So the future looks bright!
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