Monday, January 12, 2009
It's been a couple of years now, but it didn't seem like too long ago that my little sis made her way to the Middle East to spend what felt like ages away from her family (no, she's not in the military). She saw many amazing things--but what I wanted to know about was all things beauty. When she returned, her hair was blacker than black and her arms were henna'd to the nines. How were women lining their eyes with such precision and everyday stamina? It seemed to me that in all of her photos chronicling her time there, those beauties had amazing sultry and darkly lined lids. She had seen the great things that women had to share about beauty and was ready to divulge a must have secret.
Surma. Kohl. Kajal. Kehal. Whatever you prefer to call it. However you recognize it is irrevelant...because it is simply phenomenal. I kid you not, when I say that these women have the lockdown on lining. Traditionally, Kohl is a mixture of various ingredients (including soot) that is used to line (often the waterline) in one quick swipe. It is debateable if this is the only way to use it, but I must say that it trumps all other methods. Either way, it's easy to find a quick tutorial online. One thing that must be kept in mind, is that many formulas have a high lead content (unfortunately, these ones tend to be the brands that are cheapest and most common!), which leads you to one of the very few that are without lead. For this reason, Guerlain has been very good to me, but because of the price tag, I knew that there had to be better.
This month, L'Oreal released their dupe--High Intensity Pigment Kohl. It's part of the HIP line (which offers the very pigmented paints and shadows that are similar to MAC), and comes in a variety of colors. This was surprising to me, as all I've ever known in loose kohl, is black, brown or blue. I was able to pick up the gold shade, and it is fabulous! I wasn't sure that it would have the same smoldering effect, but it is in fact eye brightening with just a hint of glow around the rim of the eye. If you are planning to be in a Walgreens or Target anytime soon, I suggest that you pick them up and give them a try. The applicator is a tad more angular than its Guerlain counterpart, but there is no need to worry if the powder falls in the eye. It's actually healthy for the eye and helps to clean it! Could it get any better? Only picking up the burgundy shade now, shall tell...
PS. Today's the last day to enter the giveaway! Don't be shy ;)