Lancome Artliner Eyeliner Ice Black Review

My new best friend, Lancome Artliner in Ice Black

I used to order a lot of makeup online from a French beauty company and got completely hooked on one of their products.  I used it daily and could not find anything else to replace it.  It was a liquid eyeliner with a flexible foam tip applicator in a beautiful shade of shimmery taupe.  It looked absolutely beautiful with all shades of eye shadow and stayed on all day, even in the heat and humidity.

One fateful day, I received an email from the French beauty company saying that they no longer were going to be selling/shipping to the United States and Canada.  My heart sank.  I immediately ordered a few eyeliners and shed a tear or two.  Yes, I cried over eyeliner.

Fast forward to today and those last eyeliners are long gone.  My search has been never ending, online and in the stores.  Nothing has had the same color, consistency or applicator.

 On a recent trip to Sephora, I was wandering around in the Lancome section and low and behold, there it was.  Artliner, Precision Point Eyeliner in Ice Black.  I roll my eyes at whoever named it Ice Black.  No wonder I couldn’t find it.  The color almost perfectly matches my original French eyeliner, the lovely shade of pearly taupe.  It’s just so darned pretty.
Ice Black color swatch

The great thing about Ice Black is that it looks awesome with every eye color and works for day or night makeup.  Artliner’s foam tip applicator makes it very easy to use, even for beginner liquid eyeliner users.

The only downside to this liner is that is costs $30 USD, but it will last a long time.  That’s better than wasting a ton of money on other junk liners that don’t have the payoff that Artliner does.  I’ll pay it again and again.

If you happen to be in the market for a new liquid eyeliner, definitely check Artliner out.  It will be your new favorite too!

Colored Bobby Pins *DIY Project*

Are you ever sitting on the couch watching a trashy reality show, feeling guilty, knowing that you should do something constructive instead?  Why not do a little beauty project?  Most of us girls have tons of plain bobby pins around or can get them easily and cheaply, but their cute factor is definitely lacking.  Boring brown or black or maybe gold.  I have seen some colored one in stores for around $5 for a pack, but usually in colors that I don’t want.

Making your own colored bobby pins is easy and the best part is you can customize them however you want.  You can do one color, multiple colors, glitter, or maybe if you feel like bedazzling, glue some rhinestones on them with your paint job. This is also a fun project that you can do with your kids, grandchildren, nieces or friends.

First, gather your supplies.  You will need:  paper towels or paper plates, bobby pins, nail polish and any other goodies that you may want to glue on to your hair pins.  Nail polish remover may be required to clean up any spills or to clean your fingers.

I had some white, dark and gold pins and many different colors of nail polish, including glitter and clear for sealing.

 

Start by selecting your design of choice and start painting the bobby pin, doing one side and letting it dry, then the other side.  Repeat if necessary to get your perfect opaqueness.  If you are doing only the top side and don’t want the pin falling over on it’s side while drying, clip another bobby pin to it to help it sit upright.

If you are using dark bobby pins and want to paint on a lighter color, use a coat or two of white nail polish first. This will create a base to make the light color stand out.  You can get creative and paint dots or stripes or do gradient colors.  Here are the ones that I made.

Neon orange, neon yellow/green, purple, multi-colored sparkle, blue, mint green dots with sparkles, neon pink, multi-colored and pearly blue green.

I only made two of each because I don’t really need 9 neon orange bobby pins, but you can make however many you want.  These look great when you combine 3 or 4 pins in a row or for a little pop of color here and there in your style.

I hope your hair looks spectacular with your new fun bobby pins!