Tre Tre Estee! Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Eye Pencil

If it’s hard is it good?

But too soft isn’t good either.


Duh-where are your minds?!

Liner pencils are the easiest way to line your eyes.

I did gel liners with the cream and the brush for awhile-but got bored and lazy.(As usual).

One day at the gym, a woman I’ve known for many years, sat there with her gel liner, really put on too thick. She’s always been a makeup glutton like myself, but this, like her navy blue liner that she wore with a navy blue striped shirt many years ago, just made her look crazy and deranged.

In a good way I mean-no I’m not being catty!

Of late I like Clarin’s Crayon Kohl Pencil, Trish McEvoy’s Gel Liner and now Estee.

I actually really like the Clarin’s pencil-it is smooth, and I like the navy blue. It goes on soft and does not  drag on the eye-a key criterion.

Trish’s pencil-is actually gel liner in a stick. You can take a liner brush and scrape off a bit of product and make a line with the brush, or use the pencil. In the Trish vids, she says to only use this product between your lashes, not as a liner, technically speaking of course.

Trish sticks are aubergine and black only. I got bored with it already. But before I forget, here’s a dis on the pencil. When the color runs down a bit, the wood is very rough and the edges are like the tip of a broken school no 2 pencil. Ouch! Again, I think this is the case of a good product in a cheap case, like her lip liner. The lip liner case problem is the top split in two after a couple of uses – so it’s capless in Honolulu.

So the reason I bought the liner from Estee is-faced with wanting the GWP and not really buying much of their products, I just bought something I needed.  I bought two to make the spend, and really

I am quite happy with the product.

I pretty much just line between the lashes, and a thick Audrey Hep line on the top into a cat eye. Post-ballet, it’s all in place-I guess that’s what they mean by Double-Wear.

But the gift itself was meh. I like her lipsticks because they smell like cherry-roses, but the colors were pretty pedestrian-I know they have to be a crowd pleaser for a GWP. The shadows are on their way to the trash. The mascara is pretty good tho.


As for the navy blue-I dunno, maybe I look like a crazy cat eyed lady too!



Experimenting with Retin A

I tried Retin A like 20 years ago, and I couldn’t handle the flaking of my skin.

It was just horrible. People would come up to me and ask if I was using Retin A, or did I get a sunburn and was I peeling?

I was looking for something in the search of dealing with my crepey-fying eyelids and the vertical lines that have appeared in the last few months.

So, I have been reading up on Retin A and using it sparingly on the lids, because lids are skin right?

So, like always, more is more right?

I dabbed on the Retin A pretty liberally for 2 months. And I never really did flake much, but I noticed that the crepeness and fine vertical lines got worse.

So, I’ve been creaming up my eyes with Shiseido Benefiance, which has pretty much reversed most of the affects of the Retin A.

I think I’ll continue to use it on my face skin.

Or as usual, where products go to die.

On my feet.


PS the shiseido product is the only thing i have liked. But I might try the sunscreen.

Avoiding the Clumpity Clump Lashes-Maybelline Lash Discovery

One thing I have to say about the set of Trish McEvoy kit I recently got at Nords, was, I liked the mascara.

It had a tiny skinny brush that, after using the sample for a couple of weeks, did not make my lashes a a clumped up mess that needed some detangling with a lash comb.

I’m just not that high maintenance.

Uh-well I just like make up and skincare.

But, strike that, I am lazy to take that extra step.

So, after using up the sample, I was in search of the same sort of skinny brush.

Looked all around in the normal brands I like, Laura Mercier, Bobbi etc. – but did not find it. I’ve tried cult-fave Definicils, but I didn’t care for it either.

So, resolved to end my search, I took to the drugstore brands. After all if all of the ads were true, if I were able to get lashes that are sky high, or stiletto long, then might I be able to find a skinny brush?

I found it in Maybelline’s Lash Discovery. Their website is hideous-all black, hurts my eyes.

Nto really made because of the skinny brush-but mad to be a skinny brush to get to the crevices that are difficult to reach with those giganto big lash brushes.

It’s quite tiny in fact.

I like it, it works, but washing it off leaves much to be desired.

Again, in the land of the lazy, if it doesn’t come off with my beloved Cerave’ Gentle Cleanser, I’m off in search again.


Music to My Face-Armani Maestro Firming Foundation

Well, I’m not sure that the firming action is working because I only use a small drop of foundation, and the claim is probably true for people who look like they are wearing makeup.

Me, on the other hand, I use this pigment dense foundation when I want to look more presentable then when I am just using Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer.

The foundation comes in a medicine dropper and is very light and doesn’t feel oily or heavy at all.

It almost floats on my face. It dries somewhere between matte and dewey-but definitely not shiny. I like to pat it on with my fingertips, then take a foundation brush to blend the edges in.

It wears all day and pretty much into the night. If I want to look a little dressier, then I apply a few more drops around my nose and lips where, if I had applied in the morning has had some wear and tear during the day and needs re-application.

I does have SPF15-but you know, from my point of view that isn’t enough, so it does wear well over my current Clarins SPF40 sunscreen.

It’s a little pricey-but I think it’s worth it because I don’t like the fragrance used in drugstore brands, and the formulation is a lot finer.

Kind of like the difference between drinking Yellow Tail and Rombauer.

Nothing compares.


Homemade Haircut? SuperCuts

Seriously, I used to cut my own hair when I was in 10th grade. I basically just did a side graduated cut so the front of my hair framed my face.

It was one of those days that my hair was bugging me because it is so long so I went off in seek of a place to cut it, but not feeling like going into town, I yelped Kailua and Kaneohe.

Well, I guess I didn’t click on enough postings. But don’t get me wrong, the cut was not that bad.

But,I wouldn’t tell someone I got my hair cut there.


It was more about the experience at the Super cuts location, rather than the quality of the cut. The cut is passable-like I said probably as good as I could cut it myself.

But there was training going on with some bored, slightly interested new stylists. The trainer was speaking fairly knowledgeably, and telling them about new concepts in approaching customers and how to speak to us.

I forget exactly what they call a customer, maybe client?

The point I want to make, is why bother with a bunch of labels if you don’t have the basics down?

Like make sure your area is clean.

Make sure your brushes and other items used on clients are clean.

It’s pretty easy really.

And I am not overally anal-just ask the bf. He grumbles about how much water I splash around all the time.



I get that good help is hard to find.
I was at macys ala moana today and checked out the clarins counter and their new product “restorative ” something.

It boggles my mind when salespeople are hired and not educated about the product.

The product had SPF 20 in the day moisturizer. I asked the sslesperson was it the same sunscreen product that was in the SPF 40 sunscreen ? The SPF 40 product I can put on my eyelids without irritation.

So it turned out that she didn’t understand the question and did not know much about the product.

Later going to the Chanel counter I ran into the same lack of product knowledge and sales skills.

It’s just frustrating.

I really get it that retailers need help and people need jobs. But can we we not put square pegs in round holes?

It’s not rocket science.

It’s make up.