Monday, March 17, 2014

Bigger Eyes With Eyelid Tape

You already how I've been obsessing over eye make up lately. Well, because I've been paying a lot of attention to my eyes, I've also been noticing the flaws, the biggest of which are my uneven eyelids. I have the typical Asian eyes which sometimes borders on having monolids. My left eye is a semi-monolid. When I'm tired the crease disappears which makes really hard to put eye make up. I always have to put more on my left just to even out my eyes. Well, recently I've discovered eyelid tape. Eastern Asians have been using this to for a while now to give them eyelid creases. I've also seen a lot of girls in our trip to Hong Kong wearing eyelid tapes. The cool thing I've discovered about it is that if you wear it long enough (say 3 months), it can give you a permanent crease!

I went eyelid tape shopping in Hong Kong and here's my haul:

I didn't know which one is better so I got two types. I was thinking they only differ in the shape but that's where I'm wrong! This one is the double eyelid tape. It has two sticky sides which makes it really easy to use.
 This next one is a waste of my money... apparently it only has ONE sticky side! It does serve its purpose but everytime you blink, people could see the tape! Ugh.

And as if I wasn't contented yet, I got myself an eyelid glue too! This one is really nice but it doesn't stay the whole day. I hate that after a few hours, you have these white glue residue on your eyes, much line when you put Elmer's glue on your hands and peel it off.

Obviously, my favorite is the first one, which is the double sided eyelid tape. Too bad I didn't buy a lot :(

Here's a step-by-step on putting it on:

Step 1: Determine where you want your new crease to be by poking your eyelid with the plastic stick that comes with the box.

Step 2: Carefully put the eyelid tape HIGHER than where you want your crease.
 Step 3: Peel off the tape. And carefully push BELOW where the tape is. Don't make the mistake of pushing in where the tape is because the applicator stick will stick to the tape.

And voila! An eyelid! I wasn't very careful with positioning the tape with this one that's why there's a bit of unevenness. It takes a lot of practice to get it right.
Like all the other guides online, it is advisable to wear eye makeup/ falsies when you put on eyelid tape so it won't be visible. I took that advice and wore thick eyelashes and here's the look:

I LOVE that my eyes look bigger! And that for the first time, I don't have a left monolid! I wish I could say that I've been very religious with putting it on cause I'm not. It's relatively comfortable to wear although I get paranoid thinking that people could see it so I don't wear it often. Also, because I didn't buy a lot I'm trying to save it for special occasions. Lol!

The local shops in Manila only carry the one-sticky-sided eyelid tape which I tell you is a waste of money. I have yet to find a local supplier of the double-sided eyelid tape. I don't want to order online cause the eyelid is very cheap and I don't want to spend more money for the shipping. If you know a shop (in the mall) that carries the double-sided eyelid tape, please let me know!

I'm glad there are products that address common problems like having no eyelids. I thought only surgery could help me but not anymore. Thank you to the crazy Eastern Asian monolid girls who invented this product ;)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Cat-y eyes

I know my eyes make me look like a cat. I even found myself asking a friend once why people always call me muning, pusa, etc. cause I don't really get it and she answered that it's because of my eyes. Well, just recently I learned how to put make up and one of the things I enjoyed putting on is liquid eyeliner.

In the past I steered clear of liquid eyeliner (and make up in general) cause it's really tricky but I told myself that since I'm already 25, I have to learn how to put make up on which started this weird obsession with lining my eyes!
It took a few months of practice (I started putting eye liner on since January) and I think finally, I'm getting the hang of it! I like it most when I have to put on "night" make up cause I can get crazy with my liner. I have to keep it thinner and subtler for day time.

To be honest, putting liquid eyeliner is still very hard for me because my eyelids are not assymetrical. My left eye actually has a tendency to be a monolid which makes putting on topliner very hard cause I have to put more on my left than my right. I have recently discovered eyelid tape though but more on that in my next post!

For now, let me share with you my "weapons" of choice:
I remember it was Sophia who I asked what liquid eyeliner brand is good. I keep forgetting though which of the two brands she said it was but from my experience, these two has been the best ones to use.
I've heard a lot about the Fashion 21 liquid eyeliner from other friends and some make up artists. They swear by it and after using it myself, I realize now why it's an amazing product. First, it has a soft brush tip which makes application really easy. The feeling is like when you're painting. I love that it is very flexible and allows me to make smooth even lines. Second, it is very cheap! You can get a small tube for as low as Php60.00! Third, its staying power is beyond words! I cannot rave about this product enough! What I hate most about other liquid eyeliners is that they break off as the day progresses leaving you with raccoon eyes. The one from Fashion 21 however has really good staying power. The line stays perfect and you wouldn't even need to retouch for a night out!

This one is my go-to liner. It's from In2It and it has a felt tip which makes it easier to use especially for beginners and those who have shaky hands (like me). Because it has a felt tip, you can adjust how thin or thick you want your lines to be. Like the Fashion 21 liner, its best quality is its staying power. Even in weird weather conditions, it doesn't fail you. It doesn't smudge or break off into pieces. It just stays there. The nice thing about it also is that it comes easily with just a cotton ball dipped in water!
The one on the left is from In2It and the right is Fashion 21. As you can see, the one from In2It can create very thin lines. You can adjust it depending on how thick or thin you want to be. The right one however is a bit thicker. The one in the picture is the thinnest I could get the liner. It is however a nice liner to use for night outs or when you want to really go all out with your eyes. This is actually the one I used for the pictures above.

I keep these two for the main reason that the lines do not break off. I use the one from In2It on regular days for my day make up and the one from Fashion 21 for night outs :) I love these two products and after trying so many other brands that didn't work, I am highly recommending these to you! Here's to pretty cat-y eyes!

Saturday, March 8, 2014


Getting out of a yearlong blog hibernation to greet one of the most special ladies in my life, Ninin! Cheers to one of the most supportive, most perceptive, most spontaneous friend I have. Thank you for loving me and supporting me unconditionally. I

Though we rarely see each other or catch up with each other, it's so comforting to know that whenever we get the chance to do so, it's as if we've never been apart.
Know that I'll always have your back and I'll always be here for you no matter which country or continent you'll be in. *wink wink*

Currently, Ninin is celebrating her special day with our college friends in Hong Kong! Really sad that I couldn't go with you but no worries, I'm sure we'll get our chance to travel together.

Love and miss you to bits!! See you soon ;)

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