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Holy Grail: Eyeliner

I don’t know much about make-up, but I know my eyeliner. My first make-up staple was the black Rimmel kohl liner that every schoolgirl across the country bought as a rite of passage into her teens. Since then I’ve never really let go of the fixture that most of you probably left behind several years ago, and smudge a line of black on my waterline most days. Over the years I’ve tried out plenty of black eyeliners, so I thought I’d share my hard-won wisdom with you.

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From left to right:

Barry M Bold Waterproof Eyeliner in Black, £3.99
MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Engraved, £14
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in Black, £3.99

I’ll start with the most expensive one, MAC’s Powerpoint. I wore this religiously from the ages of around 16 to 19 (when I find a product I like, I tend to stick to it) after I graduated from the basic Rimmel kohl liner. I prefer pencils to liquid, but always found that kohl liners faded far too quickly into an unpleasant grey-ish smear under my already tired looking eyes. This liner seemed the perfect solution – decent staying power with great pigmentation. I swear when I first started buying it it cost a couple of pounds less, but either way at £14 a pop it ain’t cheap. Now that’s not necessarily an issue if you only wear eyeliner on nights out, but I wore it pretty much everyday and found it went down disappointingly fast. I don’t apply a lot but was still having to sharpen with almost every use, so when student poverty came a-knocking I knew I’d have to downgrade…

And this is where Barry M’s dupe came in. Whenever I’m on the lookout for a new liner I swatch a load of different ones on my hand at the beginning of the day, then see which one is the most intact a few hours later. This liner won that test as I was so impressed with its longevity as well as pigmentation, which were just as good as its pricey predecessor’s but without the hefty cost. But like MAC Powerpoint, I found myself racing through pencils, plus they had an added side effect: the liner gets everywhere. Applying it was like juggling with a bucket of black paint. Okay that’s a tad melodramatic but hell, it was not the easiest ride. So I decided to look for greener pastures, which took the form of…

Rimmel’s Scandaleyes eyeliner. Ladies (and possibly gents), this is the QUEEN of all pencil eyeliners. Staying power? Check. Pigmentation? Check. Ease of application? Check. Need to sharpen? Once a week tops. If that. At £3.99 it is far better value than its MAC equivalent, and is far less wily than Barry M’s offering. Honestly you need look no further. The thing speaks for itself, so if you’re in the market for a new black eyeliner, Rimmel’s got you covered.

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Feel Good

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NYR Healing Foods – £16.99

Massage Mitt – £6

Detox Toning Oil – £15

B Complex Supplements – £11.50

I just wanted to share my favourite products for feeling good, and yes they are alllll from Neal’s Yard. Their Oxford store is right next to my college, so during finals I made far too many trips there in the name of maintaining my mental/physical wellbeing! It was probably the healthiest I’ve been in my entire adult life as I knew I needed to swap my sugar-heavy diet for something a little more nutritious to get through it. The Neal’s Yard Healing Foods book is fantastic and I’d recommend it to anyone who feels like their diet isn’t doing them any favours. I stopped being all that concerned about my weight years ago but do care about my health, and I’ve got used to being tired all the time so knew something needed to change. The book does have lots of recipes but the best thing about it is that it explains what each food does for you and goes pretty in-depth, with detailed breakdowns of each food group. It also has day plans for specific issues e.g. to improve digestion or energy. It has nothing to do with losing weight and instead is all about getting the most out of what you eat which I love. Next up is the massage mitt, something I’ve never bought before but if you’re into exfoliating you need this. I use it pretty much everyday and always feel really clean and refreshed after. Plus it’ll last a lot longer than a scrub! I bought the Detox Toning Oil as part of my winding down ritual at the end of a long day in the library. Supposedly it tones your skin but I’m pretty skeptical about that whole idea – has anyone ever used one that works? Anyway, it smells really cleansing and I do prefer an oil to a lotion sometimes, just because it feels less heavy but often more moisturising. Last up are the B Complex Supplements, which I now swear by. I have real issues with my energy levels so knew I’d need a boost during finals, and these contain a whole host of B vitamins as well as lots of other nutrients known for improving energy. I won’t lie, they smell pretty unpleasant, but they got me through!
I love cosmetics and toiletries that are a pleasure to use, and all of these, including the recipe book, have a huge appeal in the feel good habits they bring to your life. So if you’re feeling lethargic or just need to shake your body up I’d recommend checking these out.

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