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I've decided to nix whatever beauty post I was going to write today to talk about and show a few things. It's been a while since I've claimed something as a street diaries post, which is just a fancy way of me wanting to use iPhone photos and keep it casual without admitting defeat and chalking it up to laziness. I'm actually pre-writing this, so how lazy can I be if I'm not choosing to write this post the day that it's supposed to go up, huh?

The internet is kind of a weird place. I used to have to spend a lot of time on Instagram for my previous position at my company and my screentime has gone down exponentially since transitioning to a new time, which to me is a good thing. I don't think social media has personally ruined my life, but the internet is a controversial place full of controversial things and controversial people and take a shot the next time I say controversial. I get it. I see it. There's a lot (emphasis on a lot) of garbage on the internet, and this isn't even a self-deprecating "I'm trash" joke. But there's also pockets of the internet and curated communities where you can enjoy the pros of the internet without reading 200 comments deep on a YouTube video and questioning why people choose to use their words to spread hate, or in most cases, just absolute nonsense they pass off as their "free speech" and "opinions."

I'm really not here to hate on the internet though. In fact, this is a celebration of one of my favorite things about the internet: the vast majority of people who utilize it, especially through social media. I used to only use social media for personal purposes. Even when I first started this blog, I didn't really link out to my Twitter or Instagram on here. I had a few people I followed on Tumblr and regularly talked to (hi Mahi!), but other than that, my life was kind of siloed to the point where "internet friends" weren't really a thing in my life.

I kind of went from 0 to 100 when it came to making friends online. At some point in 2014, I think I changed my tune and was more active on Tumblr and joined blogging networks and wanted to embrace my online identity, which really, is just my IRL identity. From this, friendships flourished via DM, text, any possible digital media to facilitate a friendship through the airwaves when I couldn't just call them up and have them over for pizza or go out to get coffee.

I'm fortunate that I found some online communities where I felt accepted and found camaraderie through similar interests (boybands, blogging, the usual millennial female thing). This was especially important during a time where my IRL friendships were deteriorating or would end when I w t naturally drift away. I'm also fortunate now to live in a city where some of those online friendships were able to transition offline.

Since I'm burying the lead, as per usual, I met an online friend. Finally. After four years.

I'm sure I'm speaking to the choir when I talk about the struggles of having friendships that stem from the internet because hello, welcome to the world of content creation and using the internet as your creative medium. So I think most of know the glorious feeling of being united at last. I mean, I would akin it to reuniting with a friend after a long time apart except you've never gotten to like, hug each other and experience their existence in their IRL glory.

Hannah from The Cleansed Review is a gem of a human and used her purposeful layover in NYC to leave the airport, come to my apartment, do my eye makeup (which I've been dying for her to do since we became friends), and popped into Chinatown, Soho, and Nolita with me so she could see a little bit of the city before she set off to London. As I joked on Instagram, get you a friend that takes four hours out of her layout and round trip to the airport via Lyft to see you *Joe Jonas voice* for the first time (that song still slaps, I don't care how the Jonas Brothers feel about it).

I don't really have the word to describe this joyous occasion, so all I have to say is, god bless the internet sometimes. What a wonderful friendship facilitator!

Halfway through June seemed like an appropriate time to check in on all of those goals I set for myself throughout 2019. If you're new here, I don't do the whole New Year's resolutions thing. They're daunting and usually fall-off sometime around January 15th. I'm all about arbitrary nonsense, but something about New Year's resolutions rubs me the wrong way, usually because it's good intentions but gone about the wrong way. As a lover of to-do lists, creating a list of things to accomplish throughout the year seemed like a better option for me to have something to strive to throughout the year just in case everything else I do in my personal and professional life falls to shit. 

My lists are usually much longer and more involved, but I cut myself a break for 2019 considering the number one thing on my list for the past two years has been MOVE TO FUCKING NEW YORK CITY and since I'm here and that's a pretty big thing to accomplish for a twenty-something rando like me with zero connections and money. I decided ten things would suffice for the year. Really, just maintaining my status as faux resident of New York City is good enough for me so anything else is just a bonus in my life at this point.

Alas, since I am a serial list finisher and hate leaving bullet points uncrossed off, I'm doing a public check in to see if I'm on track or if I can pretend I'm on track enough to somewhat claim I've done a few of these things. You do what you gotta do, guys.

1. Write more often | So at some point, this was probably true. But in fact, I think I've stopped writing less now. However, I've also started writing more thoughtfully. I used to force myself to churn out three blog posts a week to retain an arbitrary (there it is again!) schedule. So mission not accomplished but also mission probably shouldn't have been accomplished anyways. I haven't taken on any more freelancing projects as I genuinely enjoy and prefer just my tiny lil weekend shifts for Today. I still want to try to pitch myself for something else at some point throughout 2019, but I'm not going to rush myself and overload my brain with pitch ideas and all that fun stuff. 

2. Read a new book every month | This is always so far, so good. I haven't been keeping track of the books anywhere on this blog though, so here's a tiny schedule of what I read in 2019 and when: In January I read China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan and In Conclusion, Don't Worry About It by Lauren Graham; In February, I read When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri; In March, I read You'd Be Mine by Erin Hahn; In April, I read Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney and The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves; In May, I read I Might Regret This by Abbi Jacobson.

3. Read more articles (blogs, magazines, digital, oh my!) | Uh, kind of. Not really. I've been reading more books lately and I started listening to some podcasts, but actual physical reading hasn't been happening as often as I would have liked. 

4. Start YouTube again? | LOL

5. Learn how to cook | So this is a no but also not entirely a no but still a no. *tries HelloFresh one time and thinks she's a cook* I didn't learn how to cook but I learned easy tricks to make the usual simple things I make slightly better.

6. Decorate my space more | So actually, this is shockingly a yes. Back in February, my dad helped me hang up art and prints in my room for the first time since I moved in. An in the recent weeks (literally, the past seven days), I've gotten colorful, mod bedding and a velvet tufted chair for my room. All that missing is a tiny bookshelf and a fake plant and I think my room might finally be complete after over a year of living here.

7. Step out of my comfort zone with food | I don't really know why I put this on here in the first place considering I've done this already but maybe this was a sign to get myself to stop going to the same two restaurants. I've kept it in my pants when it comes to just going to Veselka ten times a month so I think we're good on this one! 

8. Go to Top of the Rock | Hasn't happened yet but hopefully sometime this summer! 

9. Get new makeup organizers | This is next on my apartment decorating list however acrylic drawers are so expensive so I'm going to need some time to save a bit. 

10. Downsize my lipstick collection | I still need to do this but I think it's going to be much more possible now that I've made it through another winter season not wearing all of the bold colors that I used to. 

So...I'm like...halfway there. Almost all the way there. Honestly, for how shit the beginning of this year was (and for how shitty some aspects are of it now), I'm feeling pretty good about this progress! It's the little things, guys. Not to quote One Direction because I am now fully devoted back to the Jonas Brothers after forgiving them for leaving me in the dust in the fall of 2013 when I needed them the most during my first semester of college and leaving me no choice but to throw myself at One Direction to fill the void.  

If you've encountered me in person over the course of the last few months or even caught a rare good selfie day on my Instagram Stories, you'll probably know that I'm heavily embracing the whole dewy skin and makeup thing. This is something that I was never able to enjoy in the past as my skin always leaned oily and was so acne ridden that I didn't want to draw attention to it with anything shiny. But now, my skin is fairly clear and lands in the normal category, so I can have a bit more fun with what I'm slathering on my face for fun.

Achieving dewy skin genuinely is pretty easy, but if you really want to embrace the dewy look, then I got you with some easy tips. Use one of them, use them all, whatever floats your boat, my friends!

Start with your skincare

All great makeup looks start with your skincare. Give yourself a good base to work with before you head into foundations or any sort of tinted moisturizers. Make sure you cleanse and moisturizer your face. Pop on those eyecreams if that's part of your routine. I like to add a facial oil as well before my SPF just to really kick it up a notch and make sure that my skin is bouncy and healthy looking before I start adding the rest of my makeup.

My current routine: Caudalie Vine[active] Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum, TULA Hydrating Day & Night Cream, Eve Lom Antioxidant Eye Cream or TULA's Glow & Get It Balm, Sunday Riley Juno Face Oil, Cotz Face Natural Skin Tone SPF 40, and Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi

Use a dewy (duh) foundation as your base

This is a major duh moment, but if you're trying to achieve luminous skin with a matte foundation, sis, it ain't going to happen. Even if you need full coverage, you can still find foundations that aren't matte to add some life and luminosity into your skin. The key to really getting the most out of your dewy foundations is to apply with a damp beauty sponge and gently bounce it onto your skin after you do your skincare and all of that fun stuff. Let it sit and rest on your skin for a few minutes before diving into any next steps.

My current routine: CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation (semi-matte, but slightly dewy) and Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation (technically matte, but with a damp sponge and the right skincare can lean somewhat dewy)

Add liquid highlighter to your foundation, if you really want to go above and beyond

If you don't have the most dewy of foundations or need to make a matte foundation work in a pinch, there is a trick that I use and have been using since college for when I had liquid highlighters that I didn't get much use out of because I just prefer powder to cream or liquid. Add some liquid highlighter to your foundation and blend it together with your finger on the back of your hand to easily add some luminosity where it wasn't before.

My current routine: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Soft Light Liquid Highlighter

Set your face (or at least your t-zone) with a luminous setting powder

The dewy foundation and liquid highlighter help, but really what drives the look home is my luminous setting powder. I'm sure others exist on the market, but without the Laura Mercier Transluscent Glow Powder, my skin wouldn't look the same. I don't know who I was before that powder came into my life. I thought nothing would get better than the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette but I was sorely mistaken. I set my face everywhere, but if you prefer not putting powder all over, at least pop it into your t-zone to hit the highest points of your face when the light will catch the most. 

My current routine: Laura Mercier Transluscent Glow Powder

Take advantage of metallic and shimmery cream eyeshadows

You could use powder shadows easily, but cream metallic shadows add for the ultimate foiled and dewy look. Use your ring finger to pop some onto your lid, blend it out by patting gently, and even take a synthetic brush to really blend it out for a natural ombre into your crease. 

My current routine: Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize in Marie Antoinette 

Find a blush and bronzer with flecks of metallic (preferably gold or bronze) alongside your usual highlighter

I mean, if you've already committed to the dewy and shimmery look, you might as well go big or go home. Blushes and bronzers with a slight sheen will just really amplify the dewy look you're going for. It's best to find something with a subtle shimmer as to not deposit any flecks of chunky glitter onto your face.

My current routine: NARS Orgasm blush, Guerlain Terracotta Light Healthy Glow Vitamin Radiance Powder, Too Faced Tutti Frutti Pineapple Paradise Strobing Bronzer

Spritz your face with a hydrating facial mist after you set your makeup

This is just really the cherry on top. Get yourself a fine mist and spritz it on after all over your makeup is gone to really just embrace that dew. I'll sometimes take my damp Beauty Blender and very, very gently press the mist into my skin as well.

My current routine: Eve Lom Radiance Face Mist and Lexli Tone & Balance

Sleeping with your full face of makeup on

Are you the type of person who gets home from a long day and just wants to collapse into bed, telling yourself you'll just shower in the morning? Or maybe you're the type of person who only wears BB Cream and some mascara throughout the day, so it's not like you're sleeping in three layers of foundation, concealer, and powder. Regardless of who you are, sleeping in your makeup is, honestly, pretty shit for your skin over time. While you sleep, your skin is trying to restore itself. If your oil glands and pores are blocked by the day's remnants of makeup, it won't allow your skin to properly shed. Plus, just think about all of the makeup, grime, and everyday pollutants are building up on your pillowcase! Forgetting to take your makeup off or getting just the tiniest bit lazy can cause clogged pores, blackheads, acne, and flaky, irritated skin. Even if you don't get the chance to double cleanse, at least take some warm water and your favorite cleansers or makeup removers so your head is hitting the pillow fresh and clean.

Using makeup wipes to take off your makeup

I know, I know, we just talked about how it's essential to take your makeup off at the of the day but with a different method. Makeup wipes? Chief, that ain't it. Is that what the kids say? Regardless, makeup wipes are kind of the worst for a few different reasons. If makeup wipes are part of your regular routine, you might want to consider changing that step in your skincare routine. Makeup wipes have come a long way, but there's still lots of residue left on your skin after using. They might be okay in a pinch, but they shouldn't replace a cleanser in your life as they don't thoroughly clean your skin. Makeup wipes are also horrendous for the environment. Most are made out of non-biodegradable things such as polyester, polypropylene, cotton, wood pulp, and rayon fibers. Some brands offer compostable options, but using your hands or a good ole washcloth with a cleanser is eons more useful and will save you money in the long run.

Avoiding SPF 

Have you ever looked outside during the summer, seen that there wasn't any sunshine in the sky so you didn't opt to wear sunscreen? Have you ever just thought that your skin is invincible and you don't need any SPF or that your foundation with 10 SPF in it would suffice? We've been told these things since we were a kid, but truly, it's pretty damn important. SPF protects your skin from UV Rays, lowers your skin cancer risk, prevents premature aging, and helps maintain an even skin tone.  I mean, I don't know about you, but SPF had me at lowering risk of skin cancer. But maybe that's just me.

Not using heat protectant on your hair

This one is significantly less dramatic than SPF, but it's still an important step that I'm guilty of skipping when I'm in a rush, even though I know I shouldn't. Heat protectant isn't just for straightening or curling your hair. This is for any time you apply heat to your hair, so I see you, blow dryers. Heat protectant adds moisture to your hair, which will prevent the natural moisture in your hair to evaporate. It also forms a protective barrier over the cuticle on your strands of hair to prevent and heat damage. Plus, it helps maintain your hair's natural shine. That's pretty dope, right? Treat your hair with the same kindness that you treat your skin and the rest of your body!

Using old, dull razor blades

Look, I get it, women's razors are expensive. Men's razors are expensive. Waxing is even more expensive. It's expensive to remove hair from our body, but if that's something that you choose to do, you still have to be careful with how you're doing it. I know it's not fun to dish out money every few weeks on new razors, but just think about what happens to metal when it gets wet and when it's constantly used. The blades can start to rust, get dull, and start collecting gunk (aka, loose hairs, dead skin cells, etc). If you're like me and you leave your razor wet in the shower, the blade can rust faster and it also leaves it open to gather more bacteria. So basically, the longer you use a razor, the longer it has the change to harbor bacteria. Shaving with this kind of blade runs the risk of causing red bumps on your skin. Dull blades can also catch fragile skin and cause tears and irritation. We've all had ingrown hairs on our bikini line and while sometimes they're inevitable, clean, sharp razors are part of the key to keeping equilibrium on the thin skin of our bikini line and not causing any major discomfort.

Popping pimples and picking at your face

This is the age old bad beauty habit to break, and yet, we still all do it. I partially blame it on the fasciation with Dr. Pimple Popper. I'm guilty of it and trying to rid my skin of the nasty whiteheads as soon as they come to head (or even before they do, which is even worse). We all started doing it when we were teens and it's just...fun. Or maybe not fun, but sometimes it's just hard to resist. They're right there and sometimes they hurt and they come to head while you're out and about so for some reason, a gross red and runny spot is better than a tiny whitehead. There are so many reasons not to pick at your face. First thing, yours fingers are dirty. And even if you think, well, my hands are clean! If your face isn't clean too (aka popping a whitehead during lunch or something), then you're spreading that bacteria into an open spot on your face, which can irriate and infect it. You can also cause scarring and will just prolong the existence of that spot on your face. If you can just resist the urge and let it runs its course, your skin will thank you for your service.

Fountain of Truth The Truth Insta-Facelift Elixir

The Insta-Face Lift Elixir is a very lightweight treatment that's meant to help with anti-aging sans any cosmetic treatments. It's meant to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and create tighter, smoother looking skin. It also plumps up your skin to help increase bounce and radiance.

Look, realistically speaking, my skin isn't at the point where anti-aging is really my top priority. I'm not against starting to use it "young" but I'm also only 23 and think I have a couple of more years until my proactive anti-aging skincare routine kicks off.

Would I repurchase? Not necessarily, but I'm not against the idea!

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This concentrate can be used anywhere though, it's not just limited to your bikini line. You can use it on your underarms, legs, brows, lip, chin, wherever you're prone to redness. While you're in the shower, just use the little finger mitt it comes with to exfoliate the area that you get ingrown hairs most frequently. When you're finished in the shower or bath or whatever you prefer, apply a few drops of the concentrate to the bumps. It gradually banishes the pesky bumps and redness that can happen after a particularly rushed shave (we've all been there, it's okay), soothes irritations, and eradicates ingrown hairs wherever you struggle with them. 

I never tested this anywhere but my bikini line yet so I can't attest to what it does in other areas. All I know is that I have a friend in this product because it's keeping me razor bump free, which can be a major pain in the ass. Lace underwear + tiny razor bumps on the bikini line = disaster. Let's just leave it at that!

Would I repurchase? 100%! I'm planning on getting some other things from this brand as well.

You could very easily just use this what it is in intended for, a liquid highlighter to place on top of your cream products (foundation, concealers, etc) and leave be. However, I like to mix it in with my foundation to place on my cheeks before I set then with powder because I cannot not set my face with powder. It's part of the reason why my makeup lasts so long and I don't need to do touchups. However, even when I do set this combination my skin is still dewy and natural looking, which is all I want in life.

Would I repurchase? Yes, probably!

BlowPro Faux Dry Shampoo

This dry shampoo might be my favorite dry shampoo? Probably? Maybe? Hear me out, yes this is a loose powder so if you have darker hair, you might have a bit of a tough time blending this into your roots. Will it be worth it though? Yes, absolutely. This powder is lightweight yet still absorbs all of the oils that I need to be sucked up so it doesn't look like I've been slapped in the head with an entire pizza pie. All you have to do it sh-sh-sh-shake it up and squeeze the tube to puff out some of the powder rather than pouring and shaking it all onto your hair.

Would I repurchase? Absolutely! I'm working through another bottle right now, but if I don't get my hands on a different dry shampoo between finishing this one, it's a no-brainer for me.

Y'all already know that Lexli saved my skin last summer so it's no surprise that there are some bits and bobs I've finished up from this brand. First, we have their moisturizer which just as it is named: a lightweight moisturizer that, drumroll, keeps your skin hydrated. I love that this has a pump and is so simple that no matter what condition my skin is in, it never irritates it. It's good for all skin types and works well under makeup as well.

Would I repurchase? For sure! I'm working through like, three other moisturizers right now but it's under $40 and is a really dope addition to your skincare routine.

I bought this when I ran out of my Laura Mercier Translucent Powder because I like using loose powder to set my undereye concealer. I wasn't feeling like dishing out a ton of money for a new loose powder so this was my solution. It's supposed to be a "soft focus" powder that masks fine lines and makes your complexion look all nice and radiant. This was super smooth on my under eyes and set my concealer pretty damn well, especially for $6!

Would I repurchase? For sure!

Here we are again with the anti-aging products. In full disclosure, I got both of these (yes, I went through two) at an event, but it's $122 so you knew I wasn't going to let them go to waste. This is a two-in-one formula that contains plant extracts like turmeric which has really great anti-aging properties. It's meant to make your skin smoother, firmer, and radiant. So while I'm not necessarily looking to smooth out any wrinkles or anything, it's also good for dullness and uneven texture which I do have because of my lovely ten years stint with acne!

Would I repurchase? No, because it's just waaaaaaay out of my price point right now.

This product is recommended for people with hyperpigmentation, sun damage, acne, dark spots, melasma, scars, and acne scars. Its main ingredients are Tranexamic Acid which minimizes discoloration and brown patches, Kojic Acid which boosts brightness, Niacinamide which helps reduce the appearance of discoloration in the skin, and HEPES which activates the natural enzymes in your skin and breaks bonds that bind dead skin cells to the surface of your skin AKA an exfoliant.

Would I repurchase? Probably not. It's super expensive so I'd rather just get a Niacinamide + Zinc serum for $6 from The Ordinary.

This is a Glycolic Acid exfoliant that also helps fight free radicals so like, a big middle finger to pollution and all of the environmental factors that are affecting our skin and we can't even do anything to stop it. I mean, we could, but...I digress. It helps fight against aging and sun damage, but if you have acne, it unclogs pores and helps reduce hyperpigmentation from scarring and redness.

Would I repurchase? Yes! I'm working with like, three other glycolic acid products right now but down the line, for sure!

First thing, this liner is very easy to control. The formula keeps it from bleeding all of the place, which lets you be pretty precise with what you're doing. The tip is stiffer than I'm used to, which I thought might feel like I was jabbing myself in the eye every time I used it but was completely wrong about. It really helps with the precision that I was talking about earlier, but it has some bendability around the tip which is what is important for my everyday winged liner (I mean, duh, hence Feline Flick). It's also like black and long-lasting and all of that important stuff that you would expect from a $30 liner. 

My cons list is pretty short, but important still. Like I said, it's black but it could be blacker. I don't notice it too much because I always set my eyeliner with black eyeshadow out of habit (but yes, I've worn this without setting it to see how it works, I'm not dumb). It's also a drier formula than I'm used to, but that might be strictly up to my preference on eyeliners and not an actual fault.

Would I repurchase? Maybe! I'm not against it.

This mascara is pretty self-explanatory. It's supposed to be a lengthening and volumizing mascara with a silky texture to give your lashes a natural look. To be quite honest, this mascara was a wet, messy piece of trash. It made my lashes clumpy and heavy, got all over the place, and barely added any length or volume to my lashes. 

Would I repurchase? Under no circumstances would I ever repurchase this.

Okay, this is obviously a similar situation to the Ulta mascara. It's supposed to make your lashes look volumized and lengthened. It has a buildable formula with a thicker brush top. This was better than the Ulta one, but it was pretty average if I'm being honest.

Would I repurchase? Not necessarily. I like other drugstore mascaras more.

I feel like I've been talking about this concealer since the dawn of time and I don't know what else I can say about it. I run out of this every few months and this is the only undereye concealer that I've used for basically the past two years. It covers my dark circles, doesn't crease, and is affordable af which is all I'm looking for. 

Would I repurchase? I'm about to buy a new one in like a week!

I've been using this heat protectant spray since middle school. I mean, not this same particular bottle, but this brand. I remember first buying it when I got my first straightener and no doubt started damaging the fuck out of it trying to make it as straight and flat as possible. Y'all remember 2007, can you blame me? I've used this pretty religiously since because, uh, protect your hair guys? I've evolved into using some more "grown-up" heat protectant products like UV protection serums and what not, but I still have a special place in my heart for this spray. 

Would I repurchase? For the price and the #memories? Absolutely.

I can guarantee this blog post surprised me more than it surprised you. For once, we are not here to discuss Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner. No, for that liner has now officially been declared dead to me. Today we're talking about a new eyeliner in my life that has, after five or so years, dethroned the Tattoo Liner as the best liquid eyeliner that I have ever used. And if you've read my post about it, A Definitive Ranking of All of the Liquid Eyeliners I've Ever Tried, there were a lot of liners that disappointed me over the years and never managed to dethrone the controversial top pick.

There were many reasons why dethroning that Tattoo Liner was important to me. First, I don't like being dependent on one eyeliner. I wish I could've found something from the drugstore that could stand the test, but alas, I couldn't. Finding a cheaper alternative would have been great, but if you just do a quick Google search on Kat Von D, there's...a lot you will find. Most I knew, admittedly, but pushed aside for one single product. It's not cool, but I'm going to hold myself accountable here.

I digress, the journey to find a replacement for this eyeliner has spanned many years. I've taken recommendations, I've tried to love other eyeliners, but I just never succeeded. Nothing was precise enough, black enough, waterproof enough, the list goes on and on. Alas, I never gave up. I knew one day my time and commitment to finding a new eyeliner would pay off someday, somehow.

Is this all too dramatic for a post about eyeliner? Most likely, but I'm staying on brand here.

We already know what the eyeliner in question is. Well, maybe you don't. I've talked about it multiple times on Instagram Stories and even featured it in a post recently. If it comes as a surprise, you should really be keeping up with me instead of the Kardashians. Just kidding. I don't control your life! Nobody does besides you!

As you can already tell from the photo, I'm talking about the Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. Way to bury the lead, Francesca! It's not like I went to school for this...oh wait...

My pal Bex, who originally got me hooked on the KVD liner (thanks, binch), recommended that I try this liner out. I'm always down to try new ones, but I know we're both suckers for brush tips, so I trusted her recommendation. This is a super black, matte and waterproof liner. The brush tip is long and thin, which is the perfect combination to get a thin and precise wing. The sharper the wing the better the wing in my world. I don't have any issues with the brush tip getting frayed on this one, which was part of the reason why the NYX Epic Ink Liner never replaced the KVD Tattoo Liner for me.

Did you ever think there was a day in which I would be able to finally replace the holy grail liner in my collection? I genuinely never did, but am beyond words. No, I'm not saving any money which kind of sucks, but the king of the liner collection was finally dethroned. This is an important day in the history of Francesca Gariano and to that, I raise my glass (of iced coffee, it's like...8:30 in the morning, I'm not a heathen).

What's your favorite liquid liner?