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The Best of the Collection – The Ayes Hav’ It!

A couple nights ago, I was on my way for a late-night coffee chiller and saw that bright lure known as a “sale” sign in my neighbourhood over-priced pharmacy. I had to check it out. Did I buy any items on sale? No. Was I happy with my purchase? Yes.

Like many women who wear makeup, the urge to try new things is the sort that overtakes sober thinking and easily turns into something akin to hoarding without notice. After my many travails in cosmetics, this is Part One of my favourites list.

There are a few things to note. Firstly, I do not buy MAC because I do not have a job that supports buying MAC. Secondly, I am dark-skinned so getting a good skin colour match or products that show up means trying every brand available. What started as a bother, turned into an adventure. Lastly, I am not a professional by any stretch of the imagination. Happily, one does not need to be an expert to enjoy makeup.


Folks, nobody knows eyes like Maybelline. Nobody. Others can try, and I sometimes try the others too. Yet when I buy Maybelline, I don’t have any qualms.

When it comes to colour it’s all about Maybelline’s Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24Hr Cream Gel Shadow. This is a long name meaning, “the best eye shadow, period.” I currently own Tough as Taupe, Edgy Emerald, Pomegranate Punk, and Fierce and Tangy. Let me assure you, Tough as Taupe is a must have. Be prepared to answer questions about what colour is that and smile politely when praised for looking like wonderful. Easy finger application, never creases, washes off with a dab of make up remover, pigmented colour. What’s not to love here?


My favourite eye shadow look is the  halo (achieved with a Revlon double-ended brush, and totally unfussy). I’ve found it’s easier to pull off bright colours this way.

no.. this is not my eye


Once the eyes are set, mascara is next. I first bought Maybelline’s Volum’ Express Falsies last year. The bottle was so pretty, the ad looked inviting and my old Revlon was nearing the end. Fullness and length and the admiration of ALL… check. Ease of application, and adding more product after it “dried”… check. Random women stopping me and asking me if these were my real lashes… check. Dear reader, when you are stopped with questions about your wonderful eyelashes, direct the inquirer to the product. Don’t be stingy. It’s just lashes. That said, when I went to buy a replace my Falsies the lady talked me into Illegal Lengths. Less volume, more length. This waterproof version is not happy with touching up after it dries. However, you can cry and still look long-lashed. I’d say it is an acceptable alternative to the untouchable greatness that is Falsies.


Of course, I have an assortment of eyeliners floating around. I use Avon’s Blackest Black which does a good job. I’ve also got a random liquid liner in the mix, but I’m always apprehensive to use it. What do you use? 🙂