The new David Bowie album, The Next Day, and the music video for The Stars (Are Out Tonight) are flawless. Tilda Swinton (goddess), Saskia de Brauw and Iselin Steiro (two of my favorite models), and Andrej Pejic in a David Bowie music video directed by one of my favorite music video directors and photographers Floria Sigismondi? Excuse me while I go die over this perfection. So beautiful and bizarre. Ah, I wish I could be as androgynous as them.

In the video, Tilda has this amazing light blue eyeliner and of course I had to buy some the very next day. I could have used eyeshadow but I thought I'd avoid all the powdery pastels and try something new. Inglot's AMC Eyeliner Gel in 88 is close enough to might even be the same one. This is the first time I've ordered anything from Inglot, though I've wanted to try them for a long time. Their products are decently priced, the eyeliner was only $12. However, the shipping was quite high at $7. I didn't mind paying it much since the eyeliner was inexpensive, but it took longer for them to ship out and me to receive it than they listed on their website. The box was the smallest thing I've ever had UPS deliver to me, it's hardly the size of my hand and I'm surprised it wasn't lost, haha. Sure didn't seem like $7 shipping, but at least the eyeliner is in my possession.

Unfortunately, the eyeliner is less than average. The formula is similar to greasepaint when applying, not gel-like or as thick as I'd imagined. The color is beautiful, it's the reason why I bought it, but it takes layers to achieve a rich opacity. I had to go over my eyeliner twice and for touch ups, not the one application as claimed in the website description. The dried down texture after a few coats is like waterproof mascara, except it slowly crumbles away on the skin (over primer) if you barely even touch it after it's fully dry. I usually end up with eyeliner on the tops of my eyelashes and clean it up with makeup remover before I apply mascara, but this stuff will not come off. I've tried applying mascara and eyeshadow over it to conceal the blue and it only makes it look cakier. I edited most of it out of my photos. For actual removal, I've tried makeup remover and water several times to remove the bits from my eyelashes and there's still a little blue.

For a tricky to find, pastel blue eyeliner, it does the job and looks alright, but with a few formula and removal problems. For a gel eyeliner, I haven't used many, but I assume there are way better ones out there.

Today, I also played with long exposures for the first time in what feels like forever. I forgot how much fun it is, it's so hit or miss. I rewatched David Lynch's Lost Highway last night and was inspired by a scene at the end where one of the characters' movements are blurry and kind of the same effect, hard to explain. It's an interesting movie with fun casting and one of my favorite soundtracks. I kept staring at Patricia Arquette's characters' nail polish choices throughout the movie, her nails always stood out in scenes. I want to find modern dupes for them soon.

On my nails, I'm wearing one coat of Them Bones by Pretty & Polished over Hassid by American Apparel. It's a grainy black jelly polish with white hex, bar, and shred glitters from their old Halloween 2012 collection. Awesome, though it might actually look cooler over a lighter base so the grain is more visible.

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Coastal Scents Hot Pots in Oatmeal Tan, Ash Grey, and Chamois Nude
Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in 88
Givenchy Eye Fly Mascara in Black

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain in 27 Pêche Cerra-Cola

American Apparel in Hassid
Pretty & Polished in Them Bones
Revlon top coat


  1. I've been wanting an eyeliner like that ever since I saw the video too!!

  2. Really like the long exposure photographs- Ive been meaning to try out something similar but with film.

    1. Thank you. I used to mainly shoot film and played with long exposures a lot, nothing like these ones, but it's fun! There's a little more excitement to know if the photos turned out than on the usual rolls, it was one of the most hit or miss things for me. Ah, I miss film sometimes.


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