blackUp Cosmetics Waterproof Smoky Khol Eyeliner

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blackUp Cosmetics Waterproof Smoky Khol Eyeliner contains .04 oz and each pencil retails for $18.50. The collection contains ten colors ranging from everyday neutrals to bright colors. These pencils are available in various finishes and blackUp claims their Waterproof Smoky Khol Eyeliner is waterproof once it sets, they won’t tug when applying  and each shade can double as an eyeshadow. Waterproof Smoky Khol Eyeliners are available online at the blackUp website. I’m not sure if they have in store retail presence yet.

I have shades KS01 (black) and KS08 (teddy bear brown with barely there microglitter) from the blackUP Cosmetics Waterproof Smoky Khol Eyeliner. I showcased both of these colors in my recent Girls Night Out Tutorial. Both shades are phenomenal! Pigmented, creamy, ridiculously long wearing, easy to work with and relatively waterproof/smudge proof. I get an INSANE amount of wear time with these. Like the 24 hour range and the color did not fade much at all. KS01 is matte deep black. I don’t have a liner as black and long lasting as this one. KS08 is your typical teddy bear brown shade but it’s intensely pigmented and long wearing, setting it apart from the MANY other shades of brown eyeliner I have.


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L to R: KS01 and KS08


Comparisons in the makeup world are inevitable. I’m sure you’re asking: How do these pencils compare to the Urban Decay pencils? The Waterproof Smoky Khol Eyeliner are the same size as my much loved Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eyeliners and priced a little bit lower ($20 for UD vs $18.50 for blackUp) but where it really counts is quality. Which is better? Hands down, blackUp’s Waterproof Smoky Khol Eyeliner wins. I’m a DIEHARD UD eyeliner pencil fan but even I can admit when it’s beat and the Waterproof Smoky Khol Eyeliner from blackUP in KS01 and KS08 are easily better than its fan fave competition in comparable shades (Perversion and the plethora of browns in the UD line) in every sense: wear time, lasting power, price, color payoff and ease of application.

Are the Waterproof Smoky Khol Eyeliner holy grail for me yet? No, I need to try more from the line to make sure the quality is line wide and not hit or miss. For now I am very pleased with these two very everyday appropriate colors. To score your own blackUP Waterproof Smoky Khol Eyeliner AND a 20% off discount use code LOVE15 at check out. What is your favorite pencil eyeliner? Let me now in the comments section below.

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Girl’s Night Out with black|Up Cosmetics

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I was recently invited to a Painting Party and I was so excited about that I almost wet my pants. Well, that has more to do with the twins literally playing kickball with my bladder but I digress. I was so excited because I was going out to a non family/non date night function. Waa-hoo! I can wear my glittery shadows, rock my red lipstick without any off comment about not being kissable, let my hair down (literally!). and wear my cool, patterned leggings without the in-law side eye! I was so besides myself that I didn’t even know where to start and then I saw it… I had a rather large collection of black|Up cosmetics goodies to play with. I broke out my new goodies and whipped up a fun look for that night out when it’s just about looking good for you. This look is SO beyond easy and customizable to your taste. Do as much or as little as you want but remember to have fun with it!

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From L to R: Ombres 5 Couleurs PAL02, Blush 09, Poudre Sublime 01, Rouge a Levres M15 and 33, Le Khol Smoky Wateproof KS01 and KS08

Step 1 – We’re going to be using the true gold glitter from the black|Up Ombres 5 Couleurs in PAL02 so I suggest starting with the eyes first and then finish your base. Prime your eyes and then lay down a a thin layer of your concealer to even out your skin tone.  Apply a thick line of Le Kohl Smoky Waterproof Pencil in KS08 on your upper lash line and smoke it out. You can go as far in with this line as you want.

Step 2 – You’re going to take matte brown in the black|Up Ombres 5 Couleurs and define your outer “V” to your liking.  The true gold glitter shadow in this palette insane but prone to fallout so you’re going to need a glitter glue in order to make sure this shadow stays in place. Apply a light layer of your glitter glue to your lid and then with your finger apply the gold glitter shadow on top of it. Intensify your liner by lining your eyes with Le Kohl Smoky Waterproof Pencil in KS01 and slightly smudging the edges.

Step 3 – Clean up any fall out and apply your foundation/concealer as you normally would. Now is also a good time to fill in your brows.

Step 4 – Apply Le Kohl Smoky Waterproof Pencil in KS01 on your waterline and then smudge Le Kohl Smoky Waterproof Pencil in KS08 on your lower lash line. Apply mascara and for some extra drama false lashes!

Step 5 – Contour, highlight and blush to your liking. I used Poudre Sublime 01 to slightly contour my face. I defined my cheek bones and nose. I warmed up my skin using Poudre Sublime on the perimeter of my face. With a light hand I applied Blush 09 onto cheek bones.

Step 6 – I went with red for my lip. The glitter on the eyes is subtle enough that you can pair it with a bold lip. You could also do a pinky nude or a brown. Playing with lip colors can be fun and a great way to create your own color. For this look I mixed black|Up Rouge a Levres in M15 and 33 to get the right shade of red for my lips. To intensify the look and to give me a crisp clean shape I lined my lips with a fine lip brush and black|Up Rouge a Levres 33.

Scary blogger before photo coming up in 3, 2, 1……

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No brows either! This is like spotting a unicorn!

And after in 3, 2, 1….

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Baby weight gain is real in this photo!!!

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Selfie in the “powder room” time

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Creepy eyeshadow look closeup in 3, 2, 1…

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This is what eyeshadow looks like close up with NO touchups. Not what you see on Instagram…

I really wish the glittery gold shadow photographed better as it is STUNNING in real life. The way  it catches the light just makes my eyes sparkle. I loved my night out with the girls. Yeah, I felt funny being a pregnant lady in a bar BUT the painting was fun and I got a ton of compliments on my look. The eyes and the lips were co-stars that night thanks to black|Up Cosmetics. If you want to score some of the goodies I used in the tutorial black|Up is now offering 20% from now until February 28th, 2015 (My birthday!!!). Just use code LOVE15 at checkout. My girl’s in The Beauty Council also had the chance to sample black|Up. Check out their posts below!

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