NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner

NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner review everyday beauty blog

NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner is a “new” (at least according to their website) pencil eyeliner that claims “24 hour wear”. The line comes in seven shades ranging from basic black to some fashion colors like sky blue and teal. Each NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner contains .0 1 oz of product and retails for just $3.99. You can find NYC Cosmetics at your local drugstores, big box stores and online. NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliners are hard to find in store in any of the more colorful shades. I’ve only ever seen Black and Dark Brown.

The NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner in Dark Brown is an intensely pigmented, creamy, easy to blend, easy to apply, long wearing once it sets and waterproof .  Dark Brown is a smoky matte cool brown. I had zero issues applying Dark Brown to my waterline. It wore well through tearing thanks to  our especially windy weather as of late. There’s not really a ton to say about the NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner in Dark Brown other than it’s fabulous! Smoky brown perfection in pencil form. I grabbed Dark Brown because it reminded me of a recent fave that I raved about here. How does this drugstore liner compare to Lancome’s Liqui-Drama Eyeliner in Brûlée? Let’s find out.

So how does the NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner in Dark Brown compare to Lancome’s Drama Liqui-Pencil in Brûlée? VERY WELL! Believe it or not this is an ALMOST a complete dupe for Lancome’s Drama Liqui-Pencil in Brûlée. They differ in two key areas. Brûlée wears for a full 24 hours like the packaging claims, NYC’s Dark Brown does not. Dark Brown does wear extremely well for 12+ hours. Most of us don’t wear makeup for 24 hours (at least I hope not!) but you know how I am with marketing claims. NYC’s Dark Brown beats Lancome’s Drama Liqui-Pencil in Brûlée when it comes to application. I found Dark Brown to be much more creamier, it glided on smoothly leaving a nice dark line with a single swipe. In terms of color match, NYC’s Dark Brown is just slightly darker than Lancome’s Brûlée. Personally, I prefer the NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner in Dark Brown to Lancome’s Brûlée.

NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner swatch

Color me shocked that this drugstore bad boy beat it’s higher end cousin. For just $3.99 NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner in Dark Brown is a beauty steal and a MUST have! Are you a fan of NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner? Have you tried any of the other shades in the line? Let me know in the comments section below.

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Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longer Eyeliner

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Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longer Eyeliner are a new line of pencil liners that claims to be “liquid eyeliner in pencil form”. This newly released line boasts an impressive array of sixteen shades ranging from the safe neutrals to exciting, vivid shades. Each Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longer Eyeliner contains .042 oz and retails for $23.00. These eyeliners are part of their permanent collection and available exclusively at Sephora for now.

I have been on a MAJOR brown eyeliner kick as of late. One night when browsing the Sephora site I saw that Lancome had a new line of “liquid eyeliner pencils”.  I made it my mission to grab a few Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longer Eyeliners when they eventually made their way to store shelves. I picked up Brûlée, a very deep cool brown with a slight sheen and Baroque, a matte lavender. Baroque was NOT on my purchase list. I grabbed it by mistake as I really wanted Ampoule which is a rich pearlized purple, another colored eyeliner obsession of mine. I didn’t realize my error until I began to test my Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longer Eyeliner . I kept it to test because a good lavender eyeliner is very hard to find.

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Let me get straight to the point: Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longer Eyeliner in Baroque and Brûlée are FABULOUS! In one case almost too fabulous but more on that later. They both wore for 24 hours with little fading. Actually only Brûlée faded a bit, Baroque wore strong. They were pigmented, creamy, easy to apply, easy to blend and once set water/smudge proof. I will say between the two Brûlée is definitely my favorite. I love everything about Brûlée: finish, longevity and pigmentation. Brûlée has rapidly replaced one of my September 2015 Favorites. That says a lot considering I have only had this product for about a week.

swatches everyday beauty blog Lancome drama liquid-pencil longer eyeliner

While I had an easy time removing Brûlée, Baroque was a pain to remove. It actually left a stain. My hand that I swatched Baroque on is still slightly stained and that’s after forty-eight hours of wear. Baroque’s wear time led me to use it as a lipliner/lip stain/cream eyeshadow. When I use it on my lips I just layer it over some lip balm. I have an all day lip color that is an alternative to the traditional nude lip that requires little touch up. As a cream shadow/base I use it over a primer to deter any staining on the lid. I get a strong lavender hue that wears until I remove it.

Color me beyond impressed with Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longer Eyeliner. I highly recommend Brûlée as it’s the perfect brown liner. Baroque is an interesting shade that has multiple uses but it might not be for everyone. I can’t wait to sample more from this line. I have my eye on Ampoule, Minuit, Parisian Night, Embrase and Paradis. Have you tried Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longer Eyeliner yet? Let me know in the comments below.



September 2015 Favorites

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Heeeeeey! Long time no post right? I took an over extended break for personal reasons. Happy to report that I should be back and ready to lend my voice to all things beauty. It’s been an odd month weather wise here in Chicago because we haven’t really begun to transition to the fall yet. We actually still have some very summer like weather here so I haven’t had to break out my usual “transition to fall” beauty goodies, had a pumpkin spiced anything or put my crock pot stew recipes to the test yet. With our unusual weather I have found that my September 2015 Favorites really reflect what I have been using for most of the summer.

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Twice Baked – I’ve always been advocate of using “color” (meaning not black!) eyeliner. While Urban Decay’s line of pencil eyeliners boasts an impressive array of shades, it’s Twice Baked that’s been my jam! Twice Baked is the perfect shade of dark brown with just a hint of shimmer and slightly coppery micro glitter. I reeeeeeally wish this wasn’t a limited edition item that is no longer available but there are plenty of brown liners on the market at all price points.

Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Saddle – An oldie but goodie! Saddle is my everything: brows, liner, crease, sheer wash of smokey color on my eyes. It’s so important to have a good selection of “basic” shadows that can be used in a variety of ways. Saddle is just my makeup “bae”. I can’t live without it and it’s lasted me FOREVER.

INGLOT YSM Cream Foundation – When I came back from Mexico last month I had actually tanned quite a bit and I found myself needing a foundation that was just a little bit darker. Thankfully I had makeup ESP and brought this little powerhouse with me to Mexico. INGLOT’s YSM Cream Foundation is amazing! The coverage on it’s own is medium to full but what I have been doing with it is mixing it with other products to sheer it out some since I do not need that kind of coverage everyday. YSM wears for hours, looks like skin and just photographs beautifully! It’s also not as expensive as some of it’s higher end cousins.

MAC Cinderella Stroke of Midnight Palette – A MAC Palette full of best selling neutrals and a blackened purple? Toss in really cute packaging and how could this not be a favorite? I’m admittedly not one who buys into the MAC Limited Edition collections that are released weekly (or it seems that way!) but I actually stayed up all night to order this palette because I loved everything about the Stroke of Midnight palette. All of the shades in this palette are perfect: blend well, pigmented and long lasting. . If you missed out on the palette five of the six shades are permanent. Stroke of Midnight is the lone limited edition shade.

Smashbox Photo Filter Creamy Powder Foundation – I use Smashbox Photo Filter Creamy Powder Foundation on the days when I want to head out the door and I only have 5 minutes to get my face together OR to set my foundation/concealer. This powder when applied alone with a powder brush is enough to really just pull my face together. Over a foundation and concealer it works to set everything in place and to slightly color correct. Smashbox Photo Filter Creamy Powder Foundation also adjusted to my recently tanned skin very well. For all my dry skinned ladies out there, this powder does NOT cling to your dry patches. There are a variety of ways to use the Smashbox Photo Filter Creamy Powder Foundation (it comes with a double sided sponge, can be used wet or dry, etc) and several marketing claims I have yet to test so I may do a full review on this product in the future.

Tweetermen Slant Tweezers – Who doesn’t love a hot pink tweezer? Whenever I get asked: What is one beauty routine you do daily? My answer is ALWAYS: brows! Brows can seriously make or break your ENTIRE face. Yes, your brows are THAT serious! To keep your brows in tip top shape I recommend a great pair of tweezers and you can never go wrong with Tweezerman. Free sharpening for life? Yes please! I actually have two pairs so when I do send them away to get sharpened, I always have a spare at home with me.

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Redken Color Extend Magentics Shampoo – I have a love/hate relationship with sulfate free shampoos. I love that they don’t dry my fragile tresses out but I hate that my hair never feels or looks clean after using them. That all changed this past summer when I purchased Redken’s Color Extend Magnetics Shampoo. This sulfate free, color safe shampoo just really, really works! It cleanses my hair, gives my hair body and doesn’t dry my hair out. I would use this shampoo even if I wasn’t coloring my hair that’s how good it is.

Simon & Tom Moroccan Treatment – I don’t know why but my hair cannot handle straight up oil of any kind. Believe me, I have tried them all. It’s almost like my hair needs that dose of silicone to make a difference and I am fine with that. Enter Simon & Tom Moroccan treatment which has seriously saved my ends as of late. Now, I do not use this serum all over my hair. I apply this serum on the ends of my hair before I go to sleep and when I get up in the morning my hair just looks and feel better.

Those were my favorite makeup and hair products for September 2015. What were you enjoying this month and made your September 2015 Favorites? let me know in the comments section below.



DISCLAIMER: Some of the products mentioned in this post were provided for consideration. Please note that all opinions are my own and I have not been monetarily compensated for any product placement, mentions, etc. To see my full Disclosure Policy please click here.

Gloing Spring Day to Night Looks with Glo Minerals

( Press Samples – Please note I received more than one of the products mentioned below for editorial consideration. I am not being compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own. See my full disclaimer policy here.)


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Glowing makeup is on trend this season. I’m not talking actual glowing makeup. Dewy skin, metallic shadows, glowing cheeks and glossy lips are everywhere right now. An on trend look doesn’t have to be a budget buster. I’m going to show you how I use just a few of my Glo Minerals items to make me glow during the day and night.

Ashley Pena Glo Minerals Day Look

Day Look

My daytime look is simple and really let my lip color shine. Here’s what I did:

Face – My daytime base consists of BB Cream and concealer. To bring a subtle peachy glow I used my Glo Minerals Blush in Sweet to lightly highlight my cheek bones and warm up my complexion.

Eyes – With a flat shader brush I laid down a light layer of eyeshadow primer. Using my Glo Minerals Metallic Smokey Eye Kit I took the Base shade, applied it on my lid and worked it up to my brow bone. Using a smudge brush. I smudged the Lid shade lightly onto the outer V shape of my eye and on the outer third of my lower lash line. This is a daytime look, so I did all of my shadow work with an extremely light hand. A single layer of mascara on my upper lashes and done with me eyes!

Lips -Experimenting with lip colors when I am wearing a simple eye look is something I do often. Glo Minerals Spark is a pretty shade of peachy nude that on me wore more slightly orange. Spark pulled me out of my comfort zone  and I ended up really liking it.

All you'll need to #getGLOing for Day and Night!

All you’ll need to #getGLOing for Day and Night!

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Night Look

This is a nighttime look for the busy woman. I converted my day time look to a perfect metallic smokey look. To save on time, I  took the existing day look and just added to it. Here’s what I did.

Face – I mixed a little bit of the Glo Minerals Sheer Tint Base Illuminator with my foundation and touched up my face. The Illuminator also was used to highlight the high points of my face and under my brow bone. Touched up my blush and my face was done.

Eyes – My eyeshadow from the day look held up very well. All I really had to do was darken it up a bit to make it perfect for the my night out. Using a fluffy blending brush I darkened my outer V with the Crease shade from the Glo Minerals Metallic Smoky Eye Kit and with a smudge brush I deepened the outer V with the Liner shade. Some black liner smoked out with the liner shade and voila! Metallic, sexy smoky eyes!

Lips – Since my eyes were already very dramatic, I didn’t want to go overboard with an intense lip. Creating custom lip colors is something I do very often. The lip shade featured in my night look is a little bit of Spark mixed with my concealer. To bring some extra shine to the loo I topped of my lips with the Glo Minerals Gloss Brilliant in Delight.

metallic smoky eyes

Are you all about the glow this season? How are you incorporating this makeup trend into your Spring time beauty routine? Let me know in the comments section below.

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( Press Samples – Please note I received more than one of the products mentioned below for editorial consideration. I am not being compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own. See my full disclaimer policy here.)

Drugstore Beauty Twitter Party Featuring Maybelline


Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party with The Beauty Council, to chat all about drugstore beauty for Spring! On Wednesday, April 15th at 9:00 pm ET , please join me for the#TBCBeauty chat where we’ll indulge in a virtual beauty chat and give you a chance to win some awesome prizes!

DATE: 4/15/2015



  • $25 Visa Gift Card
  • 3 Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balms
    – Shade 25- Pink Punch
    – Shade 20- Grape Vine
    – Shade135- Gleaming Coral
  • 2 Maybelline Eyeshadow Palettes
    – 1 The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
    – 1 Blushing Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
  • GRAND PRIZE: Maybelline Beauty Kit
    – 3 Maybelline Eye Shadow Palette- The Blushing Nudes, The Nudes, and The Brights
    – 1 Maybelline Lash Sensation Mascara in the Shade 01 VERY Black
    – 1 Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer
    – 3 Maybelline Dreamy Bouncy Blushes in shades: 40 Pink Plum, 15 Rose Petal, and 30 Candy Coral
    – 3 Maybelline Master Kajal by Eyestudio Liners in shade- 530 Midnight Brown, 520 Charcoal Skies, and 540 Navy Night
    – 3 Maybelline Lip Elixirs in shades : 060 Nude Illusion, 530 Radiant Ruby and 040 Vision in Violet

HOSTS: Must FOLLOW each host to win!

@thebcouncil @angejim0531 @jmelee1221 @laurajean396 @beauty101blog @daydream_beauty @geniabeme @cosmaficionado @BeyondBeauty15 @EBBlogAshley