A Paler Shade of White Eyeliner!

Yes. That weekend is coming up. Labor Day weekend! It’s going to be a busy one.  Roman is going to be visiting before returning to work on the set of Fallon and the new season of SNL will be upon us soon—his visit will be a relaxing one for him and I will be doing a lot of cooking.

Three-day weekend and one of my kids is visiting!  It’s gonna be great!

Bonaparte’s daughter, husband and, granddaughter will be joining us for dinner on Saturday, and so I’m trying to plan our feast!

So far, I do know that I’ll make a lemon tart for dessert.  For appetizers, it’s my go-to that everyone loves—deviled eggs.  Did I ever tell you my secret ingredient for my deviled eggs is anchovy paste? Yeah. Every home should have a tube of anchovy paste in the pantry. It adds depth to many recipes.

I think a lemon tart is a great and refreshing dessert to say goodbye to the summer with-don’t you?

I’ll also do some Salmon Rillettes to start.

Salmon Rillettes is turning into a very regular food item in Chateau Bonaparte and are the perfect appetizer!

The pondering is what I’ll make for the main plate. I’m thinking something to transition from summer to fall.  Maybe some sort of pork with apples.  I need to do some detective work on this

Lemons and apples at the ready.  Good bye summer fruit. Hello autumn fruit!

Oh. Back to white.  I’ve rediscovered white eyeliner.  When I was cleaning last weekend, I came across not one, but two white eyeliners that I forgot about.

NYX Liquid Eyeliner. It was difficult to get a photo of the brush, but you can see the stray bristles if you look close enough. Just like those pesky lady whiskers on the chin!

The first one by NYX is liquid and in a tube.  The applicator brush is housed in the liquid portion.  I can’t remember what I paid for it but I’m sure it wasn’t that much.  This needs to be applied with a very light touch—I’m not good at light touches and I need to practice more with this.  The brush, although thin, which is an important thing, has a couple of wild bristles that stick out. This isn’t a good thing and I need to cut them off.  The liner is akin to white out, but with a bit of practice, I’ll be sure to go lighter.

I have some close-ups and the liner looks like shit because I can’t seem to draw a nice white line over my wrinkly eyes. But from far away it looks great.

It’s so not perfect–in fact, close up it looks ghastly..

This was the look I was going for.  (Not ever gonna happen)

The second liner, by Stila had been discontinued a couple of years back, but the protests of fans had Stila bringing this great liner back. It’s “Snow” and I love this liner.  It is a liquid but is in a one-unit tube. The marker tip, very thin is great and draws a nice line.

Stila “Snow”. Much easier to work with!

Close up with the Stila Snow. I added a blue-green liner on top of the white as an experiment.  The liner is also by Stila but is so old that the printing is worn off so I don’t know the color.

I wore the NYX eyeliner yesterday. My skills need to be a bit better. Obviously white liner isn’t as forgiving as black eyeliner..

But from farther away, it looks much better!


I will say, though, the NYX eyeliner stays put ALL day. I don’t wear eye primer and this photo was taken when I arrived home from work. It didn’t move!!

Today’s eyeliner.  I do have the blue-green above the white but my old lady eyes are creasing.  Anyway, the white liner really does brighten up the eyes.  It’s a fun change up from the black eyeliner. I wouldn’t do this look every day because I love my dark eyes but every now and then it’s worth it!

Ladies.  Give white liner a try.  It brightens up the eyes.

Based on the review of a makeup vlogger, I tried Hard Candy Brows Now.  One end is a nice highlighter that looks lovely under the brows. The other end is what I would call brow mascara. They are fibers for the brows but boy, was this an absolute miss for me.  You have to be a professional to use this stuff!  I’ll stick to my brow pencil and powders.  I can’t even with this.

The brow fiber gel is absolutely awful. It’s sticky and gloppy but the highlighter is great!

I think I paid about six bucks for this.  Don’t waste your money.  Seriously.

This is a very scary photo and you can see the fright in my eye when I got a glance of the Hard Candy brow gel on my brows. I washed it right off and went back to the pencil.  Don’t bother.

Oh. And I took an old lipstick out today. It’s a Guerlain Kiss Kiss lipstick in the color “Pushy Pink”. I love this color but more than that—I love the tube because there is sentimental value to it.  A couple of years ago, Bonaparte’s aunt, Daniele, took me on a shopping to the Guerlain Boutique in Paris.  I felt like Cinderella.  She told me to pick out whatever I wanted.  Yes. She did!

I love this color!  It is not harsh. It is soft and flattering. So why is it discontinued?

Among the items was this lipstick. And the color is a very subtle pink with a coral blend.  And I was thinking of getting another one but guess what?  It’s been discontinued. Why would a color that is so pretty and flattering be discontinued? I’m hoping that it is still available in Paris because, on our next trip, I’m heading back to that Guerlain shop to see if they might have one floating around.

Isn’t it pretty?  I love Pushy Pink!

As an aside, I purchased a new toothbrush. I love these motorized brushes because when the battery wears down, it’s time to replace.  I’m a bit of a toothbrush fanatic. And I don’t use toothpaste. I brush my teeth with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide!!

I’ll be busy this weekend so you won’t hear from me until Sunday evening or Monday morning.  Here’s a bit of what I wore this week so far.  No weight loss and no weight gain. That’s a plus.

Monday was my homage to Dany and Jacques-Henri Lartigue.  I wore Dany’s favorite style shirt–a striped Breton-inspired shirt and the classy lady in the photo?  She’s a wealthy Parisian that B’s. grandfather snapped in the early 1900’s.  The Dinky Soleil sign was at JHL’s home in Opio, France. Now it’s in Phoenixville, PA!

More Pixie pants and old  Cole-Haan Air Nike Ballet Flats that just don’t wear down.  The tee was bought at J. Crew Factory for twelve bucks!

Yesterday was tunic time and That Girl hair!! I LOVE this wig. Konis by It’s a Wig! It’s a great unit!

And today was another casual look with a pair of years-old patterned pants from J. Crew.  Wow. I’m REALLY cross-eyed today!  Maybe white liner makes my eyes cross more!!

But the major surprise is that I got Bonaparte to pose in his OOTD yesterday!!

Manchic!!  Or is it Man Candy? The very bashful and handsome Bonaparte. He will be so surprised when he sees this!! He should be a model!

Have a great, great weekend and I’ll see ya next week!

A Paler shade of White or a Whiter Shade of Pale?  Procol Harum knows the answer!


About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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18 Responses to A Paler Shade of White Eyeliner!

  1. Momcat says:

    I like the white eyeliner! It’s not something I would think to try but your eyes really pop. I prefer a pencil so I’ll look for one in white, I read that if you line the inside of your bottom lid in white it makes your eyes look brighter. I wear contacts so probably wouldn’t go there but lining the upper lid is doable. Have a great weekend with your son, can’t believe summer is over:( enjoy what’s left!

    • Catherine says:

      Hey Momcat. Thanks!!! Oh I forgot to add. I lined the bottom inner rim with that highlighter from the horrific brow gel and it irritated my eyes. I’ll tightline the top with dark liner but for the most part–I don’t do anything to the bottom.
      I’m caramelizing onions in the crock pot now. By Morning they will be nice and cooked. I was going to make the tart crust tonight but I’ll wait till tomorrow.
      Ugh. The thought of summer being over just about does me in. But–I’m sure we will have a spell of mad heat in a few weeks so it’s cool!!! XOXOXOXO

  2. hipchick66 says:

    I love white eyeliner, and it looks great on you! And wow, you got Bonaparte to strike a pose!! By the way, wanted to tell you to actually read your copy of this month’s In Style (Selena Gomez on cover) There are some great essays from various women. Worth reading! Enjoy your weekend 🙂

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks Lori!! glad you like it. Yeah. B. hasn’t read the blog yet. I didn’t hear a scream! LOL!! Oops! As soon as I saw Selena Gomez on the cover I trashed the magazine. I don’t even look through anymore. I’m just waiting for my subbie to expire. I should have saved it!!! XOXOXOXOXO!!!

  3. You are so darn stylish there Miss Catherine! Have a great holiday weekend with your family!

  4. fiona says:

    Have a great weekend with your family….any chance you could share the salmon rillettes recipe?
    Looks scrumptious. Go Bonaparte! xx

  5. Q.D says:

    Does anyone here have any tips for lining the eye waterline (in white, black, whatever), without it getting all over your eyeball? Or am I just lucky? (It doesn’t irritate my eyes, but it is startling to look in the mirror and see black/white lines on the whites of my eyes).

    I am going to try the white eyeliner though, I effectively have a monolid so I am interested to see how it looks.

  6. Bridget says:

    I think I need to pass on the white eyeliner – my eyes are already so light, I think I would look like I’d died …

    Sounds like you’ll have a good weekend and the foods sound incredibly yummy – I wish I was joining you.

    As I said on Instagram, I love Bonaparte sightings – it’s like proof that a mythical creature actually exists. 😉

  7. Jeanne says:

    I’ve tried/used ever color of eyeliner expect white…will have to try based on your recommendation…I’m most fond of blue (for my hazel/green eyes) and didn’t realize that blue was a look favored by Lady Diana…it’s been so long, I guess I forgot how that trend started for me…I can’t wear any of the plums…major eye irritation…must be from the red dye. But white…I’m in. Thanks. Catherine…oh and Mr. Bonaparte…such a charmer. 🙂

  8. Ah you look so awesome girl! You’re rocking the white eyeliner babe. Have an awesome Labor Day weekend !!!! xoxoxoxo


  9. Cindylou says:

    I was thinking of making a lemon tart too! Can you share the recipe? Thanks. Love you’re blog, so refreshing to read some real talk.

  10. Juliet says:

    Can we all come for dinner – that looks amazing!!! I can enjoy without tasting – I am signed up to Weight Watchers and determined to shed some of this fat! Love the makeup post as always – really useful to see it on a real person! You and Bonaparte are good looking people.

  11. jacqui says:

    You’ve given us some great tips Catherine, thanks so much for sharing these. I’ve just had my very sparse eyebrows Micro-bladed! Waiting to see the final results and will do a post about it.
    I’ve not heard of that tooth paste combination – I sometimes use coconut oil and toothpaste! Not sure that’s working so well though. x Jacqui

  12. Margaret says:

    I’ve never tried white eyeliner on top but it looks great on you so I’ll have to give it a try too. Anchovy paste in deviled eggs sounds delicious, I’ll try that next time instead of my usual secret ingredient – a little Dijon or powdered mustard. Thanks for the tip about the Hard Candy brow product, I’m always looking for a good one but so many of them are goopy and sticky. I love Anastasia’s line, but find Nyx’s Eyebrow Cake Powder to be very similar at only about $6.00 so I use this one most of the time. That’s a nice photo of your hubby, very dashing, you make a stylish couple! Happy Labor Day to you, have a wonderful weekend with your family!

  13. eveange33 says:

    Hello Catherine, I hope you had a wonderful long week end (is it still going on on the Monday too?) with you family and loved one. Hmm I am sure I would have appreciated your lunch, it looked so good! I know white eye liner in the water line helps to make the eyes larger but not sure about putting it on top of the eyelid. I would rather prefer then to use silver or gold eye liner, safer I think. On the picture, the model wears a white eye liner and a very strong contrasting colour on the lid (orange) but not sure we could have the same make up on an everyday make up. Using colours (I mean real colours, not neutral or classic blue) is quite difficult, I don’t know how to do it. But I have and use my pencil on the waterline with everyday a different colour (or sometimes same). I am not really bold in make up, I admire you on that field.
    I saw that you might go to Paris soon: when would that be? Next summer? Would be very happy to meet you then, I already have some shops to show you (without your partner of course !!).
    Wish you a good day.

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