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Okay, okay. So this is what's happened. I managed to get a shirt for my Aradia outfit; I just have to make a stencil for the Aries symbol (which I am somehow consistently misspelling, ugh) and paint it on. Easy. I've just finished spraying clear coat onto my horns; I borrowed some from my brother and it's got this really nice satin finish and they look good. They're drying now. And the eyeliner I ordered came in the mail today.

Which is where my current problems begin.

So, first, in the time it took for the seller I bought it from to ship it and for it to get to my house, Amazon hasn't yet even shipped the rest of the order. And since we used free shipping... I don't expect to see it until Friday or later. (And later would be bad.) But, I mean, sometimes that's just life. Packages take a while to show up. I know how that works.

Secondly, and more importantly, I spent a whole lot of time looking up alternatives to red eyeliner, because red eyeliner is apparently hard to find. "Maybe I can just use lip liner, instead!" I thought. So I looked it up.

The internet is fairly adamant that no, you can't substitute lip liner for eyeliner. Or rather, you can if you really want to, but you probably shouldn't. (Well, the FDA says "no don't do it ever not ever" but most other places say it's more of a consistency issue than a "you'll poison your eyes" issue like the FDA says. Relatedly, their guide for eye makeup safety says that you shouldn't use lip liner on your eyes because it could contain ingredients that aren't eye-safe. And then proceeds to not make any kind of mention of what sorts of cosmetics ingredients aren't eye-safe. Because it's not like that would ever be useful information ever.)

There is a reason I'm making a big deal about lip liner. The reason is this: the product listing I ordered on Amazon listed it as eyeliner. The product I've received says "lip liner" right there on it.

This is annoying (false advertising, anyone?) but not as annoying as it could be. It is as annoying as it could be, but for a completely different reason: I cannot find, anywhere on the internet, a listing of what the fuck this lip liner has in it. I just want to know if it's eye-safe! But there's no ingredients listing on the lip liner and neither the brand nor the distributor seem to have a website, so the ingredient lists seem to be entirely unavailable. (So even though a bit of judicious googling has led me to some information about ingredients, it isn't any help since I don't know what's in the fucking lip-liner.)

Of course, YOLO and all, so I've put some on the inside of my elbow just to make sure I'm not allergic to it, and if nothing happens (disclaimer: I pretty much never do allergy tests ever and I don't think anything is going to happen) then I'll just fucking use it as eyeliner, I guess. (Ugh god it smears what the fuck.)

Third, although this is entirely unrelated to Amazon or shipping or make-up, how fucking hard is it to find a long grey skirt. Seriously, I thought red eye make-up was hard to find (spoilers: I guess it is) but goddamn I just need this skirt and then I am done and I cannot fucking find one. Actually that's a lie, I found one that would be absolutely perfect at a thrift store if not for the fact that 1) it was slightly too long for me and 2) it had this gigantic fucking slit up the front. So there was that.

I've literally checked everywhere I've gone in the past week that's sold clothes and nobody sells long fucking skirts. There are still a few places I can try (there's a couple of bargain stores at the Hub, and I need to go that way anyway for 1) the bus stop and 2) CVS, so I can pick up those fake eyelashes) but by this point I think I might have to just make the thing myself. Which I can totally do, you know, I've found plenty of easy patterns and I may hand-sew slow as shit and my stitches aren't the neatest ever but the end result is totally durable; the problem is that 1) it takes time to do and 2) fabric is not cheap. I want to use jersey fabric (might as well make a comfy skirt if I have to make a skirt, right?) but that's anywhere between $10 and $15 a yard, I'd need about 2 yards, and I am fucking broke right now.

Also my shirt might be a bit too low-cut, but AHAHAHAHAHA costume accuracy what's that, and anyway I was planning on wearing a long-sleeved shirt and leggings, both grey, under my clothes anyway, because it's at least supposed to be getting cold outside and this way I can pretend to be paying the vaguest amount of attention to the fact that trolls have grey skin. So there's that.

Which is a thing that I say a lot, I've noticed.

Also, I am nothing if not impatient so time to go put on some red eyeliner! YOLO and all that. (I actually don't like the phrase "yolo" but you'd never know it reading this post, would you?)


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