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Things not to leave in your car during the summer

Posted: June 10, 2014 8:08 a.m.
Updated: June 11, 2014 5:00 a.m.

I don’t particularly want to write about makeup today, or any day really, but seeing as how I’ve burned through four sticks of eyeliner in a month, I thought it might be appropriate. I should start with the basic, obvious fact: it’s summer and it’s hot out most days and if you leave your bag of makeup in your car during the day, it’s going to melt.

In general, I don’t wear a lot of makeup. Most days, I wear none except for two key components -- eyeliner and mascara. If I put anything on my face, excluding moisturizer, it is eyeliner and mascara. Yes, some days I even go completely au natural. Probably at least two days a week I do that and I have to say, I get a weird kick out of it.

I don’t skip the makeup routine because I think I’m so naturally beautiful that I don’t need it, nor do I fear it’s bad for my skin, nor am I so removed from the desire to have a social life that I’d say I don’t care how I look. No, my reason for not wearing makeup most days is that I’m lazy when it comes to making that effort.

It requires a lot of directed focus and attention to fix your face daily. It’s a layering effect, and while I truly appreciate a beautifully-made face, I just can’t be bothered on the great majority of work days to put forth that much effort … especially first thing in the morning.

I am not above or below putting on a full face of makeup when the situation requires, but as I mentioned before, most days I stick with the one-two-punch-combo of eyeliner and mascara. However, I can’t create my favorite look when my eyeliners keep melting.

Well, two of them have melted. Yes, you probably think that one melted $8 stick of eyeliner would be enough to teach me a lesson -- that I already know -- about keeping my makeup in my car. I’m just an on-the-go person.

I like to have whatever I need in my car if I have to make a mad dash, that includes makeup, gym clothes, protein powder, umbrellas, six sets of headphones and assorted Tupperware. Seriously, I just checked, and those are the exact contents of my car, excluding the glovebox/console which is an organizational nightmare.

A few weeks ago, I pulled out my lovely black liner and prepared to smudge it in on the rim of my lower eyelid and, much to my dismay, it smushed into a soft lump of black goo around my eyelid. It was a mess. I had to clean it off and try to ensure it didn’t get into my eye. Even after repeated efforts to wipe off the melted mess, I still faintly resembled a raccoon or someone who’d been on the receiving end of a punch.

Take the above experience and multiply it by two, because it basically happened again a few days later with a fresh stick. The third stick I lost the old fashioned way, meaning I put it down somewhere and never picked it up. Happens to the best of us!

The fourth stick was a rather odd circumstance. I had the eyeliner in the same bag as some nail polish remover. Somehow the polish remover leaked out and when I took the eyeliner out, all the paint had peeled off the outside of it and the wood was swollen. There was no way I was using eyeliner that had soaked in acetone; my eyes are too precious for that. So, I threw away the fourth stick of eyeliner.

I think the lesson here is that I need to care more about the things I buy and if I don’t, I’ll have to keep buying them. I’m not really sure I can say I’ve learned anything, actually, at all, because I just thought about it, and I’m pretty sure my makeup bag (with my fifth stick of eyeliner) is currently sitting in my car and it’s a rather warm day already. What happens next is anyone’s guess!

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