All that for Eyeliner?

Ok, I have to admit that it was pretty awesome eyeliner.

Let me rewind to explain.  Being half Latina does mean that I am predisposed to loving make up.  There, I said it.  I put it out there. It’s true.  I don’t wear a lot (except for parties and fancy gatherings then I turn it up), but I do love me some eyeliner. Usually I wear black, but I do like having a few different colors to change things up a bit.

I am suuuuuuuuuuuuuper picky when it comes to eyeliners.  My favorite has been the 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner (in Zero) by Urban Decay.  I have been wearing it since I was in college because it is the exact shade of hella black I like around my eyes. For me, eyeliner is a MUST (I personally think that I look like a Chimpanzee without eyeliner…..only because I think my eyes are so big that they look closer together automatically)



See the resemblence? No?

Anyway, when I first moved to Germany….you can imagine my dismay to find that Urban Decay was not there.  One can normally find Urban Decay at your local Sephora….except Germany is literally the only country in western Europe WITHOUT a Sephora (they have a Douglas….which is ok, I guess).

For a while I had to get my eyeliner refills during my State-side visits and hoard the ones I still had until my next trip. That is until I discovered a Douglas selling Urban Decay in Stuttgart on Königstraße.  Yay!!!! Douglas isn’t so bad anymore!

But wait! There’s more!

One of my coworkers (whose love of makeup outshines my own) told me that Müller (like a German CVS without the Pharmacy) in Ulm is also now carrying Urban Decay and so is Gradmann in Konstanz! That’s like next door!!!!

So naturally, I wanted to go to Konstanz as soon as humanely possible in order to get my hands on some eyeliner.  But not just any eyeliner; Urban Decay had relatively recently began selling an even BLACKER eyeliner….called Perversion.

I needed to go to there.

But there’s a catch….


Konstanz on the weekends is a NIGHTMARE! Since the city sits on the Swiss border, everyone in Switzerland (and their mother) literally descend upon the old city to take advantage of German prices (side note: everything is more expensive in Switzerland, so not only do they get things cheaper in Germany, they also stop at the border to get a refund on all the sales tax they also paid! How insane is that?!). Unfortunately this means an odyssey in finding a place to park (we once actually had to park in Switzerland and walk back into Germany….I wish I was making that up).

It also didn’t help that T wanted to play with our new E-Bike the same weekend I NEEDED to get that eyeliner.

But then came the lightbulb: why not ride our bikes to Konstanz? It didn’t take much convincing but we did it.  We rode our bikes to Meersburg and caught the ferry a crossed the lake to the newer part of Konstanz and just rode along the coast until we reached the old city!


Found it!!!! Totally worth the trip! The whole ride was about 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) and my legs were shot by the end (even with the E-Bike), but I am glad that we finally accomplished it.  We had discussed riding our bikes to Konstanz for a good while so I am glad to say that I would do it again in a heartbeat 😀

What lengths have you gone to get something you needed (even if it was just eyeliner)?

Bis nächste Woche!

4 thoughts on “All that for Eyeliner?

  1. Grrrrrl, I feel you! I’m Stateside now, flying home today–and I just went to Sephora yesterday to get my Bare Minerals foundation that I haven’t been able to find in Germany (and the only foundation that I can reliably count on NOT to make my face freak out!). I usually also bring back: a bottle of Kentucky Bourbon, a jar of Smuckers natural peanut butter, and a smattering of other random toiletry things that I’m just spoiled by and prefer the American versions that I can’t find in Germany.

  2. I love make up too 😉 I am Slavic and I cannot go out without it. if I am out of the house without make up I am kidnapped and call for help. I am planing to visit Konstanz some time soon. You should also go to buy that eyeliner in Ulm ;), and try to do it on a warm day. In the city center there is this Fischerviertel with nice places to eat on a small river. It is really beautifull 🙂

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