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Today at the jail one of the women I was working with had the most amazing eyeliner on, two shades: golden green on the portion of her eyes near her nose, and then red-violet at the ends of her eyes. It looked gorgeous.

I asked her about it, and it turned out she used colored drawing pencils to do it. "You dip them in water," she said. "But now the commissary has stopped selling them..."

In a skype call with wakanomori (who is in Japan), I mentioned this trick and how cool the results were, and he had actually heard about it. It's a fad, apparently: he'd read an article about how Crayola wants people to stop doing it. I did a Google search and sure enough, several articles popped up.

I liked this one because you get the article, explaining how strenuously Crayola opposes this, and why--but you also get the video telling you how to do it.

In other news, the lupines on the hill the jail is on top of are in bloom now.


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May. 30th, 2015 03:56 am (UTC)
Colored pencils as makeup sounds pretty cool, especially when you start looking at the prices of crayons and colored pencils versus eye liner and lipstick. I bet that's one reason it's so popular.

Those flowers look awesome!
May. 30th, 2015 11:43 am (UTC)
I'm sure it absolutely is. Plus, with the pencils, you have so many colors to choose from--which I guess comes down to cost again, because you could have as many colors (maybe? Do they make eyeliner in lots of colors?), if you bought individual eyeliner pencils, but it would cost way more.
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May. 30th, 2015 06:34 am (UTC)
I could tell you funny stories from Sajwa Jail. I had asked Sharmila to send some food parcels to the men who had looked after me. Now I know they are in prison. But they kept me alive and were the kindest and gentlest men. I remember after my experience and I was never really a mucho machismo kind of guy. Unless D&D counts probably not then. I remember knowing I would become a far gentler man once I was out. Because of the gentle kind and decent men I had left behind. I made promises. But on this one. His name was Ngaopuni. The Ng is at the back of the throat you can get now models of the mouth throat and get taught where to position your tongue and how to pronounce consonants from any language. It's difficult because we want there to be a vowel first. So my gel then kicks off after sending the first food parcel partly because the prison guards don't like kindness being shown to men they feel they have been given the right to torture and abuse. So a nurse has told her Ngaopuni has been accused of raping a minor. This is where I lose most people. They even give baby jesus a hard time over this one. The way I recall the incident is about not throwing stones because we have all fallen short of who we might be. Or as my hero Doc Winnacott put it. His dad wanted him to be a doctor and he wanted to be a poet so he compromised and became a Psychatrist of the English Freudian School with a beautiful set of poetic observations. He put it well but something like if you call others monsters it becomes pyschologically unhealthy for so many reasons. He suggested its better in the case of natural evil to accept I have the capacity to hurt others who cannot protect themselves and I have the ability to take pleasure from hurting others especially if I believe I will get away with it no one else will ever know and I can pretend to be something I am not. From that perspective and from that understanding alone I can say and I choose not to because add whatever you will. So she sort of stepped back a little in her last letter she was informed that Ngaopuni had committed suicide he had explained his actions to his relatives in his suicide note and expressed unhappiness at the legal process. What legal process I would have asked. Hey you started it with a prison story sort of. There were many funny incidents. I can't forget this time when a balloon drifted over the jail and landed somewhere in the wasteland outside the prison walls. Every mother's son came out of started staring and pointing. And nope we didn't get TV Open University Degrees or whatever people think prisoners get you don't want to know what we got. So Sharmila is in Delhi next week and the hypocrites of the interweb have begun some form of empty sham campaign not actually around her last days of relative freedom in Delhi. But more a general we will fight them on the beaches press release in support of narcissism. So I thought I'd let you know. She's in Delhi arriving 4 June Manipur Bhawan Tikendrajit House. Then last day or two of the trial at the Delhi Patiala Court of the Metropolitan Magistrate HH Mr Akash Jain. Then on 7 June they will send her back to Imphal and never let her out again. I won't be going to Delhi because anyone can see her there and they'll use my presence as an excuse. But I will see her in Imphal because although I am I hope become a more gentle man. I am a rude one and they need to know if they want to break a free foreigner with some money they are going to have try a lot harder next time. And the Sadists of Manipur are nothing if not pig lazy. So yes he is dead. And that's that.
May. 31st, 2015 01:49 pm (UTC)
Doc Winnacott was a wise man. I agree with him.

I'm sorry about Ngaopuni. You're right to bring up the story of the woman caught in adultery. People find it much easier to be merciful to those who aren't really guilty of very much. Maybe people are afraid that their kindness and mercy will be taken as condoning the crime. I think about Sister Prejean, who works with people on death row. In America, lots of people have been found to have been innocent after they were executed (a good reason for not having a death penalty), but plenty have also been guilty of the crimes they were charged with. Sr. Prejean is not there for those who've been falsely convicted; she's there for the guilty.
May. 30th, 2015 07:21 am (UTC)
Hmm. I can understand the Crayola people's point of view. But also, how sad that the inmates can't buy coloured pencils anymore...!
May. 30th, 2015 11:33 am (UTC)
Well, what she actually said was that she had used Rose pencils (a different brand), and that they had stopped selling those and started selling Crayola. She seemed to be implying that you could do the eyeliner trick with Rose brand and not Crayola--which, at the time she said it, was leading me to believe that the Rose pencils were some sort of watercolor pencil (like Aquarelle). But then when I chased up the story, I found out you can totally do it with Crayola pencils, so if the commissary is still selling those, then...

... I would hope that they wouldn't simply stop selling them because of people doing this. Seems like it would be easier, if you wanted to be a stickler for stuff, simply to forbid the activity.

We were writing about uniforms in public schools: she had to take a position either in support or against. She was against them because they stifle creativity. "To be stuck wearing the same thing everyday? It ruins your mood," she said. She also said she loved the color purple and liked wearing it. The colored-pencil eyeshadow let her add a little purple to her life.

But yeah, I can totally understand why Crayola doesn't want people using them that way!
May. 30th, 2015 10:29 am (UTC)
I love lupines. The plan is to one day have a huge patch of them. Right now I have to settle for three. :p
May. 30th, 2015 11:41 am (UTC)
I love them too--I've never in my life seen such a glorious display as on that hill. And the scent! Peppery and sweet.
May. 30th, 2015 12:00 pm (UTC)
If I worked at a cosmetics company, I'd be all over this trend. I'm amazed none of them have come out with brightly colored eye pencils yet!
May. 30th, 2015 01:14 pm (UTC)
Right?? Maybe they'll take the hint.
May. 30th, 2015 12:53 pm (UTC)
Something to illustrate, perhaps?

Are lupines and foxgloves the same thing?
May. 30th, 2015 01:13 pm (UTC)
Good idea. I'm traveling east today (to your area), but when I get home I'll do a picture.

No, they're different:
genus lupinus
genus digitalis

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May. 30th, 2015 12:55 pm (UTC)
If I was young and still wore makeup I would totally have fun with this :D
May. 30th, 2015 01:14 pm (UTC)
I'm probably too old but I'm going to have a go :-)
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May. 30th, 2015 03:11 pm (UTC)
*runs to crafts drawer to find out if it works with Prismacolor pencils*
May. 31st, 2015 12:11 am (UTC)
I bet it will!
May. 31st, 2015 04:48 am (UTC)
Oh, the lupines are glorious. R and I paid a short visit to a restored prairie last Thursday, and the lupines were blooming amongst last year's tall grasses. There was prairie smoke and blue-eyed grass too, but the lupines were the stars.

May. 31st, 2015 03:46 pm (UTC)
They are such a *fancy* flower to be a wildflower!
May. 31st, 2015 01:36 pm (UTC)
:( The make-up is terrific, but it's mean-spirited of the commissary to stop selling the coloured pencils. Or am I just ascribing mean-spiritedness where none is, when there's quite a different reason altogether? :(
May. 31st, 2015 03:48 pm (UTC)
So hard to say! At the time she was talking, I did think it was mean-spiritedness, but now that I know that any colored pencils can be used to do the trick, and that the commissary still does sell colored pencils (but a different brand), I think it's likely not. But it might still be.
Jun. 1st, 2015 09:30 pm (UTC)
Crayons that close to eye definitely may not be good...but it seems a pretty good idea....may be can be tried for fun elsewhere on the face like on cheeks. :)
Jun. 2nd, 2015 08:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you do have to be careful....
Jun. 3rd, 2015 02:09 pm (UTC)
I just sent you a friend request, as suggested by amaebi; she said I'd like your pics, and she's right. Hope you don't mind!
Jun. 3rd, 2015 02:47 pm (UTC)
Re: hi
Not at all! Welcome! I'll friend you back.
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