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A Bold Lip!

15 Oct

I am going to try to blog MWF this week to make a little headway. I have about a billion things I could blog about – many of which I have been meaning to blog about for. ev. er. – but the months are quickly escaping me! I will start making draft blogs now though to remind myself of all of them and hopefully that will give me some impetus!

I am choosing to start this week with a special request blog from my friend (and amazing interior designer) Colleen. Norms I do NOT post photos of myself or loved ones in this blog, but this one is actually applicable. This weekend, the huzz and I went to a Swanky charity event and got all dressed up. I am now 7 1/2 months pregnant and feeling every week of it, but I had my hair done and made a go at my makeup and one of the resulting pics is this one:

Oh hey it’s me and that guy I married!

Well the outpouring of compliments on this photo has truly stunned me and I am SO grateful to have such kind friends! Besides that, however, I received this helpful suggestion from Colleen: “Please do a blog post on strong lipstick and disclose what you wore.” So here it is!

I tend to shy away from a bold lip. There are many reasons for this, chief among them:

    • it’s hard to find a color I can commit to that is dark/matte
    • it’s hard to color in the lines, so I am always afraid I’ll look like the Joker
    • bolds often bleed – see previous reason
    • I like to do eyes up and if you do eyes and lips, you end up looking like an 80s supermodel (which apparently is the new Estée Lauder campaign? Baffling.)
    • I end up with color on my teeth
    • I am afraid dark colors will highlight imperfections in my skin (it happens, truth)
    • I am a wuss

That about sums it up.

Now, as an Aries AND a fair blonde, they tell me red is supposed to be my friend. But I am just NOT a red girl. I’ll go for red toenails now and then or maybe a red sweater around Christmas, and I do BUY red things, but wearing them is a real once-in-awhile experience for me. Now and then, however, the time arises for a bold lip and I try to take that bull by the horns and ride it, which is what I attempted to do Saturday night, and I think somehow pulled off.

Here are the hints I have:

1) Think of the lipstick as your accessory. It should either totally match your dress (like the red is the EXACT COLOR as the red dress you’re wearing, and that can be tricky!) or it should be your glitz, along with your jewelry. In my case, I wore a very plain black dress, some sparkly silver jewelry, had my hair did, and then whammo with the lips. If I’d worn a red dress and done red lips, I’d have toned down the jewelry/hair. And if I’d worn some fab dress and shoes and jewels, I’d probably have gone with a fairly neutral shiny lip. Point being it’s all about balance. Don’t throw yourself over the cliff of glam.

2) I did a low-key eye. I used a light pink base with a gray highlight (Lancôme’s Ombre Absolue Duo in shade A01 Night and Day, which they apparently no longer make), my Buxom eyeliner in Onyx on the upper lid, Urban Decay liner in Dime on the lower lid, and Lancôme Hypnose Drama mascara (which incidentally is okay but does smudge so I’m not recommending it). Okay yes that sounds like a lot but refer again to the Estée Lauder picture above and stay with me. It was understated, so allowed me to be a little crazier with the lips.

3) Normally I stay away from reds that have ANY hint of orange/warm undertone because they make me look jaundiced, but this one was a little on the true red side and still turned out okay. Still, my typical advice is: if your skin has yellow undertones, seek reds in the blue, purple, brown families; if your skin is pinkish, then you can pull off those more orangey or yellowy reds. A good way to know which type of skin you have is to ask yourself if you can tan. I tan like crazy because of all my yellow pigment. Pinky fairs tend not to tan as well or at all.

4) I used a lip liner first (helps to keep you in the lines!) and then as soon as I applied my lipstick, asked my husband, “Is this too bright?” He said no, that it WAS bright, but not too bright, that it looked good. And the key here: I BELIEVED HIM. I walked away from the mirror instead of obsessing, and tucked a lipgloss into my bag in case I got self conscious later.

5) I didn’t have to put this into action last night, but I recently read that when wearing a dark color lip, use your finger tip to apply and blend and it will help keep you in the lines. Genius! I do plan to use this in the future.

6) I took both the lipstick and liner with me, along with the gloss. I didn’t have to reapply the liner at all, but I did do one reapp of the lipstick to keep it looking fresh, and it did the trick.

Okay so! All that said, what are the products I used? Estée Lauder Automatic Lip Pencil Duo in 06-Poppy Red, and Estée Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick in 35 Rich Red. WHY IN THE NAME OF GOD IS THAT LIP PENCIL SO EXPENSIVE ON AMAZON? Well I can’t find it on the EL site, so maybe it’s discontinued, which figures. However I know you can go on the EL site and chat with a beauty consultant if you really feel like you need to find the closest match, or they have one called “Red” that I bet is comparable. Stop discontinuing my products, people! Argh ANYHOW, I love that EL lipstick because it has that smell that is so pleasant. Lancôme lipstick smells like a granny to me, but EL lipstick smells like sweet tea, and seems to have good staying power. Plus they’re not lying about the “Hydra” part – in spite of that nice bold color, my lips didn’t feel dry or matte-y at all.

Also, a final hint that often works to keep color off your teeth: After application, wrap your index finger (otherwise known as your pointer) in tissue, place it between your lips, and close in an “ooh” mouth around your finger. The stick that gets on your teeth is the stick that’s in that area, so blotting it helps to reduce transfer.

This has taken me WAY longer than anticipated but I hope it satisfies – as usual, any questions, feel free to ask!

 

Anastasia Hydrafull Gloss

1 Aug

Meh.

Sephora was giving full-size tubes of this stuff in “Moi” away for free (I dunno if they still are, but you can try – the promo code is MOI). That should have been a clue that maybe I wasn’t going to love it (nothing good comes free in full size, in my experience). But enough parenthetical statements (okay, just one more, for funsies).

The gloss is thick and a little sticky, which is okay. The color is nice, a good neutral on me. And the smell is nice – a kind of pleasant vanilla sugar smell. But the applicator ruins it all! They show it above – see the image in the upper right that looks like it’s going BOI-OI-OI-OING? That’s it. The applicator is a paddle (?) type – flat plastic. I have used this type of applicator in the past with success but there’s something different about this one – perhaps it’s the width of it, or the thickness of the gloss itself. Either way, me no likey. It gives NO precision, which is pretty imperative with a semi-opaque gloss, and I ended up either applying too much or too little and then having to smooth out with my finger, which completely defeats the purpose of the applicator. After two uses, it’s being relegated to my giveaway pile, which is sad, because it has everything else going for it.

Re-release in a foam-tipped applicator wand, Anastasia! Do it!

You can only choose one!

25 May

I learned some time ago – on my own, and I have read it since in fashion mags – that to pull off “sexy” (as opposed to trashy, trampy, whorey, or one of their cousins), you have to choose.

Cate Blanchett, the epitome of style and class, rocks the cleavage and covers the legs.

Do you want to show off legs? Or do you want to show off cleavage? Or – in rare instances – do you want to show off back?

Back in college, I used to go dancing at least once a week. I’d carefully choose my outfit before, and always noticed that if I paired a short skirt with a cleavage revealing top, my outfit took a very quick turn from Sexyville to Skankytown. I cannot explain the reasoning behind this, other than the obvious: a little skin is sexy, and leaves something to the imagination; too much skin looks like you’re selling a peek at what little is left to the imagination. If you want to show off your sexy upper half, wear a skirt that comes nearly to your knees or lower. (Or at LEAST reaches past your fingertips when standing with your arms straight by your sides.) If you want to display those gorgeous gams, then choose a more modest shirt that’s not too clingy or low-cut. You may put on a micro mini and a low-cut, tight-fitting top and think, “Damn, I have a smoking bod!” and hey – maybe you do! (And good work on that self-esteem, sister!) But if you’re going anywhere nicer than a dive bar or seedy nightclub with anything more in mind than scoring free drinks and lots of propositions (and I don’t mean the kind that come with a ring), then tone it down a little and you will class it up a lot. Since I came to this conclusion on my own, I have read the same advice in multiple magazines. So choose one and go with it. You can always choose the other the next night!

I’ve come to realize the same thing applies to makeup. I shy away from a bold lip, I always have. I prefer gloss to stick, I never use lip liner, and although both my birth sign (Aries) and my coloring (fair-haired blonde) are meant to wear red well and often, I rarely do. I don’t know why – I think part of it is the fact that I have a hard time finding a red I like, and part of it is that red is hard to apply – it smudges easily, stains the skin around my mouth, and since I am not a lip liner girl, bleeds into the lines around my lips. YUCK. Additionally, in the past, I have found it hard to figure out what to do with the rest of my makeup once I do the red lips – I am used to playing up my eyes, and if you go all crazy with the eye makeup and then throw on some red lipstick, guess what? You look like one of two things: a woman with WAY too much makeup on, or a clown. Neither is good.

Well, I finally realized two things. One, if I’m going to wear red, it needs to be a red with a blue base. Reds with a yellow or orange base are bad bad bad on me – it’s the yellow undertone in my skin. You can pull off a yellow- or orange-undertone red if you’re a) olive complected, or b) super fair with rose (not yellow) undertones. How do you know what color your undertone is? Do you tan or burn? If you tan easily, you’re probably yellow, like me. If you tend to burn, or can’t tan, you may be a rose. Anyhow, number two is that if you want to play up the eyes, go for a nude or understated lip. If you want to go with a bold lip, stick to a neutral eye. SO EASY!

Scar Jo knows the trick.

Now on the off times I feel like going red, I do a little brown shadow and I’m done. But if I’m feeling like being EYE-catching (get it?), I go with my old gloss standby. Just like with the top and bottom in clothes, it’s as simple as A or B – one or the other but never together!

Finally, on the off-chance you’re having a bad skin day (I am all the time, lately – thanks, fetus), steer clear of red! Or really ANY deep, dark shade. I tried to apply that Stila Lip Stick I blogged about this morning and disaster! Dark colors of lipstick will just emphasize flaws and inconsistencies in your skintone – stick to a neutral gloss to downplay any blemishes.

Hope these tips were helpful!

Stila Long Wear Lip Color

25 May

On that previously mentioned trip to Sephora with Dina, I of course couldn’t help browsing about for myself. I am pretty set currently in the cosmetics department (GASP!) so I haven’t been going too crazy lately, but of course there’s always room for one more fantastic lip product (see blog title). I have used and like Stila products before, so when I saw they were making a lip crayon, I was delighted. I checked every color for one I thought I could pull off on a regular basis, and settled on Serenade, a nice peachy mauve. Of course, that was the one color Sephora was sold out of – D’OH! I left Sephora that night not empty-handed (I got some makeup removing towelettes and some face wash), but not with anything new or exciting, sadly.

Naturally I went online the very next day and ordered myself a stick of Serenade. I wore it for the first time last night, and I have to tell you, it is freaking awesome! I applied it at about 5pm. It went on smooth and slightly glossy, but with a definite lipstick finish. There was no noticeable taste or smell (for me), and it made my lips feel soft and conditioned, not stiff and dry like some long-wearing lip colors. On the way home at about 8pm, after NO reapplications, a few light snacks, and a bottle of water, I flipped down the visor in the car to discover THE LIPSTICK LOOKED PRETTY MUCH THE SAME AS WHEN I PUT IT ON. Have I been missing the boat?!? Is this what all long-wearing lip colors are like these days??? I tried long-wearing lipsticks many moons ago and could not stand the fact that I had to apply gloss over top just to make my lips feel normal.  My lips felt completely normal last night, like I had a light coat of gloss/color on, and it really and truly stayed on for three hours!

I may have to investigate further with different colors of Stila’s Long Wear Lip Color. And can you blame me?

Lip Crayons, Lip Crayons, Everywhere….

9 May

One of the newer beauty fads I whole-heartedly embrace is the lip crayon craze. I’ve never been a fan of lip liner – one extra step, and when your lipstick fades you can end up with the dreaded lip outline. Lip crayons, however, are the ultimate combination of lip liner and lipstick. Super easy to apply, the tip allows for precision application and the twist up applicator is simple and efficient. My favorite so far is the Tarte collection – they make both a shiny/glossy version, called Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Stain, and a matte version called (appropriately enough) Tarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Stain. In a wide variety of colors, you’re sure to find one that suits you, and the very slight minty tingling (I suppose that’s the “surgence”) will make your lips feel kissably fresh.

My next favorite lip crayon is Buxom’s Big & Healthy Lip Stick. Like their gloss, this is a great, long-wearing lip color that causes an intense tingling after application. Again as with the gloss, I find the tingling quite pleasant, but it’s something you might have to get used to. Buxom also has a wide range of colors to choose from, and you can layer this under the Big & Healthy Lip Polish if you’re so inclined, for a really bold look.

I think I like Urban Decay’s Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color just as well as the first two, but it has a much more limited range of colors. The colors offered are very bright, very dark, and very ooh-la-la. (Think Moulin Rouge.) I only break these out once in a great while because I am not a bold lip kind of girl, in spite of the fact that I’d like to be. If you are, however, definitely give these crayons a shot.

Ah, NARS. Don’t get me wrong – I actually like this lip crayon. I haven’t yet tried a lip crayon that I don’t like, to be honest. But I just find NARS to be one of the most overrated cosmetic brands out there. I think everything they do is serviceable, some things more than others, but unimpressive. Anyhow, their Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is just fine. It works, it lasts, it has a good variety of color choices, but it doesn’t do anything special. If you’re a NARS devotee, you will no doubt enjoy them more than any other lip crayon. Otherwise, I’d check out one of the others I’ve mentioned first.

So that’s it! That’s all the lip crayons I have in my arsenal… so far. If this trend continues, I’m sure I’ll have more to report on in the future!

Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish: The best lipgloss I have ever used.

16 Mar

I talk in superlatives. That’s the best cheese I’ve ever had. That is the funniest thing I have ever heard. Those are the cutest cats I have ever seen. For some reason, this made my ex-husband crazy, and he tried to break me of it. He failed.

One of the only things I can honestly say I do not typically use inaccurate superlatives to describe is product. If I could honestly find something I thought was “the best” in the product world, I would tout it high and low. Usually, I find things that are okay, pretty good, awesome, etc. – but not “the best.”

That said, I would now like to present you with the best lipgloss I have ever used.

Look at the name of my blog. I have tried some lipglosses. Like twenty billion zillion lipglosses. I have tried lipglosses before Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish and since. And I still just keep coming back. My favorite colors are Brandi and Starr, but I have an entire makeup bag full of allll different colors.

Why do I love this gloss so much? There are a host of reasons:

  • pleasant smell and taste
  • minty fresh/tingly feeling on my lips
  • not too sticky, yet still thick enough to stay in place
  • lots of colors with SPARKLES!!!!! (I love sparkles.)
  • best staying power of ANY gloss I have EVER tried
  • easy, comfortable packaging with foam-tip applicator (IMHO, the best type of lipgloss applicator)
  • amazing range of colors
  • frequent mini-gloss pack releases
  • sheer enough to be a gloss with enough color to work on its own

I bet I could keep going, but you don’t need me to. There is nothing about this gloss I don’t like. My husband does find the tingliness when he kisses me a bit strange, but doesn’t seem put off by it – he just finds it odd that a gloss should tingle. I believe it’s meant to “plump” your lips and maybe it does, although I can’t say I have noticed. It doesn’t really matter to me one way or the other – this gloss is the shiznit.

AND they’ve just introduced Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Cream and it’s just as awesome!

Yves Saint Laurent VOLUPTÉ SHEER CANDY Glossy Balm Crystal Color

5 Feb
Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Sheer Candy Glossy Balm

Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Sheer Candy Glossy Balm

New obsession. Picked up a tube of this lipgloss yesterday at Sephora. It looks like a lipstick, but it’s actually a sweet-smelling, glossy sheer balm in lipstick shape. I got 05 Mouthwatering Berry. My only complaint is that it’s less a “berry” color than I’d hoped – very pinky/fuchsia. Everything else about it, however, could not be more spot on. It’s soft, light, and has a great translucent quality. At $30, it’s a bit on the pricey side, but the tube looks SO fancy, I feel like I’m a 1950s Hollywood movie star every time I apply it, so I guess that’s part of what I paid for. I’m going to try 06 Luscious Cherry and 07 Sweet Fig next and will get back to you with my thoughts on those colors. Also hope to be able to figure out how to post photos on here soon.