Ramblings
Diary of a Mad Drugstore Cosmetics Junkie

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  • 04/20/01--One thing I enjoy reading, beauty board wise...
  • 05/16/01--Hmmm...I'm come to the conclusion that I'm just not an "eyeshadow person"...
  • 05/28/01--Aha!!!!!
  • 06/03/01--I am a brush convert.
  • 07/19/01--Paring down...
  • 07/23/01--Calculating Cost Per Wear.
  • 07/25/01--Wow...
  • 04/20/01

    One thing I enjoy reading, beauty board wise, is what has come to be called (on LP anyway) "ramblings"...I don't remember who came up with the term, it just seemed to evolve. Ramblings are a type of stream-of-consciousness writing about beauty. Makeup junkies, after all, think a great deal about it.

    This odd rambling has to do with makeup minimalism vs. simply idiot-proofing your stash.

    Makeup minimalism, to me, can be defined through Dain Minimalism...you analyze your "stash" and conclude that all you'll need are, say, one red lipstick, one pink-brown lipstick, and one plum lipstick, and then you obsess about finding *the* red, pink-brown, and plum lipsticks. Idiot-proofing your stash can be defined as Josephine Idiot-Proofing: it doesn't bother you to own 6 red lipsticks, 3 pink-browns, and 2 plums, as long as you like and wear them all.

    It is possible to adhere to both beliefs. I am a Josephine Idiot-Proofer as far as lipsticks are concerned. However, I am a Dain Minimalist when it comes to eye makeup.

    Currently I own 21 lipsticks. There are a few on my wish list, and I expect to not repurchase some when they go bad, so that number will likely be constant. Before I go into stash specifics, here is a quick rundown of my drugstore lipstick findings:

    ALMAY

    Amazing Lasting lipsticks--a short shelf life--one year or less. Overall, mediocre colors. They are dry, though not as arid as L'Oreal Colour Endures.
    Fave shade: the pink-brown shimmer "Sandy."
    Shades I remember: "Minx" (intense red-brown, rather eh), "Nude" (not bad, a sort of mauvey nude).
    Shades I always intended to try: n/a.
    Scent/taste: none.
    Would I buy any more of these?: no.

    Antichap lipsticks--like the Amazing Lastings, these are cursed with a short shelf life and the colors overall tend to the mediocre. The antichap formula is, as advertised, wonderfully anti-flaky though. It's a shame they don't keep better.
    Fave shade: the dramatic dark matte red-brown, "Toasty."
    Shades I remember: "Blushing"--a neutral pink-brown, nothing spectacular imo. "Glow"--a tad light, pink shimmer with a touch of peach. "Bliss"--matte berry shade.
    Shades I always intended to try: "Tan"--someone rec'd this on LP as a sort of neutral brown with shimmer. "Sugar," I forget the color description, I think it was a pink-brown.
    Scent/taste: none, but they are mentholated.
    Would I buy any more of these?: maybe, but I'd prefer sample sizes!

    One Coat lipsticks--some good colors, but next to no staying power. I "frankened" my "Sequin" with beeswax lip balm in order to make it last longer on.
    Fave shade: "Sequin," a natural rose-brown shimmer.
    Shades I remember: "Flutter," rather nice brown-pink shimmer, "Rosewood," pink-brown creme--too brown on me, "Fig," just a tad too brown on me, but I think it would be great for a brunette--it's red-brown..."Romance," one of my first real lipsticks that I liked, but hard to describe, it's one of those your-lips-but-better, but the staying power is barely an hour! "Mauve," as you would expect...imo, L'Oreal "Tendre Mauve" is a much better color, the AOC "Mauve" is too purple. "Plum"--deep plum, but too purple on me (my plums have to have more brown).
    Shades I always intended to try: hmmm..."Brandy," maybe, or "Pinkcopper."
    Scent/taste: none.
    Would I buy any more of these?: maybe.

    COVER GIRL

    Continuous Color Sheer lipsticks: Dang, a disappointment...they have the loveliest formula--sheer, long-lasting, moisturizing, no scent/taste. But the colors I tried lacked complexity.
    Fave shade: n/a.
    Shades I remember: "Sheer Rubies," sheer red. "Sheer Wine"(?)--it was one of three in a tiny tries pack. Totally fuchsia. "Wineberry Sheer" was better, but still lacked complexity, it could use a dash of brown. "Sheer Spice" was OK but nothing to scream about. I also tried an orange one but I can't recall the name. I think it was "Orange Glow."
    Shades I always intended to try: n/a.
    Scent/taste: none.
    Would I buy any more of these?: no.

    LipSlicks lipsticks: Actually I like these: they last long, they're truly gloss-in-a-stick, they're reasonably priced and you get a lot of product in the tube. What galls me though is that they put this weird flavor in there.
    Fave shade: "A Lot of Shine"--clear gloss without the hassle of putting on gloss.
    Shades I remember: "A Hint of Pink"...ehhh..."A Hint of Shimmering Sandstone"--I recall this as being horribly shimmery, but I was young when I bought it.
    Shades I always intended to try: n/a.
    Scent/taste: a really crappy scent/taste.
    Would I buy any more of these?: sure, if they remove that scent/taste.

    HEMP COLORS

    Hempstiks lipsticks--my sole venture into ze expensive lipsticks ($12 a pop). These are available at health food stores. Their texture is somewhat dry, despite claims of the moisturizing qualities of hempseed oil, but the reds really rock.
    Fave shade: "Red Zin"--my Holy Grail red. "Paprika"--nice orange-red-brown creme. "Black Cherry"--dark red.
    Shades I remember: n/a...too $$ to try too many.
    Shades I always intended to try: not sure, hoping to find a berry shade in there.
    Scent/taste: none.
    Would I buy any more of these?: I might.

    JANE

    Barely Lips lipsticks--some superb colors, but wildly differing staying powers.
    Fave shade: "Rosy Outlook"--only the queen of elegant pink-red-brown cremes. Good staying power. "Bareberry," a wearable plum-brown. "Bye Bye Brown," a dark red. "Hardly Honey"--perfect for summer, pinky-nude shimmer.
    Shades I remember:"Partly Peach"--terrible staying power, interesting color--deep rose with peachy notes. "Out of Apricot"--out of question--lasts less than an hour on, nice pinky nude color though.
    Shades I always intended to try: "Berry Pretty"? "Decaf Espresso"? "Rosebarely"?
    Scent/taste: none.
    Would I buy any more of these?: yup.

    Liphuggers lipsticks--embarrassingly, I've tried many of these. Like the Barely Lips, some of the best colors, but extreme differences in formulae.
    Fave shade: "Loco Cocoa"--rose pink shimmer with peach and plum notes, some red, muted with brown...it's really dry though, be forewarned. Wear over lip balm or else melt it down with lip balm. "Kind of Carob"--intense pink-brown matte. "Penny Lane"--I think it's been discontinued--deep plum with bronze shimmer. "Cinnamon Stick"--lovely pink-red shimmer, zippo staying power.
    Shades I remember:"Kiss of Caramel"--this never worked for me, somehow it was always too much...very shimmery pink-red-golden. I plan on doing some mad science with mine. "Nuts About You"--intense orange-brown matte. Might work for a redhead. "Fired Up"--discontinued? It's an almost pure orange shimmer. "Haywire"--almost pure medium brown creme. "Really Russet" = really fuchsia.
    Shades I always intended to try: waiting for new Liphuggers.
    Scent/taste: none.
    Would I buy any more of these?: yup.

    L'OREAL

    Colour Riche lipsticks, old formula: I haven't tried the "new" (gold tube) formula yet, here's why...what bugs me about L'Oreal lipsticks is that they don't have much of a shelf life. I am a lipstick junkie, so it does take me more than a year to use up a lippy. The colors are overall excellent, but for mere excellent colors I can buy Jane and get longer-keeping lippies.
    Fave shade: "Cafe Ole," lovely pink-brown (not much staying power, but worth frankening).
    Shades I remember: "Sandstone"...not bad, shimmery red-brown. "Mica," a tad too cool on me, shimmery plum. "Nature's Blush," a neutral plum-brown creme. "Tawny," pink-brown creme (this seemed to fade very rapidly on me though).
    Shades I always intended to try: n/a.
    Scent/taste: the trademark L'Oreal fruity fragrance.
    Would I buy any more of these?: I might...but, unless they've made these longer-keeping, I'd prefer sample sizes.

    Hydrasoft lipsticks: What's good: lovely colors, great antichap formula. What's bad: overpriced, plus they go bad...dramatically...suddenly that great color turns into a hideous shade, while the lipstick still smells and otherwise appears normal.
    Fave shade: "Hampton Rose"...nice slightly shimmery rose-pink.
    Shades I remember: "Wine Escapade"...this was the perfect wine until it morphed into a dreadful purple. "Rosewater"...again, a decent muted pink-red until...gak! "Ruby Repose"...a tad fuchsia on me, disappointingly.
    Shades I always intended to try: dunno, they all look good.
    Scent/taste: the trademark L'Oreal fruity fragrance.
    Would I buy any more of these?: maybe a sample size?

    Rouge Pulp lipglosses: I had one of these, "Exposed," and though the color was a sexy pinky-nude shimmer, I somehow never wore it. I just didn't care for the formula...but I should say that I don't wear lipgloss generally. (BTW I found a look-alike in Jane Barely Lips "Hardly Honey.")
    Fave shade: "Exposed."
    Shades I remember: n/a.
    Shades I always intended to try: n/a.
    Scent/taste: yup, that trademark L'Oreal fruity fragrance.
    Would I buy any more of these?: no.

    Rouge Virtuale lipsticks: same gripes as the Colour Riches...short shelf life, somewhat overpriced. But some kickin' colors.
    Fave shade: "Tendre Mauve."
    Shades I remember: "Matte Terra Cotta"--just as it sounds. Made one of my first wearable reds with this and Max Factor "Reel Red." "Fresco"--light brown creme. "Real Raisin"--nice wine-red-brown creme, a tad too brown for me.
    Shades I always intended to try: "Sangria."
    Scent/taste: the trademark L'Oreal fruity fragrance.
    Would I buy any more of these?: see comments for Colour Riches, above.

    MAYBELLINE

    Moisture Whips --as advertised, extremely moisturizing--my favorite summer lipstick formula. Some excellent colors.
    Fave shade: "Nude Beach" (discontinued).
    Shades I remember: "Spice"--this was just a tad too dark on me, again I think it's a brunette's shade. It's a sort of pink-mauve-brown neutral creme. "Pink Topaz"--not bad, but too dramatic on me, it's very shimmery pink-brown. "Sugared Bronze"--again too shimmery and brown on me (replaced with Clinique "Glow Bronze"). "Mocha Ice"--a light brown shimmer too brown on me, but excellent for mad science. "Killer Crush"--melted a slice of this with the "Mocha Ice" to make a really cool frankenlippy. On its own, this was almost fuchsia on me. "Rum Raisin," pink-brown tending toward the fuchsia. "Tasseled Taupe," really very taupe, too much on me. "Love Spells," screamin' fuchsia on me.
    Shades I always intended to try: n/a.
    Scent/taste: slight.
    Would I buy any more of these?: oh absolutely.

    Wear and Go lipsticks--hmmm...I have one of these, "Go Cinnamon," which is a cool dark red. It does, as advertised, last all day with zero bleeding and next to no fading. But it is a tad dry and the color was too much on me, even over lip balm. I melted it down with some lip balm...which made it sheerer and moister. It still lasts quite long though not as long as before.
    Fave shade: "Go Cinnamon."
    Shades I remember: n/a.
    Shades I always intended to try: one of the pinks.
    Scent/taste: none.
    Would I buy any more of these?: yes.

    REVLON

    MoistureStay lipsticks. The regular MoistureStays have a lot of pigment in them. The sheers are indeed sheer. The bugaboo: they go bad fairly quickly, one year or less.
    Fave shade: Sheer: "Sheer Fig"...pinky-plummy-brown. Regular: "Caramel," this is great actually but it was a tad too brown for me (perfect for a brunette).
    Shades I remember: "Winey"--fuchsia. Dang, I know I had a pink one...it was too much color, almost fuchsia. "Crimson"--fuchsia.
    Shades I always intended to try: there were a few... "Fawn" ... "Cinnamon" ...more of the sheers.
    Scent/taste: none, but they are mentholated.
    Would I buy any more of these?: I might.

    Super Lustrous/Moon Drops lipsticks. I'm putting these together because they're similar...the Super Lustrous have been de-fragranced, I don't know about the Moon Drops. The Moon Drops are super moisturizing.
    Fave shade: Super Lustrous "Dune Rose," shimmery rose-red with a touch of brown.
    Shades I remember: Moon Drops "Nude Shimmer"...hmmm...more of a shimmery red-brown-nude. "Gold Dipped Rose"--a bit in-your-face shimmery pink. Super Lustrous "Deeply Chili"--this fuchsia'd on me. Ditto another SL Chili...I'm trying to remember the name...not the swirly one. Yes! "Hot Chili."
    Shades I always intended to try: "Rum Raisin" or "Raisin Rage."
    Scent/taste: the Super Lustrous have none, I'm not sure about the Moon Drops.
    Would I buy any more of these?: quite possibly.

    Naaaowww, hopefully that narrows down some of the harrowing lipstick-buying experience. :)

    Here is my current stash:

    1. Almay One Coat "Sequin"
    2. Clinique "Glow Bronze"
    3. Black Opal "Barely Mocha"
    4. Hemp Colors "Black Cherry"
    5. Hemp Colors "Paprika"
    6. Hemp Colors "Red Zin"
    7. Jane "Bareberry"
    8. Jane "Bye Bye Brown"
    9. Jane "Cinnamon Stick"
    10. Jane "Hardly Honey"
    11. Jane "Kind of Carob"
    12. Jane "Loco Cocoa"
    13. Jane "Penny Lane"
    14. Jane "Rosy Outlook"
    15. Josephine "Christina"
    16. Laura Mercier "Discretion"
    17. Maybelline "Go Cinnamon"
    18. Maybelline "Nude Beach" (discontinued)
    19. Maybelline "Sheer Rose" (limited edition)
    20. Presciptives "Berrybrown Suede"
    21. Revlon "Dune Rose"
    22. Terra Tints "Blaze"

    Analysis: lots of reds...true reds--"Barely Mocha," "Red Zin," "Black Cherry," "Go Cinnamon." Pink-reds--"Cinnamon Stick," "Blaze," "Dune Rose." Orange-red--"Paprika." I do not need any more red lipsticks.

    I own a few pinks--"Sheer Rose," "Sequin" and "Loco Cocoa." I don't wear pink often though, so I doubt I need to buy any more than these.

    Pink-browns--"Kind of Carob," "Rosy Outlook," plus my "Christina" frankenlippy. Many pink-browns wash me out, they have too much brown in them.

    Nudes! I love nudes! Again they can't be too beige or brown. "Discretion," "Nude Beach," "Hardly Honey."

    Plums..."Bareberry" and "Penny Lane." Most other plums are too purple on me.

    Anything missing here? Not really. I might like to try some of the new long-last lippies though, like Max Factor Lipfinity or Cover Girl Outlast.

    Eyeshadows...here the creeping Makeup Minimalist comes out. :) A quick rundown:

    JANE

    Eye Zings eyeshadows. Interesting shades, some very good. Wildly differing staying powers.
    Fave shade: "Smart Cookie"--a good bronze. "Rising Sun" (discontinued).
    Shades I remember: Wow...I went through a lot of Jane shadows. I put the color descriptions in the Makeup Science/Jane color descriptions section so I won't bore you repeating them here.
    Shades I always intended to try: geez, I think I got them all.
    Would I buy any more of these?: possibly.

    L'OREAL

    Soft Effects eyeshadows.
    Fave shade: "Earthen"--dark bronze.
    Shades I remember: I tried some of the quads in the giddy early days of eyeshadow exploration...the "Terre Peach" quad (too shimmery), the "Wood Rose" quad (not bad). "Rose Petals" duo is nice. Replaced "Sable" and "Sand" with Sonia Kashuk "Barley" and "Whisper." "Azure"...green shadows don't look good on me.
    Shades I always intended to try: the duo with a lavender and a rosy shade. "Effervescent" single.
    Would I buy any more of these?: possibly.

    REVLON

    Wet/dry eyeshadows. Mmm. Overall, I would have to say I found these disappointing. Used dry, the shadows tended to be too sheer to make much of an impact, and I'm too lazy to use them wet.
    Fave shade: the "Sandstorm" quad.
    Shades I remember: "Pink Shell"--not bad, sheer shimmery pink. "In the Buff" quad--not bad either, but I prefer the Sonia Kashuk versions of these neutrals. "Jungle Fever" duo? a matte dark green with a gold shimmer. Somehow it didn't work out for me. I had a rosy brown matte whose name slips my mind, and one of the brown duos.
    Shades I always intended to try: the "Violet Haze" quad.
    Would I buy any more of these?: possibly.

    SONIA KASHUK

    The rectangular silver pan eyeshadows.
    Fave shade: "Whisper"--just the best vanilla matte, drugstore-wise. "Bronze"--light golden bronze. "Barley"--medium brown matte. I'm still fiddling around with these, so I'll add more to this later. Meantime, see Makeup Science/Sonia Kashuk eyeshadow color descriptions.
    Shades I remember: n/a.
    Shades I always intended to try: oh everything.
    Would I buy any more of these?: absolutely, they're my favorite shadows. The only bummer: $5 a pop.

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    05/16/01

    Hmmm...I'm come to the conclusion that I'm just not an "eyeshadow person"...I love my shadows, but there are very few that say "me." Or I should say, having few eyeshadows does say "me," if that makes any sense.

    Also, most of my favorite shadows are neutrals...I find that most colored shadows overwhelm my eyes.

    So far I have seven shadows... And there are a few others I'm considering blending...possibly just blending them right on my eyelid. Here are the keepers so far:

    1. Ivory matte. Sonia Kashuk "Whisper."
    2. White shimmer. Sonia Kashuk "Starlight"--soft white with gold shimmer.
    3. Medium brown matte. Sonia Kashuk "Barley," soft and coolish.
    4. Dark brown matte. Sonia Kashuk "Sable."
    5. Light bronze--Sonia Kashuk "Bronze."
    6. Medium bronze--Jane "Smart Cookie." This is the last "iffy" shadow, don't know if I'll keep it.
    7. Pastel shimmer--pinky-peach shimmer for me (Sonia Kashuk "Sunrise").

    I also own 2 eyepencils, Revlon PowderLiner "Brown Suede" and L'Oreal Brow Colourist "Light Golden Brown."

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    05/28/01

    Aha!!!!!

    It's 1:32 in the morning...drank way too much caffeine...but at least I've found myself, eyeshadow-wise. :)

    I've rejected true minimalism and discovered I cannot wear blue-plums or anything remotely cool on my eyes. It just comes out ashy-looking. So I've set aside my SK "Amethyst" and "Lilac," and reclaimed "Moonstone" and "Malt." I have yet to re-try "Mink," but here is my current stash (all by Sonia Kashuk):

    1. Whisper (matte ivory)
    2. Barley (matte medium brown)
    3. Malt (matte slightly lighter, slightly golden brown)
    4. Sable (matte dark brown)
    5. Moonstone (matte brown with plum...actually it's more mauve)
    6. Plum (matte dark plum)
    7. Starlight (shimmery off-white)
    8. Sunlight (shimmery pale gold)
    9. Bronze (shimmery light bronze)
    10. Sunrise (shimmery peachy-pink)
    11. Sadye Pink (matte light pink)
    Now I've found my niche as a Sonia Kashuk eyeshadow junkie, determined that all cool colors are off-limits (grey, blue, most greens), figured out how to wear red-plums ("Moonstone" and "Plum"), detected a preference for matte over shimmer (I do wear the mattes more often), learned to blend my own frankencolors right on my eyelids ("Sadye Pink" looks great with "Barley")...I feel my soul-searching is next to over. There are a few of the new SK shades that I'd like a second look at ("Blossom" and the other purply shades). But I feel a sort of contentment.

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    06/03/01

    I am a brush convert.

    I bought the SK travel brush set...small and medium eyeshadow brushes, blush brush, brow brush/mascara comb, for $12.99. I was going to make do buying only the small eyeshadow brush, but now I'm spoiled. :)

    The thing is this: cheaper shadow brushes are mushier and lack tapered edges. You can apply a sweep or wash of color, but not much else...you can't do any subtle work. With the SK brushes, I can do a very nice crease--and I never thought a crease was possible for me. I can do a subtle outer-corner-of-eye thing that's as good as liner, even better actually.

    Usually I try to advise not to spend money, but these brushes have indeed converted me. Not only can you create many more looks, you can get more mileage out of your shadows. In the end I think you will find them a good investment.

    Also picked up SK "Larkspur" and "Aubergine" shadows. Still no "Blossom." Argh. I just want to see it.

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    07/19/01

    Paring down the stash...a beauty board ritual, perhaps, but also a necessity. It takes 5 minutes to buy a lipstick, but it can take years to use one up. If you don't use it up, it'll go bad anyway within a year or two. Depending on how often you buy lipsticks, that can really pile up.

    I feel I've come full circle re makeup anyway. I have tried umpteen different products and loved many, continue to love many in fact, but where does it all end, if not in the beginning?

    Hm.

    Keep (lipsticks):

    • Maybelline "Nude Beach" and "Go Cinnamon"
    • Jane "Loco Cocoa," "Rosy Outlook," "Hardly Honey"
    • Revlon "Dune Rose" Super Lustrous
    • Hemp Organics "Red Zin" and "Paprika"
    • CG Outlast "Dawn-to-Dusk" and "Berry Preserve"
    • LM "Discretion"

    Toss (lipsticks):

    • Almay "Sequin"...nice color, a tad too brown. Mine went bad and I don't want to repurchase.
    • Maybelline "Sheer Rose," it turned fuchsia
    • Jane "Penny Lane," too dark basically

    Not sure:

    • Hemp Organics "Black Cherry" (the pain!)
    • Px "Berrybrown Suede"
    • Clinique "Glow Bronze"
    • Black Opal "Barely Mocha"? It's perfumey...
    • Jane "Cinnamon Stick," "Kiss of Caramel," "Bye Bye Brown," "Bareberry"
    • A Maybelline frankenlippy of mine.

    Possibly to-buy:

    • Neutrogena "South Beach" lipstick
    • MF Lipfinity "Spiritual"? Don't know yet, probably should see how often I use the CG Outlasts.
    • MAC Lipglass, if it is what I think it is...thick, super shiny, long lasting, tacky pot gloss? Either clear or ever so slightly rosy, but no shimmer.

    Now it is interesting, out of an almost infinite array of colors and textures, there are only a few that I keep returning to. I do not wear coral, apricot, salmon, etc., lipsticks. I don't wear plums in general. I gravitate toward rose, berry, pink, nude, red and dark red.

    Rose Jane "Loco Cocoa," Revlon "Dune Rose"
    Berry CG Outlast "Berry Preserve"
    Pink CG Outlast "Dawn-to-Dusk"
    Nude Maybelline "Nude Beach," LM "Discretion," Jane "Hardly Honey"
    Red Hemp Organics "Red Zin," "Paprika"
    Dark red Maybelline "Go Cinnamon," Neutrogena "South Beach"

    The odd guy out here would be "Rosy Outlook." :) And I might repurchase Jane "Kind of Carob," so that would make pink-brown a category as well.

    Rose Jane "Loco Cocoa," Revlon "Dune Rose"
    Berry CG Outlast "Berry Preserve"
    Pink CG Outlast "Dawn-to-Dusk"
    Nude Maybelline "Nude Beach," LM "Discretion," Jane "Hardly Honey"
    Red Hemp Organics "Red Zin," "Paprika"
    Dark red Maybelline "Go Cinnamon," Neutrogena "South Beach"
    Pink brown Jane "Rosy Outlook" and "Kind of Carob"

    [Later]

    Finished the first purge...here it is:

    Rose Jane "Loco Cocoa," Revlon "Dune Rose"
    Berry CG Outlast "Berry Preserve"
    Pink CG Outlast "Dawn-to-Dusk"
    Nude Maybelline "Nude Beach," LM "Discretion," Jane "Hardly Honey"
    Red Hemp Organics "Red Zin," "Paprika"
    Dark red Maybelline "Go Cinnamon," Neutrogena "South Beach"
    Pink brown Jane "Rosy Outlook" and "Kind of Carob"

    [Yet later]

    Hmmm...further thoughts on paring down. :)

    It does not bother me to own 16 powder eyeshadows. Eyeshadows keep. I have 2 blushes, Lancome "Rose Charmant" powder and L'Oreal "Ripe Plum" blush stick...if the L'Oreal dried out on me, I probably would not repurchase. I would stick with the Lancome (which, if it somehow went bad on me, I would repurchase). One blush is good, one foundation (L'Oreal Feel Naturale liquid) is good, one hair conditioner is good...it used to be Smash for me, now the local stores don't carry it and I'm trying to replace it (trying out Clairol Herbal Essences Volumizing these days). Shampoo is shampoo, I suppose two would be better than one...using the same shampoo every day leads to buildup. So:

    Item Ideal #
    Foundation 1
    Loose powder 1
    Pressed powder 1 (or you can use blotting sheets)
    Blush 1
    Hair conditioner 1
    Shampoo Doesn't matter, 1 or 2 or 3
    Facial cleanser 1 or 2
    Moisturizer 1
    Powder eyeshadow I don't care, I'm OK with 16, whatever I end up using I'll keep, the others I'll toss
    Eyepencil 2
    Perfume From 1 to 3
    Lip gloss 1 or 2, high end
    Lipstick Don't know yet.

    Back to our original lip product table:

    Pink red Jane "Cinnamon Stick," Revlon "Dune Rose," Terra Tints "Blaze"
    Red Hemp Organics "Red Zin" and "Paprika"
    Nude Maybelline "Nude Beach," LM "Discretion," Jane "Hardly Honey"
    Pink brown Jane "Loco Cocoa" and "Rosy Outlook"
    Permatone CG Outlast "Dawn-to-Dusk" and "Berry Preserve," possibly MF Lipfinity "Spiritual"
    Gloss MAC Lipglass, "Lust" and/or "Underage"?

    You can see that I've rearranged it somewhat, eliminated Maybelline "Go Cinnamon" and Neutrogena "South Beach" (nothing personal, but do I really wear dark red lippies?), added Permatone and gloss categories. Now let us go through the table row by row.

    The first three...repurchase of Jane "Cinnamon Stick" is out of the question, it's been discontinued. Terra Tints "Blaze" is a lip balm and must be respected as such. But out of this group, only Revlon "Dune Rose" is a likely candidate for repurchase.

    Red...I might repurchase the "Paprika," but only "Red Zin" is a sure thing.

    Nude...again, Maybelline "Nude Beach" has been discontinued. Jane "Hardly Honey" is a frivolous, yet harmless lipstick. LM "Discretion" looks, and is, expensive. It also lasts hours on. It's possible that all of these can be replaced by the MF "Spiritual," it is also possible that MAC Lipglass "Lust" or "Underage" will replace them.

    Pink brown...Jane "Loco Cocoa" is a keeper. Not sure about "Rosy Outlook."

    Permatone...how many do you need? Maximum would be 3.

    Gloss...one or two.

    Viewing it this way, I could end up with 1 pink red, 1 red, 1 or 2 nudes, 1 or 2 pink browns, a couple of permatones, a couple of glosses...at most 10 lipsticks. So I think:

    Item Ideal #
    Foundation 1
    Loose powder 1
    Pressed powder 1 (or you can use blotting sheets)
    Blush 1
    Hair conditioner 1
    Shampoo Doesn't matter, 1 or 2 or 3
    Facial cleanser 1 or 2
    Moisturizer 1
    Powder eyeshadow I don't care, I'm OK with 16, whatever I end up using I'll keep, the others I'll toss
    Eyepencil 2
    Perfume From 1 to 3
    Lipstick/gloss <= 10

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    07/23/01

    Calculating Cost Per Wear.

    The theory of Cost Per Wear (something I read about in the '70's in a book called "Cheap Chic," an excellent book BTW) is that, instead of comparing items by what you paid for them, you compare them by calculating the Cost Per Wear:

    Cost of item
    -----------------------------
    Number of times worn

    The example could be an $80 dress that you wear, say, once a week, compared to a $20 dress that you wear every month. The Cost Per Wear of the $80 dress for a year would be:

    $80
    --------
    52

    =80/52

    =$1.54 per wear for the year. Here is the calculation for the $20 dress:

    $20
    --------
    12

    =20/12

    =$1.67 per wear for the year. It is a simplistic example, you could further argue that the $80 is cheaper by comparing how many years of wear you got out of it vs. the $20 dress (conversely you could argue that the $20 dress is machine washable vs. the $80 one which must be drycleaned). But CPW is one factor by which you can see that having fewer, more expensive items that you wear more often, can be cheaper.

    Am I jumping the drugstore cosmetics ship, crossing over into department store land? Nope...an expensive lipstick that you hardly ever wear, is more expensive than a cheap lipstick that you hardly ever wear. I am looking to reduce the number of lipsticks/glosses that I own, because I am looking to reduce the Cost Per Wear of what I do have.

    Now, why doesn't CPW bother me as much re my powder eyeshadows? It's because they don't go bad so quickly. A lipstick has a relatively limited lifespan; if you don't use it up, you have to toss it. As far as eyeshadow spending goes, I have stopped buying them, I do want to determine what I end up using/repurchasing. I just don't have the same compulsion to narrow the field.

    So far we have:

    Pink red Jane "Cinnamon Stick," Revlon "Dune Rose," Terra Tints "Blaze"
    Red Hemp Organics "Red Zin" and "Paprika"
    Nude Maybelline "Nude Beach," LM "Discretion"
    Pink brown Jane "Loco Cocoa" and "Rosy Outlook"
    Permatone CG Outlast "Dawn-to-Dusk" and "Berry Preserve," possibly MF Lipfinity "Spiritual"
    Gloss MAC Lipglass, "Lust" and/or "Underage"?

    I've put "Hardly Honey" on the toss list. It's not a bad lipstick by any means, yet how often do I wear it? is it essential? I'm going to make a chart to determine CPW of my lippies.

    Item X worn Cost (approx.) CPW
    CG Outlast "Dawn-to-Dusk"   8.00  
    CG Outlast "Berry Preserve"   8.00  
    Hemp Organics "Red Zin"   12.00  
    Jane "Cinnamon Stick"   3.50  
    Jane "Loco Cocoa" 1 3.50 3.50
    Jane "Rosy Outlook"   3.50  
    Revlon "Dune Rose"   8.00  
    Sonia Kashuk Lip Sheer "Angelic" 3 6.00 2.00
    Terra Tints "Blaze"   4.00  

    Note: I'm currently out of "Rosy Outlook."

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    07/25/01

    Wow...my Maybelline MW "Nude Beach" had dried up on me. *sigh* It is sad. It used to be a fantastically moist, long lasting, slightly pinky nude creme. Nothing like it really.

    And I had to pitch LM "Discretion" as well. :( Used to be a sublime nude, but now it's too dry, the color is off as well.

    I feel that at least I've learned one thing--makeup, like kids' clothes, must never be stored away. You cannot hoard makeup, it simply goes bad.

    And I have arrived at my "magic number" for lipsticks/glosses: 7 <= x <= 10.

    This figure is as follows (min):

    • 1 red (Hemp Organics "Red Zin")
    • 1 pink-red shimmer (either Revlon "Dune Rose" or Terra Tints "Blaze")
    • 1 nude (? maybe something else by Maybelline)
    • Jane "Loco Cocoa" and "Rosy Outlook"
    • 1 gloss (MAC Lipglass "Lust"?)
    • 1 Permatone (CG Outlast "Berry Preserve" would do)

    Max:

    • 1 red (Hemp Organics "Red Zin")
    • 1 pink-red shimmer (either Revlon "Dune Rose" or Terra Tints "Blaze")
    • 1 nude (? maybe something else by Maybelline)
    • 1 "job interview lipstick"--this maybe should be expensive
    • Jane "Loco Cocoa" and "Rosy Outlook"
    • 2 glosses (MAC Lipglass "Lust" and something else)
    • 2 Permatones (CG Outlast "Berry Preserve" and "Dawn-to-dusk")

    I'm not even sure about my Hemp Organics "Paprika"! It's quite orange, maybe that's more a redhead's color.

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