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Feeling hot, hot, hot...

Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, July 23, 2006 11:15 PM (Eastern)

Well okay that is an exaggeration. I'm in the Midwest right now, and it's not nearly as hot as the South gets to be. Since I'm from the South, I can concede the heat is not that much.

Moreover, the sun isn't as scorching as it is in California, where I've lived over the past twenty years or so. I slacked off today and didn't wear sunscreen, aside from what I normally wear on my face (yes, I always use sunscreen on my face). In California you would be talking a sunburn for the next week. As it stands, I got slightly hit on the shoulders and on the top of my head. Probably should have worn a hat.

Still, the experience does make me review my current beauty routine. It's surprising to me how many of my products have held up well in the heat and humidity. I'll guess it's because staying power has always been crucial to me in a product. I loathe touch-ups (except for lipstick since it's to be expected); therefore I have always gravitated toward the product that has migrated or faded the least. I'll pay more, I will abide a more limited color selection (MAC Powerpoint over Eye Kohl), just don't ask me to keep checking my makeup in a mirror!

So far, my usual base face--tinted sunscreen (TerraSport SPF 30+ and Zia liquid foundation in Mica) and MAC Blot powder--has worn pretty well. I had to blot a little with a tissue and put on more Blot, once.

My eye pencils...MAC Permaplum Powerpoint and Prestige Expresso automatic waterproof...have stayed put all day.

Today I did shadow (and frankly, if it gets hot and humid enough I don't do shadow, why bother): Christian Dior Beige Massaï eyeshadow quint. I didn't do an elaborate design, where shadows travelling would show. Rather I opted for a simple wash of the orange sherbet shade, a light outer crease of the medium nut brown shade, and the Prestige Expresso to line. This held up through a day at the zoo (I mean literally, a day at the zoo) and a nap. lol

Blush...Nars The Multiple in Malibu. Lipstick...well okay, that's something that has to last only reasonably well (as in, touch up after eating): MAC Strawberry Blonde. Curse MAC for making this a limited edition shade (it was from the Catherine Deneuve collection, which fact alone should have made it permanent).

My Avalon Organics Lemon Clarifying shampoo is still working, but barely. I could use something more astringent in this weather; it wouldn't strip given the climate. And I've halved my usual Pantene Smooth & Sleek daily conditioner. I could replace even that with something a tad lighter.

Armani Code perfume is struggling along. You need something strong in high heat and humidity; do not listen to anyone who says otherwise. (I'm from the South, remember? Most perfumes fade within minutes of having been applied once the humidity sets in.) My GF Ferre Lei/Her perfume would have been a better candidate, but still not ideal. I don't live in this type of weather enough to have found a suitable scent for it. So I have nothing to say about that here.

Enjoy your summer while it lasts. Wear your shorts and tank tops, eat your barbecue and watermelon. Just wear good makeup; choose your products carefully, and don't forget that hat!

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Colleen Shirazi continues to blog here: Life of Colleen
2 comment(s)
July 24, 2006 8:23 PM, Blogger Dain said...

wee! I am glad to see that you have tried Dior shadows. They are superluxe, no? Really, the best on the market (the older ones, in the square, brighter blue packaging are even nicer), though you can't beat NARS for ingenuity. If you're worried about the cost, though, is the place to go... you can find these quints for half, if not a third, of the original price.

July 24, 2006 9:00 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Yep! It was part of a RAOK that was very kind :)

What's great imo is that the colors are very soft. Yet they do last. This quint, Beige Massaï, I think works best with green eyes and warmer coloring. The shades have a definite warmth. It's the red factor...the soft orange sherbet shade, the punchy terracotta shade...that makes it work with green. Those two shades don't look that great together; they're better off paired with one of the more neutral shades in the quint...the soft medium nut brown (warm, not red), the soft ivory shade (likewise)... I haven't used the deepest shade much. It's not dark enough to line with, and I prefer the medium brown as a crease color. I suppose I'm just being lazy. It might look nice as a more dramatic crease.

I don't ebay :) But sometime I would like to try your mauve quint. drools


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