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The Lipstick Page Forums Beauty & Fashion Blog: February 2006

Drugstore classics, part 2
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, February 23, 2006 1:05 AM (Eastern)

Here are some items that I've tried in the past...some I will repurchase at some point (such as Sonia Kashuk "Starlight" eyeshadow), some have outlived their usefulness to me (Clean 'n' Clear blotting tissues--a fine product, but I don't need them here and now).
  • Sonia Kashuk "Starlight" eyeshadow single. A high-end-quality d/s shadow, wearable ivory shimmered with a little gold.

    Sonia Kashuk "Whisper" eyeshadow single, if they still make it. Not quite as sublime as Starlight imo, but a perfectly respectable, off white matte, base shade.

  • Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick. Now that Revlon has...finally...made these unscented/unflavored...they're well worth looking into. Frankly I wore them back when they were still stinky :) Some of the colors are good.

    I have owned Dune's a rose-red, a bit muted, a bit shimmery. Somehow reminiscent of an actual rose. It's a lot of color as the Super Lustrous tend to be.

    Blackberry...this is red actually, a respectable cool-toned red.

    Some I haven't tried but have seen good reviews for...Slate, Rose Velvet, Fleshtone.

  • Revlon Super Lustrous lip glosses. I don't do gloss generally and I haven't tried them, but they have gotten consistently good board reviews.

  • Neutrogena MoistureShine lip glosses. Likewise, never tried, have seen overall good reviews.

  • Wet 'n' Wild #666 lip pencil. I remember when there was a great hue and cry over this, because Wet 'n' Wild changed the formula of it, years ago. Apparently the old #666 was softer in texture than the new. Still it remains a beauty board classic.

  • Bonne Bell Dr. Pepper LipSmacker. Thought these were just for kids? This classic muted deep red 'Smacker still appears on the most sophisticated Face of The Day posts.

  • Cover Girl Fresh Look pressed powder. I've never tried this, having discovered another beauty board classic, MAC Blot pressed powder, first...and I have the impression that Blot is still worth the (much) higher price tag if you have oily skin.

    That said, if you don't, you might well give this a try.

  • Milani Luminous blush. Luminous is the shade name; it's a powder blush single. The famous look-alike to Nars Orgasm blush. (I haven't tried either ftr.)

  • Coty Vanilla Fields perfume. I swatched's not "me" (few perfumes are, drugstore or high end). It smelled pretty darn good. One of the few inexpensive scents with a good reputation.

  • Clean 'n' Clear blotting tissues. If you have skin that tends toward the oily or shiny, do try these. These funny little pieces of blue "rubber" blot oil extremely well, without adding another layer of makeup.

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Drugstore classics
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, February 21, 2006 2:58 PM (Eastern)

It's interesting...having participated on beauty boards over the past seven and a half years...I've become more observant. Cosmetic shopping was a singular experience before there was an Internet. You bought something; either it worked fantastically or, more likely, it was a disappointment. And that was that.

I waver between wanting to spend more on less, and sheer curiosity--wondering how that intriguing-looking drugstore makeup item really performs. Because over the years, there have been drugstore products that have performed as well as, and sometimes better than, their more expensive department store counterparts.

Over the long run, I have tended to use my department store items more often, to remain more loyal to them...yet there remain those odd better-priced items that dwell happily in my stash.

Here's a short list of what I have that qualifies as drugstore. I'll follow up this post with more drugstore classics that aren't currently in my stash.
  • Sonia Kashuk makeup brushes. They don't have a brush for every need, however it's hard to beat their $5 blush brush. I also use their large and medium eyeshadow brushes (no idea anymore of the price, it's comparable to the blush brush though).

    No shedding or splaying, and I've had them for years and washed them many times.

  • Milani Golden Bronze and Moonlight eyeshadow singles. Of course there are many Milani shadows to choose from, and their low price makes it almost necessary to try a few and see what sticks.

    Golden Bronze is not really golden nor bronze. It's a sort of cool goldish neutral shimmer. Moonlight fades within the hour if I apply it on bare lids, so I anchor it down with a longer-lasting neutral eyeshadow (MAC Brule). It's white with an interesting blue sheen.

  • Prestige Waterproof Automatic eyeliner pencil in Expresso. I can confess I found the regular eyepencils, the kind you sharpen, disappointing...for me, the pencil must glide on without effort. But the automatic ones...I've owned Expresso for a year and a half. It's still smooth and creamy and wears slightly better than MAC Powerpoint pencils.

  • Neutrogena MoistureShine tinted lip balm in Sunny. I own this in Warm, too, but somehow Warm does not translate as well into an all-around lipstick; Warm seems better in summer, on the beach.

    Sunny is similar in color to MAC Jubilee Lustre lipstick...a "your lips but better" color, slightly warm in tone. The staying power isn't as good as MAC but then it's half the price.

  • Pantene Sheer Volume shampoo. Costco sells this in ginormous Costco-sized bottles; it's a pretty good shampoo imo. It doesn't volumize in my experience, but it is a surprisingly mild shampoo (I have a naturally oily scalp and dry bleached ends).

  • Pantene Smooth and Sleek daily conditioner. I'm super picky as far as daily conditioners, if only because so few of them seem to work. The majority tend to either build up/freak my scalp out, or else fail utterly to detangle.

    Smooth and Sleek is as good as the uber-obscure Smash the Finisher daily conditioner I used to use (and dumped; too hard to find b & m wise).

  • L'Oreal Feria hair color components and Feria deep conditioner, sold at Sallys Beauty Supply. This is not quite "drugstore" yet it's cheaper than buying the kits at a drugstore, hence the mention.

    Sallys sells a separate large-sized Feria creme developer, plus individual color liquids. Takes a bit of practice to decide what you want to throw into the mix...but for veterans of mixing two or more kit colors together, that shouldn't be a biggie.

    The Feria deep conditioner comes in a separate large tube. I tend to use it right after I color, and it's as if I never just colored the heck out of my hair.

  • Johnson & Johnson Head to Toe Baby Wash. This was a board lemming way back when. I still use it though. Why not? It works.

    Costco likewise sells Costo-sized double packs of this.

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Why I passed on the rest of the Deneuve collection
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, February 18, 2006 8:29 PM (Eastern)

It's nothing personal, whatever. I adore Deneuve. The Bourbon lipstick would have been good on me...and the two shadow quads. I still jump for joy when it's "Strawberry Blonde" time.

I'm a makeup junkie, but I find this rather new MAC phenomenon, of cranking out a new, limited-edition, color collection seemingly every two weeks, to be profoundly annoying. It's worse than drugstore makeup (not the makeup one way or the other; the idea of cranking out/discontinuing makeup in one fell swoop). What's up with that?

The split second I bought my treasured Stawberry Blonde, took her home and wore her a few times...I revisited the MAC site and discovered already a brand new collection there, instead of that cool Deneuve visage. Crap! Good thing I saved out a couple pics.

I hope the other manufacturers do not follow suit on this. Nars, for example...I look forward to the new collection, whatever it turns out to be. Always a few, distinct, well-thought-out items. Not bang, bang, bang.

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How I wear Nars Ireland eyeshadow duo
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, February 17, 2006 3:31 PM (Eastern)

rotfl! I surfed around a bit today and saw that Nars Ireland has drawn some rants on the Net. It's usually the green shade that people don't seem to like. Now I'm not going to say that everyone is going to like it, or that it's the best green shade for ya...on the board, JennyB and Arabella have noted that MAC Surreal might well suit you better, particularly if you're green-eyed with cooler coloring. But FTR, here is how I wear Nars Ireland:

First I put down a thin layer of my trusty MAC Blot powder on my lids (I do this every day anyway when I'm putting on my powder).

Then I take the green shade and put a thin layer of that on lids only. Here I go for a sheer layer of green. Start with a small amount and add more only if needed. I start with the outer portion of the lid and work my way inward so that most of the color is on the outer third.

Then I take the grey shade...that's if I don't just wear the green as is...and use my MAC #224 brush (or whatever brush you use for your crease work) and dabble a bit of the grey in my outer crease and blend.

With this I usually use a deep grey liner (MAC Grey Utility Powerpoint). Then I take the discontinued (grumbles) MAC Heirloom Eye Kohl and draw a line right above the Grey Utility. Heirloom adds an elusive opalescent sparkle to this look (and goes with other green, grey or blue shadows).

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May 10, 2006 4:32 AM, Blogger Bunbury said...

Hi! Great blog!

How insightful, to think I only used to just smear the whole pot on my eye lid.

I love the colours of Napolean's loose powder eye shadow pots. Would you apply them the same way?

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How to choose a lipstick shade
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, February 08, 2006 8:46 PM (Eastern)

I started writing a user tip for this, for eHow. I happen to like eHow.

Unlike eyeshadow colors though...where you simply deduce whether you tend toward the "warm" or the "cool," then find a set of eye makeup colors that both work with your overall coloring and complement your eye color...lipstick shades seem to have an emotional factor that goes beyond simple coloring.

I challenge you to find two women anywhere in the world who possess identical lipstick collections. Okay that probably means nothing :) but the emotional factor in lipstick choice eludes definition. Perhaps it is similar to the emotional, memory-laden factors in perfume selection. Many perfumes can make you smell good; very few mean more than just smelling good. So it is with lipstick.

I went for about a year, I think, of using, largely, a single lipstick. I felt this would distill what I really wanted in a lipstick. I know it may sound meaningless, but women spend billions (with a "b") of dollars on beauty products...everyone knows that. It is a billion-dollar industry, right up there with software and arms. So, shrugs if I'm going to spend money, I'd like to find a way of getting my money's worth.

One lipstick doesn't work. At least for me. Two is not enough either. It's a nice thought but women assume far too many "roles" these days...and, unlike in the past, "role" no longer means only "unpaid job." At least one of your lipsticks has to be competent in a paying work setting.

So...back to the color selection process. At least one of your lipsticks has to be relatively neutral.

For me, it is MAC "Sophisto" Lustre lipstick. It's not a true neutral in the traditional pink-brown sense, but it's enough color so that your lips don't look uncolored. It doesn't transfer much and doesn't bleed, at least on me.

Sophisto is a sort of rosy, sheer, berry color. It has a little shimmer in it but doesn't look frosty. I'll guess it'll work across a fairly wide range of colorings as--unlike most berry-toned lipsticks--Sophisto is not that "cool." I can wear it.

Sophisto was a Lipstick Page Forums board lemming--just thought I'd mention it. I think Audrey was the first to discover it.

After you've found your work lipstick--you can then concentrate on finding your "fun" lipstick shades.

This year I decided to go ahead and branch out of my one-lippy-clapping habit. I wanted to get some red lipsticks...sheer warm reds. Why sheer? I've owned several full-coverage red lipsticks--some good ones too--but ended up never wearing them. Full coverage red lipstick requires the right personality, and the rest of the makeup has to match. Hence: for me, sheer.

Why warm? Well that's fairly easy to ascertain. Cool reds look harsh on me. A red has to be quite warm to turn orangey on me.

Why red? What's not to like? I like red lipstick. Just wanted to find a few that I'd actually wear.

I went with two board recs: MAC Spice It Up Lustre lipstick and Clinique Apple Brandy Butter Shine lipstick.

Of the two, I've worn the Apple Brandy more. It's less "color" than Spice It Up. Apple Brandy is only slightly more red than it is muted pink. It's almost neutral but with that nice shot of red.

Spice It Up is more color. It's a deep warm red, again it is sheer (but not super sheer).

Finally, my newest cough lemming, the Catherine Deneuve "Strawberry Blonde" Lustre lipstick. Although this is a limited edition lipstick, I resisted the urge to stock up. It will take me at least a year to use up this lipstick; probably longer. It took me roughly a year and a half to use up a lipstick when I owned only two, and used mainly one. Now I have four in rotation.

Here is my first pic of Strawberry Blonde. I will take some more of it, "on," later on (keep an eye on the Image Library).

Strawberry Blonde, so far, is my secret favorite of the four. It's not that it necessarily looks the best, nor is it the most versatile. It's a limited edition so it's not even the most readily available. It just has that "it" factor. Something about's a deep sheer coral pink, if that makes sense. It looks retro, like something in a movie circa, I don't know, 1962? It smacks to me of when sex hit the big screen in full luscious color. In reality, it is sheer, it is not quite 1962. But that breath of sexual discovery is there. It's slightly bright, slightly...almost orange in tone. And--most lipstick names have no relevance to the lipstick--but this looks great with strawberry blonde hair.

So--after all this blah blah, I had to ditch the thought of penning a simple user tip on choosing lipstick shades. It's taken me years to get four lipsticks--with only one doomed to be discontinued, at least for the nonce--that I feel happy with.

And, I'm not even done. I'll update this six months from now and see if all four still make the cut.


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Catherine Deneuve thoughts...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, February 04, 2006 10:17 PM (Eastern)

I should preface this by saying that, in the main, my "lemming" days are past.

What is a lemming? It's a sort of small rat-like creature that, at least according to myth, follows all the other lemmings, even unto jumping off a cliff.

A beauty board lemming is something a bit similar. It's a beauty product that somehow, some way, suddenly everyone on the beauty board has to own.

It's not that simple to create a board lemming these days. Or, it shouldn't be. Internet beauty boards have been in existence circa 1995 - 1996 (when the original Lipstick Page beauty website was created). I started posting on The Lipstick Page in 1998, September or October. At the time it was a revelation. Prior to the non-commercial beauty forum, all information regarding beauty products originated from...the beauty product manufacturers themselves.

In short, before then, every product was a lemming. Everything was great. Everything was to die for. Everything you had to have. Everything would make you look like [fill in your favorite model/actress here]. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

The beauty board revelation period lasted until circa 2002 - 2003 and that is when the newness of Internet forums wore off. That is when, to the best of my observation, many of the beauty mavens left. I still see some of them around on various boards. A fairly recent trend has been for them to set up their own Blogger or LiveJournal communities. (The blog you're reading falls somewhat into such; we have kept up the forums though.)

Oh, where was I. Oh yeah, the lemmings...the lemmings are, or should be, pretty gone. As much as we on The Lipstick Page Forums keep the spam off, so should the buyer beware as to where the information she got from a "beauty forum" came from.

Catherine Deneuve, though.

Is it possible to resist this collection? I have a "dupe" (duplicate or copy) of Deneuve's perfume, titled aptly "Deneuve." The replica is by Ava Luxe. It is...a fantastic perfume. I'm fuddled as to why Deneuve does not re-release it.

So check out that picture. No doubt, it's the "Thunder Eyes" quad...or "Laze Eyes"...whatever...

Is she gorgeous? Yes, she is gorgeous. She is toe-curlingly, girl-crushingly gorgeous. sigh It gives one the feeling of something unique. Something that shall never exist again, something so stunning it can appear only once (oh yeah, and there's the makeup too).

Here is my current lemming. It's not that I need it. G*d knows I have enough eyeshadows. I could pass on the shadows, but then there are lipsticks. Four LE (limited edition) lipsticks, two of which are my favorite MAC formula, the Lustre lipstick. grumbles

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February 9, 2006 1:37 PM, Blogger Dain said...

O! France feels the same way. They actually call her "La France". Only France would revere as their patron goddess a woman who is in her 60s, smokes like a chimney, drinks like a fish, but wears YSL to kill.

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