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The Lipstick Page Forums Beauty & Fashion Blog: October 2006

A minor ramble and the Youtube MAC Depotting Video
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, October 30, 2006 8:56 PM (Eastern)

When did we stop wearing hats? I don't mean the kind designed specifically to keep your head warm. I mean "your hat," as in "putting on your hat"..."getting your hat and coat."

This quaint notion flitted through my mind today as I was putting on my lipstick to go out. By this I mean stepping outside the house. It's our last vestige of the hat thing.

Reminds me to dust off my hat. I do own one; it's a grey fedora.

In case you missed it, here is the Youtube MAC Depotting Video (embedding disabled by request, but well worth watching):

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November 1, 2006 6:58 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Wahahaha... that video is amazing.

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Random beauty musings
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, October 29, 2006 1:08 AM (Eastern)

Perfume is like a memory in reverse. When you smell it, you don't know you are creating a memory. It's only much later, when you smell it again, do you realize that you even have such a recollection.

I suppose I've become less interested in cosmetics, and more interested in perfumes. Some of it has to be inevitable; you get settled. You have your favorite cosmetics, and these tend to last a very long time. Even if you have the misfortune of having a favorite makeup item discontinued, if you're sharp enough, you'll be able to find something similar...there are only so many colors of makeup.

Once the variables have been reduced to next to nothing...which colors to use, which brands to buy, which application techniques to employ...what then?

Perfumes have far more variables to reduce to begin with. Moreover, I feel the perfume market itself has changed. You no longer have to go to a department store and choose from whatever's there. You now have a next to infinite variety of scents available to you at the click of a mouse.

Ergo, the newer b & m, mainstream scents have become, to my (not particularly acute) nose, not as good as before. They smell flatter to me, less complex; there is less "there" there. It's in direct proportion to the growth of the more obscure perfume houses. Again, next to inevitable.



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Etro Heliotrope
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, October 19, 2006 2:03 PM (Eastern)

Finally, a scent equally beloved by men and women.

Yes, men are...strange. Out of the blue, they will adore a certain scent on you. Typically, this is a scent that you yourself barely noticed, or liked well enough but hardly considered extraordinary. And, so often, it is not your most expensive, nor your most esoteric, perfume. It's just something you spritzed on for the day and basically forgot about.

Etro Heliotrope is one such perfume. I tried it out; it smelled beautifully of soft, not-too-sweet vanilla with a touch of almond and some ethereal floral notes. Nice!

But then I noticed the men in my life seemed to like it too. And that's when it went on my "must own" list.

Moreover, Heliotrope is a scent that grew on me. From its "nice, but not bottle-worthy" beginnings, I came to crave it slightly more each time I wore it.

Here are the notes of Heliotrope, from the Etro site:

Head notes: fresh floral (bergamot, petit grain, almond)
Heart notes: floral (ylang-ylang, rose, jasmine, iris)
Base notes: floriental (tonka bean, vanilla, Tolu balsam, Peru balsam, musk)

The vanilla stands out most on me, but it's blended so nicely with the other notes. Unlike some tonka bean scents, also, the smell of vanilla here is quite pure. It's not "1990's bug spray vanilla" (and I have been disappointed in some such scents), but rather a soft, natural, different sort of vanilla: gourmand, foody, yet not sticky.

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Random beauty ramblings
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, October 12, 2006 1:34 AM (Eastern)

A few updates on sundry topics:

* SLS-less shampoos and conditioner. Been mixing the Jason Vitamin E shampoo with the Kiss My Face Whenever shampoo. It works pretty well that way (I find the former too astringent, the latter too emollient). With this I use the Nature's Gate Herbal daily conditioner.

Overall, pretty happy with this new routine.

* Biotin for hair loss. Crap! The people in this house have taken all my biotin. I must replace it. I've gone a few days without it and have already noticed more hair fall-out (it's not dramatic fall-out, I'm just saying).

I tried the local GNC and felt disappointed. They had 600 mcg and 2500 mcg amounts; nothing in between. I don't feel 2500 mcg would be harmful but why the excess? Why only those amounts? It's nuts.

* Biotin for skin. It's the same a pleasant side effect, my skin has gotten slightly better since taking it. (Smoother, softer, fewer bumps/clogged pores.)

* Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. waves to Arabella I tried this out; I will have to say, were I not already content with my own tinted sunscreen (a small amount of Zia liquid foundation mixed with TerraSport sunscreen SPF 30+), this might well be my grail foundation.

It feels light, not greasy at all, blends well, nice coverage (a bit more coverage imo than the name implies); overall a pleasure to wear. The shade I tried was a tad warm on me, but that was just that shade.

Yes it's $ but it's foundation (and it has SPF to boot). Your foundation products have to work. You can skimp on other stuff.

* Did I say I was going to knock Etro Heliotrope off my "bottle-worthy list"? Somebody better slap me, before I start to rust. :D It's a scent that grows on you.

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Perfume blog link
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, October 05, 2006 1:51 AM (Eastern)

How did I miss this one?

Peppermint Patty's Perfume Posse

If you want irony, it's been on thebroadroom's Women Bloggers list for years.


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Random stash thoughts
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, October 03, 2006 10:59 PM (Eastern)

It's been eight years, literally, since I first discovered Internet beauty boards. I'll have to say that things have changed a lot since those heady days. Or...? It might be more accurate to say I've changed a lot. Perhaps more than the boards have.

I still love the boards. Yes, I feel the content has become more diffuse. There's now a heavy ribbon of...seeding...on some of the boards. I've been around long enough to recognize it as such.

Still, it remains the Internet, and there's still no way to completely control it. It is now what novels used to be: a form of rebellion. Something you (at least figuratively) pull out of your handbag and read on the bus. The secret thrill ever flows; you just have to look harder for it these days.

I'm thinking now of doing a stash-cleaning. I'm pretty shameless as far as that goes. I don't care if I've barely made a dent in the product. If it's old, and I'm not using it, it's gotta go.

I've given perfectly good (albeit old) MAC shadows the heave-ho, right out of their Back-to-MAC-able pots. Perfume turned? Ta ta! Eyepencil hard? Okay, try the JennyB trick first...sharpen the dickens out of the thing...but if it's still hard, it's history, it's Elvis.

And, I would like to procure a couple of new items. I've heard so much about that MAC Buried Treasure Powerpoint. Someone "borrowed" my Chanel Moire lipstick sample; I'd like to buy a full size (it's gorgeous and wearable). I still have eyeshadows up to my eyeballs :D no temptations here...except I'm toying with the notion of the Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick's a neat idea.

Y'see, I've come to fully realize just how lazy I am, beauty-wise. I should have known, back when I started stashing my perfumes where I keep my socks. Socks? you say. What in the beejabbers...? The thing is this. While I'm getting dressed, the perfumes are right there. No need to walk three steps to fetch 'em.

Next...fairly recently...I began to keep my cream blushes in the same place I keep my tinted sunscreen and pressed the bathroom. The bathroom? you snork. Isn't that a big storage no-no? Well yes it is, but if I kept the stuff anyplace else, it would never get used. It has to go on after I've brushed my teeth, and in a place where I can conveniently wash my hands.

Why cream blush? Heh heh...because again, it's less of an extra step if you can apply it after you've put on your foundation product (the tinted sunscreen) and before your powder--both of which I regard as necessary. It's dab, dab, blend, blend, you're done!

Hence...returning to the Shimmerbrick...the notion of a multi-tasking product is attractive to me and potentially to lazybones everywhere.

So, the short list:

1.) MAC Buried Treasure Powerpoint. I suspect Teddy is better, color-wise, but my Powerpoints get more rotation than my Eye Kohls. (No touch-ups = lazy = more rotation.)

2.) A Shimmerbrick? Dare I? I'll have to research it. There are several 'bricks to choose from.

3.) Chanel Moire lipstick. Those Hydrabases rock.

That's it for now.

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Some very old ramblings...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, October 01, 2006 10:39 PM (Eastern)

Ramblings: Diary of a Mad Drugstore Cosmetics Junkie

rotfl! I still have the Sonia Kashuk brush set btw, although it is the SK "large" eyeshadow brush that I use every day (it didn't come with the set; I bought it later on).

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