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The Lipstick Page Forums Beauty & Fashion Blog: January 2007


Update on 2007 New Year's resolution
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, January 31, 2007 3:08 PM (Eastern)

Well folks, it's the end of January. Have you stuck with your New Year's resolution?

I actually do make New Year's resolutions, and I tend to make them specific rather than vague. This year...after running out of vitamins, or forgetting to take them, putting off getting new contact lenses, letting my hair grow two-inch roots, and stressing over things that never got better with stress...I decided to take better care of myself.

So far I've been doing it. I finally researched the Net all day one day, and found a place to buy my vitamins...a year's worth of my multi-vitamin, and a lot of my biotin supplement (not sure yet what a year's worth of that would be, since other people in my family take it as well)...at a substantial discount. By substantial I mean, a six-month supply of the multi-vitamin cost less than a three-month supply at my local b & m store. The biotin was about half the cost too.

And I have been remembering to take them.

I got new contact lenses. I did my hair. As far as stress...how to put it. It finally occurred to me that many, if not most, of my personal idols...Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Joe Strummer, Kurt Cobain, Michael Hutchence...died young. I don't want to die young.

I still need to get a haircut. That's about it for my current list of things to do re the New Year's resolution.

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Natural makeup tutorial from...Youtube
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, January 30, 2007 10:35 PM (Eastern)



Again it's shades that work with Asian coloring...I know that sounds generic...but it's a question that's often asked.

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Reduce cellulite?
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, January 22, 2007 11:51 PM (Eastern)

You know what's odd? I read on another board that if you stop drinking carbonated drinks, such as soda pop, you can reduce your cellulite.

It sounded half cracked but the thing is this. I hardly ever drink soda, and I don't have much cellulite. Maybe there's something to it. It can't hurt to try it out.

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Cool perfume post plus cool comments
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, January 20, 2007 10:18 PM (Eastern)

Here is the post: Do You Blend Perfume?

And the comments (91 as of today)

I do blend. Why not blend?

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Another makeup tutorial from Youtube...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 6:01 PM (Eastern)



I like this one because it features a black model, so it includes shades that would work with darker skin. It's a "touch up" video so it's color, not foundation, cosmetics.

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Holy Grail beauty products, 2004-2007
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, January 19, 2007 9:25 PM (Eastern)

Semi-annual Holy Grails poll:

January 2007 May 2006 November 2005 August 2005 December 2004 July 2004

I wrote the most recent list without going back and rereading previous Grail products posts.

When I did return to mid 2006, I realized that almost all of the Grails were the same, save for some haircare items (mainly a shift away from sulfates and silicones).

Going back further...same skincare/foundation products since 2004. The color cosmetics have varied over time...have gotten more expensive, and fewer.

What will mid 2007 hold? (Seeing as the January 2007 poll should have run in late 2006.) I don't know. I seem to have refined most of the categories, except for perfumes.

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Okay now this is really interesting...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, January 06, 2007 9:08 PM (Eastern)

In My Kit

Whatever your stance on MAC (see previous post), you can't argue this is a very handy list of good products.

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Hmmm...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, January 04, 2007 12:35 AM (Eastern)

About The MAC Cosmetics and Estee Lauder Co. Boycott
(link removed because the above page was hacked)

I'm a consumer, not a makeup artist...still I found it interesting and read it through.

As anyone who has been exposed to my complaints about MAC over the past two years would know...while going back on our "year in beauty" threads, I realized it has been two years...I've bought very little MAC lately. Not specifically because of the boycott, but for two reasons:

1.) MAC cheesed me off by cranking out so many "collections" of limited edition shades and products. It felt as if there were a new "collection" every two weeks, rather than creating a few, well-thought-out, mostly permanent collections every year.

The fact that the majority of the products were limited edition...what do you do with it? Buy a backup? How about three? What if the shade doesn't work out for you after you've used it more than two weeks? How much money and time do you want tied up in this?

2.) More subtly...I have to think there's something to what this guy is saying. I did notice that the original staff of my local MAC counter disappeared at one point. They were good; friendly, knowledgeable. The people that took over running the counter were not nearly as good, nor as friendly or knowledgeable. At one point, they were also out of basic products (I remember waiting weeks for a single item).

I felt at first it was just that counter, but have since read complaints about MAC counters across several other beauty boards.

I'm not sure about declining quality, because as I say, I haven't been buying much MAC. I'd hate to think if that were so.

MAC, by the way, was my personal introduction to department store makeup. I always bought drugstore makeup before. When I discovered beauty boards back in 1998, I read so much about MAC, how great it was, how it cost only a little bit more than drugstore (and in fact could be cheaper, ounce for ounce)...how they had Back to MAC, how they raised money for AIDS, how they had shades for virtually every skintone, how they had miracle products. MAC was so loved. The brilliant range of colors, the lipsticks (mind you, this was back when most lipsticks were still heavily perfumed--MAC's tasted wonderfully of vanilla), the sheer staying power of the eyeshadows, oh, the whole MAC-ness of it all.

In a way, it's hard for me to admit that things have changed. There are MAC products (Blot pressed powder, Powerpoint eyepencils, Lustre lipsticks) that are still good. But I'll have to concur that MAC is not the same company...literally...that it was before. Whether it will ever return to its former incandescence is not for me to say, but it doesn't feel likely at this point.

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Latest sulfate-free shampoo venture; cheap beauty products in general
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, January 03, 2007 1:57 AM (Eastern)

Thanks to our Carol, I have gotten into this product (drum roll):



Okay, it doesn't look fancy...that little picture resembles exactly how it looks in real life. No colorful packaging, no celeb endorsements, and it costs three dollars and change, for a pint bottle of concentrate that makes a gallon of shampoo (sorry for all the italics; the sheer gravity of this situation is only now beginning to sink in).

I've used it four times now. The first go-round, I tried the "less heavy" mix (one part concentrate to 15 parts water), and didn't care for how watery it came out. The second, I tried the "heavy mix" (one part concentrate to 7 parts water) and loved it. (This mix is like a regular shampoo that's on the thin side; can't see why you couldn't make it slightly thicker if you wanted to.)

It smells pleasant: soft spearmint, softly minty. Even if mint were not your thing, you'd probably like it.

It lathers acceptably (this can be a concern with sulfate-less shampoos), doesn't strip hair, doesn't weigh down...gently cleans. In fact my hair got softer after I'd used it a couple of times. Good for that "winter itchy scalp" thing; good to clarify your regular shampoo.

I got mine at Sallys Beauty Supply, as well.

What still hasn't completely sunk in...how dirt cheap this great product really is. I'm trying to think of similar discoveries, sometimes termed "board lemmings," I have known. The list is short.

  1. Johnson & Johnson Head to Toe Baby Wash as facial cleanser, the ginormous two-bottle set at Costco.

  2. Jojoba butter. I'm still working my way through my 2004 jar of this.

  3. L'Oreal Feria haircolor components, again at Sallys Beauty Supply or other beauty supply shops. Get yourself a big bottle of creme developer, a couple of color liquids to custom-mix, and a big tube of...

  4. L'Oreal Feria Deep Conditioner. Use this over several days after coloring your hair; hair is as soft as it was before coloring.

  5. Nature's Gate Herbal Hair Conditioner. I use a glob the size of a quarter; it's very effective (and no silicones).


On the color cosmetics front, oh, Nars the Multiple qualifies. It costs a bum, sure, but it's a huge stick of color, it's complex, blends easily...I won't add it to the short list until I've had mine longer though.

MAC Powerpoint eyepencils qualify for me; mine have kept well for more than two years, they don't fade easily, they do sharpen easily, the colors are good (albeit not quite as sublime as the Eye Kohls, oh well).

Biotin in my experience is worth taking. Also the various things I've done for my acne.

I suspect this innocuous-looking shampoo may join the pantheon of the Economical and the Great, and become a Board Lemming. If you read about it here though, please bookmark this site. I found out about almost all of the above lemmings from The Lipstick Page.

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2006, the year in beauty, and plans for 2007
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, January 01, 2007 11:34 PM (Eastern)

2006 was, oddly, a good year for me, beauty-wise.

I would say that 2006 was quite possibly the first year I felt "settled"...confident, even...about makeup and beauty products in general. I could go back and see what I was writing in 2005, of course. Oh heck let's just do that.

Eye Makeup for Green Eyes #1

Was I ever that intent on popping the green in my eyes? Who cares really? Okay, I can say that now, because virtually all of my current eye makeup stash works with my eyes. It has simply evolved.

Here's another:

Adult Acne

That's pretty settled too. I take my daily multi-vitamin, I'm on Yasmin birth control, I watch what I eat, I avoid stress as much as possible.

What else was I up to back then?

The perfect lipstick

That's fairly easy, it's got to be Chanel Hydrabase, with some MAC's in the mix. I'm not being fair, of course; there are tons of worthy lipsticks I've yet to try. I'm hard pressed to beat that Hydrabase though...and the next MAC lipstick is free for me. By the time I need a new MAC lipstick, I'll more than likely have the requisite six empty MAC containers to qualify for it.

Hmmm...one more.

The perfect blush

Conclusion: Nars the Multiple in Malibu.

There is a seemingly sudden plethora of sulfate-less shampoos and silicone-free conditioners on the market...another of 2006's concerns resolved. Carol's kind post on the subject added a breathtakingly inexpensive shampoo to my mix. Dain's Nature's Gate discovery added a daily conditioner. Aside from these, my pick for 2006 is Alba Botanica Honeydew Nourishing Hair Wash.

Now, 2007...I'd like to play more with perfumes. I'd like to actually buy that Chanel Moiré Hydrabase lipstick. Someone keeps borrowing my sample of it.

I could do with that MAC "Buried Treasure" Powerpoint eyepencil. Why? I've had my Permaplum Powerpoint for more than two years now. It takes me forever to use up an eyepencil...and it's still nice and soft and silky, it still sharpens without crumbling. My Prestige waterproof automatic has lasted just as well, but it is automatic, and I prefer the kind you have to sharpen (you get a finer point with the latter).

That's about it.


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Asian Smoky Eye Makeup Tutorial from Youtube
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 11:15 PM (Eastern)



Okay, it is about fifteen steps more than I'd ever do myself. :) It's an excellent video though...very clear, step-by-step, all specific products/shades listed. Check it out!


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January 9, 2007 5:18 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Wow, that is a LOT of steps. But unfortunately, that is the way of the smoky eye. It doesn't look good just to slap on a single black shadow. The best look requires meticulous layering...

 
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