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The Lipstick Page Forums Beauty & Fashion Blog: February 2007


Oscars 2007
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, February 26, 2007 9:22 PM (Eastern)

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Update on biotin for thin hair
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, February 25, 2007 3:57 PM (Eastern)

Okay, I've been taking my biotin supplement faithfully for almost six months now.

Definitely, thicker hair. By this I don't mean it's thick--I've had hair on the thinner, flatter side as far back as I can remember--but it's noticeably thicker than it was before.

I still feel it will take a year before I see complete results. My hair doesn't grow quickly; in fact I don't want it to grow quickly, as I'm not growing it out. Rapid growth would mean nothing more to me than more maintenance. Ergo the year: that is how long I'm projecting it'll take before my new hair growth fully shows.

I'm trying 1000 mcg now after taking 2000 mcg for a while. If I don't notice any difference, it's not worth paying for the 2000 mcg dose.

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Cosmetics ennui
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, February 24, 2007 6:52 PM (Eastern)

It's just crossed my mind...as I'm sitting here typing, on this cold, grey, rainy Saturday afternoon...that I've become so unspeakably bored with my cosmetics collection, that I haven't even felt like wearing any of it lately.

It's a fabu-licious collection, mind you; I can't knock a single item. They're very dear cosmetics, and I'm still happy to see them nestled in their drawer. I really don't know what my problem is. I'm trying to put my finger on it I suppose.

I went on a "zen haul" at Longs Drugs fairly recently, just to see what was happening at the drugstore. Not much temptation. The L'Oreal Colour Juice Sticks looked inviting enough, with their fruity scent, but they were $10 a pop. The Milani rack had completely disappeared--don't know if it's coming back or not. Was going to check out the Milani sheer lipsticks I keep reading about, but no dice.


image courtesy milanicosmetics.com

That Longs never did carry NYX--and that was the extent of my d/s queries: the CJ sticks, Milani sheer lippies and NYX. mumbles...

Department-store wise, I'd say I am slightly intrigued by the Urban Decay Ammo eyeshadow palette:


image courtesy urbandecay.com

I'm sorry, but that has to be one of the worst photographs of an eyeshadow palette ever. Still, at $34, you can try 10 different, interesting-looking shadows. You could do a lot worse.

That, and their 24/7 eyepencil in Bourbon, described on the site as "brown w/ teeny gold glitter." How cute is that?

I've been drooling intermittently over getting a full size of Chanel Hydrabase lipstick. The one shade I've tried is Moiré, in lovely sample form (that's not Moiré in the pic, just a stock photo).


image courtesy chanel.com

This is just really good lipstick. Medium coverage: more "there" than your sheer, less maintenance than full coverage. The candied rose scent is a bonus to me; it's addictive, and the formula is nourishing...almost dry on the surface, yet intensely moisturizing, so the whole works stays put and gives you baby soft lips.

Nars eyeshadow duos are always drool-worthy:


image courtesy narscosmetics.com

How about that for mouthwatering? It would take me days to figure out which ones to buy. Although I suspect, somehow, that each duo would work for me.

These are all mainstream brands. I would be curious to try something smaller, too.

Okay I feel better now.

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The search for Strawberry Blonde lipstick look-alikes continues...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, February 18, 2007 12:02 AM (Eastern)

Glossy Lipstick ~ Bougainvillea Alchemy of Colour Nouriche Lipstick

Described on the site as "sheer coral pink." If it looks anything like the online swatch, it's close...and only a buck more than the original.

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The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, February 17, 2007 3:00 PM (Eastern)

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

As much as I'm wary of "scare campaigns," I find this site worthwhile, because it seems less about scaring people and more about doing something about eliminating potentially dangerous ingredients from cosmetics.

Here is a list of companies that have signed their pledge:

SIGNERS OF THE COMPACT FOR GLOBAL PRODUCTION OF SAFE HEALTH & BEAUTY PRODUCTS

I recognized quite a few companies on the list.

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Favorite "high end" beauty products
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, February 16, 2007 8:28 PM (Eastern)

Conversely, some products are worth their higher price tag. The colors, staying power, texture, versatility, sometimes even the shelf life--I've had cheaper lipsticks and eyeshadows turn on me relatively quickly--all of these factors can make a more expensive item into a cheaper item in the long run.

Face

  • Nars the Multiple in Malibu. The ideal blush in convenient stick form. Of course there are other shades, it's just that I find this neutral to slightly warm, bronze-kissed (yet not brown/muddy/dirty) medium rose shade ideal.

    I've observed that the majority of drugstore blushes fade more quickly than their department store counterparts. I'm not willing to touch up blush; time can be money too (plus you get a ginormous stick of color here; I've barely dented mine, considering I use it almost every day).


  • MAC Blot pressed powder. The grail powder for oily skin...I stopped using loose powder altogether after I tried this beauty board gem (although they do make a Blot loose powder, I haven't bothered trying it). Blots oil like a dream, doesn't darken, nor look caked, nor look orange. Not much coverage, but I prefer that since I use a foundation product.


Hair

  • Alba Botanica Honeydew Nourishing Hair Wash. Not majorly expensive, not cheap either (around $9 for 12 ounces). One of the nicest shampoos I've tried in a long time, won't wreck even frequently-washed hair, lathers decently for being a SLS-free product, smells wonderful. There's a Plumeria version of this also that I'll probably try next.


Body

  • Perfumes in general...I have yet to find a lower priced perfume that I like. Of course even higher priced perfumes can fade quickly; I prefer stronger scents. The sole exception here might be Etro Heliotrope, which doesn't last as well as, say, Givenchy perfumes, but it makes up for it in being versatile. I've used Heliotrope as a layer with other perfumes, to stretch them out and add complexity and depth.


Makeup
  • Dior eyeshadows. At $52, these quints ain't cheap. Still, if you wanted a single compact of shadows that would run the gamut from casual to formal, contain five shades at $10.40 each (ounce for ounce, cheaper than MAC), provide divine subtlety and coordination of color (thus removing the "shadow klutz" and "color blind" factors), this is your baby.


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  • Nars eyeshadows. Here you have colors that may appear improbable. Particularly the duos, which add an unexpected combination to the existing improbability of the individual shades. Still, they work. I've had my duos for almost three years now. The quality hasn't changed; they still look terrific.

  • Chanel Hydrabase lipsticks. I'm starting to get into these; they're amazingly complex and intensely moisturizing (while the surface of the lipstick feels almost dry, my lips are very soft after the color wears off). Yes, they have a candied rose scent that may be a love-hate thing (try a sample before buying). But I like it, and I don't always like scented lipsticks.

    Another factor that's become increasingly important to me is--is there a word for it? I'm sick to the gills of limited edition and discontinued makeup. Perhaps the word is "longevity." I've kept an eye on Chanel for some months; they don't discontinue frequently. That's worth an extra $14 for me not having to go through the headache of finding a look-alike (I do use up lipsticks, being a reformed "lipstick ho").

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Favorite "budget" beauty products
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, February 15, 2007 4:26 PM (Eastern)

Call them "low end," "drugstore," "crap"--remember crap? no one calls it crap anymore. I even remember cr*p, as in "cr*p haul"...for those offended by the term "crap"!

Anyhow, I've long espoused being cheap. The more money you can save on your everyday basics, the more money you will have to spend on other things.

Here is my current list:

Face
  • Johnson & Johnson Head to Toe Baby Wash (facial cleanser and brush wash, among other things). This is a beauty board classic and yes, you can still get two ginormous bottles of this at Costco for a reasonable price. Best for normal to oily skin.

  • Heather Loraine jojoba butter...cheap and the perfect moisturizer for my oily/combo, acne prone skin ($15 for a jar that has lasted more than two years).

  • daily multi-vitamin, for acne

  • home-made tinted sunscreen (liquid foundation mixed with sunscreen)


Hair

  • Queen Helene Mint Julep shampoo

  • Nature's Gate Herbal Hair Conditioner (daily)...in the $5 - $6 range, and a little goes a long way.

  • L'Oreal Feria color components at Sally's Beauty Supply or other beauty supply shops

  • L'Oreal Feria deep conditioner at Sally's Beauty Supply or other beauty supply shops

  • biotin supplement...being using this since September of last year, very happy with the results (noticeably less hair fallout)


Body

  • Right Guard XTreme Sport solid deodorant in Cool Peak. It's a men's deodorant, but Cool Peak doesn't smell much one way or the other; it has a soft unisex scent. Lasts forever, works well (in fact might be too strong for sensitive skin), not much in the way of white residue...a "grail" product for me.


Makeup

  • Milani "Golden Bronze" eyeshadow single

  • Neutrogena tinted lip balm in "Sunny"

  • Prestige waterproof automatic eyepencil in "Expresso"

  • Burt's Bees lip balm (yellow tube)

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Love this video...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, February 13, 2007 10:56 PM (Eastern)



From a makeup standpoint: perfection. That's not why I love it of course, it's that lush voice and romantic vibe...I'm just saying.

The above embed doesn't work in my Firefox; try the Youtube one (it's not as crisp as Mojoflix.com though):

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So...are you gonna get something from the MAC Barbie collection?
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 9:40 PM (Eastern)

There's been an enormous amount of hype over this one; in fact I can't think of any other recent MAC collection (or any other line's, for that matter) that has been so abundantly promoted as of late.

One of the lipsticks looks interesting: Modern Ms. Why Modern Ms.? It's a frost, which normally would not catch my eye (MAC "frost" formula lipsticks tend to be very frosty). What does stand out, in some preliminary pics, is that it looks similar to MAC "O" lipstick--without the plum. In short, it appears to be a sort of muted, frosty, dare I say warmish, red--rather than the muted red, plum and bronze of "O," if that makes any sense. Modern Ms. is probably a more wearable version of "O."

Modern Ms. is described on the MAC site as "mid-tone brick red with silver pearl (Frost)." Swatch is below:

image courtesy www.maccosmetics.com

Still, there is that annoying limited edition status of this lipstick. Any real point rushing out to buy it? What if it is that great? Why fall in love with the temporarily attainable?

I think my Strawberry Blonde lipstick is the last of my limited edition expenditures. It's already bugging me that it can't be replaced.

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MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, February 11, 2007 10:26 PM (Eastern)



Reviewed here: MAC Lipstick (Lustre) Strawberry Blonde
Blogged here: Catherine Deneuve thoughts... Why I passed on the rest of the Deneuve collection

I got this from the Catherine Deneuve collection, a year ago. Up until now it hasn't been my "go to lipstick," since I was using up MAC Sophisto. Sophisto is used up now though, so Strawberry Blonde has assumed its place.

And, the thing is, I'm starting to really like it. And it is, or was, limited edition, so once I've used this one up, I can't replace it.

On a philosophical note, I've never been one to stock up on limited edition items. In some cases, it does make sense to do so...I just find it...annoying. If it's that good, why is it limited edition? I usually look around for a look-alike instead.

So far, from tooling around on makeupalley.com, I've gleaned two candidates:

Julie Hewett "Gem Noir" (this appears to be the discovery of cordysmum)
Nars "Niagara" (Satin formula)

Gem Noir looks more promising than Niagara; the latter seems pinker, a pretty shade in its own right rather than a true copycat.

There was a rumor that MAC Legendary Femme lipstick would prove to be a "re-promote" of Strawberry Blonde, but the pics and reviews I've seen indicate that it isn't. Even if it were though, Legendary Femme itself is limited edition.

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R.I.P. Anna Nicole Smith
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, February 09, 2007 12:20 AM (Eastern)



The above pic, I've had on my old site for years now. I did a brief Google Image search today, out of curiosity, and found a slew of...cheesy images. A few nice ones such as this:



...and the classical Anna Nicole Smith icons, such as this:



I have mixed feelings about Smith. Of course she was beautiful, in the purest sense of the term: she was naturally beautiful. Yes she arose from humble beginnings; yes, she was a fellow Southerner. She actually did what the girls used to joke about doing: married a fantastically rich, fantastically old guy with one foot in the grave.

On the other hand, I don't find it too hard to believe the likelihood that she was also a drug addict, albeit the world's most gorgeous one. The current "Internet rumor" has it that her baby daughter was "born full of meth." Did the person posting said rumor care how true it was, or wasn't? Smith attracted no shortage of venom in her life, not unlike her predecessor Marilyn Monroe, perhaps for her dual American sins of sheer physical beauty paired with an unmoneyed background.

Anyhow, Smith is gone from us now. I see that one of the men claiming to be the father of her daughter has already put in a court order to sample Smith's DNA even before releasing her body to her family. Or at least that's what I got out of a quick Google News search. That is the depressing side of it all. It would have been nice to hear a word or two of regret, instead of that.

The most touching words about Smith that I've seen all day are from, not family or friends, but PETA:

Statement From PETA on Anna Nicole Smith's Death

Anna Nicole Smith, RIP


image courtesy peta.org

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Time for a new lipstick?
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, February 01, 2007 11:50 PM (Eastern)

I've been thinking about it for a while...it just may be time for me to get a new lipstick.

Now, mind you, I have been a cosmeti-holic since 1998, back when I discovered the Internet (yeah, I didn't bother with it until I needed to create a website for an assignment). Back then, there were only four beauty forums in existence: Beauty Buzz, The Lipstick Page, Makeup Alley, and Faceonline. (The exact dates for the last two escape me but BB and LP were both up and running in '98.)

I have owned many a lipstick. And got sick of it all at one point. I just got...tired. I wanted to settle down with a really nice lipstick or two. And I have been doing just that, for the past couple of years...owning only a few lipsticks at a time, using them up one by one.

Lessee...I have used up MAC Jubilee, Viva Glam V, Sophisto. In my current stash I have MAC Strawberry Blonde and Spice It Up, and Clinique Apple Brandy Butter Shine.

I hate to sound utterly anti-MAC (as you will note, it was the MAC lipsticks that I used up), but my reasonably new-ish Strawberry Blonde has begun to taste and smell a bit waxy. It's disappointing; perhaps there is truth after all in MAC cosmetics not being the same quality as before. I have dented it but not substantially.

The Apple Brandy is a nice lipstick but I've found it slightly less moisturizing than the MAC Lustres. I should say it is moisturizing, it just wears off more quickly than the Lustres.

Spice It Up was always somewhat more color than I usually wear. A bit too deep (I don't wear dramatic lipsticks so your mileage will vary).

So! I have been contemplating this new lipstick.

The obvious solution is Chanel Moiré Hydrabase lipstick. I've tried this in sample form; it's fantastic. Complex...brick red base, with plum, rose, bit o' brown, twist of fuchsia shimmer, like real moiré cloth. Moisturizing...after this wore off, my lips felt velvety soft, even though the surface of the lipstick felt almost dry. Fragrant...okay, some love this intense candied rose scent, others retch...I like it. Most interesting, its medium coverage. Neither sheer (which even I'm getting tired of), nor full coverage, which I find makes me look silly.

The price tag doesn't bother me, whatsoever. How many lipsticks do I buy these days? I've listed them. I expect to make a commitment. It has to be good.

The only fly in this idyllic ointment is Nars. I've been promising myself for years to try a Nars lipstick. The price is comparable, the beauty board buzz, likewise...the diehard beauty junkies have given this brand their loyalty. I have no doubt I'll like it.

Anyhow it's not an impulsive decision for me. I'd like to get more use out of my Strawberry Blonde, for one thing.

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