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The Lipstick Page Forums Beauty & Fashion Blog: April 2007


Update on 2007 New Year's resolution
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, April 29, 2007 2:24 PM (Eastern)

Previous update -> Update on 2007 New Year's resolution

I've pretty much narrowed this down to two things: remembering to take my vitamins and getting my hair done.

The beef with the vitamins...I usually dislike eating in the morning, and I can't take vitamins on an empty stomach. The morning is the best time to do anything routine, because, later on, you'll forget. So I've been trying to eat in the morning.

Doing my hair now...it's easy to do it when the weather is hot. It's been protractedly cold around here, to the point I've contemplated having darker hair in the winter.

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May 1, 2007 10:26 PM, Blogger Amy said...

I made some beauty resolutions last year, too! I need to make some mid-year resolutions, though - everytime I get super busy I slack off on important things like pedicures and haircuts.

 
May 11, 2007 12:49 AM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Hi Amy,

That is a nice site you have there. I'm from Norfolk but I used to go to Richmond all the time...it's a beautiful city. Have never thought of creating fragrances around a city but Richmond would be one of the better choices for that. :)

 
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Finally, Nars Summer 2007 has been sighted, Net-wise...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, April 25, 2007 3:18 AM (Eastern)

Coquette
Nars
Summer 2007


It's been amazingly difficult finding actual photographs of this collection online. Given that it's new and hasn't hit all the stores, yadda yadda...still it's a bit of a mystery.

Sexual Healing lipstick stays on my wishlist.

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Some interesting videos...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, April 16, 2007 8:22 AM (Eastern)

Maiko or geisha putting on face make-up in Kyoto



This is quite long for a Youtube video, but for a makeup junkie, it's well worth watching through. I never do my makeup that way :); the artifice here has been honed into art.

Lily Allen, "Smile"



Debated whether to post the funny MTV style one, or one of the (imo better) live videos. But, the comedy here is pretty fine, so I went with this one.

Now, cosmetiholics--what do these two videos have in common? I kid you not: it's pink eyeshadow. grins

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Ever bought a beauty product purely for its shade name?
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, April 13, 2007 12:28 AM (Eastern)

nars sexual healing lipstick

This isn't even out yet; not even on the Sephora site. The name is just so eye-catching, otherwise...it would appear to be a frosted pink lipstick (even though the Nars site images seldom match the actual products). Not a shade I'd gravitate toward.

Still...who's to say? The MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick I've deemed a Grail was not a shade I'd be drawn toward, either, when I bought it. The Catherine Deneuve name was what caught my eye, made me try it out. For about a year I didn't wear it much at all, then I fell in love with it.

I almost bought Sexual Healing sight unseen then realized that would be ridiculous, given I can just drive less than half an hour, when it does hit the stores, and see it for myself.

I've already decided Nars is my next lipstick purchase, one way or another.

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Yay! Email notification service works...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, April 12, 2007 2:50 AM (Eastern)

feedburner email notification

I tried this out...it's supposed to deliver one email per day, on days this blog is updated. I have it scheduled to deliver between 9:00 and 11:00 PM Pacific time and sure enough, my test email arrived tonight at the right time.

If you read this blog regularly, you might consider signing up. Actually there's next to nothing to sign. You enter your email address in the little form on the right-hand sidebar as follows:

feedburner email notification

You will get a confirmation email with a link to click; that's it. You should be able to unsubscribe at any time.

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Shampoo vs. conditioner
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, April 11, 2007 12:30 PM (Eastern)

Nature's Gate Herbal daily conditionerA post on a beauty board got me to thinking. I've been a shampoo 'ho for years...even when I find a nice one, such as Alba Hawaiian Plumeria or Honeydew shampoo, or Avalon Organics Lemon clarifying, my eye invariably wanders, toward the end of the bottle.

But when it comes to hair conditioners, I'm suddenly next to being a nun. Conditioners are harder to find than shampoos. Or I should say, products that remain on your hair or skin are more important than those that merely wash and then leave.

I've been going with Nature's Gate Herbal hair conditioner a little over six months now. It's a bit tricky to use, in that only the scantest dab works. Too much feels like water but turns my hair greasy.

Before that I used Pantene Smooth & Sleek, Neutrogena Clean Volume, Infusium 23 daily (not the leave-in), Smash the Finisher (that goes back a ways--scroll down). That's about it, over the past nine years or so.

Will I remain with Nature's Gate? It does work. I color my hair (permanent), so it has to address dry ends. Yet my scalp is naturally oily, so it can't goop too much. I have no patience for comb-outs; won't do anything special with my hair, beyond using Feria deep conditioner over the several days after I color.

It worked even when I went on vacation to a tropical place (i.e. you wash your hair twice per day). No tangling, easy comb-out, no weigh-down, economical (and cheap), reasonably easy to find at a b & m store, no silicones even...see? I've already convinced myself to stay with it.

It's strongly scented; sniff the bottle before buying.

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MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick, saga continues...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 1:26 AM (Eastern)

MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick

Actually I'm trying out our new "get email notification whenever this blog is updated" feature. So far I haven't gotten an update (just put it up a few hours ago though).

This pic doesn't quite do the lipstick justice...it's a bit warmer than it is in the pic, which is its charm: the coral tone. My skin certainly isn't as cool-toned as it looks in the pic. So imagine everything one notch warmer.

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Scarlett Johansson
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, April 10, 2007 1:13 AM (Eastern)






I've already decided this is my favorite contemporary actress.

Why Scarlett, oh there is such an ephemeral nature to Hollywood these days. There is always a young new "it" girl, who lasts a maximum of three movies, then vanishes. It's depressing, not unlike those limited edition cosmetics I keep griping about. Once you find something beautiful, you like to have it around for a while.

But...as much as people mumble "photoshopping," "makeup," even "under the knife" whenever Scarlett's name rolls around, I don't care. She has an essence that transcends makeup, or photoshopping, or whatever minor nose work she had done. It's undeniable.

Her acting chops are still a bit rough, but again, we are speaking of a film actor. If film actors need not emote to the same degree as stage actors, they have to work with two dimensions not three. They have to create the third dimension all by themselves.

I saw Girl with a Pearl Earring the other night; it is one of those consummate films for beauty buffs. Not because of the makeup by any means. It's the lack of obvious makeup that makes the scenes stand out, in this jaded world we live in now.

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Nars Summer 2007, brief commentary
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, April 09, 2007 5:43 PM (Eastern)

 


Okay I just posted this on the New Releases Blog for posterity, but I'd like to add some comments here.

The cream shadows are out for me. I don't do cream shadows. To be fair, I don't do eyeshadow base/primer either. I rather believe these would fly with the base, possibly without it, but eh...I'll wait for powder shadows.

The body glow set...let's leave that to the "yutes."

Vinny Gambini: It is possible that the two yutes...
Judge Chamberlain Haller: ...Ah, the two what? Uh... uh, what was that word?
Vinny Gambini: Uh... what word?
Judge Chamberlain Haller: Two what?
Vinny Gambini: What?
Judge Chamberlain Haller: Uh... did you say 'yutes'?
Vinny Gambini: Yeah, two yutes.
Judge Chamberlain Haller: What is a yute?
[beat]
Vinny Gambini: Oh, excuse me, your honor...
[exaggerated]
Vinny Gambini: Two YOUTHS.


Young people can dig body glow. They're entitled to it, but I'll pass.

Gloss...this would appear to be the ideal sexy summer "look at my lips, they're perfect" gloss, but I'm not heavily into gloss for the laziness factor...hate to touch up.

Now the lipsticks...they're both sheer. Not sheer for the sake of sheer...because Nars doesn't seem to be stuck in a sheer lipstick rut...these would be special sheers. Here is my weakness.

all images courtesy www.narscosmetics.com

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This is pretty cool...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, April 08, 2007 2:16 AM (Eastern)

KimberlyKnits' Purls Of Wisdom

It's not a knitting blog, at least from what I read. What's relevant to this blog is her "The Hunt For The Perfect Lipstick" series of posts. She has a mixed bag up, from Paula Dorf to Playboy Beauty to Anna Sui to Wild & Crazy, all thoughtfully reviewed.

On a side note, the perfect lipstick can be one of Earth's most elusive creatures...also the reason why discontinuing said perfect lipstick can produce trauma. It's not "merely" finding the ideal color, no, no, no...the texture must also be perfect, as well as the scent and flavor, the staying power, the smear factor, the moisture factor, the price and availability, the packaging, how long the lipstick keeps, et cetera.

Kimberly M. even details the shape of the top of the bullet, which is impressive...it's a factor, but often overlooked in lipstick reviews.

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Five Minute Face
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, April 04, 2007 11:25 PM (Eastern)

Five Minute Face

You'll see some of the usual suspects on there, including moi back when I wrote under the name Josephine.

The Lipstick Page was the first place I ever saw this phrase. I'm not 100% sure who invented it, but at that time, no one was talking about quick makeup routines. Makeup back then meant a "full face": foundation, powder, blush, eyeshadows, eyeliner, mascara, brow pencil, lipliner, lipstick...and possibly gloss over that. If you didn't have time to do all that, you were somehow missing something.

I had to smile when I saw this:



It's nice to know our humble site has contributed something lasting to the world of beauty.

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Smoky eyes, past and present
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 5:36 PM (Eastern)



I promise, I'll be over my Youtube phase eventually. Right now it's the world's biggest, most fantastic video jukebox...filled with stuff I'd already accepted I'd never see nor hear again. Stuff I'd long forgotten about, usually.

It is not 100% the same as today's smoky eye...the modern smoky eye is layered, blended, and comprised of multiple products. See Asian Smoky Eye Makeup Tutorial from Youtube (which is better than the following imo largely because she names the specific products/shades used) or this one (which demonstrates "tightlining" and seems to have better brush info):



The late 1970's/1980's smoky eye, as I recall it, was not called anything...it was just "eyeliner," and usually black eyeliner. In fact there is a reference to the technique in the following article (and yes, I read it when it was published in 1980):

The Pretenders' Leather Love Songs

The Pretenders' Leather Love Songs
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"You've got those black lines under your eyes," [Dave] Hill says solicitously. Chrissie's forehead -- what can be seen of it through her long, raven bangs -- crinkles in mock dismay. "It took me five minutes to put 'em there," she protests with a wounded whine. "I don't feel quite like a woman until I've got my eyes drawn on," she tells me, turning to assess her reflection in a full-length mirror. "I've got a technique that doesn't take any time, and you can do it when you're drunk."

Heh, heh! I actually remembered that quote. Was thrilled to find the article online.

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Search for Strawberry Blonde lipstick continues...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 2:38 PM (Eastern)

Hm. Check it out: New from MAC: Slimshine

I know, I know...the Estee Lauder family of brands is doing something very similar to what L'Oreal has been doing for years. They're making almost duplicate products across their brands. The twist here is that these would appear to be identical to the Clinique Butter Shine lipsticks--and at the same price point. Where L'Oreal has a Maybelline, a L'Oreal, and a Lancome one--all at different price points.

But who needs the soliloquy? Is one of these lipsticks a look-alike to MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick?

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