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· June 29, 2008 12:08 AM by Blogger Dain
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The Weekend Blogger: Bit of hauling
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, June 28, 2008 11:47 PM (Eastern)

I shop rather strategically now; long gone are the days of carefree middle-class browsing. An item is either astronomically expensive, requiring months, even years, of planning to acquire, or else it tends to be junk, worth less than the space it occupies. It's truly an art to figure out where to shop, and to emerge with something of value, without blowing half a week's paycheck over it.

This time I went to a b & m bead shop, something I don't do often anymore. But sometimes it's worth the markup to be able to choose individual beads, particularly for earrings. I got some carnelian and some jade beads. I had this odd impulse to make red earrings, and I've wanted for some time to use green jade for something.

On to our local health food store, where I repurchased Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream. Normally the price would have been a tad appalling, but I tried this out first as a sample, loved it, bought a full sized tube, found it lasted five months and noticeably improved my acne-prone skin. I felt it was a good purchase.

On a bit of an impulse, I also bought a Zia pressed powder compact. I'm almost out of my traditional MAC Blot pressed, and was planning on the trek out to the MAC counter to repurchase it, but if this stuff works, I'd rather buy it instead. I've long fallen out of love with MAC in general, so the Back to MAC isn't much of an incentive to me anymore, plus the customer service at our local MAC Counter isn't much of an encouragement to go there. The first two ingredients listed are mica and cornstarch. I've used Zia liquid foundation for years, to make tinted sunscreen, so I'm fairly optimistic about the powder prospect.

Finally, I picked up Avalon Organics Lavender shampoo, since I had run out of their Lemon Clarifying one. The Lavender is more moisturizing, but then I often use two shampoos anyway--a little tea tree oil shampoo on my scalp (Giovanni, but I'm thinking of trying the Paul Mitchell one when that runs out), and a different one on the rest of my hair (it's not as complicated as it sounds, just slap on a bit of one and a bit of the other, and lather).

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June 29, 2008 12:08 AM, Blogger Dain said...

I want to try those Avalon Organics now. I really need to get myself to a Whole Foods soon, and root around the products section.

 
June 29, 2008 2:20 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

There's a lot of bath & body at health food stores...and some of it is really good. Some of it is bad--Jason shampoos are terrible, imo, and Kiss My Face is only eh.

Avalon, Alba Hawaiian, Giovanni, Nature's Gate Organics...all good. There's one I always look at called Desert Essence. It costs a bit more but it smells stupendous.

I rotate shampoos, since I wash my hair every day. Otherwise there's no way to prevent buildup. I like to have three shampoos in the shower at a given time, and two conditioners. :D

 
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The Weekend Blogger: Mixed bag
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, June 22, 2008 2:38 AM (Eastern)


A photo tour of Iran...the music is killer

I suspect I have nothing cohesive to say, so have elected to use a bullet list.

  • Skin. Finally used the last squeeze of Dr. Hauschka's Cleansing Cream. The tube lasted about five months, used once per day (I use the Cleansing Milk at night). I tried going without it for several days to see what would happen, and have decided my skin was better off with it. I was going to repurchase it today, then got caught up finishing some earrings I'd been fiddling around with for weeks, so I'll probably shoot for tomorrow, but it's a keeper.

  • Clothes. Here's a tip I got from the administrative assistant at my job. You can get rid of static cling by spinning your clothes in the dryer--no heat--with a dryer sheet. These are clothes you have to line dry, so line-dry them first, but it really does work.

    While I was at it, I tossed in some clothes I'd normally have to iron. If they're not super wrinkly, you may not need to iron them.

  • Perfume. Debating between Patou's Joy and Sublime as my next perfume (after I've used up Etro's Heliotrope). I've been wearing Sublime as a layer...it's a tad too sweet worn alone, but so what, so is Montale's Aoud Blossom. It's a sentimental choice, as would be Joy, but Sublime is the more significant of the two to me.

    Sublime is about Washington State in the early 1990's, when Kurt Cobain was still alive, and Nordstrom still had superior customer service (okay, they probably still do in Washington State, but it's lousy here). I was a starving student and loved passing by the perfume counter at Nordies, and this was one of the fragrances I coveted most.

  • Shoes. I've been okay with the shoes I got. They're not my dream shoes, which would be Cydwoq, Jim Barnier or Taryn Rose (in that order). Something more beautiful, more durable.

    I'm not really against high heels, I just don't wear them. I can see the point; they are a sculpture. For something like a party or occasion, I would consider wearing them...I had some when I was fifteen or so, that were genuine stiletto heels (not super high, but actual heel-heels).

    My gripe is finding shoes that look the way I want them to look, yet allow me to walk eight city blocks in half an hour, or break into a run to catch a bus, and the like. I hate feeling constrained in shoes. In that regard, the ones I have are not it either. "It" starts at $300, so, my shoes should last until I feel like paying that much. :D

    I can admit I like them all the same. The strappy ones are good for hot weather; your feet don't get sweaty. I'm still stretching out the pump toeboxes, off and on, when I have nothing better to do.

  • Jewelry. I've made some good earrings lately. I keep hoping to take pictures, but jewelry is one of the hardest things to photograph. You'd need a small area reserved just for taking pictures of it, or a whole lotta time.

    I can describe them, but, eh. One is three lengths of oxidized textured silver chain, with the shortest length on the outside and the longest on the inside. I hung three colors of tourmaline faceted "hearts" (the "pear" is the flat teardrop shape, while the "heart" is the fat bottomed flat teardrop)--deep pink, green, and lavender, one at the end of each chain.

    The next was my first attempt at a theme: a simulation of falling rain. So I used lengths of silver flat cable chain (the flat surfaces catch the light when they move), small green amethyst faceted pears, and small aquamarine faceted drops. (It's funny, you always think to buy the bigger stones, but earrings often require small ones).

    The third pair I finished today. Were they a pain to make! I'm already planning to solder soon...I've heard you can buy a soldering iron at the dollar shop; the real cost is the solder and flux, both of which I now own.

    These are hammered golden hoops, and I wanted to hang a bar across the center. Hanging the bar is relatively easy, but without soldering, you have to devise a means of keeping the bar stable. Squashing or hammering the bar on the hoop doesn't do it.

    I came up with two ideas. One is to use a crimp bead--a tiny round seamless metal bead--you thread two beads on the hoop when you're making it. You use crimping pliers (as they sound, special pliers to neatly press and fold the crimps) to crimp a bead under each end of your horizontal bar. I've done this with crimp tubes because I had no crimp beads on hand, and it works well, but the crimp beads would look nicer than the tubes.

    The other involves wrapping fine-gauge wire on the sides of the hoops above either end of the horizontal bar. The idea is to block either end of the bar from moving up the side of the hoop. This also works, and the fineness of the wire makes it unobtrusive.

    Okay...so on each horizontal bar, I have a metal fringe, made of pieces of wire...you make a loop on one end of each piece of wire, hammer out the other end flat, then file the edges of the hammered end to make them smooth and rounded.

    I'm trying out some wire-intensive ideas, because I'm thinking of getting karat gold wire. You have to be sure of your design because you can't make mistakes with the spendy stuff. Not sure if this design is "karat-worthy" yet. It's nice...the swinging golden fringe sparkles like fanciful sun rays. But the construction turned out to be more involved than I'd thought. I like the fringe and hoop; perhaps I could come up with a simpler version, or even just start out with a plain heavy hammered hoop.

  • Reading. Technical manuals, such as "Lasso for Dummies" (just kidding, I think the only book written on Lasso is the manual the Lasso people publish). Lasso is a scripting language. I don't think I'll ever read anything but technical manuals until Dain publishes her book, then I'll be happy to read that. I haven't heard of anything tempting to read lately, at any rate.

Have a good one!

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June 22, 2008 8:38 PM, Blogger Dain said...

That's sweet. I haven't really started work on it yet, though. Shhhh. The blogging gets in the way, so I guess I'll just have to stop once we do CoC.

That video's pretty awesome. Iran seems sad, though.

 
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The Weekend Blogger: Back to work
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, May 27, 2008 12:34 AM (Eastern)

hauschka lip products
Dr. Hauschka Lipstick Novum, Novum LipGloss, and lipstick

Being an eternal cheapskate, I went shopping today to replace...a lipstick, Dr. Hauschka #09 Dolce...at Elephant Pharmacy in Berkeley. It's not an inexpensive lipstick, but my old one is now the sheerest sliver, too slight to even apply much of much. (I don't do lip brushes, otherwise I'd dig.) So the price of the lipstick--same as Chanel--didn't faze me.

The most expensive lipstick is typically the one which you don't use up. Not that it's always possible to use up a lipstick. A specialty lipstick, perfect for the occasion, may pay for itself in impact rather than in actual wear. But an everyday lipstick has no such excuse.

While I was there, I swatched TerraNova of Berkeley Pikake lotion. Hm. As much as I like their Pikake cologne, the lotion is only eh to me; my ten-years-old-plus Giò lotion smells quite a bit better.

When did Elephant Pharmacy's customer service deteriorate? I remember when they first opened. And for quite a while, it was cool...the cosmetics section still is cool, but somehow the rest of it makes me feel like ordering online, in the same fashion as our local MAC counter.

Next I replaced my L'Oreal Feria deep conditioner, at Sallys Beauty Supply. And I got some flip flops for my daughter at a shoe store; these were decorated in front with small monkey faces.

Now I'm home, pondering--should I iron, mend, or finish the necklace my daughter designed for me? I don't have enough items to iron this week, only three casual tops and a spare dress. I've tried to engineer my part-new, part-old work wardrobe around not having to iron each week...indeed, I'm still tweaking it to include items which can be dryer-dried rather than line-dried. (Not a problem in spring or summer, but we do get a rainy season.) Drycleaning is out of the question. I asked at a local "green" drycleaners and they quoted me ten dollars for one dress.

The mending is more valuable--one of my dresses shrank when I washed it. I hate shopping online? The measurements should have fit, but ended up just fitting, and washing shrank the dress just enough to make the bust gap. So I hatched a plan to sew a hook and eye to it, rather than opt for the more time-consuming "tiny safety pin solution."

But I'm tired, so I'll probably finish the necklace; it's short only two stones (it's a simple row of small tourmalines).

I never did find Foot Petals Heavenly Heelz locally, so those are slated to be bought online. I may throw in some Tip Toes, but the Killer Kushionz seem, ah, like overkill. It would be a matter of one or the other at any rate. I can admit it's fun tinkering around with shoes, but I am also experimenting, on less expensive shoes, to find potential solutions for more expensive future models.

Until next weekend then.

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May 27, 2008 4:06 AM, Blogger Dain said...

I like what you say about "he most expensive lipstick is typically the one which you don't use up".That's very true. Even if a lippie is $6, if you don't touch it, it's wasted money, and even if you spend $22, it's worth it if you get use out of it, even if you use it for special occasions.

In my experience, most "dry-clean only" can be washed by hand. In fact, that's really what wears down clothing, machine-washing, and the tag's there to discourage machine-washing more than anything else. I've found a good compromise is to use a cold cycle and air-dry as much as I can.

 
May 27, 2008 4:28 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Yeah...one of the less-talked-about budgeting tactics, "cost per wear." I read about it when I was a kid, in a book called Cheap Chic. (There was a Cheap Chic II at one point, I think, which I haven't read, but the original has been out of print for a long time.)

There they actually calculated the cost per wear of two dresses; one was $20, the other $80, but the $80 one got worn a whole lot more, and ended up "cheaper." (In those days, an extravagant price for a dress.)

There is a kind of rayon fabric which shrinks, when washed in water rather than drycleaned. It's happened to me a few times...it's matte in texture. For whatever nutty reason, smooth rayon doesn't seem to shrink nearly as much.

Hence, the precaution could be to buy clothes made from this rayon, in one size up, on the notion it's gonna shrink one size anyway. :D

I do mine in the washing machine, it's too many to hand wash. At the end of the week I have a full size load...cold water, Woolite, delicate cycle.

 
May 27, 2008 11:21 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

I'm still dithering about the Foot Petals. You can't find the dimensions for them...they sell something called Haute Heelz, which look more practical than Heavenly Heelz, for some of my shoes--if the Haute Heelz are as big as they look. You could cut them in half and stick them into the backs of the shoes.

Thinking of trying several kinds out...the price per pair is all the same.

I remember now, it was Insolia that people said worked better for high heels, not Foot Petals. Insolia is a gel insole supposedly engineered to transfer more weight from the ball of the foot to the heel--where Foot Petals are basically just pads, from what I can tell.

 
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Just Notes: The Weekend Blogger
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, May 24, 2008 1:09 PM (Eastern)

shoesContemplating trying my hand at a regular feature, titled--surprise!--"The Weekend Blogger." But let's see if I can produce something intelligible on a weekly basis, in the first place.

Shoes. I finally got some shoes, having no choice in the matter: my beloved Cole Haan woven shoes, which I've worn for...ten years? more, no doubt...finally commenced to spring a leak. The uppers are entirely woven, so it would be possible to mend them with E-6000 (or GS Hypo Cement, haven't worked out which would be better), and I haven't actually thrown them away. It would require time and patience to do the repair, and the shoes would need to dry the full 24 hours...I didn't have another pair of shoes on hand, so elected to shelve the project for now and just get some new shoes.

It's impossible to replace the Cole Haans. New Cole Haans, which don't seem nearly as nice as old Cole Haans, are in the nefarious $300 range, at which decent shoes begin these days. I realize our economy is a comedy, and our dollar is in the toilet, but if I wanted to pay $300 for shoes, I would buy U.S. made Cydwoqs--which I am still planning to do, as my next shoe purchase, along with Joy perfume and a Nars eyeshadow (single or duo); something quite neutral.

I ended up with the working-girl's kit--you get some reasonably priced leather shoes, and you stretch them with one of those wooden shoe forms. You don't need a specific stretching device; you can use a plain old wooden form (doesn't have to be your size either). You just have to be careful not to damage the shoes or over-stretch them.

Along with this, Foot Petals...I don't need them for one of the pairs I bought, but the other pair definitely need padding in the heel. I turned down numerous Dr. Scholls made-in-China heel pads because I wanted to try Foot Petals, but they're absurdly hard to find, particularly the heel pads. I found some of the ball-of-foot pads at Shoe Pavilion...on a side note, our local Shoe Pavilion has became a small Indian market, with inexpensive Indian tops and dresses...interesting...hmmm...I'm determined to try authentic Foot Petals, but I'm hoping to find them locally.

So I've been wearing these pre-stretched shoes, and looking for Foot Petals so I can wear the other pair. I'll have to admit they don't have the same pizazz as my old Cole Haans, but they'll do for now, and I've made at least the first pair ridiculously comfortable (they have a small wedge heel).

Skincare. Thinking of ditching Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream once it's used up. Its chief attraction was its exfoliating property, but the Salux Beauty Skin Cloth I've been employing is far superior at that. The Cleansing Cream is yet great as a moisturizing cleanser for oily skin, but then their Cleansing Milk is fine for that, and more economical. What sucks is the Cleansing Milk is bottled in glass, rendering it useless for the shower. I suppose I'll think of something when the time comes.

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May 24, 2008 1:31 PM, Blogger Dain said...

That's a very sensible plan. I take a very long time to make any expensive purchases myself, and you can get a cheap pair for the mean time. I've had good luck with Banana Republic. They're nicely styled and sturdily made for the price. I have a pair of espadrilles that I got for $68 that are still going very strong, and I've worn them everywhere.

Err... or if I misunderstood you, perhaps you got some shoes already.

I've been curious about Foot Petals too. If you get them, please let us know how they work out. I have a couple pairs of shoes that might need them.

Yeah, I definitely agree, you probably don't need both exfoliators. The appeal of the Dr. Hauschka is that it exfoliates without abrading, but if you don't mind rubbing away at your skin, then it doesn't really matter, right? I think it's a good plan. And you could also always move the cleansing milk into a plastic bottle. I wonder how you'd feel about the Eve Lom balm cleanser phenomenon (obviously, there are cheaper options): just one product to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize?

 
May 24, 2008 4:11 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Hehe, this gets more interesting...I did some calling around about Foot Petals. One place in Berkeley told me they don't recommend back-of-the-heel pads...what they do, is give you a pad to put in the toe of your shoe. The idea is if the heel is loose, it's because the shoe is big, and the toe-pad should push your foot back far enough to make the heel fit.

So, I'm going to check that out today. Yup, I got some shoes. They are the ones in the pic, I just photoshopped some commercial shoe images together.

I've seen the ball-of-foot 'Petals around a lot, wondering how good they are for high heels. The shoes I got don't need padding there...they had some nice-looking flats, but I turned them down for that reason. Now I'm wondering how good the 'Petals technology is...some people swear by them, as a means of turning a cheap shoe into an expensive one. lol

That Salux cloth is interesting, from an engineering point of view. You don't feel as if you're scrubbing...and you're not scrubbing...yet, it lifts off what feels like years' worth of dead skin. It's eerie. I'm not sure I need a cleanser at all...thinking of trying the cloth with a mild body wash, like the Jason one.

 
May 25, 2008 5:45 PM, Blogger Joy Rothke said...

I'm staying loyal to Dr. H! I think the cleansing cream does more than exfoliate, and is exceptionally good at gently drawing gunk out of one's pores. I'm also having good luck with rhassoul clay soap, which I'll be writing about. [Colleen: I can send you a sample.]

Some of the ingredients in Eve Lom cleanser:

paraffinum liquidum (mineral oil), cetearyl alcohol, peg-30 lanolin, bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2, aluminum stearate, theobroma cacao (cocoa butter), peg-75 lanolin, chamomilla recutita (chamomile oil), eugenia caryophyllus (clove oil), eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus oil), humulus lupulus (hops oil), phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, p-chloro-m-cresol, eugenol, isoeugenol

are almost as appalling as its price [GBP 48 for 100 ml]. I wouldn't touch this stuff with a 10-foot pole.

 
May 26, 2008 3:42 AM, Blogger Dain said...

I don't mean Eve Lom exactly, I just thought Colleen may like the idea because it's got a similar feel to the cleansing milk and may work well in conjunction with her Salux cloth. I was really thinking of the LUSH Ultrabland, which I think is a great product, except for the dreaded peanut oil that clogs my pores.

 
May 26, 2008 3:57 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Dain: Right now I'm using soap with the Salux cloth. I got some Canus goat milk soap on sale, so I've been using that. (It smells really good btw, it's the marigold extract one.)

After I do that, I use the Cleansing Cream...mostly because I feel I should use it up, and also because it is handily moisturizing. That's why I was thinking the Cleansing Milk would do just as well, but I haven't thought of using it with the cloth, which actually makes more sense.

Joy: Thanks for the offer. Not sure what I'm going to do yet... I'll look forward to your writing about rhassoul clay soap (which admittedly I've never heard of). It sounds Arabic?

I've found the Hauschka Cleansing Milk good...I use it at night, and it seems to last well. I might just port some to a plastic bottle and see how that flies.

Their lipstick is good too, it is up there with Chanel.

 
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Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, April 26, 2008 8:34 PM (Eastern)

salux beauty skin cloth

Salux Beauty Skin Cloth. A marvel of modern engineering; I'm impressed with it, every shower. I use half the soap I normally would, without skimping on lather. Any keratosis pilaris-y bumps are neatly filed away; great for keeping legs ingrown-hair-less; ankles, toes and elbows are radiantly free of dead skin.

Yet it's pleasant to use, rather like a spa in your morning shower.

Its true might though is as a facial exfoliator. I pity the fool (okay I don't actually pity the fool, just having a Mr. T moment) who blows hundreds of dollars on a Clarisonic, while this under-five-bucks nylon gem sits on the shelf. I see skin on my face I haven't seen in years. Fewer flakes, clogged pores, pimples...it's all that, and the proverbial bag of chips.

andy tauer l'air du desert marocain

Andy Tauer's L'air du désert marocain. Dain sent me a sample, I have it in my cubicle. :) It's not something you could ever wear a lot of, in an office, yet it's ideal for hot weather, when you want to smell soapy.

As a fragrance, I can admit it's a bit literal. It smells hot and dry, and like a spice market, okay...but it's done with such care. So it doesn't smell cheap-spicy, or as if it were trying too hard to be sexy. To me it's not sexy at all, it's rather...dry and clean, masculine. If I could fault it for anything, it's the mediocre staying power, the price...cheaper than the Montale oud eau de parfums, more expensive than the regular Montale line, but, all in all, a lousy deal, given how many times you'd have to reapply it during the day.

As a sample though, it's my favorite among many, many samples. I tried the Serge Lutens Fleurs d'Oranger sample I'd bought (kicks self) as an office cubicle hot weather scent, and regretted it bitterly the first time I used it...pure eau de cleaning products, albeit really good cleaning products. mumbles...


dr hauschka body care kit

Along with Giò lotion from a bygone era, I've dug out my Dr. Hauschka kits and delved into the body one. These kits have a long life; you can dabble for months inside just one kit. So far I'm liking the Rose Body Oil, perhaps for the novelty of using a body oil, but it's genuinely likable, with its delicate rose scent and light feeling.

images courtesy buy4asianlife.com, luckyscent.com

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April 27, 2008 12:28 AM, Blogger EZE said...

The best part of the Salux cloths is the packaging. It's just the right mix of cheese and functionality.

 
April 27, 2008 1:20 AM, Blogger Dain said...

I got a lot of citrus from L'Air du Desert Marocain, a sandy fizz over dry spices and curls of cedar. It was definitely nice, but not my taste. Have you tried layering it over one of your Montales? I liked it over Black Aoud.

 
April 30, 2008 12:52 AM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

I wasn't overly wowed by the packaging :) There were several Chinese knock-offs on the shelf, but I wanted to try the patented Japanese version. The pic is no exaggeration...the thing is like a small bath towel.

I got this at my local "Japanese dollar shop"...it's sort of a combination of a regular Japanese odds 'n' ends shop...they've got dishes and novelties...and a dollar shop, where they have 99 cent items. They also have a section for Japanese shampoo, facial cleansers and the like. It's pretty neat.

I get next to no citrus out of ...Marocain? On me it's spicy, dry, hot and calming. What's great is that it's not sweet. I'm not into spicy perfumes, but the dryness here works. I'll have to give it a go over a Montale.

 
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Beauty Notes: Skincare thoughts
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, March 02, 2008 12:37 AM (Eastern)

science!
Science!


Oh well, I broke down and bought Dr. Hauschka's Cleansing Milk today. My local health food store now carries this brand, thus negating the need to travel to Berkeley. I experienced a small pain in the wallet as I bought my Milk, and wondered if an earlier casual remark--that a dollar spent on good skincare meant saving at least five dollars on everything else--held much water. And decided there was something to it.

I'd run out of my usual evening facial cleanser, the (in)famous beauty-board darling, Johnson & Johnson Head to Toe Baby Wash, a while back. That's when I started using a sample of the Hauschka Cleansing Milk, and realized its odd, almost greasy whitish lotion was good for my skin. Less acne, fewer flakes, softer texture, all-around expensive skincare goodness.

When I'd squeezed the last drops from the sample tube, I was left with nothing, and started washing my face with some tea-tree oil soap. Now this was not good for my skin. Makes a great hand wash, but, face-wise, I was beginning to see pimples. Pimples are depressing enough in their own right, but are particularly disturbing to those who have been to acne hell. Signs of returning to hell...eh...not good.

But, five dollars on everything else? What would I be spending $169.75 on? How long is this cleanser going to last? My Hauschka Cleansing Cream, purchased mid-January, is less than half-way used up. Let's be optimistic and say it will endure three months (I use it only once per day in a pea-sized blob). If the Cleansing Milk can do the same, that's $169.75 over three months, or $56.58 per month. It is conceivable I'd be tempted to spend $56.58 in a month, depressed over having lousy skin. Hermmm...


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March 2, 2008 5:11 PM, Blogger Dain said...

I found the Cleansing Milk lasted for a surprisingly long time. I used it sporadically, so I can't be accurate, but three months is probably a conservative estimate, I'd guess a bottle'd last twice as much.

 
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Just Notes: What I've been into, lately
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, February 22, 2008 6:18 PM (Eastern)

jericho


As much as Jean Patou's Joy perfume was created in 1930 to combat the Great Depression, it doesn't smell exuberant to me. I get the American-ness of the rose, but it is also an English rose, and the jasmine only makes it smell more like an English-flavored East Coast garden. After breathing Montale's Middle Eastern rose and jasmine for months, this has a nostalgic edge for me; a scent to bridge past and present, motherland and U.S. Like Patou's Sublime, Joy went immediately to my wish list.

I can admit I think in terms of houses when I think of perfume. For years, Givenchy was my house. I wore Organza, and had little vials of Extravagance, Organza Indecence, Amarige, and Ysatis (didn't like Ysatis though). Tried "new" L'Interdit, Hot Couture, up to Very Irresistible...but at one point, I felt the house of Givenchy had modernized far too much.

Montale has been my house since last year, owing to their Middle Eastern essences, swirled together with a slight French edge.

Patou, I've finally put a finger on it...is more emotional in appeal than either Givenchy or Montale. I just felt a jolt of happiness smelling Sublime after all these years (ten, easily, likely more). It was like a friendly smile. Joy to me dates back decades; I'm fuzzy as to when I smelled it before (Virginia, East Coast, a perfume for ladies with pocketbooks and compacts). Yet there is the same radiant warmth of that friendly smile.

chain samples


(Not to scale.) One of my local bead shops closed down, more than a year ago, and I've yet to replace it with another brick & mortar shop. The markup around here, outside that one shop, is terrible. I gave up, and began the search for good etailers.

l'oreal mega blondes haircolor


This stuff worked out pretty well. I'm not even sure I miss my L'Oreal Feria. Preference Mega Blondes has its own tricks...you have to be more careful applying it, since it lifts more than Feria. I fried the top layer of my hair when I first used it. Well it didn't come out crispy, exactly, just lighter than I'd wanted. Fortunately I've cut at least four inches off the bottom of my hair over the past few weeks, so it doesn't matter.

dr. hauschka #09 lipstick Dolce


Dr. Hauschka's #09 lipstick (Dolce). More versatile than their #01 Amoroso lipstick, which is too much color for my etiolated winter skin. Dolce is perhaps a tad too warm to truly be my grail, yet there is the niceness of it: tasty natural ingredients, pleasant heavy gold-colored case, overall lip conditioning. Thinking of replacing this with their Adagio lipstick (#07), which is a sort of complex pink, though I'll probably use up Amoroso first (at the rate Dolce is going, it should last well into summer).

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Beauty Notes: Day Two of Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Milk
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, February 04, 2008 9:30 PM (Eastern)

dr. hauschka cleansing milk


Finally getting around to trying this. I bring in new skincare products slowly, but that's because, when you have skin problems such as being acne-prone, you should do it that way. It then becomes obvious if the new product aggravates your skin.

I've been using their Cleansing Cream since September of last year. The Cleansing Cream was more important, as I'd already had in mind to find an exfoliating product of some sort. The idea of a mild cleanser...eh...I'd been using Johnson & Johnson Head to Toe Baby Wash to cleanse, and Heather Loraine jojoba butter to moisturize, for years.

Recently I ran out of the J&J--it's cheap but goes fast--and, stealthily, began to substitute an old clear natural shampoo I'd fallen out of love with. It seemed to work just as well as an "official" facial cleanser. Then I remembered the Hauschka Cleansing Milk so thought I'd give it a whirl.

So far: very interesting. It's moisturizing, where typically someone with oily acne-prone skin would gravitate toward a more astringent cleanser. It's almost too moisturizing, but then the Cleansing Cream is sort of like that.

The Cleansing Milk is a white lotion-y substance which smells, like most of the Hauschka products, pleasantly herbal. It's almost like washing your face with lotion. Unlike the Cleansing Cream, which leaves a delicate film of oil after rinsing, the Cleansing Milk feels as if you've already applied moisturizer, after rinsing.

That's where I feel it just might work. Instead of using the more astringent cleanser and then moisturizing, this would appear to do both.

It's too soon to say about results...the Cleansing Cream took a while to kick in, and it's my philosophy anyway that good long-term skincare seldom works instantly. I can admit I'm a bit surprised something so moisturizing doesn't seem to have aggravated my acne-prone-ness one way or the other, but, as I say, it's too early.


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February 5, 2008 4:51 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Interesting. The peanut oil in this product clogs my pores. Otherwise, I like it. I'll agree that you don't really need moisturizer afterwards. The spritz of a toner will do. In fact, that's how you are supposed to do it at night, according to the Dr. Hauschka regime, so that skin can "breathe". That might be why the cleansers have such a heaviness to them.

 
February 6, 2008 12:27 AM, Blogger Dain said...

Hey Colleen, you know that hoop design you've been working with lately? Have you considered looping it back down before you wrap it and making a small hoop that descends into the center? That way, you can attach a stone that floats in the middle of the large hoop, and whatever you like on the ring itself. It might be a way to tinker around with color combinations and not worry about the stones themselves knocking into each other.

 
February 7, 2008 1:49 AM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

The funny part is, it doesn't leave my face greasy. When I'm using it, it feels like hand cream--after rinsing and drying, it doesn't feel different from my regular moisturizer. Possibly it's better for oily skin than for dry.

I haven't bothered with the toner yet. I've used the cleansing milk for three nights now--I'm using it only at night, I use the cleansing cream in the AM. My skin does feel a bit softer and smoother.

Ah, the quest for the handmade wire hoop. The thing is you can buy readymade components, but they'll look readymade, in the sense of being something anyone can buy. I'm not knocking it...I've been pondering getting some myself, like a round hammered silver link with tiny holes in it.

The handmade ones are a bit tricky...you have to get it so it doesn't look bulky, since you have to get the thing to stay together using only wire.

 
February 7, 2008 12:05 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Doh?

Recently I've been doing the double-looped wrap I saw on the SkyDreams Etsy site...it really does work better. The old top wrap had only one loop, which you used to wrap the other end of the wire. I was having a problem with the end of the wire popping out of the wrap if you pulled it. If you put a loop at the top of the end, it really can't pop out.

What I'd need to do is bring the wrap itself down and terminate it in another loop. The hoop would have to be bigger of course but there's no reason it wouldn't work.

 
February 7, 2008 7:16 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Yeah, I figured that might be it. Dr. Hauschka, try as I might, never quite suited me. And I first scorned Jurlique as a Dr. Hauschka copycat, but it suits my skin far better.

The toner is great--it's the only toner I'd actually recommend. It's somehow "more than toner". There's alcohol in it, plant alcohol, but IIRC is it's ethyl not isopropryl, as it is for so many products. There's just lovely botanicals floating around, and it smells wonderful, and like nothing else. (I'm talking about the Facial Toner, am allergic to Clarifying).

 
February 7, 2008 7:47 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

It's weird eh? It seems to me the greatest fans of Hauschka are in fact those with oily skin and/or acne.

 
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Beauty Notes: What I've been into, lately
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, October 25, 2007 3:07 PM (Eastern)

nars mambo

Nars Mambo eyepencil. I haven't felt like wearing eyeshadow, much, so eyeliner is key (and faster to put on, anyway). I had three liners back in August of this year, and found I reached for this liner more and more, to the point I tossed the other two (which were getting old) without needing to replace them.


dr. hauschka lip products

Dr. Hauschka lip products. I wouldn't have guessed these would be so good (no offense, but I always thought of Dr. Hauschka as the skincare guys, not the color cosmetics guys). It makes logical sense though, if you think of lip products as (tinted) skincare for lips.


nars malibu

Nars The Multiple in Malibu. This is really useless as a multiple-purpose product, at least this shade is. It's too dry to use as lipstick, and mediocre as eyeshadow. But it's my ideal shade of warm-toned bronzed-rose blush, wearable year-round.


montale aoud blossom and boise vanille

Montale perfumes. These are so strong, I spray some in the palm of my hand and apply it that way. Perhaps the perfect cure for ephemeral scents, and the ordinary.



24 - Jack Bauer and Tony Almeida at a Drive-Thru

24. If you've watched this show even once (or eaten at an In 'n' Out), you'll immediately recognize the references in this parody. If you haven't, I would highly recommend both!

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October 25, 2007 3:35 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Those Montales sound amazing... I hate weak, derivative perfumes!

 
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Dr. Hauschka Novum LipGloss #04 Ruby
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, October 24, 2007 2:25 PM (Eastern)

dr. hauschka novum lipgloss #04 ruby

Considering I haven't been into gloss in a long time, this is a decent gloss.

It doesn't have much of a flavor or fragrance...when I put it on, I detected a slight pleasant herbal, Dr. Hauschka-y scent, which faded quickly.

It's very slightly sticky (I prefer "sticky" to "runny" btw), and the pigment is good--even after eating, pigment remains on lips (you do of course still have to redo it after eating, I'm just saying).

This is Ruby, and usually a lip product by that name looks harsh on me, but I'm finding this to be a sort of wearable raspberry color.

The best part is that it is conditioning, more like a moisturizing lipstick or balm than your average gloss.

This is what I'm listening to:


Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody


Abba - Dancing Queen


I'm having a 70's moment!

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October 25, 2007 1:17 PM, Blogger Chez Moi said...

Very, very pretty!

ABBA!!!
Oh man was that a blast from the past!!! My sister and I used to dance around in our living room playing Abba on old 45's!!! My mom ADORED them!

 
October 25, 2007 1:25 PM, Blogger Dain said...

One of my closest friends is a huge fan of "Dancing Queen". It's kind of funny, because he's a big, macho, self-important man. A softie at heart. ; )

 
October 28, 2007 1:57 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Dancing queen, young and sweet, only seventeen dee dee... Hard to beat that tune.

 
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Beauty Notebook: He blinded me with science
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, October 23, 2007 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Dr. Rudolf Hauschka (1891-1969) was a chemist. That rather says it all. This is skincare for chemists; skincare that makes sense. There is a distinct engineering presence here, an effort to consolidate steps and products, beneath the sparkle of movie and television endorsement, charitable projects, responsible organic farming and ethical sourcing, and just plain ol' good-smelling, skin-improving products.

dr. hauschka skincare


Perhaps a good introduction to Dr. Hauschka would be a trial/travel kit. A minimum of 25% of the sales of the kits goes to Heifer International, an organization dedicated to ending world hunger. And you get to try out a suite of products (the sizes are more than generous enough for you to determine what you like).

A special note for the gentlemen in our readership: gift-giving season will soon be upon us, coughs and your best girl might appreciate something useful and luxurious in her stocking this year. :)


dr. hauschka oily skincare kit Take the Daily Face Care Kit for oily or blemished skin ($21.95). Left to right: Cleansing Cream, Clarifying Toner, Normalizing Day Oil, Facial Steam Bath, Rejuvenating Mask. Top: Cleansing Clay Mask.

I'm trying this out slowly...because I have acne-prone skin, I've found it wise to try any new skincare one product at a time. You need to be able to pinpoint which product works, or doesn't work, with your skin. Even in a set where the products are designed to work together, I still do this; hence, in this kit, I have tried only the Cleansing Cream.

But what a cleansing cream! I used up the entire sample tube, and went out and bought a full size. That says a lot, as I've never been into skincare. It's that good--it cleanses, naturally, but also exfoliates (you will note there is no separate exfoliating product in the kit), moisturizes, even mattifies a bit. I'm going to try the toner next (see how nice it is to have a kit?).


The Daily Face Care Kit for normal, dry or sensitive skin ($21.95). Left to right: Cleansing Cream, Cleansing Milk, Facial Toner, Moisturizing Day Cream, Rose Day Cream and Quince Day Cream.

This is the normal, dry or sensitive skin version, featuring that same divine Cleansing Cream (since it doesn't strip skin, it can be featured in both kits), plus more moisturizing cream products.
 dr. hauschka dry skincare kit



dr. hauschka bath kit Once you've got your skincare in place, why not indulge in an Aromatherapy Bath Kit ($15.95). Left to right: Lemon Bath, Lavender Bath, Spruce Bath, Rosemary Bath, Sage Bath.

I have tried these; they're beautiful bath oils. The scents are soothing and natural, rather than harsh and chemical; they infuse your bath not only with delightful fragrance, but also with a light, skin-softening oil.

To get an idea which "bath" might be "you," you may need to answer the question: Are you a yellow monkey? (There is some accuracy to this fun little personality quiz.)



The Dr. Hauschka Body Care Kit for all skin conditions ($19.95) will suit those into lotions, creams and body oils. Left to right: Hand Crème, Quince Body Moisturizer, Rose Body Moisturizer, Lavender Bath, Rose Body Oil, Blackthorn Body Oil. Not shown: Rose Body Wash, Blackthorn Body Wash (these come in packets).dr. hauschka bath kit



Along with the kits, Dr. Hauschka provides a full line of suncare products, with active ingredient titanium dioxide.


dr. hauschka suncare
  • Sunscreen Cream SPF 20, very water-resistant.
  • Sunscreen Lotion SPF 15, very water-resistant.
  • Sunscreen Lotion SPF 8.
  • After-Sun Lotion for all skin conditions.
Not shown:
  • Sunscreen Cream for Children and Sensitive Skin SPF 30, water-resistant.
  • Sunscreen Stick SPF 30 for all skin conditions, water-resistant.

Finally, every girl has her cosmetic vices needs, so Dr. Hauschka also features a complete line of Decorative Cosmetics, for face, eyes, and the ever-important lips:

dr. hauschka lip products

  • Lipstick Novum, a slimline lipstick.
  • Novum LipGloss.
  • Classical Lipstick--it's what I'm wearing right now ;).

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October 23, 2007 4:50 PM, Blogger Dain said...

You can make your own cleansing cream, the Dr. Hauschka is pricey given how quickly you go through a tube. Raw almonds and grapeseed oil are the basic ingredients, but you can add your own essential oils, honey, oatmeal, what have you.

 
October 23, 2007 5:22 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Eh...I went through the sample tube quickly, but I've found you can stretch it out if you like. The first week or so, it's well to use it every time, but once your skin is up to speed, you can cut back on it. You can also apply it with one hand (this requires less cleanser).

 
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Beauty Notes: this 'n' that
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, September 24, 2007 2:30 AM (Eastern)

I'm putting together which Montale perfumes to try. There are a lot of them; it would be expensive to try them all...and I don't actually want to try them all. I don't think it's necessary. I do think it's possible to cobble together what the perfume smells like, by gathering a few reliable sources for descriptions, and then sort of triangulating them.

Luckyscent's perfume descriptions are overly long and flowery, too...I dunno, enthusiastic? While Aedes' descriptions tend toward the too-short and spare. Put the two together...so far I've got:
  • White Aoud
  • Black Aoud
  • Chypre Fruite
  • Vanille Absolu
  • Soleil de Capri
  • Chypre Vanille (dithering)
  • Intense Tiare
  • Orient Extreme
  • Attar
  • Blue Amber
  • Velvet Flowers
  • Roses Musk (dithering)
  • Aoud Velvet
  • Patchouli Leaves
Before I decide on a final list, I'll check some perfume blogs and Basenotes.

My trial of Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream is going well. It truly is a gentle exfoliant (at least to my skin it is; I don't have particularly sensitive skin). What I like best is the slightly "oily" feeling it leaves after rinsing. I know that sounds counterintuitive, since I have naturally oily skin, but that odd moist feeling does not translate into an oily face; quite the contrary.

My skin is already smoother and softer; seem to be fewer and smaller clogged pores. It's not a miraculous transformation by any means, but I'm suspicious of quick results when you're talking about skin. Most of the products I've tried that ended up working over the long run, worked gradually rather than right away.

I have a theory--that skincare is similar to weight loss. You don't gain the weight overnight (even though it feels that way); you gain it over time, which is why gradual weight loss works in the long run. Quick dramatic weight loss tends to work at first, but then stop working.

Your face doesn't get cruddy overnight either (even though it feels that way!), which is why mild, gradual treatments tend to work best in the long run.

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September 24, 2007 1:05 PM, Blogger Dain said...

I'm jealous. I really wanted to be able to use Dr. Hauschka cleansing cream, but can't... I really liked the premise, a paste that you "press" into a creamy emulsion that lifts away all that is bad without disturbing what is good, and it works, but... ach, allergies.

I agree 100% about skincare. Things that work miracles at first never keep up to the promise.

 
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Day Two of Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, September 20, 2007 2:30 AM (Eastern)

dr. hauschka cleansing cream

I suppose I should preface this by saying I've never really been into skincare.

Part, if not most, of my disinterest stems from having gotten adult acne at age twenty-nine. (Before I got adult acne, I had literally perfect skin, which itself made me uninterested in skincare.) As adult acne sufferers know, the finer points of skincare get lost in the shuffle as the sufferer tries everything within grasp to attain normal, reasonably clear skin.

My experience with adult acne taught me a couple of things:
  1. Skin conditions such as acne cannot be "cured" externally. You have to discover what triggers the condition, if not the root cause. I wasted years trying to treat my acne externally, and finally got rid of most of it through internal methods such as diet changes, vitamins, and birth control pills.

  2. Of the treatments that do work, most do not work right away. Typically you see some results, but you won't see the full results unless you stick with it for weeks, months, sometimes even years.

    The products that make your skin look really good right away, tend to fall into the "works at first, then stops working" category.
I don't want to generalize overly much; those are just my experiences with acne. Since my skin is still acne-prone, I am going to have a conservative approach to skincare.

For some time now, I've had it in mind to...exfoliate. When you have real acne, that's out of the question. But now, I don't have pimples, but I could do with some sort of a scrubby thing.

Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream isn't exactly what it sounds like. It's a cleanser, but also an exfoliant, thanks to its star ingredient, sweet almond meal. From the Dr. Hauschka website:

Almond meal is a blend of whole ground almonds, including shell and nut. The meal mixes readily with water to form a natural emulsion that is highly absorbent of water and oil. In Cleansing Cream it absorbs oils, dirt and perspiration from the skin. The soothing, calming properties of almond make it gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. Almond meal has been used traditionally for its cleansing and purifying effect on the skin. In ancient India and Egypt ground almonds were pressed into bars for cleansing the body.

Sounds a tad scratchy, doesn't it? There's another reason I've been reluctant to try exfoliants: I've had these visions of scratchy bits of nut shell, scraping away at my face (I'd prefer to have dead skin, thanks).

You are to use a "press and roll" application method for this, rather than outright scrubbing.

I've used this three times now (and am planning to give it another go tonight). The almond meal particles are quite small, thank goodness. They don't scratch.

Like just about all "premium"-ish products, a little goes a long way. A glob the size of a large pea is enough to cleanse your face.

I didn't actually "press and roll" all that much, but then I don't have sensitive skin. Light massaging does the job for me.

This smells pleasant, of faint real roses and some other natural stuff.

I was a bit surprised it left the surface of my face feeling almost oily. Mind you I've been putting jojoba products on my face for years; "oily" doesn't freak me out. After I'd dried my face though, it felt not oily at all, in fact it felt somehow...not dry on the surface, but dry inside. Kinda weird but not unpleasant.

It hasn't as of yet exfoliated perfectly. My skin feels smoother, less flaky, but I still detect some rough spots. My gut tells me that's actually a good thing, due to #2 above...that continued use might produce perfect results, rather than having perfect results right away.

In any case, I'll update this later on.

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September 20, 2007 11:42 AM, Blogger Dain said...

I find this takes practice to use correctly. It's best used on damp, softened skin, so after a shower is best. The press-and-roll method emulsifies the almond meal on your skin, and all that loosened up skin just lifts off. This is the gentlest, most effective exfoliating method, because it doesn't peel away anything that isn't ready to go yet. The only problem with it is that it's expensive, but it's easy to make at home.

I am sooo allergic to this stuff though.

 
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Dr. Hauschka lipstick: makeup with a conscience
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, September 12, 2007 1:47 PM (Eastern)

dr. hauschka lipstick
dr. hauschka lipstick

burkina fasoI've been wearing these lipsticks for a couple of weeks now (#01 Amoroso, #09 Dolce, #11 Effetuoso, and Lipstick Novum #04 Sand Dune).

They are, without a doubt, good lipsticks. I hope that doesn't sound tepid. To a lipstick junkie, "good lipstick" is what "good programmer" is to other programmers, someone who can solve any code problem, no matter how mind-boggling (or how appalling the original code), while all others hoist the white flag.

A good lipstick...is something you put on your mouth, day after day, month after month, year after year. It is important, as it defines your entire look.

Aside from appearance, formula is key...how it smells, how it tastes, whether it needs constant touching up, whether it smears all over everything, how comfortable your lips feel...in short, it is a bit synonymous with...underwear. It has to be perfectly comfortable as well as functional, because you're going to wear it the better part of your life.

So, the conscience... This is easily the most painless example of ethically-sourced consumption I've heard of in a long time. The quality and price are comparable to that of Chanel, home of my "holy grail" lipstick (Hydrabase formula). There is a smaller shade selection, but these colors are impressively wearable. (#01, #09 and Novum #04 are particularly suited to warmer coloring, where #11 is cooler and highly pigmented.)

The "edible" factor--natural ingredients--is also desirable, for the obvious reason that you wear this on your lips. Dr. Hauschka's lipsticks taste rather edible too, in a sort of herbal, aroma-therapeutic fashion.

I do wish to emphasize: there is no need to feel as if you're not wearing your favorite brands of lipstick, or that you'd rather be wearing something else and have chosen Dr. Hauschka from a sort of moral obligation, or from a health concern.

The name of this site is The Lipstick Page Forums, spun-off from the original Lipstick Page, which I discovered in 1998 when I was searching (not googling, Google wasn't nearly as big back then) for lipstick. I am a lifelong lipstick junkie; it's my favorite cosmetic. We may no longer "put on our hat" before getting out of the house, but we do put on our lipstick--it should be a happy, positive small event in everyday life, and your lipstick has to measure up.

I have dubbed Dr. Hauschka #01, #09 and Novum #04--all three--my go-to lipsticks these days. (#11 is really quite pigmented, a deep matte plum color; I'll have to play around with it more.)

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Dr. Hauschka lipstick #09, Dolce (pics)
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, September 02, 2007 10:53 PM (Eastern)

dr. hauschka #09 dolce lipstick
outdoors

dr. hauschka #09 dolce lipstick
indoors + gratuitous earring shot :)

This is more muted and natural than Dr. Hauschka #01 Amoroso:

dr. hauschka #01 lipstick amoroso

Where Amoroso is a coral red without shimmer, Dolce is a warm, somewhat shimmery, muted (yet not overly brown) rose color. In the outdoors shot, I applied a bit more than I'd normally wear. The indoors shot depicts it more accurately imo.

This is good for an all-around work color, like a warmer version of the berry-toned rosiness of MAC Sophisto:

mac sophisto lipstick
MAC Sophisto

dr. hauschka #09 dolce lipstick
Dr. Hauschka Dolce

The sort of lighter quality, slight shimmer, all-around rosiness...good for situations where you don't want people mentally saying, "LIPSTICK!" when they look at you. (Such as working in male-dominated fields, where you don't want to look too "fluffy.")

Plus it's nice and moisturizing.

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September 3, 2007 3:00 AM, Blogger Dain said...

Wow, you have so much sunlight, even in northern CA. It's pretty chilly here, actually.

 
September 3, 2007 12:07 PM, Blogger cmm said...

I like it! I've been gravitating towards warmer colors recently too, maybe its just because fall is in the air around here.

I agree with Dain about all that sunlight! Its still quite warm here, but the light is starting to change, its lost that stark,bright-white summer quality that's in your picture. I wonder how much further south you are from me?

Love those earrings! I'm hoping to get to the craft store soon and see what I can find to get started with.

 
September 4, 2007 1:44 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Yeah, we don't get four seasons here, it's closer to two. The summer tends to be warm and dry...no rain. The winter is cold and rainy, but no snow. Occasionally it freezes but it's usually just the few nights, and a light freeze.

This summer was similar to San Francisco weather though--cold. The mornings were foggy. Sometimes it cleared by afternoon, other times it was dreary all day, and even rained some.

But now, it's hotter and sunnier than it was the better part of the summer.

Oh, definitely check out the craft store! I got my start at a craft store. Bead stores have better supplies...etailers have even better supplies...but craft stores have some of everything, it's a great place to get your feet wet.

 
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Dr. Hauschka lipstick #01, Amoroso (pics)
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, September 01, 2007 12:50 AM (Eastern)

I felt so inspired by this post, I felt like snapping some pics of my lipstick too!

dr. hauschka #01 lipstick amorosodr. hauschka #01 lipstick amoroso
dr. hauschka #01 lipstick amorosodr. hauschka #01 lipstick amoroso


These pics came out a tad more saturated than real life...I was standing in front of a window (basically I needed a stationary surface to put the camera on, I don't have a tripod), and even through the curtain, the California sun cast a wicked glow. The lipstick is a bit redder and less orange in reality (my hair isn't that yellow either).

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September 1, 2007 10:16 AM, Blogger cat who got the cream said...

The colour looks wonderful on you. Better on you than on me, but I am more a cool-toned person, so the colour looks a bit brickish on me. I have to say that the staying power is pretty good!

 
September 2, 2007 12:33 AM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the kind words!

Yeah, it's definitely a warm color. I'm glad they're making coral shades again...this, and the defunct MAC Strawberry Blonde, have been my favorites.

Nice blog you have btw. :)

 
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Beauty Notes: Mom Makeup: The Early Years
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, August 28, 2007 1:16 PM (Eastern)

Hm. Last night, after I published Mom Makeup, I realized that was "old Mom Makeup," and that the average new Mom would probably burst out laughing at the idea of having time to wear eyeshadow, so...

new mom makeup

The top row is what I considered necessary (actually minus the blush, since I didn't own it back then): sunscreen (here it is tinted) and powder (because I have oily skin).

Eyepencil is the quickest way to look as if you bothered, so you will need at least one good eyepencil.

Lipstick is something you can put on in the car (not while driving obviously, I never really got that). In fact to this day, I keep the lipstick I'm using in my purse, in a mirrored case like these:

lipstick cases

There are some years when you will need to get by on the items you consider bare necessities. These items have to work, since you won't have time to fuss with them. I never bought into the notion that a woman suddenly becomes a different creature when she gives birth. Don't give up your makeup, or the concept that you're still entitled to looking good, but do hone your routine to fit into the time you have.

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Beauty Notes: Mom Makeup
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 1:08 AM (Eastern)

mom makeup

Along with Mom Clothes, there should be Mom Makeup.

I already had one of my kids, and was pregnant with the second, back when I discovered beauty messageboards. Part of my makeup quest has always involved time. Quick application, minimal touch-ups or fuss...minimal shopping. Something affordable, both in terms of money and of time.

Here is a quick collage of the makeup I wore today. Top row, left to right:
  1. Tinted sunscreen. It's an old pic, from my old site, most of which dates from 2000-2001. You can see how long I've stuck with this same concept; it's much faster and easier to apply and blend than regular foundation and already includes SPF.

  2. Nars the Multiple in Malibu. This is relatively new to my stash. :D Before Malibu, I usually skipped blush, but this is so quick and easy to apply, after tinted sunscreen and before pressed powder. It lasts well too; no disappearing blush.

  3. MAC Blot pressed powder. The date on this pic is December 2003. Blot is, thus far, simply the best pressed powder I've found for oily skin. In the San Francisco Bay Area climate, I need apply this only once, in the morning, to keep my face from getting greasy all day.

Bottom row, left to right:
  1. Nars duo eyeshadow in Jezebel. The Nars duos are incredible time-savers, since they already contain two shadows that work perfectly together. Of the four duos I own--Babylon, Ireland, Island Fever and this--each contains a perfect lid shade, paired with an ideal crease shade. These keep well too; they don't turn hard and funny.

  2. Nars Mambo eyepencil. At first I thought, wha'? $19 for an eyepencil? I tried it mostly out of curiosity, plus I had no chocolate brown eyepencil after my Prestige Expresso got old. The more I use it though, the more I like it. It holds a lovely point and goes on, if not satiny-smooth, at least without dragging, and goes with everything, including the Island Fever and Ireland duos that I used deep grey liner with before. It's a quiet pencil, but with an odd bit of genius within.

  3. Dr. Hauschka #01 Amoroso lipstick. As much of a no-brainer as my previous go-to lipstick, MAC Strawberry Blonde, but still in production. Amoroso is a lovely coral red, works well with warm coloring, doesn't require liner, doesn't have too much transfer (I find that highly annoying), lasts reasonably well on, feels good on lips, and is next to edible, to boot.

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Dr. Hauschka lipstick #01, Amoroso
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, August 25, 2007 3:19 PM (Eastern)

dr. hauschka 01 lipstick amoroso

I feel this picture captures the shade a bit more accurately than the official swatch:

dr. hauschka lipstick swatches

In the swatch, Amoroso appears a sort of pinky peach. But it's actually a lovely, slightly bright coral red. On me it appears coral red, so it's definitely warm (I tend to pink-up, rather than orange-up, lipsticks).

As far as the formula, it's next to edible. Which makes sense, considering you end up eating some of it. From the Dr. Hauschka site:

Full Ingredient List for Lipstick
Castor (Ricinus Communis) Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lanolin, Beeswax/Cera Flava, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil (Jojoba Wax), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Rosa Gallica (Rose) Flower Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Rosa Gallica (Rose) Flower Wax, Fragrance/Parfum (Essential Oil), Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Cinnamal, Citral, Eugenol, Benzyl Salicylate, Lecithin, Mica, Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)


This has already become my substitute for the defunct MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick. Not that it's the same shade; it isn't. For that you would check out Nars Niagara, Julie Hewett Gem Noir, etc.

Rather, Amoroso is the red version of Strawberry Blonde. Which suits me fine.

Dr Hauschka's formula...hmmm, it's not as solidly non-migrating as Chanel Hydrabase (another lipstick I was pondering), but it is decent. Not too much transfer (this was bugging me about Clinique Butter Shine, as pretty as their colors are). It doesn't wear as long as Hydrabase--conversely, it wears longer than Butter Shine.

The color is comparable to any high end lipstick. That surprised me some, since Dr. Hauschka is famous for skincare, not color cosmetics.

Packaging: nice solid tube, brushed gold-colored metal. It looks nice, with the brushed metal creating a warm golden glow.

I would say it's a bit of a trade-off, given the Hydrabase formula wears better, but the Dr. Hauschka formula may well be the wave of the future. After all, I switched to more natural, more basic products for most other applications.

I wear a mineral-based foundation (Zia) mixed with a sunscreen that's more mineral than chemical (TerraSport, although I will be trying out the Dr. Hauschka ones). I'm considering switching MAC Blot pressed powder with a non-talc powder (Physicians Formula Mineral Wear). Long ago I switched to health-food-store-style soaps, shower gels and shampoos, then conditioners, and I've never looked back. Once you try them, you're hooked.

Color cosmetics have always been trickier, since imo, the health food store style products were not as good as the higher end mainstream ones. Much less shade selection, typically more simplistic colors, et cetera.

This lipstick is rather encouraging.

It's moisturizing too. It feels an eensy bit slick on at first. When I swatched it before, I was concerned it would feel dry, but it isn't. Again it's a tad behind Hydrabase (to me that's the benchmark) in terms of leaving your lips incredibly soft. But it does soften.

It has a sort of health-food-store scent...sort of...edible smelling.

Lipstick swatches image courtesy www.drhauschka.com

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How to choose a lipstick shade: then and now
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, August 06, 2007 8:26 PM (Eastern)

How to choose a lipstick shade

Since writing the original post, I used up MAC Sophisto and Strawberry Blonde, all the way down to their inner metal tubes. They're sitting in my Back to MAC empties bag. Even though I have six MAC empties, sufficient to qualify for a free lipstick, I want to try something different.

Spice It Up...really didn't get worn that much. It's not quite "it" for me, a tad too dark, too cool and too dry (it's the one MAC Lustre formula lipstick I've tried that struck me as being at all dry).

Clinique Apple Brandy is what I'm wearing now, until I can find a replacement for Strawberry Blonde. Said replacement doesn't have to be a similar shade, just one I find versatile. As it is, Apple Brandy is going fast, probably due to the softness of the Butter Shine formula, so I anticipate using it up as well. But I won't buy any more Butter Shines...I find the formula too soft.

So where does that leave me? When I started seeking look-alikes for Strawberry Blonde, before I decided to not go with the same shade...I suppose you could say it was eye-opening. For one thing, most of the look-alikes were in the $22 to $24 price range. It's more than I've paid for a lipstick, but then this is the first time in a long time (coughsince discovering beauty boardscough) I've used up lipsticks. I don't buy them that often anymore; what I do buy has to work.

Current candidates:

* Dr. Hauschka lipsticks in Amoroso and Adagio. I've swatched these; the colors are actually quite good. It's the formula I can't be sure about, since I haven't worn them properly all day, but they don't seem prone to fading quickly.

* Chanel Hydrabase lipstick in Moiré. This is surprisingly wearable, a blend of brick red, plum, twist o' fuchsia shimmer. I'll have to get hold of my sample of this and try it again. But even if I vote against Moiré, I'm already sold on the Hydrabase formula. It doesn't feel moist on, but it's way moisturizing, more so than lipsticks that feel moister on. Plus I like the medium coverage, it's hard to find...more color than a sheer, yet not as high maintenance as full coverage.

It's also quite scented (candied rose)--if you're looking for unscented, keep looking, or else try the faint vanilla of MAC.

* Something entirely different. Julie Hewett? Kevyn Aucoin? Sue Devitt? Ramy? YSL? Haven't decided yet.

And now, the incredible Patsy Cline; I included this so you would have something to listen to while reading this post! (The original video I had here, "Leavin' on Your Mind" by Patsy Cline, 1963, is no longer available.)


Patsy Cline - A Tribute

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August 7, 2007 12:31 AM, Blogger Dain said...

I love Patsy Cline!

 
August 7, 2007 3:59 AM, Blogger Audrey_H said...

I think you should go for Chanel Hydrabase! :) It's the best Chanel lipstick formula, no doubt.

 
August 8, 2007 2:20 AM, Blogger Dain said...

Hey, I'm really surprised to say this, but I'm really loving my Cover Girl Tru Shine (I got Wine Shine). the colors are misleading, I could have sworn this would be like this YSL lipstick I have, but this is far superior in color, and the formula is actually quite as good as any highend sheer. And it's almost a fifth of the price. They have quite a few shades similar to what you're looking for, I think. I want more now... as a cheap way to investigate shades to come up with some fall looks, for which lipstick will be major. The colors were blended by the mastermind behind Giorgio Armani cosmetics, Pat McGrath, so they're surprising (shades you might think would not work will), but that's in its favor, I dare say.

 
August 8, 2007 2:41 AM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Audrey: Yep...I'm thinking Chanel Hydrabase too. I've tried only the Moiré one, but I was very impressed.

Dain: hermmm...I tried finding this the last time I went to Longs Drugs. All they had was some sort of liquid lipcolor, and the lip-plumping lipsticks.

 
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And so, goodbye.
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, July 29, 2007 8:02 PM (Eastern)

mac strawberry blonde lipstick
mac strawberry blonde lipstick
mac strawberry blonde lipstick

Wah!

My MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick has finally bitten the dust. I'm using Clinique Apple Brandy now:

clinique apple brandy lipstick
clinique apple brandy lipstick

It's a nice lipstick, but it's not the same. The MAC Lustre formula is superior, most of the time anyway (the texture varies some for the different shades), to that of Clinique Butter Shine. With Apple Brandy, the color is enchanting...soft, somewhat muted, sheer pinkish red. It's flattering, easy to wear, goes with everything...

But the formula doesn't last nearly as long on, as Lustre. You need to touch up more. There's transfer, where there isn't much with Lustre. And so forth. A lipstick's formula is key, actually, easily as important as its color.

Apple Brandy will tide me over, but I'm now in the market for a new lipstick, as Strawberry Blonde was a limited edition shade. Here's what I have my eye on:

dr. hauschka lipstick
image courtesy www.drhauschka.com

Dr. Hauschka lipstick! I've actually swatched some of these (Elephant Pharmacy in Berkeley carries them). #01 and #07, Amoroso and Adagio, respectively, looked fabulous on me. #09, Dolce, was kinda blah...not bad, but not enough color. #03, Giocoso, was too brown on me. It's quite brown.

Amoroso is a lovely reddish shade, I'd say it's a bit warm. Adagio is definitely pink, again a bit on the warm side (I can't wear cool lipstick shades, they look harsh on me).

But I haven't really tried them out, as in wearing them day by day, so I don't know how good the formula is. I didn't detect any perfume or flavor in them...I prefer the faint vanilla of MAC or the candied rose of Chanel, but hey, no scent/taste is better than scent/taste you don't like.

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