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· Beauty Notes: What I've been into, lately
· Dr. Hauschka Novum LipGloss #04 Ruby
· Beauty Notebook: He blinded me with science
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· Day Two of Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream
· Dr. Hauschka lipstick: makeup with a conscience
· Dr. Hauschka lipstick #09, Dolce (pics)
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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).
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.
Have a good one!
The Weekend Blogger: Back to work
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, May 27, 2008 12:34 AM (Eastern)
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.
Just Notes: The Weekend Blogger
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, May 24, 2008 1:09 PM (Eastern)
Contemplating 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.
Just Notes: What I've been into, lately
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, April 26, 2008 8:34 PM (Eastern)
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'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...
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
Beauty Notes: Skincare thoughts
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, March 02, 2008 12:37 AM (Eastern)
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...
Just Notes: What I've been into, lately
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, February 22, 2008 6:18 PM (Eastern)
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.
(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.
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'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).
Beauty Notes: Day Two of Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Milk
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, February 04, 2008 9:30 PM (Eastern)
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.
Beauty Notes: What I've been into, lately
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, October 25, 2007 3:07 PM (Eastern)
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. 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 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 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!
Dr. Hauschka Novum LipGloss #04 Ruby
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, October 24, 2007 2:25 PM (Eastern)
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!
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.
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. :)
Along with the kits, Dr. Hauschka provides a full line of suncare products, with active ingredient titanium dioxide.
Finally, every girl has her cosmetic
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:
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.
Day Two of Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, September 20, 2007 2:30 AM (Eastern)
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:
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.
image courtesy www.drhauschka.com
Dr. Hauschka lipstick: makeup with a conscience
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, September 12, 2007 1:47 PM (Eastern)
I'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.)
image courtesy www.nationsonline.org
Dr. Hauschka lipstick #09, Dolce (pics)
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, September 02, 2007 10:53 PM (Eastern)
indoors + gratuitous earring shot :)
This is more muted and natural than Dr. Hauschka #01 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:
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.
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!
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).
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...
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:
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.
Beauty Notes: Mom Makeup
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 1:08 AM (Eastern)
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:
Bottom row, left to right:
Dr. Hauschka lipstick #01, Amoroso
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, August 25, 2007 3:19 PM (Eastern)
I feel this picture captures the shade a bit more accurately than the official swatch:
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
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.
* 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
And so, goodbye.
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, July 29, 2007 8:02 PM (Eastern)
My MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick has finally bitten the dust. I'm using Clinique Apple Brandy now:
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:
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.