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· Make Up For Ever: Diamonds For Ever Holiday Set
· Beauty Notes: What I've been into, lately
· Dr. Hauschka Novum LipGloss #04 Ruby
· So...IS there lead in your lipstick?
· Dr. Hauschka lipstick: makeup with a conscience
· Dr. Hauschka lipstick #09, Dolce (pics)
· Dr. Hauschka lipstick #01, Amoroso (pics)
· Dr. Hauschka lipstick #01, Amoroso
· Finding this weirdly mesmerizing...
· Beauty Notes: Chanel Moiré lipstick part 2
· Beauty Notes: Chanel Moiré lipstick
· How to choose a lipstick shade: then and now
· And so, goodbye.
· Closing in on a signature lipstick
· MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick, saga continues...
· Ever bought a beauty product purely for its shade name?
· MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick, saga continues...
· This is pretty cool...
· Search for Strawberry Blonde lipstick continues...
· Latest look-alike for MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick
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· Time for a new lipstick?
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· How to choose a lipstick shade

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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 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 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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Culture Notes: Coty lipstick & Weird Al
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, December 17, 2007 11:50 PM (Eastern)

What with the stress of the holidays, sometimes it's nice to just step back and breathe. I've had this Coty lipstick video in my bookmarks for a considerable time, and play it every once in a while to cheer myself up. Though the color of the film has degraded to the point many of the shades now look alike, its charm remains, with the bright red lips, graceful dancing, and carefully-composed graphical effects.

1950's Coty Lipstick Commercial

I had this sudden urge today to search for Weird Al Yankovic on Youtube. Came across this gem, from The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder. Don't laugh, it was a very cool show--one of the first and last U.S. television shows to feature The Clash (you bet I stayed up to watch that one).

Weird Al Yankovic -Another One Rides the Bus

This of course is a parody of Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust."

"I Lost On Jeopardy"--perhaps the funniest aspect is it's just as catchy as the original song, maybe more so. Greg Kihn Band "Jeopardy" (John's Live Performance Video)

Greg Kihn is still around btw; he works as a DJ. I try to catch his show now and again (the station it's on is kind of fuzzy from here).

"Weird Al" Yankovic - I Lost On Jeopardy

Featuring the original host of Jeopardy, Art Fleming, a cameo of Dr. Demento, and Kihn himself.

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NARS: The Consummate Stocking Stuffer
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, December 06, 2007 3:02 PM (Eastern)

So you want to snag a lil' something for your best girl's stocking this year. And you're thinking: "I have no idea what to get. What if she hates it?"

Enter the makeup palette, which performs for cosmetics what perfume samples do for fragrance. You give your gal a whole bunch of options, the opportunity to try various shades of this or that, at her leisure. The key is to choose a good brand, a universal brand even, so that some of the shades are bound to work.

nars artist palette

Here is the whompin' Nars Artist Palette. $60 at

Palette includes eye shadows in India Song (soft butter yellow with a hint of shimmer), Night Star (sheer peach with gold pearls), Night Clubbing (black with gold pearls), Ondine (plum with gold shimmer); The Multiple in Copacabana (glistening pearl) and Malibu (pinkish brown); and lipstick in Honolulu Honey (satin flesh toned beige), Dolce Vita (sheer dusty rose), Gipsy (sheer warm berry), and Trans Siberian (semi matte ruby rose).

On a personal note, this palette contains several shades I've been meaning to try since forever, plus one shade that is my holy grail blush (the Malibu).

nars fame palette

The Fame lipstick palette $65 at (scroll down some) contains a full dozen shades of lipstick in a range of hues.

For a more compact, red-oriented lip palette, consider the Nars Hot Sauce palette $30 at

Palette includes lip colors in Tobago (sheer warm taupe-grape with soft shimmer), Dolce Vita (sheer dusty rose), Gipsy (sheer, warm berry), Catfight (semi matte nude-rose), Flair (sheer burnished berry), and Captiva (sheer currant).

If all of these seem a bit too practical to you, you might go for something more luxe and sensual (not a bad idea this time of year), such as the Nars Body Glow set $98 at (also available on the site):

nars body glow set

"In the tradition of French Polynesia, Monoï de Tahiti oil is the result of macerating the native Tiare flower (Tahitian gardenia) in refined coconut extract for at least ten days, a process that slowly infuses the oil with Tiare's delicate, natural fragrance." The set includes a bronzed version of the oil, to rekindle the heat of summer (sighs), and an untinted oil containing an authentic tiare flower. (You'll note either bottle may be purchased individually as well.)

Finally, if she's already pretty Nars-savvy, you'll want to skip the palettes, and maybe even the body oils, and get straight to the Nars e-Gift Certificate (available in denominations of $50, $100 and $200):

nars e gift certificate

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Make Up For Ever: Diamonds For Ever Holiday Set
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, December 05, 2007 6:43 PM (Eastern)

make up for ever diamonds for ever kit
make up for ever diamonds for ever kit

Fishing around for gifts to give this holiday season? How about this sparkling Make Up For Ever Eye & Lip kit? $49 at (a $110 value)

Within a shimmering gift box is a tote-able, black Vanity Pouch with a built-in mirror, containing:
  • New Diamond Powder #11 - a fairy dust like powder in a champagne hue, consisting of ultra fine 'mother of pearl particles' which impart a shimmery effect on skin

  • New Diamond Shadow #301 - a highly pigmented, pearly white shadow inflected with innovative micro-fine 'mother of pearl' particles

  • Waterproof Lengthening Mascara - an intensely black formula that is water-proof and non-flaking, with special film-forming polymers that lengthen lashes

  • Aqua Eyes #1L - a creamy, pearly eye liner that is water-proof, smudge-proof and extremely long-lasting

  • Fascinating Lip Gloss #1 - a sheer, iridescent gloss with a sweet mango scent and enriched with 'mother of pearl' particles for extra sparkle and ultra shine

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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!

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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So...IS there lead in your lipstick?
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, October 11, 2007 2:07 PM (Eastern)

Got this link from the board: Lead tests raise red flag for lipsticks - Hazardous levels found in one-third of market samples - The Boston Globe

At first I was inclined to dismiss this as yet another installment in the lead-in-lipstick urban legend, where you are to test lipstick for lead using a gold ring, et cetera ( has it, along with many other websites).

But it is a new article, linking to a new study (from a group called The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics), and what they're claiming is not that lipsticks contain a hazardous amount of lead, exactly. What they're saying is the FDA has no standard for lead in lipstick. They used the FDA standard for lead levels in candy to do the tests, and found that some of the lipsticks exceeded that level.

In short it appears to be more of a push to getting lead levels in lipstick regulated--and, given our recent experiences with poisonous imports, it's probably not a bad idea to do so now.

The exact brands and shades of lipsticks tested may be found here: A Poison Kiss: The Problem of Lead in Lipstick.


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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 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 it smells, how it tastes, whether it needs constant touching up, whether it smears all over everything, how comfortable your lips 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

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 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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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.

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Finding this weirdly mesmerizing...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 2:40 AM (Eastern)

This is the "clean" version; the other had the blogger's URL slapped on it toward the end--yeah, I was tempted to post the other one, but anyway...

I can admit I have zero temptation to buy the product, and was attracted to the video purely from fond memories of Lara Croft, Girl, Interrupted, et cetera. As much hype surrounds Angelina Jolie, I always liked her work. But after a while, playing it back a few times, I ended up liking the ad itself.

It's totally meaningless, yet beautifully, almost geometrically designed, what with the lines of the silver jewelry (oh, I'm sure it's platinum or something, I meant the color), the color of Jolie's eyes and the mesmerizing pink lipcolor (that would make me look like a ghoul)...really well done. You don't think about it consciously, but Jolie's eyes and the lip product are the only "colors" in the ad; everything else is her skin, or silver or white.

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August 25, 2007 6:58 AM, Blogger Dain said...

Angelina Jolie is weirdly mesmerizing. She's an extremely talented actress, though everyone's fawning over her has only been since she got some work done on her face. She seems like she's her own person; that's like the rarest thing in Hollywood.

August 25, 2007 8:06 AM, Blogger cmm said...

Dain stole my comment, LOL! I've always been weirdly mesmerized with Jolie. I've had a girl-crush on her since I first saw her.

She's really impressed me since becoming a mom, she has got GREAT mom style!

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Beauty Notes: Chanel Moiré lipstick part 2
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, August 10, 2007 5:45 PM (Eastern)

chanel moire lipstick, nars jezebel, mambo and malibu

Okay, I give up. It's not that plummy. To my eye it seems plummy, but it's more rose than plum. I also have Nars Jezebel, Mambo and Malibu on in this pic, and my hair is completely wet.

Happy Friday!

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August 10, 2007 8:18 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Mebbe you could call it mauve?

August 10, 2007 8:35 PM, Blogger cmm said...

Its really pretty. Alittle different than your usual everyday choice of color,no?

August 10, 2007 8:47 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

I suppose it could be sort of mauve-y. It has some red in's just an odd color...bricky red, plum, a bit o' brown...

It is different, but even I have become sick of sheers and YLBB. The newer lipsticks seem subtler than the old...I remember a time when just about every lipstick I tried, screamed "lipstick!" and required a lot of other makeup to balance it off. This is still pretty much wear 'n' go.

August 11, 2007 7:46 AM, Blogger cmm said...

I like it!
You have lovely lips! LOL!
I suffer from lip envy though. I've got itty-bitty little Betty Boop lips.

August 11, 2007 8:25 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

I have hair envy...but I figure, you can make whatever you have look good. It's just not as effortless. I'm jealous of y'all having to wash hair as if it were heavy silk. I'm happy that at least mine doesn't look stringy anymore. :)

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Beauty Notes: Chanel Moiré lipstick
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, August 09, 2007 2:02 PM (Eastern)

I finally chased down my sample of Chanel Hydrabase "Moiré" lipstick and wore it yesterday.

Wearing is believing...I'd forgotten how good this stuff is. Zero bleeding: the outline stayed exactly as I had applied it, hours later. It faded a tad in the center, but not much; simply a matter of dabbing some back in (or, conversely, applying slightly more in the center to begin with). Basically it was, put it on and forget about it. And it looked good.

The color Moiré is plummier than I'd remembered. It's primarily warm-toned plum, with some brown, some brick red, and the finish is matte, although the lipstick itself is moist. It's a classical, rather than trendy, shade.

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August 9, 2007 2:32 PM, Blogger cmm said...

Sounds pretty, did you take a pic?

August 9, 2007 9:10 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

I have a really lousy picture of it in the image gallery lol. But I hesitate to link to it (it's still there, but I took it when it had looks more rose brown than plum there).

August 9, 2007 11:25 PM, Blogger Dain said...

I say go for it! A superlative lipstick, no matter how expensive, will do the work of many.

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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)

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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
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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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Closing in on a signature lipstick
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, June 07, 2007 3:59 PM (Eastern)

Oh well, I've already decided to lose my Nars lipstick virginity. Now, which one?

I'm thinking sheers. Yes, sheer has become a dirty word, when it is used to mean "next to no pigment in product"--and I have no desire to select a "why bother?" lippy...yet, I've never read a gripe that Nars sheer lipsticks lack pigment.

Internet photographs of women wearing Nars lipstick are in ridiculously short supply btw. I can buy it that they cost more than some other lipsticks, but these days, they don't cost that much more. I'd sooner pay Nars prices for one lipstick that works and gets used all the way down, than pay more for two other lipsticks that end up getting tossed after a few uses.

Dolce Vita? Not likely...I'm sure it's a great shade. But after some experimentation, I've become convinced that "my" lipstick (other than Chanel Moiré, which I'm not worried about now) has got to be a little bit bright. It should not be too neutral, too natural, really.

Hindu? Check this out: SM Memo: Nars "Hindu" is Very Brown. Nice pic. Too brown for what I'm after.

Gipsy? Doesn't everyone own Gipsy, if they own a Nars lipstick? Or Flair? They both look pretty, that's for sure.

Sexual Healing, Barbarella, Belle de Jour and Viva Las Vegas are all quite light, from what I've seen Net-wise. Light lipsticks are good if you use a certain amount of eye makeup, otherwise you get the dead fish look. Hum.

That narrows it down a bit. Not really; I think you do have to see the lippies in person, swatch 'em, get a feel for what you're getting.

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MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick, saga continues...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, May 08, 2007 8:17 PM (Eastern)

Thanks Arabella :) for the heads-up on MAC Flowerplay lipstick. This is from the Strange Hybrid collection...

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It's purported to be quite similar to Strawberry Blonde, perhaps a tad pinker and less coral, but quite similar.

Still, it's limited edition, same as Strawberry Blonde itself. Why rush out to buy, then be stuck in the same predicament next year? How many "back-ups" would I want to buy?

My top candidate for a replacement remains Julie Hewett Gem Noir lipstick:

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Nars Niagara has been named favorably also:

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But I'm leaning toward the JH one largely because it's sheer. Part of the charm of Strawberry Blonde is its sheerness paired with the slight brightness and the ever so slight orange tone. Bleh. Imagine waxing lyrical over a lipstick. Still it is all that and a bag of chips.

Here it is when I was photographing some earrings I made (pretty pleased with them, they're triple nested hoops, hammered goldfilled wire). It hasn't even been touched up for the pic! Still it is that cheery pinky coral color, no shimmer, a bit sheer, moisturizing...again with the lyricism...

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

nars sexual healing lipstick

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

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

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

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

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MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick, saga continues...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, April 11, 2007 1:26 AM (Eastern)

MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick

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

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

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

KimberlyKnits' Purls Of Wisdom

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

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

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

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Search for Strawberry Blonde lipstick continues...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, April 04, 2007 2:38 PM (Eastern)

Hm. Check it out: New from MAC: Slimshine

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

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

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Latest look-alike for MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, March 02, 2007 12:05 AM (Eastern)

Thank you nocturnalgoddess of

Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Perfect Lipstick in "Love Bite"

This is second-hand info, the same as Julie Hewett "Gem Noir" and Nars "Niagara."

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

Glossy Lipstick ~ Bougainvillea Alchemy of Colour Nouriche Lipstick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So! I have been contemplating this new lipstick.

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

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

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

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

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Why I passed on the rest of the Deneuve collection
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, February 18, 2006 8:29 PM (Eastern)

It's nothing personal, whatever. I adore Deneuve. The Bourbon lipstick would have been good on me...and the two shadow quads. I still jump for joy when it's "Strawberry Blonde" time.

I'm a makeup junkie, but I find this rather new MAC phenomenon, of cranking out a new, limited-edition, color collection seemingly every two weeks, to be profoundly annoying. It's worse than drugstore makeup (not the makeup one way or the other; the idea of cranking out/discontinuing makeup in one fell swoop). What's up with that?

The split second I bought my treasured Stawberry Blonde, took her home and wore her a few times...I revisited the MAC site and discovered already a brand new collection there, instead of that cool Deneuve visage. Crap! Good thing I saved out a couple pics.

I hope the other manufacturers do not follow suit on this. Nars, for example...I look forward to the new collection, whatever it turns out to be. Always a few, distinct, well-thought-out items. Not bang, bang, bang.

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How to choose a lipstick shade
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, February 08, 2006 8:46 PM (Eastern)

I started writing a user tip for this, for eHow. I happen to like eHow.

Unlike eyeshadow colors though...where you simply deduce whether you tend toward the "warm" or the "cool," then find a set of eye makeup colors that both work with your overall coloring and complement your eye color...lipstick shades seem to have an emotional factor that goes beyond simple coloring.

I challenge you to find two women anywhere in the world who possess identical lipstick collections. Okay that probably means nothing :) but the emotional factor in lipstick choice eludes definition. Perhaps it is similar to the emotional, memory-laden factors in perfume selection. Many perfumes can make you smell good; very few mean more than just smelling good. So it is with lipstick.

I went for about a year, I think, of using, largely, a single lipstick. I felt this would distill what I really wanted in a lipstick. I know it may sound meaningless, but women spend billions (with a "b") of dollars on beauty products...everyone knows that. It is a billion-dollar industry, right up there with software and arms. So, shrugs if I'm going to spend money, I'd like to find a way of getting my money's worth.

One lipstick doesn't work. At least for me. Two is not enough either. It's a nice thought but women assume far too many "roles" these days...and, unlike in the past, "role" no longer means only "unpaid job." At least one of your lipsticks has to be competent in a paying work setting.

So...back to the color selection process. At least one of your lipsticks has to be relatively neutral.

For me, it is MAC "Sophisto" Lustre lipstick. It's not a true neutral in the traditional pink-brown sense, but it's enough color so that your lips don't look uncolored. It doesn't transfer much and doesn't bleed, at least on me.

Sophisto is a sort of rosy, sheer, berry color. It has a little shimmer in it but doesn't look frosty. I'll guess it'll work across a fairly wide range of colorings as--unlike most berry-toned lipsticks--Sophisto is not that "cool." I can wear it.

Sophisto was a Lipstick Page Forums board lemming--just thought I'd mention it. I think Audrey was the first to discover it.

After you've found your work lipstick--you can then concentrate on finding your "fun" lipstick shades.

This year I decided to go ahead and branch out of my one-lippy-clapping habit. I wanted to get some red lipsticks...sheer warm reds. Why sheer? I've owned several full-coverage red lipsticks--some good ones too--but ended up never wearing them. Full coverage red lipstick requires the right personality, and the rest of the makeup has to match. Hence: for me, sheer.

Why warm? Well that's fairly easy to ascertain. Cool reds look harsh on me. A red has to be quite warm to turn orangey on me.

Why red? What's not to like? I like red lipstick. Just wanted to find a few that I'd actually wear.

I went with two board recs: MAC Spice It Up Lustre lipstick and Clinique Apple Brandy Butter Shine lipstick.

Of the two, I've worn the Apple Brandy more. It's less "color" than Spice It Up. Apple Brandy is only slightly more red than it is muted pink. It's almost neutral but with that nice shot of red.

Spice It Up is more color. It's a deep warm red, again it is sheer (but not super sheer).

Finally, my newest cough lemming, the Catherine Deneuve "Strawberry Blonde" Lustre lipstick. Although this is a limited edition lipstick, I resisted the urge to stock up. It will take me at least a year to use up this lipstick; probably longer. It took me roughly a year and a half to use up a lipstick when I owned only two, and used mainly one. Now I have four in rotation.

Here is my first pic of Strawberry Blonde. I will take some more of it, "on," later on (keep an eye on the Image Library).

Strawberry Blonde, so far, is my secret favorite of the four. It's not that it necessarily looks the best, nor is it the most versatile. It's a limited edition so it's not even the most readily available. It just has that "it" factor. Something about's a deep sheer coral pink, if that makes sense. It looks retro, like something in a movie circa, I don't know, 1962? It smacks to me of when sex hit the big screen in full luscious color. In reality, it is sheer, it is not quite 1962. But that breath of sexual discovery is there. It's slightly bright, slightly...almost orange in tone. And--most lipstick names have no relevance to the lipstick--but this looks great with strawberry blonde hair.

So--after all this blah blah, I had to ditch the thought of penning a simple user tip on choosing lipstick shades. It's taken me years to get four lipsticks--with only one doomed to be discontinued, at least for the nonce--that I feel happy with.

And, I'm not even done. I'll update this six months from now and see if all four still make the cut.


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