Stolen From Your Granny’s Vanity

Revlon Moon Drops Lipstick in Persian Melon (top) and Blasé Apricot

Revlon Moon Drops Lipstick in Persian Melon (top) and Blasé Apricot

For years I have harbored an intense jealousy of older ladies. They have cool, colorful, eclectic style which favors piling on brooches and costume jewelry with wild abandon (a trend documented in the popular blog Advanced Style). They have awesome hair. And, like tiny white-haired hipsters, they were into vibrant lipstick before it was cool.

There is a little old lady product that has been doling out fresh, fierce pouts for eons. It’s in a tiny green tube that’s probably hidden on the bottom shelf of your local drugstore’s Revlon display. It has the flowery, powdery, perfumy scent of so many eccentric senior citizens in a church’s basement rec center on bingo night. It is Revlon Moon Drops lipstick. These tubes were available in delightfully vibrant hues before Bold Neon Lips were even a stray thought in Anna Wintour’s head (because we all know that Anna Wintour has been behind every major trend since 1965, and when she dies, Suri Cruise will inherit her fashionable throne).

As I previously mentioned, orange makeup in all its iterations is going to be a big trend for spring. I have embraced this trend in the lower frames of the above posted picture, in which I am wearing the shade Blasé Apricot. I’d describe this particular hue as falling somewhere between coral and heirloom tomato on the orange spectrum. The creme formula applied smoothly and wore beautifully for a couple of hours. It’s not a long-wear shade, but it had great color payoff and felt pleasantly moisturizing without feathering or bleeding. Persian Melon is an intense pink that is available in the same wonderful creme formula. They are currently available at Walgreens for $6.99.

Cop some fierce old lady style and try out Revlon Moon Drops lipsticks. The fragrance takes some getting used to, but the creamy formula is really top-notch.

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Universally Flattering Looks: Parisian Chic

Let me preface this by saying I am neither cool nor French. I am an ungainly Midwesterner in every sense of the term. But, if I were a cool French girl, I have a pretty good idea how I’d do my makeup. It would be imprecise, but classic. It would work with a variety of sartorial choices. It wouldn’t be too harsh, nor too subtle, nor too complicated. Above all, it would make me look effortless, like the kind of young, urbane woman who wakes up, lounges around with her lover for a bit,  smears on a bit of lip color, and pulls an Isabel Marant sweater off the floor of her adorably disheveled apartment and meets her friends for an espresso (clearly, I have given this mental picture far too much detailed thought). Continue reading

I Spend All My Lunch Breaks at Sephora (WARNING: Swatch Overload)

I spend an unreasonable amount of time at Sephora. I go there on lunch breaks, I pop in after work, I find any and every excuse to play with new products and explore fun colors. It’s like Build-A-Bear meets Disney World for aesthetically-minded grown-ups.

If Sephora started selling liquor, I would never leave. Continue reading

Drugstore Goodies: CoverGirl LipPerfection in Fairytale

Full disclosure: I was not planning on making two cheap-o product recommendations today. Variety is the spice of life, and I aim to be the vindaloo of beauty blogs (because, you know, curries contain a mixture of spices, and something something spicy variety, this metaphor is rapidly spiraling out of my control). Continue reading