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making faces :: the little red book roundup

here's a quick look at all the holiday-friendly reds included in my own "little red book". as i mentioned, there are lots of suggestions of great red lips available [check out my list of "beauty-filled people" on the right]. in particular, pink sith has been doing her own series on red lips [and has many. many red lip entries on her blog] and red lips, black hair is dedicated to exactly what you might think from the title. [she also has a preference for matte shades, so if you found my selections too glossy, she might have reds more to your liking.]

i've tried to include as much information as i can on the individual shades, but if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. and of course, if you've any favourite reds you'd like to recommend, i'm all ears. and lips.


in order of appearance ::

too faced lip of luxury "drop dead red"
$20usd/ $24cad
available at sephora
perfect femme fatale activity :: being a gangster's moll and making off with his stash of money when he ends up in prison thanks to your tip-off
[originally reviewed here]

hourglass femme rouge velvet creme "raven"
$30usd/ $35cad
available at sephora
perfect femme fatale activity :: making off with the maltese falcon
[originally reviewed here]

yves st. laurent rouge pur couture "rouge vermillion" [shade 04]
$30usd/ $38cad [currency gougers!]
available in canada at the bay, holt renfrew and select murale stores, internationally at sephora and in the u.s. at majoy department stores and direct through yves st. laurent
perfect femme fatale activity :: strictly white collar, high finance stuff involving secret slush funds and accounts in turks & caicos

mac amplified "gesina"
$22usd/ $28cad originally
currently unavailable, but crops up on ebay and sites like
perfect femme fatale activity :: playing large scale pranks with a political or social message, inciting fury in the establishment

chanel rouge allure laque "dragon"
$32usd/ $38cad
available in canada at the bay, holt renfrew and murale and it's NOT BEING DISCONTINUED IN CANADA. contrary to my original information, i've confirmed with a couple of chanel employees that the rouge allure laques will remain in their program at least through 2012. in the united states, they are being discontinued. some are still available at major department stores. dragon is no longer available on the chanel web site.
perfect femme fatale activity :: convincing the hot, lunk-headed postman to kill your wealthy husband.

armani rouge d'armani "608"
$30usd/ $38cad [gougers!]
available in canada through holt renfrew and in the united states through major department stores, limited edition and sold out on the armani web site
perfect femme fatale activity :: espionage, the sort of work that doesn't get noticed until it's too late, but whose effect is never forgotten

chanel rouge allure "famous"
$32usd/ $39cad [gougers!]
see notes on "dragon" above. this shade is limited edition, but still available on chanel's web site.
perfect femme fatale activity :: running a high-end house of ill-repute and blackmailing the clientele

guerlain rouge g "grenade" [shade 65]
$47usd/ $50cad
available in canada at the bay, murale, select shoppers drug mart/ pharmaprix locations and holt renfrew, in the united states at all major department stores and internationally at sephora [this shade is listed as online only]. guerlain is one of the easiest to find luxury brands, it seems.
perfect femme fatale activity :: petty larceny, insurance fraud, grifting... anything where an innocent-looking face is an asset

nars semi-matte "transeurope express"
$24usd/ $30cad
available in many retail collections, but also direct to canada and the u.s. through the newly revamped nars web site. [which features a number of exclusive and hard-to-find products!]
perfect femme fatale activity :: something old-fashioned, like serial poisoning
[originally reviewed here]

mac amplified creme "so scarlet"
$14.50usd/ $18.50cad originally
discontinued shade- see notes for "gesina" above
perfect femme fatale activity :: leading a shadowy but powerful secret society


as long as you're here, why not read more?


i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:

am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

making faces :: soft touch

ah winter, how my lips hate you. it's too bad, really, because the rest of me likes winter, down to about -12 or so. but there's no arguing that i get dried out. nuxe rêve de miel is my super best friend at this time of year, even more so than otherwise. [i gave bite's agave lip mask a try only to find out i'm allergic to something in it.] but our [still] new apartment is somewhat drier than the old one [electric vs hot water heating], which meant that, for a long stretch, virtually every kind of lipstick was uncomfortable. the horror. [i wrote a post a while back about the formulas that are friendliest to chapped lips.]

faced with this dilemma, i decided to try something not exactly new, but [for me], out of the ordinary: being a gloss girl. now, i don't mind glosses. i buy them from time to time, and i used to buy more until i discovered that i just wasn't using them near enough to justify the continued purchases. my issues with glosses are that they feather…

making faces :: a lip for all seasons [summer edition]

this may seem like an odd time to think about summer, but not to think about coolness. it can be hard to wrap your head around the idea that summer is considered "cool" in colour analysis terms and, in my opinion, reads as the coolest of the cool, because everything in it is touched with the same chilly grey. winter may have the coldest colours, but its palette is so vivid that it distracts the eye. everything in summer is fresh and misty, like the morning sky before the sun breaks through. in my original post on the season, i compared it to monet's paintings of waterlilies at his garden in giverny and, if i do say so, i think that's an apt characterisation.

finding lip colours touched with summer grey and blue is, as you might expect, kind of tricky. the cosmetic world seems obsessed with bringing warmth, which doesn't recognise that some complexions don't support it well. [also, different complexions support different kinds of warmth, but that's another…