Posted in Lipstick, Make Up, Revlon, Urban Decay

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick

I made another recon trip to Ulta and picked up a few new lipsticks, including two colors of Urban Decay’s Vice liquid lipstick. The colors I got are “Amulet” and “Conspiracy”.

Amulet is described as a “comfort matte” and it does go on nicely. It’s not thick and gloopy. It dries quickly. It doesn’t dry out my lips. (What? I know!). The color is darker than my own lip color, but is still close enough that I consider it to be a “me but better” color.

I put it on last night and it didn’t transfer at all to my water cup (or pillow). In the morning, I had a chile relleno burrito for breakfast, which I was sure would kill it. In my experience greasy food will kill even the toughest long lasting/waterproof lipstick. It survived the chile relleno. For lunch, I had (left over) mushroom/cheese pizza. Again, it was still there. However, after two greasy meals, I will admit it needed a touch up. Since it was close to my lip color, it wasn’t an obvious problem. I will be able to wear this to work without worrying what my lips look like during the day. (And really, that’s my goal for my lipstick. Put it on and not worry about what I look like when I’m talking to my bosses. Or my bosses’ bosses.)

Conspiracy is a metallized dark lipstick. It looked almost black going on, but is pretty sheer. It has a LOT of gold flakes. This is probably a color that would like best when you’re going out at night. I don’t do that. The closest I get to going out at night is leaving the office after dark and heading home. I guess that counts, right?

While Conspiracy is too dark for me on a day to day level, it does mix very well with Amulet. I will probably layer the two for a long time.

Just when I’d given up on finding anything more durable than Revlon Colorstay Outlast, Vice walked in. I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship.

Posted in Hair, Oribe, Texture

New HG For My Fine, Thin, Wavy Hair

My last post about my hair was a snapshot of my hair regime. I’ve been using that same regime for well over a year, and I was pretty confident that I’d found “it”. The best formula of cleaning and styling for my hair, which is why I made that post.

Which means, of course, that I found something new. I’ve never really tried dry shampoo. I’ve dabbled here and there, but just never found anything that worked well enough to make me feel ok skipping a shampoo day. I’d heard stories about using dry shampoo as a way to give fine and thin hair a boost, and I was intrigued, but it wasn’t until I read this article about dry shampoos that I decided to give it a try. We Pitted These Budget And Luxury Dry Shampoos Against Each Other And Here’s What Happened. 

Read it, because it’s fun, but if you don’t have time, here are the high points. The winners were Oribe Dry Texture Spray and Batiste. Every woman said they loved Oribe (pronounced “Orbay”) but voted for Batiste because it did almost as well and was a ton cheaper. (Oribe is 20 times more expensive than Batiste.)  At the end of the article, each woman confessed that they ended up buying Oribe. So, in the category of “the Internet made me buy it” I decided to try some.

I got the purse sized sample because it was $22 on Amazon (1.3 oz), while the full sized was $44 (8.5 oz). EVERY person talks about the way Oribe smells, and I have some weird allergies, so I figured start small. If I hated it or was allergic to it, I was only out $22 bucks. Bad, but not as bad as being out $44. But still.

I tried it on a Saturday morning. It did seem to give my hair some volume and body, but was I really willing to pay $44 for something if I’m the only one that notices? Randy and I went out to breakfast, and as we were walking across the parking lot, he said, “There’s something about you today. You look awesome. I mean, you always look awesome, but today there’s something more.” I smiled a knowing smile and said, “It’s a secret.”

After breakfast, we went home and I went back to Amazon and bought a full size of the Dry Texture spray and several other Oribe products. For Black Friday, Amazon had a sale, and I bought more Oribe. Oribe Dry Texture spray is now something I use daily, even on freshly washed hair.

Here are my thoughts on the Oribe products I’ve tried. (Prices are for full sized products as visible on Amazon right now.)

Oribe Dry Texture Spray ($44). This is a Holy Grail product. It adds texture, volume, and hold, as well as being a dry shampoo. If I use it on second (or third, or fourth) day hair, I spray it on and then scrunch my hair while it’s still fresh. This restores any waves that got brushed out when I brushed my hair.  It does all the things the dry shampoo does, but also adds texture.

Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo ($44). Not as nice as the Dry Texture Spray, but very similar. The cost is the same, so I’ll stick with the Dry Texture Spray.

Oribe After Beach Shine Spray ($39). Eh, nothing to write home about. I didn’t see any difference, and won’t repurchase.

Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray ($35). I didn’t notice any difference but I only used it once. I’ll use it up and update this if it turns out to be better than my first impression.

Oribe Superfine Strong hairspray ($37). Nice hairspray. Not needed if you are going to use the Dry Texture Spray. It has a lighter scent than the Dry Texture Spray. If the Dry Texture Spray is too much, try this instead.

My current regime is to brush my dry hair, and then spray Oribe. Then fluff and scrunch. Maybe spray some more. Turn my head upside down and spray a little more. Then one last all over spray. With each spray, my hair gets thicker and bigger. I’m going through about a can a month. I’ve cut back on my “eating out” budget to pay for it. I’m afraid to try the Oribe gel, because what if I love it, too?



Posted in Conditioner, Gel, Hair, Hair Brush, Hairspray, Shampoo

The Needs of Fine, Thin, Frail, Wavy Hair

My hair is fine and thin. Fine, because each individual hair is almost invisible. (I often say I could weave an invisibility cloak out of my hair.) Thin, because I don’t have a lot of hair. As if that weren’t good enough, because my hair is fine, it’s also extremely fragile. It breaks easily and gets split ends easily.

The only saving grace of my hair is that it is wavy, and curls cover a multitude of sins. The wavy texture gives me the appearance of volume and it makes my hair seem a little bit thicker. However, it doesn’t actually change the nature of my hair.

Because my hair is so fragile, I use the Curly Girl Method. At least, pretty close. When I use shampoo, it’s a no sulfate shampoo. I frequently skip shampoo completely and use conditioner to wash my hair. I brush my hair when it is wet and full of conditioner. Even though hair is easier to break when it’s wet, the conditioner helps with the slip, and that prevents breakage.

I always use gel, and I’ve recently started using hairspray. My hair is looking better than it ever has. Yes, some of that is because it’s healthier, but probably 80% is about learning how to style my hair.

Currently, I’m using the Wet Brush, Garnier Fructise maximum hold, Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil shampoo, conditioner and the actual oil. It’s too soon to say how that’s working, so I’ll update after I’ve been using it for a while. I use MegaMax volume gel.

Posted in Lipstick, Make Up

The Search for the Perfect Lipstick

The search for the perfect lipstick has not gone well. Maybe I want too much, but it doesn’t seem too much to me.

I want it to last. Last all day. I don’t want to wonder at any point during my day if my lipstick has worn away, leaving me with bizarre two toned lips.

Color. I want a deep, dark, rich red. The perfect fall/winter lipstick. A lipstick that says, “If you kiss me, you don’t know how this will end.” A lipstick that doesn’t make me feel like a clown.

Texture. I want a smooth texture. Not thick. Not goopy. Not sticky. I don’t care about matte vs glimmer, sparkle or shine. I just don’t want it to scream, “You’re wearing lipstick!” at me every five minutes like some sort of lipstick cuckoo that’s gone insane by the number of lipsticks that I’ve tried. Oh, and I’d really like it if it didn’t make my lips peel and that it costs under $20 dollars. (Though for the right lipstick, I’d be happy to waive that dollar limit.)

I say “lipstick”, but I’m not that picky. It can be a lip stain. A creme. A gloss, even. As long at it lasts, has the right color and the right texture, I don’t care what it’s called.

Unless it’s called chicken poop lip balm. Then I care what it’s called.

So far, the one that lasts the best, with the best texture, is Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come in the color I’m looking for. However, I have found two that go very well with my natural lip color, giving my lips a “me, but better” color.