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Saw Red

11 Jun

Gwen knows that a red lip is key, yadda yadda. Lots of people know that, so we really don’t have to go into it. Red lips add panache. Although a ruby pout may not scream low-key summer glamah, red lips are perfect for a post-swim snack by the seaside or while you’re slaving away at work. There are many reds out there, but here are two blue-red based lip stuff that look lovely on all skin tones.*

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SMOOCHABLE:

There’s something about red lipstick that kickstarts the anxious inner monologue about whether or not it’s on your teeth or whether or not it’s smudged all over your face like Courtney Love in her Hole days. This is why many just don’t bother to rouge up. But you can still wear red and play tonsil hockey, especially with NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam (a nod to the Red District pershmaps?). This soft as butter lip color (rhyme!) comes in a gloss tube, but is perfectly matte and smooth on your lips. The color is “softly” strong in the sense that it is bold, not brash. It sticks without drying and crackling, which we all know is key for locking lips. Plus, it smells like a bakery!

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NOT SO SMOOCHABLE:

… but very classy still, Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red is for those who aspire to be as chic as Jean Seberg and as bad ass as Rosie the Riveter. It is a highly pigmented stick that glides on and stays for a while. This lipstick is meant for kissing love letters and writing notes on mirrors, so blot blot blot before leaving your house. It might not be ideal for shirt collars or rough housing around, but that’s why you have the alternative NYX, darlings.

So! Everyone has a favorite red and I want to hear yours. Comment away you comets.

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*: Do not listen to A$AP Rocky… what does he know?

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Lucio Fontana’s red spatial concept photo source

Vincent Olinet’s “Lipstick” photo source

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POSH : Port Out Starboard Home

28 May

It’s cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey in New York. While the weather’s having another tizzy fit, spark up a Malin + Goetze cannabis candle and peruse these beachy-keen things to get your mind off the rain.

what’s your summer song?

Smack, smooch, eat a popsicle and swallow uh… sea water with Becca Beach Tint for Lips and Cheeks. You know what? It’s that good it’s getting a photo for all you visual learners: Image The name says it all– this stuff is designed for the beach! It’s waterproof, blendable, buildable, and gives you a beautiful even color. No worries about swallowing stuck on hair strands either — Becca’s not goopy or sticky. It just seeps into your lips in a very, very low-key and pretty way. Add more layers for pizzazz and you’re good to go. I’m partial to berry shades but pick ya fave.

Since this post is beach themed, and although the sun is sleeping this May, sunscreen is the happiest and sexiest scent on earth. Just as happy and sexy as this tumblr: surfer-boys.

Go get yourself a boozy ice pop and let’s take a moment on that site before continuing

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Okay then, so slap on the euphoria even through this rainy season. It’ll lift your spirits. Promise. Current cheap fave is generic Duane Reade SPF 50 which smells exactly like sunscreen should and is easy to buy for you broke fi broke out there. Remember your ears, neck, and hands when schmearing. And since you’re being sooo good and spraying on the sun, further fox that faux tan with Physicians’ Formula Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls. If you have been chrysalis-izing till now, however, MAC Bronzing Powder will get you colorful. It’s matte, without shimmer and flash, so it really gives you a believable sun-kissed look.

I’m readdyyy! Sunshine here we come!

Spritz your mane with Miracle It’s A 10 Leave In to hydrate those salt-chlorine-sun scorched hairs. Those with finer hair should use their paws to distribute the product and not spritz their head directly because it is super conditioning and too much will make finer-haired folks look greasy. Curly and voluptuously maned pals like the dude below can splash directly.

definitely can handle the 10

 

Yes, yes, Princess Carolyn Bessette Kennedy famously wore this.

Unless you like being a mosquito’s milkshake, skip perfume in the summer. Having said that, Kareem Abdul’s Egyptian Musk is the ideal and perfect hint-o’-scent for the summer/year round/life. It too will get a photo cause it’s just that awesome.

Alright, alright, hear me out: This ain’t your grandma’s musk. It won’t retrieve repressed memories of being force-fed jelly candy and being told to sit straight. You’ll not pass out from this NOT overpowering scent. The Amazon description hits the nail on the mark (clickedy clack on the oil’s link above to read it). You will not smell like you’re wearing perfume. It’s subtle and just illuminates you in a stunning, truly personal way. It’s hard to describe! Guys and girls who hate “perfume” will love this.

Alright, as always, lemme know what you do to get ready for summer. For my New York friends, keep your spirit throughout this rain.


P.S.:

Like the monkey balls comment, the title refers to another nautical term. Those seamen are the best wordsmiths!