Tuesday, January 30, 2007

My Sad Attempt at 1920's Make-Up, sigh

As I mentioned the other day, I spent the afternoon playing dress-up with my cosmetics. Curious about who is checking out my blogs, I noticed a few searches for 1920's make-up that, somehow, brought them to my blog. Now, I have tried to achieve the perfect 1920's vampish look but have always failed. Perhaps, I am not so talented. Perhaps, my face isn't appropriate for silent movies and flapper dresses. Sigh. I swear...I will perfect this vintage look...and I will win!

: This is NOT a "how-to" or a demonstration of vintage makeup. This is me, TRYING to do this look and, unfortunately, not succeed
ing. Saying that, I do think I could fit in nicely at a smoky goth club.

I started out with a naked eye, which I lined with a black eyeliner pencil. As you can see, this clearly wasn't a good quality eyeliner as it looks smoky gray. Man, I forgot how much I LOATHED using pencil eyeliners. You can tell by my application technique. I hate it.

Then, I smudged the eyeliner. I should have used a Q-Tip but there was none to be found. I improvised and used a small sponged-tip makeup application. And yes, I loathe those too...but not enough to write that word in capital letters. The eyeliner didn't smudge that well, so I'm assuming that my poor quality pencil eyeliner is at fault.

With a flat and firm brush (MAC), I swept dark gray eyeshadow over my eyelid and underneath my eye. I used a MAC shadow in Print. At this point, I'm really not impressed with my so-called handiwork. It's totally missing something...

Unimpressed as I was, I took out my trusted MAC angled brush and Carbon shadow and lined my eye again. It turned out much more crisp and even. Using a powder shadow and angled brush has so many more benefits than eyeliner pencil, in my opinion. It's softer and delicate, yet can be played up to look dramatic. And, it is much more easier to smudge - which I did afterwards with a smaller and rounded firm brush. With my fluffy eyeshadow brush in hand, I blended a white shimmery powder(which isn't era correct) into the gray to smooth out the edges. Yep, it's starting to look like another smoky eye.

And now, apply some mascara! It looks much more completed. Unfortunately, I just couldn't do the 1920's eyebrow. My father-in-law was coming over and I did not want to frighten him.

Something still felt missing. I took out my fluffy eyeshadow brush again and used a little more Print shadow to sweep up towards my eyebrow. Then...a little more mascara for my puny eyelashes.

Looks kinda cool in black and white, huh? Still, not as dramatic as I would have liked it to look. Ah well.

I would have taken some photos of the "bee-stung", Clara Bow lips...but man, it did not turn out. My lips just aren't ment to be from the 1920's. I ended up filling the entire lips in, but exaggerated the middle of the top and bottom lips. It looked really ridiculous in color so I did it in black and white and then Photoshopped it. Ah, the magic of Photoshop. I played around with the brightness and contrast a bit so I could get more a dramatic eye - if only doing 20's makeup was this easy!

Hey, at least I'm having fun...right?!

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Playing Dress-Up

The Make-Up Mistress just feels like doing a little random blogging tonight....

I feel like the day zoomed past me. Didn't I just roll out of bed a few hours ago? And now it's quarter to midnight. It's no fair, I say! I have to say, I accomplished very little. I did some of my darling domestic duties. I took a hot bath. I surfed the net and posted in my daily photoblog. I drank hot tea. I played around with my cosmetics. And now it's close to midnight. I guess I'm allowed to slack off on my day off.

I did, however, have fun playing dress-up. I, once again, attempted to create a vampy 1920's face. I wouldn't call it a great success. 1920's makeup always seems like a good idea. I love that decade for makeup but I can never get it right. It's frustrating. Painting on those Clara Bow lips, those bee-stung lips, is always a huge disaster. It never fails, I end up looking like a bad drag queen.

It reminds me of that time my friend and I thought it would be a brilliant idea to dress up in modest lingerie and do our makeup in 1920's style....while drinking copious amounts of gin. Anyway, once we got the photographs back from developing, we had a good laugh. Yep, drinking and applying vintage makeup looks don't mix. And nothing is more glamourous than vomiting after a boudoir photoshoot. Hot.

My attempt at a 1920's eye went alright, actually. I suppose if I had the appropriate costume, eyebrow shape, and hairstyle - I'd be more convinced. I don't know if my face belongs in the 1920's or a goth club.

The bee-stung lips. Ack, disasterous as usual. Perhaps if I had a different shape of lips it would look better. I can achieve the shape of the popular lip look of that era with lipliner. Once I fill in the lips with lipstick...enter bad drag queen. I laugh at how ridiculous it really looks. I ended up filling my entire lips, in defeat. I guess I'm just not ment to have bee-stung lips.

That's what I love about makeup. It's fun and I get lost in it. It relaxes me, unless something goes terribly wrong. Like that time I thought my black liquid eyeliner was concealer. I think I breathed fire that morning.

Though my vampy 20's look didn't turn out how I wanted, I just may post the photos. Not really a "how-to" but rather another silly attempt! I will perfect this look, I swear!

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Friday, January 26, 2007

Mascara for Men?

Here is a curious article about the new mascara for men that is now out on the market...I'm rather interested in trying this out for myself. Hell, most men have better eyelashes than I do - without the help of mascara. Has anyone tried it? If so, do tell! I'm just wondering, what is the difference between the men and women's mascara? I have a feeling there is no difference whatsoever - other than a little more expensive and a little more natural for the boys.

I do think, however, H&M should throw a mini-product knowledge class for men interested in purchasing some mascara. Especially if they are mascara virgins. I think applying mascara comes naturally to most women. Anyway, if there were product knowledge classes for them - I'd really love to sit in. And then I'd laugh. And they wonder why we take so long in the bathroom getting ready. Well, now we can say to our beloved boyfriends...you try it for yourself!

Main stream retailers pick up on male cosmetics trendM

By Louise Prance
23/01/2007 - H&M clothing store has staged a significant move in the cosmetics category to become one of the first main stream retailers to incorporate male mascara into its stores.

With many cosmetic manufacturers such as L'Oreal and Shiseido creating skin care lines targeting at the male consumer, it seems the move by H&M is the first time a main stream outlet has targeted this niche market.

H&M spokesperson, Jenni Tapper-Hoel told the Guardian newspaper that the mascara was incorporated into the male clothing section as many ‘customers were asking for it in stores'.

The mascara is retailing at the lower end of the price range at £3.99 and is placed within the male clothes section of the store.

Market Analysts Mintel suggest that the increase in the onslaught of male-targeted cosmetics comes from the growing need for the male consumer to look younger and smell nicer.

H&M's move could be seen to be targeting the onset of the punk and goth era, however, due to the successful rise of male dominated internet campaigns and many advertisment launches featuring male celebrities, it could be the start of more companies developing cosmetic ranges that target this growing niche market.

However, there could be the worry that the male consumer, despite becoming increasingly aware of image and personal grooming, could be put off from buying cosmetics or skin care ranges due to the intimidation of buying in-store.

Briony Davies, Euromonitor account manager for Cosmetics and Toiletries, told CosmeticsDesign that many manufacturers have targeted the mass male audience with successful internet campaigns that capitalise on the need for anonymous shopping.

“The fact that the Internet enables men to browse and explore products that are not necessarily au fait within a non-threatening environment, explains why an increasing number of male grooming players are taking this tact” she said.

L'Oreal has recently upped its successful internet campaign for its Men Expert Grooming range which allows the male consumer to navigate through different areas of the site, detailing his skin type and routine in order to get a skin diagnosis and also buy online.

However, many cosmetic manufacturers have tried different tactics to entice the more nervous consumer and have started to incorporate male stars into lucrative advertising campaigns.

The male stars may allow the male consumer to feel more confident about purchasing cosmetics and fragrances if a recognised role model is seen to endorse the product.

In the past big names to promote global male fragrances and skin care lines have included David Beckham and Sean Puff Daddy. However, the number of sponsorships has traditionally paled when compared to female star sponsorship of products.

In recent weeks both actor/director Steven Seagal and Clive Owen have announced their endorsement of major personal care and fragrance lines.

US national Steven Seagal is currently promoting L'Acrima skin care, an anti-aging line aimed at the increasingly lucrative and increasingly aging male baby boomer generation. Currently he is touring Canada to promote the name, which is manufactured by the American Catechin Research Instute, founded by David Vesco and Bo Zakariev-Mackedonski.

British actor Clive Owen has also put his name to a male fragrance and skin care line being launched by beauty giant, Lancôme. His face will be used to promote the new fragrance Hypnôse, as well as the company's new skin care range.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

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The Art of Red Lipstick

Hi, my name is The Make-Up Mistress and I am addicted to red lipstick.

Painted red lips always makes a statement. It is mysteriously sexy yet playfully feminine. It can make almost any face look dramatic. It can make you feel like and look like a vixen or a bombshell. It is simply very classic. I can't get enough of the stuff and I don't think enough women wear it. There seems to be some sort of negativity attached to red lipstick - it will make you look like a painted-up whore, if you are older than 30 you can't wear it, if you are pale with black hair it will look awful. Hell, I live in the most (apparently) fashionable city in Canada and yet I still get strange looks on the subway when I am wearing bright red lipstick. It's time we take red lipstick back and make it the hottest lipstick to wear.

Red lips can be a challenging color to apply, especially for newbies. Every woman who wears red lipstick, or any lipstick for that matter, wants it to be long lasting. Not necessarily kiss-proof but durable enough so it doesn't fade quickly throughout the day.

The key is to find a good lipstick and matching lip liner. I've tried many brands of red lipstick before discovering a classic red with the perfect consistency. I suggest trying Russian Red or Ruby Woo by MAC Cosmetics as both are your traditional red. Ruby Woo has a very retro feel to it, in both consistency and color - it's like your lips just stepped out of the 1950's! The only downside to Ruby Woo is that it is a very matte lipstick and your lips will feel quite dry by the end of the day. Russian Red is quite similar in color but is a little more moist. It's my personal favorite.

Most cosmetics counters will have (sanitized) samples for you to try out for yourself. If this cosmetics counter or brand carries a red lipstick that you love, they will also have a lip liner to match. A good lip liner should be a firm pencil that is soft and smooth to apply. My favorite lip liner is Cherry, also by MAC Cosmetics. It perfectly matches their wonderful Russian Red lipstick. As well, be sure to pick up a good lip liner pencil sharpener while you are there!

With a newly sharpened and matching lip liner, carefully outline your lips. If you have thinner shaped lips, you can always trace a little outside your natural lip line. Of course, you don't want to over-do it as the end result will look a little too clownish(like that time I tried recreating the 1920's beestung lip look while tipsy - yikes!). Lining your lips with lip liner will not make your lips look heavily made up. Lip liner gives a more precise look, once your lips are filled in with lipstick. Also, it helps your lipstick last a little longer and will prevent red lipstick from bleeding into the fine facial lines around your lips, especially for us older gals. Often, I fill in my entire lips with lip liner to ensure my lipstick lasts as long as possible. That's how much I love red lipstick.

Applying the lipstick is the fun part! You can do it two ways - you can apply it with the tube itself or you can use a lipstick brush. Using it via the tube with the lipstick brush is the most convenient and easy way. I suggest starting from the center of your upper lip and working to the corner of your mouth, repeat on the other side of your upper lip, and cover the entire lower lip. With a lipstick brush, your results will be concise and blended. The lip color will look professionally finished. Lip liner brushes are very easy to use with a little practice. They do require up-keep , so be sure to regularly wash your lipstick brush.

Once the lipstick is applied, softly press both lips together. It never fails, whenever I apply red lipstick I get some on my front teeth and no one ever tells me about it. Thanks, "friends". Always make sure you get rid of excess lipstick by blotting. Blot your lips with a tissue or with your clean index finger between your lips. For a more vibrant look, apply the lipstick once more. For a finished matte look, lightly apply face powder to your lips with a powder brush. You can even spice up your lips even more so with a dab of clear or matching lip gloss in the center of your lower lip - this tiny glimmer will draw kissable attention to your lips.

The last but most important step is to smile...and be the best sizzling bombshell you can be!

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Monday, January 22, 2007

The Smoky Eye ... Made Easy!

I'm still trying to acheive the perfect smoky eye. It's not the easiest make-up look, in my opinion. When I think I got it right, I'll take a photograph and then shudder. I look like a sickly, wannabe goth kid. Okay, so I used to be one back in the days...but still. I want to create a sexy, smoky eye that makes makes men stop in their tracks instead of being afraid of my assumed spooky darkside. Anyway, I have a quick and easy smoky eye technique I thought I would share.

Start with a naked eye. Lightly powder eyelids with loose or pressed powder to ideally set make-up and have long lasting eye make-up. Don't laugh at my nakedness. My eyebrows are there, they are simply light. And I do have eyelashes, just the shortest ones in the entire world.

With MAC Cosmetics Graphito eye paint, lightly cover eye lid and blend towards the brow bone. Apply to the lower lid but try not
apply too heavily.
I apologize for the low-quality photograph as
it is quite dif
ficult taking close-up shots of your own eyeball with a new camera.

This is a picture of what the closed eye should look like. Don't worry if it seems like you have a blob of dark shadow on your eyes...those seemingly harsh lines will be eliminated with a lighter shadow.

With a soft brush, swept entire upper and lower lids with a white slightly shimmery eyeshadow. Blend well into brow bone, making sure that there are no harsh lines and that eyeshadow looks evenly applied toward eyebrow/temple/under-eye. I used Avon's True Color eyeshadow in Sparkling White and a fluffy MAC brush.

The rest is easy! Just add some mascara to create long, beautiful lashes. Well, except for me because my tiny eyelashes are
impossible to work with. Dammit. I need my brows colored in because I am fair with colored black hair. To create a precise
and finished eyebrow look, use an angled brush and eyeshadow.

I use MAC's 266 angled brush and Carbon eyeshadow.

You can stop here or spice it up, see below!

I find that my eyes usually look dull as my lashes are rather stumpy. And I'm addicted to liquid eyeliner. So, if you want to dress it up a bit more - try a little liquid liner. As well, you can use an angled brush and dark eyeshadow to subtly line your eyes.
Here, I used L'Oreal's Lineur Intense liquid
eyeliner and cheap ol' Maybelline mascara.

Can't get enough drama? Here's a little more
spice to add to your smoky eye! Try lining the rim of your lower eyelid with a black pencil. Add a bit of body shimmer to the corner of your eyes and underneath the arch of your eyebrow (the photo doesn't give it justice!). Here, I used a regular black pencil eyeliner and a powdered body/face shimmer.

Good luck and, most of all, have fun!

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Liquid Eyeliner ... Made Easy!

Hi, my name is the Make-Up Mistress and I'm a liquid eyeliner addict.

I've been drawn, no pun intended, to liquid eyeliner since I was twelve years old. Yes, that sounds young to painting up your face. My older sister was a metal queen and painted up her eyes in electric blue liquid liner. Being the bratty little sister I was, I wanted to imitate her with all my might. It was a messy disaster at first. Thankfully, the day came when I realized that electric blue liquid liner is (usually) tacky and switched over to black. I've been using it ever since and I like to think that I have the art of applying liquid eyeliner perfected (except the days I don't have enough caffeine and I'm shaking like jello in hurricane). I love the crisp, precise lines that liquid liner provides and I love paying tribute to a classic 1950's eye with it too.

Here's a simple, how-to:

Start with a naked eye. To set foundation and ensure long lasting eyeshadow and liner, lightly powder with a powder brush. Yikes, I feel so exposed here without eye makeup and eyebrow.

Blue was a hot color in the 1950's for eyeshadow. This is a little toned down and subtle but still a tribute to that era, without looking like a painted Barbie doll. Here, I used a MAC eye paint in a bright blue - unfortunately, I cannot remember the name of the color and judging by the website it is no longer available. The eye paints by MAC are super easy to use and go on smoothly. I swear by their Pixel eye paint(which is still available) as an everyday eyeshadow base as it is long lasting and barely creases. Lightly apply blue shadow to your eye lids with a firm brush, blending into your brow bone. To soften the blue, use a softer brush to apply a shimmery white shadow over the blue and blend towards brow bone so there is not a harsh line of blue shadow. For a nice shimmery white, I used Cover Girl's Snow Blossom eyeshadow.

And now comes the fun part! Liquid eye liner!!!
Truth be told, this takes a little practise. But doesn't all good things need a little practise?? I think so. The goal is to find a good liquid liner that you are happy and comfortable with. This may take a little time as it is usually a matter of personal preference. You may like the kind of liners that have a felt tip or you may like the kind that has a little paint brush like I use. It's really up to YOU! Once you find a good liner - PRACTISE! It won't look the greatest the first time around but after a while it will. Typically, I use a small mirror while tilting my head towards the light - but once again, it's all a matter of personal preference. With a steady hand, gently line your upper lid as close as you can to your eyelashes. Be careful of getting it your eyes, like I did in the corner of my eye. Extend the line past your lashes and lid, making a little wing. Practise makes perfect! Give it time to dry too - keep your eyes partially open so you don't leave a mark of liquid liner on your upper lid! I prefer to use L'Oreal's Lineur Intense in black.

To finish, apply a black mascara to your lashes. This is the easiest step of all, since most of you already know how to apply mascara. Chances are, you have thicker eyelashes than I do. And chances are, I'm envious. My hair color is naturally fair and I color my hair black, hence the drawn-in eyebrows. Don't draw your brows in this dark if you have lighter hair - it'll just look bizarre. If you are curious to my eyebrow technique that I pride myself on, use an angled brush and eyeshadow. I use a terrific angled brush from MAC (brush 263 or 266) and their Carbon eyeshadow. This, too, takes a little practise but it looks a lot more precise and is a lot easier to apply than an eyebrow pencil. Here's the same, finished eye...only closed.

This is my first time doing a "how-to". Remember, it just takes a little practise. Don't expect great results the first time around. Just try and try again, until you get the results you long for. Good luck and, above all, have fun with your make-up!

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Friday, January 19, 2007

Tips - Finding a New Hairstylist, Getting a New Hairstyle

Confessions of a Former Hair Salon Receptionist
Back in the day, I used to be a "salon coordinator"(that's a fancy term for lowly paid receptionist). I have met many clients who were searching for a new stylist to give them a funky new 'do. There are no rules to finding a good hairstylist and cut as it's all a matter of opinion. I can, however, make you a short list of things to keep in mind when searching for a new hairstylist and new style.

Talk to the Receptionist
The receptionist is the brains behind the artist. Well, at least that is what one salon owner told me once. The receptionist is the representative of the salon. She or he is the first person that a new client will see once entering the salon so go ahead and talk to her. Tell her what you want and what you don't want, for your hair and in a stylist. If she is a good receptionist, she will be paying attention. And if she is really good at her job, she will match your personality and personal needs to the best-suited hairstylist in the salon who has the skills to work with you and your hair goals. Not all stylists excel with curly hair or textured cuts, for example. It is the receptionist's job to match you up with the best-suited stylist. Of course, be patient. The best-suited stylist may have a full schedule. If you demand someone who is free at that exact time, you might be walking out of the salon with something you are not happy with. Or worse, you had to sit for an hour with an irritating stylist.

Most hair salons offer free, short consultations with their stylists. Don't be afraid, they don't bite. Well, not usually - only when they are hungry and craving a cigarette. Be as clear as you can when telling her what your hair goals are. Confessing to a stylist that you want a little snip or to look like that star in that film that is out in the theaters right now - tells them absolutely nothing. Ask them for their opinion. Bring in a picture for a visual reference (although I worked with a lot of stylists who loathed people who brought in photographs). Be honest with what YOU want. It's your hair, right?

Trust Your Gut
If you get the dread no-feeling when talking to the stylist or even once you step foot in the salon, don't be ashamed to politely leave. Booking a free consultation doesn't mean that you have put your hair in their hands. Trust your gut.

Accepting the Cold, Hard Truth
It's a bitter pill to swallow but you have to accept that the style you may want is honestly not suited to you and your hair. It's fabolous that you were concise with your description and you brought in a visual reference...however, this is their profession. A good hairstylist will tell you when a particular style will not be possible with your hair type or hair colour. A great stylist will suggest another cool 'do that is better suited to your hair type. Accept the cold, hard truth - you just may not get that hairstyle you really, really, really want.

Bling, Bling
During your consultation or while talking to the receptionist, get an estimation of how much this is all going to cost. A haircut is fairly simple, but add some colour and lowlights and it's starts to get pretty steep. With the rough cost in mind, you will know what to expect when you are leaving the salon and you can also shop around at other salons.

Pay Attention and Don't Be Cheap
Watch what your new stylist is doing while you are in the chair. Ask her to explain what she is doing with your hair. Pay attention to how much she is cutting, in case you don't want that short of a haircut. Ask them to show you what products and tools are being used in the styling process. The stylist is usually more than happy to explain and show you! If there is anything you hate, let them know without raising a stink. Ask for some stylist suggestions.

The moment you leave the salon, your hair will hopefully look amazing. And then you get home.

When you are trying to recreate this style, chances are it won't look the same. That's a good reason to watch what your new stylist is doing and ask her questions about styling. When leaving the salon, ask your stylist to show you what products they used. Salons carry a great variety of haircare products and tools. Don't be cheap either. If you want salon results, buy salon products. There is a huge difference when comparing them to the majority of drug-store brand products. It is okay to be cheap. Check eBay for auctions, for example. You can find almost any professional haircare product there.

Happy and Satisfied
If you are honestly satisfied with your new hairstyle, for cryin' out loud - leave a tip. Stylists work very hard, believe it or not. They don't just stand around and look pretty. They skip lunches, they deal with a lot of nasty people, and they usually remain charming even on their shittiest days. Oh, and don't just leave a dollar in coins either. That's really embarrassing for the receptionist to bring back to them and they are not going to enjoy seeing you in the future.

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Hinterland's Who's Who - Spiders on Drugs

I realize this is not related to cosmetics or makeup. However, laughter is good medicine. Good memories are good medicine too. So, let me walk down memory lane about being a kid. Watch the two very short videos. Share a laugh with me.

Anyone who grew up in Canada with a television set grew up remembering the great commercial spots sponsored by the Government of Canada. Of course, there were wonderful vignettes of our history and the faithful Hinterland's Who's Who spots. Apparently, those in Quebec do not seem to remember such commercials. Watching such informational commercials bring me back to my childhood, giving me a warm fuzzy feeling. Just that opening music makes me feel like a kid again. For example, this one is about the great Canadian Cougar. No, I'm not talking about the 40 year old lady in tight jeans that dances at your local top 40 bar.

The other day, my friend told me about a Canadian short film that was a hit at the Winnipeg International Film Festival. It is poking fun at these old commercials. It's brilliant! Watch the two short videos. Share a laugh with me today. After all, a smile is the best kind of makeup you can apply sometimes!

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

This Customer is Complaining : The L'Oreal Lineur Intense Disaster!

Recently, I made a comment about complaining to companies when you are not satisfied with the quality of their products that you spent your hard-earned money on.

I have spent many years working in retail. Sadly, too many years! In these challenging years being a department store associate/makeup counter artist/beauty salon coordinator, I have learned the vast difference between good customer service and bad. As well, I have learned that the customer is not always right as your bosses will often tell you. There are one too many people out there looking for a deal or to make your life sheer hell by their silly demands. Hell, once I had a customer return an old bath mat that had a decade old sanitary napkin rolled up inside it. But hey, according to my manager - the customer is always right and we gave her money back despite purchasing the damned bath mat ten years ago. Not to mention, the old sanitary napkin. Eww.

The other day, I received my vouchers in the mail from Colgate-Palmolive. You see, I complained about one of their products not being up to my standards. To put it bluntly, their anti-perspirant promised 24 hour protection but in a matter of two hours at work I was stinking up like a dirty hippy. At first, I thought I had acquired suddenly pungent pits overnight somehow. Then I spoke to my mother who just so happened to purchase the same product. The results were the same. She was stinking it up like a dirty hippy too!

I love to complain, don't get me wrong. I simply do not like complaining when it's about something that I purchased on my own. I don't want to seem like I am just another annoying customer looking for a bargain or a discount. I dealt with enough of those people in my days of retail and salon coordinating. I guess you can never honestly tell who is being honest when they write a letter or complain through e-mail, let alone to your face. That's why I feel tremendously guilty this week, even though I am being honest.

This week, I wrote a letter to L'Oreal Canada to complain about the packaging of their liquid eyeliner (Lineur Intense). I have been using this particular products for at least a decade and never had one single problem. One morning, I opened up the bottle of liner and it broke. I was crushed. Yes, there are bigger problems in the world but all hell breaks loose when you mess with my L'Oreal liquid liner and me!

I'm attached to this product. I could be spending my money on cheaper liquid liners(or even more expensive ones) but I choose L'Oreal because I am faithful. I cannot cheat on Lineur Intense with a knockoff, a cheap imitator. And then it breaks! Liquid liner is all over my hands. There is a gaping hole in the bottle. It is impossible to use precisely. It blobs up. It's a bloody mess, to say the least. I have to wrap the bottle up in plastic wrap and prop it up in the corner of my bathroom counter so it won't fall over and spill. I can no longer throw it in my purse with confidence and convenience. And this makes me sad, as a typically satisfied and long time user of L'Oreal Cosmetics.

Should I feel guilty about complaining to the company? I've spent a lot of money on them over the past decade or more. I didn't force the bottle open. I'm a weak vegetarian with weak vegetarian arms, for crying out loud.

I'm curious...
Has anyone else out there have any customer complaint stories with cosmetics companies? Any weird customer returns at your work? If so, do post a comment and share them with me!

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Coming Soon

One very boring night, I spent a couple of hours on the internet to find free samples of beauty products. Well, that and free cat food to send to my kitty back home. I'm very anxious to try them out and write some great lil'reviews for y'all to read.

Yes, yes...I know...I certainly have been a stranger here. The last few months have been hectic - new job position, new apartment, going home for Christmas, and now I have some worrisome health issues. Don't worry, I have made a promise to myself to be more consistant with my blogging.

Stop by and say hello. And stay tuned.

P.S.) If you are ever thoroughly unhappy with a product, don't hesitate to let the company know. Recently, I had a bad experience with some Lady's Speed Stick. I wrote the company and they are sending me free vouchers for deodorant! Don't abuse this kind of hospitality though...even though it is tempting, heehee.