Right now it’s raining like the powers that be left the shower on upstairs, but I’m not letting the wet weather get me down. Assisting me today in my pursuit of perkiness are this hot pink ribbon…
…and Tabs, who sent me the following text from his iPhone.
Woman, I’m in the mood for something bright. Tie this thing around my neck before I swipe your ankles.
P.S. Real cats wear pink.
I usually just roll my eyes and click DELETE when he sends me crazy texts like this one…from upstairs, but I derive great joy from seeing him bop around the house in bright colors, so I was happy to oblige.
Doesn’t the ribbon go well with these bright new Rouge G de Guerlain Serie Noire Jewel Lipstick Compacts ($46 each)? They’re part of a new four-piece limited edition lipstick line released for spring.
Rouge Sensuel on the top and Fuchsia Delice on the bottom
What do ya think of the black lacquer compact? Pretty sleek, right? Each one holds one tube. Guerlain did that special for this release.
The Serie Noire lipsticks themselves shine much like the lippies from Guerlain’s original Rouge G line do, but I think they’re sheerer and not quite as opaque. They do layer well, though, so if you crave more pigment from them, you could always add a layer or two.
Also like the O.G. Rouge G’s, they feel smooth on my lips, but I think they’re lighter and not quite as dense. They remind me of the lipstick/gloss hybrids that have been cropping up over the past few years (like the JK Jemma Kidd Hi-Shine Gloss Sticks and the discontinued MAC Slimshines).
Guerlain gave them something they call “precious ruby powder,” or “PRECIOUS RUBY POWDER!!!” LOL! I think it just looks better in all caps. It’s supposed to make them look extra radiant in daylight. Since it’s been so overcast outside, I can’t really tell if they’re working, but I do think my lips look smooth and slightly plumper than they did a few minutes ago. It might have something to do with the finish.
Swatch of Fuchsia Delice on left and Rouge Sensuel on right
Wearing Rouge Sensuel on lips. Additional makeup worn in this look: Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Samba-dy Loves Me, Laura Mercier Eye Kohl in Stormy Grey, Benefit Instant Brow in Medium, NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base and Panthera Mascara on eyes; Benefit Sugarbomb Blush on cheeks.
I feel kinda fancy with one of these in my purse. With springy colors and cool packaging, they only seem moderately overpriced (they’re $46 a pop!). I find myself having to do touchups a bit more often with them than I’d like (they only last about two hours on my lips), but at least the mirror in the compact makes those touchups easy to do.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman stores, and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+ (an A if they were cheaper)
Latest Trader Joe’s obsession
I brought this box of Pita Bite Crackers home from Trader Joe’s last Sunday, and I kid you not — it took all my willpower not to finish the whole thing in one sitting.
They’re these itty bitty baked rounds of pita bread with sea salt sprinkled on top. YUM! I bet they’d go great with cheese or dip, but I believe I shall devour this particular box au naturel.
It’s that dang crunch that makes them so addictive… I might even brave the rain tonight to get another box.
Have you tried them yet? Please say yes!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,