Three things I realized this morning while shuffling on the treadmill…
1. You know you’re watching too much late-night television when most of the products on your Christmas list have a red label with the words, “As Seen on TV,” on the packaging.
2. You know you’re a cat lady when you’re watching Days of Our Lives (remember when Marlena was possessed?!), and you swear that instead of Bo calling Hope by her nickname, “Fancy Face,” you hear him say, “Fancy Feast.”
“I love you, Fancy Feast…”
3. You know you’ve seen too many spy films when the first thought you have after seeing the new $35 Guerlain Shine Automatique Hydrating Lip Shine Lipsticks in Lou-Ling and Altoum is, “Wow! These lipsticks could double as weapons…or remote controls for tricked-out cars that can fly.”
Both are from Guerlain’s new limited edition Liu holiday collection, and NOT the secret Q branch of MI6, despite appearances.
The Guerlain Shine Automatique Hydrating Lip Shines are some of the most espionage-appropriate lipsticks around. Caught behind enemy lines without your travel makeup kit? Surrounded by covert agents closing in on your location? No problem. Just slide the little button up on the side of the gilded tube with you thumb, and the lipstick bullet pops up from the top.
BAM! — instant beauty switchblade.
Take that, forces of evil.
And these don’t just have practical, good-looking tubes. I also love how they look and feel on my perennially parched lips — sheer and shiny, with glitter to spare, and a featherweight, moisturizing formula.
They don’t, however, have tons of pigment, which may turn off some beauty lovers, especially considering the price ($35).
Be that as it may, if espionage and tricked-out, elegant packaging are big positives in your book, and you like sheer, shiny, moisturizing lipsticks, take a closer look at Lou-Ling (a sheer berry red with golden glitter) and Altoum (a sheer gold with golden glitter).
Both have a very faint rose flavor and scent, and they last on my lips a surprisingly long time. I get about 2-3 hours of wear time from them, but because of the lightweight formula, I actually expected 1-2.
The wear time, finish, texture and moisture, I like. But I think I’d love these if they packed a little more pigment.
Still, I think the gorgeous packaging would make them a great gift and a good conversation starter. Maybe for the high-end makeup lover who has everything?
PRICE: $35 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Guerlain counters (I haven’t spotted them yet online)
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
The Magic of Belle Isle
Got another movie rec for ya. (Really, I should start calling this site the Makeup and Beauty and Movie Blog, LOL!).
The Magic of Belle Isle. I watched it last night on Netflix and really, really enjoyed it.
It stars Morgan Freeman as a wheelchair-bound, once-famous author of Western novels. He’s at a low point in his career, though, and has taken to drinking entirely too much.
He moves to a rural town where he strikes up an unexpected friendship with the family next door, a single mom and her three daughters.
Rob Reiner directed it, so it does have some cheese…but it’s really good cheese. Like a nice smoked Gouda or fresh Parmigiano, haha!
I just felt great after watching it. It’s not violent or complicated. Just very entertaining and sweet. Good one to fire up when the family comes over for Thanksgiving.
Oh, and if you can think of a way I can get Morgan Freeman to come over and read my grocery list out loud, that would be great. Because I’m pretty sure he could make almost anything sound poetic.
Picture it, Morgan Freeman saying, “Two boxes of Trader Joe’s Hearty Vegetable Stock and Vanilla Almond Milk.”
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,