I have always loved at looking at make up ads and articles in magazines, particularly those that show the make up shades in blobs, streaks or open pots. (I sometimes find myself wishing they could have just given me the make up instead of breaking the lipstick off its tube to photograph for some cosmetics article.)  I would practically drool over the lipstick tubes, the eyeshadow pallettes and the creamy perfecting foundation. To this day, I get a thrill not so much from the gorgeous models as I do from seeing the products themselves.

Being an Asian, my color choices basically fall into two categoris: the pinks and the browns. If I’m wearing black, I usually try to per my color up a bit by leanings towards the pinks. Same as when I’m wearing blue. When I am wearing browns, I go for the beige and red shades. I tried to “tame” down my eye liner before by trying dark brown liners, but I’ve grown completely accustomed to liquid eyeliner now that I have done just plain black. After all, the point of using liquid eyeliner is for emphasis, so why mute something as defining as liquid eyeliner? (I have been using Clinique’s Eye Defining Liquid Liner in Black for three years now.)  If I want something less obvious, I go for pencil eyeliners.

Two things I cannot live without (make up wise, that is) is face powder and lipstick. Even during the weekends when I tend to go out sans full make up, I try to get rid of the “shine” on my face then I make sure to dab some color on my lips. (The Pinay New Yorker uses Clinique’s Perfectly Real Make up in shade 118.) 

I fished through my bag last night and found just under a dozen lip make up items from pencils to glosses.  I wanted to take a picture of them and enumerate them here.  Instead it has made me rethink I should stash half of these tubes back in my make up bin or in another purse.  I have another dozen already stashed away, and there are at least 2 tubes in my office cabinet at work.  Like much of the make up I wear on any particular day, the color I put on my lips depends largely on my wardrobe and my mood.

*  Maybelline Supergloss (520) and Superstay (774)
*  Clinique Glosswear for Lips in Black Honey and another tube in Stellar Plum
*  Face Games in Chili Pepper (This is a private cosmetics line produced by a salon/spa I visited here some years back)
*  MAC Matte Lipstick in Rubine (an ancient shade of fuschia pink I bought more than 10 years ago..)
*  L’Oreal Glam Shine Cream in Sexy Plum
*  GAP Lip Color pallete in PETAL
*  Clinique Long Last Lipstick in Violet Berry
*  The Body Shop’s Mocha Stick Eye and Lip Colour

Ten different lipstick products.  At times I switch from one to another in the middle of the day.  Winter and the current trend makes lip glosses very helpful in keeping my lips moisturized.  The Maybelline lip products are recent purchases originally for pasalubong but which I thought I’d try just for the heck of it.  (The drugstore in my neighborhood has Maybelline on sale at 50% off this week and I had some manufacturer’s coupons which gave me another $2 off.)  The Clinique Long Last Lipstick in Violet Berry was part of the gift with purchase in Bloomingdales.  Again, I don’t normally use the make up products that come with the gift because I am saving that to give away.  I do use the skincare freebies — the items I actually use like the Glosswear for Lips are purchases, not free items.

Sometimes I combine two colors to produce a different effect.  I’d put on the mocha stick as a foundation for a lighter gloss or to make a transparent stain or gloss look opaque.  Or I would use a lighter lipstick base and use the Black Honey lip gloss to darken the hue.  Even during the days when I walk out the door and I put my shades on to hide an unpainted face, I would dab some color into my lips as part of my “Hello, world!” face.

I haven’t been quite as brave to try the lip plumpers because I’m pretty happy with what I pucker up with.  As a rule of thumb, I try to carry at least 2 tubes in my bag in two different shades — you guessed it right: one in pink and one in the red/brown family.  I have girlfriends who have watched in awe as I put on my lipstick without looking at a mirror.  All it takes is practice!

You can never have too much color on your lips — so be generous and take care of them by dressing them up like you would put on those cute flats or drop dead gorgeous pumps.  You’d be surprised at how just a little color can make such a big difference in your total look.  Try it!

Another windy evening

I caught up with this week’s episodes of my Pinoy soaps.  I can’t wait for tomorrow’s downloads so I can get to the exciting conclusion of both.  Don’t ask me which shows because I’m still sour graping from the horrible experience of a few weeks ago when I had to spend the weekend e-mailing a subscription glitch.

Meanwhile, it’s a few minutes to midnight and I am finally here giving you your daily dose of the Pinay New Yorker.

I have a post on make up waiting in the wings, but I haven’t had the time to finish it.  There’s always tomorrow and if not, the weekend.  Work has kept me rather busy.  I haven’t even had the time to do any scrapbooking which is rare.  Not that there have been no lulls — just that there hasn’t been that much time to spare. 

I’ve been on a Lightning McQueen Candy hunt which has been a continuing challenge.  A local drugstore has advertised them in the form of marshmallow pops but the only one out of the three I’ve visited which had admitted to having had them on stock has run out.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed I’ll eventually snag some.  In the meantime, it’s time to plan an Easter goodie treat for the daycare kids in Angel’s class. 

I can hear the wind beating against the windows outside.  We’re supposed to drop below freezing again tomorrow which brings me to the question of whether or not it would be wise to send the little boy to school.  (I can already hear Alan saying that is not a reason to miss school — otherwise he will get used to it.) 

So in the meantime, the coffee is ready to brew tomorrow at 6am.  I even had to grind a fresh batch of beans that should last me the next couple of days.  I had promised myself I would start a longhand letter tonight but alas, the bed beckons and my stationery is still in my tote.  I will do it tomorrow instead.  The scrapbook can wait.