Thursday Toss-Up: Excitement Salad, Q of the Whatever, Sales!

By Voxy  

Greek Orzo and Grilled Shrimp Salad with Mustard-Dill Vinaigrette (1/3 Top View) by Special*Dark.First of all, I cannot believe how much I want the salad pictured to the left right now. I have just spent 20 minutes looking at pictures of salad online, and I have to say that I never thought that looking at pictures of salads would make me hungry. And yet. I think I might try to find myself a nice Greek orzo salad for lunch. (Also, the word “salad” looks weirder the more I type it.)

Anyway, I was looking for pictures to go with the idea of “excitement salad” because O! All sorts of exciting things are going on in Voxyville. I am in the middle of testing some new skincare products that I think are going to have great results and which I will certainly share with you; a new gadget is about to arrive at my house that I can’t wait to test-drive (IT IS FROM A SKINCARE COMPANY IN CASE YOU WERE THINKING SOMETHING ELSE); I have both drugstore and high-end products to review; and I’ve recovered from the spring semester enough that the fall cosmetic lines are actually starting to interest me. I’m also working on the spa post that Baz asked about, which is just feeding my spa craving, and I’m starting to think about packing makeup for travel, since I have some coming up in the next few months.

In other news, my Bobbi Brown lipshine remains lost. I am considering putting posters up in the neighborhood, or appearing on TV to make an emotional appeal to whatever agency is holding it hostage.

From the Annoying Department of Annoyances, I’m miffed that I cannot find the Milani summer limited edition Liquid Metal collection of nail polishes at any of my local CVS stores (they are supposed to be available exclusively through CVS through July). And when I say “any,” I mean the ten that I’ve tried. Ten stores! What gives? Anyone got ’em?

And, to end this salad on a happy note, these are recently reviewed products that I’m still squeeing over every time I use them:

• the Beautyblender
• Too Faced Lip Insurance
• Tarte EmphasEYES brow pencil

Q of the Whatever (because let’s be honest, sometimes it’s a week, sometimes it’s a month; consistency was never my strong suit): I’ve been thinking about lippies a lot lately. I bought a beautiful Laura Mercier lipstick for spring in a vibrant pink color (Hydrangea; I’ll review as soon as I’ve taken a lip photo) and dang it, I seem to have a really hard time wearing it. I can’t help gravitating towards MLBB (My Lips But Better) shades. My lipstick range starts out with MLBB, extends about three shades darker and a few notches over towards coral, and includes a few outlying red data points. But I want to break out of my shell and rock this bright pink lipstick.

So the Q of the Whatever is this: are you a brave and experimental lipstick/gloss wearer, or do you find yourself constantly veering towards the same shades?

I might have to tone down the Hydrangea a bit with lip pencil, but I am determined to Make It Work in true Tim Gunn style.


SkinStore is having another 20% off sale sitewide (with the usual few exclusions) through 7/6 with code SUM20.

Jurlique is having a F&F sale: 25% off through 6/27 with code SUMMER25.

Stila is offering the first in a series of travel palettes (each with four eyeshadows and a convertible color pan) for a mere $10, and you can get free shipping at Stila if you use the code REFILL.

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  1. avatar baz
    Posted June 24, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I wear all colors from nude to black though some periods, a year or so, I tend to wear one type more than another.
    I also go shimmer to moist, matte to gloss.
    I’m a lipstick slut. I’ll do any one.


  2. avatar a biologist
    Posted June 24, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I definitely stay in a MLBB range, which is berry. I also like cool reds to complement all the cool red in my wardrobe. I usually wear sheer glosses as I’m not comfortable with full lipcolor.

    My lips are fairly dark and in high contrast to my skin (though fading, insert pithy quote about fleeting youth), so I avoid paler lipcolors, including those often termed “nude.”

    I’m on the search for a perfect cool but not bright red lipstick.


  3. avatar Francie
    Posted June 24, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Well I don’t know, Vox. I was just reading your post about that vibrating foundation applicator. . .

    Thanks for the dinner idea, though.

    A the the Q. of the W. – I would have to say the range of my lipsticks is narrow: muted plum/rose/pink/light peachy-pink. My wish would be for a nice, age-appropriate red, though.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted June 24, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Permalink | Reply

      “My wish would be for a nice, age-appropriate red, though.”

      Lipstick or gloss?


  4. avatar chaosbydesign
    Posted June 24, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Now you have posted that salad picture, I don’t think the cereal I was intending on eating for dinner is going to satisfy me (intersiteuality?)

    As for the lipstick colours, I wear whatever goes best with the rest of my makeup; if that happens to be blood red or some other entirely noticable shade, then I’ll wear it. I have even worn black lipstick once. You would look amazing in bright pink. Wear it!

    On another note, I *really* wish Stila would ship to the UK.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted June 24, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Well, I don’t think you can get the special Stila palette on this site yet, but does ship Stila to the UK. It looks like a site that some secondary school student put together but if you are worried I ordered from them once in the past and there was no problem.

      Thanks for the vote of confidence on the pink lipstick! The other problem I have with too-bright, too-light colors is hard for me to explain — I feel like my lip line sometimes just disappears if there isn’t enough contrast between my lip color and skin color. If I’m wearing a light neutral color, this doesn’t bother me, because it just shifts the emphasis in my face up towards my eyes, but if it’s a light and *bright* color I feel like I look like I got punched in the mouth with a boxing glove made of lipstick.

      (Does that make any sense at all? It’s hard for me to describe.)


      • avatar chaosbydesign
        Posted June 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

        I understand what you mean, I think; although your lip line will not disappear if you wear bright pink lipstick. I may be remembering incorrectly, but I am pretty sure that you do not have bright pink skin ;)

        I rarely wear very bright lipstick unless I am also wearing bright eye make up (like Stargazer’s eyeliners –, their makeup is incredibly cheap but also very good) Maybe combining both would make you feel better about the pink? I still say you’d look fabulous in pink lipstick either way, but you have to *feel* fabulous in it too, otherwise there is no point in wearing it.

        Thanks for the link — that site ships a whole load of brands I cannot buy in shops here, and I get paid next week…


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