City Girl In Red Lipstick – Dragon Girl by Nars

meI’m going to be brave and post my current selfie, mind you I hate, hate having my picture taken.  I am not photogenic in the least and rarely ever turn out well.

The only times I look decent are when I’m behind the camera, go figure.

Anyway, this is me and I’m wearing Dragon Girl by Nars.

What’s your current signature shade of crimson?

Baring Summer Skin – Soap & Glory

photoI’m not saying my body is bikini ready, but this little gem helps.  I’ve been applying it to my tummy and thighs and have noticed my skin becoming smoother and firmer.

And just in time, I have a romantic weekend planned, but I won’t be sharing that story with you  come Monday morning.

What’s your favorite body treatment?

Naturally Gorgeous Lashes

photoMy eye allergies act up periodically and I usually can’t wear mascara, like the week before last.

I also keep my beauty routine simple on the weekends, as I spend too much time getting myself together and out the door during the week.

I take advantage and apply my Talika Lipocils twice a day when faced with those situations.

Talika Lipocils is the best in lash enhancement serums, it was created for burned victims who lost all of their lashes. It’s safe and effective, producing naturally gorgeous lashes.

Sometimes all a girl needs is a red lip and the lashes of her dreams.


Le Episode of the Madeleine

photoI’ve become obsessed with Marcel Proust and Le episode of the Madeleine.

So much so that I ordered a Madeleine tin and made sure I was fully stocked with the ingredients to make a batch of my own.

Why? Because I enjoyed that chapter immensely and identified with him for the first time since beginning the book.  I had to get past page 15 to finally get into the story.

I missed buying these little beauties yesterday, which would have been fitting with it being Bastille Day, but better late than never.

I consider myself to be a literary snob, I am drawn to the classics and sometimes feel like I have been living under a rock when I discover a new book that has developed a cult following among my peers.

I’ve known of Marcel Proust, just never bothered to read his Remembrance of Things Past until Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea was reading The Captive.

She inspired me and now finally after having all 7 volumes in my possession am I starting to understand why Proust is hailed one of the greats of the literary world.

Enjoy Sofia’s Video for

So, what are you guys reading?


My Obsession with BB Creams – New Aqua BB by 3LAB

3LAB_AquaBBMy obsession with BB Cream continues and now I have a new compact to add to my rotations.

I’m big on using quality skincare and makeup, after all it comes into direct contact with my skin.

Also what’s not to love about a BB Cream formulated with anti-aging properties?

New Aqua BB glides on the skin, leaving behind silky skin for that perfect instagram selfie.


The Modern Rules of Wearing Red

via Julie
via Julie

I am re-posting this piece as I don’t want anyone to forget what this blog is actually all about, it’s about our favorite lipstick shade, crimson and it’s various hues.

I haven’t found a new shade recently because I’ve been hooked on my Jungle Red and Dragon Girl by Nars but will hopefully have a new shade soon.

I hope you enjoy this piece the 2nd time as much as you did the first.

*Red Lipstick for generations has attracted admirers, it’s a come-hither hue that commands respect and get’s you noticed.

Red pouts have been favored by princesses, movie stars, prime ministers and stylish women all around-the-world.

The best red lipstick application will always be the Parisian way of wearing your favorite crimson,  with minimal makeup, but the rules have changed thanks to a sleuth of makeup artists that created innovative techniques that compliment a variety of skin tones.

1. There isn’t ONE perfect shade of red for every woman – There are so many gorgeous shades suitable for every skin tone. The objective is to try on as many as possible and look in the mirror, which shade makes you look brighter, fresher, more radiant.

2. Keep Your Options Open – Sometimes the texture of a red lipstick can be intimidating, there are many new formulations of red, there are glosses, stains, tints, glazes, matte, sheers and shimmers.

3. Change Things Up by switching your traditional black eyeliner for a white iridescent eye liner, this will create a more modern approach to wearing red.

4. Try a Nude Lip Pencil instead of a red lip pencil,this will make your cupids bow noticeable and you may get to skip the botox.

5. Wear a Smokey Eye – you can wear full-on makeup, it needs to be applied correctly and blended, my advice  is to visit your favorite counter and take a class, they are complimentary with any two item purchase.

6. Try colored Mascara like Purple, Grey or Green, this will add more depth and texture to your favorite red pout.

7. Go Ombre with your reds by using different shades of crimson, add lip gloss to create dimension.

My friend Michele Burke created an easy guide to help steer us in the right direction.

Michele’s Red Lipstick Tips

Warm skin tones:  Have greenish-blue veins and creamy-white teeth, they look best in Fire engine reds, watermelon, oranges and nectarines.  For pink reds I recommend coral, tangerine, peach or salmon.

Cool skin tones:  Have bluish veins and their teeth are usually blue/white or gray/white they can wear maroon, burgundy, fuchsia or raspberry reds, anything with a pink undertone.

Keeping Your Red Lipstick From Turning:

My friend Alphonse over at says that when looking for a lip color, place it on your pointing finger tip. Press thumb against the middle of finger to have the blood rush to the tip. This will mimic a shade closer to one’s natural lips. Also applying lip color on the back of your hand has a different base than natural lip color, that is why it looks different or why the color changes.

Everyone can wear red lipstick, it isn’t for the faint-of-heart but you can find tinted lip balms to get you started or try pink-reds before jumping into the world of crimson pouts.

Here’s to the New Modern Rules of Wearing RED!

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BB Creme – Orlane

BB cremeI don’t know about you guys, but I love clear, bright and healthy skin with my signature pop of crimson.

I’ve been suffering with dreadful eye allergies and have not been able to wear mascara this week.

My look to say is minimal since I hardly wear makeup to begin with.

I just tried my New BB Creme by Orlane this morning and loved it.  My skin is healthy and protected with just the right amount of color.

A plus is that this BB Creme has an SPF of 25 and it’s Anti-Fatigue, because let’s face it sometimes we just feel under the weather.

What’s your favorite BB Creme?



A Red Lipstick to Consider – Lip Maestro by Giorgio Armani

chinese lacquerI’ve been carrying around clipped ads I tore out of my current issue of Marie Claire, why? Because I am dying to know what shade of Lip Maestro the model is wearing.

That’s the thing about ads, they don’t always tell you what shade is featured.


Hopefully when I make it down to the Armani counter at Saks the sales associate will know.

However, after starring at the shades online I think it might be Chinese Lacquer, but I could be wrong.

Does anyone know?