February 16, 2015

A break-up and finding new loves

I don't know if I've mentioned it here (I'm sure I may have at some point along the way), but the only lipstick that I've worn for about, oh, probably the last ten years or so is/was CoverGirl Outlast Lip Color in Timeless Ruby (#528).

I loved every single thing about this lip color.  It lasted most of the day.  The color was amazing.  My dentist always told me that it made my teeth look SO white.  My dental hygienist loved that it didn't smear all over her gloves.  I liked the packaging.  It was perfect.  I could put it on in the morning and FORGET about it.  Like I said; perfect.

Late last year, I noticed that it was getting harder and harder to find this particular color.  And then, when I went to Houston, I was in dire need as I had exhausted my supply.  I searched high and low and could not find it anywhere.  So I did what any normal woman would do; I turned to the Internet.  Where my heart was immediately broken.  It has apparently been discontinued.  I was not the only one who was gutted, as you can see from some of the comments found in the link above.

I tried a couple of different colors; but the results were disappointing to say the least.  Too pink.  Too orange.  Too brown.  Too shimmery. Too...something.  Too ick.

Then I did the unthinkable.

I tried different brands.  They were....okay.  It pretty much stayed on.  But I didn't care for the two different colors I tried.  I may try another one.  We will see. (Actually, I probably won't.  When I went back to the drug store this afternoon; this particular product was also conspicuously missing; discontinued maybe?)

Next up, I tried the Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lipcolor in Stay Currant.

Ding! Ding! Ding!

We may have a winner here! (As long as they don't discontinue it.)  Now, to be fair, I've only been using it for two days, but so far this one seems to last the longest and the color is just about perfect.  In fact, if the truth be told, I think I like it better than I liked Timeless Ruby.

My only complaint? (Ah, come on, you knew there had to be one!) With the CoverGirl product, you received two containers.  One with the lip color and one with the topcoat.  This worked perfectly for me in that I could put the color on in the morning; leave it at home (where it belongs) and carry the topcoat in my handbag.  With the Revlon product they've combined the color and the topcoat into one tube with each product on either end.  Which means that I have to carry the whole thing with me.  This is inefficient to me.

Theoretically, I shouldn't need to have the color with me at all times.  The only other thing I don't care for is the brush for the topcoat.  But that may just be because I'm not used to it yet.  And?  The topcoat is kinda goopy.  But again, that may be a "I'm not used to it yet" issue.

And since we are on the topic of beauty products...let me tell you about my latest discovery....Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish.  This stuff claims to give you gel-like results without the hassle of UV lights, salon visits, etc.  I used this last week to paint my nails and just yesteray I noticed one tiny chip.  That means for the first time ever an at home manicure has lasted me 8 days; without any extra maintenance!  Thanks to this stuff, I may actually paint my nails more often.

When I removed it using my acetone nail polish remover, it came off easily.

It's odd though, according to some of the comments in the Sally Hansen link, this polish didn't work for some people.  I don't know if that's because they didn't follow the directions, or if it is just something about their nails or if they just got a bad batch.  For me it worked fine.  Sure, it didn't go the full two weeks; but it lasted longer than regular polish.

While at the drug store today, I picked up two more colors.  I love this stuff.  It goes on easy and dries fairly quickly.  If this new manicure lasts as long as the last one, then I will definitely be a convert to using this polish pretty much exclusively.

So, what say you?  What is your new favorite find?

Disclaimer:  This is NOT a sponsored post; despite all the links.  All brands mentioned have been purchased with my own funds and every opinion is mine; mine alone.


  1. When I find something that I can use, I stick with it for as long as it's available. I have SO MANY ISSUES with products. I hate when they discontinue something and I have to try to figure out something else! So much wasted money on things I can't use! Frustrates the snot outta me. Plus, I HATE to shop! (Yes, I know I'm not normal and most women love it, but I'm not most women)

  2. Hahaha! Well, my favorite lipstick color is "natural" and my favorite polish is (can you guess?) "natural." I don't use the stuff, but then again, when I was a young dish I certainly used lipstick. No longer. I use Burt's Bee's chapstick. :-)

  3. OOH I want both of them, I wonder if you can get them in the UK? My favourite is LancĂ´me Doll Eye mascara and I also love Clinique Quick liner for eyes in intense ivy, which is a sort of sludgy khaki green colour (selling it well aren't I?) but as I am getting on, it seems less harsh than black eyeliner

  4. LOVE the Miracle Gel... found it around Christmas and Tony bought me two new colors for my stocking. I threw out all my old polishes. :) It still doesn't stand up to mail delivery (I get about 2 days out of it) but if I'm on vacation or off for 3 days in a row, it's ON!