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more like space greatest hits :: making faces :: the little red book roundup

so here's another post from the archive, another example if me recycling because time is sort of at a premium right now.

a word about vancouverites: you guys are way too friendly and it's freaking me out a little. you just smile at people. like you don't hate the world and everything in it. it's a little disconcerting. also, i have not heard a car horn since i've been here. you cannot be a real city if people don't get psycho in. traffic. it's like the law or something. shape up.

here's something about red lipstick, because red inflames the passions and gets all those killer instincts working.

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here's a quick look at all the holiday-friendly reds included in my own "little red book". as i mentioned, there are lots of suggestions of great red lips available [check out my list of "beauty-filled people" on the right]. in particular, pink sith has been doing her own series on red lips [and has many. many red lip entries on her blog] and red lips, black hair is dedicated to exactly what you might think from the title. [she also has a preference for matte shades, so if you found my selections too glossy, she might have reds more to your liking.]

i've tried to include as much information as i can on the individual shades, but if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. and of course, if you've any favourite reds you'd like to recommend, i'm all ears. and lips.

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in order of appearance ::


too faced lip of luxury "drop dead red"
$20usd/ $24cad
available at sephora
perfect femme fatale activity :: being a gangster's moll and making off with his stash of money when he ends up in prison thanks to your tip-off
[originally reviewed here]





hourglass femme rouge velvet creme "raven"
$30usd/ $35cad
available at sephora
perfect femme fatale activity :: making off with the maltese falcon
[originally reviewed here]







yves st. laurent rouge pur couture "rouge vermillion" [shade 04]
$30usd/ $38cad [currency gougers!]
available in canada at the bay, holt renfrew and select murale stores, internationally at sephora and in the u.s. at majoy department stores and direct through yves st. laurent
perfect femme fatale activity :: strictly white collar, high finance stuff involving secret slush funds and accounts in turks & caicos





mac amplified "gesina"
$22usd/ $28cad originally
currently unavailable, but crops up on ebay and sites like www.allcosmeticswholesale.com
perfect femme fatale activity :: playing large scale pranks with a political or social message, inciting fury in the establishment






chanel rouge allure laque "dragon"
$32usd/ $38cad
available in canada at the bay, holt renfrew and murale and it's NOT BEING DISCONTINUED IN CANADA. contrary to my original information, i've confirmed with a couple of chanel employees that the rouge allure laques will remain in their program at least through 2012. in the united states, they are being discontinued. some are still available at major department stores. dragon is no longer available on the chanel web site.
perfect femme fatale activity :: convincing the hot, lunk-headed postman to kill your wealthy husband.


armani rouge d'armani "608"
$30usd/ $38cad [gougers!]
available in canada through holt renfrew and in the united states through major department stores, limited edition and sold out on the armani web site
perfect femme fatale activity :: espionage, the sort of work that doesn't get noticed until it's too late, but whose effect is never forgotten




chanel rouge allure "famous"
$32usd/ $39cad [gougers!]
see notes on "dragon" above. this shade is limited edition, but still available on chanel's web site.
perfect femme fatale activity :: running a high-end house of ill-repute and blackmailing the clientele






guerlain rouge g "grenade" [shade 65]
$47usd/ $50cad
available in canada at the bay, murale, select shoppers drug mart/ pharmaprix locations and holt renfrew, in the united states at all major department stores and internationally at sephora [this shade is listed as online only]. guerlain is one of the easiest to find luxury brands, it seems.
perfect femme fatale activity :: petty larceny, insurance fraud, grifting... anything where an innocent-looking face is an asset



nars semi-matte "transeurope express"
$24usd/ $30cad
available in many retail collections, but also direct to canada and the u.s. through the newly revamped nars web site. [which features a number of exclusive and hard-to-find products!]
perfect femme fatale activity :: something old-fashioned, like serial poisoning
[originally reviewed here]




mac amplified creme "so scarlet"
$14.50usd/ $18.50cad originally
discontinued shade- see notes for "gesina" above
perfect femme fatale activity :: leading a shadowy but powerful secret society

Comments

Shadowy Lady said…
why did you have to go and make this post?? All these are perfection on u <3 I own a few of them but I know at the very least I have to add the Hourglass shade to my stash
Kate MacDonald said…
You definitely do! Raven is an absolute classic. The truly embarrassing thing is that I could do another series of posts like this without repeating a red... My weakness is strong...

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