Notes From The Powder RoomPAY ATTENTION TO ME: The Radioactive Lip Diaries and a Fish Shout-OutCézanne Colvin

As a human of the moderately materialistic variety, I’ve often found it difficult to connect with nature and get on its level. I would do my best to obtain a doctor’s note for any hiking-related field trips. I think that as a general rule, the ocean is a trap. I don’t think that we are as intimidated by ants as we should be. I have recurring nightmares about sinkholes. Komodo dragons should have never made it onto Noah’s guest list. Nature is the worst.

However, when I came across this National Geographic photograph, I had a change of heart. It was like the universe saw my soul, swallowed it and vomited up this magnificent creature:

Meet the Rosy-lipped Batfish, my beauty icon and spirit animal. I’m devoting at least until the end of this month to impersonating it at every given opportunity. With the help of materialism, of course.

Do you know what I hate even more than when no one texts me back? Even more than when someone realizes that I genuinely think John Mayer’s ‘Slow Dancing in a Burning Room’ is a national treasure? Even more than when I catch the first glimpse of stray eyebrow growth in natural light? I hate when I can’t match my lipstick to my lip liner. Not even a ballpark, dim-lighting match. Luckily, Pixi anticipated this crime against vanity and came out with this handy double-sided delight, their Lip&Line Primer. It’s a lip liner and primer that creates a non-feathery canvas for your lipstick and it’s colorblind, meaning that it’s a great companion for all of these little wonders of the world:

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color! From top to bottom: Big Bang, Crush, Punch Drunk, and FBomb.

These are portly, glossy, creamy, bright crayons for your face — like school supplies for adults. You can wear them as advertised or blot for more of a stained finish instead. Either way, these are not for the faint of heart.

This is Big Bang, a sparkly fuchsia treat for when you’re feeling like a star and no one can stop your shine.

This one is my personal favorite, Crush. It looks like I squeezed a tube of Golden Heavy Body acrylic paint on my lips, which is something that I always secretly wanted to do in a painting class I took a couple years ago. Urban Decay has helped me realize this dream.

I don’t know what to do in front of cameras, so I did this. Also: How great are my impulse-buy sprinkled donut earrings? Anyway, this is Punch Drunk, which is a really flattering orange shade. Flattering? Orange? I don’t know what kind of sorcery Urban Decay is up to, but I won’t question it more than twice. It’s perfect for fall! Perfect for a vacation to the tropics! Perfect for telling your friends that you wish you could afford a vacation to the tropics! It’s just so versatile.

You know I love a good red, and this is a really good one. FBomb is somewhere between brick and stop sign — arguably the best place to be — and I love it. With the precision of a pencil and the staying power of a stray cat, it’s also a great red to experiment with if reds typically make you nervous.

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  1. I have Punch Drunk as of two days ago :) Who would have ever thought I could pull off ORANGE?!
    A question – are your lips naturally that full or is that down to makeup? It’d be amazing if I could achieve something that looked like that!

  2. At first I was all like “oh,very nice lips,” then I was all “OMG, DONUT EARRINGS! AWESOME!”

    Then, I read the article. I need to start wearing lipstick again.

  3. Just wanted to say that you inspired me to finally make the plunge & buy some lipstick again and a bold pinkish-red for that matter! I have never been a fan of lipstick, it just wasn’t me…seemed so messy. I have always been partial to eyeshadow….oh, so many colors! But I’ve been reading about how it can make you put look together when you don’t feel like putting the other make up on…and then I saw you’re photos and the confidence behind them and I just thought…what the hell…let’s do this! And low and behold, I loved the results. Thanks again!

  4. You remind me of a cross between Betty Page and Veronica Mars (a compliment in the biggest way, in case you’re a wee bit confused). Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go catch up on all your other beauty wisdom, then agonise over which UD lip crayon to purchase first (thanks Lauren Parkinson for the Aussie shipping tip!)

  5. love, Love, LOVE the colors! I have always been a proud wearer of the bright and bold (and for some reason unknown to myself, I have always been able to pull it off). When other girls were being called “tramp” and “whore” for wearing fire-engine red, my motto was “the brighter and bolder, the better,” and no one ever said a word. this just makes me giddy inside knowing that the world has taken note of people like us who can wear the bold as a complimentary look and not as a floosy on parade. I tip my hat to both you Cézanne, and to Urban Decay for bringing a vengeful “ha!” to delight my meek little day! :-)

  6. I never thought that orange lipstick would work. I really want some now!

  7. Your eyeliner is PERFECT!

  8. I wish my lips were nice and full like yours! so jelous!

  9. I’ll be honest. I really want the donut earrings.

  10. Oh my goodness!! I think we’re related somehow. Really. I do. Where can you buy that lipcrayon?

  11. Amazing colors! I was looking for that perfect red shade and you answered my prayers! Thank you so much also what type of eyeliner are you using in your picture?

    • In these pictures, I’m wearing Benefit Magic Ink!

      Cézanne Colvin | 9/29/2011 06:09 pm
  12. You are so pretty! :)

  13. You’re awesome. Also, I didn’t think I could ever be jealous of a fish.

  14. Loving the bold lips (because of you, I snagged some Wet n Wild at CVS the other day), but I have another question for you. What kind of concealer do you use? From the pictures, it looks like you have both pale and not-blotchy skin. I’m pretty pale, and most concealers seem to either be too dark for me or make me break out more. If you say that you just have naturally flawless skin, I will still love everything you write but I may hold a grudge against you deep inside me.

    • Thank you! I actually don’t wear any concealer lately, but I’ve been using Laura Mercier’s oil-free foundation and a dusting of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish on top. Laura Mercier concealer is GREAT [!!!] though if you can afford it [it's a little pricey]. Cautionary tale: I know MAC makes some people break out like crazy for some reason, so if you have really sensitive skin, have a MUA test it on you at the counter and monitor your skin for a little bit before purchasing. No grudges needed; my skin is weird. I promise!

      Cézanne Colvin | 9/25/2011 05:09 pm
  15. Do you ever wear matte lipsticks? For some reason I can’t stand wearing a glossy lipstick, but finding matte ones that are affordable and that come in a good range of colors is proving to be excessively difficult. JUST WONDERING IF YOU KNEW OF ANY. Maybe us glossy and matte girls could join forces.

    • I’ll dedicate a post to matte lipstick in the next few weeks. Look for it soon! Off the top of my head… hmm, what’s your budget like?

      Cézanne Colvin | 9/25/2011 05:09 pm
  16. 1. Love this article
    2. Please, please, do something about your eyeliner technique. It looks fabulous in these pictures.

    • 1. Yay!
      2. Not to sound egotistical, but I’ve had a few requests for this and will definitely do it soon! Thank you!

      Cézanne Colvin | 9/25/2011 06:09 pm
  17. UGH I wish I was brave enough to wear bright lips. The only time I’ve been able to was in Vegas, or in a city where there’s no possibility of me running into someone I might know. It’s always so awkward when someone you see regularly points out that you’ve changed your look.

    • I started out with pigmented glosses, then moved into lip stains and then when you feel comfortable with wearing them as an everyday thing, you won’t even really think about the fact that you’re wearing lipstick. Start with nude shades, and then get a little more adventurous. It should be fun, though! Makeup is fun!

    • Just close your eyes when you walk around. If you can’t see them, they can’t see you. Those are the rules of hide-n-seek/life as we know it, aren’t they? Okay but really, f— ‘em attitude aside, you can kinda coax people into accepting the style you want to have. While I prefer seamless overnight transitions, if you don’t typically wear lipstick, just kinda start neutral and get wilder and wilder as the days pass. They’ll just have to deal!

      Cézanne Colvin | 9/24/2011 03:09 pm
  18. I bought Big Bang a week ago and I’m in LOVE with it! It looks great with everything and draws tons of complements! It’s definitely worth the $.

  19. This is a great post! *lights cigarette and hands you my ID*

  20. You are absolutely stunning! I think I’m gonna have to go out and buy Crush…. it’s swoon worthy!