Tuesday, November 18, 2014

an end to the lipstick plight

I have spoken movingly in the past of an uncertain future faced due to the disastrous discontinuance of my lipstick. You will have followed my plight as I bought up all remaining stocks of that shade worldwide and set about the cruel task of finding a replacement product. With my trademark stoicism, I have said very little here, but the whole thing has been a woeful tale of reds that were too orange and of inappropriate degrees of shine.



Or so the situation stood until I discovered MAC Dubonnet, my official new lipstick. It is a good shade of red, as you will see in the photo of me unless you are reading this on a mobile device, which you probably are as you have so very much to do and your PA hovering nervously with the papers to sign. It suits me. I am willing to leave the house. Small birds stir and begin to sing once more.

Concern has failed to flood in about the chef who was beaten up back in my days in the catering trade. He recovered and later married one of my many sisters. I baked their wedding cake.  Only two tiers.



I haven't had time to read this book. You?

38 comments:

  1. My dear, the mind boggles to think of your many sisters. Do they, too, have lifestyle blogs? Are you the tallest, the best at baking, and the most fair-minded? Do tell.

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    1. I'm sure you'll understand that I mustn't jump the gun on my lucrative memoirs, dear Ada. My publisher forbids it.

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  2. Mise, I do love a MAC lipstick, I tend to lean toward the brown end though, but I do have a couple of bright reds that I must start using now thereafter is grey!!

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    1. What exemplars of beauty we will both be, Nikki.

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  3. Just how many sisters have you got Mise. I have none, I do however have masses of time.

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    1. Only three, Sue: a potentate, an artiste and an academic. Thank goodness you have masses of time to entertain us; it is the mere thought that one day we too will bake all our own bread that keeps us going at all.

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  4. Oh the agony of the discontinued line. So glad you have found a new best lipstick, I quite understand how nothing is right until these matters are happily settled.

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    1. What an admirably sensitive person you are, CJ.

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  5. Dear Mise, this personal disaster occurs from lipstick to shoe style (just when you find the most fashionable, comfortable pair) Really! We cannot buy a dozen of everything we love, at least I cannot. So happy you found the Mac shade and cannot wait to try it!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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    1. The Arts will surely help us overcome these challenges, Karena, or at least face them with grace.

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  6. Dear Mise,
    oh, I know the lament when something of existential importance as THE special lipstick runs out: when my beloved YSL (pink) lipstick was eliminated - as far as I know NOT by the well-known factor woman, of whom each one during her lifetime eats (!!) 3,5 kg of Lipstick... no, just by the whim of a 'designer'... I chased all the still available lipsticks in Hamburg, Hildesheim, Hannover and Berlin - and the place in our fridge became sparse... but the real search for the Holy Grail started after that ... wail, wail.. and then, to go one better, Shiseido eliminated their wonderful dark red lipliner...

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    1. I see the challenges of your life mirror mine, dear Brigitta. How troubles span continents.

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  7. That is indeed the book for me.
    Not least because it will give me two hours off between 7 and 9.

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    1. And well-deserved time off, Jessica, though I can spot a plant on your terrace that needs moving.

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  8. Why, oh why do they suddenly change a brand of cosmetic as soon as you have decided it is the best one you have ever found?!

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    1. As I wrote this post, I said to myself, "Tom will be 100% with me on this one."

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    2. I think I speak for all women of taste and discernment.

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  9. Four years on and I come across The Lipstick Talk again. I am still holding out on my lifetime supply, there are age boxes still left to tick and my lip brush is more worn out than my lipstick.
    Although people have been commenting on my wan-ness but I simply tell them it is One-ness and they look away.
    I do feel the need to enquire, is the MAC lipstick perfumed? It looks the exact colour for me, it must be the Celtic forefathers blessings of colouring that draws us to such glory. When one swoops to hoist affection on ones sibling's small children, they never forget the lipstick smell. I must not let tradition lose it's avenue.

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    1. Louise, it's yourself! My comrade in lipstick adversity. What a joy to see you again! I have moved on a tick-box in those four years, unfortunately. I hope you haven't.

      The MAC has a very faint smell. I think it is the smell of itself rather than added parfum. And not unpleasant. Many a fine red have a rejected due to the added parfum, usually vile fruits.

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  10. I love that color. I hope you left one for me.

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    1. I would never not leave one for you, Jen.

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  11. My bestest friend lost her bestest lipstick as they discontinued it …. it was called ' shiny conker ' !! I'm more of a ' I've got heart trouble ' colour kind of a girl Mise !! ….. that's what the 60's did to me !! XXXX

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    1. And how well the daintier side of goth suits you, Jacqueline.

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  12. Such a relief. The thought of you running about town in a frosty pink is unbearable. Bravo! No, I have not read this book. Maybe I should incorporate more self-help reading into my days. If only there were time...

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    1. I sense that you are with me in a dislike of frosty pink lipstick. Jolly good. I am further convinced of your impeccable taste.

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  13. PS I do see your fine red-lipped photo on my phone. 😘

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  14. so glad you found a replacement lipstick I was awake all night worrying

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    1. no need for further worry dear elaine and hurrah for the carefree unpunctuated life

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  15. Hello Mise
    Chanel 92 Emotion is my latest flame. I like Mac and will check out Dubonnet when next in town.
    Brigid Schulte's book I have not read. Will be interested in your review

    Helenxx

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    1. I have looked up the Chanel 92 Emotion shade just now, Helen, and it is as graceful and dignified as yourself.

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  16. So relieved you have been saved from a frosty pink future (and delighted that you have inadvertently found the perfect lipstick for me without me having to bother- what joy!). I love not bothering and will certainly look out for the book, when I find the time. You have brightened up my day in more ways than one. Great post!

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  17. I never wear lipstick and felt very left out of this post. I nearly didn't comment but have come back to register my presence anyway.

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    1. I'd be better off without lipstick as well, Lucille, but have worn it for so long that my sense of self now wears it too.

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  18. Mise, your post and the earlier comments have made me wonder, not for the first time, why I have never bought a MAC lipstick. I do have some of their brushes, and even a lip pencil, but never anything else.

    With one of their shops only a five minute walk away from this laptop keyboard, I do wonder what it is that puts me off about MAC lipstick. Time permitting, I just might take a walk tomorrow that passes by that shop and do some investigating.

    Not sure that red would suit me, but rest assured, frosty pink is unthinkable.

    I will report back on what I try and what I learn.

    It's fun being back from holiday and finding your witty posts right here. Thank you for your prior reply about my curtain rod.

    xo

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  19. Your replacement shade will work fetchingly with your pink gown and turquoise shoes, dear Mise. The relief is palpable. {And no, I haven't had time to read that book. It's already quarter to V here. Good grief, where has the morning gone?!} x0

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  20. Ah yes, such sorrow these matters can cause. I had a similar experience with 'Cheddarie' a cheese spread with the exciting twist of a cheddar tang. I still scour the shelves in vain hope of it's return.... But, great news that your trials in searching for a replacement lip colorant have at least come to an end. A relief to all who visit here I am certain.

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  21. The last lipstick I used was called Tangee . I think , but fully sympathise with your distress .
    I feel the same about the withdrawal of Puffed Wheat .

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