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Pink Friday – A Comparison

30 Jan

Happy Monday, readers! I considered waiting until Friday to post this (for semi-obvious reasons), but I have it now, so why put it off?

Nicki Minaj, image via hiphopmvp.com

Nicki Minaj, image via hiphopmvp.com

Having a music degree under my belt, I’m a big fan of music in pretty much all of its forms. It’s pretty cool for me when beauty and music mix, say, in themed collections, but I especially love when a musician collaborates with a beauty brand. So when one of my favorite musicians, Nicki Minaj, rapped about MAC and OPI on Drake‘s “Make Me Proud,” hinting at a collab, I got a little excited. I love a female performer who absolutely gives it her all and doesn’t give a damn if people have a problem with her, whether it’s in the form of her music, foul mouth, or personal style. Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga both capture this perfectly, or at least in my opinion, without seeming manufactured. (I especially respect Lady Gaga because she writes all of her own music herself; the jury’s still out on Nicki.)

I may have mentioned here on the blog that I stayed up really late with many browsers open on the MAC website in order to get the limited release “Pink Friday” lipstick that MAC and Nicki collaborated on, so when she produced an OPI shade with the same name, I knew it had to be mine.

OPI PInk Friday Nail Polish

OPI Pink Friday Nail Polish

Here’s OPI Pink Friday, after five full days of wear with no topcoat. It’s basically a trooper of a polish. This is only two coats! They’re thick ones, I’ll admit, and I had a little bit of bubbling, but that was my fault for not waiting long enough between coats.

OPI Pink Friday Nail Polish

OPI Pink Friday Nail Polish

If you’re a regular pink polish wearer, which I am not, you’ll probably find that you have similar shades to this one in your collection. This is by no means a unique color – I mean, bubblegum pink? But hoarders know what they want. And it’s the matching set. OR IS IT?!

OPI Pink Friday Nail Polish and MAC Pink Friday Lipstick

OPI Pink Friday Nail Polish and MAC Pink Friday Lipstick

I love matching. Not mani to pedi, because it is no longer 1987, but I’ll often match my lipstick to my pants/shorts/etc. (You can thank J.Crew for this.) Or nails to purse. I get a lot of pleasure out of tracking down the perfectly coordinating color – it’s deeply satisfying. (I once read as an impressionable middle schooler that Posh Spice aka Victoria Beckham matched her nails to her beverages, and this was totally confusing. Even now, I don’t understand it. Anyone willing to clear this up in the comments?) I don’t match my lipstick to my nails, but I DO need to have both of these items. And mostly, because I needed to know if they matched.

It was close, but not quite. The elusive MAC Pink Friday lipstick is bluer and brighter than the polish, which is what makes it so crazy looking (why I don’t wear it often – that, and it’s limited edition and looks exactly like St. Germain).

But when have I ever had a problem with looking crazy?

Pink Friday lipstick and nail polish comparison

MAC Pink Friday lipstick vs. MAC Pink Friday nail polish, headphone earmuffs by Juicy Couture

What do you think? Are you a Nicki Minaj fan? Would you try this nail polish? Or a lipstick like Pink Friday, its sibling, St. Germain? And how do you feel about my completely ridiculous Juicy Couture earmuff headphones?!

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Men and Makeup

10 Aug

A few months ago, I received an article in my Entourage inbox from the guy I was dating at the time. “Thought you might find this interesting…” was the body of the email, with this link included. It was an article about makeup that women supposedly love but men hate.

My reactions as I read were as follows:

“Oh, how nice, he took time out of his day to send me an email on something I care about.”

“Huh? No product-conscious women like heavy foundation.”

“Neon lips?!? I love bright lipstick.”

“Hold on, I always have rosy cheeks. If I don’t put blush on, I’ll look like a corpse.”

Wait a minute. Is this some kind of thinly-veiled “I don’t like your makeup” comment?”

Then I sat around for the rest of the day pondering, and, when I saw him next, asked him about it.

Me: Thanks for sending me that article! But you know I don’t really do those things.

Him: *laughs it off*

Me: No, no. Do you not like my makeup?

Him: It’s just the lipstick. You like weird colors. Or bright ones.

Me wearing MAC Lady Danger Lipstick

Me wearing MAC Lady Danger Lipstick

He wasn’t wrong. My first MAC lipstick was Snob, a more lilac version of Pepto-Bismol pink. And I regularly wear MAC Lady Danger, a vivid matte red-orange. But I was still offended. When I wear unusual lipstick, the rest of my face is very toned down. Foundation (lightly applied!), mascara, eyeliner, and blush. Kevyn Aucoin‘s Making Faces was my bible as a middle-schooler, and to some extent still is. Among many things, it taught me that if you’re doing a strong eye, wear a light lip – and vice versa. I don’t regularly wear teal eyeshadow or anything (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I don’t line my lips in dark brown when I wear a nude lip. I mustered up a calm tone from somewhere really deep down and finally eked out the following.

Me: You know cosmetics are my thing. It’s my makeup and I’ll do what I want with it.

Him: Whatever, that’s fine. I know you will. I was just saying.

I should have realized that this would be a warning sign among many others that I wouldn’t be accepted for who I was – which was a bit of a struggle for me. Fine, we don’t have to have the same opinion, but not fine if you’re going to shut me down about mine.

Many people have not understood my philosophy about cosmetics in the past. My philosophy is that makeup has no rules – it’s a form of art! While fashion, too, is a form of art, I’ve always felt that it is dissimilar to beauty in regards to rules. I’ve been many shapes and sizes and I know what I can and cannot wear when I look a certain way (can: skinny jeans. Can’t: wide-leg trousers). With makeup, pretty much any product will work with the right technique and right attitude. Have fun with it! I just happen to take my fun very seriously.

Lady Gaga at the CFDAs 2011

Lady Gaga at the CFDAs 2011, courtesy of Lady Gaga's Twitpic account

Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese, courtesy of dita.net

That all being said, a strong lip is a sign of confidence in a woman. When I wear my more dramatic products less frequently, I feel more easily shaken and, well, weak. Maybe that’s weird, but I know of many women that won’t leave the house without their lips on. (Think about it – Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga, and Dita von Teese among others are known for this.)

Men don’t have to like makeup. They don’t have to understand makeup. But they should appreciate it – not just for its beauty and what it can do, but for how it makes women feel. They might be putting on those products so you tell them they’re hot, but mostly women will put on makeup because it makes them feel beautiful. Makeup makes a statement.

If some men can’t handle that statement, we’re probably better off without them.

Have you ever changed your style because someone didn’t like it, or ignored someone when they told you they didn’t appreciate your look? Let me know in the comments.

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