Why? Lipsticks That Fade Fast

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Why? LIp Colors That Fade Fast

Why do so many cosmetic companies say their lip colors are long lasting when they are not? My very favorite colors, Mac Pro Longwear Lip Cremes in Unlimited and Sweet Ever After, have been discontinued. I have bought them all up, and they sell for over $40 on Amazon, which I refuse to pay! They did last – even through a dinner – and they must be popular but are still discontinued! Why? Maybe they lasted too long!!

So I have been on a frustrating quest to find replacements which look modern and work.  Not doing very well.  L’Oréal’s Infallible Pro Matte Gloss Bare Attraction is a color similar to Mac’s Sweet Ever After, although not as flattering to me, a bit pale, the texture is good – but it  definitely does not last long.  Maybelline’s Vivid Matte Liquid Nude Thrill is too blah for me, it feels good but doesn’t last long either.  Inglot’s 199 is the perfect shade to replace Mac’s Unlimited, not too light nor too bright but flattering, looks good, feels good, but lasts 2 seconds.  I looked at Mac’s Retro Matte Liquid shades, and can’t find the one I want, the pinks are too bright or too pale for me.   I did try a beautiful bright red, Fashion Legacy, and everyone said how good I looked in it, but I don’t think the texture flattered my mouth in red – too matte.  It did last, however. I do not want to experiment with expensive department store lip colors to find they do not last so I have stuck to  drug store lipsticks, for now.  Anyone got any ideas, let me know.   Stay tuned for more, click Comment every so often.


Happy New Year. Bottoms Up! – 1975

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Happy New Year. Bottoms Up! - 1975

Photo: © Klaus Lucka

Happy New Year.  Bottoms Up!   This straight, all-one-length classic bob, was angel curled on tiny tongs, thin, like a pencil, with the bottoms up, in 1975.  The color was a gorgeous Mandarin/Mango shade, so new then it had to be flown in to the US for the photo shoot from La Coupe in Montreal.

For more photos, including the original of this photo, some in color, and the full story (definitely worth a look – and a read)CLICK HERE

Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, Montreal/NY for L’Oréal, 1975 … Makeup: Electa, Electa & Corrado, Montreal, using Lançome … Jewelry: Elsa Perretti/Tiffany’s … Model: Paula Seigman
Photo: Klaus Lucka … (Collage and Collection Concept/Produced by Helen Oppenheim)


Bottoms Up! – 1975

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Bottoms Up! - 1975

Photo: © Klaus Lucka

New album on website.  Kim Lepine’s  Bottom Up! straight all-one-length classic bob, best an inch or two below the jaw-line, angel-curled with the bottoms up, just at the very ends, from La Coupe’s
Heaven Sent Collection for L’Oréal, in 1975.  The colors included Mango and Mandarine, very new then.  Check out Bottoms Up! and Halo Hair, full credits and details – HairThen, La Coupe, 70s, CLICK HERE

Hair: Kim Lepine, La Coupe, Montreal/NY, for L’Oréal … Ombrée Nails: Gladys, La Coupe … Makeup: Electa, Electa & Corrado, using Lancome …Model: Paula Seigman … Photo: © Klaus Lucka (scan
from 3″ x 5″ print) …  Concept/Fashion Styling/Produced by Helen Oppenheim