So yep, it is so. P & G is phasing out Max Factor cosmetics (commonly sold at Wal-Mart and drugstore.com) starting in 2010 in the U.S. but they are going to continue selling it abroad.  Read about the details here. It’s kind of a bummer. Man, the economy sucks.

Max Factor recently went through that new “edgy” image change with the faces of Carmen Electra and Gisele. They began to offer bolder color choices, even if all the pigments didn’t always live up. I personally love their lipcolors and the bright mascaras. They are the only drugstore makeup line that I know of that offers an Auburn mascara for redheads. I have been through so many tubes of those when I dyed my hair auburn. The Lipfinity 3D  line is really nice and offers some strange color combos like Chartreuse Blend, a lovely blend of green shimmer and deep vampy plum, Midori Glam, a rose with yellow gold shimmers, Violet Vamp, a mauve with lilac shimmers, and Raging Sea, a hot pink with teal shimmer.

The eye shadow trios rarely got rave reviews but I didn’t mind them. I’ve used them for photo shoots and stage performances. You put an eyeshadow primer under this stuff and apply it wet and you get a bold yellow for way less than MAC Chrome Yellow (under $5 for 3 shades). I think people tried to wear the 3 colors all together and that is just a bad idea with all of the trios.

I’m mainly just saddened because I have a heart for “old”. I  love the gentleman, Max Factor. If you are a makeup artist or not, you’ve got to appreciate this fellow. I mean this is the man that literally invented “lip gloss”. Oh, the faces he has touched and the women that he has made famous! (Clara Bow’s pierrot lips, Joan Crawford’s lip line, reds that weren’t too brash for Jean Harlow’s platinum locks). I just don’t want his “name” to die. I also don’t want to fight somebody for the last Lipfinity 3D Chartreuse Blend.

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I love a coral lip. I can’t get enough of it. I believe that anybody can wear orangey shades. They’re fun. To get this classic look which is perfect for spring/summer, I’m using L’Oreal products. Consider it a Recession friendly look.

First even out the complexion with a foundation powder such as Bare Naturale Powdered Mineral Foundation in your shade. Apply concealer if needed. Brows are combed and filled in to perfection. Apply The Brow Shaping Duet pencils in your shade. Eyes are neutral but with a tinge of green. Apply the lightest shade in the Wear Infinte Duo in Forest all the way up to the brow bone. Apply the darker shade in the crease and blend. Line eyes with a black liner on the top lid. Lashes are simple and dark. Apply something like Feather Lash Mascara in Black or a Black/Brown. Cheeks are soft and peachy. I love the True Match Super Blendable Blush in Precious Peach. It is a soft and warm matte peach. Lips are satin and coral. I love Colour Riche Lipstick. It is a clone of Lancome Rouge Absolu. Apply Volcanic, a satin coral with a hint of red. It is a friendly coral that isn’t too orange or brash. It is one of my favorite bargain shades. Finished.

So, will our budget affect our fragrance consumption? Probably so. We live in the era of the sky is the limit. Even housewives and single income homes have $300 bottles of fragrance. I admit that I spend way too much on fragrance but I can. I’m stupid and I ‘m trying to get smarter. However, if you aren’t stupid and you are wise with money there are plenty of $20 and under options for you. There are many nice items out there that don’t smell like Love’s Baby Soft. There are plenty of nice items out there. You’ll only get less. Which is fine, you’ll be able to flirt with many fragrances. But, there are some in generous sizes and many of the small ones are long wearing.

I absolutely love any of the Crazylillbellue and the Poppies fragrances that go for $18 and under. They are solid swivel sticks. The wear for a while have none of that alcohol note. All the ones that I have had experience with are blended wonderfully. They are pretty simple and actually pretty single note but they smell “expensive”. They are portable. They can be a bit waxy but just rub it in. I also can’t say enough for L’Aromarine fragrance oils and EDT sprays.  Both retail under $20. They are available at beautyhabit.com.

Another great brand of solid fragrances is by Pacifica. The solids retail for $9 and I would recommend Mediterranean Fig, French Lilac, Tahitian Gardenia, and Tuscan Blood Orange. But, really they are all nice for the price. They don’t wear very long and would probably need to be reapplied.

Many fragrance houses have responded to shrinking purses appropriately by offering smaller sizes of their items. You can try tinier amounts of fragrances that are pretty popular but not too bad such as Juicy Couture, the grandma floral made sweet,  ($16 for 1/4 ounce), Stella McCartney, the dusky rose,  ($17 for .33 ounces) Nanette Lepore, the musky floral, ($18 for .41 ounces), Carolina Herrerra, the amazing white floral with an Old Hollywood vibe ($10 for .34 ounces), or Philosophy Amazing Grace, the musky comforting floral that for some reason I am addicted to, ($15 for 1/2 ounce). All are available on sephora.com. Some others have jumped on the band-wagon like the warm and golden St. John’s ($18 for .33 ounce) available at nordstrom.com.
L’Occitane has many nice options both in small sprays ($12 to $19) or in the Fragrant Touches ($20). I am a fan of the proper Roses des 4 Reines, the exotic Eau D’Iparie, the fresh and simple blends of Mrytle and Iris, and I really like the warm Amber.

Some cheaper opitions with larger portions include some by Avon and mark. I like the lily of the valley scent Avon’s Flower by Cynthia Rowley EDT ($15 for 1 ounce). I also like Avon Tahitian Holiday, the beachy floral ($15 for 1.7 ounces) and I like Avon’s Sweet Honesty, the powdery clean floral ($12 for 1.7 ounces). Mark’s Pure Fragrance EDT is a nice clean scent ($15 for 1.5 ounces). Demeter Fragrances are always nice to and come in so many things. The cologne sprays retail for $20 for 1 ounce or you can get the 1/2 ounce cologne splashes for $6. Some of my favorites include: Beetroot, Whisky Tobacco, Leather, Fuzzy Naval, and Dirt. Yves Rocher has many nice fragrances. If you like fruity try $11 3.4 ounces bottles or the little $5 bottles of Poire, Mure, Peche, Framboise, and even Noix de Coco. The company really has a nice fragrance for the price. I love their minis. The Absolute fragrances of Rose, Amber, and Iris are very nice. The $20 4.2 ounce cologne sprays of Verbena, Chevrefueille, and Cedre Bleu are very refreshing. I also like old school favorites such as Revlon’s Jean Nate Cologne Spray ($10 for 2.25 ounces) and the wild floral fragrance of Coty Muguet des Bois ($15 for 1.8 ounces).

Avon has launched two new fragrances for him and her. The ad campaign is super lame. The fragrance is Jet and the tag line is “Let our new fragrances whisk you away to your own private escape without ever leaving home.” Yep, we’re in a recession. We now have to be so frugal with money that we have to purchase cheap, Avon fragrances and pretend we are doing something cool like flying? Personally, I hate flying. It is such a pain but that doesn’t keep me from leaving home. My imagination isn’t really that great at teleporting. I can close my eyes but I’m still stuck where I started. Anyways. Avon has launched Jet Femme and Jet Homme, classy with that French addition, huh? The ad campaign is a bit depressing and really is a sign of the times. Find luxury in cheaper things and just use your imagination to replace that vacation this year. Not even a vacation, just flying in general. It used to be that perfume had to give us a glimpse into exotic fantasies, like sultry nights in Morocco or the sparkling seas of Fiji. Now it is the exotic luxury of flying. The ad campaign has a lovely 35+ married couple kissing in front of an airliner. How romantic! I can’t tell if they are boarding it together or happy that they are going on separate planes. Or maybe one of them is the pilot and they are happy to have a job during the recession? Plus, who is flying exotic to? The 90+ crowd? Those young people and their jet planes…The bottles are so boring. They are little squares with a boring design. Both his and her bottles match. How is that for economical? Jet Femme EDT is a “shimmering blend of fresh grapefruit and tropical blooms over a sensual breeze of amber and exotic teak wood.” Here you go honey. No tropical vacation this year. Just a bottle of Jet. The fragrance isn’t repulsive but it sure isn’t interesting either. It is pretty boring and just smells like a generic citrus and woody floral cocktail. The price isn’t bad at $22.50 when not on sale for 1.7 oz. So, if you want to smell generic for less than department store brands then reach for this. Like, I’ve said, it isn’t horrible and is no worse than anything that Macy’s sells, it’s just not interesting. Plus, it doesn’t hang around too long. That could be viewed as a plus or a minus.

Jet Homme EDT actually isn’t too bad. It is a “crafted blend of Italian bergamot and fresh fig infused with exotic Egyptian incense and musky white cedar.” So, Jet Femme is an island escape and Jet Homme is a Mediterranean get away. It isn’t too bad. Of course, I am a sucker for fig fragrances. This is like a cruder, simplified, and watered down Diptyque Philosykos. Which sounds like an insult but it isn’t for $19.50 for 2.5 ounces when not on sale. Philosykos goes for $88 for 1.7 ounces. You can actually smell fig and white cedar in this. And like most men’s fragrance it doesn’t hang around too long but the base notes stick.

So, if you are terrified of the economy and still want to smell decent and not offensive than these are great. Just close your eyes and pretend you are on a crowded jet plane, knees rubbing against a fat stranger’s, ears popping, tired but can’t sleep with that crying baby whaling in your left ear, have to go pee but don’t want to jump over the fat man. It’s what you’re missing during this recession. So forget transporting to exotic and sun kissed Tahiti, just dream of that flight. It’s Jet.

This isn't your ex-boyfriend's Firebird.

Almost a recession really brings out some funny trends. I have talked about this before in my Dior Dandy Color Collection review. I feel the 70’s are back because of the economic woes. Here is further proof of 2008’s 1970’s fascination.

Fresh, the hip cult classic cosmetic line, has launched their Firebird Mascara which is a basic volumizing mascara that some how manages to have something to do with the 1970’s. It comes in a shiny peacock blue packaging with golden bronze leaves or maybe it is feathers? designs. I do like the packaging. The name makes me laugh. I want to think it is more of the mythical firebird than the car but who knows. Maybe they are talking about the Gibson guitar.  Sephora’s website states,

“Fresh Firebird Mascara creates stunningly full, fluffy lashes for an alluring, feathery look. Its uniquely shaped brush and ultra-black formula delivers the gorgeous and lush feathered look of the 70s. In just one stroke of the wand, lashes are instantly curled. It’s truly magical!”

OK, whatever. I don’t remember lashes looking so sexy in the 70’s and if they were feathery it was because they were false lashes. Plus if mascara was so awesome in this mythical super hip 1970 land wouldn’t that formula be the best seller. If 1970’s mascara is so great then why is everybody buying new 2008 formulas of mascara all the time. And the only “feathery” look in the 70’s includes the haircuts of the dudes that raced Firebirds around town.

If only theyd make a mascara inspired by the sexiness of this car. But your lashes arent sexy. It isnt 1970 yet.

"If only they'd make a mascara inspired by the sexiness of this car." "But your lashes aren't sexy. It isn't 1970 yet."

Anyways, this stuff is enhanced with some kind of algae, vitamin B5, and seabuckthorn oil. Looks like I’ll have to wiki “seabuckthorn” oil. I have no idea why that is supposed to be so great. The mascara comes in a jet black and sells for $26.

So there is a mascara inspired by me now. Groovy.

So there is a mascara inspired by me now. Groovy.

diordandyDior has launched their fall collection known merely as “Dandy” and I am in love for many reasons. It’s part Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde and part bad ass bronzed eyed gangsta. It’s “Hey, we’re in a freak’n recession, now lets have fun and emulate everything 1930’s that the economically fragile 1970’s embraced!” Boy, did they love Bonnie and Clyde in the 70s.  Since last year I have felt like I have been living in the 70s because of the recession, well before then, but I got out of college long enough to realize it.  The Green trends are our economy’s way of feeling comfortable with living cheap and reusing things and taking pride in cooking and growing our own produce. Cosmetics manufactures have been playing up “natural” and “bare” looks again, those neutrals that Farrah Faucet sported. Wild Western inspired Bohemian looks keep showing up even though I thought it was out ages ago. Fashions have became very retro Bonnie Parker. Music is getting more folksier or disco-ier. I’m glad that everyone is trying to have fun being poor. I know that I am. Living cheap makes me feel good. Yeah, I still want Dior, I’ll get it if I want it, I’ll just cook a pot roast or something and eat it all week. But, I find myself wanting less and less material things…

Anyways, to the collection. Other than just being beautiful because it reminds me of all chaos induced by a thin, blonde female gangster, the products are actually nice. There’s a Cuir Leather Impression Eyeshadow based on the popular “croc” pattern of their leathers.  cuirdior There’s Copper Diamond DiorSkin Shimmer Star Pressed Powder, new formulas of 2-Colour eyeshadow featured in Bronzy Look and Silver Look, 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Iridescent Leather and Earth Tones, beautiful blush in Pink Copper, Rouge Dior Lipstick in Fiction Brown and Western Beige, Creme de Gloss in Creamy Burgundy and Delicious Plum, Addict Ultra-Gloss Reflect in Lace Beige and Lurex Plum, Waterproof Crayon Eyeliner in Iridescent Khaki, and Rouge Contour Lip Liner in Mysterious Plum and Mythical Brown. Dior is saying, ” Dandy is more than a look; it’s a state of mind, inspired by the chic, independent spirit of the 1930s. Unexpectedly glamorous in contrasts of rich feminine plums, berries and the ‘masculine’ chic of warm, deep beige shades.” Well, that independence and state of mind is robbing banks and shooting people up and hiding out from the law with your possibly bisexual outlaw boyfriend just because being poor and down and out pisses you off. Still, it manages to be beautiful despite the materialistic angst associated with the ‘masculine’ chic just because Faye Dunaway was/is a babe and those fashions in Bonnie and Clyde were just too damn awesome and Warren Beatty was a hunk. I’m sold. Now I just have to find a bank to rob to afford this collection…

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