Saturday, 8 January 2011

Max Factor Hyperfull Voluptuous

Nothing new under the sun. Charlotte of LIPGLOSSIPING did a coupla posts on this and it's a blog staple.

The old 'red lipstick' debate. Do you or don't you? I do. Doesn't matter if my hair is black (now), purple (last month), blonde (summer) or red. Why do women say it makes them feel clownish? You just have to have a bit of attitude (a - i -yude) to go with it.

This was a market stall item. £1.99? Too tomato to look good with my teeth. I like these matte lippies as I hate splodge and you can always put a spot of gloss in the middle to 'lift' it.But it looks fine if I don't smile. Yellow teeth allegedly need blue-reds to detract from the hideousness.

I can't do pale lips now I'm ageing and fading. I'd just be invisible. Women of my age often claim to be invisible because they perhaps don't attract so much male attention but I've never cared for that so I'm very happy to be free to be increasingly eccentric. That great poem about wearing purple when you get older and spitting. Purple yes. Spitting? Obviously not. Actually most of this has applied to me for years........


When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

Jenny Joseph



  1. Bargain lipstick! It like the color :)
    I like red lipstick, but it has to be the right shade. Like you said, get the wrong one and your teeth don't look as white! I don't tend to wear red as an everyday colour though, I'd have to keep reapplying it and I'm just too lazy :P
    When I'm old I am definitely going to be as eccentric as I can be, maybe not the spitting part though!

  2. I love that lippie, like you I prefer a matte, can't be doing with all that gloop.
    I'm definately becoming madder as I get older. xxx

  3. Love this bold color!

    And I REALLY like what you said here: "Women of my age often claim to be invisible because they perhaps don't attract so much male attention but I've never cared for that so I'm very happy to be free to be increasingly eccentric."

    Rock on!

  4. I absolutely adore red lipstick. I'm in my early twenties and I wear very, very little makeup save for obnoxiously bright lipsticks. MAC Lady Danger is my favorite. I totally agree with what you said about just having to have attitude. That's what I tell people all the time when they say, "I could never pull that off." You just have to *think* you can pull it off.

  5. i just can't make red lipstick look good on me..i think it's because my face is always so red. I don't even use blush because i just can't. maybe i need a red lipstick that is more blue based? hmm..I will wear red lipstick oneday!! your post is making me motivated to find the right red for me

  6. Lots of lovely comments. Thank you all.

  7. That's a lovly lipstick. I don't think i'd have a very happy life if i couldn't wear red lipstick. And i really like that poem about wearing purple :)