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The Return of the Lazy Monday Poll | Manolo for the Big Girl

The Return of the Lazy Monday Poll

I don’t know about you guys, but it’s been a long time since I’ve had an entertaining poll.

We’ve been on this pony ride for what, three years now? Four years? A long damn time that’s for sure, and so many of you have been with me from the beginning when I was just a simple country girl with a dream. Okay, I’ve never been a simple country girl with a dream, but imagine the movie version of this blog post and now picture me in a red and white gingham shirt and freckles, chewing on a piece of hay and looking up meaningfully into the mid-distance in preparation for what would definitely be a bitchin’ 1950’s-style montage with costumes provided by Edith Head.

Sorry, where was I?

Oh right.

Anyhoodle, I’ve known some of you so long you feel like family. I mean not MY family, because I actually talk to you, but someone’s family, and that’s nice. With that in mind, I’d like to have a rebirth, a renaissance s’il vous plait, of the Lazy Monday Poll.

So have it. Free for all, in the comments (provided you don’t get too rude, and remember this is a family blog so careful on the language) on anything that’s on your mind. If you ask a question, I’ll answer it. I know my email is notoriously wonky so if you emailed me and haven’t received a response, this is a good place to do it.

Oh, and because one great Monday Tradition calls for another, I won’t leave you without a bit of Monday Hotness.

I feel we should give a little quality ogling time to goalkeeper Tim Howard who did not have a great day during the Gold Cup final between the U.S. and Mexico. Apparently he temporarily forgot that the job, really the ONLY job, of the goalkeeper is to keep goals away which resulted in a 4-2 win for Chicharito and our friends south of the border.

That being said, he’s a good keeper and he worked wonders in my fantasy box all last year*, so let’s show him a little love, and by love I mean as always, base objectification.

*Yes, I constructed this entire post just so I could use that line. I’m not proud.

41 Responses to “The Return of the Lazy Monday Poll”

  1. Cat June 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    Ooo! I have a question. After reading your reviews, I bought three of those Revlon lip stains. I also bought one of Josie Maran’s Magic Marker lip stains (same type of thing only without the balm on the other end of the marker). But three of the four markers are dry as a bone and have been since day one. Is there any way to moisten them up and get my money’s worth? I’ve tried storing them upside down so that any product inside would run to the tips of the markers, but no luck. I am very sad. On a positive note, the one marker that has any juice in it is AWESOME and the stain lasts FOREVER on my lips.

    I love the idea of these stains, but don’t want to keep buying them if there’s only a 25% chance that there will actually be any stain inside when I get them home.

  2. Jen Anderson June 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    ooh! I have lip stain question too. I bought a Revlon lip stain too. I put it on clean lips, let it dry for up to 10 minutes and then apply lip balm and some of the stain comes off. No matter how long I wait. I also find that my lips don’t stay stained for more than an hour or so. Any tips?

  3. Kristen M. June 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    I have a “wedding fiesta” to go to. It will be a reception for an American friend and her new husband from far closer to the equator, they’ve been married for nearly a year. I don’t think it will be dressy–the Oregon Coast is notoriously casual, even when it means to not be–if you are casual but put together, no one seems to get judgemental if you missed the tone. My husband is my height without shoes, so I imagine I will wear flats, and I am on a limited budget for shoes and jewelry, am choosing between two dresses. Thoughts on the attire, suggestions on the accessories?

    Dress (1): http://www.swakdesigns.com/p-796-carol-watercolor-maxi-dress.aspx <–this dress, but in a Solid Navy

    Dress (2): http://www.kiyonna.com/plus-size-clothing/Dresses/12112701 <–this dress, in Deep Sultry Red

    (P.S. I'm all for objectification, equal opportunity objectification. No doubt there are some handsome baseball players that are just the cure for some of our ills. I haven't looked lately, as my internet is quite spotty. Maybe someone else around here has been keeping better notes.)

  4. Thea June 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    Since Miss Plummy and Co solved my jeans issue, I’m wondering if y’all have any suggestions re: undereye concealer. I need something for the dark circles that started showing up. I’m very fair and have tried Bobbie Brown – meh. Need to obliterate the dark without replacing it with neon yellow stuff that creases into racing stripes OVER dark circles in an hour

  5. Miss Plumcake June 27, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    @Thea: I wish I could help you. I have yet to find the One True Concealer but I would suggest aiming not for yellow, but for pink toned things. I believe I had good luck with something from Physician’s Formula that had three little vials, a pink, a green and a yellow-toned neutral. Can anyone else help our girl?

  6. Miss Plumcake June 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    @Kristen M.: I like the Kiyonna dress better BUT not in red. Order me an old fashioned, but I just don’t like red at a wedding where there isn’t a long history of it. Someone else’s wedding is one of those rare and odious events where you cannot make it About You and I’m afraid that dress in red would be About You because there is some serious va-va-vavoom action. The other consideration is shoe choice. The SWAK dress really needs a flat sandal –think a minimalist gold leather gladiator– while the Kiyonna wants a heel. As for accessories, a big cocktail ring would do your maxi dress right, while a sweet little hair ornament –maybe a vintage fur clip– would suit the Kiyonna just fine.

  7. Miss Plumcake June 27, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    @Jen: Hmm, well, it’s possible you got a bad or old batch. I’d call Revlon at 1-800-473-8566 and let them know the product is defective. Odds are they’ll send you a new one or at least some coupons. As for a more practical tip to salvage what you have, I’d prime my lips with a good primer. The Sally Hansen Prep and Perfect is the best one I’ve found AND it happens to be dirt cheap. I’d also try my luck using a different balm, just in case. Maybe layer a little lip gloss or heck, even vaseline over it? Good luck and let me know!

  8. The Accidental Tangoiste June 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    I second Plummy’s vote for the Kiyonna dress, Kristen M. (Like woah!) My own instinct also says Not Red for a wedding–but as this is going to be a celebration for a couple who’ve been married for a year, I dunno, maybe it would be more acceptable? But I’d still probably want to go for the navy for that one, myself.

    As a compromise, maybe you could get it in both colors and knock the socks off your husband in the red one some other time.

  9. Miss Plumcake June 27, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    @Cat: Well, personally I’d march right back to wherever I bought them, and say –no matter how long ago it was– that they were defective and you’d like to exchange them for new ones. If you play it with a little charm and finesse, this shouldn’t be a problem. Right now I’m conducting a little experiment in remoistening. I have a CoverGirl Outlast stain that’s been bone dry for ages and a Revlon stain that’s not as perky as once it was. I popped off the back of both of them, and added about three or four drops of boiling hot purified water. I then stood them on their tips -keeping the caps on, of course– until a bit of liquid pooled at the bottom. I put the backs back on, turned them right-side up until the liquid went back into the barrel, waiting a minute or so to see if any of the fluid would pool at the other side. A bit did so I rolled them in my hands sideways to evenly distribute what was left of the water. Now I’m going to let them sit for a half hour or so and see how it goes. If it’s too fluid I’ll just leave the caps off for a while. Either way, I’ll report back.

    I’d also suggest calling Revlon (number in my response to Jen) and trying to use a lip primer like Sally Hansen’s Prime and Perfect to get a little more life out of the old girls. Good luck!

  10. Emily June 27, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    @Kristen M: I third the fantastic Kiyonna dress, and agree that navy would be more appropriate for the occasion. I’d also suggest a lightweight wrap, for when the wind and/or rain inevitably pick up.

    @Plumcake and everyone else in a warm location: I’m moving from a lukewarm climate (the Northwest) to a mostly summer climate (Southern Cali). Obviously, this is an excellent excuse for shopping. Any tips, tricks, or essentials for keeping up appearances in 90-degree heat? I don’t need to be fancy–I’ll be an impoverished grad student/TA–but I’d at least like to look pulled together and not too melty.

  11. Catrandom June 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    Is it too late to play? I like this dress a lot, particularly the blue print:

    http://www.kiyonna.com/plus-size-clothing/Wrap_Dresses/11112202

    But I am 5’3″ and a size 3X, moderately busty, and very much an apple — although I do have a waist, I am so short-waisted that the effect is essentially spherical. I can shorten the skirt, but is there any way this style could work on a round person?

  12. Miss Plumcake June 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    @Catrandom: You know, I love the dress but I’m not loving it for a short apple. Wrap dresses, no matter what they say about them being perfect for everyone, really are best on people who have very well defined waists and err on the side of the longer torso. There’s just a lot visually going on with that dress in the place where you have the least room for it. You ideally want a dress like that to have lots of visual space for the belt to lie flat and I think that wouldn’t be the case for you. For your shape and size I’d probably go with something like the Flaunt dress or, if your heart is set on wrap or wrap-adjacent styling, the Vivienne cinch dress, both of which would be flattering to your figure and sexy as all get out.

  13. dcsurfergirl June 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    Hi, ladies!

    Thea–did you get any moisturizer with your Bobbi Brown concealer? I got a sample with my purchase. Wait about 15 minutes (yeah, the sales rep said that) before applying the concealer and the matching finishing powder. Just a thought. You may also want to check out Bare Minerals makeup–I just got hooked to that stuff–maybe there is something there that can help you.

    Good luck to anyone using lip stain. I have given up on that stuff. I guess I am better at lip gloss.

    Take care, everyone!

  14. Catrandom June 27, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    Gracias, Ms. Plumcake — I was kind of afraid of that. I sure like that neckline though (sigh). I hadn’t seen the Flaunt dress, but it’s very pretty on the model. Thanks!

  15. Heather June 27, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    So here’s the deal. I would like to think we are built similarly, mostly because when you talk about YOUR body I find myself cheering you on and thinking “Dang! That is one sexy gal!” (For the record, I’m 5’10” barefoot, 40D-36ish-50). I have a devil of a time finding lingerie that I feel sexy in. I do not enjoy my thighs, but my rear end gets catcalls on the Vegas strip. Yesterday was my 2-year anniversary, and my husband is amazing… I would love to rock his world (even more than usual) with something that I feel amazing in. Thoughts? Ponderances? Suggestions?

  16. Lisa from SoCal June 27, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    I love that Sweetheart knit wrap dress. Pretty pretty pretty. And green! I love green. @Heather, I’m rooting for you, as I am the same height, and I have to say–I can’t find even remotely fun lingerie. I’m soooooo long waisted that anything one-piece does not fit. May you find lots of lovely things.

    I’m wondering about pink lipsticks these days. I walk into Sephora, I become tempted by pretty pink lipsticks, they all don’t work. Some pink shade should work on me, right? Right?

    I am also wondering what people think of letting your hair go grey at 40. Because I’m at both of those places, with white silver on my temples and salt and pepper elsewhere. Getting lots of compliments, but I dunno.

  17. Miss Plumcake June 27, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    @Heather: Wow, our measurements are almost exactly the same except you seem to be blessed with a better booty (I like my thighs just fine though, so I guess we can’t have everything)! Yeah it can be tough and so much depends on your taste and your personal style. For example: I hate trashy lingerie, I just can’t do it with any sincerity, even for fun. I don’t feel sexy, I feel like I’m a trussed up hooker sheep. So usually my choices are rather limited. I’m also not a huge fan of corsets that give you that Platter o’ Rack thing. It’s also worth considering HIS preferences. My fella, for example, has informed me in more than one language that his lips were designed for my legs and so I do what I can to show off the gams. You know, you gotta keep the fans happy. I’d suggest looking at Hips and Curves which seems to be the best site I can find for plus size lingerie that includes, but is not limited to the sort of lingerie that invites the question “How much more if my friend watches?”

  18. Cat June 27, 2011 at 10:52 pm #

    Thanks, Plummy! I will be interested to hear how your experiment turns out. Were I not too disorganized to keep my receipts, I’d try returning the lip stains. If I repurchase, I’ll definitely hang on to the receipts. I did try something with one of the dried up lip stains this evening — I smacked the tip of the (uncovered) marker against the back of my hand several times, and eventually some product came out.

    @Thea, I am also very fair with huge dark under-eye circles. I have three concealers to suggest depending on what formula you prefer. For stick concealer, I’ve had good luck with Cle de Peau. It is expensive as all get-out ($78, I believe), but a stick lasts me a year and a half or more with daily use. For concealer in a pot, Benefit’s Boi-ing is really, really good. And if you prefer a more liquid formula, Fresh’s Umbrian Clay Absolute Concealer is fantastic.

  19. Cat June 27, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    @Emily, I live in Austin, and one product I cannot live without during the oppressive summer heat is Sephora’s Matte Blotting Film. One sheet will soak up every last bit of shine from your face without messing up your make-up, and the sheets are sturdy and don’t tear like blotting papers tend to do. I usually use one midday and then another in the evening if I’m going out. They’re very affordable at ten bucks for 50 sheets and they prevent any need for caking on powder to control shine.

  20. Heather June 27, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

    Fantastico! There are definitely some workable options on that site… I seem to be drawn to the cami/boy short combos. I agree with what you said about finding that magical part of the what-I-feel-good-in/what-makes-him-drool Venn diagram. My particular brand of husband is more a B&B guy (boobs and booty, NOT the inns that come with breakfasts and NOT the after-dinner drink) so maybe that’s my best bet. I like that they have some cupless choices, for those more daring of moments. Many thanks!

    @Lisa: Don’t you hate being cut in half by things?? Sometimes I think being curvy AND tall is God’s way of keeping me humble :)

  21. The Accidental Tangoiste June 27, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

    Emily, I sympathize. Summers where I live are wretchedly humid, and this is the first time I’ve had a job that expects me to dress like a grown-up professional most of the time (and my upper-floor office does not stay as cool as it might). Mine, too, is the eternal quest for cool, comfortable, good-looking, affordable clothes.

    Natural fibers: I cannot get enough. Linen has been my big revelation recently. I’d always shied away from it before as being expensive and high-maintenance, but there’s really no reason it has to be. Plumcake pointed out the virtues of a little casual rumpling when she reviewed those gorgeous wide-leg trousers a while ago:

    http://manolobig.com/2011/06/13/review-revue-how-to-wear-wide-leg-pants/

    (I’m not sure what effects this might have, especially if they were white, but I’d be inclined to want to cut the acetate lining right out of those lovelies, for maximum breatheability. I really hate summer.)

    Spiegel’s linen items, generally, look very nice; they tend to carry a good selection of plus sizes (I believe they’ve received favorable mention here before), and lots are on quite decent sale. Have a look!

    http://style.spiegel.com/search?w=linen&Go.x=28&Go.y=20

    Good luck, my melty sister!

  22. Lisa from SoCal June 28, 2011 at 12:29 am #

    @Heather, and my mother thought bikinis were inappropriate, so I spent my whole childhood in one piece swimsuits far, far more obscene in practice than any two piece. Thank God for tankinis.

  23. txbunny June 28, 2011 at 1:36 am #

    @Miss Thea: I’ve been using Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer #1 for the exceeding fair with a concealer brush, wait 3-5 mins, then use YSL touche eclat #1. Laura banishes the dark w/o going yellow and touche eclat has this light reflecting quality so your eyes look brighter and awake. Both products are creamy, stay in place, and do not settle into wrinkles. The touche eclat also makes puffiness during those bad allergy morning less noticeable.

    @Miss Plumcake: Based on you measurements, have you tried Natori? The gowns and robes are to die for and scream elegant and expensive. I am sure you would be an XL in their line. Some of it is frumpy but others are lovely.

    In general, one of my favorite brands of thongs is Hanky Panky in the plus size. Very comfortable but they really only go up to an 18W or 20W.

    My question: Where can I find woman’s size shorts built for an hourglass figure that do not go to the knees? Would like something cargo-ish and sturdy.

  24. Josie June 28, 2011 at 4:11 am #

    I hinted at this before, but now I can be blatant… Miss P, what do you think of the wrappy strap dresses as seen here: http://www.dessy.com/wrap-dress/ I love the long one in hunter green for a wedding, but just can’t decide. I’d want to be wearing a bra, and that seems to minimise the number of styles you can make. On the other hand, it apparently packs easy peasy, so would be great on holiday.

    I’ll be going to an autumn wedding and am probably thinking this: http://www.asos.com/Asos/Asos-Curve-Salon-Gem-Floral-Prom-Dress/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=1523185&cid=9577&Rf900=1465&sh=0&pge=1&pgesize=20&sort=-1&clr=Print with brown heels and gold accessories. I’m torn between flowy and 50’s. Any suggestions?

  25. RKT June 28, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    @ Miss Thea: On the concealer question, I have had the same problem. I am VERY pale, with dark undereye circles (genetics, not lack of sleep). I tried Cle de Peau and found that it creased like crazy on me, and also turned orange. Ick. I also used YSL Touche Eclat for a while, but found that it just didn’t provide enough coverage. The two concealers that have worked for me without fail are: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector. It is a double-ended wand, and has a highlighter, similar to Touche Eclat, that you apply first, and then a thicker concealer on top. I finish it off with MAC Blot powder to keep it in place, then put on my eyeshadow.

    The other concealer is one that a makeup artist introduced me to, in a line I almost never seen recommended anywhere. It is the Artistry Essential Concealer, sold here:

    http://www.amway.com/Shop/Product/Product.aspx/ARTISTRY–essentials-Concealer?itemno=15&dsNav=N:4294966693

    You have to apply it with a concealer brush, and set with powder, but it is incredibly easy to use (applies smoothly, blends well) and covers dark circles like no one’s business. Love, love, love. I have been using it for over three years, and have not strayed.

    Good luck!

  26. Emily June 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    Thanks, fellow “melty sisters!!” I fear it’s going to be a process of trial and error, but what can you do, eh?

    @Miss Thea: Not a product recommendation, but an application tip – apply any liquid or cream concealer with a *soft* bristled brush and a gentle stippling motion. It keep the coverage even and stops you from putting on so much that it settles in to your creases. And always set with a light dusting of powder!

  27. Miss Plumcake June 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    @txbunny: I have a Natori bed jacket I actually use as an opera wrap and the belt sees regular service in my daily wardrobe. I swear the silk is an inch thick and yes, screamingly expensive. I got mine on sale but I’m pretty sure retail was $1800. It’s a bit more designed for a woman of a certain age and considering things tend to get…uh…damaged, during use I’m not really shelling out for sexy lingerie.

    As for shorts, these OSP Collection Cargo Shorts sound like they might be up your alley. Actually OSP Collection has a decent selection of shorts that don’t go down to the knees. I’ve got comparatively short legs so I need shorter shorts, but apparently there is some vast plus size-designer conspiracy to keep fat girls’ thighs under wraps at all time. Honestly I just haven’t bothered for years, but this summer I went once more into the fray. I think your best bet will be for clothes geared to the younger crowd. Try Torrid and Forever21+. The two pairs of shorts I’ve got I picked up at either Ross or Marshall. They’re short, maybe a little too short for daily wear –I bought them to wear in Mexico on vacation– but fit like a dream. Both are dark rinse denim, one is a traditional 5 pocket style and the other is more of a sailor short with a Hollywood waist. Good luck!

  28. Miss Plumcake June 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    @Josie: I have never ever EVER seen a successfully deployed convertible dress. Ever. They’re total teases. They look so great styled on the model but it’s just heartbreak and tears when you get it home. It’s a gimmick. Gimmicks are great if you’re a stripper, but not so much if your plans don’t involve pasties and daddy issues.

    I like the Asos dress, a lot. My caution would be to not make it too retro because then you go from chic to costumey and costumey is one of those pitfalls that even the most advanced fashionista can fall into. I’d pair it with a wrap and maybe a bold, modern bracelet. Be careful with shoes. You don’t want to do 50’s-styled shoes. Since that dress is so sweet you really want to look for aggressive, maybe military-influenced accessories. Otherwise it’s musical theater.

  29. Devon June 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    What do you think of these body type samples (all celebrities)? I can barely see the apple and pear shapes if I squint. It feels like they’re co-opting the words that larger women use for our bodies.
    http://tartecosmetics.com/blog/2011/06/27/swimsuit-styles-that-flatter-your-body-type/
    (Also, they don’t actually tell you which swimsuit styles flatter each shape,which is why I clicked on it.)

  30. Thea June 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    I just wanna say thanks to all y’all (yes that is proper grammar, why do you ask?) for the advise on undereye concealer. If I find my forever concealer, I’ll report back.

    Emily, black linen is your friend. It doesn’t require lining or special underpinnings and it doesn’t show ‘rich wrinkles’ as much as white linen. Also 100% cotton clothes – just got back from New Orleans and anything with even a hint of spandex was a one way trip to sweat city.
    Also Champion cotton bike shorts for support under flowy skirts and HD microfinish loose powder in addition to blotting paper. And for ‘personal chafing’ talc, or Zeasorb in your special lady places (sorry to lower the tone)

  31. Miss Plumcake June 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    @Devon: I don’t really think the apple suits the description, but I think otherwise it’s pretty common and longstanding, pearshape, hourglass…whatever. I don’t mind sharing!

  32. g-dog June 28, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    Re: concealer — I would check out stage make-up and/or make-up used by drag queens (if it isn’t stage make-up). There is a good costume shop in our city that carries stage make-up. Some pharmacies do as well (and there is always the internet).

    Miss Plumcake’s Note: Remember theatrical makeup is designed to read in the cheap seats. That means you’ll have that flawless finish from 100 feet away but up close for daily wear can look a little –okay a lot– caked on.

  33. Lady A June 29, 2011 at 12:06 am #

    I am a big believer in the Eve Pealr Salmon concealers for undereye circles.
    http://www.evepearl.com/products/concealers-salmon/

    I use the light, because I am pale like snow. This concealer is the only one I have found that actually as enough pinky/orange to cancel out the circles.

    I am usually a hardcore red lipstick gal, but I think I have found my Holy Grail pink. Makeup Forever’s Rouge Artist Intense in shade 34. It is a coral/rose pink. I always think I will like some delicate pink, but it always ends up looking like I smeared Pepto on my mouth. This lipstick lets me take a step away from red and still feel like I have visible lips.

  34. Leah June 29, 2011 at 2:01 am #

    @Thea, I am exceedingly pale (blue not pink) & after spending an appalling amount of money concealers I found one I pretty much really like. Plus if I ever do find the *perfect* one, this stuff is super cheap so it isn’t a huge fiscal catastrophe. Try Rimmel (I found it at Wal-Mart) Hide The Blemish concealer in Ivory, the only thing is to blend it really well. It’s definitely a cheap ‘good-enough until’ the perfect match.

    @Heather, Betsy Johnson has lingerie that fits me very well & I am your size but with a WAY less-defined waist & a less spectacular butt. Also Simone Perele has sexy & lacy & gorgeous bras & panty sets that are in your sizes. I have a bra in a 40D & XL undies that my husband sure seems to like. =)

  35. The Accidental Tangoiste June 29, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    Champion cotton bike shorts, you say, Thea? I’m going to have to look into that too! So far I’ve been getting by with spandex-infused things like capri leggings and short-waisted Spanx-type things. Something shorter and cottony would be a blessing as the summer heat really sets in!

  36. anne June 29, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    @Thea

    I am very pale and use a powder concealer by bare essentials in Bisque.

    http://www.bareescentuals.com/bareMinerals-Multi-Tasking-Bisque/MasterBisque,default,pd.html?start=1&cgid=BE_SUB_CONCEALER

    I was a skeptic but have found the coverage much better than creams or liquids and there is no orange or crease lines

  37. Thea June 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    @Accidental Tangoiste-
    here’s what I wear. They do have a tad bit of spandex but they are cooler than most ‘foundation garments’ in summer and add a bit of suppport. http://www.justmysize.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product__11151_-1_11002_17653_15056

  38. Katharine June 30, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    @Thea: Also pale, with deep dark purple undereye rings. I’ve had my best luck with yellow correctors, but it has to be the RIGHT yellow. Actual concealers just settle in there and look heavy and strange. Physicians’ Formula yellow was pretty good (on me; others will vary) but I turned out to be allergic to it; now I use Benefit LemonAid, and top with a dabbing of Smashbox Photo Op to brighten up and tone it back to my skin, and keep me from having contrasting pale rings under my eyes.

    I also apply carefully and lightly only to the affected areas with a brush, and blend with my finger. And I highly recommend the trick of putting a teeny dot of white on the inside corner of the eye and blending THAT if you’ve got shadowy raccoon-eyes, too. Simple, tiny thing; makes a huge difference.

    I don’t wear any other foundation on my face, so I need a ring-hider that doesn’t stand out if worn alone. I have oily eyes (I know, ew) and most eye makeup flees the area of application within an hour, but (on me) this doesn’t.

  39. Kathleen O'Brien June 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    thanks for the bike short idea – got to love cotton infused anything in hot weather! and my comment on the hottie – YUM YUM – that was a good game – wouldn’t I like to get in a scrum with HIM!
    thanks plumcake!

  40. The Accidental Tangoiste June 30, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    Many thanks, Thea!

  41. dcsurfergirl July 3, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    For any of you looking at pink lipsticks–what about pink lip gloss? I tend to use more gloss in the summer. I keep breaking lipsticks when it’s warm. My favorite pinks are from Estee Lauder, Maybelline, Sephora (the store brand) and Buxom.