Makeup Review: L’Oreal Infallible Lip

Makeup That Doesn't Budge | CorporetteSometimes, when it matters most, you don’t have time to reapply your makeup. Being shuttled from person to person in a job interview? Sitting in front of a jury for four hours straight? You still want to look your best, but a lipstick, lip gloss, or tint really does not go the distance. Because of this, we’ve always been fans of long-lasting lipsticks. In the past, they’ve been things to endure. Some felt crunchy and drying after five minutes of wear. Others would wear unevenly, leaving you with lipstick only on the outer portions of your lips. But technology advances, and some of the new ones are exceptional — comfortable, great colors, and long lasting — and this occasional series will examine which ones those are. First up: L’Oreal’s selection of infallible lip colors, which the company was good enough to send to us to try out.

Mar22They sent us three kinds: the glosses, the lipsticks, and the LipColour. We were already fans of the LipColour — it’s a liquid that you use a sponge applicator to put on. It goes on precisely and smoothly, and, amazingly, doesn’t dry your lips too much — it’s more than normal lipsticks, but only slightly. The accompanying clear lip balm is also a keeper — moisturizing without being tacky or too glossy. The balm tends to wear off, though, and needs to be reapplied — whereas the LipColour is generally going to stay put until you decide to take it off. (Yes, even through a salad with an oily dressing.) The only problem here is color — finding the exact right shade can be a challenge. Nutmeg was too nude; Teaberry too pink. We wound up trying about eight different colors (even buying some with our own money!) and ended up liking Amethyst the best (L’Oreal Infallible LipColour, Amethyst 520), but it’s very hard to recommend a specific color. It’s $11.99 at Drugstore.com. [Read more…]

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Banana Republic’s Puff-Sleeve Sweater

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

Banana Republic’s Puff-Sleeve SweaterWe don’t know why we haven’t noticed this sweater before at Banana Republic, because it’s the exact kind of thing that we stock up on and then wear until it’s falling apart. It’s a cotton/nylon sweater with slightly poufed sleeves — on sale! The blue is down to $25, but there are other colors marked to $35: black, coral, and “chocolate bunny” (a dirty khaki color). They look great on top of a white blouse, and are divine beneath a suit. They’re on sale at Banana Republic. Women: Puff-sleeve sweater – Bella blue

Thursday’s TPS Report: Ann Taylor LOFT Pleated Empire Dress

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

We like this simple and sweet dress from Ann Taylor LOFT — it’s a lot on the casual side, but it’s still the kind of thing that can be dressed up for the office with a pair of closed-toe pumps and a cropped jacket. (Then, change into some strappy sandals and a wrap and head out on the town.) Clean lines, a few unique but unobtrusive details — such are the makings of a great summer dress. It’s $69 at Ann Taylor LOFT (and comes in a great online-only color, Havana Blue, as well as black). Ann Taylor LOFT Pleated Empire Dress

Suit of the Week: Paul Smith Black & Blue Classic Swirl Suit

We are sad to say that we’re behind the ball on this one — the suit is nearly sold out (if you’re a size 44, you are very, very lucky!). But oh, how we love it: a classic black suit with just the teeniest bit of insouciance with the classic Paul Smith swirl in the piping on the lapel. It’s even wool! Gorgeous, gorgeous. It’s marked down nearly 70%, too: it’s currently $345, with an extra 20% off today, bringing it down to $276 at Couture Candy. Paul-Smith Sale Black & Blue Classic Swirl Suit Black

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Lafayette 148 New York Dotted Patio Blouse

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

Lafayette 148 New York Dotted Patio BlouseSaks has started its spring sales already, including this lovely blouse from Lafayette 148.  We would wear it with a pencil skirt and pumps, or perhaps beneath a suit — we like the idea of the tall collar standing up beneath lapels.  It is linen, which (while prone to wrinkles) can be great when it’s 90 degrees and you’re at a professional event.  It’s on sale for $136, down from $228. Lafayette 148 Dotted Patio Blouse

Poll: Are all sheer blouses bad for the office?

are-sheer-blouses-bad-for-workThis has come up a few times with regard to the TPS reports, and one of our readers suggested we take a poll on it — which we enthusiastically agree with. Are all sheer fabrics bad for the office, such as chiffon, slightly sheer silk and jersey, and so forth?

For our $.02: A black sheer fabric is always going to be veering into boudoir territory.  (We will admit, though, that we have a sheer black blouse that we wear underneath sweaters and sweater-vests.)  However, women’s blouses have traditionally been in fabrics like silk, crepe, and even chiffon, all of which tend to be slightly sheer — it’s one of the reasons women in the older days had to wear slips and camisoles as a matter of course. (And: We have just spent far too long searching Google Images for one of the many examples we know we’ve seen of anyone from The Thin Man through Tootsie through Working Girl wearing sheer blouses, all to no avail. Grrrrr.) Our point, though: as long as your undergarments are covered tastefully by a camisole, a slightly sheer blouse or sweater peeking out beneath a jacket is not unprofessional.  (Although we would say that full-on sheer, like Salma Hayek’s wearing, is unprofessional.  We don’t even think a more demure camisole would have saved that one.)

What say you all?
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