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Let's start with Lipsticks - Chanel Rouge COCO 05 Mademoiselle & Urban Decay SELLOUT

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Out of all makeup products, I think lipstick and blushes make the most drastic changes in one's look.  I especially LOVE lipsticks because I can change around the colors everyday and pretty much get away with any color at work. It's odd, because I work at a pretty conservative and uptight old boys-type of company and contrary to the uptightness, the majority of the people aren't concerned about my choice of makeup.  I can literally go to work with clown makeup and get away with it. So, during the past months I've been compiling even more lipsticks on top of the already too-many lipsticks I've collected through out the years.

Today I wanted to share two lipsticks that I've been reaching for a lot lately.  Both have very similar shades and complement my skin tone, without bringing out too much red from my scars and weird redness on my skin. The only thing is, Urban Decay's Sellout is a pretty old lipstick, so I'm not sure how available it is nowadays.

Left to Right : Chanel Rouge Coco 05 Mademoiselle, Urban Decay Sellout

First is the Chanel Rouge Coco in #05 Mademoiselle
It was one of the flagship colors of the rouge coco lipsticks.  I still remember when the above campaign first came out and how much I loved the lipstick color on Vanessa Paradis. The natural pink color has a bit of brownish undertone to it, which mutes the color down to a very natural looking shade.

The tube itself looks bland, but don't be fooled. It's extremely pigmented and hydrating to the lips. The lipstick lasts incredibly long without bleeding or partial fading, which makes the high price tag somewhat tolerable. I only reapply after lunch and once in the afternoon at work - one swipe goes a long way.

As you can see, there's no shimmer or glitter in the lipstick. It's really straight up opaque with no other gimmick added to the color.

Bleh.. sorry about the tired look, but this is how the lipstick looks on my face. Nice and natural. Gives your lips some color, but nothing dramatic.

Here's a comparison swatch. On tube, the Chanel looks way lighter, but when swatched you can see that Mademoiselle is much more pigmented than Sellout. 

Urban Decay's SELLOUT is a discontinued lipstick I snagged from their site when UD was dumping their lipsticks for $3 each.
I think the formula was an utter failure. The stick melts and breaks even in cold temperature. The lipstick itself on lips last a couple hours, but the form just doesn't hold well in the tube.

Other than that, the packaging is super cute and the color isn't as intense as it looks like on tube.

Here are the swatches on my lips.

 Really nice color.  It has a slight hint of brown underlying the coral shade, which defines my lips and brightens up my complexion. Even if I pack on several layers, it doesn't look unnatural or gross on me.  

That's me with Sellout on, with bright lighting directly on my face. The contrast is stark compared to how it looks like in real life, but this should give you an idea of how the shade looks on my face. 

Even if the lipstick was still available for purchase I'm not sure if I'd want to go through the ordeal of having to push the wonky lipstick in the tube while trying to press it on my lips.  I haven't bought any lip products from UD after this one, so I'm not sure how their formula is now, but I'm sure they have improved with the hardening issue. 

In many ways, I think these two lipsticks are winners for everyday usage.  

Yay for lipstick!

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Hello everyone!
Long time no blog.... or anything online!

It's a long story, but I've been dealing with health issues, career advancement, quarter-life crisis, new responsibilities and some soul seeking for the past 8 months or so. Amongst the compilation of problems/issues, my online life was lingering as a big question mark.  I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my online life. Quit and disappear? Continue limping and produce mediocre crap? I couldn't make up my mind so I deliberately avoided any contact with the online beauty community until I sorted out my personal issues.  Now, I feel like I'm 95% there (in terms of sorting things out), and I'm concluding my long journey of confusion and frustration.

I was pondering really hard if I should even bother making videos and posting on my blog again, as I felt irrelevant to the community.  I had phased out and stopped, while the entire community had kept moving forward.  It would have been a big deal to me 8 months ago.  I would have been stressed out of not making videos, for not posting anything on the blog and not being able to keep up with my expectations I had set for myself.  During the past few months I've made peace with myself and started to loosen up a lot of things that had been holding me behind. I came to a realization that I had started with somewhat of a naive enthusiasm and that happiness was the biggest driving factor.  I had to step out, clear my head and figure out what really mattered to me.  Long story short, the conclusion was really clear - as long as I'm happy and not bothered, I shall keep doing!

Anyway, this is just a rambling post to tell you guys that cl2425 is back as v2.0 (cheesy, heh, but I even put a tiny v 2.0 next to my blog banner :p).
Nothing major is going to change, but my focus will probably shift heavily towards the 'career/working girl' realm as that is my reality for now (FOR NOW - I plan to change this situation too).
I still love makeup, fashion, hair, k-pop, any asian pop culture bits, celebrities and the fun stuff I used to like. It's just... you won't see me recommending blue eye shadow or circle lenses for work appropriate makeup.. or silly things like that.


K, see ya guys in my next post-

Good to be back!
(random selfie to fill in the awkwardness)

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