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I have a nice full set of lips, but never really wear lipstick. I love a nice gloss, or a nice chapstick, but when it comes to my lips, I prefer more function (soothing moisturization) to color. Then I was given Smashbox’s Be legendary Lipstick in Primrose, and I am now a lipstick lover after receiving so many compliments on my pretty pout.

As modern civilizations started to make rapid advances in technology and chemistry, the first manmade lipstick appeared as a cosmetic tool for the wealthy women and men of ancient Mesopotamia, Indus Valley Region and Egypt. Egypt especially managed to advance the art of lipstick making, managing to produce bright red carmine lipstick that are made from cochineal insect pigments, which is a timeless technique that is in use even today. Those lipsticks were made from powdered and processed bodies of cochineal insects or purple extracts of seaweed, mixed with various oils and waxes. History books will forever remember various important Egyptian figures that were depicted in their hydrographic images with various cosmetic enhancements – Nefertiti’s black eyeliner or Cleopatra’s bright red lips. Thankfully today there are rules against using insect parts in our skincare and makeup. The thought of smearing bug guts on my mouth is enough to make me retch.

Be Legendary Lipstick in Primrose is the perfect daily wear lipstick. The color is neutral, butSmashbox Be Legendary Lipstick 6.17.2013 e828e34c831c5d2a282b61e5064c7f67 bright enough to be worn for day or night. Primrose can be described as a neutral dusty rose shade, with more pinks than reds or oranges. I have a more olive skin tone, so pinks work well on me. This lipstick applies smoothly, and does not feel slimy or greasy like some others. It has amazing staying power. The night I wore it out for the first time I was quite liberal with my kisses, and managed to not smear anyone’s cheek or clothing. I got plenty of compliments on the shade, which is always the best indicator for how well a color looks on ones face. I truly love this lipstick and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good neutral shade that works well with any look, day or night.



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Spring is here!  Living in Maine makes one look forward to the first 70 degree day like no other. Winters are so long and dark, by the time spring finally arrives the thought of hot sunny beach days distracts my thoughts. It is also a time to start thinking about beginning another summer hair removal routine. Let’s face it, the easiest way to manage the unwanted hair is to create a routine which involves good products to make the experience easy, and pain free. Women have been removing unwanted hair for thousands of years, for a variety of reasons.

Archaeologists believe that the earliest razors used for hair removal were made of flint. These "blades" have been discovered in many excavations of prehistoric human dwellings and may date as far back as 30,000 B.C. Metalworking advancements developed in Egypt, India and Greece in 3,000 B.C. introduced the first permanent and reusable razors. It was these metal razors and modified versions of them that would be used for centuries to come, through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and into the Victorian era. Many of the earliest forms of hair removal were related to other body modification rituals, including piercing and body art. For many primitive tribes, hair removal could be seen as a form of tribal status and wealth. Nowadays, hair removal has become much more a part of vanity grooming, with various social stigmas being attached to different types of hair removal.

05202013 Sexy Summer Legs Certified Fabulous

It began with the May, 1915 edition of Harper’s Bazaar magazine that featured a model sporting the latest fashion. She wore a sleeveless evening gown that exposed, for the first time in fashion, her bare shoulders, and her (shaved) armpits. Shocking at first, this soon caught on. At the same time a marketing executive with the Wilkinson Sword Company, which made razor blades for men, designed a campaign to convince women that underarm hair was unfeminine. By 1917 the sales of razor blades doubled as women conformed to this feminine stereotype of shaving under their arms.

The trend has continued. The average amount of time a woman will shave in her lifetime is 7,718 times, the average amount of time per shave is 10.9 minutes.  That’s an average of 322 days per lifetime dedicated to shaving our legs and armpits. Lucky for me, I was given some amazing shaving products that will make all of this shave time much easier.

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  • Sheena Eaton
    Sheena Eaton says #
    I absolutely love the Venus and Olay razor! I will never use another razor again!!
  • Nathan Horn
    Nathan Horn says #
    I will admit to being a history geek. I love learning the origin of modern things. I enjoyed reading this article a lot... even t
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