Men Have It Easier

Hi, you have a brand with organic ingredients for the lips? The color I have in mind is a cross between plum and raspberry. No, a little brighter than that but not pink. Would you have it as a lip liner? Matte but creamy.



(Eh, a little lighter than I wanted.)
Oh, I wish I were a man.

233 thoughts on “Men Have It Easier

  1. Of course we have it easier. That’s why when our parents were doing that nasty little thing we spermy little things chose to be lazy rather than pretty. Have a great one and Aloha – pjs/

  2. Just that small example has made me realize that I was blessed in the womb to arrive with no need of lip color. I had no idea. I would be suicidal if the choices were so complicated for me. To add insult to injury, after you went to all that trouble, I think your choice looks marvelous. You are a gorgeous woman and I would be very disappointed if your wonderful husband didn’t agree with me on this point.

    • You had me laughing. Suicidal. (And then laughing hard at the gorgeous. If you only knew.) But thank you. (I almost went Korean and didn’t acknowledge the compliment.)

      It is painful, the logistics of hue and shape of accessories (silver or gold today?) and the lines (brows to match the design of shades). I am amazed I can pull this off. And I simply hate that I do.

  3. “Hi, you have a brand with organic ingredients for the lips?”

    Tinted lip balms, nearly always named “pomegranate.” Burt’s bees makes one.

    Also, about the menz, shhh, don’t tell anyone, but you can arrive sans make up wearing a flour sack and they still think we’re beautiful. πŸ˜‰

    • Now THAT part is true. How twisted is this? It’s the men – esp the one we should most wish to please – who barely notice the nuances and effort (for me, labor). It’s the other WOMEN who notice. Sigh!!

  4. Wow. Where do I begin. I have always loved makeup but the thing that ticks me off the most is when I find something I really love and then when it’s time to replace it, it has been discontinued. Heartbreak. And lately I have discovered I seem to be sensitive to almost every mascara out there. My husband wouldn’t care if I stopped wearing it, but I care. It’s the Italian in me, what can I say? πŸ™‚

    • Ah – the Clue. Italian. I may post this someday: I was mortified when, in response to my pajama look outside one recent day, my husband informed me that even sanitation workers (the women) take care to wear lipstick in Italy. Self-respect. Bella. That hurt below the belt.

  5. I wanted to purchase a little finishing powder (don’t ask me what it finishes…) Matte or sheer? Full coverage or light? Do you use foundation or not? Cream to powder or just powder? Never mind, I have a headache….. That lip color looks really good on you, by the way.

  6. I gave up on lip color long ago. I eat lipstick off within the first 10 minutes. Pointless. I am content with minimal makeup…grew up in a family that believed and professed openly …and I quote…”Only ugly women need makeup”.
    I have settled on eye shadow, mascara and blush. I use mineral foundation in the winter when my color turns ghostly. The freckles I hated growing up are kind of special to me now. Most women are much prettier with a scrubbed face than they believe. πŸ’•

      • How about learning to interpret “female-speak”? She: “Honey, while you’re in the kitchen see if there is any vanilla ice cream left.” Moments later, He: “yeah, there’s about a pint or so.” She: “where is it?” He: “in the freezer.” She: “you didn’t bring me any?” He: “No, I thought you were making a shopping list or something.”

  7. When it comes to this topic, I can’t necessarily disagree with you. Maybe I should write the post about the challenges men face … like the fact that when it comes to business attire, our choices are so ridiculously limited. You know how monumentally tired I am of slacks, dress shirts and ties? And if we wear anything out of the ordinary — a shirt or tie with a splash of outrageous color — the comments we get.

  8. So funny that you’ve posted on this as the exact situation presented itself to me a couple days ago. I haven’t worn color on my lips since my little one was born. But now as she’s about to start Pre-K funds to daycare will be cut in half and those funds can finally be spent on little things I’ve gone without — I can once again be nicer to myself. Oh the joys and sacrifices of single-parenthood are endless!

    I don’t like lipstick as I prefer lip-gloss instead but my brand discontinued certain shades I liked, then there’s the price issue — especially if it looks good in the store then I get it home and it doesn’t work as well as I’d hoped. That’s $8 – $10 (won’t go over $10) on a product that will just sit there unused when I could have used that cash on something else.

    So there I was staring, and checking and perusing the lip color section of the makeup aisle and in utter frustration I gave up and left! I only had a few minutes to find something that would undoubtedly take about an hour so I will try my luck another time.

    That color looks nice on you though. Great find! Happy Sunday πŸ™‚

    • Aren’t you a great Mom. (I realized I’d stopped carrying purses since giving birth. The diaper bag slowly was replaced by the cooler that carried all his homemade food.) Someone else mentioned the banes of our favorite shade being discontinued (of course! Business trends turning over inventory like leaves). Don’t let the disappointing color sit there gathering dust. MIX it with another! =)

      • Purse? What’s a purse? You’re right! When I have to carry my stuff, her stuff which includes lunch/snacks, change of clothes, toys… Me with a purse would look like a bit from a comedy show. πŸ˜‚

  9. + begin to ease one’s worries about proper color selection… however because I’m a horrible non-playful jerk, I wont be sharing pictures of me in drag… not quite my thing. but it would stand to reason that color matching should only be attempted in color correct enviroments so one gets fewer surprises and a handy approach to guides about which to pursuee of the shades MIGHT aid significantly in easing the angst . courtesy of your favorite KNOW_IT_ALL… and πŸ˜‰ change the color you change the composition and thus the color is the foundation within art… according to my fancy class in art at school which i so flunked….so not only am i not sharing drag pictures, I’m a lousy student giving horrendously valuable advice πŸ˜‰ for my next trick 0 I shall as a non-parent have all the best advice in child-rearing! πŸ˜‰ or, I am here only to keep you laughing.

  10. Yes, yes, yes. It’s so hard to choose make-up that we like for us ladies. I’m not one for wearing lipstick but am on the hunt for the perfect foundation. It has to be matte, but doesn’t dry out my skin. It has to be orange or yellow toned rather than pink or peach. Oh, perhaps the moisturiser on my face has something to do with how the makeup on my face looks like. Ugghhhh. It’s such a pain πŸ˜€

    Read the Sephora comments above. Sephora is finally coming to the state where I live in Australia πŸ˜€

  11. You can say that again. My men go and get their hair barbed under a few minutes and cheaply too, whilst I sit until my butt is flat, trying to get mine braided or whatever it is I wish to do with it. Oh well, I still enjoy a lot of the feminine sides..

  12. Ha! “Men have it easier”….as long as they’ve got a woman telling them what to do!
    (I keep my make up routine quite simple + am loving the Burt’s Bees organic tinted lip balm–it adds a natural boost of color, nothing fancy though.)

    • Another blogger mentioned the B Bees balm. (Didn’t see this thread becoming a hotline of recommendations LOL.) As to being told what to do….gee WIZ. He prefers it that way, keeps his life even (enviably) simpler. And he hates it at the same time. LOL.

  13. “Oh, I wish I were a man.”

    Maybe the Jewish Talmudic scholars had makeup in mind when they introduced the following prayer into the morning ritual.

    β€œBlessed are you O God, King of the Universe, Who has not made me a woman.”

    • I do not find the prayer derogatory as I did when I first heard it. Let’s see: makeup, accessories, PMS, sexual abuse, being married off without consent, laundry by hand and financial dependence on husband (back then)…You don’t have to be a scholar to add it up. Even God decided to be a man!!

  14. I don’t wear any make up now and attempted to pull off some deep red lipstick maybe two weeks ago… and as it turns out I actually prefer myself Onatural … with zero make up on I feel most like myself and most comfy πŸ™‚

  15. Actually I could make a strong case that women really do have it easier. Better to be agonizing over lip color than to be a male and have to face the dreaded question: “Honey do these jeans make me look fat?”

  16. Changing oil in the car, fixing the plumbing, blowing snow. Do I wish I were a man? Umm . . . nope, I’ll deal with lipstick instead. It does look beautiful on you, though.

  17. Hey, hey now that’s a great photo of you, Diana. So pretty and the lipstick is a perfect color for you and similar to a shade that I used to wear. I stopped wearing makeup in my fifties. It made my face look harsh.

    Yes, men have it easier. No worries about make up. Just shave and get a decent haircut.

  18. Reading some of these made me smile Diana, Im lucky I have a smart man that always says the right thing, ” but you don’t need make-up honey, I love you just the way you are.” ….. See, a smart man. And yes he gets more gorgeous with age….

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  20. If you really wish it was so, why don’t you get inspired by it and test how it is to shift the perspective a bit? πŸ™‚
    Much Love ❀

  21. Ah yes, finding makeup that isn’t full of toxins is difficult. Finding ones that are nontoxic and in the exact color you have in mind is even more difficult! I agree with the other comments that this is a great color on you!

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