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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

I know they look nothing alike. They're not identical twins, but fraternal. This is the first time I've had two books come out about the same time. Abomination is my first hardcover, and the buzz about it has been phenomenal! Let me know if you see it show up in a bookstore near you. And Lonestar Sanctuary is available only through Crossings for the next year. You can join and get it and three other books for .99! Go here if you want to get it.

Commercial is over. Now on to the blog. This is a totally frivolous post but I need some advice. I have enough discarded lipstick in the drawers to start a cosmetic counter of my own, and I hate making that kind of mistake. Any of you use the Cover Girl Outlast lipstick that stays on through eating? I want to try it. Deb Raney is always touting it but color SO hard to figure out for lipstick. Sometimes it changes color when you put it on. I want something that has a cool undertone but isn't too harsh. A light pink would totally wash me out. So what are your recommendations for me, a Winter, who looks best in deep purple, red, black, navy, pure white, hunter green, burgundy, etc? Remember, I'm older and I'm getting some, um, LITTLE lines around my mouth. So what's a good Outlast color for me?
Colleen Coble  
posted at 9:39 AM  
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At 12:02 AM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

Mary Kay has two colors that seem to work on everybody. Toffee is a great brown. I look great in it (winter), but my mom (autumn) looks really good in it, too. I also love their caramel lipstick. A shade or two deeper than toffee. Okay, so they don't have caramel anymore, but appleberry and downtown brown are great colors too. :-)

At 7:06 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Cara, Cara. Brown is NOT a good color on a winter. LOL Or was this a joke because I am always on Di about wearing brown? LOL

At 7:31 AM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

Now that's one way for Crossings to increase their subscriptions--add exclusive novels by the talented Colleen Coble!!! Great marketing technique!

C, here's a link that may help you decide on a lipstick color:

Off to register with Crossings...

At 7:36 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Great colors at that site, Lisa! I'm a trained color consultant. Bet you all didn't know that. It was one of my previous job incarnations. LOL

I want to try that Colorlast stuff from Cover Girl but I'm unsure of the their shades.

At 8:57 AM, Blogger T. Forkner said...

I'm going with the MK Toffee for you, like Cara suggested. :)

I LOVE both covers! So excited for you. Who doesn't love any story with a cowboy hat on the front cover?

At 9:05 AM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

Toffee's got enough of reddish tones, that it actually works really well :-) But downtown brown maybe not so much :-)

Colors are always such fun. You really have to try them to know what works.

Congrats on the release of the books. I'll be scouting for Abomination.

At 9:38 AM, Blogger Jaime Wright said...

Colleen ... I can't help with the lipstick. How's that for honesty? :) LOL

And!!! I will highly BRAG UP Colleen's book Lonestar Sanctuary. It is a fabulous read, totally worth joining Crossings for, and it's hardback (which I don't believe she mentioned). The storyline takes you all the way to the end and you might have your suspicions but just wait for the twist you don't see coming.

Read it on Saturday and then dreamt about it (seriously!) that night!

Go get it!

At 9:43 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Jaime was my first reader! And I haven't even seen the book yet!

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Oooh! A favorite topic of mine: lipstick. Love it. Gwyneth Paltrow said (this is tacked on my bulletin board): "Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or (expletive) red lipstick!"

I like darkish lipstick and it has to be in the brown/rust tones since I'm a redhead. Also, if your teeth have yellow tones (mine do because again, I'm a redhead), the darker the lipstick, the whiter your teeth look.

I've tried Outlast and similar products but don't use them consistently.

Tips for long-lasting lipstick: 1) Do not dot your lips constantly with a napkin as you eat. This is one of the things that makes your lipstick disappear as you eat. Take small bites so food doesn't get on your lips. 2) Keep lipstick handy and do quickie retouches throughout the day that don't require a mirror.

Phooey. Got so caught up in lipstick, I forget to congratulate you on your two new releases. Congrats, congrats, congrats, Colleen. I'm so happy for you!!!

At 10:36 AM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Congrats on the books, my friend. They both look fab!!!!!

As for lipstick, you need a deep red color. Something with a brown to it, but reddish.

I love the Outlast lipstick. It's not perfect, but it does wear a long time and last through eating and drinking. Most of the time.

Hugs, Rachel

At 10:59 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Girls, girls, what is it with these browns? Brown never touches my body. I'M A WINTER!!!! Brown is awful for winters. The only thing worse is BEIGE!!! LOL

I can see I'm going to have to do a color session with you the next time we're all together. I'll prove it to you. LOL

At 11:24 AM, Blogger Lynette Sowell said...

hmmm... I wouldn't go too dark a burgundy/wine. As "we" get older, our lips appear thinner and then "we'd" end up having these harsh burgundy lines. :) Not that you're...oh dear... I'll quit.
Anyhoo I'd say a dark mauve, not too purplish a shade either. You can also go to the Covergirl site and get colormatched. :) How about the shade "It's Your Mauve" ? :)

At 11:42 AM, Blogger Jill said...

Take from another winter. If you ever try MK products, go with the raisinberry or the mocha freeze. Neither is brown!

Congratulations on your new releases. Can't wait to read them!

At 11:49 AM, Blogger Anna said...

I think I like Eternal Flame for you. It's not to bright, but not brown at all.

At 11:57 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Ooh I'll check out Eternal Flame! Thanks Anna.

I like MK products too. Haven't been to a party in years though. I should go. Lipstick is SO difficult.

And Lynette, no offense taken! I know exactly what you mean. LOL

At 1:51 PM, Blogger Southern-fried Fiction said...

I LOVE the Cover Girl long lasting ones. I have a bunch of them, and you can even mix them. Thet really DO last!

You'd look good in the burgandys and reds. Winters can even wear coral. Most of theirs are numbered, but here's some I have that would work for you. But make SURE the # matches what I've said the color is. Sometimes they change things. :o)

You can see the colors through the packaging, so a red is easy.
Coral - #570
Burgandy - there are 2 - #528 & #542

You'll love the stuff. Lasts all day!!

At 1:54 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Winters can NOT wear coral, Ane. Don't know who told you that but it's wrong. Springs wear corals. You should see me in coral. It's not pretty. LOL

Mix and match. That's a good idea. I went down to CVS and looked at them then came home even more torn over which shade. LOL Some looked too dark, some too muddy, some too light. Sigh. But mixing, now there's an idea. Thanks!

At 2:07 PM, Blogger Maggie Brendan said...

Colleen, I just had to laugh at today comments. Especially, Kristy! Girl after my own heart. They teased me at work because I applied lipstick throughout the day. The long wearing kind are usually dry to me. Since you and I have similar coloring and I'm a winter, you might want to try Revon's #510 Berry Rich. I have a zillion tubes of lipstick and I still come back to this one. BTW-I do wear some shades of brown with red undertones. Depends on what I'm wearing to use that color. Anyway give this one a try. You'll love it. Brenda

At 2:09 PM, Blogger Maggie Brendan said...

I meant to add that in my picture my hair still had a few highlights in it, but my haircolor is darker than than photo now.

At 2:17 PM, Blogger Jaime Wright said...

LOL This entire post is cracking me. I am sitting here going - "Autumn? Winter?" HUH? I don't what season I am but am blonde and brown eyed and look great in orange.

My mom tells me she's a winter and for the record, in Colleen's defense, if my mom wears any earth tone hue (brown, beige, orangey-red, etc) she looks like she has liver disease and we should call 911. She wears wines, maroons (I'm sure the lipstick companies don't name them "Maroon" though LOL) and nothing too pale because then she looks ill again.

All that to say, I still have no clue what color lipstick you should buy Colleen. :)

OH! OH!! OH!!!! I use Aveda products - really yummy. Your lips feel all pepperminty. I don't know what color I wear but it doesn't matter since I know I'm not a "winter"! LOL :)

At 2:22 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Jaime, you are cracking me up! LOL You're likely an autumn with brown eyes and blond hair, though there are a few winters who have light brown hair that they dye blond. :-) But if your hair is a natural blonde, you're likely an autumn. Which means you look good in yellow undertones like rust, etc.

At 2:26 PM, Blogger Jaime Wright said...

Oh, yes, I LOVE RUST!!! My mailbox was rusty one day and I put my head by it to prove to my friend I can pull off the color rust. She thought I was nuts ... I can't figure out why.

So I'm an AUTUMN!!! YIPPEEE!!!!!! I feel so much better about myself now that I've been identified LOL. Off to buy brown and yellow lipsticks! :) j/k

Good luck in your quest for the right shade, Colleen. :)

At 2:28 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

not YELLOW lipstick, Jaime. LOL But yellow undertones. Rust, muted corals. You look best in muted, not bright, colors. Khaki, dusty greens, brown, gold, those kinds of colors.

Glad I made your day. LOL

At 2:29 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Ooh the berry rich color sounds good, Brenda! I'll have to check it out.

At 2:37 PM, Blogger Jaime Wright said...


At 2:41 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

What shade are your brown eyes, Jaime? You might be a Spring. Actually that's probably more likely than autumn. If I only had you here to drape! LOL

At 2:45 PM, Blogger Jaime Wright said...

I want to be draped! LOL Sounds like fun. I have very dark brown eyes. When I get mad they turn almost black. Does that help? :)

I can wear peaches - is that coral? I wore a lime green to church once and even a GUY complimented me on how good I looked, even though I felt like a florescent construction worker.

Can springs get away with wearing Autumns. I dont' look good in mustard yellow, but I can wear banana yellow - does that help envision the "draping"


At 2:45 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Jaime, go here.

Based on your picture, I would have chosen the last one, soft and muted. If that's the case, you're a soft Autumn. But check it out for yourself. Pictures aren't very accurate. LOL

At 2:47 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

A virtual draping! Oh that's cute! LOL

At 2:51 PM, Blogger Jaime Wright said...

WOW, people, Colleen is good - she knows her colors! :) A Soft Autumn I am! :) thnx Colleen.

At 10:01 PM, Blogger Audrey said...

I live in Denver and we don't wear lipstick here. Something about it drying up and cracking before you get to work. ;-)

(I do wear Burt's Bees stuff sometimes...then switch to Carmex for the rest of the day. LOL)

Very much looking forward to Lonestar Sanctuary. I think I'll order it in about 2 weeks so it won't get here until after I finish a class I'm taking. Do you really think I'd read "Principles of Marketing" when I have a good Coble to read instead??!!!

Just found your website tonight, but I've read some of your novellas...can't wait to read a full book of yours!

At 10:05 PM, Blogger Audrey said...

Oh, and for the record, I'm an Autumn. Dark auburn hair with gold highlights (natural) and very dark brown eyes. And a smattering of freckles that bunch together to make a "tan" if I spend much time outside.

Interesting comment someone made about redheads having a tendency toward yellowing teeth. Hmmmm

At 2:33 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Oh, I just Got an e-mail today from my book club "Newly Available
Looks like I'm in for my 1st. Colleen Coble Read! ;)
I'm from TEXAS, so I love this book already.
So Congrats the new releases.
As for lipstick.
I'm an Autumn. I think.
with dark brown eyes and hair.
So I can't help with the winter look.
It look's like your helping us more, then us helping you ha,ha.
Feel free to help me too! what colors do you think go best for me?

At 7:15 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

ara, I've been wanting to buy Burt's Bees. LOL And I always wanted to be an autumn.

And Anna Marie, just because you have dark eyes and hair doesn't make you an autumn. In fact, you're more likely a winter. I have very dark eyes and hair. I thought I was an autumn until I was draped, oh about half a century ago. LOL I have freckles too!

Here's how you tell. Get in bright, natural light with no makeup and a mirror. Hold up s piece of material that's bright orange. Look at the lines around your eyes and mouth. And the hair above your mouth. Did the color make that come out more? Or did it smooth your skin and make your eyes look brighter? Do the same with something that's hot pink. The color that looks best is the UNDERTONE you are. If you look best in the orange then you're an autumn. If the pink looks best, you're a winter.

Report back and I'll give you your colors. LOL Gee, this is fun!

At 11:03 AM, Blogger Pammer said...

Being a Winter myself, I suggest mauve colors. I have the best luck with those. If I deviate too much either way, I'm usually sorry. Mauve is a safe color that looks good on all winters.

No brown for you Colleen. :)

At 1:36 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Oh,Thank's for your help Colleen!
Yes, the orange made me look more smooth and brighter.
The hot pink made everything I don't want stand out that much more and I seem darker under my eyes.
Good test!
So Autumn it is!
So tell me what looks best on me?

At 8:06 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Glad you could tell, Anna Marie! Very cool! You look best in browns, beiges, khaki, teal, rust, burnt orange. Go here to look:

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Deborah Raney said...

My favorite shade for year-round, Colleen, is Plumberry (it's the Covergirl Outlast version with the blue cap, not silver.) It's a great shade for winters (which I am too) and goes with virtually everything, especially if you're wearing a winter's colors. Let us know what you decide on!

At 11:09 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

At last Deb weighs in! LOL I couldn't remember the name of what you wore, Deb. I'm going to try it. I didn't realize there was more than one type of Outlast.

At 7:29 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Congrats on the "twins"! They're darling! :D

Uh, C, what am I?

At 3:16 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Thank for the help Colleen!. ;)

At 8:48 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine said...

Colleen, I have Covergirl's Outlast Plumberry or berry something, but I thought I'd also try "something" ruby and maybe the Cabernet. I always love berry colors and the plums--sometimes dark.

I think Cara is a summer,but she probably can lean into winter colors, what do you think?? Summers can wear cocoa or taupey browns, or even chocolate, can't they? Just no golden browns? But winters in brown, unless it matches exactly their eye color probably not good, huh?LOL

At 8:52 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I'll have to check Cara out pretty well first. She'll be a little difficult because she could tip into several seasons. Winters can NEVER wear any brown without paying a penalty. LOL It makes their skin look tired.

Summers look good in taupy browns.

At 9:07 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine said...

Oh, all this color talk--I forgot to tell you I purposely joined Crossings to get your book, Lonestar Sanctuary. I used to belong to Crossings, but quit when I became a paid reviewer (I was getting too many books...ha)But now that I quit reviewing and am reading ONLY books I want, I have to buy them. ha Oh, well. BUT I'm also going to get Abomination. I'm looking forward to both.

I'm reading a lot of Steeple Hill, too, right now.

I am seriously addicted to lipstick, so this was a total distraction for me here. Plus, I'm on a quest to at last find colors that look good on me. I think my hair color has thrown people off. My natural color is probably a brown now (with gray...ack) but not dark and my eyes are very blue, maybe blue gray? with some sort of burst around the iris. My eyes photograph dark. I have very transparent skin--you can see deep blue veins.

I've enjoyed the virtual drapings. LOL.

At 9:09 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I definitely need to check out your undertone, Crystal. It would help you pick out the right hair color as well.

I haven't even seen Lonestar Sanctuary myself!


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