Monthly Archives: January 2015

My 3 Favorite Drugstore Lipsticks {+ why you should buy drugstore lipstick}

Drugstore Lipstick

Confession: I’m a girly girl.  I love cosmetics.  Over the years my collection has generally veered away from the likes of Cover Girl and Maybelline and more toward Urban Decay and Bobbi Brown.

Except for lipsticks.

To be fair, I started to upgrade my lipstick collection too.  Envious of the ethereal pink Duchess Kate (f.k.a. Kate Middleton) nearly always sports (Bobbi Brown Sandwash Pink, by most accounts), I trotted off to the Bobbi Brown counter to find my “perfect lip shade” (this post on What Would Kate Do? explains capturing the unicorn of lipsticks).  I happily forked over the $26.00 for a tube of Bobbi’s Creamy Lip Color in “Crystal Pink” (color since discontinued – I am told “Nectar” is the replacement) and I wore it every day.  Every. Single. Day.

Until the day I lost it.

Because the cold, hard truth is that somewhere between my bathroom vanity, the console in my car, my purse, my briefcase, and my diaper bag, there is a black hole.  Like the one that eats socks in the dryer.  Only mine eats lipstick.  And it seems to have a taste for the more expensive ones.

I decided that something needed to give, and set out on a quest to find good-enough lipsticks that I could stash in all of the aforementioned locations without breaking the bank.  If you’ve ever caught yourself buried under the passenger seat of your car or dumping out the contents of every bag you own in an unladylike and desperate attempt to find a prize lipstick, read on for my three favorite drugstore lipsticks.

My first-thing-in-the-morning lipstick

Pixi Brilliance Balm in Nearly Naked

My eyeshadow color may change depending on the day, but rather than waste time rummaging through a drawer of lipsticks every morning for something that would wear off with my first cup of coffee, I decided that a solid nude pink would be a smart way to start the day.  I’ve been using Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in “Nearly Naked” for well over a year.  At $14.00 a tube, I would describe it as “upscale drugstore”.  It delivers a shot of moisture and finishes my look without precluding the possibility of a different color later in the day.

My keep-in-the-car lipstick

Revlon Lip Butter – Pink Truffle

I can’t remember why I picked up a Revlon Lip Butter in the first place, but I am SO glad I did.  This line of Revlon lip color includes shea butter and goes on remarkably like the Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color for between $6.50-$9.00.  Even though the shade “Pink Truffle” is a little pinker than my unicorn lipstick, it is a great every day color.  (Even better – the other colors in this line are fun and fabulous, too, and at a price point that I don’t mind playing around a bit when the mood strikes!)

My but-my-lipstick-melted-in-the-car option

L’Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire in Nude Ballet

Yes, keeping lipstick in the car during the Georgia summertime is not without its risks, so I like to carry an applicator-based lip color in my purse as well.  My favorite is L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire in “Nude Ballet”, which is astonishingly close to my unicorn lipstick, and widely available at around $8.00.

These are the three lipsticks, swatched top-to-bottom in the order discussed.
These are the three lipsticks, swatched top-to-bottom in the order discussed.

If you do the math, you can very nearly buy all three of these for the cost of one high-end tube.  Not that the luxury lippies don’t have a place in your (and my!) life.  But until they invent Lipstick LoJack, having some low cost backups can keep you looking good without having to hide the credit card bill.

What is your favorite drugstore lipstick?

New Year, New Beginnings {+ A New Recipe}

Hello! Happy first real week of 2015 and happy first real post on Peonies & Paleo!

Wondering about the name “Peonies & Paleo”?  The Reader’s Digest version (in case you missed the introductory post) is that I started this blog to combine my love of refined things as well as my passion for real food.  Because it’s more than just ok to carry Kate Spade to the CSA pickup. And you don’t have to be a hippie to be healthy!

There are so many exciting things I have planned for this space! To kick things off on a healthy note, I’m sharing a new recipe I developed based on a friend’s go-to winter soup.  Chock full of protein, “good” carbs, and nutrient-rich kale, this Paleo-friendly, Whole 30-friendly soup eats like a meal in under an hour.

Sausage, Sweet Potato & Kale Soup

Sausage, Sweet Potato & Kale Soup


  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 4 Chicken Sausages – quartered & sliced
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes – peeled & diced
  • 1 large gold potato – peeled & diced
  • 1 14oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 4C chicken broth
  • 1 bunch kale or spinach


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
  2. Add sausage and brown for 5 minutes.
  3. Add potatoes, diced tomatoes, & broth. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Add greens and continue to simmer an additional 10-15 minutes.

This recipe yields 4 very generous servings.  I’ve just started my second Whole 30 (my first was exactly a year ago) and started my Sunday food prep with a pot of this.

I’d love to hear how you’re starting the New Year!!