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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

All lips and teeth

Recently at Blighty HQ we've been all about lips and teeth. Above is an action shot of a MAC lipstick called Vegas Volt.

But first, in case the glamour gets too much,  let me tell you all about our trip to the dentist.

Caring mother that I am, I was determined that Boys 1 and 2 should not enjoy themselves during their half term hols. No, instead I hauled them off to the dentist.

Boy 2 in particular objected, but I reassured him, first by explaining it was only a check up and secondly, by showing him that bit from Little Shop of Horrors featuring Steve Martin as the sadistic dentist and Bill Murray as his patient (the latter probably not such a great idea..)

Boy 2 remained uneasy.  

Disaster struck - this X Ray revealed a rotten baby tooth, already filled.  Boy 2 ended up having what us laymen call an extraction and to what dentists technically refer as "yanking the blighter out."

Post-extraction Boy 2 was very weak and pale and whispered he wanted to go straight home, using his special brave little soldier voice.  Boy 1 chipped in that he was all for going to Cafe Rouge for a steak and chips.  I told Boy 1 to be quiet.

However, on the Underground Boy 2 suddenly underwent a miraculous recovery and whispered, still in brave soldier voice, that he wanted to go to the Games Workshop (purveyor of all things Warhammer) in Kensington.  I am now ready to write a learned paper for the British Journal of Dentistry that post extraction recovery is speeded up 100% by the liberal application of credit card to the GamesWorkshop - exact dosage needs to be tested further, but £80 worth of Warhammer did the trick in this case. ( I was bamboozled by BoyMaths which showed an £80 starter pack of Tyrranids was much better value than just spending £18 on a smaller set... this is probs the male equivalent of girlynomics where you save money by buying things because they are on sale..)

But in Kensington I did discover what I  now call the Courtyard of Hope.

The photo below of Lancers Square (off Ken Church Street) is not very clear but the orange figure is Boy 1 hunched over the Games Workshop window; nearby is Starbucks, and then just to the left is a standalone MAC store.  Yay! Suddenly I am all for trips to the Games Workshop.  I have timed it - you can leave Boys 1 and 2 in the Games Workshop ogling the stock, hotfoot the couple of metres across to MAC, try a few lipsticks, have a quick chat about highlighting powders, buy a lipstick, wiggle into Starbucks for an uplifting beverage and be back in the Games Workshop in less than 6 minutes. RESULT!  And may I say what a joy the MAC shop is, quiet and with great customer service, a wonderful contrast to the rugby scrum plus smeared lippie testers (I mean the actual lipsticks but actually you could say the same about the customers trying out the wares) which is the MAC counter at Selfridges.

Since then I seem to be having a lipstick moment.  The pic below shows Mac Impassioned, hot pink, (thanks Warhammer); Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte #114 (pink) (thank you lovely B for my House of Fraser giftcard)  and Illamasqua lip pencil in Titivate (in, oh, pink).  I love bright, vibrant colour as I find it does lift one's ageing, tired face and also distracts attention from the large spot on one's cheek...

I have also become slightly obsessed with a new make up blog I have found called Lipstick Rules. (which coincidentally featured my new MAC Impassioned lipstick the other day AFTER I had bought it, how's that for the planets aligning?) Lipstick Rules is written by a lady in Toronto who really knows her make up.  And her blog contains not so much as a hint of Warhammer. Or dentists.  Bliss.

Final thought: despite the title of this post, lips and teeth do not mix. Note to self: check gnashers before leaving house.


  1. Blighty,

    Just making my boys check-up appointments, so will keep this in mind!! So funny about the BoyMaths and Games Workshop. I've been sucked into the same logic.

    Love the picture! I think I may have actually been in the same spot a few years ago, when visiting London. Putting MAC and Starbucks together with the game store was genius. I need to find the same set-up here!

    Going to try that lipstick. I need a pick me up. The weather here is dreary. Should exercise, but would rather buy the lipstick!


    1. So agree with lipstick buying over exercise!

  2. Poor boy has my sympathy - dentist stuff is horrible. He deserves a treat.

    I've not seen a MAC shop before, but I love their counter in Selfridges - such a jolly scrum round everything! Have your tried Burberry lipstick? V. nice texture and case - its a real joy to use. You have to get it at Harrods though, which is dreadful! Will go and check out your makeup blog recommendation. xxx

    1. The beauty bloggers rate Burberry lippy very highly! See how well informed you are!!

  3. You have found your destiny. The boys are happy and so are you. Mr B, probably not so much.

    1. Debs, the good thing about lippie is it is small and easy to smuggle into the house, hehhehheh (evil laugh)

  4. Legend Jr is an angel at the dentist and so far (touching rather a large pile of wood) he is satisfied with the crappy junk they give away at each visit. The last glider lasted approximately 5 seconds before bending in two and losing one of its wings. For some inexplicable reason, he hasn't figured out that pain and suffering might result in more lucrative rewards.

    1. Wally - those gliders have cause such upset and tears in our house, they always break!! Hate them!

  5. blighty dear you bring back so many memories. notice i did not say great memories. i think you should submit this healing medical evidence to every medical and dental journal b/c i know for a fact it works! you are too, too funny...girlie math. xo janet

    1. Janet, have asked Warhammer to invest £250K in my research, still waiting to hear back

  6. Blighty - when we were in Lahndahn in October, Tartarus and Sonshine were at this VERY Warhammer shop. I was at a Tarot Conference somewhere else in London (lots of underground stops, scary) and those buggers have not ONCe said that there is a MAC shop nearby!!!

    Don't you feel with Warhammer that you are just standing emptying your purse into their till?

    How can so little tat plastic cost sooooo much?

    I have been looking for the Perfect Red for me - Russian Red - the one that everyone loves - makes me look like a 200 year old smoker.

    Shall take Mrs Exeter's advice and check out Burberry lippy too!

    Ali x

    1. Boys just don't notice stuff like make up shops, in fact they probs did not even notice they were in Kensington, you know how they focus only on what is of interest to them, and of course they cannot multi task... is it bad to look like a 200yr old smoker??

  7. Dear Mrs Blighty, Not sure I can part with Daniel (your earlier post refers) ... My youngest just went in to visit the dentist as I spied another dark spot which was indeed a cavity - at least this time the dentist had the sense not to ask me whether she had been eating lollies (Of course not, why ever would you ask!). Warhammer is fortunately not part of our lexicon but Schleich is. The horses and dogs are very beautiful. While we are here in the States, we are going to look for trees and hedges - as you do! That shade of red is glorious and should accompany you to an elegant dinner with Mr B (either one). love Lindaxxx

    1. Linda Linda Linda, what would I do without your marvellous turn of phrase? Now when the boys yammer on to me about Warhammer, I shall haughtily reply " Warhammer is NOT part of my lexicon" That will show them. ( Isn't a Lexicon a luxury car??)

  8. Ah yes, BoyMaths at Warhammer. How many times have I fallen for that one? (It's a rhetorical question, I daren't actually count for fear of bringing on an anxiety attack).

    I do like the look of the MAC lippie at the top, I will have to check it out.

    You are so right about the importance of checking for lipstick on teeth before going out. It is definitely not a good look.

    1. Annie I am really having a lipstick thing at the moment, so go check out the MAC for me - a bit of vicarious shopping action!!

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