Thursday, October 23, 2008

Pride goeth

This 3 kid thing is not so bad.

John's bilirubin levels dropped to 16. We celebrated with a long walk and our favorite free outing--the library.

I busied myself with the baby upon our return. My heart stopped when I saw this on the leather sofa.

"Oooh, that was close!" I think. I'll have to watch her like a hawk today.

3 hours later, I find a discarded tube of Revlon Colorstay lipgloss on the bathroom floor.

They aren't kidding when they say it doesn't rub off! We have wiped and scrubbed with every potion I can find. Halloween is over a week away.

Any ideas? I'm not feeling so confident anymore!

46 comments:

Tubo Family said...

Did you try the Crisco yet? I use the Almay version of the longlasting lip color and find that very heavy grease will help it come off, or eye make up remover.

Sharon said...

Congrats to you and your family on the latest addition!

Have you tried using a cleanser for make up? What about the eye make up remover?

My Mom used to love to use dishsoap if nothing else worked.

Best Wishes!

Mary Lou said...

Try some toothpaste.....not gel but the paste. Hope you like the smell of mint though! :)

nea said...

what material is it rubbed into? her, carpet, clothes?? your house looks impeccable for someone with 3 kids, the youngest being 1 week old!

Anonymous said...

Anything with oil should work, baby oil, vaseline, etc. Good luck! Kim

Mrs. Mordecai said...

My son did get into the shortening a few months back, luckily in the kitchen. I hope I never have to clean that up again!

Good luck with the cleanup; you've got some great ideas!

Rae said...

I found that using any kind of lip gloss over the 'color stay' stuff that wasn't included with the lipstick usually causes it to get crumbly and fade away. Perhaps some vaseline?

Darla~SassyHomemaker said...

If it's on her face try some eye makeup remover. My guess is it "stains", not so good news for a complete face makeover.

Shannon M said...

It will wear off, just don't plan any portrait sittings:) She's beautiful even with a faceful of revlon:) And let me just add that I'm so glad you posted this - I was starting to feel very bad about my homekeeping/mothering skills:) It happens to the best of us:)

Judy said...

Have you tried baby wipes? They take off stage makeup!

Anonymous said...

I use this lipstick and love it! I remove it with Mary Kay Oil Free Eye Makeup Reover on a cotton ball.
Glad you've made it home and that the babe is doing better.
Nancy

Melody said...

I was going to suggest chapstick or vaseline. A roommate of mine from college always used one of those two to remove the more permanent lipsticks.

Hope you find something to get it off!

Melanie said...

You got lots of good ideas for removing it! Don't feel bad, though! Here's my oldest a couple months after his brother was born -- http://geocities.com/mellyrose_2000/marker.htm

It mostly came off the first day, and the rest wore off in 2-3 days.

gclyne said...

I think I used to use that very product, though Elise is more daring than I with the red. Mineral oil, baby oil, or eye makeup remover would all do the trick. Good Luck!

Grace

Anonymous said...

My three are in their 20s now. Try to remember to ask yourself, every time something happens "will this matter five years from now?" "ten?" It got me through!

Lisa

Darcy said...

If it make you feel any better, my 2 year old has decorated her sheets and one of the walls in her bedroom with whiteboard markers this week. Neither will come off.

That was a close one with the shortening! That would not have been fun.

Carrien said...

Vinegar gets off sharpie marker on skin.

Ask how I know that, go on ask.

You could try it?

E said...

Try something oily, like petroleum jelly or mineral oil (the color stay stays only against water-soluble compounds, but dissolves in oily compounds).

Sarcastic Mom said...

Looks like you've already gotten the suggestions I had. She is so darn cute! And your new addition is adorable. :)

ispeakbeanish said...

If nothing else works, I'll be Revlon has an 800 number you can call to ask.

Ewokgirl said...

My recommendation is the same as several others: baby oil.

Elise really keeps you on your toes, doesn't she? She likes the messy stuff! LOL. (Of course, I shouldn't laugh. While I have no children, I do have a cat who has been peeing all over stuff and causing me an unbelievable amount of extra work!)

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm reminds my of my impy little one that spilled red nail polish on my new 600 count sheets and tried to convince me that her nose was bleeding on the sheets. Of course MY nose picked up the scent of nail polish!!! GRRR...god makes them so cute so their mothers don't eat their young!

Mary

Anonymous said...

I use the same "lipstick". When I want to remove it, I just rub some Burt's Bees Chapstick over it. Wait a few seconds and rub. It turns crumbly and wierd and starts to come off.

I have a similar picture of one of my children. With the lipstick all over the face. Only my child that got into the lipstick is a boy! That stuff had to come off. Fast! I just did the above process a few times and he was cleaned up in a flash! Good luck!

Susan said...

Those Mr Clean Magic Eraser thingies will remove almost anything.

SK and Family said...

Ahh, this is why you should homeschool!! Big brother would help keeping her busy, LOL!
:)

Blondie said...

An angel in red! How lovely is she!!!

Anonymous said...

Okay, Meredith - I have to admit, I can't stop laughing - so cute!
Quicky that comes to mind that can take it away:
Mr. Clean's Magic Sponge - it wipes away sharpies from hallway walls sister... trust me - color stay lipstick is nothing compared.
Have a blessed weekend... Latrice!

Meredith@MerchantShips said...

The Crisco worked!!!!

I had already tried Ponds makeup remover, Dawn dish detergent, Vaseline...with no luck. The lipgloss comes off the lips but not so well from sweet toddler skin : )

It took a few applications and rubbing with a soft cotton diaper to get all traces off.

Thanks for the inspiration! I'm not sure I would have thought of using Crisco, but it's similar to Alvolene, isn't it?

Meredith@MerchantShips said...

Unfortunately Andrew was 3 feet away while she was applying her makeup!

He's great at teaching and engaging her, but I can't rely on a 6 year old for babysitting.

Lightening said...

Now there's a photo for her 21st. :) Oh what fun!!! I have lost so many lipsticks during my children's early years. You'd think I would learn but it didn't seem to work out that way.

Hopefully you've successfully gotten it off by now but I always found vaseline worked well. Only I have no idea if you have vaseline there or not (the joys of blog readers from other countries).

Anonymous said...

I remember the early days with my three. They are now all in school, my oldest in 7th grade. I remember looking forward to them getting older and being more self-sufficient. I now miss those early baby days and get teary-eyed remembering them. Hold them close and enjoy every minute, even the challenging days.

Anonymous said...

Warning warning warning!!! For those that suggested the Mr. Clean magic eraser. Children have been injured (burned) by these! They have chemicals that burn young skin. If I knew how to add a link I would. I have seen it on other blogs. They are very dangerous for children to handle!! DO NOT use on a childs face!!!!!

Mary

mama k said...

Oh my!

Glad it came off. I was going to suggest something greasy too.

And I cannot believe someone suggested using magic eraser on skin. Ouch!

Meredith@MerchantShips said...

I think the Magic Eraser suggestion referred to lipstick on the walls or floor--not the skin!

Magic Erasers do not have chemicals but are made of such a fine microfiber sponge material that they can abrade and "burn" the skin almost instantly.

Don't use Magic Erasers on any part of the body--but I do tink they're pretty amazing on the walls!

Anna said...

Can't help you with the permanent lipstick, but did want to say that the first time I left the house with three, I locked my tiny newborn in the car with my keys in the blazing July midday sun in the parking lot at Penney's. At least you don't have to call 911 like I did!

Anna

Mandy Mom said...

If you try all this advice and none of it works, try buying a make-up remover or actually CALLING Revlon to see what they think is best.

You know, my daughter did the a similar thing several years ago... during her "nap", she found a box of markers and colored ALL OVER HER FACE- even in her nostrils. It just so happened that we had a really important dinner with my husband's boss, so I woke her up JUST BEFORE WE LEFT and began laughing and crying at the same time- because I knew it wasn't going to come off in time!

Oh, just thought of something- lime juice might help!

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ambercouric said...

Take lots of pictures over the next few days with her and the baby. In years to come you all will have a blast remember back to this time.

Stephanie said...

At least it was lipstick and not nail polish...That is not fun to get off the face either...Ask me how I know! :)

Your new one is adorable. So glad the jaundice is better. We went through that with #4 and I thought if I had to go to the hospital lab again I'd scream...

Amy @ Milk Breath and Margaritas said...

Well it's a cute picture! ColorStay products mean what they say - VERY hard to get off.

You could try nail polish remover. Smelly but it won't hurt her. I've used it to clean up hair color around my hairline, on my forehead, and it's harmless.

Missed you at Blissdom!

FishMama said...

Oh, I feel your pain. Here's my story: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/10/toddlers-and-trouble.html

-- plus an entire stick of butter all over the living room!

artgirlATL said...

Awe... she's so cute.
When I put mine on in the car I get a similar look.

TJ said...

I feel your pain Meredith. My daughter constantly has lipstick smeared all over her face. I gave up on getting it out. Although cold cream or dish soap may help. Just don't take her for photos for a bit.

My lovely one though put a tube in the pocket of her dress, and I didn't think to search her pockets while doing laundry. I was half asleep one morning when I threw it in the dryer so I could wear one of the shirts to work. Almost the whole load had lipstick, and it and it hasn't come out after 3 washes with different stain fighting ideas. Several pieces are ruined, the rest are just good enough. A few pieces were lucky and came through without any noticable stains.

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Oh my, a tub of shortening on the couch. Oh no. My kids always thought it was frosting, or whipped cream of something. One taste and they realized IT WAS NOT and they never tried that again.

Blessings,

Sher

Anonymous said...

For TJ---I did the same thing with a chocolate flavored lip balm that was in my daughter's pocket----put it right thru the washer and dryer and nearly cried when I saw my laundry. I got it all out by rubbing each stain with a combination of Oust and Fels Naptha bar soap. It took all of it out like a miracle and saved an entire load of wash. After wetting each spot with the Oust, I rubbed it with the bar soap and then ran the load thru the washer again. It all came out....

Katy F. said...

That's ironic that the very item she was trying to get into first was the one thing that took care of the item she DID get into!

I was about to suggest that she go as a clown for Halloween. : )

Sandra R. said...

I remember once my son accidentally locked himself in the bathroom. When we finally got in, he had lipstick EVERYWHERE!!! Those are some funny memories.