My last day in the office was March 12. After a week of spring break, I returned to work, reverting my desk-turned-vanity to just desk. The makeup and button-up pants did not return to the new WFH arrangement.
After three weeks of going completely barefaced, I longed to use all my pretty makeup products still sitting in my top desk drawer. Makeup has once again become a workday habit but on a much smaller scale. Thanks to some products I purchased pre-pandemic, I’ve mastered my quarantine look. It only takes five minutes, and I only employ one makeup brush.
As I’ve shared before, my lips tend to be flaky and dry, so I prefer a creamy lipstick that’s moisturizing. But just because I want hydration, I don’t want to sacrifice big color payoff. If this interests you, read on.
Last year, I had a lot of fun putting together a holiday makeup look that I thought I’d make it an annual tradition. But of course, I had to change it up.
If I had to pick my 2013 makeup product of the year, it would have to be lipstick. Living in San Antonio could be a contributing factor; a bright or bold lip is a staple here. Plus, I feel like short hair grants me permission to go high-impact with my makeup. And don’t you think colder weather inspires a more goth look? Here’s what I’ve put together:
I never believed I could fall in love so quickly… with a lipstick. I’ve spent 90% of my make-up wearing life as a lip gloss loyalist, but over the last year I’ve been trying out more lipsticks. As with many of my make-up romances, it all took place at Neiman Marcus, where I was doing my usual browsing, checking out what’s new. All of a sudden, I got the impulse to try on Chanel lipsticks. Having always read about how fabulous they are, I thought I’d give their lipstick line a test drive.
After the salesperson walked me through the different varieties, I determined that Chanel’s hydrating lip crème colourRouge Coco line would be the best fit. It’s not as pigmented as their newer Rouge Allure line, but I was more interested in a moisturizing formula since my lips tend to get dry and flaky when wearing lipstick. And here’s where the real magic happened. I skimmed over the display and picked one and only one tube to test, Vendôme. Perfection. Continue reading →
As I’ve told you before (see Babe on a Budget), my local grocery store, H-E-B, is one of my favorite places to shop for make-up products. Especially, when I want to be adventurous and try new stuff. Lately, I’ve been really into the Revlon ColorBurst lip line-up. Thanks to strategic coupon usage, all three of these products cost me less than $15. TOTAL.
First up is Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick. I had read good things about this lipstick, so I thought I’d give it a try. I first bought the lipsticks in Coral and Fuchsia and later purchased Raspberry. Fuchsia is my favorite. The ColorBurst lipstick comes in a black tube with what I’ve learned is the signature diamond-patterned embossed casing. It’s a very bright … well, fuchsia color. The formula is creamy and smooth with good pigmentation. When I wear it, I get lots of compliments. (I’m telling y’all, bright lipstick is something everyone should try.) This lipstick was selling at H-E-B for $6.48, and at the time there was a $2 off coupon, so it cost me a grand total of $4.48. Continue reading →
FRIDAY EVENING I arrived in Seattle the Friday morning before the wedding on Saturday. That evening, they hosted a fun barbecue at a park with the most spectacular view of the city. Afterwards, we drove to Poulsbo out on the Olympic peninsula so that we could get an early start Saturday morning. I had insisted that we do a make-up run-through sometime on Friday, so about 11 PM in our hotel room, we finally had our chance.
Last time we talked, Jenn had responded to some make-up inspirations that I sent her. She was on board for a neutral palette of an overall peach overtone, with punched up eyes. Based on that information, I devised an “ingredients list” to cook-up Jenn’s perfect wedding make-up look. Some of the products she would buy, and some I would bring with me. To come up with this list, I mentally walked through her make-up application.