Say hello to my fully made-up face and wet hair. Most people are not me and when they have a full face of make-up on, they also make sure their hair is done too… I hardly ever do anything special with my hair anymore. Anyways, this post is about three things.
tarte cosmetics tarteist™ quick dry matte lip paint in vibin
- Elizabeth Mott blending brush
- The new way I’m doing my eyebrows
1. Let’s start with the lips, shall we? I love these deep burgundy colors. I would shower myself in liquid lipsticks in this shade if I could. That said, this one surprised me. It came in a sample size, nothing new. The shade in the tube looks completely different to what it looks like on my face though. So different. It’s much lighter in the tube and less red. That said, I am not mad about what it ended up being. I love it. And it lives up to its name in being a “quick dry matte lip paint” because it did dry very quickly and very matte. A full-sized tube is $20 and while I love it, I can get a NYX liquid lipstick that is much the same for about $7.
2. The Elizabeth Mott blending brush was pretty cool. For those that don’t know, a blending brush does what it sounds like, blends. You use this on your eyelids for eyeshadow blending so that you don’t have a harsh line between your eyeshadow and your face or one eyeshadow color to the next. No one wants that. Blending is very important (in every step of your make-up). Generally you want your blending brushes to be very soft and fluffy, not only because they are near the very delicate skin of your eyelid, but also because this just helps blend the color better. It sweeps it around instead of just dropping it in one place like an eyeliner brush or ever your crease brush would do. My old blending brush is from bhCosmetics, the same company that I got the colors of my eyeshadow from. It’s super fluffy but also longer than the Elizabeth Mott one meaning it sweeps around more and can therefore fan out the colors more. The Elizabeth Mott blending brush still has fluffy bristles, they’re just a little tighter knit so they keep control of the color better. I like this a lot.
3. My eyebrows are still as lovely as ever and as fake as ever. Whenever someone compliments them, I tell them that they are fake. I’m not trying to be part of the group of women that walk around looking perfect all day long pretending it’s a reality when it isn’t. Do you want to know what’s not real? All of my face. It’s all make-up. Well, most of it anyways. I do have an actual face underneath it. This took a weird turn. Back to my eyebrows. Since I am out of pomade and, as mentioned in my last post, the eyebrow liner i received from ipsy was a dud, I had to find a new way to do my eyebrows in the meantime. Enter eyeshadow. As mentioned above, I have an eyeshadow palette from bhCosmetics. What I didn’t mention is that this palette has 120 colors and shades in it and they are beautiful. To do my brows, I used a mixture of a matte brown and matte black shades and applied it like I did the pomade. Pomade is only one type of brow product, powder is another. There are specific brow powders as well that usually come with a wax to apply over it to seal it, but who needs that when I have 120 shades of eyeshadows? Granted, I only used two, but still.
This time with added bull ring! I don’t know what kind of technology Snapchat uses in order to get the lenses right, but I commend them for it. The lip color is where it should be, the eye make-up is too, and the bull ring. Oh the bull ring, I am a big fan of the fact that they added this too. I’ve wanted a septum piercing for about two years now and I had a fake one but it broke. In recent years, many more people have been getting them and wearing the kind like in this Snapchat Lens, with the jewels and rhinestones making them more glamorous than just having a piece of metal in your nose. That’s how my mom sees them anyways. They have also always been seen as a very grungy piece of face jewelry, something that only people who wear the darkest of colors don their face with, but because they have become more mainstream and we’ve found a way to make them prettier, almost any person you see on the street could pull it off. Granted, you have to have the right type of nose for it. My boyfriend tried the same lens and, regardless of the fact that the fake-up didn’t make him look any better, we determined that a bull ring is not for him. For me however, I can’t wait until I get enough money and/or courage to go get this done. Maybe it’ll be another push for me to wear more bold make-up and lip colors.
Also known as lip balm (a much better sounding name; lip lotion sounds gross) is one of my favorite products to use. I hate having dry lips so whatever lip balm I have on hand is always my savior. I say “whatever lip balm I have on hand” because any that I got for free and threw in my purse will be a quick fix, but I am sure you’ve noticed that sometimes, after applying a lip balm, your lips feel even dryer and more chapped than before you put it on. This happens with cheap lip balms and/or when you’re super dried out. The free ones that have a company’s logo on the tube are almost always ridiculously cheap and the good ones are always pretty expensive. I don’t like paying $3+ dollars on them (I’m a cheap person), so I’m thankful when ipsy sends them to me. This is always a product that people splurge on though buying brands likes Carmex, Burt’s Bees, and eos. I’ve recently been using Lasting Smiles, which I got through ipsy, in a lovely peppermint scent that tingles my lips.
One of the main issues I’ve found with wanting to wear lip balm all the time is that when I’m wearing a lip color, the color transfers to the balm which means it is no longer on my lips. A pretty neat trick I read to combat this is to apply lip balm after you’ve applied your color but while you’re still getting ready. Then when it transfers to your lip balm, you can touch up the color before you leave and when you’re out on the town and feel dry as a desert, when you apply your lip balm, there is color on it that will transfer back. I haven’t tried this yet as I just hate getting color on my lip balm in general, but in theory, it should work.
I also haven’t tried it as dryness hasn’t been as big of an issue to me lately because of the “Yeti-esque” tumbler I received for my birthday. I take it everywhere and always have water or some sort of liquid in it. Lip dryness happens as a result of dehydration. This is a great fact to know not only because you can tell when you need to drink more water, but also because my boyfriend, as lovely a human as he is, hates lotions and balms and anything that makes skin slippery and slimy. This makes my life difficult as I want to religiously apply lip balm when I’m dry but cannot if I expect him to want to kiss me. Sometimes I do it anyways to irritate him though. I’m not always nice but he likes the minty tingles too.
Today in my world of make-up and getting ready, I decided to go big. I love bold lip colors and have a multitude of them but hardly ever wear them because I don’t know how to. Today however, I went for it… kind of.
Traditional lip colors are usually a range of reds and pinks. I have these as well as a number of others including blues, greys, blacks, purples, and one very vibrant orange. For me, because I am a darker person and like to wear darker colors, the dark lip colors are what I go with. Today was no different.
The color I am wearing in the photo as well as just on my lips today is from NYX and is in the shade “Transylvania.” It is part of their matte lip cremes and is a dark, purple-y brown, which you can only kind of see in the photo. The lighting in this photo makes my skin lighter and the lip color look more like a berry color. It is a pretty striking color in person and one that I chose specifically because it goes with the darker purples on the dress I am wearing today.
The reason I love bold lip colors so much is because they are empowering. I’ve even created a brand of bold lipsticks whose goal is women empowerment, should I ever want to break into the business world. The problem is just styling them and as, some days, I hardly even want to put on pants let alone an entire face of make-up, it is hard to wear all of the colors I own.
I do want to branch out wearing more bold lip colors, and maybe this blog will encourage me to do so, but right now, that neon orange I have is going to stay in its tube.