Days 1 & 2 I started gentle with Fresh’s Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment.
I acquired the mini at Sephora as a free birthday gift, which is awesome because the full size product is $22.50 and I am a cheap lady. I will admit that it is kind of lovely…it smells a little sweet and a little rosy, and goes on smooth. It’s sticky for a few minutes but then just kind of stays put. As it’s a tinted balm I didn’t have to worry about it going past my lips too much, but I was more mindful about how often I rubbed my lips together. I re-applied once each day and by the end of the day my lips weren’t super moist but had not dried out either.
This is my normal, everyday face:
I smile more on one side of my mouth than the other when not smiling in glee. My hair is a little frizzy from the hell it went through going back to brunette. I am not Patrick Bateman. My beauty routine has minimal scrubbing and toning, moisturizing and masking. Lately I’ve been breaking out with dry skin, so I’ve been using a light moisturizer. I wear lip balm every day. If I’m going to a party I have my fairly standard mascara, eyeliner, and eyeshadow combo down pat.
Basically I have the same makeup skillset that I had in high school, which is minimalist at best.
Lipstick in particular has always fascinated and kind of frightened me. Sure you can wear a “natural” looking lipstick, but you have to keep tabs on it so it doesn’t fade or make its way onto your teeth. The tubes I do own are mostly old with one that I bought to wear for costume parties, which I guess is kind of how I see lipstick. It feels costumey and makes me feel a little conspicuous…or like a sex clown.
A note to my company’s IT guy Charles…I am really, really sorry for looking at something with the phrase “sex clown” at work, but it’s in a ladymag. That’s ok, right?
Anyway, starting today I’m wearing lipstick for a week. Everything from tinted balms (I’ve got to start somewhere!) to thick, matte stuff with migratory tendencies – I’m going to be a lippy lady. Next Wednesday will be full of photos, product reviews, and more of my face than you probably need.
I am pretty excited. Game on.
Despite Boston’s reluctance to snow, which is in fact making me nervous that February will be horrific, winter is still upon us with its harsh gusts of wind and freezing temperatures. For me this ends in chapped lips, dry skin, and windblown hair that is definitely not of the “cute California beach bunny” type. This is my lot in winter, and I can accept this.
I have gotten pretty good at counteracting all of these signs of winter without spending much money. Simple things that I always have in my cupboard make for great DIY beauty treatments without the high price tag.
Today I’ll be focusing on my lips. I have a bit of a lip balm problem as it is, but in winter even multiple applications can’t seem to keep my lips from drying when I’m out and about. The cheapest lip exfoliation products at Sephora are $18, and prices go up from there. At home though, a simple mix of sugar, honey, and olive oil gives the same result for much less than a quarter.