I love me some makeup. Funnily, I don’t wear a lot of it. Mom always use makeup to enhance what you have, not cover it up. (She’s a smart lady, that one.) I’ll get more into favorite makeup later (because there’s a lot of it), but today I’m focusing on lip stuff.
I’ve never worn lipstick for long. There was a phase in high school but I think I was honestly just trying to look older. Or cooler. Or something less like me. But through college and even now, I only wear lip stick when I’m dressing up. I don’t like how it wears off… on to your face, your coffee mug, just away in general. And I do like lip gloss but I’ve decided that I can’t do sticky lips any more – Mac Lipglass was all the rage 10 years ago, but there is no need for my mouth to be that darn shiny these days.
But I’ve long been a fan lip balm and wear it religiously. I never really watched Oprah but I remember when she said that people can become addicted to lip balm. I immediately thought, “That’s me!” Unfortunately, it is me. I’m hard core about the selection of ChapStick one must have in case of need of moisture, feeling fruity or needing the old faithful cherry floavored. But these are my recent favorites that I keep reaching for more often than the rest – my five fave:
1. Smith’s Strawberry Lip Balm 2. ChapStick 100% Naturals Lip Butter 3. Maybelline Baby Lips (Peppermint)
4. Maybelline Color Whisper (Coral Ambition) 5. Lancôme Color Design Lipstick (Trendy Mauve)
Again, I opt in for drug store brands when I can because I like the ease of replacing when the time comes. (And the price tag is easier to swallow.) The Strawberry balm and Lancôme does require a bit more shopping to acquire… but still is not expensive. Smith’s Strawberry Lip Balm is thick and sweet and is everything that traditional Rosebud still offers. I love it and slather it on in the morning right after I finish my face. The smell is just wonderful – a final touch that makes me feel prettier as I walk out the door.
ChapStick is a no brainer and believe me, I’ve tried them all. But the 100% naturals (as well as the Moisturizer in the blue tube) is my favorite. Stays on longer, isn’t as waxy and actually makes my lips soft. Speaking of soft lips, I’m a Baby Lips supporter. I thought the commercials were just awful (the name is as equally awful), but I found myself buying it anyway. And I’m pretty sure I converted a few girlfriends as my yellow tube was passed around at a football game. I love this stuff. It’s light, glides on easy and who doesn’t want peppermint lips? That’s what I thought.
Just because I usually use lip balm doesn’t mean I don’t want a little color. I stumbled upon Color Whisper and decided to go for something a bit brighter and trendier than I normally would: coral. But the great thing is that even though it is brighter and trendy and fun, it’s still just a hint of color so I don’t feel foolish. Instead I just feel hip. (And yes, I realize how ridiculous and old that makes me sound. Shhh.)
The Lacôme lipstick came into my makeup bag a couple years ago – I can’t remember how or why (maybe a free gift at Macy’s?), but I do sport it more than other lipsticks. The color is Trendy Mauve and it’s practically nude. I call it my “nearly nude” lipstick which makes me giggle each time I think about it because it reminds of me Tobias on Arrested Development and his never nude issues… but that is neither here nor there or even related. It really just gives a touch of color and fills in the lips more because it’s an actual lipstick. I just can’t really tell when it’s wore off or where.
I have more lip stuff floating around in drawers and bags, but these are my five faves – at least for now. I can’t guarantee that one may be pushed out in a month’s time.