Sunday, September 10, 2017

Confessions of a Lipstick Junkie

Sephora is my happy place (this is not a sponsored post - I link because I love)

It seems that the world is divided into two kinds of people - those who wear lipstick every day and feel incomplete without it, and those who never wear it.  I've worn lipstick since my 20's, and wouldn't think of leaving my house with bare lips.   I remember a colleague in a previous job asking me one day if I was ill, and I'm pretty sure it was because I wasn't wearing any lipstick that day.   The ancient Sumerians who crushed gemstones and applied them to their lips and around their eyes could not have predicted the insane number of shades of lipstick that would be available 5,000 years later.   I am not a "full face Makeup" woman; on a daily basis I do my brows, wear some concealer and lipstick.  Lipstick is my thing - at any one time I usually have about 20 different colours in my makeup bag, with the majority being shades of red.

Before Canada got its first Sephora in 2004 in Toronto, I was content with the RevlonL'Oreal and Maybelline lipsticks from my local drugstore. But when we finally got a Sephora store here in London, Ontario a few years ago, just stepping through the black and white striped doorway unleashed an uncontrollable lipstick lust in me.  In an effort to keep myself in check, I will only go with my friend Heather, and only once every three or four months.  

This past weekend, we did our "Start of a New School Year" visit - because a girl needs a new lipstick to greet all those new students, of course.  There is something about being surrounded by makeup displays that unleashes the five year old girl in me who wanted to play with her mother's makeup.  I flit from display to display, testing an eyeshadow or liner here, a nail polish there, before stationing myself in front of the Make Up Forever, Urban Decay, or Smashbox lipstick display and spend the next 30 minutes searching for the perfect lip colour that is going to make me look brighter and younger.  I wandering around yesterday wearing a rather fabulous metallic blue liquid lipstick on my mouth for at least an hour until I reluctantly gave in and gravitated to the more wearable reds. But I knew I could have worn that blue with confidence.

 My purchases from yesterday, as well as a lip primer

It's a greater challenge buying makeup when you are a "woman of a certain age".  Powders settle into, and emphasize creases and lines, lipsticks that "stay on forever" also dry out your lips, dark colours make you look older, and candy-coloured brights can make you look like you're trying too hard.  I've  seen a number of articles in print and online that caution women over 40 against wearing red lipstick, which is one of the stupidest things I've ever heard.  Red lipstick looks amazing with grey hair, and pale skin, which is what most of us white women end up with if we live long enough and stop colouring our hair.   You may need to start using a lip primer to soften and smooth lips and make lipstick adhere better, and I purchased the Sephora brand on the recommendation of one of their sales staff.

I also admit to being seduced by packaging, and Benefit Cosmetics excels in this area.  The "stick" contains a core of concealer surrounded by a ring of Vitamin E-infused moisturizer and when you wear it, it hydrates your skin as well as providing light coverage for uneven skin tone and blemishes.  I'm looking forward to having this in the winter when my skin dries out and starts to flake off my face.

Another thing I love about Sephora is that for every $1 you spend you get a point, and when you have accumulated 100 points, you can choose one from several samples of products.  With all the current popularity of charcoal in skin products, I though I would give this face mask a try.

Showing off my new Urban Decay lipstick and the results of me playing with yellow and blue eyeshadows I had purchased previously.  I need to work on my eye makeup application technique, as I pretty much have no idea what I'm doing, but I liked that the colours matched the frames of my glasses!

How do you feel about lipstick?  


  1. Your nails!!!!!! Love the selections----I'm a liquid eyeliner freak, as well.

  2. Looks lovely - - you're making a fine case for wearing lipstick ;-)

  3. Like you, I'm naked without my lippy!
    I love your entire look in the bottom photo, the eye makeup is gorgeous as is the in-yer-face lipstick. and I love your glittery nails!
    I love my makeup more the older I get when it's not wearing it to look pretty - it's making your face into a work of art of clashing colours and all kinds of craziness.

  4. I love my lipstick but it never lasts! I get two to three hours before it looks dry or just rubs off. Im dying to try some of the new bold colours! And I too, need to learn more about eyeshadow technique!

  5. Lipstick is my mainstay as well. Most days I'm without any other makeup but I like to have a bit of lippy.

    I've never gone into a Sephora store. I think I'd find them overwhelming. I buy cheapo stuff at Superstore. Even then I find it overwhelming.

    Your new lippy looks fab as do your eyes.


  6. Love my lipstick! These days I find I like subtle shades for every day--brownish pinks that are enhancing but don't look out of place in an elementary school. But when I'm off duty and the mood strikes, I go for red or magenta.

  7. I love (red) lipstick, and understand that 'uncontrollable lipstick lust' everytime you go into a Sephora shop!, they're like little jewels beautifully displayed!
    I believe that lipstick and sunníes are the best things to make us feel like rockstars!. I wear only sunscreen and lipstick almost everyday! Same two or three trusty colors, which I'm very loyal to.

  8. need to learn more about eyeshadow technique!


  9. I've become a lipstick/lipstain person since I started blogging and realized that without a strong lip my face looked unbalanced (I also noticed that I had horrid posture and took measures to improve that!). For lipstick, I am a MAC girl all the way, but I'm a drugstore slut (owning it!) when it comes to lip glosses and stains. I love playing with the colours that I "shouldn't" wear, but I don't wear them to work and there aren't enough playtimes to get goofy!

    I match my eyeshadow to what I'm wearing and I don't care about what's the current way to do it. I know how to do basic shading and how to play up the colour of my eyes, and how to look badass (very important). Your eyeshadows look fabulous.

  10. Yes, lipstick forever. I love that last photo of you, fabulous colours. You describe the delights of wandering through Sephora so well. Every aisle holds potential, dreams coming true. Red is definitely my go-to colour as well and I don't go out without it. I have almost-black lipstick, which I love too. Now I'll have to go in and look for that metallic blue liquid lipstick!

  11. Brava, brava! That's a great shade of lipstick on you, and I love the blue and yellow eye shadow. Shades of my beloved Serge Lutens. You and I might both benefit now from those make up glasses whose left and right lenses lift upward individually on a hinge. Not at all perfect, but something. I was at Sephora myself the other day. Brought a red shirt with me, hoping to match the shade. I did - for $34!!!! (No, thank you...) I also find Sephora's lighting maddening. Navy blue is navy blue, but as you said, there are soooo many shades of red. The overhead lighting can throw a red you think is perfect from one end of the spectrum to the other. (Did a man design their lighting?) - Valerie

  12. You make a gorgeous look and your makeup with lipstick are also amazing. I believe everyone must need to use Liquid Matte Lipstick to make a perfect look like you.

  13. Hah! We find each other in wearing lipstck. Always. The same “are you ill?” happens to me when I am not wearing it. And also red. Bright red. Or fuchsia. I laughed when I read “ uncontrollable lipstick lust”. A wonderful phrase. And here is where we are different. I cannot get excited about make-up stuff. It has to be the right colour and it has to stay on etc. But going into a store like that is necessity, not pleasure. Strange isn’t it. I am so into clothes, shoes and style, but this part of adorning does not get my love.
    PS your new lipstick is beautiful.

  14. You look gorgeous! My personal source of inspiration! Women over 40 are amazing! Stunning, actually :) A dazzling smile, beautifully shaped lips... I think that when the lady matures, she becomes stronger, mentally, and it shows. Due to you I'm not afraid of my 40’s, cause I'm so sure that I will love it!

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