So my skin seems to be doing a lot better since I wrote about its major freak-out, but I'm still being careful about what I put on it. That means no foundation or blush or highlighter. Instead, I'm having fun with makeup in other ways, such as eye makeup and lipstick. It helps to distract from my bare skin (I hope) while still letting me play.
This week, I experimented with layering lipsticks and lip glosses to create custom shades and finishes. Check 'em out:
Dolce Vita was the first NARS lip pencil I ever tried, and I love it. It's a matte, dusty rose, which is a great everyday shade for me. If you're not feeling the matte finish, though, I recommend layering this bareMinerals gloss over it. Maverick is a very similar shade to Dolce Vita, but it has beautiful gold flecks in it. I'm not sure if the camera picked up on that, but it adds a really nice, subtle touch of sparkle in person.
I recently picked up Wet n Wild Mochalicious because I'm going through a brown lipstick phase. I love how an added layer of NYX Wicked Lippie in Wrath, which is a metallic red-brown, adds an awesome touch of dimension and glimmer to this matte lipstick.
Another metallic lipstick from NYX that's great for layering is the Wicked Lippie in Mischievous. It's a shimmering gold that doesn't always look quite right on its own against my skin tone but looks awesome layered on other colors, especially red. I dabbed it on top of this orange-red Sigma lipstick using a MAC Lip Brush, then added a clear lip gloss on top to help blur the brush strokes and make it look more like liquid gold.
Of course I have to mention the Sigma Lip Switch in Otherworldly (again). It's the best for transforming any lip color into a vibrant oil slick. I love it on top of this deep purple Sigma crayon.
Now it's time for Comments of the Week!
1. I had so much fun reading everyone's ideas for literary candles, but I'm gonna give the award to "Caddiewoodlawn" because my dad loves this author:
Also I want an Ursula K. Le Guin candle that smells like outer space and wizards.
2. "Mailbtch" has me thinking about trying horse shampoo:
So I've been looking for brightening shampoos for natural blonde hair (e.g. not purple shampoo) for a while. I use John Frieda Go Blonder and it's fine, but I would like a to try others. Maybe whitening horse shampoo is the answer?!
3. "collier" shared another way to recreate a favorite makeup product:
Three Custom Color Specialists has been doing this for yeaaaaaaaaars. Yes, including blush (and eyeshadows). I've never used them myself, but I've read very good things.
4. "Dana Scully" has a good polka-dotted nail art tip:
I don't have a nail art pen, but I've used the tip of of bobby pin dipped in polish. The dots end up a little bigger, but you can use any color you have!
5. "Gingerlox" reminded me that I need to use the rewards program more at CVS:
Just FYI the CVS rewards are amazing and if you ever shop there you need to sign up- its free, no minimum required etc, and you get beauty bucks: for every small amount you spend (cant remember exactly but i literally get this reward like twice a month) you get 5$, and they always have like 5$ or 4$ off 20$ coupons. Also, you can scan your card (or enter your #) at a machine in the store before you shop so you know what coupons to use.
6. I loved hearing about everyone's dads doing their hair, and this comment from "~sarah p." made me laugh:
Despite a strict "no braids" policy, my dad could fan out 80's rooster bangs like nobody's business. The man had a magical way with a teasing comb, a blow-dryer, and a can of Aqua-Net, and my sister and I had the most legendary bangs in the whole school from grades 1-6.
- Do you ever layer different lipsticks? Which ones?
- Do you play up your eye makeup or lipstick to distract from skin woes?