Tomorrow it’s Valentine’s Day. That means many things to different things to different people. But regardless of your plans, you’re going to need something special on your lips. I went through my stash, and picked some favourites. Whether you’ve got a night on the town planned, or hanging out with the girls, these picks are sure to get your lips ready to celebrate v-day.
(L-R, Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Strawberry Kiss, Flower Beauty Shine On Lip Gloss Wand in Hibis-kiss, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sultry Samba, Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch)
Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Strawberry Kiss. The perfect lip product with all-day staying power. Seriously. This stuff does not budge. It’s a beautiful bright matte pinky-red that will make your lips the star of the show. I wore this to a party last week and after hours of eating, drinking punch and laughing harder than I have in a while (watching people stuff wontons into their mouths will do that), it was still as bright and even as it was when I applied it hours earlier.
Flower Beauty Shine On Lip Gloss Wand in Hibis-kiss. The prettiest lipgloss I currently own. You can wear this either quite opaque or sheered out. I layered this on top of a pink-nude shade earlier this week, and it worked really well for a more subtle look. The best part about this though (besides the gorgeous packaging) is the applicator. It is the softest gloss applicator ever. Seriously. It’s like a spa for your lips.
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sultry Samba. I fell in love with when I first bought it, and every time I wear it, I just fall deeper and deeper. A really beautiful hot pink (that can be sheered out if you put some lip balm on right before). The matte finish makes it easier to wear. Perfect for the finishing touch, especially with a simple eye look.
Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch. Not a lipstick gal? Try this. You get a hint of colour, but is the easiest to apply. No mirror needed. Oh, and bonus? You can pick this one up for less than $5.00.
I got home today from a long day at school (it really wasn’t that long, it just felt long), wanting to veg and celebrate my last midterm before reading week next week being done, I turn on my new favourite show, Parks & Recreation. I know I’m a little late to this party too (I just got caught up with Downton Abbey last month). I tried multiple times to watch Parks & Rec, but never could get into it. The first time I tried (when it came out six years ago), I was expecting it to be just like The Office (since it was created by Michael Schur and Greg Daniels), but it wasn’t. Then I tried a few other times, but was more interested in watching other shows. Then after finishing some pretty heavy dramas over the last while, I decided to give Parks & Rec one more time. This time, it stuck. It’s a mixture of the great writing you expect from The Office, quirky characters like 30 Rock, and ridiculousness like Brooklyn Nine-nine. I have been telling anyone who will listen about how great this is, and definitely tweeting almost daily my favourite quotes. Are you a fan? I need someone to share this with!
ps. Don’t we all need a friend like Leslie Knope?
The other night as I was using my favourite coconut body butter after a shower (yes, I’m one of those weirdos who sometimes showers twice a day). I had finished another body butter that morning, and was happy to be going back to my favourite, finding it comforting. It made me think about what people say about comfort zones. People are always saying “get out of your comfort zone”, “do something that scares you”. Is that always the best advice? Why is it such a bad thing to be comfortable? I understand that yes, there are times when you do need to go away from comfort in order to grow and become a better version of yourself, but where’s the line? Are we supposed to be uncomfortable every day just so that we can experience new things? I don’t think that’s the way it’s supposed to be — at least not for me. If you’re happy being uncomfortable, then go for it. I know there are times that I need to work harder to get out of my comfort zone, speaking in class, making small talk, and many other things. But after I do those things that make me anxious, uncomfortable and make me wish I had stayed in bed and never left the house, I’m happy to have something comfortable to go back to. I think it’s important, for me at least (and maybe you agree), to have a balance between the uncomfortable and the comfortable. The uncomfortable things help me grow and make new friends, and the comfortable help me to stay sane. Maybe one day the things outside my comfort zone will become comforts. Then what will I do?
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, of course my mind is on how I can embrace these festivities. Though my husband and I generally don’t make a big deal out of the day itself (we prefer to celebrate our love every day of the year), I will take any excuse to decorate our home, make a new wreath (check our yesterday’s post for a quick tutorial), and of course wear a bright pink or red lip and paint my nails pink. Even when it’s not February, my go to nail colour is always pink. I thought today I would share my current favourites for the perfect pink nail, no matter your style.
(L-R Ballet Slippers, Fiji, Mod Square, Watermelon)
Ballet Slippers. The prettiest sheer pink. If you are not a fan of colours on your nails, but want something, this is the one. And rumour has it that The Queen uses this. So there you go.
Fiji. The prettiest baby pink. Usually baby pink has the tendency to be a bit juvenile, but this one is really sophisticated. I’m rocking this pretty one on my digits this week and am of course loving it.
Mod Square. If you’re more of a bright pink gal, try this one. Perfect any day of the year, but especially nice for this week/month if you want to make more a statement.
Watermelon. I’m pretty sure this one is in my top ten. If you’ve seen my collection, that’s saying a lot. While still being bright, this deeper pink has a slight reddy tone to it, depending on the light. Super beautiful.
Whether you love painting your nails or not, whether you love or hate pink, I hope you are having a wonderful day and do something to treat yourself this week. Show yourself some love, that’s what Valentine’s day should be about.
A few years ago, I made my first wreath and since then I have been slightly obsessed. My goal this year is to have one for every season. I made one for Valentine’s Day today, and I’m really proud of it. The best thing? It was so easy. I thought I would share how I did it, incase you are looking for some decoration inspiration (love that that rhymes).
First, the supplies. A wreath, ribbon, and flowers of choice (all purchased at Michaels). I like to buy the bushes instead of stems because they are less expensive, and you get different sizes of flowers, which gives your product some dimension.
With your cutters, cut off the roses so that there’s just a bit of the stem left. Do the same with the baby’s breath (or whatever flower you choose to use), but keep those stems a little longer, because you’ll want it to stick out a bit.
All you have to do next is start gluing ’em on. I think it worked best when I glued the baby’s breath down so that it would stick out a bit on the side, but the stem would be covered with the next rose.
And just keep going. One thing I love about the rose bush that I bought is that it has different sizes of roses so that it gives the wreath (or whatever project you’re working on) some variety.
After some more gluing, this is the end result. I’m really happy with how this turned out. It is so easy too. Seriously. If you can use a glue gun, you can do this.
I am seriously in love with this wreath. I think it’s my favourite one yet. It makes me happy every time I open my door.
Be sure to come back tomorrow where I’ll be talking about one of my favourite things: pink nail polish.
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine told me she was scared to wear lipstick. I sympathize, because believe it or not, sometimes I’m still scared to wear lipstick. As much as I love it, sometimes trying new colours, wearing lipstick somewhere I haven’t before (like to school, or out to dinner). There are a few tricks I’ve found useful to help with that little fear.
1. Practice. Practice, practice, practice. I started wearing lipstick when I was about twenty, I think. Before I wore it out, I’m pretty sure I wore it just around the house for a few weeks. It took a while for me to get used to seeing myself with those bright red lips. Every time I purchase a colour I haven’t worn before, I wear it at home for a bit, just to test it out.
2. Start small. If you’re still unsure about all that new colour on your lips, why not try something smaller? There are some really great tinted lip balms out there that will give your lips some colour, but aren’t so pigmented that they will be in your face.
3. Know what you like. If you like red, wear red, If you don’t, that’s okay. I have learned over the past few months that I don’t like nude lipsticks. I can’t stand the 90’s lip trend, because it looks terrible on me, and honestly, I’d rather wear a bright pink. Like all makeup, lipstick is meant for the individual. There will be a lot of colours or formulations you won’t like, and that’s okay.
I hope these tips helps if you if you’ve been scared to wear lipstick. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or more suggestions, I’d love to hear from you!