I bet you have read it by now: Sali Hughes “A love letter to red lipstick”, published in British Vogues August 2018 issue.
“Red is for life, a state of mind, a personality type, a tribe. It’s beauty’s boldest, chicest, most iconic and attention-grabbing badass. And like all the best things, it’s simply not for everyone. But it is always, and forever, for me.“ – Sali Hughes, „A love letter to red lipstick“, British Vogue 08/2018
And in a world full of makeup trends that come and go, I agree. Red lipstick isn´t a trend. It is a state of mind.
10 years ago though, red lipsticks wasn´t something found in my bag. In fact, I was kind of a late bloomer in terms of red, starting to wear it at the no longer tender age of 29.
Makeup, yes, I wore makeup before that. Smokey eyes, heavy layers of foundation, I wasn´t shy in terms of painting my face. But I had read that thin lips don´t suit bold colors, and my insecure self stuck to neutrals and lip balm.
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I know many a blogger out there started their blog to justify a spending habit that is borderline hoarding. And I am no exception! “I want to write about it!” is a common excuse when yet another red lipstick makes its way into my basket. (But then again, who blogs about a single lipstick anymore? I´ll buy the whole line!)
Mr. Loca has long learned not to question the sheer amount of parcels appearing on our doorstep.
And while I am very good at actually finishing stuff (proof are my empties videos) and my shopping is much more mindful, I am not immune to buying stuff I actually did know in the first place I wouldn´t really use.
Latest one? The Ordinary Serum Foundation. I prefer my base to be matte, long lasting and at least medium coverage, none of which it claims to be.
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Welcome back! To me, after a two week holiday spend in Norway and Sweden.
And to you, dear reader, after a two week blogging hiatus.
Surprisingly, the world didn’t stop turning when I stopped blogging, and it was very refreshing to not worry for once about internet connection.
Which can, you might have guessed it, be a little hard to come by in the more remote corners of Norway.
Of course, me stopping to blog did not mean I stopped to wear makeup. I just feel more comfortable with my face made up a little. But as space was an issue (I mean, I had to share the space for my makeup with stuffed animals), I packed very lightly.
Little makeup packed, little time to get ready – here is my quick and easy travel makeup tutorial!
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Do you like premade pick and mix bags? We had that at a fair recently, when you could choose your bag, but not what was inside.
My daughter was all over it, while I was a little more hesitant. I mean, what is the point in pick and mix when you don´t get to pick?
She loved the thrill though, carefully going through her purchase, eating her favorites and offering the ones that didn´t appeal to her to her little brother. Who, admittedly, would eat just about anything.
Side note: I of course supervised and stopped him from eating the licorice. Mr. Loca was very happy to step in and take one for the team here.
It kind of reminded me about how I feel when I receive a Gift with Purchase, excitedly dividing things to keep from things to give away. And, among all that, discovering makeup items I hadn´t even heard about before.
This time it was the Lime Crime Velvetine Red Velvet Liquid Lipstick.
Sometimes it is easy to forget why we all started our blogs.
And I say “we” and “all” for writing, I don’t need anyone to point out that people start blogs for different reasons.
I know that. But would you read sentences like: “…to forget why approximately 57% of us started to blog, based on stats from the year 2016.”?
Yeah, me neither.
So, again: Sometimes it is easy to forget why we all started our blogs. Between collaborations, dreaming of going full time and algorithm changes we loose sight of what is always there: The opportunity to share our passion with likeminded people. And passing recommendations.
The foundation reviewed today was 100% enabled by Carol in a Page (who sadly barely has time to blog herself these days), and I will forward the favor and share my thoughts of the L´Oréal Infallible 24 hr Matte foundation.
Or the L´Oréal Indéfectible 24 hr Matte foundation. Depending where you live.
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Back in school I learned that when writing an essay, you should always “sandwich” your arguments.
Meaning: If you are pro something, you list some points for the cause, then some against it and end with your strongest pro reason.
That way you appear to be neutral, but subtly influence people to support something just by the order you list your points.
I have always wondered if the same is true for collection reviews. I mean, there are usually products you´ll love and others that didn´t work for you, so can you influence peoples perception by the order you list them?
Let´s see how you´ll end up feeling about the new pixi Lash & Line Love * bits I want to talk about today.
I don’t know about life on your side of the screen, but here in Germany it feels like summer came early.
That might be because winter really seemed to drag on this year, with snow right up until March, but the overnight arrival of sun and 24 °C took me by surprise.
All of a sudden wearing tights to the office became unbearable, my denim shorts were relocated to the top shelf and I had to deal with the fact that pale might look beautiful on faces, but definitely doesn’t suit my legs.
See, I envy those that can keep up with tanning year round, but for me it will always be strictly reserved for summer. Which is why I have a tried and tested routine to achieve smooth and tan summer legs as quickly as possible!
Whenever you try to incorporate something new into your life (usually the healthy stuff like working out, meditation or snacking on celery instead of crisps), people will tell you that it takes 30 days to create a new habit.
30 days of sticking to something apparently tricks your mind into accepting it as the new normal, so it gets easier to see it through.
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The most efficient way to finish foundation? Apart from wearing it consistently, of course? Dropping the glass bottle on the bathroom tiles.
And a great way to test the waterproof claims, too.
How do I know that? Well, I did just that, a few weeks ago, when my bottle of Catrice 24 h Made to Stay makeup shattered on the tiles.
Just to be crystal clear: This is not the way I will be testing my foundations from now on. Trying to get it off the floor at 6 am (and yes, it is at least water resistant!) while already dressed in office attire is not recommended!
But if the Catrice 24 h Made to Stay Makeup is? Let´s find out!