The state of my bed, the dishes and whether or not I had the energy to shower are all consistently tied to how where the day falls on the good-mediocre-bad scale. What always helps is a good hair day and a dab of lipstick.
Lipstick is my new toy. I am now the proud owner of five different shades from the Revlon Super Lustrous bullet line, three of which I purchased all for the sale price of one due to a fortuitous coupon. I used to avoid lipstick or stick to plae shades because I never liked my lips and didn't think them a feature I wanted to enhance. Now, I don't care. Sure they are not going to win the Ideal Lips of the Year award, but once I stopped caring about that I noticed that I liked that little bit of colour on my face and what it did to make me look healthy, awake and make me feel pretty.
While part of me likes the idea of one signature lip colour, I am currently having fun with these ones and would not be able to choose only one. If you can survive you poor quality photos (still struggling with the camera even after resetting it) I will inflict upon you an excess of selfies to demonstrate the different lip colours.
Rose and Shine is nearly a nude on me. I can apply it straight from the tube and liberally like a lip balm.
Mauvy Nights and Plumalicious are nearly identical, with the latter being just slightly deeper. It's a colour that has been my go to for decades when in it's lightest form. They are each applied straight from the tube in these photos below.
Rum Raisin was my first attempt at finding my red. It's a bit warm but I think it still works for me and the warmth makes it more subtle than a cool red is. I apply this one straight from the tube as well.
My most recent experiment, stepping out of my comfort zone is Wine With Everything which reads a a very true red on me. It's the only one of the bunch that requires lip liner. I use a clear wax liner called No Bleeding Lip, given to me by my mother who thought the name of it was cheekily hilarious.
Wine With Everything
More than anything, I find that a good haircut and a bit of makeup goes a long way to making me feel good about myself even on the plethora of mediocre days. This is what I look like even if I am sitting on the sofa writing all day and nobody will see me. I do it for myself and it makes a difference.