It’s Just So Chaud!

Hello lipstick lovers. Like our new look? It’s the start of just a few changes here on the blog. In other news, I’ve been quite taken with orange lipsticks lately. The latest one is MAC’s So Chaud, a true orange-red.

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So Chaud came into my life on a visit to the MAC counter. I was on a mission to get Morange lipstick but couldn’t decide.  The MAC SA showed me So Chaud and said you must get this one. And of course, I obliged.

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An Accidental Lipstick Purchase

If truth be told, I don’t need to ever buy another lipstick. Ever. But I continue to do so. Regularly. This weekend, I caved in at the Clinique counter. Let’s call it an accidental lipstick purchase. Okay, it’s actually plural, lipsticks….and a blush.

You see, I was on the hunt for the new matte lipsticks that beauty bloggers across the pond have been raving about. I need to get my hands on Matte Mandarin and Matte Peony. I learned that these weren’t available yet but were coming soon. Feeling disappointed, I didn’t want to waste the opportunity of being at an actual counter.

My eyes drifted to the display of Chubby Sticks. Big fan of those. Big. I then noticed the Chubby Stick Intense colours, which I had yet to try. So swatch, swatch goes this lipstick fiend. And within minutes, swipe swipe went my debit card. Read more

A Fork In the Beauty Blogging Road

Whoa. Talk about an extended blogging hiatus.

I’ve been in the midst of a job change, along with an always busy family life. I’ve also been taking time to think about blogging and about the direction of LipstickRules in the future. I’ve come to a fork in the road with blogging — one path is an end to blogging, and the other path is a longer, different road.

I have chosen the longer, different road.  I’m up for the challenge.

Having done this for five years and counting, I feel a need to shift gears and try to inject some new life into the blog, and re-energize my passion for it. In the last little while I lost my blogging mojo, preferring to be more of an observer than a participant. I often felt I couldn’t keep up with other bloggers who were writing great pieces of content on a daily basis. I finally lost steam after years of trying to juggle it all.

But after taking a step back, I realized I don’t need to keep up. I can go at my own pace.

I’ve started brainstorming new ideas on direction, and I’m excited again.

So here I am. I hope that you’ll continue to join me on my journey.

Glowy with a Chance of Fuchsia

Well, hello there.  It’s been a while hasn’t it? Life took over and I have to say it was nice to take a break from writing. Makeup wise, I’ve I’ve been trying to sport a different look every day. I do the same with clothes and by doing this, I find it makes going to work way more fun.

On this particular day, it was all about this lipstick, Joe Fresh Watermelon, a deep fuchsia matte. Gorgeousness. I dug this lipstick up from a huge pile that I really, really need to whittle down. I’m glad to have rediscovered it as it’s such a lovely colour.

Since it is a statement colour, I paired Watermelon with simple, understated makeup with a focus on glowy skin: NARS Albatross highlighter, NARS Sheer Glow foundation, Hourglass Ambient Powder in Radiant Light, and NARS Deep Throat blush. Super fun, and easy look to do.

On another note, I’ve started on a path to health and wellness, including starting the 17 Day Diet. It’s this book from a doctor that’s been on the show, The Doctors. In this diet, there are four cycles, each of which lasts 17 days. Cycle 1 is focused on eliminating breads, rice, and other starches and focusing on lots of veggies, fish, chicken and turkey. I’m not gonna lie and say it is easy, especially giving up the carbs and red meat – and wine! But so far, I’ve lost 8lbs (note, I started the diet 8 days ago but I’ve actually started cutting back on unhealthy eating habits over the last three weeks). I will be adding exercise to the regime this week and hopefully more results. There are three other phases to go, where you start to reintroduce healthy carbs, red meat etc. We’ll see how it goes!

What have you been up to?

Hello, Lodhi

I recently bought NARS Lodhi Satin Lip Pencil as part of the Sephora VIB sale, and I attribute this purchase due to what I call BBI, Beauty Blogger Influence. Yes, indeedy, thanks to the advice and reviews of fellow beauty bloggers like Sunny, this lip pencil quickly rose to the top of my wish list for Spring.

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