Worth the Hype? Tom Ford Lipstick in Casablanca

It was only a matter of time. I knew that someday the lure of acquiring a Tom Ford lipstick would get the best of me. After years of resisting the temptation, I finally accepted my lipstick fate and purchased one of these outrageously expensive lipsticks. When the deed was done, I felt exhilarated, excited and a teeny bit sick to my stomach. Tom Ford 2Continue Reading

MAC Viva Glam Miley

I’m not a Miley Cyrus fan by any means, but I am a fan of MAC’s Viva Glam lipsticks. Miley is this year’s celebrity spokesperson for Viva Glam and last week, the lipstick and  lipgloss were released. Of course, it was the hot pink lipstick I gravitated towards.

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First Impressions: L’Oreal Paris Infallible ProMatte Foundation and Powder (review)

I haven’t had much experience with foundations sold at pharmacies/drugstores or supermarkets. Part of the reason is that I hate the experience of trying to choose the right colour. With no testers, how are you supposed to know what will work best? I’d rather not guess and just want to be able to feel the texture of the foundation before I commit. First world makeup problems, right?

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Project Make A Dent – LipstickRules-style

As a makeup hoarder  collector, I often forget about what I have sitting in my makeup drawers. Yep, I do. I find myself getting caught up by the latest and greatest, and forget about amazing things sitting in my collection. This year, I’ve vowed to make a change, and I’m doing this via Project Make a Dent. Two of my favourite bloggers, Lily and Kristen, have been doing Project Make a Dent over the months, and inspired me to do the same. I’ve put my own spin on it, however, and thought I’d share it with you.

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A Fresh Start

I have a confession. I’ve been doing some major, major hauling. And by doing this, I’ve rediscovered my love of all things makeup, and of sharing these thoughts with you here, and on my social channels.

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This feeling has been missing for me for years. And I attribute that to being overwhelmed.

You see, when this blog was at its peak, I was fortunate to be able to collaborate with many brands who regularly sent over products for me to test out and feature on LipstickRules. Quite frankly, the attention was pretty amazing. It was like Christmas morning every day a package arrived with my name on it or an invite to a cool event arrived in my inbox. I was so thrilled, happy and grateful.

However, the lustre and novelty of it all started to wear thin. I started to feel overwhelmed by products, and by emails from brands and their reps. Soon after, I started to feel lost and and burnt out. I almost stopped blogging as I became very disillusioned.

When I decided to take a step back, naturally the opportunities have started to drop. And I feel relieved. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted for me, and it feels wonderful.

Now, I finally feel like I’m free again to focus on what I want, and what my readers want. I don’t feel like I need to say yes to everything, and I also feel like I can finally enjoy products again.

I feel like I can haul for what I want, and be open to working with brands on things that I actually want to work on versus feeling like I need to say yes to everything. It is quite liberating.

Today, I am excited again about makeup (and fashion too!). This excitement has me feeling more motivated to share here on my blog and on Instagram (@michellenm19).

And ultimately, isn’t that what it’s all about?

Stay tuned for posts on my new skincare faves, some old but new again (to me) MAC products, and thoughts on shopping your makeup stash.