The ’90s are back?

Ah, the 1990s. Those were formative years for me — I finished high school, finished university, landed my first job, changed career paths, and by the end of that decade, I was engaged to my husband. It was also the decade when I first discovered my love of makeup. My makeup then was simple: lipstick. My go-tos included MAC’s Twig mixed with Spice liner or Chili lipstick mixed with Mahogany liner. It was also the decade of Revlon’s Toast of New York, which I wore constantly before MAC entered my universe.

So when I heard the 1990s were back as a makeup trend, I had mixed feelings. I wasn’t sure I wanted to revive the makeup I wore while hanging out with friends listening to the likes of Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails and Pearl Jam. But I got sucked in. Of course.

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Found Myself A Little “Merlot”

As many of you know, I am a certified lipstick hoarder so much so that I often forget about what I have in my collection. Just this morning, I literally found a lipstick (still in its box) that I had always meant to test out. The lipstick in question is Laura Mercier’s Merlot*, a Creme Smooth Lipstick that is a beautiful, deep reddish wine/burgundy.

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The Hunt for the elusive NARS Audacious Lipstick Brigitte

Over the last month or so, I’ve been on a hunt. A hunt for a lipstick. Go figure. The lipstick in question is a NARS Audacious lipstick called Brigitte, a nude rose.

A while back, I tried on Brigitte and loved it. But I was feeling like all responsible (I had already purchased two other Audacious lipsticks after all) and decided I didn’t need it. So I put it down.

Big mistake. Big. (I hear Julia Roberts when I write this.) You see, since then, Brigitte has been sold out — online at Sephora, at my local Sephora store and at Holts for weeks.

Gah! What’s a lipstick hoarder to do?

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Makeup Staple: Red Lipstick (Russian Red from MAC)

I’ll say it once, and I’ll say it again, everyone needs a red lipstick. Red lipstick does something that no other lipstick colour can do as effectively — it’s an instant complexion pick-me-up, it works day or night, and always makes you look like you are put together with minimal effort. At least, that’s how a red lipstick makes me feel.

Russian Red

I liked this look from Youtuber, MissMai27 (click here to watch the video), which I tried to recreate using MAC’s Russian Red.

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Beauty Blogging – A Reset

Over the last year, it was a downward spiral for me when it came to blogging. I was overwhelmed by products and I felt like I just couldn’t keep up with the releases, the products I had, or with other bloggers who were publishing content on a daily basis. As a mom of two with a full-time career, it’s always been hard to find the time to do this but I managed. Somehow this past year, I lost the motivation to do so. I was disillusioned, and bored.

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I realized I needed to reset myself. I needed the step back and think about what it is about blogging that I loved in the first place, and return to that space.

So if you are still here, hello! And I hope to be in touch on a more regular basis.