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.

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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