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.

Here’s to makeup purging and rediscovering old favourites!

Well hello there my friends. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I have been on a makeup purge lately, getting rid of things I haven’t touched in years or things that I’ve kept as ‘collectibles’ versus serving any real purpose at all and simply taking up more space than needed.

Ironically, at the same time, I’ve been coveting some new items lately (I’m looking at you NARS Audacious lipsticks!) but have managed to stay strong and resist the urge to haul. I’m not sure how long my willpower will last however as I’ve found some newfound room in my makeup drawers given all the purging I’ve been doing. During my makeup purging, I’ve stumbled upon goodies that I have forgotten. You know you have too much when…

One of these rediscoveries was a YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick called Ultimate Beige.


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