Skeptical Girls Guide to Lipstick

My mom is a lipstick lady. When I think of lipstick I think of my mom. However I hated the stuff growing up. It was not unusual for my mom to utter the phrase "you just need some color!" before big life events. I would often opt for a gloss or a color almost identical to my skin tone to appease. WHAT WAS I THINKING!! 25 years later I am ready to admit that mama was right (Yes, I have admitted this to her. Yes, it was difficult).

One of the reasons I hated lipstick so much was because when I smile majority of my upper lip disappears. Confession--I am super self conscious about it. It took a good quarter of a century but I have finally embraced my amazing disappearing lip and won't it it stop me from "just needing a some color".

You may find this a little shocking but lipstick doesn't fall into the make up category in my mind. I consider it an accessory. Make up is something that is neutral and doesn't change too much with what I am wearing (again this is just me). However, my lipstick choice is 100% driven by my outfit choice for the day making it fall into the accessory category in my mind much like a necklace or a pair of earrings. Below are my 5 favorite shades and my 5 tips for stepping up your lipstick game.
All shades are from Maybelline 

1. Know your undertones
Undertones fall into one of two categories--warm tones or cool tones. Knowing your tone is extremely important in all aspects of fashion but especially in lipstick wearing. The wrong undertone can come off a little Bozo instead of Bombshell.
Here are some helpful articles about finding your undertone: Style Caster, Beauty Department,

2. Exfoliate
There is nothing worse than peely lips and lipstick. It flakes, it is messy, its not cute. I love love love using the e.l.f lip exfoliator (a là Target) to slough off any dead skin before I apply my lips for the day.

3. Don't Re-Apply
If I notice that my lips are fading and I need to look a little fresher (which for the record I normally don't because I'm busy telling teenagers that "No, I do not have a pencil they can use" and they "should be more prepared for class") I completely take off the first layer and start with a clean slate. I think about it like painting over paint. The more paint you apply the more likely the paint will start to peel and look janky.

4. High Pigmentation
Pick a color that has a high pigmentation. Colors look different on everyone but the higher the pigmentation the closer you will get to the "true" color on the outside of the tube. I highly recommend the Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid  collection (all but the "Are you Red-dy" and "Born with It" above are part of that collection) because of the high pigmentation and it is cheep.

5. Have fun with it
Because I categorize lipstick as a accessory I tend to get a little crazier with my lip color. Have fun, try something new, get a little crazy! Might I suggest the ombre lip trend I head Kristen Cavaillari talking about on E!'s new show Fabulist (also I can't decide how I feel about this show.. thoughts?)
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BTW Maybelline has no idea who I am I just like their lip color and it works for me. It is inexpensive and comes in a trajillion different colors and can be picked up with I am picking up milk and eggs! 


Stock the Bar Printables

 This weekend I got help celebrate my beautiful roommate and her fiancé with a "Stock the Bar" party. I was put in charge of decorations (or put myself in charge? possibly?) and per usual couldn't find exactly what I was looking for for signage so I decided to make my own (a là my classroom)! If you don't volunteer yourself for the decorating parties as enthusiastically as I do these would also so work in a bar area! If I had any room on my bar cart (it might be a little full right now... ha!) I would add one! I gave each hostess got to take one home to add to their bar areas as well! In the spirit of sharing you can download the printables down below!

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Coffee Date

So many things going on and still at the same time nothing to write about-- my life.
So it is time for a coffee date!
BUT FIRST THE COFFEE, this is "The Lab" and this is the best coffee I have ever had ever ever ever. Amen.

  • There are so many good shows on in the middle of the day-- Boy Meets World, Saved by the Bell, Gilmore Girls! Can Spring Break last forever? Or better yet can I work from home? When are those robot teacher things I keep seeing in movies gonna happen?
  • Speaking of Gilmore Girls I am 1000% convinced my affinity for coffee comes from wanting nothing more in life than to be like Lorelei/ Rory Gilmore.
  • I did my first Barre class Monday. My roommate thought I was talking about a bar, as in cocktails, when I first mentioned it to her. I think that might have been more fun than what I did today. I think i'll hate myself when I wake up tomorrow.
  • Everyone in Reese's new city has a accent. I am so intrigued by this...I wonder if I sound like I have an accent to them? Accents are weird
  • This coffee shop has Girl Scout ice cream. GET IN MY BELLY.
  • I went to Target today and managed to hit it just right and got lots (read 3 cause I am cheap) of amazing spring essentials that I am sure I will start seeing on the interwebz and this time I wont be running around attempting to find them in my size!
  • I think Jimmy Fallon is killing it on the Late Show.
  • If one more person asks me what my plans for next school year are I will scream and run away to the beach and never come back.

Happy Tuesday!
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