Can You Be In the Nude?

As I’ve been experimenting more with my lips, I found that I have a small penchant for the nude lippy. The barely-there-but-we-can-all-tell-you’re-wearing-something-on-your- lips-and-OMG-I-so-want-that-look color.

So, there are three nude-ish colors in my arsenal that I like. Let’s start –

NYX Praline

 

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It gives a shimmer color and it goes on very smooth. I like this because it has brown undertones that highlight the golden ones in my skin.

NYX Rome

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This is a new one for me. It’s a matte lip color and I found out the hard way (because I normally don’t wear mattes) is that you need to have conditioned lips before you put the color on or your lips are going to feel like bricks. I highly, strongly advise you wear some type of lip conditioner or chap stick underneath.

To be honest, you should get into the habit of having conditioned lips regardless if you’re wearing a shimmer, a matte, or just plain because your lips need to be taken care of. Andplusalso, drink a lot of water. It does help prevent chapped lips. (Moisturize from within!)

My favorite is just an old standard – Burt’s Bees (found in any drugstore and retails for about $4). If Burt’s Bees might be too pricey for you, there’s also just regular Chapstick ($2) or Carmex (as little for 99 cents). For a designer lip conditioner, my favorite is MAC lip conditioner that retails for about $16.

Rome has a lot of pink in it (think rosy and not neon), so it’s a very soft color. I would say this is very much a “daytime” lip color.

Both Praline and Rome retail for about $5.99.

MAC Shockolate and Oh Baby!

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I used Shockolate for the base and Oh Baby! as a shimmer top coat. It pairs well together. I haven’t used Shockolate by itself but when I do, I’ll be sure to post a pic of it. I plan to do another post re brown colors.

Both colors retail for about $16 each.

What nudes are your favorite colors? What would you like to see me explore? Sound off in the comments!

 

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It’s All About Me

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned since becoming a (rainbow) mother is self-care. And I don’t mean just mentally but all around – physically, spiritually, emotionally. As a mom, we’re often stretched then – we’re chauffeurs, chefs, accountants, maids, small business owners, creatives, lovers, wives, etc. It also mean we tend to neglect one area of our lives to focus more on the bigger picture.

I have to say my journey started back in 2013 when I was pregnant and off work. Working for the state and also in the private sector meant I couldn’t really play around with my appearance very much. So naturally, when I was off work I decided this was going to be the time to have some fun. I started small with nail polish (if you’re a bit conservative with your appearance and want a change, I do suggest start small and work your way up). The biggest change came when I chopped off all of my hair. I did mention I’m working on a sleeve on my right arm.

Now it’s time to play with makeup.

Growing up, my mother was not a fan of makeup other than a little foundation and maybe some lipstick. So as I became older and wanted to experiment with makeup, while my mother wasn’t against it, she wasn’t for it. Eventually, she did purchase my first Iman compact and lip gloss when I was about 16.

I have to say due to that, I never really been comfortable with makeup, despite having friends do my face. I did glam it up on my wedding day and that’s what’s important. But for everyday use? Not really. I decided I need to stop playing so safe. We only have one life to live, right? Why not go for it?

So last week, I decided to experiment with different looks. I’m wearing the same base (NARS) and eye makeup (Too Faced) but I’ve noticed that people don’t really pay attention to my eyes very much. And for a while I wanted them to until a makeup artist asked me why when my lips were my best feature.

Heh. So let’s present my experimentation in lip colors, shall we?

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I went for the soft look here. Lip color is Rikugien in NARS.

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Out and about on Saturday. Lip color is Rebel by MAC.

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Monday park date. Lip colors are Shockolate (base) and Oh Baby! (top) in MAC.

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I finally discovered Nyx after hearing so many of my IG friends rave about it. This is Praline.

I want to go for bolder looks so I’ll be featuring some deeper colors and more reds. This is fun. I wish I did this years ago!

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No reason for this pic. I just really like it. 🙂