I like lipstick. A lot. I think about lipstick a lot. Weird? Maybe, but whatever. Like I tell my mom when she says I’m spending too much money on makeup, “It’s my cigarettes, OK?” And it is. If you’ve noticed, I’ve let my old Red take a rest for awhile and have been relying on some bright, springy colors for a few weeks now … maybe soon it will actually BE spring. Meet the newest stallions in my corral. I apologize for the ridiculous and awkward self-portraits.
NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage - Matte is my preferred lipstick texture because it lasts the longest, and while I don’t love NARS Pure Mattes as much as MAC’s version, I have acquired several tubes. I like the color range, especially the nude Tashkent, but I don’t always love the texture, which can feel a little flaky. Carthage is a bright fuchsia pink which will look 1000 times better on me when I have a tan. It really doesn’t photograph nearly as bright as it is, though I definitely wouldn’t call it a neon. Just … punchy.
MAC Amplified Lipstick in Neon Orange with Sephora Gloss in Orange Juice - Bright orange lips are absolutely it for spring … I’ve been flirting with orange since last spring, so I had a few tubes to fiddle around with, but nothing satisfies like a real, authentic neon orange. This one always gets a comment or two from customers at the store. To really amp up the bright factor, I added Sephora’s Orange Juice gloss; pretty to look at, not so pretty to get your hair caught in. (This is a major reason why I rarely wear gloss! I’m not kidding.) MAC is my favorite lipstick brand, hands down, and the Amplified lipsticks are creamy, highly pigmented and long-lasting. What more could a girl want?
MAC Amplified Lipstick in Show Orchid - Did you know Show Orchid is only available online? Well, I didn’t. Neither did the girls at the MOA MAC store; only my girl Masha at Nordstrom pointed me in the right direction. Show Orchid is another hot pink creme finish, but it’s got a teeny bit of microshimmer for extra kick. I usually HATE frost in my lipstick, but this is so subtle I barely even notice it. Pretty, right? And it matches my feather!