Hard to believe now after 20-some-odd years of wearing lipstick that there was a time when I was actually kind of afraid of the stuff.
Before walking home after the spring dance in junior high, I was one of those girls frantically removing forbidden eyeliner and Lip Smackers in the bathroom, but by freshman year, I’d gotten the OK from Mom to start wearing makeup legitimately.
My first fully authorized lipstick was a tube of Clinique Raspberry Glacè, and while I was thrilled to have my very own tube of “fancy” lipstick, I couldn’t just apply it straight from the tube… No, I thought that made it look too opaque and heavy, which drew too much attention to my braces, so I was forever dabbing and blotting Raspberry Glacè to get that lightly stained lip look I liked so much.
Now, if the two new limited edition Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipsticks from the La Bohème Spring collection ($19 each) had been around back then, I probably would have tucked Raspberry Glacè away into the recesses of my Liz Claiborne purse and opted instead for either reddish coral Folk or peachy beige Bohème for touch-ups at my locker between classes.
Both of these sheer, slick and hydrating lipsticks apply with a gossamer veil of color and shine and have a classic powdery rose flavor and scent that I like. For gals who fear the look of heavy, thick lipsticks (like I did at one time), I fancy them in a way as lipstick training wheels.
Limited edition packaging!
Rouge Artist Natural Lipsticks in Bohème (left) and Folk (right)
From the left: Aqua Eye Pencil in Gypsy, Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in Bohème and Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in Folk
But, like those good times gone by and fleeting teenage years, Folk and Bohème disappear all too quickly. On me, within an hour of applying, both colors have mostly faded away…
I like the misty look of these lippies and the way their colors contrast with the bright, shiny shades in the La Bohème Eye Shadow Palette, but I wish they lingered just a little bit longer on my lips.
PRICE: $19 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora, Make Up For Ever boutiques and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
What time is it…?
It’s tea time! I watched approximately 10 hours of Downton Abbey over the weekend (!), and the sheer quantity of tea I watched being consumed on the screen over that time has driven my tea cravings into full-on overdrive.
Because of it, I couldn’t resist picking up a new flavor, Pukka Tea’s Chamomile & Vanilla.
It’s a little sweet, almost like vanilla ice cream for dessert, and I love how mellow I feel after having a cup.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. How was the rest of your Monday? I hope you had a nice afternoon. Maybe it’s all of the tea I’ve been drinking or this cold I’ve been fighting, but it’s barely 8:30, and I’m ready for bed. Hopefully a good night’s sleep tonight kicks this bug’s behind.