Wearing Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint in Blood Orange on my lips
FRIDAY NIGHT. 7:57 P.M. SOMEWHERE IN NOVATO.
The sun has set, and I have the cover of darkness now. I’m almost positive I’m going to get away with it. I slowly withdraw the keys to the car from a bowl sitting on a table by the hall. They barely make a sound. Just a quiet jingling, barely audible, and I think I’m safe.
I start toward the door, my eyes checking the corners for signs of movement. The coast is clear. I walk faster now, my sneakers all but silent on the tiled hallway floor.
Almost there. I reach the door and take the knob in my hand, turning slowly. I have one foot out the door when…
“Where ya headed?”
“Gah!” My heart practically leaps from my chest. I turn toward the sound of the voice, but I already know who it is. El Hub. “Uh…to go pick up some medicine,” I reply as naturally as possible, but I don’t feel like I sound convincing. After a few seconds calculating my next move, I realize that I’m still holding the doorknob and promptly let go.
It’s as if he materialized out of thin air like a Portuguese ninja. POOF! Blast him and all those years of martial arts!
A knowing smile creeps across his lips. “Oh,” he asks coyly, “the Costco pharmacy?”
“Uhh…” He likes Costco, so I know I can’t say that. I try to think of something else, but I draw a blank. I know that too much time has passed when he finally speaks again.
“Babe, I don’t think makeup counts as medication.”
The cat’s out of the bag now, so I don’t hold back. “Hello, it totally does!” I shout. “I have a headache, and makeup is like homeopathic or something.”
We both stand there at the door, our unblinking eyes locked together. It’s a familiar battle of wills that continues for a few more seconds. “Well, that sounds serious,” he says, flashing his cutest grin. “Maybe I should drive.”
Makeup addicts, you know you married the right person when even after an exchange like this after a long day at work, your man (or woman) is still willing to shuttle you to Sephora (aka makeup nirvana) to self-medicate on a Friday night.
And ooh, guuuurl, I had a field day in the store, especially when I got to the Pacifica section.
I’d originally wanted to get some Pacifica Malibu Lemon Body Wash, but for some reason the Sephora near my house recently stopped carrying it (boo!), so I ended up snagging the new Island Vanilla Body Butter and a couple of tubes of their new Color Quench Natural Moisture Lip Tints ($9 each) instead.
Love, LOVE these! I’ve been alternating between the Blood Orange and Guava Berry ones, two of the four available shades, since Friday night, and I like both of them so much that I plan to head back to Sephora this week to get a few more tubes as Christmas stocking stuffers for the ladies in my life.
They’re creamy, moisturizing, non-sticky lip treatments that give lips a light sheen as they lightly coat them with sheer pigment, and man! — they smell and taste yummy (very natural; not synthetic at all). Each one has its own flavor, too. Orange for Blood Orange (obvs) and guava for Guava Berry.
Swatches of Blood Orange (left) and Guava Berry (right)
Guava Berry on lips
They’re a little more expensive than my other current lip tint love by Burt’s Bees, but with these you get more product, and I think the packaging is cuter (and 100% recyclable).
More to like…
- They contain moisturizing Vitamin E, cocoa butter, and avocado and coconut oils
- They don’t contain parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan
- They also earn paws up from Tabs, since they weren’t tested on animals
How perfect would these be for a movie date? They aren’t goopy, which makes them highly compatible with popcorn (the kernels won’t stick to your lips), and if you and your date share a kiss, he/she won’t come away with glitter or bright pigment all over his face. MWAH!
PRICE: $9 each for a 0.25-oz. tube
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+
You’re a star!
I’m being totally serious when I say this, but if thereâ€™s any sort of goal that you’ve been trying to reach, like working out more often, studying for a test, finishing your novel or plotting world domination, here’s a self-motivator that could help. Post a calendar on your fridge, and get yourself a pack of those shiny teacher star stickers to help track your progress. They really help!
My half-assed attempts at getting back in shape took a big turn for the better when I started tracking my workouts with these stickers a few weeks ago, and I’m finally beginning to see some real progress. Okay, they’re a little childish, but who doesn’t like stars? And they work! Seeing those little stars add up day after day is a great motivator, and the closer I get to reaching my workout goal, the closer I get to that pair of boots I told myself I could get as a reward.
Yay for small victories.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,