Today I live in the burbs about 30 miles north of San Francisco, but back when I did live in the city, it was smack dab in the middle of the dot-com boom, and the place was hoppin’.
Rental rates were out of control! Dot-coms were shooting up everywhere you looked, and housing of any kind was hard to come by. I struggled to find a place to live and eventually ended up renting a room in a sketchy house out in SF’s Sunset District, living with a cavalcade of characters, like the DJ/herbal enthusiast (let’s just say she wasn’t growing rosemary, if you know what I mean), and the kleptomaniac.
Honestly, I have no idea what I was thinking when I signed that lease. It wasn’t one of my better life decisions, but the rent was cheap, and I was hell bent on moving out of my parents’ house.
Which brings me to the new NARS ValparaÃso Pure Matte Lipstick for Spring 2012…
Behind the sketchy house was a massive raspberry bush that had completely overtaken the yard, and in the middle of it, the branches parted to form a tunnel.
I never explored the tunnel because I was convinced it was filled with rats, but I always wondered… Where did it lead? Probably just to the back fence, but naturally my overactive imagination entertained the prospect of an entrance to Narnia on the other end.
Regardless, there was definitely something magical about that bush because it produced berries all year round — rich raspberries, like $25 NARS ValparaÃso.
For gals who feel that rich raspberry mattes belong in fall, you know FranÃ§ois. He’s not afraid to break the rules.
To me, ValparaÃso isn’t a typical moody berry at all. When I look closely at it, I see a touch of silver glitter. A nice surprise. The flecks are almost microscopic, but I like that they’re there.
Most years, by the time spring rolls around, I’m usually ready to shed my dark lippies and embrace lighter pinks and corals, but the more I spend time with ValparaÃso and its ethereal glitter, the more I can see myself wearing it throughout the year.
As for the technical details, ValparaÃso is both unscented and unflavored, with a relatively light formula (for a matte lipstick) that still manages to last between 5-6 hours on my lips, as long I sip my gin and juice through a straw (kidding!). Of course, after peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, I do have to reapply.
Another lovely surprise this spring from NARS.
They’re keeping me on my toes, and I like that. This collection is shaping up to be one of my favorites of the season so far.
AVAILABILITY: Coming to NARS counters and online January 13
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Guess what? (It’s almost Friday!)