Post #37- Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving

I am thankful… for life- we saw a lot of death over the past 18 months for a lot of reasons I still can’t fully understand

…for family and friends – perhaps I took their nearness for granted in past years, but I know how precious they are especially after losing some

…for provision/financial security- we were all affected by the pandemic and watched as so many entrepreneurs struggled to keep businesses open and food on the table

…for moments of joy- a smile is so precious and because of the need for safety and health, I can go days without seeing one in person or someone else seeing mine

…for faith- God has kept my mind, my health, my family, my imagination from going off the deep end even though I often felt like I was on the edge

…for education- what I know now I wish I knew then, but no regrets

…for creativity- we have found more ways and better ways to express who we are in the middle of a time of continual crisis, personally and globally

…for my Blackness- it is a gift I never have to be afraid of living in

…for my BIG lips- they are a canvas God gave me to use with and without words

…for LIPSTICK- I’ve found another way to learn and grow and express creativity while encouraging others to do the same like they mean it

…for YOU- because your eyes are attached to your heart and just maybe some of these words will end up there

Happy Thanksgiving, Loves!

Hi Loves! Hopefully by now you’ve solidified your plans for turkey weekend. Or maybe you’re excited at the prospects of eating with other real people in a home with a slightly larger number than 1 again. Or maybe, it’s been a really busy bit of time and you were just praying for a long weekend to come and relieve you one more time…well, isn’t God good?! He answered all of our prayers. RSVP-YES! Turkey? Yes! Long weekend? Thank you! and now for that sigh of relief, go ahead and breathe.

Since we will most likely be inside for thanksgiving dinners and the occasional walk in between servings, we have a great opportunity to celebrate Autumn while being thankful with our favourite lippies! I’ve been meaning to do a shoot and explore some of the colours I’ve loved and a few new ones, but mask life made that a bit tricky. But not this weekend. I’m back, Baby!

For this Thanksgiving weekend, I would like to offer you some ideas of colours in a range of textures to consider for your time with loved ones. They all happen to be colour appropriate for this season, but if you’re like me, you’ll wear what you want, so I threw one of those in there too. I’m featuring my favourite coat from JesseRowes by local designer Vanessa Rose Thomas and my comfy well worn fall vest in this amazing orange also by local designer Cherith B. Designs. Let’s begin.

I started with this wonderful nude gloss that also happens to cover enough of my two-toned lips without changing their colour too much and is a wonderful pairing with these dramatic eyes. Cheekbone Beauty in Sweetgrass is also easy to reapply after Turkey as well.

Next I decided to stay in the gloss family with a lipstick so satin it presents itself like a gloss…magical. Damage by NARS literally glides on your lips with a soft purple tint and I am here for it. I also love that I was able to find this luxury brand on sale at my local WINNERS. Win win for me!

We all know how I feel about The LipBar by now, so when they released this muted purple gray nude at the end of Summer, I had to jump on it. MUVA is a satin that reads like a matte and glides on easily for a full coverage lip in a colour I bet you didn’t know you need…you’re welcome!

Ok this is a repeat. If you’ve been reading my posts for any length of time, then you’ve seen the power matte lip pigment Somebody to Love by NARS that acts more like a liquid lipstick than just a pigment or stain. It goes on easy and dries to a velvet matte finish I always love. It’s a brown nude with subtle pink undertones that compliment the skin.

Another repeat, but I’m ok with that. This is a satin matte by Milani and this plum named Cashmere is so much fun for the season. It pops the way a plum should and you can find it online or at your local drugstore. It also has pretty good staying power so you shouldn’t have to reapply too much throughout your time with those you love.

I just had to! You know I love purple on lips and I will never grow tired of The LipBar’s Crown Me because I just feel absolutely royal wearing it. When it dries, you can leave it on and forget about it until you’re ready to go. Great colour.

Ooh NARS did it again! This lippie ( I also found on sale) is called Fire Down Below 😳 but it goes on so easy and is such an appropriate red for someone wearing light pink braids on their way to dinner in a fabulous coat. This colour says, “I mean business!” and I can’t help but wear it like I mean it.

And because all of this orange, red, and brown is making me think of bricks or fire or food…haven’t figured it out yet. I added some RUST by MFMG to the NARS lippie for an ombre red-orange-fire effect similar to the of the sunset look I created in the Summer with yellow but without the shock. I love it.

And Lastly on this list, is the wonderful lippie, Fierce by Juvia’s Place in this pigmented berry red matte lipstick that goes on easy and feels super creamy. I feel fierce wearing it. And yes you can wear orange with berry red lips and pink hair. 😏

What are you thankful for? I pray that you are surrounded by love and family and the knowledge that you’re present and that that is a good thing. However you choose to decorate your pout, choose also to use your lips to spread love and gratitude, not just this weekend, but any time you can. Oh and for the lippie you choose, #WearItLikeYouMeanIt. Happy Thanksgiving, Loves!

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Post #36- Back to School/Hello Fall!

Well it’s that time of year again. The time when it feels like a new year is starting at the end of Summer and everything else enters a season of reset. Another school year has started and parents can breathe a sigh of relief because someone else will entertain their kids for 6-8 hours a day. The rest of us now deal with more than the usual Summer amount of traffic and pedestrians everywhere as we watch Autumn descending onto our sunny land…

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Well this is usually how it goes, but coming out of a pandemic, at least I hope we’re coming out, many of those sighs are not of relief and their is much anxiety skulking about our neighbourhoods as we wonder if another lockdown is imminent. Can we make it through the school year without another outbreak? Can parents really return to work? Does work always include zoom time? And now that we are in the 2nd real month of “back-to-school life”, I am realizing my need for more lipstick time…I miss lipstick!

My time is split between masks and zoomable looks, more mask than zoom and my lippies and masks have yet to agree. I am often torn between the need for bare lips and my love of regular lipstick. I have stashed a couple balms that are actually quite tinted but I am so sad, for my lippies are at home mostly unused thanks to covid. Blast you virus and disease!

However, all is not lost and to show you, we’ll have a look at a few looks I managed to capture as well as a few new lippies I picked up by faith. Be nice. These are unpolished pics of me in the morning before the schedule of the day has really gotten a chance to start. These looks feature a nude in FU$$Y by FENTYBeauty, a wonderful burnt orange by Make Up For Melanin Girls (MFMG), and a reddish orange by Maybelline from the Superstay Matte Ink Crayon collection in Laugh Louder.

Even though I love, love, love Summer, there is something beautiful and cozy about an oversized sweater and a sexy pout that come out to play in Fall. That being said let’s review some of the Autumn colours from last year and see what we can add into the mix this time around.

What are you wearing this Fall? Or better yet, what is something you’re starting anew this season? What (besides masks) have you overcome in the last season of you life? I bet you’re stronger for it with better insight and a wise perspective. You did well and you’re still here which is no understatement these days. As we tackle the next thing to do on the to-do-list, let’s take a moment and notice the season and wear that Autumn lippie like we mean it. We need you here, Babe!

That’s it for me. See you around and on the gram.

Post #35A: I Was Wrong…is so hard to say

Except this time I say it with Joy! Can you believe it? I was wrong. National Lipstick Day is actually today, July 29th, 2021! 🥰 So let’s do it again!

Where lipstick is concerned, it’s ok to admit when we’re wrong. Now that we’ve sorted out our mishaps, which colour are you going to wear today? If you actually followed me and celebrated last week, what will you wear this week?

Come on, Love, be bold, be daring or just try something new! With the extra melanin glow we’re all experiencing at this time of year, you can’t really go wrong with your choice. Colour looks good on colour and I bet colour looks good on you!

Maybe this was just a lesson to help me admit my faults sooner and ask for forgiveness in order to receive freedom…in this case, freedom to wear more wonderful lippies. And as if the Mothership knew, I received 3 beautiful mini lipglosses in the mail just this week from Pat McGrath. They are from the Mini Lust : Gloss collection in the shades Dare to Bare, Divine Rose, and Pale Fire Nectar. And got my first Dior lip balm in 007 RASPBERRY from the Lip Glow collection with some amazing samples, thank you Nancy, at TheBay.Even the names sound like forgiveness and permission.

My lips will adorn something beautiful tomorrow even under my mask. Enjoy the real NATIONAL LIPSTICK DAY!!! and whatever you choose to put on your pout don’t forget to #wearitlikeyoumeanit 💋

Post #35- In The Mean Time

Hello my lip-wear loves! It’s been a while and I just thought it would do well to say hello. Post #34 was published quite some time ago and although I’ve been quieter than usual, I haven’t forgotten us and our love journey of all things lip wear. In fact, I’ve been quite busy with non-lipstick related things.

I’ve recently entered into a new season that I am hoping will be a beautiful, long, and prosperous endeavour. I am now a Worship Pastor at a church here in Toronto and by the grace of God I get to lead others in worship and all that comes with that responsibility. What lipstick am I wearing for this role? Well I’m so glad you asked! Since we’re coming out of a pandemic, we’re still mostly stuck in masks, but the challenge to find something that will last under a mask in the heat of the July Sun is proving difficult. So meetings on Zoom and quick outdoor gatherings are the only occasion for lip wear at all. That being said my purse is currently holds a few options should such an occasion present itself.

The Purse selection ranges from lip care and gloss to matte and liquid lipsticks. For the past two weeks I have revolved around the E.L.F. strawberry ride or die lip balm, FentyBeauty‘s Mauve Wive$ from the Creme lipgloss collection, Self Starter by Maybelline from the Superstay Matte Ink collection, Haute Mess by The LipBar, and Anastasia‘s liquid lipstick in Dusty Mauve, and of course a coloured lip balm by PAT McGRATH called Flesh 3.

Of course the afore mentioned are back ups in case I couldn’t apply something that morning, but I must say I have gotten a chance to grab something that I feel is what my lips should wear for my noon time walk around the neighbourhood. Because it is Summer and so hot, the dresses and fun outfits call for fun and bold lip choices. Naturally, I went for bold as often as I could. 😉So here are a few of the looks from the last couple of weeks on the new job!

I am in that place of enjoying where God has brought me from and where He’s taking me while enjoying right where He has me. Forgive me if the posting schedule seems a little stunted in the next little bit. I am adjusting and learning and growing and I am happy. I sometimes have moments of unnecessary guilt for the good things that are pulling my attention from other things I also like doing, but then I remember that God gave me music, my lips, and he has my future in his hands. I’ll always be a lip loving, lip-wear-lover with a taste for colour, however right now in this ‘mean time’ space, I will need to focus and this is OK. I’ll be back here…especially because there is still so much lipstick to talk about! 😍

I also want to encourage you to take the Interim time, the Mean Time and focus or recalibrate if you need to. The things you’re good at may lead to one place or one space or a single group of people, but if you’re anything like me, they may lead you to many different paths. God made you uniquely YOU and gave you talents and abilities you can turn into skills and use to excel and show his creativity the respect it deserves. We’ve gotten a chance to slow down and re-think a lot over the last 15 months, but 15 months doesn’t have to be your only mean time nor should it add pressure to your life to keep doing something because it is familiar. Take the break or don’t. If you need it, then let me be the first to tell you (as if you needed my permission) that you are allowed to breathe and dream and pray and try again. And don’t forget to enjoy the Mean Time and the time after that. Just like we wear it like we mean it when we speak of lip wear, let’s regroup and adjust like we mean it too.

FYI:

National Lipstick day is this Thursday July 28, 2021! Get ready and tag me your lips choices. I can’t wait to see your adorned lippies! Don’t forget to #wearitlikeyoumeanit 💋

#34- My Latest Lippie Haul! 😍

I know, I know! I love lipsticks and lip wear. Hopefully if you’ve been reading along for any time, you also know about my lip wear love and hopefully I’ve inspired you to give it a go as well. I’m still discovering brands and deals and techniques all the time. Now that the world is trying to open up and people are or are not getting their vaccinations, a lot of brands are trying to get rid of a lot of inventory and I👏🏽 AM 👏🏽HERE👏🏽FOR👏🏽 MAKEUP 👏🏽ON👏🏽SALE👏🏽! So this being said, I bought a lot of discounted, still relevant lip wear that I am so excited to show you. Here is what has come in the mail so far.

The first goodie I found recently was from the beautiful Pat McGrath Labs! I nearly freaked out when I did a lippies in the mail instagram story and Pat McGrath herself (or her PR, social media team, I’m going to go with the former) replied to my story 🤯🤩😩. I quickly texted one of my besties Cherith (of Cherith B. Designs, check her out) so someone could freak out with me and she totally did. I have the best best friends! See photo below for screenshot of the amazingness! Then see this amazing Blitztrance Lipstick in the colour Blood Rush. This lippie has a layer of gold sheen or metallic gold goodness applied to it so that the red shines without being gold but the gold shines without being red… They compliment each other in the best way possible. The Mothership does it again and I am ready to try out whatever She is making for my face!

One of the deals I found was on the YSL site where I was able to pick a beautiful lipstick that glided on like gloss and felt like a balm, but radiated with sparkle and shine represented by the metallic star pressed into the stick itself. And let’s not forget about the packaging, Honey, she’s fire! Mama loved this one and it smells great too. I think this one is perfect for the light feeling of Summer days if you don’t want to do too much. This is the colour Rock N Shine 62SN0H. see below!

Now don’t judge me, but I just got tuned into ColourPop lipsticks. I knew about their eyeliners, but their lipsticks deserve just as much attention. I chose SOLO from their Velvety Blur collection and the colour does just that. This blue undertone Red is cool and matte in the most velvet way possible. It goes on easy and tints your lips enough to make the colour last well into the day or night. I also ate dinner with this one and was surprised when it did not come off. ColourPop is also super affordable with a lot of colours that actually pop on any skin tone. Win win!

Have you heard of Aboni Cosmetics? According to their website (https://www.abonicosmetics.com/pages/about-us) they have been mentioned in Allure and Buzzfeed but they were new to me. They appeared on my Instagram feed one day. Their eye catching colours and $2 lippies had me wonderin: Is this a good idea? . I decided that at that price it wouldn’t hurt to try a few of them even if shipping did take forever in these pandemic days🙄. I bought 5 colours and will show you a couple of them here. I was scared that they would be the kind of cheap lip wear that smells like paint when you open the bottle, but that was not the case. They smell like regular cosmetics and they are all from the long-lasting liquid lipstick collection they have. How could I not try them out? I was pleasantly surprised. See Frenchie, a light canary yellow perfect for my sun kissed melanin. And Forget me Not which is a toned down camel mustard yellow that surprisingly, did not scare my Dad. I think I broke him. 😂

To finish off this last haul, I had to try two more of FentyBeauty’s Mattemoiselle lipsticks in the colours Candy Venom, a hot matte pink and One Of the Boyz, a potent lilac. I love the feel of this collection and Sephora had a huge markdown on these that I think is still happening, so honey get yours! They glide on and last a while. They will move a bit if you’re eating or need to wear a mask, but they are so pigmented that complete removal will have to be intentional. When it comes to lip wear, I have no complaints for FentyBeauty because it’s been a hit every single time.

Have you found any deals yet? What treasures have you found that have been gentle to your pocket while doing so? After the things we’ve all been through, it’s fun to celebrate living and the second chances many of us have gotten especially as we assume “regular” life-like things. So here’s to you and I celebrating the small wins, we’re still here and we’re making it all work. God is good still! #Wearitlikeyoumeanit babe! You deserve to. xoxo 💋

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