Post #11-Happy My Birthday To You!

It’s always a great week just before the year ends. It starts with Christmas and ends with New Year’s celebrations and I’m tucked right in the centre. So you know, it’s like Happy Birthday, Jesus! Happy Birthday Temeka! Happy New Year!

This won’t be too long, but I couldn’t help but finish off the year with a post celebrating the cool choices of lip wear I had to choose from for my birthday festivities. First, let me tell you about the plans. Celebrating birthdays are very important to me. Celebrating my birthday is a whole other feeling. It’s a time to reflect on the past year. It’s a time to have fun with your loved ones, and it’s also a time to consider the coming year. I get to be grateful out loud in a great outfit. Plus you add food, music and cake and it’s just worthwhile. What’s not to love?!

Thanks to the pandemic this year, I had to rethink what is usually a fun celebratory moment just before the year ends. I thought by now, COVID-19 would’ve been a bad dream or weird one-hit-wonder-tv-show, but as the days and months passed, it was clear that I needed to alter my plans. A formal dinner party, catered with the best food Annotto had to offer for 9 of my closest friends and I became a Virtual Formal dinner party for 5. I was sad at first when my Bestie, Vanessa suggested we go online. I have been Zoomed out for a while and I just didn’t want to do a Zoom party for my birthday. But nevertheless, we planned it out and I contacted the wonderful caterers who understood and were willing to accommodate the ever changing plans. Meals were picked up individually, we dressed up and set individual place settings and logged on to what was just as beautiful as it might have been in person. All I missed were the hugs.

I wore this amazing skirt designed by my bestie, Vanessa Thomas (see picture of skirt from a different event for context) with a black V-neck body suit. I had on this multi coloured bead encrusted headband by Morowa that I wore like a crown. My face had an epic gold and brown smoky eye with a teal under eye liner. Oy veh, it was gorgeous! Now for the lip. I had this amazing colour I acquired from YSL simply called No. 52-Rouge Rose from the ROUGE PUR COUTURE GOLD ATTRACTION EDITION. The packaging alone felt super luxe and I couldn’t wait to wear it. I added a nude lip liner before layering on this Satiny Bright Pinkish rose to my lips. This is a wear-It-like-you-mean-it colour. This added the pop of colour my outfit needed but also complemented the black I was rocking and loving. I am also glad to report that it made it through dinner without really wearing off.

outfit designed by Vanessa Thomas (skirt shown for context)

My second choice for the night (and by choice, I mean I wore it later on in the night) was a beautiful lipstick I bought from Pat McGrath. It reminded me of ColouredRaine’s Bodacious (see Merry Christmas Post for this picture), but this wasn’t a matte ;liquid lipgloss . And even though there was some shine, it felt creamy and Matte enough to last as long as I needed it to. This one comes from the Matte Trance collection in Faux Pas described on the website as a Mid-tone Lavender. I am here for it! The packaging and quality of materials used for this one is also that of luxury and decadence. I also got two more lipsticks from the Mothership for birthday gifts from one of my besties! AHHHH!!!! (I may have to do a post on the birthday haul of lippies…Hmmm…)

My third choice was one I tried on a while ago. I didn’t end up wearing it, but I took pictures anyway a couple weeks ago when I was considering my outfit. It’s this beautiful Pink by The LipBar called Playmate. Its a matte liquid lipgloss that I’ve mentioned in previous post.I layered it with Flat Out Fabulous by MAC for this velvet finish. I find either of these Pinks or the combo is a great idea every time.

Lastly, as mentioned in my last blog post, I recently received Everything, a lipstick by The Lipbar. It is GOLD….GOLD!!! So for day two of my birthday celebrations, I mixed one of the new Pat McGrath presents, Venus In Furs also from the MatteTrance collection and used this wonderful gold Everything in the centre for this wonderful Zoomtastic look. I loved it so much. Yes, I wore the crown again because if anything I felt even more royal than I did last week and the added glow to my lips made way for my Queenship to develop.

What colours inspire you for your birthday celebrations? What colours are you willing to try that maybe you’ve been nervous about? A Birthday or celebration, on or off zoom is the perfect place to choose THAT colour and #wearitlikeyoumeanit 💄

I’ll see you soon. Have a wonderful New Year…I’ll be wearing GOLD there. 😉

Everything by The LipBar

Published by Temeka W.

Temeka Williams is a Toronto based 30-something-year-old Musician, Singer-Songwriter. She loves Jesus, Cheese, her friends and family, Aunty time with her niece and nephews, and colour in any form. If she’s not teaching ESL, she’s probably playing her guitar , writing a new song, or testing out some new lip-wear.

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