Post #39-Merry Christmas, again!

Well Hello there! I just had to jump on to wish you all a Merry Christmas. I’m grateful to be alive even though this is our 2nd or 3rd one in a pandemic I think…I’ve lost count and almost lost hope. Seeing people put the extra effort into making it work and trying to celebrate amidst new restrictions and variants gives me some more hope.

It’s been hard to be a lipstick lover these last few months because I just don’t get to wear it as often. I’ve also learned that the shape of your mouth under a mask can also determine how much smudge and smear will happen. For example my top lip is slightly smaller than my bottom but juts forward just a bit at the top always touching the inside of my mask. Add humidity, a bright colour, even a matte liquid lipstick can barely hold on in those conditions and before you know it I look like the wrong side of a clown. 😩

That being said I have not stopped collecting or completely wearing lippies, that’s what zoom calls are for now, but I do miss lipstick and gloss and these two options are the most dangerous. As a performer however, I’ve been gifted the opportunity to wear a little more than the average lip wear lover thanks to being on stage. So below I’ll post a few of those pictures and the lip choices for each event and be on my way to Christmas celebrations.

This is Pioneer from Superstay Matte Ink by Maybelline, one of my forever drugstore favourites when I got to sing on TV at the 100 Huntley Street program last month.

This is Juvia’s Place Red Velvet I got to use while shooting a farm country scene in Church On The Queenway’s Nativity Musical Movie. It’s so velvety just like it’s name suggests and it super affordable while being bold and luxurious.

RAW by Make Up For Melanin Girls is a matte soft velvet liquid lipstick that is perfect for those all-day zoom meeting days.

By The grace of God, I got to do a little getaway that was more for my sanity than anything else and ooh, I already miss the sun. When thinking tropical, I usually don’t consider bronze except for my skin glow, but this liquid lipstick by ColouredRaine in Empire had me feeling uber royal! #ThankYouJesus and #ThankYouColouredRaine

And Yes add purple in every shade. Do it for Zoom, do it for parties you attend with your crazy baby brother, do it because you can and #wearitlikeyoumeanit. Here I am wearing Escapist with Philosopher from Maybelline’s Superstay Matte Ink line, Undefeated by FentyBeauty and Visionary also by Maybeliine. Purple lips just makes me feel wonderful. 😍

Listen Love, I don’t know what your Holiday plans include, but let me encourage you to consider celebrating life, hope, and presence. You’re still here and life is fragile, and because we’re still here no matter how many times we didn’t show up for ourselves, God in His grace and mercy keeps showing up and giving us glimmers of hope in the midst of this pandemic messy life. Even a candle is light in a big dark room. If no one else is celebrating, then know you’ve got at least one more person in me celebrating you tonight. So pick out your favourite lipstick or gloss or chapstick (yes lip care is still important) and choose You. Head up, brush teeth, apply lip and clothes somewhere in that list, and hope again this Christmas! Merry Christmas!

Love,

T

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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