Post #40-Happy Black History Month!

Happy New Year! Yes, I know I’m late, but I decided to pause or selah for the month of January. I just needed to reset and think without the prompts and distractions of social media. BUT I never stopped thinking about how we can celebrate a whole new Black History Month. I think 2022 will be the year where I stop and intentionally feel all the things. I will celebrate and rejoice. I will stop and consider. I will comfort others who have comforted me, I will intentionally see and celebrate, so let’s start with the month of February.

As you probably know by now I love me some black owned and female owned lippies. Well, ColouredRaine was having a sale and I was feeling sad about our recent lockdowns so it just made sense that I show support. Besides working from home again meant that I could wear more lipstick without the threat of a mask-hello!

I also got a lip balm and a lipstick from PAT McGRATH and the MOTHERSHIP because why not?! and then I remembered a beautiful Montreal, Canadian brand NAGI with it’s own velvety cream liquid lipsticks…So yes, I splurged a bit, but this was my way of celebrating a month that usually forces people to only look at the struggle of slavery days instead of the Black Excellence in the many realms of society where Black people are getting it right. That being said, I decided to share with a few people over the holidays so they can learn about this Black Excellence too. Let’s have a look at my new loves!

I ordered 9 ColouredRaine Matte Liquid Lipsticks (and I think they’re still having a ridiculous sale. get yours!) I gave 2 away and Mama tried some too. What I love about ColouredRaine anything is the presence of pigment and quality. I always feel like what you see is the colour you get regardless of your skin colour. Talk about equality! Here’s a look at the 7 I still have. Thank you, ColouredRaine, I’ll be back!

Kiss Me– A Wonderful Royal purple with Blue undertones that pop even with blue hair. This reminded me of TheLipBar‘s Crown Me so I’m still feeling so royal, because as we know I can never have too much purple on my lips.

MUAH– is metallic, soft and matte! 🤯 I’m always surprised when I wear a metallic matte by this brand because how did they get it to sparkle and stay in one place. This colour is also so soft and pretty that I’m sure it would also be great as topper on a darker shade. I’m in love.

Bachelorette– This lippie had me feeling myself. What a wonderful bold and yet subdued nude! There’s just enough pink undertone in this to make it pop and highlight the melanin in my skin. This one will definitely need replacing soon.

Caramel– This one was educational. I’ve never in all of my lip-wearing life found a matte colour that was my exact skin colour, like my shoulder’s colour on my lips. Well, I found it. I like it but I think I will use it in ombre situations because it will work as a great base coat. It looked absolutely wonderful on Mama where it pops against her golden skin.

Soul- Is a purple grey wonder that made my inner self smile deep into my tones. This one reminded me of Visionary from the Superstay Matte Ink collection by Maybelline. As it dried, it was a deep grey with purple tones that still complimented my skin. Love this!

Truffle Raine- Is a wonderful Chocolatey gift to my lips. The pop of colour against my mocha brown skin looks like it was made for my yellow under tones with it’s own yellow undertones. I know my besties would consider this a safe fun one. Not too bright, but how could we not notice-type of lippie.

Roulette- This colour is like the end of a musical work with themes completing this section of the lippie haul. It’s purple again, but not. It is giving me a deep red-is wine colour underneath that is more evident before it dries and yet as the colour dries, you can see the beautiful plum effect. How could I not be happy with a lippie like this?! Simply wonderful!

Next up is this wonderful lipstick by the incomparable Pat McGrath. It is from the LuxeTrance collection in the colour Sedition 422. What I love about this colour is how easy and full it applies to my lips. And it’s moisturizing in a way I can’t understand. This is a mix of a satin and matte in textures, but is pigmented enough with this deep rich red that there will still be enough colour left on your lips that reapplying will only be done because you can and not because you’ll need too. Anything The Mothership is making is good for me.

Last but certainly not least are these two Velvet liquid lipsticks that go on like a wonderful cream and dry to a velvet texture that hugs you lips fully. There are a few more lippies in this collection that NAGI offers and I’m happy to say that I will add these to the general collection in the make up drawer.

Validate is a deep pink burgundy wonder that looks more pink when first applied and dries wondrously to compete with any red you may have.

Betty Boo Is the red you didn’t know you needed and it’s Canadian! You’re welcome. I wore this throughout a chicken dinner and a family meeting and I was full and feeling wonderful.

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed my little journey through this Black Owned lippie haul. How are you celebrating this month? What colour are you wearing inside, outside, or on zoom? I wish you a wonderful time of exploration into all that the Black Community at large has blessed the world with. It is all a gift from above.

Happy Black History Month from my lips to yours. #wearitlikeyoumeanit 💋

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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