Post #33- Lippie Fun in the Sun

We are currently experiencing a bit of a heatwave here in Toronto. I’m enjoying it because it makes me feel like I’m faking a tropical vacation while stuck in the country as I visit a few beaches in my bathing suit. Although I love heat, I have to admit that most make up does not. In fact, a good way to remove make up is by using a steamer to blast it away. And some warm water is tough even on waterproof mascara, so why wouldn’t we look at lipstick and consider what is best for our pouts at this time of year?

Before we move on, I’d like to thank my dear friend Emily for the idea of fleshing this idea out. Her struggle this past week has made for an excellent idea. So read on! Thanks, Em! ๐Ÿ˜˜

I usually do a few maintenance hacks in the summer, like braided hair, because it’s too humid for my processed hair to handle actual styles; I get eyelash extensions because my eye makeup will crease in my oily lids and look like a science project by the end of the day, ๐Ÿ™„but eyelashes are enough glam to forgo that step. I also try to get a lighter matte finish foundation or tinted moisturizer that will get the job done without the weight of the regular stuff I use the rest of the year. When it comes to lipsticks, I haven’t figured all of it out, but I do know of a few colours that not only look great in the Summer or Warmer months, but also have SPF in them so your lippies not only stay beautifully moisturized, they stay protected all day. (or until you eat that hotdog at the beach and have to reapply, lol).

The first colour is Diva by PabaCosmetics, a local, Black owned company with four locations in Toronto, Montreal, and Ghana. PabaCosmetics makes makeup for all skin tones and climates. They’ve considered the harsh Canadian winters and the heat of Ghana and Toronto Summers and added SPF to their lipsticks. Diva is a plum satin finish lipstick that I’ve gushed about in a few posts before, but perhaps you should check out other lipsticks from this company. They ship worldwide. See their link here.

I also have Sika from PabaCosmetics, a gold lipstick in a metallic finish that reads as a light nude on me.

A new found favourite of mine comes from the brand LipCandy called PartyGirl. It is a deep pink with a mauve-red undertone and it goes on so smoothly. The creator of this brand worked really hard to make sure that all of the products are filled with good things just in case you ingest your lipstick at anytime. And let’s face it, a few too many licks, too many bites off of a fork, one kiss too many and that lippie may have entered your system somehow, so why not use natural ingredients that I can eat if I so choose?! That’s exactly what LipCandy does and then they pack their lipsticks with SPF so you can look hot without the burn. (Did you know that we ingest 30% of the lip wear on our lips? ๐Ÿ˜ณ)

I do want to point out as a cautionary side note that when you are travelling in extreme heat with a small representation of your vast and growing lipstick collection that you should perhaps consider walking with a small cooler or lunch bag to keep your lippies from melting, especially the ones with more natural ingredients. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

To avoid lipsticks melting in the sun and to have your pout looking amazing all day, I recommend something with a long-lasting matte finish, the kind you might find in a liquid lipstick. Although a lot of them do not say whether they have any SPF in them, they do provide great coverage and if you’ve applied a balm to your lips before wearing your lipstick, you’re doubly covered.

Any bright colour from the Superstay Matte Ink collection by Maybelline will do. As we know by now, I love this line. As a drug store brand, this company is killing it with their range of shades and the formula that allows this lipstick to stay on throughout your meal but more importantly, your hot date on a hot day. Come On, Somebody!

ColouredRaine is another beautiful brand that doesn’t disappoint when it comes to long-lasting liquid lipsticks. Their provision of bold colours is always a great way to celebrate newly tanned skin and their finish makes them pop. I still don’t know how they got a liquid lipstick to be both matte and metallic. That’s crazy good!

If you’re going for more of a natural look, gloss is always a good idea in the summer months. Gloss has come a long way and isn’t just that clear transparent stuff we wore in 8th grade. It’s pigmented and sometimes rich with texture or it’s light and moisturizing. Whichever kind of gloss you use, know that it will move and may provide “moisture” to other areas of the face especially if you’re eating ๐Ÿ˜‚, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the whole look or applying it over a rich pigmented lipstick for a little more depth and shine. My favourite lipglosses right now are the FentyBeauty Cream Glosses. Cookie Jar, Mauve Wive$, and FU$$Y are some of my grab-and-go colours.

As mentioned previously, I always like to prepare my lips with lip care before lip-wear. It’s important to treat the skin of your lips well so that they are still happy and moisturized under your choice of lip wear. My go-to lipbalm is Blistex with SPF 15 or SPF 20. Its usually available at your local drugstore, doesn’t cost too much and is medicated enough to tingle while it works. Right after I brush my teeth in the morning I apply this. I may apply a few other balms like the E.L.F. lipbalm in Ride or Die or any of my Pat McGrath sparkly gems. But I also give the lip balm time to work and seep into my lips. By the time I go to apply lip wear, there is little to no oil residue and my lips welcome the colour gladly. Find whatever works for you, but please do apply lip care before lip wear.

Well, I hope this post has been insightful to you and Emily and you and that you choose cool colour choices and #Wearitlikeyoumeanit in the sun or rain, summer or winter. Enjoy you!

Post #32- roy G biv: GREEN ๐Ÿคฉ

I know what you’re thinking…”Green, Temeka? Really?” Even my besties, yes all four of them doubted me. A couple were more gracious about it, but they were really scared about me wearing green lips in public…or at all. LOL! My father held his head in his hands while I approached him wearing the bright green. My mother sipped her tea and looked at me over the cup with a slightly raised eyebrow. hahaha! I think they’ve all come to realize that if it has any colour in it, I will try it, green included. HA!

As mentioned briefly in another post, I think we often discount the value of certain colours because we have made others “normal” or “acceptable”. Colours like your perfect nude or that red shade of whatever your favourite brand of the week is are more palatable because of the way we’ve been conditioned to see them in more places through media. I could go on, but what I’m really trying to say is, Give green a chance!

This past St. Patrick’s day I dressed up in as much green as I could. I had a green shirt, a green headband, green leggings, and green eyeshadow. I try to wear something green every year to support the Irish side of my ancestry, but I felt the need to be extra green this year since we were stuck behind a screen for class again this year. Once my face was all complete, I went to grab a lipstick and realized I didn’t own a green lipstick…how was this possible? As a girlie girl, I had at least 5 different green shades of nail polish, green eyeshadow, green mascara…for crying out loud! So I improvised! I took my nude in the colour Libra by Juvia’s Place and took my Rimmel eyeliner in Jungle Green and lined my lips, then I filled them in and then I added a little bit of FU$$Y by FentyBeauty to add some shine and created a long-lasting green lippie for St.Patty’s day. Genius! (See pic below!)

Of course I couldn’t keep wearing my eyeliner as my lip wear ( I mean I can because they’re made for the face and I own them, but you know what I mean) I had to find actual green lip wear and not just for one-off holidays. I found two companies that have green and not just limited ones. There may be more out there but these two were readily available for shipping and wouldn’t take a long time getting to my house during these pandemic times. Thank God!

Like I would with any colour of the rainbow, I found my shade. Believe it or not, green lippies can have yellow or blue undertones too. If you’re willing or brave enough, you’ll try both. I tend to have a more bronze-golden undertone to my skin in the summer months than the pale yellow that is present in the colder winter months. A green with blue undertones will look more stark against my skin in Winter months which I don’t hate, but the yellow undertone green would work better in those months. Conversely, the yellow undertone could and does work well in the summer months but the blue undertone shade looks radiant against my bronze-golden skin.

FentyBeauty has a green named Midnight Wasabi from their lovely Mattemoiselle line. It is matte and glides on easily with so much pigment that I just couldn’t help myself. I looked so good.

Then I had the beautiful idea to add our lovely yellow friend Citron by NYX to lighten and bring out the yellow undertones of the colour even more. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this combination. It has me looking forward to summer even more and reminded me of my Jamaican heritage and the beaches I am always longing for along with my family’s hugs and kisses. This is a win!

The second green I found comes from the magical company ColouredRaine where beautiful pigments come in bright colours and the lip wear is built to last for more than a few hours. Jade is a metallic matte liquid lipstick. Yes! All of that! I was blown away by how beautiful this was when it went on. I was instantly wearing it like I meant it. It feels soft like velvet but doesn’t dry you out. So naturally I took this to the beach where Jilly my bestie and occasional photographer and I had fun capturing this. Even after the shoot, I kept it on because I felt absolutely fearless. I forgot I had it on as I laid there and wondered why those passing by were staring at me…fierce lips in green! ๐Ÿ˜‰

My love, I hope I’ve encouraged you somehow to wear green OR that colour on the opposite side of the colour wheel that really would look good on you. You may look at me and think, “wow! She can really pull that off”, but I thought that first about myself before you did. I used to be scared of green, but green looks good here. It may be red for you or even lipstick at all, but Honey, it’s confidence we’re wearing knowing we are wonderfully made and have a right to own our space. It doesn’t have to conflict with others, but it shouldn’t cower in the presence of others either. The lipstick is the compliment to the beauty you are. Give your Green a chance, no matter what the unexpecting will or won’t say. #wearitlikeyoumeanit ๐Ÿ’‹

Post #31- Colours of the Season: SUMMER!

Hello Loves! Don’t you just love Summer?! ๐Ÿ˜ In Toronto, Summer for me means long days, warm nights, friendly faces thawed out from the previous colder seasons, and colour everywhere! It’s amazing! Music Festivals, and BBQs, and friends hanging out after work because the sun won’t set for some time and even when it does it will still be nice out. Boat rides to the island or back yard pool talks or maybe just the extra Vitamin D make it all wonderful. Whatever it is, Summer itself has me swooning and is easily my favourite season of all. I won’t let the pandemic steal my joy either. God has blessed us with good hot weather already and I hope it’s a precursor of the actual Summer season.

I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, but I was away on purpose getting some much needed rest and some pictures of my favourite summer lippies. Since we’re deep into Spring and the weather has been so summer-like, I thought it best to go ahead and share the colours that peak my interest and will pop just right with any shade of melanin in the Summer. Now, we await the beautiful warm days and sultry nights.

As a personal rule, I usually go for as bold and bright as I can especially because it is usually too warm to wear the usual beat and less product on the face is a win when the humid really gets going.I love a full lash, some kind of glowing product on the face and an on-purpose lippie. That being said, I also included some gloss options as they are often a good way to trick the eye into viewing another area of glow instead of oil while they also provide moisture to your lips. A Little coloured under eye colour and I was ready to SLAY all day! So let me encourage you before I even show you the list, honey look for your brightest and most moisturizing shade of the colour that makes you the most happy and wear it like you mean it this summer. Take it from day to night and hold your head up high whether you’re in a dainty summer dress or a a pair of those fitted jeans that make you smile, smile brightly not just because I said so, but because YOU are beautiful all year round and especially right now.

Some of these colours or brands will be familiar and others may be new. I promise they will all be wonderful. Thanks to my bestie Jilly, we got a good spot on a pretty deserted beach and beautiful sunshine.

  1. Purpsicle by FentyBeauty is a glossy lipstick with tons of purple pigment and shine. It comes in two colours and will leave your lips with a light tint as well. It’s perfect for sandwiches and all of the treats you’ll be eating and has just enough of a pop in it to turn my basic black bathing suit attire into a whole party.

2. PartyGirl by LipCandy is a lovely magenta vegan lipstick packed with healthy oils and vitamins safe enough to ingest just in case you do. Oh and your lips will love the way this feels too. I also decided to mix this with my favourite yellow by NYX in the creamy lipstick Citron to create a sunset ombre look that had me feeling myself.

3. For those beautiful Summer days when you just want your lips to look luscious in a nude of your choosing there are options like Sika from PabaCosmetics that has a gold shimmer matte feeling that acts like a nude with just enough glam on it to win your heart. And let’s not forget that this one comes infused with sunscreen. Thank you PabaCosmetics; Easy by Smashbox from their Be Legendary Lipstick collection; Distro by ColouredRaine which is a metallic nude lipgloss with iridescent purples and pinks present enough to trick the eye and provide coverage while still letting you shine; and of course one of my favourites is a Gloss Bomb by FentyBeauty in the colour Fenty Glow, which allows me to do just that.

4. I love a bright baby pink in any season but a bright bubble gum pink and Sweet Talk by Pop of Love does just that. I paired it with Romantic by Maybelline from the Superstay Matte Ink collection for this bright combination of radiant pinkness. Together these two pinks are matte and long lasting. A win for me since everything seems to run, slip, and slide off of a hot face in the Summer. What’s your pink or bold winner for the Summer months?

Some things to remember when visiting the beach with your lippies: yes Lip wear can melt ๐Ÿ™„ so bring a cooler and get them on ice once you’re finished with your shoot or touch up. Don’t forget to pack lip care with SPF in it, because that skin on your lips needs protection too. And lastly, explore a colour that isn’t traditional to rock this summer. Below is a collage of some of my favourite non-traditional Summer looks. Besides all that, I’m still exploring many different brands and colours bound to excite and accentuate my Summer Lip experience. So look out for part two once we are in the full swing of all things Summer. Until next time, #wearitlikeyoumeanit ๐Ÿ’‹

Post #30- Staples: What’s in Your Purse?

I am unashamedly very girly! I have beauty products, accessories, options, types, shades, colours, of just about anything for me to enjoy womanhood in the most fun way. I have quite a few purses in my collection and because I’m a 2 on the Enneagram Personality Test with a 1 wing, I am prepared for just about anything or I have a little of anything someone may need based on a time they did need it and I didn’t have it. My purses tend to be bigger and oddly shaped, but even the smaller ones come stacked with pockets and hidden compartments that are just waiting for me to fill them with just-in-case-goodies. Every purse has some sort of moisturizer (travel size if necessary), a lip balm of some sort, a lip-wear choice, a compact mirror, and nowadays, a small container of hand sanitizer.

I was so surprised at the amount of lip balm I own. I know I did the Lip Care before Lip Wear post a while back (Post #18), however it pays to mention again the importance of lip care for all lips in all seasons. Clearly, even subconsciously, I believed this and had all sorts and sizes in my purses. Honey, lip balm is a staple I won’t be giving up any time soon. Lip balm is fun and can even come in different pigments. I recently came across and started using a new Female Owned Brand that has amazing moisturizing lip balms as well as fun colours. Pixie Dust by Lipcandy is vegan and hand made and provides lips with the moisture needed for everyday use with or without lip wear on top. Check them out here

I also found the staple nudes and pinks, among other colours. I think this comes from the days I had to go into the building and teach in person. In my “teacher-bag”, I had colours that would slightly change during the season that I knew would work with any eye makeup and would still add some fun to the overall look. In the Summer I would add a hot pink like Romantic from Maybelline’s Superstay Matte Ink collection. In fact quite a few are from this collection. In the fall I would carry around Voyager, Amazonian, Fighter. The Winter would have me frequenting Visionary quite often while I would splash on Inspirer and Self-starter from Maybelline.

In my “going-out”/ “night-on-the-town” purses, I often had the deeper jewel tones. (will we ever be able to go out again?๐Ÿ˜ฉ) A deep red like the NARS big lip-pencil in Cruella or purple, definitely a purple with teal eyeliner, lol, like that of MAC’s Heroin or Men Love Mystery. Any look with blue undertones that are this pigmented is instantly going to move from “she looks nice” to a “WOWZA!” especially if you’re wearing it like you mean it.

Since I’ve been on this discovery of all things lip-wear, I definitely have a few new staple potentials. When this year is not entertaining a pandemic, I know nudes like Libra by Juvia’s Place and any of the creme glosses by Fenty will be an addition to my daytime looks.

Well, what’s in your purse/bag/knapsack? When’s the last time you went looking through your purse? What are your staple colours and did you manage to find any surprises in between your lippies and your compact mirror? The search could be fun. Stay prepared and be hopeful. Soon we’ll all be wearing our staples and then some again.

#Wearitlikeyoumeanit ๐Ÿ’‹

Post #29- Colours That Scare My Mother Part 2

It’s been a while since I’ve shocked my mother with bold lip choices. She has come to expect the unexpected from my lips. She knows and is in the process of accepting that these lips are not like many others out there. Thank God! That being said I don’t know if there will be a part three to this series since I’ve already scared her with these ones, but my dad…hmmm, there may be something there. While my mother’s tongue is quick, my dad’s reactions were priceless and usually included some sort of facial expression that words would fail to explain. It was hilarious every single time. (see a reminder from the last set of scares)

I chose some combinations and some lippies I’ve never mentioned before along with a colour that will soon get it’s own feature here. It was so exciting for me. Yellows and Blues and then some. These colours come from both luxury and drugstore brands and come in shades appropriate for the seasons. If you’re like me then you’ll wear whatever makes you feel good regardless of the current season, LOL!

First up is one that we’ve seen in both the Easter colours post, but I decided to add it to another from the Winter colours post. BestieBoo by Covergirl is a Demi-matte colour, so it’s pigmented, soft, and has some staying power. It is also the perfect lightening agent for this ombre look that I paired with FentyBeauty’s Clapback from the Mattemoiselle collection. In the Winter Post, I paired it with Time’s Up by ColouredRaine which is a more Indigo colour but the blues in the combination seen below is my favourite. This one had me in my feelings. I felt beautiful! Mama thought it was “a lot of blue”. When I first came out in Bestie-boo she said, “oh me! Oh my!” and left me with that.

Last week, I introduced you to Yellow. I say introduce because I know we think of a red or a nude as a perfect lip colour and yellow as colour for household cleaner, but yellow is so helpful and adds so much to the face. Here’s a reminder of yellow in all of it’s goodness. wearing Citron by NYX and HoneyMustard by ColouredRaine. When my mother first saw my yellow lips she said, “WOW”, but in a way that shows only shock, not that I would try yellow, but that I would actually own it and wear it long enough for it to be seen and identified as yellow on my lips. My father said, “do people actually wear these things on their lips?” “Of course they do”, I answered, “that’s why I could find them and buy them”…I couldn’t tell if he was scared or disappointed, but I was having the time of my life. Haha!

While I was thinking of which colours to show my mother, I came across this amazing green by FentyBeauty called Midnight Wasabi. Now I’m adding green here because I had to try pairing it with yellow from Citron by NYX just to see. I was right, it was amazing! I felt like I was on an island just waiting for the sun to set. I walked into the hallway just as my mother was coming up the stairs. She looked at my mouth, sipped her tea and said “green eh”, with a raised eyebrow and kept it moving. My father on the other hand, held his head between his hand and shook it back and forth with eyes of bewilderment. I think I broke my parents but in different ways, LOL! Now I can’t wait for Jamaica Day or St.Patrick’s Day, either way, I’m set!

This next one was surprising. I received my first ever Estฤ“e Lauder lipstick in Moon Rock from their Pure Love collection. It’s a highly pigmented satin lipstick with blueish-green sparkles and a dark blue background. I placed it over Clapback for effect and it added a nice irridescent finish on top. And for the first time, my mother didn’t flinch. She said, “how nice”. I’ve definitely won her over and may have to change this series to Colours That Make Daddy Wonder. Either way I’m glad to welcome this lippy to the make up drawer.

Thanks for experiencing what could have been traumatizing for me but definitely was for my parents. hahaha! It was a fun way to teach my lovely parents that I’m more than what I wear and what I wear can be fun and doesn’t take away from my seriousness or commitments. I also think we can all view colour differently and definitely outside of the contexts we were taught must box them in. Blue may look better on you than red ever could. Are YOU ok with that? It’s always the confidence for me, not arrogance, just a realization that God created you beautifully and celebrating your pout with colours inspired by other parts of his creation is and should be perfectly fine. Just give your loved ones a head’s up when you’re about to walk into the room. They’re going to notice you anyway. And then #wearitlikeyoumeanit ๐Ÿ’‹

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