Post #31- Colours of the Season: SUMMER!

Hello Loves! Don’t you just love Summer?! 😁 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 πŸ™„ 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 πŸ’‹

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?😩) 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 πŸ’‹

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 EstΔ“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 πŸ’‹

Post #28- roY g biv: YELLOW

When you think of the colour yellow, what comes to mind? Is it that smiley face emoji πŸ˜ƒor that banana you had with your breakfast? Perhaps it’s the sunshine on a beach or the lemons you use to make lemonade? Could it be that character Joy from the Pixar movie Inside Out or your favourite shade of gold? Maybe yellow is code for a Summer evening party or the breaking of dawn? For me, it’s all of the above. I was surprised when I sought out to find yellow lippies at the amount of yellow already stapled to my life. I crave yellow and enjoy it, so adding yellow lip wear to the mix, was a delight to say the least. Finding yellow lip wear…well, that was something else.

I saw a poster on the store front of the PabaCosmetics store here in Toronto this past Summer with a beautiful black woman sporting a huge afro, amazing lashes, beautiful skin, and the perfect shade of yellow lipstick and I instantly said, that’s going to be my lips someday soon. But let’s be real, yellow isn’t one of the ‘normal’ colours you’ll have in your go-to make up bag. And this one isn’t even a cultural thing, it’s just not a first pick for many women. Yellow scares people even though it also brings them so much joy on a regular basis. I have four best friends and each one in the way that is unique to each of them voiced their shock, concern, amusement, bewilderment, or intrigue at me even purchasing yellow lippies, never mind actually wearing yellow. It was an amusing experience for me especially because I know they love me no matter which shade my lips are dressed in. haha! When we really think about it, yellow isn’t any better than red or your nude, nor is it less so. Someone somewhere voted that yellow was just the norm while reds and browns have always been our staple pieces. I remember not too long ago when people would stare at my purple choices too and not plums seem to be accepted in spaces they were once considered to be weird or even inappropriate. Do I dare dream the same plight for the beautiful colour yellow?!

I decided to not just showcase the two lippies I found, but to also show how YELLOW, bright or mellow, can be added to your everyday looks just to lighten or brighten your already beautiful lip choice. As with every shade I suggest or showcase, confidence is the real accessory. Even a nude colour or your everyday pink shade can falter if you don’t believe you deserve to dress your pout with that shade. Honey, wear it like you mean it and mean it when you do!

I found three yellow lippies and they are very different. I had Citron by NYX Cosmetics shipped to a drug store where I had to pick it up because it isn’t a normal colour and the store wouldn’t carry a single one for me. Not a problem, I picked it up. Citron is a creamy lemon lipstick that requires a firm moisturized but not too glossy lip to carry its shine. I love it.

After trying it on, I decided to also use it as the light shade for an ombre effect. I chose my newly acquired Ultimatte lipsticks from Maybelline in the shades More Truffle and More Scarlett for my bases. I loved the combination so much and was a little sad to remove it each time during the shoot. So pretty and the combination of yellow on top of a darker base made both the yellow and the base less intimidating. I can see many lip wear lovers making yellow a regular part of their lippie routine if used this way.

I ordered Sika from PabaCosmetics and couldn’t wait to try this yellow-ish hippie on. It was more of a gold/champagne colour which depending on your skin tone and natural lip colour may come across as a satin nude. This kind of yellow is a good idea for those who are timid about yellow or who may want some brightening without the attention a yellow hippie will bring. I mixed it with Everything by The LipBar for a more pronounced effect for this yellow gold moment. Still beautiful while being subtle.

Also see my monochromatic yellow look from the Easter colours post. Everything by The LipBar popped a little differently here paired with the gold yellow outfit.

The last Yellow hippie I found came from ColouredRaine in the shade Honey Mustard. I just knew ColouredRaine would not disappoint. This liquid lipstick is everything yellow that I had in mind. When I saw that poster or whenever I imagined what yellow on me would look like, I knew it would be just what this brand provided. I love it so much. It made my teeth look whiter, it glided on and dried beautifully and provided a matte full coverage moment I did not want to end. So naturally I grabbed my yellow jumpsuit, Thank you RestoreLounge, and my huge beach hat because this whole look is what happiness feels like.

And just like I did with the NYX lipstick, I wanted to see what it would be like to have the ombre effect with the yellow in the centre of other ColouredRaine liquid lipsticks. I selected the colours AmazingRaine and ElectricRaine for this experiment. I loved the outcome with these bright pink and Orange-red selections. The texture changed a bit as I added more layers that dried but I still loved the end result. Next time, I will start with the darker shades and then add the yellow before the liquid is completely dry. All of these lippies are long lasting so make sure you mean it when you put it on, because it will stay on.

As a bonus, I had to include some sparkle and shine. Maybe yellow is not your thing and will not be. That’s ok. From time to time a little sparkle with yellow undertones or yellow gold sparkle can be added to your natural lip or as a topper to any colour base. I chose a shimmery lipgloss and added a combination of Cheekbone‘s gold sparkle and some of ColouredRaine‘s gold sparkle gloss as a topper as well. Loved it as the final accessory to my shirt from my single, designed by WellVersed Apparel (merchandise coming soon) and my lips coordinated with the gold there without overpowering the look.

YELLOW! people, Yellow. I hope I’ve inspired you to try something new or subtle or daring or even yellow. Mostly I hope you find that pineapple, sunshine-on-the-beach kind of joy and that you realize you were beautiful all along. I pray you choose hope and joy and even a little yellow. Whichever you choose #wearitlikeyoumeanit.

Post #27- Female-Owned

Hello My Loves! I was going to write some rant about how fabulous women are and how a lot of what we have created gets claimed by men or how we have been in the industry of creating beauty products for a long time,… but Honey, you can go ahead and google that yourself! I am here to celebrate the brands that are FEMALE-owned and killing it in my humble opinion. And yes, I know Women’s day and month are in the month of March, but I have never had a problem noticing beauty in a fellow queen. Perhaps it’s because my mother and Queen raised me to give roses when we can smell them. This post will look at the contributions Female-owned brands have made to my collection. You may or may not find these in a luxury store or a drug store in Toronto, but they are all doing well and I am here to support in any way I can. I am going to make this a shorter list than some of my previous posts’ offerings. The brands listed are in no particular order and may list some repeats from other posts as well, but as Tabitha Brown would say, “that’s my business”! hahaha! Enjoy!

Let’s start with a strong powerful brand owned by a genius who ought to be respected for her contribution to both the Beauty and Fashion Runway Industries. And I’m not just starting with her because she reposted my post on the gram (scream!!!!!🀯🀩πŸ₯³), but also because my growing collection of product from her brand is just that good! The formula, the colour options, and even the deals, are worth mentioning. Lovely lip wearers, I present to you anything by the Pat McGrath of Pat McGrath Labs. #PMLablove

I came across PabaCosmetics last summer and I have been loving the consistency of their product. It’s always a hit! The ladies running the business are so kind and stand by their product which far surpasses just lip wear. The lippies I have from this company are tested for different skin types and climates as well as skin tone. They’ve done their homework and they are local to me but are running a successful international business. I had to add this one.

Can we please talk about ColouredRaine?! This brand was founded by Loraine R. Dowdy in 2013 and even though it hasn’t been around for very long, this brand is making strides in the beauty industry. And Ms. Loraine is representing for the Caribbean ladies who are doing great things. Her colour palettes and lippie textures, whether they are sticks or glosses are absolutely fabulous. I am always shocked at how good my lips can look in yet another colour when I wear anything by ColouredRaine. If you do not know this company, Baby, get your life and join me over here!

The LipBar and their wonderful creator Melissa Butler are taking the Beauty Industry by storm with all of their new wonderful useful products like liquid lipstick, lipglosses, lipsticks, and foundation with SPF. They’ve also just announced that they are in over 500 Walmart stores in the US. Come on, somebody! If you are in the States, you have been warned and have no excuse. (and I’m a little jealous 😩) What I love about this brand is how affordable it is and the luxurious quality that is applied to my lips.I also love to blend it with so many other brands for fun combinations. It is a perfect fit for any skin tone and The LipBar is very conscious of skin tones and how they wear colour. Their website features many opportunities to learn about the colour scheme that is right for you. But if you’re anything like me, you wear colour, period!

Juvia’s Place has been blowing my mind since I started wearing their product specifically their lippies. I own lip balms, lipsticks, gloss, and liquid lipsticks from them. They are very affordable and feel luxurious as well. The lipsticks glide on and the glosses are long lasting and moisturizing which is always a plus. I especially love their Berry and Reds collections and I can’t wait for them to create more colours with this richness. Get ready to hear more about Juvia’s Place in the future. Also I think they’re having a BOGO sale right now, so you know what to do…You’re welcome!

Here is a quick list of other Female-owned brands that I have come across but need more of to make informed and conscious suggestions for you:

  • Truelle
  • Huda
  • Anastasia
  • bourgieCosmetique
  • MFMG
  • Secrets by Danika
  • Pop of Love

As always, Lip wear Lovers, please school me in this area and let me know which Female-Owned brands you’re supporting. When it comes to lip wear, I am always a willing student. Follow me here or on the gram and let me know by tagging me or sending me a DM. Whichever brand you choose to support, do so with pride and #wearitlikeyoumeanit! πŸ’‹

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