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Lipstick Confidence

The end of the first month in 2019 is nigh, y'all! Have you started on your resolutions? Did you even write resolutions for this year? Or are you still working your way through your Grandma's fruit cake?

When writing my resolutions for this year I decided that my #1 was to 'not set myself up for failure by creating unrealistic resolutions.' I think that's kinda genius but I admit I might be a bit biased. So instead of doing the traditional 'stop sucking at life' resolutions like 'exercise more' or 'stop buying fruit and never eating it', I decided to create a list of fun challenges that I want to accomplish by the end of 2019. Now that we are three weeks into the year, I am happy to report that I can already cross one off! 

Challenge #3: Wear red lipstick everyday for a week. 

Why did you pick this as a challenge, you might ask. It's just lipstick after all- is that really a challenge? Except that it's not 'just lipstick.' It's RED lipstick and red lipstick comes with a history. Red lipstick is that little black dress. It's your mom's pearl earrings. It's a statement piece that requires you to take stock of your intentions before leaving the house. You will get noticed- especially if you are a redhead.  

My goal was to embrace the boldness. I wanted to allow myself to be noticed without retreating into my cozy shell. This wasn't about the attention- male or female. It was an exercise in being comfortable in my own skin, regardless of what accessories are adorned. Sans challenge I am no stranger to lipstick. I've worn it plenty of times without a second thought but I always notice that when I do, I walk with my head a little higher and my step is a little more brazen. I have 'lipstick confidence.' I wanted to feel that everyday for a week. I wanted that 'lipstick confidence' to become a habit- a habit that follows even when I go out in sweatpants and no makeup. 

And so, I wore red lipstick to work. I wore red lipstick to the grocery store (and bought toilet paper!). I wore red lipstick while I drank my coffee alone in my room. I wore red lipstick for 7 days straight and, while my confidence in how I looked often wavered (I felt self-conscious A LOT), the goal behind the exercise never did.

Need some tips on how to find the right red lipstick for you? Peruse an oldie but a goodie, Break all the Rules! How to wear red lipstick with your red hair.

Check out the shade of lipstick that I chose as my makeup armor for the week!

What are some of your 2019 goals?! 

 

 

 

 

Misadventures with Henna & An Unintended New Year's Resolution

The phrase 'A New Year, A New You' took on literal meaning for me this 2018. If you’ve read my previous blog posts, you will know that I have been an avid user and fan of henna for a few years now. I have always used Henna Maiden's All Natural Red shade, meaning it is pure Lawsonia inermis. However, for a fresh start, I thought I’d try their Copper shade. This is a blend of henna, red clay, neem, etc. Now due to my general impatience and impulsiveness, I didn’t bother with a strand test. I foolishly thought that since the regular henna had always worked for me this would as well. 

For the next two hours I sat looking like the swamp thing and day dreaming of my soon to be reddish coppery locks glistening in the sunlight. Instead I soon found myself standing in front of the mirror, hair drenched, in horror. It looked black or purple, I wasn’t sure but it was definitely not copper. It couldn’t have been more opposite than what I intended. Then I did what I should have done in the beginning, read the instructions. The copper shade was a bit more tricky since it was a blend. Depending on your natural hair color, it could go more of the henna red shade or it could go the darker route. Mine clearly did the latter. There’s really no going back after you’ve henna’d your hair. Especially when it is a darker shade since you cannot lighten your hair with henna. Hence the importance of a strand test. I have definitely learned my lesson. 

It has been a couple of weeks since my misadventures with henna and I have come to terms with my dark auburn hair. What truly upset me the most about the unintended shade was the makeup implications. In my previous posts, I have discussed how the no-makeup-look has been my favorite this year. I’ve loved wearing the Genuine Ginger mascara, which gives my lashes a natural boost, along with a light gloss. It’s beautifully low maintenance. However, with dark auburn hair, I had to find a new makeup routine to match. Which, once I stopped feeling sorry for myself, was actually kind of exciting.

My current go-to routine is the True Brown Gingerlash Mascara- all day every day- paired with the Brow Love Gel in blonde, the 3-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer, a hint of the Ginger Crush Matte Blush, and, for the lips,…. Red Hot matte! I've always loved a good lipstick. When done right, you inevitably stand out in a crowd. And yet, I’ve always hesitated before putting on a red. Of course I wear one from time to time on special occasions. But never for just a regular night out. Now the new year compels me to ask: Why the hell not? What has been stopping me? And so, to list one of my 2018 resolutions: I will wear my Red Hot matte on a regular basis. Go bold or go home they say. Happy 2018!

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