I'm going to be all girly for a bit and talk about make-up, specifically lipstick. But Rain, since when do you wear make-up? Well, I had a job interview this morning (didn't go so great, but fortunately I already have a job, so it just means I won't get a promotion, it doesn't mean I'm unemployed). I tend to get very flushed when I'm nervous, so I dug out my MAC powder compact that I bought for a family wedding a few years ago and have used about three or four times a year since. And very recently I was talked into buying a Jane Iredale Lip Fixation lip stain and moisturizing lip gloss
, on the grounds that it's similar to Benetint, but with more colours to choose from and a less drippy formula. I have not given up on Benetint, but it comes in only 3 colours, none of which is unmistakably a ME colour. Lip Fixation comes in "Desire", which is a fabulously, unmistakably ME colour. Also, 11 other colours.
Basically, it comes in a two-ended stick-like container. One end contains your lip stain, which you brush on with the built-in brush as if it were a lip gloss (it has that consistency). You give it a minute or two to dry, then you use the other end to brush on the clear lip gloss, which doesn't just provide a glossy finish, it also moisturizes. I was skeptical, but the very nice aesthetician who'd given me a very relaxing facial told me it was just the thing I needed, and I decided to believe her. Smartest thing I've done in a while.
See, I've always had a love-hate relationship with lipstick. I wear it sometimes, because it brightens up my face in a big way, but it drives me batty. I leave lipstick on my water bottle, on my coffee cup, on my lunch. It's completely impractical, as a cosmetic. And then I was introduced to Benetint
, which is a lip stain rather than a lipstick. But I wasn't crazy about the drippy formula, or the colour (which I'd bought as the best of the 3 on offer, rather than because I was in love with the colour and thought it was flattering). So after a few weeks it ended up at the back of the medicine cabinet.
This Jane Iredale stuff, though, is the lip stain I never knew I always wanted. I put it on at 7 am. I drank copiously from my water bottle, and never saw a single smudge. I ate lunch, and wiped my mouth with a paper napkin after. Still no change. THEN, on my way home from the bus stop to my apartment, I got queasy and threw up all over the sidewalk. Scrubbed at my mouth with a handkerchief quite firmly several times. Got home, went into the bathroom (just in case there was anything left in my tummy to throw up), and looked at my face, in particular my mouth. Still looked exactly like it had at 7 am, except I'd wiped off all the glossy clear topcoat. This stuff WORKS. Go try it.