I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t obsessed with makeup and beauty. At the age of five, I got this amazing play makeup set that I carried everywhere with me in my blue crochet purse (I actually still have it in my parents’ basement, it’s way too precious to part with). There were plastic lipsticks and eyeshadows, a sparkly purple pretend hair dryer, and a whole lot of other awesome things that I was seriously in love with. After that, I recall a time in fifth grade when I emptied out my pencil pouch at school to discover that al0ng with my actual school supplies, it also held about seven different flavors of Lip Smackers gloss (watermelon was THE BOMB).
I started wearing “real” makeup in seventh grade, which consisted of a clear mascara that was the only makeup item my mom would let me use (seriously, mother?). In eighth grade, I graduated to black mascara after my best friend gave me an extra one she had bought (God bless you, Caroline). I also had a Physicians Formula eye shadow palette for blue eyes that was insanely metallic. I was actually pretty nice, except for the blue shadows, which thankfully I didn’t wear more than once due to my father’s hatred of any and all blue eyeshadows – he has a point, to be honest. This was also around the time that I got my first flat iron and I could finally somewhat control my poofy, frizzy hair.
In high school my beauty routine grew exponentially to include pretty much every item under the sun, except for lipstick. Even as a complete beauty junkie, I just never really had the courage to rock lipstick. Smokey eye? No problem. Lip gloss? Absolutely. But lipstick with an actual color? Definitely not. I would buy lipsticks ranging from neutral to nude, but honestly just felt like I looked weird wearing them, my lips were too small, too dry, etc. And I definitely wasn’t willing to venture into actual color. That is, until about two weeks ago.
My newfound love of lipstick started with obsessively stalking Caitlyn from Southern Curls and Pearls. She’s insanely gorgeous, and I was looking for blog photography inspiration. She can pull off a hot pink lip like no other, and I found myself lamenting the fact that I could never pull that off. Um, hello, have you ever even tried to pull that off, Aoife?! I made a trip to Target, where I bought a Rimmel lipstick by Kate Moss in shade #33. It’s what I like to think of as an introductory pink – definitely not a natural pink, but not crazy bright either. I fell in love. Since then, I’ve gone lipstick crazy, acquiring eight new shades, including Maybelline Power Peony – it’s seriously NEON pink, and I somehow feel great wearing it. How did that happen?!
Today I’m rocking a bright red (Maybelline Rose Rush. I die at its beauty.) just to work at home and run errands. I feel like I’ve finally grown into myself, and my beauty-lovin’ transformation is complete. I am one happy girl.
What’s your favorite lip shade? Let me know in the comments, my lipsticks want me to bring home new friends for them to play with!