I own a fair amount of makeup. It’s mostly eyeliners and shadows but in the past year I’ve been building up a collection of lip colors as well. As I had mentioned in a previous post about sending some lipstick to fellow panelist and friend, Morgan, I have a thing for really pigmented cosmetics. Orangey-red? Love it. Hot Pink? Yes. Glittery magenta? Need it. So now I have all these colors that I never wear.
Picking a lipstick
A few days ago I had to go out and run some errands. Nothing amazing, just the grocery store and Target. I put on my usual mascara and then sort of stared at the container where I keep my lipsticks. I thought about how whenever I’m at work and I see a customer wearing lipstick I almost feel jealous at how they can seem to wear it so casually. My mom used to always wear a color that was actually pretty similar to the natural color of her lips, but a little pinker. Even when I try wearing colors like that, I feel like they seem kinda bright, especially since my lips are already pretty pigmented. I almost always feel like I need to be going out or getting dressed up and usually even then I wimp out and don’t put any on. So then I thought, well, the only way I’m ever going to feel more comfortable is to just do it!
What I decided on wearing was actually what I recommended to Morgan to get for filming her cooking video, Revlon’s Just Bitten balm stain in Romantic. I’m a fan of sheer color but I really don’t like the shine of lip gloss and I wanted something that was going to stay, partly so that I wouldn’t be worried about reapplying much and partly because then I might forget I was wearing it and not feel so self conscious.
image via drugstore.com
So I put some on, stuck it in my purse, and headed out to do my errands. I even got a little braver in Target and layered on some more while in the dressing room…and then was like…”Oh, crap, how do I not get this on clothing?” while I tried stuff on. (Don’t worry, I didn’t mark anything!) I figure I can keep wearing this for a while because it’s super build-able and I can work my way up to feeling more comfortable wearing less sheer colors.
And just as I suspected, seemingly nobody noticed that I was even wearing red lipstick. But then of course, it’s not like I ran into anyone I knew, so why would they?
This past Christmas I made some scrubs and a bath tea for my sister-in-law. She has just had a baby and I thought it might be nice to make her some things for relaxation. I had a great time making them and have had some different scent combinations floating around in my head since.
Salt or sugar scrub
I decided that I would do a salt or sugar scrub as my DIY for this month. I had originally planned to do a lemon-mint sugar scrub but as I gathered the ingredients I felt like that was kind of boring. A nice combo but there were lots of recipes for that already. Oh, and I had forgotten that I’d used the lemon I bought for something else. Whoops! But I had a lime so I thought maybe lime-mint? Still didn’t seem all that exciting to me.
Black Pepper is good for you
For some reason, black pepper popped into my head. I did a little research to make sure that it wouldn’t hurt your skin and it turns out it’s actually pretty good for you! I have this medium/coarse ground pepper that I LOVE. We got it from the bulk section of an amazing grocery store we shopped at when we lived in Oregon. When I ran out at some point last year I was so bummed but Morgan was sweet enough to send me a big bag of it. I knew it would be good with the thicker feel, and the oil we buy is fairly fruity and has a lighter scent. The last decision was sugar or salt – I went with salt, just preference, really. All decisions were made and it was time to start mixing!
Pepper and Lime scrub
Real talk – I tasted it after I mixed all the dry parts together. It just looked tasty to me and it smelled really nice! And it was, you know, salty, but still tasty! After this was all mixed up I put it into a little jar I had saved. It was one of those little ones that things like marinated artichokes come in. Perfect size for this, but I have no idea where the cover went! Bummer! The last step was to add some oil and mix it up!
I had a short “oh, crap!” moment when I added the oil because it was a little more than I meant to add, but that’s an easy fix – just add more salt!
I’m very happy with how it came out. It’s lightly scented and when you rub it on your hands you can ever so slightly feel the heat of the pepper. It’s a nice way to pep up all the cloudy days we’ve been having here in Maine. If you want to try to make it yourself you can check out the post on my blog – Pepper Lime Salt Scrub.
One of the managers at my work and I have bonded over a love of cosmetics and glitter – two things that, I think I can safely say, we wholeheartedly agree belong together. It seems that we have at least one brief conversation about either of those things every time we work together. And if one of us is wearing a new nail polish we are super excited to show each other. Oh, and by the way, we work at a craft store, so talking about glitter really isn’t outside of the norm for us. Especially when we are more or less covered in it 80% of the time anyway. That being said, I don’t mind having it on me and I LOVE it in eyeliner/polish but I like to control where, on me, it actually is. She will, on the other hand, straight up shake glittery things that I’m making (I make a lot of the demo and display items for the store) over her head so she’s covered in it. I admire her courage with and commitment to glitter.
Great gift idea
So I don’t think it’s hard to understand why, when I saw these nail strips in a clearance pile at Ulta, I thought of her IMMEDIATELY. She also loves most things pink, so, you know, pink + more pink + glitter = totally her.
Plus, have any of you ever tried these nail strips? For a while I was on the hunt for a tacky gold polish that seemingly did not exist. My friend Ashley and I were out one day and I spotted some gold glitter nail strips that were pretty dreamy. They were ridiculously easy to apply (well, once I realized you were supposed to peel a plastic piece off) and they stayed on for SO LONG. I’ve since found the tacky gold polish of my dreams, also made by Sally Hansen, but those strips sure were in the interim.
Giving The Gift
At work on Friday I told her that I had a little present for her. She just stared at me for a moment and then said “CAN I HAVE IT RIGHT NOW???!!!” I said “Yeah! Duh!” or something like that and I got the nail strips out of my locker and gave them to her. She loved them! And so it was another saw this and thought of you gift success!
Hopefully next month won’t be another cosmetic related gift but I guess I can’t really guarantee that. It’s just how it’s happened so far! Oh well!
One of the things on my list is about having friends and family over to our place. That seemed and ultimately was impossible this month. But the failure got me thinking about what I really wanted out of that list item. I just want to spend more time with friends and family. I feel like lately, and especially this time of year I can get kind of hermit-y because of the weather and it still getting dark pretty early. I guess maybe a lot of people feel that way, though. It also got me thinking about the time we have spent with friends this month and how it doesn’t really matter where we are when we are with them. It doesn’t have to be at our house.
Last weekend Adam and I went over to the house of one of our friends from college. He and his girlfriend have an adorable three-year-old who we hadn’t seen since she was only a week or so old. We snacked on pistachios with her, and she (sort of) read us a story before it was her bedtime. Then we had dinner and drinks and chatted away. We don’t get to see them too often because, well, life, I guess, but it was so nice to catch up. It was the kind of night that I have really been loving lately–pretty quiet with great company and conversation. They are the kinds of friends that I had in mind when I was thinking about this item on my list. Those friends whose company you really cherish but you don’t get to see or interact with regularly.
So while I still really want to entertain some friends and family at our place, the more I think about it, it’s just the memories of the time together that are important–not where they happen.