Sep 18, 2013

An Array of Wine

I am completely on board with the plum, wine, purple train this fall season. It's everywhere! I'm obsessed. I've already purchased three different styles of shirts in varying shades of plum/wine and I'm seriously itching to wear them. Here in Florida though, it's not quite time to break out that bold of a seasonal color. Instead, I've experimenting with slowly working the color into my look by adding it to my lips and eyes (more on that in another post). We're smack in the middle of that Indian Summer, in Florida, so wine colored lips and PSLs are about as close to fall as I'm going to get for a while.
I've been hunting out the perfect wine lip colors in different consistencies for a few weeks now. I left Ulta one afternoon with a hand completely covered in purple and not a single shade I liked. Then, the other night, it was rainy and I didn't feel like going straight home from work, so I went to wander the aisles of Target. I swear, I get my best thinking done there sometimes (especially when it's not busy).

Anyway, back to the topic at hand. Every since trying the Rimmel Showoff lacquers, I had become more intrigued by their lip products. So, checked to see if they had any wine colors to choose from and they did. Well, they had one; since I was pretty sure I was going to purchase it, I swiped a quick test swatch on my hand and threw it in my basket.

Then, wandering a bit more, I found myself staring at the L'Oreal lip products and saw their lip stains, with a very familiar looking color I had seen in a YSL lip stain that I still had sitting in my Nordstrom shopping cart online, but just hadn't felt the need to purchase the $36 product yet. Sure enough, the color was an almost identical dup. You guessed it—in the basket it went.

The last product, I've had forever. No, your eyes aren't deceiving you; that is the cult favorite from years past, better known as Clinique's black honey Almost Lipstick. It's the perfect sheer wash of wine for your lips.

For bold lip colors I always opt for a pretty natural face. I go in with skin perfecting products and contouring and swipe a simple brown shade across my eyelids and a few coats of mascara—no liner.
The darkest and most pigmented formula I have right now is Rimmel London's Kate Moss Collection in #09. Precision application with the color is a must, otherwise you're going to have a huge mess on your hands face.
The second darkest color I love is the L'Oreal Colour Riche Lacquer Lipgloss in Berry Persistent. They are calling it a lipgloss, but it's definitely more of a lip stain formula. It has a higher shine than a lipstick, but it's not tacky like a gloss and it stays put. Don't be deceived by the very purple look when you pick up the tube in the store. It applies a beautiful shade of plum.
Last, is Clinque's Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. Around in the 90s? You are very familiar with this lip product. The reason it's still around? It's a great sheered out wine color that isn't harsh for daytime wear. With this lip color, I do tend to intensify my eyes a little bit more with an eye liner, simply because the lip color isn't that overbearing.
It never gets "unweird" taking photos of yourself and then posting them on a blog for the internet world to see. You should see the things that take place during the picture taking process. Hair up? Hair down? Pinned half back (as above). Necklace or no necklace? Is that background stupid? You get the picture.

Hope you're having a great week!

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