Diving Into Cosmetics: Lipstick Part 1

Diving into cosmetics

When I left you last, I wrote about how my curiosity about makeup has led me to take small steps into the world of cosmetics. I’ve watched a couple of videos and read a few things and learned some terminology that I didn’t know before (You can read my previous post about makeup terminology). Those of you who aren’t makeup savvy like myself will learn right along with me and those of you who got your makeup knowledge down can help us out (seriously I need somebody, help!). Also in my previous post, I talked about how I wanted to focus on lipstick, nail polish, and-to add to this short list-eye shadow.  Let’s start with lipstick.

A few weeks back, I bought my first lipstick at a local beauty supply store, and only cost me .99 cents (yeah you read that right)! After wearing the color everyday to work for a few weeks, I’ve decided I needed more colors. Today, I headed back to the store and bought me a few more colors, five to be exact.

The lipstick is by Nicka K New York,  a brand that has been around since the 90’s and their prices for their products are really affordable, I mean really affordable.  The type of lipstick I bought in store retails on Nicka K.’s site for $1.49! Honestly I can’t afford makeup that costs $10 or more right now, so to discover this brand makes me extremely happy.

Today I went back to the beauty store and bought four more lip colors.  I just finished doing my first swatches and I tried each of my lipsticks on. All of five of these lipsticks are Nicka K New York Lipstick with Vitamin E. They are not matte, they’re very creamy. I tried all of these without a lip pencil (since I don’t have any).

First up is the first color that I bought Violet Red #807. It’s a pinkish red color. Pink is not my favorite color purple is but I do love this lipstick.

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Next is Bordeaux #905. It’s a reddish brown color.  My mom picked it out she has good taste.

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Next lipstick is Ruby Red #100. It’s an orange red. I like it there were a couple other reds that I was thinking of getting next time I go to the store so I can compare.

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These last two colors are nontraditional and I most likely won’t wear them to work but you never know.

First up is Smalt #999

This is a blue color. When I put it on my lips it first appeared purple but after a few times of going over my lips it came out blueish purple. My mom didn’t like this color she thinks it’s too dark, also she’s worried folks will make fun of me. I’m not worried about what others think. I like it though.  At least it matches my outfit.

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Last but not least and in honor of Friday the 13th, here’s Black #306:

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I like this one too, mom didn’t though she thought it was better than Smalt. Perhaps if I wanted to wear a black color to work I will have to get another lipstick.

And that’s it for now. I’ll be wearing these colors for sure and when I return to the store next month I’ll buy a few more shades. I want to get yellow and green lipsticks.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

 

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Diving Into Cosmetics: So many questions

Diving into cosmetics

Cosmetics or makeup as it’s also called, I’ve always been curious about it. I enjoy watching fashion shows or videos that show models-ladies and gentlemen-having their faces painted in a creative masterpiece.  It’s a part of our culture and it’s history goes as far back as about 5,0000 years ago.

Though I was curious, I didn’t see the point of makeup.  What was the point of going through the hassle of putting all this stuff on your face only to go through the hassle of taking it off? Why do you put on concealer, blush, and all of that other stuff? Why are crimping your eyes? What exactly does an eyeliner do? I could never see the difference it made.

For the majority of my life I’ve never worn makeup.  I couldn’t afford it and the very few times that I was able to buy cheap makeup didn’t make a lasting impression on me.  There have only been two times in my life where I’ve worn makeup. The first was in middle school, I was in sixth grade and I decide to try on my mom’s makeup and go to school with it on.  Nobody noticed anything different about me and it took me a bit of time to take it all off when I returned home.

The second time was when I was in my twenties (I can’t believe I’m saying that) and my mom and I went to the mall.  One of the stores was having an event and at one of the booths they were doing free make overs.  When I did my makeover, I learned from the makeup artist that I really didn’t need to wear a lot of makeup.

After that, makeup wasn’t even a thought. I just went about my daily life scaring folks with my makeup free face and nobody bothered me. And I never have understood the fascination with seeing a celebrity without their makeup, I mean really what’s the point? Some look the almost the same without it and then others look drastically different, what’s the big deal?

I’ve got so many questions about makeup.

What’s is it about makeup that we put it on almost everyday and some of us sleep with it on?  What is the proper way to apply lipstick, what is it made off, why do people use that crimpy looking thing on their eyes, why do you have to put on layers, how many shades of red are there, why do you have a makeup bag, what is it about makeup that we love it some much?

Well starting this year, I’m going to find the answers to these questions and more.

My curiosity has finally gotten the best of me and this year I decided that I would wear makeup.  I won’t be putting on concealer, blush, or eye shadow, let’s not get crazy here.  I’m starting out with lipstick and nail polish.  I’m on a budget so I won’t be doling out cash to buy a whole bunch of stuff, one thing at a time if you please.  I hope to document my journey of learning more about makeup on here so bear with me as I dive into the world of cosmetics.