Beauty Talk: Bold Lips for Blah Days

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Let me preface this by saying, I am by no means a makeup artist or guru. I own makeup brushes and sponges, but I still use my fingers to blend my shadow most of the time. I still suck at doing my eye brows, and I can only make my lip liner look good if I have a lot of time to get ready. Even though I’m a hot mess kind of mom, that doesn’t mean I don’t love makeup.

Makeup is like a good accessory. It can really make things pop, and I genuinely enjoy it. I don’t think anyone needs makeup, but I also hate when people judge those who like wearing it. Do what makes you happy. It’s not about a need, it’s about passion and enjoying yourself.

Makeup on a Monday

I don’t wear makeup everyday, because I don’t always have the time. It’s not about not leaving the house or anything, because I wear makeup for me, not other people. I will say that wearing makeup on a Monday adds a little bit of pep to my step.

Here is what I typically look like fresh faced on a Monday.

Honestly, this was pretty much the extent of my looks for high school and college. My makeup collection consisted of concealer, eye liner, mascara, and lip balm for the longest time. I didn’t even own lipstick until college, but once I found that first one that made me feel good, my love of lipstick spiraled in the best way.

All the Lippies

After years of being fresh faced or wearing minimal makeup, lipstick takes up the majority of my makeup bags. I have so many colors and finishes. It’s an obsession, even if I’m still learning about the different varieties and application tips and tricks.

The thing I love about lipstick is how put together I feel when I have a minimal makeup look paired with a bold lip color. I’m a makeup minimalist as it is, but when I wear a bold color on my lips, I can go very simple with my other products.

Bold Lips for Blah Day

The days I prefer to go minimal with a pop of color are usually those blah days where the weather is overcast and we have errands to run. Going out in public with yoga pants and a ponytail is tempting, but I like to beat that blah feeling with a bold lip. It makes me feel powerful even if I’m not feeling that way on the inside. It’s like a perfect pick me up.

The best part of fall is the makeup color trends for lipsticks in my opinion. I love when it’s vampy lip season, because there are so many variations of reds and maroons. At first, I avoided those colors, because I don’t like drawing attention to myself. Once my confidence grew, my lip colors expanded outside of the nude and beige range.

Today happens to be a blah day. I’m not leaving the house, but that doesn’t mean I can’t sport a red lip while I vacuum and fold laundry. Who says you can’t play hide and seek with toddlers while wearing a metallic burgundy liquid lip? Sometimes, being bored and having that blah feeling means working a bold lip. Hey, it cheered me up, so that’s all that matters.

Drugstore Beauty Buys

When it comes to brands, I own mostly drugstore products and items that I can get at Target. Taking toddlers into Ulta isn’t my favorite activity. If they had carts to tote my tiny tots in, I’d feel safer about my kids not destroying their beautiful beauty products. So, I stick to the drugstore beauty buys.

I will eventually branch out with my makeup products and hopefully hone in some better skills with makeup application in general. For now, I’m pretty happy learning as I go, while rocking a red a lip.

Do you have bold lip favorites? Post pictures in the comments and spread some beauty vibes.

The products I used. The Rimmel by Kate is 111 Kiss of Life. The NYX is VMLS 05 Volcano.

Have a beautiful week!

-With Love,


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