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Seeing Red: The Power Of Red Lips

The idea that colours affect our mood – red makes us angry, or sexually receptive; blue soothes us, or saddens us; that sort of thing – was once deemed pure poppycock, vaguely hippyish at best. But now, the body of scientific research into colour is growing, and it all points to one thing: our perception of colour really does affect our minds, and our bodies. Matte or glossy, retro or modern, diffused or solid, a bolt of red lipstick can certainly update one’s look instantly. Everyone, naturally, has their own opinion on which is the ultimate hue. Punctuating it further, runways have been rife with permutations of red for Spring 2015 as designer upon designer genuflected before the tabernacle of le rouge. Chanel. Zac Posen. Marc Jacobs. For me, red lipstick will always be associated with a particular woman – someone charismatic and confident and clever. Someone whose scarlet lips instantly showed that she was in charge. Capable. Fearless. Over the years, I’ve armed myself with lipsticks in every possible shade of pink and purple, but …

Mascara Mayhem

Yet another beauty post, you yawn? Yes, it’s the results of my mission to unearth the ultimate mascara and it’s mah partay so I’ll share it if I wanna GRIN As anyone bequeathed with short, sparse lashes would attest, it’s a neverending quest for that magic wand. One to lift lashes to the highest of heights. That would defy gravity. One singular wand to conquer them all. Then there’s that teeny matter of preference. What I want a mascara to do may differ from what you want it do for your lashes. I’m in search of length while your priority might very well be volume. Personal needs aside, I believe I might have finally found my magic brushes (yes, plural) but allow me to first introduce the menage a trois I dallied with. (from left to right) Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill, Too Faced Better Than Sex, Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes. I’m positively in love with this mascara. It does things for my lashes I never knew possible. I swear, it makes them defy gravity. Seriously. With …

Mud On Your Face

Volcanic ash, carbon, and clay—no, this isn’t a geology lecture. It might seem odd to put rocks and ash on your face, but these earthy, mineral-rich ingredients work overtime to clear pores and scrub away dead skin. The concept of mud masks isn’t new. So too the use of Clay as well as Green Tea. Truth be told, the skincare market is overwhelmingly saturated with players a-plenty, all proclaiming to be the next best thing since, well, the introduction of mud masks to begin with. I was mud-mask shopping a little while back, in the hopes of addressing several (household) issues. Personally, I needed something to ward off the beginnings of fine lines and a potentially furrowed brow. My man proclaimed his face parched and in dire need of hydration. And my baby? She was sick of acne attacks on her otherwise flawless face (so I’m biased, lynch me). As it so happened, I was also on one of my all time fave blogs (love Keiko) and from her Naked In New Orleans story, I …

Pinkadoodledoo

Pepto-Bismol, cotton candy, bubblegum, Molly Ringwald flicks, panthers and slips – what do these seemingly random things have in common? Why, the colour Pink but of course. Despite appearing delicate and charming, pink lipstick can be quite the challenge to wear. Choose the wrong shade and one could oh so easily end up looking either like a clown or a Crayola-town mascot. I’m all for the bold and the dramatic (read: Reds and Dark Purples) but more often than not, you’ll find me with pink lipstick. That and with Valentine’s Day about to descend upon us, complete with roses and scents and all things lovey and dovey, I wanted to share my current pink faves. Which do you like best? NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Prague. I love love LOVE this line of gloss-meets-lipstick hybrid. I love how it goes on like a lipstain with the richness of colour akin to that of a creamy lipstick. It’s majorly pigmented as you can see, goes on beyond smoothly and and and, just go buy it. …