All posts tagged: lipstick

Clarins On The Lips | Sheela Writes

Lipstick Love

I love lipsticks. But that’s no secret, right?   Last I counted, I’m the proud owner of approximately 317 lipsticks.  Yes, I heard your gasp, and it’s perfectly understandable.  That’s quite the exaggerated quantity for someone in possession of a mere single pair of lips, I know (and in my defense, there are others who have much much more).  But this is how it looks from where I’m standing.  Lipsticks are one of the most affordable accessories available, easily perceived as the finishing touch to an outfit. AND A WOMAN NEEDS HER OPTIONS. Brown Sugar by Avon.  Despite images currently shown on the web, I remember it as being a striking geisha red.  Rich and creamy with a satin finish.  And I also vividly recall that no matter how tired she was or simply dressed, my mother would never ever be seen in public without lipstick and that lipstick was a look-at-me-I’m-fabulous red.  That was such a beautiful childhood memory, don’t you think? When it comes to lipsticks, although my preference tends to slant towards …

Underage Uproar

Kat Von D is no stranger to infamy. This time, the spotlight shines on Underage Red, a shade from her line of Studded Kiss Lipsticks.   I’m perplexed. I saw the shade, I read the name, and that was that. Nothing to provoke me into thinking beyond that it was a nice colour. This sort of topic is something I typically avoid talking about on the blog because of how controversial it can be. However, I think the entire debacle is such poppycock that I had to share my opinion. What sort of mind instantly thinks of underage sex and statutory rape when it sees the word “underage”, and on a lipstick? When I think “underage”, I imagine my frustration at being denied so many things when I was younger, simply because I wasn’t 18 yet. I recall being defiant and rebellious and adventurous, with a devil-may-care attitude. I remember having the time of my life. Never once have I associated the word “underage” with pedophiles or any Lolita syndrome. So again, I ask you, …

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 …