27 October 2011

Lipstick Jungle

I don't think it is difficult to tell that I'm not really a make-up gal. I do concealer, powder, some sort of nude lip and call it a day. I steer clear of liners and mascaras because not only do I have a bad habit jabbing myself in the eyes with them, I also end up looking like a sad clown raccoon within an hour of application.

I have about a fistful of iterations of nude lip color, but any real lip color - you know, the kind that makes it look like I really spent $14 for a tube of something and did apply it - for some reason makes me feel like a little girl playing in her mom's makeup drawer.


I'm not sure if it is the latent tomboy in me or years of My So-Called Life-style teenage angst, but I've always been a little slow to embrace some of my "womanly rites." I seriously did not wear skirts or dresses on a regular basis until about two years ago. I always wore "sensible" shoes, even in heel form, up until a few months ago and see me now in my 4+ inch skinny heels? No teeter tottering over a metal grate to a concrete head injury yet! But let's knock on wood to be safe ... I still don't really know what to do with my hair, I don't like lacy underthings, I just started painting my nails regularly about two months ago, I don't like frilly, pastel-y, pearl-y, girlie things.

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I think the lipstick has been the biggest deal for me so far, though. To me, lipsticks means serious makeup and real-life grown-up women wear lipstick, not kids like me. But I purchased my first tube of real lip color - i.e., not nude, not close to nude - and finally got the guts to wear it. I probably could have dabbed my toes into the lip color world without going full-bore red, but you can thank the J.Crew marketing gurus for making me kick myself for missing out on their limited edition Poppy King color. This color was close enough in my book, and here's to hoping that I don't end up smearing it across my top or face later in the day.

Are there womenly accoutrements that you still don't feel ready for? What things still make you feel like you're playing dress-up sometimes?


Top: J.Crew slouchy dolman
Skirt: J.Crew jardin
Necklace: Anthropologie gold finger (worn here - sim delicate here, fancier here)
Bracelet: F21 stretch stud (sim here, here)
Shoes: Michael Kors hamilton (worn here - sim here, plain here, peep here)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff python mab mini (sim here, here, here)
Lips: L'Oreal colour riche in british red


  1. You look great! I love the bright lip colour paired with the camel/cobalt blue of your outfit!

    I love cosmetics (no surprise, you've seen my blog) but now that I'm in my late 30s, I don't feel as comfortable as I did in my 20s with experimenting with brighter colours. Plus, I barely have any time these days to put on makeup. Now I keep everything minimal and natural looking: eyeliner, mineral powder foundation, neutral lip colour. However, I did buy the Poppy King lipstick from J. Crew and I love the brightness of it, it's really cheering. (Speaking of which, they have quite a few in stock at the Toronto store - if you want, I can pick one up for you the next time I visit Yorkdale?)

    As for womanly accoutrements, well, I still struggle with high heeled shoes. I LOVE the look of them but wearing them is torture for my feet.

  2. Loving the lip color....Im either all color..or nudes, not much in between. Those shoes are perfection with this bright colored skirt...looking good lady:)

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  3. Umm, is this a new bag? You have to tell me these things of we are going to raid each other's bag closet in the future. :)
    I love the bright lip color on you. There were quite a few of the Poppy King lipsticks in the store near me recently, do you might want to re-check your retail stores.
    The one area that I feel like I'm playing dress-up is with any aspect of eye make-up. Most things beyond shadow and mascara is just unknown territory. I have a phobia about accidentally sticking myself in the eye or having smudges all over the place.

  4. I think you look fantastic! I love the outfit, accessories and you should definitely wear bright lipstick more often :) It's just another accessory and so fun to match back to your nail color or outfit. And really it looks fantastic on you and your great skin.

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  5. That color looks awesome on you! I totally know what you mean- I only started wearing anything but nude or sheer pink gloss on my lips when I started blogging and decided I thought it looked better in photos, but I'm still very hesitant and self-conscious about it.

  6. I suck at hair and make up too. I've always had an interest, but I don't think I've ever actually done well at either. I just don't know how.

    I love your slouchy sweater, great heels and cute skirt!

  7. From what i've seen here, I would have never guessed you were a tom boy, and i don't think i ever took note of a lack of bold lip color either - however i do think you look great in this, and not too grown up at all ;)

  8. I love your shoes, Lisa. Are they comfy on your feet?

  9. I was a competitive swimmer in my teens and early 20's so I was definitely not into makeup and hair. And even though I'm in my mid-40's, I am still clueless about both.

    I've never had a professional manicure. Yes, you read that correctly! I think the last time I painted my nails was about 20+ years ago. I really don't like painted nails, though I like painting my toenails about twice a year. I have actually had one professional pedicure.

    I was so excited to be part of a print ad campaign last year. No, I'm not a model. But guess what? when it came time to do my makeup and nails, the makeup artist said, "We'd like to keep you natural looking. I don't want to put makeup on you." Oh my gawd, the one time I think I'm gonna learn something about makeup and actually have my nails done, I'm totally out of luck!

  10. high heels. i suck in them. which is exactly why my wedding shoes are sparkly flats.

  11. i love this outfit!! but i'm a super girly girl so that's pretty much expected. :) i think you totally rock that lipstick and the heels!

    cute & little

  12. I'm loving this whole look from the red lips to those fabulous high heels. For someone who is really girly and into make-up you did a great job!

    Can I borrow that skirt since it's my favorite color? he he

  13. I love that you took a Tomboys favorite (the sweatshirt) and worked in loads of the dreaded girly stuff. But you still played it safe with a Nude color for the girly shoes. While going with a nice shade of lipstick that brightens up your face.

    Like you, I feel made-up wearing bright lipstick. Despite the fact that I'm not young, I too feel like a little girl playing with Moms make-up. I never wore cheek color until this year. I wear gloss only in gold and bronze. Which pretty much looks like Nude. Never wear red lipstick. Never red nail polish either. Only paint my toes, never my nails. Scared to death to change my hair in anyway. And i can't stand the site of me in dressy flats.

  14. In love with your skirt...and that snakeskin bag is GORGEOUS!

  15. This is such a great "girlie" outfit - definitely getting the JCrew vibe! And I like the red lipstick!

    (I also feel like I'm playing dress up when I wear RED lipstick - I feel like it puts your face out there! I've been doing it more since I seem to get some compliments when I do it!)

    xo, sam

    P.S. Thanks for the sweet words on my blog! :o)

  16. I have the British Red and love it. YOu look great! Love the shoes and bag together. Perfection.

  17. I have also taken the scenic route to girly-girl land. I do wear mascara and eyeshadow, and have dabbled with foundation, but I'm a novice when it comes to lipstick. How to do my hair and walk gracefully in high heels are other things that puzzle me. ... but I do love those shoes. :)

  18. I don't think I've ever been anything but a girly-girl. I love all things feminine and feel very out of water in anything else. I must say, you look very pretty and quite at home in your flirty skirt and....4"inch heels?! Oh my!!

  19. I feel like I play dress up whenever I put on all of my makeup and wear high heels. My everyday look is just tinted lipgloss, concealer and powder...pretty simple. Sometimes I don't feel like I know what I'm doing when I add eyeliner, mascara and eyeshadow. I would love to master the smokey eye look, but I mess it up all the time.

    BTW...I love your shoes and your python handbag.

  20. You look great Lisa! And I really love those shoes!!!

  21. I'm a big fan of natural make-up, but I'm loving the red lipstick on you!! I think it looks gorgeous on your skin tone and outfit!!

  22. Ha, sounds like me -- I don't have the patience for makeup or the endurance for heels. I do like frills, but they usually look all wrong on me. I feel girly, but I don't dress or look it, I guess.

  23. i have now overcome my feelings of unease over red lipstick -- i actually love sporting red lips. i think the next thing i want to tackle is heels, specifically pumps. ;)

    <3, Mimi

  24. Louise - I need to check my local JC - everytime I go there, I always always neglect to look at the accessories or jewelry or anything, it's always right to the clothes! Now I have a reason (like I need a reason, haha) to go stalk my local store this weekend!

    fshnonmymind - hehe, this bag was actually a major personal score on Ebay - what clinched it was the gorgeous birdie lining on the inside of the bag, and on the dust bag too!

    Jen - thanks, I totally need to think about it in that way!

    PetiteLittleGirl - these shoes are comfy for a regular office work day, meaning not loads of walking or running around. If I needed to be on my feet a lot, I would definitely opt for a shorter heel, mostly because I am typically a klutz!

    lee - I'm like you, I don't typically go out and get my nails done, I usually do them myself, if ever. And I've only gotten one facial ever. The only thing I really go out and get done regularly is my hair cut and highlights - I still have nightmares about my DIY home highlights that ended up in tiger stripes!

    Laura - I'm like you, I have been doing pedis a lot longer than I've been doing my nails! And yes, any excuse to wear a sweatshirt out as regular-wear, I'll take it!

    Samantha - I never thought I needed teeth whitening until after I spent a day in red lipstick, why does it make your teeth seem more yellow for some reason?

    modernmom - it is probably just me, but I feel like I eat the lipstick more than wear it, I have been fumbling with my lips all day!

    Carrie - I'm not going to even ask other people how I look walking in heels, I may resemble a drunk truck driver for all I know!

    Natasha - oh yeah, I think I totally need to go to one of those MAC or Sephora counters and "get my colors done" or whatever it is called. Eye makeup and I are for sure not friends right now!

    Callandra / Lady Cardi - oh these are by no means the type of heels that I wear when I have to do a lot of walking. These are my in-the-office-sitdown heels, haha.

    Mimi - I kind of think this red lipstick deal has been kind of fun, except I felt like I had to check myself in the mirror about a million times for fear of smudging or rubbing off completely!

  25. The lipstick looks good on you! Love the outfit!

    I still don't do mascara except for very rare occasions.

  26. I'll do mascara and I'm trying to wear more lipstick, but I don't do concealer, foundation, blush etc. The red lipstick looks great on you.

  27. I'm like you, I NEVER wear lipstick. Most days I only wear lip balm and if I'm feeling adventurous I'll wear some pinky type lip gloss but that's about it. This summer I tried to be one of the cool kids and bought bright pink lipstick and wore it once. I think red would suit me better so I might try that sometime soon just like you :)

  28. Lipstick is still my one hold out when it comes to girl things. I'm pretty girly anyways, and I love to pile on eyeliner, but lipstick just seems too fake to put on my face.


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