Be Bold – How to Rock Red lipstick

The first time I met my friend, the first thing she said to me was “Oh my God, I love your lipstick.” Red lipstick has been my favorite fashion accessory since I was allowed to wear make-up. It’s the perfect quick and easy way to dress up you look.

The good news, anyone can wear red lipstick. Bad news, there are like 100 shades to pick from. How’s a woman to choose? Here are a few simple steps to finding the perfect shade of red and rocking it!

  1. Olive/darker skin tones should go for the orange or tomato reds.
    Fair skin should go for the pinky reds.
    A true red (red with no undertones) works with anyone.

  2. Moisturize your lips. Dry lips make it difficult to apply lipstick evenly and can lead to a cracked look. I like to apply a lip balm a few minutes before I put my lipstick on in the morning.

  3. Select a lip liner that closely matches the shade of your lipstick. Line and fill your lips. Not only will the lipstick stay longer, the liner helps keep the lipstick from smearing and bleeding.

  4. Apply the lipstick of your choice.

  5. Blot with a tissue and you’re ready to go!

Here’s a list of my favorite reds.

Mac – LadyBug

Mac – Ruby Woo

Loreal Infallible- Refined Ruby

Still not sure you can pull off the red lips? You can take a red lip liner; line your lips and finish with a tinted lip balm for a more subtle look. The liner should closely match the lip balm so you probably are going to go with a lighter shade as most tinted lip balms aren’t that dark. My favorite is Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer Cherry.

So now, go a head and rock the red!

Great find for Sensitive Skin – Ology at Walgreens

It’s a new year, time to blog again.  First post of 2014 address two of my biggest issues:

  • Finding products that don’t irritate my skin
  • Easy availability of said products

I hate finding that one product I love and having to run around like crazy to find it again.  The Ology line from is a fantastic find.  Available at Walgreens, Ology products are free of chemicals, dyes, artificial fragrances and are made from natural, sustainable materials.  I can also pick them at 2:00 a.m. if I need to.

The product I’ve used is the  Ology Volumizing Shampoo.  My hair looks great and my skin doesn’t hurt. Here’s what many people don’t realize.  My skin disorder is my my face, shoulder and side, so why does my shampoo matter?  Because those suds go down your body in the shower and my shampoo can affect my skin.

Ology Volumizing Shampoo Grapefruit & Eucalyptus

Ology has many other beauty products,  including a baby care line, as well as household items.  The next one I’m going to try is the laundry detergent.

Dreamwash and Dream Cream – My Favorite Combination

About a year ago my friend suggested we have a girl’s night in the city.  We’d go to dinner and then go to Lush Cosmetics.  I had never been to a Lush store, but I never turn down a girl’s night so off we went.  When we got to Lush I explained to the woman at the store that I had a skin condition and asked if she had any suggestions on what would be the best products to use.  She quickly suggested Dreamwash for a body wash and Dream Cream for a body cream.  Not ready to invest a lot of money before trying the products, I took samples home.

I put the cream on before I went to bed that night and all I could say is wow! This was the only body cream I could put on my bad skin.  Not only did it not burn, it actually soothed the itching.  The only other creams that has done that were zinc-based baby ointments.  The Dreamwash was just as great in the shower.  I now had a body wash I didn’t have to worry about getting on my bad skin and stinging.   I also found they are both fantastic for sunburn.   If anyone else has used them let me know what you think!