Recently I've been a little under the weather, I've also been incredibly short of time. Anyone who's started postgraduate study at University or is working full-time will know the crushing dilemma that can effectively be summed up as "If only I could actually be everywhere and do everything I want and need to do". Choices have to be made and ultimately some things have to be cut back on. For me my usual eight hours of sleep was one of the first things to get hacked down, I'm now trying to get by on much closer to six hours a night. I'm not going to lie, it has been hard to adjust to and I'm tired a lot! I think this is partly why I'm feeling a little under the weather. The second thing that I cut back on was my full make-up and hair routine. I said goodbye to eyeshadow, eyeliner, contouring etc. and for the last two weeks I've pretty much been rocking a 3 or 5 product face. You'd be surprised how useful the extra half an hour or so that I've been saving has been.
Anyway, moving on to the whole reason that I'm writing this post. A couple of days ago, for the first time in years, I wore my make-up without any mascara. Instead I opted for just a really natural but flawless base and a dark, vampy red lip. The result made me look very 'done up' but it only took me a couple of minutes. I was actually very nervous about even leaving the house without mascara (I honestly barely ever do that, even when I'm not wearing any other make-up) but I gave it a try. The result was a whole assortment of compliments over the course of the day - none of which I was expecting! One of my new-made male friends on my English course even went as far as saying I looked beautiful, which from a relatively new acquaintance was not only very much appreciated but it meant more to me than if one of my close girl friends had said the same thing.
Rimmel's Kate Moss Matte Lipstick in 107 was the lipstick that earnt me this particular comment and I have to admit that this lipstick, as well as some of my other bold, matte(ish) lipsticks, seem to have this weird power to them. A bold lip, coupled with very paired down make-up and hair, has a really simple but incredibly aesthetically appealing look to it. It gives a woman an air of glamour, but it does so effortlessly. There's no time needed, barely any effort - all you need is a pocket mirror to keep an eye on your teeth. I'm all for natural make-up, I love nude and lightly-pinked lips, but when I need to feel a little more full of oomph, especially on a tired morning, there is something incredibly satisfying about reaching for a bold red, or matte purple. I'm not going to be doing it every day, and I don't recommend that you should wear one every day either, but on those days (you know the sort of days I mean) maybe you should reach for that often neglected shade. Give it some love and it will love you back, because even if it seems vain sometimes receiving a heartfelt compliment can really make your day.
Have you noticed the power of the bold lip before? What bold lipsticks do you have in your repertoire?