The Hunt for Red in December

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Let me begin by acknowledging my absence (not that anyone has been jamming up my inbox wondering where my latest posts have gone). I actually hoped to have this post up BEFORE Christmas, but holiday hustle, bustle and procrastination got the best of me. I figure this post can still be handy for New Year’s Eve preps.

Just like most teen girls (who are now in their 30s), I grew up reading Seventeen, YM (oh my gosh! remember YM?!), and the like. My magazine reading continues to this day. So, you’d think after ALL these years I’d know all kinds of handy dandy make-up and beauty tricks. That’s hardly the case as I compare my handiwork to that of…almost every other woman I know and don’t know. Yeah, yeah, yeah I compare myself to others.

Honestly, the effort to get “made up” takes too much time on a daily basis. I’m low-maintenance. Most days, I’m no-maintenance! I rarely wear make-up. Not because my natural beauty can carry me through the day. It’s because I would rather sleep that extra five minutes or check Instagram for five minutes or spend five more minutes trying to figure out what I’m going to wear.

My “special occassion” look is comparable to most women’s “every day” look. I use a one-step powder (thank goodness for Bare Minerals, because I cannot be bothered with applying foundation AND THEN powder), a sad attempt at a smoky eye, some lip gloss and a little contouring on the cheeks.

But I wanted to “up” the glam factor for my husband’s company Christmas party. I mean, I have to kick it up a notch wearing a feather skirt, right?! So, despite all of my years of accummulating beauty knowledge, my make-up bag has hardly accummulated any “glamorous” beauty essentials.

I envisioned a classic, red lip for my husband’s soiree. But I didn’t feel like my drug store Wet ‘N Wild shade of red was going to fit the bill. So I headed to Sephora to get professional help.

I have read different shades of red look good on different skin tones. What I learned at Sephora is, that’s not necessarily true. I found, just like in fashion, similar rules apply in make-up: wear what you feel confident and beautiful in! Yes, there may be some shades that look better on some skin tones ideally, but if you’re looking for a bold, fire-engine red, then you need to get a bold, fire-engine red. My best advice: let the make up counter experts lead you in the right direction. After that, make your own judgments about color/shades if you want to brave the drug store options.

Here’s my before (which includes make-up, but no lipstick.  I don’t know all of you well enough to go bare-faced yet):

Here are the shades that were in the running:

1. Icon by Hourglass: a true lipstick that I liked. It went on smooth and made me feel glam, but I thought it might be a little too bright. I had to continue…

2. F-Bomb by Urban Decay: You will be hard-pressed to ever hear me drop the f-bomb, but I admit, I was attracted to the name. I really loved the color as well! This was also a tube lipstick that felt smooth. But I wanted to see what some other options were. So I moved on…

3. Fiery by Stila: This came in a tube with a wand like a lip gloss. It went on wet, smooth application and dried matte. I really loved the matte finish because I felt like it wouldn’t end up on my teeth after the first time I opened my mouth! A definite contender!!

4. Mysterious Red by Nars (not available): a fat lip pencil. I really loved this color! It was probably my favorite, but..oops! It was sold out and they didn’t realize it when they showed it to me. But, it was for the best because I wasn’t a huge fan of the pencil. If my lips are chapped, it does not make for a smooth application.

Soooo…The shade I ended up taking home was the Stila in Fiery. It was $22. I love how it is applied with a brush, not a tube or pencil. I feel like I’m just putting on my regular gloss, but it dries matte! It stayed on all night with only a little fadng in the center of my lips.

Here’s the before and after (I must mention, after applying and re-applying four shades, my lips were a little raw! hence the puffy look):

For the record, my husband and children prefer my “before” look. The red is certainly not my go-to choice for going out, but it doesn’t hurt to have fun, branch out, get glamorous!

And…after I got all dolled up (with a flattering flash that hides my flaws), here is how my look came together the night of the party. To check out my outfit for the night, check me out on Instagram!

I do have to give props to the gentleman who helped me at Sephora, but I will have to add that later because I have to track down the card with his name on it!! oops!

But, I’m so glad I ventured out and tried something new. I felt like I really needed a little boost to get me excited about make-up again! Smooches!


9 thoughts on “The Hunt for Red in December

    Maria said:
    September 30, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Great color! As you know, I have the same one and I think it is awesome! The pigment is nice and rich, it also stays put for hours. You look absolutely beautiful!

    xo Maria


      Budding Fashionista responded:
      October 1, 2014 at 6:08 am

      thank you so much!! 🙂 it has been a great way to add a “pop” of color when I’m wearing a lot of neutrals. Now I think I want to try a pretty berry!


    Fashion Tag (Dana Cristina) said:
    January 7, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    wow! i enjoyed reading this post loads! love your writing 🙂 so funny! U look fantastic, before and after, I love how red lips look on you, the 2, and the 3rd were my faves (the one you ended up buying).
    ” (with a flattering flash that hides my flaws)” – haha! so funny. i so do that too with my friends, as we all agree flash/phone pics are soooo much better & flattering than those without! great post xoxox

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      Budding Fashionista responded:
      January 7, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      haha! I am so glad you were entertained! You just made my day! 🙂 I love flash and filters! Want to take ten years off? add a filter! thanks so much for reading! I love visiting your blog as well!

      Liked by 1 person

    Terry Hunter Shiflett said:
    December 31, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    The color is fab!

    Liked by 1 person

    Rachel said:
    December 31, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Whoo hoo! I picked the winner before I read it! Great choice!

    Liked by 1 person

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