February lip challenge: A recap

A very popular “trend” right now in the beauty community is a buy less mentality, particularly in the project pan community where the goal is to use and love your collection. The goal is also to shop your stash and realize that you don’t need the new shiny thing. I am not good at this (shameless haul plug here) but I am trying to strike that balance of new products and the being more creative with my blog posts by using makeup I already have, curating more lists and doing more in-depth reviews on products. For the month of February, I wanted to do a wee experiment with my obscene lipstick collection. If you follow me on Instagram I posted on my stories or my grid each day showing what lipstick I chose

In January I went through my lipsticks and picked ones that I wear often, and the ones that I never wear (looking at you Marcelle velour liquid lipsticks that I bought in July). I created an excel document and wrote down all the lipsticks I wanted to wear for the month. I also forgot to take a photo of the Pixi lip balm in peach for my flatlay but I did take a pic of it on my lips.

I tried to theme the weeks into reds, berry’s, and nudes because those are the categories I wear the most often. I wanted to do this experiment because lipstick is very difficult to use up when you have a lot of them. I really wanted to challenge myself to wear a different lipstick every day instead of the same 4-5 I rotate through on the weekly. To be honest I did this to determine if there are any lipsticks I should declutter but I did use a lot of tinted lip balms which are my absolute favorite to wear to work so none of those will be decluttered. That was a bit of a blunder on my part. I have learned that while I love super bold lipsticks, I prefer ones that I can simply slap on with no mirror and know it is going to look semi alright. That is why I love the Burt’s Bees lipsticks and balms, as well as the CoverGirl sultry sienna nude lipstick because they are so easy to wear.

The first couple of weeks were more subtle nudes, the Marcelle Velour Liquid lipsticks, Mac See Sheer (a beautiful sheer pink) and other rose nudes. The second half of the month floated more into my reds, darker berries, and mauve shades. Mauve shades are something I used to wear ALL the time.

What have I learned

I love wearing bold lipsticks but with a blotted effect. For example, with Bite Beauty Beetroot, I didn’t wear it to it’s fullest opacity because I was at work. While I easily could have, it just felt right to pare it down a bit. I am trying to rotate through my entire collection and lipsticks are by far one of the largest parts of it. I love buying and trying new formulas, but lately, since I’m working an 8:30-4:30 job I’ve found that I pick a few standard ones and use those during the week and my “fun” shades get left behind. I want to continue to try and wear fun and bold shades (not a red as my Burt’s Bees Scarlet Soaked is my most favourite low maintenance red) like my dark berries and brighter pinks. Also, I have an affinity for rosy, beige nudes and it shows. Below are the lipsticks I wore every day in order!

What is your favourite type of lipstick?


Things I liked and did In January

January was such an odd month for me, I am in my last semester of university, I am a bit scared for what is afoot next year but excited. It was also a month where finding motivation (oddly enough) to run has been a bit lacking, but that is all part of the running journey! Despite my lack of motivation, I have discovered and rediscovered some great stuff! 

First I discovered a new favourite legging. The Gymshark fit legging. Okay maybe not favourite but I have to be honest, when it comes to the gym I wear my lululemon aligns or fast and free crops 90% of the time. But, when I received these last month I started wearing them and they are great! Not as flattering as the aligns, but it’s exciting to find a brand that has leggings that ARE FLATTERING and fit, as well have great material. Stay tuned for a post about workout and running leggings!

My mineral fusion lip tints. These have been so nice to use when I want some colour but don’t want the fuss. when I need a red lip but don’t want to fuss these are great.

The Body Shop Drops Pure Translucency Essence Lotion. In December I bought this because i wanted to add more hydration to my routine. This is a great addition of hydration to my routine.  I layer this one after my toner and before my serum.

My DIY facial oil. This bad boy is made out of argan oil, lavender essential oil, tea tree essential oil and lemon essential oil and I really love it. I would like to try rosehip oil as my carrier oil next time as i make it cause that one is a bit more hydrating. BUT this keeps my spots at bay and hydrates my skin.

My crossroads candle in cranberry muffin. This was something that my best friend convinced me to buy. I have been guilty of loving bath and body works candles but they don’t last long at all and this is something that really bothers me. This candle smells natural, it’s a clean candle (meaning it burns clean into the air) and smells like fresh baking AND it burns so slowly which means it is worth the price.

What did you like and do in January?