I had a perfume post written and I think I’ve “lost” it due to technical failure, and I’m too irritated right this sec to rewrite it (imagine its brilliance!) so let’s talk about something else, since I’m practicing patience in the New Year.
I know from spending time online and in person with other perfumistas that many of you have… collections …. of other items. Often makeup. Or other things. And sometimes you wrestle with the size and expense of those collections as well.
Not too long ago, I was really into nail polish. At the height of my mania, I had five underbed storage boxes of nail polish, organized by color and/or effect. I haven’t done any math in terms of exact count, because I’m sure it would horrify me, but it’s a lot of polish. At this point I have it winnowed down to two boxes, and I’m working really hard to maintain that. I love painting my nails. I find it very soothing, like (I imagine) some folks find knitting. It’s a bit of a work of art, I have patience, I like the end result. I still paint my nails, but I now limit it to twice a week rather than every day because I simply don’t have time. If I did have the time, I’d probably go right back to spending 30+ minutes a day repainting my nails. I don’t even think that’s ridiculous – lots of folks spend 30 – 60 minutes a day doing their makeup, or their hair, or whatever. You do you.
I don’t have a ton of makeup – I’m one of those people who finds a product and sticks with it. Because I’m pale, and older, and silver-haired, I’ve reached a point where I think I look better with a little touch up and defining of features. My basic routine is Bobbi Brown cream shadow in Malted (which blends in with my skin) plus a Bobbi Brown gel liner, finishing off with my beloved el cheapo NYX brow powder/wax kit in taupe (they have several combo shades), and some blush, of which I have three. That’s it.
Except for the lips.
I love, love, love a bright lip. I love coral lips in summer, or raspberry. Now it’s cold and I’m rocking a lot of reds, deep pinks, and plum. Would you like my secret to perfect bright lips? My secret is: I don’t care. I put it on, and if it wears off, oh well. I’ll add some more, or something else. If I want it less bold I pat it on lightly with my finger, rather than applying from the tube. It’s a softer look and tints my lips for hours. My go-to red for precision lips is that old standby, MAC Russian Red. The two lipsticks I probably wear the most right now? Inglot 128, a shade that, on me, falls between raspberry and plum. It’s bold, but not BRIGHT, if you follow me. The other is an old fave: Dolce & Gabbana in Dahlia. I bought it when it first came out and you had to get it in New York at Saks, when it wasn’t sold out (which it generally was.) I think I’m on my third tube. It’s the darkest, vampiest lip I can wear that’s still flattering and appropriate for work and doesn’t make me look like a zombie or goth granny. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
OK, your turn! What do you collect (besides perfume?) What makeup or products are you loving? Our mall Sephora got re-done recently and I could spend half a day in there, I swear.