As Monday 16th January is widely labelled ‘Blue Monday’, aka the most depressing day of the year, I decided to bump my Tuesday Reviews Day post up by twenty-four hours as I think it offers a fun way to dispel some of the day’s misery.
At the start of the month, I agreed with some friends to commit to The January Cure and report daily on progress. The January Cure is an annual email series run by the brilliant interior design and home website, Apartment Therapy. It’s designed to help you declutter and clean your home simply and easily during a month when probably nobody feels like doing so.
The January Cure is great to participate in. Although this year I’ve fallen woefully behind schedule, dipping in and out rather than diligently following each day’s instructions, I’ve been thinking about it a lot (thinking about the emails we receive rather than acting upon: sound familiar anyone?!). In particular, I’ve been thinking about what my January cure is.
The answer came pretty quickly: bright lipstick. If you follow me on social media then you probably already know that I’m a big fan of the bold lip. My then three year old niece was genuinely shocked when she learnt that my lips were actually pink like everyone else; ‘But Auntie Rae, your lips are red!’ she exclaimed in bewilderment.
While bright lipstick is a favourite of mine all year round, it particularly comes into its own at this time of year because frankly very little else is bright in the northern hemisphere. The world can seem drained of colour in January. It can also seem pretty grim, with bad weather and interminable long nights (I write this at 16.30 with *all* the lights on).
Added to this, January is often the month when we feel most brassic. I’m not sure if it’s ironic but it’s certainly annoying that the time of year when we most need cheering up is the one when we have least funds available to do so.
This is where bright lipstick can help. For less than a fiver or as much as £25, and similarly in dollars, you can treat yourself to a tube of brightly coloured wax.
It doesn’t have to be red. Fuchsia, purple, orange, terracotta, mauve, rose…there are many varieties of bright, and there is a shade out there for everyone, whatever their colouring.
If you’re uncertain about how to choose, here are my top tips:
- Buy a cheap one to try out. You can always replace it with a better quality one in a similar shade if you prefer but if doesn’t work then you haven’t lost a huge outlay.
- If you see someone wearing a colour you like, ask where they go it from. You get a recommendation and they will be thrilled for the rest of the day.
- Ask to try out the tester yourself. Make-up assistants in shops can be great but if you’re nervous about using colour then you might find their application techniques too dense. Applying it yourself as you would at home will give you a more realistic picture of how it looks.
- Go outside and see what the tester looks like. The artificial lighting in shops can be distorting.
I’ve talked in #tuesdayreviewsday before about my favourite lip colours but there’s a new kid on the block that I can’t get enough of at the minute: the Clinique Crayola Chubby Lip collaboration. Seeing as my dream job would be naming the Crayola colours, it’s two of my favourite things in the world come together!
This limited edition range takes a popular Clinique product, the chubby lip crayon, and gives it a well-timed mid-winter boost with a spectrum of felt tip shades from a classic red through pinks to a plummy violet. They actually caused a sharp intake of breath when I first saw them and they haven’t disappointed. They are less matte than many similar pencil lip colours so they aren’t as drying – but they still stay put for ages (the violet brick on the right of the box even survived a stack of buttermilk pancakes with nutella and banana. The things I do in order to report back to you!).
One caveat: I was less of a fan of the two most pink shades (third and fourth from the right on the box). Pink Sherbet and Mauvelous (pictured) both deliver a lovely natural shade but they don’t provide the same pop of colour as the other colours. Furthermore, they don’t seem as ‘Crayola’ as the others. Particularly Pink Sherbet I expected to be rather more fuschia rather than the ballerina pink that it delivers.
They cost £17.50 each or for £35.00 you can buy a box containing all ten in a mini-size (this is the size featured in my photographs). The range is currently available via Selfridges.com but goes nationwide on Clinique counters (and their website) from 2nd February – my cure for this month and next.
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