Ever Growing Lipstick Collection

dem lippies and a little story

my late mom used to have beauty salon post 2000. she's the master of hair crafting and makeup applying. i remember of not having to go to salon to cut my hair and my mom really took good care of them. so black and sleek and shiny. so many ladies and gents came to have their look transformed and every single customer always stepped out of her salon happily. people used to say that my mom was a prodigy. and damn she was.

everytime i see stashes of makeup, i remember my childhood on how she always put them all on the table along with those brushes and hair tools, me tiptoeing to see all of them while she applying those to the customer. she was her brightest and her happiest when she's in her zone. all smiles and bits of laughter. oh how i love her.

my late mom was a woman of perfect eyebrows and red lips. those kind of mold my makeup choices today. she rocked bold ruby woo and well-arched set of brows. her skin, oh her skin. she took very good care of it to her last day. glowy, supple, and bright. she's the embodiment of woman's woman.

the only regret i have to today was she left me too early before she could pass all of her mad skillz to me.

i have dark lips (either because i'm too lazy to apply lipbalm or silently picked 1-2 of mom's lipsticks, secretly applied them and forgot to wash them afterwards). so it's kind of tricky to find good lipstick with enough pigmentation to cover them nicely. red lipstick is my to-go because it's pretty much fail-safe and pretty wearable for daily use. here are some reviews of the above.

yves saint laurent rouge pur couture in 205 prune virgin. i got it from giveaway by park & cube (blogged here worn here). rarely worn because it's kind of unsuitable for day look (and muggles said i look like as if i just ate a baby alive haha). but i wear it when i'm too lazy to wear eyeliner because it instantly make you look more dramatic. the finish is matte in the kind of red i always see my mom wears back then. so this lipstick always brings out nostalgia. (judging by the packaging, i really don't take care of it well sighs)

tonymoly delight tony tint in 02 red. finally gotten more lip conscious by this year (!!!) and this was my first acquisition. always so curious to try this one since many reviews said it's pretty much the best lip tint available. it does nothing to conceal the dark edges but magically lit the my lips to natural shade of red and instantly make my face looks more fresh. worn daily. wore off after eating and drinking though so i have to reapply.

wet n wild in bare it all. upon knowing how affordable wet n wild lipstick is, months ago i randomly asked a friend whether she had one. and she recommended me to get bare it all for nude so i buy it not too long after. i was aiming for brown, mocha lips but this one is more to pink-ish. my lips but better but a shade lighter. it's really wearable for daily use though i don't wear it often. perhaps going for mocha-licious shade for the next acquisition.

nyx soft matte lip cream in monte carlo. this particular series is da bomb in pretty much everywhere. most of my friends in town own at least one shade. but my dark lips always prevent me from buying one! after long research, i decide to buy monte carlo. application can be quite tricky as i tend to find it smudge rather easily before they dry.

currently i'm eyeing between max factor lipfinity in so glamorous, wet n wild in mochalicious or spiked with rum, la splash lip couture in latte confession or rose garden, and more nyx. i'm interested in drugstore products. any suggestion?

*my late mom passed away because of breast cancer in 2002.

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