So I just started a new show to binge-watch on Netflix - "Once Upon A Time" - and in between compulsively hitting "next, next, next, yes I'm still watching - thanks for the reminder that I've been glued to the sofa for 3 hours, next..," I painted on this neon and neutral manicure. Each time I look down, I get a little shock because the coral color is so bright - especially in contrast to the warm beige base. I dig it.
Texas in August...a time when attempting to look pulled together is more fantasy than reality. Makeup melts off your face in protest of the heat, your blow drier was forced into early retirement, and the looser, the better when it comes to getting dressed.
With the dog days of summer in full swing, a gal can't help but daydream about a way to make a great escape. Where do I go, you ask? Back to Italy, where I consume gallons of gelato without a morsel of guilt, smooch my hubby on the banks of the Arno where we first met, and play games of chicken with the motorini whooshing down narrow streets at unreal speeds.
Although we're saving a trip back to Florence for our 10 year anniversary, there's no reason why I can't channel a little bit of la dolce vita with some gorgeous lipsticks - inspired by some of my favorite Italian destinations - from my (heavily) air-conditioned confines in Texas.
Experiment with artistic shades like this bright purple Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Violet Volt in the city that was an epicenter for the masters of Renaissance art. Not to mention cheering on the Firenze Viola at the top of your lungs. Forza Viola! I was really frightened of this one at first, but it actually turned out to be my favorite! This just proves the theory that I love anything and everything about Florence. ;)
For just under $6 a tube, these lipsticks are such a fun way to brighten your summer beauty routine without having to worry about creasing eyeshadow, smearing eyeliner, and melting foundation. What are you go-to lipstick colors?!
I gave the Reilly in whiskey tortoise, the Raglan in pearled tortoise, and the Cliff in striped olive a try so I wouldn't be Mrs. Squints-a-lot any more. Texas sun doesn't mess around, you know. After lots of rounds of eenie-meenie-minie-mo, the Cliff - complete with my prescription - came out the triumphant winner. Confetti toss!
I also tried cheating on my beloved Huxleys with the Chamberlain and the Winston, but I ended up also re-ordering my tried-and-true Huxley style because they are just the best. What can I say....after 4 years of solid togetherness, they're my frames through and through.