Confession: When I was in 6th grade, I had headgear braces. If you're unsure what headgear braces are, the fact that it's called GEAR should give you an idea as to how much equipment went into it.
Headgear, sophisticated as mine was what with all the brown tribal patterns on the head strap, just isn't a very cute accessory. In hindsight, I wouldn't doubt if my dad paid the dentist double to give me the most off-putting style of braces available since he used to tell us we couldn't date until we were married. I'm imagining a box of leftover dental equipment and my dad rifling through it and selecting it for me, like "Could we incorporate this massive, strappy helmet gadget, doctor?"
If you remember the show "As Told By Ginger," you'll remember Darren (yes, I remember his name. He was my hero—a fellow headgear honcho. There weren't many of us out there succeeding at the time). He had headgear too. But thank my lucky stars, I only had to wear mine after school so I suppose the trauma could've been more severe.
Upon careful observation, you'll notice what looks to be a man's head having been caught in a bear trap . . . that is headgear.
Why am I telling you all of this? Number one, it's somewhat therapeutic. These were dark times. I need to unload a little bit.
And number two, because this post pertains to triumphant mouths. I feel like I owe it to my mouth to compensate for that tragic wrinkle in time by jazzing it up a bit now. And actually, aside from all that, I just really have a real soft spot for lips. I love playing them up. I thought it was a phase, but it's been a good four years since my love affair with lip color began so I think I might be a lifer.
So diving right to the goods: I recently found out that NYX has now infiltrated the Target cosmetics aisle! Snaps for accessibility! I feel like I feature a lot of NYX products on this blog, so I wanted to let you all know why.
When I look for steals and deals on makeup, the reason I tend to opt for NYX products instead of a lot of other cheap drugstore products is because (for one thing, some drugstore brands are significantly lower in terms of quality, but also) drugstore brands often seem to be a little bit late to the game. In my opinion, they kind of let any new product ideas (and even new bolder colors) get tested out by the big shots for a comfortable amount of time before they come out with their own version.
In my experience, NYX is not only legit quality-wise (except I wasn't a huge fan of their mascara, and I've never tried their foundation), but they have a FULL inventory of a multitude of colors and products that most drugstore brands don't seem to carry until the fads catch fire (i.e.: Wonder Pencil, HAC-ing kits, illuminators, etc.).
Something I'm LOVING from NYX right now is their soft matte lip creams! It's basically a stain in a lipgloss tube. The lip cream goes on very opaque and dries matte, and it stays put all day long. My lips have no mojo without some kind of lip color on; they're pretty anemic-looking so, since NYX has so many great natural-looking lip creams, I can use them alone or use them as a base / primer for another lip color. Lipstick looks so much better (more vibrant and youthful) with a little bit of a natural pink-y hue coming through.
Below are four of them that I've bought and tried already. They all look super similar except for the fourth one, but I like having different neutral shades available for when I do event makeup because most people want pretty neutral lips, and certain shades are more flattering on different skin tones—I'm not just a crazy kook snatchin' up three of everything at Target.
PS They're only $5.99!
I took these photos with my phone so the quality is sub-par and really blue-toned for some reason, so I apologize for that, but I wanted to give you a little bit of a visual here. My favorite thing about it is it dries matte and stays for days. Also, they have 22 DIFFERENT SHADES!! So I think it'd be worth looking into, even if none of those colors above are tickling your lust bone.
One more thing: if you go to their site and sign up for their emails (I know, it's annoying to have your inbox flooded with marketing crap, but) you'll get a 25% off coupon for your next purchase. Just sayin'.
Have a wonderful day, fancy face!