Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The perfect red lip--I has it!

Okay so, I did say I didn't know what direction this blog was going to go and everything, but I did think it was going to be more on the side of written posts, some light-hearted, some not, about the things going on in my life, etc. I didn't really expect my first post was going to be of the gushy fan-girl type, lol.

But I have to do it. For approximatly the last decade, back since the 'nude lip' look sent all pretty lipsticks to wherever lipsticks go to die, I've been searching for the perfect red lip. My previous perfect red lip was discontinued by the maker ages ago (thanks to that I-want-to-look-like-a-corpse-nude-lip thing), and while I had purchased back-ups, they eventually did run out. And, I'm almost out of my runner-up perfect red lipstick. So you can imagine that any red lipstick that looks like it might do the trick has gotten my hopes up--and dashed them again. Most of the so-called perfect red lips out there are more of the fire-engine red sort, and while I'm sure somebody must look good in those shades, it certainly isn't me. I look good in a more glamorous, pin-up style 1940s-1950s red (I know--hard to believe from the style of my blog, isn't it? >.>), and it is nearly impossible to find. Believe me, I'd even be willing to pay ridiculous prices for it--I tried one for $30 at Sephora--but even then, no go.

So when a friend of mine referred me to Impulse Cosmetics, I was skeptical, but the picture she sent me from the shop looked promising. I bought the color she recommended--it's a pretty purple-red shade that I do love for the purple spectrum of my wardrobe...but more importantly, waiting for me there was the wonderful, magical, tears-of-happiness-inducing Arcadia. The picture on the site was perfect, but I've seen perfect pictures before. 

When it came, I put it on instantly, and feel in love...deeply in love. It's strange--and frankly a bit disconcerting--how happy finding the perfect red lipstick can make a girl. I couldn't stop smiling and looking in the mirror, and I was filled with peace, joy and happiness for my fellow man. Seriously, if I had caught someone trying to steal my purse, I probably would have given them a $20 and wished them a happy evening. That was last night, and the happiness has spilled over to today. I always knew the right lipstick on a girl can make her feel like a princess, but it turns out that the right red lip on a girl that has been searching for it for the majority of her adulthood can instantly turn her into a queen.

There is more to the miracle...This lipstick only cost me $6.99--less than drugstore lipstick, and..and...AND...It's flippin' Vegan. Cruelty-free I tell you, and free of animal products!!! I now know the true meaning of finding a Holy Grail product. This is the Holy Grail of Holy Grails for me. So I feel not just like a queen, but a benevolent, kind-hearted queen whose inner beauty matches the outer beauty of her perfect red lip, because no animals had to suffer for it. 

So yes, this is gushy and fan-girly, but it's really about more than just sharing with you and awesome indie cosmetics maker--it's about my discovery of the power of a the perfect lipstick to fill you with confidence, joy, and bonhomie... :)

Here's hoping you have found your perfect lipstick, or the equivalent, too! :)
M.

© Michelle M. Chouinard 2013 All rights reserved.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Return of the abandoned blog!

Hello. :)

So, if you've read my earlier posts you know that I started this blog as a sort of therapeutic project that involved regaining balance in my life, and doing that (in part) through my cooking. The plan was to do one new recipe a week, and report on it.

The project morphed quickly into what it needed to be, an set of lessons on making mistakes and learning from them, as well as putting perfectionism into perspective. These were all not things I was aware were underlying the project at the time--they aren't what motivated it--but through the writing portion of it, I quickly discovered those were issues I needed to address. And so, the project and the blog were just as useful and therapeutic to me as I'd hoped they'd be, although in a somewhat different way.

My cooking has continued, but with a different focus, and I've moved on to the next stage (well, stages) of my personal development. There's a long, long story behind all of that, but it's for another time and probably another place.

So, the blog has sat abandoned for some time, although I did move it to a different platform when I started my nail blog on blogger. I've thought a bit about what to do with it, whether I should delete it, let it sit as is, or resurrect it with another purpose. I've decided that it is a part of me and a part of my journey, and there is nothing inherent about it that suggests it must be about cooking...so I will continue on with it, in a different vein.

As for the new content, I'm not sure myself what that will be. My nail blog takes a lot of my spare time, and I enjoy what I do there, very much. But of course there is much more to who I am and what I love than that. So for now, I will use this blog to talk about other things on my mind, other things I love, and other projects as I involve myself in them. Hopefully, it will continue to be as useful to me personally as the cooking portion of it was, and my nail blog continues to be.

I suppose this is a strange post to write since I only have one follower, but my blogs have primarily always been outlets for me, and don't necessarily require readers to be important to me (although I love my followers!), so I guess this is a statement to myself and any future readers outlining what I hope to do so the transition makes a little bit of sense, lol.

xoxo,
M.

© Michelle M. Chouinard 2013 All rights reserved.