just the lip

On April 20, 2015 by theseventhsphinx

I love looks that call out one feature and leave the rest of the face natural.


Especially when that one feature is the lips, and especially when those lips are red.



I keep tweaking my new haircut, making micro adjustments. This is the haircut that never ends.


Charlotte Tilbury So Marilyn lipstick over MAC Brick lip pencil. I find Brick to be so versatile. It’s one of only two red lip liners I have (I have a more cherry one as well from it Cosmetics) and I use it for basically every shade of red. Going crazy trying to match lipstick to liner seems completely unnecessary to me, though this may be because I color the whole lip in with the pencil, not just the edges, and I’m always blending the edges out anyway, just to get the shape and gentle haze I want.


I do have foundation/blush/bronzer here, but with a very light hand, just enough to take the edge off the red, so it isn’t too stark, and only a light lashing of mascara.


J Crew tee, marabou jacket (thrifted), Coach knee-high boots (thrifted), Express jeans. I am loving this marabou.




on the street: the red boots

On September 14, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

IMG_6497I like the contrast of these neutral separates with the bold red shoe. I especially like that we have all solids here. Everything is as simple as can be but for me the look totally escapes being dull.

Great against the blue of the bench, too, and somehow improved with the mannequin style guardians of American Apparel watching over all.


into: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid lipsticks

On March 30, 2013 by theseventhsphinx


I have a few of the original Color Sensational lipsticks, and have liked the creamy, pigmented texture for years now. These brights are just as good, and perhaps more consistent in texture, as there were a few duds in the original line. The scent is a slightly strong fruity synthetic, reminds me of some of Rimmel’s lipsticks. Smells a bit cheap (and I would rather have the base chemical ‘lipstick’ smell alone than that plus a fruity coverup), but not something that bothers me.

I really like that bright lips are popular now. I’ve always liked them, but that they are on trend means more companies are catering to the demand, and the drugstore is offering some real options. A number of these colors are excellent dupes for high end shades, notably MAC, and are (for the savvy shopper) a third of the price.

After a bit of research I went for the colors I was initially drawn to: (L to R) Vivid Rose, Hot Plum, Shocking Coral. I didn’t intend to get so many, but there was a sale and I had a coupon…

Throw these on with a little blush (even better, use the lipstick itself as a cream blush) and you don’t need anything else. I’ve been experimenting with wearing lipstick on days I don’t want to wash my hair, and it can pull a pretty shoddy ensemble together. I mean a social experiment, where I watch for reactions. I swear, in bright lipstick I am more likely to get asked for directions, offered assistance, bantered with at the cash register, randomly smiled at more…there is just more interaction. [As opposed to bold eye makeup, which yields less interaction than average, my informal experiments show.]

I also have Coral Crush from the regular Color Sensational line, which is likewise worthy of the ‘vivid’ modifier. Going to have to talk about corals soon.


acquisitions: bright new kicks for spring

On March 14, 2013 by theseventhsphinx



Adidas Spezial sneakers.


♪ ♫ Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks ♪ ♫

upgrades: new shoelaces (laces are so cheap!)

On March 1, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

An inexpensive way to brighten and refresh your shoes? New laces! More to the point, contrasting laces.

For standard, flat, sneaker-style laces I recommend Converse laces, which come in a few lengths and many, many colors. ~$2!

For sturdy, round, boot-style laces, check out Doc Marten’s. ~$3!

[Make sure to get the correct length]

before & after:

pumas before

pumas before

pumas after

pumas after


converse before

converse before

converse after

converse after

docs before

docs before

docs after

docs after


and after

and after

and after

and afer

and after


See what I mean?

(Which color would you go for with the doc martens? Tough call, right?)

N.B. New white laces tend to make broken-in shoes look especially tired.