My name’s Morgan and I don’t like thinking about what goes on inside my body. I started typing that I don’t like needles, but it’s not precisely true; I’m fine with a tattoo machine and when I get blood taken, it’s not so much the needle that I have a problem with, but the fact it’s going inside my veins.
I got blood taken recently (for only the second time in my life, thank goodness) and it was a minor ordeal. The nurse (probably not a nurse, but I’ll call her that for brevity’s sake) stuck the needle in my left arm for a very long time. I had dragged Callum along with me and I told him all about my work day, in great detail, and she was still trying to draw enough blood to fill the vial. It wasn’t enough, so I ended up with a needle in my other arm too. FUN.
I made Callum get fries with me afterwards, and the anticipation of fries made it almost bearable, but I worry what I would be like if he wasn’t there to hold my hand. How would I be brave?! I think red lipstick would help.
I don’t wear red lipstick all that often, mostly because I’m lazy. I forget how good it looks. This post can serve as a reminder for me that it’s actually A+ Boss Hogg and I should wear it with much more regularity.
Swatched above, from left to right: L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Moisture Matte in RW512 Bloody Mary, NZ$27 – very aptly named; NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, NZ$39; Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon, $NZ45.
(Side note: I thought I was doing well including the L’Oreal lipstick as an affordable option, but upon reminding myself of the price in New Zealand I am disheartened to see it’s barely ten dollars less than the NARS one. Why bother, L’Oreal?)
Here’s why you should bother. The L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Moisture Matte in RW512 Bloody Mary is bloody nice. It’s a true red, with neither orange nor pink nor blue undertones. It’s not truly matte, as you can see in the photo, but that slight glossiness just means it’s really nice to wear and isn’t drying on the lips.
Above is the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella. This leans slightly blue, which to be honest isn’t my favourite type of red to wear. I’m more of an orange-red girl. Upon looking at these photos, though, I think it looks quite nice on! The staying power of all the NARS Velvet Matte pencils is incredible, and this is no different. It went on really nicely and wasn’t drying in the short-term, although I know after about 5 hours and a reapplication it can get a little dry. It’s got a true matte finish, though, and dryness tends to come with the territory.
Now for the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon. I have a tiny one of these from Sephora but I would buy the full size because this is a truly long-lasting lipstick. This would be the one to wear to the pathology lab really, because once it’s dry it is S-E-T and not going anywhere. This is useful if you tend to bite your lips in nervousness. It’s another blue-based red, but because it’s slightly darker it leans towards burgundy, which I like a lot. You just can’t really reapply that successfully with these, so probably avoid eating!
Finally, I realised that the typical ‘blood red’ colour I was thinking about with the first three lipsticks didn’t exactly correspond to what my blood looked like once it was out of me. The vials the nurses took were dark with thick blood. It’s definitely not the bright red of L’Oreal’s Bloody Mary. More like NARS Train Bleu! Which I own. So I went and got it, and put that on too.
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu, NZ$39. This is pretty much the exact colour my blood was in the vial, and funnily enough, it’s more my colour to wear on my lips than the aforementioned reds. It just doesn’t do wonders for the colour of my teeth.
OK people, if you made it this far, I have questions for you. Which one do you think suits me the most? Have you tried any of these lip products? What did you think of them?