The Basics.

In this shifting world of different looks and makeup and styles and products (and we’ll have a separate post on all the makeup experimenting I’ve been doing lately), sometimes all you need is simple. And for me, this means pulling out the tried-and-true, the blueprint, the top of the heap: Ruby Woo.

I’ve discussed my enduring love for MAC makeup’s bold red lippie before. In a sea of reds (and I own an inordinate number of reds), it’s just the red for me. This entire week, I’m honoring The Ruby Woo, the first red I wore that gave me the red shade I was looking for. See pics below for today.

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What are your tried and trues?

Onwards…

The Three Faces of This Square Peg.

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All the emotions in the span of the day. Or everyday, really, give or take.

Grumpy, Somewhat Smiley, Eventual Smile.

(I really need to exfoliate/moisturize my kissers before putting on my lip shade. That’s Currant by MAC, by the way. Great for the autumn/winter months. It’s just the lip pencil used all over.)

All right. Onwards, upwards, and lipwards.

“You Always Wear Red Lipstick…”

“…and it inspired me to buy some and wear it whenever I go out.”

My sister said these words to me the other evening as we headed out to dinner. Nice, huh? (Incidentally, she was indeed wearing her new burgundy lippy from MAC, and she wore it proudly.) Just reminded me that gone are the days when I wanted to hide my lips however and whenever I could. Now I clothe them in bright red. What’s even cooler is that my sister has the same plumpalicious lips as I do, and I love that she’s coming out of her comfort zone.

And she wasn’t kidding about me always wearing my red lippy…

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So other than Ruby Woo, my new preferred red lippy is Cream Lip Stain from the Sephora Collection in Always Red. In fact, I’m wearing that shade in most of the photos above. And I have to tell you that this red addiction continues: I just found two more colors that I want to try out. Yikes…

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The Fall Ruby Woo Rule. (Blogtober #15)

You know how much I love my MAC Ruby Woo lipstick. A reminder.

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It’s my go-to when I dress up and it’s also my burst of color for any casual outfit. I love it like crazy. But the thing is, I rarely wear my Ruby Woo when I head into the OK Corral, the 9-to-5, the day to day. One of my co-workers asked me if I even wear makeup. I was like, uh, yeah? But the question didn’t really surprise me: the fact is, I feel like this place doesn’t deserve me all made up, even if it’s just lipstick and some eye shadow. Kinda intense, right? I’ll tell you why: I feel like makeup is for having fun times, good times, dressy times, those sorts of things. Things that have nothing to do with reporting to the Man five days a week. It’s extreme, but it also underscores how I feel about this place. Sigh. Working on a better attitude in 5,4,3,2…Anyway, so I resist putting my “face” on when I come in. Sure, I wear lip gloss or even the Woo once in a blue moon, and I definitely don’t leave the house without my MAC Studio Fix powder plus foundation, but I largely steer clear of my favorite lipstick. But before you can shake your head and lecture me on the importance of looking good for myself, regardless of my environment, I have you beat. From now, I will Ruby Woo wherever I go. This includes the place of nightmares that I call work. What inspired me? My bestie. When we went to Vegas last week, I loved how, regardless of wherever we went, she put her lipstick on. This meant the grocery store, a donut run, so on and so forth. She was never without her lipstick. I thought that was awesome. It reminded me of what I said above: it’s for me. Doesn’t matter where I happen to be. So, my personal rule, which effectively began yesterday: wear your lipstick when you want to, wherever you’re going, if you feel like it. Rather than letting my eager fingers bypass my Ruby Woo in favor of a boring shade of lip gloss, I’ll wear it if I very well please. Not just for fall, of course, but year-round.

And because I love you, here are a few car selfies (celfies) from yesterday when the Ruby Woo Rule went into effect.

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Did I mention that I decided to straighten the fro for a spell, as well? You like? We’ll take it one day at a time as far as how it lasts, but I also want to giddily point out that when the stylist flat ironed it, before putting in some bouncy curls, it was down to my shoulders. Woohoo! It’s my intent to have healthy hair, first and foremost, but I’m also growing it out, as well, so that was nice to see. The versatility of natural hair is really everything.

Do you wear makeup and/or lipstick to work? What beauty changes have you made for yourself lately?

Fabu Fashion Tuesday

I just keep changing things up, huh? Let’s just agree that Fabu Fashion can happen any day. Anyway, wanted to share a few outfit deets on my wedding ensemble from this past weekend.

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Dress – Dress Barn. I wanted something summery and cute for the wedding, and this dress definitely fit the bill. I think I’ve mentioned it before, but Dress Barn tends to skew toward the older, more mature lady. However, once in a while, I walk in and stumble upon a few beauties, and this one really worked for me, especially with the ruffles in the front, which I think made the dress unique. What worked even more was that it was on sale! Fist pump!

Shoes and Clutch Bag – DSW. Inspired, as usual, by outfits I saw on Pinterest when I was researching the look I wanted for the wedding, I decided to opt for nude pumps rather than the typical black shoe with a red dress. Enter these awesome pumps by Audrey Brooke. Found my size, loved the open toe and the heel, snatched them up. That yummy bag topped off the look.

Earrings and Bangles – Target. One of my go-to spots for accessories.

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Hair – After deciding that I wanted a twist out for the day, I co-washed the strands with As I Am Coconut CoWash, followed by an apple cider vinegar rinse (can I profess my love for those, by the way?). My wonderful and patient friend then two-strand twisted the hair for me with a combination of Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie and As I Am Twist Defining Cream. I kept in the twists for a couple of days before untwisting them the morning of the wedding. I spritzed them first with water, then used a bit of coconut oil as I untwisted. Turned out nice, huh? If I say so myself. Which I do. Here all night, folks.

Makeup – You already know I’m a MAC girl. The liquid foundation, Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, and my beloved Ruby Woo and Currant Lip Liner = all MAC. The Colossal Volum’ Express by Maybelline for mascara and an assortment of eye shadow colors, all of which were purchased at Sally’s Beauty Supply, and I was done and ready.

Those are the deets!

Fabu Fashion…Monday.

You’ll recall that the Fabu Fashion feature started on a Thursday…then next occurred on a Friday. Ah, well. I run this, right?

So, sharing what I wore a few weeks ago to a dance party in Connecticut. Don’t want to brag, but This Square Peg was all gussied up and she liked it. What whaaat?

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Dress – very 70s Good Times, huh? Something Willona Woods would wear? Found it at Ross and fell in love with it immediately.

Earrings – Target.

Belt – snazzy, no? Borrowed from my friend’s closet. I’ll be purchasing one that looks just like it.

Make-up – Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation and my precious Ruby Woo lipstick from MAC, Maybelline Falsies Volume Express mascara, and an assortment of eye shadows from Sally Beauty Supply.

And can I wax poetic about my hair? I have a hair crush on my own natural mane, and I was so digging the frohawk style my pal created for me. Yay.

Good times, indeed.