Hi, everyone! People who have shopped with me know that I'm a huge enabler. My goal is not to bully you into buying makeup, I promise, but typically my passion for certain products cannot be tamed and I unconsciously morph into a convincing salesperson. And my friends tend to buy stuff as a result. Girl can't help it! Once in a while I'm commissioned by pals to specifically help them pick out some new products, which totally ups the fun factor and eradicates the guilt if they spend lots of cash ;) This was the case a couple weeks ago, when a friend of mine invited me to accompany her to the Saks beauty department so I could guide her in choosing some luxury picks worth the splurge. I was more than happy to do so and, in the process, the tables were turned and I found myself being enabled as well. Buying makeup at Saks? Yeah, twist my arm, please.
Whenever a Saks Fifth Avenue bag graces my counter top, it's a sure sign
I've been up to no good that I've properly treated myself and this is no exception! After lurking and playing at the Tom Ford counter for quite a while, I tried on a new lipstick that I just could not live without.
There are few things more luxurious and beautiful than Tom Ford Lip Colours ($68 CAD- yes, the prices have gone up- eek!) and the shade that won my hear this time around was Dark and Stormy. This colour had completely missed my radar when it was released last Fall (it was part of a shade extension range in later 2015), but it was seemingly meant to cross my path this summer.
Like all Tom Ford Lip Colours, Dark and Stormy comes packaged in a quilted shiny brown box with gold lettering and is housed in a beautiful, weighty square-shaped tube, also of brown and gold. The lipstick bullet is imprinted with the TF logo, which is a lovely, luxurious touch that makes me almost (but not quite) hesitate to use it.
In terms of shade, Dark and Stormy is one of the most unique, yet totally flattering vampy lipsticks I've come across. It's a complex mix of brown, berry, and red that is rich, warm and saturated while still having enough brightness to keep some life in the face. It is decidedly bold, but does not cross over into the witchy near-black lipstick zone (not that there's anything wrong with that). It has a subtle satin finish that adds a fullness to the lips and is totally opaque in just one swipe.
Here's a swatch of Dark and Stormy on my inner arm (MAC NC15 skin tone):
And here it is in the context of a completed makeup look:
The transformative powers of makeup never cease to mesmerize me and finding a unique, flattering lipstick shade like Dark and Stormy reminds me just how easy it is to channel a mood in just one swipe. This lipstick truly makes me feel bold, sultry, powerful, and glamorous- if I'm going to be enabled to splurge on makeup, why not it be on a product that not only beautifies, but also helps me feel at my sexiest and most badass?! :)
Have you stumbled across any new lipstick faves of late? What is your favourite Tom Ford lipstick? Favourite vampy lip shades?
Have a fantastic day and thands so much for stopping by! xo