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making faces :: get a mauve on

i. just. can't.
i have a strict "no mustache" policy in our household to which there are no exceptions, even for an excellent cause like movember. although the actual movement to grow mustaches as a way of raising funds and promoting awareness for prostate cancer started in the u.k., we in canada have become the kings of movember, which is why bite beauty has decided to get in the game and help some of us ladies to get behind the cause, even those of us who can't get with the mustache game.

this month only [which is half over and for that i apologize], bite is offering a new shade of lipstick in canada called "mauvember", the proceeds from which are being donated to the cause. i need to preface this by saying that the shade sold out almost immediately from sephora's website, but i've heard from multiple sources that there are still plenty to be had in stores.

"mauvember" is made in bite's luminous creme formula, what i refer to as their standard, which is a very creamy, full-coverage lipstick with a satin finish. the wear time for these is average on me- about three hours if my lips are in good shape, closer to two if they're not- but the real joy is in the way these feel on the lips. they are one of the only things i can stand to wear when winter air has my pout peeling and painful, one of the only things outside my beloved nuxe rĂªve de miel lip balm that leaves them feeling better than having nothing at all on there. So considering the cold weather that's descending fast [unless you're in the southern hemisphere, in which case, sure, feel a little smug] and the money goes to a great cause, that's almost reason enough to buy the lipstick on its own.

but wait, it gets better!

the colour itself is well-named: it's a true mauve, which is a purple-tinged pink shade [often with a hint of grey-brown]. i'm not making that shit up. that's what mauve is supposed to be, not that most people can tell anymore, because "mauve" is one of those terms like "plum" that's used to describe almost anything by people too lazy to look up proper colour names online or lacking the visual acuity to judge. so if you're adjudicating a case of a lipstick being mauve, start with this one, because it's an excellent example.



this is one of the muted examples of mauve, where there's definitely a hint of taupe-brown in the mix. that gives it a muted, understated effect, but i find that the colour still has a pleasing, happy feel about it, like honeysuckles in the sun. it's a soft colour but not a dull one. mauve tones- real ones- always lean cool, but the slightly earthy undertone to this one makes it suitable for more neutral complexions as well. it has more punch than a nude or "my lips but better"* shade, but it's perfectly appropriate for situations where bolder makeup is going to look out of place. [*although it is, in point of fact, quite close to the colour of my lips, it does read as a lipstick on me, and not just a little "perk up" to their natural appearance, which is how i define the mlbb type.]

mauvember
the colour immediately reminded me of the mac staple "up the amp" and they are similar, but "up the amp" is cooler and greyer. since its inherent coolness can make "up the amp" a little trickier for most people to wear [although exquisite on the right complexion], i think "mauvember" is likely to be a more harmonious option for a larger number of people. in seasonal colour analysis terms, "up the amp" is the property of true summers, whereas "mauvement" belongs to soft summer, but could also work for a dark winter, dark autumn or even a cooler-toned soft autumn.

l to r :: mauvember, mac up the amp
here's one way to use the colour, in combination with some warm peach and plum shades, a combination i really like. i apologise for the slightly wonky lighting, but i'm working with what i'm given...




on the eyes, i have a selection of shadows from makeup forever: i524 "pinky beige" on the interior of the mobile lid, d826 "fig" on the outer part of the lid and into the crease with d830 "black rose" used to darken the outer "v", i662 "amber brown" used to blend the two lid shades and diffuse "fig" towards the browbone, with s522 "pinky nude" used as a highlight. i'm also wearing nars larger than life eyeliner in "via veneto" [black] and ysl effet faux cils babydoll mascara. the cheeks are a combination of hourglass "mood exposure" and "luminous light".

the movember foundation does some amazing work and they absolutely deserve your support. they've expanded from focusing solely on prostate cancer [as a twin to october's breast cancer awareness] to men's health in general. i'm especially happy to see that they've taken on the issues of mental health. it's an opinion, but i feel like the gender discrepancy in mental disorders [women are diagnosed more often than men] is no longer because women are assumed to be naturally "hysterical", but because there is not-so-subtle pressure on men to "push through", even at the expense of their health. putting mental health issues on par with physical health helps scrape away the stigma and reinforces the idea that they are equal.

so even if, like me, you can't stand to have your man mustachio'd for a month, do your bit with beauty and snap up this limited lovely at sephora canada stores, like a sir!

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