Hello all! It’s Mini Monday and I hope your week is getting off to a good start.
Today’s Mini Monday post is a tale of two needs. The need to look cute and the need to stuff my face. My most basic needs, generally…This weekend, I pitted Rimmel Provocalips 16hr Kissproof Lipstick against the greatest of Texas barbecue offerings; The Hot Mess.
The Hubs and I finally engaged in some post-Whole 30 celebratory eating this weekend in the form of barbecue. Now I know that you are not supposed to celebrate eating right with eating wrong, but we figured most of what we get at barbecue places wasn’t actually horrible. The main components, meat, sweet potatoes, okra, weren’t the worst we could do. Plus, The Hubs had been craving it since about week two of Whole 30 and I couldn’t bear to see him suffer any longer.
We went to Pecan Lodge, which is my absolute favorite place to get barbecue in the Dallas area (The Hubs prefers Hard Eight. They catered our wedding!). The cool thing about Pecan Lodge (besides the fact that is has the best pork sausage EVER) is that it’s in a super cool part of town. Deep Ellum is full of artwork and cool looking places to eat and see live music.
Since it’s such a cool area, I wanted to get some shots of a new (upcoming) FO for you all. This meant that I had to look decent. Pecan Lodge requires about an hour long wait in line before ordering (Unless you are buying over 5 lbs of meat, then you can use the express lane. The wait it totally worth it though.). We had a few stops to make before lunch. This meant that pictures were going to have to wait until after eating. Herein was my delimma:
One of Pecan Lodge’s signature offerings is a dish called the Hot Mess. It’s amazing. The Hot Mess is the world’s biggest sweet potato topped with cheese, barbacoa style brisket, bacon and spicy sour cream. It’s beautiful. It’s delicious. I highly recommend it.
Now, the Hot Mess is not lipstick friendly. This is where I decided to try a personal experiment. First, the background. I am what The Hubs calls a Porcelain Princess. If I do not put color on my face, I look like a ghost, or a 7th grader (No offense! Ya’ll are awesome!). I also happen to be pretty horrible about touching up my makeup throughout the day. My holy grail of lipsticks would be a lipstick that doesn’t horribly dry out my lips, that stays on through multiple beverages (without gunking up my can/cup/straw. ew..), and doesn’t get on The Hubs when I kiss him.
Enter Rimmel London’s Provocalips. I swear, the long lasting lipstick technology has gotten better since I was in high school. I know because I tried it back then and it was horrible. Rimmel London’s Provocalips line claims to have “kiss proof, transfer proof, food proof high impact endless colour.” So this past weekend, I decided to pit my lipstick against Pecan Lodge’s Hot Mess.
Provocalips comes in about 14 different shades, though the CVS by where I live is stocked for about 3. The shade I wore was Play with Fire, a nice, blue toned red. It’s a 2 step liquid lipstick where you apply the color with a doe foot applicator, wait a minute or two and then apply the gloss. I have found that the lipstick is fairly forgiving to mistakes if you catch it quick, and stands up to decent layering without getting funky. The gloss side is more of the texture of Vaseline than gloss. I wasn’t a huge fan of the flavor of the gloss, but it dissipates quickly. I applied the lipstick at around 8:00 AM before leaving the house.
By lunchtime, the lipstick was still going strong. The Hubs was still afraid to kiss me, despite me kissing my hand several times and showing him that it wasn’t going to get on him. He said he was afraid of it feeling like “crayon lips”. It’s actually a thinner formula that other liquid lipsticks I had tried. It’s definitely not as comfortable as, say, chapstick. However, it doesn’t dry your lips like NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream.
Then came the moment of truth. The Hot Mess in all it’s glory. It was as good as I remembered. I only ate like 3/4 of it because it is massive. Biggest sweet potato I’ve ever seen, and I buy a lot of sweet potatoes. We immediately went from eating to taking pictures, because there was no way that we were going to lose our parking spot. With no touch ups, here’s how my lipstick fared:
Overall, I was thrilled with the was Provocalips performed. I continued to wear it for the rest of the afternoon, though I did add more gloss. A nice lady at the local yarn store even complimented me. It was still going strong by dinner time! As for removal, I find that a little scrubbing with a wet wipe does the trick.
So there you have it. This weekend, I effectively paired two loves: wearing nice makeup and grubbin. Stay tuned Thursday for more pictures of my latest FO, the Morning Walk Hat by Ann Patterson!