This month’s Lipstick Bandits collaboration is something a little different. Instead of a colour or challenge theme, Lily suggested that we do a “his pick” post, featuring a lip colour chosen by a guy in each of our lives.
I gave M free swatching reign of my collection, and lo and behold: he picked a Chubby Stick. It’s like we were made for each other.
My boy is pretty terrible (like most) at being able to tell when I’ve got makeup on, but he has one thing down pat: his taste in products. Out of everything he could have picked, Mathew gravitated straight toward my Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in 04 Heftiest Hibiscus ($16 USD/$19 CAD), which–despite its terrible name–is one of my all-time favourite Chubby Sticks.
I want it noted, right now, that I did not coerce him into this decision in any way, despite my fanatical love for Chubby Sticks. (And wow, brain, please stop with the terrible innuendo, I cannot deal with you at present.)
Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Heftiest Hibiscus swatch
Heftiest Hibiscus is a gorgeously vivid hibiscus-hued lipstick: a bit tomato, a bit fuchsia, and almost a bit fluorescent, it might just be the boldest shade out Clinique’s entire product range. The Chubby Stick Intense lineup is full-coverage and comfortable to wear, lasting a good 3-5 hours on me — which is to say, however long I need it to last before I give up and wipe it off to eat things.
(Remembering to eat things: very important.)
If I was a better blogger, I’d have put together a smokey eye to pair with this lip, had Mathew photograph it, and written up a humorous tale of how we met.
I did not take this picture of M (but damn, is it pretty.)
We’ve been busy all summer, though (okay, he’s been busy mixing the upcoming Ghost Cousin album; I’ve just been sick), and we never really had a meet-cute. I met him at a quiet basement show, we parted ways. I think it was September. It slipped our minds — I ran into him by chance, months later, and we started talking.
We never really stopped.
Mathew and I have nothing in common, past the way that we think, but I’d like to believe we make each other better. He prods at the way I phrase things; I poke at the words he chooses. He tells me about audio engineering; I talk to him about brains. I tell him that I’m not a fish; he sweeps me off my feet just to hear me laugh.
Clinique Heftiest Hibiscus, fourth from left. (Image from this post.)
The real lip highlight of our relationship, however, is a simple tube of Eucerin Aquaphor. I introduced the boy to this pretty early on (what? It’s not like he didn’t already know he was dating a beauty blogger, and that I’d be shameless in getting him to try out products for me), and some days, I swear he likes this stuff more than he likes me.
(I kid, I kid! Mathew’s never forgotten me anywhere, which is more than I can say of his little pot of Aquaphor.)
Like Vaseline on steroids, Aquaphor is colourless and emollient, melting into the skin on contact to act as a moisture barrier. It’s a wonderful lanolin-based balm for all your chapped-skin concerns: I use this stuff on my super-dry skin when I just can’t take it anymore, and he uses it as a super-charged lip balm.
And by super-charged lip balm, I mean super-charged kissing balm. He’s really quite bright, I swear, but — well. He’s also sometimes such a boy.
Clinique Heftiest Hibiscus, from this post. This thing is a nightmare to colour-balance!
See the other Lipstick Bandits’ Boys’ picks:
We’re not all in this one, but here are the Bandits who were able to find the time this month…
- Beauty Reflections
- Eye Heart It
- Getting Cheeky
- Glitter Geek
- Messy Wands
- Mostly Sunny
- My Funny Valentine
- Rocaille Writes
Clinique Heftiest Hibiscus swatch
Clinique Chubby Stick in 04 Heftiest Hibisucus
The full range of Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balms — review here.