dd 22 // finally

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the lipstick that bohemian dreams are made of

this bohemian’s dreams, at least.  it’s called stardust.  need i say more?  MY PERFECT LIPSTICK IS CALLED STARDUST.bb kosas stardust5.jpgok moving on from how happy that makes me.  i have been wanting to try a kosas cosmetics lipstick since they came onto the scene about two years ago.  they are full of great ingredients and don’t use any of the bad ones, including parabens, pthalates, mineral oil, phenoxyethanol, fragrance, petrolatum, and more.  all of kosas’ colors are natural-looking and understated, even the darker or brighter ones.  they are not only beautiful but unique, and a true staple for anyone, makeup lover or not.

so back to the colors.  i was pretty set on getting rosewater, which is described as a blushing rose, with a hydrating finish.  and then kosas released more shades for s/s 2016, including stardust.  and i was sold!  how could i resist a name like that?  stardust is described as a sheer neutral nude with pink and brown undertones, like a summer tan.  ok, now how could i resist THAT?bb kosas stardust2.jpgbb kosas stardust1.jpgbut in all seriousness, stardust is exactly how kosas describes it.  it is the perfect neutral brown pink, with not too much brown but not too much pink.  it is truly my lips but better.  it’s also the perfect level of color, so it doesn’t make it too obvious that i’m wearing lipstick.  the finish is hydrating but not slippery, and extremely long lasting.  honestly it really is like a summer tan – i just feel better with it on.

at $24, these lipsticks are expensive, but also in the exact price range of other natural and conventional lipsticks.  they are packaged in a beautiful black tube with white writing – i did hope it would be metal packaging but it’s plastic.  that was kind of disappointing but it also means that it is a lot lighter to carry around.  this is the first lipstick that i have wanted to wear every day and that doesn’t make me feel overdone – it’s just the perfect amount of oomph for me.bb kosas stardust3.jpgmy only question is, why did it take me so long to bite the bullet?  pun very much intended.stardust1.jpgbb kosas stardust4.jpg

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be the contradiction.

it is right to be a contradiction.  to have the loftiest of goals and the furthest of pipe dreams.  we are not made to live inside a pigeon hole, to only like certain things and never stray from our upbringing or what is expected of us.  it is ok to like white walls with mismatched rugs even though you were raised in a dark home with french antiques.  we are living, walking, breathing collections of everything we have ever seen, everyone we have ever known, every land we have ever traveled.

i will not be brought down by the expectations of others.  i will not be flouted by what you think of me.  i will continue to be me, and free, and happy, and dreaming.  i will do what i want today and change my mind tomorrow.  you will not take any part of me, because you don’t deserve it.  and if you did, you wouldn’t judge or lie or challenge.  you would support my soul in any shape it decides to fly.

so this is goodbye to you, and hello to me.