BY TIFFANY JOHNSON
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Guess what day it is . . . Guess what day it is!! Not only is it hump day, but it's also National Lipstick Day. That's right. A whole day dedicated to this beauty staple. I must admit, I'm an advocate for these national days, mainly because they come with discounts and sales. Before I get into sharing which brands are offering sales today, let's get into short story time.
Do you remember the first bold lip color that you wore with confidence? Mine was red! Maybe because I went to college at NC State, who really knows. I do remember that it took time for me to be able to confidently wear this color in public. When it was new to me, I would put on red lipstick before class, then take a few pictures, and eventually wiped it off before I left and went the day with lip gloss. Why? I had to get used to seeing myself in a different way, and needed to be secure in that before I presented it to the world.
I do think, subconsciously, there were undertones of past images and depictions of Black people, and the inaccurate and harmful stereotypes associated with my race that were deep in my mind. The movie Bamboozled by Spike Lee was a hard one to watch, but necessary, and I remember watching it in one of my college courses. Those daunting scenes of Manray and Womack smearing on that red lipstick and going out on stage, while reinforcing negative stereotypes of Black people was a lot, and the furthest from how we should be viewed. However, like the late great Maya Angelou once said, "still I rise."
So, I mustered up the confidence to wear the color and stopped subconsciously worrying about how others would view me in the bold red color, because that is their issue. Not mine. Quickly, it became my go to color and in a good way people began to associate me with the bold beauty statement. Even so much as to have a colleague refer to her excitement about wearing a red lip color being like my beauty staple.
I shared that to say, if you need time to build your beauty confidence, take all the time you need. Wear the colors that you want to wear, because they bring you joy. Don't shy away from them because you think they may be too much for some people. It's your face. I like to think of my face as a blank canvas, and I'm going to paint it how I feel it should be painted . . . and you should too! Don't let the ignorance of others deter you from living out your goals, desires, and passions.
If you're new to make-up, and are thinking about getting into wearing lipstick, this could be a great opportunity to bargain shop.
Now, let's get into these sales! Here are some brands & stores offering lipstick sales for the day:
Sale: Now you know Rihanna's brand had to come with the heat. She has not one but TWO sales going in honor of National Lipstick Day. No promo code is needed, and the sale runs through 7/29/2020.
Let me just say, her lip gloss is goals! It smells so good, and it's not too thick and has a smooth consistency. Fenty Beauty's Gloss Goalz Universal Lip Luminizer 3-PC Set a.k.a lip gloss set is on sale for $40 (usual value $57).
The lipstick, Mattemoiselle, is running a BOGO (buy one get one free) special and they're $5.50 cheaper than normal, running at $12.50.
Sale: If you spend $30 or more, then you'll get to choose one of 3 lipstick colors: Dubonnet (Amplified Lipstick), Marrakesh (Matte Lipstick) or Lady Danger (Matte Lipstick). They are usually valued at $19, and a promo code isn't necessary. Sale ends 7/29/2020.
Sale: In celebration of National Lipstick Day, this well known beauty brand is offering all lip products at buy one get one free (BOGO), including matte lipsticks, lip sets, lip glosses, and liquid lipsticks. Limited time offer. No promo code necessary.
Sale: Purchase 1 lip color, and get another FREE on their website, bitebeauty.com. This promotion ends on 7/29/20, and it's available while supplies last.
Sale: Ulta Beauty is running a BOGO (buy one get one free) deal on lipstick from a variety of brands. The great thing about Ulta is that you can shop multiple brands from one store, and rack up your points for a discount at a later date. Some brands included in the sale are Beauty Bakerie, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Smashbox, Estée Lauder, and more! Offer valid through 8/1/2020.
SALE: If you spend $50 or more, then you'll get to choose a full-size lipstick from the Ultimate Lipstick Love collection in one of 10 colors: Bare, Blush, Dune, Mocha, Orchid, Petal, Rosewood, Sugar, Truffle, or Tulip. The promotion ends of 8/2/2020 at 11:59 P.M. EST.
Sale: Colourpop Cosmetics is running a special offer of 25% off all lip products. (Last year for National Lipstick Day 2019, the brand offered 40% off. Do what you will with that information). Though, this brand does offer quality products for a lower price than your typical beauty company. The promotion is running for a limited time or until their supplies last and no promo code is needed.
Their Disney Designer and Disney Villain collections worked well for me last year from my National Lipstick Day haul. I basically bought both collections. My favorite shades from the Disney Villain collection are Evil Queen (Red) and Dr. Facilier (Pink-ish Nude), but unfortunately it looks like those shades are already sold out. However, one of my first Colourpop products was the lip color, More Better (Deep Magenta-ish) and it is a classic!
Sale: This black-owned brand originally started as a company that offered lip products, and then expanded the brand. Their products are full of pigment while being vegan, paraben-free and cruelty-free and infused with vitamin E, shea butter, avocado oil, and coconut oil.
Today only, 7/29/2020, they're offering a BOGO (buy one get one free) deal on select lip products that are offered solely online at thelipbar.com. No promo code is needed as the deal should be automatically applied to your cart.
Sale: This black-owned beauty brand, known for it's pigment, is offering a special if you spend $45 or more, then you get a FREE matte lipstick in the shade, Mented 5. Promotion ends 7/29/2020 at 11:59 p.m.
Sale: Milani Cosmetics is running a BOGO (buy one get one free) special on all lipsticks through 7/29/2020 at 11:59 P.M. PT. The discount will be applied to the lipstick(s) that costs the least. Promo code is necessary. Use code: LIPSTICK to take advantage of the promotion.
If you love lip gloss, their "Keep it Full Nourishing Lip Plumper" is one that I enjoy. I definitely don't use it to plump my lips, haha, but I love lip gloss and this gloss provides a good amount of shine and isn't sticky. It reminds me of Thin Mints because it gives vibes of peppermint.
Sale: If you spend $25, then you get to select a free full-size lipstick from the collection, VICE Lipstick. Promo code is needed. Use code: LIPSTICK. Limited time offer.
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