A Cup of Jo written by my favorite contributor, Caroline, about the one beauty product she always finishes: Weleda Skin Food. I immediately went out and bought Weleda Skin Food and have been loving it since. At the end of the post Caroline asked readers if they had any products they always finish, and I left a comment about my favorite lipstick of all time: Clinique's Black Honey Almost Lipstick.
Fast forward nine months.
Fast forward nine months.
A couple days ago I'm doing my daily visit to A Cup of Jo and there is a new post called "14 Great Reader Comments on Beauty." The second comment they shared for the entire Cup of Jo world to see? Was mine. MINE! On a day where I was feeling kind of down and anxious and meh, it made me feel like the smartest, prettiest girl in the world.
In all seriousness, Black Honey is truly the world's best lipstick color. It's subtle. You don't necessarily look like you have lipstick on. You just look... good. Brightened up. Awake. Pretty. Oh I just love it. I actually HAVE been wearing it since the 7th grade. I can still remember stacking it next to my erasable pen on top of my books in the 8th grade. I remember buying a fresh tube of it for my prom, even though I already had one going. One time when I was 24 a man I was dating looked at me said, "Oh. It was better before." after I put Black Honey on. I will never forget it. He was a really dreadful human being and that was the first moment I started to really realize it. It was as if he'd disrespected a member of my family. No one doesn't like Black Honey. Madonna is wearing it on the cover of her "Ray of Light" single. New York magazine's fashion editor buys it in bulk. It is the best.
I've gone through phases where I've felt like I should try to move on and "grow up" and try a new lipstick color. I've tried a few Mac shades, Revlon's Plum Velour (not bad), a Burt's Bees lip shimmer, meh. I've always come back to Black Honey. That said, in recent years I've become more and more interested in clean beauty. I like knowing that the things I'm slathering on my skin are good for me and not known to cause cancer. I've tried to figure out if Black Honey is "clean enough" and I honestly can't tell. I've switched every other product in my makeup bag over to the clean side of the fence, so even if Black Honey isn't 100% clean, I'm okay with it. However, I did find a dynamite company called Olio e Osso and they make a balm (No. 5 Currant) that is completely delicious and comes insanely close to being almost the exact same shade as Black Honey. If you're a clean freak and you want to make sure you're wearing the cleanest makeup possible AND you love or are intrigued by Black Honey, Oio e Osso's No. 5 is your scene. I own and wear both Olio e Osso No. 5 and Black Honey regularly.
While I'm at it, other clean makeup favorites:
RMS Beauty's "Un" Cover-up
Ilia's Silken Shadow Stick
W3LL People's Expressionist Mascara
Jane Iredale's PureBrow Brow Gel
Kjaer Weis Eye Pencil
All of them I have finished and purchased a second time. I wonder how many tubes of Black Honey I've purchased over the past 27 years...