My Strange Addiction: Shoppers Drug Mart’s Lipstick Aisle


I have recently picked up a bad habit of walking into Shoppers, inadvertently doing my make-up and then walking out without purchasing any of it. There is something so exhilarating about walking through the sliding doors into the wonderful world we Canadians call Shoppers Drug Mart, and walking out with a fresh new face.
I realize this habit is not exactly healthy, and maybe illegal(?), but I’d like to think it’s better than being a hoarder or indulging in other vices.

A big reason as to why I don’t actually end up buying most of the products I try on is because well, they tend to be super expensive and I’m a student. I also don’t actually know how to apply makeup, and my make-up routine consists of applying a little bit of foundation to my acne prone face, and onto the bags under my eyes.

After months of this guilty pleasure, what stands out above the rest are the lipsticks.  Although in my daily routine, I don’t actually wear lipstick, it has become one of my favourite things to try on, and something that I actually may end up splurging on. If you’re going to wear any make up, it should be lipstick. It’s just so easy: to not put on mascara or of eye shadow and to smear on some lip stick – to just get up and go, while still looking like you made an effort. Besides the obvious red, there is a world of lipstick that I was not aware of until browsing the aisles: orange, pink, purple, black, burgundy, lilac – it all exists.

After trying on fifty shades of pink, I now constantly have the urge to find a way to incorporate into my daily routine. Lipstick gives you the ability to match the colour schemes of whatever outfit you’re wearing in order to spice it up. On a recent episode of the Kardashian’s, Khloe paired a deep burgundy lipstick with a very basic outfit, but the lipstick made her look far more glam. It added a perfect twist to the understated ensemble. Khloe Kardashian isn’t the only one to experiment with unconventional shades of lipsticks, Kourtney Kardashian wears bright pink lips all the time, and Kim has been seen to wear orange lipstick.

By scrounging the lipstick aisle of Shoppers, I can safely say that lipstick is just as much a staple as a key statement piece in a wardrobe. Bright lips add a pop of colour, as well as a pop of adventure to your outfit. It makes you feel more confident, and can make a drab outfit something spectacular. Whether you are a total tomboy or love being pretty in pink, a brilliant lipstick has the potential to punch up any look you’re planning. If you’re still hesitant to take on this look so suddenly, I highly suggest taking a trip to Shoppers


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