Ahh, summer. Well, it’s still a few days off to be officially summer, but I’m calling it. We don’t really get spring here, anyways—we just have a period of time where it is winter for two days, then summer for a little while, and then winter again, and so on and so forth until we settle into a mostly summer routine (no guarantees it won’t snow in July, though). Anyhow, this lipstick is just perfect for summer, and now that the season is upon us (knock on wood), it’s high time to share it with you!

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I broke out this lipstick on the May Long weekend. For those of you from gentler climes, the May Long weekend is our landmark weekend for good weather—the one that says “Go forth and plant your garden, open up those public washrooms, and if you are very brave (and perhaps a bit crazy), go camping!” (going camping on the May Long weekend is generally a bad idea as we have snow in the mountains well into June, but that is not a deterrent for everyone).

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So, with the sun finally high in the sky until at least 8PM, with green grass and Canadian geese crapping on everything and hissing at everyone, we set out for the first ice cream/sunshine walk of the season. It was brilliant, and this lipstick was perfect. Paired with a bit of eye bright, some filled in brows, a sweep of mascara, and a great hat to prevent myself from getting torched (as I do so very well, sadly), we were off. And it was wonderful.

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The lipstick itself is quite simple. It’s a luscious, creamy base coloured with orange and red iron oxides, with just a hint of copper mica for some shimmer. There’s no opacifier here (like titanium dioxide), so this lipstick could easily be called a heavy handed lip gloss as well. It’s perfect for summer days, sunshine, and eating ice cream.

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Summer Shimmer Lipstick

3g | 0.1oz beeswax
7g | 0.25oz shea butter
4g | 0.14oz cocoa butter
10g | 0.35oz avocado oil
1g | 0.03oz magnesium stearate

1 tsp red iron oxide
½ tsp yellow iron oxide
1/8 tsp copper mica (I use these tiny measuring spoons for tiny measurements like this)

Weigh the oils, butters, and magnesium stearate into a small saucepan and melt together over low heat until you have a pool of clear, golden liquid (if it’s cloudy the magnesium stearate hasn’t melted yet). This will take about twenty minutes—take care not to scorch the oils! Once everything has melted, remove the pan from the heat.

Stir together the oxides and mica, and blend them into the melted oils using a flexible silicone spatula. Stir, mash, and smear until the mixture has thickened to the consistency of warm honey, and pour into lip balm containers or shallow tins. Best applied with a lip brush.

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