Stacy B here! Happy Valentine's Day! What a weird, poloarized and kind of pointless holiday. I get the 'you should tell your loved one you love them everyday, not just today' argument, but I also get the 'it's such a nice reminder to do something special in a world that's totally busy and overwhelming" argument.
Yes, you SHOULD appreciate your loved ones everyday, but life is hectic and DOES get in the way. So yeah, this day is a good reminder for us all to slow down for a bit, hug your special someone, call your mother, support a local business by buying overpriced flowers or chocolates and enjoy it. Single or paired, there are people in your life you should show love for, and today's a great day to do it.
Thankfully, it's only one day. Red is not my color. I am wearing a nice red sweater with an adorable white button down shirt with black polka dots underneath it but I feel pale and washed out. Red just really gets me! No bold, sexy, red lips for me today! Or ever!
I hear over and over that "anyone can wear a red lip" but I just can't. I look terrible. No matter what shade I try, my skin looks pale and yellow against it. And they always start to look orange on me after a while. Once, I found a burgundy shade that almost worked, but it was just too bold for me. I like to play with my eye makeup, not lips. I've always been an eye girl, not a lip girl.
But, in the spirit of St. Valentine, I decided to try a red gloss from Wet n Wild. Of course, Wet n Wild because it's cheap, fun and a great brand to experiment with. Their quality has really improved but their prices have stayed the same so what better brand to try something new for less than $5.
Today, I'm wearing Wet n Wild's Mega Slick's Lip Gloss in Red Sensation. It's not bad. It's still red, but it's a gloss so the pigment is not all that strong. I layered it over a nice gold/nude color I have and that dulled the orange that always seems to come out when I try on a red. I still feel a bit self-conscious, it's redder than anything I'd wear normally, but so far no one's given me any crazy looks.
Meg here! Sometimes I can call 'em! I think it was back in 2006 when I proclaimed Liptini my most favortie lip stains ever! Back then they were a little boutique company right here in LA. The last time I was in NYC I was walking down the street and saw, much to my delight a big display of Liptini right in the drugstores window! It was a big drugstore too, like a Duane Reade or a Walgreens. It's a nice feeling when I am validated that "yes! that was a pulse my finger was feeling!"
I know I'm not alone in my obsession with these gorgeous colors, amazing staying power and conveniently packaged tubes of greatness. Over the years, I told all of my friends to go pick them up if they wanted a great item whose color you can layer for an even bolder effect. I know I know my stuff but it is great when I "google" the Liptini and see thousands of A+ reviews with lots of women agreeing with me! So you go Liptini! This Momma is so proud!
I recently tried Liptini's shade "Pink Squirell." It looks a lot redder in the tube but once it goes on, it's really a perfectly innocent, youthful and realistic pink. The type of pink lips you'd get if you were 5 years old and playing in the snow. It's that healthy natural pink that no one seems to ever have naturally. I know. Go figure. I like to layer so I apply it, let it dry and repeat 3x. Sometimes, I'll add a clear gloss or a complimentary shade in a pink.
Meg here! Happy Thanksgiving! I'm so thankful for you and your support and comments! Today I'm talking holiday beauy with Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in the iconic shade of Cherries In The Snow. When I opened my pack from Revlon I was thrilled. I've been a fan of Cherries In The Snow since I was borrowing it from my Gram's vanity since I was 7 years old. The color is really great for the holidays and I always get tons of compliments when I wear it.
It goes on smooth and seems to make my teeth look whiter, as a coffee drinker and disgusting smoker, I need all the help I can get.
Lipliner has gotten a bad rap ever since the mid 90's. Am I the only one that remembers when women would line their lips with brown eyeliner and then fill in with a nude lip? Lord, that was awful, you know what was also pretty bad? When ladies mismatch shades. You don't want your liner to be darker than your lip color. When done properly, lipliner is a girl's secret weapon. I like to put it on after I've applied my lipstick. Revlon Colorstay Lipliner really does the trick.
Stacy B here! I ran out of my favorite lip balm last night. That's the worst. I could feel the curved edges lightly scraping my lips even after turning that little wheel at the bottom a dozen times. I knew it would happen, I've been using it forever but still, it's a hard thing to deal with. I'm sure I'm not the only one out there who is very attached (and very territorial) about my bedside balm! Hubby's not even allowed to use it, and it's hidden away from my curious 3-year-old.
I have been using, religiously, every night for about 6 months now, the Jason Sunbrellas Lip Balm SPF 25.I know. No one needs SPF at night but this stuff smelled so good and lasted so long, it became my night time balm by default. I could put this on at night, sleep a full 8 hours (ha! I said COULD, not would...I do still have an infant) and wake up with lips that are moist, smooth, not chapped at all and ready for the day. Even while I'm still getting up at night now to feed a little one, I don't have to reapply throughout the night. One good swipe before it's lights out and I'm good for the day.
It has a great minty smell and flavor that is not too strong, doesn't sting or tingle like some mint flavors can do, and doesn't overwhelm you. The best part is it's all natural, so no artifical colors, no animal testing, nothing in there that will cause weird lip cancers or something and it really lasts. I've used this through winters, springs and summers and even in the dryest of New England winters, it worked. On weekends I'll put some on in the morning if I'm not wearing make up or haven't showered yet and I'm usually good for the whole day. Even through eating and showering, when I get around to it.
Stacy B here! I've had a lot of time to myself lately. Well, me and my newborn, but as much as I talk to him throughout the day, he doesn't talk back much. Being home with a very good but demanding little baby who much prefers to be held while walking around the house offers me a lot of time to play around with new make up and make up styles.
I know, it's pretty funny to think about me walking around the house with my handsome little man who probably spit up down my back, in yoga pants and a t-shirt, most likely un-showered and hair in a 2-day old ponytail with full glam, red-carpet-ready make up. But it's happened a few times! Sometimes I have time to wash it off before my hubby gets home but not always. He's gotten used to seeing me in various states of made up and just calmly takes the baby and lets me shower.
This certainly isn't the first time I've admitted to something slightly embarrassing in the name of make up reviews! And I bet it won't be the last.
Being home alone is a good time to try things you wouldn't normally try. I've been trying various shades of NYX's Pump it up Lip Plumper because I have always been afraid to try this before something important. What if I react badly to it and it makes me look like I got punched in the lips and then doesn't go down? I'm sure that's unrealistic, but when you are home all day with a baby, your mind goes to weird places...
The good news is that this did NOT make me look like a crazy balloon lipped lady. The bad news is that I'm not sure it did anything. It is a gloss so it can stand on its own which is nice. I didn't need to layer a lipstick under it to get color. Although there is a clear one which I could have used to layer if I wanted to. It's mildly sticky but not too annoying, and went on fairly smoothly. It's definitely not a high quality gloss, but it's not bad. It's usually sold for under $6, so keep that in mind.
At first, nothing happened. Then, after a few minutes, my lips started to tingle. It was a very weird feeling, like I ate too many of those little cinnamon red hot candies and licked my lips about a dozen times. I was afraid to talk too much or eat anything. I had an odd fear that it was like when you go to the dentist and get novacaine and if you talk or move too much you drool everywhere. Again, not realistic but come on, I am still up twice a night to feed my little man!
I kept checking the mirror to see if I could notice a difference. I couldn't so I asked the Mister. He very quickly said he could tell that my lips were a little more swollen than normal. Too quickly. I am not sure I believe him. And yes, he used 'swollen' which I guess isn't the worst thing he could have said.
Stacy B here! In the past 5 or so years, I think I've been to more than 25 weddings. There was a time in our late 20s when my husband and I (we were one of the first of all our friends to tie the knot) had five to seven invites a year. At first we tried to get to them all but we had to cut down our wedding travel and overnight stays as we got older, bought a house and had kids. Plus, a new dress, shoes and accessories per wedding were getting expensive! And yes, I HAD to get a new outfit each time, they were usually the same circle of friends invited, I couldn't repeat!
Of course we made it to all the local ones and last weekend was no exception. We had a great time, got out and away from the kids for a night (thanks Mom and Dad!) and got to see a lot of good friends who we hadn't seen since before the baby was born in April. Since I wasn't going to buy a new dress that won't fit as soon as the rest of the baby weight is gone, I splurged on some new makeup. And by splurge, you know I mean drugstore buys with coupons. Like under $10 total.
Thank you again, Wet n Wild for your product makeover without the price hike. I bought myself a really nice peach-y brown neutral lip color, Mega Shield Lip Color Spf 15 -in Peachy Keen. For only $3!
I know, I know, sometimes you get what you pay for. This is not a miracle stick. It will not last for days, create the perfect Angelina pout, get all your drinks paid for, or even last through dinner. But, it was $3. It promised to 'glide on buttery-soft'', deliever moderate coverage, and condition with Vitamin E, amino acids, avocado oil, and rice bran oil. It did all three, so I was happy. It was like I paid $1 for each claim.
It did go on really smoothly and blended perfectly with my gloss. It was not chalky or heavy and felt more gloss-like than a heavy lipstick. The color was perfect and the pigment was just right. On my lips the color looked just like the stick so I know now that if I buy another color, I won't have to debate in the store whether or not the color will be the true when I get it home.
It did not dry out my lips at all and I had no flaking or smudging. I can't speak to the SPF-ness of it, but I'm not one to wear lipstick to the beach so I'd be OK with whatever's in there.
The only gripe I have is that it promises to last for hours...not so much. I barely got through the cocktail hour before I knew I had to reapply. And then again after dinner. But, that's not a big deal to me. After a few open bar cocktails, I usually have to go to the bathroom a few times anyway, so a little touch up is not a nuisance at all. I loved the color so I accept that trade off.
Meg here! I have an item that you probably need. NEED. Scratch "probably". If you're like me, when you find something that works and performs beautifully, you'll havd over your money. More than I would care to admit, I take a deep breathe and just hand it to the cashier and tell her to "just ring it fast please!" Before my inner Susie Ormand voice (luckily I silence it a lot) says "If you put the money that you just spent on that bag/shoes/jacket you would have a healthy IRA." I just want my darn purchase in the bag, that way I can reply "next time! Too late here!" Yes, I'm the picture of financial responsibility.
Knowing this fact about me is going to hopefully, get your butt in gear and get you to your local drugstore where you can often find Revlon on sale! The great news, you can get it even cheaper than that! Just leave in the comments below why you need a Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain and Revlon will mail you one! The first 10 commenters win!
If you find yourself to be comment 11, don't fret. These amazingly affordable, Kissable bam stains are so reasonably priced, you can buy three for the price of a similar product!
You're going to want at least three.
I have always had a love affair with lipstains, I adore the staying power! What I don't adore? The "lip drying" factor. SUre, the color will stay for hours. It's like the color has deeply permeated into my flesh and not in a moisturizing way. I've actually used some that felt like a Sharpie. In the name of beauty and time, I've just dealt with it. Someday, they will "build a better man trap!" Or "mousetrap," whatever works.
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain is a huge winner! A chunky, crayola inspired crayon that's comes in an array of flattering shades. The staying power is fantastic, it lasts a long time-hours! The best part, it goes on creamy and moisturizing. There's zero "tightness". I'm glad Revlon elected to add "BALM" in the title because that's exactly what it feels like. My lips are being nourished all the while touting a fabulous colored sheen.
My go-to has been a berry colored shade called "Adore". We're talking some serious summer loving, it has made its way into the coveted purse cosmetic bag. Here is something that I do. I know it is shallow and stupid and ridiculous, but hey, I never claimed to be anyone's hero. I like to put my pricier items in my purse. I like to grab a $25 lipstick out of it and put the fabulously expensive package on display. I am superficial and a poser like that. This item is under $8. I proudly pull it out with enthusiam and glee like it's $80. I know, I need my head examined.
Goddess Granny here! It's June and that means 2012 is half over which terrifies me because it feels like you just get one new look under control and it's already time to begin the next reinvention! There is something to be said for a "classic look" but I'm having trouble defining what that means: do I stick with red lips and black cats eye liner forever, do I just update products because the tech is giving us options, or do I just deal with the mood/look of the moment in my mind and run with it?
I have tried but cannot embrace "nail art" although I love it on others and will wear outrageous shades on my toes! I have tried lash-extensions only to have swollen eyes from adhesive and the cost of upkeep is crazy and I have decided that "ombre" in any form is best left to those whose weren't around when tie dye had it's heyday! So I'm trying to wade through the ever-increasing options when it comes to "what works" and again, attempt to have what works, quality, and if I'm feeling vain, nice packaging as a bonus!
The name and brand Yves Sant Laurent (1936-2008) is synonymous with class any way you slice it! From some of the most breathtaking and memorable fashion designs of all times to the iconic fragrance "Opium" with ads that shocked and seduced, I believe almost everyone has heard of the legend! "With her innate elegance, the YSL woman adapts to every moment in her life and this is what makes her so desirable!" Swoon…who would NOT want to be that woman? I cannot possibly define or use words ANY better to describe my personal relationship with makeup than Monsieur himself has and it's pure genius:
The inimitable "Touch Eclat" has been on the top of "the best" product lists forever because it's really the best and I believe that a NEW star will earn rave reviews in 2012 and beyond," Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres Glossy Stain!" Whew…now that's a name but I'll refer to it as YSL Glossy lip stain and it will be fine for our purposes.It's an entirely NEW product, formula, and finish and there is nothing else like it (yet…you know they will try) on the market! This is a hybrid gloss/stain that comes in a vast array of shades so there's sure to be one you love…every cosmetic YSL creates is housed in luxurious-packaging that makes me feel so French and fancy when I use it and this comes in a gorgeous, hefty container with a clear window so if you have more than one, you can see the actual product inside.The applicator is unique,not a typical "does foot" but a plush and perfect one obviously created just to apply this product.And what a sensual application it is: start in the middle and swipe out to the corners top and bottom without doing the dreaded "lip smack" because you want this to set and it will in seconds! It goes on cool and wet and silky and creamy like the best kiss ever and colors your lips in a FRESH new way with a finish that is full-coverage- glossy and polished with gorgeous color but it is a stain as well so the results last without becoming dry or with those weird-lines because it fades unevenly!
It is pure perfection for those of us who rely on our lips to anchor our "look" and I have literally not had it on since I bought the first one a couple of weeks ago and many have noticed!
My original shade was #9 "Rouge Laque" and it's the PERFECT juicy Summer shade but I was so enamored with this product, I ordered up three more in various shades of red and WANT every single shade! It's a guiltless and sensual experience to apply this product and the way it lights up my face even if I'm only wearing a bit of coverup and mascara is epic! Absolutely worth every penny, there is a generous amount of product in the container and I only re-apply after a meal or with a fresh face because it stays pretty for so long!
You can find it at Sephora but I'm glad I took the time to visit the YSL site: it's so elegant and informative and I feel very chi-chi just reading it!
Meg here! I know I write about some out there topics but don't worry. Napoleon Perdis Nude Bar is not some new, seedy, drinking joint in a shady part of town! Oh you silly geese! Napoleon Perdis was all about reds for this fall, he was as he always is, completely on target and trend. It may help to be completely on target and trend when you're the one that creates them...Back to my point. I swear I had one.
So this spring if you're going to be doing the still hot mettalic eyeshadows then you must pair it with the always sexy nude lip. If you're doing subtle eyes than go for a bold, spring lip. The Master recommends Hara or Aphrodite!
I write that and it doesn't sound nearly as fabulous as when Napoleon says it! I wish I was able to exude such prescence. Perdis has been one of the worlds leading makeup artists for years and his Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy has been held in the highest esteem. It's like having Harvard on your resume for the beauty world. Unlike other schools, Perdis has created an experience that takes students through the steps, A-Z. Let's Start with "A" shall we? A for Ambience. The school space is over 9,000 feet on Hollywood Boulevard. It's steps away from where they host this little event called "The Oscars." So no big deal.
Napoleon painstakingly created a work space where his studios not only have top notch materials (computer library, tons of beauty literature and amazing work stations complete with their extremely successful teachers.) He went a step further. Instead of having students searching for cool locations, Napoleon built a studio inside the Academy. At the turn of a key, his school space not only turns into a professional shooting studio but also a fabulous event space. Major magazines and TV productions have been using it at as shooting space and that's incredible exposure for some very lucky up and coming beauty talents.
Goddess Granny on the fly yet again has found a little something something to share that is REALLY a cool little product because If you make me wait too long in the checkout line and if there are are cute little bottles and items especially if they are unique in shape and color,I will pile them into my basket and you product-designers KNOW this! This was on a "shop and grab" run to Ulta and I found gold among the glitter!
I adore red lipstick but hate to see it being worn on lips that need some solid moisture and maybe a bit of TLC before it's applied because then it juts isn't pretty: you need a bit of prep to insure that your lips are plum and pillowy and THEN your knock em' dead red will get the looks of lust! Some lip balms are too waxy and others too sticky and it's hard to create a "base" for glam lips that adds to the effect and doesn't cause it to slide off or end up on your teeth! I hate that so when I picked up this sassy little I don't really know what you'd call it shaped hybrid tube with a rollerball of MAGIC lip fixit,I was ridiculously pleased…
OWN is a unique little company with a very straightforward philosophy: natural, effective, efficient and affordable: what's not to like about that? I love their packaging and intend to order up some of their products I haven't seen in retail locations yet because their "Nighttime Lip Therapy" is absolutely AMAZING!!! I just love this funky little deep-blue tube/rollerball that allows the product to seep and ooze perfectly onto every little corner of your lips when you glide it on at night,it feels smooth with a bit of a sugary taste and scent that goes away quickly but what remains is the most incredible moisture-barrier and wake me up beautiful plump lips ever!
It rejuvenates, it rehydrates, it feels sexy and luscious, and it WORKS: I wake up with a pouty-plump pair of lips ready to smooch or to paint to perfection! It's a luxurious mix of oils and shea-butter that will have you using it a lot more often than at night,so feel free to indulge because it's not pricey so you can apply with glee! I have paid a ton of money for products that insured lush lips but can honestly say that when you apply this as directed at night you get incomparable results with no fuss or muss! This is a truly fantastic little item and I suggest it to anyone,whether you love lipstick or not because you'll be able to feel and see the difference the first morning after you try it!