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!
Stacy B here! I'm in my office, enjoying my view of the construction going on next door where our new building is going up taking a little snack break. And by 'enjoying the view' I mean staring terrified at the workers on the ledges of the steel beams flying through the air hoping if someone falls, I'm not the only one who sees it.
It's about 3 pm and I wipe my mouth and I check my little desk mirror to make sure I have nothing stuck in my teeth and I realize that my morning lipstick just wiped off on my napkin and now my lips are officially bare. It's been about 7 hours since applied it and it's been through a full breakfast, a morning snack, a full lunch and an afternoon snack. I eat a lot now, on account of that pesky little human growing inside me. Pretty amazing for a drugstore product!
Thanks Maybelline for another drugstore gem accessible to anyone, no matter how much is in your wallet. I told you all before I had a lot of new Maybelling stuff this month, so here's review number 2 in a longer line. I'll break it up a bit as the weeks go on, but I'm pretty happy with some of the new spring products Maybelline is debuting this month so I'd really like to share them with my favorite internet ladies.
This morning I applied Maybelline's Super Stay 14 Lipstick! No, it's not really a 14 hour lipstick, but honestly, with the amount of food going in my body right now and how much I talk at my job, getting from 8 am to about 3 pm is pretty good. And it would have been longer if I hadn't had to wipe my mouth. I dabbed it earlier after breakfast which usually preserves lip color, but this afternoon it didn't occur to me that my color might still be on 7 hours later so I just wiped away.
Goddess Granny is out the door en route to cool temps and warm hearts but I snagged a little something last week I simply cannot leave without sharing with y'all because they're amazing! If you don't know who Kate Moss is, I seriously would be surprised as she's been one of THE most influential style and beauty icons of the past decade and beyond because of her quirky glamour and indisputable sensuality. The girl can make anything she wears or sells look HOT and that has been a seriously bankable asset to her! She is a bit of a bad girl in a good way and I'm a huge fan so when I heard that yet another mass-market brand of distinction, the UK based line "Rimmel" teamed up with their "face." Joined together to create some of THE most gorgeous and in my opinion BEST lipstick shades currently on the shelves, I of course, scrambled down to see what all the fuss was about…
These are NOT the typical greasy, smells like butter out at the picnic, non-performing lipsticks that line many shelves at the drugstore and supermarket: these are so close to the "couture" brands in both presentation and formula that I was shocked! A beautifully designed and hefty matte and shiny black tube embellished with Kate's own signature in red houses the five GORGEOUS shades worthy of her name designed by Miz Moss herself! The scent is divine and chic, not unlike "that" high-end designer lipstick brand that hovers at the $30.00 price point and the shades are fabulous! I was able to snatch the last #1 and #12 from the display, and the #1 has been on the lips and blogs of MANY top makeup artists lately because it's "that red…" you know,the one that EVERYONE looks perfect in???
The formula is designated as a "lasting finish" but these slip on with no dryness or pull and TONS of pigmented intensity! If I didn't have the drugstore bag on my vanity I seriously would have not been able to tell these from MUCH higher priced lipsticks and the lasting creamy- color-payoff was simply perfection! I will go as far as to say that #12, a pinky-coral-red may just be THE most PERFECT shade of red ever on a redhead! You know the one that Christina Hendricks wears to gala events and they say it's some name brand. When I go to find it, it looks nothing like the photo in the tube! It's probably a hybrid created by a color genius with a brush and like 17 tubes of color swiped on her lips?
Stacy B here! As women, we have a tendency to be jealous and wary of other women. Some say it's a double standard in the way we have been raised, always the lesser gender and therefore in competition with each other, some say it's from media pressure to always look perfect and some even say it's because we've been told we can have it all and if we don't, we hate that girl that does.
No matter what the reason, it's stupid. We should try hard to keep jealousy at bay and not only celebrate our best features, but appreciate the positives in others. We all have good things in us and we should be happy with that. I know I've said this before but this site is really great for positive feedback and I see a lot of support for each other, even in our differences. On a slight side note, thanks to everyone who's said such nice things to me in the last few weeks when I went through the whole car accident, bad cop, traveling husband, sick toddler and general pregnancy woes. It definitely made me feel better!
Now, after all my sunshine and rainbows I have to tell you...I'm jealous of women who can pull of red lipstick. It's so glamorous and beautiful and pulled together and is an instant confidence boost. I just can't do it and I've tried so many times. Something about my skin tone just doesn't mesh with red. But good for you if you can! I won't be negative about it, I'll just admire you from afar.
I tried L'Oreal Color Riche Le Gloss in Red Ravishing and was crushed to realize that it was just another great product in a color that made me feel like I will never be a screen siren sex goddess with a perfect red pout.
Stacy B here! I may be a coupon cutting, deal finding, drugstore shopping mom, but that doesn't mean I'm not up on the latest fashion. I watch the shows, read the magazines and check the websites and try to stay up on latest trends (cost-efficiently, of course!) But, life gets busy sometimes. I forget to check my blogs and sites, or I find myself reading a People from 3 weeks ago or I look in my closet and realize my most current shirt is from October. Oops.
That usually sends me straight to Nordstrom's Rack, or hautelook.com for a quick update and an inexpensive retail pick-me-up. I try, really. And I never pay full price. I'm posing this question to you because I am not ashamed to admit I miss the latest trends sometimes and I know you all have those busy weeks when you suddenly realize your toes aren't bare because you took off the polish, they're bare because the color chipped off and grew out. We're all busy people!
So....are matte lips in? I lean toward no. Help me out ladies, flat or gloss? And I'm not talking about my newly redone bathroom walls. I don't really like how matte lips look and in scanning my People (the January 16 issue, I'm only 1 week behind!) I didn't see a lot of matte lips. Maybe some matte color with some gloss over it, but nothing flat.
In the name of fashion, make-up and blogging, I tried a matte lipstick from NYX this week. I chose Whipped Caviar, a neutral beige-y pink. Something about that name makes my stomach turn. Whipped Caviar? Whipped fish? Fish on my lips? gross. That's the pregnant lady talking right there, don't worry, it doesn't taste or smell like fish!
It was a little pink on me, but I'm a champion layerer and adding some shimmer in a brownish gold color made it workable. The color went on fairly smoothly, sometimes mattes can pull, but this was a bit more creamy than I expected. It really had staying power, I ate lunch at work the other day, wiped my mouth and noticed a decent amount of color on the napkin, about 4 hours later!
I am one of those who believes that if you can't laugh at it,it's probably not worth being involved in? Goddess Granny is big on wit and humor, thus the relationship between Meg and I, I hold most dear. You also really need a sense of humor when you're getting pretty because what FUN is it all if you're SO hung up on perfecting and correcting, on polishing up and primping, you lose sight of the fact that deep down, most of us are doing all this to smile at ourselves in the mirror.