Jumbo seems to be quite a fad in cosmetics. We’re seeing all kinds of chubby crayons from lipsticks to eye shadows. I guess I’m a chubby chaser when it comes to lipstick, because I love the ease with which they apply, just a few quick swipes and you’re done. I do have one of the Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Balms and several Tarte LipSurgence sticks, but I wanted to see if there was something available at a drugstore price. The CoverGirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm ($7) display lured me in (okay, I wasn’t really that hard to get). Read more
Recently I have gotten the pleasure of trying out Vault Lip Gloss, which I love. Most lip glosses are too sticky, too runny or never last. Not only was this retractable lip gloss AMAZING , it went on smoothly, made my lips feel like pure silk, and the shade of gloss (Triple Espresso) was fabulous. After trying out Vault Lip Gloss ($16) I wanted to do a little research and find out some information to figure out why this lip gloss is so spectacular.
Vault is based in Newport Beach California, and they wanted to make products that work with an active lifestyle- meaning simple to open, close (one handed) and easy to apply. And Vault Lip Gloss is just that! You just push to open and reveal brush-like pen, pump for more gloss and click to close. All of Vaults products are made with natural ingredients found on the pacific coast and are all also cruelty free. Vault’s glosses are formulated with jojoba oil and vitamin E. This lip gloss lasted for a good amount of time without having to reapply. Read more
The next time you’re perusing the aisles at Walmart looking for eggs or bread, take a detour at make a stop at the makeup section (like you don’t already). Don’t let the glittery, teenybopper display fool you, there is some good stuff there. Seriously, Hard Candy has some awesome products and even more awesome prices!
Walk the Line Liquid Eyeliner ($6) is an extremely long wearing liquid eyeliner with TONS of glitter– too much for my taste. The colors are beautiful however. I tried Turquoise but I think it much more of an emerald shade, regardless it is a rich deep jewel tone. Read more
In the past, I’ve flirted with the Shiseido brand, but this year I started a full fledged love affair. Their cream eye shadows are fabulous, the fall Camellia Blush Compact was absolutely stunning and there is NO better Sunscreen than the Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector SPF 42. Add the new Lacquer Rouge Glosses ($25) and Shiseido has a winning lineup!
Inspired by Japanese Laquerware, one coat of this liquid lipstick provides intense color and deep luster. There are 8 luscious shades all with Super Hydro-Wrap Vitalizing DE to keep lips kissable. These liquid lipsticks are saturated with color and glossy but not what I would call high shine. This type of formula allows for very long wear. They act as a stain with a nice sheen on top so when the sheen wears off, you still have some color left on your lips. I got 5 hours of wear from Savage, a brown nude which I thought would look awful on me but I’ve used quite a lot this fall and winter. Nocturne is by far the most popular color, a rich deep red. Read more
Three Custom Color Specialists has a collection that is ideal for holidays. They call it “a glitzy look inspired by 908 carats of prismatic brilliance.” Sri Lanka, once known affectionately as “Ratna-Dweepa” or Gem Island, is a haven for some of the world’s most precious stones. On a recent trip, one of Three Custom’s founders, Chad Hayduk, was so mesmerized by the prismatic luster of the country’s gemstones, he set out to capture their radiance stateside. The result–two shimmering shades that dazzle like their namesake stones. And yes, the stone pictured above is really 908 Carats!! Smoky Topaz Eye Shadow ($22.50) - A rich gold with a glimmer of warm bronze and copper. Use wet or dry on the lid or as a gorgeous eyeliner. The shimmer is subtle with no fallout. Read more
These pretty neutral shades are perfect for any skin color offering sheer to medium coverage. Lip Junkie Cooling Lip Gloss is also a gradual lip plumper. If you use the gloss everyday, Urban Decay claims that the gloss will plump your lips by 40%. I personally haven’t used it everyday to notice that effect, but the gloss does feel silky smooth and isn’t tacky or sticky at all.
While this is a cooling gloss, it felt more warming than cooling to me…definitely not burning or tingly the way most lip plumpers work. The mint scent is oh-so-delish. Read more
Confession time beauties, I kind of have a girl crush on Mally Roncal. She is so delightful! Pretty, vivacious, a fabulous makeup artist, a Mega-Star in the cosmetics world and yet so down to earth I can actually tweet with her! How does the woman have time to interact with her customers, fans, work on her celebrity clients, work fashion week, and host on QVC? Sorry, I don’t the have to that, but Mally has the answer to the Perfect Pink Lip or as she calls it “The Perfois Pink” lip. If you’ve ever seen her on QVC you know she adds a “ois” or “wah” to just about everything–she’s so damn cute!
Everyone knows Mally loves a great pink lip. Sometimes it’s hard to pick just one, and sometimes picking the wrong shade can dull the entire face. Mally has made it so easy with these customized pink shades. With a range of shades to choose from in the same family, the perfect tone can be found. Read more
Hoola, Bella Bamba, Dallas – no, these aren’t the names of fad dance crazes! They’re some of Benefit’s best-selling boxed powders – from blushes and bronzers to shimmery luminizers, and beyond! And if you’re a fan of Dandelion’s baby pink highlighting sheen, Coralista’s tropical flush, or Sugar Bomb’s universally-flattering sheer glow, just to name a few of Benefit’s blessings, you’ll likely be thrilled to know that the San Francisco-based beauty brand has just released a 6-piece set of lip glosses to match each of their fan-favorite face powders! Read more
Â Itâ€™s been said by passionate careerists time and time again â€“ if you love your job, youâ€™ll put your blood, sweat, and tears into it. Now, beauty lovers can apply the same mentality (well, maybe not literally) to their beauty regime thanks to Rain Cosmetics.
The Vegas-based beauty brand has a lot to live up to. The line was inspired by the cityâ€™s glamorous nightlife, and they even refer to themselves as â€œThe Sexiest Makeup in the Worldâ€â€¦.so when I tested out their Blood, Sweat, and Tears lip trio, I was hoping to be nothing less than amazed.
Naturally, each product in the trio serves a different purpose. While you can definitely wear each of the shades alone, I prefer using the three together for the best effect.
Blood: Blood is a red lip stain. Stains can be tricky, but this one is an awesome product for first-time users because it isnâ€™t too dark upon first application. I prefer a darker lip, so I put on about 2 or 3 coats. TIP – Make sure you exfoliate your lips before applying ANY lip stain! If your lips are dry, youâ€™ll wind up with uneven color that is hard to remove.
Sweat: A shimmery champagne sparkle, Sweat adds some needed dimension to Blood. I found that when wearing alone, this product wears off pretty quicklyâ€¦so for best results pair with Tears to lock the sparkle in.
Â Tears: Tears is a standard, slick high gloss. The sheen lasted longer than other clear glosses and added the finishing touch to Blood and SweatÂ that will make your lips pop.
I was very pleased with the collection and it has officially been added to my daily beauty routine – a girl can never have too many red lip stains! The set retails for $30.00. Check outÂ www.raincosmetics.com to learn more about other products in the collection.
Have you tried Rain Cosmetics products before? What was your experience?
Oh how I love me some sparkly lip gloss. With the UV rays not as intense in the winter as they are in the warmer months, I think it is safe to break out the shine on my lips.
MAC CosmeticsÂ Dazzleglass, Glitter and Ice, is just what I need for some shimmer…especially since this winter has practically been snow-less and nothing else seems to be glistening around here. OK, maybe the lake in front of my house is…but I don’t want to make you jealous.
The colors in Glitter and Ice are just small pops of color with lots of dazzle and naturally, most of them are currently sold out on the website with the exception of Love Alert. Did you scoop them up before they disappeared? You can also call your local MAC store to see if they have them in stock local to you. Love the colors? Let me know in the comments!