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Benefit Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm – Benebalm

28 Jul

It’s not that I’m not trying new products. It’s not even that I don’t have a few minutes to type up a quick review.

It’s the links. And pictures. They take me forever.

So, I have decided that I will post these reviews and come back LATER and do the links and pictures. At least it’s something!

I have gone through I think three tubes now of Benefit Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm in Benebalm (rose), and for me that’s really saying something. I have a very bad tendency to fall in love with a product, use it religiously for a month, and then move on. But Benebalm has proven itself indispensable to me. (It comes in other colors, too, if reddish isn’t your thang.)

What is it? It’s a lip gloss. It’s a lip balm. It’s a lip tint. It’s perfect. It comes solid, in a tube, so it’s easy to apply (no mirror needed) and transport. It smells like sweet roses and gives my normally pale lips the slightest, prettiest rosy tint. I can wear it with no makeup, I can wear it with light makeup, or I can even wear it when I’ve gone all out but don’t want my lips to be stealing the show. I carry it with me everywhere, day and night, because I find it’s also a perfect refresher for faded lipstick. It’s not sticky, has no funky taste, and lasts about as long as I expect a balm to.

I actually keep a spare in my cupboard now because I never want to be out. Couldn’t recommend this product more highly. 5/5.

Anastasia Hydrafull Gloss

1 Aug


Sephora was giving full-size tubes of this stuff in “Moi” away for free (I dunno if they still are, but you can try – the promo code is MOI). That should have been a clue that maybe I wasn’t going to love it (nothing good comes free in full size, in my experience). But enough parenthetical statements (okay, just one more, for funsies).

The gloss is thick and a little sticky, which is okay. The color is nice, a good neutral on me. And the smell is nice – a kind of pleasant vanilla sugar smell. But the applicator ruins it all! They show it above – see the image in the upper right that looks like it’s going BOI-OI-OI-OING? That’s it. The applicator is a paddle (?) type – flat plastic. I have used this type of applicator in the past with success but there’s something different about this one – perhaps it’s the width of it, or the thickness of the gloss itself. Either way, me no likey. It gives NO precision, which is pretty imperative with a semi-opaque gloss, and I ended up either applying too much or too little and then having to smooth out with my finger, which completely defeats the purpose of the applicator. After two uses, it’s being relegated to my giveaway pile, which is sad, because it has everything else going for it.

Re-release in a foam-tipped applicator wand, Anastasia! Do it!

You can only choose one!

25 May

I learned some time ago – on my own, and I have read it since in fashion mags – that to pull off “sexy” (as opposed to trashy, trampy, whorey, or one of their cousins), you have to choose.

Cate Blanchett, the epitome of style and class, rocks the cleavage and covers the legs.

Do you want to show off legs? Or do you want to show off cleavage? Or – in rare instances – do you want to show off back?

Back in college, I used to go dancing at least once a week. I’d carefully choose my outfit before, and always noticed that if I paired a short skirt with a cleavage revealing top, my outfit took a very quick turn from Sexyville to Skankytown. I cannot explain the reasoning behind this, other than the obvious: a little skin is sexy, and leaves something to the imagination; too much skin looks like you’re selling a peek at what little is left to the imagination. If you want to show off your sexy upper half, wear a skirt that comes nearly to your knees or lower. (Or at LEAST reaches past your fingertips when standing with your arms straight by your sides.) If you want to display those gorgeous gams, then choose a more modest shirt that’s not too clingy or low-cut. You may put on a micro mini and a low-cut, tight-fitting top and think, “Damn, I have a smoking bod!” and hey – maybe you do! (And good work on that self-esteem, sister!) But if you’re going anywhere nicer than a dive bar or seedy nightclub with anything more in mind than scoring free drinks and lots of propositions (and I don’t mean the kind that come with a ring), then tone it down a little and you will class it up a lot. Since I came to this conclusion on my own, I have read the same advice in multiple magazines. So choose one and go with it. You can always choose the other the next night!

I’ve come to realize the same thing applies to makeup. I shy away from a bold lip, I always have. I prefer gloss to stick, I never use lip liner, and although both my birth sign (Aries) and my coloring (fair-haired blonde) are meant to wear red well and often, I rarely do. I don’t know why – I think part of it is the fact that I have a hard time finding a red I like, and part of it is that red is hard to apply – it smudges easily, stains the skin around my mouth, and since I am not a lip liner girl, bleeds into the lines around my lips. YUCK. Additionally, in the past, I have found it hard to figure out what to do with the rest of my makeup once I do the red lips – I am used to playing up my eyes, and if you go all crazy with the eye makeup and then throw on some red lipstick, guess what? You look like one of two things: a woman with WAY too much makeup on, or a clown. Neither is good.

Well, I finally realized two things. One, if I’m going to wear red, it needs to be a red with a blue base. Reds with a yellow or orange base are bad bad bad on me – it’s the yellow undertone in my skin. You can pull off a yellow- or orange-undertone red if you’re a) olive complected, or b) super fair with rose (not yellow) undertones. How do you know what color your undertone is? Do you tan or burn? If you tan easily, you’re probably yellow, like me. If you tend to burn, or can’t tan, you may be a rose. Anyhow, number two is that if you want to play up the eyes, go for a nude or understated lip. If you want to go with a bold lip, stick to a neutral eye. SO EASY!

Scar Jo knows the trick.

Now on the off times I feel like going red, I do a little brown shadow and I’m done. But if I’m feeling like being EYE-catching (get it?), I go with my old gloss standby. Just like with the top and bottom in clothes, it’s as simple as A or B – one or the other but never together!

Finally, on the off-chance you’re having a bad skin day (I am all the time, lately – thanks, fetus), steer clear of red! Or really ANY deep, dark shade. I tried to apply that Stila Lip Stick I blogged about this morning and disaster! Dark colors of lipstick will just emphasize flaws and inconsistencies in your skintone – stick to a neutral gloss to downplay any blemishes.

Hope these tips were helpful!

Stila Long Wear Lip Color

25 May

On that previously mentioned trip to Sephora with Dina, I of course couldn’t help browsing about for myself. I am pretty set currently in the cosmetics department (GASP!) so I haven’t been going too crazy lately, but of course there’s always room for one more fantastic lip product (see blog title). I have used and like Stila products before, so when I saw they were making a lip crayon, I was delighted. I checked every color for one I thought I could pull off on a regular basis, and settled on Serenade, a nice peachy mauve. Of course, that was the one color Sephora was sold out of – D’OH! I left Sephora that night not empty-handed (I got some makeup removing towelettes and some face wash), but not with anything new or exciting, sadly.

Naturally I went online the very next day and ordered myself a stick of Serenade. I wore it for the first time last night, and I have to tell you, it is freaking awesome! I applied it at about 5pm. It went on smooth and slightly glossy, but with a definite lipstick finish. There was no noticeable taste or smell (for me), and it made my lips feel soft and conditioned, not stiff and dry like some long-wearing lip colors. On the way home at about 8pm, after NO reapplications, a few light snacks, and a bottle of water, I flipped down the visor in the car to discover THE LIPSTICK LOOKED PRETTY MUCH THE SAME AS WHEN I PUT IT ON. Have I been missing the boat?!? Is this what all long-wearing lip colors are like these days??? I tried long-wearing lipsticks many moons ago and could not stand the fact that I had to apply gloss over top just to make my lips feel normal.  My lips felt completely normal last night, like I had a light coat of gloss/color on, and it really and truly stayed on for three hours!

I may have to investigate further with different colors of Stila’s Long Wear Lip Color. And can you blame me?

A Week In My Purse – Day 1: Estée Lauder High Gloss in Blush

15 Apr

This week I am going to do a special feature – a week’s worth of the items I don’t leave home without!

First and foremost on that list is Estée Lauder High Gloss in Blush. The fact that EVERY color is currently sold out through the Estée Lauder site should give you an idea of just how awesome this lip gloss is, but I’ll go on about it a bit anyhow. (Although you can’t get it through the actual site right now, a quick Google shop search indicates it can still be purchased from other stores online, such as Dillard’s. I assume Estée Lauder will eventually get it together and make more, but for now, you’ll have to hunt it down.)

Like many of Lauder’s lipsticks, and the Lauder lip gloss I previously recommended, it smells wonderful. A very vague, slightly fruity, almost iced tea-like aroma that is pleasant, sweet, and inoffensive, I never tire of it or find it to be too much. The color Blush is perfect for my complexion – I’m blonde-haired, green-eyed, with fair skin with yellow undertones. Peachy pink shades of makeup look great on me, and this one has just enough color to be there without being overly dressy or noticeable. My favorite thing about this gloss, however, is not the smell or the color – although both are a ten – but rather the fact that it is highly glossy without being runny or sticky. It has good lasting power, but doesn’t make my lips feel coated or stiff, and the applicator is absolutely perfect – a standard angled plastic top with a small hole, attached to a squeeze tube. Easy to carry, doesn’t break, doesn’t leak, don’t need a mirror to apply it.

The only time this gloss leaves my purse is when I’m moving it to an evening clutch for a night out. Great on its own or layered over a matte shade, Estée Lauder High Gloss deserves and has earned the top spot on my list of items always in my purse.

Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish: The best lipgloss I have ever used.

16 Mar

I talk in superlatives. That’s the best cheese I’ve ever had. That is the funniest thing I have ever heard. Those are the cutest cats I have ever seen. For some reason, this made my ex-husband crazy, and he tried to break me of it. He failed.

One of the only things I can honestly say I do not typically use inaccurate superlatives to describe is product. If I could honestly find something I thought was “the best” in the product world, I would tout it high and low. Usually, I find things that are okay, pretty good, awesome, etc. – but not “the best.”

That said, I would now like to present you with the best lipgloss I have ever used.

Look at the name of my blog. I have tried some lipglosses. Like twenty billion zillion lipglosses. I have tried lipglosses before Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish and since. And I still just keep coming back. My favorite colors are Brandi and Starr, but I have an entire makeup bag full of allll different colors.

Why do I love this gloss so much? There are a host of reasons:

  • pleasant smell and taste
  • minty fresh/tingly feeling on my lips
  • not too sticky, yet still thick enough to stay in place
  • lots of colors with SPARKLES!!!!! (I love sparkles.)
  • best staying power of ANY gloss I have EVER tried
  • easy, comfortable packaging with foam-tip applicator (IMHO, the best type of lipgloss applicator)
  • amazing range of colors
  • frequent mini-gloss pack releases
  • sheer enough to be a gloss with enough color to work on its own

I bet I could keep going, but you don’t need me to. There is nothing about this gloss I don’t like. My husband does find the tingliness when he kisses me a bit strange, but doesn’t seem put off by it – he just finds it odd that a gloss should tingle. I believe it’s meant to “plump” your lips and maybe it does, although I can’t say I have noticed. It doesn’t really matter to me one way or the other – this gloss is the shiznit.

AND they’ve just introduced Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Cream and it’s just as awesome!

Lipgloss Smackdown! TARINA TARANTINO Sparklicity Gloss vs. Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss

7 Mar


This weekend at Sephora, I bought myself some Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Gloss. Much like a crow, I am easily attracted to anything shiny or sparkly, and this stuff glimmers like a diamond. I tried to smell it in Sephora but if you’ve ever been in a Sephora, you know the whole place reeks of cologne and perfume, so smelling anything beyond that is tough. However, when I remarked to my friend Caitlin, “I don’t think it smells like anything,” and she replied, “That can’t be good,” I should have heeded her sage wisdom. Earlier this year, I decided that if a lipgloss doesn’t smell/taste good, it’s not worth my time. In spite of this, I decided to pick up the Sparklicity, mainly because it was just so sparkly!

I applied it pretty much as soon as we were out the door and you know what? Not only does it not really have any smell or taste, it’s NOT EVEN THAT SPARKLY. Agh! What a let down. To be 100% fair, I got the color Paiette, which isn’t much of a color – maybe if I’d gotten something with more of a tint, I’d have been more impressed. But honestly, on my lips, it just looked like any other clear gloss. Bummer. Although I don’t really recommend it, if you’re looking for an unscented gloss with decent shine, this is a good choice. It’s just not what I was looking for.

In the other corner, we have Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss – I have a whole drawer of these and used one after I discovered the TT wasn’t doing it for me. KABLAM! True to its name, Smashbox smashes the competition. First, it has a nice sweet light vanilla smell. Not all fake perfumey vanilla, but ice cream vanilla – pleasant, food-like, but not overpowering. It comes in dozens of colors, they always have little value/variety sets available, some of the colors have sparkle plenty, it’s got a nice, smooth, non-sticky feel, AND I love foam-tipped applicators. I highly recommend this gloss to glossaholics like me everywhere.

WINNER: Smashbox crushes Tarina Tarantino.