Gorgeous Lippies For National Lipstick Day

It’s National Lipstick Day, Hooray!  For me, lipstick it the finishing step to a complete

From the classic lipstick bullets, to tints and balms to the popular liquid lipstick — there are amazing formulas and brilliant colors for everyone! Buckle up, everyone — here’s a long list of amazing choices!

CATRICE Ultimate Colour Lipstick

CATRICE Ultimate Colour Lipstick ($6.99 USD) — Color Counts! This CATRICE lipstick is highly pigmented, with perfect coverage and shine. Creates a smooth, creamy and long-lasting texture. Available in 13 shades.

essence matt matt matt lipstick
essence matt matt matt lipstick ($2.99 USD) — Once, twice, three times kiss proof! This smooth new lipstick glides over lips to provide a sophisticated, longlasting matte finish and bold color without drying out. Available in 8 shades.
Purchase at at Ulta and essencemakeup.com
Lipstick Queen Nothing But the Nudes

Lipstick Queen Nothing But the Nudes ($24 Each) –The rich texture delivers the perfect amount of pigment with an ideal sheen to show off your nude. Enriched with natural oils, waxes and antioxidant Vitamin E, these smooth, luxe and comfortable nudes are super-charged with hydrating nutrients to impart a modern, vinyl-like look and feel to the lips.  Effortlessly chic and universally flattering, this is a collection for the nude obsessed and the nuances that go into a beautiful nude experience. The shades available are The Truth – Pretty pinky nude, The Whole Truth – Perfect peachy nude, and Nothing But the Truth – Beautiful beige nude

Available at lipstickqueen.com on August 1st
Sassy Lips Make the Moment collection
Sassy Lips Make the Moment collection ($25 USD) –Encapsulated within every lipstick in this collection are gold flecks and a single wild chrysanthemum flower.The lipsticks turn to different shades of glossy pink and fuchsia and vary according to your body temperature.

Jelly-like texture feels soothing and hydrating, it offers the high shine of a gloss with the comfort of a lipstick. Gold flakes inside impart a subtle shimmer to your lips.

Available at www.sassylips.us

LORAC Alter Ego Hydrating Lip Stain
LORAC Alter Ego Hydrating Lip Stain ($19.00 USD) — This sexy and playful stain coat your lips in highly- pigmented color and hydrates with nourishing Jojoba Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Shea Butter and Mango Seed Butter for all day pigment, shine and hydration.
Available at loraccosmetics.com
ALIMA PURE LIP TINT ($14 USD) — Lip Tint is a buttery lip balm, packed with lush pigments, that conditions lips with a sheer wash of color. Formulated with a blend of soothing oils, including coconut, pumpkin seed and pomegranate seed oils, butters and waxes for a rich moisturizing finish. Available in seven shades.
Available at AlimaPure.com, CredoBeauty.com
BLACK/OPAL Color Splurge Color Stick Lip
BLACK/OPAL Color Splurge Color Stick Lip ($7.95 USD) — Get the convenience of a lip pencil with the vibrant color of a lipstick in a easy-to-apply retractable pen. Enriched with emollient butters and vitamins C & E, these pigment-rich lip color sticks provide smooth, creamy jewel-toned color with a non-drying finish.
Available at BlackOpalBeauty.com
Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick

Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick ($18 USD) — Ultra matte budgeproof liquid lipstick delivers intense long wear color! High coverage long-wear formula dries fast and doesn’t smudge! Formula is feather proof and does not settle into fine lines. Lightweight moisturizing texture feels comfortable on lips. Suede matte finish does not crack or flake on lips.

Available at CargoCosmetics.com

Lipstick Queen Famous Last Words in Cheers

Lipstick Queen Famous Last Words in Cheers ($24 USD)  Introducing FAMOUS LAST WORDS in CHEERS! Cheers contains the same non-drying properties as the other shades in the Famoius Last Words Collection with an added mesmerizing sheen. It glides on smooth and wet, then sets to a luxurious velvet matte finish, leaving your lips moisturized and pigmented down to the very last word. Cheers!

Purchase in October at lipstickqueen.com




Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Makeup Gift Ideas

Still looking for the perfect gift for the makeup lover on your list? It is such a fun gift to receive!  When I give makeup, the recipient is always excited to have new colors to play with!

Don’t be afraid to give adventurous colors as gifts, too.  It gives the lady license to try something new and bold!

Below are some great gift ideas:

Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Set
Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Set

Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Set ($29 USD) — At Smashbox we’re all about sharing hot new talent. For our Holiday collection, we partnered with breakthrough artist Yago Hortal to bring you these mega-vibrant, limited-edition kits featuring all of our bestsellers in a range of shades—from bold pops of color to always flattering neutrals.

•   Full Exposure Mascara (black)
•   Be Legendary Lipstick in Primrose (mauve pink)
•   Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Disco Rose (rich rose)
•   Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Spectral [Platinum (matte warm nude)
•   Bare (shimmery goldish brown)
•   Aubergine (dark matte plum)
•   Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Callback: Fortune (soft copper), Nude (matte soft caramel), Cocoa (metallic deep brown)

Available at http://www.smashbox.com

Maybelline Gilded in Gold Makeup Kit
Maybelline Gilded in Gold Makeup Kit

Maybelline Gilded in Gold Makeup Kit ($14.99 USD) Get a luminous look. This kit has everything you need to light up the night with a luxurious glow. The kit features shimmery and matte nude shadows, eyeliner, blush, highlighter and a red lip gloss. For flawless application, the kit includes step-by-step instructions and face charts to follow.

Available at select mass market retailers

It Cosmetics The Heavenly Luxe 6 pc Essentials Brush Collection ($50 USD) is a set of 6 essential must-have brushes and travel case that truly sets a new standard in the brush category by creating an ultra-luxurious, ultra-plush collection of brushes that work with all of your favorite products, but take them to a whole new level of airbrush application! We designed the sophisticated travel case to protect your brushes and allow for ease of storage and travel. The case also flips around and velcros, becoming a vanity stand for your brushes!

It Cosmetics Limited Edition Your IT Girl Lips! ($24 USD) — Experience the gift of youthful vitality with your perfect red lips that last! This limited-edition, 2-piece set includes your cutting-edge Blurred Lines™ Smooth-Fill Lipstick in IT Girl™ and a bonus Travel-Size YLBB™ Your Lips But Better Waterproof Lip Liner Stain in Cherry Flush. While Blurred Lines™ lipstick drenches your lips in rich color, lip-smoothing collagen and hydrolyzed filling spheres, the creamy YLBB™ lip liner enhances your lipstick and locks it in place with budge-proof definition. For skin as beautiful as your lips, this set also includes free samples of No. 50 Serum™ Primer, Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ and Bye Bye Under Eye™ Concealer—try IT, love IT, believe IT!

IT Cosmetics Your Je Ne Sais Quoi Limited Edition ($28 USD) — Treat yourself or someone special to our award-winning, cult-favorite Vitality Lip Flush™ 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain and Vitality Lip Blush™ Hydrating Gloss Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi®—your perfect flush of pink! Tucked inside a luxe-looking makeup bag that doubles as a clutch, this limited-edition duo also comes with bonus samples of No. 50 Serum® Primer, CC+® Cream with SPF 50+ and Bye Bye Under Eye® Concealer—try IT, love IT, believe IT!

Available at http://www.itcosmetics.com

MUA Makeup Academy Holiday
MUA Makeup Academy Holiday

MUA Makeup Academy Holiday sets — Tis the season to share the glam with NEW Makeup Academy holiday offerings, available exclusively at CVS/pharmacy! The sparkly and festive makeup kits are perfect stocking stuffers for beauty enthusiasts and help achieve flawless eye, lip and face looks!

Whether it’s the Sultry Eyes kit, featuring the Smokey Eyeshadow Palette for nighttime looks, the All About Brows set for killer arches, or Shades of Plum lip set for a defined pout, there’s an option for everyone – beginners and pros alike! Additionally, the kits are affordably priced at $15-$20.

Available at CVS stores.

Côte Shop Limited Edition 9-Polish Gift Set
Côte Shop Limited Edition 9-Polish Gift Set

Côte Shop Limited Edition 9-Polish Gift Set ($144 USD) — This specially curated set of nine luxurious, hand-poured, “five-free” polishes which are made in the United States, cruelty–free, vegan, FDA approved and free of the five major toxins associated with nail polishes: formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, camphor and formaldehyde resin. Including a luscious trio of nudes, a bold trio of red hues, and a fresh trio of neutral pinks.

Purchase at coteshop.myshopify.com.

Lipstick Queen Galactic Gorgeous
Lipstick Queen Galactic Gorgeous

Lipstick Queen Galactic Gorgeous ($24 USD) — Take your lips into a fuller dimension with this travel-sized selection of Big Bang glosses formulated with light-reflecting shimmer particles for an otherworldly shine.
This set contains:

  • Infinite 3ml
  • Energy 3ml
  • Creation 3ml
  • Black Hole 3ml

Purchase at us.spacenk.com

It’s Time To Celebrate National Lipstick Day!

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Collection
Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Collection

It’s National Lipstick Day!  I love lip products and am always excited to try new ones.  So I decide that in honor of National Lipstick Day, I would give you ideas of awesome new lip products to try!

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Collection ($20 USD) — Lustrous finish, Shea butter for lasting moisturization and Vitamins C and E (antioxidants) to protect.

Available shades: Legendary, Pink Petal, Primrose, Pout, Posy Pink, Melondrama, Mandarin, Nylon Nude, Honey, Cognac, Fig, Vivid Violet, Chestnut, Infrared Matte, Plum Scene, Pretty Social, Mulberry, Shock Me Pink

Learn more and purchase at http://www.smashbox.com and also available in a Matte version.

Avon Beyond Color Plumping Lip Color SPF 15
Avon Beyond Color Plumping Lip Color SPF 15

Not afraid to rock a bold lip? Prefer a more demure pale pink? The first of your friends to experiment with a non-traditional shade like deep plum or dark brown? Believe it or not, your preferred lip shade and your personality may go hand in hand!

In honor of National Lipstick Day, Avon is sharing a Lipstick personality quiz – a series of seven questions designed to help you identify the perfect lip shade for you. And, just in time to celebrate, Avon’s newest launch – Beyond Color Plumping Lip Color SPF 15 – available in ten full color shades, for any and every lip personality.

To find out what lipstick is perfect for you, check out the quiz at http://beautyforapurpose.avon.com/lipstick-personality-quiz/. My perfect lipstick shade is Peach Petunia and it is really pretty!

Purchase att www.avon.com.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick ($32 USD) — According to Charlotte herself, this is a lipstick for every woman to fall in love with. The unique formula features seed extracts from ‘The Lipstick Tree,’ a rare, exotic tree with nurturing and protective properties were originally discovered by Native American women who used the seeds to paint and protect their lips, since it contains an anti-oxidant that naturally protects lips from UV damage and external pollution, leaving lips cashmere-soft and irresistible. With a wide range of ten ultra-luxe shades, these lipsticks are blended with special waxes and clever light-diffusing pigments for pert, full-bodied, ultra-brilliant lips that are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Shades: Stoned Rose, So Marilyn, Love Bite, Hepburn Honey, Bitch Perfect, Night Crimson, Penelope Pink, Coachella Coral, Nude Kate and Velvet Underground.

Available at CharlotteTilbury.com

butter LONDON LIPPY Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons
butter LONDON LIPPY Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons

butter LONDON LIPPY Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons ($20 USD) –Precise and easy to use, these high-shine, long-wear crayons provide the full coverage and pigment of a lipstick and the intense shine and smoothness of a gloss. The long-wearing formulation contains Mango Seed Oil and Marula Oil to improve lip moisturization, as well as Niacinamide which helps the skin barrier for a smoother, more even lip tone. Each lip crayon comes complete with a built-in sharpener, so you can keep the slim-line applicator sharp, even on-the-go.

Shades: Tea With The Queen, Disco Biscuit, Toff, Primrose Hill Picnic, Teddy Boy, Ladybird, Trout Pout, Ruby Murray

Purchase at http://www.butterlondon.com

Lipstick Queen Cupid’s Bow
Lipstick Queen Cupid’s Bow

Lipstick Queen Cupid’s Bow ($22 USD) — These powerful velvet pencils work like a lipstick and liner all-in-one and will give you long-lasting color with precision application.

Available at http://www.spacenk.com

Rodial Glamsticks
Rodial Glamsticks

Rodial Glamsticks ($28 USD) — Infused with cocoa butter and vitamin E to hydrate and protect, your lips will never feel softer or look better.

Purchase at http://www.planetbeauty.com


Fresh Lip Looks For The Summer

Have you been experimenting with new lip colors this summer?  I have.  And I have to say my choices have been pretty bold!

I’m normally a soft pink, coral or nude lip gloss girl.  This summer, though, I have been trying brighter colors and lots of lipsticks!

My favorites are below — fun lipsticks by Lipstick Queen that turn a different color on your lips than in the stick, shimmery, pretty lipsticks from Cargo and bright affordable lipsticks and glosses from MUA Makeup Academy.

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince ($25 USD) — Get heads turning with Frog Prince, a remarkable lilypad green lipstick that transforms lips into a pretty rosebud pink. Don’t be fooled by the deep green hue of this semi-sheer lipstick. The green reacts with the warmth of your lips turning them an intense, fairy tale rose while vitamin E and shea butter keep lips soft, hydrated and deliciously kissable. And just like true love itself, this enchanting shade was made to last. Lips remain their blissful pink all day long from just one lingering, magical Frog Prince kiss.

Lipstick Queen Hello Sailor ($25 USD) — Turn the blackberry lip trend on its head with this ultra-modern, navy blue sheer lipstick. In a nod to the nautical, Hello Sailor tints lips in a cool, berry tone with a hint of deep sapphire. The sheer blue pigment is suspended in a protective vitamin E treatment that can be worn alone as a nourishing lip tint or teamed with its Berry sisters in Saint or Sinner, to add a topaz glint to your berry lips.

What I think:  I was so excited to try both of these and I LOVE them!  My favorite is Hello Sailor.  It is very moisturizing and leaves a soft berry tint on my lips.  It is more like a colored balm, but it lasts a long time.  Frog Prince turns my lips a pretty pink and is really fun to use.  It is also very hydrating.

Available now at http://www.lipstickqueen.com, spacenk.com and Space NK Stores nationwide.

Cargo Cosmetics Limited Edition Summer 2015 Gel Lip Colors
Cargo Cosmetics Limited Edition Summer 2015 Gel Lip Colors

Cargo Cosmetics Limited Edition Summer 2015 Gel Lip Colors ($20 USD) — Lightweight, gel texture lipstick glides on like silk. The smooth formula moisturizes and protects lips, feels comfortable and never drying. Semi-sheer coverage with subtle shine. Available in 4 easy to wear, always flattering shades.

What I think: These are so pretty.  The colors are sheer and shimmery.  They all look perfect with a tan!  My favorite is SOHO a pretty coral.  I think it would look great on all skin tones.

Purchase at http://www.cargocosmetics.com and http://www.kohls.com

MUA High Shine Lipstick ($8 USD) — Extreme shine, hydrating and bold. Vitamins A and E blended with beautiful pigment and Shea butter deliver luscious saturated color.

MUA Luminizing Lip Gloss ($8 USD) — Hydrating, moisturizing, ultra-creamy high shine gloss imparts intense shine in a range of shades from nude to deep corals and plums. Natural peppermint oil adds a cool and soothing finish.

MUA Moisture Balm — Packed with Vitamins A and E, this moisturizing tinted lip balm hydrates and quenches all day long.

What I think:  These are all such good quality and are really affordable.  I usually don’t wear red, but the lipstick was so hydrating and pretty on!  The lip gloss is awesome, I do like a nude, non-sticky lip gloss!  And the balm is sheer and perfect for everyday wear, while hydrating lips.

MUA is Available at http://www.cvs.com and learn more at muapro.com.

Rimmel Keep Calm and Lip Balms
Rimmel Keep Calm and Lip Balms

Rimmel Keep Calm and Lip Balms ($2.50 USD) —  nourishing balm with a fresh hint of a tint for an alluring just-bitten effect. When lips are lacking luscious care and color, don’t panic—Keep Calm and Lip Balm, the latest lip-loving product from Rimmel London. Available in six shades that are packed with personality, this longwear balm is enriched with is enriched with moisturizing oils to help heal dry and cracked lips. The unique formula locks in moisture while softening and nurturing lips.

Available Shades:

  • Keep Calm and Shop: clear
  • Keep Calm and Kiss: pink blush
  • Keep Calm and Rock: berry blush
  • Keep Calm and Play: rose blush
  • Keep Calm and Party: violet blush

What I think:  These are so fun!  They are a combo lip balm and stain.  The color stays on for a long time and the moisture stays too!  The color is sheer, so it’s perfect for everyday.

Available at mass market retailers.  Learn more at us.rimmellondon.com

What is your favorite lip product this summer? Leave a comment and let me know!

Give Her The Gift Of Beauty This Valentine’s Day!

Beauty gifts can be a welcome change from the usual flowers and candy on Valentine’s Day.  I know I would love to receive fragrance, skin care or makeup!  But I am a beauty junkie!

These ideas below are perfect for all of the beauty junkies in your life!

Korres The Brightest Skin Wild Rose Collection
Korres The Brightest Skin Wild Rose Collection

Korres The Brightest Skin Wild Rose Collection ($48 USD) — This complete Wild Rose collection features three steps for your brightest skin. Formulated with wild rose oil, a powerful natural source of vitamin C, this regimen includes the iconic Wild Rose Brightening & Refining Buff Cleanser and Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturiser paired with the best-selling Wild Rose Sleeping Facial. Gently buff skin day and night with the Wild Rose Cleanser, quench skin with all-day moisturization with the Wild Rose 24-Hour Cream, and reveal brighter, petal soft skin by morning with the Wild Rose Sleeping Facial.

This set contains:
– 0.68 oz Wild Rose Brightening & Refinishing Buff Cleanser
– 0.68 oz Wild Rose Brightening 24-Hour Moisturiser
– 1.35 oz Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial

Available at http://www.sephora.com

Lipstick Queen Beta Noire Trio
Lipstick Queen Bete Noire Trio

Lipstick Queen Bete Noire Trio ($40 USD) — Embrace this season’s glamorous dark lip with Bête Noire, a super-flattering blackberry shade in three chic, flattering and seductive formulations. Possessed Sheer is a silky, wet formula for a mere crush of forest fruits on the lips. Enriched with anti-oxidant Vitamin E and nourishing moisturizing oils, this lipstick keeps lips soft, comfortable and hydrated. Next, discover this same shade in Possessed Intense’s rich, creamy and opaque formula which cloaks the lips with deep, powerful and enduring pigments while moisture-rich oils and waxes ensure lips remain super comfortable and soft. Finally, the metallic finish of Possessed Metal takes statement lips to the next level with its burnished and richly shimmered texture. Enhanced with Apricot Kernel Oil, it glides on effortlessly, dressing the lips with long-lasting and hydrating color.

Purchase at http://www.lipstickqueen.com

Spa Sonic Pro Skin Care System
Spa Sonic Pro Skin Care System

Spa Sonic Pro Skin Care System —  $41.99 (reg. price $74.99) on sale now through Valentine’s Day at http://www.drugstore.com.  This new two-speed waterproof device, is dermatologist recommended and ideal for use in the shower, bath and sink. Gently cleanse, smooth and exfoliate the skin with one of five attachments: a large brush for the body, a small brush for the face, a pumice for rough areas, a facial sponge and pore minimizing silicone brush.  Also included is a luxurious and convenient travel tote.

Purchase on sale now at http://www.drugstore.com

XO Memebox I'm Series Eyeshadow Duo Set
XO Memebox I’m Series Eyeshadow Duo Set

XO Memebox I’m Series Eyeshadow Duo Set — Meet all I’m Series Eyeshadow at Black Friday Pre-Sale price! $32.5 value for $24.40 + Free Shipping!

This set includes:
1. I’m Series #01 Sunset Eye Shadow ($6.5)
2. I’m Series #02 Wonderland Eye Shadow ($6.5)
3. I’m Series #03 Fallen Eye Shadow ($6.5)
4. I’m Series #04 Soul Eye Shadow ($6.5)
5. I’m Series #05 Queen Eye Shadow ($6.5)

I have this in Wonderland and it’s soft and pretty on!

Available at http://www.us.memebox.com

L'Occitane Roses et Reines Voyage Gift Set
L’Occitane Roses et Reines Voyage Gift Set

L’Occitane Roses et Reines Voyage Gift Set — ($28 USD) includes a Roses et Reines Silky Shower Gel (75ML), Beautifying Body Milk (75 ML), Hand Cream (30ML), and Bonne Mere Rose Soap (100GR).

This and other great Valentine’s Day sets will be available on February 4th on usa.loccitane.com.

Savannah Bee The Sweetest Surprise Valentine's Day Gift Set
Savannah Bee The Sweetest Surprise Valentine’s Day Gift Set

Savannah Bee’s Sweetest Surprise Valentine’s Day gift set ($54.50 USD) — will thrill the honey and chocolate lover in your life. This incredible gift set includes one 12oz jar of Savannah Bee Tupelo honey, one 12oz jar of Savannah Bee Winter White honey, one 3.35oz jar of Adam Turoni’s decadent Honey Caramel Sauce, and one, tube of Adam Turoni’s Dark Chocolate Honey Hazelnut Truffles! With the combination of these four products, this is a “can’t miss” Valentine’s Day gift.

I know that this isn’t a beauty set, but I receive a sample of this and it is amazing!  And Savannah Bee does have bath products as well as consumables.  Plus, I will be announcing a Savannah Bee giveaway soon!

This and other great Valentine’s sets are available at http://www.savannahbee.com

What are you giving the ladies in your life for Valentine’s Day?  Leave a comment and let me know!


Do You Have a Summer Makeup Look? Fun Products By Laura Mercier, Lipstick Queen, butter LONDON, Mehron and Ellis Faas

It’s just about summertime!  Today it was over 80 degrees in Kansas City.  Which is awesome and has me thinking of easy, bright looks for the season.

I was sent the following products for my honest review.  I have found some great summer makeup and I hope you will get ideas from these awesome picks!

Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer
Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer

Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer ($28 USD) — This unique 3-in-1 concealer was designed to cover, de-puff and brighten under eye circles. The highly pigmented formula builds and blends flawlessly for professional makeup artist result and lasts all day. The concealer was formulated with honey, vitamin E and fruit acid to nourish and smooth skin, and comes in 12 shades, so you can find your perfect match.

What I think:  This cream concealer is perfect for summer as it really does last all day.  A little goes a long way (this is comparable to IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye).  It is very creamy and blends in well, while keeping skin soft all day.  It is full-coverage.

Available at http://www.lauramercier.com

Lipstick Queen Oxymoron in Open Secret
Lipstick Queen Oxymoron in Open Secret

Lipstick Queen Oxymoron in Open Secret ($24 USD) — In a beautifully bright and romantically rosy hue, Open Secret bestows lips and cheeks with a bloom of fresh, flattering and ultra-wearable peony.

What I think:  This is a perfect spring and summer shade.  It is a bright, flattering shade and I like the matte finish.  I like it best on cheeks.  It is a little dry for my lips, but looks pretty with a sheer lip gloss over it.

Available at Lipstickqueen.com, Space NK and Ulta stores nationwide

Butter LONDON WINK Cream Eyeshadow ($18 USD) — The Brilliant Bronze Collection will keep any look sun-kissed and glowing with exceptional textures and gorgeous colour year round. The collection offers two new shades of butter LONDON’s WINK Cream Eyeshadow in Randy and Brassed Off.

What I think:  Both shades are so perfect for summer.  Shimmery and neutral, and so pretty.  They also last a long time once they dry.

Available at http://www.butterlondon.com

Meyron Metallic Powder with Mixing Liquid
Meyron Metallic Powder with Mixing Liquid

Meyron Metallic Powder with Mixing Liquid ($12.95 USD) — This is a combination product of Mehron’s ultra fine Metallic Powder Makeup which enables you to create dramatic makeup designs and effects. The soft Metallic Powder Makeup made by Mehron, Leaders in Theatrical Makeup since 1927, is finely crafted and evenly blended to provide you with the best available accenting powder on the market. The Metallic Powder formulated by the researchers of Mehron is currently available in Gold, Silver, Cooper, and Bronze allowing you to add dynamic shiny powder to any makeup look. This ultra fine, silky smooth Metallic Powder can be used dry or combine it with the included 1 oz.  Meyron Mixing Liquid to form a water-based metallic liquid makeup. The dynamic effects of Metallic Makeup Powder can be used in body painting, face painting, costume makeup, character makeup and sexy evening makeup.

What I think:  I don’t know how to apply theatre makeup, but I have to say I love this powder!  I have it in gold, and mixed with the liquid it makes an extremely long lasting shadow.  Perfect for hot summer days.  I think it will also be fun to use for Halloween or the holidays to make festive looks.  Easy to mix and apply.

Available at http://www.mehron.com

Ellis Faas Mascara in Black
Ellis Faas Mascara in Black

Ellis Faas Mascara ($34 USD) — A creamy texture that perfectly coats, lengthens and separates each individual lash. Lashes instantly appear longer, lifted and combed. It is a lengthening mascara for subtle or prominent accents to your lashes. Well-suited for customizing different looks.  Available in Black and Milk Chocolate.

What I think:  I love this mascara for a natural day look.  It separates so well that it never clumps.  More coats creates more volume.

Available at http://www.ellisfaas.com

Mehron Glosstone PRO
Mehron Glosstone PRO

Mehron Glosstone PRO ($11.95 USD) — Glosstone PRO is moisturizing and non-tacky leaving the lips glossy but not greasy. This long-wearing and never-sticky formula is enriched with antioxidants of Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. Available in a clear shade to be used alone or over L.I.P Creams to add shine and additional moisture, 3 highly pigmented matte shades and 2 sparkly shades infused with tiny light reflectors to pump up the volume creating the appearance of fuller richer lips! Glosstone PRO is packaged in a sleek modern square vial and applied with the lip applicator wand. This “shine booster” is sure to become your favorite lip gloss! SHADES: Coral Reef, Red Kiss, Pink Crush, Crystal Clear, Bubble Gum Sparkle & Golden Spark.

What I think:  I have been testing this in Red Kiss.  It is a little bright for me, but I love the opacity and coverage.  It is almost like a liquid lipstick. It stays on for hours and when the gloss wears off, I noticed a pretty stain.

Available at http://www.mehron.com


Cool Trend for Fall — Black Lipstick!

Black lips — am I crazy? Well, this is not an everyday look, but for going out this Fall (and of course for all the cool Halloween parties you’re going to), black lipstick can be fun and some are even surprisingly sheer and wearable!

Two of my favorites are:

Black Tie Optional Lipstick ($18.00) and Shine Gloss ($22.00). The sheer black lipstick shade is meant to be worn underneath your favorite lip color to deepen the tone and enrich the color while the Shine Gloss can we worn over colors to add gloss as well as a deeper shade. Both can be worn on their own to give lips a smoky look. It’s a little vampire, a little goth but totally chic for the right occasions! Like all of Poppy’s (the Lipstick Queen) products, they are moisturizing and feel great on. Visit  www.lipstickqueen.com to purchase.

Urban Decay Lipstick ($22.00) — Oil Slick is a sheer black with a touch of glitter. Like the Lipstick Queen’s lipstick you can wear it under or over other colors. To create an entirely vamp look, try it over Urban Decays deep red Gash lipstick. Very cool. This one also looks great on its own, and the sparkle makes it perfect for a night out. Like all of the fabulous Urban Decay lipsticks, Oil Slick  “nourishes and protects lips with Vitamins A, C, and E. Hyaluronic Spheres are added to stimulate cellular function, prevent dehydration, and fill-in lines and wrinkles—now, how many Lipsticks can do that?! The teardrop-shape bullet (etched with an Urban Decay logo) is infused with a decadent crème caramel scent and flavor.” Visit www.urbandecay.com to purchase.

New Products From Lipstick Queen

My favorite lipstick maven, Poppy King, has come out with some bright lip colors for fall. I love wearing light shear lip glosses in the summer, but when the temperature dips, I like to wear brighter colors for the fun of it!

I love the 15 Minutes of Fame lip gloss ($16.50USD) which is inspired by Andy Warhol’s Pop Art movement. He predicted in 1968 that, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes”. Kind of evokes todays reality stars, huh? This shiny, not shimmery gloss is available in 15 shades ranging in very light pink, bright orange and dark red. A color for everyone! These glosses are fantastically glossy and full colored, which is great for the fall. I have shade 14 Minutes — Gorgeous Grape. It is dramatic and fun, great with a little neutral shadow, black liner and lots of mascara.     

Chinatown Glossy Pencils ($20.00 USD) This jumbo sized pencil (that comes with a jumbo-sized sharpener) comes in 5 bright colors that glide on so smoothly. Don’t be afraid of the shades because they are super sheer and moisturizing. My favorite color is Thriller, a sheer scarlet red. I do not wear reds because they make me look like a kid wearing mom’s lipstick; but this one is fabulous. If I keep the rest of my face in neutral colors, I actually look cool and sophisticated. 

I highly recommend that you visit www.lipstickqueen.com and purchase any of the fab products. They are all great!

My 5 Top Finds in 2009 — So Far…


I am so excited, as this is my 100th blog post! I started my blog in September 2008. But since January, I have received lots of fantastic products from fab companies to sample and review. I have looked back and found my 5 very favorite products or companies. These items are so good, I would definitely purchase them!

1. Lipstick Queen Big Bang Illusion Gloss ($20.00 USD www.lipstickqueen.com) — is probably the best gloss I have tried. Its light reflecting particles create the illusion of fuller lips without irritating ingredients. And it is creamy, not sticky. FAB!

2. Anything from Kenzo (www.kenzousa.com)! From their fragrances to their skincare items, Kenzo is all about quality and just plain fabulosity! Their scents are very subtle and fresh, like the Eau de Fleur de The – Tea (1.7 oz , $55.00 USD).

3. EcoTools (www.parispresents.com/EcoTools_s/36.htm) Makes the most wonderful — and affordable — makeup brushes and tools and are created from recycled and sustainable materials. I’m really digging the Foundation Brush ($5.99 USD) and the Recycled Aluminum Retractable Kabuki Brush ($7.99 USD) right now, but their are so many to choose from!

4. Tigi Love, Peace & The Planet line is a really fantastic eco-friendly line for your hair. The Eco Awesome Cranberry Orange Mint Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner($19.95 each USD) smells out of this world! It’s not up on the TIGI Website yet, but it should be soon.

5. LUSH (www.lushusa.com) makes lovely fresh handmade bath and beauty items. I really love their bath bombs! What a fun treat. But they also make quality skincare and haircare.

These are just a few of my favorite products that I have tried. I have been so lucky to love almost everything that I have received. You are welcome to peruse my blog for other awesome items that you haven’t tried yet!

Big Bang Illusion Gloss by Lipstick Queen

Lipstick Queen Big Bang Illusion Gloss
Lipstick Queen Big Bang Illusion Gloss


I love discovering new lip products. There is nothing better than a new lipstick or gloss. That’s why the company Lipstick Queen was such an irresistible find. A company solely invested in creating quality and innovative lip products? I am so in!
The creator of Lipstick Queen, Poppy, is a chemist who loves inventing new formulas of lip products. And she is the responsible one for making my new favorite lip gloss, Big Bang – Illusion Gloss ($20.00 USD). This is a gloss created to give the illusion of fuller lips. Unlike sometimes painful plumpers, irritants aren’t responsible for the fullness of your lips after you apply this wonderful gloss, the perfect ratio of shine to shimmer is.
This gloss is extremely moisturizing and not sticky at all; it feels almost like wearing a balm . I have a beautiful light pink called Infinate and it is perfect for day or evening. But since there are eight lovely colors, I’m sure you can find something you like, too!
You can purchase these glosses plus fabulous lipsticks and more at www.lipstickqueen.com. I really recommend these quality products.