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, 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.

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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.

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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

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

New Lip Looks for Fall!

I never wear very dark lip products because they tend to travel down my lip and make me look older. But, in the fall I like to go a bit darker than usual with darker pinks, roses and nudes.

The following products are new this season (or just new to me) and are a fabulous and glamorous way to change-up your lip looks!

Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Antique Pink

Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour ($26 USD) Laura introduces a luxurious new lipstick that gives lips the ultimate in colour, texture, and finish. In one smoothing swipe, the crème formula envelops lips in rich colour with a semi-lustrous finish. The cushiony, lightweight texture feels comfortable, while pure Olive Oil and Vitamin E nourish lips. Features an elegant, modern case with a metalized finish.

Available in 18 beautiful colors.  I have it in Antique Pink which is actually a bit darker than the photo. It glides on so smoothly and feels fab! Available at

TIGI Cosmetics Decadent Lipstick – Gossip

TIGI Cosmetics Decadent Lipstick ($19  USD) is a luxurious, multi-purpose lipstick that goes on smooth and keeps your lips healthy! Not only does it give you long-lasting color, it also contains emolients that keep lips moisturized, and anti-oxidants that keep skin healthy!

This is so pretty and moisturizing and comes in 18 colors. Find your favorite one today!

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Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in Rosewood

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge ($24 USD) — A liquid lip color that provides the intense and long-lasting hold of a lip stain with the eye-catching shine of a gloss.

Formulated with a combination of high molecular weight polymers and volatile oils, Aqua Rouge locks color on the lips for a smudge-proof result that will not transfer or fade. Its intensely pigmented formula provides immediate, opaque color with extreme shine, and its creamy, non-sticky texture glides effortlessly on the lips for comfortable wear.

Aqua Rouge’s double-ended packaging allows for a simple, two-step application: apply lip color with precision using the ergonomic, foam applicator and evenly distribute the clear top with the polyester brush to lock the color onto the lips.

Visit to purchase and it is available in 12 fresh colors.  This is extremely long wearing and is not drying if you continue applying the top gloss coat throughout the day.

Mally Age Rebel Lip Wand Trio

Mally Beauty Age Rebel Lip Wand Trio ($30 USD) Saturate lips with gorgeous color. These quick and easy lipstick pencils hydrate and condition while showing off luscious color. The brilliant, creamy sheen is long-wearing and has no tackiness. Plus, there’s no need for a sharpener–these Lip Wands are automatic! .

  • 0.05 oz Lip Wand in Pink Peony, a pink
  • 0.05 oz Lip Wand in Berry Flush, a berry
  • 0.05 oz Lip Wand in Perfect Rose, a rose pink
  • Made in Italy

I love all of the colors, but they are a bit brown-based and I think the Pink Peony is the softest and prettiest shade.  If they feel a bit dry on, use a gloss over it and the color will stay a long time! Purchase at!


Paint Your Pout With New Spring Lip Colors

Looking for a new gloss or balm to lighten your Spring look?  That’s a great idea!  Changing your lip color or product type (gloss, balm, lipstick), can update your look without too much fuss.  Here are some fun new products to try:

Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Orange Tulip

Laura Mercier Lip Glacé ($24 USD) is a high-shine, perfectly pigmented lip gloss with rich, long-lasting colour and brilliant shine that creates the appearance of fuller lips. Any skin tone is virtually enhanced by creating a subtle contrast in texture.

There are three new limited-edition Lip Glacés for summer. They are Camellia, Orange Tulip, and Lotus Blossom.  I have Orange Tulip and love it.  It isn’t too orange, and is a sheer way to wear the “it” color of the season.

Availability:, Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and select Belk, Blue Mercury, Lord & Taylor, and Macys.

Nuance Salma Hayek Ultra Shine Lip Gloss

One of my favorite new lip glosses is Nuance Salma Hayek Ultra Shine Lip Gloss $7.49 USD).  Silky, smooth formula hydrates and helps protect lips. Mimosa extract and mango seed oil help nourish and moisturize lips through deep hydration. Vitamins A, C, & E condition and help protect lips. Hypoallergenic. Paraben free. Not tested on animals.

I have this in Peony, which is the second from the last color in the photo above. It is a sheer pink that is perfect for the season.

Available at CVS/pharmacy retail locations and on

Shiseido Shimmering Rouge in Sorbet

Shiseido Shimmering Rouge in Sorbet ($25 USD) Sheer, brilliant color infuses lips with lasting moisture and fullness. Lips have never looked so all-day sensuous. With photo-smoothing pearl, this moisturizing formula will give a fuller appearance to lips.

Available in 20 shades.  I have this in Sorbet, which is a new shade.  It is a light, creamy pink.  Very pretty on.  It is full color, but feels like a balm.

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Mirabella Colour Luxe

Mirabella Colour Luxe ($26 USD) lip gloss creates maximum shine with three-dimensional, light-reflecting shimmer. The combination of iridescent and pearlescent pearls create a star-like effect on the lips, taking Colour Luxe gloss to a new level of color purity, brightness and dimensionality. Vitamin-enriched long-lasting formula moisturizes, conditions, and provides antioxidant protection and anti-aging properties.

These glimmering glosses are not for the shy!  I love Spark, the second color from the left in the photo above.  It is a gorgeous peachy-nude.  The applicator is a flat sponge paddle, which gives even coverage. LOVE!

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Three Custom Color Transformer Duo Champagne

Have you ever had that lip color that was close, but just not “perfect?” Use Three Custom Color’s new Transformer Duo: Champagne ($27.50 USD)  to warm up or cool down your favorite (or not-so-favorite) lip shades!

The split-pan compact contains two high-quality gloss pigments to be your own mix master with a smooth, softly shimmering formula that’s never gummy or sticky.

This is so cool!  I do try a lot of lip colors and many are too pink, or two brown.  This works to even out the color perfectly.  Now all of the lip colors that you have can work for you.

You can purchase this at

Enjoy your luscious lips!

Stocking Stuffer Guide 2 — Lovely Lipsticks and Glosses!

Lip color is the perfect pick-me-up for all seasons, especially for the holidays.  A new lipstick or gloss can update your look with little money.  You can also stuff one of these in the stocking of someone who needs a little treat — or who loves makeup — like me (hint, hint)!

Since lip color is about more than just the shade, new beautyADDICTS BeautifullLIPS Lipstick ($18 USD) collection has it all! These 8 rich and creamy colors are infused with intense hydration so your lips are always protected and nourished with enduring beautiful coverage. Created with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and other natural ingredients, this formula also plumps with natural peptides and stimulates collagen for a firmer, smoother more voluptuous lip.  Available at or at a salon near.

Aveda Shine out loud ($15 USD)  With fresh colors from nature: these translucent wet glosses bring the power of beetroot, beta carotene and berry anti-oxidants to life on lips. Each Lip Shine has a refreshing flavor that blends certified organic vanilla, peppermint, cinnamon, anise and basil.

  • Golden Prism Mini Lip Shine
  • Pomelo Mini Lip Shine

The limited-edition gift sets come covered in hand-crafted lokta bark paper from Nepal.  Purchase at

Boots No 7 Poppy King Lipstick Number Two Power  ($9.99 USD) — No7 has collaborated with lipstick legend Poppy King to create an exclusive range of lipsticks to change women’s’ views of lip color forever. Wearing lip color has a powerful effect on both the wearer and the beholder. It brightens your day and everyone around you. Poppy King designed a rose shade that is as powerfully stylish as it is pretty. The lipstick is quite  sheer but is easily buildable by dabbing on the color with feather strokes.    To finish it off? Poppy suggests layering on a slick of the accompanying lip gloss ($9.99 USD) for a shiny finish.  Purchase at or Target stores.

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Lip Gloss ($23 USD) — This long-lasting, non-sticky gloss delivers shimmery color. Formulated with conditioning botanicals and vitamin E to moisturize, hydrate and protect lips. Plumping shades provide noticeable results without the tingle and irritation experienced by most lip plumpers.  Available at Enjoy!

Makeup Gift Set Guide For Holiday Giving 2010 Part 1

Makeup sets are such fun gifts to give and receive for the holidays! There are so many at different price points to choose from. The following three sets range in price from $29.99 to $52.00.  Each of the three brands I’m featuring — Tarte,  LORAC and Flirt! — have other sets in their lines that are just as fabulous and are different prices. You are sure to find what you are looking to give!

Tarte The Jewelry Box ($52.00) This is an exclusive, limited-edition palette packed with 32 new eyeshadows, eight lip glosses, a mineral bronzer, a new shimmering powder, five deluxe long-wearing eyeliners, and a gorgeous gold-tone and black detachable necklace. You can find this at

LORAC Box Office Hit ($35 with a $210 value) – ULTA Exclusive Limited Edition Full Face Palette with everything you need to create natural looks for day and sexy, smoky party looks for night.  The palette contains 12 eye shadows, 2 eye liners, a blush, bronzer and 8 lip colors. Visit to purchase.

FLIRT! Limited Edition Eyeshadow Set ($29.99) — The looks are limitless with these 40 limited edition eyeshadow shades. Mix and match, wear one or wear ’em all! A must-have set that is out of this world. This is available at

Add Some Shimmer To Your Look This Summer With The Body Shop

Each season, The Body Shop introduce a perfect collection of makeup that is just right for that time of year. This summer they have released many beautiful, shimmering products that will make you look glowy and perfect for the easy days ahead of us.  

These are my favorite from the collection:

The Body Shop Bronzing Powder ($18.50) is a beautiful bronzer to give color this summer. If you are like me and pile on the sunscreen, most of your color comes from bronzers. What I love about this one is that it is a lightweight, matte powder. It boasts light-diffusing particles to provide instant radiance and help reduce the appearance of fine lines. It also contains Community Trade marula oil from Namibia helps to repair skin’s moisture barrier plus Vitamin E which is an antioxidant that helps to soften, condition and protect skin.

I have Shade 01 which is the lightest matte shade. There is also Shade 03 which is a shimmering shade and Shade 04 which is a dark matte shade. The matte shades are perfect when you want to get a little color, not shimmer.

Brush On Radiance ($21.00 USD) — Here’s where I like to get my very subtle shimmer. Actually, it is more of an illumination. This is a little pot of  multi-colored bead that ar light-reflective and iridescent. They give a beautiful glow. They contain Community marula nut oil to promote moisturization and hydration.

Delipscious Sheer Lip Color ($12.00 USD) – This reminds me of a product that I used to wear in my 20’s — Clinique’s Almost Lipstick. They still make that, of course, but only in Black Honey. They used to have many different shimmery colors.

This new Delipscious Sheer Lip Color is sheer and moisturizing. It also has a fruity flavor made from food-grade ingredients, including natural blueberry and pomegranate seed oils. This also contains organic, virgin, cold-pressed Community Trade coconut oil to help replenish moisture levels; Community Trade organic beeswax from Zambia to helps moisturize and condition lips; and Community Trade cocoa butter, an excellent moisturizer that melts at body temperature, and is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants.

Available in 7 sheer shades, Sheer Lychee, Sheer Toffee, Sheer Watermelon, Sheer Candy, Sheer Elderberry, Sheer Saffron and Sheer Pomegranate. They are all beautiful and subtle.

To purchase, visit a The Body Shop store near you or go to

Try the New and Revolutionary Cosmetics Company Ellis Faas

Cool new makeup company alert!  Ellis Faas brand was created by famous Dutch makeup artist Ellis Faas. She has worked for influential cosmetics companies such as Clinique, Lancome and MAC. In 2007 Ellis began working on her own makeup company, and its revolutionary cosmetic holder.

The Ellis Holder is really cool. Here’s a great description of the holder from the Ellis Faas website:

“The Holder is a lightweight container that fits a maximum of eight Ellis Faas products – and it is completely up to you to decide which ones you want to carry around. You simply “load” the Holder, placing the Skin Veil foundation in the middle and six pens around it. The indicators on the back of the pens show you which product is what, and by turning the base of the Holder, the pens come up and down individually to make it easy to take them out. The lid contains a mirror and holds a space to put the compact powder and sponge, or your shopping list, your pills, or whatever.”

When closed, the container looks like a bullet thermos and the pens itself look like silver bullets. They are so cool and very easy to use. I have tried the Creamy Lips liquid lipstick, Creamy Eyes, and the Blush. The Creamy Eyes and Lips have a brush applicator and the Blush has a little sponge. They are all easy to apply and can be blended with a brush or fingers for a soft look. All of the products are fairly long-lasting, too. And the eye shadow doesn’t crease, which is a plus!   

Check out the website to learn more about the products at To purchase in the United States, you can visit Bergdorf Goodman.

Sephora Favorites Gifts Sets Have Somthing for Everyone!

Sephora has recently released five limited edition deluxe samplers of beauty products from some of their most popular brands. The cool things about these are they let you try many different products before doling out the cash to purchase full-sizes. The two that I have tried are:  

Lip Service Deluxe Sampler ($119 Value) $38.00 USD — Do you love lipstick as much as I do? This is a way to try different colors and brands and to see what looks good on you. I often have a hard time deciding what I like at the counter. I like to wear it for a day or two. This collection includes neutrals, pinks, reds and berries and a great clear gloss from Smashbox. You get:    

– 0.05 oz Duwop Private Red
– 0.12 oz Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Sheer
– 0.02 oz Sephora Nano Lip Liner in Beau Bordeaux 11 or Radiant Rosy 14
– 0.086 oz NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Roman Holiday (vibrant pink sheen)
– 0.06 oz Korres Guava Lipstick in Wine Red (burgundy wine)
– 0.14 oz CARGO Plantlove Botanical Lipstick in Muir Woods (sheer spiced mauve)
– 0.8 oz Tarte Vitamin Infused Lipstick in Hatha (shimmering berry rose)
– 0.04 oz Laura Mercier Lip Coulour-Crème in Pink Champagne (cool rose)

Radiant Skin Regimen Deluxe Sampler ($143 Value) $38.00 USD — I enjoy trying skincare samples before I buy, because it is hard to tell what will work well with my skin. The deluxe samples in this collection allow for a couple of weeks with the product, which helps decide if it’s something you want to buy. It includes:

– 1 oz Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash
– 1.35 oz Cosmedicine Medi-Morphosis Self Adjusting Exfoliator
– 0.5 oz Perricone Advanced Face Firming Activator
– 0.23 oz DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum
– 0.24 oz Kinerase C8 Peptide Intensive Treatment
– 0.14 oz Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF15
– 0.4 oz Philosophy Hope in a Jar
– 1 oz Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
– 0.5 oz Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion

The three other collections are the LashStash Mascara Deluxe Sampler, Glitz and Glam Shimmer and Shine Deluxe Sampler, My First Makeup Kit Deluxe Sampler. Visit to learn more about them or pop into your local Sephora today!

Achieve a Polished Look with LORAC Cosmetics

LORAC Cosmetics was created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw to deliver healthy cosmetics that wear flawlessly. Her products are used by celebrity’s on the red carpet as well as normal ladies such as myself! 

I have recently tried a few products by LORAC and I have to say that I love the quality and feel of these products. My favorites (so far) are:

Double Feature Paraben-Free Concealer Highlighter ($24.00) – This clever face perfector includes a concealer, a highlighter and hygienic blender ball all in one slim stick. The LORAC website suggests, “Cover under eye circles and hide blemishes with the Full-Coverage, Long-Wearing Concealer Stick and then finish the look with the Blender Ball for a hygienic, natural picture-perfect finish. Use the Moisture-Rich liquid Highlighter to lighten and brighten under eyes, highlight cheekbones and help diffuse fine lines.”

I agree. The concealer stick is very creamy and I like to dot it under eyes, around my nose, over blemishes and then take the roller ball and seamlessly blend the lines. I then use the subtle but shimmery highlighter in the inner corner of my eyes, under my browbone and on the top of my cheek bones to make me seem awake and youthful. I think this product is well worth the price for the variety that you get.

I also love the Natural Performance Foundation ($35.00) – This gentle foundation is oil-free, paraben-free and fragrance-free formula and it contains three soothing natural ingredients for sensitive skin – Xyleine, Premier Olive Leaf Extract, and Vitamin A. The website explains that “Xyleine, the active ingredient that contains Papaya Fruit Extract, Lemon Fruit Extract and Olive Leaf Extract, is loaded with vitamins, flavonoids, soothing polyphenols and natural cell regenerating properties. The Premiere Olive Leaf Extract is rich in Oleanolic Acid, an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant that helps your skin stay healthy and protect itself. It’s also infused with Vitamin A, another antioxidant that helps rejuvenate and improve your skin.” 

I love the top of the bottle. You twist the cap and the pump pops up. This keeps the bottle clean, plus it is really cool. The foundation is light and gives skin a lovely glow. I am a liquid foundation girl, haven’t got used to the powder foundations, and this has a light and beautiful formula.   

Breakthrough Performance Lipstick SPF 15 ($22.00) is a crazy-good lipstick. Not many lipsticks have an SPF, so it gets my endorsement right there — SPF is everyone’s friend! It is also paraben-free, long wearing, and VERY moisturizing and creamy. it is infused with nourishing and moisturizing antioxidants such as Vitamin E and Olive Fruit Oil. My only suggestion is that LORAC introduces more colors in the collection. Right now, there are seven beautiful colors. I like Premiere, a soft neutral pink for everyday and Vanity, a medium red-pink for going out. Beautiful!

Visit to purchase these FABULOUS products!

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 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 to purchase.