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Moving? Makeup Bag Lippy Essentials

Posted by ilovelippy on November 15, 2011

Lippy lovers, I apologize for being a bit flaky these past few weeks (not on my lips, of course, but with my postings, or lack thereof). I’m taking the plunge and moving out of NYC into the (very) nearby suburbs of New Jersey – and I mean right outside of the tunnel. Of course, this move has occupied much of my time, but as I’ve been boxing up my belongings the past few weeks, it forced me to make the important decision of – what do I need now versus what do I want. What can be boxed up for two to three weeks, and what must I have now, which includes my makeup products, and specifically, lippies. If you’ve found yourself in this predicament (and if you’re anything like me and normally have at least 10 lippies on-hand), here are my recommendations for four must-have makeup bag lippy essentials.

1. A clear gloss. A good, clear gloss does more than make lips shine: It actually gives lips the illusion of looking fuller, since the shine in the gloss reflects light and creates dimension. I recently became slightly addicted to Sephora’s Clear Glossy Gloss. While it doesn’t have the staying power of comparables like Bobbi Brown Crystal Lip Gloss or MAC Clear Lipglass, it does have just as much shine and comes in a more non-sticky formula (the reason behind a longer lasting gloss).

2. A moisturizing balm. This may seem like an obvious choice, but many may substitute this staple for a clear gloss. While some glosses do have moisturizing ingredients, they’re still a gloss and their main purpose is not to moisturize. For an anytime balm that creates serious smoothness, both in application and aftermath, try Nivea A Kiss of Smoothness. It leaves lips feeling super nourished with just a hint of shine.

3. A signature, go-to colored gloss. A color I think works on everyone is a sheer coral, which can be layered nicely with your clear gloss if you desire extra shine. This gloss can be worn during the day — in the office or walking around town. Try Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Pur in Pure Coral.

4. A signature, go-to lipstick. You’re bound to be going out at night at least once in the time that you’re on-the-move, so it’s crucial to have one color that can work with almost any outfit choice. Since you could be wearing anything from navy to red to turquoise to berry, now isn’t the best time to pick the most adventurous color. Instead, like choosing a hair color, stick with a shade no more than two hues away from your natural lip color, such as rose or beige. Remember, if you choose a more natural color, you can really play up your eyes with dramatic liner and lashes. Try Revlon Colorburst Lipstick, which leaves lips feeling creamy yet light.


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Lippies for Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted by ilovelippy on October 6, 2011

October doesn’t just mean it’s time to change your lip palette for fall (although that is a part of it). It’s national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, bringing awareness to a disease that affects 1 in 8 women in the United States, or 12 percent of women, and was diagnosed in over 200,000 women last year. The question then is, why wouldn’t you show your support? I have a simple solution for all of you lippy lovers. During the month of October, instead of purchasing any old lip product, look for ones offered by a variety of brands that support breast cancer awareness and research in some ways. Here are a few to get you started.

During the month of October, Shiseido will donate $5 to CEW Cancer and Careers for every unit of their Shimmering Rouge in Iron Maiden purchase. This is a great color that imparts a subtle shimmer to lips, without drying them out.

Bobbi Brown (a favorite cosmetics company) has created a pink ribbon lip set, which includes their pink lip color and Bellini High Shimmer lip gloss. With each purchase, $10 will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. I love the creaminess of Bobbi Brown’s lip products.

Clinique, on the other hand, is working to educate its customers about the risks of breast cancer. With every purchase of any product during October, Clinique is offering a free pink ribbon pin plus an information card with key breast-health tips. These days, I can’t live without my Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Woppin’ Watermelon. It leaves my lips with a natural, very subtle pretty pink hue.

Lastly, a fun, fav lip balm I own and love is helping the cause. Evolution of Smooth (EOS) will donate 5 percent of all U.S. sales of their Smooth Sphere Lip Balm to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Think pink and go for their new Strawberry Sorbet scent.

 What are you waiting for? Go help women in need!

Kisses and thoughts to those who have been affecting by this disease,

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Coming This Fall: The Lippys

Posted by ilovelippy on September 9, 2011

As the Emmys kick off awards show season, it’s time to also get ready for I Love Lippy’s 1st annual Lippy Awards (aka, The Lippys). Coming this fall, I’ll be sharing my top picks, along with reader votes and suggestions, for favorite lippies in categories including, but not limited to:

Best Lip Balm

Best Lip Gloss

Best Lipstick

Best Lip Tint

Best Lip Liner

Best Lip Shimmer

Best Lip Shine

Best Lip Color

And so much more!

Plus, we’ll throw in some honorable mentions for good measure. Stay tuned, but until then, I want to know YOUR favorite lippies in these and other categories, so send away! Either leave comments or email your picks to ilovelippylauren@gmail.com.


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Lippy Highlight: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sugar Passion

Posted by ilovelippy on September 9, 2011

It’s no secret one of my favorite lippies on the market today is Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, with it’s smooth-feel application, incredibly moisturizing ingredients, sun protectant and glossy color. Just in time for one of fall’s big colors for lips — bold red — Fresh presents us with their newest addition to the Sugar Lip Treatment family: passion.

The great thing about this product is it’s all you need: leave your lip balm at home, this product conditions just as well, or better, than your trusty balm; and the color it leaves on lips can replace your gloss or even lipstick. Just remember the more you apply, the bolder and darker the color gets.

So lippy lovers, will you be trying Fresh’s newest sugar lip treatment?


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Fall 2011 Lip Color Trends

Posted by ilovelippy on September 8, 2011

As the first week of September soon comes to a close, we’re quickly on our way to cooler temperatures, which means fall is right around the corner. Not knocking down our door just yet, but is pretty close. On the bright side, the beauty of the changing leaves (think burnt orange and red) can be reflected in our lip palettes. Here’s another fun surprise: you don’t really need to open your wallet and start from scratch to be on-trend for the season. Yay for not needing to spend more money!

Here’s a look at what your should be wearing on your lips this fall, as seen on the fall runways of some top designers

Alice + Olivia painted the lips of models a bright, bold red. This look is great for pairing with darker colors of fall fashion, like navy, to really make lips pop. For a good fall look, go for a matte lipstick like NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Mascate (bold red).

Bottega Veneta went the nude route by pairing with a heavy lined eye and colorful fashions like burnt orange. To get the nude lip without looking sickly, try a lipstick with some shine or shimmer, like Korres Mango Butter Lipstick in Nude 33. It’s conditioning ingredients and glossy finish will make lips look healthy — not starved for moisture or color.

Carolina Herrera took the pink lip of summer and transformed it into fall with one simple thing: matte. Take your bright pink lipstick from spring/summer, blot and you’re ready to go. Try Illamasqua Lipstick in Corrupt (matte hot pink) to get this look with one easy swipe.

Gucci played it safe for fall by going with a commonly seen lip palette during this season: dark, deep reddish/brown. As your tan fades, this can be a tough color to pull off, so it may be best left for those with some color to their skin tone (us translucent ladies may want to pass). To get this look, try Stila Long Wear Lip Color in Phenomenal (reddish brown). It’s pencil-like applicator will help you easily hit the outline of your lips.

Jill Stuart played up the color for fall: tangerine. Don’t be scared, surprisingly this is a color many of us can pull off. It goes great with a peachy cheek, just don’t overdose with and orange top. I recommend a gloss or sheer lippy for this color, since it’s already very bold. Once you’ve become a tangerine veteran, you can move onto the lipstick phase. Check out Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in tangerine, which has an added extra of being ever so slightly scented with vanilla.

Are you falling for fall’s colors yet?


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Lippy Technology

Posted by ilovelippy on August 14, 2011

We’ve come a long way in the world of lippy technology from when Ancient Mesopotamian women used to crush semi precious jewels to decorate their lips, and lipstick in 16th century England was made from a blend of beeswax and red stains from plants. Whether it’s the packaging or the product itself, modern lippy is constantly evolving, all to make our lips and our life a little happier. Here are my innovative lippy picks:

Artistry Light Up Lip Gloss not only imparts a pretty sheer shine to lips, but it comes with a built-in mirror and applicator that actually lights up for stress-free, perfect-in-the-dark application. The wand itself contains LED lights so you never need to worry about whether you missed your lips or not — particularly a concern for those with thin lips.

Lip Savvy lip gloss, launching this summer, not only has fun packaging — from animal print to floral — but contains serious technology to improve the condition of your lips and reverse the hands of time. First, this product plumps, hydrates lips and targets wrinkles with Hyaluronic Filling spheres. Anti-aging ingredients include the Complete Free Radical Protection Technology, which works by protecting cells from free radicals. When it comes to lip appearance, Lip Savvy leaves lips with a rich, sparkly color in one of 22 shades.





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Makeup Multitaskers: Tints for Lips and Cheeks

Posted by ilovelippy on August 5, 2011

As a fair-skinned gal — ok, someone who is almost see-through, especially in the winter — I very rarely leave the house without blush or bronzer. Combined with my love of lip gloss, I keep these two cosmetics on hand at all times, so as to not scare any passers-by into thinking they just saw Casper.

I’m a huge fan on lip/cheek tints: that pinkish-red color that can be applied to either area of the face to get a natural-looking, rosy hue on your cheeks or your pout. Here are my favorites, each with different a applicator to suit your preference:

Benefit’s Benetint is a prime example of a little going a long way. Just apply a few dots to the apples of your cheeks and lips, and quickly rub in with your fingers. You’ll get that flushed look as if you just came from the gym. Be sure to rub in before it dries, or you’ll need to start over.

Two Faced Full Bloom Cheek and Lip Color is a much creamier lip/cheek tint to be applied with your finger. To customized to various skin tones, this product is available in a dusty rose, warm coral and sheer berry (bright pink) color. This product helps hydrate skin, with ingredients such as avocado and vitamins A through 5. The color comes out sheer and subtle, but quite pretty.

Stila Lip & Cheek Stain lets you pick from sevent different colors and fruit flavors including mango crush, pomegranate, coconut crush, cherry crush, yumberry crush, raspberry crush and acai crush. This innovative product customizes its color to the pH levels in your skin to create a lip and/or cheek shade that is perfect for your skin tone. It also is infused with vitamins A, C and E for hydration and that all-over healthy glow.


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The Perfectionist Lippy

Posted by ilovelippy on July 27, 2011

Most of us don’t sit at home while we apply lippy; we’re usually at the office, at dinner, at a bar, at a party…you get the gist. While we may apply our initial coat in front of the bathroom mirror, unless you’ve chosen a long-lasting lippy, it’s inevitable that you’ll need to reapply while on-the-go. If you don’t want to end up with an uneven lip product application, try one of these lippies with a built-in mirror, making application a cinch.

Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Balms, available at Sephora, are available in colors that will take  you on a great escape from Bora Bora (a sheer cherry red) to St. Barth (a sheer lilac sheen) to Waikiki (a sheer bright pink). Not only do these balms have a built-in mirror, but it also hydrates and smooths lips with ingredients like vitamin C and E.

For a lipstick splurge, Guerlain Rouge G Le Brilliant comes in a handy compact which contains a “hidden” mini-mirror that allows for easy application. Available in a variety of shades, the downside is the $45 price tag.

For “mirror-like” shine, look no further than Philosophy Angel Kiss Lip Gloss, in the color of grace. I’m a fan of subtle pink lips, and this product glides on pretty smoothly.

Of course, you could just opt to carry around a separate purse-sized mirror, but what fun is that?


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