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Radiant Orchid: How to Wear the Color of the Year

Posted by ilovelippy on February 11, 2014

It was previously announced by Pantone — the authority on color — that the hue of 2014 would be Radiant Orchid: “A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones,” as expressed on the Pantone website. The good news? Unlike years past of emerald and tangerine, this color is totally wearable on the lips for … wait for it … everyone. Rarely does a color come along that compliments all skin tones, but there is always a first for everything.

Wondering how to incorporate Radiant Orchid into your everyday and special-day lippy wear? Here’s how to make your lips radiant, and the products to help you get there.

Lips, Cheeks, Eyes

Any purple color on your lips will make a statement, so you want to be sure its complemented by a more neutral palette on the cheeks and eyes. For the cheeks, dust a very light rosy pink to keep the look soft. For eyes, skip the shadow and opt for liner and mascara combination. Or, simply sweep on highlighter to cover circles, or under the brows to create lift and shine. This will make your lip color  pop, and help you avoid a Bozo the Clown identity crisis.

Radiant Orchid-like Lippies We Love

Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick will bring lips the truest version of this color. Bonus: the formula contains collagen for an extra plumping boost. When using a bold matte lipstick (i.e., lippy sans shine), it’s crucial that lips remain moisturized, or every crack will show. Check out our post on winter weather care to keep lips soft and flake-free.



For a glossier version, try Shiseido Luminizing Lip Gloss in Cool. This light lilac moisturizing gloss is a more subtle purple for the Radiant Orchid rookie, and will add some much-needed shine to your cold-weather pout. Bonus: You won’t need to worry about having purple lipstick on your teeth. 

ImageFor a true statement-making lip, pair makeup with a black or nude wardrobe. Now, prepare for all the attention to be on your mouth. Who knows, it may even help your husband listen more closely to what you say!



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Easy Winter Weather Lip Care

Posted by ilovelippy on February 10, 2014

Hi lippy lovers! Miss me? After a long hiatus to take care of my new daughter, I am back with the latest and greatest lippy tips and advice.

Here in the northeast, I’ve been dealing with a polar vortex, snowstorms every three days, and terrible heating that has wreaked havoc on my lips. Harsh winter weather should never prevent your lips from continuing to look their glossy, pink, healthy best. All you need are a few extra products and a couple more minutes to keep your lips looking fresh and kissable. Follow my simple winter lippy routine and kiss flaky chapped lips farewell for good. 

Step 1: Moisturize From Within

Yes, lip care is certainly about the conditioning products you put on your lips. But just like your skin, your lips need to be hydrated from the inside out. Drink plenty of water (8 cups a day) with a combination of fruits and veggies with a high concentration of H2O, such as grapefruit, pineapple, blueberries, carrots, celery and zucchini.

Step 2: Exfoliate and Buff

You may use an exfoliating wash on your body in the shower, so why not do the same for your lips? A lip exfoliant is a great way to condition your pucker while removing dead skin and flakes. Sugar Lip Polish by Fresh takes seconds to apply by massaging with the tip of your finger, and contains conditioning ingredients such as shea butter and jojoba oils that leaves lips feeling soft. 



Step 3: Your Perfect Lip Balm

Now that you have a fresh base to work with, it’s time to really moisturize. Since winter weather means harsh winds, a mix of cold air and indoor heat, and sun reflecting off the snow, your lip care needs to work triple duty. Aquaphor Lip Repair with SPF 30 seems to start healing lips on impact and continues to heal with ingredients like Vitamin E and Chamomile. You’ll be left with a subtle shine that looks glossy, not balmy. Plus, Aquaphor products are great for even the most sensitive skin (hint: my daughter’s pediatrician recommends only their products for sensitive baby skin).



Step 4: Beautify

Now, the really fun part. Winter lips tend to look dry and pasty, so you’ll want to put a little color back onto your pout. Too much though, and the cracks may start to show (even despite your strict lip regimen!) If you’re not Taylor Swift or Christina Aguilera, a fresh rose-colored moisturizing gloss will do the trick. L’Oreal Colour Riche Gloss in Rich Pink will nourish lips with its Omega-3 and Vitamin E ingredients while providing lips with a soft tint to hide any signs of winter distress.

ImageWhile the winter weather continues on, this beauty regimen can give you at least one reason to smile. 



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Birthday Lippy

Posted by ilovelippy on November 2, 2011

While some people tend to shy away from birthday parties and the pressure of being the center of attention, I for one love a good celebration. And while being the center of the world for a day can be fun, it’s really my lips that I want to be the center of attention. As I celebrate the fact that I am entering my 30s on November 7th, which will be preceded by a “welcome to my 30s” bash this Friday, one thing is for sure. In the words of the fabulous Real Housewives of New Jersey resident Melissa Gorga, I want to put my lips “on display, on display, on display.” With that, here, my suggestions for birthday lippy for a standout pout.

Start Shimmering. Just because we’re aging doesn’t mean our lips need to. The easiest way to reclaim your youth is to add as much glitter and sparkle to your look as possible. Fortunately, we’re able to do that without needing to shop at Claire’s. As you’re dancing into the evening, your lips will shine like the disco ball lights. Try Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in the color that best matches your outfit (I love Pink Sequin for my fair skin). This product packs in some serious sparkle.

Be Bold. There is no better time to try out that fire-engine red you’ve been dying to apply than for a special occasion like your birthday. Bright red lips is the first way to get immediately noticed for all the right reasons. Go for a long-lasting wear, since you’ll be partying into the wee hours of the morning. Try: Christian Dior, Rouge Dior in Rouge Blossom. It won’t wear off easily and will keep lips smooth — not cracking — which is crucial for red lipstick.

Stay Simple. If you can’t be bothered with a fussy look while you’re kissing cheeks and sipping cocktails, go for a simple, clear shine that keeps lips looking moisturized and healthy, without a lot of work. Try DuWop Lip Venom, which imparts a natural, clear shine while seriously plumping lips with ingredients including cinnamon, wintergreen and ginger.


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Easy Ways to Improve Your Smile

Posted by ilovelippy on October 26, 2011

Did you know the majority of men are attracted to a woman’s sense of humor and her warm, flirtatious smile? Yet most women are more concerned with their hair or facial appearance. The reality is, people tend to notice particularly nice smiles — or particularly unattractive ones. A smile full of yellowing teeth can throw off even the most beautiful women. It’s a bit unpleasant to think about, but it’s also quite common — some people simply don’t know how to keep their teeth clean, white and healthy. For some help with this, and for information on consulting dental professionals, check out www.TopDentists.com. In the meantime, here are a few easy ways to keep your teeth white, and your smile beautiful.

  • Identify the culprits. The first step is to avoid habits that dirty your teeth. For example, smoking is a major cause of stained or dirty teeth. Additionally, some foods and drinks, such as blueberries, soda and coffee, can have a long-term staining effect on teeth. If you can’t fully cut back on these, make sure to brush your teeth immediately after consuming these foods and drinks.
  • Stock up on smile-friendly foods. There are also foods that can help to keep your teeth strong, healthy and bright. For example, foods that are rich in calcium, such as dairy products, strengthen your bones — including teeth. Even some teas on the market can help, as tea leaves are rich in calcium. Fruits such as lemons and other citrus varieties can also serve as natural whiteners for teeth. It’s not a complete fix, but hey, can’t hurt to try.
  • Try teeth whiteners. Changing your brushing habits can help you to whiten teeth. Many people turn to baking soda, which is proven to have a certain polishing affect on teeth. Brushing with only baking soda can be a bit uncomfortable, so look into baking soda-based toothpastes.

If you have a real staining problem, or if you simply want to ensure the most healthy and beautiful smile you can get, consider taking your routine a step further and talk to a dental professional. There are tooth cleaning and cosmetic dentistry methods specifically designed to enhance and preserve whiteness, and you would do well to inquire about them if this is a concern of yours.

Now smile, beautiful!

Note: This is a guest advertorial post written by www.topdentists.com. These tips were not written by Lippy Lauren, but I agree with the importance of the topic discussed and recommendations.

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Halloween Costumes That Go Great With Lippy

Posted by ilovelippy on October 20, 2011

Halloween celebrations will begin next week, when the boys will be slackers with their costumes and the ladies will use this day as an excuse to grab their shortest skirts and tightest top. If you don’t have your costume ready yet, why not build one based on your favorite lippy color? Here are some ideas for trendy Halloween costumes that incorporate lip colors for fall.

1. Vampire: With the popularity of “True Blood” and the premiere of “Breaking Dawn” just weeks away, grab your fake teeth and some blood-red lipstick for the vampire costume. Use powder to make your face appear pale, throw on a bit of black mascara and fill in your lips with a deep red matte lipstick (think female version of Edward Cullen). Try: Tarte for True Blood™ Limited-Edition LipSurgence™ Natural Lip Tint. This red shade, inspired by the hit show, will provide lips with a natural tint of of red. It’ll be a bloody good costume (as they say in England).

2. Sexy Pumpkin. We all know by now that burnt orange, or versions of the shade, are hot for fall. Incorporate this this trend into your costume by dressing as a sexy pumpkin. Monochromatic dressing can be very slimming, and this color on the lips works surprisingly well with almost every skin tone. Top your look with a cute green hat. Think pumpkins can’t be sexy? Skip the puffy figure-unflattering look and instead, dress in orange and carry a cute pumpkin purse or clip a charm onto your purse, like the one designed by Juicy Couture. Last but certainly not least, for your shade of orange lippy, try: Nars lip gloss in Wonder (sheer mandarin orange with pink and gold shimmer). 

3. 80s chick. The 80s are back — well, they have been for a while. So why not really channel that carefree, get-up-and-dance decade with a side ponytail, legwarmers and a cut T-shirt, topped with neon makeup and fuchsia lippy. Try: Benefit ultra shines lip shine in back to the fuchsia. The color is a perfect shade of hot pink (80s style) and the shimmer will take lips to the next level. Besides, who doesn’t think glitter and shimmer when thinking about the 80s?

Happy Halloween!


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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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How-to Remove Lipstick Stains

Posted by ilovelippy on August 10, 2011

Picture it: You’re all ready for a summer night on the town. You’re about to put on your favorite white-hot summer dress when – gasp! You completely forgot you just applied lippy (you’re such an addict you don’t even realize when you apply it) and now the stain is the kiss of death for your dress. If lipstick or lip gloss stains got your down, chin up. We asked expert Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Guide to Laundry, our most pressing lippy stain removal questions.

1. What immediate steps should you take if you get lipstick on your clothing?

For fresh stains, if there is a large quantity of lipstick — a glob — on top of the fabric, use a dull knife or spoon to gently remove the excess. Try not to press the stain deeper into the fabric. If you can’t launder the garment right away, use a stain removal pen or wipe to treat the stain. Follow the instructions on the product and be sure to test it first in an inconspicuous place to make sure it does not discolor the fabric. Launder your garment or take it to a dry cleaner as soon as possible. If it must be dry cleaned, be sure to tell the cleaner about the stain and any treatment you have used.

To launder at home, use an enzyme based pre-treater, (like ShoutZout or Vaska Spotoff) following package directions. Then, rub with heavy-duty liquid detergent or a paste made of powdered detergent and water. Scrub stain lightly and rinse in hot water. Next, wash in the hottest water suitable for the fabric using detergent and an all-fabric bleach to remove the dye in the stain.

2. Is there a difference between caring for lipstick versus lip gloss stains?

All colored lip products make a combination stain of dye and an oil or wax base.  The stain removal techniques are the same for every product. If it is simply a non-colored lip gloss, you still need to use the same treatment.

3. Are there any products you would recommend, or DIY stain removers?

In addition to the steps listed above, if you have a lipstick stain that was not treated and was then washed and dried you will need to do a bit more work. Mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach (OxiClean, Clorox 2, Country Save Bleach or Ultra Purex Color Safe Bleach) and water following the package directions. Completely submerge the garment and allow it to soak overnight. Check the stained area and if it is gone, wash as usual. If the stain remains, mix a new solution and soak for another 12 hours. Repeat until stain is gone.

5. Are certain colors easier to remove than others?

Lighter lipstick colors are slightly easier to remove since the dye is not as intense. Of course, it all depends on the color of the base fabric!

So lippy lovers, there you have it. And remember, before you start your regular laundry, always check your pants pockets for lippy.


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