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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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Temporary Lippy Tattoos

Posted by ilovelippy on August 17, 2011

Tired of the same old lip colors: red, pink, beige, berry, coral and so on. Want to really make a statement with your kisser? The company Violent Lips is encouraging people to embrace your inner Lady Gaga and try a temporary lip tattoo, or two.

Tattoo designs range from animals like tiger, cheetah, zebra, leopard, giraffe and snake to funky designs like polka (dot), rainbow, denim, fishnet, rose, glitterati, American flag and words like pout, feisty and single. Designs are available in pinks, reds, purples and more, depending on which pattern you choose.

Application is similar to temporary skin tattoos, only you need to cut out the lip shapes to match your own lips. With Halloween nearly 2 months away, this could make for a fun addition to your costume.

Would you try a temporary lip tattoo?


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Glitter Lippy

Posted by ilovelippy on August 10, 2011

Kesha said this about glitter: “That’s right. I’ve found glitter in places that will not be named in this interview.” Although Kesha’s glitter obsession is a bit extreme, glitter is showing up on the eyes, lips, cheeks and decolletage of celebrities hitting the red carpets. From Emma Watson’s coppery-gold glitter eye shadow to glitter nail polish seen everywhere, summer shimmer is what it’s all about. So why not add some sparkle to you lips? It’s the perfect party look.

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss is the ultimate in glittery gorgeousness. One look at the product and you know you’re guarantee enough sparkle people may confuse you with the disco ball you’re dancing under. It’s made with fine pearls and clear pigments to give your lips the brilliance you desire, and contains moisturizing vitamins to protect lips.

For a cheaper alternative without overly sacrificing quality, try NYX Cosmetics Diamond Sparkle Lip Gloss. It shows up like little crystals on your lips, with rich color, like orange sparkle and bronze sparkle.  The gloss is smooth — not sticky — so you can feel comfortable conversing at your parties.

All that glitters is gold.


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Self-adjusting Lip Color

Posted by ilovelippy on August 9, 2011

Everyone’s skin tone is slightly different, and that pretty pink color that looks perfect on your fellow fair- or dark-skinned friend may look clownish on you. For all you pink-to-fuchsia fans that think you can’t quite pull of the bold color, think again. To start out with the fun summer hue, try one of many lip gloss products that adjust colors depending on your personal skin chemistry. These products all start out clear, then turn a perfect shade of pink to suit your skin tone. The more you apply, the brighter and richer the color.

Bourjois Rose Exclusif Lipgloss adjusts to the pH (a measure of the acidity or basicity of something) of your lips. The shade ends up a candy pink hue, and is moisturizing with vitamins E and C.

Mark Glossblossom Ripening Lip Tint  has a nice berry scent, and leaves lips with a pretty pink hue once it wears off. Just a dab at a time will be enough to give lips a rosy color.

Black Radiance Beauty Perfect Tone Lip Color gives lips more of a brighter appearance after application.

Stay tuned for Lippy Lauren’s video demonstration on intuitive lip color with one of my all-time favorite lippies.


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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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Day to Night Lippy

Posted by ilovelippy on July 10, 2011

Particularly in the summer, on a Friday, when the sun is shining and spending time indoors is frowned upon, it’s necessary to find a lippy that can take you through nine hours at the office, plus the office happy “hour” (times three hours), plus dinner with the girls or your significant other. That’s a lot to get through, but fortunately you don’t need to get bored of the same lippy color. Check out Sephora Collection Innovative Color Wand for Lips. It comes with a selection of six lip colors, ranging from pale pink to fuchsia to nude to orange and beyond. Go low-key with a nude or clear lippy for the office, jazz it up a bit for happy hour with shimmery pink or bronze for happy hour, and light up the night with yellow or fuchsia for nighttime.


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Mirror-free Lippy Application

Posted by ilovelippy on July 6, 2011

I recently applied a plum-colored lip moisturizer sans mirror only to find my lips had somewhat doubled in size and become somewhat deformed. If you’re out and about and need to reapply your lip product, and have no mirror on hand, don’t end up like blondie below. Here are my top tips for mirror-free lippy application.

(what not to do)

1. Choose a gloss with a narrow sponge tip wand — you’ll be able to get more precision and will more easily be able to direct the lippy. Try Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in child.

2. Choose more neutral, sheer colors, as opposed to rich, deep colors. I suggest Smashbox Skin Tint — if you mess up, it will be hard to notice, but you’ll still get some color and shine.

3. If you’re really concerned, apply your lippy to your bottom lip only (which is the much easier half to get right), and press/rub lips together to evenly distribute.

Now go talk to that guy at the bar.



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