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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.

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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!

Kisses,

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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.

Kisses,

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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.

Kisses,

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Brilliant and Fun Lippy Packaging

Posted by ilovelippy on October 10, 2011

When walking into Sephora or my local drug store with the intention of seeking out a new favorite lippy, one of the things that reels me in is some of the creative packaging ideas companies are using to get me to buy their product. And let me tell you, it’s working. Here are some of my favorite beauty brands and their genius ideas for making their lippies unique.

Urban Decay Pocket Rocket Lip Gloss not only lets you undress your man with a swivel of the tube (thanks to hologram technology), but it’s super slim, so it won’t bulge if you need to carry it in your pocket (or small makeup bag). This lip gloss, which comes in three shades, goes on super smooth sans stick (now, try applying and saying that 10 times fast).

Balmshell Lip Gloss comes in very unique packaging. Depending on the shade you chose (from sheer milky pink to vibrant lavender to clear glitter), the tube contains a moving illustration with a story line. Example: Shopaholic is the story of a woman who has an addiction — ahem — to shopping…most likely for lip gloss. She goes into a boutique for a few things, and comes out with her doorman carrying her purchases. Once you’ve used up all the lip gloss, the handle can be unscrewed and re-attached to the keychain that comes with the product.  It’s super cute, a good conversation starter and comes in a variety of colors — and stories.

This next one isn’t as much about packaging as it is about being brilliant and thoughtful to women’s needs. Philosophy Amazing Grace  pink lip gloss and roll-on fragrance duo is genius for us on-the-go girls. Heading out to a date right after work? Slick on this pretty pink lip gloss and roll on this clean and feminine scent in your cab ride and you’ll be ready to go.

Kisses,

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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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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?

Kisses,

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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.

Kisses,

 

 

 

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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.

Kisses,

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