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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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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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Top Sun Protecting Lippy

Posted by ilovelippy on May 17, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend is just a week and a half away, which means you’ll probably be hitting the Jersey Shore (or any beach), going to your friend’s pool opening or all-day outdoor barbeque. Since your pasty body probably hasn’t seen the light of day for nine months or so, you’ll slather on sunscreen so you don’t turn into a lobster by day’s end. But did you know that your lips not only can get sunburned too, but the skin on your lips is actually one of the most sensitive areas of your body? It’s crucial, then, to protect your pout with lip care containing SPF of at least 15, just as you would your body. And no, SPF 4 doesn’t count!

Here are my fave sun protectant lip care products.

Lip Balms

Nivea’s A Kiss of Protection sun protection lip care SPF 30 is the ultimate stay-safe-from-the-sun product. The higher protection factor means more protection from UVA/UVB rays for longer, and its natural ingredients such as vitamin E, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil will keep lips moisturized.

Shiseido’s Sun Protection Lip Treatment SPF 36 also comes out on top with its high protection factor. In fact, Shiseido’s whole line of sun care products will keep you protected for much of the day.

Lip Color

NARS Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment contains SPF 15 to protect lips from the sun’s harmful rays, as well as moisturizers like mango butter to condition dry lips. The product comes in several options of subtle color to fit your skin tone.

Renowned makeup artist Paula Dorf’s Lip Color Sheer Tint with SPF 15 also comes in a variety of color to suit any taste. I prefer the Luscious color for a more natural, flushed look. Paula and her products are loved by Jessica Simpson, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Garner and Renee Zellweger, among many others.

And, if you need a beach bag to store your lippies and other items, I love The Gap’s Sequin Strap Straw Tote, with sparkly silver straps. It’s big enough to carry all your goods, has inner and outer pockets for convenience and can be wiped clean.

Promise me you’ll stay safe in the sun!


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