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New Makeup For May

I realize it’s been a shamefully long time since I’ve posted anything. Sorry. I could get into the nitty-gritty, but let’s just leave it at: my health isn’t perfect. To compensate for feeling terrible, and being poked and prodded like a lab rat, I’ve been doing a little retail therapy.

I wanted to share my most recent YouTube video with you about what I’ve been loving! I still have lots more that I’ve recorded and need to edit and upload. So like I tell my kids, “Chop, Chop lollipop!” I’ve got lots more to share, just give me some time.

Thanks for taking the time to check this out. Enjoy!

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Cover Girl Blast Flip Sticks Review

You already know I love lipstick, and all types of lip products. The other thing I love is adding new shades to my collection. I recently received 3 of the Cover Girl Blast Flipsticks in the mail from Buzz Agent. As a Buzz Agent I received these lipsticks for free, and I have fun sharing my thoughts, ideas and coupons with others.

Cover Girl Blast Flipsticks

Cover Girl Blast Flipsticks

If you’re not familiar with the Blast Flipstick, it’s a double ended lipstick that has a creme color on one side, and a shimmer or highlight color on the other. The idea is that you can use the more pigmented color over your entire lip, and highlight your pout with the shimmer. If you check out the picture of Sofia Vergara above, you’ll see what I mean. You can also use the lipsticks individually  or mix and match to your heart’s content.

My lipstick collection ranges from high-end tubes that cost around $30 each, to drugstore brands that cost between $6.50 – $9.50 each. I do have my favorites. Aside from my favorite colors and companies, here’s what I look for in a lipstick.

  1. I want something that feels good on my lips. It can’t be waxy, drying or grainy. I also don’t like it when it drags on my lips during application. I need a smooth application.
  2. I want something that I don’t have to constantly reapply. There are some sheer formulas with staying power.
  3. I need options. I love colors that mix well with others. I nearly never wear one shade alone. I’m always layering and mixing my lipsticks.

My perfect lipstick right now is from Hourglass. It costs $30 a tube but it’s worth every penny. I love the consistency, the deep pigments, and the rich moisture in this lipstick. On a scale of 1-10, the Hourglass lipstick gets a 9. I have to believe there is a better lipstick out there somewhere. Here’s how the Cover Girl Blast Flipsticks stack up.

I’d give these lipsticks a wink and a nod with a generous score of 6.5. Here’s why: For a drugstore brand, it’s good. There are 13 Flipsticks, and part of me wishes there were more. (you can watch the video for swatches) I found that one of the full size samples I received was a bit grainy. It was only the creme color side that was grainy, not the highlight/shimmer side. I wasn’t sure if it was just an issue with a batch of lipsticks in that shade, or if it was a formula issue with that shade. I found that some of the darker colors pulled on my lips when I was applying them. There was a bit of drag, and they didn’t apply smoothly. That’s not something I like in a lipstick. I did like that the color lasted well. I found the shades to be quite highly pigmented, and they stayed on for several hours.

I haven’t found a drugstore lipstick that rivals my favorite high-end lipsticks yet, but I do love that they are getting so much better. I hadn’t tried Cover Girl in years. After the last two Buzz Campaigns I’ve participated in with Cover Girl, I’m glad to say my opinion has changed, and I’m starting to shop Cover Girl again at the drugstore.

Where do you get most of your cosmetics? The drugstore, department store, or a specialty store like Sephora or ULTA?

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Favorite “New” Cosmetic Items for September 2012

Well, it’s been a while since I uploaded a video to my blog. I thought it might be a good way to share some of my favorite cosmetic picks for September. I know that these aren’t new products, but they are new to me. I love coming across things I haven’t tried before and deciding if it’s good for me or not. These are just the ones that I’ve tried and have been loving!

I hope you’re doing well and enjoying your weekend!

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Getting Ready For Summer

I know that we just started spring, but I’ve been thinking about summer already. I don’t know about you, but there’s lots of change to my make up routine during the warmer months. I’m stocking up on brighter nail color, and sheer lipsticks.

With my mom’s recent visit, we were swapping favorite lipsticks. My mom likes a full coverage lipstick, I favor something with sheer coverage. Now that warm weather is heading our way, I was encouraging her to try something sheer. I pulled out my entire collection of Clinique Chubby Sticks, and Almost Lipsticks. She fell in love with Clinique’s Chubby in Richer Raisin. It’s a lovely sheer plummy brown shade.

My love affair with sheer shades comes from the fact that I look 5 -7 years younger when I’m wearing a sheer shade. The other reason I love sheer lipsticks, is because I can apply them without looking in a mirror. 98% of the time, I don’t have a terrible application mishap.

When my mom fell in love with the Chubby in Richer Raisin I went to my local Macy’s to pick it up for her. When I walked in, I found out they were in gift. You know what “In Gift” means right? If you purchase just enough product, ($23.98 in Clinique product) you can get more free product. I wasn’t planning on getting anything else, but I’ve never been able to pass up any cosmetic company in gift. I picked up two sheer Butter Shine Lipsticks for myself in “Pink-a-Boo” and “Berry Shine”. Perfect sheer color for summer. I also was about to get a third one, but I decided two lipsticks,and the Chubby for my mom was enough. As I was taking to the sales lady at the Clinique counter, she realized that I had a deep love of lipsticks. As I was about to check out, she asked me what my third favorite color was. When I mentioned that it was “All Heart”, she mentioned that she had some extra left over from a valentines day promo, and she would give me one since I obviously loved lipstick. I was so surprised and excited that I leaded across the counter and gave her a huge hug.

After my Clinique lady gave me the freebie lipstick, I started telling her about my blog called The Lipstick Gal, and how I have a huge collection of lipstick. She told me that when we were looking for a new color for me, and I started telling her “No, I already have that one . . . that one too . . . and that one.” she knew I was one serious make up girl. She laughed when I told her that over the past 4 years I’ve stopped wearing most of my make up, and am trying to find my inner glamour girl again. She said that make up is like riding a bike. “Once you know how, you never forget. The trends and colors might change by the seasons, but that’s easy to catch up on.” She was very encouraging.

As I was talking to her, I notice my Lancome Lady was watching me and winked at me. It was funny, but it also made me feel like a trader. Since I had just given my mom my newest Lancome Rouge in Love Lipstick that I had used twice, I decided to replace it. As I walked over to the Lancome counter, I got caught up in all the pretty colors. I walked away with another new Lipstick and mascara. I spent over $100 in about 20 minutes between the two make up counters. I’m not sure how that happened. I guess you can say I have no impulse control when it comes to cosmetics.

So to put all of my recent purchases to good use, I decided to use them as summer inspiration. If you already have the perfect Maxi dress (or are planning to get one) here are some great ways to accessorize it. Summer is all about fun. Don’t take your style too seriously. Relax into it, and enjoy. The accessories are much more expensive that I would spend, but they were pretty and caught my eye. Basically, have a pretty jeweled sandal, fun earrings, and a statement necklace. Don’t wear them all together, but mix and match. Don’t be afraid of bold nail colors, they’re fun. They’re great on toe nails if you’re worried about wearing them on fingers. Go lighter on the make up during the summer time. Don’t forget to put on SPF 30 or above every day. Be good to your skin, even on days that aren’t sunny.

Work That Maxi Dress

Look pretty this Summer. I promise to put all of my lipstick to good use!

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