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New Glosses and Lipstick from the Drugstore – June 2013

I’ve been keeping a bit more up to date with my YouTube channel than I have here on my blog. Sorry. I have been a little MIA. I did want to show you some of the new lip products I picked up at the drugstore that I’ve been enjoying for summer. I hope you’ll take the time to check it out.

June Drugstore Gloss and Lipstick Video

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The French Kiss Lip

I’ll admit that my favorite look for lipstick is about an hour after it’s been applied. It’s had a chance to settle in, and not look too perfect. It looks like I care, but am not constantly futzing with my lipstick. A few hours or a meal later, and it’s definitely touch up time.

When I saw this story called The French Kiss from Into The Gloss the entire idea of what lipstick could look like changed for me. Maybe next time I’ll just let my faded lip go. Maybe it’s a low fuss idea of how to wear bolder colors this spring. It definitely gives it that lived in look. The good part, no lip liner needed.

Pat MaGrath makeup for Christian Dior Fall 2013 fashion show - The French Kiss Lip

Pat MaGrath makeup for Christian Dior Fall 2013 fashion show – The French Kiss Lip

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Flower Beauty Lip Products Review

I’ve been waiting to share this review with you. I managed to take the pictures myself. You know those awkward arm’s length pictures people take of themselves on vacation, that’s what I did. Only I had a digital SLR camera with a flash at arm’s length. I should have put some of the epic photo fails here, but it’s already a photo heavy post. So here we go!

If you’re not familiar with Flower Beauty, it’s Drew Barrymore’s brand new cosmetic line. It’s available only at Wal-Mart. The idea is high-end products at drugstore prices. Of course I was very intrigued and wanted to see if the ideal held up in reality. I was interested in trying out more of the line, but my local Wal-Mart only had a 3-sided end cap display with nail polish, mascara, eye liner, and 4 types of lip products that will all be featured here in this post.

Princess and the Peony Lip Butter and Pretty in Petunia Lip Gloss

Princess and the Peony Lip Butter and Pretty in Petunia Lip Gloss

Flower Lip Butter in Princess and the Peony

Flower Lip Butter in Princess and the Peony

This first lip swatch is the Lip Butter in Princess and the Peony. I like the way it feels on my lips. It’s very sheer in one swipe, but build-able. It doesn’t stay for hours on your lips because it’s a lip butter. I found that this lasted about 3 hours max on my lips before it looked like I wasn’t wearing anything. I would’ve re-applied long before, but I wanted to see how long before it was completely gone. I think that the darker shades might last longer. What I don’t like about his product is the packaging. It’s way too big. It’s enormous actually. The odd thing about it is, when you take the cap off, how small the bullet of product looks. It’s almost as if they are over compensating for such a small amount of product. I would like it much better in a slimmer package. I also have a difficult time getting the cap to snap back on properly. Of all the lip products in the post, the cap on this product gives me the most hassle. Over all, I like the product. I wish there was more of it in the package, and different packaging all together.

Flower Shine On Lip Gloss in Pretty in Petunia

Flower Shine On Lip Gloss in Pretty in Petunia

This Lip Gloss in Pretty in Petunia is so wearable. It’s a lovely coral/pink shade that is easy to wear. I also love that it’s not sticky. It’s also one that leaves my lips feeling hydrated after wearing it. It’s not terribly long wearing, it’s a gloss after all, but I didn’t find myself reaching for it constantly. I like the formula of this gloss. It’s got enough pigment that you can see the color of it on your lips easily, and it’s smooth and easy to apply. It’s also a nice shine without being over the top.

Rose Bud Gloss Lip Color, Flamingo Flower and Petal Kiss Velvet Lip Color

Rose Bud Gloss Lip Color, Flamingo Flower and Petal Kiss Velvet Lip Color

Flower Velvet Lip Color in Petal Kiss

Flower Velvet Lip Color in Petal Kiss

This lipstick was not in my initial haul. I went back for this shade. The two colors I got initially, I picked based on the colors on the bottom of the tube. They seemed like pretty, but not overly vivid colors. I was totally wrong. They are extremely vivid. I picked this one up a few days later to have a wearable shade for work and every day.  This is called Petal Kiss and is a matte lipstick. I like that it’s creamy when you apply it. Even though it’s totally matte, you still have a smooth and soft feeling on your lips. After a few hours it can be a bit drying. I find that to be true with most matte lipsticks, even the high-end ones. This one out performed all of my drugstore matte lipsticks. It also lasted for nearly 6 hours. I decided to wear it with a quick swipe of lip balm underneath and it’s perfect.

Flower Velvet Lip Color in Flamingo Flower

Flower Velvet Lip Color in Flamingo Flower

This is another Velvet Lip Color (matte lipstick) in Flamingo Flower. Basically a bright, pop pink. This is a great shade for spring and summer. I’m wearing it now with BB cream, skinny black eye liner, blackest black mascara, concealer an a hint of blush and highlighter. It’s so pretty and fresh. This one fades, but never seems to go away. It leaves a stain on my lips. Since it’s such an intense color, it’s so very obvious when my lips are chapped. They are a bit in the picture. (Oops) I make sure to exfoliate before wearing this shade, use a lip balm, and let it have time to sink in, then line my lips in a neutral shade before applying this color directly from the tube. It’s a fun color, but not one for every day, or every occasion.

Flower High Shine Lip Color in Rose Bud

Flower High Shine Lip Color in Rose Bud

I always love a red lipstick, but when looking for shades from the Flower line I specifically tried to not get a red lip color. I tried really hard. I looked at the bottom the tube where the color swatch is and this one looked more coral pink to me. Well, a deep coral pink, but anything but red. I also will say, I’m never one to swatch products in the store. All the drugstore products are sealed and for sale. I’d love it if they had testers, but those days are over. I don’t remember seeing testers in the drugstore since my mom was buying products there. So, I buy blindly. (and with hope) It’s a beautiful color, but not what I wanted. Beware the color swatches on the displays, and the colors on the bottom of the lipstick tubes. They aren’t always accurate.

That aside, I love the formula of this lipstick. This to me was the closest to a high-end lipstick for a drug store price. It felt so smooth and creamy on my lips. The shine was also amazing. I had a better picture showing the shine, but it was terribly out of focus. This lipstick reminded me of the Lancome Color Design formula or the Estee Lauder Pure Color formula. I was actually swatching this Flower lipstick alongside these two Lancome and Estee Lauder formulas to see how they felt. Texture, drag on the lip, shine, opacity, and it was amazing. This little $6.98 lipstick from Wal-Mart performs like a high-end lipstick. Lancome Color Design sells for $22, and Estee Lauder Pure Color sells for $25. I have several of both.

If you’re wondering if it’s worth it, I’d say give it a go. My only draw back is the inability to try the colors out first. Do some research online before going to Wal-Mart. Check with other beauty blogger and see their reviews of other colors. Look for real swatches. Make sure the colors you’re buying are the colors you really want. Even though I can wear all the colors I got, I wasn’t expecting what I got. I found the colors on the lipstick tubes to be misleading. They aren’t accurate all the time.

The Flower lipsticks have the color on the tube. Beware, it's not a perfect color match to the product inside.

The Flower lipsticks have the color on the tube. Beware, it’s not a perfect color match to the product inside.

I’m excited to try some new Flower products when my local Wal-Mart starts to stock the complete collection. If I pick up anymore of them, I’ll let you know. What are you enjoying from the drug store these days? Have you tried any of the Flower products from Wal-Mart?

P.S. I have a YouTube review if you’re interested.

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Lipsticks and Glosses Part 3: Reds

I’ve been waiting for this post. I won’t lie, my favorite shade of lipstick is red. I have many other shades, but when I want to feel strong and beautiful, I reach for a red. I love that anyone can wear red. I know that many women are afraid of red, they think it’s off-limits because it’s so intense. Don’t ever think that you can’t wear it. There is a shade for everyone, you just have to find it.

Most of these are reds, but there is one non-red in the bunch. I decided this was the closest place to group it with.

Bite Beauty Creme Lipstick in Cin-Cin

Bite Beauty Creme Lipstick in Cin-Cin

Here’s that one odd-ball. It’s not really an odd-ball, but a non-red. I think if falls well into a bold lip category. It’s a beautiful terracotta color from Bite Beauty called Cin-Cin. What I love about this color is that it’s very versatile. It wears well with so many colors. Clothes, makeup, just about anything I pair with it I love it. It’s a soft, creamy lipstick that’s fully opaque. It lasts for several hours without need of reapplying. I love the Bite Beauty Lipsticks. I’ll be getting a few more.

Ilia Lipstick in Arabian Knights

Ilia Lipstick in Arabian Knights

I picked this Ilia lipstick up in November while I was on vacation. I found this adorable boutique called Preen Apothecary that carried high-end makeup, beautiful accessories, and housewares. What I love about this lipstick is that it’s as much a lip conditioner as a lip color. It’s very hydrating. The more you swipe the lip bullet over your lips, the more sheer color you build. It also ends up as a bit of a stain when it wears of. I like this if I manage to have most of it come off during a meal. I know I’ll still have a stain of color left on my lips.

Be a Bombshell Lipgloss in Hot Mess

Be a Bombshell Lip Gloss in Hot Mess

A friend of mine signed me up for My Glam Bag from ipsy.com as a Christmas gift. My December bag was my first, and this lip gloss from Be a Bombshell in Hot Mess was in there. It’s a true red gloss with lots of shine. It is a bit sticky, but that depends on how much you layer on. I also found that it does best when I wear a lip liner with it. I like this one from Lipstick Queen. It keeps it from feathering outside my lip line, and doesn’t alter the color of the gloss. For all of the pictures in these lip posts, I only wore the lip color. No lip balm, no lip liner, just the color I was photographing for you.

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Mightiest Maraschino

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Mightiest Maraschino

I love, love, love this new line of Chubby Stick Intense from Clinique! I especially adore this red. I’m sure I mentioned it in part 2, but chubby lip pencils are like lip crayons to me. They make me ridiculously happy, and are so easy to use. Even this bright red that I would normally apply with lots of care is made simple with the chubby stick. This Chubby is also very hydrating, and the color lasts quite a long time. it’s my new go to red. I can apply it while I’m driving in my car without worry about messing up. I don’t do that with any other red.


Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick in Icon

This Hourglass lipstick is another one of my November vacation lipsticks from Preen Apothecary. I know the name is Icon, but I’ve taken to calling it my Snow White lipstick. It’s really a beautiful cherry red color, and reminds me of the perfect color for Snow White. I love the way it feels on my lips. It’s so smooth and creamy, and although it’s a long-lasting lipstick, my lips never get dried out or chapped. I adore this red. It’s a high maintenance red, which means that if you smudge it at all, you’ll get high pigmented color just where you don’t want it. It’s one that I wear with caution. I don’t kiss my children when wearing this lipstick, or they will be sporting a huge red lip mark for hours. I usually wait to apply this one until after I’ve kissed my kids and husband goodbye.  That aside, I still love this lipstick. I will wear it until I have to dig it out with a lip brush, and then I’ll buy the refill. That’s the other thing I love about Hourglass lipsticks. Once you buy the full lipstick, you just have to purchase the color refill instead of getting an entire new tube of color.

I hope you enjoyed these bold colors. The full on reds are my favorites, but I’m glad I went through my stash to pull out so many other favorites. For someone like me who loves lipstick and any other type of lip product I can get my hands on, a series of lipstick reviews and lip color swatches were inevitable.

I do have a red lipstick video on my YouTube channel with (mostly) different options. Just in case you were looking for something you didn’t see here.

So let me know, are you a red lipstick wearer? Do you stay with softer, more nude shades? Did you discover a brand you want to try? Is there a lipstick I should know about that I haven’t mentioned? I’d love to hear from you. Let me know what you think.


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Lipsticks and Glosses Part 2: Pinks

As the new year started, I wanted to share some lipstick and gloss options. I had imagined that I would pick 4 to 5 beautiful shades and talk of my deep and abiding love for them. Why they were good choices because of pigmentation, longevity of wear, and comfort. As I stood before my vanity, I decided my criteria.

  1. Only lipsticks/glosses that I regularly wear would be considered
  2. Price point was not a limiting factor. (Didn’t matter if it was drugstore or high end)
  3. I would only list products I hadn’t already blogged about before (specific colors)

I thought my criteria would make it difficult, but it didn’t. I forget that I have a lipstick habit, not a hobby. I’ve picked up enough new shades in the past months, and have enough in my collection that I truly love, that I had no trouble selecting potential tubes of color for this blog series.

I will admit, it was only supposed to be one post, but after finding myself with 17 tubes of color, I realized I would have to break it up into several posts. So here is part 2: Pinks

MAC Lipstick  - Angel

MAC Lipstick – Angel

This soft pink lipstick by MAC is called Angel. I know some of you might gasp when I say this, but it’s my one and only MAC lipstick. I do like the formula. It’s opaque, and easy to apply. There’s no dragging when you put it on, and it’s not a drying formula. It’s a very nice mid-priced lipstick. The only reason I don’t have more of these, is that my closest MAC counter is an hour away. I’m sure it won’t be my last.

Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick in Pink-A-Boo

Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick in Pink-A-Boo

This Clinique lipstick is so easy to wear. I originally picked it up to wear during the summer time. I find I wear it nearly year round. It’s very moisturizing, and if I remember my Clinique lady correctly, had Shea butter in it. I love lip products like this Butter Shine Lipstick from Clinique because they give color while letting my natural lip show through. It’s almost part gloss and part lipstick. I think that this product might have been the inspiration behind Revlon’s Lip Butters. They are very similar. If I had to choose, I’d still choose Clinique over Revlon.

Anastasia Hydrafull Gloss in Moi

Anastasia Hydrafull Gloss in Moi

This full size gloss was a Sephora freebie. It’s actually a beautiful color, and although I don’t care much for glosses, I find I use this one more often than I  expected to. This Anastasia gloss has been kept in my collection for two reasons alone. I love the color. It’s almost like my natural lip color, but better. The second reason I keep this, is because my lips feel so soft after wearing it. The two reasons I might never purchase this gloss, is it’s the stickiest gloss I own. Everything gets stuck in it. I’ve had gnats get stuck in this gloss. Really. The other thing I don’t care for is the applicator. It’s a silicone paddle. It feels like someone forgot to put the velvet on the doe foot applicator. It’s the strangest/cheapest feeling applicator of all the glosses I own. I really don’t like it.

NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover

NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover

This lip pencil from NARS is amazing! It’s my new favorite pink. Most of my pinks have been quite pale, leaning towards the nude end or very bold, closer to a red. This is a true pink lip. Something I thought I would never wear, and would never like. This feels like glossy lipstick going on, and has staying power. It’s not one to instantly fade. It’s very reminiscent of a crayon. Maybe that’s why I love lip pencils so much. I still love crayons, and I see these as jumbo lip crayons! There are more colors I have my eye on. If you haven’t tried one of these pencils, check them out the next time you can.

ModelCo  SHINE Ultra Lip Gloss in Berry Pink

ModelCo SHINE Ultra Lip Gloss in Berry Pink

This full size lip gloss from ModelCo just showed up in my December Birchbox. I wasn’t excited to see it because it was a gloss. I was also upset because it was pink. Then I tried it on. The scent of the gloss caught me off guard. It smelled delicious. I was also delighted to find that it wasn’t a sticky gloss. The other smart and functional part of the packaging is a little mirror on the side of the gloss tube. I found that this gloss is so much more than it seems. The pink is very wearable, the mirror on the outside is so very handy, and the smell is divine. This is a lip gloss that I would gladly buy again.

The next two colors I have to share with you are also Clinique Butter Shine Lipsticks. Since I’ve already discussed the type of product it is, I’ll just post the photos. These photos don’t really fall into the “pink” category, but were a close cousin: purple/plum.

Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick in Perfect Plum

Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick in Perfect Plum

Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick in Crushed Grape

Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick in Crushed Grape

My last of this 3 part series will be on bold colors, mainly red. I’m looking forward to sharing my red’s with you. I hope these lipstick posts inspire you to consider a new shade, or a new line of lip products. I didn’t expect to find as many pinks in my collection as I did. I’m also surprised that I’ve been reaching for so many soft pinks. Nearly all of them qualify as neutral pinks. They’re nearly nudes.

Let me know what you’re reaching for these days. Do you have several shades of one color? Which one is it? Do you have a favorite brand? I’d love to hear from you. Let’s talk lipstick!


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Lipsticks and Glosses – Part 1: Nudes

Happy New Year! Sorry I’ve been so absent from my blog. The holidays were busy for me, and health issues have been rearing their ugly heads. Let’s put all that behind us, and get down to the good stuff: lipstick!

As my blog name suggests, I love lipstick. Before I was allowed to wear lipstick at 14, I loved putting Chap Stick, Vaseline, and all sorts of little girl appropriate lip gloss on my lips. I had every sort. It’s the only thing I spent my allowance on. When I was 14, my mom took me to the Clinique counter and had the ladies in white coats help me choose make up colors. It was my first encounter with makeup of any type and I was hooked. That day I got my first real lipstick. It was a peachy nude lipstick that Clinique no longer makes. Sadly I don’t remember the name, but I wore it for 2 years. I re-purchased it several times. When I was sure my mother wasn’t going to die if I chose a darker color, I started branching out.

So in memory of that first lipstick I ever wore, I start this three-part lipstick review with just a few nudes from my collection.

Bite Beauty in Cava

Bite Beauty Creme Lipstick in Cava

I picked this lipstick up at Sephora in late November while on vacation. I asked the amazing Kevin who was helping me to suggest a lipstick to replace the Dior lipstick I was returning. I had ordered the Dior shade online, and hadn’t had a chance to try the color on. It was too pink for me in natural light, and I couldn’t let myself keep a $30 lipstick I would never use. Kevin immediate suggested a bright red, but I told him I had more than 12 shades of bright red, and was looking for something different. He suggested the new line of lipsticks from Bite Beauty. This shade in Cava has a bit of a lavender undertone, and is much lighter than my natural lip shade. I have to wear foundation on my lips when I wear this shade, but I love the look it gives me. All of the Bite Beauty shades I tried on were completely opaque. I loved that!

Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss in Bellini

Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss in Bellini

This is a drugstore pick I have been loving since I grabbed it in October. I haven’t been much of a gloss fan over the past decade, but I really like this one in Bellini. It’s not sticky, has a soft doe foot applicator, and has lots of product for the price. I might be willing to pick up a few more of these Revlon Colorburst Lip Glosses just to see how the other colors are. So far, the Revlon lip products are my top choice for drugstore lip products.

Lancome - L'Absolu Nu in Beige Tulle

Lancome – L’Absolu Nu in Beige Tulle

This Lancome lipstick is very hydrating, and very sheer. This photo has several swipes over the lips to make sure the color came though so you could really see it. I normally only swipe once or twice with Beige Tulle for sheer color and just that hint of shine. I love this nude color with the slight peach tone to it. It’s not too peachy, and has a bit of shimmer. Just enough to make my lips look pretty and alive.

Bite Beauty Lip Shine - Champagne Pearl

Bite Beauty Lip Shine – Champagne Pearl

This is another Bite Beauty product I picked up in November that Kevin steered me towards. It was as if he knew exactly what I was looking for. God bless Kevin at Sephora in Cincinnati! Love this color in Champagne Pearl. You can see that this gloss has more shimmer to it. I will say, I really don’t like the way it smells. That’s the only down side. I only notice it when I open the tube, I don’t notice it when it’s on my lips. (either it’s not that strong, or I get used to it) I like that it’s not too sticky. I can’t say it’s not sticky, because it is, but it’s not a major offender.

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense - Curviest Caramel

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense – Curviest Caramel

This is my newest addition to my nude lipstick collection. I got this just about 2 weeks ago, and I love it! I was picking up a last minute gift for a friend, and couldn’t pass up checking out the new Chubby Intense sticks from Clinique. If you’ve followed my blog in the past, you know I’m a sucker for the regular Chubbies, and when they came out with these Intense colors, I knew it was only a matter of time. I got another color as well, but that one will wait for Part 3 of this Lipstick series.

I think this neutral color in Curviest Caramel could be worn by many women. It’s a great “every day” color, and is so easy to apply. I’ve never had problems with the original Chubbies not lasting for at least 3-4 hours, but this new Intense Chubby will last even longer. I’m not a lip licker so most of my lip products last quite a while. Even though my morning coffee cup, and the afternoon water bottle. I like that this caramel color has a slight pink undertone so it’s easy to wear. It’s not one that will give your lips that dead look.

I’ve got more of these lip swatches to show you over the coming days. I hope they’re helpful, or if nothing else, at least entertaining. Let me know: do you wear more nude lip colors, or more bold lip colors. Do you have a favorite brand, or is your collection a free for all? I’d love to hear from you, let me know.

Always in search of the perfect lipstick!


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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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Red Lips

The Holidays are here! Thanksgiving is over, and over the next 5 weeks we’ll be celebrating even more. I know that there will be a party or two to attend, and the age-old question is always “What lipstick will I wear?” That was the question you were thinking of right?

I’ve had an abiding love of red lips ever since I was a child. All it took was one black and white classic movie to hook me. I instinctively knew those beautiful women were wearing red lipstick.

Heddy Lamar during Hollywood’s Golden Era

I raided my lipstick collection to make a video that included my favorite red lipsticks for you. I hope you enjoy it. Happy Holidays, and Happy Lipsticking!

Rebecca (The Lipstick Gal)

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Vacation Lipstick

Most people slim down their cosmetic bag when they go on vacation, I always end up cramming it full. I always imagine situations where I’d like to have more options than less, so I take 3 types of mascara instead of just one. This trip, I brought along mineral and liquid foundation, 11 shades of eyeshadow, 4 eye liners, 3 concealers and exactly 20 shades of lipstick.

I know you must be thinking I’m crazy, but I had to do it. I’m only gone for 10 days, and I’ve doubled that in lipsticks. Here’s why. First of all, I’m addicted to lipstick. Second of all, I love to layer the colors. I almost never wear one shade straight from the tube. It has to be a phenomenal lipstick for me to wear it solo. I normally will start with a darker shade, and then layer on a lighter or glossier shade over the top. Sometimes I’ll tone down a bright magenta, or a bright orange with the perfect red. Sometimes my sheer pink needs a little oomph of color, so I’ll mix in some peachy tones.

I’m always finding new combinations when I mix my lipstick colors. I love it.

In the past week I picked up 4 new shades that I’m loving. I’ve always been a huge fan of Clinique’s Chubby Stick, and they just recently came out with new shades. I really was wanting Oversized Orange, but my local counter was out of that shade. So I picked up Pudgy Peony instead.

Oversized Orange

Pudgy Peony

The Lipstick Gal in Clinique’s Pudgy Peony

I was still looking for an orange shade for summer, so I went to the drugstore. I picked up another Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous.

Revlon Rendezvous

The Lipstick Gal in Revlon’s Rendezvous

It wasn’t the same shade as the Clinique Chubby, but it was similar. Somehow, I was back at the drugstore on Friday afternoon and I saw that the Revlon Lip Butter shades were on sale. These have been my absolute favorite drugstore lipsticks in the past several months. I’ll admit, I was a slow adopter, but I’m in love with these now. I picked up Red Velvet, and a Creme Brulee.

Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet

The Lipstick Gal in Revlon’s Red Velvet

Revlon Lip Butter in Creme Brulee

The Lipstick Gal in Revlon’s Creme Brulee

That brings my Revlon Lip Butter collection to 6 shades. Every one looks fantastic on, and I love that some have sparkle, and some are just a creme color. The ones that sparkle, don’t over sparkle and look like something an 8 to 12-year-old girl  would want to wear. It’s just enough sparkle, and not too much. I also adore the hydrating sensation that I get when putting them on. For being a drugstore lipstick, I’m in love. I recommend them to everyone who asks me about lipstick. You don’t get the price shock of the higher end lipsticks, but you still get a great product.

I’ve told myself that I’m not allowed to purchase any new lipsticks on this vacation. I can get anything else, but I really couldn’t possibly need anymore lip color. We’ll see if I can hold out.

What I’m hoping I end up getting time to do is stop in at a Sephora store. It’s been years since I’ve been to a Sephora store. My closest store is 4 hours away from my house. I do all of my shopping online. I’m coming up on my 10th anniversary, and I hope to be able to convince my husband that I need a shopping spree in Sephora as an anniversary present. The one thing I’m really looking forward to finding out more about is the Clarisonic.

What good is it to have lots of great makeup if your skin isn’t a great canvas? I’m going to see what all the hype is about and if it’s for me.

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What’s In Your Wallet . . . uhh . . . Purse?

“What’s In Your Wallet?” always reminds me of those crazy Capital One credit card commercials. There are many of reasons I dislike those commercials, but let’s talk about real estate. A wallet just doesn’t have enough real estate. There are too many things I carry with me to fit in a wallet. I need space to spread out. Space for the unexpected. Space for everything but the kitchen sink. You may not be like me, but you probably know someone like me. That woman that carries the extremely large handbag.

Truthfully, I used to only carry small purses. I have so many tiny bags and clutches. I love how ladylike they are. I don’t like to drag something around that feels like a piece of luggage and weighs as much as my 4-year-old. After having kids, my priorities have changed. I’ve gone from carrying small clutches, to enormous diaper bags. I finally scaled back 2 years ago from the huge Dooney and Bourke tote bag that I was using for a diaper bag to this.

Marc by Marc Jacobs black leather handbag

I have so many other large handbags, but this is my favorite. I can fit a crazy amount of things in this bag, and because it’s not a highly structured bag, it almost never looks stuffed to the gills. With two toddler girls I can fit all my things, and add in crayons, coloring books, children’s books, toys, sippy cups, bibs, stickers and the all important diapers and wipes for my youngest. With the bag that full, it still looks amazing.

I found myself looking for a lipstick shade today while I was at work and had a hard time finding it because of everything that was in my purse. Here’s what I found.

The contents of my handbag today 5-10-12

As you can see I have the ever present diaper and wipe. I never know when I’m going to need one. I always restock when I use them. I also keep a pack of Kleenex, a note pad, my sunglasses and case and my check book. Yes, I still carry a check book. (Library fines, and paying the babysitter) I have two metal business card cases that I use to carry my drivers license, insurance card, and credit cards. One has my essentials cards in it, the other has all my club saver cards and coupons. I’ve started to keep my nook reader in my purse too. I don’t often have a chance to read during the day, but I never know when I’ll have the perfect 15 minute stretch. I carry it around in hopes of catching a few minutes of escape in a good book. I decided not to get a smart phone several years ago because of the data plan. I carry my iPod touch and almost everywhere I go, there’s WiFi. I use my old Nokia flip Razr and bluetooth for regular cell needs. I always carry some sort of lotion in my purse. I’ve started to use the moisturizer samples I get in gift. They’re ususally not the brand I use on my face, but they’re still nice and the perfect size for my bag. I always have a hair band just in case my hair gets crazy. I also found a $20 bill floating around in the bottom of the bag with a Goody Spin Pin and my keys. I was beyond delighted to find cash, because I rarely have any.

The one thing I haven’t shown you yet was the amount of lipstick, lip gloss, and lip balm I had in my purse. I clean out my purse every weekend. Throughout the week, I end up tossing in whatever seems like a good idea to match what I’m wearing. (clothing, or makeup) I was astounded to find I had so many today, especially since it’s only Thursday.

18 lip products in my purse. All of them rumbling around in the bottom of my bag.

What really made me laugh when I finally pulled all these out, was that I had a brand new Lancome lipstick that’s still new in the box. 7 of the 18 shades in this line up are sheer colors. 5 are lip balms that are colorless or near colorless, and I only have 1 lip gloss. 5 of these lipsticks are long lasting lip colors. I suppose I have all my bases covered. I could almost open up shop.

So I have to know, what’s essential in your purse? Obviously for me its lipstick. What do you make sure you always have in your purse? How do you use your real estate?

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