Bare Escentuals Webcast Recap

by glossgirl on May 23, 2011

Hi babes, and a Happy Monday to you all!

So, I had the opportunity on Friday night to attend a live Bare Escentuals webcast at QVC Studio Park in West Chester, PA. I was super-excited to have been invited to their very first webcast, especially after not being able to get tickets to this year’s Beauty Bash. Tickets had sold out in under a minute – that was not a very glossy day, babes – and I tried, tried, tried to find a way to get tickets, but ultimately came up empty-handed. Anyhoo, the webcast was scheduled  from 9:00-9:30 pm and started directly after their on-air broadcast segment with besties QVC host Lisa Robertson, BE founder Leslie Blodgett, and BE’s Jessica Foust. QVC is celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year, and BE was chosen to celebrate along with them as part of their “25 to Watch” program.

We were asked to show up no later than 8:15 so that the group had time to check in, get through security, and take the ten or so minute walk through the building to get to the studio. The group was smaller than I had expected, about 24 or so fans and customers randomly selected from the BE customer database. The event was organized nicely. The team who greeted and managed the group was friendly, explaining to the group what was to be expected. We were all given the opportunity to fill out a question card for Lisa and Leslie, to be asked and answered live in the studio during the webcast if it were chosen. The greeting team also came prepared to fill in the extra waiting time with some trivia questions and prizes for correct answers, which was a nice touch.

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Benind the scenes at the studio

As 9:00 pm drew closer, we walked through the hallways to the webcast studio, which was built adjacent to the on-air studio that was being used for the 7-9 pm segment. We tip-toed in, one at a time (the segment was wrapping up, but they were still live on-air so we had to be quiet) and sat in three rows of seats that were roughly 20 feet or so from the stage area where Lisa and Leslie would be seated. And then before you could say 3…2…1…, we were all live on the web at QVC.com. The fun had begun!

Leslie Blodgett Bare Escentuals

Leslie signs an autograph for an audience member

The thirty minutes went by fast, but the team managed to cover a lot of ground in that short period of time. They talked about three products, Bare Bakery a new all-natural lip gloss line, a new bareMinerals High Shine Longwear Eyecolor kit, and bareMinerals Facial Cleanser, which they did an live demonstration of (it looked like it works really well). They answered a handful of questions, ranging in topics from how keep lipstick and gloss on longer, to pre-teen skin care tips, to more personal questions about what products Lisa and Leslie liked to use on their days off. Although the webcast was clearly another tool to promote and sell BE products, the tone of the webcast was definitely accessible and friendly and really involved the audience, and without a doubt strengthened an already strong bond with the people who attended and the BE brand. After the webcast, Lisa, Leslie and Jessica stayed around to chat with the audience, answer more questions and take pictures for about twenty minutes or so. I’ve been a fan of the BE lip products for a while (you can read my review of the Buxom Babes line here), and I have to admit that I did not know they had a skin care line, but after seeing the on air demo, I will definitely consider trying it.

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Lisa smiles with a fan after the webcast

All in all, it was a really fun experience, and our swag bag included the Bare Bakery and the Eyecolor kits, which everyone was thrilled with. I always love to see those kind of behind the scenes types of things, and this one worked like a well-oiled machine. As we made our way out, I spoke quickly to one of the team members about whether or not this would be rebroadcast or available somewhere on the QVC website, or YouTube even, but it didn’t sound like it would be. That was the one thing that I thought was a bit of a letdown. Not because I had a burning desire to see myself on the web, but because I think they had lost an opportunity to connect even further with their audience.  I would have loved to have been able to drop a link in this post, and to have sent it out to friends who I had told about it but couldn’t watch live. While this webcast wasn’t QVC’s first, it was the first for the BE brand, so maybe if they continue to do webcasts, they can plan to make it available after the initial live stream. Something for the QVC folks to think about. Anyway babes, that about wraps it up. A fun way to start the weekend for sure!

Til next time babes… smooches and smacks….

gg

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Sally Hansen Vita-C Lip Plumper

by glossgirl on May 9, 2011

Hey babes!

So I was walking down my favorite aisle at Walgreen’s the other day (can you guess which one? wink, wink), looking for a product that Sally Hansen sells, and what did I stumble across but this little orange tube that stopped me in my tracks.

Now that doesn’t happen too often, but when it does, I know that I am a goner. Shopping list be damned. I must have you little orange tube…

This particular product is part of a new lip line from Sally Hansen called Vita Lip Care and includes 3 other products, a Moisturizer, a Soother, a Smoother. Now, you might be asking, “Hey, glossgirl, I thought Sally Hansen is a nail polish company, what the what are they doing with lip products?” And that, my babes, is a good question. A couple of years ago, they expanded their brand (and bought out a few other product lines from other companies), and now offer all types products.

Sally Hansen Vita-C Lip plumperAnyhoo, the packaging was fairly simple (simple=green=good), labeled the product ‘New’ and claimed to ‘visibly plum thin lips’ because it ‘contains a nutrient complex with vitamin C know to stimulate collagen production, as micro sponges plump with moisture for fuller looking lips’, and states that it could be worn alone, or under another lip color (it goes on clear). Truth be told, that was what I was most excited about, the fact that this plumper – which is shaped like a regular lipstick and feels like a balm – could be used under other sticks and glosses.

Now, I love a good plumper. I love that tingly feeling that you get when you put one on. I was so excited to get this on that the minute I left the store and got back in my car, I wiped off my lips, ripped open the package, put it on, and waited. I sat there in my car looking into the rearview mirror, waiting for the plumping. And I waited. And I waited some more.

It felt nice on my lips, and had a pleasant whiff of tangerine (but no taste, which for me is a good thing). It didn’t tingle either, which, at the time,  I truly thought was a good thing. I know that some of you out there can’t use plumpers because they sting too much or cause irritation. Because this one didn’t have that effect, I was truly hoping to have found something that could be an alternative for glossbabes with sensitive lips. Not to mention the idea that this product could be used with any other stick or gloss.

After I got home, I rushed to the mirror (objects in rearviews often appear larger than they after all, or so we are told…) to check to see if it looked like it had plumping effect. I wiped it off and reapplied, thinking maybe I just missed it before as I sat in my car (what about those ‘instant’ results?). I stood there for a good 5 minutes. No tingle, no plumping. Nothing. Just a nice, balmy, smooth feel. Not even the nice tangerine smell that I got when I first opened the tube.

Hmmm, I thought. I guess this was too good to be true. This was not the holy grail of lip plumpers that I was hoping it to be. It was a decent balm at best, although it included no sunscreen protection. But for $6.99, there are lots of other good balms out there that are cheaper and include sunscreen.

Now perhaps over time this would have made some kind of difference. Vitamin C is known to stimulate collagen, but its effects happens over time, not instantly, and this packaging claimed instant results. Seemed like a bit of a contradiction to me.

After my week of using it, I saw no difference. Sad to say, but I was pretty disappointed in this one. I’ll hold on to it though, stash it somewhere, and use it as a spare, inside the house balm (no sunscreen).

Sally Hansen does offer, however, a few other lip plumping products with color, and one other brush-on plumping product that I may have to go back and try just because I am still on the search for that holy grail, or should I say holy plumper…

All in all, because of the deflated (get it – deflated?) results, high-reaching claims, and mixed packaging messages, I am giving Sally Hansen Vita-C Lip Plumper one out of five smacks, not so glossable.

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smooches and smacks!
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QVC Beauty Bash Recap

by glossgirl on April 25, 2010

QVC Beauty Bash

Last Sunday I took a ride out to West Chester, PA to QVC Studio Park to attend this year’s Beauty Bash, an annual event that showcases the QVC beauty brands, and gives attendees the opportunity to mix and mingle with some of the faces behind the brand, see new products, maybe get a facial or a manicure, and of course, collect tons of samples.

This is the second year I’ve attended and the fourth (or fifth) year that QVC has opened its door to connect their viewers with their brands. Considering they raised the ticket price by 50% in this year of continued effect of the recession – $75 up from last year’s $50 – I was curious to see if it would be worth it. QVC-Beauty-Bash-floor

Last year, attendees were given a large cloth shopping bag to carry your loot (veteran attendees actually brought rolling suitcases to guard again arm and back pain), and a checklist so that you knew who was there, and to protect against swag double-dipping (when you were given a sample, it got crossed off the list). This year, we were told that samples would be handed out at the end. I was a tad skeptical, thinking that they were not only raising the price, but also cutting back on the swag.

Truth be told, the changes made to this year’s event were really positive. People didn’t have to stand in long lines to get their samples, there were more hair, makeup and skin QVC-Beauty-Bash-calista-tools-laura-merciercare stations set up, and the brand representatives could more easily chat up people since the urgency (and let’s be honest, the impatience of some) to get the samples had been removed. Another perk was that the aisles were much easier to walk through without the lines and without the sample bags tossed over everyone’s shoulders.

And then there was the swag box. Yes, not a bag, but a box. A twenty-pound box that you drove up to a redemption station and were very gingerly handed from the back of a tractor-trailer. A box that contained (by my estimation) probably close to $1,000 in product.QVC-Beauth-Bash-sample-box

The only downside to this year’s even was the absence of a few of QVC’s most popular brands, including Clinique, Bobbi Brown and Jonathan, three notable no-shows (not sure of the reason).

My personal favorite moment of the day was meeting and chatting with Poppy King of Lipstick Queen. She was super-nice. Her new book Secrets of a Lipstick Queen is now on my “must-read” list. Last year I wrote about her Shine lip gloss. You can read the post here.

Anyhoo, babes, it was an all around fun and successful day. I am still trying to sift through all my goodies. I’m sure you will read about one or two of them soon!

Some of the brands who attended: Bare Escentuals, Calista Tools, Clarins, Clarisonic, Dr. Denese, DuWop, Frederic Fekkai, Kate Somerville, Kiehl’s, Kinerase, L’Occitane, Laura Geller, Laura Mercier, Lipstick Queen, LORAC, Mally Beauty, NARS, Nick Chavez, Ojon, 100% Pure, Perricone MD, Peter Thomas Roth, philosophy, Proactiv Solution, ProStrong, smashbox, St. Tropez, StriVectin, T3, tarte, WEN by Chaz Dean.

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Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Natural Lip Gloss

by glossgirl on February 4, 2010

Hey there, my glossy little babes… Thursday Review Day is here again! This week’s contender was hatched from, or should I say buzzes in from, a beloved little company called Burt’s Bees. Yes, I’m sure know you all know them well, but for those you of you who don’t, they are a company that started out in Maine selling honey and beeswax candles out of a cabin and now offer over 150 natural personal care products. Over half of their product line is made with 100% natural ingredients, and they don’t test products or ingredients on animals. If you are one of those curious types, you can read more about them here and more about their commitment to what they call their Natural Standard here.
Burt's Bees Super Shiny Natural Lip Gloss

Burt’s started out with just a lip balm, but now offers a number of other lip products that are widely available. I’ve tried them all at one point or another (a balm, a shimmer stick, and the gloss), but chose to write about their Super Shiny Natural Lip Gloss after reading that their very first ingredient is castor oil, which I had mentioned in my post, Shine On You Crazy Glossbabe a couple of weeks ago as an ingredient to look for when looking for a super-shiny gloss. It’s also a new product! This gloss come in six colors, and at $7.49 at Wegmans and $6.99 at CVS, I decided that trying two colors – Berry Pink and Zesty Red – wouldn’t break the bank.

When I first put this gloss on, it felt very oily and thin, which I found strange because it took a good hard squeeze to get it out of the tube. I thought it would be thicker. The tube states the the gloss “moisturizes like a balm, with a juicy fruit flavor and a sheer color gloss”. The first time or two I put it on I tasted the flavor (I don’t love flavors, but maybe you do!) but after the third or fourth time I didn’t, but maybe I just go used to it. The texture is what I would call “loose”, I guess from all the oil. Actually, I might also call it messy. I had to do some clean up around the edges after I put it on. Actually, it seemed as if I had to put a lot on to see the color, which in their defense, is billed as a sheer. The red didn’t look much different from the pink, which also came as a surprise because the red in the tube looked much deeper than what it looks like when it was on. The color is definitely sheer, and there is a very low level of shimmer, but a high degree of shine. Must be all that castor oil!

Once the gloss had a chance to settle and it dried a little, the color looked nice on my lips, if not too much different than each other. It does leave your lips feeling moisturized for a pretty long time, even after drinking coffee. The color definitely needed a touch-up, but the moisture hung in really well.

Normally, a gloss like this wouldn’t be my first choice. It’s a little to thin for me. But, the idea of Burt’s, and their commitment to using natural products and Natural Products Associationprocesses, as well as the environment makes them a brand worth trying. They use recycled plastics for their tubes and packaging. Their web site is also chock full of all types of glossy information on how their company and their business model strive to be sustainable and responsible.

All in all, I give Burt’s Bees Super Shiny natural Lip Color three out of four smacks… good and glossable!
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Plump It Up

by glossgirl on January 31, 2010

Hi babes! Hope you are all having great and glossy weekends. I’ve been hard at work looking for new and interesting ideas for glossable, and every now and then I come across something that really piques my never-ending curiosity. “What,” you ask, “has me all fired up this time?”

Well, I would have to say that something really has me all plumped up, and that is the subject of lip plumpers. In my glossy travels, I came across something that suggested looking for lip products that contain ingredients like cinnamon, ginger or red pepper if you are looking for a plumping feature in a lip product because those ingredients increase circulation to your lips. That led me down the path of wondering if simply rubbing some ginger or tapping some chili powder to your lips before applying would work. Hmmmm. I may have to try that one of these days…

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Anyhoo, that made me really start to wonder how plumpers really work and what what, if any, was the science behind them. I happen to love them (and science!). I love how that little sting feels on my lips. But I do have some friends that can’t use them because of that very sting. Some don’t like the feeling, and some find all that “plumping action” uncomfortable, sometimes even painful.

So, how do they really work? Well, there are a few “ways”.

The first way is by adding certain vitamins – particularly B12 and E – to their formulas, which can help nourish and restore the fragile skin around your lips and increase blood flow which makes lips appear fuller. This method can be more immediate (upon application), and tends to wear off as your product does.

Adding ingredients that help to increase your body’s natural production of collagen is another way to achieve a plumper lip. Ingredients like retinol and alpha-hydroxy acids can stimulate collagen production, and increase the fullness of your lips. This method is known to be effective, but may take time and regular use for results to be seen.

The third way that lip plumpers work is to actually irritate the lip. Sounds mean, I know, but certain ingredients (including the cinnamon, ginger and red pepper listed above), can increase the blood flow, but the way they do that is by irritating the surface of the lips by causing temporary swelling and redness.

Last year I wrote about DuWop’s Venom Gloss (which I love). This product in particular uses the irritation method and lists a “spicy concoction of cinnamon, wintergreen and ginger…” on its web site, which we now know to be the plumpers at work. Another product I have, but haven’t written about yet (and is at a much higher price point than DuWop’s $18.00) uses the collagen method.

Well babes, sounds like I have some work work to do on this subject – comparisons, more detailed investigation of ingredient lists, and maybe even trying a homemade plumping test or two. Look for more info to come. Until then, keep on plumpin’!

smooches and smacks!
glossgirl

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Stila Lip Glaze

by glossgirl on January 28, 2010

Happy Review Day babes! And what a day it is!

This week I was torn between two glosses, as I thought I had a lock on what I wanted to write about. Until, that is, I actually got to Ulta and started poking around.

I was originally going to write about Smashbox’s Heartbreaker line – just in time for V-day – but I decided against it because when I was asking the Ultababe about it, she said the line was only going to be out through the end of February, and I didn’t think that would be the best use of our time together, ya know?

So, anyhoo… I puttered around for a while. Saw some great stuff, tried on some new stuff, and eventually found myself in from of the Stila display. Now I love Stila. I love, love, love their eyeshadows (hmmm, that gives me an idea – shadowable.com? Ooh, I’ll have to work on that one… ).

Anyhoo-squared, Stila makes an eyeshadow shade called Kitten that is amazing. It’s won all kinds of awards, including and Allure Editor’s Choice Award in 2008. I’ve been using it for a few years now and I love it.

stila kitten lip glaze, stila kitten eye shadow, allure award, stila cosmeticsSo when I saw that they started making a Kitten Lip Glaze, I knew I had my answer. I scooped it up and headed to the register along with another product that I may want to write about at some point.

I tried it on as soon as I got home, but not before I was a little put off by the packaging. It comes in a pen-like tube that, in my glossy, yet humble opinion, is way too big for the amount of product that actually comes in it. The picture above is what it looks like right out of the box – only half-full and lookin’ like a lot of extra plastic. I love being green, as well as being glossy.

The bristles are long, and were of decent quality. The product is dispensed through the tube and into the brush by turning a dial at the end of the tube. At first, it was kind of hard to tell how many clicks – loud clicks – it would take to get the first slather of gloss to enter the brush, and I wound up overturning it and too much gloss wound up coming out of the tube onto the brush. Essentially it was wasted as I wound up having to wipe some of it away in order to apply. And at $22.00 for the tube, any waste, or potential for waste is not a good thing in my book. I actually thought I had spent $14.00 until I double-checked my receipt, and when I realized I had spent that much, I wasn’t too thrilled. Not very glossy.

To be honest, I also wasn’t too thrilled with the color or the level of lustre this glaze provided. Kitten eyeshadow is very shimmery, and provides really good coverage on your eyes. It lasts, and is heavily saturated with a shimmery nude-pink color. A little goes a very long way, making it worth its $18.00 pricetag. It’s claim to fame is that it flatters any skin tone and flatters any eye color. The lip glaze, not so much. I wound up spending ten minutes or so looking in my magnifying mirror waiting for the shimmer that I had expected to appear. It never did.

Now, I will say that I am commenting particularly on this one color this time around. In all, Stila offers their lip glaze in 29 shades, so I am sure that there are good, even great ones in the bunch. But, what I am having a hard time with – aside from the disappointment in how Kitten performs – is the high pricetag, the small amount of product for a too-big”pen” applicator, and the seemingly dated, wasteful, crank turn dispenser mechanism.

Babes, it hurts me to write this, but I am here to be honest. And maybe I am being too harsh. But I was excited you see. I was excited to own a product for my lips that made my eyes look as good as the eyeshadow does.

On the brighter side, it does feel pretty good on your lips, and the staying power is decent. It doesn’t have a flavor or fragrance, although the web site features highlight both. If this glaze wasn’t $22.00, I would say go for it, try it, but to me, that is a bit of a pricey risk. Although you can always hit up Ulta or Sephora and try them out first.

You may love this product, you may own one, or two, or three. You may think I am nuts. But I just wasn’t feeling the Kitten love. And for that I am giving Stilas’s Lip Glaze in Kitten two out of five smacks: a little glossable.

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Smile Like You Mean It

by glossgirl on January 25, 2010

Happy Monday, glossbabes! Now we all know that Mondays can be a bit rough. Lots of songs come to mind when the alarm starts ringing, or maybe when we are pulling into the parking lot or getting off the subway. At least in my head they do!

But, even though the Boomtown Rats, the Mamas and the Papas, The Bangles or New Order may be running through your head this morning, try and dig deep and smile like you mean it. And smile even if you don’t, cause you just might start to. There is lots of research out there there that show that the act of smiling – even if you don’t feel like it – provides a ton of benefits. Especially because I just know that smile will be glossy!

smile, smile like you mean it, fake it til you make it, glossable, <div xmlns:cc="http://creativecommons.org/ns#" about="http://www.flickr.com/photos/birdcantfly/3134370137/"><a rel="cc:attributionURL" href=Here’s my favorite list of top ten reasons to smile… and a little bonus at the bottom.

Top 10 Reasons to Smile (list courtesy of Dr. Mark Stibich, Ph.D. and about.com)

Smiling is a great way to make yourself stand out while helping your body to function better. Smile to improve your health, your stress level, and your attractiveness.

1. Smiling Makes Us Attractive
We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away — but a smile draws them in.

2. Smiling Changes Our Mood
Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There’s a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.

3. Smiling Is Contagious
When someone is smiling they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them. Smile lots and you will draw people to you.

4. Smiling Relieves Stress
Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you’ll be better able to take action.

5. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System
Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed. Prevent the flu and colds by smiling.

6. Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure
When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure. Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?

7. Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin
Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good. Smiling is a natural drug.

8. Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger
The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Don’t go for a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day — you’ll look younger and feel better.

9. Smiling Makes You Seem Successful
Smiling people appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted, and more likely to be approached. Put on a smile at meetings and appointments and people will react to you differently.

10. Smiling Helps You Stay Positive
Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It’s hard. When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that “Life is Good!” Stay away from depression, stress and worry by smiling.

And here’s my inspiration for the day (glossgirl hearts Brandon):

Have a “Killer” week, and don’t forget to check in on Thursday for this week’s review. s&s, gg.

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MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Lipstick

by glossgirl on January 21, 2010

Hello my dear glossbabes. What a crazy week. Hope you’re hangin’ in there – the weekend’s almost here.

Well, I’m just gonna jump right in to this week’s review because I have a lot to say (shocker!)

Now what I have to say first may shock some (or most) of you. It may have you running for the tomatoes to throw at me, or may have you suggesting that I check myself into an asylum. Hopefully you’ll hang in there with me. Well, here goes:

MAC lipstick, lipglass, all ages, all races, all sexes, new MAC, glossable, glossbabe, makeup, cosmeticsI’ve never liked MAC. There, I said it.

I’ve. Never. Liked. MAC.

I’ve tried. And tried. And tried. Way back when in the (cough, cough) 90s….. Well, late 90s, I bought my very first “luxury” brand lipstick. MAC had already been in business for awhile, but the word about their lipsticks had just started getting out and becoming popular.

I remember this time distinctly. I remember the person (Hey, Jess!) who first unveiled their very own tube of Lipglass and proceeded to try to initiate me into the cult of MAC.

I had to try it. I needed to know more about it. I had to have it. Little did we know at the time that the only place (or at least how I remember the story going) was that the ONLY place to get MAC was in Toronto, Canada, or maybe Toronto was the only place they had a retail location. Well, anyway, whatever the real reason was, the stars were shining down on me as a work friend just happened to be going to TORONTO!

A bunch of us threw money at her. “We need the Lipglass! We need the Lipglass! Bring back the Lipglass!” we cried.  “And bring me back Icon and Taupe too!” I added, which were two shades of their lipstick that I just had to try. We waited patiently for our dear friend to return to the office with our stash. A few days later, when she did, it was like Christmas in August. Lipglass and lipstick for all. I ripped open my brand new, beautiful lipstick in the beautiful, bullet-shaped case, my life-changing lipstick with the signature scent. My beautiful Icon. I could barely wait to put it on.

And when I did, I almost cried. It didn’t look on like the color I was expecting, It smeared all over, didn’t stay put, and wiped off easy. Take two with Taupe. Same result. take three with the Lipglass. Heavy and sticky and seeped out of the container. I was crushed. Over the next couple of weeks, I really tried to like all three of them, but they eventually were relegated to the bottom of my makeup bag, and then a year or so later (maybe more as I would go back to them occasionally to try again because I really wanted to love MAC as much as everyone else did) got tossed in the trash.

Why am I telling you this, you wonder? Even better, why do I remember this so well? Well, babes, I really wanted to love MAC. Everyone else did. But why didn’t I? Pretty soon, MAC became a household name and for some reason, I never really got over my lack of MAC love. When the retail stores started popping up, I would go in and look, maybe try one on, still wanting to love them, but always up leaving empty-handed.

Fast forward to today. I always knew when I started glossable, I wanted to revisit the “MAC situation” (not to be confused with “The Situation“), I just needed to find the right time and the right product.

So, after long last, I decided that the launch of their new line: All Ages, All Races, All Sexes MAC lipstick, lipglass, all ages, all races, all sexes, new MAC, glossable, glossbabe, makeup, cosmeticswas the right time. The line became available last Thursday, and after much deliberation about stick or gloss, I hopped on over to Nordstrom to pick up Myself, a slightly shimmery, rosy-toned stick and one of the four lipsticks in the line. I decided on the lipstick because I wanted to confront my long held disdain for them.

When I got to the MAC counter at Nordstrom, the AA, AR, AS display was front and center, but was missing about half of the tester sticks and Lipglasses that make up the line. Myself was missing so I wound up picking up Equality, a pale, pale yellow-beige creamy stick that looked more like a concealer than a lipstick. I figured I was jumping back in the MAC pool, so why not jump in with two feet and choose the shade that I normally would never choose. After all, that’s what glossable is all about right, babes? Trying new things and talking about them.

Well, there I found myself, sitting in my car in the parking lot, unable to wait to get home to try it on. There it was, the familiar case, that familiar scent. I hesitated for a moment as I peered at myself in the rearview mirror. I swiped the lower lip, then swiped the upper lip. Tilted my head in the mirror to get a view from different angles. It had that familiar creaminess and opaque coverage that I found so troublesome in the past. I wiped it off and reapplied, still not sure. The color was very light. I am pretty fair-skinned and Equality ($14) made my lips seem to disappear into the rest of my face. It looked kind of freaky, but I went with it. Now, babes, I know this is long, and I hope you are still with me here; I think you will be happy you stayed.

I drove home trying to resist Urge #1 which was to wipe it off and try again and Urge #2 which was to keep staring at it in the rearview.

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MAC's Collection Looks tool showing Equality

It took a little while to get used to, but after an hour or so, it started to grow on me. Maybe I’ve become more patient, or maybe I’ve learned to take my time, but after I wiped it on and off a few times, I really began to like the way it looked and felt. It really was light. On MAC’s website, they have a tool called “Collection Looks” that you can use to see what each choice in the palette looks like (there are other products in the line: blush, eye and brow pencil, pressed and loose powder). I don’t think the palette accurately portrays Equality, so don’t take it at face value – no pun intended. I can only speak for the lipstick though, not the other products. The color is more accurate on the model in the picture on the All Ages landing page (see the photo above).

I wore Equality all day on Sunday and all day on Monday. I was admittedly a bit self-conscious to go into the office on Monday because of how light it was, but then I thought maybe I was overreacting. When applied lightly, Equality turned out to be really pretty, when applied more heavily, it becomes more of a show stopper. It is a great choice for a night out, especially if you are choosing to go with a heavier or more dramatic eye.

By the end of the day, I was loving it, and when I left the office, I found myself *mysteriously* back at the MAC counter at Nordstroms to see if they had gotten in more stock of the ones that had sold out quickly. Although the rep was very nice and very helpful (she let me stay there for another hour trying on other products without bugging me), she told me that they didn’t have plans to restock the line and what they had in stock was what they had. That disappointed me. I posted a comment to the MAC Facebook Page about the shortage (and I get the supply and demand thing, I am in marketing after all…), but never got a response, a no-no in my book.

So babes, very long story short, I am now a believer. A full-fledged MAC convert, possibly on my way to MAC Addict. My second trip to the counter left my pocket book another $28 lighter after I picked up Viva Glam VI Lipglass (rosy and super-glimmery, or maybe I should say super-glammery) and Venetian Lustreglass (pretty red that is sheerer than it looks in the tube), two products that I am completely in love with and layer beautifully over Equality.

The coverage is great, and for $14, MAC lip products are really an affordable luxury, even in this economy. They have great staying power, and come in tons of colors and finishes. Something for everyone. I could go on, but I have blathered on for far to long this time. MAC also get props for being socially responsible – all proceeds from the Viva Glam line is donated to charity -so far $500,000 has been devoted to help Haiti – and for their “return six, get one free” policy.

In my glossbook, MAC’s Equality Lipstick gets four out of five smacks…  (and I think my new MAC love gets five, but only time will tell…)
great and glossable!

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s&s, gg

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glossfacts: shine on you crazy glossbabe

by glossgirl on January 18, 2010

Hey babes! Hope your weekends were glossy and you’re headed into a good week.

It’s hard to believe that a single gloss or stick can contain dozens of ingredients. What’s not hard to believe is that exact blends are usually very closely guarded secret.

Ingredients usually fall into a few simple categories: waxes, oils and fats, emollients, and pigments. The different types of waxes used in lipstick include beeswax, paraffin and carnauba wax. Wax stabilizes the stick and allows it to be molded into shape. There are also a number of different types of oils used in lipstick manufacturing, including lanolin oil, castor oil, olive oil and cocoa butter.  The oils and fats in lipstick keep it just the right texture – soft enough to apply but firm enough to keep it from melting. Emollients make the lipstick more moisturizing to your lips, and they may include vitamin E and aloe vera.  It’s all very tricky and confusing.

But here’s a quick fact that easy to remember the next time you go shopping for something new and shiny:

Look for products that contain castor oil. Fifty percent of all lip products contain it and it is a key ingredient to a shiny lip. The castor oil forms a tough, shiny film when it dries and helps to prolong the shine in sticks and glosses. Just keep in mind that the castor oil is for the shine, not necessarily to create a tough outer layer. That depends on the secret mix between the oil and the wax.

So, next time you’re out shopping, and trying on different products (didn’t I see you at Sephora?) and checking out the shine factor, take a peep at what is in that hot new red you’re rocking! If there’s castor oil, you’re good to go and shine on!

smooches & smacks,
glossgirl

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Rimmel Lasting Finish Kiss & Stay Lipgloss

by glossgirl on January 14, 2010

Happy Thursday babes! And in the land of all things glossy, that means one thing: Review Day! Just warning that this post is a tad longer than I would normally go, but I have a lot to say about this one!

This week I tried out Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Kiss & Stay Lipgloss, and I have to tell ya right off the bat that I was driven crazy from the moment I bought it (well, the first one at least!). Now, before I scare you all off, let me back up for a minute. Sometimes when I am trying to decide on a product, I’ll browse around a store or two. But this time, I knew exactly what I wanted to try and exactly what color I wanted to try. I picked up Dream On, a light brown-ish base color with a slightly glittery top coat at Target for $6.49.

I got it home, ripped off the wrapping like I normally do, and plopped my butt down in from of my makeup mirror to begin test. The tube is dual sided, with the base color and applicator on one side and the glossy top coat and brush on the other. The base coat felt a tad thick going on, and had a nice slight mocha scent.

Now babes, here is where you have to pay attention! The directions say to apply the base coat and let it dry for two minutes. You have to! I know it may be hard; I am not the most patient of glossbabes, but trust me, let it dry! Once it does, you barely notice it’s there. You also have to pay a little attention when you are putting it on and be sure to wipe away any stray areas before it dries, cause once it does, it is ON all day! Then apply the top coat and wait to see how it makes the color POP!

I have to say, I was staring at my own lips in the mirror for about 5 minutes and couldn’t believe just how hot they looked! The color lasts all day, and I mean all day. You will, of course want to reapply the top coat a couple times during the course of the day, but you won’t believe how much staying power the base coat has! Love it! It’s not heavy or thick and doesn’t dry out your lips the way other all day sticks can. I was quite surprised how light it feels for how much color it packs. The top coat also lasted much longer than I thought it would, even through coffee and breakfast.

So after I saw how good it made my lips look, the obsession set it. What would the other colors look like (there are 12 to choose from). Could I find the perfect red for my big night Saturday night (glossgirl is headed to see Lady Gaga!!!! But, don’t get me started down that path right now). Could I find a nice natural pink for running around on the weekend? When all was said and done, I would up buying three more, First Kiss (very PINK, and I mean VERY. I mean ’80s bubble gum pink. So much so that I actually asked Walgreen’s if I could return it for another color and they said yes. Props to Walgreens for being so nice about it), Lasting Passion (which is a nice mauve with a slightly pink top coat), and Lustrous Nude (natural lip tone with a similar top coat). The first one I bought at Target for $6.49 and and the others at Walgreens for $7.99 – so check your prices! But really, either way, I though the price was right. Especially when I want to try all of them!

Now for the cons. There are a couple, but if you can live with them and work around them, this one is definitely a keeper.

  • The colors are DARK. They are much darker than they look in the package. A couple I would even say are too dark for the office (but if that is the look you are going for, depending on what you do, go for it!). But, on the flip side, they are great for going out on the town or for that hot date…
  • The base coat does not come off easily. It doesn’t wipe off. It doesn’t come off easily with soap either. It does however, come off well with baby oil. You can easily rub too hard an irritate your skin, so be careful!
  • You have to practice a little with the base color. You need to make sure that it is evenly coated on your lips, and that takes a minute or two to make sure you didn’t miss any spots.
  • Although I tried 4 of the 12 colors, I thought some of them looked too similar to each other. Now, this is probably hard to tell, but it may present a difficult choice between two shades that look close to each other.
  • Don’t even attempt to wear the base coat by itself. It definitely needs the top coat. I did try other brands of gloss over the base, but the two that come together are definitely made to work together for the best look.
  • Of all four I tested, one of them (a mix of Lasting Passion and Lustrous Nude, not sure if the mixing was a factor), ended up on my teeth. I had to keep checking on my drive into the office. Again, you need to let it dry! I think that might have had something to do with it…

All in all, I loved this product. Towards the end of the week, I actually started testing half of one color with half of another. The top coat can also be worn on its own, which is a plus. Two looks in one! How can you beat that, babes?

In my book, Rimmel Lasting Finish Kiss & Stay Lipgloss gets four out of five smacks…
great and glossable!


And I just may have to go back for the red, red, red for Saturday night! Gotta be prepared for the Paparazzi, to Just Dance, and to find a Bad Romancehee hee.

smooches & smacks,
gg

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