almay goddess gloss

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Happy Thursday to you babes. And today, I’d like to offer a very Happy Thursday to my fellow goddesses too!

“Why?” do you ask, dear glossgirl?

Well, I’ll tell ya! (You didn’t think I’d leave ya hanging did ya?)

Today’s review is Almay’s Goddess Gloss and I have to tell ya, the way I picked this on was not just on instinct, but because of marketing (of all things) that caught my eye. Now, I’ll tell a little secret about myself. I’ve working in marketing for a long time, and, shhhhh…., wait for it….:  I. Don’t. Like. Being. Marketed. To.  

But, as I was running through my local CVS picking up a few things, I decided to swing by the Almay section.

I like Almay products. I like a lot of their products, but I had never used one of their lippies. At least not that I can remember. So, as I swing around the corner to check out their selection, what smacked me right in the eyeballs (and that’s what marketers are after, ya know?) but signage for the Almay Goddess Gloss.

Goddess.

Gloss.

I was intrigued. And, truth be told, a little annoyed that the *marketing* worked on me. (Secret: I like to think that I am unmarketable to). I like to go my own way, … keep on reading...

sally hansen vita-c lip plumper

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.

Anyhoo, the packaging was fairly simple (simple=green=good), labeled the product ‘New’ and claimed to ‘visibly plump 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, … keep on reading...

burt’s bees super shiny natural lip gloss

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 m

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 … keep on reading...

rimmel lasting finish kiss & stay lip gloss

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 Lip Gloss, 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 … keep on reading...

cover girl outlast lip stain

Happy review day everyone! Hope your week has been glossy! There are so many fun products out there – how can a glossgirl choose?

For today’s review, I chose Cover Girl’s Outlast Lip Stain, one of the newest additions to their mighty stable of cosmetics. I picked this one for a couple of reasons. It was a stain, for one, and I have been so used to using glosses everyday, I wanted to shake it up a bit!

Easy to find just about anywhere, Cover Girl’s new product comes in an marker-size, marker-like tipped tube and comes in ten colors. I chose Cinnamon Smile, a plum-ish, brownish shade that was one of the most neutral in the palette.

The Cover Girl website describes the stain as “giving lips a beautiful, lightweight flush of color that won’t come off, lasting for hours without the heavy look or feel of an ordinary lipstick.”

Unfortunately, what I found in the tube wasn’t really close. From the minute I put it on, I was worried. It felt weird, didn’t seem to go on smoothly, and the color was unremarkable. I waited for it to dry and then put some more on. It just didn’t work for me on any level. It felt dry and cakey on my lips, and I would even go so far to say chalky. And for something that is being billed as a stain, the color just never really looked like a stain. When I think of a stain, I think of a smudging, deep, color.

Now Cover … keep on reading...

yes to carrots c me smile lip butter

My “real job” is in marketing so I can be a sucker for a pretty package, but I am also pretty quick to see right through if something pretty on the outside has no substance on the inside.

That’s not the case with Yes to Carrots C Me Smile Lip Butter. The line caught my eye on the shelf at my local pharmacy as I was looking for something else in the skin care aisle. The Yes to Carrots brand, created in Australia and now based in San Francisco, became available in the U.S. in 2007 and includes a full line of skin care products, with extensions geared towards to skin types: Yes to Carrots (Normal to Dry Skin), Yes to Tomatoes (Oily/Combination Skin), and Yes to Cucumbers (Normal to Sensitive Skin). Catchy, no?

The Yes to Carrots Lip Butter comes in a familiar sized and shaped lip balm container with the oh-so-normal cap and twister bottom. But what I found inside was anything but normal. The butters come in Carrot, Melon, Berry, Mint and Citrus. The one I tried – Carrot, of course – had a light, pleasing scent, although I wouldn’t necessarily identify it as carrot in a blind scent test. It had no flavor whatsoever, which for me is a positive, but for you may not be. I have to admit, I was equally intrigued and skeptical of carrot-flavored lip balm, and was a teensy bit disappointed that it didn’t taste like a carrot.

The butter went on easily after the couple of swipes you always have … keep on reading...