lipstick queen’s shine hard core lip gloss

My product for today scared me at first. Really scared me. But I knew I had my cousin’s wedding coming up, and that would be a really great time to test it out, but how was I going to pull it off for my everday wear test? Babes, I was nervous, but babes, I was happily surprised.

What could it be, you wonder, that had glossgirl shaking in her stilettos – and her flip flops?

Well, I’ll tell you. Lipstick Queen’s Shine Hard Core Lip Gloss in Black Tie Optional. Wow, that’s a glossy mouthful. Essentially, it’s a black lip gloss. Yes, black.

Lipstick Queen is a brand that was created in Melbourne, Australia in 1992 by a woman by the name of Poppy King, who, as an eighteen year old was searching for an ideal matte lipstick (it was the 90s after all!). She went on to create an entire line of products, work in the New York cosmetics field from 2002, until last year when she went back to her true love – creating high quality and high pigment lip products. Check out her story, she reminds me a little of Bobbi Brown, but in a 1940s, glamour girl way.

[glossnote: I found their website and their branding to be a teensy bit unclear. I’ve tried to include direct links to specific pages, but they aren’t always direct. If you visit the site, use the navigation that is on the top of the site. It’s pretty self-explanatory from there. Don’t want to confuse my glossbabes!]

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bobbi brown glitter lip gloss

Hey glossbabes! Hope you all had a great weekend. I had a blast at my cousin’s wedding. It was a very glossy night!

For this week’s Monday review, I chose Bobbi Brown’s Glitter Lip Gloss. I have always really liked her products and her story is pretty interesting too. At least in my humble, yet glossy, opinion.

I am always looking for good work glosses and was excited to try this one out. It comes in nine colors. I chose Baby Pink, which turns out to be, which I didn’t know at the time was a limited edition color, but most closely matches the line’s Soiree Pink that is readily available at Bobbi Brown cosmetic counters at Saks, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, online at the Bobbi Brown site, and on QVC and Amazon.com.

As I wore this gloss for a couple of days, I was a little torn about it. I liked the color, I liked the light, cookie-like fragrance (that dissipates quickly which I also like) and the fact that there was no discernible taste. But I was so torn about what I didn’t like, decided to give it an extra day, because I really wanted to try to get over what I was struggling with. Now, I’ve written before how I like a gloss that really sticks to your lips. Really has a smack factor to it. But this one was too heavy even for me. It felt ok going on, it lasted through my coffee, but all through the day I had an overwhelming desire to … 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.

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bare escentuals buxom babes lip polish

Well glossbabes, here it it. The very first glossable.com review. I’m so pumped. Or should I say plumped

I couldn’t help it. I had to start off with something that I already knew pretty well. I couldn’t help it because I was admittedly curious to see how my first choice would fare against the glossability index. And I happen to really like this product.

Buxom Babes Lip Polish is a great line of mineral lip polishes with a pretty extensive line of colors. I have a number of them – about 8 different colors – but the one I used for the past couple of days was Starr, one of their four colors that come in their 4 piece Diamond Buxom Babes Mineral Lip Polish kit ($28.00). These mini-sized glosses are sized perfectly for a purse, a clutch, or even a pocket, however, their full-size counterparts are about twice the size, cost $18.00, and are widely available in higher-end cosmetic stores like Ulta and Sephora. They are also available on QVC.com and on the Bare Escentuals website.

I find all the colors I own to be really flattering on my skin tone which is a bit on the pale, cool side, and I would think that because of the sheerness of the color, most colors would work well for most skin tones. Starr is a sheer red that can be lightly applied for day, or more heavily applied for a more dramatic evening look. The colors are on the sheer side, and the ever-present minerals add a light-diffusing sparkle … keep on reading...