glossquote: Bobbi Brown

by glossgirl on January 11, 2010

One of our favorite glossbabes (dare I say glossqueen) provides some simple, yet timeless advice for all of us:

“If I had to teach someone just one thing about lip color it would be this: Find a lipstick that looks good on your face when you are wearing absolutely no makeup.” – Bobbi Brown

Bobbi also offers suggestions as to how to find that perfect shade:

“The most flattering lip tones will be one or two shades darker than your natural lip color. To test shades, apply lipstick or gloss to one lip. If that color is just a shade or two deeper than your bare lip, then you’ve found your shade.”

So get out there and find that one stick, gloss, balm, or butter that you can always count on! You won’t regret it, and you’ll know it when you find it!

s&s,
gg

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glosstip: what to do for chapped smackers

by glossgirl on January 10, 2010

Hi glossbabes. Hope all of my fellow East Coast babes are staying warm this winter. So far, it’s been a cold one. and you know what happens in winter, with all that cold and wintry weather and all that dry, dry, dry heat inside, our smackers tend to get chapped. And that’s not-so-very glossy (not to mention not-so-very kissable) is it?

This month’s issue of Allure has a really good tips on how to keep you lips from getting chapped in the winter, and what to do if it happens. According to Allure, the reason lips get chapped is because as the moisture in the air lowers in colder weather (the humidity), the moisture in your lips disappears and those little tiny cracks can start to appear and grow. And licking your lips, doesn’t help. It will actually make things worse. And we can’t have that, now can we. So here are a few glossy tips to keep you kissable, even in the winter.

1. Use a balm and check the ingredients
Look for balms that have petrolatum, shea butter, hyaluronic acid or dimethicone. They are helpful to restore moisture. Yes to Carrots has shea butter and is one brand that I happen to use and like a lot. Waxy balms won’t help as much because they tend to sit on top of the skin and don’t penetrate the cracks as easily.

2. Go easy on the scents and flavors
Some fragrances and flavors that are added to lip balms can actually irritate chapped lips, especially if you have allergies or sensitive skin. Glossbabes who have eczema should stay away from balms with lanolin altogether.

3. Keep them covered
While hydration is the major culprit, the disruption of the pH balance of your skin can add to chapping, or make it worse. So, be sure to use your balm after your brush, use mouthwash, or wash your face. The products you use in and around your mouth can alter the pH balance, so be sure to apply as part of your regime (and especially before bedtime!)

So, get out there and make those snow angels, hit the slopes, or walk the pup. But make sure to cover those sultry smackers!

smooches and smacks!
glossgirl

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Rumor has it…

by glossgirl on July 29, 2009

That the very first lip gloss was made by Max Factor in 1932 and was called X-Rated

It was available until 2003 when it was retired.

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Arbonne About Face Sheer Shine

by glossgirl on July 8, 2009

Hey Babes! I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July! Boom Boom Pow!

This week I picked a gloss that I had never heard of before, but I guess I am pretty behind the times when it comes to Arbonne. My friend had invited me to a home demonstration party – you know you’ve been to one (or a million) – and I was excited to see the line.

arbonneThe demonstration and their marketing is pretty impressive, and for those of you who know the brand, have undoubtedly seen the saltine experiment. That night I decided to try their About Face Sheer Shine in Sterling, which intrigued me because of its silvery color, and at $16.00 the price was reasonable for a line that can be pretty pricey.

I had to wait for it to be delivered, which can be avoided if you order online. The packaging is attractive, although a bit reminiscent of Estée Lauder, and I couldn’t wait to try it out.

I really liked the shimmery sparkle it added to my lips, and really enhanced (at least I thought) my natural lip color. It is sheer, so don’t be afraid of the color in the container – you won’t look like the Tin Man, I promise!

Although I liked the color, I didn’t love how it felt on my lips. A little thin, a little gritty, and staying power could have been better. It did, however, look good on top of a red stick that I had. The other thing that I didn’t love was that it was only available in five colors on the website.

So, babes, packaging aside, I would have to give Arbonne’s  About Face Sheer Shine two out of five smacks: a little glossable.

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s&s,
gg

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DuWop Venom Gloss

by glossgirl on May 19, 2009

Hi-oh, Glossbabes! Hope you are all doing well out there in internet-land.
For today’s review, I picked DuWop Venom Gloss. I’m just going to say this right of the glossy bat. This is one of my all-time favorite glosses. I knew that before I picked it for today’s review but I was interested to put it through my test and then share it with y’all!venom_gloss_buttercup

Like I’ve said before, I am always looking for good everyday work glosses. These I have been using for about a year and a half now, and it never gets better than when I can try out a new DuWop Venom Gloss color. This line currently comes in nine pretty, pretty colors. The one I use the most is Coral Tree, which is a very neutral, with a hint of shimmery peach shine. It looks great on my skin color, and I would suspect it would look good on most people because of its neutral qualities. As I was doing my research for this article, I saw that they also have a color named Buttercup, which is described on the DuWop website as a ‘light shimmery Champagne”. Mmmmm. Shimmery Champagne…

Oops, got distracted there for a minute. The pull of a new gloss can be strong!

I wear this gloss at least 3 times a week, whether it is to work, out running errands, or even out for a night on the town. It is long-lasting, has great texture and smack factor and does not need to be applied over and over again. It comes in a nice-sized (but not to big and bulky) tube that can be tossed in your bag or even in your clutch or (pocket!) when headed out on a Friday night (or a Tuesday, hee, hee).

DuWop Venom Glosses are plumping glosses, so you will fell that familiar sting of a plumper, so if you are sensitive to plumpers, you may want to try it out slowly. For some reason, I never think that any plumpers work on me, but I do enjoy the little tingle that they provide. You might have a different experience. The .35 ounce tube comes in at $18.00 and will last three to four months, even if you use it fairly frequently. According to the DuWop website “blending the same spicy concoction of cinnamon, wintergreen and ginger with skin softening ingredients like jojoba, avocado and sunflower oil, beeswax for protection, and green tea for soothing, Venom Gloss gives you full, soft, hydrated lips.” I would tend to agree with this. However, there is no mention of SPF, which I am finding is a sorely lacking ingredient in a lot of the products I am testing. This one is fragrance and taste-free. A plus for my personal preferences.

Honestly, I really can’t say enough good things about these DuWop Venom Gloss and really cannot find anything that I don’t like about them. Because I love them so much, use them so much, and have been using them so much, I am rating DuWop Venom Gloss the VERY FIRST five out of five smacks…
Überglossable!

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smooches and smacks!
gg

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Cover Girl Outlast Lip Stain

by glossgirl on May 6, 2009

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 plumish, brownish shade that was one of the most neutral in the palette. outlast_lipstain_lipstick_18

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 Girl is no newcomer to the makeup industry. My history with their products has always been a little hit or miss. I happen to LOVE their new mascara.

I just didn’t love this one. I thought the color line was a bit dated, as was the packaging and the tube itself. The pen is a good idea, and this one worked well, even though I didn’t think the product did. With a pricetag of $7.99, it didn’t break the bank.

I’ll keep trying them, but for now, Cover Girl Outlast Lipstain rate two out of five smacks:
a little glossable.

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s&s,
gg

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Lipstick Queen Shine

by glossgirl on May 3, 2009

Glossgirl is back online! Sorry for the delay with Thursday’s review, but I think it will be worth the wait. Posts will resume as normal, one today and one on Thursday, with some glossy thoughts also sprinkled in there during the week. Don’t forget that you can follow me on Twitter too!

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.black-tie3

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!]

One of her new products is the Shine line of “hard core gloss.”

As the name may imply, this is not a gloss for beginners, let me state that up front. It is also not a gloss that doesn’t need some getting used to – the way it treats lips and layered colors, and even simply applying it. It takes some time to “get it.” At least it took me a little time, but that is why I spend the time I do with the products I review. Some of them are more complex than others. Who knew, right?

Per Poppy, the gloss can be used either right on your lip, which will create a more dramatic, deeper tone your natural lip color, or over another gloss or lipstick to deepen the tone of the product underneath. I tried it a couple of times around the house before the wedding get a sense of how it worked. At that point, I was still a bit skeptical. The gloss was very sticky, had a habit of moving around on your lips and winding up on the outer edges so that it resembled a black lipliner, and at first made my lips looked muddy. And it was very hard to apply with your finger. It got everywhere – even the side of my cheek – which took me ten minutes to see, and was hard to wipe off your finger after application.

I stuck with it though, and wore it to the wedding over one of my everday, known-it-all-my-life-sticks. I was watching it on the foldout mirror in the car on the way to church. Still a little worried. Still messing with it.

I wore it to work for two days last week, alone. It did, again, take a little getting used to because it does darken your natural lip, but as I got used to it, I really liked it. And I tried applying it with a lip brush as opposed to my finger. That really helped.

And then it clicked. I got it. And I loved it. The trick is to lightly apply and leave it alone. Don’t smoosh your lips together and move it around. Put it on, and let it settle into the color underneath and your lip. You have to have some patience with it at first – something glossgirl is “working on”, if you get my glossy drift. You can play with it a little, but try not to. And if you have to use your finger, (I am a finger gal), tap it on instead of smearing it. That seems to work better.

This review may be a little longer than normal, but I needed the extra words to tell its story properly. Like I said, this is not a beginner’s gloss, but with some practice and some patience, you will become a glossy expert in not time!

Shine comes in a clear plastic, screw top-lidded pot that runs $22.00 for .494 ounces. It’s available on the Lipstick Queen’s product section of her website (click on Products and then scroll all the way down) and from high-end retailers such as Barneys and Henri Bendel and boutiques across the country. Poppy posts a list of local retailers on the website too. Just click on Stores.

[Full disclosure: I got this product as a free sample at a QVC event. Although I got the sample for free, I did an admission fee to the event. QVC does carry Lipstick Queen products, but not this one.]

As for the gloss-nuts and gloss-bolts. The pot itself, for me, was a little big. Especially since I had to stash it in my small wedding clutch. It was a little bulky. I might suggest that the size be reduced in further runs.

pg_168045167_th1The gloss itself is fragrance-free and taste-free. A little goes a long way and I would suggest using it as sparingly as possible, at least until you get the hang of it. It lasts a long time on, especially when used directly on your lips, but doesn’t fell heavy or over-sticky. It doesn’t tout itself as longwear, but I would definitely put it in that category, which, for me is extra glossy! Like I say about, try it out, be patient, and let it settle. Hopefully you will be as glossily surprised as I was.

Black Tie Optional is one of 7 colors in the Shine Hard Core Gloss line, which, like some of Lipstick Queen’s other lines, are broken down by “saints” and “sinners”. I would love to try the Clear Sinner gloss, and most likely will at some point.

For the record, Lipstick Queen products are not tested on animals and are gluten-free. No mention of SPF, though.

All in all, I thought this product was a really inventive and complex product. With a little practice, you can easily work this gloss into your world and enjoy it both during the day and at night. I would have rated this five out of five smacks if it wasn’t for the difficulty level. For now, though I am rating Lipstick Queen’s Shine Hard Core Lip Gloss in Black Tie Optional four out of five smacks…
great and glossable!

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smooches and smacks,
gg

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think gloss-cession, not re-cession!

by glossgirl on April 29, 2009

hi-oh gbs.

The stock market is still crazy, and who knows when we will hit a upswing. I have some friends who have been caught in the crossfire of the tough times we have all grown to know (and not love) and I got to thinking about appreciating the small things that we sometimes overlook.

I know, I know. It’s still tough out there. My “real job” is in marketing, remember?

Well, I truly believe in the power of simplicity, and doing a little something simple for yourself every now and then really does help and not hurt.

A little new gloss or stick does a glossbabe good. And you can do it for less than a lunch out.

I used to love to shop, but now that belts are a-tightening, I’ve found that my local Walgreens or CVS can be a fun window shopping excursion – even if it’s just on your lunch break.

I guess my point is that I’ve been having a blast just looking at all the products that are out there. All the colors, shapes, sizes and types. And I’ve found that sometimes something as simple as a new lip product can brighten your day. Especially when you find a new one that you love.

Just a glossy thought for the day. And no, this message is not “brought to you” by anyone other than yours truly.

s&s,
gg

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happy tuesday glossbabes!

by glossgirl on April 28, 2009

Hope you are having a good week so far. I’ve been shopping, shopping, shopping!

I have a bunch of products lined up and I wouldn’t want ya to miss one!

A couple of people have asked me to look out for certain products and I just wanted to say that I am happy to do that, but please either leave me a comment or shoot me an email so I can keep glossy track of them! Lip gloss on a keychain? Now that’s something to look out for.

This Thursday I’ll be writing about the product I tried at my cousin’s wedding, so be sure to check back!

s&s,
gg

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Bobbi Brown Glitter Lip Gloss

by glossgirl on April 27, 2009

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.

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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 wipe it off. Normally, when I am ready to reapply, after lunch or whenever, I can just swipe new color over whatever might still be left on my lips.

But not this one. I had to (and you might not have to, remember, this is my experience with it) completely wipe my lips clean of any trace of the old gloss. Then I reapplied. I was hoping to get better used to it as the day went on. The first hour or so with the new application was fine, and then it was all I could do to wipe it off and use one of my old standbys. I really wanted to like this gloss more, the color is great, the glitter is great (not too in-your-face), and let’s be honest, it really does look great and last long. The Baby Pink added just a hint of natural color that brightened up my whole face. As for sheerness, I call it mid-sheer. I just struggled to wear it all day for three days. The line has some great natural looking shades of bare, pinks and browns – that is what Bobbi is known for!glitter-colors1

That is what this site is all about, my fellow glosslovers. Trying things out and talking about them. Finding alternatives. Just because I didn’t like this product as a daytime look, doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be more appropriate for nightime. I think this is a gloss that I would take with me on a night out and see if the texture was easier to wear out, as opposed to relying on for a day filled with meetings and conference calls.

Now for the details. The glitter lip glosses are $20.00 for a tube that is about 3″ tall. I looked all over to find an exact ounce size and was unsuccessful. I also could not find information on SPF, cruelty free, or key ingredients. I find that information sometimes hard to come by, but want my glossbabes to know that I am looking for it!!

All in all, I thought this product was okay for one-day-at-a-time use or maybe switched with other products throughout the day. It might be more conducive to nightime use, but there’s nothing wrong with that! For now, though I am rating Bobbi Brown Glitter Lip Gloss three out of five smacks…
good and glossable!

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smooches and smacks,
gg

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