plump it up!

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…

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 … keep on reading...

stila lip glaze

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 – 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.

So 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 … keep on reading...

mac all ages, all races, all sexes lipstick

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:

I’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 … keep on reading...

glossfacts: shine on you crazy glossbabe

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 veryclosely 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 … 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...

glossquote: bobbi brown

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!


Originally published 1/11/10. keep on reading...

arbonne about face sheer shine

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.

The 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 … keep on reading...

duwop venom gloss

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!

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 … 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...