bare escentuals webcast recap

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 … 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.

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qvc beauty bash recap

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 QVCbeauty 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.

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 care stations set up, and the brand representatives could more easily chat up … 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...

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...

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...

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...