Quick, Classic Nude Lip

It seems that no matter the season, the classic Brigette Bardot nude lip is in. It’s important to keep in mind that everyone’s definition of nude is different, and it depends on skin tone and personal preference.

I’m not a big fan of MAC’s Myth or the like that serve to entirely blank out your lips, making you resemble a corpse. Those type of lipsticks can be used to tone down deeper colors or manipulate shades, but worn alone they’re quite terrifying.

My idea of a nude lip is more of a neutral lip, and can be worn with any eye look be it smoky and dramatic or soft and natural. Most of the time I lean either true nude, peach, or pink.

When I’m rushing out the door on my way to work, I rarely have time for the 3-step liner, lipstick and lip gloss routine. Lately, I’ve been just using a lipstick and gloss and my lips are still nicely defined.

I use Maybelline’s “Afternoon Tea” and Revlon’s “Peach Petal” to create a quick and pretty pout. I love the smell of Maybelline’s lipsticks, and I don’t quite know why. It’s not offensive or strong, though, if you have an aversion to cosmetic smells.

Afternoon Tea is a pretty, slightly rosy, neutral shade. The shape of Maybelline lipsticks makes it almost so you don’t need a liner, as the product comes to a rather sharp point. It allows you to glide over your lips with a clean line. The formula is creamy and smooth.

To lighten the color just a tad and add some shine, I use Revlon’s Peach Petal lip gloss. I’ve talked about Peach Petal and Revlon’s Super Lustrous glosses before and I’m still in love them with to this day. Wait until they’re on sale and snatch one up in every color if you haven’t already.

Give these two products a try and let me know what you think. Remember, if you don’t like either color, have a little swatch fest until you find what works for you.



New from Revlon

I get pretty excited when I hear about a brand releasing a new item and/or collection. I get doubly excited when it’s an easily accessible and affordable brand like those carried in your local drugstore. Add to that the term “limited edition” and my interest is peaked. Women seem to go nuts over limited edition products. I don’t know what we think we’ll miss out on but hey, this tactic works.

Luckily, the new items set to release from Revlon are reported to be part of its permanent line, or will be eventually. I’m referring to a new line of lip balm/stains and a line of whipped foundation. I’m interested in trying both products and I’ve kept my eye out for them but no luck yet. The lip stains look comparable to Clinique’s Chubby Sticks or Tarte’s LipSurgence, but Revlon’s are a mere $7.00, depending where you find them of course.

These are the first I’ve seen of this kind of lip product offered from a drugstore brand. They are really stepping up their game both in terms of quality and product variety. The foundation is also unique on the drugstore market, being somewhere between a cream and mousse product. It might be a tad heavy in terms of coverage for the summer, but I have yet to try it out so I can’t offer a concrete opinion.

Stay tuned!












Back to Basics: Lip gloss

My recent obsession is going to sound like no big deal. And really, it’s not. It’s been around forever and you can find it anywhere from the drugstore to Bergdorf Goodman. It ranges in packaging, finish, color and price. Of course what I’m describing can be almost anything, but I happen to be alluding to lip gloss.

I used to be, and still sometimes am, a believer in the multi-step lip combination with your standard liner, lipstick and gloss. If I’m feeling particularly adventurous I’ll even highlight my cupid’s bow to give the appearance of fuller lips. This can be done by blending in a light shade of highlight or eyeshadow with some reflective properties, usually of golden or white tone. Along that same line, a light eyeshadow can also be dotted on the center of your lower lip, giving your lips a pouty Playboy look.

Back to my original topic. When we were experiencing our summer preview a few weeks ago, I was spending some time outside. I didn’t take Mother Nature too seriously and ended up with sunburned lips. Ouch. So I decided to forgo lip liner for a few days, but there was no way I was walking around with no lip product at all. So I thought, how about just a simple gloss? It’ll provide some color, shine and moisture. That it did.

My lip gloss of choice lately has been from Revlon, and it’s a Super Lustrous gloss in “Pink Whisper.” I also have “Peach Petal” which is a fantastic milky nude that pairs perfectly with a smoky eye or can be used to tone down a bold color. At first I was wearing only gloss in order to give my lips time to heal (never neglect your SPF!) but I soon noticed that my lips appeared just as full as they did with liner and lipstick, but more youthful and fresh. Not to mention it cut down on my time getting ready in the morning. Hallelujah.

You can wear any gloss from any brand you like; my current favorite is Super Lustrous by Revlon because of its smooth application, creamy consistency, easy accessibility and affordability. It’s around $6 or $7 depending on where you purchase it, and there are almost always Revlon coupons that’ll allow you to snap it up cheaper. The packaging is sleek, portable and easy to use. The gloss is 0.2grams and has an SPF of 15. Lesson learned.

Some other products of note are Tendertones by MAC. These are fantastic little pots of lip balm that are quite moisturizing while giving your lips a hint of color and tons of shine. They are unfortunately discontinued; they were recently re-promoted though in MAC’s Shop Cook collection. Sometimes you can be lucky enough to spot one or two at a CCO, and if you do I suggest you partake. They also have an SPF of 12 and smell like strawberry kiwi. From the drugstore we have Maybelline’s new Baby Lips line. I find these to be very moisturizing, much more so than Revlon’s new lip butters. Baby Lips are offered in fewer shades, but do the job much better. They’re basically a chap stick with a bit of color, and they are more hydrating. They contain SPF 20. Watch out for those coupons and give them a try!


Trend Lightly

For spring and summer 2012, we’re seeing shades of neon and pastel everywhere. What’s interesting is that the two color schemes aren’t segregated, but paired together creating bold contrasts. I’ve seen neon yellow, blue and pink in everything from t-shirts to bangles to pumps. Pastels are a favorite of mine all year-long, but I honestly never thought of bringing a neon element into the equation.

From the pastel palette, mint green has emerged as a huge staple for spring. Soft, romantic tops and creamy nail polishes are everywhere in this shade, and I’ve already purchased some for my collection. Revlon, Essie and China Glaze all do beautiful shades of this green.

The important thing to remember is to wear what is comfortable (aesthetically speaking) for you. If you’re not all that into wearing bright pink skinny jeans, maybe go with a black pair and find a bright pink shift dress. Or a blue one. Or whatever catches your eye. You get the idea. Use trends for inspiration, not for direction. Just because something is mandated by the runway doesn’t mean you’re confined to only those options for a season. Find ways to incorporate trends, the ones that you like, into your look in ways you’re comfortable with. Maybe wear pastels on your nails, or pick up a pair of earrings. If you’re more daring with your makeup, wear a bright pink lip with fresh looking skin and a swipe of mascara.

The point is, you can walk around as trendy as can be, but if you’re uncomfortable in your own skin it will stand out more than that highlighter yellow halter top. We have so many looks to choose from, and there is always room to integrate your own style into an ensemble. Be careful not to lose yourself in your own closet.

That being said, flip through some magazines or do some people watching if you’ve found yourself in a wardrobe rut. You never know what you might come up with.

Product Fail: Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam

When I saw promotional photos for Maybelline’s new Dream Nude Airfoam foundation I couldn’t wait to try it. Many companies are jumping on the bandwagon of air brushed looking makeup, with Maybelline and Revlon leading the pack.

I’m usually a big fan of Maybelline foundation, as the color range is usually a good match for my skin tone. I’m always the lightest shade offered in almost any foundation, and this one was no exception. I picked up the Dream Nude Airfoam in 110 Porcelain Ivory (I’m the same shade in Maybelline’s Dream Liquid Mousse which I love). I wish I could tell you that I loved this foundation because positive reviews are much more fun…but no fun here.

This product was a major disappointment for me. As far as pigmentation and coverage, this foundation offers neither. The product dispenses rather quickly out of the aerosol can, which needs a good shake before application. It comes out just like the name implies, a foam. When applied to the skin, it blends out into almost nothing. I was left with a very dry feeling which was the only indication that there was anything on my face. The foundation is oil-free, and from what I remember there was no detectable fragrance. The product has since been returned, to give you an idea of how much I didn’t care for it.

Revlon’s version, PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup is much better in terms of coverage. It dispenses out of the can the same way…so you can’t really control how much product you’re getting. I found that one pump can cover your whole face and then some so it’s a bit wasteful. I recommend pumping the foundation onto the back of your hand and then applying it with a stippling brush to pat it into your skin. It blends relatively easily and my color match was good, but I was still left with a very dry feeling. For reference my skin is relatively normal, slightly more dry this time of year.

All in all I do think the concept of airfoam makeup is an interesting one, and if the formulas can be improved I can see them being great sellers. For now, though, I’d stick with liquid, cream, or mineral powders of your choice.