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Benefit Adds Lip Balms to Their Ever-Popular Range of Beauty Tints

  • posted June 7th, 2014
  • Beauty


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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a loud and proud Benefit Cosmetics fan. I mean, not only are their products total life-savers, but they’re also adorably packaged with cheeky names that just further suggest that the team behind the brand is just as genius as the beauty goodies themselves. Okay, so maybe I sound a little too fangirl-crazy, but c’mon — from their Pore-fessional Primer to their ridiculously popular Benetint lip and cheek stain, my makeup bag certainly wouldn’t be complete sans Benefit. Now, just in time for the summer season ahead, the brand is jumping on the balm bandwagon and expanding their range of multipurpose tints to include a series of Hydrating Tinted Lip Balms, in all of our favorite Benefit hues. Benebalm, Lollibalm, ChaChabalm, and Posiebalm — no matter which signature tint you prefer (in my case, all of them), you can rest assured that your pucker will not only look on-point, but will also stay hydrated all summer long, thanks to the balm’s mango butter-enriched formula. Just like the tinted stains that came before them, these handy balms pack a semi-sheer punch of color that’s perfectly buildable for customizing your preferred look without ever overdoing it!

Are you a fan of Benefit’s hydrating new lip balms? Which hue will you be picking up first? Let us know in the comments!

Pucker Up & Stock Up on Tarte’s New Power Pigments

  • posted March 14th, 2014
  • Beauty

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Why is it that lipstick in crayon or pencil form is so much more fun than your traditional tube? Maybe it’s my childhood obsession with art supplies, combined with my knack for hoarding any and all lip products, but whatever the case, Tarte’s Power Pigments are pretty darn hard to resist. Part balm, part lipstick, part lip stain, these handy tints serve triple-duty, saving you some serious room in your on-the-go makeup bag. Inspired by the brand’s newly-redesigned cheek tints, these punchy lip pencils nourish with a moisturizing combo of shea butter, vitamins, and a dash of refreshing mint, and deliver shiny, bold color for a flattering pout that lasts for hours. The twist-up applicator — no sharpener necessary — make them great for slathering on some quick color on the go or for mid-day touch-ups. With color pay-off this awesome, keep in mind that a little goes a long way, so don’t be intimidated by the $24 price tag!

Stocking Stuffer that Gives Back: Out of Africa’s Pure Shea Butter Charity Lip Balms

Your lips are one of the first things people notice when they see you.  The skin on your lips is also very thin and fragile.  It shows dryness quickly, which can make you look tired and older.   One of the best ways to keep your lips moist is by using natural shea butter on them.  Never sticky or drying it is quite fabulous when it comes in tubes from Out of Africa 100% Vegan lip balm.
While a portion of the proceeds from your purchase will be donated to help provide education and medical care to children in West Africa it is also seriously loaded with moisturizing antioxidants that taste great while keeping your lips soft and supple. Using 30% unrefined shea butter (most have 1 or 2% shea butter) it offers up the most soft lip goodness out of any lip balm around. Natural and with SPF protection it gives your lips the oil it needs to keep them looking pretty all day, every day.  Added vitamins A,E & F make it melt into your lips as it works deep down to keep them sweet and soft.  Out of Africa shea butter lip balm flavors of Orange Cream, Peppermint, Tropical Vanilla, Pomegranate + Acai and Strawberry.
-Victoria Mason

Stila’s High-Shine Vinyl Lip Gloss Dares to Defy Fall’s Matte Craze

  • posted October 30th, 2013
  • Beauty

As any avid trend-hunter knows, Fall is a very exciting time for both the fashion and beauty worlds. And while many of this season’s hottest makeup trends seem to be converting gloss enthusiasts everywhere to matte lipstick, Stila’s latest lip color offers up a warm welcome home to the most faithful of gloss girls. After all, aside from smooth, shine-free shades, vinyl is also having a major moment, and Stila is taking full advantage with their Stay All Day Vinyl Lip Gloss series. Released as part of their Fall 2013 collection, this 8-shade line of lip lacquers delivers high shine and maximum color pay-off without budging, feathering, or drying out lips. Thanks to nourishing ingredients like green coffee oil and seaweed extract, the formula glides on smoothly and stays put while moisturizing throughout the day. Even if you’re one of the many beauty mavens who are mad about matte this Fall, there’s still something to be said about a sexy, glossy pout that keeps its shine for hours!

– Alexandra Gambardella

Pacifica Enlightened Lip Gloss

  • posted October 24th, 2013
  • Beauty


The first hint of cool, fall air and my lips get chapped.  Temperatures fluctuating all over the place has me wearing a mix of both summer and fall transitional pieces and that includes my make-up.  I’m loving Pacifica Enlightened Lip Gloss with its super smooth, non-sticky shine to get me through these tempermental temps.

With an almost supernatural shine the Enlightened Lip Gloss provides a nourishing hydration with a pop of sheer color that lasts.  Made from a natural mineral, coconut and antioxidants it helps heal lips and keep them in good health no matter what time of year you use it.   All Pacifica products are 100% vegan & cruelty free and made without the use of FD&C color, talc, carmine, petroleum, parabens or sorbital.  Beach Kiss in a pearly, pale pink has just a hint of frost to it that looks just perfect this time of year.  Nudist and Pink Coral look great on any skin tone and add instant shine to your lips.



-Victoria Mason

Tatcha GOLD Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm: Worth the Splurge?

  • posted June 21st, 2013
  • Beauty

While taking good care of your pout should always be a high priority in the grand scheme of beauty rituals, I’ll rarely spend top dollar on a lip balm. Save for that one impulse splurge on Dior Creme d’Rose (which I love, but probably can’t justify re-buying over and over), I usually stick to my bargain-friendly drugstore favorites (Eos, Nivea, good ol’ Chapstick). However, Tatcha’s latest gold-infused concoction may have me whistling a different tune! Tatcha GOLD Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm, a new offering from the brand’s new GOLD collection, is a nourishing Camellia oil-infused balm topped with a real 24-karat gold leaf, so each application mousturizes as it delivers just the right amount of gold shimmer. I’m a sucker for lip products that boast a little something extra – whether it’s a hint of tint or just some subtle sparkle – and a high-quality balm that boasts a genuine gold leaf seems like a pretty good reason to pay $36. What do you think, fellow beauty mavens – are you as intrigued as I am by Tatcha’s latest lip savior?

– Alexandra Gambardella

Spring Forward with Smashbox MEGA TINT

  • posted April 27th, 2013
  • Beauty

Spring is the perfect time to test out a new lip tint. The low maintenance, sheer colors are easy to tote in that new spring purse and look great with all your new ensembles.  Smashbox just launched there first ever lip tint and it is just in time for the new season!  MEGA TINT by Smashbox is a lusciously long-wearing lip tint full of color that really pops.

The innovative new formula saturates lips with perfect color every time.  Intense and hydrating lips they are all gorgeous shades ranging from a peachy rose (Whirl) to the high-impact bright pink Punch color.  MEGA TINT comes in shades like Mulberry, a soft plum hue or cherry red Cerise.    On trend for this season is soft coral color Mimosa and a pretty in pink Nude.  All colors are moisturizing, work on everyone and provide long-lasting color that is just the thing to ring in spring.

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Pucker Up With a Watermelon Lip Gloss

  • posted July 24th, 2012
  • Beauty

Nothing says summer like a cool slice of watermelon, so take a cue from the season’s most refreshing snack and incorporate the juicy hue into your beauty routine! Watermelon lips are perfectly fun for summer because the color is luscious and eye-catching, but not quite as bold or expected as the classic red lip. Rosy, shiny, sheer, and never heavy, watermelon hues are gorgeous in any form – whether your prefer a sheer balm like this NP Lip Gloss Compact in Nisi, or an ultra-shiny gloss like Hourglass’ Extreme Sheen Lip Gloss in Nectar or Smashbox Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss in Watermelon. Soften and moisturize while you beautify with Cargo’s Classic Lip Gloss in Cyprus, infused with Vitamin E and antioxidants, or get a mouth-watering hint of flavor with Maybelline ShineSensational Lip Gloss in Watermelon Punch! The best part is, this multi-flattering shade also happens to be multi-seasonal, so you won’t have to retire these glosses once summer hangs its hat!

– Alexandra Gambardella

DuWop Private Lipstick Collection Provides Your Perfect Personal Shade!

Unless you’re one of those ridiculously lucky gals who can pull off basically any shade of lipstick flawlessly, you’ve likely experienced what a pain it can be to find your perfect lip color. Sure, you see the various trend reports with every passing season that claim to help you find the perfect red, pink, coral, or purple lipstick to suit your specific skin tone and hair color, but despite the helpful hints, you inevitably end up holing up at Sephora for a good two hours before finally leaving with a hand full of lipstick test marks and a shade you’re hardly enthusiastic about. Well, you can officially thank the geniuses at DuWop for making a bold attempt at shortening your search for the perfect lip color! Best known for their fan-favorite Lip Venoms, which has helped the non-Angelina Jolies of the world get their own attempt at bee-stung lips, DuWop is making waves again with their Private Lipstick Collection. This innovative new series of shades – ranging from perky pink to deep burgundy – incorporates three different kinds of natural pigments (annatto, hibiscus, and henna) to create a color-changing formula that morphs into your most suitable, flattering version of the shade within five minutes after applying to your lips. I’ve yet to test these lipsticks out myself, but any shade that claims to be smart enough to find my perfect shade for me and spare me the search is worth a try in my book!

– Alexandra Gambardella

5 Glossy Pencils For The Boldest, Shiniest Smoocher!

  • posted April 1st, 2012
  • Beauty

As if I needed something new to obsess over, I’ve recently developed a big appreciation for glossy lip pencils. There’s something so unexpected, fun, and surprising about applying using a pencil and getting rich, shiny, glossy color rather than the waxy finish you’d normally expect from a pencil. Sure, they might not be quite as practical when it comes to actually needing to sharpen these bad boys (glossy color all over your sharpener, plus too much precious product wasted!), but they’re still fun to collect and use when they’re not making a mess out of your beauty tools! In celebration of these fun lip colors, I’ve rounded up a few celebrated favorites that pack a three-in-one punch: rich, saturated, lipstick-quality color, high-shine gloss, with the application precision of a pencil. Whether you prefer your lips bold and bright for spring, or like to keep things subtle with soft pinks and peaches this season, get your fill with the best of the best!

From left to right: Sephora Ultra Vinyl Lip Pencil, Milani Lip Flash, Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color, Nars Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil, and Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil.

– Alexandra Gambardella

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