Sonia Kashuk Shine Luxe Lip Color in “Sheer Pink Lust 21”

Knowing that I’m picky about lip products in general, I found myself intrigued with the Sonia Kashuk Shine Luxe Lip Color in “Sheer Pink Lust 21” after seeing it featured in The Emily Awards video featuring lip products. Since then, I had to track down this color because they were selling out like hot cakes! Described as a “sheer, hydrating lip color [that] delivers optimal wear and lustrous shine,” this product falls right in between high end and low end at $10.99 USD. The “soft, creamy shade impart[s] an ultra glossy finish and feel as comfortable as lip balm with treatment ingredients for a plumped up, polished pout.”

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Much like many of the hybrid lip products out there, the Shine Luxe Lip Colors are hydrating like a lip balm, pigmented like a lipstick, and is shiny like a lipgloss. “Infused with PCA and a vegetal derived amino acids, the fragrance, talc and paraben-free formula inhibits the weakening of collagen fibers to prevent wrinkles and smooth and moisturize the lips.” The shade “Sheer Pink Lust 21” is a nude-pink color that isn’t too nude and isn’t too pink. It’s a natural-looking color that looks sophisticated and pretty. I don’t believe I should nude out my lips for work, so if you feel the same way, this shade may be a good happy-medium color for you. The texture of the Luxe Lip Colors are smooth and light — almost watery — without compromising pigmentation.

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The lip color is highly moisturizing and comfortable on the lips; it fills in the lines of your lips — giving them a smooth and uniform appearance; and, the color is very flattering. Sonia Kashuk’s line is available at Target stores and their website. It’s an under-dog brand that I seem to hear about occasionally, but not nearly enough. I’ve dabbled in the line when I remember to pick up a product I’ve heard about, and I’m glad I didn’t pass up the Shine Luxe Lip Color in “Sheer Pink Lust 21.” I recommend this color!

Made in USA.
Retails for $10.99 USD at Target.

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Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

Due to recent hypes regarding the new Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, I had to see what all the fuss was about. Designed to be a “soothing, leave-on lip mask that replenishes moisture in lips,” this is an essential product if you suffer from dry lips, chronic dry lips, peeling/flakey lips, or chapped/windburned/sunburned lips. This “innovative, natural formula smooths, nourishes, and moisturizes lips with a bio-active blend of organic agave nectar, jojoba oil, vanilla CO2 extract, and triple the amount of antioxidant trans-resveratrol found in red wine.” It DOES NOT contain gluten or petroleum, so it’s really as natural as you can get.

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The suggested usage is to “apply at bedtime or wear throughout the day for an instant boost of hydration with long-lasting shine.” The texture of this lip mask is really thick, which makes it easy to apply because it stays put. The vanilla scent and taste is subtle and isn’t overpowering, and it kind of reminds me of a MAC lipstick — only not as plastic-y. Personally, I like to wear this to bed in place of a fancy lip balm when my lips really need something extra. By applying this at this at night, it can really heal and soothe my lips overnight without being disturbed. In the morning, I awake to fully healed and moisturized lips!

A little bit goes a long ways, so I imagine this product will last a long time. Also, given that I don’t use it every night, I think that this was a worthwhile purchase, and perfect for the fluctuating temperatures we’ve been having here in Texas. I’ve worn this during the day a few times and it works perfectly fine; however, I did find that applying lip gloss over this is just a thick, gloopy mess for me. And, since I’m eating, drinking, and talking throughout the day, I feel like the product isn’t given a fair chance at working its magic.

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This lip mask has received great reviews and I find that it’s an important part of my night time routine and my lip product collection. It works differently than a lip balm since I find that it’s more like a lip sealant — it adheres to the lips and stays there all night without budging, smearing, or transferring; you can feel it still on your lips in the morning. It nourishes and heals the lips so that your lips feel good and comfortable during the day — just like what a face mask would do for your face. Made from medical-grade Lanolin and Resveratrol (which supposedly provides antioxidant benefits equivalent to 15 glasses of red wine), your lips can really benefit from this product.

I recommend this product and feel that it’s a good investment, especially if dry lips are an every day problem. If you can get by with a lip balm and you’re happy with it, then you could probably pass this up.

Retails for $26.00 USD.
Contains 0.52 oz.

REVIEW: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in “86 Instinct”

Awhile ago, it was requested that I put together an overview of the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lip products comparing and contrasting colors and textures. Since then, no new colors from the Rouge Coco range intrigued me and I moved onto other products. Recently, with all the new fall products being released from all brands across the board, I became re-intrigued with the Rouge Coco Shines.

I came back to them when I saw the shade “86 Instinct,” and I’m so glad that I’ve re-kindled my love for these lip products. It’s nice to return to such faithful products, especially when you’re reminded of why you loved them so much in the first place.

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The Rouge Coco Shines are considered an “evolution” in lipsticks, and is marketed as an “iconic modern creme lip color” that “provides beautiful, lasting, moisturizing shine in a water-light texture.” As promised, it glides on smoothly and beautifully, while keeping the lips hydrated and comfortable. Also, there’s so many shades to choose from, I’m sure there’s bound to be a shade that appeals to everyone. The light texture of the formula is my favorite part of the Rouge Coco Shines — it’s thin yet delivers good amount color — that way, it doesn’t feel heavy or ‘product-y’ on the lips.

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Priced the same as YSL’s Glossy Stains, these Rouge Coco Shines are definitely high-end. But I think they’re worth the price and hype. The shade “86 Instinct” is not necessarily a ‘your lips but better’ kind of color, and understandably, it’s not that entirely unique. But it’s the subtleness of the color that is the secret to this product. The barely-there baby-pink tone is pretty and glossy on the lips, and can be paired with an every day look or a more smokey look. Either way, it proves to be quite versatile.

Made in France.
Retails for $34.00 USD.

Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour – “60’s Pink”

I’m getting back into my makeup groove and have been into wearing lipstick this past week. The Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour range caught my eye and I purchased the shade “60’s Pink.” I’m totally obsessed. For sure. This is my first Laura Mercier lipstick and it’s changed my perceptions regarding lipsticks in general.

This lipstick is a “luxurious medium-to-full-coverage lipstick that gives lips the ultimate in color, texture, and finish.” It’s also fragrance-free so there’s no nasty lipstick smell!

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“This cream formula envelops lips in rich color with a semi-lustrous finish that lasts six to eight hours. The cushiony, lightweight texture feels comfortable, while pure olive oil and vitamin E nourish lips. Color glides evenly onto lips without skipping, dragging, feathering, or setting into fine lines. You’ll have the appearance of visibly fuller- and younger-looking lips in just one swipe.”

This lipstick is highly pigmented and is intensely hydrating as well. Really, the best of both worlds. In fact, the pigment is so rich I have to dab the color onto my lips, rather than swiping it back and forth across my lips. The color is pretty — a soft, baby pink color — it’s pretty, goes with nearly any makeup look, and you can even wear it to work without looking like a porn star. The glossy shine is the best part, so you can skip gloss. And, it’s so hydrating there’s no need to layer on lip balm before applying the product. Talk about time saver. And, with less products on, you won’t feel like your lips are getting goopy as the day wears on.

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All the shades in this range are all highly pigmented, so it’s worth taking a look to find a color that suits you best. I feel that “60’s Pink” is an adaptable color, so the pinker your natural lips are, the more pink this lipstick will look on your lips. The milky color is just shy of being a pinky-nude, so it gives the perfect amount a pink color to the face without having to go over board. Love. I recommend this shade.

Retails for $26.00 USD.

REVIEW: Nivea Lip Care – Lip Butter in “Smooth Kiss” & “Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss”

I must recommend the Nivea Lip Butter products right away. If you remember, I wrote about high-end lip care products in the past — mainly, they were just fancy chapstick. Recently, my friend took the plunge and purchased the La Mer lip balm for $50 and now she completely swears by it. Then, I stumbled upon reviews about the Nivea Lip Care Lip Butters; and, I’d have to say, that for $3.99 a piece — it’s the best thing ever. Yes.

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I picked up two tins at CVS. I’ve also seen them at Target, but not at Walgreens or Ulta. These are great to wear before bedtime and underneath other lip products. I like to wear them alone most days and my lips haven’t been complaining. The tins are really thin, but a little bit of the product goes a long way; and, by that, I mean I can put some on in the morning and my lips are hydrated all day. Even after the product has worn off, my lips don’t feel dry or uncomfortable.

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The unscented, regular version is “Smooth Kiss” while the my only other scent of choice is the “Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss.” The products are “enriched with Shea Butter and Almond Oil to intensely moisturize and soothe dry lips for long-lasting care.” The “rich formula melts onto lips providing long-lasting nourishment” and I have no complaints about these products. In fact, I’d say they beat out Chanel, Dior, AND La Mer’s lip balms. You need this product in your life — and, I don’t say that about any product. Trust me. :)

Made in Germany.
Retails for about $3.99 USD.

MAC “Lovelorn” Lipstick

Something new I’ve been trying lately is to try different shades of lipsticks that are out of my comfort zone. For the most part, I normally skip lip products all together, and start my day with a little bit of chapstick. When I remember or I’m feeling fancy, I’ll use a lip color on rotation; however, I very rarely venture out of the light pink and nude-ish colors.

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I came upon “Lovelorn” when I recently read about it on a beauty blog. Out of curiosity, I swatched it at the counter to see if it would go well with my skin tone. It’s an unusual shade to wear, because even though it doesn’t look bright per se, it kind of is!

Because it’s well-pigmented and on the bright side, I lightly dab the product onto my lips rather than swiping it back and forth, like I do with my lighter colors. Then, after I press my lips together to evenly distribute the color, I rub my finger around my lips to remove some the color.

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By removing the ‘outside layer’ of pigment, you’re left with a pretty, pink stain that brightens your smile and your complexion. The blue-ish hues/undertones in the lipstick has that effect, but can be damaging if you have flakes or a bad case of dry lips.

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I layer a lip balm underneath this shade because it tends to be drying on me. But it’s a pretty, fun color to wear with little to no makeup on the eyes. Also, I find it refreshing to wear this on days when my makeup in general is minimal; it really helps the color pop – but in a pretty way, of course.

Give it a try; especially if you’re pale like me, and looking for a bright color that won’t be too loud!

REVIEW: Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm

One of the things I’ve always skipped out on (or cheaped out on) are lip balms. I think it’s because for awhile, I never had dry or chapped lips; and, for the most part, if my lipstick/lipgloss was moisturizing enough – I skipped the lip balm. Last year, I was gifted the Chanel Hydra Max lip balm and was severely disappointed and confused – mainly because the darn thing was like, $50. Seriously.

With a leftover Sephora gift card (from my birthday), I was wandering around looking for something to buy. I was looking for an excuse to buy something I knew I didn’t need, lol. I stumbled upon the Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm out of curiosity and purchased it stupidly without even trying it out.

But alas, I was pleasantly surprised and very satisfied with my purchase. :)

Basically, this product is “a smoothing, plumping lip balm with SPF 10.” It comes in a plastic white tin/case, which doesn’t bother me. I leave it at home because I don’t want to carry it around and be dipping my unsanitary fingers in it all day. “Crème de Rose is a refined lip balm that soothes, re-plumps, hydrates, and protects the lips with SPF 10.This nourishing lip balm comes in one universal petal pink shade and features a delicate rose scent.”

**Firstly, yes, it is very soothing and hydrating; and, yes, it does “re-plump” – which means that the lines on my lips disappear and they look soft, supple, and ready to take on the world.
**Secondly, the SPF 10 doesn’t do anything for me except that I know it’s better than nothing. But the factor is so low it doesn’t really make me feel like I’m protecting myself from anything but indoor lighting, lol.
**Thirdly, the baby pink shade of the balm is misleading because technically it’s sheer. There’s no color, which doesn’t bother me since I wasn’t looking for a tinted product anyway.
**And, lastly, some may agree the “delicate rose scent” is pleasing and nice, but for me, it’s quite strong – even if it is a rose scent. Bleh! But it fades, so it’s no biggie.

Also contains “antiaging complex: Rose of Damas essential oil, energizing vitamins A and smoothing Shea Butter.”

I like to use this alone most of the time just for hydration. However, I like it best as a “primer” for my lips because it’s non-sticky and non-oily on the lips. Most balms are quite greasy and leave a film on the lips that can be loosely described as “moisturizing.” Though it’s nice to go to bed with a thick layer of balm on at night, if I’m layering lip products during the day, I don’t want an extra layer of balm underneath it all. Personally, I feel like THAT’S what makes your products essentially “slip off” the lips.

The finish of this product is unlike any balm I’ve tried. It’s not super emollient and slick; in fact, it’s quite dry. I rub my finger into the pan and then pat the product onto my lips. Your lips will drink this right up so you’re not going to feel product on your lips. Also, this isn’t a glossy finish so don’t expect shine. Afterwards, you can move straight onto your lipstick/lipgloss of choice for the day.

I love this under lip products. I recommend but it was totally a frivolous purchase, yet the price is friendlier than Chanel’s or La Mer’s lip balms!

Made in France.
Retails for $26.50.

*Quotes extracted from http://www.sephora.com.
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

Drugstore Goodies: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

The newly released Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains has caused quite a frenzy since their availabilty in the U.S. As a more affordable option compared to the Clinique Chubby Sticks, this is another star product from Team Drugstore.

These lip colors come in a retractable, plastic tube that does not need to be sharpened. The color of the tubes reflect the color of the product, which is nice since it can easily be identified. Twist the silver-tipped end to reveal more product. I think the design concept is cute and delicate; and best of all, I like that you don’t have to sharpen it.

The name Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain describes the product perfectly. The balmy texture is a creamy formula that is kind of gel-like as well. Its application is smooth and doesn’t drag against the lips. The “just bitten” part of the title is essentially what the product stands for – the perfect amount of stained color that allows you lips to look bitten. Once applied, the color doesn’t transfer as much as a lipstick because it isn’t as slick. At the same time, it’s not drying on the lips either.

Revlon’s website describes the product as “a lightweight lipstain + moisturizing balm,” stating that “100% of women who tried it felt their lips were instantly moisturized with a soft stain of color.”

I woudln’t say that this product is so moisturizing that you can throw away your chapstick, but it does its job and that’s what counts. I especially like that this can be an alternative to the Chubby Sticks by Clinique – and, dare I say I prefer this over YSL’s Glossy Stains…

I photographed swatches in 2 different angles and lighting situations to show you the shine and glisten from the product. The color blends well into your lips; and, even though it’s sheer, it delivers the perfect amount of color without being too opqaue – because then, that just looks like paint.

Colors shown here are “Cherish,” “Charm,” and “Rendenzvous.” Out of the three, “Charm” is my favorite since it’s a soft muted peachy color that’s not quite nude. The satin finishes of these products are beautiful because it’s not too glossy and it’s not matte like most traditional stains. The lasting power is pretty decent – I would 3 + hours with drinking. If I apply this after lunch, the remaining color lingers nearly up until I go home after work.

All have minty scents, which I personally found to be kind of disappointing. I don’t mind the scent, but I was expecting a tropical, fruity scent – like jolly ranchers. Perhaps it’s the packaging and the summer colors that gave me that impression, lol.

And, finally, I’ll close this post by saying that there’s 12 colors to choose from and they’re quite difficult to find. Because they’re a hot commodity, all the good colors go quickly and I was lucky to have tracked down the colors I wanted. Currently, I don’t see them at Walgreens or CVS but that may change pretty soon. I find Just Bitten products at Target. Check it out.

Retails between $7-9 each.

*Quotes extracted from http://www.revlon.com.
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

And the Hauling Continues…

I present to you yet another modest haul. I wish I could say that I accumulated these items over time to make it seem more practical, but I didn’t, lol. What can I say? YouTube made me do it.

1. MAC – Duo Fibre Blending/Tapered Brush 286
2. Revlon – Colorburst Lipstick 006 “Pink Sugar”
3. Josie Maran – Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 40+ (not full size)
4. Kat Von D – Painted Love Lipstick in “Agatha”
5. Bare Minerals – Matte Mineral Foundation in “Golden Fair”
6. MAC – Mineralize Concealer in NW 15
7. Fresh – Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment (white tube)

All items purchased were based on stellar reviews online either via YouTube, blogs, and various review sites. None were items that I needed – as all hauls seem to be this way, haha. However, I was curious about everything I got apart from the Bare Minerals matte foundation.

Side note –> I have a love-hate relationship with Bare Minerals. When I was much younger, and before the time of using liquid foundations, I only used mineral ones. At that time, BM was the option that every one was raving about simply because nothing else was available yet (in my opinion). When the matte formula was first released, the shade “Golden Fair” wasn’t available, so I used “Fairly Light” which was too neutral-toned for me. Because of the unsuccessful color match, I gave up and moved onto bigger and better things – only to forget about BM for years. Recently, I got re-interested in BM’s matte foundation because of the shade “Golden Fair.” Just by looking at the loose powder particles I could tell this would be more of a suitable match for me.

I’ve decided to give BM another try because:
1. The shade “Golden Fair”;
2. the “click, lock, go” thing that makes everything less messy;
3. the introduction of the matte formula;
4. and, because Houston’s nearly year long heat wave is rapidly approaching, and I know liquid foundation will begin to slip and slide all over my face.

Having said all these things, I hope to report back to you soon.

What are you hauling? Anything you would recommend?

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)