I have only the fondest memories of Lip Smackers Dr. Pepper lip balm, which I do believe I still harbor at the bottom of a Hello Kitty purse somewhere, but there’s a special place in my heart for the metal roller-ball applicators of yore. (They share rent in that “special place” with all things Lisa Frank.) A sticky-sweet, rolled-on coating of clear gloss, sometimes containing abrasive glitter particles, that smelled like candy and tasted like (and probably was) poison — they just don’t make ‘em like that anymore, by which I mean fun to collect, even more fun to apply, and most importantly, a total status symbol back in ’99. Alas, Estée Lauder is targeting the niche market of women who want to relive the genetically modified strawberry-scented “makeup” of their youth with Pure Color Sheer Roller Gloss, which is essentially roll-on Lip Smackers for Adult Ladies. Genius! I would buy it for the nostalgia factor alone… which is pretty much the only thing this product has going for it, considering they go on completely clear. [The Cut]
Never in the million years did I think I’d be recommending you a product sold exclusively at Walmart, renowned big box store of sex discrimination lawsuits and sexist tee shirts. Neither would I have suspected that Drew Barrymore, hippie goddess of love and light, would choose Walmart to exclusively sell her makeup line, Flower. But she did, and I am, and honestly, her Flower lip butter is the best lip product I’ve ever used. Yes, better than the expensive department store lipsticks and drug store lip crayons. It’s the shit. For realz.
I went home from a Flower event with a bag full of goodies to test drive and the quality of all of them is very high. I’ll review them one-by-one, but first up, the lip butter!
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From brick to burgundy, matte to glossy, celebs across the country have been spotted wearing this fall’s classic trend: dark lipstick.
Stars are pairing it with jeans and a sweatshirt to liven up a casual day on the town, or with an elegant evening gown for a night on the red carpet. Whatever the occasion, dark lipstick adds instant glam to your look! Read more…
Last week, when I was in San Jose for the gymnastics Olympic trials, in addition to, you know, hanging with some of the best athletes in world, I also got to get a private makeup consultation with P&G Beauty’s makeup artist Candace Corey. One of the products she recommended to me, that I just lovvvvved, was CoverGirl’s Natureluxe gloss balm in Peony. First of all, peonies are my favorite flower, but she didn’t know that so it seemed rather fated. Secondly, this gloss balm is perfect for summer because although it looks super bright in the tube, it goes on sheer and doesn’t look heavy. Plus, Natureluxe gloss balm is super moisturizing and has SPF 15 which is good for me because my lips get hella dry. Candace must have sensed how much I liked it because she gave me a tube. Score! Now it’s my go-to summer lip. [$6.79, Amazon]
You can finally stop carrying breath mints with you everywhere you go. And all those lip glosses in your purse? Get rid of them because C.O. Bigelow’s mentha breath freshening lip shine is the only thing you’ll need. This mint infused lip balm provides a glossy shine that keeps your lips moist while the peppermint oil keeps your breath fresh for hours. Perfect for hot dates (which involve kissing) or long, sunny days at the beach.
I hereby commence the first-ever meeting of the Ladies Whose Lips Are So Thin We’re Afraid Of Wearing Lipstick support group! So far, Amelia and I are the only members, but with the help of our sponsors, both of us have been making inroads.
Part of my recovery can be attributed to the discovery of my favorite lipstick in the universe, Kate Spade’s Supercalafragilipstick. But at $24 a tube, it’s more of a special occasion lipstick. For everyday wear, I’m crushing on the much-more-broke-ass-mofo-friendly CoverGirl’s Natureluxe Gloss Balm. Keep reading »