lip balm

Time to Take These Beauties Off The Bench: The Starting Line Up for Fall 2017


Black Up Matte Jumbo Lip Pencil in 21M ($22 from Sephora)- Not only am I LOVING this shade of an orangey nude matte, but I’m about to buy the entire line, tthe formula is that good.  The matte lip liner that dubs as a lipstick is my new go to. It’s easy to apply and my lips stay pigmented throughout the day.  Huge plus that it doesn’t dry out my lips all crazy.


Smith’s Menthol and Eucalyptus Balm ($6 from Sephora)- I have been using Smith’s lip balm for years.  I love everything about this little baby. A little goes a long way because of the jelly-like formula but I love the versatility of being able to wear it under lip sticks or stains when my lips are dry in need some moisture. Once the temperate starts to drop my lips are the first to get feel the weather so I keep one of these in my bag at all times because it really does the trick.  The minty freshness of the menthol is a nice touch too ;)


Makeup Forever Liquid Matte in Rosewood in 105 ($22 from Sephora): If Makeup Forever were to ever discontinue this shade I would have very, very, strong opinions about it, and also nightmares, because I genuinely love it so much.  Seriously, it is a beautiful mauve and the liquid matte lipstick formula is a solid 10/10, even when it’s been through 2 matcha lattes, an avocado toast and a spliff, my lips are still pulling through with the pigmentation all while maintaining comfort.  Shout out to the avocado oil and glycerin, and that’s what’s in the formula – not my lunch.


Black Up Lipstick in 28 ($23 from Sephora)- As much as I love a good matte … Black Up steals my heart with their Satin Finish Lipstick.  I feel so badass in this lipstick, I’m not going to lie. Pictured is shade 28 in Deep Magenta, but not only is it a killer purple but it has a beautiful sparkle to it.  It has the perfect balance of dark and mysterious but also fun and playful…it’s great for all day wear depending on your mood. This + my Milk Supernova Highlighter = perfection


Smashbox Legendary Lipstick in Inspiration ($21 from Smashbox) – I know this shade kind of looks like the odd one out but let me tell you how beautiful this lipstick is with the Black Up Lipstick in 28 + smashbox Insta-Matte over top … wow. A whole new feel to this too-bright-for-me lipstick.  Worn alone, bright fuchsia pink isn’t normally my style, but mix in a complementary color to give it some definition and I’m all game to experiment.  I’ll end up layering on lipsticks through out the night/day but this is a great base color for my ‘brighter’ fall days.


Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin™ Lipair Review

Written by Deanna. P

I hope by now everyone knows who Dr. Jart is.   I have written a couple of reviews on his products, but I will summarize for those who are not that familiar.  A young dermatologist named Dr. Sung Jae Jung was running a clinic in Seoul.  He created creams that would help resolve complicated skin problems of his patients.  His friend JinWook Lee, an entrepreneur & one of his biggest fans partnered with him to launch the skincare brand.   The name is a combination of Dr. Jung’s name & the art of skincare.

The brand took off in Korea & now is available in 15 countries around the world & in the USA.  I have reviewed a few of their products so far & I have liked them all.  I am a fan of lip balms, but there are millions on the market.  What differentiates one from the next?  I look for 3 things in a lip balm:

How it feels on my lips?  Scent? Is it effective in healing my dry lips.  

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin™ Lipaircomes in size 0.14 oz/ 4 g and retails for 19.00.

It is easy to use.  All you do is apply it to lips as often as necessary to keep them moisturized.  There is no scent or flavor to pure, but the lipair does come in a mint flavor if you prefer. The lip balm is designed to treat dry lips & make them soft & smooth. It has no Parabens or Phthalates. It is formulated with ceramide (time released moisture).  It also has -Ceramide 3: Provides time-release moisture. 

It also includes all of these fine ingredients.

-Babassu Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, and Pomegranate Seed Oil: Moisturize and protect. 

-Shea Butter: Moisturizes. 

I have been using Ceramidin Lipair pure all week & I absolutely love the way it feels on my lips.  It definitely is a cut above other lip balms that I have tried,  It goes on smooth & does not feel oily or waxy.   It has no scent which is fine with me as I prefer this as to something that is too overwhelming or unpleasant since it very close to my nose.  My lips feel so great when I apply it.  I find myself wanting to go without lipstick so I can apply it all day. It is pricey at $19.00, but it probably will last you a full season if not longer.  It also is effective so you don’t have to invest in more than one product to beat dry lips. This is a great find to keep in my arsenal of products as it meets all the expectations I have set for an extraordinary lip balm.


EOS Review

I'm sure I am not the only one who has felt the shift in temperature. Now that it is officially fall it is time to reprioritize our skincare routine and make-up bag. All though EOS is an item that I use year round. During the winter time this is a my favorite because of texture. What impresses me most about this lip balm is that there is no need for consist reapplication. Make-up lovers! Liquid lipsticks are trending now, They are extremely drying especially during fall and winter season this a perfect combo underneath your liquid lips or matte lipsticks. EOS lip balms are Gluten, Paraben and Petroleum free. The Shea Butter and vitamin is what gives you that silky smooth texture. The are super small and compact and have a good shelf life. Also feel free to share it with your significant other. They don't have high shine so men can wear them too! Great one extra item to fight with my boyfriend lol. 

The best part of having a hydrating lotion with mild scent is that it doesn't interfere with your every day fragrance. Feel hydrated from head to toe using this on every part of your body especially on hands and feet during this upcoming season. Berry Blossom is probably my favorite because it can be worn alone. I feel extremely hydrated throughout the day and is extremely safe for me to wear at night to go to bed. I have extremely sensitive skin and it dermatologist tested. This may seem like something simple but I'm one who loves all my extra minutes of sleep so I need exact timing for clothes and make-up. The quick absorbing and no stick or greasy formula is ideal for a lady on the go like me. The price point is amazing for the quality. Thank me later! 


 See more EOS lip balm flavors on their Facebook page



Glam Glow Lip POUTMUD review

Written by Deanna .P

When I first received GlamGlow POUTMUD™ Fizzy Lip Exfoliating & Wet Lip Balm Treatment Duo, I was super impressed with the bright pink & silver lettered fancy packaging.    I had never seen a lip product packaged so nice.  I even liked the fact that it was two lip treatments in one.  


The set contains: 

  • 0.88 oz Fizzy Lip Exfoliating Treatment 
  • 0.88 oz Wet Lip Balm Treatment 

 To use, you start with the exfoliating tub.  Massage a generous amount on lips for 5-10 seconds.  Gently massage with water & this will activate the fizzy renewing action.  Rinse with warm water.  Recommend use is 2-3 times a week.  

The treatment is said to renew, energize & smooth lips.  The exfoliation complex consists of caribbean cane sugar, Hawaiian sea salt, and hibiscus flower powder, and is further boosted with an antioxidant-rich tropical fruit blend of sweet almond oil, guava, cherimoya, star fruit, lychee, and mangosteen. The wet lip balm tub is to be applied evenly next.  This can be used anytime.  The Wet Lip Balm Treatment is supposed to instantly make lips feel softer, hydrated, and look restored.   It’s formulated with a super hydration infusion of sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, murumuru butter, shea butter, tamanu oil, and babassu oil, and enhanced with kombucha extract Both lip essentials contain teaoxi® Moroccan mint leaf for sweet, minty, kissable lips. There is no Parabens, Sulfates, or Phthalatesin the product. The GlamGlow line was originally created by a couple in California in 2011to be used exclusively for backstage & professional useby Hollywood movie stars.

Glenn & Shannon Dellimore formulated it in their home & gave it out to some of their actor friends to try.  The products worked so well that they received a call from a top luxury brand that wanted to retail the products.  And the rest is as they say, history!  

I tried the treatment & I was definitely impressed.   I had tried many lip balms, chapsticks, etc, but they never made my lips feel so good.  This 2 part system really worked to soften, restore & invigorate my lips.  The ingredients all felt natural smelled delectable, & the end result was a perfect pout.  My lips felt & looked so good, I was tempted to go sans lipstick  for the first time in many years.

I thought the price at $39.00 was a little high, but was worth it for this lip treatment.   I would definitely recommend this & would also try other products. 

Here’s more information on them & where to buy:

Mecca Cosmetica Lip De Luscious Review

Written by: Danyelle V



Hello, Mecca Cosmetica! This Australian brand is new to me but I have faith in a country that has produced the Hemsworth brothers (#TeamChris).


Mecca Cosmetica’s Lip De Luscious lip protectant has been added to my summer makeup and skin care routine. The first step in my makeup application is always hydration. This process extends to my lips. I apply something to my lips that is going to make them look healthy and full before I apply my makeup to allow the product time to absorb into the lips. The creamy glossy formula comes in a weighted frosted glass jar which gives the product a luxurious feel. What I love most about the product is that it does not feel sticky on the lips. I have very long, wildly unruly hair and it drives me crazy when my hair gets caught on a lip product, especially when I’m driving. Mecca Cosmetica’s packaging for this product claims that it has a pink tint to it and that is untrue. I usually am put off when a company doesn’t deliver on its claims but traditional glosses and lip treatments don’t usually have a color to it. I also didn’t plan on using the product for any color pay off so the overly enthusiastic advertising didn’t bother me this time. I try not to be a brat but I think if you are going to make a claim about a product, you should deliver. This lip protectant is perfect to keep your lips safe from the sun with its SPF level of 25. When the gloss fully melts, your lips a left feeling very plush. Dab off any excess product and apply your favorite lipstick. I also like to use this as a treatment after I exfoliate my lips and as an overnight treatment. Lip De Luscious is quite expensive. $28 for a lip treatment is pretty steep. However, because my lips feel so plump and hydrated after using it, I think it’s worth it. Just leave it at home. We all lose our lip balms all the time. We can’t afford to lose a $28 lip treatment!



This is no pink tint