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Tarte Maracuja Lip Exfoliant 

I will admit that I have a fear of most products that exfoliate because I’m always afraid that I’m somehow going to get a granule of something lodged in one of my eyes. It’s a weird phobia, but it’s mine and I’m not sure if I’m ever going to get over it. Still, I occasionally find a product I want to try anyway. The latest has been Tarte Maracuja Lip Exfoliant.

This product can be purchased from Sephora for $16. It comes in a purple tin with beautiful gold embellishments, and this product is sure to last for a very long time. A little bit goes a long way.

Overall, this product does a great job. It contains raw sugar to exfoliate the lips and oil to soften and moisturize the lips. My lips did feel noticeably softer each time that I used this product, and I loved the minty scent that made me feel fresh afterwards. Of all the lip exfoliators that I have ever tried, this has been my favorite so far, and $16 is also a great price for such a product.

Still, I’m not over my weird irrational fear of exfoliating products, so I will admit that I have given this away to a friend who loves Tarte. It may not feel as fresh or be as easy, but I do think that it’s okay to exfoliate lips with rubbing a damp washcloth over them and then finishing up with your favorite lip balm. That’s what I’ve gone back to doing.

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Rimmel Provocalips 

Wedding and picnic season is upon us, and so begins the hours of outdoor events without easy access to bathrooms for our lip touch-up needs. I’m going to be completely honest here – I typically hate long-wear lipsticks. If the color needs to be sold alongside a topcoat, then I am almost certain that I am going to hate the product because my lips are going to be insanely dry by the end of the day. However, I watched a great review of the Rimmel Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour, and I just had to see how it worked for myself.

Above are the four shades that I purchased. From top to bottom: Dare to Pink, I’ll Call You, Little Minx, and Kiss Me You Fool. They retail at the drugstore for $6.99, but they also always seem to be buy one get one half off!

Each tube comes with two doe foot applicators. One for the color and one for the sheer topcoat. The formula on this product applies very easily and goes on easily to the lips. It is opaque with just one coat but then it does take a bit of time for the color to dry. The topcoat should not be applied until the color is completely dry.

I have tested each of the shades, and the formula seems about the same for each color, which is nice. I hate when I love one shade but then I buy a darker shade and it lacks the same opacity or ease of use. I’ve found that a thin layer of color is the key to getting the color to last all day. If you apply too much color, the odds of it peeling off seem to increase. The topcoat will need to be reapplied every so often either way, but you can also use any sort of balm/clear gloss in its place if you desire.

There are two things that set this product apart from other long-wear lipsticks, and these are the reasons I actually want to use these products. First, these colors are not matte! Even once the topcoat has faded, there is still a substantial amount of shine. Second, these products do not dry out the lips as much as most long-wear lipsticks. Yes, my lips are noticeably dryer by the end of the day, but it’s not an unmanageable or gross amount of dryness. It’s dry enough that I wouldn’t want to wear these several days in a row, but it’s still just so much better than most long-wear lipsticks. So, if you have a special event coming up and you need a product that stands a chance at actually lasting all day long, give these a try!

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Dior Addict Lip Maximizer 

I am obsessed with Dior products, so I was really thrilled to see the 500 point perk offered by Sephora which contained several cult-classic Dior items. I immediately placed an order so I could get it! I was most excited to receive and review the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer High Volume Lip Plumper

Comically tiny sample! 

 When I received my package in the mail, I immediately burst out in laughter at the sight of the teeny tiny sample tube I received of this product. I know it’s an expensive product, but I feel like the size was a bit stingy. Just look at my thumbnail to get a sense of how small this thing was! That being said, I’ve managed to get a lot of use out of this product. That’s nice to know because the full-size version of this product is $33 for 0.2 oz.

This product claims to plump your pout with lots of volume and shine. The collagen in the product is also supposed to make the lips poutier over time and should fill in those little lines that lips get when they are dry or aging. Most plumping glosses really sting when you apply them, and this one was a pleasant change. There is a little bit of a tingle initially, but it is very manageable. Also, it smells wonderful – like vanilla and mint combined.

My lips are pretty pouty to begin with, so maybe there would be more of a difference if someone with thin lips used this products. As it was, I liked the sheer pink glossy look that it gave my lips, but it didn’t seem revolutionary. There are lots of cheaper sheer pink lip glosses that make my lips look this exact same way.

After using this product pretty much constantly for a week (and you know what, I still have some left, so maybe I shouldn’t have made fun of its size so much) I really didn’t see any difference with my lips. If anything, they might have felt a little drier than usual. They did not look fuller.

It’s a nice product, but I don’t think it is worth $33 for what it does. There are lots of better glosses out there, and there are better plumpers out there too. Still, I do love Dior and if you want to buy this product because you’re a die-hard Dior lover like me, there’s nothing wrong with this product so go right ahead!

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Clinique Almost Lipstick

I feel like I talk a lot about vibrant, long-wearing lipsticks, but I know that’s just not what everyone is looking for. There are often times when people just want a very sheer bit of color – something demure but noticeable. One product I really like when I want just a little color is Clinique Almost Lipstick. It is available from Sephora for $17.

This shade has been discontinued! 

 Clinique has undergone many product changes over the past two years, and there are now only two shades of this currently available, but they are nearly universally flattering in berry and pink. The picture I posted above is one of the discontinued shades, but I wanted to include it so you could see how light the color appears on my hand. It is a very sheer product!

So, should you buy it?

Pros: This has a nice hint of color for those looking for something sheer. It has a shiny, glossy finish. The tube is incredibly skinny and should fit in literally any tiny handbag or pocket without looking bulky. Also, it is very moisturizing.

Cons: It only comes in two shades at this point – berry and pink. This is pretty limiting. Also, the coverage is not buildable, so it is not very versatile. It can only produce a sheer finish.

Overall, I like this product. It’s a pretty good price and the tube will last a very long time. This is a great addition to a natural-looking makeup day or a low-maintenance routing, but stay tuned to this blog for more suggestions for tinted balms with more available shades.

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Dior Addict Lipstick

I have a lot of lipsticks, and most of them cost less than $20, so this product was a bit of splurge for me. The Dior Addict lipstick is available from Sephora for $35. I was tempted to buy this lipstick as a birthday present to myself after seeing the ads for this lipstick featuring Jennifer Lawrence wearing the shade “Be Dior.” This dark pink shade just looked so beautiful, and I wanted to splurge and try it for myself.

be dior
Dior Addict Lipstick – Shade: Be Dior 976

This is absolutely one of the most beautiful lipsticks I’ve ever worn. It is vibrant without completely overpowering my face. It can be layered for more effect, or you can wear just a sheer wash of this color. It is long-lasting without drying out the lips, and it is incredibly easy to apply.

So, you should you buy it?

Pros: The formula is so creamy and has an amazing punch of moisture. It can provide medium to buildable coverage, and it will last for a good amount of time before needing to be reapplied. The case is also magnetized, so it shouldn’t ever slide off and ruin your handbag.

Cons: The price is steep for a lipstick. Also, this doesn’t quite hold up against food and beverages. You’ll definitely need to reapply it by mid-day.

This is absolutely my favorite lipstick out there, and I think it is a great option if you want to splurge on a luxury product. Right now, I need to work through my enormous bag of lip products before purchasing another lipstick. But, once I can justify it, I will absolutely be purchasing more shades of this one!

 

 

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Pop of Passion

The worst thing about wearing bold lip colors is definitely when the lip product begins to dry out your lips and you can start to see all the little lines in your bottom lip. I hate that look on myself and others, but I love rocking a bold lip color. Thankfully, I have found:

Bare Minerals – Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm

bare minerals lip
Shade: Pink Plum 

This lip color is really a hybrid product. Most tinted balms provide only a  light coverage, but this color really does “pop” like the name says. It provides a medium to full lip opacity.

So, should you buy it? 

Pros: For a lip color, the price is pretty nice at only $16. The oil in the product really hydrates lips to prevent those fine lip lines, and the color is spectacular. The product also comes in many shades from nude to peach to pink to berry. The color I happen to own is “Pink Plum” and it is a great mix between a pink and berry.

Cons: This does not last as long as a traditional long-wear lipstick. The shine and color certainly do fade throughout the day and you’ll need to reapply at least once or twice for full impact, but it does leave a nice stained tint even after it fades. And, on the plus side, it does fade evenly.

Overall, I think this is a great, affordable lip product that is especially nice for those who want color who are afraid of traditional lipsticks. This product is easy to apply and gives a great look.

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Sephora Spring Sale!

Hi there, fellow beauty junkies! Guess what? Sephora‘s semi-annual sale is almost here!!!!!

If you are a VIB or VIB Rouge, you should be receiving 15% off! The sale begins for VIB Rouge members on Thursday April 7th and for VIB Members on Friday April 8th. The sale will continue through Wednesday the 13th.

So, what should we buy?

I am feeling pretty well-stocked on the makeup front. However, I would like to take this opportunity to stock up on some skincare products – specifically, I want to try some Peter Thomas Roth and Dr. Jart+ products! I think my bestie has also convinced me to try the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray.

Many beauty bloggers have been talking up the extremely expensive brand Sunday Riley, so this may be your perfect opportunity to score some for a discount!

Let me know in the comment section what you plan on picking up during the sale!

And, dear readers, please help me with something after this sale. I feel like I have so many new products and product samples that I really need to work though before I buy anything else. So, after participating in this sale, I plan on going on a spending sabbatical until I feel like I’ve worked through and reviewed most of my current collection. So, if I casually mention buying a beauty/skincare product after April 7th, please shame me a little either here or on twitter. I need to be held accountable.

(P.S. – I just would like to publicly admit that every time I end a blog post, I sincerely want to end it with: “XOXO – Gossip Girl.” I really miss that show.)

 

 

 

 

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The World’s BEST Lip Balm

Recently, I was going through my lip products to see what I wanted to keep, what I wanted to give away, and what was just too old and needed to be tossed. As I was going through my (very hefty) lip bag, I came across this gem that I had somehow completely forgotten about: Minted Rose Lip Balm from Rosebud Perfume Co. 

minted rose lip balm

This balm, available from Sephora, is only $7. I have purchased so many of these tins over the years, but I guess I’ve been using so many from L’Occitane this past year that it got shoved aside for far too long.

This minted rose balm has such a light, beautiful rose scent. It tints my lips ever so subtly. A teeny bit can go a very long way – when I used this every single day at least once a day, I only had to repurchase yearly. I don’t believe there is a case of lip chapping severe enough that this product can’t cure it. It’s just the best, and the moisturizing effect is long-lasting. When I apply this in the morning in lieu of other lip products, I won’t have to reapply until after I’ve eaten a meal, and even then, my lips are still feeling softer and more moisturized. When I apply a thicker coat before bed, my lips still feel great in the morning.

So, should you but it?

Pros: $7 for a lip balm that will last you a year is actually a great deal. This balm delivers all the moisture anyone could desire. The rose scent is so light and refreshing that even people who dislike rose scents probably wouldn’t be bothered by it because it is so subtle.

Cons: Some may not the cool, tingly feeling that accompanies this product. Also, some people are averse to products that come in tins instead of tubes. There is a tube version of this balm, but I have used it and I did not find the texture to be the same and the results seemed a bit less moisturizing and long-lasting.

Overall, I can’t say enough good things about this product. Now that I’ve rediscovered this product, I essentially want to give away all my other lip balms and salves. This is the holy grail of lip balms!