Beauty, Makeup

Sephora Ultra Shine Lip Gel

There are so many types of lip products in the world: glosses, balms, lipsticks, etc. So, recently I was intrigued when I saw that Sephora was offering samples of their Ultra Shine Lip Gel. The full size product can be purchased from Sephora for $12 which is comparable with the more expensive drugstore products but it on the low end for stores like Sephora.

I actually really liked this product. I didn’t love the shade I received, but I didn’t get to choose the sample shade. It just didn’t work with my skin tone, but it was pretty sheer so it wasn’t terribly noticeable. Like most lip products, texture is a big factor, and this gel formulation wasn’t nearly as sticky as a lot of glosses, which is something I really liked. The product claims to be inspired by the shine of gel nail polish, but I didn’t think it looked shinier than other gloss-like products. Overall, it was a decent product for the price. The color doesn’t last for very long, but it usually doesn’t with a gloss anyway, and ultimately this “gel” product is just another name for a gloss.

Have you tried any new lip products lately? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Pixi Lip Tint and Gloss 

Everyone loves a long-lasting lip color, but so many products have the unfortunate side effect of drying out lips and making them look all cracked and damaged. I find it’s always a balance between finding a nourishing product and one that gets a decent amount of wear between reapplication. Recently, I found a hybrid product that I just had to try: the Pixi by Petra GelTint & SilkGloss. This product can be purchased from Target for only $12.

I was very curious about how the gel texture would feel on the lips, and I was pleasantly surprised that it dries down without really drying out the lips too much. It is very sheer, so you have to kind of wait for it to dry and then layer it to get a color with much impact, so that is definitely a drawback. The light pink gloss is also very pretty and sparkly and isn’t sticky like some glosses. Overall, I liked this product, but it wasn’t without it’s flaws. It was very difficult to get a uniform opaque color, and I’ve found that the amount of time it takes to apply this product just doesn’t seem worth it. In the end, I did really like the gloss it came with though, so I’ve been using that alone for a while now.

Are there any long-wear lip options that you’ve found to work without drying out your lips? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

I am so excited to be able to share this product with you! If you have ever had dry or chapped lips, get ready to celebrate. I recently purchased the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask from Sephora, and it is absolutely amazing! For $20, you get 0.7 oz of this product plus an adorable little pink spatula to help you apply it. A little goes a long way, so this is a great price for how long you’re going to be able to use this container.

So, first, you might be confused about the concept of a Lip Sleeping Mask. Here’s the deal: it’s meant to be applied at night and then kept on all night long. It is very thick, so no need to worry about it fading quickly. It’s not messy at all, so don’t worry about getting it on your pillow. Also, you really don’t have to apply it at night only. Feel free to apply a layer whenever you want more moisture for your lips. It is completely clear and does not smell like anything.

I am loving this product! My lips have never felt softer or looked plumper. I typically do just apply this at night, but my lips look so great and smooth in the morning that I’ve noticed my lipsticks apply way better during the day. My lips have no dry skin flaking off, and I can’t wait to use this during the winter. Chapped lips don’t stand a chance against this product. I will be purchasing this over and over and over again.

Have you used this product yet? What’s your favorite lip treatment product? Be sure to let me know in the comments section.

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-XO Tiffy

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Clarins Light Lip Comfort Oil

So many beauty bloggers have been singing the praises of Clarins Light Lip Comfort Oil, so I just had to get it and try it for myself! You can get this from Sephora for $26. I went for the color “Red Berry” (seen below).

Unfortunately, this product did not work well for me. It’s so pretty in the container, but it did not result in even a little tint of color on my lips. It looked completely clear on me, which was my first disappointment. Also, I expect an oil-based product to glide on smoothly and not feel sticky at all, like the Sephora Lip Oil. This felt really sticky to me! I asked my very patient fiance to kiss me and tell me if my lips were too sticky. He obliged and then immediately wiped his mouth with the back of his hand. His face contorted into a repulsed scowl and he said, “Yep. Really sticky.”

I feel bad for being such a downer, but I also disliked the doe foot applicator. It was enormous! This made it even harder to apply evenly, and it just seemed like that type of applicator was really only made for Lisa Rinna or Kylie Jenner.

Finally, my lips actually felt DRIER and flakier after using this product. How is that even possible? It’s been a really long time since I’ve disliked a product this much.

I hope you don’t mind how negative this post has been, but I wanted to be completely honest about my experience. So many other people have loved this product, so maybe it just doesn’t work for my body chemistry.

Have you had any experience with this product?  Are there any other lip oils that you love?

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Bite Beauty 

Over the years, I have amassed so many lipsticks from Bite Beauty.  The picture below shows just a handful of the various samples and purchases I’ve picked up. This brand is one you can get at Sephora. They’re whole focus is lips, which is really fun.

Part of the Bite Beauty goal is to provide high-quality products that use natural, good-for-you ingredients. So, if you’re worried about chemicals, you can rest assured that these products are made from healthy, organic materials. Now, for a natural lipstick, this is definitely the best brand I’ve ever tried. The products are easy to apply, apply and wear evenly, and don’t dry out the lips too much. That being said, if you’re just looking for a lipstick and you’re not as concerned about the ingredients that may be used, I wouldn’t really recommend these. I find that I’m consistently underwhelmed by these products. Does anyone else feel that way? There’s nothing really wrong with them – they’re just not the best. They don’t wear the longest. They’re not the most moisturizing. They colors aren’t the prettiest. Honestly, I’m not sure how I’ve managed to amass so many of these products since I don’t love them. So, my overall verdict is that this one is great if you want a natural product, but it’s a pass if that’s not your goal.

What do you think? Is this brand the bomb or just blah to you?

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Sephora Oil Infusion Lip Product 

How is it that my lips feel so chapped in both winter and summer? Weather extremes are so harsh on delicate skin, and lips are covered with some of the most sensitive skin on the body. Recently, I’ve found that I’ve become obsessed with oil-based lip products because they are so moisturizing without being sticky! One that I’ve been turning to a lot is the Sephora Oil Infusion Color & Care.

This tube looks like a gloss, and it is very similar to a gloss, but it’s actually an oil-based balm with a concentration of color. It also retails for $14, but recently Sephora put them in the sale section for $7. This is a bad sign and probably means that they’re being discontinued, so you should definitely snag one while you still can. I’d also like to note that even when this product no longer exists, there are some other great lip oils out there (from YSL, Clarins, and more – although, they’re more expensive).

So, this Sephora lip oil glides on so smoothly with the doe foot applicator. It packs a nice punch of color, but it is not as vibrant as the tube might lead you to believe. It’s definitely more pigmented than all other tinted balms I’ve used, but it is not near the full pigment of a lipstick. Still, I love this wash of color for lower key days. For a balm, the color also lasts really well. I definitely have to reapply after eating, but I find that this balm does stain the lips a bit in a really pretty way. Finally, and most importantly, this product is so moisturizing. It leaves my lips feeling soft and supple. In many ways, it looks and feels like a gloss, but there is absolutely no stickiness, which is great because that’s the one thing I consistently dislike about most glosses.

You should definitely buy one before they’re all gone! $7 is a steal. I’ve purchased Pink Granita which is a nice medium pink sheen and Cherry Cocktail which is a gorgeous cool red with blue undertones that suits my skin tone really well.

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Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss – Fancy 

Lipgloss is a deeply personal choice. Some people love the stickiness, and others avoid it completely because they hate sticky lips. Others think the shine is too bold while others want all the shine and glitter imaginable. I happen to love the shine and glitter, but I do often opt for a lipstick instead because I don’t love the stickiness. Still, I’ve found a gloss that does a great job with minimal stickiness: Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss.

This product can be purchased at Sephora for $30, which is a truly gut-wrenching price for a lipgloss. This is definitely a luxury product, but I am glad that I tried it. The one that I have (pictured above) is in the shade Fancy.

I love that this product has a brush instead of a sponge applicator. I feel like this allows for more precision. I’ve also been very impressed by how my lips don’t stick together much when I’m wearing this product. Most glosses, even the very pigmented ones, don’t have much lasting power, but I will say that this product gives a lot of lasting color compared to other glosses.

Overall, this is a great product and the best gloss I’ve tried, but it’s also ridiculously expensive. If you have some extra cash to burn and you want to splurge, then go for it! But if not, don’t feel too bad about skipping this product. It’s still just a lipgloss. I think that most splurging should be reserved for skincare and foundations since those make a more noticeable difference to an overall look. This luxurious gloss isn’t going to make or break a look.

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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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What Is Wrong With Me? 

I was going through my makeup and skincare to see what I wanted to review and blog about. It was a lot of fun. I found old favorites I haven’t used in a while, and I found lots of deluxe sample-sized products I still haven’t used yet that I can’t wait to try and review in the coming weeks. However, while I was going through my lip product collection, I came across this:  

So much of the same! 

 Here we have 6 lip products that are all the exact same dusty rose shade!

-Two are Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in Bettina

-Two are Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipsticks in N4 Pink Beige

-Two are Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencils in Velvet 

What is wrong with me?

I don’t ever wear this color really. So, how is it that I ended up with six products that are all the same matte, neutral color. I typically only wear pinks that are much brighter or lighter than this shade, so why do I have all of these, and why do I have two identical products from these brands? I have no idea, but I feel like this has to be my subconscious trying to convince me that I can pull off this shade. Honestly, the more I look at the picture, the more I think that this would make a more professional-looking lipstick shade than most that I like. So, maybe I’ll give them a try soon and see if I think this should be a new go-to shade for my work wardrobe! (After all, most librarians do not wear glossy, sparkly, vibrant pinks, berries, and reds – thought I’ve always preferred to stand out).

I guess we’ll see. Of course, I know that another likely reason I have all of these products is that I have a more than slight addiction to shopping and makeup, but I’d rather this just be a sign that I should wear this color more often.

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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.