Peachy Pretty: Lily Lolo Pressed Blush and Lip Gloss

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If you’re a lover of neutral or nude colors, peach-colored makeup is a great way to transition to bright, bolder colors. A variety of peach colors can range from neutral to more pigmented. I also love that in general, peach shades look good on all skintones. Known for their high performance mineral makeup, Lily Lolo has recently released two beautiful peach shades: Life’s a Peach Pressed Blush* and High Flyer Natural Lip Gloss*.

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Winter Woes: Solutions for Chapped Lips

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Even though the holiday season is over and the New Year has started, it doesn’t mean the wrath of winter has completely subsided (at least, not for us lucky folk on the East Coast). The first of my annual winter woes are always chapped lips. Here’s how I’ve been managing a smooth pucker against this year’s cruel polar vortex:

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1.) EXFOLIATE- LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub ($9,95): If my sister hadn’t bought me this yummy, mint-tasting lip scrub from LUSH for my birthday last year, I probably would’ve tried (keyword there) to make a homemade lip scrub. However, being the lazy girl that I am, this scrub has been my go-to for getting rid of perpetual dry skin on my lips. At least twice a day, before applying makeup or eating, I exfoliate my lips with this lip scrub and follow up with a lip balm. I will say it’s a tad drying to my lips but it does the job. Containing jojoba and vegan sugar, it’s a perfect way to scrub away dry skin and maintain soft, smooth lips for the day.
Interested in trying these next:
Bargain: Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques, Organic Lip Scrub, $5.50
Luxe: ILIA Beauty, Balmy Nights lip exfoliator stick, $26

2.) MOISTURIZE- S.W. Basics Lip Balm ($4): This balm is seriously the bomb! (Corny enough for you yet?) I haven’t found anything as moisturizing for my lips and doesn’t require constant reapplication. The flavors are delicious and if you’re not so keen on beeswax, they’re also offered in Vegan form. You can bet this sucker is always in my bag and on my lips everyday. I like that S.W. Basics products always have a simple ingredient lineup and this lip balm is no different. I recommend staying away from lip products with petroleum, camphor, menthol and salicylic acid which can contribute to dry and irritated lips and making you constantly apply lip balm.
Interested in trying these next:
Bargain: Badger Organic, Lip Balm Ginger and Lemon, $2.69
Luxe: Tata Harper, Lip Treatment Be True, $28

3.) PROTECT- After treating my lips, I like to lock in the moisture and protect my pucker from further outside damage. I love a great, hydrating tinted balm to act as my base lip product for the day and to provide a hint of color whether or not I decide to wear more lip products. I’m really loving Gressa Skin’s Lip Boost BARE ($21)* for this step in my lip routine. Bare is a perfect muted pink for an everyday, natural, “your lips but better” look. It’s very moisturizing and has great staying power whether used alone or as a base with other lip products layered on top. Another tinted lip balm which has the same super moisturizing and pigmented characteristics are the ILIA Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioners. I use Arabian Knights ($26) daily as a moisturizing balm and for a flush of red on the lips.
Interested in trying these next:
Bargain: Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia, $6.99
Luxe: RMS Lip Shine in Bloom, $25

4.) SEAL- This final step is sometimes optional for me, depending on the weather or how I’m feeling. I like to seal everything in on my lips with a hydrating, non-sticky gloss whether pigmented or clear. I absolutely hate walking around when it’s windy out and my hair sticking to my lips but on all other occasions, I think lip gloss is the best way to really set or finish the lips. I’m really loving the Red Apple Lipstick’s Mint to Be Lip Gloss in Honey Badger ($18.50)*.  (See swatches and my review on the lip gloss here.) It’s a perfect nude, pink that can be worn alone or on top of other lip colors. It’s not sticky or irritating and has a great lasting power plus, it’s deliciously minty-tasting! Another favorite is my Juice Beauty Reflecting Lip Gloss in Guava ($15)* which is very moisturizing and long-lasting with a subtle hint of shine and color.
Interested in trying these next:
Bargain: Honeybee Gardens Luscious Lipgloss in Innocence Watermelon Peachy Pink, $8.65
Luxe: Intelligent Nutrients, Lip Delivery Antioxidant Lip Gloss, $24

So, that’s it for this first installment of Winter Woes! Do you have any specific tips on keeping dry, chapped lips at bay? Let me know in the comments!

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Nude Lips for Fall- Red Apple Lipstick Lipgloss & Lip Liner Review

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When it comes to lip products I generally tend to gravitate towards lipstick rather than lipgloss. Most of my lipgloss experiences have been with products that were too sticky, too shiny, very drying or had little pigmentation. Thankfully, I’ve had more luck with lipgloss as I learn more about the type of ingredients that are best for my lips. I was able to try out 2 lip products from Red Apple Lipstick, a brand based in Texas that offers makeup that is vegan and free of gluten, parabens, soy and lead. All RAL lip products are also enriched with gluten-free Vitamin E which give products an extra moisturizing quality. Due to the brand’s focus on gluten-free ingredients, it may be great for those with celiac disease or anyone looking for unique natural products. Read my review on the brand’s eyeshadow products here.

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I must have subconsciously chosen products that would help me achieve that perfect nude lip just in time for Fall. Here are the 2 products I picked out and tried:

Mint2Be Lipgloss in Honey Badger- With the trend of nude lips, I was always a fan but always felt I hadn’t found the right product to give me soft, neutral lips without looking lackluster. The RAL Mint2Be lipgloss in Honey Badger is a beautiful, opaque nude-pink gloss that adds natural color to my lips with a moderate shine. The formula is very moisturizing, applies smoothly and doesn’t make my lips feel sticky. There is an interesting cooling effect with initial application of this lipgloss and because it is from the Mint2Be line, natural spearmint gives the product a refreshing minty aftertaste. I was surprised that the formula lasted on my lips for most of my workday and after eating and drinking, my lips still seemed tinted and moisturized. Described by RAL as a medium pigmented, nude with pink and brown undertones, this gloss is a great for those wanting to try a nice, natural nude lip that is moisturizing and pigmented. I think it’s great to wear over lipstick as well!

LipGlosses – Mint2Be – Honey Badger (net wt. .25 oz)
Polybutene, Polyisobutene, Iso Stearyl Neopentanoate, Spearmint, Gluten Free Vitamin C&E, Aloe Vera

R-evolution Lip Liner in Blush- I’ve never been one to use lip liner, though I know it helps to lock in the lasting power of lip products. I was attracted to this product due to it’s interesting packaging and color: a retractible lip pencil described to be an orange-based nude color. The consistency of this lip liner is creamy and the formula does not pull nor budge on the lips. The color was very similar to my bare lips and would be pretty enough to wear on its own. I do like how the formula allows my lip products to last longer and does actually add a slight pigmented color to my lips. The retractible packaging is also very attractive and convenient. This was a perfect lip liner to wear underneath the Honey Badger lipgloss, with a more colorful lipstick on top or even by itself for a matte lip look. I am definitely intrigued by lip liners now and looking forward to experimenting more.

Lip Pencils / Lip Liners (net wt. .04 oz/1g)
Rhus Verniciflica Peel Wax, Coco Glycerides, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Oil, Mica, Soy Lecithin, May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Chromium Oxide Green, Mica, Iron Oxides

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Have you tried any products from Red Apple Lipstick? What are your favorite nude lip products? Shop for Red Apple Lipstick products at the company website here.

*The products mentioned in this post were provided to me for free from Red Apple Lipstick. This post contains my honest opinion based on my personal experience with the products. I am never paid to give my honest opinion and only review items that I enjoy using or want to share my experience with.

Juice Beauty Event & Reflecting Gloss Review

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During New York Fashion Week, I was invited to a fun event for NYC-based green beauty bloggers hosted by Juice Beauty. We gathered at a hotel rooftop to learn about Juice Beauty’s new makeup line (which launched online last week) and of course, we were able to test out all the products before they hit the shelves! Fittingly, we sipped on delicious juice concoctions from the beloved, New York City-based cold-pressed juicery, Liquiteria. Heaven!

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From left: Alden of Ecocult, me, Kristen Arnett of Green Beauty Team, Brandie of Organic Beauty Talk, Katie of Green Product Junkie, Karen Behnke the founder of Juice Beauty, Isabelle from Ginger and Aloe, Annalise from Juice Beauty

I had a great time chatting with all the other green beauty bloggers, meeting the Juice Beauty team and the brand’s founder, Karen Behnke (who was so friendly and knowledgeable) while playing around with the new makeup products. Just like their acclaimed skincare line, all the new makeup products have juice-based ingredients and are USDA certified organic. I was pleasantly surprised at the lovely pigmentation and lasting-power from the new makeup products as well as the cute packaging! I admire Juice Beauty as brand that is truly creating effective, organic products that defy and perform better than most conventional, mainstream beauty products. Learn more here.

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I received the Reflecting Gloss lip gloss in the color, Guava from the Just Juice event. Guava looks very dark in the tube and is a shimmery, deep, raspberry-red color. I was excited that I received Guava as I normally tend to choose darker lip colors. Once swiped over my lips it was a beautiful, my lips-but-better, pinkish-red. (Note: my lips are a bit pigmented than most ladies.) The shimmer was not overwhelming and produces a gorgeous, reflecting shine to the lips.

I’ve never been much of a lip gloss-loving girl but in all honesty, I love this lip gloss! It’s not sticky, lasts throughout the day, is very moisturizing and applies so smoothly. I can barely feel anything on my lips! I also like that the Reflecting Gloss leaves a nice tint of color to the lips even after a couple of hours of wear. The best part is that when applied, the Reflecting Gloss tastes as if you’ve just bitten into a juicy guava! Very fruity and slightly sweet, it smells and tastes very fresh on the lips. Not to mention the awesome, organic ingredients that make up this beauty of a gloss. The Reflecting Gloss is loaded with nourishing antioxidants including organic raspberry, goji, blueberry and acai berries while mixed with organic agave for a natural sweetness, Vitamin E to heal and repair the lips and lastly, sesame seed oil to hydrate and condition.

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I love that Karen mentioned she was inspired to use berries for the colors in these lip glosses after remembering how her daughter would eat handfuls of blueberries and after, would have a deeply-stained mouth. Karen knew she had to use that powerful, natural pigmentation in her lip products. I love wearing my Reflecting Gloss for an easy, everyday look paired neutral eyeshadow and mascara on the eyes or for evening events, with dramatic, cat-eye liner and dark eyeshadow. This gloss is also great to wear over lipstick for an overall, glam shine.

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I can’t wait to experiment some looks with Juice Beauty’s new Defining Eyeliner, Lash Defining Mascara, Conditioning Lip Color and Glowing Cheek Color! More to come…

Thanks to Juice Beauty for a fun and educational event! 🙂

Shop Juice Beauty’s new makeup line online here  or online at Ulta.com and also at an Ulta store near you! Have you used any Juice Beauty Products? What products from the new makeup line are you dying to try?

Ingredients: Ricinus communis (organic castor seed oil)*, cera alba (organic beeswax)*, sesamum indicum (organic sesame seed oil)*, vitis vinifera (organic grape seed oil)*, vaccinium corymbosum (organic blueberry seed oil)*, punica granatum (organic pomegranate seed oil)*, rubus idaeus (organic raspberry seed oil)*, actinidia chinensis (organic kiwi seed oil)*, vaccinium macrocarpon (organic cranberry seed oil)*, fragaria ananassa (organic strawberry seed oil)*, euterpe oleracea (organic acai berry)*, lycium chinense (organic goji berry)*, triisostearyl citrate, tocopherol (Vitamin E), agave americana (agave leaf extract), thymus vulgaris (thyme extract), melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree extract), rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary extract) and citrus sinensis (sweet orange oil). May contain titanium dioxide, mica, iron oxides.  *Certified organic ingredient
Made without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. Not tested on animals. See the Juice Beauty website for more info here.
*I received this product to try for free from the company but am never paid for my opinion. This review is based on my personal experience with the brand/product and is not sponsored in any way. All photos are ©Kasey Michelle unless otherwise stated.