Category Archives: lipgloss

This Ain't Your Mama's Chapstick

Chapstick True ShimmerGrowing up, my grandmother always kept a tube or two of chapstick in her pocketbook. I can still remember the waxy feeling and slightly medicinal smell when she would drag it across my lips.

Chapstick’s come a long way since then. Even since the days of Suzy Chapstick (remember her?). With soft, moisturizing formulas that glide on silky smooth, they leave your lips equally so. No more “drag,” no more strange pharmaceutical smells.

This season’s latest addition to the Chapstick family, Chapstick True Shimmer provides the moisturizing benefits you’ve come to expect from a good lip balm, plus it adds shimmering highlights and a burst of mouthwatering scent and flavor. Beautiful on it’s own, True Shimmer also looks (and smells) perfectly marvelous layered over your favorite lipstick.

Currently available in Botanical Berry and Tropical scents, Chapstick True Shimmer will add Peppermint Rush and Fruit Sherbet in July. I’ve been lucky enough to sample these new scent-flavors, and I just have to say I’m kind of addicted to the Fruit Sherbet. It reminds me of my favorite childhood fizzy soft drink, Tiki Punch. Plus, even in the high desert climate of Santa Fe, my lips are soft and smooth. At $2.79, it’s the bargain of the summer.

Hey, healthy looking lips are more noticeable and more beautiful, and what girl doesn’t want a subtle shimmer? So, maybe it’s time to add a subtle highlight and luscious flavor to yours.

Collossal Gloss for Not A Lot o' Coin

Stila $22 Lip Glazee.l.f. $1 Hypershine GlossI’m a lipgloss fanatic. An addict, if you will. At all times, I have on me no less than 15 tubes of lipgloss. I have a large crystal cube on my makeup dresser that contains nothing but lipgloss…glorious! And I’m always open to a new lipgloss. Who isn’t, right?

But these days in particular, I don’t wanna break the bank(s) — they’re broke enough as it is. So instead of going all out on an old favorite, Stila’s Lip Glaze, I opted for a bargain basement substitute, e.l.f.’s Hypershine Lipgloss. At only $1 (yep, I said ONE dollar), these Stila stand-in’s are a perfect guilty pleasure that you don’t have to feel guilty about.

Smooth, shiny and not-too sticky, e.l.f.’s Hypershine lasts nicely and imparts a nice stain of color in a medium-to-high gloss factor. Plus, it smells and tastes like cotton candy…yummy!

My favorite colors (these days…I change my mind like the wind blows) are Fairy, a sheer almost-clear gloss with a hint of white shimmer, and Sugar Plum, a lovely lavender-plum that looks great on it’s own or layered over your favorite nude or wine-colored lipstick.

How do e.l.f.’s Hypershine Gloss sticks measure up to Stila’s Lip Glazes? Readers of People Magazine say “Quite well, thank you!” And, as Achelle aptly states, “If the product rocks, especially in the category of makeup, why not save money, can you really see a difference!?” Too true, My Dear.

So there you have it. $1 makeup that actually stands up to the big boys…ehem, girls…of the makeup world. So don’t blush, instead stay flush. Happy glossing, Lovelies!

e.l.f. Hypershine Gloss Set, $8.09 at
e.l.f. Hypershine Gloss Set
e.l.f. Hypershine Mini Cell Phone Lip Gloss Charms set, $5.09 at
e.l.f. Hypershine Mini Cell Phone Lip Gloss Charms set

Got the Economy Blues? Beat 'Em with These Beauty Values

Economy got you down? Have you — like most everyone else — had to pare back your beauty regimen to just the basics? I’m here to tell you that just because there’s less money in the coffers (or in your pocketbook) you don’t have to give up on having the latest cosmetic finds.

Here are a few AMAZING values for your beauty box that won’t break the bank.

Smashbox Try Me collection
Smashbox Try Me collection, $29

Smashbox gives us sooooooo many options when it comes to looking for a great bargain. One of their best is the Try Me collection featuring best-selling signature items, all in portable trial sizes to give you a flawless face at home or on-the-go. For $29 (!!!), Smashbox generously includes Photo Finish Primer, Photo Op Under Eye Brightener, Brow Tech & Cream Eye Liner Pallette, Double-Ended Eye Liner & Brow Brush, Lip Enhancing Gloss in Crystal (sheer), and a special instructional DVD.

Sephora Deluxe Palette
Sephora Deluxe Palette, $32

Sephora’s Deluxe Palette (only $32 but valued at $200) is a sleek, triple-tiered compact that opens to reveal eyeshadow, blush, lip gloss, and powder on stackable, sliding trays. A selection of applicators and a mirror embedded under the lid give you all the tools to create a polished, impeccable look anytime, anywhere. This savvy, multitasking set has it all: 18 eyeshadows, two cream eyeshadows, two blushes, two compact powders, 24 lip glosses, two double-sided sponge applicators, a double-sided blush/powder brush, two lip gloss brushes, all in a chic black case.

Bare Escentuals Go Bare Kit $32
Bare Escentuals Go Bare Kit, $32

Bare Escentuals helps us beat the bear with its Go Bare Kit, a six-piece set of mini BareMinerals must-haves. This set features a miniature versions of Eyecolor in Joy, Blush in Golden Gate, Mineral Veil, Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish in Eva, a Contour Shadow brush, and a Flawless Application brush, all housed in a portable box with a built-in mirror.

So there you have it. It really doesn’t cost a fortune to look beautiful, or have the latest and greatest beauty buys from some of the best around….

Stila Shine On Gift of Glaze: another great value collection!

Take 10 Years Off Your Age Right Now, Pt. 1

Properly applied make up can make you look fabulous. But unless it’s done the right way and using the right amount, make up can actually add years to your face.

As a 37 year old former makeup artist, I’ve learned a few simple tips to follow that will help you look younger starting today:


  • Moisturize your skin–face and neck–with a light moisturizer before you apply your makeup…and allow it to sink in, about 5-10 minutes
  • Apply makeup primer BEFORE any makeup. The least expensive and one of the most effective I’ve found (it rivals Smashbox): Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel. It contains the EXACT same ingredients as most of the best makeup primers. Plus, you can pick up a tube at most drugstores for $5
  • Apply your concealer BEFORE foundation. Using your finger or a concealer brush, pat a little concealer under your eyes, around your nose and on any blemishes or discoloration. Concealer before foundation prevents you applying too much foundation.
  • Apply less foundation. And switch to mineral foundation. The better brands and newest formulations (Jane Iredale, Everyday Minerals are some of my favorites) give excellent NATURAL coverage with a light application
  • Apply blush to the apple (round part that pops out when you smile) of your cheeks. For a youthful glow, use a cheek stain or cream blush in a pink, rosy or peach-y color
  • Blend your makeup well and use a light touch

Take 10 Years Off Your Age Right Now, Pt. 2

A few more simple tips to follow that will help you look younger starting today:


  • Groom your eyebrows. Pluck only stray hairs (those are the ones that fall outside your natural eyebrow)
  • Apply eyeliner to the top lash line only. And unless you have medium-or-dark toned skin, DO NOT use black eyeliner. Brown, grey, plum and green are better for fair-to-light toned skin
  • Apply two coats of mascara maximum. One coat for daytime wear is best
  • Curl your lashes. If you don’t like the traditional lash curlers, use an electric version. Sephora’s is terrific and a great deal at $16
  • Avoid shimmery eyeshadow
  • EXCEPTION to above tip: Use a shade-lighter-than-your-skin-tone colored shimmery eyeshadow applied with a light touch to your brow bone (the area just below the outter two-thirds of the eyebrow), AND apply a dab of shimmery ivory shadow to the inner corner of your eyes. These tips really open up the eye area–young!
  • Also, avoid ‘cool’ eyeshadow colors like grey, blue, true green. Opt for colors like pink, peach, gold, warm greens (olive, moss, sage), plum, ivory, brown, taupe

Take 10 Years Off Your Age Right Now, Pt. 3

And even more simple tips that will help you look younger starting today:


  • Use lipgloss or sheer lipstick–NOT lipstick. Use a shade just deeper than your natural lip color. Avoid ‘cool’ colors and dark colors. Instead, choose a sheer pink, peach, rose, mauve or berry
  • Apply lipbalm or clear gloss when not wearing colored gloss. This will keep your lips moist and young-looking all the time

More Anti-Aging Tips:

  • Take care of your skin by cleansing, moisturizing and nourishing it every day using good skin care–P.S. good does not necessarily mean expensive
  • Wear SPF 15 (or higher) sunscreen every day
  • Drink a gallon of water every day
  • Go for a walk at lunch, shoot for 3 times a week. It’s a great excuse to catch up on your window shopping; just don’t take your wallet–debt makes you look and feel old
  • Smile, or better yet, laugh–a lot
  • Eat plenty of protein, complex carbs, fruits and vegetables
  • Manage your stress levels. Take up knitting, painting, piano, yoga or meditation. Find something you like to do and ‘just do it’
  • Get plenty of sleep–sleep is a proven fountain of youth

Mouthing off about Light Beam

I have to mention my experience with a new lip gloss. I’m a lip gloss fanatic (I won’t say ‘junkie’ just because I don’t endlessly apply, I’m just obsessed with the stuff, k?).

I got a tube (or cube is more accurate) of Rimmel’s Light Beam gloss, and I LOVE it! The packaging is absolutely worth mentioning because a) it’s a short, rectangular cube-y thing, b) it has a built-in mirror (yes!!) and, c) it has a light. What do mean it has a light? Well, it literally has a light inside the cap. A little button on the top of the cap is expertly concealed, but curiously placed so that you DO notice it.

When I got mine, I did the monkey-thing where I spotted the button and of course pushed it…and voila! The beautiful beam of light revealed itself. So great for applying lovely gloss in darkened rooms, like elegant restaurants (when you need a bit of help deciphering the menu), the Opera, or your favorite nightclub when you desperately need lovely lips and you don’t want to excuse yourself to pop into the Ladies Room.

Not only is the light in Light Beam fun and fantastic, but the gloss itself is quite nice. It’s very light (no pun, really) and subtle. The gloss appears to have a color (or more of a tint) to it, but it translates to a soft sheen with little-to-no color transfer when applied.

The flavor is simply devine. Sweet (but not yucky) and citrus-y. Like you just finished eating a juicy orange and the flavor lingers on your lips. Mmmmmmm.

Bonus alert: Rimmel Light Beam makes a fab lipstick or thick lipgloss base coat by priming your lips with a touch of shimmer, a boost of moisture and a lick of flavor. The best! $10.99 at

Protect Your Skin, Be Good to Your Skin…Everyday

Everyday…be good to your skin. Say hello to Everyday Minerals pure mineral makeup and say good-bye to inferior, damaging, expensive makeup.

What’s different about Everyday Minerals? It contains only 4 inert ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, and Zinc Oxide. This is 100% all natural mineral makeup, free from oils, preservatives, fragrance, talc, and all other binders that cause skin irritation.

What else? Everyday Minerals is the only major mineral makeup company in the world offering superior salon-grade mineral makeup at a price every woman can afford. In fact, their goal is to eliminate the need for mass-market chemical and plastic based products entirely so that every woman can enjoy the benefits of premium all-natural makeup. Wow!

I’ve tried several Everyday Minerals products, including their foundations, concealers and blushes. And I must say that the quality rivals i.d. minerals and Jane Iredale. And you still get the same wonderful, natural protective qualities (all-day-long SPF 15) that you get from the others…with fewer ingredients and for less money. For example, the large 8 gm. size of foundation is $12

Bonus: you can choose from Matte, Semi-Matte, Original Glo (a dewy, slight shimmer), and Intensive, featuring more coverage in an almost-matte formula.

Everyday Minerals gets major bonus points for their FREE Sample Makeup Kit and for their 100% Guarantee.

Long Lasting Soft Lips from TESS Sun-Kissed Lip Balm

I recently tried another great lip product from TESS (Teen Everyday Skincare System). It’s called Sun-Kissed Lip Balm, and all I can say is that this is hands down the best lip balm I’ve ever used. I love how their website humbly claims “Deeply moisturizes and protects the lips from overexposure to the sun.” Well, I’m here to say that this claim is absolutely true. And I’ll even add some acclaim to their claim.

I’ve been using Sun-Kissed for several days and my lips have never been softer….and I’ve never had a lip-balm last so long, and be so pleasant to apply and wear (endlessly). For example, today before I left the house to play tennis, I put on Sun-Kissed–by the way, yummy subtle minty-vanilla scent and pleasantly sweet flavor–and after an hour on the court, Sun-Kissed was still going strong. Seriously, there was still a nice layer of this perfectly textured balm on my lips. And the look is untraditional for a balm. Not waxy, not glossy…just right.

So, say goodbye to rough, chapped lips. And say goodbye to messy, waxy, goopy lip-balm. And say hello, soft, supple, kissable lips…for good. $16

Tess Perfect Pout Strawberry Moisturizing Lip Gloss

Tess Perfect Pout Strawberry Moisturizing Lip Gloss

TESS (aka Teen Everyday Skincare System) Skin’s Perfect Pout is one of those truly surprising products that made me re-think “Teen” skincare. I mean, I’m a thirty-something, but somedays my skin reacts more like I’m a thirteen-year old. So why in the world couldn’t my skin, more specifiically in this case: my lips, benefit from a product designed for teenaged skin…well, it could and it does.

On to my experience with this more-than-fun lip treatment. First off, from the looks of Perfect Pout, you’d never think it was ‘teen’ product. The packaging looks more grown-up than some of the truly grown-up products I’ve purchased. Next, the product itself: way more grown-up than many of the “grown-up” products I’ve purchased. The gloss is not goopy, but it is substantial. Although it smells of strawberries, it’s not plastic-y. In fact, the addition of Aloe Vera gel and Safflower oil really ground this lip gloss and bring it to the level of a lip treatment. But more than that, the gloss is really pretty. It looks clear, reddish-orange but it goes on perfectly clear…perhaps with just a hint of color, but certainly not noticeable, just healthy.

I’ve started using TESS Perfect Pout as the last step in my night-time skincare regimen, and my lips have never been softer or smoother. Plus, I use it as my lip-color base when I apply my daily makeup, and my lip color of choice always lasts longer and my lips look more youthful and dewy…throughout the day.

So, my darlings, here’s one of those age-old (pun entirely intended) lessons that you cannot judge a book by it’s cover, nor can you judge a lip gloss by it’s name. What is supposedly intended for “teens” may surprise the most grown-up woman in all of us…and make us look (and feel) much younger than our birthdate mandates.

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