Let’s get plumping…

I love a good plumping lip gloss. Buxom Cosmetics and Colourpop So Juicy tend to be my favorite but I’ll admit, I will pass by the Soap and Glory rack in the grocery and somehow mysteriously find that one of their plumping glosses has mysteriously found it’s way into my cart. I wonder how that could have happened…

And yes I suppose that a part of it is that I like having plumped lips. Part of it is also the fact that I adore the scent of peppermint and oddly enjoy that little tingle I get when I apply the plumping gloss. I also don’t mind having a good clear gloss on hand.

TYS Beauty was a new brand to me and finding new to me brands is one of my favorite parts of subscription boxes (I think this one came in an IPSY). This is the TYS Beauty Lip Treat Lip Plumper. According to the product page…

In just one sweep, this iridescent treat leaves your lips looking instantly fuller and brighter. It’s peppermint and ginger root formula work together to stimulate circulation and create a prickly sensation improving the size and color of the lips. Additionally, this plumper is packed with nourishing ingredients like vitamin E, vitamin B and antioxidants to help hydrate, soothe and provide a long-lasting glow.  

TYS Beauty

First off, I like the look of the tube. The clear plastic top and the iridescent sheen to the gloss just combine to look pretty. I find it quite appealing. I also like the wand. if you look you can see that the doe foot has a curved dip. When using it to apply this hugs the lips and makes the application a lot easier.

I’ve noticed a lot more liquid lip products are starting to have this kind of dip and I for one really appreciated it (especially in darker lip shades) as it makes application so much crisper. It is less of an issue with a clear gloss, but still appreciated.

The scent of the gloss is peppermint and ginger mixed which is quite pleasant. And then it goes on the lips. It is a lovely gloss with a slight iridescence which I really enjoy. The tingling is quite a lot and it does last a good twenty minutes. I always kind of liked the feeling so i don’t mind. As for plumping. The below pics are taken before application and then after five minutes of letting the product sit on the lips.

bare on left, gloss (after five minutes) on right

There may be a little plumping, but it isn’t much. The tingle is intense though. I like the shine and the look of it. When applied over a matte lipstick the shine is there but the tingling is a bit less (still present, but muted.) As it is a gloss it will wear off when you drink liquids. As it is clear it just leaves smudges on the rim of a glass. However I have noticed that if I take a sip from a glass after applying this and then go about my morning and then come back after the gloss has worn off my lips and take a sip from the same glass, my lips will start to tingle. I actually surprised myself a few times while testing this gloss out.

Super plumper it is not, however it is a very good lip gloss with a holographic shine to it and with the vitamin e in the mix it did leave my lips softer than when I first applied it. If your lips are in any way chapped avoid it because it will make your lips feel like they are being attacked by bees with their stingers dripping with acid. Otherwise it is a nice pepperminty sting that I quite enjoy along with a nice lip gloss.

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Scrub a dub those lips with Manna Kadar

We all know I love a good exfoliate but I also adore a good lip scrub.  Oddly enough I am a little more picky about my lip scrubs.  I know, you’d think it would be the other way around, wouldn’t you.  I think it is because I have used some rather rough lip scrubs in the past.  Maybe it is because the skin is delicate or maybe it is because unlike the rest of my skin, my lips have the added dimension of taste involved.

Not that I eat lip products, but 9 times out of ten you do end up tasting what you apply to the lips so it is a factor other skincare items rarely have to contend with.

This is the Manna Kadar Lippie Love 2.0 Lip scrub. As a brand I find Manna Kadar interesting.  I know it can be a bit pricey, but to be honest I have never encountered it outside of subscription boxes.  I never see it in stores or on the websites where I shop.  In all fairness it may be there, but nothing has ever brought it to my attention.  That could be me, it could be a marketing failure or some packaging design element, but it is not a brand I ever notice when I am shopping.

While I like all forms of lip scrubs, I find that the ones shaped like lipsticks are the most convenient to use.  (Admittedly my absolute current favorite is from  Hanalai and comes in a jar.)

So the Manna Kadar is off to a good start with the formula.  It rolls up like a bullet style lipstick and has about as much product in it as a lipstick would.  I know it looks like I rolled it up simply to see how much product there was inside, but I actually am looking at the consistency.  Sometimes when you get these stick lip scrubs some of the scrubbing particulate (usually sugar) is clumped on the side.  While it may make it limpy, depending on where the sugar chunk is, it can also fall out as you use it and cause the product to break off and fall out of the tube.  So it isn’t actually an appearance thing, it is more of a product usage thing.  If that makes sense.  This particular tube looks fairly smooth.  The texture, when touched has a slightly textured surface so it feels as though the particulates will be fairly finely ground.

So now to the use.  

Lips well scrubbed but they feel a little on the raw side

There is almost no scent to this product and when in use if the lips are licked then there is just the taste of sugar.  I don;t particularly need a flavor with my lip scrubs but it is a factor as I have had some really bad tasting ones in the past.

The top of the tube wore away pretty fast as it was more oil than particulate and pretty much melted away.  This is kind of expected for a first use with a tube style lip scrub, or at least it has happened with every one of them I’ve used.  So I wiped my lips, took a break and came back to try the lip scrub anew.  

While the particulates are not large, they are a little on the harsh side.  They did work, but I found my lips growing quite pink from the friction of the scrub.  I like a lip scrub that feels like fine grained sugar.  Thai felt as though the sugar crystals hadn’t had their rough edges sanded off before being put in the mix.  

In addition I found that this deposited a substantial coating of lip oil on the lips.  While I don’t mind having the oil mixed with the scrub remain on the lips, this felt a little waxy and not all that pleasant. I found myself wanting to wipe it off.  

This Manna Kadar lip scrub is a decent lip scrub, however it needs to be used with a light hand so you don’t damage your lips.  It is also one I would use only on lightly dry and flaky lips, not ones that have painful cracks in them, It is simply too harsh a product and I fear you would cause yourself pain.  I know at that point most lip scrubs would cause pain so your best bet would be to use a lip mask until the painful cracks are gone then use an exfoliator to take away the dry bits.  But in general this had a rough particulate so caution when using is advised in general.  To be honest, this isn’t my favorite. It isn’t even my favorite stick formula lip scrub.  For that I would turn to elf.  They have a wide variety of scents and flavors, are inexpensive and are less harsh on the lips.  While I will use this lip scrub, I will use it gently and when it is used up, I will bid it farewell and not seek to replace it. There are simply much better products out there.

First Use of the Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask

This Tatcha Kissu Lip mask has been on my list to try for a while now and I decided now was the time. Now we all know, I love my lip products. And lip masks are one of my absolute favorite ones. I know, they surprisingly rank higher than lipstick on my personal list. let the gasps commence.

While it is easy to think of lip masks in the winter where icy winds casus daily chapping, I often find them of great use in the summer. My lips don’t chap in the summer in the same way they chap in the winter. I know that sounds a little weird. In the winter if not taken care of my lips will get dry and crack in painful chapping. In the summer time though, my lips will get dry spots on them from too much time in the sun rather then the same chapping that they get in the winter.

My only theory on this is that with the heating on the air is over all drier inside as well as the exterior exposure and in the summer time the air where I live is so humid that it is never quite the level of dryness that chaps my lips. I’m sure there is a more logical or medical based explanation. but that is my working theory. I’d be happy to be corrected, but it does mean that I deal with my lip health, shall we say, differently.

the product was all the way to the top of the glass

First off I use a lip scrub in the summer time. I don’t bother in the winter because all my lips need then is a moisture bomb, not a scrub. My current lip scrub of choice is the Hanalei Sugar Lip Scrub. It works well and it smells like lemonade. Which I rather enjoy. It also scrubs without overly drying my lips more since it has it’s own oil inside.

The Lip scrub I need to pair with a lip mask.

From all descriptions the Tatcha lip mask sounded like it would be perfect for the summer. It is a Jelly lip mask, which I hoped would feel lighter and it has squalene inside which all of my skin tends to react well to using. According to the Tatcha website this mask is…

Elegant, non-sticky jelly melts into skin and layers on to comfort, hydrate, and lock in moisture. Plumps the look of fine lines and wrinkles for a supple, firm look. Restores essential moisture to flaky, parched lips for a smooth, soft texture.

The three key ingredients are Japanese Peach Extract: A traditional Japanese beauty secret used centuries ago to help repair damaged lips. Works with orange peel extract to revitalize and calm irritation, Japanese Camellia Oil: Rich in oleic acid, vitamins, and nourishing Omegas 3, 6, and 9, this featherweight oil has been prized in Asia for centuries for its superb ability to help seal in moisture, and Squalane: All-natural squalane works instantly to richly moisturize and improve the skin barrier, locking in moisture and minimizing dryness all day. The weightless emollient absorbs easily without clogging pores or leaving behind an oily residue.

Tatcha

The jar is a clear glass jar that shows off the delicate pink mask inside. The jar comes with a little golden spatula. I think that this might come in more useful as I delve deeper into the jar. Although it is fine now. It is very easy to scoop too much mask with the spatula though. You really need to just surface glide across the top to get enough product. If using a finger instead of the spatula it is a bare tap of the surface to get enough product on your finger tip.

First applied

When I first opened the jar I thought there was a plastic sheet on the top (incase you notice the divots. There isn’t one. The product goes all the way up to the top. The lid is tight fitting enough that I am not worried about it drying out at all. And honestly I love that it is completely full. There are no air pockets making the jar half empty. It is completely full of product.

I also like that very little product is actually needed to apply on the lips. It means this little jar is going to last me a long time, even with continuous use. Which my budget likes. I don’t mind spending more on good products, but I am always happy when they last a while. And even happier when they work well. Although to be honest, this mask was $28 which isn’t a terribly outrageous price (Laniege lip masks are about $25 and those tend to be my standard jarred lip masks – smaller tubes of lip masks are cheaper of course, but in size the Laneige is the closest to the Tatcha in product amount that I regularly use)

After 20 minutes (The lighting difference is natural sunlight vs. artificial)

So, how does it work?

Well the full review will have to wait until a month of use has passed but for a first use, this went really well. I used my lip scrub to remove the flaky bits and then rinsed and dried my lips, applying the mask over it (I didn’t want the il from the lip scrub affecting perception). The Tatcha Kissu lip mask is slightly sticky to the touch. when applied and spread on the lips it feels a little sticky at first, almost like a lip gloss. Thee is almost no scent to it. There is a light scent that might be peachy, but it is gone so fast it is hard to identify.

I am perfectly fine with a lip mask having no scent as a scented lip mask can be a bit much. As the lips are located right under the nose, any scent, if lingering, can become a bit much. while the light scent was there when I opened the jar, it was gone by the time I applied it to my lips and not noticeable at all as I wore it.

The mask was a little lip gloss sticky when applied and it had a lip gloss shine to it. The stickiness faded after a minute or two and after twenty minutes I took the second picture of my lips. The shine faded and while my lips felt hydrated it no longer felt as though I was wearing anything on them.

Now I did this fires test in the day mostly because i wanted to see what was happening, however I did wear the mask to bed at night. I applied it, had my usual half hour of reading before sleep and then went to sleep. I was worried that because the mask disappeared so quickly that it wouldn’t nourish through the night. I needn’t have worried. The next morning my lips were soft and nourished and completely hydrated. While I am sure that there will be greater effects after a month of use, One (okay technically two times) of use makes me very hopeful that this will be the perfect summer lip mask for me. It is light weight, with no over bearing scent and it appears to hydrate well. As a first use, this went fantastically well.

Samples I am so looking forward to trying out.

And when I ordered, I received three samples of other Tatcha products I’ve wanted to try out, so even though the point was to find a fantastic summer weight lip mask (which I think I might have done) I also get to try out a couple of products that were on my to try list before I place another order. I know, a lot of companies send samples with their orders so that isn’t shocking.

However i am tickled that when they showed the list of samples available and I got to choose three there were actually three available on the list that were on my personal to try list and now I get to try them before I purchase in the full sized. (they were the Liquid Silk Canvas Primer, the Silk Powder and The Rice Polish (Deep), in case you were wondering. So often when you get to check out the samples aren’t ones you wanted to try or hadn’t tried, at least for me anyway so that was just an extra bonus. All in all I was happy with my purchase and can’t wait to see how this Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask performs over the next thirty days.

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Testing the Avant Hydra Replenish Lip Balm

I will be one hundred percent honest. I did not want to like the Avant Hydra Replenish Lip balm. I know, you should never go into a product with a set opinion. But to be honest my desire to not like this product was due to the price.

Avant is always a pricy brand. I am always surprised by how much their products cost. I’ve received several products from the brand in subscription boxes over the years. Sometimes I like them, sometimes I don’t, but I almost always feel that they are overpriced. When this lip balm came in I was expecting it to be expensive, but the cost of it was stunning.

The Avant Hydra Replenish Lip Balm for “For satin-smooth, hydrated lips, this soothing balm aim to leave lips irresistibly soft, youthful and nourished.” retails for $77. That’s right, it is a $77 lip balm.

Inside this lip balm is Hyaluronic Acid and Cupuacu Butter…

Hyaluronic Acid aims to penetrate deeply into the lips to hydrate and instantly help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth.

Cupuacu is rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3, fatty and amino acids. Being from the cocoa family, Cupuacu aims to improve the tone and texture of your lips whilst protecting them against damage caused by free radicals.

Avant

So there are more skincare beneficial items than in you $1.99 tube of lip balm. But is is worth $77? Truthfully, No. I am never going to be able to say any lip balm is worth $77. Because it just isn’t. I know it is odd to say that but something about charging $77 for a lip balm offends me somewhere deep in my soul. I can justify the cost of a lot of things, but not a lip balm.

light formula that applies well

However I will say that this is a really good lip balm. It is smoothing, it is hydrating and it is just an all round good lip balm. It glides on smoothly and absorbs well, leaving soft healthy lips behind. while my lips are prone to drying out and the occasional cracking, I don’t have severe problems with my lips. If I regularly apply any lip balm I am good.

If you routinely have issues with your lips drying out then maybe you might find the cost justified. It is a good product that works well. If it were in the $30 range it would actually become a staple in my lip care routine. I love the slight almond/vanilla scent and I love the way it applies and makes my lips feel.

I also know that while I have a single lip balm in my house I will not be able to convince myself to purchase this at full price. It is fabulous, but not $77 fabulous. So I will use up every last drop and enjoy this lip balm while I can. I just know I will never purchase the Avant Hydra Replenish Lip Balm on my own.

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Let’s Talk Endota Organics Hydrating Lip Balm

I am always up for trying a new lip product. It is my most consistently used makeup/self-care product. While I will always love a deep dark berry or a red lip, even on days when I don’t wear makeup, I generally have something on my lips. There are several reasons.

One when my lips get dry I tend to pick at them and make them worse. I know, it is a bad habit and one that I have tried numerous times to break myself of. The best method I have found is to not let my lips get dry enough to pick at them.

The second reason I usually have something on my lips is that I generally find that as soon as I apply something to my lips, I am reluctant to eat anything. Part of it comes from sticky lip glosses holding on to potato chip residue and part of it is liquid lippies leaving prints everywhere. In the end a good lip balm is also a good anti-snacking tool. And since it keeps my lips from drying out, I am happy to use the tool.

In addition I often find when I need a second to compose my thoughts, reaching for a lip balm will often give me that brief moment I need to think of what I need to say or write. Sometimes I have to apply it more slowly than others, but in general it works.

Plus I just flat out enjoy lip products.

But all are not the same. There is actually a wide variety of products all sort of huddled under similar names. The one I have been trying lately is the Endota Organics Hydrating Lip Balm. It came to me in a Boxy charm. I had never heard of the brand or tried any of their products. Personally that is one of the reasons I love subscription boxes. According to the Endota site...

Protect your pout with this natural organic lip balm that’s packed with super-hydrating ingredients. With a gorgeous glossy finish, our Hydrating Lip Balm will soothe cracked or chapped lips and protect skin from dryness. Cocoa butter, calendula and vitamin E assist in visibly reviving delicate lips to keep them looking healthy and feeling luscious, while cooling peppermint oil provides a hint of freshness. This versatile balm can also be used to help restore moisture to cuticles and areas that regularly experience dryness.

The lip balm comes in a simple squeeze tube and has a really nice applicator tip. I personally like these plastic spout tips as they are easy to wipe off and keep clean. The scent of the lip balm is slightly minty but not overpoweringly so.

The issue comes with getting the product out of the container. I opened the tube. I squeezed.

Nothing.

I thought there might be an extra safety seal I missed.

There wasn’t.

I did a lot of squeezing and put in a lot of effort to get the product out of the tube. In the end I think the heat of my hands loosened it a bit and then the product would dispense. For a while I thought it had formed a solid lump.

It is a thick lip balm. It is one that I would carry in the back pocket if I planned to use it just so my body heat would make it easier to use. It applies easily once it is out of the tube. I was concerned it would be a little chunky on the lips (which I hate) but it was not. It glided on smoothly. The thing is, it is really thick once it is on the lips too. It feels nice, it smells nice and it has a glossy shine, but it is not really that absorbent. I had the feeling more of it wiped off than soaked into my lips.

I don’t think that this is the sort of lip balm I would keep on my desk to apply throughout the day. It is the sort of lip balm I would put on my lips or in my back pocket when I am going skiing or hiking in a cold and windy environment. It might even be good in a hot and dry climate. It is a product that I think would deal well with intense conditions. It is simply too much for every day use. I am putting it into the pocket of my winter coat though. My coat has been cleaned and is ready to go back into the closet until cold weather returns. I do not mind putting this tube of Endota Organics Hydrating Lip Balm in the coat pocket to wait for the return of cold weather, because that is probably the next time I will want to use it.

Starskin for eyes and lips

Recently I have been going through my single sets of eye masks accumulated from various subscription boxes. I realized I always go for the same teo brands (Grace and Stella and Klorane) and never really tried the others out. So I gathered all of the single pairs and put them together to try out. While I did try out a Starskin eye mask a few weeks ago, this is a different version and I thought I would pair it with the Starskin lip mask that I received in a recent subscription box. Hence the day’s duo.

So first up we have the Starskin Eye Catcher Soothing Eyemask. I believe this one came in a Glossy Box. It is described as…

Lights, camera, action! Ensure all eyes are on you with Eye Catcher™, STARSKIN®’s premium Bio-Cellulose mask specially created for the delicate eye contours. Formulated with naturally fermented, vitamin-rich coconut juice, this ultra-hydrating eye mask saturates the skin with an incredible 12ml of serum containing wrinkle-smoothing Adenosine, brightening Licorice Root extract and soothing Allantoin. Eyes look instantly brighter, more radiant and rejuvenated as fine lines, puffiness and dark circles are diminished in just 15 minutes. An A-list essential for late night parties and long-haul flights!

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Now I will say that the biocellulose material is often very in flexible. I tend to have issues with it sticking to the contours of my face. The material tends to want to bubble up. These eyes masks though were so saturated with serum that they stuck to by face pretty well, better than the previous set of eye masks from Starskin. There was also a lot more serum. In the previous pair, the eye masks were wet, but there was little excess serum. With this one, there was extra serum running out. And that seems to be the theme with this sort of masking material. Either you soak it thoroughly enough to stick or it puckers up around the bend lines in the material.

This was sufficiently damp. So that was a plus. I didn’t like that the eye masks were just loose in the container though. I had to fish around with my fingers to find them and in the process spilled all of the excess serum down my hand and arm. So that was a bit of a draw back. On the face though, they felt nice and stayed in place well. And the serum was quite soothing, My skin felt very hydrated. I like them enough that i wouldn’t mind using it again. I might pick them up if i needed to fill out a cart during another order because i think they are worth using, but I wouldn’t go out to specifically purchase them. I know, it isn’t a simple yes or no category, but somewhere in the gray between.

But wait, there is more. The second mask from Starskin I tried today was the DreamKiss Plumping and Hydrating Biocellulose lip Mask.

With Dreamkiss Plumping & Hydrating Lip Masks, STARSKIN reveals the secret to the perfect Hollywood pout: Bio-Cellulose, a next generation sheet mask technology considered by experts to be the gold standard for treating skin. STARSKIN’s Bio-Cellulose is formulated with naturally fermented coconut juice, which adheres closely to the lips for a superior fit as nourishing skincare ingredients are quickly and efficiently infused. Each lip mask is soaked in 5 ml of serum, delivering pillow-soft, kissable smooth lips in just 15 minutes. Lips are deeply hydrated and visibly plumped with fine lines diminished. The perfect canvas for your red-carpet look.

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This mask had less extra serum in it and you can see it isn’t adhering nearly as well to the contours of my face. I will admit I was also skeptical of this plumping lip mask to begin with. Any lip mask i have ever tried in sheet form has been far larger than my lips. Which makes me question the pluming action. This was no different. It was much larger than my lips and while it stuck to my chin, the sides of my mouth and under my nose, it didn’t really have a lot of contact with my lips themselves.

It had a very strong menthol scent that did fade after about five minutes. There was no real sign of plumping and no sensation under the mask. I didn’t see any noticeable plumping after removal and it left a slightly sticky residue around my mouth. The directions said not to rinse so I tried to leave it to see if there would be any noticeable difference as the serum sat post mask, but there wasn’t and after ten minutes I had to rinse my face. For me the lip mask was a failure. While I would consider purchasing the eye masks, I would not purchase this lip mask. I would feel much better purchasing a gel or lip gloss style lip mask for plumping purposes.

I feel it would not only do a better job plumping my lips but as i would apply it only to my lips, the product would only work on my lips. I just don’t think that a sheet mask in general is a good plumping device and certainly this mask failed. I am however pleased to see that this eye mask was better than the last one I tried from the brand. I always like to know what products from a brand I like and which ones I don’t. And since I generally shop at places like The Skinstore or Lovely Skin, it lets me add to my cart when I am ordering other products. The Eye Catcher Eye masks from Starskin may make it into one of my shopping carts, but the Dream Kiss I will kiss goodbye.

Incidentally The Skin Store is having a 25th Anniversary sale with up to 50% off. They have a wide array of brands so if you are looking to stock up, now is a great time.

Also Lovely Skin is having a 20% off Sale for St. Patrick’s day. Not only is it a great way to stock up but Plus, you’ll receive a free $46 ClarityRx Travel-Size Daily Dose of Water Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum with your $125 purchase.

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Let’s talk Lips…YSL Lips

It is no secret that I love lip products. I love lip scrubs lip masks, lip treatments and any variety of gloss stick or cream. My inability to walk past a lipstick display in the grocery store and not add a lip product to the cart is one of the reasons that even if I don’t do any other declutter that year, I have to do a lip declutter on an annual basis. It also doesn’t hurt that I love free shipping and with companies that have a minimum to get free shipping I often find myself adding a lip product to make the free shipping limit.

And I can’t lie, sometimes I am drawn in purely by the lipstick packaging. And Yves Saint Laurent has some pretty packaging. Their Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick comes in a sleek square gold case with the black YSL logo placed on the front. While I do like decorative bits, I also appreciate the clean lines of this packaging. There is something I just find very appealing about it.

The shade I tested is #70 Le Nu in a satin Finish. The product description reads…

What it is: Rouge Pur Couture delivers rich and luxurious color in a satin finish.

What it does: In just one stroke, luxurious and highly pigmented color dresses the lips with intense hydration and antioxidant care. In a signature couture jewel-like packaging, Rouge Pur Couture delivers the promise of edgy style and ultimate feminine strength.

YSL Website

For me the color on the lips is slightly lighter than it appears in the tube. Personally I have found this to be true with most of the YSL lipsticks I’ve tried. As i am the queen of picking the wrong shade of lipstick in the store, I kind of find it helpful to remember. This formula looks more neutral in the tube and applies slightly more pink. I tend to favor darker neutrals and berry shades so this color isn’t ideal for me, however with the use of a darker lip liner I can make it a very good shade for me.

It is an easy fix and one I don’t mind doing. Especially since it is a very moisturizing formula. Since lip liners tend to dry my lips out, pairing them with a moisturizing lipstick is actually ideal. And if it gets me a better color on top of that I am all for it.

But the color is lighter on the lips.

It is true to the description in the only one swipe will cover the lips. It is full on color as you apply it. Multiple passes aren’t needed which means the product will last a little longer. It doesn’t dry down so you will leave lip prints on glass rims and you will have to reapply after a meal. However even after the lipstick wears off the moisturizing effects remain. It is a really good formula that my lips love.

There is however one problem. And its a big one.

While the scent of the lipstick is light and quite pleasant, the taste is not. Even if you are someone who manages to never lick your lips during the day, simply pressing your lips together after applying your lipstick is enough for the taste to slip into the mouth. Or at least it was for me. And once in the mouth, I was tasting perfume for the rest of the day. I also slightly lick the center of my lower lip when I am thinking actually. I don’t have mu tongue hanging out, but i will curl my lower lip in and run my tongue over it (I also occasionally make strange sounds with my mouth when i am thinking, but only when i am working alone as it annoys others.)

So the taste of perfume in my mouth was unpleasant and constant. It is the one drawback to this Rouge Pur Couture lipstick from YSL. And unfortunately for me it is a deal breaker. Everything else is fabulous, but i just can’t stand the taste. I will occasionally reach for this lipstick, to use it up, especially on days when my lips feel a little on the dry and chapped side, but I won’t be reaching for it often, and when this tube is empty, it won’t be replaced.

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Trying out the Kinship Supermelt Vegan Lip Jelly Mask

I am a huge fan of lip masks. My long term favorite one has been the Agave Lip mask from Bite beauty, and recently I have been using and testing the Laneige Overnight lip mask. I have tried many others over the years, some good, some not so good. This Kinship Supermelt Vegan Lip Jelly Mask came in my recent IPSY box and I have been keeping it on my desk ever since.

It has been an interesting mask. First let’s talk about the packaging. I know, packaging isn’t everything, however sometimes packaging can really aid in use of the product and honestly, that is what the Kinship packaging does. The mask is in a plastic tube and I assumed that when I opened the lid I would find just a have plastic tip or even just an open ended tube.

Instead when I opened the tube there is a soft rubberized tip that bends and flexes with the application of the product. While it is soft against the lips and it is a great applicator in general, it is also easy to wipe down and clean. For a lip mask this is actually quite an important thing. Lip masks can get their tips gunked up pretty quickly so it is really nice to be able to clean that off easily.

But as nice as the applicator is, the product inside that matters. The mask applies smoothly. I expected a slightly looser consistency as it is a jelly mask, but it has the same consistency as a really good lip balm. The scent, because you know I have to describe the scent, is predominantly vanilla -esque. However there is a slightly castor oil under tone. Castor oil is one of the ingredients in the mask so it isn’t surprising that it is there. It is surprising to smell the vanilla followed by the castor oil back note. The Caster oil is not terribly strong scent wise. And once I identified it, I was fine with it. I could dismiss it and focus on the vanilla scent.

The Kinship lip mask is a bit more like a heavy lip balm. It does not have the heft of the Laniege Over Night Lip mask or the Bite Beauty Agave Lip mask. It is a lighter lip mask. If you apply it then wait without drinking or eating anything, and then it will last on your lips for about 45 minutes. After that there is little remaining on your lips, but you still feel the effects of the moisturizing elements on your lips even if the lip mask is gone.

For me, the packaging actually makes me like this mask more. I think I would just think it was an average lip mask. For the Kinship Supermelt Vegan lip mask it is actually the packaging that puts it over the edge. It turns this mask into one that I will use, use up and let go, to one that I will actually consider repurchasing.

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Let’s talk lip liner

Lip liner is one of those categories I tend to forget about. Well, I forget about them until I actually need them. Then I lament that I don’t have the shade I need. Recently this set of lip liners from Evio Beauty came in a Boxycharm box and I have really enjoyed using them and in general remembering that I have several lipliners I need to use more regularly.

Lip liners in general are used to line the lips. You can use them to line your actual lips or you can use them to alter your natural lip shape. Personally I have never had much luck in using the liners to alter my lip shape. One part of my lip is actually a little higher than the other on the top and any time I use the lip liner to alter my shape I end up looking like i had a makeout session with a clown.

bare lips

It isn’t a good look.

However I am pretty good at lining my actual lips. The liners give you definition and if you are using a liquid lip that happens to bleed into the fine lines around your mouth, a good lip liner can coral that lipstick and keep it from happening.

Lip liners can also be used to help alter the shade of a lipstick. I have a lipstick from Buxom that I absolutely adore. The formula is fantastic, but the shade tends to wash me out a little bit. With a lip liner underneath it changes the shade just enough to be perfect for me.

as the tip dulls the lines widen

The big down fall of lip liners is that they can really dry your lips out. If you use them all over your lips, it is best to apply a moisturizing lipstick over the liner or to have a lip balm handy.

These Evio Beauty lip liners were very creamy, which is nice. Some lip liners can be rather dry pencils and not all that fun to apply. These were creamy which made them glide onto the lips easily. However it does mean that the points wear down pretty fast, so have a sharpener handy. And the more worn down the point becomes the wider your lip lines will be. The sharper you have the point, the thinner the line you can draw.

I know, it’s not rocket science is it?

over all lips

When trying out these liners, I used them as lip liners to corral a liquid lipstick that likes to bleed into my fine lines and it worked great in containing the lipstick. I wore them all over my lips in place of lipstick as well. They never reached a point where there was color still on my lips and I wasn’t leaving lip prints behind me. It is a less drying formula than many lip liners, which I appreciated as my lips are now winter dry. However after about two hours, my lips did feel parched and I put a moisturizing lip balm over them. That is generally the best way to wear lip liners as lipstick.

You really need to have something clear and moisturizing to go over them. However in a pinch, these lip liners could be thrown into a purse and taken with you for a quick and easy lisptick replacement. Just remember a hydrating layer and that they don’t have a long staying power and you will be find. They last longer with a lip balm or moisturizing lipstick over them,. but on their own you have about three hours of wear unless you don’t eat or drink anything. It will come off on a glass rim or with any food consumed.

I was very impressed by the creamy formula and color pigmentation. My only concern is that with all of the sharpening that you have to do to keep those creamy points from flattening out, they aren’t likely to last long. But they are nice while they are here. I will continue to use them and yes, when they are gone, I will replace these Evio Beauty Lip Liners.

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Getting Lippie with Patrick Ta

In the winter lip balms and lip masks are a must for me. We get icy winds that seem to steal product from the lips and leave them dry and chapped. This time of year I have to double check all pockets before doing laundry as I almost always have at least one lip balm tucked away somewhere on my person and I always have at least on on my desk.

The problem with lip balms on the desk though is that they have the tendency to roll around and get nocked out of sight or even roll right off the desk. So when the Patrick Ta Major Glow Lip Masque in She’s Juicy came in an IPSY bag and I saw that it was a lovely square pot of product, I decided it was the perfect desk product to try out. I end up dipping into it several times a day.

inner lid

The gold top looks lovely but it collects finger prints fast so I find myself wiping it down a lot. When you twist off the lid there is an inner plastic lid protecting the product. I like that it is a sturdy enough plastic to not fall apart when lifted up several times a day. I also like that the tab on the inner lid is large enough to easily grab and lift the inner lid up.

I know that sounds like an odd thing to like, but I’ve had several products that had really tiny tabs and were hard to grasp so I ended up just prying the lid off with my finger nail. It is a small thing, but to me it matters. It also makes it feel a little more luxe and like someone actually thought that through. The product has a vanilla peppermint scent to it which I like.

You know I have a thing for peppermint.

product

The balm itself has a sort of shimmer to it. This does make the lips a little shimmery but not by much. When first applied there is a slight tingle to the lips, but there is no plumping that I have noticed. And after a few minutes the tingling fades. About the time that the tingling fades I find that enough of the product had absorbed into my lips that I’m not wiping it off on the rim of my coffee mug. It will always leave lip marks, but when the tingling fades, the product has at least a chance of absorbing in instead of being wiped off.

I find it a good gauge.

on the lips

Is it a better lip product than others I’ve tried? Not really. It is on par with most of them. For me the advantage is actually in the packaging. Not only does the square stay where I put it instead of rolling around, but The gold lid actually draws the eye. What I have found is that when I am working and need to pause and think about my wording, I have a tendency to pick it up and twist the lid back and forth as I think. Then, because I have the lip balm in my hand, I tend to apply it before I put the container back down. So I have actually applied more than I normally would because of the container. And applying more means my lips get more hydration. So they are actually less chapped than usual this year.

Which is a side effect that I like. So for me, the product may be good, but not out of this world spectacular, but the container actually promotes use and convincing myself to use more of the Patrick Ta Lip Masque before my lips get dry and chapped is not a bad thing. while I will be using this for a while longer, I think that because of the advantages of the packaging, I would definitely consider purchasing this product again.