Put your money where your mouth is with Apa Beauty

My favorite summer look? A long, wispy white dress with sky blue sandals, beachy waves, a deep tan…and a super white smile.

Nanette Lapore All Laced Up Dress

Nanette Lapore All Laced Up Dress

Charlotte Stone Ogden Gladiator Sandals

Charlotte Stone Ogden Gladiator Sandals

I can buy the dress and the sandals (at Shopbophere and here) – and I can get the tan with some great self tanner – but the teeth? I need some help. Luckily there are a few products by Apa Beauty that definitely do the trick!

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Apa BeautyApa Beauty is a line of oral care and beauty products created by the celebrity cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Apa.The packaging is sleek and white, just like your teeth will be after using the products.

Apa BeautyI am fascinated with all of the really cool products in this line and I tried a trio of items that make for a great summer smile: Apa Lip Loofah ($18), Apa Tooth Gloss ($28), and Apa Blue Lip Shine ($25).

Apa Beauty Lip Loofah

Apa Beauty Lip Loofah

I have a love/hate relationship with lip exfoliators. I love how soft my lips are after using them, but I usually hate the feel of them. They are either too gentle to make much difference or else they are too rough and are painful to use.

The Apa Beauty Lip Loofah impresses the heck out of me – this is a lip scrub to love! It’s super gentle but it gives excellent results. I use a tiny bit with some water and softly scrub in small circles, then rinse and voila – soft, moist lips that are super smooth. The scrubby stuff is made from sugar and sweet almond seed, and the moisturizing stuff includes Jojoba oil, shea butter and orange peel.

Apa Beauty Tooth Gloss

Apa Beauty Tooth Gloss

The biggest surprise for me out of the three products I tested is the Apa Beauty Tooth Gloss. I never thought for a moment that this would be anything I would use regularly – it seemed like something models or beauty pageant participants would use instead of Vaseline on their teeth to keep smiling.  But this tooth gloss does so much more:

  • LIGHT REFLECTING GLOSS BRIGHTENS TEETH FOR A BEAUTIFUL SMILE
  • ANTIOXIDANT GREEN TEA COMBATS BACTERIA AND BAD BREATH
  • SAFFLOWER SEED AND JOJOBA OIL NOURISH TEETH AND GUMS
  • PEPPERMINT OIL FIGHTS GERMS AND FRESHENS BREATH
  • RECOMMENDED FOR USE IN COMBINATION WITH APA LIP LOOFAH AND APA BLUE LIP SHINE FOR DAILY RADIANCE CARE

I don’t think I’ve ever tested anything quite like this light-reflecting gloss. It makes teeth look whiter and keeps breath fresh. It’s not slimy or weird feeling on…in fact, it’s really pleasant. It does make teeth look whiter and feels better than breath mints which actually minimize shiny teeth.  I keep it in my purse and apply it every so often. What a great and unique find.

Apa Beauty Blue Lip Shine

Apa Beauty Blue Lip Shine

Apa Beauty Blue Lip Shine swatch

Apa Beauty Blue Lip Shine swatch

I’ve had great results with blue lip gloss in the past and the Apa Beauty Blue Lip Shine does its job by making teeth look even whiter. It doesn’t really add color to lips – just shine with a slight tint thanks to minty blue crystals. I like the feel of this gloss, although I wish it lasted longer. I find I need to reapply it often to keep the effect.

Overall, I really like this trio for keeping my summer smile as white as possible. Apa Beauty has all kinds of other great products for keeping teeth white, so head over to their website at apabeauty.com to check them out.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Lip Loofah Ingredients:  SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, SUCROSE, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, BEESWAX, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, THEOBROMA (CACAO) SEED BUTTER, OLEA EUROPEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL, SILICA, SQUALANE, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) SEED MEAL, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL, JUGLANS REGIA (WALNUT) SHELL POWDER, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, FLAVOR.

Blue Lip Shine ingredients:  POLYBUTENE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, CERESIN, BEESWAX, POLYETHYLENE, SILICA, OCTYLDODECYL NEOPENTANOATE, MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) OIL, VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER, POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, TOCOPHEROL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, TIN OXIDE, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRADITBUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNIMATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, BLUE 1 LAKE.

Tooth Gloss ingredients:  HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, POLYETHYLENE, PPG5 PENTAERYTHRITYL ETHER, PEG5 PENTAERYTHRITYL ETHER, MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) OIL, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, GLYCINE (SOYBEAN) STEROLS, STEVIOSIDE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, XYLITOL, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE

Treat your lips with deVine and wine (plus a giveaway)

deVine lip products

deVine lip products

Please turn on your Smell-o-vision for an amazing treat. I’ve been up to my lips in divine scents ever since deVine Beauty sent me this amazing package. deVine is treating us to benefits with wine while allowing us to protect and beautify our lips.

There are 3 lip products and I’ve had the opportunity to use them all and I continue using them. If you love the smell and a light taste of vino then the LIP SHIMMERS will be your best friends. If you like to show off your lips then there’s nothing better than the LIP SHINES. And who doesn’t love a great LIP BALM?

deVine Lip Shimmers

deVine Lip Shimmers

What makes deVine unique is that they not only use natural ingredients and powerful antioxidants but they bring the magic of the red wine grape to your lips. Three ingredients are derived from the Red Wine Grape that are imbued in the products.

  • GRAPESEED OIL comes from the seeds of the grape. It’s a natural astringent that locks in moisture and leaves your skin and lips silky smooth and very hydrated.
  • REVERATROL is found in the skin of the grape. It’s found in wine products and many health food companies use this ingredient because it’s best know for anti-aging properties and heart healthy benefits.
  • RED WINE POLYPHENOLS  are found in the pulp of the grape and this is where you’ll find the most powerful source of antioxidants. They fight the damaging effects of time and stress on your skin.

LIP SHIMMERS ($6) are like a tinted lip balm except they are made with 8 wine-a-licious flavors and tints. Flavors available are Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Bordeaux, Rose’, Pinto Grigio, Champagne, and Chardonnay. No matter which wine makes your live worth living they have it for you. You can pick by color with the deep reds like Merlot down to the light whites of Chardonnay or you can pick by the taste of the lip shimmer. deVine lip shimmer collage

Straight from the wine experts mouths:

Devine Lip Shimmers in Bordeaux, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Rose'

Devine Lip Shimmers in Bordeaux, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Rose’

Bordeaux: Delicious deep black cherry lifts your spirits and gives your lips a luminous, pink shimmer. Cabernet: A bold, copper-bronze look embodied with spirit & fruity appeal. Champagne: Light and creamy with a hint of strawberry to enhance the natural shade of your lips. Chardonnay: Warm and creamy notes of vanilla for baby smooth lips. A clear, refreshing untinted balm to spritz your lips. Merlot: Deep red berries enhance your bold and dramatic side! The rich berry shimmer finishes luscious and smooth. Pinot Grigio: Lingering notes of fire cherry and muscat grapes balance this lightly tinted shimmer and give your lips a fresh spritz any time of the day. Pinot Noir: Enchanting and elegant hints of plum, cherry and warm vanilla bean create a tawny lip effervescence that transcends age. Rose’: Soft pink hue for a subtle, frosted shine. The light fruit finish makes this a fabulous every day lip shimmer.deVine lip shimmer swatches

LIP SHINES are when you want more of a lip gloss look. There are just two for now, Sparkling Clear and Bordeaux. The Bordeaux Lip Shine is much darker than than the lip shimmer. It’s got a beautiful sparkle to it. ($8)

deVine Bordeaux Lip Shine

deVine Bordeaux Lip Shine

deVine Bordeaux Lip Shine

deVine Bordeaux Lip Shine

deVine Bordeaux Lip Shine

deVine Bordeaux Lip Shine

You can see the sparkle in it but it doesn’t migrate on me, especially if I wear it over a Lip Shimmer. This too has a sensation of a bordeaux wine yet you won’t be pulled over for a DUI (maybe for a beautiful lip violation though).

deVine Lip Shine

deVine Lip Shine

The perfect way to shade your lips from the sun is with the deVine natural SPF 15 LIP SHADE ($4). This is what’s going to get you through the summer and beyond while enjoying the fruitiness of the Sangria flavor.

deVine SPF 15 Lip Balm

deVine SPF 15 Lip Shade

Not only does this make your lips feel soft as can be but it has all the great ingredients that deVine uses to protect your lips. That’s what it’s all about – protection for the present and future. There’s everything to love about this new brand. deVine Beauty is made in Chicago from all natural ingredients that are powerful antioxidants. These products are all alcohol free, gluten free, cruelty free, and paraben free. And it’s a way to have the taste of something to get us through the day without getting blitzed! — Marcia

I’m very happy that deVine has sent along two sets of product for a giveaway. As you know I love to offer giveaways and this one is going to be especially nice. They carry sets that are great for gift giving or for your own use. The Dark Blend has 4 Lip Shimmers and one Lip Saver: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet, Bordeaux and Sangria Spf15 Lip Balm. The Light Blend also has 4 Lip Shimmers and a Lip Saver but in the 4 lighter shades: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Rosé, and Champagne and Sangria SPF15 Lip Balm.

There will be two winners – one for the Dark Blend set and one for the Light Blend set – and this is open internationally through 7/18/16 at 1:59 p.m. eastern time. We’ve had a problem lately with the comment section shutting itself off before the giveaway is over. The solution is to email me your comment at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and consider that your entry. Be sure you click enter so that you can continue for extra options.

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We’re taking a peek at Peeks Cosmetics lip formulas

Peeks Cosmetics lips

Peeks Cosmetics lips

A new brand that we expect you’ll be hearing about is PEEKS COSMETICS. This fun company makes something for all cosmetics lovers. The Beauty Info Zone team decided to concentrate on their variety of lip products and we were sent quite a few to share with you. All Peeks Cosmetics products are gluten-free and cruelty-free which sweetens our smile.

Among the lip products from Peeks are Matte Lipsticks, Lip Gloss, and Lip Blasters. Colors range from soft to wild. The textures of the products make them easy to wear and look great on our lips.

MARCIA’S LIPS WEAR:

Love Thang and Quik Sand Matte Lipsticks

Love Thang and Quik Sand Matte Lipsticks

I profess all the time that matte lipsticks aren’t my favorite and I still mean it. But I really enjoy wearing Love Thang from Peeks. This is a very soft nude with pink undertones. It won’t suit a lot of people but it suits me perfectly. I don’t draw attention to my lips but I want something that will give me a finished appearance. While Love Thang and Quik Sand (light brown) are matte, they are totally comfortable and feel moisturizing on my lips. I can even wear them when I haven’t prepped my lips with an exfoliator and my lips don’t look flaky!

Love Thang and Quik Sand Matte Lipsticks

Love Thang and Quik Sand Matte Lipsticks

If you wear blue lipstick I think that After Dark would be amazing. At my age though I’d be put in the ER to see what’s wrong with me!

Peeks After Dark

Peeks After Dark

Lip Glosses in Control and Dollhouse are shiny and very hydrating. Lip glosses from Peeks are enriched with Vitamins A, C, and E so you aren’t just looking good, you are helping your lips retain moisture. Control has the prettiest iridescent look, I love twirling the tube to see the orchid shade transform. This lovely orchid shade can be layered if you want a darker look. Dollhouse looks more opaque in the tube than it is on my lips. This is a soft, very shiny pink that is quite light on its own but will enhance most any lipstick. Actually my favorite look is to apply Dollhouse over Love Thang. My lips look juicy without being the least bit sticky.

Peeks Cosmetics Control and Dollhouse lip glosses

Peeks Cosmetics Control and Dollhouse lip glosses

Peeks Cosmetics Control and Dollhouse lip glosses

Peeks Cosmetics Control and Dollhouse lip glosses

One more category of lip products from Peeks: Lip Blasters. These are high intensity colors that are loaded with pigment. There’s a minty smell to them which I notice for a few short minutes.

Peek Cosmetics Purple Kisses Lip Blaster

Peek Cosmetics Purple Kisses Lip Blaster

I have Lip Blaster in Purple Kisses which I’d describe as a liquid lipstick. The Lip Blaster is very long wearing especially compared to the Lip Gloss. This formula is my favorite of the three. While they call Purple Kisses a light purple, I call it a deeper violet. It’s the texture of this that makes me want other shades like Sexy (soft pink) and Jersey Flower (lavender). As pretty as Purple Kisses is, it’s even better with a light coat of Control to make a va-va-voom lipshade.

Peeks Cosmetics lip glosses and lip blaster

Peeks Cosmetics lip glosses and lip blaster

Peeks Cosmetics Control LIp Gloss, Dollhouse Lip Gloss, Purple Kisses Lip Blaster

Peeks Cosmetics Control LIp Gloss, Dollhouse Lip Gloss, Purple Kisses Lip Blaster

LISA’S LIPS WEAR:

Peek Lipsticks are really, really nice – and the colors surprised the heck out of me.  Yes, they are matte lipsticks, but they have a velvety texture and aren’t too drying.

Peeks Chocolate Cake and My Way Lipsticks

Peeks Chocolate Cake and My Way Lipsticks

Chocolate Cake is a pretty brown that I never would have thought I could wear in a million years. And, ironically enough, that isn’t me wearing it in the photo! It’s my daughter – she has gorgeous lips so you can see the color much better. It looks fabulous on her and I wear it too…in fact I can’t believe how much I reach for this.

Peeks Chocolate Cake Lipstick swatch

Peeks Chocolate Cake Lipstick swatch

Peeks Chocolate Cake Lipstick

Peeks Chocolate Cake Lipstick

My Way is a beautiful burgundy shade that veers toward berry on me. This is a typical ‘Lisa’ shade and I love that I can do the trendy matte thing without my lips looking dry, which can be very aging.

Peeks My Way Lipstick swatch

Peeks My Way Lipstick swatch

Peeks My Way Lipstick

Peeks My Way Lipstick

In terms of lip gloss, I went with two extremes – extreme matte and extreme shimmer. The Lip Blasters have a mega punch of color and intensity. These stain the lips so once the shine wears off, the color is still there. They have a pleasant minty taste that I like.

Peeks Jersey Flower Lip Gloss and Sexy Lip Gloss

Peeks Jersey Flower Lip Gloss and Sexy Lip Blasters

Peeks Jersey Flower Lip Gloss and Sexy Lip Gloss

Peeks Jersey Flower Lip Gloss and Sexy Lip Blasters

Jersey Flower is a matte lavender shade that I have to admit is not for me, although I need to experiment with it more and pair it with other shades. My 16 year old daughter rocks it by itself, though.

Peeks Jersey Flower Lip Gloss and Sexy Lip Gloss

Peeks Jersey Flower Lip Gloss and Sexy Lip Gloss

Peeks Jersey Flower Lip Gloss

Peeks Jersey Flower Lip Gloss

Sexy is a truly stunning shimmery pink that I love love love. I wear this all the time, although I have to be careful because the shimmer can be a little too intense for daytime.

Peeks Sexy Lip Gloss

Peeks Sexy Lip Gloss

The Lipsticks and the Lip Gloss are $12, and the Lip Blasters are $14. We both love our first peek at Peeks Cosmetics — this line is definitely worth a look!

*sent for editorial consideration

WIN a PUR Cosmetics Freedom Collection!

Pur Minerals Freedom Collection

Pur Cosmetics Freedom Collection

To continue celebrating our sixth year of blogging, we have a fabulous giveaway for the Limited Edition Freedom Collection by PUR Cosmetics. This beautiful set that was inspired by The Divergent Series: Allegiant –  The third installment of the blockbuster Divergent series franchise, ALLEGIANT takes Tris [Shailene Woodley] and Four [Theo James] into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before.”                                                                                           PR sample

Win a PUR Cosmetics Freedom Collection!

Win a PUR Cosmetics Freedom Collection!

This set is an amazing value at just $39 and contains these nude essentials:

PUR Cosmetics Air Perfection Foundation in Medium

PUR Cosmetics Air Perfection Foundation in Medium

  • Your shade of Air Perfection – a compact cushion foundation perfect for lightweight, long-lasting coverage with effortless application
PUR Cosmetics Double Ego Eyeliner in Tasmania

PUR Cosmetics Double Ego Eyeliner in Tasmania

  • Double Ego Eyeliner in Tasmania– a 2-in-1 dual-ended chocolate eyeliner ideal for creating your favorite looks from sultry smoky eye to a well-defined cat eye
PUR Cosmetics Lip Gloss Stick in Berry Pretty

PUR Cosmetics Lip Gloss Stick in Berry Pretty

  • Lip Gloss Stick in Berry Pretty– a glossy finish to a nude lip for high-shine lips to lust over
PUR Cosmetics Mini Volume Vixen Mascara

PUR Cosmetics Mini Volume Vixen Mascara

  • Mini Volume Vixen Mascara– a powerhouse of nourishing hydration for a visibly thicker, fuller lashes from root to tip
Swatched from top to bottom: Tasmania chocolate pencil liner, Berry Pretty Lipgloss Stick, Tasmania black felt tip liner, Air Perfection Foundation in Medium

Swatched from top to bottom: Tasmania chocolate pencil liner, Berry Pretty Lip Gloss Stick, Tasmania black felt tip liner, Air Perfection Foundation in Medium

The Air Perfection Foundation is a favorite of mine. This cushion compact foundation convinced me that the cushion is far more than a gimmick and I’ve repurchased it twice. It comes with a refill, and the foundation is fragrance-free. The Double Ego Eyeliner in Tasmania is outstanding. I love using black eyeliner on my upper lid and brown on my lower, so this is perfect! The pencil side is great for the waterline too. The Berry Pretty Lip Gloss Stick is indeed pretty and you can layer it for deeper color. The Volume Vixen Mascara is the only mini-sized product and it’s a wonderful mascara that creates long, thick lashes. The brush has a full side and a flat side, making it great for both upper and lower lashes.

Wearing the PUR Cosmetics Freedom Collection

Wearing the PUR Cosmetics Freedom Collection

I can’t believe this collection is only $39. By itself, the Air Perfection Foundation is $43, Double Ego Eyeliners are $21, and the Lip Gloss Stick is $18. Plus there’s the mini mascara. Purchased separately these items would cost over $82.  AND, here is a link for a coupon:

20% OFF your next order with code 20SPRING16 at PUR Cosmetics. Offer expires April 10th.

You can purchase this Limited Edition set at Purcosmetics.com.  In the meantime, enter our giveaway!

The winner of our PUR Cosmetics Freedom Collection will get to pick their foundation shade – Light, Medium, Tan, or Dark.  To win this you must be a Beauty Info Zone subscriber from the US. This ends on 4/15/16 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. Since comments are closed please email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it PUR; leave your comment in the email and continue on.   Good luck!!  – Lisa

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Wearable technology: LIT NYC Lip Gloss and Nail Polish

Wearable technology? Makes me think of the Jetsons. Remember how Jane Jetson would wake up a mess and just need to put her ‘morning mask’ on?

Jane Jetson

I’m still waiting for this to be invented. In the meantime, I can hop on over to CVS to pick up some LIT NYC Lip Gloss and Nail Polish for the wearable technology that we do have.

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LIT NYC Lip Gloss and Nail Polish

LIT NYC Lip Gloss and Nail Polish

LIT NYC is inspired by both technology and by New York City, ‘the city that never sleeps’. It debuted exclusively at CVS in January and the packaging is indeed different and very useful.

LIT-NYC-Nail-Polish

The Nail Polish ($7.50) has an LED light in the nail cap so you can paint your nails in the dark, if you so desire. Even in regular light the extra illumination comes in handy (yeah, I know – punny!).

LIT NYC Nail Polish in HOT

LIT NYC Nail Polish in HOT

The LED light in the cap

The LED light in the cap

LIT NYC Nail Polish in HOT

LIT NYC Nail Polish in HOT

It’s not all cool packaging – the polish is long-wearing, high shine, and is free of formaldehyde, camphor, DBP, formaldehyde resin and toluene. It also comes in 24 different shades – pictured is HOT, a shimmery hot pink.

LIT NYC Lip Gloss

The Lip Gloss ($7.50) also has a LED light in the cap, along with a side mirror so you can discreetly and precisely apply it whenever and wherever. There are 12 shades available, some sheer and some cream.

LIT NYC Lip Gloss

Wearing LIT NYC Lip Gloss

Wearing LIT NYC Lip Gloss

I have a berry red cream with shimmer. It feels very comfortable on with nice slip and it stays on longer than the typical lip gloss. The mirror and the light are great, making this affordable lip gloss a terrific drug store find.

While this wearable technology isn’t quite as amazing as Jane Jetson’s ‘morning mask’, the LED lighting makes LIT NYC Nail Polish and Lip Gloss well worth a trip to CVS…just wishing I had a flying car to get there!  – Lisa

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EMMA New York Upper West Praline Lip Gloss

Emma New YorkI recently tested the lip gloss that is a part of the EMMA New York Evening Glamour collection ($49), available at Macy’s. The collection looks gorgeous – it includes:

  • Eye Shadow Wall Street White, Bowery Cocoa, Central Park Silver, Grand Central Grey
  • Cheek Color East Side Peach
  • Lipstick Soho Spice
  • Lip Gloss Upper West Praline
  • Cheek Brush features a tapered head

Emma New York 2

All of the products are made from natural ingredients and the collection is meant to take you from ‘drab to fab in a New York minute‘. I can’t tell you if the whole collection does this, but I can tell you about the Upper West Praline Lip Gloss (sold separately for $18).

EMMA New York Upper West Praline

EMMA New York Upper West Praline

Upper West Praline is a pretty, sheer lip gloss that gives a slight peachy tint with shine and golden shimmer.  The formula has lots of nourishing ingredients that hydrate and protect lips, and it provides a nice slip without stickiness.

EMMA New York Upper West Praline

EMMA New York Upper West Praline

This is a nice shade for an uncomplicated, natural look.  I am interested in trying out the other products in the collection – that eye shadow/blush palette in particular looks great; I love the unusual mix of colors. Upper West Praline is probably really pretty over the Soho Spice lipstick, too.

Have you tried this collection? Does it take you from drab to fab in a New York minute??  – Lisa

 *sent for editorial consideration

The EMMA New York Evening Glamour Kit retails for $49.00 exclusively at Macy’s.

Walking on the wild side with Lipstick Queen

Lipstick Queen
I recently went a little crazy with an Ulta order and decided to walk on the wild side with Lipstick Queen. I ordered four of the craziest colors I could find to add something fun and different to my lippie collection: Frog Prince, Ice Queen, Hey Sailor Lip Gloss, and Seven Deadly Sins Lip Gloss in Decadence.

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince swatch

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince swatch

Frog Prince ($25) is, as any self-respecting frog would be, green. But only initially. Once applied, this turns from frog into prince as it interacts with your body heat and chemistry. This lipstick keeps lips soft and kiss-worthy with vitamin E and shea butter. I find it actually works like a stain too, and is very long-lasting. I swatched this on a few friends and it was different on everyone…and everyone loved their own particular shade.

Lipstick Queen Ice Queen

Lipstick Queen Ice Queen

Lipstick Queen Ice Queen swatch

Lipstick Queen Ice Queen swatch

Ice Queen ($24) looks like it will apply as an opaque white, but it’s actually a sheer, softly shimmering silver and gold illuminator. Used alone, it gives some depth and shine to lips. It’s amazing over any lipstick shade as well. I use this all the time. It’s one of those lippies that effectively doubles your lipstick wardrobe.

Lipstick Queen Hey Sailor Lip Gloss

Lipstick Queen Hey Sailor Lip Gloss

Lipstick Queen Hey Sailor Lip Gloss swatch

Lipstick Queen Hey Sailor Lip Gloss swatch

Hey Sailor Lip Gloss ($25) gets some funny looks when I take it out of my bag. It doesn’t turn lips blue; it morphs into a berry shade with pearly shimmer. The blue shimmer actually makes teeth look whiter, which is pretty cool. I love that this gloss isn’t sticky at all. It’s actually more like a serum, with great slip and moisture. The formula has omega-3 rich algae, meadowfoam seed oil and shea butter.

Lipstick Queen Seven Deadly Sins Lip Gloss in Decadence

Lipstick Queen Seven Deadly Sins Lip Gloss in Decadence

Lipstick Queen Decadence swatch

Lipstick Queen Decadence swatch

Seven Deadly Sins Lip Gloss ($24) is definitely sinful. It has a thick, nonsticky texture that gives lots of shine. I am not sure if I love it, though – it’s tough to get the right amount of gloss. I typically get too much and it can collect in the corners of my mouth, which is NOT a good look. And it wears off pretty quickly.  I love the color of Decadence, which is a pretty deep pink, but the application and wear issues are problematic enough that I won’t be purchasing any other shades.

If you are thinking about taking a walk on the wild side, I heartily recommend being an Ice Queen, kissing a Frog Prince, and then really getting nautical with Hello Sailor!  – Lisa