Paul & Joe helps make lips two times better with these pencils

It seems no one ever writes about lipliners yet we probably all use them, even if it’s not daily. My makeup artist friends don’t go without lipliner in their daily lives and they always apply it to their clients. If they only applied it to customers then I’d say it’s a sales tactic, but when I see them apply it to themselves all the time I know it’s because they know the necessity of it being part of a perfect lip.

Paul & Joe Lipliner Duo 1

Paul & Joe Lipliner Duo 1

PAUL & JOE has created a line of Lipliner Duos in 5 combinations and they gave me the opportunity to test one.  I have Lipliner Duo 1, Cinnamon Raisin. The colors are described as cinnamon beige and warm brown. In addition to this there’s Persian Peach (nectarine and perky, peachy pink), Grapevine (sepia brown and burgundy), Frappe (pink and vivid orange) and Japanese Maple (two sexy reds). There are good pictures of all at beautyhabit where they are sold ($25).

Paul & Joe Cinnamon Raisin Lipliner Duo

Paul & Joe Cinnamon Raisin Lipliner Duo

Paul & Joe Lipliner point

Paul & Joe Lipliner point

Paul & Joe Cinnamon Raisin Lipliner Duo

Paul & Joe Cinnamon Raisin Lipliner Duo

This exceptionally smooth lipliner applies without skipping and lasts well. I tend to use the lighter shade more since I wear lighter lipsticks. I use this one of two ways – line my lips before filling in with lipstick OR cover my entire lip with the liner, apply my lipstick, and then go over my lipline again for further definition. You can also mix the two shades by layering them to create a custom lip color with clear gloss over it.

Paul & Joe Cinnamon Raisin lipliner duo swatches

Paul & Joe Cinnamon Raisin lipliner duo swatches

Paul & Joe also makes another type of lipliner duo which I don’t have but sound interesting. Those have a matte and a pearl side.

Paul & Joe Lip Concealer Duo in Fair

Paul & Joe Lip Concealer Duo in Fair

Paul & Joe also created another duo which is their LIP CONCEALER DUO ($20) Right now it’s available only in #1 Fair.

P&J Lip Concealer Duo

P&J Lip Concealer Duo

These apply just like a lipliner except that you use the shades to conceal the color of your own lips. With this you can conceal any imperfections in your lips plus you can even contour your lips with them. Contouring is hot hot hot these days so why not try to contour your lips too? I find this helpful when my lips change the color of a lip product and make it darker than I like due to my skin chemistry. Line my lips with this Paul & Joe Concealer Duo and I’ve neutralized my lips so that I can apply without change.

Paul & Joe Lip Concealer Duo swatches

Paul & Joe Lip Concealer Duo swatches

One side (top) has more of a peachy tone while the other side (bottom) is more pink/neutral. Pick the one that works best with your lips. I have friends that put a real concealer on their lips to blank out the color but that moves so it doesn’t work for me. The texture of this lip pencil works better to conceal and it lasts so that you can reapply lip color without a problem.

paul and joe both liners

If you want to have perfect lips, the way a makeup artist would do them for you, then Paul & Joe is waiting for you. — Marcia

*provided for editorial consideration

Shades for a perfect nude lip

Nude lips 3The nude lip look is everywhere – it’s definitely not a trend that is going away any time soon!  I am always on the lookout for products that creat a perfect nude lip.  I have thin lips without much pigment, so I have to be careful the nude isn’t too white (makes me look like a zombie) or too brown (makes me look DOA).  Here are some products that were sent to the BIZ that together give a ton of different gorgeous nude lip looks.

Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter

Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter

1.  Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter ($15)  Are you surprised?  No, this doesn’t give lips a yellow cast…in fact, it doesn’t have any color at all. But this little pot is packed with antioxidants and vitamins, including Buriti, Brazil Nut, Andoriba, Maracuja, and Acai Oils, plus Cupaucu, Murumuru, and mango butters. This is a dual functioning lip treatment that can be used as either a light exfoliator or a lip moisturizer. It leaves lips healthy and flake-free, ready for liner and gloss. It comes in two flavors:  Laranja, a juicy citrus flavor, and Acai-Acu, berry chocolate.

beautyAddicts Luscious LipLiners in Glow and Express

beautyAddicts Luscious LipLiners in Glow and Express

2.  beautyAddicts Luscious Lips Lipliner ($16)  beautyAddicts Lipliner is a creamy, self-sharpening liner that locks in lip color and fights off feathering. Perfect base colors are Express, an earthy terracotta, and Glow, a natural peach. If these look familiar, you probably saw they were recently featured in Lucky Magazine!

The perfect prescription for nude lips

The perfect prescription for nude lips

3.  Gabriel Cosmetics Inc.’s Shades of Nude Lip Palette ($19.95)  This beautiful lipstick palette has removable pots and an accompanying lip brush. Ingredients include jojoba seed and aloe for mega moisturization.

Nude lips shade 1

The first pot has just a light nude tint with shimmer. This is awesome in the middle of lips to give depth and to make them look more lush.

Nude lips shade 2

The second pot is a pretty matte peach.

Nude lips shade 3

The third pot is a muted rose.

Nude lips shade 4

The fourth pot is a shimmery light grape.

Gabriel Cosmetics Shades of Nude Palette

Gabriel Cosmetics Shades of Nude Palette

These are all amazing on their own or layered to create a whole array of beautiful nude looks. They are lipsticks, so the staying power is great.

Shade of Nude Lip Palette swatched; plus Glow and Express Lipliner

Shade of Nude Lip Palette swatched; plus Glow and Express Lipliner

Yes, you can rock a nude lip, no matter how thin or thick your lips are!  Invest in Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter, beautyAddicts Luscious Lips Lipliner, and Gabriel Cosmetics Shades of Nude Lip Palette for everything you need to create a perfect nude lip.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

It Cosmetics Your Lips But Better™ Waterproof Lip Liner Stain – just say wow!

It Cosmetics Your Lips But Better™ Waterproof Lip Liner Stain

It Cosmetics Your Lips But Better™ Waterproof Lip Liner Stain

It’s no surprise to anyone that reads Beauty Info Zone that we are going to rave about the 6 It Cosmetics Lip Liners that they sent us for review. It’s hard to even think of anything about It Cosmetics that we don’t like. We could easily be satisfied living a life of It products only – well almost, we are beauty junkies obviously. Your Lips But Better™ Waterproof Lip Liner Stains are automatic lip liners that are infused with a stain. These are multi-tasking cosmetics at their best. Lip primer, lip liner, and lip stain all in one terrific pencil.

What makes these Your Lips But Better™ Waterproof Lip Liner Stains so different from other brands of lip liners? We’re glad you asked!

1) These are infused with peptides, collagen, hyaluronic acid, hydrating avocado oil, shea butter, aloe, and jojoba.

2) The ingredients all work together to treat, hydrate, condition, soothe and nourish your lips while minimizing the appearance of lip lines.

3) They are loaded with anti-aging anti-oxidants including Vitamins A, C, E, Acai, Green Tea and White Tea to protect and ward off free-radicals all day long.

4) No need to sharpen, just twist the bottom and voila – more lip liner. However, if you want a point on the end, just use the handy dandy tool that is stored at the bottom of the lip liner.

Built in sharpener

Built in sharpener

What more can you ask for? How about great colors that will look good with your lipsticks and glosses? Now let’s take a look at these colors with Marcia and Lisa.

MARCIA’S TRIO OF LIP LINER STAINS:

It Cosmetics: Buff Nude, Spicy Nude, Pretty in Pink

It Cosmetics: Buff Nude, Spicy Nude, Pretty in Pink

It was very cute to see the two of us deciding who reviews which lip liner stain. It reminded us of little kids flipping coins to see who went first. I grabbed Pretty in Pink first and then Lisa got a pick; we were back in childhood glee. But the best part is that as adults we each get to share 3 fabulous pencils with you.

It Cosmetics: Buff Nude, Spicy Nude, Pretty in Pink

It Cosmetics: Buff Nude, Spicy Nude, Pretty in Pink

The 3 I’ve got for you are Buff Nude, Spicy Nude and Pretty in Pink. One of the reasons I wanted these was because I knew how well these would look with the 3 Vitality Lip Flush Butter Glosses that I recently reviewed. Pretty in Pink gloss along with Pretty in Pink Lip Stain pencil are the perfect match. I couldn’t ask for better.

It Vitality Lip Butter Glosses and Lip Liner Stains

It Vitality Lip Butter Glosses and Lip Liner Stains

We’ve already listed the reasons why these are unique so I don’t want to bore you with repeating those facts; I do want to say though that I’m very impressed with these lip liner stains. I’m not the person that applies and reapplies lip products throughout the day. I leave the house with a lipstick on but I never return with one on. I just don’t think of it. It goes way back to when my sons were young and I’d hear “don’t kiss me, you have lipstick on” and it continues today when those same sons who are young adults say “don’t kiss me, you have lipstick on”. I never got back into the habit of constantly reapplying therefore having a lip liner that adds color that isn’t going to disappear midway through the day is ideal. I like to start with these all over my lips and then add the color of the day.

Buff Nude, Spicy Nude and Pretty in Pink

Buff Nude, Spicy Nude and Pretty in Pink

The liner called Buff Nude appears to be the same liner that is sold as Nude/Light Medium. Originally It Cosmetics sold just two shades of these liners in Nude. These have now morphed into 7 shades total on their website: Buff Nude, Blushing Nude, Spicy Nude, Romantic Rose, Pretty in Pink, Perfect Red and Cherry Flush. They must have heard our pleas for more.

LISA’S TRIO OF LIP LINER STAINS:

YLBB swatches, left to right:  Buff Nude, Spicy Nude, Pretty in Pink, Romantic Rose, Cherry Flush, Perfect Red

YLBB swatches, left to right: Buff Nude, Spicy Nude, Pretty in Pink, Romantic Rose, Cherry Flush, Perfect Red

Pictured above are swatches of all six lip liners. It should be no surprise that Marcia picked the lightest shades and I picked the darkest ones!! The shades I tried are the last three in the row:  Romantic Rose, Cherry Flush, and Perfect Red. I love these lip liners. They are creamy but are so long wearing because they are stains, not to mention they are waterproof. They all look great on their own or make a terrific base for any lip gloss or lipstick.

Romantic Rose

Romantic Rose

Romantic Rose

Romantic Rose

Romantic Rose is what I wish my natural lip color was – it truly is my lips but better (waaay better). If I wasn’t such a big baby about pain I think I would have this shade permanently tattooed on my lips. It’s a perfect matte rose that I love to wear on its own or as a base underneath a shimmery clear or light beige lip gloss.

Cherry Flush

Cherry Flush

Cherry Flush

Cherry Flush

Cherry Flush is a bright, cheerful red. While my daughter has lips that can carry this color, it’s too bright for my thin lips on its own. However, I definitely like it with a warmer toned shimmer gloss over it. A warm tone calms the brightness enough so I enjoy wearing it. Let me tell you, if I had lips like my daughter I would totally be rocking this out all by itself.

Perfect Red

Perfect Red

Perfect Red

Perfect Red

Perfect Red is pretty perfect. It’s not too blue and not too brown so any skin tone will find this a complimentary shade. It truly is one of the most gorgeous red lippies I have tried in a very long time.  Even if you have problems wearing red you’ve got to check this out – it just might become that one red lippie you can wear!

It Cosmetics never fails to impress us and the Your Lips But Better™ Waterproof Lip Liner Stain is yet another home run. These creamy, waterproof, long-lasting lip liners are absolutely worth your attention.

*pr samples