Your perfect pink lips for 2017 from IT Cosmetics!

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lippiesHere’s a great resolution for 2017:  find your perfect pink lippie! The best place to start is with IT Cosmetics since they have many Je Ne Sais Quoi lip products and one is bound to be the perfect pink for you. Here are just five of the wonderful possibilities you can find at IT Cosmetics:                                                                              samplesIT Cosmetics YLBB All-Day Waterproof Lip Liner Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi

  1.  Your Lips But Better All-Day Waterproof Lip Liner Stain ($20):  This long lasting lip liner comes in nine shades, but your perfect pink is probably Je Ne Sais Quoi. It’s not just a lipliner, it’s also a stain so I love to wear this with a bit of clear gloss for fuss-free lips. Ingredients are amazing, including Peptides, Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, hydrating Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe, and Jojoba so lips stay soft and supple.  Another bonus?  Lots of Anti-Aging antioxidants including Vitamins A, C, E, Acai, Green Tea and White Tea to protect against free-radicals.Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi
  2. Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi ($20):  Want a soft, natural pink that works as a lipstick, balm, and stain? Look no further than this beauty. The clear formula works with your body chemistry to create the perfect pink flush. Anti-Aging Antioxidants including Vitamins A, C, E, Acai, Green Tea and White Tea Plum Oil, Cherry Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe and Jojoba all work together to treat, hydrate, condition, and nourish your lips. This is available in five other colors as well.Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Lip Treatment
  3. Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Lip Treatment ($24):  The original and still one of my favorites, this clear balm interacts with your body chemistry and morphs into the perfect pink flush for your complexion. It’s the mood ring of lip treatments! A blend of essential butters and oils, hyaluronic filling spheres and antioxidants smooth the look of lip lines and give you soft, kissable lips every time.Blurred Lines™ Smooth-Fill Lipstick Blurred Lines™ Smooth-Fill Lipstick
  4. Blurred Lines™ Smooth-Fill Lipstick ($24):  Who can resist a lipstick that color-corrects, revives, and fights aging? This is a truly gorgeous lip smoothing lipstick with terrific ingredients like Collagen, Peptides, Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, Shea Butter, Jojoba and Grape Seed Extract. Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill is available in 9 other colors, with Je Ne Sais Quoi the latest in the collection. Je Ne Sais Quoi is brighter in this incarnation than it is in others and is a truly perfect medium pink.Vitality Lip Flush Hydrating Lip Gloss Soft Stain
  5. Vitality Lip Flush Hydrating Lip Gloss Soft Stain ($24):  Perhaps your perfect pink is this non-sticky lip gloss that has a great wear time. The Je Ne Sais Quoi shade is a soft, milky pink that gives a light stain of color with lots of shine and slip. There are three shades that are 50% the stain amount of their original stains, which means a more natural flush of color. I adore how this feels on my lips – massively hydrating with the best slip ever.
    Left to right, with YLBB Lipliner between:

    Left to right, with YLBB Lipliner between:  Blurred Lines Lipstick, Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment, Vitality Lip Flush

    Whatever your perfect pink is, I am confident you can find it in IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lip products.  Celebrate 2017 with a resolution to discover your pretty pink pout!  – Lisa

    *sent for editorial consideration

bareMinerals #GEN NUDE will change your lips opinion

It is hard to believe how amazing bareMinerals new GEN NUDE lip line is. It’s huge and there’s something for everyone. No matter what your definition of a nude lip is, you can’t help but find it with bareMinerals. First there are 60 different shades…60! And there are 4 finishes so there’s something to fit your lip preferences. Choose from GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipcolor, GEN NUDE Radiant Lipstick, GEN NUDE Buttercream Lipgloss, and GEN NUDE Under Over Lip Liner. These are all available in mauve, pink, peach, and beige nude tones. No matter what mood or color you like, there’s something for you. *press samples

bareMinerals GEN NUDE lip products

bareMinerals GEN NUDE lip products

My absolute favorite products from this line are the GEN NUDE Radiant lipsticks. There are twenty shades available. I have three that I was sent and I’m in love with them all. They are creamy beyond belief, moisturizing, and have just enough shine. ($20)

bareMinerals GenNude lipsticks in Bubbles, Honeybun, and Tutu

bareMinerals Radiant GenNude lipsticks in Bubbles, Honeybun, and Tutu

Every time I put one on I say it’s my favorite but I know now that they are all favorites. Every one of my 3 lipsticks looks great and feels even better.

bareMineral GEN NUDE Bubbles

bareMineral GEN NUDE Bubbles

BUBBLES is a light peachy pink nude. At first I thought it was pink but then the peach came through more. If I want to darken this or any of these products the GEN NUDE Under Over Lip Liners are perfect. I have this in On Point and it’s a winner.

bareMinerals On Pointe Under Over Lip Liner

bareMinerals On Pointe Under Over Lip Liner

HONEYBUN is called a Toasted Nude. To me this is the perfect rendition of a nude lipstick. It’s got a soft brown tone but it’s softened with a touch of mauve.

bareMinerals Honeybun Gen Nude lipstick

bareMinerals Honeybun Gen Nude lipstick

TUTU is the one I wear the most. The shade is described as a delicate mauve. I’m not a dark lipstick person and Tutu gives me color but doesn’t scream at anyone. All of these lipsticks contain Mango, cocoa and shea butters to make them as moisturizing as they are.

bareMinerals Tutu GEN NUDE lipstick

bareMinerals Tutu GEN NUDE lipstick

bareMinerals swatches: Bubbles, Honeybun, (side) Tutu

bareMinerals swatches: Bubbles, Honeybun, (side) Tutu

There are two formulas that at first appear to be gloss: GEN NUDE BUTTERCREAM LIPGLOSS and MATTE LIQUID LIPCOLOR.

bare Minerals GEN NUDE BUTTERCREAM LIPGLOSS and MATTE LIQUID LIPCOLOR.

bare Minerals GEN NUDE BUTTERCREAM LIPGLOSS and MATTE LIQUID LIPCOLOR

bareMinerals GenNude Buttercream Lipgloss are aptly named. These are less like the lip gloss you have in your collection and more like the lip butters you have. In essence they are a combination of both worlds. Available in 15 colors the shades I have are Fancy, Forbidden, and Snarky (sounds like a fun music trio). These are considered lip plumping though I have never felt a sting or tingle from them.

bareMinerals Buttercream Lipgloss in Fancy, Forbidden and Snarky

bareMinerals Buttercream Lipgloss in Fancy, Forbidden and Snarky

Fancy is the thinnest of the three I have. It’s a true light pink with golden pearl. The wand on this is different than the ones you’ll find on the matte lip colors. Forbidden is a light pink nude (I love this!!) while Snarky is rose pink with gold pearl.

bareMinerals Fancy Buttercream Lipgloss

bareMinerals Fancy Buttercream Lipgloss

These all have a light vanilla scent to them and have great active ingredients (Shea, avocado, murumuru and cupuacu butters) plus Volulip, a natural peptide that increases lip volume and supports lip hydration by locking in moisture, with no tingling sensation.

bareMinerals Gen Nude Buttercream Lipglosses in Fancy, Forbidden, and Snarky

bareMinerals Gen Nude Buttercream Lipglosses in Fancy, Forbidden, and Snarky

Last but not least are the trendy GEN NUDE MATTE LIQUID LIPCOLORS. Is there anything more popular than this texture? Everyone loves a great matte liquid lipstick and these from bareMinerals are marvelous matte without being drying. The wand/paddle applies them perfectly. It’s flat and gets my whole lip at the same time. Wait about 10 minutes before eating or drinking to really let these set.

bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Shag

bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Shag

Frenemy is a dark cool pink, Swag is called a blushing mauve, and Weekend is a honeyed peach pink. If these 3 shades aren’t your favorite there are 17 more. These look different on my lips once they’ve dried down than when they are still moist.

bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Swag, Weekend,, and Frenemy

bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Swag, Weekend, and Frenemy

bareMinerals wanted these to be comfortable so they infused primer into the formula. The primer helps with color transfer as well as helping to prevent feathering. They also contain plant based waxes to keep your lips feel moisturized.

Right now at ULTA bareMinerals has a GWP of a FREE 5-pc Gorgeous All The Way Gift with any $40 bareMinerals purchase (offer valid 9/25/16-10/22/16 or while supplies last). These are also available at Sephora and with their annual discount you might want to put your favorites on your wishlist. Since the Radiant Lipsticks are my favorite, I’m checking out more shades of these.

bareMinerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipsticks

bareMinerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipsticks

What’s your favorite kind of lipcolor? Moisturizing Radiant Lipsticks, Buttercream lip glosses or Matte Liquid Lip Color?  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration and boy am I glad!

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I got Tyra mail! Tyra Beauty Light in a Stick and GET LIPPY Lip Color + Lip Liner Set

Tyra Beauty Tyra Beauty impressed me with the B.I.G. Lash Extension System that I reviewed HERE. Today I am happy to tell you about a few Tyra Beauty products that will set off those gorgeous lashes – Light in a Stick Highlighter ($25) and the Get Lippy Set ($38).                                 samples

Tyra Beauty Light in a StickLight In A Stick is a creamy highlighter that is applied right from the stick. There are two shades available: SINsational City, a pearlescent champagne, and Glow With The Flow, a golden bronze radiance. I tested Glow With the Flow.

Tyra Beauty Glow With the Flow Light in a Stick

Tyra Beauty Glow With the Flow Light in a Stick

What a pretty highlighter! I like the stick and the shape of the rounded end, although I am certain that it will eventually become flat. It goes on super smooth thanks to the ‘TY-Glide Technology’. What is that, you ask?

TY-Glide Technology features a polymeric structure, which releases a uniform ratio of micronized pigments infused with fine oils, which provide a luxurious glide onto the skin, leaving the perfect amount of blendable color and the appearance of a flawless face.

Tyra Beauty Glow With the Flow swatch

Tyra Beauty Glow With the Flow swatch

At first, Glow With the Flow looks pretty intense, but it sheers out into a nice glow. I like to use this on my cheekbones and straight down the bridge of my nose, along with darker shading on the sides of my bridge. This is also beautiful on top of lipstick, especially the shades I got in my Get Lippy Set.

Tyra Beauty Get Lippy SetThe Get Lippy Set ($38) includes a coordinating mechanical lip liner, MakeOUT Line, and a Smooch as Silk Lipstick. MakeOUT Line keeps lip color from feathering and is waterproof. The Smooch As Silk lip color has a satin finish, and it is definitely long wearing. Once blotted, it doesn’t transfer and feels very comfortable on.

The color combos available include Hi, Felicia + Hey Girl, HEY, a vivid pink duo; This Ain’t Palm Beach + Plastic Flamingos, a pink coral duo; Retire Your Husband + LOMO, a smoky mauve duo; and Tyra’s Favorite Red + Runway Red, a true red duo.

Tyra Beauty MakeOUT Line in Runway Red

Tyra Beauty MakeOUT Line in Runway Red

Tyra Beauty Smooch as Silk in Tyra's Favorite Red

Tyra Beauty Smooch as Silk in Tyra’s Favorite Red

Tyra Beauty Glow With the Flow, Tyra's Favorite Red, Runway Red swatches

Tyra Beauty Glow With the Flow, Tyra’s Favorite Red, Runway Red swatches

Hmmm…maybe it’s my particular skin chemistry, but Runway Red and Tyra’s Favorite Red aren’t very red on me. They are more of a deep reddish pink. Regardless, I love the color, especially with the Light in a Stick in Glow With the Flow layered on the center of my lips.

My feeble attempt to smize.

My feeble attempt to smize.

Wearing Tyra Beauty Light in a Stick, Tyra's Favorite Red, and Runway Red

I am impressed with all of my Tyra Beauty products…Tyra knows her makeup and has done an excellent job of creating high quality, beautiful products. If you haven’t tried this line yet I think it’s about time you did – you will be thrilled with your Tyra mail!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Tyra Beauty Runway Red and Tyra's Favorite Red

First Kiss Flush with Pixi Beauty

First Kiss Flush with Pixi Cosmetics

First Kiss Flush with Pixi Beauty

I remember my first kiss…it was on the back porch on a hot summer’s evening. My boyfriend’s name was Darrin. I was 13 years old and I have no doubt my face was definitely flushed afterward! Pixi Beauty sent me some great items to test that bring me right back to that hot summer night and my ‘first kiss flush’.

Pixi Cosmetics Glowtion Day Dew

Pixi Beauty Glowtion Day Dew

Glowtion Day Dew ($22)  The first step to getting that wonderful flush is a great, glowy complexion and Glowtion Day Dew does the job. This is a lightweight moisturizing lotion that has illuminating shimmer. I love to put this on right before applying my foundation – it truly gives a ‘lit from within’ appearance and is not sparkly or too young-looking. Ingredients include lavender oil to calm skin and mica to brighten. I love this and know I will be using the entire tube!

Lip Contour Liner in Invisible Smudge Stopper

Lip Contour Liner in Invisible Smudge Stopper

Lip Contour Liner in Invisible Smudge Stopper (Translucent $12) The next must-have for a first kiss flush are beautiful lips and the Lip Contour Liner in Invisible actually helps keep brighter lipsticks from straying. This lipliner is clear and it makes sure lipstick doesn’t feather into fine lines or smudge onto teeth. I use this way more than I thought I would and in fact carry it in my purse to use right before touching up. It twists up and doesn’t need a sharpener either which is a plus.

MatteLustre Lipstick in Raspberry Blush

MatteLustre Lipstick in Raspberry Blush

MatteLustre Lipstick in Raspberry Blush ($12) is the perfect lippie for that just kissed look  The lipstick is full-coverage and lasts a while, especially when also used with the Lip Contour Liner in Invisible. It has lots of great ingredients like peptides, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins C and E to ensure beautifully kissable lips. In the tube, the Raspberry Blush shade looks daunting, but it goes on a gorgeous pinky red that is totally fun and wearable. Yet another lippie that has found a home in my purse!

If you had a great first kiss and want to relive that memory – or if you just want to look like you had a great one – I recommend picking up this combo from Pixi Beauty. You are going to love the beautiful flushed look.  – Lisa

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Think Pink with Smashbox lips

Think pink

Think pink

Not enough attention is given to pink lips but I want to change that. Actually I want to give attention to all things pink therefore you’ll start seeing my THINK PINK posts with some favorite pink cosmetic items.

I’m starting with Smashbox because they’ve created my new favorite lip product and with luck they sent it to me. I really wouldn’t have known about it if Smashbox hadn’t sent today’s goodies.

Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer in Flushed

Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer in Flushed

SMASHBOX BE LEGENDARY LONG WEAR LIP LACQUER in FLUSHED has become my sidekick or “lip kick” lately. This liquid lipstick is with me every day. There’s something about this that has grabbed my heart. Basically I’m a lipstick girl. I like gloss and used to wear them constantly but as I’ve gotten older I’m more excited about lipstick. The Lip Lacquer has the best of both worlds. It feels like a lipstick on and yet it has a shine to it like a gloss. It’s moisturizing and not the least bit sticky.

source smashbox.com Be Legendary Lip Lacquer shades

source smashbox.com Be Legendary Lip Lacquer shades

The Be Legendary Lip Lacquers ($24) are available in 20 shades so even though I’m a pink person I’m guessing you’ll find one that’s just right for your red, coral, nude or wine passion. FLUSHED is described as a ‘soft rose gold’ on Sephora but I find it to be a cool but not cold pink that looks right with just about everything. These are long lasting and they say you’ll get 8 hours wear out of them. I don’t get 8 hours wear out of anything but I can get almost that far if I don’t eat, drink or kiss!

Smashbox Lip Lacquer in Flushed

Smashbox Lip Lacquer in Flushed

As a lipstick lover I have always loved Smashbox lipsticks. It was one of the first brands I binged on. Their lipsticks are smooth, moisturizing, don’t settle in the lines on my lips and best of all they are fragrance-free. My experience with BE LEGENDARY LIPSTICK in POUT ($20) has been wonderful. It’s a bubblegum pink which may not work for everyone but it’s the pink of my dreams. I have some natural tint to my lips and I don’t feel washed out when wearing Pout. Smashbox lipsticks contain Shea Butter for moisture and Vitamins C and E for protection.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pout

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pout

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pout

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pout

Smashbox Flushed Lip Lacquer and Pout Lipstick

Smashbox Flushed Lip Lacquer and Pout Lipstick

To change things up and make these lipsticks and lip lacquers more versatile there’s Smashbox ALWAYS SHARP LIP LINER ($20) that comes in 16 shades. I have both Crimson (for my grown up lips) and Shocking Pink that helps deepen my bubble gum lips to something more ladylike. Crimson is a blue red while Shocking Pink is a vibrant hot pink.

Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liners in Shocking Pink and Crimson

Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liners in Shocking Pink and Crimson

Sharp Lip Liners in Crimson and Shocking Pink

Sharp Lip Liners in Crimson and Shocking Pink

I love that these twist up and I’ll never have to worry about breaking them with a sharpener. These are water resistant too. I like to line first, fill in and then blot that down. Next I’ll apply the lipstick or lip lacquer. This is how I get any longevity. When the lip color starts wearing away, I still have a stain left.

Three great lip products, four great colors and one pair of lips that love to wear pink = success. Have you treated yourself to any Smashbox lip products lately? — Marcia

Smashbox Be Delectable Lipstick in Pout

Smashbox Be Delectable Lipstick in Pout

*received for editorial consideration, worn with excitement

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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