Well, Hello Sailor! Lipstick Queen’s blue lipstick is naughty cool

 

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Now it’s even easier to get attention with the greeting, “Hello Sailor!”

Poppy King takes the ‘naughty nautical’ concept to a new level with her Hello Sailor Lipstick ($25).  She says, ”We’ve seen the trend for blackberry lips but I have a whole new take on this – a super sheer, silky-feeling navy that gives lips a deep berry tint. Turn nautical into ‘naughty cool’ with this new lip phenomenon!”

Hello Sailor - front of the package

Hello Sailor – front of the package

...and the super cool back of the package

…and the super cool back of the package

There’s no question, I get a LOT of attention – and not just from the hubby – when I apply my Hello Sailor Lipstick ($25) from Lipstick Queen. That blue color is an eye grabber for sure! The novelty lives up to the hype with captivating color and smooth texture. In fact, a friend literally tried to steal my tube right out of my hands when she saw the gorgeous berry tint that this fascinating blue lipstick morphs into when applied.

Hello Sailor Lipstick

Hello Sailor Lipstick

Hello Sailor swatch

Hello Sailor swatch

Hello Sailor is more of a lip balm than a lipstick. It goes on slick and moisturizing, and the blackberry color continues to deepen as it reacts with your body chemistry. The Vitamin E keeps lips moisturized and the formula has a fabulous slip that lasts. Another plus?  The blue tones in the lipstick help make teeth look whiter.

wearing Hello Sailor

wearing Hello Sailor

Keep in mind, I have barely pigmented lips, so what is pictured above is actually a big change from my normal lip color. I had multiple friends try this on and each one got a different color – but the lipstick was extremely flattering on each person.  Fascinating!

You’ve got to try this just for the reaction from people when they see you putting on a blue lipstick. It’s really entertaining! And I have no doubt that this ‘naughty cool’ lipstick will become a repurchase thanks to the bewitching shade and the excellent texture.  - Lisa

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FACE Stockholm Spring 2014

I often wonder, why doesn’t FACE Stockholm get more blog press? This is an utterly fantastic line with top-notch products and shades. Spring 2014 at FACE Stockholm is right on trend with natural, peachy-pink shades and a hint of some sassy purple.

FACE Stockholm Spring 2014 look

FACE Stockholm Spring 2014 look

FACE Stockholm Spring 2014

FACE Stockholm Spring 2014

FACE Stockholm sent us four items from the latest collection: Mineral Foundation, Pearl Eyeshadow #36, Toffee Lipstick, and Worship Blush.

FACE Stockholm Liquid Mineral Foundation in Synsk

FACE Stockholm Liquid Mineral Foundation in Synsk

Liquid Mineral Foundation in Synsk

Liquid Mineral Foundation in Synsk

Synsk swatch

Synsk swatch

The Liquid Mineral Foundation ($36) is a thin, lightweight foundation that provides medium coverage. I have issues with an oily t-zone, but not when I wear this oil-free matte foundation. It comes in a sleek-looking glass bottle with a built-in spatula. I don’t apply the foundation using the spatula – to be completely hygienic I scoop some out onto my metal palette, then apply the foundation using my Beauty Blender. It gives a gorgeous finish that lasts all day. I have Synsk, which is a great shade for those who have that not quite light, not quite medium skin tone.

FACE Stockholm Pearl #36 Eyeshadow

FACE Stockholm Pearl #36 Eyeshadow

Pearl #36 swatch

Pearl #36 swatch

Pearl #36 on

Pearl #36 on

The Spring 2014 Collection features Pearl Shadow in #36 ($19), which is described as a ‘greige’ shade. It just might be the prettiest eyeshadow I own – it’s no mystery to me why this is one of FACE Stockholm’s most popular eye shadow shades. It goes on as a mixture of pink, taupe, grey, and purple, and it seems to become more purple as the day goes on. I have worn this every single day since it arrived! This eyeshadow is a perfect pop of color in the otherwise neutral palette of the spring collection.

FACE Stockholm Cream Lipstick in Toffee

FACE Stockholm Cream Lipstick in Toffee

Toffee swatch

Toffee swatch

Toffee on

Toffee on

The Cream Lipstick in Toffee ($22) is a feminine, soft coral that is perfect for spring. The creamy lipstick is opaque, with great lasting power and just enough shine. It really complements the blush in the collection, Worship.

FACE Stockholm Blush in Worship

FACE Stockholm Blush in Worship

Worship swatch

Worship swatch

The Blush in Worship ($20) is a velvety, shimmery peachy-pink. The pigment is amazing – FACE Stockholm is one of the few brands that has powder blushes that will last all day on even the most oily skin. The texture is to die for, buttery and fabulous. Worship is a fantastic spring shade and is one of the most popular shades they offer.

My FACE Stockholm Spring 2014 FOD

My FACE Stockholm Spring 2014 FOD

I am absolutely loving the Spring 2014 Collection. Other items featured in the collection include the Precision Eyeliner, Cream Eyeshadow in Apricot, Tinted Brow Fix, and the terrific Luxe Lash Mascara. The Spring 2014 Collection from FACE Stockholm is a fantastic way to say hello to the new season.  - Lisa

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Some radiant orchid fun with Maybelline Master Glaze, Color Show and Painted Earth Orchid lipstick

pantone color of the year radiant orchidI wonder if the words “Radiant Orchid” bring happy thoughts or dread to the world of consumers. I’ve seen so many interpretations of the color that it’s hard to know exactly what radiant orchid looks like. I wrote a review on a nail polish from I Love Nail Polish called Molly and called it Radiant Orchid yet I had some naysayers that said it wasn’t. I doubt we’ll agree on the exact shade which is perfectly fine. It’s best to find a shade that works for your particular coloring and your special taste so you can have some Radiant Orchid fun.

Radiant Orchid fun with Maybelline and Painted Earth

Radiant Orchid fun with Maybelline and Painted Earth

One day when I was at CVS with one of my reward coupons I spotted the new Maybelline master GLAZE cream blush sticks. I love cream blushes and reviews I’ve read are all positive. I was instantly drawn to Pink Fever (#20) and once I had it in my hand I thought of Radiant Orchid. I’d have been drawn to this shade no matter what but knowing it was a variation of the Pantone Color of the Year made me more excited.

I’m super impressed with Maybelline master GLAZE. The stick looks bigger than the product actually is. The top of master GLAZE is only about 2/3 of an inch across so it’s smaller and thinner than something like a Nars Multiple. But it vies with a multiple for performance. This lasts and lasts on me. Pink Fever is a bright spring-like shade of pink with orchid undertones. I apply it directly from the stick and blend with my finger. It’s like a dream. It blends beautifully. I’m sure you can build this up though I haven’t needed to.

Maybelline master GLAZE in Pink Fever

Maybelline master GLAZE in Pink Fever

Maybelline master GLAZE in Pink Fever

Maybelline master GLAZE in Pink Fever

Maybelline master GLAZE in Pink Fever

Maybelline master GLAZE in Pink Fever

Look at these gorgeous colors the master GLAZES are available in (picture courtesy of glitter.gloss.garbage, check out her swatches!)

Maybelline Master Glaze shades from glitter.gloss.garbage

Maybelline Master Glaze shades from glitter.gloss.garbage

These retail for about $9 but it’s Maybelline so you know you can find a sale. As I was examining the display I noticed this beautiful Maybelline Color Show polish in Rose Rapture and I knew a review was being written in my head!

Maybelline Color Show in Rose Rapture

Maybelline Color Show in Rose Rapture

I know this isn’t a radiant orchid dupe but it’s the prettiest pink that’s slightly metallc and has a beautiful light shimmer to it. Maybelline Color Show polishes are my favorite drugstore polish since they wear beautifully on me and for $4 or less I can buy a color I might not want in a more expensive polish.

Maybelline master glaze, Painted Earth lipstick, Maybelline Color Show np

Maybelline master glaze, Painted Earth lipstick, Maybelline Color Show np

My third product to share is truly orchid and was created prior to Pantone picking this as their shade for 2014. It’s from Painted Earth and it’s their Luxury Lipstick in the shade Orchid. The Painted Earth lipsticks swatches are difficult to see which is a shame because they are some of the nicest lipsticks I’ve tried.

Painted Earth Luxury Lipstick in Orchid

Painted Earth Luxury Lipstick in Orchid

Painted Earth Luxury Lipstick in Orchid

Painted Earth Luxury Lipstick in Orchid

I was very intimidated when I first opened the Painted Earth Luxury Lipstick. I wear light lip colors yet I wanted to try things that are in the orchid family. After all I want to be “IN” style, don’t I? What I found with Orchid is that it can be worn full strength like this (sorry for the lousy color but the light was disappearing) :

Painted Earth Orchid lipstick

Painted Earth Orchid lipstick

or I can blot it down and find a beautiful MLBB (my lips but better) shade:

Painted Earth Orchid lipstick blotted down

Painted Earth Orchid lipstick blotted down

I’m obviously a lot more comfortable with my lips in the second picture but right from the tube in the first picture made me realize just how beautiful these Luxury Lipsticks are.

I know that Pantone isn’t going to hire me to be a color spotter but perfect or not, these are colors that remind me of thhe radiant orchid that I like and that’s what really counts. What favorites do you have for this Pantone Color of the Year? — Marcia

 

Top Ten Tuesday – time for Red Lips

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It’s said that there’s a red lipstick that’s made for everyone. Some of us rock red lips, some of us fear red lips, but we can’t deny that the color red is a striking color that will get attention. I’ve gone through the archives of Beauty Info Zone and found 10 red lipsticks and glosses that I think are gorgeous. You’ll notice that most of my choices are cool toned and some are reds that verge on the edge of pink. That’s my comfort zone even though you won’t find me wearing red lips that often. I hope you can find a red that you like out of my choices for Top Ten Tuesday. — Marcia

These are not in any particular order, I’m describing them clockwise from the upper left corner.

1. Makeup Geek Lipstick in Fearless – This particular lipstick was part of a set that’s no longer on the Makeup Geek site although the shade Captivating is one that is close yet a little more orange. Makeup Geek prices her products so competitively that you can’t help but be attracted to this cruelty free independent brand.

2. Starlooks Lipstick in Masquerade – Masquerade was part of a Starbox subscription and it surprised me to no end. I never thought that I’d be able to pull off this red shade yet it turned out to be a favorite. This might have been exclusive to that month’s box but take a look at Angelina from Starlooks if you want a gorgeous red.

3. Gleam Lip Radiance (by Melanie Mills) in Unstoppable – Currently Unstoppable is my favorite red lip. It’s described on their site as a coral red but it’s a true red on me. It’s an opaque gloss that isn’t sticky on my lips.

4. Senna Maraschino Lip Lacquer – This is a stunning color that Senna brought out this past winter. It’s a cherry red with some golden shimmer. It’s a bold color but it’s so beautiful that I don’t care that it takes me out of my comfort zone.

5. IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Butter in Darling – I’m cheating here since Darling is going to look pink on a lot of people but on me it looks red. A pinky red but red. If you want sheer lipsticks that are incredibly hydrating and have anti-aging properties then the Vitality Lip Flush Butters are for you. They come in 3 shades and all are great.

6. Frankie Rose Cosmetics Sangria Gloss – As soon as I saw Lisa’s review on Frankie Rose my eyes instantly went to Sangria Gloss. It’s more of a liquid lipstick in feel and it has a little shimmer to give it some fullness. This shade makes me want to look good in red lips.

7. Face Stockholm Lipstick in Summer – I can’t rave enough about the Face Stockholm brand and their lipsticks are in those raves. Summer is a berry pink that falls in the red range to me. It’s beautifully pigmented and a stunner.

8. Lipstick Queen Medieval – Lipstick Queen was practically put on the map with Medieval. It was one of Poppy King’s original lipsticks and it is as beautiful today as when she first created it. If you want to go a little lighter you could try Jean Queen as it has more pink to it.

9. Lipstick Queen Metal Wine – The Metal lipsticks are the newest lipstick launch from Lipstick Queen. I haven’t seen Metal Red though it is probably stunning if Metal Wine is any indication of the beauty of this new line of lipsticks. Metal Wine is described as a deep burgundy and Metal Red as a Metallic Pillarbox Red.

10. Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge Lip Color in Iconic Red – Well the name tells you instantly what to expect. Make Up For Ever has a beautiful line of long lasting lip colors and the star for many is Iconic Red. On one side of the tube is the color while the other side has a gloss. Lisa reviewed this and called it a true cherry red. It’s a true face brightener.

Are any of these reds in your favorite list? What IS your favorite red lip? Now go enjoy the picks of the other bloggers. I think this is going to be a fun Top Ten set! — Marcia

Celebrate Valentine’s Day and support BCA Awareness with the Evelyn Lauder Dream Lip Collection

Estee Lauder Dream Lips

Evelyn Lauder Dream Lip Collection

Valentine’s Day, also known as ‘the holiday of love’, is just around the corner. How about getting beautiful, luscious pink lips while also supporting Breast Cancer Awareness? The Evelyn Lauder Dream Lip Collection supports The BCA Campaign’s mission to defeat breast cancer through education and medical research.

The theme is “Let’s Defeat Breast Cancer.  We’re Stronger Together.” The EL company is now increasing action by promoting this awareness through awesome products year round, not just in October. They also have an excellent digital awareness campaign called “Circle of Strength”, check it out here:  www.BCACAmpaign.com/StrongerTogether

EL Dream Lips Collection

EL Dream Lip Collection

Dream Lips clutch, lipstick, and roller ball gloss

Dream Lip clutch, Pure Color Rubellite Lipstick, and Pure Color Sheer RollerGloss in Hot Pink.  Total hotness!

I am loving their Valentine’s Day gift that gives back, the Evelyn Lauder Dream Lip Collection ($29.50; 20% is donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation ®). This Elizabeth Hurley inspired set is a great combination of pink, gloss, and gold that will quickly become a girl’s best friend! The clutch is a stylish, pretty two-toned textured pink with gold accents. This clutch is a perfect size, very roomy, and is total hotness with a little black dress.

Inside are two lippies:  Pure Color Lipstick in Rubellite and Pure Color Sheer RollerGloss in Hot Pink.

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Pure Color Lipstick in Rubellite

Lipstick

Rubellite Lipstick

The Pure Color Lipstick in Rubellite is a cool-toned medium raspberry pink. It has a light golden shimmer. The texture is wonderfully creamy and this is a full coverage lipstick that has lots of lasting power. It doesn’t smell or taste like anything, which is something to consider when buying a gift for someone. I love the shade, and I especially love it with the limited-edition Pure Color Sheer RollerGloss in Hot Pink layered over it.

Rollerball

Pure Color RollerGloss in Hot Pink

Rollerball

check out the rollerball…awesome!

The LE Pure Color Sheer RollerGloss in Hot Pink is a very lightly tinted pink gloss with golden shimmer. I can’t tell you how much I love this gloss!! The retro rollerball applicator brings me back to my teens in a good way, and the gloss is outstanding. I love the slip and feel of it, it’s not sticky and it makes lips feel amazing. It’s just thick enough and it’s pretty addictive since I can’t stand having dry lips. This is limited edition, so I totally recommend getting this set – and I want extras of the RollerGloss in Hot Pink, it’s that awesome.

swatched

swatched – Rubellite on top, Hot Pink on bottom

You can find this fantastic set HERE. The Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection is a wonderful – and gorgeous –  way to celebrate a day of love!  - Lisa

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The Metals by Lipstick Queen: Nude Metal and Wine Metal review and swatches

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The latest lippie launch from Lipstick Queen is a stunning collection called The Metals ($24.00 each).

The Metals

“Metallic accents are the easiest way to add a spark to your wardrobe. And now you can do the same with your lips! These lipsticks’ metallic element makes them mesmerizing and completely magnetic to the eye.”  Poppy King

What makes these lipsticks different are the ultra-fine metallic pearls and high pigment levels that create a unique metallic effect. There are three shades available including Metal Nude, Metal Wine, and Metal Red. Lipstick Queen sent the BIZ Metal Nude and Metal Wine.

Metals

The Metals

The Metals lipsticks are housed in appropriately metallic cases with bold red lettering. The texture of these lipsticks is wonderful – lots of pigment with a beautifully smooth application and no fragrance or taste. Both shades I tried have a wonderful metallic sheen that makes lips look lush. This is a long-wearing lipstick that lasts a good 6 hours on me. Because the formula includes vitamin E and apricot kernal oil, these lipsticks don’t dry out lips.

Rest assured, The Metals are not the frosted lipsticks we wore with abandon in the ’80′s…they are a grown up gorgeous metallic. They apply like a cream lipstick, look like a shimmer lipstick, and wear like a matte lipstick – pretty genius.

Nude Metal

Metal Nude

Nude Metal swatch

Metal Nude swatch

Nude Metal

wearing Metal Nude

Metal Nude is a rose-gold metallic nude that leans a little peach on me. The metallic sheen keeps it from washing me out, making it a perfect laid back color that really brightens my look.

Wine Metal

Metal Wine

Wine Metal swatch

Metal Wine swatch

Wine Metal on

wearing Metal Wine

Metal Wine is a sophisticated yet easy to wear metallic deep burgundy. The golden metallic sheen makes it a wonderful warm color. If you don’t do reds, this is a great deeper shade that could be an excellent alternative.

Both Metal Nude and Metal Wine are wonderful day shades that easily become party shades with an extra coat. The satin finish is extremely comfortable and the shades are very flattering. Poppy King has done it again – these are must have lipsticks!  - Lisa

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Lipstick Queen Hall of Fame Collection review and swatches

Lipstick Queen Hall of Fame

Lipstick Queen Hall of Fame

It takes a lot to be admitted to any hall of fame and the gorgeous lipsticks in Lipstick Queen’s Hall of Fame Collection ($48, a great price as the set is a $66 value), certainly earn the honor. This is a wonderful set with three superior shades that look great on virtually anyone – hence, it’s a superb gift choice. My advice, though, is to get this set for yourself. Trust me, all three shades will immediately go into your regular lippie rotation.

Butterfly Ball in Float, Jean Queen, and Medieval are all Lipstick Queen bestsellers, each with varying levels of sheerness. All three lippies are extremely moisturizing and a pleasure to wear. They all have shea butter, aloe vera, and vitamins E, C, and B, which leaves lips soft and sexy.

Butterfly Ball in Float is a pale shimmering nude with a bit of turquoise iridescence.

Float

Butterfly Ball in Float

Float

Float swatched

To be honest, most nude lippies don’t work for me. I have so little pigment in my lips that nudes usually make me look like I’m about to suffer from hypothermia, so they go to Marcia who can wear them well. But this nude…I love it. It has just enough color to define my lips and it has the best texture and slip. The bit of blue in the formula helps teeth appear whiter, which is pretty cool side effect.

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Wearing Float and not looking like I am about to kick the bucket

Jean Queen is a subtle, laid-back pink that is perfect for casual outfits.

Jean Queen

Lipstick Queen Jean Queen

Jean Queen

Jean Queen swatched

I love the concept behind this lippie. People were constantly asking Lipstick Queen creator Poppy what shade to wear with jeans, so she created the ultimate shade. It has a little more color than Float, but it’s definitely sheer and casual. The pink shade is a perfect contrast to the blue in your jeans and it really is a universally flattering shade.

Jean Queen

Wearing Jean Queen

What you have heard about Medieval is not rumor. It’s true…anyone can wear this red.

Medieval

Lipstick Queen Medieval

Medieval

Medieval swatched

Medieval is a like a little black dress. It works on everyone and goes with everything. It’s a subtle, sheer red that looks natural yet glam at the same time…I didn’t even think that was possible! And the story behind the name is awesome. In Medieval times lipstick was considered rather wicked. Instead, women used lemon juice to irritate lips, creating a blood-red stain. This lipstick recreates that shade, minus the misuse of citrus. The texture is beautiful, it glides on and feels very silky, and the red shade really makes teeth and skin look amazing. It’s kind of in between a lip gloss and a lipstick and it is fantastic.

Medieval

Getting Medieval

Lipstick Queen Hall of Fame Collection is a big winner. All three shades deserve their spot in Poppy’s hall of fame and you want these shades in your collection!  - Lisa

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