Makeup Wars – items that surprised me

This edition of Makeup Wars is all about items that surprised us. These could be winners, these could be losers, but they were all in the race since we’ve used them for our blogs and personal life. I’ve found quite a few products that I didn’t necessarily have high expectations of that have blown me away but unfortunately the opposite has been true too. I’m focusing on the positive because these have all broken through the finish line as winners.

Makeup Wars items that surprised me - Christie Brinkley skincare, Benefit Roller Lash mascara and Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation

Makeup Wars items that surprised me – Christie Brinkley skincare, Benefit Roller Lash mascara and Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY AUTHENTIC SKINCARE is a skincare line that I turned down the first time it was offered to me. My perception was that as beautiful as Christie Brinkley is, that she’d probably slapped her name down on a line that offered to make her some money. I was totally wrong and now I’ve had the opportunity to try 4 of her products. These are all well thought out items that have performed beautifully for me. I want an anti-aging line considering I’m aging every day and not going backwards. I’ve found her products to be excellent especially the Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Day Cream with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen (that’s a mouthful) and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Night Treatment. These are luxurious without being outrageously priced. They are rich and provide the anti-aging benefits I look for.

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment

RIMMEL LONDON LASTING FINISH 25 HR FOUNDATION was a recommendation by a friend who loves IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream as much as I do. I bought it because of her raves but I was sure it wouldn’t work for me and I’d return it. SURPRISE! I really like the foundation. I haven’t trusted drugstore foundation for a dozen years. I never found a color match, I rarely found one that I could tolerate the scent of and I didn’t find one that looked natural on my skin. Rimmel’s Lasting Finish has done all 3 of these for me in the right way. My color match is 091 Light Ivory, the fragrance disappears on my skin and I love the finish it gives me. It lasts all day with maybe a little more concealer if I’m going out. This is a great $7 surprise.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hr. Foundation

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hr. Foundation

My last surprise is BENEFIT ROLLER LASH MASCARA. I haven’t liked many Benefit products unfortunately. I have a few that I’ve enjoyed like Fake Up Concealer and some I’ve hated like They’re Real, Push Up Liner so I was surprised that I even bought Roller Lash Mascara. I’m even more surprised how much I like this mascara. As with all mascaras the reviews were mixed but definitely more in favor of the mascara than not. I first bought Maybelline Lash Sensational because I had heard they gave a similar look and as much as I’m a fan of Lash Sensational, it’s a bear to remove. One day Roller Lash slipped into my shopping cart and arrived at my house. I put off wearing it thinking it was just another mascara. It’s not! It’s a SURPRISE! I really love the look of the mascara and how it wears. What do I get from this?

-Longer, defined lashes that have a great amount of volume

-Curl that lasts from morning through night

-Compliments galore on how great my lashes look (even when cringing in the chair at the oral surgeon)

-A mascara without flaking, clumping, or smudging

-A mascara that easily removes

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Three surprises and four products that I can recommend buying and rebuying. I’m always in the mood for a good surprise and these products are just the things to do that.  Are any of these on your favorites list? — Marcia


Top 10 Fall lips

Favorite Fall lips

Favorite Fall lips

The calendar tells us that it’s Fall. It’s a mixed blessing in many ways. Pumpkin Spice lovers will be thrilled with the amount of products that are now available. Cider Mills are open with that delicious fresh cider and tantalizing doughnuts. The leaves are starting to change and the colors will be spectacular. We’ll try to ignore how dark it is by 7:30 p.m. and that we need shorts in the day and a parka at night. But what we won’t ignore is the chance to change your lipstick wardrobe. Top Ten Tuesday is here to give you some suggestions of some lips to wear.

My personal favorites are the new PUR MINERALS LIP LURE LIQUID LIPSTICKS *. I have three of the five available and they are perfect for this time of year. These are very pigmented and the colors last for a long time. They are bucking the trend of matte (which is fine for me), instead saturating your lips with color while leaving them feel moisturized. ($22 each, full review coming up)

Pur Minerals Lip Lure

Pur Minerals Lip Lure

Pur Minerals Lip Lure in Belle, Graceful, and Fancy

Pur Minerals Lip Lure in Belle, Graceful, and Fancy

Another brand of lipstick that is new in my life is SLEEK MAKEUP, TRUE COLOR LIPSTICK *. These lipsticks come in either Sheen or Matte finishes for just $7.49. They are extremely creamy and feel great on my lips. Happily they are fragrance free. When you look these up on Sleek’s website they describe the lipsticks as well as give suggestions for which eyeshadow palette and blush would look great with them. More to come on Sleek MakeUP soon!

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Succomb, Cherry and Papaya Punch

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Succomb, Cherry and Papaya Punch

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Cherry, Papaya Punch (matte) and Succumb

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Cherry, Papaya Punch (matte) and Succumb

I like Nude lipsticks and find that there can be a difference between a summer nude and a fall nude. We all have different interpretations of nude and mine is a light shade but with fall I’ll go deeper. Three of my favorite nudes are Sleek MakeUP Succumb, Tom Ford Sable Smoke, and Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink.

Sleek Succumb is a brownish nude with pink undertones that looks much more pink on me than my swatch. Tom Ford Sable Smoke is a creamy peachy brown that’s not dark and can look different depending on which lipliner I use. Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink is the pinkest of the bunch but it’s not pink.

nude lipsticks in Sleek Succumb, Tom Ford Sable Smoke, Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink

nude lipsticks in Sleek Succumb, Tom Ford Sable Smoke, Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink

Dark lips aren’t easy for me to comfortably wear but I do love having some for those special times when I need to look more grown up. You never know when a plum, red, or brown red lipstick is going to up your game. Here are the ones in my collection:

VOTRE VU TATIANA * is a tomato red that I apply with a lip brush to get a softer look. SLEEK CHERRY is a deep vampy red. MELANIE MILLS GLEAM * in Unstoppable is a bright cherry red (photo doesn’t share the true red of this beauty. RIMMEL PROVOCALIPS * in PLAY WITH FIRE is a two sided liquid lipstick that’s a long wearing formula. It’s a beautiful true dark red with a clear sparkly gloss on the opposite end. PIXI BEAUTY MATTELUSTRE PLUM BERRY * is a hybrid of matte and lustre. This is a plummy red that doesn’t show lip lines like a true matte does.

Top 10 Fall lips by Votre Vu, Sleek, Gleam, Rimmel and Pixi

Top 10 Fall lips by Votre Vu, Sleek, Gleam, Rimmel and Pixi

I have so many more lovely fall lipsticks and totally forgot to take a picture of one of my all time favorites Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Plummy Rose though it is in my overall photo.

13 lip products to grace your lips this fall

13 lip products to grace your lips this fall

What are you wearing for Fall? I know my fellow Top Ten ladies will have some beauties so be sure to check them out.  — Marcia


*items were sent for consideration, rest are purchases of mine

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hr foundation – does it do what it says?

Not long ago a reader accused us of only writing positive reviews. I’m not sure what the problem is with that but we prefer to be upbeat and tell you what we like about a product while also pointing out what didn’t work for us. There is nothing in the world of cosmetics that’s going to make 100% of us happy. That’s why we read more than one review to decide if something would work for our skin or not.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 HR foundation

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 HR foundation

An item that was recommended to me was Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 HR Foundation with Comfort Serum. I’ve been on a cosmetic board with this woman for years so I knew what her taste was like. She compared this to my beloved IT Cosmetics CC+ so I just had to test it and see if anything could match up to that. The first thing to note is that this is a new foundation with an old name. It’s been reformulated according to Rimmel London.

The next time I was at CVS I picked it up (love their beauty coupons and beauty club!!) in the lightest shade they carried, 091 Light Ivory. On the Rimmel London website they show this is available in 11 shades from 010 Light Porcelain to 400 Natural Beige but at CVS I only noticed about 7 shades. This is not a foundation that is meant for women of color obviously.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation in 091 Light Ivory

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation in 091 Light Ivory

Does this compare to IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream? Yes and no. It’s a much fuller coverage even though Rimmel calls it a medium coverage. It covers very well and hides most of the redness on my face. The only concealing I have to do is under my eyes. It has an SPF of 20 while IT has an SPF of 50.

Does it last all day? I have no intention of testing this for 25 hours to find that out but I have worn it on days that last 14-15 hours and haven’t had to touch it up at all.

swatch of Rimmel Lasting Finish in 091 Light Ivory

swatch of Rimmel Lasting Finish in 091 Light Ivory

blended swatch of Rimmel Lasting Finish in 091 Light Ivory

blended swatch of Rimmel Lasting Finish in 091 Light Ivory

As you can see on my hand it’s a great match. I was wavering between 091 Light Ivory and 100 Ivory in the store. It’s a pain not being able to swatch there! I went with Light Ivory since it was less yellow. When I held the bottles up to compare I felt that Light Ivory might be too pink but luckily it’s not.

When I got home and decided to do some photography that’s when I went to make sure I had my receipt. I was absolutely certain that I’d be returning this because of the fragrance I noticed as soon as I opened the jar. The smell lingered on my hand so I was concerned. But I wore it anyway figuring I could wash it off – but I barely noticed the fragrance once on my skin. I was (and am) thrilled about that. I’ve worn it a dozen times since I bought it and it’s never been a problem. Most days I switch between this Rimmel foundation and the IT CC+ Cream.

Rimmel says that this is sweat, heat, humidity and transfer proof for up to 25 hours. I think they make a good point here. I haven’t had any problems no matter the temperature. I feel that I’m going to enjoy this more though when autumn actually arrives and it’s not as hot and humid. For $6.99 or less this is a great beauty buy for me. While I’m sorry to disappoint that one reader, I’m happy that this is another positive review. As Sally Field would say “I like it, I really like it.” — Marcia

(SPF ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 7.8%; Octinoxide 2.5)

Top Ten Mascaras for 2015


Beautysets - Top Ten Mascaras
What a tricky topic this is. Beside the choice of color for a lipstick, I think mascara is the hardest product to agree on. Our eyes are so different as is what we are looking for in a mascara. What’s one person’s “OMG” is another person’s “You like that???”. Here are 10 of my latest OMG mascaras. Some are new to me and some you’ve seen over and over again but a little reminder can’t hurt.
I did my list in order of the price of the mascara not in order of the love of it.
1.  MILANI TOTAL LASH COVER ($4.99) is one I pick up every time I notice a BOGO sale. I love how this mascara makes my eyelashes look and I love the price. It’s always sold out and there’s a reason for that.
2.  MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATION ($8.99) is one I can’t resist even though it’s a bear to remove. But the look is so lush that I can’t help but love it. Just have a good eye makeup remover handy.

Maybelline Lash Sensation

Maybelline Lash Sensation

3.  RIMMEL WONDERLASH ($8.99*) is a new one for me. I’m still on my first tube of it but I’ll buy it again. It’s a great everyday mascara that makes my lashes look full and comes off with ease.

Rimmel London Wonderlash

Rimmel London Wonderlash

4.  EDDIE FUNKHOUSER QUATRO VARIABLE LASH ($12.99) is one you’ve seen a “few” times. I’ve bought so many of these and still have one left. When some of my stash is used up, Eddie will be back in my cart without a doubt. This is a mascara for everyone since there are 4 variable settings you can use depending on how much volume you are interested in. Just turn the knob and you get fuller and fuller lashes. I keep mine on the 3rd one.

Eddie Funkhouser Quatro Variable Lash

Eddie Funkhouser Quatro Variable Lash

5. BAREMINERALS LASH DOMINATION ($18) was sent for review originally. I love the way this applies and already bought a new one. This is another that looks great all day and removes easily at night.

BareMinerals Lash Domination

BareMinerals Lash Domination

6.  TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX MASCARA ($23) gives me the false eyelash look I want. It could easily be my number one favorite. Lash lashes that aren’t crunchy, length, volume. It’s got it all.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

7.  IT COSMETICS HELLO LASHES ($23), my list wouldn’t be complete without Hello Lashes. My original one came in a set that was sent and since then I’ve bought it half a dozen times.

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes

8.  DOUCCE PUNK VOLUMIZER ($24*) was in one of my recent Wantable boxes and it caught me by surprise. It’s so not me but I can’t help but like it. I don’t know if I’d buy it again but the novelty of having a very volumizing mascara is fun for me. It’s truly a night mascara since I don’t usually have “out there” lashes.

Doucce Punk Volumizer

Doucce Punk Volumizer

9.  CHARLOTTE TILBURY ‘FULL FAT LASHES’ 5 STAR MASCARA ($29) is my luxury choice. It’s one of the products that I was most excited to get from Charlotte Tilbury and I’m not disappointed with how great my lashes look when wearing it.

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes 5 Star Mascara

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes 5 Star Mascara

10.  MDMflow GREATER THAN MASCARA (approximately $33) was in my Boxycharm box from July. I wasn’t so sure about this new UK mascara but I stuck with it and I really like it. I’m glad it was in my subscription though I’m not sure if I’d repurchase. But I do like it and it needed to be in my list.

MDMflow Greater Than Mascara

MDMflow Greater Than Mascara

What do you think of these 10 mascaras? Are any on your list of ones you’d purchase or already have? —  Marcia

Top 10 mascaras #beautyinfozone

Top 10 mascaras #beautyinfozone

Let’s find out what the other Top Ten Tuesday bloggers love. I’m getting my credit card out.


*denotes press sample

Keep Calm and Lip Balm from Rimmel London

Rimmel London Keep Calm and Lip Balm

Don’t these look fun?? I adore the packaging of the new Keep Calm and Lip Balm from Rimmel London. So colorful and pretty, but do they make it into my beach bag?

If I were only judging this book by its cover, I would say absolutely. The three tinted lip balms that Rimmel London sent me to test are cute cute cute, and just by looking at the balms you can see they are going to be extremely moisturizing.

Rimmel London Keep Calm and Lip Balm

Rimmel London Keep Calm and Lip Balm

The ‘Keep Calm’ logo and bright colors equal brilliant packaging. Keep Calm and Lip Balm ($2.50) comes in six shades – Clear (Keep Calm and Shop), Pink Blush (Keep Calm and Kiss), Berry Blush (Keep Calm and Rock), Rose Blush (Keep Calm and Play), and Violet Blush (Keep Calm and Party).

They are long wearing for a balm and have moisturizing oils that lock in moisture, increasing it by 22%.

Keep Calm and Play with Rose Blush

Keep Calm and Play with Rose Blush

Keep Calm and Party with Violet Blush

Keep Calm and Party with Violet Blush

Keep Calm and Kiss with Pink Blush

Keep Calm and Kiss with Pink Blush

Keep Calm and Lip Balm swatches, top to bottom:  Rose Blush, Violet Blush, Pink Blush

Keep Calm and Lip Balm swatches, top to bottom: Rose Blush, Violet Blush, Pink Blush

As you can see, the tint is barely there. In fact, on my lips the only one that has much color is the Violet Blush and it is definitely subtle.

The lip balms are soft…see what I did to poor Violet Blush? Applied, they have great mouth feel and give wonderful slip. They make lips tingle a bit too, in a minty sort of way that is pleasant. What’s not so great is the taste. It tastes like perfume and it doesn’t go away quickly. Believe me, if you kiss someone while wearing one of these lip balms, he or she will probably not be happy.

Unfortunately, these balms don’t make it into my beach bag. The soft tint is nice, the packaging is fabulous, and I love the moisturizing formula…but the taste is a deal breaker for me. Have you tried to Keep Calm and Lip Balm? Do you agree with me or do these cuties work for you?  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

@RimmelLondonUS

A trio of interesting drugstore mascaras (Covergirl, Maybelline, Rimmel)

Rimmel Wonderlash, Covergirl The Super Sizer, Maybelline Lash Sensation

Rimmel Wonderlash, Covergirl The Super Sizer, Maybelline Lash Sensational

Drugstore beauty shopping is always a fun treat. If I want a pick me up I head to the aisles of CVS, Walgreen, Meijer or Ulta to find something new to try out. While two of these mascaras were sent for review, I know I’d have eventually picked them up during a sale.

I find this trio to be very different from each other. They aren’t sisters from another mother in any way. They may not even be from the same clan though they all have something I like about them. I’m reviewing them in order from least to most eyelash presentation.

Covergirl The Super Sizer

Covergirl The Super Sizer

COVERGIRL THE SUPER SIZER* is the newest addition to the Covergirl family ($6.85). What stands out about this mascara is the wand. This very skinny wand has small and larger bristles intertwined. It looks like it’s not going to give you any volume, but depending on your own lashes you might be surprised. I personally have straight, wimpy lashes and I don’t get much in the way of volume from Super Sizer. It’s a great bottom lash mascara because it doesn’t smudge when you apply it. The trick with Covergirl Super Sizer is to twirl the brush as you apply it. I didn’t do that the first time I used it and I was very disappointed. But I kept on and each day got a little bit better. While this isn’t going to give me the lushness I crave, it does open my eyes and never smudges.

Rimmel Wonder Lash

Rimmel Wonder Lash

RIMMEL WONDER LASH MASCARA WITH ARGAN OIL* is a step beyond others I’ve tried from the drugstore. I love that this conditions my lashes while making them look good at the same time. While the package says it’s a volume mascara, I find that it gives me better length and definition than it does volume. This is the mascara that I like to use on a daily basis. It’s not as lush as I’d like to see my lashes get but it’s not meek or mild either. It removes with ease and my lashes aren’t crispy or flaky with this. No raccoons need apply for this job.

wearing Rimmel Wonderlash with argan oil

wearing Rimmel Wonderlash with argan oil

MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL ($8.99) and I have a love/hate relationship. I love the mascara and have recommended it but I hate how difficult it is to remove. No matter which eye makeup remover I try, I do seem to lose some lashes with it and that drives me nuts since I don’t have extras. The best remover for this is Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel which I put on a cotton pad and let sit on my lashes for at least 10 seconds before trying to remove.

Maybelline Lash Sensation

Maybelline Lash Sensational

I bought this in Blackest Black (on special of course) and it definitely is the darkest of these three. It also gives me the best lashes of the group. I love the curved brush since it seems to get all my lashes in one scoop. Maybelline calls it a “full fan effect” and I think that’s an accurate description. The curved brush has 10 layers of densely packed bristles to give that fullness. What I get with Lash Sensational is volume, definition and length. What else can I ask for? Well… there’s that issue of removal and there’s the issue of longevity. Normally I get a good three months out of a mascara (especially since I have several in use at the same time) but by month two I noticed that Lash Sensational didn’t have the oomph any more. It dried out faster than I expected. I’ll most likely buy this again during a sale but at least I know the limitations of it.

Have you tried any of these mascaras? What’s your opinion of them? — Marcia

*starred items received for consideration

Top 10 beauty products to survive the heat

Beat the heat with waterproof and water resistant products

Beat the heat with waterproof and water resistant products

Welcome to the newest edition of Top Ten Tuesday. Considering we are just a few days from the official first day of summer it’s time to find out what the beauty bloggers use to beat the heat. We all might approach this a little differently from each other but our blogs are trying to get you through summer in the most beauteous way.

My 10 are ones I rely on to get me through heat, humidity and hot flashes. The colors are pretty much interchangeable, it’s the type of product that counts today.

1.  IT COSMETICS CC+ CREAM WITH SPF (Your Skin But Better CC+) is something I talk about endlessly. Of all my CC Creams this is number uno. It’s not waterproof but when I start streaming it doesn’t end up streaky on my face. I’m on my third tube of this and I’m sure I’ll end up with a fourth.

It Cosmetics CC Cream  SPF 50 and Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

It Cosmetics CC Cream SPF 50 and Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

2.  SKINDINAVIA MAKEUP PRIMER SPRAY * can be used as a primer before applying foundation or the way I usually use it which is to set my makeup (including eyes) after I’m done. My blog partner Lisa just reviewed this and she uses it as a preprimer, I find it also sets my makeup helping it last longer. Wonderful product.

MUFE Aqua Eyes liner, IT Cosmetics Waterproof Gel Eyeliner, Rimmel Scandaleyes crayon in Bulletproof Beige

MUFE Aqua Eyes liner, IT Cosmetics Waterproof Gel Eyeliner, Rimmel Scandaleyes crayon in Bulletproof Beige

3.  IT COSMETICS WATERPROOF GEL EYELINER PENCILS *are really waterproof. If you are looking for a great line for summer IT Cosmetics is your BFF. There are 10 shades of these Waterproof Gel Eyeliner Pencils and you can’t go wrong with them. Many eyeliners last on my top lash line but only a few last on my bottom lash line in the summer and IT is one of them.

4.  MAKE UP FOR EVER AQUA EYES PENCILS *are the other eyeliners that you want for summer or anytime actually. Make Up For Ever is a fabulous line if you are in the heat. They make many eye and lip products that are perfect for summer which is why many of their products use the word AQUA in their name. This shade is 52L which was an LE shade but others like 7L and 12L will give you this turquoise pop.

5.  RIMMEL SCANDALEYES EYESHADOW CRAYON is not touted to be waterproof but it lasts and lasts through anything I put it through. I have this in half a dozen shades and Bulletproof Beige (which looks peachy on me) gets the most use. They are creamier than a lot of brands of eye crayons and they are only around $7.

IT Cosmetics Build A Brow and Liner Love plus the eyebrow brush

IT Cosmetics Build A Brow and Liner Love plus the eyebrow brush

6.  IT COSMETICS BUILD-A-BROW is truly waterproof. This baby lasts and lasts. My new craze is filling in my eyebrows and I choose between Build A Brow or Senna. But when push comes to shove, I use IT Cosmetics. This shade is Dark Brown but I recently ordered Natural Taupe too for when I don’t need quite as dramatic eyebrows.

–  IT COSMETICS EYEBROW BRUSH is probably the best brush I’ve ever tried. I have a few other great brushes but the IT brush is perfect for a cream eyebrow product. The brush is unique since it has grooves in it that pick up and apply the cream by itself. You almost aren’t needed. By buying this combination from QVC you pay so much less than if you buy them separately. Even though I have the brush, I bought the combo again with the new shade. That’s how great this brush is. (I know this is OT since it’s not waterproof but I get a little carried away!)

It Cosmetics Eyebrow brush

It Cosmetics Eyebrow brush

7.  IT COSMETICS LINER LOVE is a waterproof gel eyeliner. I prefer a gel eyeliner to a pencil though I’ll use all kinds. The first one I bought was Espresso and when I realized that QVC had a duo with an eyeliner brush I bought it in Silk Taupe seen here.

Rimmel Provocateur, IT Cosmetics, tarte lipsurgence

Rimmel Provocalips, IT Cosmetics, tarte lipsurgence

8. RIMMEL PROVOCALIPS 16 HOUR KISSPROOF LIP COLOR* in Play with Fire. This is NOT my shade. I don’t do red but I do appreciate this lip color. It comes in 10 shades with one side being the long wear lipstick and the other end the clear gloss. Give the liquid lipstick time to set before applying the gloss or it will be a gloppy mess. I wore this only once and boy did it last. I want to pick it up in Dare to Pink or Pucker Up for my more neutral lip look.

9.  IT COSMETICS YOUR LIPS BUT BETTER WATERPROOF LIP LINER STAIN * – there’s that word again “waterproof”! Like I said before IT Cosmetics is your summer BFF when it comes to waterproof. These lipliners are currently available in 7 shades. My favorite is Buff Nude since it blends in with everything. These are great all over your lips with a touch of gloss too.

10.  TARTE LIPSURGENCE * is a product you’ve seen me mention dozens of times. tarte makes several formulas and lots of shades, it doesn’t matter which you pick since all are terrific. While they aren’t called waterproof they last well on me and they don’t seem to melt when they are in my purse.

What do you use to stay beautiful and live through the summer heat? Curious minds want to know. — Marcia


*some products were press samples, others purchased