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

Limited Edition Holiday Treats from Kaplan MD!

Kaplan MD Limited Edition Holiday Gift SetsPersonally, I think the very best part of the holidays are Limited Edition gift sets. LOVE this — great collections at amazing prices. When I’m shopping I often don’t even do the ‘one for you, one for me’ thing…it ends up just being ‘one for me’!
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While doing your holiday shopping, you’ve got to check out the Kaplan MD Holiday Gift Sets. I was sent a few samples from their fantastic Perfect Pout Gift Set and the Nude Series Gift Set (the Nude LIP 20 Treatment ($30) and Liner ($28)).
 Kaplan MD Perfect Pout Lip Mask Kaplan MD Perfect Pout Lip Mask The Perfect Pout Lip Mask and Lip Balm Duo ($24.00, Lip Mask 0.35 oz, Lip Balm 0.17 oz) is a wonderful deluxe size set of Kaplan MD’s best-selling lip plumper treatment. The lip mask is a thick cream that you put on clean, dry lips for 3 minutes. It doesn’t taste like anything, although it has a slightly menthol scent. This mask contains “Papaya Enzymes, Two Forms of Hyaluronic Acid Acid and Adipofill’in, a patented amino acid that naturally plumps the lip contour.
The Lip 20 Mask hydrates dry, cracked lips and plumps up your kisser – just in time for some mistletoe!

Follow the Lip 20 Mask with the Lip 20 Balm for super nourished, luscious lips. After exfoliation, it’s essential to hydrate. “LIP 20 Balm is an ultra-hydrating formula that moisturizes, nourishes and protects with SPF 20 – all in one.  Using a soothing blend of Beeswax and Sunflower Seed Wax, LIP 20 Balm gently glides onto the lips, while nourishing the skin with 22 Organic Extracts. It also contains a powerful lip plumping peptide, Maxi-Lip, along with Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, to give lips added hydration and natural fullness.

I love this set.  I am rather lip-challenged myself so any boost in volume is a good thing!

kaplan-md-the-nude-seriesAnother outstanding set from Kaplan MD is The Nude Series ($45, a $208 value!!).  There are 7 items in this set, including 3 anti-aging lipsticks, 3 lip glosses, and a lip liner.

3 x Sheer LIP 20 Treatments in:

  • Peach
  • Nude
  • Natural

3 x LIP 20 Treatment Glosses in:

  • Peach
  • Nude
  • Natural

1 x Matte LIP 20 Liner in:

  • NudeKaplan MD The Nude Series

Kaplan MD The Nude SeriesKaplan MD Nude LipstickKaplan MD Nude Lip Sheer and Lipliner swatchesThis set is final sale and I can see why – what an amazing value! I tried the Nude Sheer Lip 20 Treatment and the Nude Matte Lip 20 Liner. The lip liner is creamy and strikes a good balance between brown and peach. I adore the Nude Sheer Lip 20 Treatment. The lipstick case is a gorgeous silver and is wonderfully dramatic, which contrasts with the super hydrating lipstick that is a sheer light peach.

Wearing the Kaplan MD Nude Lipstick and Lipliner

Wearing the Kaplan MD Nude Lipstick and Lipliner

“Beeswax and Shea Butter to gently glide on the skin, without leaving a sticky or tacky residue.  Products contain our exclusive complex of 22 Organic Extracts to smooth and soften skin, along with Seabuckthorn Berry Extract, clinically proven to be 20x more moisturizing than Vitamin E, to provides intense moisture.  Maxi-Lip ®, a powerful patented tri-peptide, combined with Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, work to instantly smooth and plump fine lines and wrinkles for a visibly smoother, more youthful appearance.  LIP 20 Treatment & LIP 20 Treatment Gloss include SPF 20 to help prevent premature skin aging caused by sun damage.”

This is a fabulous set and you really can’t beat that price. These two gift sets are just the tip of the iceberg. Visit Kaplan MD online at kaplanmd.com and check out the limited edition sets before they are all gone!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

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Ellis Faas exclusive Summer Set of 3 Lip Colors for Net-a-Porter

For this summer, Ellis Faas has created an exclusive set for Net-a-Porter. The set contains three universally loved shades in three different textures. A different product for each moment of a beautiful summer’s day!
  • Ellis Faas Set

    Ellis Faas Set

    The set contains:  Milky Lips L207, Nude Pink: high-pigment lipstick with an incredibly lightweight feel; Glazed Lips L304, Sheer Orange: super high-shine gloss; Hot Lips L401, Bright Red: pigment-rich formula with a non-greasy finish.

    Milky Lips L207 Nude Pink

    Milky Lips L207 Nude Pink

    Glazed Lips L304 Sheer Orange

    Glazed Lips L304 Sheer Orange

    Hot Lips L401 Bright Red

    Hot Lips L401 Bright Red

    All of the Ellis lips products are long-wearing, paraben-free, and packed with pigment. They also have moisturising Candalila Wax and Vitamin E, and of course no animal testing, because these products are “Only Tested On Supermodels”. On sale exclusively at Net-a-Porter.

Butter London isn’t just for nails…Butter London Lippy’s side by side

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You’ve definitely heard of butter LONDON Nail Lacquer, but did you know they also have lip gloss? butter LONDON has been known since 2005 as the uber cool, cutting edge British nail polish line. Products are extremely high quality, providing luxury goodies at easy to swallow prices. The nail polishes are excellent and there are tons of fabulous shades, and now butter LONDON has 26 Lippy Lip Glosses, many with matching nail polish shades. The Lippys come in three different formulas:  Lippy Shimmer, Lippy Gloss, and Lippy Liquid Lipstick. Shades range from sheer iridescent (Beaker) to black (Union Jack Black), so there is something for everyone.

Here are some shades butter LONDON sent the BIZ to test, see what Lisa and Marcia have to say about this foray into lip territory.

Lisa’s Side:

Butter London Come to Bed Red

Butter London Come to Bed Red

Come to Bed Red Lippy Liquid Lipstick ($18.00) is described as a ‘classic, bright red liquid lipstick.’ It has a matching nail polish also named Come to Bed Red, which is billed as the ‘sexiest red nail lacquer in history’.

Come to Bed Red

Come to Bed Red

This liquid lipstick is extremely highly pigmented and unbelievably long-lasting for such a shiny lip product. It definitely reads more like a liquid lipstick than like a lip gloss. It doesn’t dry out my lips and to me it tastes and smells very slightly and pleasantly of vanilla. I love the doe foot applicator, which is my favorite for liquid lip products.

Come to Bed Red

Come to Bed Red

The color is an opaque cool red that leans a little more pinkish on my lips. I find it to be an extremely wearable red, probably more so because it’s not a flat matte. I don’t have many reds that I reach for often, but Come to Bed Red is in my purse and I wear it all the time.

Come to Bed Red FOD

Come to Bed Red FOD

Overall, I am extremely impressed with this Lippy. I want more…Bampot, Teddy Girl, Toff, Trout Pout, and Jaffa are all calling my name.

Marcia’s Side:

I made the mistake of wearing my first Lippy on a day that was extremely windy. With shoulder length hair that wasn’t such a great idea. These glosses are sticky even though they don’t feel sticky when on, if that makes sense. On my lips my two Lippys feel great. Both of the ones I’ received are Liquid Lipsticks which make them thicker than a gloss plus the color lasts longer. But they don’t mix well with hair on a windy day.

butter LONDON Lippy in Alcopop and Trout Pout

butter LONDON Lippy in Alcopop and Trout Pout

I’m crazy about both of the shades I have to review. They look a little similar in the tubes but once on they are different and great looking. They make my lips look a little fuller (or at least they make my mind think my lips are a little fuller!!).

Trout Pout Liquid Lipstick is one of those shades that I could wear all the time. It’s the right depth of color for my taste plus it seems to go with just about everything except for extremely cool shades of blues and purple. But with all my tones of browns, taupes, greens etc. it’s great. butter LONDON describes this as a peachy cantaloupe color. I think it’s much prettier than any cantaloupe I’ve seen. It’s more of an opaque peachy pink.

Trout Pout wand

Trout Pout wand

Trout Pout swatch

Trout Pout swatch

butter London Trout Pout polish

butter London Trout Pout polish

Alcopop isn’t on the butter LONDON website but you can find a great deal at Ulta online, they have both the polish and the Lippy for only $18 as a set. When I was at Ulta I saw them sold separately so this is a steal. The polish is sold separately at Macy’s and a few other places for $15 so I’d shop at Ulta for sure! If you can wear a cool pink this is top notch.

butter London Alcopop duo from Ulta

butter London Alcopop duo from Ulta

Alcopop is described as “Barbie Pink and over the top” but that’s not my opinion. It’s definitely a bright pink but once on my lips I don’t feel Barbie-ish which to me would be a little iridescent.

Alcopop swatch

Alcopop swatch

top Trout Pout, bottom Alcopop

top Trout Pout, bottom Alcopop

You can see by the pictures though that it’s much pinker than Trout Pout. Once on it’s a true cool pink.

Trout Pout vs Alcopop

Trout Pout vs Alcopop

These Lippy’s from butter LONDON are terrific even if I can’t wear them on a windy day. The more I wear them, the more impressed I am with them.

butter LONDON Trout Pout

butter LONDON Trout Pout

butter LONDON Alcopop

butter LONDON Alcopop

*press samples

 

Starlet and Muse Lux Glosses by Marcelle Cosmetics

Every once in a while, I will travel to Canada for some fabulous shopping.  I love the Shopper’s Drug Mart.  It’s better than a CVS or Walmart, and not quite as fancy as a department store.  The beauty section is always staffed by a knowledgable and friendly sales associate, and the different product lines are absolutely wonderful.  It’s a long trip from where I live in Michigan to Canada, but boy is it worth it – so much fun and such great products. 

One of my favorite lines is Marcelle Cosmetics.  I previously reviewed the fantastic Soothing Cleansing Water here, Marcia reviewed some great eye products here, and the two of us duked it out in a Side by Side review of Marcelle mascaras here.

Marcelle has many great items, and included in my top picks are the Lux Glosses ($10.95).

Marcelle Lux Glosses - Starlet and Muse

The Lux Glosses are wonderfully thick-textured lip glosses that have tons of shine.  They have no taste or fragrance, and while the texture is thick, they aren’t the least bit sticky.  Two of my most favorite shades are Starlet and Muse.

Starlet is a shimmery pinkish-mauve color that goes on slightly sheer.  Muse is a raspberry with a pinkish shimmer and is more opaque.

Marcelle Lux Glosses swatched: Starlet on top, Muse underneath

I find that I reach for Starlet all the time because it is a great daytime color.  While it is shimmery, it’s not over the top and gives a great, casual look by itself.  It’s great over other colors, especially matte warm colors that lean peach or brown, giving great depth and shine.

Starlet applied

Muse, on the other hand, is definitely deeper and I find I use it more by itself than layered over other colors.

Muse applied

Muse is closer to a lipstick in terms of opacity, which makes it really convenient when you are in a hurry.

I love a lip gloss that has no fragrance, no taste, and no stickiness, and the Lux Glosses from Marcelle Cosmetics absolutely fit the bill.  And I don’t even have to travel to Canada now to buy these since they are available online here.   The online option is great, but I still like to go to Canada every so often just to revel in the awesomeness of Shopper’s Drug Mart.  – Lisa