Wear red lips for the Lunar New Year

Chinese new year rooster

2017 is the year of the Rooster. It’s just one of the 12 animals that represent the Lunar New Year. There are 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac: the rat, the ox, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the goat, the monkey, the rooster, the dog and the pig. Each animal has attributes that are said to be part of their year especially for newborns.

Roosters are considered to be in charge of time, i.e. crowing to greet the day, as well as being hard working and diligent. If you were born in the year of the Rooster your lucky numbers are 5,7. and 8 but avoid 1, 3, and 9. Your lucky flowers are Gladiolas, Cockscomb and Impatiens. Your colors are golden, brown, brownish yellow, and yellow but it’s best to stay away from white and green.

The holiday is celebrated with fireworks in Asian countries and in cities with large Chinese populations. Red is the lucky color for the Lunar New Year which began on January 27th in the evening and is fully celebrated on January 28th, 2017. Celebrants wear red, decorate with red, and receive red paper envelopes with money to start the year with prosperity. Red is believed to ward off bad luck and misfortune. For people born in a year of the Rooster, wearing red underwear is a must for 2017.

Chinese new year, giving red packet.

Chinese new year, giving red packet.

Now that you know about Lunar New Year let’s talk about the color red and some of the hottest cosmetics out there featuring red, which you know means lips!

PUR Cosmetics has some winners!

PUR Chromeglaze Gloss in Rebel

PUR Chromeglaze Gloss in Rebel

Pur Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in Addiction

Pur Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in Addiction

Pur Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Fever

Pur Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Fever

PUR Lip Gloss Stick in Game Day

PUR Lip Gloss Stick in Game Day

PUR is available on their website as well as at ULTA.

ZuZu lipsticks on Good Earth Beauty are excellent options for natural beauty lovers.

No matter what your sign is, RED is the lucky color? What’s your favorite red lip?  —  Marcia

SPELA Paint & Play is here to save the day

SPELA Paint & Play

SPELA Paint & Play

Is there anything better than a new lipstick? Makeup lovers throughout the world choose a lipstick as their most wanted product time and again. This year we’ve seen Liquid Lipsticks take over from the traditional lipstick and of those liquid lipsticks it’s the matte lip that rules. Whether you are a fan of matte lipsticks or not, you can’t avoid them so you might as well join them. One such brand is a new one, SPELA COSMETICS.                          sample

SPELA Cosmetics Girl's Girl set

SPELA Cosmetics Girl’s Girl set

SPELA Cosmetics is a small brand so far. They’ve created 8 Paint & Play Liquid Lipsticks that sell for $18 each or you can purchase one of 4 duos for $30. The philosophy of SPELA is that they wanted to create vegan, cruelty-free lipsticks that go beyond the certification of US standards and use E.U. Compliance as their guideline. In Europe there are 1300 banned ingredients for cosmetics while the US only has 11. We can be assured by SPELA that their lipsticks are E.U. Compliant while being made in the US.

SPELA Spin and Flirt Liquid Lipsticks

SPELA Spin and Flirt Liquid Lipsticks

I was sent the GIRL’S GIRL set that has the pinks of their line: Spin and Flirt. There are 3 more sets, Naughty but Nice (red and nude), Social Butterfly (classic red and plum), and Yogi (neutrals in a dark clay like shade and a pale gray-lavender.). These are all sold as singles too so you can find your own favorites.

SPELA holiday duos

SPELA holiday duos

What I like best about these SPELA lipsticks is that they are totally weightless on my lips. There is no drying out or cracking on my lips. Even when I’ve rushed and didn’t prep my lips they were always comfortable and felt like I didn’t have anything on my lips.

Top to Bottom: Asana, Flirt, Playa, Spa Day, Tinder, Happy Hour.

Top to Bottom: Asana, Flirt, Playa, Spa Day, Tinder, Happy Hour

In the GIRL’S GIRL set are two pinks that are very different from each other. SPIN is a cool bright but dark pink. These liquid lipsticks are one coat wonders though I’ve filled in with a second coat if necessary. SPIN turns slightly fuchsia on me so to wear it I have to use a light coat. I’ll go over it with a clean lipbrush to make sure it’s even. It lasts at least 5 hours if I don’t eat anything that’s oily. It leaves behind a nice stain when it wears away.

Spela Spin

Spela Spin

Closer to the colors I wear on a daily basis is FLIRT which is a pale rose shade. At first when applied it looked very nude on me but once it started to dry I saw the warm pinkness it holds.

Spela Flirt

Spela Flirt

Spela Paint & Play in Flirt

Spela Paint & Play in Flirt

Flirt will last on me a little less time than Spin does. I made chili for dinner recently and it didn’t last through that. When it fades though it is an even fade that doesn’t make my lips look bad. It’s easy to reapply after without a problem.

Spela Cosmetics Flirt (top) and Spin (bottom)

Spela Cosmetics Flirt (top) and Spin (bottom)

If you are ready to go beyond the typical brands I believe that SPELA Cosmetics Paint & Play Matte Liquid Lipsticks are a wonderful choice. They are paraben and sulfate-free, vegan and cruelty-free. They are enriched with Vitamin C and E which not only have antioxidant protection but prevent the dry lips you associate with a matte lipsticks. I hope you’ll take a chance so you can find some lipsticks that bring in the play in your day.  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration; some photos are courtesy of Spela Cosmetics.com