Tag: lipgloss

Le Métier de Beauté Aurora Kaleidoscope Lip Kit from the Northern Lights Spring 2012 Collection

I am a loyal fan of Le Métier de Beauté and have been dazzled by their finely-milled eyeshadows and eye kits. But I had never tried their lip kits. After seeing Georgina Chapman at the Oscars rocking the Le Métier de Beauté Spring Collection, I knew it was my time to get my paws on their new Aurora Kaleidoscope Lip Kit.

First, I am hooked on the delicious vanilla scent. It is sophisticated but still pronounced. Confession: I am currently sniffing the back of my hand where my swatches are. Yum. Second, the colors are subtle but still evoke the Spring trends. They range from soft floral to pronounced fuchsia. I have been wearing these colors individually, but the proper application is “Couches de Colour”. Le Metier artists would encourage layering the colors from top to bottom. Both the layered and single application results in an unusually beautiful pout.

From top to bottom:

  • Illuminate, shimmery, sheer pink (pretty, classic Spring pout)
  • Voltaic, a satiny mauve (I can’t stop wearing this solo – beautiful)
  • Dynamos, an shimmery nude (for a perfect nude glisten)
  • Eos, an opaque, bright fuchsia (perfect for the Spring neon trend)

Dior ‘Smoothing Lacquer’ Lip Polish in Radiance Expert Beige 001

My favorite holiday look is a bold eye with an easy, nude lip. The lip is not at all fussy, with just a swipe of Dior Addict Lip Polish. Not to mention, I watched Friends with Benefits this weekend and am now obsessed with Mila Kunis and her perfect hair and makeup.

Lip Polish is slightly thicker and stickier than other glosses I love, but it has great staying power and even application. Even though it is sheer, it gives my lip a uniform and polished appearance.

The formula is supposed to emulate pro makeup technique of rolling a cotton swab along models’ lips to gently exfoliate; then they applying petroleum jelly to prime the surface and multiply the shine of the gloss topcoat. I’m not sure I notice the “revolutionary and exclusive spin-on applicator” but I do see a uniform application with the perfect amount of product.

The gloss comes in three shades: Fresh Expert, Glow Expert and Radiance Expert. I prefer the Radiance Expert because of the neutral, beige undertone.

Yves Saint Laurent Golden Gloss Shimmering Lip Gloss

I used to think glittery lip gloss was juvenile.  And then I met Yves Saint Laurent Golden Gloss.  Naturally, YSL dresses up sparkly lip gloss with real 24-carat-gold flecks and mother-of-pearl.  The finished look is festive and refined.   There are no grainy bits, but nourishing Nigelle and Cameline Oils that hydrate winter lips.  I went all out and selected Simply Gold (seen on the right): sheer with a subtle sparkle.  I think this shade really lets the gold shine through.




Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy’ Glossy Lip Balm

When I first saw, these I thought “What is the point?”.  They are ultra-sheer and nothing like a lipstick.  But that’s what is so wonderful about them.  Ever since I bought “Dewy Papaya” it has been my constant companion. 

This is the ultimate “lip balm” with very little color, but great hydration. I use it far more often than the eight-hours of promised hydration, but that might be because it smells so darn good.  They say it is mango, but I think it is more grapefruit.  Launched as part of the summer collection, the Sheer Candys are even better for fall and winter.  Wear them during to day to cure “season-change” dryness so your pout will be ready for the rich berry hue that night or the next day!

Bottom line, you probably are paying loads for the packaging but it is a stunner!  I love all the colors and even know a couple of fellow bloggers who have them all.

NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight

Confession: I am a Kim Kardashian fan. I think she is a smart business woman and her cuvvy figure and fashion is a breath of fresh air. While her makeup is heavy, she always looks polished and I am a fan of her nude lip, smokey eye look. No, she’s not perfect. But I admit I like her. So when I found out the lip gloss I was manhandling at the counter was her favorite, I was intrigued. NARS Turkish Delight is perfect for those who want to roll neutral but with some serious sheer shine. Don’t let the color fool you into thinking this is just a ultra sheer hydrator. The shade is oddly present and creamy. It also can play well over other lip formulas for added dimension. InStyle Magazine named Turkish Delight named “Best Lip Gloss for Fair Skin” and “Best Lip Gloss for Olive Skin” in 2011 – proving it works on almost all skin tones. I can be really picky about the stickiness of this gloss and I find it incredibly comfortable to wear. Vitamin E helps battle dryness. I am calling this as one of NARS most timeless and lasting shades.

Lipstick Queen Medieval-Tinted Treatment

Ever crave just a pinch of color while healing chapped lips and improving the health of your pucker? Yeah, me too.  That’s is why I love Medieval-Tinted Treatment.  The woman behind the brand has been magnificently successful lately.  J. Crew and Kate Spade took notice of her fabulous products and have recently launched collaborations.

The treatment is inspired by customs from the Medieval times when full coverage lipstick was considered a sin.  Lipstick Queen manages to achieve that stained look with an amazing amount of moisture.  It is a very subtle shade of pink that just hints at color.  There is no need for liner, precise application or even a mirror.  And the Vitamin E in the treatment makes it a virtual double for lip balm.

The J. Crew collection is sold out for now, but get the original on QVC.