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This week I tested an innovative new lip product, Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Natural Anti-Aging Lipstick by It Cosmetics. The multitasking lip flush takes the place of four products by providing a long-lasting lipstick, anti-aging lip balm, hydrating lip gloss, and lip stain all in one tube. Formulated with all-natural ingredients such as shea butter, argan, acai and jojoba, as well as ant-aging anti-oxidants, the 4-in-1 product nourishes lips and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
I tested out three colors: Je Ne Sais Quoi, a sheer pink; Pretty Woman, a light berry red; and Love Story, a richly pigmented pink (the color swatches can be seen below in the order listed).
Je Ne Sais Quoi is very sheer, and almost invisible. It’s ultta-hyradating and the perfect choice to use in place of your regular lip balm to condition dry lips.
My favorite lip flush is Love Story. It a buildable pink stain, that goes on sheer, and deepens into a bright pink shade when you apply more layers.
Pretty Woman is another great flush. It’s a sheer red, that makes you look like you just finished eating a bowl of cheeries and the sweet juices stained your pout.
All of the colors were extremely hydrating. I don’t have any lip gloss on in any of the pictures, and I didn’t prep my lips with a balm before applying the stains. I liked the subtle hint of color the products provide, and the ability to layer them to obtain a deeper color. They also smell amazing. Love Story and Pretty Woman have the soft smell of berries, and Je Ne Sais Quoi has a light, sugary-sweet scent.
Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Natural Anti-Aging Lipstick Stains can be purchased online for $20.00.
I have never been a huge fan of lipstick. I like the glossy, moisturized pout that only lip gloss can provide. But, I do love the staying power of lipstick, which is why I tend to wear it underneath gloss for long-lasting color. This week I tested 3 lipsticks from Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Natural line: N47 (Red Brick), N50 (Aubergine), and N34 (Candy Pink). The lipsticks in this line are supposed to be a cross between a lip balm and a lipstick, so I had to give them a try.
What I like:
•The lipsticks are extremely hydrating - in all the pictures you will see below I did not apply lip balm before putting on the colors, and look how moisturized my lips look. This is great because I didn’t have to use my trick of applying lip gloss over the stain for a moistened, shiny finish.
•They glided on smoothly and the conditioned my dry lips – this allowed me to skip the process of exfoliating before applying, so it’s perfect to use when you are on a time crunch.
•The stains are nicely pigmented and lasted from morning until mid-afternoon.
The Candy Pink is comparable to bubblegum, but a little darker. Normally, I wouldn’t wear pink at night, but the deep shade of this color would transition very nicely from day to evening.
Usually, I stay away from reds. If you don’t pick the right shade you can looked washed out or downright scary, but Red Brick was perfect for my olive complexion, and wasn’t overpowering.
Aubergine looked a little intimidating in the tube, and I was expecting to look gothic chic; however, once I applied it, the rich purple is sheer and had red undertones, which made for a very classy lip look.
You can combine Aubergine and Red Brick for sexy ombré lips. First, fill in your entire pout with the Red Brick color, and then smudge the Aubergine in the center to re-create the look seen on the runway during Nina Ricci’s Fall/Winter 2012 show (pictured below).
Or, reverse the colors by applying Red Brick all over the mouth, and then going over all but the center of your lip with Aubergine for the look seen at Gucci’s 2012 Fall/Winter show (pictured below).
With all the colors, I recommend applying concealer over your lips to prevent bleeding, and to draw out the natural hue.
See more color options from the Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural lipstick line at sephora.com.
Summer is coming, which means it’s time for you to shake-up your beauty routine. Switch from the moisturizing cleanser you were using during the winter months, for something lighter and make sure these summer essentials are on your vanity:
◊Slather on the Sunscreen
Protect your skin from the sun by wearing sunscreen every day. For optimal use, apply every 1-2 hours, and be sure to apply it at least 15 minutes BEFORE going outside. It’s important to note that sunscreens do not last forever, so be sure to always check the expiration dates and toss the one you used last year. Sunscreens with a SPF of 30 or higher are best for the summer months.
Try this: New Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunblock SPF 70 ($9.99)
◊Switch your Foundation with Tinted Moisturizer
Thick foundations tend to melt right off your face in hot weather. Tinted Moisturizers are much lighter and give you a fresh, dewy look.
Try this: Cover Girl CG Smoothers Tinted Moisturizer (about $7 at your local drugstore). I have been using this since high school, and it’s never failed me!
◊Protect your pout with Lip Balm
You’ve got the sunscreen for your body, and the tinted moisturizer for your face, but don’t forget about your lips! Your lips are one the most vulnerable parts of your body that can burn easily. Prevent your lips from peeling or getting sunburned by using a moisturizing lip balm that has at least SPF 15 in it. Wear alone, or under your favorite lip gloss or lipstick.
Try this: Banana Boat Aloe Vera with vitamin E Sunscreen lip balm ($1-2 at your local drugstore).
◊ Keep your Feet Soft & Touchable
During the summer your tootsies can breathe in a fashionable pair of sandals. Head to the spa and get a pedicure, or use a foot scrub twice a week to keep feet soft and healthy-looking.
Try this: Dr. Scholl’s For Her Pumice Foot Scrub