My Honest LipSense Review – Luv It!

It’s not every day you see me post a product review, so that should be a great indicator right off the bat that this post will be completely genuine on my part!

So my friend Leah asked me if I’d like to try & give my honest feedback on LipSense and I took her up on the offer. This might sound a little weird, but lips are my favorite thing to decorate… Christmas is on the brain apparently, but how else do you say that? ha! Don’t you have a makeup type/product you just enjoy using more than the others? I’m not a big fan of foundation, concealer, powder, bleh — just not my thing… buuuuut LIPS! Lips have so many options! You can go natural, you can go bold, you can go crazy — lipsticks and glosses are just my thing and I’m always down to try something new!

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I had joined Leah’s LipSense group on Facebook and silently observed/stalked her posts for months and months, where I saw claims of this product being smudge-proof, extremely long wearing, super vibrant and they don’t contain wax or lead. And the photos of ladies wearing it definitely piqued my interest. The shades are GORGEOUS. I haven’t seen one yet that I wouldn’t love to try.

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When the package arrived, I didn’t know what to expect. I hadn’t read any reviews or heard anyone else’s personal experience with LipSense besides what I had seen on Facebook. Leah was so sweet and generous and sent me the starter kit, which includes the color (I chose Luv It), a clear gloss, and the Ooops Remover. I was surprised that there was a remover designed JUST for this color. The claims of it’s staying power must be pretty accurate then! So off I went to give it shot…

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glosses top view

First, you’re supposed to apply three layers of the color to clean, dry lips, waiting for the coats to dry completely between layers and then top it with the gloss. If you make any mistakes, the Ooops will take care of it. I put that first layer on and was really surprised by the consistency. It didn’t have that glossy, gooey feel I was expecting. I want to say it feels a little thin and cool, slightly watery even. Not in a bad way, just different than my usual MAC stuff. That first layer tingled like a B though! But apparently, that’s normal on the first few applications as you get used to the formula and especially if your lips are dehydrated.

After I applied each layer, I kept expecting to feel a heaviness or globs of some sort, but I’m not kidding, there was no weight. So cool. I tried reaaaally hard not to touch my lips together until they were completely dry, per the instructions. I instinctively wanted to rub them together to blend like I always do, but you have to wait. When it was dry, it felt so light, it was like there was nothing even there. Then the gloss went on so smoothly and had absolutely NO color residue on the wand. That blew my mind. After it was all said and done, I had a very pretty, peachy-pink shade with great coverage.

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I have to be honest, I’m not a very good makeup reviewer and after I put the stuff on, I had to run right out the door to take the kids to school, stopped by Starbucks, went back home and then was headed out the door AGAIN before I realized I didn’t take a picture of my dang lips! So the photo above was after nearly 2 hours of wear, without any reapplication. Pretty amazing, right? That color lasted all day, through meals and snacks and coffee, kissing my babies and yappin’ on the phone. I am so thrilled with this product!

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I really didn’t expect to love it as much as I do. I’ve used it nearly every day for the past week and can even tell the difference in the texture and moisture of my lips. They were verrrry chapped at that first application (probably part of the tingling thing too), but now even with the cold weather, my lips feel so healthy and soft! I can’t wait to get my grubby little hands on some more shades!

Another really interesting thing about LipSense is that you can combine different colors in the layering process to get so many different combinations. Sooo yeah, just another reason for me to stock up on a few more really soon!

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Say Hi to Leah and her gorgeous red lips! She helped me choose from all the amazing colors to find the one that I absolutely adore. You’ll love her! If you are interested in trying the products out for yourself, here’s all her info:

Leah’s Kissable Lippies on Facebook (super fun group!)

Email: leahs.kissable.lippies@gmail.com

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Have you tried LipSense yet? Any suggestions on which color to try next?

 

Lovely Prints

Have you checked out the Made By Girl store? I believe it is my obsession of the week. I was playing around with the customizable ABC print thingamabob and came up with the Lovely poster above.  I think I am going to tweak the colors a little more and order one for the baby’s room.

Yes, I think I shall.

And if I had my way (and my own super girlie powder room), I’d get this print:

I’m on a hot pink kick right now. Can you tell?

Etiquette Bits – Lipstick at the Table

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As much as I’ve preached the importance of etiquette and manners, I have to admit that I have made many a faux-pas in my day (the composition of that sentence is probably one in itself). A major complaint my family has is how frequently I reapply my makeup. My Mom, in particular gives me quite a hard time, reminding me that I don’t need ‘all that makeup’ (yes I absolutely do), and can’t understand why I would ever feel the need to apply powder more than once during the day (do the words oil slick mean anything to you?).

Anyway, a question that has been nagging me for quite some time is whether or not applying lipstick at the table after a meal is considered rude. Whipping out the compact and fixing my eyeliner I can understand, but what about a quick little dab of gloss? After doing a little research, I’m pleased to say I haven’t been behaving too terribly after all.

Helena Echlin writes an article called Table Manners, and I found these guidelines helpful in my quest for lipstick etiquette knowledge. She makes a few good points:

  • Generally, you should save grooming for the bathroom, but putting on lipstick is different because it isn’t unhygienic. Brushing your hair, flossing, and filing your nails — just don’t. Gross.
  • It’s important that you get the task over with quickly. A quick swipe of lipstick or gloss is acceptable, but fiddling around with a lip liner is not.
  • If you absolutely NEED a mirror, at least make sure that it’s cute and dainty (aren’t those darling?).

Emily Post would also add these tips:

It’s okay to quickly apply lipstick at the table if you’re with close friends or relatives in a non-business situation, and at a non-deluxe restaurant. In general, personal grooming should be done in private for the simple reason that it can be annoying and it’s tacky. But putting on lipstick without using a mirror and without fanfare is one grooming ritual that can sometimes be performed in front of others. Still, think first! When in doubt, don’t do it, such as when you’re at a business meal or with people you don’t know very well.

So basically, keep it quick, don’t draw too much attention to yourself, and when in doubt, make a trip to the restroom. That’s one place no one will judge you.