My Honest LipSense Review – Luv It!

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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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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?

 

Confessions of a Makeup Addict – Part 1

I have an addiction. A problem. An obsession. I can’t seem to walk past the MAC counter without snatching up a new eyeshadow.

It doesn’t matter if I have a grumpy toddler in tow or if I’m so hungry I could gnaw off my own arm; that is one stop I just can’t pass up. Don’t get me wrong, the lipsticks are fantastic and the glosses make me swoon pretty hard as well. I don’t discriminate, yo. It’s just all those eyeshadows… they really do a number on me.

One of the great things about MAC is that you can bring in 6 empty containers and trade them in for a lipstick/gloss/shadow. No joke, I just traded in 12 old eyeshadow pots and 6 lipgloss tubes for some new FREE stuff. It’s truly an amazing thing.

After I cleared out the empty containers, I saw that I didn't have nearly as much stuff as I thought. Must fix this immediately.

One of the first memories where I can recall being a little crazy about makeup was in 7th grade, when I actually wasn’t even allowed to wear any yet. I had this box of Avon stuff that my great-grandma had given me and I kept it hidden under my bed. When I was done with my homework I’d sneak into my room, close my bedroom door, turn on The Spice Girls and paint the living crap out of my face. (Do you love how creepily secretive I was about it? You’d think I was popping pills or something. ISSUES.) Glitter may have been involved. And since we’re being honest, there was usually about 3lbs of icy blue eyeshadow on each eye. Hot mess.

One time I even managed to sneak out of the house and make it to youth group with purple sparkles all over my eyes and cheeks, clumpy mascara on my lashes and frosty pink lipgloss. My mom noticed when I got home and proceeded to ground me from my box of sparkly makeup happiness. I never saw it again.

Thanks a lot, Mom. No, I’m serious.

Recently, I’ve become quite addicted to watching hair and makeup tutorials on Youtube, with Pixiwoo being one of my absolute favorites. You have to check these sisters out. They have the most adorable accents in the world and do such amazing makeup tutorials. I’ll seriously sit and watch them for hours with my giant bag of hot cheetos while soaking up all the info because I’m THAT big of a weirdo.

…ANYWAY. Breaking up the awkward silence. That’s just a glimpse into my weirdness. In Part 2, I’ll show you guys the products I use nearly every day. I use a good mix of drugstore brands and some higher end stuff and omg I’ll stop talking now before you all run away in fear.

Where’s the fun in looking Perfect?

For as easily as I become frustrated by rudeness, I have never been the type to put off the “please die now” vibe. Usually I keep quiet, not because I feel better-than or am trying to rise above it, but because I’m usually so caught off guard and self-conscious by the comment that was just made that I have no idea how to react other than to clam up.

You know the day you went to work in a new outfit or with a new hairstyle? You were looking all stylish, feeling on top of the world and knew that nothing could possibly ruin your happy-fun cute day… Then some co-worker or classmate says, “you look different” or “someone has a new outfit” or “…bangs, huh?”, leaving open the possibility that your new look is stupid and hideous?  Yeah, I’ve had 2 days like that this week.

Yeah, the blonde-to-brunette change was a doozy yesterday. I can’t really expect people to NOT comment on it, but today’s events just really got to me.

I’m wearing a pencil skirt and a simple white v-neck shirt, heels, & minimal jewelry. My hair is up in a bumped ponytail with a headband, and I’m rocking the red lipstick and winged eyeliner. Rocking it, I tell you.

An hour ago, I was feeling very retro and adorable until I was handed a few rude “pinup wannabe” type of comments from two separate co-workers. I immediately ran to the bathroom and stood in front of the mirror for a good five minutes looking myself up and down.

How could my shining self-image change so quickly and drastically? Feeling a 10 one minute and like a friggin’ bag lady the next? Ridiculous.

Just as I was about to wipe off my lipstick and replace it with clear gloss I stopped, thought, “WHO CARES?!”, and waltzed right back out there, adding a little extra hip swing to my walk.

So what if I have a couple hairspray speckles I didn’t smooth out? Who cares if my bangs are a little uneven and I had a smudge of eyeliner on my cheek?

I am far from perfect, but I feel darn cute today.