Beauty Product Review: Tickled Pink RAW Color Lipstick ($20) Like candy, lipstick is also ingested. A woman who wears lipstick five days a week over 20 years can ingest more than a couple of pounds of lippie! That's why we were tickled pink to discover RAW Color.
Christina Marccacini, founder and creator of RAW Natural Beauty, created a company to offer women safer beauty products. After working for more than 10 years as a product developer for several large cosmetic companies, she grew frustrated with the widespread use of potentially harmful chemicals contained in beauty products.
Spending three years searching for the most innovative natural ingredients that would still deliver superior performance, Christina created RAW Natural Beauty.
All RAW Natural Beauty products are free of parabens, petrochemicals, and synthetic dyes and fragrances. Unlike some beauty products, all of their ingredients are listed on each product.
Because Christina feels it's important that you know about what you put on your skin, she believes *Skin Deep, a cosmetic database, to be an invaluable resource and is proud that RAW Natural Beauty products are listed in their registry.
We have tried many so-called natural products and many have fallen short of getting a rave review. We were very impressed and tickled pink with the creamy, long-lasting, and vibrant color in the RAW Color lipstick in Tickled Pink. The color is pink with a touch of muddiness that would be flattering for any woman. Tickled Pink is reminiscent of Bobbi Brown's Tulle, Laura Mercier's Champagne Pink, or Chanel's PhiPhi.
Other features of RAW Natural Beauty lipsticks:
- Helps prevent transdermal water loss that causes dry, chapped lips
- Proprietary botanical blend designed to hydrate and soothe the delicate skin of the lips
- Contains antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E proven to protect lips against toxins and free radical damage
- Hypoallergenic Free of chemical dyes and chemical preservatives
*Skin Deep is a comprehensive database which pairs ingredients in more than 25,000 cosmetic products against 50 toxicity and regulatory databases. The FDA doesn't require companies to test their own products for safety so this website makes it possible for you, the consumer, to research the ingredients in the cosmetic products that you use.
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Beauty Product Review of Larua Geller Bestseller Lipstick Trio ($28.75)
Having not given much thought to my lipstick wardrobe this holiday season, I was excited by the three beautiful shades in Laura Geller's Bestseller Lipstick Trio in which to dress my pout.
My holiday attire needed to be kicked up a notch, and Coral Chiffon, a tender shade of peach and pink, Make It Mauve, a fresh and delicate shade of pink and lilac, and Safari Blaze, a brownish-berry shade with a luminous kick, took me from mundane to marvelous. The colors are flattering on both pink-toned skin and peach-toned skin.
The lipsticks feature a lightweight high-shine that is soft but adds some holiday spirit. The harsh winter weather is trumped by the lipsticks' formulation of vitamins E and C, shea butter, and cocoa butter.
This would be a perfect holiday stocking stuffer for the woman that is looking for the perfect pout.
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you can select your shade at checkout :)
Beauty Product Review: Stila Cherry Crush Lip and Cheek Stain ($24 Only at Sephora.)
If you looked up "life is a bowl of cherries" -- crushed cherries, that is -- in the beauty cliché dictionary, you would find a picture of Stila Cherry Crush Lip and Cheek Stain. I might have named the product "Cherry Popcicle Lip and Cheek Stain." Very yummy either way.
What it is?
A multi-tasking lip and cheek stain. What it is formulated to do: This revolutionary makeup stain moisturizes, provides antioxidant protection and has a unique look on each person's skin, creating the perfect shade every time. Housed in a berry red click pen adorned with a silver cherry blossom design, Cherry Crush reacts to the pH levels in the cheeks and lips creating a personalized blush and pout.
In addition to being scented and flavored like a just-picked cherry, Cherry Crush contains cherry and pomegranate extracts to provide skin and lips with antioxidant protection. Vitamins A, C & E are the cherry on top, as they provide further antioxidant protection and drench the skin in moisture, ensuring skin and lips never feel dry or tight.
Here is a swatch of the color on my pale arm skin:
Here is a swatch of the color as shown on Sephora's site:
The "just picked cherry" scent is not in the least overpowering.
Most stains I have tried are very drying, but with the added antioxidants and vitamins, this one provides a lot of moisture. Unlike Benetint, which I used for a couple of years, Stila Cherry Crush doesn't seep into the fine lines on your lips or accentuate wrinkles. The applicator is much easier to use than Benetint, too. (I have spilled and splattered Benetint on every conceivable surface.)
Like most stains, the staying power is superior to that of lip liners or lipsticks. Although the color faded as the day wore on, the swatch that I applied to my arm remained even after showering! Cherry Crush overstayed its visit. I was ready for a new guest on my lips.
Because the color reacts with the skin's pH and is supposed to "have a unique color on each person's skin," I honestly can't predict how well it will work with your chemistry. As you can see from the swatch above, on my skin it is more sunburn rosy pink than red cherry pink.
Quote du jour: "When a girl ceases to blush, she has lost the most powerful charm of her beauty.” - Gregory
- If your lipstick breaks like mine always does, light a match under the broken part. When the lipstick melts, stick it on the base. Rotate the lipstick back into the tube and store it in the refrigerator until cool.
- Speaking of refrigerators, storing any of your lippies in the fridge will make them last longer.
- To keep lipstick off your teeth, once your have applied lipstick, put a little Vaseline on your teeth.
Lipstick can be used as blush, but do not use blush as lipstick, unless you are using Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks ($22).
5. If you use lip liner, apply lip liner first so that you can follow the natural line of your lips. Lancome Le Crayon Lip Contour ($22) keeps your crayon color inside the lines.
6. If you do not like a shade of lipstick, do not throw it out. Just mix it with other shades of lipstick and create your own shade. These small containers are perfect for holding your own natural lip gloss or lip balm creations.
7. Click here for a DIY lip gel recipe, or combine lipstick and Vaseline in a container (6 for $1.10).
8. Orange lipstick shades make your teeth appear yellow.
9. To create a cool blue based tone, apply a navy blue eyeshadow on lips and apply your lipstick on top . Voila! Whiter looking teeth, too. I use Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in navy.
1o. At parties, I always knew which glass was mine. The telltale sign was the lipstick was on the glass and not my lips. To prevent your lippie from transferring to the glass, lick the edge of the glass before you take a sippie.