Ladies: I’ve decided that it’s high time we help each other out in the lipstick department. With bazillions out there to choose from—and more launching with each passing season—who better to wade through them all than us? I’d so much rather see a new shade on you than on some photoshopped model before I make my decision. Also: lipstick is fun! So I’ve started a #bblipservice hashtag on Instagram. Use it any time you have a new stick or gloss to share OR want to peruse what others have fallen in love with. I can’t wait to see more of your beautiful faces!
Happy happy Friday! I am SO ready to dive into a donut. This week Glitter Guide asked 11 of their favorite beauty bloggers to share their go-to lipstick shade and I, along with glitter girls everywhere, ate it right up. I want every stick on this list—particularly that pinky nude from Estee—and I love knowing a number of the ladies who wear them.
When pressed for my own desert-island pick I realized that after all of these year and all of the tubes that runneth over in my beauty closet, it’s a freaking lip balm I couldn’t live without. Not just any lip balm, mind you, but one that imparts the prettiest soft, shiny pink shimmer on my lips. Sara Happ The Lip Slip ($20) also has a way of brightening up every skin tone. Everyone looks good in it! Which is why I love to give it as gifts. That and the darling box! For the other 10 blogger picks, head on over to Glitter Guide!
Happy Wednesday, lovelies! Halfway there . . . the weeks are a wee bit more fun these days at BB headquarters since we launched our bi-weekly newsletter. There’s something about seeing delish (healthy!) recipes, gorgeous pins and scintillating beauty news (snail mucus facials, anyone?) in one place that’s incredibly satisfying to the lifestyle editor in me. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you’re missing out on things like this rad lipstick breakdown from Gal Meets Glam. Just enter your email address yonder in the right-hand column, click submit, and voila—goodness in your inbox. Until next time, you can peruse this week’s newsletter right here.
The last time I reviewed a lipgloss was November 2010. Not that there aren’t at least six tubes rolling around in my bag at any given time. It’s just been almost two years since anything moved me enough to write about it. I’ve also been on a lipstick kick since returning to Corporate America because I love the polished look of something more pigmented. Know what I mean? But like a good little beauty blogger I gave BECCA’s new Ultimate Colour Gloss ($24) a whirl. They’re this gorgeous hybrid of shiny-not-sticky gloss and bold, creamy lipstick. I don’t understand how this is possible.
Then there are these colors, irresistible in their crystal tubes like CANDY. I would honest to god wear every single shade. But my favorite is Miami Vice, the perfect peachy-pink nude I’ve been looking for all summer. It has just enough warmth to brighten up my skin instead of washing it out, so I can wear it even when this faux tan fades. It also inspired an entire Pinterest board.
And now for the fun. I’m giving away the entire set . . . Yesiree! Just leave your name and email below with YOUR favorite lip gloss. What else have I been missing out on? UPDATE: Congrats to our winner, Mary B.!
p.s. BECCA is also giving away $150 shopping sprees for you Pinterest fanatics. To enter, create a board inspired by your favorite gloss shade (here’s mine) and email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your First/Last Name, Address and Date of Birth. The contest ends Sept. 7. Get pinning!
In case you missed it (because I did): Last week the FDA released test results for 400 lipsticks containing above average amounts of lead. Although the FDA says there’s no safety concern because lipstick is used topically and ingested only in very small quantities, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics disagrees: “Lead builds in the body over time, and lead-containing lipstick applied several times a day, every day, can add up to significant exposure levels.”
While there’s no specific lead limit for cosmetics, lipstick contains an average 1.11 ppm (parts per million). The top 10 worst offenders are below, with Maybelline, CoverGirl and L’Oreal guilty on multiple counts. The list of all 400 lipsticks is available here.
Maybelline’s Color Sensation in Pink Petal (Lead content: 7.19 ppm)
L’Oreal Colour Riche in Volcanic (Lead content: 7.00 ppm)
NARS Semi-Matte in Red Lizard (Lead content: 4.93 ppm)
Cover Girl Queen Collection Vibrant Hues Color in Ruby Remix (Lead content: 4.92 ppm)
NARS Semi-Matte in Funny Face (Lead content: 4.89)
L’Oreal Colour Rich in Tickled Pink (Lead content: 4.45)
L’Oreal Intensely Moisturizing Lipcolor in Heroic (Lead content: 4.41)
Cover Girl Continuous Color in Warm Brick (Lead content: 4.28)
Maybelline Color Sensational in Mauve Me (Lead content: 4.23)
Stargazer lipstick in shade “C” (Lead content: 4.12)
See any of your favorites? Not to worry. The Daily Green has a lovely guide to the 11 lipsticks that tested lead-free. And of course there are many more, most of them naturally-minded. We’re working on a round-up of our favorites—stay tuned!