the bright lip

the glossarie - a bright lip wardrobe

let’s not beat around the bush: my middle is swelling at an alarming rate and while i’m all for growth in the name of progress, my new size is definitely taking some getting used to. in order to feel my absolute best (aside from my afternoon snack of broccoli chips – do not ask – and hummus), i am embracing the bright lip in an extra big way. i’ve always been a fan of a bold, bright shade on the lips, especially for an event or an evening out, but these days i find myself swiping on the brightness in the morning, too. i theorize that the pop of color draws eyes up towards my face and away from the belly, and whether that’s true or not, it sure does make me feel like a million polished-and-put-together bucks.

i’ve amassed a group of six not-for-the-faint-of-heart favorites that have been in constant rotation. from left to right:

mac huggable lip color in feeling amorous, $20
(no longer available :( similar option from stila)
soft and buttery, the easiest way to wear bright color because they are so comfy!

tarte power pigment in flush, $24
punched up pigment in a sheer berry shade that
moisturizes lips and doesn’t wander.

topshop lip bullet in heartbeat, $16
embrace orange lips with this satiny coral crayon -
it’s the easiest to apply and very bright.

lorac lip luxe in hot pink, $16
velvety smooth, powerfully pigmented, with anti-aging benefits to boot.

face stockholm for j.crew in peony pink, $20
(no longer available; similar shade = smile)
this stuff is like confidence in a tube! it’s the shade that i’m wearing
in my bio picture and it always incites endless compliments.

stila stay all day vinyl lip gloss in melon vinyl, $24
a full on burst of color and shine for when i feel like a gloss.
looks like lacquer, wears like iron!

i’d love to know: what’s your go to shade when you’re feelin’ a bright lip?

mac studio sculpt lash mascara

mac studio sculpt lash mascara

judging by your comments, perhaps the world is not quite ready for this mascara. so, i thought i’d take things down a notch and introduce you to a much simpler product: mac studio sculpt lash mascara. it’s so simple, in fact, that the brush only has two rows of bristles. (when i heard about this, i scoffed. how could two measly little rows of bristles rival the big fat wand packed with bristles that i know and love?)

surprisingly, two rows of bristles are highly effective! they separate lashes, defining each one beautifully and apply mascara without a clump in sight. studio sculpt lash’s skinny teeth are not messing around. you get extra precise control over where the mascara is applied along with length, lift, and curl that lasts all day sans smudging.

so, to recap, that’s 1) a cinch to apply with very little effort, 2) long, separated lashes that stay where they are put and 3) does not flake or cause raccoon eyes.

win, win, win.

i’m pretty impressed with this minimalist mascara from mac and i’m definitely finding that it’s the right daytime product for my preferred lash look. (i don’t like to go too bambi before happy hour.) if you like to catch each lash and create a crafted lash’terpiece then i think you’ll love this newness from mac.

mac studio sculpt lash mascara, $16 >

mac sheen supreme lipglass tint

mac sheen supreme lipglass tint

sometimes i think lip gloss gets a bad rap. it’s a little fussy, your hair gets stuck in it, i get it. but the right formula can add a pouty fullness and flawlessness by masking any fine lines. plus it’s girly and this blog is called the glossarie.

mac is bringing some big game to the land of lipgloss with their new sheen supreme lipglass tints. these brush tip applicator glosses are such a pleasant surprise. the formula is easy and comfortable with gorgeous color payoff ranging from bold red to bright purple and pale pink. the look is fresh and pretty, so wearable – like a little layer of stained glass. these add just the right finishing touch to my face, making me feel done, but not done up. application here is effortless and the gloss itself is unsticky. (hooray!)

if you’re looking to add a little pop of color and irresistible kissability to your makeup routine, scoop these cuties up before they’re gone. at $20, i’ve already got my hands on two shades (k-wow and kiss, kiss) and have been wearing them nonstop!

mac sheen supreme lipglass tint ($20) >

everyday eye essentials

everyday eye essentials

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it has taken me a long time to learn how to dress up my eyes each morning, but the little tricks i have learned over the years really make a big difference in brightening my face and polishing off my whole look. my go to eye wardrobe is soft, neutral and sparkly. here are the essentials that help me give the windows to my soul their own special treatment:

simple’s revitalizing eye roll on, $11
this is the first thing i put on my face in the morning and i let it soak in / work its magic while i straighten my hair. the cool rollerball de-puffs as it massages my under eyes while cucumber, b5, and glycerin work to wake up my sleepy peepers.

chanel precision eyelash curler, $34
superior shape and spongy pad have made this my holy grail lash curler for over a year now. combine the perfect curler with these tips that i learned from refinery29′s recent video with james vincent and my lashes have never looked better.

mac paint pot in painterly, $18.50
i put this creamy shadow / lid primer on whether i am wearing shadow or not, because it prevents my foundation from creasing. layering shadow overtop locks things down until you’re ready to remove. (at which point i might recommend these little beauties!)

josie maran argan beautiful nudes, $36
this shadow quad features rich neutrals and one shadow liner. the shadows offer a variety of finishes (matte, iridescent, satin) in beautifully coordinated nudes so i can create endless looks that always look good together. it totally takes the guesswork out of eye makeup!

sephora collection pro visionary lash fan brush, $18
finally! a brush designed to make tightlining easier. dip this mini fan into your favorite black cream liner and stamp it right into your lash line for precise and simple definition. it emphasizes lashes and also doubles as a lash separator. you need this!

clinique instant lift for brows, $16.50
the ultimate in finishing touches, this double-ended product from clinique houses a natural-looking pencil to give fullness and intensity to brows and a pearly highlighter that creates contrast and adds a magic lift to your arches.

show me your lip bomb, tierney

Tierney Lip Bomb

name: tierney
internet home: the preppy leopard
number of products: 5
she says: my lip bomb is nowhere near as fancy as yours (*oh please!), but here’s the pic!
the bomb: 

maybelline colorsensational lip color in red revival, $7.49
such a great take on the classic red lip.
it’s a little darker than my normal red lipsticks
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mac matte lipstick in diva, $15
a dark dark wine color that seems intimidating in the tube, but is really pretty on.
i love wearing it with smoky eyes–instead of being 1980′s overwhelming,
it’s actually very sultry and vampy.
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chapstick moisturizer, $1.59
i honestly can’t beat a $2 tube of chapstick.
plus, I don’t feel guilty when I lose it.
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nyx pump it up lip plumper, $5.49
bought on a whim from UO.  it’s a pretty gloss,
but i don’t really believe in lip plumpers.
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jouer lip enhancer conditioning lip treatment, $14
it feels so nice when I put it on, but i don’t think
i’ll buy the full price one when my chapstick is so darn amazing.
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tierney and i have been blog friends for the longest. i wish we got to hang out in person more often as our love for beauty products (lips, in particular) always sparks insightful convo. her lip bomb says a lot about her and i could not be more appreciative of her thoughts on each product – plus, most of these are new names for the #lipbomb project, which is fun to see.
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if you want to see your #lipbomb in the glossarie, send it over to theglossarie@gmail.com – the more the merrier!
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seeing hearts

seeing hearts

 

valentine’s day has come and gone and i can’t help but notice that the beauty brands are still feeling the love. with a prevalence of heart-bedecked blushes on the market at the moment, i just had to round them up for you:

physician’s formula happy booster illuminating bronzer veil, $13.95
stila ‘all you need is love’ blush, $14
mac ‘archie’s girls’ pearlmatte face powder, $30
smashbox love me blush, $28
too faced sweethearts perfect flush blush, $29

do you own any of these lovey dovey cheek powders? which one is your favorite?

show me your lip bomb, diana

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name: diana
internet home: alegria
she says: here are the lip products i found in my purse today. i didn’t even know i had some of these in there!
number of products: 8
the bomb:

victoria’s secret beauty rush lip gloss in passion fruit pop, $$9
blistex five star lip protection, $2.29
korres cherry full color gloss in fuchsia 54, $17
dior addict lip glow, $30
bobbi brown lip gloss in buff, $23
mac viva glam vi lip glass, $19.50
nars lip gloss in oasis, $24
nars velvet matte lip pencil in sex machine, $24

one of the best things about marrying my husband is his amazing group of girl cousins. they are all my age, super sweet and really fun. steve’s cousin diana and i have fiercely bonded over our shared beauty addiction so it’s no surprise that i own almost all of the lip products in her collection. thanks for sharing your lip bomb, d!

if you want to see your #lipbomb in the glossarie, send it over to theglossarie@gmail.com.

show me your lip bomb, sarah

lip bomb - sarah

name: sarah
she says: “um, this is embarrassing. this is what I carry with me DAILY in my work purse.”
number of products: 13
the bomb:

kiehl’s lip balm #1, $7.50
c.o. bigelow lime mentha lip shine, no longer available
covergirl wetslicks fruit spritzers lip gloss in raspberry splash, $5.49
revlon colorburst lip butter in peach parfait, $6.16
clinique black honey lip duo, $21
c.o. bigelow mentha lip tint in magenta mint, $7.50
fresh sugar rose lip treatment spf15 mini, (full size tube $22.50)
maybelline baby lips in cherry me, $2.99
arbonne lip polish in coral, $24
revlon colorburst lip butter in pink truffle, $6.16
smashbox limitless long wear lipgloss in endless, $22
mac lustre lipstick in syrup, $15
buxom big & healthy lip polish in brandi, $19

now this is a lip bomb. the almost-empty tube that you can’t give up, the packages with lettering rubbed off, the hair tie wrapped around the lip gloss – beauty ain’t always pretty, ladies! send your #lipbomb to theglossarie@gmail.com.

show me your lip bomb, elizabeth

my inbox is bursting at the seams with lip bombs after last week’s inaugural post – i could not be more thrilled! i’m going to start sharing them weekly on wednesdays and possibly on other days, because they are just too good.

name: elizabeth
internet home: wunderland
she says: “i go a bit overboard, i must confess”
number of products: 16
the bomb:

mac plush glass in lush, $19.50
nyx stick blush in tea rose, $5.99
nyc lipstick in mahogany, $1.59 (what?! amazing.)
kate moss by rimmel in #11, $5.19
revlon super lustrous lipstick in teak rose, $7.99
lancôme complete coverage concealer, $29.50
l’oreal colour riche le gloss in baby blossom, $5.99
clinique almost lipstick in black honey, $15
tarte lipsurgence matte lip tint in envy, $24
burt’s bees tinted lip balms in rose, honeysuckle, hibiscus, and red dahlia, $6.99
the body shop born lippy satsuma shimmer lip balm, $3
korres lip butter in mango, $12
smiths rosebud lip salve, $6

overboard? i beg to differ as i absolutely love this group! so many budget buys – i hope you pretty-for-a-penny beauties are taking notes. if you want your #lipbomb featured here in the glossarie, please email theglossarie@gmail.com. i would love to have you!

beauty to be thankful for

beauty to be thankful for 2012

happy thanksgiving!

this is my favorite of all holidays. it always reminds me how much i have to be thankful for and towards the tippety top of that very long list is the opportunity to share my beauty love with you wonderful people. i absolutely adore blogging beauty and i’m so grateful that you visit the glossarie to read and comment as often as you do. you guys are the best.

also on my thankful list? several standby products that i couldn’t survive without:

top row -
mac powder blush in easy manner
bobbi brown creamy lip color in blue raspberry
chanel lash curler
dior creme de rose lip balm

bottom row -
mane message hair ties
essie beyond cozy
tweezerman zebra slant tweezer
mario badescu buffering lotion
neutrogena naturals purifying pure scrub

this group keeps me looking my best: clear skin, curled lashes, soft lips and flushed cheeks. while it’s true that in the grand scheme of life, beauty products might not rank too high, i really do love and cherish the great ones – and i know you do, too! so, if you’ve got beauty products that you’re thankful for, i would love to hear ‘em.

i hope you all enjoy a warm and cozy thanksgiving with your family and friends.