BUXOM Haute Pink Lips Sephora VIB Set: 3 Brand-New Lip Shades. From left to right: Mini Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole; Mini Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Sweet Thing; and Mini Full-Bodied Lipstick in Mistress
I received these three BUXOM lipgloss and lipstick shades in a Sephora VIB gift a few weeks ago — it was available in stores, but I never saw a code for it online. I’m not sure if this set is still available, but the full-size versions definitely are and they are all new BUXOM colors. I wanted to do a post because each formula is amazing (all three are different), and the colors are beautiful and perfect for the summer. That, and the photos I took actually came out okay (you can actually notice the difference between the three colors), even though I took the pictures at night.
So before I go into each lip product individually, I just wanted to show the swatch photo I took – I just took one swatch photo of all three shades side by side instead of three individual pictures; this way you can see the contrast between the colors a lot better. On the left is the lipstick, which does come out a bit creamier-looking when applied to the lips (you can see that in the photo below); then the full-bodied gloss (my favorite one); and then the sheer lipgloss.
(Mini) BUXOM Full-Bodied Lipstick in “Mistress”
The first product was a mini version of Buxom’s Full-Bodied Lipstick. This shade wasn’t exactly HOT pink, but it was very pink nonetheless. I love Buxom products, especially their lip products (their lip liner is the only liner I use), and this lipstick was no different. I loved the creamy consistency and the color payoff was amazing. I’m really trying to branch out and wear different, brighter colors on my lips, and even though this one is really almost like a nude baby pink, it is still very noticeable and it looks great with a light/natural makeup look for the day.
BUXOM Full-Bodied Lipstick in “Mistress”
Buxom Full-Bodied Lipstick ($21 for 0.13 oz.; sephora.com) is a “full-coverage lip color” that has a “gentle plumping effect.” It really made my lips look pretty and full (without the plumping tingle). I’m more of a lipgloss girl than a lipstick girl, but this is one of my favorite lipsticks, especially since it doesn’t come out cakey and it has a satin finish. It is described as a “smooth, creamy, ultra-hydrating lipstick” that contains encapsulated hyaluronic spheres to help promote hydration and fullness, as well as shea butter, coconut oil, chamomile flower wax, and vitamins C and E to help moisturize, soothe and protect.
(Mini) BUXOM Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole
The next product was a much brighter pink, described as a “shimmering strawberry,” in Buxom’s Full-On Lip Polish formula. This is Buxom’s sheer lipgloss formula and, even though it is considered “sheer,” the color is definitely very, very noticeable. It’s not sticky and it also has a plumping technology to make your lips look full and prettier.
BUXOM Mini Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole
Buxom Full-On Lip Polish ($19 for 0.15 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “sheer, high-shine lip polish” that creates the look of “fuller, more voluptuous lips.” It has a “gentle plumping effect” that comes along WITH the tingle (unlike the lipstick and the other gloss, below), and it contains vitamins A and E, which help to keep lips soft, supple and protected.
(Mini) BUXOM Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in “Sweet Thing”
The last lip product is my favorite one. This is Buxom’s “Full-Bodied” Lipgloss, and it totally lives up to its name — the color came out beautifully and it was definitely way more “full-bodied” than the sheer Lip Polish (above). This gloss is also very moisturizing and feels super nourishing on my lips (which are usually pretty dry), and it also plumps the lips, but without leaving the tingle effect.
BUXOM Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in “Sweet Thing”
Buxom Full-Bodied Lip Gloss ($19 for 0.15 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “shimmering, hydrating gloss with a no-tingle plumping effect.” It is an “ultra-hydrating” gloss that contains encapsulated hyaluronic spheres that help promote hydration and fullness, as well as jojoba oil and vitamin E to help moisturize and protect lips.
All three of these BUXOM shades are available exclusively in Sephora stores and online at Sephora.com!
I bought this lipstick a few weeks ago but I only started using it recently because I wanted to take photos of the product and packaging for my blog before I used it all up and made it look less pretty. I am in LOVE with this lipstick and it does absolutely everything I want it to do and more. I’m not really a big lipstick person — I usually wear glosses and balms and just re-apply them all day long because I can never get anything to actually stay on my lips. This lipstick from Tarte actually stays put, has an amazing, creamy color payoff and it’s awesomely moisturizing.
This is my first blog post where I decided to actually take photos of myself. I have been kinda putting it off because I’ve been a litttttle camera-shy and embarrassed over my poor skin this winter (which I talk about in almost every post — it’s just never looked this bad in my life and I have been doing a LOT to try to get it back to normal). My skin finally looks a little better, and I figured no one really looks that great in a camera flash anyway, but at least you can see the makeup (lipstick, in this case) the way it looks when I apply it.
Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Watermelon
I’m using photos from this set for my next post (a review on Julep’s April Maven box), so I applied the blush with a heavy hand so I can show how the new Julep blush looks when applied. I’m also still getting used to taking up-close photos, showing mostly makeup, and I used my iPhone because I didn’t have time to figure out how to take good personal photos with my good camera. That, and it was dark out, so the lighting is a little off. I just feel the need to put a disclaimer on my photos because I’m still a little shy about posting such big photos of my face in a camera flash here on my blog.
ANYWAY, back to the review …
Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Watermelon
Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick ($16 for 0.1 oz.; sephora.com) is described as “a moisturizing, creamy lipstick infused with sustainably pressed Amazonian butters.” It comes in eight different pink/nude/coral colors and I bought “Watermelon,” a “reddish pink.” I never, ever wear reds and this one is definitely more like a pink-watermelon than a red-watermelon. I found that this color came out a little lighter on my lips than it looks in the tube, which was perfect for me. I loved how it came out and I was a little concerned because it looked a little too red in the tube (above).
Some people on Sephora’s website complained the the colors didn’t come out the way they wanted them to, so I think it would be safe to say that these lipsticks all come out a bit lighter than they look in the tube. For me, this isn’t a problem at all. I actually like it better this way.
This lipstick is “inspired by the whimsical colors of the Amazon and infused with naturally-derived ingredients from its lush vegetation.” I love this lipstick so much and I love the color range that it comes in, so I’m definitely going to be picking up some of the other shades. Even though the color is lighter than it looks in the tube, it is definitely rich and vibrant and I was shocked at how long it stayed on, especially because it’s nearly impossible for me to keep any type of lipstick or lipgloss on.
Each “skin-flattering shade” is infused with “sustainably harvested cupuacu and murumuru butters to deliver intense moisture and help restore and smooth even mature lips.” I have had pretty dry, chapped lips this winter and this lipstick felt soooo smooth and moisturizing on my lips. I didn’t even have to use a balm underneath (which I pretty much always do), and they also LOOKED a lot smoother and hydrated.
Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Watermelon, swatched on my arm
Like all other Tarte products, this lipstick contains all-natural, all good-for-you ingredients that just WORK so well. I always find that beauty products with all-natural ingredients work so much better than other products. The Cupuacu Butter in this lipstick contains essential fatty acids and sterols that help firm while drenching lips in moisture and the Murumuru Butter contains essential fatty acids and ProVitamin A to help restore elasticity and soothe lips.
Tarte’s Amazonian Butter Lipstick also contains Shea Butter to help retain skin elasticity and mineral pigments that soothe and soften lips. My lips definitely looked and felt all-around better after using this product.
Not the best angle, I’m working on it …
This lipstick is formulated WITHOUT all of the questionable, icky ingredients that appear way too often in beauty products that are really not good for your skin (many studies have shown). It is free of parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, synthetic fragrances and gluten. Like all Tarte products, this lipstick is also *Cruelty Free*. <3
This is seriously the perfect lipstick for me — I always look for a good color payoff that’s not too bright, something to hydrate my chapped lips, something to plump and make them look prettier, something that will last and won’t come off as soon as I put a cup of water to my mouth to drink, and all-natural ingredients are always a plus. Like I said before, I’m definitely picking up more shades of this lipstick soon (maybe I’ll treat myself for my birthday!).
Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick costs $16 and is available at in stores and online at Sephora.com and ULTA.com. This particular lipstick is not available through Tarte‘s website and I checked a few other online retailers and couldn’t find it there, so I think this is kind of an exclusive item to a few specific retailers.
Smashbox Summer 2014: The Santigold Collection [Photo: Smashbox.com]
I know Smashbox debuted their new summer collection about a month ago, but the products have finally hit shelves so I just wanted to do a post going over all the awesomeness that is their new Santigolden Age Collection.
The Santigolden Age Collection was created by artist Santigold, who fused unexpected vivid colors and elements into the collection the same way she does regularly with her amazing fashion sense and all-around artistic boldness. This exclusive collection is influenced by Santigold’s “strong creative sense of collage,” with a “vivid and playful” color palette that is really unlike any beauty collection I have seen recently.
The whole collection is gorgeous and I can’t wait to get my hands on those eyeliner pencils. Besides the fact that the colors are amazing and there are a bunch of different products to choose from (from shadows to liners to lipgloss to nail stickers and even a lipstick ring), the artwork and packaging design is really over-the-top beautiful, so these items will definitely be some great collectors’ pieces.
The new Smashbox Santigolden Age Collection for the summer contains five different items, four of which have two different color combinations:
Apocalypse Now. [Photo: Smashbox.com]
Smashbox The Santigolden Age Eye Shadow Collage ($36 for 0.17 oz.; smashbox.com) is described as a “one-of-a-kind collaged and mirrored palette with five dramatic wet-to-dry eyeshadows.”
“Apocalypse Now” (above) consists of a shimmery oyster shade, shimmery tea, sparkling pewter, matte black and bright golden orange.
Earth As We Know It. [Photo: Sephora.com]
“Earth As We Know It” (above) consists of a soft sparkling cream, kelly green, dark matte blue, raisin with rosegold pearl and a dark sparkly forest green shade.
My favorite items in the collection are these gorgeous, versatile, bold eyeliners. The Smashbox Santigolden Age Double-Ended Limitless Liner ($24 for two 0.02-oz. pencils; smashbox.com) is described as a “double-ended eyeliner with eight-hour staying power and limitless possibilities.”
There are two different liner pencils in the new collection with two different shades on each one: Yellow Dwarf/Green Martian (a bright yellow and a mint green — on the left of the photo above); and Azurite is Never Wrong/El Dorado (a bright azure blue and earthy gold — on the right of the photo).
Be Legendary Lipgloss in All Gold E’rything (left) and Hot Lava (right). [Photo: Smashbox.com]
The next two products are Smashbox’s Be Legendary lipgloss formula in two very “Santigolden” shades. Smashbox The Santigolden Age Be Legendary Gloss ($20 for 0.20 oz.; smashbox.com) is described as “a vibrant, glassy-finish gloss hand-picked by artist Santigold.”
“All Gold E’rything” is described as a “sheer copper sparkle” and “Hot Lava” is described as a “sheer red-orange.” I’m loving the gold color so I will definitely be picking that one up (red is not really my thing, even though this red looks lovely).
Nail Polish Art Strips in “Serpent Charmer” (left) and “The Eye of the Beholder” (right). [Photo: Smashbox.com]
These sweeeet nail polish stickers come with two different designs in one pack and I have a feeling they will work pretty well, since they’re made by Smashbox (I usually have such a problem with these things). Smashbox The Santigolden Age Nail Polish Art Strips ($22 for set of two different patterns; smashbox.com) are described as “one-of-a-kind, mistake-proof nail strips designed by artist Santigold,” who is known for her collage art and strong creative sense, which influenced the whole collection’s “vivid and playful color range.”
“Serpent Charmer” (left) is a black snake pattern on what looks like a glittery gold background; and “The Eye of the Beholder” (right) is a creepy-cool (and yet pretty at the same time) silver eye design on a black background. I love the design and colors of the black eye pattern strips and, even though I’m not usually into snake-print anything, the gold one is pretty cool. I could definitely rock these.
Be Legendary Lipstick Ring in “Still Kickin.” [Photo: Smashbox.com]
The last product in the collection is a jewelry-and-makeup-in-one deal. This is a really pretty lipstick ring that is actually not tacky (in my opinion). I usually find these things to be either childish (‘cuz they’re usually for kids) or just tacky-looking. These are actually really nice.
Smashbox The Santigolden Age Be Legendary Lipstick Ring ($49 for one ring in size 8; smashbox.com) is described as “a collectible snake ring that holds a limited-edition shade of Be Legendary Lipstick inside.” This is the only product in the collection that comes in just one shade, but it’s a pretty “golden reddish coral.” I’m definitely picking this one up too.
I might as well just get the whole collection at this point (maybe just one eyeshadow shade, though, and just the gold lipgloss, not the red one). This collection is gorgeous and I usually don’t do posts as previews for new beauty collections, especially when I haven’t even bought the collection myself yet (using the official photos), but this one was way too pretty to pass up.
Smashbox’s Summer 2014 “The Santigolden Age” Collection consists of five different products in a range of prices (see prices above). It is now available in stores and online at Smashbox.com, Sephora.com, Beauty.com and other retailers that carry Smashbox cosmetics.
Julep started out as a nail polish/nail care company and has quickly been evolving into a bonafide beauty company, encompassing all areas of makeup, skincare and even haircare products. I got turned on to Julep’s beauty products through their monthly Maven box subscription and I have been highly impressed at how well most of these products work — the ones I love do exactly what they’re supposed to do, and they easily match and sometimes even surpass their counterparts from well-established beauty brands.
There are a few Julep beauty products that have disappointed me, but there are definitely more that I love and have been crazy surprised at how well they work. This post isn’t exactly the greatest representation of the best Julep beauty products, or my favorite ones, but these are products that I (mostly) bought before Christmas that I’m only getting around to reviewing right now.
Some of the products I bought with those purchases aren’t even available anymore on the Julep website (so they’re not listed here), but what’s great about Julep is that they are constantly experimenting with new products and doing away with the less-popular ones that may not work as well. I review the newer Julep products that are featured in Maven boxes in my Julep Maven posts, and they also contain some of my favorite Julep beauty products (like the gel eyeliner and eyeliner brush from the February box, which I reviewed here).
So, without any further babbling, here is an overview of some of Julep’s beauty products that I have recently tried that are definitely still available at Julep.com and haven’t been featured in recent Julep Maven boxes. You can check out the beauty products in recent Maven boxes in my Julep Maven posts at this link.
Julep Lip Vernis in Camellia
Julep recently debuted their new lipgloss line in Sephora stores, which is simply called “Julep Lipgloss” (reviewed later in this post). This lipgloss pictured here is an older product, and I actually like it better than the newer glosses, but, unfortunately, it looks like Julep might be doing away with this formula. The Lip Vernis line comes in four different colors, all on sale for $4.99 (down from $18), but it seems that this color (“Camellia”) is currently out of stock. I’m not sure if they’re going to bring this one back.
Julep Lip Vernis (on sale for $4.99, reg. $18 for .25 oz.; julep.com) is described as an “ultra-creamy, long-wearing gloss” with a “mirror-like finish.” I have only tried it in this one color, “Camellia” (a nude blush creme), but I found that the non-sticky formula goes on super smooth and the soft, baby pink is the perfect color intensity for a gloss. When comparing the Lip Vernis to Julep’s new Lip Gloss line, I found that the Lip Vernis gave a much better color payoff; even though the color is semi-sheer, it has a more milky, creamy consistency than the sheer colors of the Lip Gloss line and felt very moisturizing and nourishing. I posted a swatch of the Lip Vernis next to the Halo Lip Gloss set (directly below).
Julep Halo Lip Gloss Set, Merriment (left) and Peace (right)
Julep debuted this set as part of their 2013 holiday collection, and I was actually surprised to see that it’s still available to purchase. This set is also on sale for $22 (down from $36) and, even though I haven’t used these glosses much just yet, they have a great moisturizing formula and the berry color comes out as the perfect sheer, light berry shade. I don’t like wearing dark reds on my lips, so I was happy that this comes out a lot lighter than it looks in the tube.
From left to right: Julep Lip Vernis in Camellia, Julep Halo Lip Gloss in Peace and Merriment
Julep Halo Lip Gloss Set (on sale for $22, reg. $36 for set of two glosses; julep.com) is described as a set of two shimmery lip glosses with a conditioning formula enriched with Julep’s “proprietary Power Cell Complex” — an “age-defying, antioxidant-rich blend of rosehip seed oil, Malvaceae Lipid Extract and green coffee bean oil.” These glosses were definitely way more moisturizing than I thought and they aren’t sticky at all. “Merriment” is described as a “super-shiny clear shimmer” and “Peace” is described as a “festive fuchsia shimmer.”
Julep Boho Glam Lengthening Mascara
This next product turned out to be one of my favorite brown mascaras. I almost always wear black mascara, but decided that brown wasn’t all too bad, and even better for some more natural makeup days, and this shade is the perfect brown. I also have very sparse lashes, which I have been growing back for a few months now (they are finally “normal”-looking again), and this mascara definitely makes them look longer and separated. This product is also currently on sale.
Julep Boho Glam Lengthening Mascara (on sale for $12.99, reg. $24 for .32 oz.; julep.com) is an espresso brown mascara with “lash growth enhancement ingredients” and a micro-fiber applicator that “separates, lengthens and conditions individual lashes to lock in moisture and protect from breakage.” I was very impressed with this mascara, especially because it actually did something for my super sparse lashes, and I just received a brand-new one (full-size!) in Julep’s Cupid Mystery Box (which I decided not to review, since the New York weather made my package come extremely late — way after Valentine’s Day).
I feel like I have tried nearly every sea salt/”beach waves” spray on the market and to no avail. I have pretty damaged hair from all the color treating (which I have actually been turning around finally by using the Wen haircare line), plus unruly waves … so, sticky, drying “texture” sprays don’t usually do much good for my hair. This one for Julep actually made a difference thanks to its moisturizing, sulfate and paraben-free formula.
Julep Sea Salt Texture Spray ($17.60 for Mavens, reg. $22 for 3.9 oz.; julep.com) is a texture spray that uses salt water infused with a combination of marine botanicals that “provide intense moisture and essential nourishment,” a “two-punch combo” that protects hair from sun damage while creating “ocean-kissed, tousled waves.”
This sea salt spray adds texture, boosts volume on wet hair and adds “piecy texture” to dry hair. The waves actually come out smooth and natural-looking, and it doesn’t leave hair crunchy at all. I haven’t used this spray that much just yet, but I plan on integrating it into my hair routine more over the next few days.
The next product is not so much a beauty product — it’s more in tune with Julep’s background in nail polish and nail care. A good cuticle oil is absolutely an essential product and this one works great. I have a lot of bad habits, one of them being chewing the skin around my nails (I’m getting better, though!) and this stuff moisturizes and smooths out the area around my nails perfectly.
Julep Essential Cuticle Oil ($14.40 for Mavens, reg. $18 for .29 oz.; julep.com) is described as a “natural blend of essential oils and Vitamin E” that “hydrates and strengthens nails and cuticles.” This cuticle oil extends the life of your manicure and leaves a “glossy sheen.” It can be used daily to soften rough cuticles and strengthen nails.
Julep Blank Canvas Plumping Lip Primer
I actually haven’t even really used this next product. I tried it out once, under the Julep Lip Gloss, and that was it. I’ve had such dry/chapped lips this winter that I’ve been focusing more on using balms/Chapstick/lip conditioners than I have on plumping and priming my lips. This product didn’t get such great reviews on Julep’s website, but I did like how it looked underneath the nude-colored lipgloss (below). I’m going to try it out again tomorrow since my lips are finally back to normal.
Julep Blank Canvas Plumping Lip Primer ($17.60 for Mavens, reg. $22; julep.com) is described as a “multi-tasking marvel that plumps, moisturizes and preps lips for flawless application.” It is formulated with Sepilift DPHP for plumping and has a “tingle” to tell you it’s working. This lip primer is also supposed to keep your lips hydrated and smooth, while locking your lipstick or lipgloss in place.
Julep Lip Gloss in Glowing
The last two products are Julep’s recently-released lip glosses, simply called Julep Lip Gloss. I really thought I would enjoy these glosses a lot more than I did, but I haven’t really used these that much, either, so I can’t really make a final judgment. I found these glosses to be smooth, but it seemed like so little product was applied with the wand and I had to dig around in the tube and apply it at least three times to notice more color and shine. I guess these shades are considered semi-sheer, but I really thought the color would stand out more.
Julep Lip Gloss in Timeless
Julep Lip Gloss ($16 for Mavens, reg. $20; julep.com) comes in 10 different subtle colors that provide “unstoppable shine and luscious hydration.” These shades are described as “subtle sheers,” so I guess that’s why I felt like I had to apply it a bunch of times before I saw a real color payoff. I just don’t really see the point in creating a product that comes in ten different colors when each color nearly looks the same with just one application (the more applications, the more you can actually see the color).
“Timeless”, left, and “Glowing”, right.
I purchased “Glowing,” described as a “sheer light pink,” and “Timeless,” described as a sheer nude. I actually found that the nude color was more noticeable than the light pink, but it doesn’t look that way in the above photo. I had to swatch these glosses heavily on my hand for them to come up in the picture, so I applied each one at least three times. I still don’t like how this swatch photo came out, but these glosses really are so sheer that you can’t really get a good idea of how they look on the lips from a swatch on the hand. I would have posted a picture of them on my lips but I’m still a little embarrassed about the over-dryness/chapped-ness, so I’m not doing any close-up lip photos at the moment!
All of the above products are available at Julep.com, and the last two lip glosses are also available in Sephora stores (but not online just yet). Julep releases a new beauty product every month with their monthly Maven subscription program, which costs $19.99 per month. Click here to sign up or head over to Julep.com for more information.