Jane Iredale Roses & Lollipops Compact to Benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer

There are a lot of products out there this October claiming to support various breast cancer causes. I’m pretty cautious about Pinkwashing, the newly coined term for companies who schlep products to ‘support’ breast cancer when it’s something like junk food or chemical-heavy cosmetics – you know, the things that are directly linked to the disease itself. One company that I do like and trust is Jane Iredale and their Roses & Lollipops compact, a best selling lip color and gloss in a cute mirrored compact with a key chain. Iredale donates 100% of the sales profits (not the same as total sales, but still a fair amount) to Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a charitable organization you can learn more about HERE that donates 84 cents on every dollar to their cause.

It’s a cute compact with a universal appeal, great for a gift.

2 wearable pink shades.

I’m a sucker for pink gloss.

You can check out a poignant piece on Pinkwashing HERE at Forbes.com. Support a great cause, but know where your money is going first.

Bite Beauty

Using food grade colorants and the super antioxidant resveratrol, Bite Beauty has stormed onto the beauty scene with a very modern approach to natural lip color. I’ve been looking for something exactly like this for years for both myself and my kit – a professional grade lip collection that offers high pigment but without the use of harsh chemicals. Mineral lipsticks are fine, as are the ones from organic lines, but nobody gets it as perfectly right as Bite does. More of my take on the line after a look at the goods.


The kit I received; Define & Refine Lip Set

Even the packaging is cool

Lip Shine in Prosecco

Luminous Crème Lipstick in Rosè

High Pigment Pencil in Pomegranate

Swatches of all 3 to see the difference in finish and intensity; Prosecco, Rosé, and Pomegranate. Don’t be overly jealous of my veiny hands, they’re very Angelina Jolie..

I’m not a lipstick wearer, not a lip color wearer actually but this line has me totally inspired because of how beautiful their colors look on the lips. Their Lip Shine is my favorite gloss I’ve used to date. Really! There’s something captivating about how it coats the lips filling in any dry areas with a beautiful sheen. I put it on and literally stared at my mouth from different angles marveling at how great it looked. Bright colors appear more sophisticated when they’re matte which is why High Pigment Matte Pencils are stunning in the long-wearing bold shades they offer. Luminous Crème Lipstick is everything a lipstick should be; moisturizing, creamy, and fun to wear. All formulas are without yucky stuff you’d rather not lick off, which is typically where your lip color goes when it wears away.

My favorite kind of companies are those that do one thing really well (although Bobbi Brown started off with only 10 lipsticks so you never know..) Check out Bite Beauty online or the next time you’re in Sephora. I can guarantee that Bite will have you excited about lip color.

Makeup Before and After: Camille

Another great before and after with Camille, a bride I met recently for her makeup trial-run before her big day in October. She has huge blue eyes with a ton of lid space and a perfect crease- most women need surgery for lids like this. Her fair skin just needed a little bronzing, some pink lips, and taupe lids to get the perfect amount of pop. With fair skin, keep in mind that color is amplified so it’s easy to go overboard without realizing it. Sheer formulas and a light bronzer are your friends.

Beautiful Before..

…And Beautiful After

My Hero Products For the Look:

Estée Lauder: Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée from their limited Fall 11′ Modern Mercury Collection

Lighter in color and weight than most bronzers, this illuminating gel-powder gives the skin natural warmth without deepening the tone too much. I used it to frame her face, extending down her neck for a seamless transition. There’s no need for a spray tan on your wedding day, bronzer gives an even (and predictable!) application every time.

Alima Pure: Press Pass Limited Edition Shadow from their Fall Runway Collection

Alima’s Press Pass is a sheer, smokey taupe to punch up her blues without a heavy or smokey look – it’s a wedding not a night club. When looking for shadows to suit your skin, keep in mind the weight of the formula and not the actual color; fair skin is flattered by sheer shades and deeper skin tones can wear more saturated ones. Measure the shadow’s weight by applying swatches of the color on the back of your hand, if you can’t see any skin showing through from behind the shadow it’s not a sheer formula. The more skin that shows through, the more sheer it is.

Tarte: LipSurgence in Frisky

Camille, like me, isn’t a big lipstick wearer, but a lip color is essential when photographs are involved. I LOVE (and wear) Tarte’s Lipsurgence lip tints. They’re a sort of tinted gel balm that give enough sheer color   to avoid looking washed out. I have a more neutral one I wear daily, then a punched up version (like Frisky) that I wear for TV appearances.

Heavy vs Sheer. Keeping weight in mind when choosing color will open up new doors for fair-skinned ladies looking to keep it feminine without overdoing it.

Pixi Succulent Lip Twin

I love innovative products like Lip twin. Pixi’s wonder-duo wins my approval for a few reasons; first it’s a two in one concept that actually works for both. PIxi skipped trying to market a cream that works for both lips and cheeks (since most rarely do) and put a cheek specific formula on the top (the ball shape) separate from the big tube of lip color. Second, cheek color fades throughout the day so a quick cheek touch up is a brilliant thing to make so easy.

Here’s the packaging

And the tube, about the same size as a traditional gloss tube

Taken apart, the cheek color twists off to allow application of the lip gel. They can be used separately while the other is fully covered.

Check out Pixi HERE and at Target stores

Trend Watch: Violent Lips Temporary Lip Tattoos

I can’t help but to love this idea. It might be a stretch, but I think Violent Lips could be huge. You first cut these patterned ‘temporary lip tattoos’ to match your lip shape, then you put them on with a damp cloth- the same way as with those temporary tattoos you used to get from bubble gum vending machines. In minutes you have lips that are boldly patterned works of art.

Check out this tutorial on how to apply Violent Lips, looks like the cutting and prep work is half the battle.

Pretty on her, but would you wear pink polka dot lips??

Violent Lips

What’s New From Smashbox? Full Exposure Mascara, Limitless Lip Stain, Softbox Palette

I realized in the car the other day that I was literally wearing 7 coats of mascara. No, I don’t rock a Tammy Faye lash, but I do lay down a lengthening formula (a few times) before a volumizing one (a few more times) which I’ve found gives me super long, separated lashes. Do I like the look? Yes. The process? Not at all. Full Exposure Mascara was literally formulated for gals like me who are getting their layer on and using two different types of mascara for a long, defined look we all crave. I can honestly say that Full Exposure gives a fullness in one coat that usually takes me 4 or 5. I’m typically a drugstore mascara girl, but this is one I’ll actually buy.

I didn’t really have a go-to lip stain for my brides who wanted a stay in place solution that wasn’t heavy or thick. Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm was invented for the girl who wants color without goopy weight. It’s a kissable, drinkable, totally bas-ass lip stain with a tinted balm that you smooth on top of lips to keep them fresh and shiny. It’s now what I recommend to all of my brides and women on the go who don’t like to re-apply color.

Softbox Shadow Palette is one of my favorite palettes in a long time. It’s a perfect mix of liners and shadows in sexy grays and bronzy coppers with a few neutrals tossed in, it truly is an all-you-need grab and go for countless looks. Also included is a brush you’ll use for years, and one of my favorite eye primers around.