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A Budge-Proof Lipstick that Lasts All Day

Say what?! I’ve never heard of such a thing. Every stain and lipstick that claims to be “kiss-proof” or lasts more than 4 hours that I’ve tried has always been a disappointment. Then one day, as I was scrolling through Facebook, I came across this video …

“What magic is this?!” I wondered.

I had to try this to see if it really worked so I started researching it. The product is called LipSense by a company called SeneGence. It’s a direct selling company that has been around since the 90s selling anti-aging skin care and cosmetics, but is just now starting to get a lot of exposure due to their LipSense products.

What is LipSense?

When you first purchase LipSense, you get a LipKit that comes with three products: the color, gloss, and Ooops! remover. The LipSense products are vegan, not tested on animals, non GMO, gluten free, wax free, and lead free. There are over 70 colors and you can layer them to create your own unique color for endless possibilities. The color creates a molecular bond to your lips that is budge-proof, smudge-proof, water-proof, and kiss-proof.

The gloss is able to penetrate the color and be absorbed by your lips for optimal hydration. The gloss has shea butter that will moisturize and lock in the color to keep it looking fresh and help it last for up to 18 hrs. The color and gloss work hand in hand. With the natural ingredients of LipSense, it will break down any wax buildup on your lips from other lipsticks and chapsticks that have caused a wax barrier to form on your lips.

Although that wax barrier will protect your lips from the environment, it also blocks moisture and often times leaves your lips feeling more dry as a result. LipSense will put your lips through an exfoliation process in the beginning that will work to remove the wax layers and build up so you can see optimal results with hydrated lips and long lasting color.

The Ooops! remover helps you to touch up any mistakes if need be as well as remove it if you want it off sooner than later. The longer it is left on the easier it will be to remove with your desired cleanser/makeup remover. Using any other product will break the molecular bond and you will notice the color starting to break down. It is recommended to avoid using any other lip products as it will be counterproductive and prolong the exfoliation process.

Fun Facts:

  • 1 tube of LipSense = 4 tubes of regular lipstick
  • Shelf life is 2 years
  • A tube of LipSense will last 4-6 months when used daily
  • Each color can be layered with one another
  • You can use the tip of the applicator for lip liner

How do you apply LipSense?

 

Make sure you start off with clean, dry lips. Shake the tube of color and in one stroke from side to side apply the color to your lip. Wait 5-10 seconds for it to dry, apply a second coat, wait for it to dry and a third coat, wait for it to dry. Do not let your lips touch during the color application. Color may flake off if layers are too thick. Avoid streaking by applying in one direction. The first layer touches the skin’s PH and will break down first and fastest. The second layer is protected from the PH by the first layer while the third layer protects the second layer from the environmental factors that will break it down.

When you first apply the color, you may notice a tingle from the cosmetic alcohol evaporating as it touches your lips and leaves the color behind. Once your color is applied, you can touch up with the Ooops! Remover if need be and apply your gloss.

My Experience with LipSense

I told you I was skeptical, right? So I ordered two colors: Plum and Praline Rose. Plum is a deep berry color and Praline Rose is more of a neutral mauve color. Here are the results of testing it out:

Is it budge-proof? Yes. Does the color transfer? Nope.

First picture: 7am right after application of Praline Rose. Middle picture: 10 hours later at 5:00pm after a full day of eating, drinking, licking lips, kissing, breathing, and living life with no touchups since first application – not even a coat of gloss (which is recommended to keep lips feeling hydrated). Last picture: 5:00pm minutes later with a coat of gloss.

First picture: 7am right after application of Plum. Middle picture: 10 hours later at 5:00pm after a full day of eating, drinking, licking lips, kissing, breathing, and living life with no touchups since first application – not even a coat of gloss (which is recommended to keep lips feeling hydrated). Last picture: 5:00pm minutes later with a coat of gloss.

A different day, again wearing Plum. Application was at 7am, first photo taken at 8:30am and second photo taken at 10:30pm 15 1/2 hrs later with no touchups – not even gloss – after a full day of again living life including working out and showering with it on.

Is it long lasting? Yes! Now, let’s be real and honest for a moment here. It does not look picture perfect like the initial application at the end of the day. Don’t expect that. Color and longevity will depend on the PH balance of your skin and application. If you’re treating your lips rough by biting and picking at them, it’s not going to last as long. If you’re using a different brand gloss, it’s not going to last as long and if you’re using other wax lip products the exfoliating process will take much, much longer and your color will not last as long.Oils and grease will break it down quicker and not applying gloss throughout the day will make your lips look and feel more dry.

How much is LipSense?

It’s $55 for a LipKit that includes your color, gloss, and remover. For a first time buyer, this is what is recommended, however once you purchase your initial LipKit you can purchase colors individually for $25, different gloss finishes (including matte!) individually for $20, and Ooops! Removers individually for $10.

Yes, $55 can be a lot for someone, but not only is it worth the cost for the quality of the product and what is has to offer, but keep in mind these fun facts:

  • 1 tube of LipSense = 4 tubes of regular lipstick
  • Shelf life is 2 years
  • A tube of LipSense will last 4-6 months when used daily

Bottom Line

Does this product work and do what it claims to? Yes. It is the best lip product out on the market, I would say, for its longevity, color options, and customization. I’m a huge advocate for it being natural and following good, ethical practices in its production as well. Looking at the comparison of quantity for cost as compared to other popular cosmetic brands, you’ll find that you are actually getting more for your money with LipSense.

How and where do I purchase LipSense?

As I mentioned in the beginning, SeneGence, the creator of LipSense, is a direct sales company. You will have to find a distributor selling the product to order. You can visit the SeneGence website and search for a distributor in your area or visit Good Morning, Lovely Cosmetics on Facebook and send me a message directly and I can help you find the right color for your first LipKit.

I look forward to hearing from you and happy makeup-ing!

Homemade Holiday: DIY Peppermint Lip Scrub

Running short on gift ideas, low on a budget, or is procrastination bringing your holiday spirit down? Try this sweet, little gift made from items that you more than likely have in your home already. This peppermint lip scrub is festive, tasty, great for anyone AND will show the person you give it to that you care about them and their skin. The sugar in this scrub acts as an exfoliant scraping away dead skin and the coconut oil moisturizes them leaving you with kissably soft lips. What a great gift for your significant other!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Small jar for storage
  • 5 drops of peppermint essential oil – therapeutic grade for ingestion
  • 15 peppermint candies
  • Sugar
  • Coconut Oil
  • Honey

Experiment with the quantity of sugar, coconut oil, and honey in order to get the right consistency for your preference and size of the container you are using. For example, if you want it to be a rougher scrub, use more sugar. Don’t add as much sugar if you have sensitive skin.

Mix, Mix, Mix!

Add all of your ingredients to a food processor and blend them until they are mixed together with small sized peppermint candy chunks sprinkled throughout it. The candy should have turned your scrub into a pretty, pale, pink color. Transfer your scrub into a jar, tie a ribbon around it, and you’re ready to wrap it up and gift it!

 

 

My Beauty Wishlist

Here is my makeup wishlist: a culmination of my must-have and go-to beauty products, products that are beautiful and revolutionary and some of the most unique makeup products on the market that I’ve seen so far and that you can’t help but be excited to try. I have to add a disclaimer that this post is not sponsored and it’s especially not sponsored by Benefit … apparently I just really love A LOT of their products. Haha! Enjoy 🙂

Too Faced Lip Cream – Unicorn Tears

Maybe not your everyday lipstick unless you’re a fairy princess, but on those days you feel like embracing your inner fairy tale this lipstick will guide you in that direction. It has a beautiful iridescence that shifts between all the purple, pink, and blue cotton candy hues from your wildest imagination.

 

Benefit Soft and Natural Brows Kit

This is the perfect starter kit to turn your brow to wow. It comes with everything you need to shape, fill in, and maintain your brows whether you are a seasoned pro or a beginner. This kit contains a brow pencil, brow gel, highlighter, and shaping stencils.

Unite Conditioner

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Look no further! Tangles, rat’s nests, and matted knots – be gone! You’ve finally found the best of the best when it comes to detanglers and leave in conditioners.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – Trooper

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This pen has some serious precision and is one I keep going back to. It seems to last a pretty long time with consistent use and is really easy to control the boldness and build with it.

 

Pat McGrath Metalmorphosis 005

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Liquid. Metal. Shadows. THE most metallic and sparkly shadows I’ve ever seen ESPECIALLY when combined with the mixing liquid. If you haven’t seen these shadows in action you have to watch the video.

Benefit POREfessional Primer

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If I could change one thing about my skin? It would be my large pores. I love this primer as it does a really good job minimizing their appearance and giving me a seamless base for my foundation.

Kailijumei Lip Balm

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These are actually tinted lip balms that change to a unique shade based on the personal temperature and PH balance of your lips. Aside from that being totally cool, can we just talk about how pretty they are with the flecks of gold and flowers?!

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette

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I really feel like if you just purchased the Naked palettes, you would never need to buy another palette again. Of course, that’s really not true if you’re a makeup lover, but I think it’s pretty close to a truthful statement. I love how versatile this ultimate basics palette is.

NYX Matte Lip Creams

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If you haven’t heard or tried these matte lip creams then run out to your nearest Ulta and grab yourself a few. These are like soft, cozy slippers for your lips. They are creamy and the colors are rich. They dry to a matte finish making them longer lasting and … I love them. Love them too.

Benefit Watt’s Up Soft Focus Highlighter

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One of my favorite everyday highlighters. It gives a soft glow wherever you put it and blends really nicely. I love using this as a brow highlighter.

LipSense 

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Theses lipglosses claim to fame is their ability to be kiss-proof, water-proof, smear-proof, and long lasting. Based on the physical footage, I’d say no kidding! What girl wouldn’t want the holy grail of all lipsticks?

 

Glam Glow Masks

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These masks have been one of the hottest masks on the market this year. This one in particular I can’t wait to try because it’s supposed to help with large pores which is my biggest skin frustration. However, how can you not want to try this crazy cool metallic silver mask they have also? I’d feel like a space queen!

The Balm Mary Lou Manizer 

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One of the most loved and recommended highlighters out there. It bounces light for a picture perfect highlight.

 

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

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There’s a reason why this is the number one mascara. It separates lashes, adds volume, and makes them look luscious. Forget those fake lashes! Just kidding 😉 Who can forget about fake lashes? They’re too much fun!

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Holiday Party Makeup Look

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Eyes 

  • Start off with Mugshot, a metallic, cooler, light brown, from the Naked 3 palette and apply it all over the lid.
  • Use Factory, a metallic bronze, from the Naked 3 palette and apply it in the crease and outer corner of the lid. Blend with Mugshot.
  • Take Darkside, a metallic, dark purple-gray, from the Naked 3 palette and apply it above the crease in the outer corner. Blend with Factory.
  • Switch to the Naked 2 palette and pat YDK, a metallic cool copper, on top of Mugshot on the lid. Blend with Factory.
  • Lastly, take Verve, a metallic, reflective, silver-white,  from the Naked 2 palette and use it to highlight the brown bone and inner corner of the eye.
  • Go back to Darkside from the Naked 3 palette and line your bottom lash line from the outer corner to 3/4 of the way in.
  • The last 1/4 line with Verve from the inner corner until it meets and blends with Darkside.

 

  • Tight line upper lash line with black eyeliner and lower lash line in the outer corner matching parallel with Darkside. Don’t draw it all the way to the inner corner – only 3/4 of the way.
  • Line upper lash line with black liquid liner.
  • And if you like to sparkle, go over it with silver glitter eyeliner. Make sure to wait for both to dry.

Lips 

Face 

  • Use a bronzer on the lines of the cheeks, sides of the forehead, and sides of the jawline.
  • Use highlighter on the top of your cheek bones and dust it across the center of your forehead, down the bridge of your nose, on your cupids bow and chin.
  • I’m also applying Mary Kay Cherry Blossom blush – my go to blush this season – on the apples of my cheeks and back against my cheek bone.

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Makeup Inspired by Autumn

What You’ll Need:

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  • a sage green eye shadow
  • a gold eye shadow
  • a dark plum eye shadow
  • a burgundy eye shadow
  • a blush with a coppery undertone
  • a warm brown with a pink undertone
  • black liquid liner
  • black mascara
  • brown eyeliner

Application:

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Apply gold eye shadow all over your lids.

I’m using Urban Decay’s Half Baked eye shadow which can also be found in Naked 2.

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Apply burgundy eye shadow in the creases and outer corners.

I’m using the burgundy color located in Column 8 Row 6 of the 88 Coastal Scents palette.

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Apply plum eye shadow to the outer corners blending it in with the burgundy eye shadow.

I’m using the plum color located in Column 8 Row 7 of the 88 Coastal Scents palette.

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Apply sage eye shadow to inner corners of eyes and along bottom lash lines.

I’m using Sparkling Sage by Clinique

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Line water line and tight line upper lash line with brown eyeliner.

I’m using the Buxom liner in Come Over.

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I love me a wing so if you do too then you can use black liquid liner to line your upper lash line and wing it out. If not, you can leave it or line your upper lash line with brown eyeliner for a more subtle look.

I’m using the NYX Black Liquid Liner.

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Give yourself a coat of mascara on the top and bottom lashes.

I’m using the Mary Kay Black Ultimate Mascara.

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After you apply a sweep of copper toned blush and your lipstick, you are ready to go. I’m using the Mary Kay Sparkling Cider Blush and Mary Kay True Dimensions Sienne Brulee lipstick.

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Tips for Longer Lasting Lipstick

What You’ll Need:

Directions:

You can do all of these steps in order for extra long wear or just a couple to help protect the lasting power.

  1. Give your lips a layer of primer to give yourself a smooth surface to work from.
  2. Follow it up with a liquid concealer that will not dry the lips out, but give your lipstick something to hold onto while creating a blank, color-free canvas to bring out the vividness of the lipstick you’ve chosen.
  3. Begin applying lipstick using a lip brush. Using a lip brush will transfer the color to your lips without all of the excess product that can easily come off.
  4. Using a tissue, gently blot any extra product off that is on your lips.
  5. Holding the tissue over your lips, dust some translucent powder across the tissue to set the layer of lipstick you just applied.
  6. Continue to repeat steps 3-5 until you have the color build up you want.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: His and Hers

F O R   H E R

 

L o v e   i s   I n   t h e   A i r

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Thinking of Love fragrance

The perfect scent to remind you of your sweet moments together.

  • Features a removable heart charm she can add to a bracelet.
  • Includes a love note on which to write a heartfelt message.
  • Top notes include Sparkling Mandarin, Baie Rose and Spring Freesia.
  • Middle notes include Turkish Rose Petals and Pink Honeysuckle.
  • Bottom notes include Rich Iris and Indonesian Sandalwood.

L e t   t h e   S p a r k s   F l y

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Firecracker True Dimensions Lipstick

A starstruck red so romantic it will knock you off your feet.

  • Instantly drenches lips in moisture and locks it in for endless comfort.
  • Infused with advanced skin care ingredients, the formula smooths the appearance of fine lines and helps lips look fuller.
  • Just a push of the clear, click-button top releases pure, radiant color from its ultrastylish case.

 

M a k e   H e r   B l u s h

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Ripe Watermelon Cheek Duo

A rosy and healthy glow that can be versatilely sheer or pigmented.

  • Rich, vibrant shades are great for any skin tone. Perfect for creating a radiant, healthy glow.
  • Each palette contains a matte blush plus a pearlized highlighting shade.
  • Great color payoff means you can wear it sheer – or build it up bold!
  • Cheek color stays true and lasts all day.

F O R   H I M

 

S t i m u l a t e   t h e   S e n s e s

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High Intensity Sport Cologne

Go on an adventure with this invigorating fragrance.

  • Top Notes: Gin Berry and Icy Bergamot are cut with a shot of Liquid Oxygen Accord.
  • Fresh Middle Notes: Cool Cardamom, Crushed Mint Leaf and Violet Pepper.
  • Bottom Notes: Wild Birch Bark and Amber.

 

F O R   H I M   &   H E R

 

K i s s a b l e   S o f t   L i p s

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Satin Lips

Renew and replenish the baby softness that makes kissing feel so luxurious.

  • Lip Mask effectively exfoliates dead surface skin cells.
  • Lip Balm moisturizes lips for at least six hours.
  • Fragrance-free.

 

T o u c h a b l e   S o f t   S k i n

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Satin Hands

Bask in the holy grail of in-home spa pampering. How about a couple’s massage?

  • Renew, replenish, and sooth with this three step process
  • Dermatologist-tested.
  • Clinically tested for skin irritancy and allergy.
  • Also available in a peach-scented formula.
PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHS AND FACTS PROVIDED BY WWW.MARYKAY.COM

 

Pumpkin Spice Fall Makeup

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Fall is my favorite season when it comes to makeup trends. What do I love most about it? The lip colors! It is more acceptable to wear dark, bold colors. I love my berry colors: magentas and deep purples. Of course there are no “rules”, but the cooler months just bring out the bold and the beautiful a little more richly than the bright, warmer months, don’t you think? I mean, everyone loves fall … and with fall comes pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks and Leaves candles from Bath and Body Works, two of my (and every other white girl’s) favorite things. So why not do a fall makeup look with a little pumpkin spice that has a touch of all my favorite things about fall?

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What You’ll Need:

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1. Rich Spice Gloss 2. Shy Blush 3. Gold Coast Eye Color 4. Rosegold Eye Color 5. Amber Blaze Eye Color 6. French Roast Eye Color 7. Truffle Eye Color 8. Rich Fig Cream Lipstick

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EYES

Start off by taking Gold Coast (3) and highlighting your brow bones and inner corner of your eyes. This is such a beautiful color that has a pale orangey glow with tons of golden sparkles.

Paint your eyelid with Amber Blaze (5).

Place Rosegold (4) in the outer corner of your eyelid. Make sure to blend Rosegold and Amber Blaze together well.

Take French Roast (6) and put it in the crease making sure to blend it in with Rosegold.

Lastly, use Truffle (7) in the outer corner of the crease blending upward toward Gold Coast on your brow bone. If you need, use more of Gold Coast to blend the two together. Carry Truffle down to your bottom lash line and shadow line it with that.

To get my completed look, line your bottom waterline with a black eyeliner, line your upper lash line with a black liquid or gel liner, and coat upper and bottom lash line with black mascara.

FACE

Use Shy Blush (2) on the apples of your cheeks to give them rosy color with a golden sparkly shimmer. You can also use your favorite foundation for a flawless look and coverage as well as bronzer for contouring.

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LIPS

Start off by using Rich Fig (8), a deep magenta berry color, cream lipstick and top it off with Rich Spice gloss (1).

 

What did you think of this look? What is your favorite part about fall?

Sin City | Film Noir Makeup Look

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I was really interested in doing a film noir/black and white/lady gray look, but I really enjoy Quentin Tarantino’s filming style in Sin City and used that as my inspiration behind leaving a color red lip in the look. Step out of a silent film with this Sin City inspired film noir makeup look.

M A K E U P
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NYX Contouring Palette

> MK Coal

MK Sparkling White

MK Sterling

MK Silver Satin

MK Gel Liner in Jet Black

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

MK Black Eyeliner

MK Lash Love Mascara

Avon Red Brick Glimmerstick Lip Liner

Sea Siren | Mermaid Makeup Look

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I’ve always wanted to be a mermaid. Ever since I first saw The Little Mermaid, I wanted Ariel’s red hair, Prince Eric, and most importantly fins. So I got one out of the three and I’m not complaining, but today I transformed myself into my idea of a sea siren and am sharing it with you for your Halloween inspiration. Here is your mermaid makeup look…

 

M A K E U P
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Coastal Scents 88 Color Palette

NYX Contouring Palette

MK Sparkling White

MK Azure

MK Peacock Blue

MK Steely Eyeliner

MK Lash Love Mascara

MK The Real Teal Liquid Liner

MK Icicle Lip Gloss (Replacement Silver Moon)

Pearls and Glitter from local craft store