A few weeks ago, I blogged about mood-changing lip glosses and recommended purchasing Too Faced Mood Swing over Smashbox O-Gloss; my reasoning was that they were essentially the same product and Mood Swing costs less. Well, I take it back. I take it all back.
Yesterday, I received a tube of O-Gloss in the mail (courtesy of Allure Experts) – and I am deeply in love with this gloss. The moment the clear gel hit my lips, it morphed into the most flattering shade of pink…I was very impressed. Rich in antioxidants and botanicals, this non-tacky gloss moisturizes with avocado oil.
O-Gloss has already become a staple in my makeup bag.
The ultimate dichotomy of innocence and seduction, NARS Spring 2008 mystifies with a mélange of hues delicate yet robust, creating the modern hybrid of feminine temptation.
OMG. You are going to love this collection! If you think the colors look good on your computer screen, wait until you see them on your skin (below, you can see the products on my skin)! The velvety shadows glide on like, well, velvet – while Dolce Vita Lip Gloss and Belle de Jour Lip Pencil are classics reinvented in new formulations.
As you can see, these colors truly take you from day to night. There’s nothing garish in this collection – but don’t be fooled; Shanghai Lily is anything but a shrinking violet. This is but a sampling of the products; check the website for a complete list.
Spoiled Pretty Prediction: Like its predecessor, Dolce Vita Lip Gloss is going to fly off shelves – so you’d be wise to get yours sooner rather than later.
Don’t lump Rihanna in with the all those celebs knocking off the ‘Pob’ (Victoria Beckham’s ubiquitous hairstyle).
In the January issue of Allure, the R&B star reveals that her edgy ‘do was actually inspired by Charlize Theron’s haircut in the action film Aeon Flux. Without getting permission from her record label, she “asked hairstylist Ursula Stephen to chop off her hair and dye it raven black in her L.A. hotel room.”
To get the Good Girl Gone Bad look, pick up the following Cover Girl products (Rihanna is the company spokesperson):
Are you the type of person who wears your heart on your sleeve? Now, thanks to Too Faced, you can wear your mood on your lips too. Mood Swing is a new lip gloss that changes color on your lips depending on your body heat, ph balance, and mood. The formulation starts off clear and blossoms into countless shades of pink – from cotton candy to deep fuchsia – depending on the wearer’s emotional state.
Personally, I think the gimmick is kinda clever*. Nevertheless, I doubt I would ever purchase this product because I’m a control freak. Call me uptight or boring if you want to, but I don’t like surprises – and I really don’t like capricious cosmetics. But if you insist on wearing makeup with a mind of its own, I would recommend Mood Swing over Smashbox O-Gloss (which happens to be sold out online and in many Sephora stores). They’re essentially identical glosses, but with Mood Swing ($18.50 for .45 oz, versus $22 for .34 oz), you get more product for less money.
Or you could spend the same amount on a pretty pink that never changes its shade, but always looks great on you – regardless of your mood.
*Too Faced has another gimmicky gloss. FUZE Slenderize Guilt Free Lip Gloss is infused with fruit flavors and appetite curbing energy boasting ingredients found in FUZE Slenderize beverages. Supposedly, it “energizes and slenderizes.”
If you’re a MAC fan, you’ve probably been closely following the fast and furious Spring 2008 releases. You’ve probably heard about Sculpt & Shape, Moistureush, The Originals, N Collection, Slimshines, Fafi, and Heatherette. But have you heard about MAC for A-Mei?
Taiwanese pop sensation Chang Hui-Mei, known to her fans as A-Mei, is collaborating with MAC on a color collection – to be released this later this month. The line features both vivid and muted hues, and product packaging is inspired by the singer’s Austronesian heritage; the stitch design is based on the costumes of her native Puyuma tribe.
The collection includes:
Two limited edition eye palettes: Bold palette – containing Venus, Carbon, and Freshwater Neutral palette – containing Vanilla, Mulch, and Brown Down
Lipstick Ruby Woo (vivid red, Matte) and Siss (Muted golden beige, Satin)
Lipglass Love Rules (fuchsia with pearlized white sparkle) and She’s A Star (light neutral gold)
The collection will be available at the San Francisco, Soho, and Vancouver MAC PRO stores – as well as MAC stores throughout Asia.
Mini Clean Slate Face Primer: the silicone-based formula is packed with avocado oil to moisturize and echinacea, rosemary & hibiscus oils to soothe. Just a pea-sized amount of our new clean slate foundation primer smoothed onto clean skin is enough to provide the fresh start you deserve. Note: because of the silicone, I wouldn’t recommend those with oily skin.
Mini Lock & Roll Creaseless Eyeshadow Duo (shade – slate): this double-ended wand has a Vitamin E enriched cream on one end, and a finely milled crushed mica powder shadow on the other end. Apply in to simple steps: brush a sheer wash of the cream shadow on lids and wait about 10 seconds for it to dry. Then roll the matching loose shadow directly on top; the binding agents in the cream shadow will lock with the powder, creating a crease-free, budge-proof finish. Mini Inside Out Vitamin-Infused Lipgloss powered by BORBA (new shade – serenity): the ultimate in double-duty beauty, this pomegranate-scented, moisturizing lip gloss works to soothe and hydrate lips, while Borba’s nutraceutical blend delivers powerful ingredients.
Mini Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara: whatever your lashes lack, this feather-light, 4-in-1 mascara finds a way to compensate. Rice bran and candelilla wax extend the length of lashes; synthetic film formers lock in curl; proVitamin B5 thickens lashes; and organic compounds coat and treat lashes to protect against breakage. This product, by itself, is reason enough to purchase the gift set – it gives you the look of perfect lashes, but without screaming “I‘m wearing mascara.”
Recently, my friend Samara (who reps Max Factor) sent me a package in the mail. When I opened it, an overabundance of glosses came tumbling out. The fact sheet that accompanied the products revealed that they were from the new Maxalicious Gloss Collection – an assortment of lip glosses in naughty and nice shades, to satisfy every woman’s inner dueling divas.
A few of the tubes particularly caught my eye, and upon inspection, I noticed that they were the “naughty” colors. Go figure.
So this past week, I was scheduled to meet up with some friends for cocktails after work. I left the office late that evening, so when I got home, I didn’t have a lot of time to primp. I quickly changed into a less corporate ensemble and layered Girl’s Night Out (left) over my Nars Viridiana lipstick before hurrying out the door.
Upon meeting up with my friends, I was greeted by a barrage of questions about my lip gloss. Part of me wanted to own my naughtiness and keep the secret to myself. But the nice side won out – and no one could believe that it was Max Factor!
With 13 shades of Glitz and 12 shades of Glaze, there’s a lip gloss for both sides of you. And at only $6.50 a pop, you won’t feel naughty for adding another tube (or two, or three) to your lip gloss arsenal.