I Tried LipSense – Is it Worth the Hype?

If you haven’t heard about LipSense by now then you’re either living in a cave somewhere or on another planet because they are literally all over the internet and Instagram and there’s a huge hype about the product. I recently got sent one of their lip colors to test and try in exchange for an honest review.

So here it goes, LipSense is a three piece lip applicator system that comes with the Lip Color, the Lip Gloss and the Remover.

LipSense Lipstick, Lip Gloss and Remover

LipSense Lipstick, Lip Gloss and Remover

They claim to be Smudge Proof, Kiss Proof and Water Proof. Does it really work? Is it really worth all the hype? Well, let’s find out…

My LipSense package came in a cute little bag with decorative paper and with a set of very specific instructions for application which was very helpful.

LipSense Package

LipSense Package

The lip color that I received is called Fly Girl which is like a deep red on my skin tone.

LipSense Fly Girl Lip Stick

LipSense Fly Girl Lip Stick

I made sure that my lips were clean and dry before application. While applying my first layer, I did immediately feel a little tingling that went away after a while. I did follow the instructions and waited 5 to 10 seconds for it to dry before applying my other two layers. After the last layer dried I applied the Lip Gloss and the results were not what I expected. Without the Lip Gloss it would just be dull and dry on the lips.  It’s like having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without the jelly…it just doesn’t work. The lip gloss is a must! It made everything come together giving me a very vibrant and sexy look.

Here is a video of me trying it out:

End Result:

LipSense Lipstick in the Color Fly Girl

LipSense Lipstick in the Color Fly Girl

I did put this lipstick through the test of time. I ate plenty of different things throughout the day like chips, nachos, cookies and also drank coffee and other fluids and left no lip stain on my coffee mug or straw. The smudge proof is definitely real. Later in the day I  went to the gym, even though I was the only one with my lipstick popping while working out. Hey! There’s nothing wrong with looking fly at the gym. However, after and hour and a half I did manage to work up a sweat and the lipstick still held up well for the most part.

Lipstick Still Holding up After the Gym

Lipstick Still Holding up After the Gym

As you can see from the picture, my lips weren’t as glossy as before but keep in mind that at that time it was going on 6 hours and I didn’t reapply any lip gloss, which you are suppose to do throughout the day, but I wanted to see how long I could go without reapplying the lip gloss. Another thing is that the lipstick started disappearing on my waterline on the inside of my bottom lip, not that it was obvious, so it really wasn’t a big deal for me.

When I got home after the gym, I did apply some lip gloss to get rid of that dry feeling and the lipstick looked like I had put on a fresh coat. I was impressed! This is a photo taken from my Instagram Stories right after I reapplied my lip gloss for the first time.

First Lip Gloss Reapplication

First Lip Gloss Reapplication

I had fun testing out this lipstick from LipSense. I’m always in search of a new lip product that can work wonders and LipSense definitely did that for me. The wear that this lipstick provides is unbelievable and I would definitely make it part of my collection.

If you’re thinking about adding LipSense to your collection here are some things to think about:

Pros

  1. Wear; It does literally lasts for hours; I didn’t test it for up to 18 hours because after 10 hours without any other lipstick application I was sold.
  2. No Reapplication Required; If you’re going to an event and don’t want to worry about your lipstick smudging and wearing off then LipSense is the way to go. All you need is the Lip Gloss.
  3. No Animal Testing; Cruelty free, Lead Free, and Vegan

Cons

  1. Price; It is on the pricier side but now I know that the benefits of the lipstick and it’s long lasting power can justify that.
  2. Time; The application of the lipstick takes a bit more time than your normal lipsticks because you have to wait for the coats to dry in between which can be time consuming.
  3. Tingling/Alcohol Content; There is a little tingling when you first apply it but it goes away very quickly. There was also a slight alcohol smell but it wasn’t overpowering at all.

All in all am I impressed with LipSense? Yes! Will I recommend it? Yes! Did it do everything that it claimed? Yes, and then some!

To order LipSense products you can contact Melissa, an Independent Lipsense Distributor (#252461) so she can hook your lips up or contact her on Instagram at @melissagetslippy

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Red, White, Blue and Ruby Woo

To kick off my Memorial Day Weekend, I was rocking the red, white and blue, but who wasn’t right? Even though I didn’t do anything major or had any fantastic plans, I had my own little way of celebrating with my lipstick. Ruby Woo that is! There was just no other way to make it memorable without my classic, statement red lip. In my mind, that is just the ultimate and only lipstick you’ll need, but then again that’s just me.

Memorial Day Weekend Makeup

Memorial Day Weekend Makeup

Nevertheless, I had fun dressing up and putting together my makeup this weekend. I normally just keep my makeup simple especially if I’m wearing a bold lip color because I don’t want my makeup and overall look to be competing with each other. I paired my makeup with some cute button up tops and my red nail polish to bring everything together.

Memorial Day with Ruby Woo

Memorial Day with Ruby Woo

Now that Memorial Day has officially come and gone, I have to say that I’m excited to be heading into summer time with new and exciting lipsticks and trends that I can’t wait to try. I’ll probably be taking a little break from my Ruby Woo, but I’m not making any promises.

Hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day Weekend. How did you guys celebrate? Give me some feedback in the comments below.

XOXO

Go For The Gold

If you’re looking to spruce up your lipstick collection then you might want to give gold lipstick a try. I know for most of us this might be  a little too wild or too much but incorporating a little glitz and glam will not hurt. Shimmer and metallic lipstick shades have been all the rave this season and will give your overall makeup and unexpected twisted as opposed to wearing the expected red lip. Wearing gold will surely give others a reason to turn heads, in a good way that is!

Iman Sheer Gold Lipstick

Iman Sheer Gold Lipstick

So of course I had to give the trend a try just because I never really wear any type of metallic, over the top lipsticks for fear of looking like I missed the Halloween party. Also, because I thought it would probably make me look washed out or sick. So I decided to overcome my fears and ease my way into wearing metallics and started with a Sheer Gold from Iman. Get it on Amazon.

Iman Sheer Gold Lipstick

Iman Sheer Gold Lipstick

Much to my surprise, I turned out to really like this lipstick. It went on very smoothly and the hues weren’t like a crazy metallic but subtle enough with the perfect amount of shimmer. The only problem I would see with wearing gold shades is finding an outfit to wear with it. You might want to keep it simple and stick with wearing black just so that your outfit is not competing with the gold shimmer of your lips.

What metallic colors are you guys rocking this season? Give me some feedback in the comments.

XOXO

How Fucshia Lipsticks Can make Your Lips Speak Volumes

If you guys haven’t noticed, I’ve been wearing fuchsia lipsticks like there’s no tomorrow. I’ve mentioned this before in one of older posts that you can read here but fuchsia is like a grown and sexy version of pinks and reds combined that compliments and suits almost all skin tones and immediately brightens your complexion. With that said, and knowing that I’ve been on a fuchsia binge lately, my latest fuchsia buy is the shade Jet Setter by Lorac. Get it on Amazon.

Lorac Jet Setter Fuchsia Lipstick

Lorac Jet Setter Fuchsia Lipstick

This lipstick will stand out without you even trying, not because it’s vibrant but the depth that it also creates instantly draws attention to your face giving you that effortlessly glamorous look. This lipstick will surely be a winner as it can suit any woman, any look and any occasion. It’s definitely on my list of best fuchsia lipstick.

Lorac Jet Setter Lipstick

Lorac Jet Setter Lipstick

It is a highly pigmented deep fuchsia lipstick that goes on smoothly with lots of coverage and a creamy matte finish. The pigment and color on this lipstick was so intense that I didn’t even have to reapply it. It lasted me for an entire work day even with eating and drinking. It is at a higher price point, retails around $18, than most of my other lipsticks but I got it at a discounted price from from Glambot for only $15.30 This shade is currently sold out but you can check out the other shade that I’m interested in here called Lorac Alter Ego CEO. Get it on Amazon.

What are some fuchsia shades that you’re rocking as of late? Comment below and let Pucker Up Babe Know.

XOXO

 

How Cheaper Lip Balms aren’t as Bad as You Think

I recently picked up an e.l.f. tinted lip balm when I was on one of my grocery runs. It was definitely an impulse buy but so is about 60% of my makeup collection. The good news is that this e.l.f. lip balm was only a dollar so if it didn’t work out then I wouldn’t feel so bad. It comes in a super cute little container that will fit absolutely anywhere!

e.l.f. Tinted Lip Balm

Tinted Lip Balm in the Color Peach

I got the tinted e.l.f lip balm in the color peach just because it was the brightest of the three colors on the fixture and the other two just seemed too neutral to me. Now because the lip balm only cost me a dollar I really didn’t expect it to work any wonders but much to my surprise it did keep my lips moisturized for more than four hours.

Tinted Lip Balm in the Color Peach

Tinted Lip Balm in the Color Peach

Tinted Lip Balm in the Color Peach

Tinted Lip Balm in the Color Peach

The only negative I have is that I didn’t really see much of a peachy tint on my lips as it claimed . It was also a bit sticky at first try but that may have been because I applied three coats of the lip balm due to lack of seeing the peach tint.

Tinted Lip Balm in the Color Peach

Tinted Lip Balm in the Color Peach

This is a lip balm that I will definitely purchase again. Even though I didn’t get to see the tint that I wanted, it was functional and got the job done of keeping my lips moisturized. The stickiness that I felt at first try did wear off after some time. You can also check out some of my other lip balms and lip care products that give me great results.

What are your current affordable favorites? Let PukerUpBabe know. Thanks for reading XOXO

The 4 Best Things about Spring 2017

Now that Spring has sprung the fashion runway has graced us with some of the hottest lip shades of the season. It’s time to pack up your neutrals and unleash the attention grabbers from your collection. Here are some of the lip shades that have been causing a frenzy this season:

1.Orange

This is a fun and vibrant shade that is bold, bright and loud. It just screams ‘welcome spring’ and looking forward to summer. For darker skin tones, you want to stick with a red orange and lighter skin tones a more peachy orange. Get it on Amazon.

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MAC Lady Danger


2. Fuchsia

This is definitely a shade that is more flirty and playful. The purplish-pink tones will compliment any skin tone as purple is known to be a universally flattering color. This is a shade that almost all women will already have in their lipstick collection so don’t be afraid to sport it. I, myself, have quite a few that fall under this category. Don’t judge me!

Get it on Amazon.

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Milani Matte Orchid


3. Plum

Now, there are different shades to plum, the darker and mysterious shade and the lighter shades which I would say looks similar to a fuchsia but with less pink, if you know what I mean. It’s electrifying and would instantly take your look to a whole nother level.

Get it on Amazon.

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Rimmel Show Off Lip Stain

4. Red

And last but definitely not least, the shade red. Well did you think we would leave this classic off the list? Shame on you! We all know that red is here to stay and it would be a crime if it was forgotten. Matte red seemed to be the dominant shade this season. It’s a very responsive shade that automatically commands attention. Every woman should possess a tube of red lipstick, even if not for everyday wear, for those special occasions where you wanna make a powerful statement. Get it on Amazon.

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MAC Ruby Woo

5 Reasons Your Lipstick and Lip Gloss Might Be Expired

Not all makeup was created equal, some tend to go bad and harbor bacteria faster than others but if you’re a lipstick and lip gloss hoarder then you’ll have better luck with keeping them around for much longer. The shelf life for lipstick is said to be about two years! However, there are some signs that you need to be aware of so you can know when it’s time to toss it:

Expired Lipstick

Expired Lipstick

1. Your lipstick appears dry, has a weird or waxy odor

Out of all your beauty products, your lipstick is the one that will probably last the longest. If you notice that the texture is not the same and the smell is off then it’s probably time for you to throw it out!

2. The Texture of Your Lip Gloss is Just Not the Same

If you notice that your lip gloss is a bit stickier or clumpy like and just won’t go on smoothly then it’s time to get rid of that sucker.

3. You get a reaction from your lipstick or lip gloss

There are times when your body will tell you that your lipstick or lip gloss is going bad. In my experience, I get tiny bumps on the edge of my lips and they itch like crazy. In that case, lip gloss be gone!

4. You notice a different color on the lipstick

I’ve only seen this happened to one of my lip products. It was actually a lip crayon that I had only for a about year or less and noticed that the color was off. Even though it was a newer product it was probably sitting on the shelf for a while so we also need to be cognizant of that.

5. The Appearance of Mold

Now this one is a no-brainer and pretty much self explanatory. If you are not convinced that your lipstick is expired after seeing mold then good luck with that!

Now, the moral of the story, when in doubt, toss it out!

What other signs should we look out for? Let PuckerUpBabe know! XOXO

My 3 Favorite Drugstore Lipsticks by Milani

You guys may have noticed from some of my past posts that I literally live in Milani. Not only is the packaging expensive looking but the quality of the product is great for being a drugstore brand lipstick.

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PuckerUpBabe’s Favorite Milani Lipsticks

Left to right: Milani Matte Confident 67, Milani Matte Orchid 64 and Milani Matte Diva 63

Milani is also made in the USA so I know that the ingredients are gonna be safe on my lips compared to other brands that are made in a foreign country. I tend to pair the Matte Orchid and the Matte Diva with a lot of bright yellows and greens in my wardrobe. They just make everything pop.

Milani Matte Diva in photo below

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Milani Matte Diva

And Milani Matte Orchid below

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Milani Matte Orchid

I reserve the Matte Confident for my mostly neutral colors like grey, white, tan and black, but it pairs well with brownish, copper colored clothing as well.

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Milani Matte Confident

You can find these shades on Amazon:

Milani Matte Confident, Milani Matte Orchid, Milani Matte Diva

Now that you’ve seen my obsession with Milani, what shades should I try next? Let PuckerUpBabe know XOXO

Looking for your Perfect Nude Lip Shade? Your Nipple Will Tell You!

If you’ve been struggling to find the right nude lipstick as of late it might be because you’re looking in the wrong place. Experts have now discovered that you can find your perfect nude lip shade by looking at the color of your nipple. Yes!, your nipple folks!

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What they’re claiming is that the shades of the nipple naturally compliments your skin tone and therefore you should look for a shade that is similar to compliment your lips as well. Check out the video below for proof.

This is the latest and one of the most interestingly bizarre beauty rage that has hit the fashion industry. Now, I’ve heard and seen a lot of weird things in the beauty industry but this one definitely took the cake for me.

Now what am I suppose to tell the salesperson when I’m out shopping for a nude lipstick? Am I suppose to just whack out my tits and say “I’m looking for this color nude lipstick?”

Who all are gonna give this trend a try? Comment below and let PuckerUpBabe know. XOXO

PuckerUpBabe’s Guide to Choosing Lip Color for Dark Skin

Does the thought of finding a lipstick that will compliment your skin scare you? If you’re feeling hopeless about the situation then fear no more. We’ve all been in that same situation where we’ve purchased lipsticks only to find out that they do not go with our skin tone. You’re either looking too washed out or you’re looking like a clown. So what do you do?

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It’s been proven that bold and bright colored lipsticks compliment darker skin tones really well. Dark skin can range from an olive skin tone to a dark skin tone, so if you’re ready to give up the guessing game then follow these guidelines.

  1. Choose lipsticks that fall under the category of dark reds, corrals, fuchsia and purples. These colors are bold, daring and exciting to wear. Anyone can easily pull it off if done the right way. You don’t even need a fully baked face to pull it off. Normally bold lips are paired with very minimal face and eye makeup so as to make your lips pop. Well, after all, that’s the point! to make those lips pop. In my opinion, it takes a lot more effort to pull off a neutral color lip as opposed to a bold lip.

Some of my go-to bold lips are Sephora’s Mr. Lover, MAC’s Ruby Woo, MAC’s Lady Danger and Milani Matte Orchid just to name a few.

 

Sporting Milani’s Matte Orchid

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2. If you’re a bit hesitant about jumping in to wearing bold, dramatic lipsticks then test the waters first with something more subdued like a matte coral or orange color before breaking out the brighter shades.

 

Wearing a less dramatic Wet N Wild lipstick in the shade Salsa Lessons.

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This way it’s still adding a color pop to your face in an understated kind of way. You can also build up on the color and add a shimmering lip gloss as you get more confident.

PuckerUpBabe XOXO