Buildable Berry Lips: from sheer to bold

Buildable Berry: from sheer to bold

This fall, its all about those berry lips so here’s a collection from the most sheer to that daring matte bold:

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey –  A cult classic for a reason, this formula delivers a warm wash of color that just make your lips look better. This was actually the first lipstick I ever bought (ah, nostalgia) and I have used this shade for many a bride ever since. If you are at all reluctant at the whole prospect of a berry lip, this is the shade for you.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Berry – The name says it all but while this might look like just a fancy chapstick, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments deliver on three fronts: sun protection, lip hydration, and color payoff. The berry shade is especially saturated while still technically being sheer but I must warn you, once you buy one of these, you will want one in every freaking color. They are the Lays potato chips of the tinted lip balm industry.

Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Bright Raspberry – If the shade works all year round and the formula is designed to be used on lip and cheeks, my only question is why is it not in your purse right now? Huh?!? Yes, I am giving you some serious side eye right now…

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Framboise – New to the market, these smooth-like-butta crayons feel incredible and look even better. They are also made with organic ingredients and are gluten free which is HUGE for the natural beauty market.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in 10 Raspberry – When you don’t want your lipstick to move AT ALL then you need to get your hands on MUFE’s Aqua Rouge. HANDS DOWN the best water-proof and kiss-proof lip stick/stain EVER – I speak from experience 😉

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Orchid is the new black

Orchid is the new black
It was quite a busy weekend for Hollywood as the White House Correspondents Dinner and the Met Gala gave the most “it” celebrities a chance to strut their stuff.  Whilst flipping though images of both events, I detected a pattern – orange may be hot right now but purple, more specifically orchid, was the hue that hogged the spotlight. Everyone from Lupita Nyong’o to Joan Smalls to Beyoncé to Selena Gomez was rocking some derivative of this shade on their lips, eyes or even in their gown.

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Bobbi Travels Light

Bobbi Brown represents the every woman – Classic AND fun –  retro AND modern – chic AND funky. We are all women and we are all beautiful but what makes Bobbi unique is her ability to listen to women and give them what they need to be their MOST beautiful. There are a few items I’ve had since the dawn of cosmetic time from Ms. Brown like her Shimmer Brick, Creamy Concealer, and Foundation Stick but whether you are a fan or not, you owe it to yourself to try two of her latest (and possibly greatest) products.

That infamous gel liner is finally available in an über convenient pencil. Pictured here are Pitch Black and Chocolate Truffle

That infamous gel liner is finally available in an über convenient pencil. Pictured here are Pitch Black and Chocolate Truffle

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A California Gal’s Wet Dream -or- The Natural Products Expo West

Great weather, better products

Great weather, even better products at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA

Every year, thousands converge on the city of Anaheim not to spend the day with a giant mouse and his pals but to shop and sample the latest trends in natural food, beauty, health and wellness. With over 20,000 square feet of space at their disposal,  2,000+ companies put their best products on display in an attempt to connect with suppliers, distributors, and consumers in one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Big name giants like KIND and Annie’s were just a few booths down from startups that were launching just this year. It is an eye-opening experience that will turn even the most skeptical into a more conscious, educated consumer.  How is it only in town for three days???

This was my second year attending Natural Products Expo so I knew for the most part what to expect. I had to pace myself. I had to breathe. And I had to wear REALLY comfortable shoes. However, this year I had the added challenge of my new Paleo diet (more on that journey to come) which switched my focus from solely health and beauty to more food and nutrition based. It didn’t occur to me until I was quite literally surrounded by thousands of tempting sweet and savory samples being all but thrusted in my face that this was going to be really freaking hard.

Luckily, I found a few things that would satisfy my cravings including Mammoth Bars. With a slogan like “Paleo for the Modern World”, how could I go wrong? Using organic sprouted nuts, dates, and sea salt, the guys behind Mammoth Bars let their ingredients do the talking. Not only are their bars a great mix of sweet and savory but they have solved my need for a quick, go to snack. For a true sweet tooth fix, there’s Emmy’s delicious macaroons which hare made with organic raw ingredients. The Lemon Ginger is out of this world. I’ve never had a coconut macaroon that tasted this good and wasn’t raw. I will be ordering cases of both these products today if not sooner.

Must...have...more Mammoth Bars and Emmy's Macaroons!!

Must…have…more Mammoth Bars and Emmy’s Macaroons!!

Beauty wise, I noticed that there seemed to be less brands than last year which was a bit disappointing. There were some pretty cool finds from smaller companies including Doctor Lip Bang’s Lip Freak – an all natural lip balm that tingles just because it can (I’m assuming its supposed to make kissing fun…I’d say I’d let you know but we all know that might take a while.) Another balm I really liked was the Passion Fruit Lip Butter from Rooted Beauty who’s product’s proceeds fund different individual women and girls around the world. I was really struck by that and saw that while this “Toms effect” is a growing trend in the Natural Product industry, Rooted beauty found a way to make it personal and, in doing so, beautiful. In breaking with the traditional lip balm idea, Clean George puts healing salves in a stick, making them easy to used and much more sanitary. I picked up samples of Stuffed Up (a natural Vicks alternative) and Chill Out (self explanatory…it’s got lavender.)

Battle of the Balms: Contenders include Rooted Beauty's Lip Butter, Clean George's Chill out and Stuffed up, The Honest Co's Organic Lip Balm in Lavender Mint, Doctor Lip Bang's Lip Freak, Burt's Bees New Hydrating Lip Balm

Battle of the Balms: Contenders include Rooted Beauty’s Lip Butter in Passionfruit, Clean George’s Chill out and Stuffed up, The Honest Co’s Organic Lip Balm in Lavender Mint, Doctor Lip Bang’s Lip Freak in Atomic Cherry , Burt’s Bees New Hydrating Lip Balm with Coconut and Pear

The real joy in this expo comes in the new products that will be launching this year. From Suja to Pacifica to J.R. Watkins – there are a lot of really exciting things coming out that I will be sure to share here as they do. I think that anyone wanting to better understand ANYTHING about products that are just better for you should think about attending one of these shows. The East show is in Baltimore, MD this fall and it is sure to change your life. For good.

Free Vespa rides from BOOMCHICKAPOP. This. Is. Awesome.

Free Vespa rides from BOOMCHICKAPOP. This. Is. Awesome.