Long Live Long Lasting LipSense! (My Story)

After seeing post after post about LipSense Lipstick and how it can last anywhere from 4 to 18 hours, I decided to give it a whirl.  The slogan for it states it is ‘waterproof, kiss proof, and smudge proof’.  It is also vegan, GMO free, wax free, gluten free, led free and made in the USA!  Can’t go wrong with trying that, right?  Nope, LETS DO IT!

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I picked two colors – ‘Luv it’ and ‘She’s Apples’.  The cost was pretty reasonable, similar to the lipsticks you find stepping into a Sephora…The price breakdown is $25 for the color, $20 for the gloss, and $10 for the remover (yes, you need remover as this stuff doesn’t budge).

The first time I tried it I was a little overwhelmed with the application instructions.  I mean, it’s lipstick – it shouldn’t be that complicated, right?  WRONG! Well, apparently there’s a method to the madness…the colors are a patented molecular bond, meaning it actually sticks to your skin!  That’s the reason the first instruction is to clean and dry your lips before applying the color, this is so it really sticks on to your lips.  Step 2 was to shake the bottle well then apply 3 thin layers, in a one-swipe motion, starting at your cupids bow and working your way down each side – then moving onto your bottom lip with one swipe all the way across. Let the color dry 5 seconds and then repeat 3 times.  There was a bit of a tingly feeling that I noticed upon application…once I did some research, I found out that tingle was the SD40 alcohol that keeps the product bacteria-free (pretty cool!).  The tingly feeling immediately went away once I applied the glossy gloss.  Glossy gloss is step 3 to the process.  No special instructions other than to apply once the color is dry.  Once you apply your gloss you are LipSense ready for the day!

(FYI – the process becomes quick and easy once you get used to applying it regularly)

I took a photo of me throughout the day to show you how my ‘She’s Apples’ LipSense held up.  I actually left the color tube at home for the day and only brought the gloss with me because I like moisture on my lips.

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The photo of me on the left was before I went to work at 8am, the second (middle) photo is of me at 5pm after leaving work, and not to mention eating all day – pretty nice, right?  The third photo on the left is AFTER sweating my bum off at a cardio kickboxing class around 730pm.  Still on there looking bright and in place!  Now, I did notice that towards the end of the day, after my kickboxing class my waterline was where the color started breaking down. All in all though, the product did what it told me it was going to do – it lasted a solid 9 hours and then started breaking down…it didn’t come completely off by any means.  I actually had to use the Oops Remover to get it off before going to bed.

All in all – I was so impressed with my trial that I purchased a bunch more colors!  My obsession continued so I became a distributor and threw out all my old lipsticks. No more reapplying after every meal.  Bye bye old lipstick…HELLOOO LIPSENSE!

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Half & Half!

A little makeup can make your eyes brighter and and give your face more definition! The right side of my face I put on foundation, bronzer, and a little bit of blush. My right eye has a nude eyeshadow and a light line of eyeliner on my top lid and on my waterline, topped off with some mascara! And lastly, I have lip liner and lipstick on the right side of my mouth.

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Cream Eye Shadow

I love finding new brands to test and try out – it’s usually when I find a new favorite product! A friend of mine suggested Younique Splurge Cream Shadow and I figured why not try it out. I got the black and gold glitter shadows and they are amazing! They are so vibrant and pigmented, especially the gold one called Bronze.

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You only need a to put a small amount on your brush and it goes a long way! I use a flat brush so it’s easy to control and spread the creamy shadow. It’s so easy to move and blend, I love the way it comes out!

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Make Your Eyes Pop!

Sometimes you see people and they’re eyes stand out more than usual. It could be because of the colors they’re wearing, the way they’re makeup is done, or the surrounding environment. Whatever the cause, it most likely has to do with specific colors influencing their eyes.

Specific colors make other colors more pronounced. These color pairings are known as “complimentary colors”. For example, red is the complementary color of green, and orange is the complementary color of blue. This is why you see a lot of redheaded bombshells wear a lot of beautiful green dresses – the dress compliments they’re amazing hair color.

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The color theory also applies to eye color. A way to make your eyes pop is to paint your lid with your eye’s complimentary color. For blue eyes, that means using a lot browns that incorporate orange undertones.

On Erin, I used a light brown on the inner lid and a darker brown on the crease in outer lid. Both browns had orange undertones that contrast well with her blue eyes and really make them pop!

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If you have green eyes, using browns with red undertones will help bring out your natural color, just like if you have brown eyes using violet and bluish tones will help accomplish the same look!

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White Eyeliner

Makeup tip of the day: White eyeliner on the bottom lash line opens up your eyes!

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Dark colors create the illusion of a smaller space; hence why we use darker colors to contour and create angles, or wear black to look thin! Light colors do the opposite; they open up a space! A room with all white furniture and sunlight will look more spacious than a room with all dark colors and black couches. The same theory applies to eyeliner! Using a white or nude eyeliner actually brightens the eyes and makes your eyes seem bigger.

 

Steps To The Perfect Wing

Winged eyeliner can be a tricky thing to get right. Sometimes one eye comes out perfect but the other eye looks like you fell face first into a Sharpie marker…

Sometimes one wing is going straight up to your eyebrow while the other wing looks like it is running away to your earlobe..

A lot of people try to get the winged look by flick their eyeliner/brush at the end of the eye. This method leaves a lot of room for error…

The best way to accomplish even winged liner is to actually start at your bottom lash:

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  1. Draw a small line from your bottom lash line towards the end of your eyebrow, stopping a third of the way (or however long/short you want the wing)
  2. From the tip of the line, draw a connecting line back towards your top lid (this can be however thick/thin you’d like)
  3. Fill in the open space
  4. Done! The perfect set of wings!