Who wants to spend $60 on a lip balm? Certainly, not I. So how did it happen? Well, it all began when I was leaving my beloved Barneys Love Yourself Beauty Event and I passed the By Terry counter. I was almost out the door when I thought to myself, I keep reading and hearing endlessly about this balm, let me just try a swipe so I can stop wondering. And that was the beginning of the end.
The BY TERRY Baume De Rose is much to my dismay, GLORIOUS! One application lasts for hours on end, eliminating the need to reapply endlessly. Lips are truly hydrated, not just coated. And the SPF 15 filled pale pink sheen pluses your natural lip color. It’s plumping, creating the illusion of fuller lips, and it makes a great base for keeping lipstick in place. Suprisingly, it also doubles as a cuticle cream. But let’s face it! There’s no way I’m going to waste it on my hands unless I scooped too much on my lips.
The only thing I’m not a fan of is dipping my finger in to apply it. There is a lip gloss version of it but it does contain less product. Beside, I wouldn’t want to give up pulling out this gorgeous jar to apply it. The whole experience of using this somehow feels sensorially fulfilling. The heaviness of the jar, the heavenly rose scent, the substantial consistency, and the resulting baby soft lips. Now if your not a fan of roses, you might be a little less impressed but otherwise, this lip balm is sadly a delightfully luxurious experience. No wonder, it’s a cult classic!
From the By Terry site:
– A lipo-regenerating complex made up of Rose Flower Essential Wax with softening and astringent properties, Pastel Oil to boost cell renewal, and Shea Butter with healing and soothing benefits, supplies strength, nutrition and comfort.- The Hydroskin complex, a combination of filling spheres and active ingredients of lipid origin, provides optimal hydration.- Biotechnological ceramides deliver youthfulness and density thanks to their restructuring and firming action and their smoothing effect.
– Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, and Sun Protection Factor 15 protect the lips against the harmful effects of light and help to fight against aging.
Available for $60 at:
Alert!! Delicious lip gloss color that is sure to be a winner with most skin tones!
I’m hooked on this super-radiant color which is aptly named Radiant. It lights up the face in a natural yet better than natural way.
Sheer and hyper-moisturizing, this lustrous gloss is slightly plummy/rosy in color, adding just the right amount of kick to this nude!
Wear it alone or on top of any lipstick. Lips look fuller. Face looks brighter and more luminous. A staple for every pout!
Oh, and p.s.: It pairs beautifully with smoky eyes!
Available for S18 at:
I know I’ve already reviewed L’Oreal’s Infallible Le Gloss, but this stuff is so good that I had to snatch up more colors. Which lead me to discovering my new favorite long wearing red lip color. Just in time for the Holidays.
Red Fatale is a true red, neutral and opaque, that works with every skintone. In fact, it’s a Gwen Stefani red and she knows her reds. Now, I must confess. I tend to get lazy about wearing bright colors because I hate having to touch them up all day. But this gloss is not only super long-wearing, resisting fading and feathering, it’s also hydrating. But my favorite quality is that L’Oreal has nailed the perfect tone, the perfect hue. It actually makes your skin look brighter, more rested, more radiant. This gloss is truly glow worthy.
But don’t despair if this red seems overwhelming. Try Cherry Flash (340) for a softer less opaque shade of red. I just couldn’t resist. I had to have both!
Tip: Line your pucker first to get a more defined shape. And don’t rub your lips together when applying. It’ll prevent pushing the color to the edges. Just coat the lips with a layer or two and that’s it. You are good to go for hours!
Available for $8.49, buy 1, get 1 50% off at:
The future in lip gloss is here with the L’Oreal Infallible collection. This long-wearing lip gloss lives up to its name. Lasting for hours while retaining the gloss in lip gloss. Most long-wearing products fail to live up to their claims or to maintain their glossiness. They end up dry, patchy, faded and gummy.
L’Oreal’s Infallible beats them to a pulp, with zero dryness, high shine, and relentless longevity! A feat in lip technology. Not only that but both the original and the plumping version have a plumping effect. And you only need one coat. Lips look defined, full, and lustrous for hours on end. It’s no wonder it was Allure’s 2012 Readers Choice Award Winner!
May favorite colors: Infallible Lip Glos in Bloom and Infallible Plumped Lip Gloss in Plumped Coral.
One con: The 8 hour claims seems like a bit of an exaggeration in my opinion. 3-5 is the wear I give. But I certainly haven’t tried anything that comes that close before.
From the site:
The proof is in the wear.
- Available in 20 Infallible(TM) shades.
- Formulated with a Shine-fix Complex, which combines color and shine for wear that lasts longer.
Infallible® 8HR Gloss has an improved hydrating formula that keeps lips softer, smoother, more colorful and glossier for eight shining hours. The patented Petit Couer applicator contours lips precisely, giving you a smooth, even, flawless finish every time. Available in a range of 20 sheer, luminous shades that stay true without changing, fading or dulling. Use it together with Infallible™ Never Fail Makeup for a perfectly polished, long-lasting look. No top coats. No feathering. No fading. It has to be Infallible™.
Available for $8.49, buy 1, get 1 50% off at:
How excited was I to pick this little number up!! Wanted to love it in the Sephora store. Wanted to love it at home. But in the end, this was just meh! Frankly, I think I own more Nars products than anything else. Yet this left me so disappointed. I loved the color, a gorgeous coral. And I loved the application. This fat pencil suprisingly gave me so much control.
But in terms of longevity – zilcho! I found it more drying than hydrating. Not very glossy. And the color faded in what felt like seconds. I chose Happy Days. And I was really happy, up unti it sat on my lips for a while…
Nars Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Happy Days
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