Very Indulgent: Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss

A girl can never have too many:

a) Shoes
b) Boyfriends
c) Lipglosses
d) Tattoos

I think the answer is C (always go with C!), but I know that may just be a preference thing. But hey, my blog, my preferences 🙂

I love lipgloss, as do many other females I know. Some people like sheer glosses, tints, just-a-hint-of-shimmer lip colors, but I like a serious gloss. I want a fun color, strong pigment, staying power and a minimal stickiness factor. I also like it to be, if not moisturizing, then at least not drying.

Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss sounded like something I’d wear. I like and trust the English-based Illamasqua line and their slogan “Makeup For Your Alter Ego.” To me, makeup is very much about bringing out your alter egos. Why have your face look the same all the time when you can make it look different? And seeing as though weekly cosmetic surgery is not a possibility (nor would I want it if it was), makeup is the easiest way to do this. Besides, a botched nose job is harder to fix than a crooked eyeliner line.

Back to the lipgloss! I tried Indulge, a bright hot pink color. It comes in a clear tube with a black cap and the gloss dispenser itself is pretty cool. It’s a slanted clear plastic piece, which is over a thin, clear tubular piece that the gloss comes out of. The top plastic piece has a small hole that brings the product to the lips, which keeps the gloss top and cap from getting too messy. With a lot of glosses, the product goes right from container to top plastic piece, and that’s when it often starts leaking out and collecting all sorts of weird stuff in its glossy overflow. The Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss is designed so that you have to squeeze the tube for the gloss to dispense, then it has to go through two channels to actually come out. Well done, chaps!

Indulge is a clearly a fun color, but does it have the pigment to make it worth it? It absolutely does. I am often disappointed when I try a gloss and while it looks bright in the tube, it’s barely got a hint of color when it’s applied. In this department, the Intense Lipgloss does not disappoint.

It stays on well, although the color fades from bright to muted after a little while. But hey, that’s what touchups are for. It’s a bit sticky, but I think stickiness and staying power go hand in hand. The glosses that feel like nothing tend to disappear soon after application. In general, the stickier the gloss, the longer it stays on. Good news for your makeup look, bad news for your hair strands that inevitably get stuck in the gloss-glue when the wind blows.

My one complaint about this gloss is that it does tend to dry out my lips. It doesn’t feeling drying, but by the end of a day of wearing it, I’ve got some lip peelage going on. Maybe putting on a thin layer of Vasline or clear lip balm first would help. I’ll give it a try.

But all in all, I think this is a great gloss, and it has earned a coveted spot in my summer bag. Illamasqua is selling it for 30% off now, but there is a waiting list. Fancy pants, huh?

As usual, I can’t link within this blog, so you’ll just have to copy and paste if you want it. Sorry!

Have a beautiful day 🙂

For Blissfully Happy Skin: Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Butter Review

Bliss Lemon + Sage
It won’t disappoint.

I’ve been a bad blogger lately and I apologize for that. But it’s for good reason–I have been super busy with my business! Lots of weddings, wedding trials, makeup parties, new hires…I love it 🙂

So let’s get in a quick product review that I’ve been meaning to do for a while.

In part because of my profession, I tend to focus on taking care of the skin on my face instead of the skin on my body. While my face is combination, my body is straight out dry. From the day it first goes under 50 degrees, until it’s solid open-toed shoes weather, my skin is dry, flaky and rough. Not cute. But it’s nothing some exfoliation and a good moisturizer can’t take care of.

The past few months, one of my favorites has been the Lemon + Sage Body Butter by Bliss. It’s creamy, moisturizing and does not leave the skin sticky. I find the lemon and sage scent refreshing, since every other moisturizer seems to smell like cookies, perfume, or poorly masked chemicals. It’s also paraben-free, which makes me happy.

I have nothing bad to say about this little gem. Every Bliss moisturizer I’ve ever tried has been phenomenal and the Lemon + Sage Body Butter did not disappoint.

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Have a beautiful day 🙂