Product Review: LUSH Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Tint

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My mouth has had a rough week. I went to the dentist for a check-up and cleaning on Monday and ended up having some broken old fillings replaced. One of the anesthesia injections hit a blood vessel and muscle tissue inside my cheek (thanks, Mr. Dentist!) and my face is still swollen, sore, and bruised five days later.

Meanwhile, I happened to pass  a LUSH boutique and noticed that the Holiday 2016 collection is already starting to appear, including Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Tint. (Cue up the Tchaikovsky…) I felt like my mouth and I deserved a treat, so I made this impulse purchase.

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Preview: Lipstick Queen Belle Epoque Nourishing Lip Balms, with an Art History Reference

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Lipstick Queen has just released a new product: a tinted lip balm named Belle Epoque, in a reference to the “beautiful era” of arts, fashion, and culture in fin de siècle France. Yes, a lip product named Belle Epoque; I can not resist. (As a girl, I went with my mother to see an exhibition titled “La Belle Epoque” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, and this era has never lost its fascination for me.)

I’m hoping to have an opportunity to try these balms soon, but in the meantime, let’s look closer that image and do a little art history “detective work”…

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Product Review: Nonie Creme Colour Prevails Colourwash Comfort Balm

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Last week I mentioned that I’d stopped into Duane Reade to get out of the rain and ended up buying a few products from the new makeup brand Colour Prevails (see here). Colour Prevails is the latest project from Nonie Creme, a longtime fashion-world manicurist and the former creative director of Butter London, a trend-setting nail polish brand introduced in 2005.

Colour Prevails promises to make advanced formulas and on-trend colors available in a drugstore setting—a “masstige” cosmetics collection, if you will! The brand’s packaging is eye-catching, with colorful butterfly-wing designs and shiny goldtone accents. It looks almost retro-80s, with a nod to the 60s. Also, the prices are very reasonable—many items are under $10, and the most expensive item is an 8-pan eyeshadow palette for $19.

I’ll be writing a few reviews of my Colour Prevails acquisitions over the coming weeks, beginning with a few thoughts about Colour Wash Comfort Balm.

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Covet: Hurraw! Ayurvedic Lip Balms

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Hurraw! is a small company that specializes in all-natural, vegan lip balms in a range of flavors. They even offer a tinted balm (Black Cherry), an SPF balm, and now, three balms designed to complement the three doshas of Ayurveda. (You can read more about Ayurveda and take a test to determine your own dosha here.)

My dosha is primarily Kapha, with a few aspects of Pitta. However, all three balms sound wonderful to me. They’re flavored with herbs and spices like ginger, tulsi, cardamom, and lemongrass, and they sell for $4.29 each at the Hurraw! website.