Category: Lipstick

BeautyTrend to Try: Orange Lips!

If you’ve ever wondered about orange lip colors (or maybe you’re already in love) we’ve tested out four orange-hues from some of our favorite cosmetic companies.
1. Milani Color Perfect Lipstick in Mango Mambo: A coral-red meets red-orange lip color that is perfect if you’re trying orange hues for the first time, or if you have ANY coral-red hanging in your closet.
2. Milani Color Perfect Lipstick in Mandarina: Classic orange with a hint of red, this color will fit perfectly in your lipstick collection and pairs well with the ongoing tropical prints trend.
3. Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Punch Drunk: Creamy and by far the orange-iest of the looks we tried, this color is a high-powered, dramatic, and very urban indeed.
4. Pixi Lip Blush in Energy: A long-lasting lip stain that is sort of peachy and has a delicate shimmer. This color is great for you minimalists out there, and pairs well with pastels.

BeautyLip Gloss Love Story: Stuck on The Gloss Stick

How many lip products do you carry in your purse? Me: currently…well, six. Why so many? I just can’t bear to throw away the little losers that I bought, I tried, and I hated. So there they stay, occasionally slicked on for the grocery store or some other mundane activity when I don’t really care if my lips look pristine. It’s true; I’m uncommonly picky about my lip gloss, but when you think about it, how many other makeup products do you actually end up eating???
But luckily, there is hope! Nestled delicately into my lip gloss graveyard is the rock star of all lip products: Yves Saint Laurent’s Gloss Volupté Sheer Sensual Gloss Stick. I treasure this exquisite little golden tube of lip product nirvana. Available in eight sheer colors (Tangy Orange is my favorite), I adoringly describe this gloss stick as a kind of luxurious chapstick. And I mean this in an entirely praiseworthy way. Not goopy, sticky, cakey, slimy, or any other indicator of lip product unpleasantry.
Though the color in the tube appears blindingly bright, this silky, lightweight formula glides on smoothly and provides the perfect punch of sheer color. It is transparent, which is great for daytime, but I’ve been known to wear a stain underneath for a little extra splash of color at night.
Best of all, the mango scent is perfectly delightful. It’s fruity without being too Bonne Bell, and the taste is similarly satisfying. It has a mango-y sweetness minus the waxy lipstick taste I’ve grown to loathe in other products.
Now, the downside: the $30 price tag. Though I would absolutely love to slather this little wonder on my lips ten times a day, my pocketbook shrivels up at the thought, which is why I was thrilled to discover Cover Girl’s new NatureLuxe Gloss Balm.
You ladies may have seen the ads featuring Taylor Swift’s spokesmodeling debut. Though I’ve been noticing more and more copies popping up, Cover Girl’s was one of the few I could afford to take a gamble on, at $6-$8, depending where you shop. It has the smooth, balm-y feel that I like, and mango and shea butter give it a mild and pleasant enough taste/smell.

Even better, you have sixteen juicy flavors and colors to choose from (I like coral). Though it is slightly more lipstick-y than the YSL gloss stick, the price slash makes it more than worth your while. Plus, if you buy online, Cover Girl’s website has a neat little feature that helps you find the most flattering shades for your coloring.
Have you guys tried any of the other gloss stick/balm products out there? How do they compare?

BeautyCurrent Faves: Makeup Must-Haves

Hey ladies! Today was a wonderful day here at LuLu*s! When I came in there was a box sitting on my desk, and lo and behold it was a Sephora order I placed recently! Opening the box, I became more and more excited even though I was replacing some of my favorite products and I knew exactly what was in the box. It so nice to have new products to use on our lovely models. I though this would be the perfect opportunity to tell you about some of my favorite products! Here are three things that I simply cannot function without here in our photoroom!

smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer: This is my favorite lid primer I have used. It creates a perfect base for any shadows and allows you to build up color with a decrease in eyeshadow fallout onto the face. It has a matte finish but is not drying! In fact, according to the smashbox website, the primer contains, “Phytomoist™, a plant-based hyaluronic acid for ultimate moisturization plus skin perfecting amino acids.” This product is also great to wear alone since it evens out and perfects skin tone. Being under bright lights for hours, this is essential for our models because it keeps their makeup from creasing and wearing off. A must-have for any makeup enthusiast.


smashbox Eyelights in SmokeBox: This is a super versatile palette that allows you to go from a natural finish to a super smokey eye! I use the light beige shadow as a highlight under the brow bone and as an easy choice for a simple yet glamorous vanilla shade. The medium taupey-grey  shade is the perfect shadow for a natural smokey eye. I sweep this shade across the crease and blend it up and out into a “v” shape. Then adding the third shadow, a rich carbon black with silvery sparkles, in the outer corner of the eye. The trick to any smokey eye is blending. Using a compact fluffy brush to blend any harsh lines will keep your look polished. The great thing about this palette is that you can use these shadows on their own or in other color combinations since they are so basic and so pigmented!

Nars Lipstick in Funny Face: This is the best blue-based pink I have found! I love the playful punch that the bright fuscia brings to the photos. While it may be too extreme for some people, on the right skin tone and in the right lighting this is an awesome choice. This is an very moisturizing lipstick and it has sort of a floral/fruity smell.

Check out some of the looks below using these fine products!

The bright fuscia lipstick really brings out Olivia’s blue eyes!

The ultimate smokey eye for a glammed-out night time look!

BeautyPink Pout for Spring!

Spring has finally arrived, and it’s time to break out those pretty pastels and lovely pinks when it comes to lip color.

 Nyla, our Lulu*s makeup artist, updated yesterday’s shoot with some great new lip products, and our ladies looked absolutely lovely.

To get the look below, start off with “Trimmed in Pink” Lip Pencil by Mac, followed by Mac’s “Please Me” Matte Lipstick. Then, glaze your lips with Lip Fusion Gloss in “Blush” for a dazzling finish.

Pictured: Esley Rosalyn Dress in Pink

BeautyGet The Look: Hot Fushia Lips

All of us here at LuLu*s just had to have the latest addition to the photo shoot makeup bag: Smashbox’s Photo Finish Lipstick in Flirty. This pretty fuchsia shade is just perfect for any time of the day or night, and surprisingly flattering on most skin tones.

You can find it modeled on Kyndra from today’s photo shoot!