Hoooooolllyyy lip gloss drawer! When I take a moment to go through all my makeup and nail polishes and girly products, I see that I have accumulated a massive pile of lip sticks, balms, stains, and .. glosses! I will admit I wear more gloss than any other lip “stick” because I tend to go for a more dramatic eye with a lighter lip in most of my wardrobe looks. BUT, there are times when I will go with a more dramatic lip depending on the occasion. I like dramatic beauty, but at the same time am a “no fuss” kinda girl … which means in terms of makeup: I can take the time to create a dramatic eye, and have it STAY that way for the entire day or night without having to reapply it! When doing a dramatic lip, it tends to be more high maintenance … apply, reapply, and reapply again multiple times through the day/night, having to worry about lipstick on your teeth, lipstick smearing off onto your face or around your lips messing up the look, lipstick in the corners of your mouth, lipstick bleeding (ugh! Aging!!) into the lip lines around your mouth, lipstick rubbing off on your glass or straw, and lipstick in your food with every fork full you take in! Or how about when you go to hug someone and you get it on their shoulder or coat or collar? Not cool. The best part about a sheer gloss is you don’t need a mirror all the time … if you’re running late, you can apply it in the elevator quickly, in the dark, or with your eyes closed and you’ll always come out on top!
Not to mention how many pounds of lipstick women ingest in their lifetime. And YES, this is a FOOD BLOG so I should be giving you a recipe here not talking about lipstick! But I’m a holistic health/wellness kind of girl and am always concerned about everything I put into my body, wether it be food or cosmetics! We EAT lipstick all day every day, so why not make sure it’s lead free? Chemical free? And healthy for us?;) The healthier our cosmetics, the less out livers have to stress out over detoxing from them.
And then there are the ladies who also use liner or stain pencil underneath their lipstick to give the color “stay power” that lasts longer .. so now you are applying your lipstick in a 2-3 step process… every – single – time! Add all that time together, and how many hours in 1 month do you spend applying a dramatic look lip stick and obsessing over each application to make sure it looks just right? When you think about the time spent on it …. kinda ridiculous right?! And in my opinion, who has TIME (see pic below) for this type of lipstick application on a regular basis?
But hey, we are WOMEN!! We spend all kinds of time doing our hair, makeup, shaving, waxing, lasering, nails, salon, spa, etc … that will never change! We are primpers by nature … and let’s face it, no one finds an unkempt woman very attractive. At least, I don’t!
So in the name of lipstick, or lip products, we all have our favs out there that we absolutely love, are obsessed with, and make us feel sooooo good, that we tend to overlook (basically don’t care!) if they contain chemicals, lead, artificial anything, and use horrible HORRIBLE animal testing. We don’t think about those things because when we are shopping, it’s all about the atmosphere in the store with perfectly positioned products, pretty makeup counters, soft lighting, enticing deals, just the right background music hand picked to cater to the shoppers subconscious mind urging them to spend money, perky helpful associates that brown nose you with such compliments (soft selling) just to up sell you more products than you intended to buy. The pretty, oh so pretty, packing these products come in make you feel so feminine and sexy that how on earth could these products be harboring dirty little secrets of the multi-billion dollar make-up industry?
I certainly have become more health and environmentally conscious when selecting personal products to use. Now, am I going to throw out all of the other products that I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on in the mean time? No. Most likely not … I intend to use them up so it’s not like I flushed money down the toilet. And then I will rationalize it by eating more wheat grass and other greens to cleanse and detox my body from those products, as well as say a prayer for the little critters in labs who are tortured by testing. And THEN, once those products are gone, I will do my best to select new products that don’t use/do any of that stuff.
While I have many lip glosses of various brands, today I wanted to share a healthier, yet very pretty and chic, alternative to the ladies out there who want great shine, a pop of color, a natural look, budget friendly, and a product by a company who uses integrity in their business practices. With that, I present Burt’s Bees Lip Shine!! Here it is shown in Blush, but they have an array of colors for all lip and skin tones.
What I like about Burt’s Bees Lip Shine:
*Natural health conscious ingredients
*NO ANIMAL TESTING
*Very shiny gloss. Can use a little to a lot and build upon the shine (and color)!
*Understated natural pop of color is very dainty, pretty, feminine and super SeXY!
*This gloss is not sticky! That is a pet peeve of mine.. I don’t like stiiiiicky glosses ick!
*Super moisturizing! I am surprised how smooth, non chapped, non irritated my lips feel when this gloss wears off! Bonus!
*It’s a great go-to gloss for daily wear at work or cocktail hour – can be casual to chic to dressier wear – think business meetings to dinner to a comedy club or museum fundraiser with your friends.
*Low maintenance!!! No fuss, no muss, no cuss .. with a big bang! Depending on the color you choose!
Burt’s Bees products have been around for years and they only get better with time, new concepts, new products to offer but yet keep their ingredients and practices in tact. They are known for it with a solid reputation! So far I only have this one shade, Blush, in my collection.. but the other colors are so enticing I cannot wait to add other colors and have more options to play with! Try some Burt’s Bee’s and let me know how you like it, or don’t! Not everyone is a fan, but I will say it’s definitely a shine to give a go at!
Get your Bees on ladies, stay sexy, and sass that swank!