Product Review Category: LIPS

Honey Trap (LUSH)


This lip balm is the cat’s meow – great for soothing dry, chapped lips. I love how I can put it on at night and still feel it in the morning. The smell is not overpowering – it’s just pleasant and slightly sweet.

Rosebud Perfume Co. Smith’s Rosebud Salve

In every makeup artists toolbox. Very subtle color, a hint of rose scent (not overpowering), cult-fave. Multi-purpose lip balm does a million things in addition to lips, from soothing burns to diaper rash.

Nars Lip Gloss in Orgasm

I dare you not to gain an instant little pep in your step, (and feel just a tad like that 50 Shades chick) with one swipe of this peachy pink gloss from one of our favorite brands, Nars. Orgasm has become a phenomenon (isn’t that fun to say??) with a whole little collection of products sharing the name and color scheme. The great thing is, the shade is flattering on everyone, and brings a fading complexion that may need a little “oomph”, to life. Hey, it’s always fun to keep your co-workers guessing, right?? πŸ˜‰

Rosebud Salve (Minted Rose)

Of all the Rosebud Salves that I know and love, (and oh, friends, there are many…) the minted rose is my very, very favorite. This is my by far my most frequent Sephora impulse purchase (and again, there are many…). As I’m sure legions of PWs already know, any Rosebud Salve will fix a sore mouth in a jiff, but it’s also great on rough skin, can heal a blemish, and will give tired skin a healthy glow. Truly a PW Hall of Famer!

Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub

Here’s the scenario: Your have red wine mouth, and it’s 7am. No bueno. Enter mint julips lip scrub. Just a little sugar and essential oils here, and the mint will freshen your breath…well, thank you very much! So, no mess, because it’s natural and entirely edible, and now you can even put on a little lip gloss without looking like a total freak! Oh, AND the tell-tale freaky purple lip ring is gone. BAM.

Pro Longwear Lipcreme (MAC)

Let it be known that whenever I want to cheer myself after a particularly hard day, I will treat myself to a MAC lipstick, and I never, ever regret it. Thankfully, I don’t have TOO many hard days, but somehow, I do have quite a few stunning shades of this Pro Longwear Lipcreme, so go figure; I may be lurking around my local MAC store after the good days too πŸ™‚
There are just way too many delicious shades, with a good balance of staying power and creaminess. Definitely in my Lipstick Hall of Fame… which I may have to start in my apartment, at the rate my collection is growing…

Cubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm

Oh, the conundrum of the lip STICK. The moisturizing formulas keep the lips supple and smooth, but any hint of color is gone after your first Americano, and the formulas with a heavier concentration of color dry the hizzle out of your kisser. Clinique’s Chubby Stick (what a name…) Moisturizing Lip Balm strikes a fairly even balance, with a nice, creamy texture, and color that MIGHT get you through your second Starbucks run. (Mega Melon FTW!)


Not every piece in Lush’s Emotional Brilliance color line are winners. (Look at “Lifted”. Then, look away.) And not all the colors go on very well. However, Perspective, a lip (and cheek!) color wins all around. Great texture, vegan, looks amazing on everyone.
True story– I was on a business trip and forgot my makeup bag (HORRORS!!). I got through the week with this color from Lush, a BB cream from Cover Girl, and a concealer from MAC. (Don’t worry, I went back to being the high maintenance PW you know and love the next week πŸ™‚

Full of Grace

I discovered this very strange, very effective, all natural solid serum while on a 6 hour flight from NYC to Vancouver. My skin was so dry it was borderline painful. I searched and searched in my (STUFFED) carry-on and finally found this anti-oxidant packed little oval from Lush called Full of Grace. Desperate, I rubbed it all over my face (including lips) and by the time the in-flight movie was over (something with Adam Sandler in a dramatic turn… yikes) my face was dewy, supple, and happy. I now use it on dry patches or in the winter under my moisturizer religiously. TIp- keep it somewhere dry and cool, and in a case, or it will melt all over everything- not cute.