Viva Glam Ricky Lip Conditioner

Lip balm is probably the beauty item I use the most every day of my life.  My lips get chapped very easily (especially during the winter season!), and I find myself constantly applying lip balm just to keep them from getting dry.  I feel that the majority of balms only stay on top of my lips and do not provide long lasting moisture.  Indeed, most balms work when they are on my lips, but after they have been absorbed, my lips are almost just as parched as they were to begin with.  Originally, I purchased Mac’s “Viva Glam Ricky Lip Conditioner” impulsively, but it has become a staple in my daily routine.

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To begin with, I really like the presentation and feel of the product.  The balm is in a malleable plastic tube, like some lip glosses.  I like this type of packaging because it allows me to easily squeeze out the product in any amount I want.  The applicator is on a slant which makes the application simple and easy.

The lip conditioner itself works really well – it both moisturizes and softens my lips.  In addition, it has a nice shine, a little less flashy than a lip gloss but more glossy than a regular lip balm.  I think the look of this product is perfect for a regular, casual day.  I’m usually very picky with the fragrance of beauty products but I have no issues with the pleasant vanilla aroma this conditioner has.

The Mac “Viva Glam Ricky Lip Conditioner” is one of my favorite lip moisturizing products.  In addition, like all “Viva Glam” products, my purchase of this item benefits a great cause, the MAC Aids Fund!

What do you use to moisturize your lips?

Stay chic,

-Laura

OPI “That’s Hot! Pink” Nail Polish Review

Bonjour!

It’s so nice to be back :)!  I’ve been spending a lot of time relaxing and soul searching this summer.  I’ve been trying to figure out some of life’s more serious questions and I got lost in my thoughts!

A few days ago I painted my nails with one of my all time favorite colors and I realized I just had to share it with you guys.  Not only did this color brighten up my mood (as it always does!) but it also reminded me of how much I enjoy writing about my favorite things.

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OPI’s “That’s Hot! Pink” polish is one of the first colors I bought about 5 years ago that sparked my polish obsession.  In fact, this is the only color that I’ve purchased more than once.  Prior to “That’s Hot! Pink” I usually shied away from loud colors.  I originally selected this polish because I was searching for a “Barbie” pink (which was a rather daring impulse for me at the time).  Now this color is comparatively “tame” to the rest of my current polish collection.  However, I absolutely love this color and see it as a classic in my library.  “That’s Hot! Pink” is very fun, fresh, and adorably feminine.  I also appreciate the opacity – I only need to paint two coats on my nails.  Even after the first coat of polish my nails could probably pass as complete.  If you’re looking for a new and bright pink, I highly recommend this color!

Chic rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

What’s your go-to pink color?

Stay chic,

-Laura

Ciate Caviar Manicure Review

I feel like I’ve heard very mixed reviews on Ciate’s Caviar Manicure Nail polish kits.  Personally, I found this look to be quite fun although pricey for what it is.IMG_6007

The basic premise for this concept is to first apply a base coat and one coat of the base color on each nail.  My kit was the dark blue/black kit so my base color was a very dark black color called “Ghetto Fabulous.”  Next, apply a second coat of your base color one nail at a time.  While the nail polish is still wet pour the “caviar” beads on top and press them down so that they cover each nail evenly.  The kit comes with a plastic tray for you to pour over and a funnel for you to return unused beads for future use.  From reviews I’ve seen people suggest applying a top coat at the tips of your nails to prevent chipping but I decided to skip that step.  I knew that this manicure is not long lasting and felt that the top coat would probably not make much of a difference.  In addition, I was afraid the top coat nail polish might look strange on the beads and diminish the effect.

I think this look is great for a special night out.  I used mine for New Year’s Eve (I know, such a long time ago!).  I really enjoyed how cool my nails looked and I got lots of compliments too.  This design can be achieved very easily by anyone (no matter your skill level!).  The major down side would be the price ($25.00 for a bottle of base color nail polish, a bottle of “caviar” pearls, a plastic tray, and a mini funnel).  You can purchase your kit at Sephora.  Of course another drawback is that this design will not last long.  The kit says that this look “lasts up to 48 hours.”  For me beads started chipping off after a day but I felt like it still looked fine.  After the third day I removed all of my nail polish since I felt too many beads had fallen off and my nails looked messy.  It did not really bother me that this look only lasted a couple days as I don’t think I would want to have this on my nails for too long.  I found myself using my hands differently when I had this manicure in an effort to preserve it which is not something I’d want to do for very long!  I’ve purchased nail stickers before from Sephora that were much more comfortable and lasted for up to two weeks.  I feel like it would be cool if Ciate came up with nail stickers that had the same “Caviar” concept.  Perhaps the beads could be embedded more into the sticker if they came pre-glued and maybe the design would last longer.

Chic rating: ★ ★ ★ 1/2

What’s your opinion on Ciate’s Caviar nail kits?

Stay chic,

-Laura

MAC Prep+Prime Lip Review

I had heard about eyeshadow primers a few years ago, but it was only recently that I found out about lip primers. I have only used MAC’s “Prep+Prime Lip” so I really do not know if this is the “best” lip primer out there. I never had a problem with this product which is why I also never tried out any of its competitors.

This item comes in a sleek black and sparkly container that I really like. One main issue I have with the packaging is that if you pull the cap off too vigorously, the entire stick of the product might come flying out (this has actually happened to me). This is why I strongly recommend you open this product slowly. This lip product is both moisturizing as well as a little bit tacky which helps to prep and prime your lips. I love this primer! It makes my lipstick last a very long time (even if I eat or drink food) and the colors come out more vibrant.

If you are a lipstick wearer, I highly recommend using a primer, and my personal favorite is Mac’s “Prep+Prime Lip.” When worn, I can definitely see a difference in the duration and color pigmentation of my lipsticks.

Chic rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Do you recommend any other lip primers?

Stay chic,

-Laura

Bliss Fabulips Review

I am a big lipstick fan.  In fact, I prefer wearing lipsticks usually instead of lipgloss simply because I hate when my hair gets caught in my sticky lipgloss.  However, the key to making your lips look great – particularly with lipstick – is to have them be smooth and hydrated.  No matter how often I applied lip balm and even if my lips were not chapped, I could not get them to be as smooth as I wanted them to be.  Last winter I realized what I really needed was a lip scrub. Continue reading