Two things: first, apologies for the recent blogging hiatus! It was one of those unintentional no-I-don't-feel-like-writing-today-let's-see-what's-on-TV weeks. Second: I am absolutely in love with two new-to-me lipsticks and need to explain why they are awesome and deserve a place on your "to purchase" list.
First is Bobbi Brown's Treatment Lip Shine in Moonlight Rose. This is a moisturizing product (containing, among other things, cocoa and shea butter) that also delivers a beautiful my-lips-but-better effect. It comes in a surprisingly small, thin tube, which I love since it's easy to slip into a pocket or small purse.
Initially I wasn't a huge fan of this lipstick. There was a strange, faint smell after application I didn't care for, but I kept using it because the color was so, so gorgeous. I later determined that the smell was probably from the shea butter (a scent I've never cared for) and after 10 or so uses it appears to have faded considerably.
So what made me a convert? Well, the color helped. Midnight Rose is a soft, dusky, rosy brown that perfectly compliments a neutral look. I most often wear it with Tarte's Exposed blush and an eye from the Naked 1 palette. Rather than being a boring neutral, though, Moonlight Rose has just a touch of shimmer, making it a more interesting and deeper shade than one would think on first glance. It also does EXACTLY what it claims in the moisturizing department, and I absolutely love how soft and supple it makes my lips feel. It does fade unevenly (not a huge problem since it's such a muted shade) after 3-4 hours of wear, which takes points away from its overall awesomeness, but the moisturizing effects last much longer than the color.
The second lipstick I'm loving is Buxom's Big and Healthy Lip Tarnish in Scandal. This is one of my rare in-store Sephora purchases, and was a total impulse buy. I was actually planning to get a Benefit lipstick that day, but since the spring line hadn't arrived yet, I started to peruse the Buxom display. This gloss/stain/plumper pencil caught my eye, and a swatch of the lovely color on my hand compelled me to plunk down my $18. It was a good decision.
Lip Tarnish is a sharpenable pencil (and includes a sharpener in the cap, which is a huge plus in my book since I never carry lone sharpeners in my travel makeup bag) that, like the Lip Shine above, does what it says it will. It glides on fairly easily (there's not a lot of slip in the product, so expect a bit of tugging) and then stays there until the cows come home. The "gloss" shine lasts at least 2-3 hours without feeling overly tacky. Like all other Buxom lip products I've tried, this one plumps with a gentle tingling sensation that isn't uncomfortable in the way so many lip plumpers can be, and it leaves behind a very pleasant minty scent. As a color, Scandal is a warm mauve that pairs well with my pinkier blushes (Buxom's Hervanna in particular).