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WHAT THEY SAY:"..a spicy, tingly gloss that enhances your lips' natural color by increasing circulation to the area, creating a bee-stung effect" Certain Hollywood stars are said to be thrilled by this new product, invented by two Italian makeup artists who call their company 'Du Wop' My lips are a good feature and I am always on the look out for new products to enhance them. Some of you may have chanced upon my op. on Benefit Lip Plump. (Look out soon for a review of Gale Hayman's Lip Lift too). My Lip Venom came today and I have been testing it for you especially. PACKAGING/APPEARANCE: There is a tiny vial of product (3ml to be precise), inside a much larger pink tubey sort of container. 'Lip Venom' is emblazoned in black several times on the container. There is a leaflet inside giving brief details on how to use it, aswell as a teeny little lipbrush. The gloss (for that is what it is in essence) is inside what looks like one of those little perfume sample bottles and is a peachy tinted shade. Upon taking off the little silver lid of the vial, I thought there may be a little applicator attached but no luck. APPLICATION/EFFECT: The Lip Venom is applied with either the brush - the one supplied is tiny so don't lose it! - or a fingertip. I found the fingertip method a little wasteful, so used the aforementioned lipbrush. At first it goes on exactly like a fairly runny lipgloss.....then the fun begins! It tingled, it heated up, and it felt like I'd been kissing my husband all night (oh those first months of passion - sigh), y'know, when your lips sort of feel sore in a sexy way. The colour of them deepened to the sort of shade you get with a lipstain like Benetint or Origins Bite Your Lips. The effect lasted for about an hour and a half - not long is it? But nice I suppose for making a good impression on a first date or special occasion. As for a plumping effect, to be honest
they did look more juicy, and the colour was so nice and pretty, yet striking. You can be sure that the colour will be exactly right for your skin tone too, as it's just an exaggeration of your natural pigment. TIPS: It's NOT tested on animals - on tube it says this, but does say it's tested on actors! Big plus point for me - and you, I hope. There is only one place you can get this online in the UK, HQhair.com, and on comparison searches for costs in the USA, their price is pretty good. They also sell the addictive Carmex Lip Salve for £2.05 (Boots £2.25) and a host of other hard-to-finds. Can be used with Lipstsick on top, but personally, the deepening effect on your own lips is so pretty it's a shame to cover it. Team with some other lip-enhancing tricks like a 'v' of highlighter around your cupid's bow, and a dab of highlighter on bottom lip (try Glitz and Glam Eye Brightner in Wake Up Call FANTASTIC!) and you will feel like your lips are sooo sexy MEN - do not despair. In these days of male grooming , I read several reviews mentioning men using this to enhance their lips. I don't want you to feel left out if you're reading this do I! ALTERNATIVES: GALE HAYMAN LIP LIFT JOEY NEW YORK SUPER DUPER LIP KIT BENEFIT LIP PLUMP PLUMP IT - SALLY BEAUTY SUPPLY FINAL THOUGHT: This is not an everyday product unless you are loaded. At £12.95 for 3ml it's quite a lot, but you will notice a difference, and you get what you pay for as they say.
I love kissing, especially at Christmas as the mistletoe is a good excuse to get lippy with all sorts of people (although not Aunt Hilda with her wrinkled lips I'm afraid). So naturally, I want my lips to look gorgeous and luscious. Yesterday, whilst I was doing some Christmas shopping I noticed that in Boots there is a special offer on selected brands of make up, including Boots 17, whereby if you spend £15 on make up, you get a rather nice silver jewellery set. The jewellery set is a necklace with a diamante stone and ear-rings in the same style, simple and classy. So I thought I would treat myself and buy some decent make up for once instead of the cheap rubbish I usually get. 17 make up appears to be aimed at young women (well, maybe it's aimed at young men too, I don't want to be sexist), with a wide choice of bright colours and fun, glittery products. With £15 to spend, one of the items I chose was the Plump Up The Volume Lip Shine in crystal, otherwise known as clear. They do several shades of red and brown as well as the see-through gloss that I bought. I have used lip gloss before (Collection 2000) and like the way it looks but find it dries my lips out and have had complaints about the taste. So lets see how 17 fares to the kissing test..... My boyfriend and I just erm, tested it out (what a sad way to spend our evenings! But then we are skint!) and he says it is a bit sticky, but tastes of nothing and is a definite improvement on some of the c**p I stick on my lips. So it has the boyfriend seal of approval. Winner! As for looks, with the gloss on my lips look well-glossy (duh), shiny, big and pouty. I imagine if you had large lips (Angelina Jolie-style) you don't really want them to look any bigger but for those of us with less well endowed features, any enhancement is more than welcome. It cost me £3.20 for an 8 ml tube which in my opinion is expensive compared to other brands but I have
found lip gloss tubes to last for a long time as you only need to use a small amount. The tube comes with a soft wand which makes it easy to apply the gloss, although I don't know how hygenic this is, especially regarding sharing the gloss with your friends-my advice is keep your make up to yourself. The packaging is simple-a clear tube with a black lid, and is small enough to pop in a pocket (or your knickers if you have no pockets) for a night out. It looks quite classy and I would certainly not be ashamed to whip it out in public, although maybe if I was at a *really* classy do it might look out of place next to Clinique. But then I never get invited to classy do's, so that's not really a problem for me :-( The claim on the back of the tube is "long lasting lip gloss. Makes your lips look fuller and more kissable. Fragrance free and dermatologically tested". Let me put their claims to the test! "Long-lasting"- It is more so than other, cheaper brands, but lip gloss in itself is not especially long lasting as it tends to rub off on glasses, men and food! "Makes your lips look fuller" Yes, definitely. My lips look lush, who needs collagen when you have cheap (ish) make up? "More kissable" That's debatable-if you are Atilla the Hun, no amount of make up will make you attractive, but it can certainly help. I like to think (modestly) that I look quite kissable with or without lip gloss, but I do feel sexier wearing gloss, and I am more prone to pout and flirt with it on. So if you are out in Birmingham and notice a small, dark haired girl with shiny lips acting flirty, it's probably me! The gloss feels quite nice on my lips and does not need to be constantly reapplied like some other glosses. The consistency is medium thick so it stays on your lips rather than dripping off. I once bought a cheap lip gloss from the market and regre
tted it as my hair kept sticking to my lips. I am glad to say this does not happen with 17 lip gloss as it's not a good look when you are trying to impress! The clear colour is nice on its own, in the daytime for a natural look, or at night with smoky eyes for a saucy, sultry look. You can also wear the gloss on top of lipstick, although I recommend that you dab it on with your finger rather than stain the wand red/brown. I can't guarantee that by wearing this lip gloss you wil get lots of snogs this Christmas- but it certainly won't harm you in your quest. But guys, if you kiss a girl wearing any kind or lipstick of lip gloss, remember to wipe your mouth (and cheeks, neck or wherever else she has been!) so you look respectable and so you have a chance with other girls later in the evening. Have a lovely, snoggable Christmas from me! XxXxXxXxXxX P.S. If you would like a snog, email me and I'm sure we can arrange something ;-)Guys only I'm afraid. Although my fella doesn't mind women!
Yes they do sell their own brand makeup and it is well worth every penny. I will admit I only found out they sold it last christmas while I was doing my christmas shopping, so I think they only sell it in sets at christmas time. I bought a gold eyeshadow (eye Gleam) and lipgloss set in gold for £4.50 They came in little tubes, the eyeshadow is creamy, and goes on excellently, you only need to put a little bit onto your finger and rub into your eyes, It lasts all day and has a hint of gold and glitters subtly, not to over the top. The lip gloss is clear with gold glitter in it, again this is not to over the top, it is perfect for christmas parties or day wear. Out of most of the eyeshadows I have bought this must be the longest lasting, I put it on for work this morning and still have it on my eyes. Beat that. it is well worth the money and best of all can be worn all year round
Before I begin into my opinion I should first tell you that I am indeed a male. So this opinion is going to be of little use to you if you want beauty tips. However I will try to give you an objective view of a mans view on make up. Firstly how many different brushes do you need to apply the stuff. It is absolutely ridiculous. I lifted my girlfriend?s make up bag and was amazed at the sheer weight of it. It?s a small bag but she had managed to fit so many cosmetics and ?beauty instruments? that it was bulging. When I asked her what she had in it she said ?only some lipstick and mascara. I then made the mistake of saying there is more than that in here, do you really need it. She turned on me immediately and said ?what are you trying to say I?m ugly or something. I realised my mistake. It is like when a woman asks you do you like this when she comes out of a changing room, or does my bum look big in this. Men try and avoid these questions like the plague. Yet you women seem to be so good at asking them over and over again. You don?t realise what it does to us. For me it begins with a cold felling down my spine which makes my hair stand on end, then it moves on to a sweating from the temples and a chocking feeling round your neck as you feel your collar choking you. Then for no reason apart from an overwhelming sense of fear and shock you give the wrong answer. You don?t just say, ?Yes your bum does looks big?. Instead you say something like ?are those jodhpurs your wearing or is it just your incredibly chunky thighs?. But back to make up I cant keep up with all the names of the stuff you put on. The ones I know are: Lipstick Mascara Eyeliner Rouge Foundation (but what goes over the foundation) I was told an interesting idea about mascara. Apparently only women find big eyelashes attractive and so they put it on to make themselves feel good about themselves and this makes men more attractive. This ide
a has to be from a woman because when a man is looking for a woman self-confidence isn?t that high on his list. You women also put yourself through unnecessary pain. For example waxing (of any body part), why don?t you just shave? We do it everyday and we never complain. Also eyelash curlers they look like some kind of medieval torture device. I?m not saying don?t wear any make up at all, all I want to know is why is there such a diversity of the stuff.
I was shopping in Tescos the other day, and whilst perusing the christmas present isle, I noticed a little section of kids makeup. Being a girl, of course I took a closer look, and picked up a little eye shadow compact with 4 different shades of brown in it. To my disbelief it was £1! Of course, I bought it. I assumed that it wouldn't be great quality, but it's compact-ness meant that I could bung it in my handbag and use it when I needed to touch up my eyeshadow. It'd serve that purpose perfectly. I haven't used any other eyeshadow since! I don't normally spend more than about 3 or 4 pounds on any makeup, and I do look out for bargains. So, in my eyeshadow collection I've got Bodyshop colourings in many shades, Boots Natural Collection, and the odd Rimmel compact. But now I use Tescos, which is the best of the lot. The compact says "Funky eyes!" on the front, and has a see-through cover. I thought I'd better tell you that so as you know what to look for when you're buying your groceries. The colours in it are a light beige colour, a taupe, mid- and dark-brown. All of which are sparkly. I find that it's really easyto apply, and the shades are perfect for my skin tones, which are dark as I'm a brunette. It also lasts really really well. I can't believe how much use I've got out of this bargain, and I'd recommend it to anyone. Sadly, my local Tescos has run out, so it would appear that word has got out already that this is fantastic!
The Miss Sporty range which is new to Superdrug is very cheap and successful. I have fallen in love with their eye glosses, they are available in metallic blue and gold as well as a shimmery purple colour and best of all, all of their cosmetic products are under £2, bargain! I have bought the metallic blue and the metallic gold eye glosses, they stay on for ages and look great on nights out down the local club or pub. They would look better in the evening or at night than in the day time but they are still brilliantly cheap!
If you are looking for a face powder to act as a fixing agent for your foundation make up, don't look in the brand name cosmetic displays! Hidden away - usually amongst the the skin care products - is a little gem of a powder. It goes by the name of Cornsilk and is available in matt and translucent formats. This powder is ideal for fixing/de-shining your preferred foundation make up. It is an extremely light powder - containing walnut and silk ingredients - which sets your foundation, removes shine and lets your pores breath! As the colour is neutral it doesn't clash with your choice of foundation colour. This product is available in larger drugstores and is well worth searching for. It comes in a largish box-designed for the dressing table - complete with its own powder puff but it is possible to transfer some of the contents into a smaller compact for carrying in your make up bag.
Pupa is an Italian range of kitsch designer make-up worn by the likes of Jennifer Aniston. The glitter and shimmer cremes come in really cute glass packaging in shapes likes teddies and bees. Although they look like toy make up, both adults and teenagers love them. Although the make is not big in England at the moment, it could be the next big thing. Pupa is a well known brand in both America and Italy. The shimmer creme is gorgeous and very light. All the ingredients are hypoallergenic and I have had no problems on my very sensitive skin. The range is very high fashion with all the colours of the rainbow available. The shimmer and glitter cremes can be used as eye shadows, lip tints, cheek tints and for highlighting on the body and are very versatile. Pupa not only does make up but also some lovely perfumes packaged in beautiful flower shaped glass bottles. Although famous for the innovative iridescent shimmery cremes they also make lipsticks and powders too. Their loose powder is a favourite of Jennifer Aniston and if it is good enough for Brad Pitt's wife then it is good enough for me! For all it's exclusivity, Pupa is actually very cheap. Items in the range start at around five pounds and rarely go above the twenty pound mark, even for the perfumes. You can buy Pupa from the website changelives.com and it is also available with great savings on the shopping channel QVC. You can give yourself a great natural daytime look or a strong clubbing look and anything and everything in between. As you can guess I am a bit of a beauty junkie and have to have the latest products, if my makeup bag wasn't full to bursting then I would definitely be stocking up on some more of this great range before more of the celebrities catch on and there becomes a waiting list. Take my advice and buy some now!
Cute as cute can bee (excuse the dreadful pun), this is a metallic cream presented in a clear plastic bee-shaped pot. It comes in several colours, but I chose ?lillia sunset? which is a beautifully shimmery silver/lilac. It can be used in a multitude of ways: 1) Dab a tiny amount onto your palm or cosmetic sponge and spread all over the face as a complexion brightener underneath foundation, to give your face a luminous glowing quality with tiny particles of sparkly stuff that catch the light. 2) Use as a highlighting cream on cheekbones for a sculpted look. 3) Put a dab on top of your lipstick to make lips look fuller and to give them a glossy sheen. 4) Use all over lips for a space-look metallic lipstick, great for clubbing or just surprising people in the office or whilst doing your shopping at Sainsburys! 5) Smear a little over eyelids for oh-so-fashionable glossy eyeshadow. It?s quite subtle if you limit the amount you put on. Best to put on less than you think you need and build it up in layers. 6) Shade your face using the cream down the centre of your nose to make it appear thinner, cheekbones and forehead or wherever you think your best features are (sparingly) to really bring them to life. This is an excellent cream and as it?s so versatile, you?re not just limited to using it as an eyeshadow or lipstick. You can also mix it with other colours or wear it on top of other things to change the look. It can be used subtly during the day or piled on for a glammed-up evening look. I just love the little bee pot, too! This company is Italian and does all sorts of cutely packaged makeup that look as though they were designed for children, but are actually meant for adults. Their motto is apparently ?Have fun with makeup? and this range certainly promotes that!
This is a new cosmetic and accessories range for younger children. It's my niece's 8th birthday soon and it was suggested that she'd like some sort of make up kit. I didn't like the look (or the price) of the Barbie make up sets etc, when I discovered Glitter Babes in Boots. The range covers bubble baths, soaps, body sprays, lip glosses, nail varnish, body glitter as well as a few simple jewellry items (interchangeable pendants, rings etc) and also hair slides, grips, hair jewels (reusable as they attach by velcro) etc. It also has a small "beauty box", pens, notebooks, photoframes, purses etc. I bought the beauty box (£5) and some nail varnish (£2.25 with a free ring), lip gloss (£2.25) some body glitter (£2.50) and hair jewels (£2.25). I think it will go down a storm with any little girl about her age. I also picked up a free Glitter Babes card set. You open it up and it concertina's out, it has a 50p off voucher, shows the whole range that they sell, gives a profile on each of the Glitter Babes (there's about 4 I think) and has two cards to swap with friends. It's packaged very well, by that I mean it looks pretty similar to the sort of things I might buy, so my niece will feel quite grown up whilst using something that is designed for little girls. There's so much in the set that I'm sure she'll want to add to it.
Plastic Shine by Christian Dior If you want gloss that's dramatic and really, really, very shiny, then this is the way to go. That surprises me, just because Plastic Shine has been advertised so much over the past year or so - surely it couldn't be any good? Well that's what I thought so i didn't even bother to try it at the counters Well when I was given one as a gift I was absolutely astonished - it's fantastic! So fantastic I now seem to have the whole range (apart from the nasty orangey colour!) This is definitely not a look for the faint hearted, this is an incredible look, whether in one of the neutral shades or attention-grabbing black or red. Unusually for such a wet look, these glosses are not at all sticky, but that does mean they're not as long lasting as you might hope for. On the other hand they don't 'bleed' too badly either. Obviously they can be worn on their own, but I think these perform best when applied over lipstick. I'm not impressed by a lot from the Dior range, but these are quite exceptional. For those who mind about such things, it's a wand applicator (which stands up pretty well to a lot of use) and the sturdy packaging still looks nice after many months rolling about at the bottom of my handbag and make-up bag
Magic Lash (by Magic Lash) If you really want those brow-sweeping lashes but don't want to wear false ones, this could just be your answer. This is one of those well-kept beauty secrets - a truly remarkable product that does something incredible for those with short or sparse eyelashes (like mine!). The advertisers describe it as 'false lashes in a tube' and that's not a bad description - except there's none of the hassle associated with false lashes - and this stuff certainly can't drop off in your soup! Basically this looks like a mascara tube with a wand like a mascara wand. But there the similarity ends. The product is actually teensy tiny fibres which you use to 'beef up' your favourite mascara. Getting the application right, like so many 'serious' cosmetic tricks does often take some practice - don't try it for the first time just before a big night out! You apply your mascara as normal, and then a light layer of this (you will look weird at this stage - be patient.....) and then another layer of your mascara and - hey presto! - Movie star lashes. If you curl your lashes you do that before the first coat of mascar as usual. This is definitely not for contact lens wearers and everyone should test it for sensitivity, even those for whom sensitivity isn't usually a problem - some people do react to the fibres. You may also find you need to buy a different mascara to use with it. I use a much thinner mascara than usual (a Beauty Without Cruelty one at the moment) because anything too gloopy will just make a mess with the fibres. There are now some more readily available doppelgangers on the market, Mister Mascara have brought one out, I saw fairly recently, but I'm afraid I haven't tried those. The basic principle is the same however, so I'd certainly recommend giving it a go.