Uh Oh! You’ve got a hot date and just about half an hour to get dressed, but your nails are a mess? One coat of shiny and sheer Peach Puree Nail Polish from Nailtini $13.00 will make even less than beautiful, bare nails look pinker and healthier, with lots of shine. This particular shade is just one of dozens and dozens, but it’s a sure-fire way to give your nails a quick fix that will dry in less time than it takes you to put on your makeup. Speaking of which, a slick of Liptini’s limited edition Tickled Pink by Terri Apanasewicz for Liptini ($20.00) will give your lips all that they need to get through the day or evening, with a silky feel and a long-wearing formula that offers skin loving benefits of hydrating and anti-oxidant pomegranate and aloe butters, and peptides .The lipstick case features a flirty martini glass spiked with a sparkling red crystal “olive.” So cute! We like this particular color (there are plenty more to choose from in various intensities) because it makes lips look just a bit more pink and healthy but it doesn’t require the careful application that a bold red or berry would. A perfect daytime color, it’s great for evening as well, when you’re rushing. The Nail and Lip-tini products are all “cocktail inspired.” Visit www.nailtini.com and create your own “cocktail” of colors!
Rocker Rick Springfield sang his lament about how he wished he had Jesse’s Girl (for his own) . Unlike lovelorn Rick, the Advice Sisters have a Jesse’s Girl that you can really love for your own. This budget-friendly line of cosmetics has plenty of lips & tips for less than $5.00. The Jesse’s Girl liquid lip color (Liquid Glass Lip Gloss) is so intense and shiny, applied with the brush-tipped applicator, the finish is similar to patent leather. It reminds me of another very popular and more expensive product (you all know which one I’m referencing) but this one is just $4.99! A dozen new shades launched in 2103, but we selected one light, one dark: ‘Lip Lock” is a baby pink that is very pale, but spiked with shine, it makes lips sexy and pouty in that “baby doll” way. “Scarlet Fever” is the polar opposite, an intense, deep berry that just screams “I’m sexy and I know it.” We mixed Lip Lock over Scarlet Fever to produce a deeper pink that speaks a bit more softly for daytime, and still looks exciting.
For your “tips” $3.99 brings your nails a lot of love, too. expanded this year, the new colors of the Jesse’s Girl JulieG Collection include formulas that go from pales, to bolds such as yellow, blue, and green, to glitters, to classic red. JulieG is a “YouTube” personality who started her crawl to fame doing how-to nail and lip videos from her bedroom (one way to get noticed, I guess). But The Advice Sisters can’t fault her funky taste in nails. For Spring all the way through Summer, we love “Beach Bonfire,” a sheer, shimmery orange that can be worn with one coat,or made glittery and intense, with several. A warmed up red cream called “south the Alarm” has a bright, almost coral look. I still haven’t found a way to keep blue nail polish from staining the cuticles and nail, but if you love blue nails, the creamy and intense marine blue called “Tokyo Nights” will give you a new reason to get another blue polish. Our last pick is “Southwest Sunset,” a very shimmery mauve that looks ladylike, but with more of an edge. *I took the photos in this feature, because some of the photos on the Jesse’s Girl web site didn’t seem close enough a color match to the product. It would be best to check these out in person, but you can’t go wrong with any of them, anyway. Visit the Jesse’s Girl web site to see all the fabulous shades, or just go to any Rite Aid store.
When I think of Mary Kay Cosmetics, I think of the fur coats, jewels, and pink Cadillacs awarded to the top sales representatives. But for all the this, Mary Kay Cosmetics are good. For this “Lips & Tips” article, I have selected pairs of limited edition products for lips,and for nails. From the Zen in Bloom collection, are two Lip Lacquers ($16.00 each) : Pink Pagoda and Chai Latte, inspired by the beautiful, Japanese Cherry Blossom, that is so prevalent and celebrated, it makes Japan seemingly look like it has been dipped in light pink icing, in early Spring. The lip lacquers arrive in little glass pots, to be applied with the slim, shiny black, mini-sized, retractable lip brush. The Zen in Bloom colors offer more coverage and intensity than a lip gloss, but a little less than an opaque lipstick. The jelly-like finish feels luxurious and silky, and it also helps to hydrate your lips and keep them moisturized.. Chai Latte is a medium nude that is sheer enough that it doesn’t blank our your lips like a nude lipstick would, and the shine makes lips pouty “au natural.” Pink Pagoda is a bright, hot pink that adds just enough color to temptingly tint lips. If your skin is warm, however, you can still wear this pretty color because one application is still fairly sheer.
Compliment your nails with two Spring-centric, limited edition shades of Nail Lacquer ($9.00 each). Pink Bamboo is a hot creamy pink with lots of shine that nearly matches the Pink Pagoda Lip Lacquer. Blue Lotus, on the other hand, flatters in another way, as a very opaque, creamy, elegant, baby blue that I am guessing, is inspired by the lotus flower. In Buddhism, the blue lotus flower is a reference to common sense, of using wisdom and logic to create enlightenment. On your nails, the color is a pretty in pastel approach to Spring that looks feminine, and trendy. The colors are really easy to apply, and long lasting. There is also a beautiful limited edition Mineral Eye Shadow trio called “Color in Garden Sky” for $20.00. While not the topic of lips & tips, you might like to know that it is $20.00 and fits into all Mary Kay Compacts. It’s pretty, isn’t it? I hope this news, has “enlightened” you! Even better, you get a little fabric clutch festooned with a beautiful, cherry blossom design and held closed with a wide, black ribbon — a thank-you with your purchase for this limited edition collection (while supplies last, the collection launched on March 15th). Visit www.marykay.com/ to see the collection and find a personal beauty consultant in your area.
Budget-minded beauties already know that just $7.99 brings you Sally Hansen’s multi-tasking Complete Salon Manicure with a gel-manicure-like shine. The polish is housed in voluptuously curved bottles and has all 5 steps of a manicure in one: base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, color, and top coat. All you have to do is pick one of literally dozens and dozens of shades, coat your nails, and that’s it! The large and well-formed brush tip, and rubberized grip on the cap, help make application, easy. What makes this particular nail product even more interesting, is that the shine enhancers are housed in breakthrough, nano-tubes, and are released as your nails flex during daily wear and tear, helping provide maximum chip-resistance. There are tons of new collections from pastels to metallics, bold, brights and blue. From a quartet of new, blue and greens, I tried “Please Sea Me,” a deep teal that really lasted for days, even though I was typing, cooking, cleaning, and moving wood (yep, that too)!
Insta-Dri in #425 Blue-Away. This light-to medium color is completely opaque, and applies in one coat and dries before you can even think: “Oh , I’ve got to use my hands, and I just did my nails!” The lightest of the blues that I tried is “Breeze Blue” in Sally Hansen’s very popular, Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear formula. There are a gazillion colors, and it gives you nails a chance to be nurtured, while letting you rock a trendy color. Breeze Blue is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to rock the blue trend, but not in an obvious way. It’s very sheer with the tiniest hint of ladylike perle.
For lips, we’re suggesting some Sally Hansen lip enhancers that are affordable (all are just $6.99) and effective. For starters, they arrive in an attractive, orange and silver packaging. We picked a few out of the collection that we think are must-haves, starting with the Peptide Lip Smoother: This product moisturizes lips(Sally Hansen claims up to 128%), while diminishing the appearance of lines and creases. The skin loving ingredients include an advanced Multivitamin Complex known to boost collagen. Applied a couple of time a day or a night, you should see smoother, softer lips. We like the silky feel and the angled squeeze tube that makes it easy to apply. You can also enhance your lips with Sally Hansen’s Plumping Lip Primer. The swivel up stick of tingly and invisible product gives you both an ultra-moisturizing formula that helps your lip color last longer, while it conditions your lips. The product has Collagen Microspheres that boost volume. Vitamin E also keeps color from feathering or bleeding. The “tingle” lasted a long time (in a pleasant way) and while we didn’t see a huge different in plumping at first, we felt the difference. Finally, if feathering bothers you, one way to keep it under control is to build a bit of an invisible wall around your lips to keep the color in. The slim swivel up of Sally Lip Liner is enriched with Shea Butter that is not just moisturizing, but also helps to keep lipstick in place.With this little stick, you may feel confident enough to wear deep lipsticks and to even add a bit of gloss, without fear of feathering. Visit your favorite drugstore or mass market retailer or www.sallyhansen.com
We didn’t review any “tips” from Rimmel London this season (but they do have some new nail colors). However, The Advice Sisters were so excited to be sent some of the new Lasting Finish Lipsticks by Rimmel that lock in color for up to 8 hours, and especially the “KATE” Kate Moss collection lip solors, that we had to include this budget-friendly brand! The Kate collection, named for the supermodel and fashionista, Kate Moss, comes in ten shade and are infused with the luster of black diamonds. Of course Rimmel spokesperson Kate Moss wouldn’t settle for just any old lip product (and neither should you!). The lipstick case is a bold red with a black band around the middle, slanted at the top. But the colors within a saturated, moist, and super-sexy. With a range of colors from light to deep, warm to cool and everything in-between, all you have to do is choose the ones you like best. For a bold lip that works in Summer and with a tan, I was particularly drawn to #109 a true apricot that is an alternative to red or berry. The formula is so moist and silky! My lips glowed softly with shimmer, but not patent leather shine. This is really great for daily wear, when you want moist shine, not lips dripping with “gooey” almost glittery, shine. Also, the wear test of the product left me with tinted lips for hours, even though I had lunch and dinner. No need to reapply do more than a quick touch-up! I was particularly drawn to #109, an intense, bold apricot that will work with Summer brights and/or a (faux only please) tan. For those with deeper complexions, try “#107 ,” a bold berry that is very (or should I say “berry”) saturated. “#101” is a very pretty, ladylike pink for those who want that silky, opaque color, but nothing too deep. TIP: If you visit the Rimmel website you’ll find a fun “Virtual Makeover” feature that lets you see how the various colors will look on a real photo — yours, or a pre-selected model. It is fun to “try on” the colors, no commitment.