Product knowledge; MicaShimmer lipgloss

DSC04653It seems funny that I would devote a whole post to lip gloss but if you are at all a tactile hyper-sensitive person like me, you will agree that it is OK to be excited about this lip gloss!

Most of us are attracted to the sheer, shiny appearance of a lip gloss; a little glimmer, a little polish with a no-fuss application – the limited pigment lets you apply it carefree without even looking.  And as a make-up artist I love it for that understated look.  However, most formulas on the market are very sticky so that they will stay on (ah the romance of wind-blown hair stuck to your lip!).  In addition, and of great concern to me, is the fact that modified chemicals are used to get this stay-on shine.  They taste terrible so are masked with fake flavors and the whole glop leaves me wondering why bother.

Because I love the look of lip gloss and love good color, I tried all the brands but without success – so I finally just made some myself.  It took lots of trials but I just came up with a simple, clean formula tinted with my famous approach to color.  They are made with a  blend of castor oil, bees & carnauba waxes and a highly active form of vitamin E so not only are they glossy but are so, so good for your lips…healing and moisturizing.  The see-through color comes from natural mineral oxides and mica sparkle.  It’s those ingredients and that’s it; clean and simple and beautiful.  $15

So here is my COLOR THEORY behind the tints that I made…

Because the nature of a lip gloss is to be sheer, it allows for the possibility of lifting or enhancing your natural lip color without having to cover it up like a traditional lipstick does.  A vivid, clear hue can amplify the natural undertones of your lip color or it can tone down the overtones in your lip color if you desire.

For example: if you have a cool, blue-rose tone in your skin an icy sheer pink will amplify your coloring for a dressed up natural look.  Another example using the theory of complimentary opposite colors: if you have very dark & purple colored lips, applying a sheer beige color will counter-act their tone if you are wishing for a softer lip.

Come in to try some on; jbalshaw@comcast.net  603-491-7305

Color names in descending order: Orchid Wine, Pink Pink, Watermelon, Tangerine, Penny, Champagne and Candlelight.

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