How to Create Sunburst Lips – Like A Boss.

When I fall for something, y’all…I fall hard. Take music for example. I can listen to the same songs for days, weeks and YEARS at a time. I STILL play “Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire like it came out in January of last year. I am a free spirit but I am a comfortable spirit too. I don’t fix what ain’t broke and while that can be a good thing, it stunts my creativity at times.

Hence why the starburst lips came to me.

Yep. They came to me. Seriously. I was rushing into work on Monday and after plopping down at my desk, I realized that my lips were bare. Bare lips are a no no on Monday mornings. I rummaged through my makeup bag and pulled out the gorgeous Venomous Cosmetics’ Let U Go.

Venomous Cosmetics is an indie brand launched by a talented beauty blogger who is based out of Central Florida. I found about VC through my blog sister and friend, Phyrra (who also lives in Central FL…woot!) and when my eyes landed on Let U Go, I knew I had to have it. I mean, look at this orange…

Gorgeous, right? It’s even more stunning in person. I own nothing like it and was glad to add it to my stash. And I didn’t use it until that rushed Monday morning. I wanted to go for something “different”, yet work appropriate. And so sunburst lips were born.

Oh. And if you hear anyone use the words “sunburst lips”, they so got it from me. I’m just sayin’. I came up with it first. ;)

First, I lined my lips using MAC’s Vino lipliner.

I’m not gonna tell y’all how long I’ve had that lipliner. Is there an expiration date for lip liner? Anyone know? Anywhoovers, I applied Revlon’s Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie.

Yep. I am still religiously wearing that buttah. I love that buttah. At this point, I grab a lip brush and get to blending.


Blending is so important. It’s like the 2nd Beauty Commandment. After “Never Wear Black Eyeliner on the Lips”, of course. After blending, I dabbed Let U Go in the middle of my lips.


And ta daaaaah!

FACT: Everyone has at least one friend that regularly takes pictures of themselves and showcases those duck lips…

Don’t be that friend. 8) Sunburst lips paired with dual blue eyeliner is quite the unexpected look. I can’t stop wearing it. I think I’m going to go for a sunburst lip using purple lippies. Whatcha think?

If you give sunburst lips,  try…let me know!

Need a new lippy for the weekend?

Happy Fridaaaaaay!

Clumps dot com is doing some crazy stuff, y’all. And I can’t really explain it. If you received a Mascara Monday post in your RSS feed or email, please oh please ignore that. That post was SUPPOSED to go live next Monday. And if you’re viewing Clumps on your smartphone or desktop, some of the images have shrunk. So weird. I don’t know what’s goin’ on but as soon as Esposo can find the time to do the behind-the-scenes work, we’ll be back and running smoothly again.

What? You didn’t think I could figure out these problems, myself, did you? Ha! Anywhoovers – since I can’t seem to get through my scheduled posts, check out this list….

 

Some of my beauty bloggin’ gals and I compiled a list of some of our favorite lip products. Of course I had to highlight by beloved Fresh Sugar Lip balm. Check out what the other gals are lovin’.

Feeling royal? Jen Mathews from My Beauty Bunny shares her fave cruelty free lip glosses fit for a queen.

Julie from The Style Page reviews 3cc Robert Jones Signature Collection.

Brittany from Clumps of Mascara knows of no better lip balm in the entire world than this kid.

Have you gone on the Tour de Fabulous with Brooke from BlushingNoir?

Madame B Fatale tells us what she thinks of Trilogy’s Everything Balm. Hint- it makes for an awesome balm!

Jessika from polish insomniac falls in love with By Terry

Afrobella exclusive Lipglass by MAC took the world by storm and sold out more then once. Check out swatches of this beautiful lipglass at Cosmetically Challenged!

 

What lip products are rockin’ your world these days?

Green Cosmetics for the Tween in Your Life

Aren’t these lippies just darling, darling? They’re cheap, free of preservatives and geared towards the teeny boppers of the world. Just how cute is that?

About 80% of the products I review on Clumps are paraben-free. And why? While I haven’t omitted every single chemical from my beauty shelves, I at least want to feature products that are less harsh on your skin. We can argue all day on whether or not parabens and phthalates are really harmful, but my goal is to put products on your radar that have less of a chance of hurting that beautiful skin of yours. Add GeoGirl to the list. This line contains lipglosses, lipsticks, moisturizes, eyeshadows and liners that are perfect for the tween in your life.

Okay, granted I’m not anyone’s Mama yet (wipes brow) so I don’t know the “appropriate” age for introducing cosmetics in a girl’s life. I love how this line makes it easy. Take this gloss for example…


Retailing for $4.29, Tutti Fruiti is a nice sheer gloss with just a hint of shimmer and color. And by hint, I mean you can hardly see it.

Raspberry (purple shade), Tutti Fruiti (pink shade)

 

Which is probably a good thing for Moms who aren’t ready for their daughters to walk around with bright glosses. The consistency feels nice and while the staying power isn’t the longest, I’m pretty sure your 13-year old isn’t too pressed to only wear cosmetics with 12-hour staying power. Then there are lipsticks…

 

(l-r) Strawberry Fields, Bubblegum

They may be too cool for my complexion but I think they are dainty enough for the tweenies. Also less than $5, these lipsticks come in beautiful cardboard packaging. Each product comes with lots of e-tips.

And of course the ingredient list is right up my alley. ;)

I think I’ll be getting my 13-year old baby sis some of these for stocking stuffers. You can snag these from Drugstore.com and Walmart store locations.

Jemma Kidd’s Lip ID Color-Adapt Lip Gloss

Back when I was in that Target Beauty Contest, I had the opportunity to try out a ton of Jemma Kidd products. If you’re a Target store stalker like I am, you’ve seen JK’s products on the shelves, uh? I always thought they were a little too expensive for my taste  but the good news is…I’ve found most of the products to be worth your pennies. Take this gloss for example…

Remember Smashbox’s O-Gloss Intuitive Lip Gloss? I thought it was the coolest thing since almond milk. JK’s Lip ID Color-Adapt Lip Gloss has the same concept. The gloss goes on clear and then changes to a pink-y hue on your lippies. Know what I don’t like though? The gloss’s applicator…

It just looks…unpretty. I don’t know, I’ve never seen a lip gloss with a mouth like that. It didn’t affect the application in any way but it’s not the prettiest lip gloss I’ve seen. I totally love the consistency of the formula though! It’s thick enough to where it brought about a ton of moisture to the lips but wasn’t too thin to where it seeped between my lips. The formula is a lot like Smashbox’s.

My bare lippies…

Lippies after applying Lip ID Color-Adapt Lip Gloss

Meh. Not the biggest shot of color but it’s nice enough. $20 is a bit of a stretch for a gloss at Target though. Especially considering Smashbox’s is $2 more. But if you’re in the market for a nifty and super moisturizing gloss, I’d give this one a whirl. Oh! And I used to think that whole “going on clear and changing color on the lips” thing was magic, but nahhh….it goes on clear and changes colors on white paper too. *shrugs*

Have you tried any of Jemma Kidd’s products? You can grab this one at Target stores and on Target.com.

The world’s best drugstore glosses go to…

Ohmigoodness, I really didn’t think I’d like these glosses as much as I do. Essence has been becoming one of my favorite budget brands. They are neck in neck with my beloved e.l.f. But even e.l.f. don’t have glosses as fantastic as these.

Essence’s Stay With Me Long-Lasting Lipgloss is absolutely incredible at only $2.29 a pop. I’ve got 4 of their 6 shades and the textures are just as delicious as their names.

The perfect everyday bubble pink. I love how how creamy this is. It’ll go great on top of a cool lipstick but I don’t mind wearing it along either.

While not as opaque as I Like Cotton Candy, Candy Bar has a bit of a peachy tint to it.

Probably the most faint of them all. Perfect for when you want no-fuss lips.

The brightest and most opaque of the bunch. Trendsetter is a rockin’ bright pink that looks incredible.

Trendsetter with Flash.

Swatches of the kiddies…

I love everything about these glosses. The consistency is slightly thicker than a MAC Lipglass. Speaking of MAC Lipglass….

Who remembers the throwback 3D Glass? Heyyy!

They look to be around the same size. But with a better applicator…

I found these glosses to last a long longer than some of the higher-end glosses I’ve tried. They have a faint but pleasant berry smell. Honestly, if you’re a lipgloss lover, you practically NEED these. I mean, come on, gals…they’re only $2.29. You are hardly breakin’ the bank. 8)

Have you tried any of Essence’s lipglosses yet? Snag ‘em from Ulta stores and Ulta.com.

The MAC Blogger’s Obsession collection is back!

….but you better act with the quickness, because I’m not sure how long it will last. I first talked about the collection here. Last night I heard from Afrobella that the collection has returned and I’ve been giddy ever since. In fact, I wore All Of My Purple Life today in honor of the re-launch.

Yeah, I know…I STILL haven’t done a complete review on that lippie yet. Remind me to crank one out in the next week or so, okay? In the meantime, check out my review and FOTD of The Makeup Girl’s Hocus Pocus. Oh! And below is a video of all of the bloggers from the collection rappin’ on the inspirations behind their lipglasses and eyeshadows. Ca-uuuute!

http://youtu.be/bZDxe4_dkpM

Get your shop on quickly before the collection runs out…again. 8)