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We’ve Got Marvelous Moxie (the bareMinerals Lip Collection)

Anne shares swatches of luscious lip colors in this bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie review. Products were sent for review, but opinions are all Anne’s own.

Moxie. It’s one of those words that is so underused, yet so vividly descriptive.  It’s the perfect noun to describe a sassy, plump pout!

The folks over at bareMinerals seem to agree, which is likely why they named their latest line of lip products Marvelous Moxie.

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Products
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Products

The Moxie line features a total of 42 shades of lipstick ($18), lipgloss ($18) and lipliner ($15). I’m not exactly sure why, but the shades of each product are slightly different so they all have different names (meaning you can’t get the lipliner in the exact same shade of lipstick and lipgloss, but there are very close dupes that work well together).

The brand was kind enough to send over a sampling of the new line so I could share swatches with you all and tell you how they hold up in my own bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie review.

Marvelous Moxie Lipliners

The liners are really creamy, and “draw” on very easily — much like a cream eye pencil.

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipliners
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipliners. Top to Bottom: Jazzed, Energized, Electrified, & Revved

The most surprising part for me was how long these suckers last. I drew these swatches on my arm and tried to wash them off with regular hand soap, and I couldn’t budge all of the pigment. I literally had faint lines on my arm the next day at work (just ask my coworker, Alex).

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipliner Swatches. Left to Right : Revved, Electrified, Jazzed, Energized
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipliner Swatches. Left to Right : Revved, Electrified, Jazzed, Energized

Marvelous Moxie Lipglosses

The bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipglosses feature sheer-to-medium coverage, and many of them have a very slight shimmer to them.

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Game Changer, Smooth Talker, Maverick, & Trail Blazer
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Game Changer, Smooth Talker, Maverick, & Trail Blazer

They aren’t tacky at all. As in not even a tiny bit. And they have this minty taste and fresh feel on your lips, which makes me want to reapply them all the time (not that you need to). It’s like toothpaste for your lips.

Most of the glosses appear as a sheerer version of the tube color when applied to your lips, with the notable exception of Game Changer, which looks red in the tube, but a hot coral/pink when applied.

See what I mean?

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Game Changer
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Game Changer
Notice how it looks red in the tube, but hot coral pink when applied alone
Notice how it looks red in the tube, but hot coral pink when applied alone
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Trail Blazer
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Trail Blazer
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Smooth Talker
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Smooth Talker (only slightly pinker than the ultra nude trailblazer, plus shimmer)
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Maverick
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Maverick

Marvelous Moxie Lipsticks

These lipsticks rock. Seriously. As you can see, the pigments are so rich and creamy that what you see in the tube is exactly what you’re going to get when you put them on your lips.  They are also really satin-y, and you honestly can’t feel anything on your lips after applying. That’s a huge plus for me, which I find is so rare in lipsticks — especially in really pigmented lipsticks (though there are a few other good contenders).

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipsticks in Light It Up, Risk It All, Stand Out, & Lead The Way
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipsticks in Light It Up, Risk It All, Stand Out, & Lead The Way. Shortly after this picture was taken, I realized I got lipstick all over my carpet.

I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I just can’t get over how much I love the tubes these lipsticks come in. They have a nice hefty weight to them, which I always prefer in my lipsticks (they feel more luxurious that way somehow). They also have a very unique design where you have to push and slide a metal button on the side, and the tube slides down and out of the casing. It took me a second to figure it out, but once I did I was hooked on how futuristic it felt. (Yes, I’m a marketer’s dream.)

Here’s how four of the shades look on my pout worn over lipliner.

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Risk It All worn over Lipliner in Jazzed
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Risk It All worn over Lipliner in Jazzed
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Light It Up worn over Lipliner in Energized
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Light It Up worn over Lipliner in Energized
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Lead The Way worn over Lipliner in Electrified
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Lead The Way worn over Lipliner in Electrified
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Stand Out worn over Lipliner in Revved
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Stand Out worn over Lipliner in Revved

I’m sure the name has something to do with it, but I feel sassy and sexy when wearing these Marvelous Moxie lip products.  Will your lips be showing their Moxie too?


Photos: Anne Houseman/beautyXposé

Pucker Up With Borghese Lipstick

Pucker Up Buttercup Lipstick Trio, $27.50

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we all want to look good. Whether it’s for dinner with your significant other or a night out with your best girlfriends, Valentine’s Day is a time to get dressed up regardless of what you’re doing. Borghese has lipstick in a variety of shades that will fit whatever you’ll be doing this Valentine’s Day.

Borghese’s Perla Duale High Impact Lipcolour is long-lasting and glides on your lips smoothly. It gives your lips a rich opaque color that’s accented with a pearl shine finish. The lipstick contains Vitamins A, E & C, which provide anti-oxidants, as well as chamomile and aloe to help sooth your lips.

I tried the Pucker Up Buttercup Lipstick Trio, which is a collection of Perla Duale High Impact Lipcolour. The trio allows you to be versatile because it comes in three shades that are great for any occasion.

Borghese Lipstick in Perla Vino

Perla Nudo is a light, natural color that’s perfect for a low-key Valentine’s Day. If you’re going out on the town with your girlfriends, stick with Perla Vino, a deep wine color. For date night with your special someone, choose the classic Perla Rosa for a pretty in pink look.

Light to Dark: Perla Nudo, Perla Rosa, Perla Vino

My favorite of the trio was the Perla Rosa. It’s pretty and understated, but still is enough color to bring out my lips. No matter what you’ll be doing this Valentine’s Day, Borghese can help complete your look. The trio is $27.50 and you can find it at Borghese, along with other products that will make you look great this Valentine’s Day.

Tickled Pink: New Estee Lauder Lipstick and Nail Polish Shades

The cherry blossoms are in full swing in D.C., and with even rosier days ahead filled with pastel blooms, I’ve been thinking pink. Apparently, so was Estée Lauder, which recently introduced a few new pink shades to its product palette.

First up, a new limited edition pink shade of Pure Color Lipstick ($24): Pink Lolita.  Described by Estée as a “light warm pink,” this creamy lipstick goes on smooth and opaque, with a strong color payoff.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in Pink Lolita

As you can see, this shade gives your pucker a pop with a bubble-gum bang, so it’s not for the faint-of-heart. But when applied lightly, it can brighten your whole beauty outlook. Stick with just a swipe or two to get the prettiest payoff with this shade, as too thick of a slathering can actually backfire and cause color-pooling in your lip creases. (Hint: Stay oh-so-trendy and pair this shade with a neutral-hued face with black-lined eyes, à la Olivia Munn and Jennifer Hudson.)

If you like your pinks as cool as a cucumber, the shade-stylists at Estée have you covered with Pure Color Lipstick in Candy.


Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in Candy

With teeny-tiny flecks of shimmer, this pink lipstick is packed with shine and has a cool blue undertone, making it more on the lavender-pink side. I personally like the way this one applies better than Pink Lolita, as it seems to glide on more smoothly and evenly with a more moisturizing effect (but maybe that’s all in my head because it shines…but I don’t think so).

Here are the two shades swatched side by side:

Pink Lolita is on top, Candy is on the bottom

Since you know I can’t go more than a couple of days without repainting my nails a new color, you can imagine how pumped I was to see a shade of deep, bright pink in the Pure Color Nail Lacquer lineup called Fuchsia Flame ($19).

Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Fuchsia Flame

The opaque cream lacquer applies smoothly and evenly with a wide brush, which I always appreciate since I can get messy around the edges with a regular sized smaller brush. There’s no color pooling, and you can even get away with applying one coat, though I opted for two in the photo above.  The color seems to have a built-in top coat too, since it is high shine on its own, so if you feel like skipping that last step, your digits will still shine like you just had a professional manicure.

With a new rosy outlook thanks to my pink lipstick and nails, I feel ready to take on the schizo weather we’re having here (84 degrees and sunny yesterday, and now monsoon-like and 50s today). Tell me — are you tickled pink by them too? Which is your favorite?

Photos: Anne Houseman/BeautyXpose
Disclaimer: Products furnished complimentary for review purposes

Step Into Spring with the Estée Lauder Wild Violet Collection

Plum perfect for spring!

Spring may be just around the corner (if you believe in a fuzzy rodent’s prediction, that is), but I’m already celebrating the new season. Well — with makeup anyway. And with warm weather wishes, Estée Lauder has pulled through again with another gorgeous new collection blooming with color: Wild Violet.

The Spring ’11 Estée Lauder collection features a new limited edition Pure Color Five Color EyeShadow Palette in Wild Violet ($42), which looks to be soft, smoky and subtle, with a pop of purple. To intensify your eye look, you can pick up two other limited edition single shadows ($20 each) in Untamed Violet and Sugar Cube (white). And what passionate purple peepers would be complete without a vibrant liner? Lauder has you covered with a new shade of Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil (Untamed Violet; $20).

As for nails, I had the opportunity to test out Estée Lauder’s new limited edition Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Wild Storm ($19), and it surely lives up to its name.

This stormy color goes with everything in your wardrobe.

A gunmetal with teeny-tiny flecks of blue shimmer, this nail polish is perfect for weathering the rainy days of spring. It applies evenly without streaking (always a concern in shimmer polishes), and it outlasted my four-day chip test, reaching my personal gold standard when it comes to nail polish.

While the new EL eye and nail colors are plum perfect, it’s the limited edition lipsticks and lip glosses that are drenched in bolder hues that typically remind me more of summer — not that I’m complaining!  The new collection features four new shades of Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick (Wild Violet, Wild Coral, Wild Blossom and Wild Fire; $24 each)) and complementary hues of Pure Color Gelée (Electric Violet, Electric Coral, Electric Pink and Electric Cherry; $20 each).

Shocking shades for spring!

Here’s a closer look at the Wild Coral lipstick:

Wild Coral

These aren’t named “Pure Color” for nothing! Wild Coral is a true bright orange-y coral. While it certainly didn’t go on the exact same shade as the stick, it was pretty darn close, and the bright coral is really bright when worn alone.But look at how with a swipe of the Electric Cherry gloss over it can tone down the color (it actually adds a pink hue to it, which I know Kelly Gould would be so fond of):

Wild Coral Lipstick and Electric Cherry Lip Gloss

I really love this look and know that it will look even better paired with the right bronzer and blush (Nars Orgasm, anyone?).

When worn alone, the glosses add a hint of color (definitely not as intense as the color in the tube) and a healthy dose of shine, but without any tackiness whatsoever. Electric Pink is a great any-time color when you feel like pinking up your pucker.

Electric Pink

It seems like Estée Lauder is putting a fresh perspective on spring in their new collection, and I’m loving it. Now, can they just hurry up the weather along as well?

Photos: Estée Lauder; Anne Houseman/BeautyXpose
Disclaimer: Products furnished complimentary for review purposes

Fall 2010 Beauty: Shiseido

shiseido coverLabor Day might not be here yet, but that doesn’t mean I’m not already craving all things fall. In fact, every year at about mid-August, I get the unmistakable urge to wear tweed skirts, thick patterned tights and suede jewel-toned handbags. Then I look outside and realize that it’s still 90 degrees out and it will be for a while (even longer now that I live in the D.C. area). But strappy sandals be damned — I WILL find a way to celebrate fall early…with makeup!

Thankfully, Shiseido has all of us covered for Fall 2010.  In it’s newest collection, the luxe brand features an variety of new products, including concealer, eyeliner, nourishing mascara base, pore-minimizing primer, lipstick shades and eyeshadow trios (which are the highlight of the collection, in my humble opinion).  I was fortunate enough to test out a few of the new products, which are all on sale now at your nearest department store or at Shiseido.com, and just like last season, I fell in love with Shiseido all over again, and I’m betting you will too!

Shiseido Automatic Fine Eyeliner
One of the most unique products from Shiseido is the new Automatic Fine Eyeliner, which offers one of the easiest liquid liner applications I’ve tried.

automatic fine liner

It’s really quite simple — you just click the bottom of the liner “pen,” and it saturates the built-in brush tip, so all you have to do is sweep it across your lids and you’re done. The brush itself is a fine tip that is angled for precision application. I could get really thick lines by holding the brush parallel (sideways) to my lid and extremely thin lines by holding the brush perpendicular. Here’s an example of the different lines drawn on the back of my hand.


This eyeliner is also resistant to perspiration and really doesn’t smudge or fade at all. I tried smudging some lines on my hand, and it took a lot of force to get even the smallest hint of wear.

Shiseido Pore Smoothing Corrector
The new primer from Shiseido — the Pore Smoothing Corrector — is designed to reduce the visibility of pores and reduce any shine, providing a matte finish for your skin before you apply foundation.

shiseido pore smoothing corrector

It comes out of the tube a creamy beige, which quickly dissipates clear as you rub it in. It’s definitely not as oily as other primers, and since it dries to a matte finish almost instantly, you really can’t skimp on your moisturizer application before using this — especially if you have dry skin like I do. But the primer does it’s job well, by offering a smooth foundation for your…foundation.

shiseido makeup

Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer
The new Natural Finish Cream Concealer by Shiseido is available in five shades.

natural finish cream concealer shiseido

When I applied this, I found that it dried more to a matte finish than a natural finish, but they may have been exasperated by the Pore Smoothing Corrector used right before. However, it does do the job at concealing imperfections with a medium to heavy coverage. You can probably make it a lighter coverage like a tinted moisturizer almost by mixing a small dab with some of your favorite moisturizer.

shiseido concealer

Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipsticks

Originally introduced in 2009, created by Artistic Director Dick Page, Shiseido has five new shades of its Perfect Rouge Lipsticks.

perfect rouge lipstick

These lipsticks are hands-down the only type of lipstick I’ve ever worn that actually doesn’t feel like anything is on my lips at all. They aren’t drying. They aren’t super moisturizing. They just…are. It’s like my own lips just happen to be a different color. The lipstick lasts a decent amount of time too, like through drinking a can of Diet Coke.  Here are a few of the new shades on my pucker:

RD732 (comes out way more pink in real life than in the photo above from the Shiseido site)






Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color
As I mentioned earlier, I believe that the seven new Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio palettes are the stunning highlight of the new Fall 2010 Shiseido collection. The dazzling array of eye shadow trios come in surprisingly unexpected — yet complementary — hues. And just like all of Shiseido’s shadows, these babies glide on like they’re made of silk. You really don’t know what you’ve been missing out on until you swipe a Luminizing Satin Eye Color on. I swear I’m not overstating this. It’s like buttah.

While the combinations you can make are virtually unlimited, I wanted to share three looks I created with several of the trios. I also used the Automatic Fine Eyeliner pen and prepped the lids first with the new primer and concealer.

YE406 (Tropicalia)

ye406PICT0209ye406 open eyeye406 side eyeye406 closed eye

OR302 (Fire)

or302PICT0215or302 open eyeor302 side eyeor302 closed eye

GY901 (Snow Shadow)

gy901PICT0218gy901 eye opengy901 side eyegy901 eye closed

Will you be picking up any of these new products?

Photos: Anne Houseman/BeautyXpose; Shiseido

Stila Going Strong With New Long Wearing Liquid Lip Color

Stila Long wear liquid lip colorKelly Gould from Gouldylox Reviews treats her pucker to Stila’s newest line of liquid lip colors, which are specifically designed to last a long time. But do they work? Judge for yourself how her smackers fared after four hours of regular wear.

Stila recently launched their fall line, which includes a whole host of new goodies. I got a chance to check out their new Long Wear Liquid Lip Color products in store.

These aren’t quite lip sticks and they aren’t quite glosses. They come in the lip gloss packaging, but deliver color that looks like a semi-matte lip stick and feels like a thick, creamy gloss. And dries like a lip stick. It’s confusing. They are available in six shades and claim to wear for 24 hours. Twenty-four hours? Ok, Stila, settle down in the claims department. Twenty-four hours can’t be right, can it? Why, I’d eat my own eyeballs if that happened*.

Here are the colors swatched on my arm. I swatched them in store, but then took this picture at home, about an hour later. In that hour, the colors didn’t budge or smear. The slight smudge on the last color is my fault. (I tried to make it look nicer after I had applied it and it had set for a few minutes. The color itself didn’t move.)

Shown from top to bottom are: Muse, Coral, Petal, Patina, Caprice, Fiery
Shown from top to bottom are: Muse, Coral, Petal, Patina, Caprice, Fiery

After swatching them on my arm, I went back the next day to try one out and see how it wore. I tried Muse. Here is what it looked like when I applied it.

Stila Muse

Here is what it looked like after it dried down completely.

sTILA mUSE 20 minutes

It got to be a more intense shade – it’s ok, but I liked the original color better. At first, it didn’t dry down completely and remained slightly tacky for the first 20 minutes or so. Here is what my evening included.

  • I ate an Auntie Anne’s Pretzel and drank a soda through a straw. The lip color stayed true, despite the deliciously buttery pretzel.
  • I conducted therapy dogs testing for three hours, with no air conditioning. I am sure I chewed on my lips, as it was a stressful environment, thanks to not having AC.
  • I drank two bottles of Diet Mountain Dew, without a straw.

I applied the color at 5:45pm. When I got home at 10:15 pm, this is what the lip color looked like:

Stila end of night

There is still a hint of color, and after all I had put my pucker through that night, I wouldn’t have expected any color to remain. I didn’t get 24 hours out of it, but I definitely got a solid four hours.

Have you tried this? Did you like how the texture looked? It’s definitely different. It’s worth checking out if you are looking for a long wearing lip color.

*I’m not actually going to eat my own eyes if I am wrong. I will gladly apologize, but I will not resort to self-cannibalistic measures.

Photos: Kelly Gould/Gouldylox Reviews
Disclaimer: Kelly  just tried this in the store. She didn’t buy it and they didn’t send it. Stila doesn’t test on animals.