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Product Review: Burt’s Bees Lipstick


I get right on board any train wishing to help the bees of our planet survive and will heartily give any beauty product made from honey, propolis or royal jelly my immediate attention as supporting such products – made by Burt’s Bees, Hey Honey and other manufacturers – often results in funding and research on how to help our fine, striped little friends the bees, survive.

So, on that mandate, I bought a Burt’s Bees Lipstick in ‘Lily Lake’ a few days ago.  I’d seen the commercial indicating high impact colour and up to 8 hours of moisture.  Bear in mind that I live in a dry climate, which gets even drier come Winter so perhaps mine is not the best testimonial on which to rely.

I liked the texture of the lipstick.  It glided on smoothly and appeared to provide instant moisture and smoothing to my parched skin.  The colour did not last over long, but to be fair, I had just had supper and to be fair again, many “colour fast” makeups are able to maintain colour by employing many skin-drying ingredients, so this counteracts the high impact colour with long-lasting moisture.

I felt comfortable without re-applying for a couple of hours despite the colour having already faded, so it did deliver on that promise at least.  Plus, I liked that a range of colours that would appeal to a variety of skin tones and colours was offered.  Also offered by Burt’s Bees is a full range of lip balms, coloured and otherwise, so there are at least options for conceivably every person out there and at reasonable prices to boot.


My review: 4 out of 5

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WANTED: Eyeliner Tips and Tricks


Confession: I struggle with eyeliner in the worst way.  I have tried pencil liners, powder liners, inkpen liners (even considered a Sharpie marker at one point!) and gel pot liners, all with varying degrees of success.  I’ve also struggled with how to apply liner.  Like most people, my eyes are not identical in shape or size so getting liner on both eyes to resemble each other is definitely a tricky prospect.

My biggest complaint with any eyeliner is getting it to stay put once I’ve managed to apply it in the first place.  The liner always seems to slide off my upper eyelid down into the corners of my eyes where it drips down even further down my cheek if left unchecked.  And who wants to keep checking “budge proof” and “smudge proof” liner every few minutes to make sure it’s still there?  Rather an insult to injury considering that a good quality liner is not always easy on the wallet.

So, like a lost soul returning to Mecca, I ventured into my local Sephora one day in search of guidance and inspiration.  I was escorted to the Marc Jacobs counter and was handed the waterproof gel eyeliner pictured above.  Friends of mine had tried this liner with mixed results.  Some loved it, others hated it.  Again, liner – like most makeup – appears to be a completely individual experience.

So, I took home the free sample I’d received for my birthday and went home to try it out. The first time I used it strictly as a pencil and, predictably, it didn’t perform nearly as well as I’d hoped.  When I got home after being out to supper that evening, I decided to use an eyeliner brush to touch it up and in the process, dragged out my cat eye a little farther just for some drama.

Well, that turned out to be just what the doctor ordered!  Yes, I agree wholeheartedly that you shouldn’t have to use a brush to apply pencil liner, I still can’t argue with the evidence.  Each time I have used this technique with the Marc Jacobs liner, I have enjoyed budge proof and fade proof liner without any need of touchups.  I wear it alone on top of Urban Decay eyeshadow primer (in ‘Original’) 3605970943844_espptravel_original_alt2

and with a light coat of Urban Decay ‘Cannonball’ mascara.  urban_decay_cannonball_masc

My work look is complete in just a couple minutes and I’m good to go well into the after hours.

(By the way, the Urban Decay Cannonball waterproof mascara delivers on all its promises and leaves my eyes clear and lashes undamaged without flaking, clumping or smudging.)

So, that’s my tip for you.  What I would dearly love is for your comments sharing YOUR tips and tricks for stay-put eyeliner and makeup.  🙂