Category Archives: MAKEUP

Oct 06
2014

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Rozge LipGloss Review and a little hot spot for wine lovers in SF…

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I love lipgloss, wine bars, shopping, and spending time with friends especially! This review is about a new lip gloss and a little fun I had in SF recently! Take a great pink color and throw in some antioxidants and cutting edge ingredients and you’ve got my new favorite Rozge lip gloss named Amsterdam! The lip glosses from Rozge do not disappoint in any way. They sent me a couple of great colors to review – a “hot” hot pink I kept for myself called Amsterdam which I absolutely adore either alone or over my current Bite or Lorac lip pencils to add even more little sparkle. They also sent me a warm, sparkly rich ginger shade which I immediately knew would be perfect for my gorgeous ginger-haired BFF Jodi Koskella.

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The photo above was taken of us after a long but amazing day shopping in San Francisco’s Union Square – our Rozge lip gloss held up pretty well! Our 10 hour of fun girls day included a stop at Tiffany & Co, hours spent at Saks (there was a big sale going on!) and ended at a quaint Wine Bar called ENO where Jodi had a bubbly flight and I had the tastiest red vino ever from 100 year old European vines and as Jodi stated the best deviled eggs we’ve both ever had – they were topped with duck confit and a yummy grilled cheese sandwich which we pretty much devoured after all the hard work shopping. Eno has upscale wine with down-home food and warmly welcoming service- the perfect combination. I noticed while we were there that there were a few couples, small groups and several women sitting alone enjoying their wine on a beautiful SF Sunday evening watching the bustle of SF’s Union Square go by from the large street-front windows. It’s definitely a great spot to people watch. Steven, the wonderful sommelier was extremely knowledgeable and really made sure we had a great time and made fantastic recommendations. We will enjoy the wine we bought there – did I mention you can purchase the bottles you like right there on the spot!

Duck Confit Deviled Eggs at ENO

Duck Confit Deviled Eggs at ENO

Back to the gloss though – so Rozge has 22 lip nourishing shades so there really is something for everyone. The colors are so pretty and richly pigmented – they look good alone or over other lip color. They are very nourishing and non-toxic (very important to me!). The ingredient list is impressive with shea butter, jojoba oil, safflower oil, and aloe vera. What really intrigued me though was this ingredient called Dragons Blood! I had heard of it but didn’t know what it was and had never used it. I did some research on it and now I love this lip gloss even more. Dragons Blood is a sap that comes from a tree in the Amazon. This blood red sap is rich in antioxidant phenols, anti-inflammatory compounds and has anti-viral and antibacterial properties. It also contains proanthocyanidins which actually repair collagen and taspine, a known tissue-healing agent. This gloss feels very healing on the lips and looks great too. The packaging is very nice too as the wand lights up and the tube itself has a mirror on it! I can’t wait to try more of the Rozge shades. You can check them out here:

www.rozge.com

 

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Oct 06
2014

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My top two tips for picking the right color for your lips!

One of my favorite tips for picking the right color is to apply the lip color to the pad of your index finger and hold it up to your face and see if it lights you up! I also like this approach while in a store shopping because let’s face it you don’t know who has been using the tester before you and it’s not possible to 100% truly sanitize a lip gloss!  This skin color of the inside of your finger pad is most similar to our lips vermillion color so the lip gloss or lip stick will look more like it’s true color versus applying and testing on the back of your hand where the skin tone is so different than our lips. The best time to test out a new lipstick and/or gloss shade is when you have no other makeup on – if the color lights up your natural face then you know you have truly found a flattering shade since it works with your skins own natural undertones.

As far as makeup goes, in my opinion, there is nothing that can perk up your face quicker and easier than the right lip color. That being said, the wrong color can also ruin an otherwise great overall look. I love lip glosses because they are moisturizing and you can easily slick them on without having to be as precise as when you wear lets say a bold red lip – via lipstick. Gloss can also be applied over lipstick to give it a shine, change the intensity, or add a little highlight, sparkle or depth.  I’m also a big fan of lip crayons. I have found them to be hydrating and long-wearing. There are some long wearing lipsticks that I’ve tried that feel too drying but applying a gloss over that can be a good way to remedy that. Our lips do not have oil glands and they also have very thin skin so hydration is key and lip care is important to keep our lips healthy, hydrated and kissably soft.

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