BECCA Lush Lip Color Balms

The newest launch from BECCA Cosmetics is all about showing off your natural lip colour in dessert and caffeine themed names. Mmm! These new Lush Lip Color Balms feel gorgeous on the lips, and at $22 USD a pop, you should definitely pick one up.

As for the formula, the best way I can describe them is a lightweight with buildable colour and has this creamy moisturizing finish to it. They don’t feel waxy or weird on the lips, just a hydrating lip shade in a natural tone. You can either wear the shades with one easy coat for a sheer finish, or build it up for a bit more colour. Sounds promising right? See the swatches below to see the pigmentation, and the lip-swatches after that!

Shades include:

  • Café Au Lait (peachy beige)
  • Ginger Vanilla (pink coral) – my fave
  • Almond Fraise (dusty rose)
  • Chai Crème (tawny brown)
  • Milk Chocolate (mauvey brown)
  • Toasted Hazelnut (rich brown)
  • Cherry Ganache (flattering burgundy)
  • Black Violet (sophisticated plum)

All of the BECCA Lush Lip Color Balms swiped on my arm a few times. Now, see the swatches below (of the three lightest shades in the collection) to give you a feel of what one swipe across the skin looks like: 

It gives a natural pigmented look to the lips, and it feels simply like a tinted lip balm; although looking quite like a pigmented lipstick in its tube.

These are the sort of balms you’d carry around with you when you know you want a wash of colour on the lips, that also don’t require a mirror and precise application to apply.

Café au Lait| BECCA Lush Lip Color Balm

Ginger Vanilla| BECCA Lush Lip Color Balm

Almond Fraise| BECCA Lush Lip Color Balm

Chai Crème| BECCA Lush Lip Color Balm

Milk Chocolate| BECCA Lush Lip Color Balm

Toasted Hazelnut| BECCA Lush Lip Color Balm

Cherry Ganache| BECCA Lush Lip Color Balm

Black Violet| BECCA Lush Lip Color Balm

BECCA Lush Lip Colour Balms are $22 USD and available a Ulta.com (pr sample!)

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Refreshing summer salad

This refreshing summer salad post is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Reese Speciality Foods. All opinions are my own. #Sponsored #HeartToHeartKitchen #ReeseSpecialtyFoods

The California heat is definitely getting to me, and I don’t want to turn on the oven creating more warmth in the house. So, I’ve been playing around with different ingredients and have come up with a refreshing summer salad that has me craving it! I know, health food + me? It’s kinda rare, I agree! But I’ve been polishing off these salads almost daily and since everything is pretty much ready, it’s so quick to assemble when you have that hunger growl going on.

A colourful salad with an abundance of flavour. Since superfoods are all the rage at the moment, I thought I’d join in too getting all my vitamins, antioxidants and minerals all in one plate, topped with chicken and you have yourself a healthy filling meal.

Here’s what I’ve added into my mix of arugula and spinach salad:

  • Handful of arugula + spinach
  • Reese Hearts of Palm
  • Raw nuts
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Red pepper
  • Chicken
  • Mushrooms
  • Cheese

For the dressing: whisk vinegar, olive oil, and mango juice concentrate together in a small bowl, and pour over the salad. Toss gently to evenly coat.

I put a simple yet unique touch to my salad this time, the Reese Hearts of Palm. And yeah, you might be asking yourself what the heck Hearts of Palm are, they’re a delicacy around the world which can be used in casseroles, tacos, salads, or in a main dish and available in a ton of varieties (sliced, pieces, etc). It’s difficult to describe the flavour of it as it’s something that I’ve had before, but I can’t put my finger on it. It’s tender, but has a crunch to it as well. They’re really low in cholesterol, and rich in potassium — it’s tasty!

Try out other Reese Specialty Foods here.

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Buxom Lip Glosses (new launches?)

The new latest and greatest pucker-proof essentials from Buxom.

Before I was sent PR packages in the mail Buxom was on my top priority list for glosses – I’ve gone through two tubes of the gloss in the shade Katie. So pretty! I’ve found another great one in this line-up of 6 glosses though, too, if you’re into nude-peach shades like I am.

Full-On Lip Polish| $20 USD (Sephora.com + Ulta)

Buxom’s best-selling sheer, shimmering lip gloss instantly creates the look of fuller, more voluptuous lips with a refreshing tingling sensation and gentle plumping effect. Vitamins A and E help keep lips soft, supple, and protected. Available in 100 shades, for 100 Babes from A to Z.

 Full-On Lip Cream| $20 at Sephora.com

Buxom Full-On Lip Creams have no shimmer, no glimmer—just creamy glass-smooth gloss, decadent color, intoxicating shine, and that famous Buxom tingle. Hyaluronic spheres help to infuse lips with moisture, while vitamins A & E help keep lips soft, smooth & protected.

Over 100 shades to choose from you guys – you know the hype is real when they cultivate that many shades for one to choose. Honestly, I love the nude-peach shades like the colours Katie, and Peach Daiquiri.

I have to say there’s definitely a noticeable difference between the Buxom Lip Cream and the Lip Polishes. I much prefer the Lip Cream’s as they are more pigmented, and don’t have those glittery flecks in the gloss that I can kinda feel on my lips.

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Peach Daiquiri
It doesn’t even look like much on the lips but it lightens them up, and this is my favourite shade of them alllllll. Ugh so good.

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in April
This is the one where I felt more texture due to the glitter. Not hugely noticeable like some, but enough to make me not prefer it.

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Berry Blast
Not a huge fan of pinks on my lips, but this one is pretty and summery feeling.

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Dani
Subtle colour, diggin’ it. Now believe it or not, this one seemed less gritty than the other Lip Polish (shown above in April).

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Purple Haze
Not as purple as I’d imagine it to be (look at the tube!) – I’d wear this.

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Dominique
Basically a clear somewhat glittery gloss.

If you’ve never worn Buxom lip products before (especially the lip cream and lip polishes) they have this cooling and somewhat plumping effect to it. I LOVE the cooling sensation on my lips, and when it wears off you can totally tell since your lips stop being… cool obviously. Have you ever tried their products? By the way, try their mascara too – I used to double up on my mascaras, using the MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Lash first to get the crazy volume, then use Buxom to separate and lengthen more of my already-long-lashes. It basically gave me a false-eyelashes sorta makeup look and I should really bust that look out again sometime soon. Hooowee!

Thanks to Buxom for sending along the parcel of glosses!

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