Photo Credit: sephora.com
Another Hallmark moment—National Lipstick Day is July 29th. Who knew?
Lipsticks are certainly taking their place in the spotlight. The days of picking up a prestige lipstick for less than a $20 bill are long since gone. Premium lipsticks are commanding up to $55. But honestly ladies, one glam lipstick can make you feel (and look) like a cool mil.
In honor of the occasion, Beautyinthebag is celebrating with a roundup of our 10 absolute favorite lipsticks to own right now:
- Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color ($50): Our numero uno all time fave lipstick that adds luxe to your lips in sumptuous shades from beiges to browns, with a creamy, rich texture that you just have to try once and you’re hooked.
- Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick ($30): In addition to its cushiony, long-lasting color, we love this cream lipstick because it is refillable. Available in 16 shades, the colors tend toward deeply pigmented reds, browns, and rich neutrals.
- Dior Beauty Dior Addict Extreme ($32): Shine and vibrant color define the 17 shades of this Dior favorite that runs the gamut of pinks, caramels, and browns. No matte options here, just perfect long-wearing color that resists fading.
- Le Métier de Beauté Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick ($32): Emollient-rich, long wearing creamy lip color infuses moisture to your pucker in soft and pretty shades like nude, pink, and plum.
- Givenchy Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick ($36): You’ll love taking this lipstick out of your purse. Its case is made of leather, which is oh so soft and subtle to the touch. It’s called matte, but it is really more semi-matte, which means it’s not drying at all, and comes in six rose, plum, and berry shades.
- Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel ($30): Designer Marc Jacobs presents five matte shades in a unique gel formula that hydrates and moisturizes. The carefully curated collection of saturated colors is scented with vanilla for a multi-sensorial experience.
- Kevyn Aucoin Expert Lip Color ($35): From the late master of color cosmetics, this lip collection features 16 shades from soft cool pink to deep blood red and plum brown. Wild mango fruit butter lends a healing benefit for damaged lips.
- By Terry Rouge Terrybly $39.50: By Terry’s exclusive anti-aging Lumilip® Technology turns this plumping lip elixir into a firming and volumizing treatment. Eighteen shades offer options for all skin tones. Ceramides and hyaluronic filling spheres keep lips plump and youthful.
- La Prairie Cellular Luxe Lip Colour ($55): Like all La Prairie products, this lipstick is exquisitely packaged. The 23 shades—pinks, browns, purples, and a red—feature the brand’s caviar extract and cellular complex for a full treatment and long-wearing lipstick.
- Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick ($35): A new-generation lipstick inspired by Monsieur Saint Laurent’s iconic color palette—red, fuchsia and orange—in a collection of shades that offer everyone a customized look. Thirty-three shades provide medium to full coverage with a satin finish.
Photo Credit: neimanmarcus
Coming on the heels of über designers who are making their mark in beauty like Dolce & Gabanna, Tory Burch, Tom Ford, and Marc Jacobs, shoe and handbag designer extraordinaire, Christian Louboutin, has a debut of his own. His must have line of nail lacquers is launching in August 2014. And, you guessed it, his legendary ROUGE is the fitting shade to start with.
“The red sole was born from red nail polish. I am giving back to nails what the shoe took from the nails many years ago.” – Christian Louboutin
Apparently, back in 1992, according to WWD, Louboutin actually used a bottle of nail lacquer to get the color just right for his signature red soles. Christian Louboutin Beaute is poised to turn the beauty world upside down. His new luxe beauty venture is a partnership with New York-based Batallure Beauty.
Even at $50 a bottle, Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour is sure to be a total sell out at luxury retailers from Saks to Neiman’s, Printemps to Brown’s and more. In contrast, Tom Ford Beauty Nail Lacquer is $32, By Terry Nail Laque Terrybly comes in at a healthy $30, and Yves Saint Laurent Beaute La Laque Couture is a $27 spend. But Louboutin is not the most expensive polish by a long shot—Serge Lutens Nail Lacquer tops the charts at $62 at Barneys New York.
Thirty additional shades are coming after Rouge has made its mark. As expected, the bottle is like a work of art unto itself. The sinewy spiky jet black cap resembles Louboutin’s classic stiletto heel atop a faceted bottle that looks like no other nail varnish ever could. The avant garde video created by director and producer David Lynch (think Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Twin Peaks) adds a level of fantasy and over-the-top artistry to the launch.
All we have to say is place your order early! neimanmarcus.com
Akin to our Independence Day, Bastille Day—July 14—officially known as French National Day, celebrates the success of the French Revolution, particularly the storming of the Bastille, a prison/fort that housed political prisoners. That event paved the road to France becoming a republic and the famous slogan: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité. In France, the day is commemorated with the country’s oldest military parade, and Francophiles around the globe raise a glass a don a beret in celebration.
In addition to revolution, the French knack for beauty is appreciated far beyond the country’s doors. Here are some French beauty products that we love deserve to be worn during this unique celebration:
Photo Credit: Votre Vu
Assuming you’ll be celebrating Bastille Day outdoors (is there any other way?), try Votre Vu’s magnificent Antioxidant Weightless Sunshield, a full-coverage sunblock that’s perfect as skin armor against UVA and UVB rays. It is one of our favorites because it is slim and portable as well as being attractively packaged and priced: magnifique.
I adore Juicy Tubes from this iconic French brand, and this is an ideal lip gloss to use during the summer months because it feels as moisturizing on your lips as it looks. The “Ultra Shiny Lip Gloss” has a beautiful sheen to it, and is a far cry from tacky. It comes in many fireworks-like colors (6), so choose away.
This upscale Parisian brand is so luxurious that once you use this palm oil you will feel as though your hair has become a Republic, and quite independent of any of your other features. The smell is addicting, and I like to use it as a pre-wash conditioner and mask for 15 minutes and then shampoo it off. You can also use this (just a drop will do) on dry hair to tame frizzies. Whichever option you choose, the smell will leave you longing for the next go around. It also protects your hair color too.Coco by Chanel ($11o)
Nothing says Esprit de France more than a perfume by the House of Chanel, and Coco is a delightful blend of old meets new. Created in 1984, Coco is designed for evening wear and speaks volumes about the breadth of the French Empire with its notes of French angelica, Bulgarian rose, Spice Island clove bud, Indian jasmine, Caribbean cascarida, frangipani, and mimosa.