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Venus & Mars Smooch Lip Detox Lip Butter Balm – Simple but Soothing

Nothing too fancy here by Venus & Mars Naturals, just smooth, nourishing, lip-loving  ingredients and a pop of peppermint to cool those lips and keep them happy.  What you’ve got is minimal hype but maximum lip comfort from a local product!  It actually gives my lips that Liz Arden 8hr cream effect but it feels like my lips can breathe more.  I’m kind of late on the Venus & Mars bandwagon but I’m glad I got on.  I’m telling you, if you’re into minty balms it beats ChapStick with a TKO.  As soon as you slide it on you’re like “Wow…”

INGREDIENTS: Emu Oil, Avocado Butter, Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Castor Oil, Jojoba Wax, Peppermint Essential Oils, Beeswax, Vitamin E, and Titanium Dioxide (sorry bout the grainy photo, phone pic)

I know right, it looks plain but it’s a rich formulation and like almost every great oil we know that’s usually in great lip stuff is in it.  However for you vegans out there you may be a little iffy considering this contains Emu Oil and right now from what I’ve researched there’s no guarantee that this is cruelty-free but they do certify the quality of the processed Emu Oil with the AEA Seal meaning its high-grade quality is approved and affiliated with the America Emu Association.  I do personally wish that it was cruelty-free, it would’ve been a plus but I am relieved that it’s not petroleum-based.  I like avocado butter and almost any skincare product with avocado rates high in my book.  That cool blast of peppermint over the lip surface just adds to the whole happy lip experience.  I’m not going to begin to excessively sing praises about this lip balm but applying it did get my undivided attention after my first impression of it.  It’s a very comforting product to put on and I find myself reapplying it more often than I thought I would.  This costs Php205 pesos and you can inquire about it here at their Multiply site or on Venus & Mars’ Facebook page.

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The Season’s It Lip Goes Deep, Not Ghoulish – Wet & Wild Megalast Lipstick 916D & NYX Lipliner

You’ve seen it around…that blood bordeaux hue is EVERYWHERE now, and it is unmistakeably gorj…I do not disagree.  I’ve even seen a local magazine cover with all 4 lead talents wearing the same lip, a bit of an overkill I’m afraid.  But there’s really no denying that the F/W season’s it lip is a no-brainer.  Bloody vamp shades are king in the lip business right now, but for myself I’m leaning more on the cooler, prune side of things because red (no matter how deep or bright) tends to go garish on my full lips unless I do a lot of shading and artistic tapering.  In my opinion it may not be the crushed crimson vamp lip that every model, fashion editor, and their grandmother happen to be wearing, but it’s the deep lip that suits me, and that’s all that really matters.

I used 3 products for the lip: (1.) Wet & Wild Megalast in 916D (rightmost among 3) might seem a little too plummy for some, but it works for me…what’s even more surprising is the budget “MAC” texture it gives. (2.) MUFE Rouge Intense 17, a gold just for a little sheen and dimension, in the center of the lip. (3.) NYX Long Lip liner in 19 Prune is the PERFECT match for the Wet & Wild lipstick and is a cooler dupe of MAC Nightmoth ->which would be a SPOT-ON lip pencil choice for this season.

I bought my Wet & Wild Megalast semi-matte lipsticks at Beauty Cocktails 2/F Glorietta 4, for Php300 each but I think, as someone told me before, they’re available in SM for about Php195, she must’ve told me 3x in excitement that I had to try them because they were quite pigmented and long lasting.  Correct me if I’m mistaken, but anyway I was already in Glorietta and we weren’t going anywhere else so I picked these up without hesitation since I’d forgotten she told me they were cheaper elsewhere.  An upcoming stand-alone review for these Wet & Wild lipsticks is on its way and also a review for the 2-way powder base I used here which is nothing short of flawless.  🙂

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The Body Shop marks down my Wonder Years item, their Lip & Cheek Stain

I think I went through 3 or 4 tubes of these between high-school and college, they were the one thing besides Clinique Almost Lipstick that Mom allowed me to wear.  Heads up!  These Body Shop babies are a local favorite and have high-dived into the SALE pool from Php795-Php395!

Back then it was like having a vial of blood rouge on hand and you knew the color would match any skintone light or dark and make you look naturally flushed.  On the lips using the magic wand you could be Snow White versus the Queen for a day (movie plug) with a defiant red tinged pout, plus, if on the surface things are getting a bit dry and chapped before Happily Ever After…

…you may just want to whack some Strawberry Born Lippy on, they’re on sale at the moment at Php195 but they may only have the old designed ones on sale, same pot different label design from this updated one above (from the regular price of Php250).  I’m not 100% sure if it’s an ALL BRANCHES thing with the Born Lippy promo, but for sure at The Body Shop Glorietta 3 the mark down is definitely on your Donkey Kong.  I have a more in-depth Body Shop event post coming up so keep hovering and read!!  For more information check out and Like The Body Shop Philippines FB Page.

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