Monday Lip Gloss Q & A – Why do you have so many glosses?

The sad thing? I found about 5 glosses that fell on the floor after this picture was taken.

The sad thing? I found about 5 glosses that fell on the floor after this picture was taken.

Aloha, Glossies! I had a chance to spend some time with my family recently. While I was discussing what question from readers I wanted to ask next (keep ‘em coming to, my mom chimed in and said,”Why do you have so many glosses? Isn’t one enough?”. No. One is never enough.


The end.







Of course that isn’t the end. I wanted to make this post a cliffhanger so you’d have to come back tomorrow and find out why.

On second thought, I AM making this one a cliff hanger.

Come back tomorrow and see the reasons why one is never enough. The existential gloss answers just might surprise you!!

New Year New Color – Marsala 2015 – Why and Which One?

Hello Glamorous and Gorgeous Glossies! Thank you so much for indulging my winter break to see my family. Christmas was awesome and I got about a billion lip glosses for Christmas! You will have to check my Instagram to see how they look on me. Adorable, I must say.

My HG of gloss and of Love!

My HG of gloss and of Love!

I also gave my grandmother Rosebud Salve for Christmas. If you remember, I blogged about her and how she wore Rosebud Salve and how much I love it. Well, the Auntie Express via a cousin or three (huge Southern family. HUGE) told me she mentioned wanting one so of course I got her one. I’m not sure who cried first, my granny when she opened it or me when I saw her eyes light up when she realized what it was. SOMEONE SHOULD STOP CUTTING ONIONS OVER HERE.

I’m getting sidetracked. SQUIRREL.


So, YAY New Year. And some fancy folks at Pantone pick the color of the year, each and every year. For 2015, that is supposed to be Marsala. What does this mean? Well, trend forecasting is a multi-billion dollar business, and this color choice was based on where fashion, textiles, and sociology and all kinds of goodies are headed. You’ll see this color all over crap this year. Paint, sheets, towels, eye shadow, GLOSS. Typically, colors around food choices indicate a need for home and familiarity. The darker colors are supposed to be more ominous, but this one is named after booze so I am going to call it a party. Personally, I love this color. But translating to cosmetics works for blush and even eyeshadow, but not universally. And certainly not on the lip.

From - there she is!

From – there she is!

Pantone color forecasters call Marsala “a naturally robust and earthy wine red.” This is an interesting red,as in ‘almost not red’. It’s a warmer red, but missing the orange undertones that make your teeth seem slightly off colored (yes, its true. If you want your pearly whites to look extra pearly, stay AWAY from orange, corals, and red’s with orange undertones). The earthy part comes from the slightly brown undertones. Unfortunately, this also means it goes muddy pretty quick, depending on skin tone. If there’s much yellow happening, I don’t see Marsala working for you. Even tho it’s named after a boozy libation, don’t expect any wine-ish or purple in this shade. It’s closer to Masala, it’s spicy flavor cousin, than anything in a grape-y color family. I know, I know, warm tones should rock this like they do the oranges and all other warm tones. It’s just harder as I gloss, I think. The brown, cooler undertones make it a tough call.

Gorgeous NARS Gloss!

Gorgeous NARS Gloss!

The best way to experience this is in the Nars Lip Gloss in Misbehave ($26). Nars describes this as a cherry red with gold shimmer. I don’t see this one as a cherry red – the golden flecks give this one the earthy hit everyone is calling Marsala this year, and balances enough not to go muddy on any skin tone. Seriously – brown shimmer is hard to pull off in an every day gloss, so the gold shimmer in Misbehave is a better option, while still being on fleek, as they say.

As for the gloss part – I love Nars, the packaging is so chic, the names are great, the formulations are sublime! The texture is great, they smell slightly sweet but not cloying, your hair doesn’t get stuck in the gloss, and the color pay out is amazing! Don’t let the lame name of this color fool you – it’s the Marsala of your dreams!  Keep the ‘other’ Marsala for clothes, paint, and Pinterest!

Lip Gloss Interview – Fashion Designer Angela Johnson talks Beauty and Fashion Trends!

Angela Johnson, Fashion Designer!

Angela Johnson, Fashion Designer!

Fashion Designer Angela Johnson is a sassy, savvy designer who makes gorgeous clothes, often from the most unexpected material. She has the greatest smile, and always rocks a perfect red lip. She was so gracious with her time and I’m so grateful she was willing to dish on her thoughts about fashion and beauty. She even let us see her makeup stash at home. You’ll see it on the last page. You can find her work at, or Follow her on Twitter, @TshirtBallGown.  I’ll include more ways to reach out to her at the end of our Q & A, and check out 3 of her runway shows!


Angela Johsnon - How cute is her muse?

Angela Johsnon – How cute is her muse?

Lip Gloss Addict: How did you get your start as a designer?

Angela Johnson: I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in L.A. and they also found me my first job in the industry working for X-Large Manufacturing, a collection owned by Mike D. of the Beastie Boys and X-Girl, owned by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. I got experience at that job and then started my own collection called Monkeywench with Christie Clark of Days of Our Lives. Today I own my own collection, Angela Johnson, where I make all of my garments out of recycled T-shirts back in my home town of Scottsdale, AZ.

LA: On Project Runway, Tim Gunn says you need a muse and to understand her style, and want to hang out with her. Who is your muse? What are her thoughts on style?

AJ: My muse is an imaginary gal named Dolly. She’s a local micro-celebrity who owns an art gallery specializing in pop-surrealism, cutting edge, contemporary, low brow art so she gets to dress up daily in fun, artistic clothing and also attends art shows and events that give her opportunities to wear more experimental event gowns.  She gets inspiration from the 1940’s and 50’s rockabilly style but mixes it with a modern twist. She’s like Betty Paige with the shock value of Die Antwoord’s Yolandi Visser.

LA: What makeup like does your muse wear?
AJ: Similar to her clothing style, she likes to wear a mix of pin up style make up with modern/futuristic touches. For instance, she will rock a very red lip and high arch brow, but her lip will have an ombre effect or her brow will have unique details shaved into it.

LG: Her lip gloss favorite?
AJ: One day she will have bright red pin-up-inspired lips and the next she will have nude colored lips, but she always has a foundation of a moisturizing lip gloss underneath and a very glossy top coat.

LA: When you design, do you envision what makeup she’ll be wearing?
AJ: Yes, always!

LA: When you plan a runway show, how and when do you decide on the beauty looks?
AJ: Most of my runway shows are inspired by music. I’ll hear a song and picture it in a runway show. I especially love songs that aren’t typical of runway. I also keep a Pinterest board of inspiration for everything.

LA: What is your go-to makeup and gloss for runway?
AJ: I have always loved MAC because the colors are so rich and the make up texture is so smooth and easy to apply and blend. The artists are also very fashion forward and can understand my vision.

LA: What is the difference between style and fashion?
AJ:  Fashion is more about the outside while style combines your outside and your inside with grace, a sense of humor and self-confidence.

LA: What style/fashion mistakes do you see women make most often? How can we correct that?
AJ: I enjoy how everyone has their own style, whether it’s similar to mine or not; so I don’t like to judge. But in a perfect world I think it would be amazing if everyone took more risks and had more fun with their style. It seems like the majority of the world is just trying to blend in and go unnoticed every day.

LA: What makes someone beautiful to you?
AJ: I think beauty is a combination of a lot of things both inside and out. Beautiful people are unique and different and celebrate that instead of trying to disguise it.  They have a distinct feature, quirk or even something considered a flaw by society and they own it and celebrate it. Beautiful people also find the good in everyone and celebrate other people’s flaws and unique traits. They are forgiving, honest, humble, happy and sincere.

LA: When did you start wearing make up?
AJ: I think I was 14.

LA: What is your go-to beauty line?

LA: What is your favorite gloss?
AJ: I wear regular old generic Chapstick brand every night before I go to bed to keep my lips hydrated and prevent them from cracking in my sleep since it is so dry in Arizona.  I also use it as a base under all of my lipstick. I like to wear L’Oreal Endless Lipstick in Saucy Sangria as a base that stays on all day with Almay One Coat Lip Color in Apple on top to make the perfect red. The extended wear lipsticks dry out your lips, but if you put a light coating of Chapstick under it and a glossier lipstick on top, it keeps it moisturized and won’t look so matte.

LA: What lip product/s are you wearing right now?
AJ: Today I’m wearing a nude lip that is a combo of Mabelline in the Warm Me Up color with a nude colored L’Oreal (Brilliant A Levres )gloss on top for shine.

LA: What is your favorite fashion trend?
AJ: Stretch wovens! When they started adding lycra to woven (non-stretch) fabrics in the 1990’s so that woven fabrics would have a slight amount of stretch, it totally changed my world! Garments that are traditionally made of woven fabrics like jeans and pencil skirts and traditionally uncomfortable but tailored garments, now have stretch so they are comfortable, forgiving and easier to wear for every body type.

LA: What fashion trend do you wish would go away?
AJ: Boot cut pants.  I disliked them in the 1980’s and said I would never wear them and then I liked them in the 1990’s, but I just haven’t been able to bring myself to still like them since then and I can’t believe they’ve been around this long.

LA: How do fashion trends influence beauty trends?
AJ: They are inseparable. Fashion includes a complete and total look and so beauty trends are tied directly to clothing trends.


Makeup Stash! I love High Beam!

Makeup Stash! I love High Beam!

Talk about a gorgeous Makeup Battle Station!

Talk about a gorgeous Makeup Battle Station!

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Lip Gloss -Lip Scrub DIY- Keeping Lips Lovely in Winter, or Whenever, really!

Chapped lips - the WORST!

Chapped lips – the WORST!

I love this time of year! The fantastic food, the fun parties, the lip gloss sets waiting to be sampled and used and loved! While some may enjoy the crisp, cool chill in the air, I’m not a fan of the frosty fiesta. I love the new fashion options, but cold air can damage skin, especially lips. All the Rosebud Salve in the world won’t nourish lips of they are chapped and peeling. Time for exfoliation! Not only will your lips thank you, but your gloss will too. No amount of lip primer (yup, that’s a thing) will make gloss adhere if your lips are peeling and painful.

Lip scrubs are trendy these days, and Sara Happ makes a great one. The downside? It’s $24. With 2 ingredients that you probably have at home, it’s time to get scrubby with it!


You’ll need Olive Oil and table sugar. How Easy is that? Olive Oil is a great emollient that will give moisture to your lips, and sugar is a gentle exfoliant



Only 2 Ingredients!

Only 2 Ingredients!

Take 3/4 teaspoon of sugar, and mix with about 1/2 a tablespoon of olive oil. That’s it!


Using it is rather simple. I keep mine near my shower, and grab a tiny scoop. Use your ring finger to utilize the scrub, making tiny circles over the lips. When I worked for Lancome, our trainer explained that the skin on the body was like paper. The feet are like brown paper bags, and the lips and skin around the eyes are the most tender, like tissue paper, and the ring finger is the most gentle. Your trusty pointer finger is too strong for the task.


This quick and easy homemade scrub has several advantages.




Finished Product!

Finished Product!


It costs pennies to make. Save your money for glosses!

It can be made with ingredients you have at home. No need for a trip to the mall!

It’s lip safe, and completely natural. With sugar, it doesn’t taste half bad if some happens to escape your lips!


Always mix this in tiny batches. Since you’ll use it in the shower, there’s a chance water could get in the mix, and when that happens you’re growing a potential penicillin farm (i.e., a mold ranch, ewwwwww). This recipe should makes enough for 1 to 2 scrubs. Use only when you need it and your lips will be silky, smooth, and your lip gloss will go on like butter! Keep the batch for no more than a week, and if you end up with some extra, your elbows will also thank you.






Lip Gloss Q&A – Crayon Lip Gloss? Just Say NO!

Just like it says - BAD IDEA!

Just like it says – BAD IDEA!

One of my readers asked me last week:

What is so wrong with making lip gloss out of Crayons?

Well, I am glad you asked, reader! I’m going to tell you why this is not a good idea.

Anyone who’s taken a peek at Pinterest recently has seen an influx of ‘Make Your Own’ boards that inevitably include Crayon Lip Gloss or Lip Stick. I cringe each and every time I see them. The logic seems to be that ‘hey, it’s not toxic and won’t kill you so it must be ok to use on your lips!’. I want to scream and throw my laptop at them.


They look so innocent - right?

They look so innocent – right?

Here are 5 reasons why this is not a good idea:

1. Just because it’s non-toxic doesn’t mean its good for you. Sure, can you munch on a crayon? Probably. It won’t make you feel good, but it’s true it won’t kill you. That doesn’t mean that it’s not going to make you sick, or mess with your digestive system.

2. The paraffin usage in the crayon is far too high for lip use. I make balms and glosses at home. In balms, I never use more than 30% concentration of wax, and its never paraffin. Paraffin is far too drying for lip balms. In fact, its usage in Europe in lip products is heavily regulated because of this. Paraffin, is quite simply, far too harsh.

3. Crayon says on their website that they use colorants and dyes, which in and of itself is fine. But there is no indication anywhere that these dyes are lip safe! Just because you can eat it doesn’t mean its safe for prolonged use on your lips. Red dyes are tricky (as any tattoo artist or hair colorist) and those are the colors you reach for in lip products. This is so dangerous, using non-lip safe colorants on your lips! In fact, any kind of Ultramarine IS NOT LIP SAFE. How do you know what colorants are in each Crayon? The answer is you won’t!

4. Crayons colorants contain lead. Not the greatest idea for prolonged exposure on your lips. In fact, if you are buying generic crayons, especially those made in China, be aware that there has been a move get have them banned for children’s usage due to their toxicity. Are you sure that you want this on your lips?

5. Unlike cosmetics, crayon ingredient lists are not managed by the FDA with the same labeling requirements. Is there water in the process? Are YOU adding water to your formulation? If there’s ANY water – now you need a preservative or you are doing more than creating lip gloss – you are growing a bacteria colony. For use on your lips.


Make All these colors - SAFELY!

Make All these colors – SAFELY!


There are so many great places to buy kits to make glosses, lipsticks and balms. Even Martha Stewart is in on the game. Lip-safe colorants are cheap, and if you want, they are easily mixed into Rosebud Salve, or even Vaseline. Rosebud Salve is $6, Vaseline is even less, and you can buy enough lip-safe colorants to make 250 tubes for under $10. So if you want to DIY, PLEASE DO! Just make sure what you are using is lip safe!

Lip Gloss Interview – Lizzy Campbell, Makeup Diva!

Lizzy wearing OCC Lip Tar in Strumpet.

Lizzy wearing OCC Lip Tar in Strumpet.

Lizzy Campbell isn’t your ordinary make up artist. Sure, she’s done runway, opened a school for make up artistry, print, commercials, tv pilots, and theater work. But she’s also an expert in showy, over the top work, like special effects make up and even teaches classes in make up design for zombies, sugar skulls, mermaids, and drag queens. DRAG QUEENS? I LOVE IT. Lizzy chats with me from her home studio about her background, love of MAC, and gives some great tips. I’ve included some photos of her stellar work, and you’ll find her Christmas Tree filled with MAC products on my Instagram (@lipgloss_addict). Find her YouTube Channel as Lizzy Campbell (or, and on the web at


Lip Gloss Addict: So how did you get started as a makeup artist?
Lizzy Campbell:   It all started in theater. As soon as I could drive, I was 16, I would go to the theater to do stage makeup. I did makeup for industrial videos, commercials, tv pilots.



Great effects makeup by Lizzy.

Great effects makeup by Lizzy.

LA: At 16? Wow! That is young! Did you go to school for makeup at any point?
LC: I went to Aesthetics school thinking it would teach me more and I ended up teaching there (laughter)! Then I started working for MAC and I still freelance for them.  I started teaching ballerina mom’s how to do their kids makeup, and through MAC I got a lot of runway work. I had a class on Drag Makeup and eventually became the go to person in Mesa for drag queens (laughter)!






LOVE all the OCC Lip Tars!

LOVE all the OCC Lip Tars!

LA: I love drag queen makeup! What happened next?
LC: I started teaching again and then opened up my own school, The Academy of Aesthetics Arts and Sciences, which was open from 2005 to 2010.


LA: What happened?
LC: 2008 happened, unfortunately. The trouble with the economy hit us and we didn’t really recover. It was sad. It was a really successful program, we had people come from all over the country for our body paint and air brush program.  I still teach at the International Academy of Hair Design, and I have classes. A couple of years ago I couldn’t teach enough zombie makeup classes! I also teach classes on Mermaid makeup, special effects,drag queen and sugar skulls. That is really popular right now, the sugar skull classes.




Cool effects makeup!

Cool effects makeup!

LA: What is the difference between doing lip gloss on a drag queen and in real life?
LC: In drag, bigger and bolder is always better. I love OCC’s Lip Tar for that, or my favorite is to take MAC’s clear Lip Glass and mix it with pigments.

 LA: How many steps does it take for that look?

LC: Well, first you block it out with concealer, redraw the lip line, but only a pencil width outside the border or else it looks like a clown. Fill it in with the liner, then a super shiny pop of gloss makes it gorgeous. At MAC we always say pile it on until it drips off (laughter)!





This feels like a MAC store!

This feels like a MAC store!

LA: What is your favorite beauty line?
LC: MAC. It’s the most comprehensive line outside of a theater line and they have a GREAT discount for makeup artists.


LA: What is your best advice for applying lip gloss?
LC: Keep it to the middle of your lips so it doesn’t bleed out to the edges. Use a pro long wear lip liner underneath it, so it avoids the 90’s harsh liner look.


LA: What is your favorite lip gloss trend?
LC: I love the ombre look (ombre lips fade from one color to the next).



I have never seen this much glitter in one place!

I have never seen this much glitter in one place!

LA: How do they do that with lip gloss? I can figure it out with lip stick but not gloss.
LC: It’s lip liner. Start with a strong color and blend it out so the color and shading of the color comes from liner, then top with clear gloss. If the color comes from gloss, its all going to blend and turn to mud through the day.


LA: What lip gloss trend do you wish would go away?
LC: Super frosty nude lips.


LA: Oops. That is what I am wearing!
LC: No, that isn’t super frosty, its shimmer, and it’s not chalky.. Everyone thinks they want the ‘natural’ Kim Kardashian lips, or J-Lo natural lips. Honey, there is no such thing!



550813_363886133691176_1957942949_nLA: I agree – there’s nothing natural about Kim (laughter). How man products are in  that natural look?
LC: AT LEAST 4! Concealer, lip liner, lip stick, and lip gloss. And multiple colors of each one. All in the middle of that crazy contouring! It’s stage makeup, and not real life makeup.


LA: If you could only buy one gloss, what would you recommend?
LC: MAC clear Lip Glass. It’s a classic, and you can mix it with anything!



Gorgeous editorial work by Lizzy.

Gorgeous editorial work by Lizzy.

Lip Gloss DIY – Let’s Make Some The Easy Way!

All the goodies Ready to go! After sanitizing, of course!

All the goodies Ready to go! After sanitizing, of course!

Hello! I’m such a DIY kind of gal – I cook, I make beauty products, I’m even learning how to turn sweaters into dresses. So when I saw all the tutorials floating around Pinterest about making Lip Stick & Gloss out of Crayon’s, I actually cried. No, really. It’s not a good idea. It’s a REALLY dangerous idea (PLEASE someone ask me why so I can answer on Monday’s Q&A –

I know how fun it is to make things, and here is a MUCH safer and quicker alternative.

Step 1 – CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN. I use a 10% bleach solution first (1 part bleach, 9 parts water) and sanitize my whole work area. Then, I use 70% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol to clean utensils and packaging. Do this twice. Give it about an hour for the scent to evaporate.

Step 2 – Gather your gear. You’ll need lip gloss containers, tiny spatulas (or other tiny tools – you’ll see), a mixing bowl (I use to-go containers), base (I am using Rosebud Salve) and colors (I am using Flamingo Mica and Sun Gold Sparkle Mica). If you don’t have a beauty lab, I love – you can get just about everything you need. I COULDN’T BE MORE SERIOUS – make sure you’re colors are lip safe. These are.



All about the base - here its Rosebud Salve.

All about the base – here its Rosebud Salve.

Step 3 – Scoop out the base. I’m reusing the spatula to mix. If I need more base, you’ll have to use another spatula. NO CROSS CONTAMINATION!











Two scoops of color!

Two scoops of color!

Step 4 – Scoop out some sparkle. Because these are mica’s, they will have all kinds of crazy shimmer, but not a lot of color. Sparkle is my favorite color so this is perfect!  Use a separate spatula so NO CROSS CONTAMINATION!













Step 5 – Stir away! Adding colorants will change the texture. It will thicken it and make it more stiff. It’s better to add color in increments. I’m pretty happy with this tho!











Final Product - Mixed to Perfection!

Final Product – Mixed to Perfection!

Step 6 – Transfer into containers and VOILA! Gloss!! Check out my Instagram to see how it looks on! @lipgloss_addict!










Final Product with a color swatch!

Final Product with a color swatch!




There are lots of places on-line to buy lip gloss and lip balm kits. They contain everything you need and are really inexpensive! Safety first, ALWAYS! Once you get the hang of it, you can be off and running! We’ll cover more DIY lip glosses, but this one is simple. The future ones will involve some chemistry and many many more steps! Stay Tuned!


Lip Gloss HG – Rosebud Salve

My HG of gloss and of Love!

My HG of gloss and of Love!

I first heard about Rosebud Salve when it was on every beauty editor’s HG (Holy Grail) list about 15 years ago. After it appeared in Lucky, Allure, and even on Oprah, I couldn’t ignore it any longer. Not that I follow Miss O’s every move, but by the time she’s chanting “YOU GET ONE, AND YOU GET ONE!”, it usually means there is probably something to their fandom.

So I tracked it down. Google wasn’t really a big thing then, which means it was well and truly the olden days, and Amazon? Just books at that point, so it wasn’t easy. It was like those beauty editors wanted to keep it for themselves.

And I understand why! Rosebud Salve was created in Maryland by Dr. George F. Smith in 1895, making it one of the longest running cosmetics manufactured in the country. The packaging hasn’t changed, it is still the adorable, old time-y tin it came in over 100 years ago. The texture is like a lighter vaseline, and it JUST BARELY smells of rose, and its tinted with the lightest ballerina pink that is so faint, it is almost invisible.

It’s a multi-tasker. It’s probably the best cuticle cream I’ve ever used, a fantastic gloss that lasts for hours, and I even use it to blend into pigments to make my own product. Tomorrow I will have a bonus post and show you how to do that!

My beautiful Grandma in Mississippi.

My beautiful Grandma in Mississippi.

But the best part is the sense of memory and attachment it gives me to my 92 year old grandmother. One year I was at her house during Christmas, and we were watching a cooking show together. I whipped out my tub and as I was applying it, she excitedly explained, “That is what I used to wear when I was a girl!”. Growing up in the rural South, the product was sold door to door, and her mother used it as well. They used it for everything – to tame eyebrows, a moisturizer, you name it. And because it so so close to colorless, her father didn’t count it as make up.

I always have this with me, not just because it works, but because I love my grandmother. Every time I see it or use it or feel it, it reminds me of her. It connects me to my family and the great grandmother I never knew. I will always love Rosebud Salve, and having it close makes my grandmother seem not so far away.

Lip Gloss Q&A – Vegan Lip Gloss

If you see this on a product - it's vegan!

If you see this on a product – it’s vegan!

Hi Glossies! Today’s question is an interesting one, and let’s get right to it!

 How can I tell if a lip gloss is vegan or not? I’m not sure how to read labels.

 It can be daunting to read cosmetic labels. They can be tricky and full of weird, long words that aren’t intuitive.


Thankfully, all lip glosses have essentially the same ingredients: emollients (to make them soft and shiny), pigment (to give them color), waxes (to give them body and the ability to adhere to your lips) and a preservative.


Stila Lip Glaze in Kitten

Stila Lip Glaze in Kitten

Let’s take a look at the ingredients of my favorite Stila Lip Glaze colors – Kitten.  This is from the Stila site:

 Polybutene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Quaternium-18 Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/ Candelilla Cera, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/ Cera Carnauba, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE , Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Lanolin Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Camellia Sinensis (Camellia) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Flavor (Aroma), Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Benzyl Salicylate, 3-Methyl-4-(2, 6, 6- trimethyl-2-cyclohexen-1yl)-3-buten-2-one, Hexyl Cinnamaldehyde, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Geraniol, Citral, Linalool, Eugenol, May Contain (+/-) Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 7 lake (CI 15850), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 22 Lake (CI 45380), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 6 (CI 15850), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090). Contains carmine as a color additive.

It looks like quite alot of ingredients, actually, but it’s pretty typical of glosses in general. There are a couple of things that jump out at me.

 First – the waxes used here are Candelilla, Carnuba, and Beeswax. Candelilla is a plant that looks a bit like lavendar. Carnuba wax is what is commonly found in car wax, and is derived from a type of palm plant. And beeswax, well, that comes from the bee. So, we know on the wax portion, it is not vegan.

 Linalool sounds like it could come from lanolin (similar sounding), but it does not. It’s plant derived, and it is where this gloss gets some of its fragrance.


There it is - dried female carmine beetles.

There it is – dried female carmine beetles.

On the color and pigment front, most of the colors come from oxides, which are mineral based, but the carmine? Not so much. Carmine is made from ground bugs, the female of the Dactylopius coccus to be exact. It is also commonly called crimson lake, cochineal, CI 75470 or even red lake #4.  The other colorants are not animal derived.


The color sure is pretty!

After crushing – this is the color those ground beetles provide.

Other ingredients to look out for include lanolin (derived from sheep), squalene (unless it specifies it comes from plants, otherwise it comes from shark livers),  or the most gross of all – allantoin, which is derived from cow urine. Now that is gross!
I hope that helps, keep sending me your questions by clicking on the Contact page or emailing directly to

Lip Gloss on a Photo Shoot – Sofia Verdugo from Soffie Artistry

Thank you RHSeed Photography for this gorgeous pic!

Thank you RHSeed Photography for this gorgeous pic!

Hello Glossies! I went on a photo shoot to see all about Lip Gloss on a photo shoot, and let me tell you – it takes a village to pull one of these off! Nicole Freeland ( was the hair diva, Sofia Verdugo of Soffie Artistry ( and Photographer Randy Burgess from RHSeed Photography ( were amazing, and I mostly tried to stay out of their way. I’m so grateful that everyone, including the models, let me join the fun and learn about gloss from the other side of the camera.

I loved watching Sofia. Her calm energy helped her have a smooth and steady hand. I’m telling you – even my camera in her face didn’t phase her for a second! I’ll include work from her portfolio at the end of the post, so you can see how gorgeous her work truly is.



Check out in January to see the final product, and find the magazine on stands in Phoenix and Scottsdale. Check out the first photo on the second page, where Sofia is wearing the super cool ring palette I raved about on Wednesday.


So, glossies – here’s our interview!


Tools of the trade – ready for action!


Lip Gloss Addict: How old were you when you started wearing makeup?
Soffie from Soffie Artistry: 16

LA: What was your first gloss you ever purchased?
SA: I think one of those glosses with a rollerball applicator,  haha.






Just perfect! Thanks RHSeed Photo!

Just perfect! Thanks RHSeed Photo!


LA: What made you decide to be a makeup artist?
SA: Serendipity. Four years ago I knew nothing about makeup. One day I found an article, discovered YouTube, and taught myself. When I decided to go professional I got certified and here I am.

LA: What is your personal go to beauty brand?
SA: I use a lot a drugstore brands for my personal stash–which is quite minimal–but my favorite thus far is L’Oreal. I love their True Match liquid foundation and their Deep Cleaning face wash.