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 info@lipglossaddict.com), 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!!

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Lip Gloss Q & A – When Good Gloss Goes Bad!

 

Sad, sad, sad!

Sad, sad, sad!

 

Hello #GlossyArmy!  I hope everyone is having a fantastic week.  This is my first reader question, and I am so excited to be able to answer. Please keep sending me questions, and Monday will be the day where you find out the answer.  Email me by using the link on the Contact tab or by emailing: info@lipglossaddict.com

So here’s the question, and its a good one:

You seem to buy alot of lip gloss.  Please address the question:  How do you know when lip gloss has gone bad.

 

 

Yes, it’s true – I do buy lots of gloss. And, sadly, goes bad before I have a chance to use it. This is one of the reasons that I love smaller glosses –  it means that I have a chance to use it ALL before it goes funky.  NOTHING makes me sadder than tossing out lost gloss.  Maybe global warming and homeless animals, and eating the last bit of chocolate when I’m too tired (and by tired I mean lazy) to go get more. But I digress.  Here are the 3 ways to know when to toss that gloss!

 

1. When the ingredients separate, your gloss is gone, girl!

 

Commercial gloss must pass an FDA challenge test to be sold at most major retailers. This means the product (any product, actually) will be heated on 100 degrees, and cooled to room temperature 3 separate times. Stabilizers are added so that heating/reheating process still leaves a blended product. You DON’T want an oil and vinegar thing, where the ingredients are separated. So when you see that happening in your gloss, it’s over.

 

See how the product looks dried out in the tube?

See how the product looks dried out in the tube?

 

2. When the texture or consistency changes, wave goodbye.

 

Sadly, glosses dry out. It’s frustrating, since usually glosses are anhydrous, meaning there’s no water. But they will still dry out. The consistency will also change over time. I notice this in particular with Stila glosses, as they will become more tacky and sticky over time.  When that happens, into the trash it goes.

 

Check out this MAC Viva Glam GaGa 2 Lipglass.  I love the color. You can see that the product no longer slides down the bottle. The same ingredients that make it shine should also be the ingredients that keep it from leaving dried out streaks on the bottle. This gloss is basically past it’s prime.  Bye Gaga 2, I loved you!

 

This STINKS!

This STINKS!

 

3. When it starts to smell funky, get rid of it.

Yes, that does happen.  Gloss goes on your mouth, a pretty sensitive part of your anatomy. When the funk runneth over, and not in a good way, its time to go! I consider it pretty dangerous to let what could be brimming over with bacteria on my lips. When the smell goes, it usually means the preservatives are done preserving, and it is no longer worth keeping.  Adios, gloss!


I hope that helped, #GlossyArmy!  And keep the questions coming by emailing: info@lipglossaddict.com! Monday is Gloss Q & A day, and I can’t wait to answer more of your questions!

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Bunky is Beautiful & so is Rachel!

Pretty as a picture!

Pretty as a picture!

Lip Gloss Addict: Bunky Boutique has such cute clothes, what made you decide to make lip gloss?
Rachel Malloy: Well I’ve known the owner of 3 Custom Color, Chad Hayduk, since I was a child. He is a family friend and when I was about 10 or 11 years old I visited his studio and he made me a custom lip gloss – I was completely enamored! The memory stuck with me. Chad did my makeup for my wedding and so when I started thinking about ways to expand the Bunky brand, he immediately came to mind.

LA: Your style is classic, with a twist. How does that translate to lip gloss?
RM: Lip gloss is such an easy way to push the boundaries of one’s comfort zone! Your entire look can be classic or simple and then you add a seasonal shimmer or uncharacteristic sparkle and you are immediately on trend and taking a beauty risk.

 

 

 

Supermodel Rachel wearing gloss and clothes from Bunky Boutique!

Supermodel Rachel wearing gloss and clothes from Bunky Boutique!

 

LA: Tell what it was like to design a lip gloss?

RM: Designing a lip gloss activated a creative part of my brain that I didn’t know I had! It wasn’t all about “what color is pretty”…instead it was about consistency and the feel of the gloss on the lips. Our Signature Bunky gloss has a stain to it so that you can apply chap stick over it and it still stays on. It literally can last you almost an entire day and it doesn’t feel sticky or make your lips dry!

LA: What made you pick the color?
RM: The most difficult part was narrowing it down to find just the right shade for our classic color. It had to be a shade that worked on all skin tones, which this particular blend of fuchsia does! I wanted something that was fun and bold without being intimidating. It represents Bunky because it’s happy and bright and makes you smile.

LA: What is the color name?
RM: The color name is Bunky Signature. It’s our gloss that we always have in stock and the one that will represent us because of it’s beautiful tone, excellent staying power, and fantastic quality.
We have more colors in the works for the future too…our next gloss will be in the spring…hint hint…ballerina lovely.

LA: How old were you when you started wearing make up? What did you wear?
RM: It wasn’t until I was a junior in high school that I first started wearing makeup, much older than most of my friends. I was raised my Dad so makeup tips never came up! lol When I was a junior in high school my Grandma Bunky took me to the Chanel makeup counter in Palm Springs, CA and let me get a tutorial and buy my first makeup! I remember going home with a bag full of makeup and then having no skills once I tried to put it on myself at home! To be honest, not much has changed since then. I typically only wear a tinted moisturizer, mascara, and lip gloss – hard to mess those items up! Someday I’ll figure out the liquid eyeliner!

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Benefit and the Tragedy of Ultra Shine Gloss

Ultra Shine Gloss in Life on the A-list. When its gone, its gone!

Ultra Shine Gloss in Life on the A-list. When its gone, its gone!


Benefit Cosmetics has my heart. They make great products, and they have the BEST backstory of any beauty line. Former models and twin sisters Jean and Jane Ford flipped a coin to see if they’d start a cosmetics line or casserole cafe. Tails won, so The Face Place was born in 1976.

Created for an exotic dancer as nipple tint.

Created for an exotic dancer as nipple tint.


When you think it couldn’t get any funnier, their first product, Benetint, was created when an exotic dancer wanted a nipple tint. So, Benetint was created for that exotic dancer, and remains their best selling product. Next time you wear it ladies, remember it was originally created for boobies!

With such a great sense of humor, you think they’d not want to break my heart on the regular!

Benefit Ultra Shines are one of my favorite lip glosses ever. Here’s the catch – once a color is created and sold out, that’s it! It’s a once and done for each and every Ultra Shine product.

They aren’t the first line to do this. MAC’s VIVA GLAM line does a similar thing. But Benefit takes it many steps further.

This is the only product they make in that chubby bottle, so its the MOST product for the money, making it a great value. It’s their only gloss with the brush applicator (others use the doe foot applicator, or a tube you squeeze), it’s the only super shiny gloss, and those colors! They don’t live anywhere else in their product line.

I’ve been holding on to this tube for ever. I’m scared to use it, because once it’s gone, it’s gone. This line for me has the perfect coverage, buildable color, and gorgeous shades. Please don’t take Life on the A-List Away from me! I’ll be so sad when it’s gone!

It’s the most perfect nude color on earth. I swear. I’m getting all misty here just thinking about it going away for good. You’ll see a picture on Instagram today.

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Gluten-Free Lip Gloss?

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The other day, while I was getting my Trenta Iced Coffee with cream and 3 sweet & lo’s I heard 3 words so foreign they made my head whip around like an old school sprinkler: gluten-free lip gloss.

I get it. Celiac is a real disease. When my cousin, who suffers from Celiac Disease, comes to visit it’s Def-Con 5 in my kitchen. Everyone is careful and there is no pizza. Beyond that, I spent 3 years as a Lancome Girl and I make my own cosmetics. I’ll upload a picture of my Beauty Lab soon. Lip gloss is a monster to make! It basically takes a degree in chemistry and the patience of a saint, and I have neither. It takes about 20 minutes to fill a tube with a teeny tiny dropper, and I’m more of an instant gratification kind of gal.

Since I’m no newbie when it comes to cosmetics, manufacturing OR wearing, I was shocked hear anyone say anything about gluten in gloss. Unless someone is shoving wheat into a tube, I’m really not sure how gluten would show up in cosmetics. It’s sort of like whey in protein drinks. By the time it has been so thoroughly manufactured and processed, it no longer contains enough of the original element to qualify as dairy. At least that is what is says on the back of most protein powder bottles.

So, today I thought I’d compare the ingredients to a certified and organic gluten-free gloss to the ingredients in what I am wearing today, Mally Beauty’s Lip Magnifier in Blush. I’ll post a pic of me wearing it later today on Instagram.

On the next page you can find the results of my investigation.

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Are you a lip gloss addict?

Hello Glossies and fans of lip gloss!!

Say it loud and proud, “I AM A LIP GLOSS ADDICT!”.

Thanks so much for joining me on my new blog. I can’t wait to tell you all about my favorite glosses. And least favorite, too. I’ll be covering lots of things.

Expect a great post every day. I’ll have interviews with all kinds of interesting people. I have a great agenda of gals and gents in the works. I’ll get to teach you about modern jewelry and gloss, gloss on a photo shoot, and tips on gloss from a make up artist. This is going to be so fun! Every Friday I’ll reveal the new interview, and hopefully, one day, maybe with some of your help, I can get to interview the Queen Diva herself, RuPaul!! Help me get her over here so we can chat!

Seriously – many years ago, RuPaul was in town the week that her first hit, “Supermodel of the World” came out. A friend had a catty gossip rag that we all clamored to have our sassy pictures in. Said friend was interviewing RuPaul and I got to tag along. I spent the whole night staring at her face. I was in complete and utter awe. Finally, Ru looked at me and said, “Is everything ok?” I blushed 500 shades of red, I thought I was being subtle. I said, and this is STILL true, “You have the most stunningly perfect makeup I have ever seen.” I was trying to figure out how she blended everything so effortlessly. Clearly, she had about 15 shades of eye shadow and no less than 5 colors of lip gloss, but it was so exquisitely perfect there was no way to tell where one shade ended and the other began. Having RuPaul do my makeup is easily number 3 on my bucket list.

So maybe one of my super fabulous readers can help this lip gloss addict get an interview with the one and only RuPaul. I promise – I’ll name a color after you if/when I ever get my own line of glosses.

Ok, enough groveling.

Back to gloss.

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