Now that we’ve established that I’m a total beauty product junkie, I’m going to tell you about my favorite lip gloss. I am a gloss girl all the way – I haven’t worn actual lipsticks in years… possibly never alone?… but I do have a few MAC lipsticks that I think are pretty. It’s just that once they touch my lips… I want to hurl.


I have stuff on my lips 24/7. Like… always. Get me? I ALWAYS need to have gloss on my lips. Funny enough, my husband is the exact same way (though don’t you dare call it lip gloss because he only uses the unflavored Chap Stick) and I found it to be a huge red flag the first time he picked me up and there were SEVEN (yes seven) Chap Stick’s in the console of his Jaguar. That was… interesting.

Makes for a great stocking stuffer though.


This is what I put on my lips every night before going to bed. I adore it.

I use it a few times during the day if needed, but I find lipgloss in pots to be a pain because then you need to wipe your finger on something. Pretty sure the carpet of my childhood bedroom is covered in pink sparkles, FYI.

I also use the Blistex DCT and the Carmex squeeze tube, and occasionally steal one of my husband’s lipglo…. I mean Chap Sticks. But those are a little plain and I need some flava. I like Philosophy as well, but find it to be a little too sticky for my liking.


As for color, I’m a sad, sad sucker for MAC. Over 10 years ago I was hooked on their Lip Glass, but have since moved on to their Dazzle Glass, which I love even more. It has a little sparkle (but not too much) and it’s super glossy… and I’ve probably tried every single color they offer.

Obviously the holiday limited edition collections are often the best, and therefore impossible to find. I also have a few Plush Glasses but don’t love them quite as much.


Like perfumes, I’ve spent most of my life rarely buying the same lip color twice because that’s just… boring. I always want to try something new and exciting. But I’m on tube #4 of this color – Rags to Riches – which is huge for me. I get more compliments on this color than I’ve ever got on any others.

And even better, it’s really light which means I can highlight my eyes in smokey blacks, blues and purples, wear waaaay too much makeup and look like a lady of the night. Sweet. I’ve also dabbled in Nars lip glosses (to match my blush), Chanel, Buxom, Lorac and Dior. But when it comes to color, texture and even taste(!), I always go back to MAC as my tried and true.

So spill it… what’s on your lips? Besides a drop of wine or cookie crumbs.

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131 Responses to “Let’s Talk Lips.”

  1. #
    Sana — December 14, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

    Last night I gave the boy a BRIGHT pink sparkly smooch on the cheek as he went to go order our food. He had no idea I had my glowing lips printed on his cheeks ;)


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    Karly — December 14, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

    Vaseline. Yea. I’m a freak.


    • Jessica — December 14th, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

      No, no, you’re not!! Just had this discussion a few weeks ago with some family + friends and I am about to invest in some Vaseline. Seriously.


      • Karly — December 14th, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

        Well, get ready, because it’s about to change your life. :) I couldn’t live without my Vaseline.

        • nicole {sweet peony} — December 14th, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

          woohooo vaseline! i wasn’t going to write anything because i thought i would be the lamest ever! good to know i’m not the only one :)

  3. #
    Emilie — December 14, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

    hilarious, my fiance is the exact same way with chapsticks. He can’t go through a checkout line without buying one


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    Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy — December 14, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

    If I don’t have at least 2 tubes of Carmex (Cherry flavored, to be exact) near me at ALL TIMES I have a mild to severe panic attack. It’s intense. I even sing Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” but replace it with “‘Mexual Healin'” when I’m putting it on sometimes… Have I said too much?
    And when I want color I’m a Buxom girl, all day. There’s actually one called “jessica”, and wouldn’t you know, it’s my favorite.


    • Jessica — December 14th, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

      Well then… I think I need to buy that!


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    Kristen — December 14, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

    Oh that rags to riches color is fantastic! I love MAC, way too much.


  6. #
    Chelsea — December 14, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

    I love lip gloss, but as a typical college kid that either leeches off her dashing roommate’s cooking or makes a really good recipe to live off of for over a week, I am sad to say that own very few. I do have a favourite though, and it’s a gloss/perfume-roller combo. The gloss is a neutral peach colour and I find that it goes with just about every item of clothing (optimal). Love posts where we get to see your other non-foodie side.


  7. #
    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — December 14, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

    The Bath and Body Works mentha glosses – right now it alternates between Gingerbread Latte and Vanilla Chai. :)


  8. #
    Mich — December 14, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

    I recently bought C.O. Bigelow’s lip butter and I’m loving it. More than not I wear MAC’s lip conditioners…especially at night. I grew up wearing Carmex, to survive the Mid-West’s winters, until I learned it actually dries your lips more for me ;)


    • Jessica — December 14th, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

      It does?! Seriously?!?!


  9. #
    Melanie — December 14, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

    Yeah, Carmex (cherry) or Burt’s Bees are my basics. I always have CO Bigelow with me. I will now try MAC because you said so. I have tried so many… as to be ridiculous. If it’s pretty and sparkly and fits me mood at the time, it’s mine.


  10. #
    Madelaine — December 14, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

    I’ve been using Palmer’s Cocoa Butter for years…it looks like a glue stick but it’s the best. If I’m going for a run or need long-term moisture, I use the Palmer’s and then top it with Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Skin Cream Protectant. For gloss, my current favorite is a Fresh Sugar Lip Gloss that I was given. I’m not sure what color I have, but it’s amazing. I also love Lancome Juicy Tubes. This is one of my favorite things to talk about!


    • Jessica — December 14th, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

      Oh oh I also love Palmers!!


  11. #
    sarah — December 14, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

    I love EOS Lip Balms for use during the day, and at night I slather on Alba Un-Petrolleum Jelly (it’s Vaseline, minus the nasty petroleum). For color, I am obsessed with Revlon’s new Lip Butters. They’re a cross between a lipstick and a lip balm, which is perfect for me since I generally hate lipsticks. I’ve never used MAC lip products… will have to give Dazzle Glass a try.


    • Jessica — December 14th, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

      I like the EOS too!


  12. #
    Andrea @ Recipes For Divine Living — December 14, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

    Ok, I turned 50 last year and still have to have my lipsmackers. Must have, must ALWAYS have. Dr Pepper for me all the way, baby! Oh, and my carmex before bed.


  13. #
    Andrea @ Vegvacious — December 14, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    I’m a lipgloss whore as well hehe. Last time I cleaned out my purse I had 7 or 8 in there – it can be a bit of a problem when you’re trying to get your little baggie packed for a flight! If I’m looking for some good ol’ moisturizing at bedtime or during the workday, I love Burt’s Bees lip balms, but when I’m going out and want something that’ll get noticed I LOVE Smashbox Reflection – you can get it at Sephora. It’s super glossy ~ and a little sticky ~ but I can put up with that because I get tons of compliments everytime I have it on!! I also love the Gap holiday lip balms – Apple Pie is Ah-maz-ing scent and flavour-wise!


    • Jessica — December 14th, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

      Been there, done that with the whole flight thing. And yes, I like Smashbox a lot!!


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    Anicena — December 14, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    Well my absolute fav is Carmex Strawberry, I have about 5 around the house and 2 in my purse, now for those evenings where I want a bit of sparkle I used to have a squeeze tube of Victoria’s Secret lip gloss, but sadly on my way to class last week I dropped it into a NASTY oil slick puddle… :( Now I have to go get another… I stay with colors closet to my natural lip, anything else I think looks weird on me. As for makup, almost never. If I’m wearing makup, its mineral makup and hardly any at that.


    • Jessica — December 14th, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

      I used to wear the VS ones all the time – actually forgot about them, thanks for reminding me!


      • Anicena — December 14th, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

        No problem! They are one of the few lip gloss I can tolerate being on my lips for more than a few minutes!

  15. #
    Kim — December 14, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

    I’ve recently become addicted to HURRAW! Balm ( I especially love the Moon Balm, which is their night time balm. So rich and luxurious and it smells wonderful! I also like that there aren’t any crazy chemicals in it. Most are just glossy but some have some tint like the Black Cherry. I always have some nearby!


  16. #
    Julia — December 14, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

    My older sister is the same way with that plain Chapstick. She always has one with her wherever she goes…and a backup just in case. One year for Christmas I bought her 20 tubes (yes thats like more than 20 dollars worth of chapstick) and she swore it was the best present that anyone has ever given her haha.


    • Jessica — December 14th, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

      This does not even phase me because I have bought the Sam’s Club tube packs for my husband for Christmas! Tons of them!


  17. #
    Maureen — December 14, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

    I always have about 8 lipglosses in my purse, but my favorites are Smashbox. A little shimmery, not too sticky, great colors. The holiday packs are the best, ESPECIALLY when my favorite color (candid) is featured!


  18. #
    Samantha — December 14, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

    Aveeno and Nevea works really well for just the stuff to keep your lips from getting chapped/dry. Now if you want that extra something, then I definitely do bath & body works or Victoria’s Secret (if they’re on sale…I refuse to spend 7.50 on lipgloss, so I usually stock up when there’s a sale going on!) For Xmas last year my wonderful mother bought me SEVEN different kinds of lipglosses.


  19. #
    Blog is the New Black — December 14, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

    LOVE Fresh Lip Sugar! Swear by it!!!!


  20. #
    Sharesa — December 14, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

    I wear MAC Love Child Lip Glass. I haven’t tried Dazzle Glass… I’m a creature of habit! What’s the big difference between the two?


    • Jessica — December 14th, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

      Pretty sure that the Dazzleglasses are just more shimmery and sparkly – you know how you can get Lipglasses without glitter or shimmer? Dazzleglasses ALL have simmer and sparkles.


  21. #
    Brenda — December 14, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

    Too many to name! Every day I have a new favorite. Currently loving Fresh Rose and I’m a fan of Buxom as well. I am a complete Sephora junkie :) The happy feeling I get when that box comes in the mail is disgustingly sad. But my lips look GOOD.


  22. #
    Cait's Plate — December 14, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

    That coconut butter looks INCREDIBLE!


  23. #
    Michele — December 14, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

    burt’s bees is my obsession and i cry/die/writhe in pain whenever i don’t have one.
    i seriously have at least one in every room of the house.
    i think i have three regular mint ones? acai berry, honey, clove, and pomegranate too.
    the only one i don’t have is mango, i think :c

    my friends seriously think i’m crazy but i love em so much.


  24. #
    Michelle — December 14, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

    i own a TON of lipgloss. here is what is in current rotation:
    stila lip glaze
    benefit benetint lip balm
    lipsmackers a&w rootbeer (LOVE LIPSMACKERS!)
    cereza cherry (i picked this up at an airport in germany last year)


    • Jessica — December 14th, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

      Ooooh forgot about Stila! Like that too.


  25. #
    Kathleen — December 14, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    My favorite lips product is called “Spa fondant” from Lise Watier:

    I absolutely love the colour (i got pink serenity) and it really lasts. I think would look great on anyone, very natural and pretty. It smells like chocolate, but doesnt really have any taste. It’s very moisturizing, plumps quite a bit, not too expensive and the packaging is just too cute :) You should try it !


    • Jessica — December 14th, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

      You just totally sold me! I want.


      • Kathleen — December 14th, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

        Let me know if you try it! If you can’t find it in the US, write me an email and I’ll sent one to you :)

  26. #
    Nicci — December 14, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

    I love Smashbox’s O-Gloss. It gives your lips a great color and a nice gloss, without being sticky.


  27. #
    Monica — December 14, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    I always love trying something new, (and you can’t go wrong with MAC!) but my absolute favorite,the one that is always, always in my bag, is Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment ( I usually use the clear kind but the tinted ones are nice too. I really like the “honey” color and I want to try the “rose” color!


  28. #
    Mama Pea — December 14, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

    I love MAC lip glass in Viva Glam VI. I try to switch it up and buy lipstick sometimes, but then I just end up putting the gloss on top :)


  29. #
    Christina — December 14, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

    Oh I have been a chapstick addict since the 8th grade when I got a horrible cold that resulted in terribly crusted, chapped lips. Ever seen Napoleon Dynamite? I have ACTUALLY called my mom to bring my chapstick to school. “My lips are freaking burning.” I like cherry chapstick, CO Bigelow was my first addiction ( all the way back to the 8th grade), and Lip Smackers of course. Some chapsticks are super drying to me, Softlips for sure! As far as favorite lip gloss I L O V E LORAC Tie Dye For Gloss in Flaming Mix. Best red, EVER! Super luxurious with a subtly sweet scent. Rimmel stay glossy in Timless Allure and Nonstop Glamour are super lovely shades and CHEAP. Unfortunately their odd smell gives me a migraine! Weird right? Yes, but not the first make-up smell to induce headaches for me. I’m seriously a freak when it comes to smells. When I was pregnant my husband could not have ketchup (catsup?) anywhere near me. Well, I win, longest comment ever.


  30. #
    Julia — December 14, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

    I use burt’s bees with pomegranate! It’s chapstick but it has a bit of a pink tint. It’s perfect!


  31. #
    Food for Todd — December 14, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

    Love MAC’s Ladybug red lipstick with a dab of clear gloss.

    Burt’s Bee’s is my go-to chapstick (bo-ring), and I’ve recently discovered Mineral Fusion gloss (sold at Whole Foods, etc.) for everything in between. If I haven’t already spent all my pennies on clothes, I’ve also been known to try Bare Essentials Buxom line.


  32. #
    Beth — December 14, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

    Basic routine: scrub once a day with Lush Sweet Lips scrubs (it’s basically sugar and vanilla and magic in a pot) and then top up with lashings and lashings of Creme Brûlée Vaseline. My lips CONSTANTLY taste like a dessert.


    • Jessica — December 14th, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

      Um, I need this creme brulee vaseline you speak of… but it appears I can only buy it online! I once used a lip scrub by The Body Shop and wasn’t a fan, but it wasn’t flavored correctly! I need this Lush stuff too – have you tried the Snowcake soap?? I’m dying for it!


      • nicole {sweet peony} — December 14th, 2011 @ 5:42 pm

        uhhh how can i get this creme brulee vaseline?! i only see it in the uk but i’m soooo about to just order some!

        • Courtney — December 14th, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

          You can easily make lip scrub! Just mix up some honey, caster sugar and cocoa :) And Lush do the most amaazing shampoos (just to change topic entirely haha).

      • Beth — December 14th, 2011 @ 5:55 pm

        I THINK the shop I bought it from is the only one in the world that stocks it (Selfridges here in London), but before it came out I used to use the cocoa butter Vaseline, and that’s even sweeter. So yummy! Yes I have! I can’t go into Lush without buying everything, my favourite is the Honey Bee bath bomb.

  33. #
    Dana — December 14, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

    I adore the Buxom Big and Healthy Lip Stick. It’s not a lipstick, but it’s not a lip stain, but it’s not a gloss. Iti’s like a crayon, I guess. The Bombay color is quite lovely!

    Anything is better than Victoria Secret lipgloss. I once got a bug stuck on my lips. That stuff is just too sticky!


  34. #
    Lauren — December 14, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

    This post actually made my lips feel dry and I had to put some chapstick on. I pretty much always stick to the plain chapstick, but if I feel like dressing it up I use a little of Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Raisin (LOVE the color!). It kind of tingles on my lips which is fun, too.


  35. #
    Christine — December 14, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

    So happy to talk about this! I just reapplied as I read this. I am going to have to try the CO Bigelow stuff! I too love MAC. I like the plushglass in pretty plush. I will have to try the dazzle variety–never have. I’m also addicted to smashbox’s sheer color in candid. Oh, and while we’re on MAC, I like using the prolongwear lipstick for nighttime with the lip gloss over it.


  36. #
    nicole {sweet peony} — December 14, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

    my life truly does revolve around lip products. i use vaseline like 30 times a day. my #1 answer for those “what are the 3 things you’d want if you were stranded…blah blah” questions is vaseline. i cannot stand dry, chapped lips! it’s super moisturizing and it has a nice sheen, like you just ate some fried chicken. :P seriously though, it’s awesome.


  37. #
    Susan — December 14, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

    Burt’s Bees during the day and Vaseline at night. I couldn’t get more boring if I tried. Or maybe it’s “rustic”?


  38. #
    Kelly — December 14, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

    Loccitane shea butter lip balm is a life saver!
    Vaseline at night is the best, too. A couple other women said they use it so I’m glad I’m not the only one! I’ve used it every night since I was about 10 years old and it is the best for preventing chapped lips!


  39. #
    kaitlin @4loveofcarrots — December 14, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

    Carmax, I’m addicted, it is better known as lip crack


  40. #
    Skye @ Neathering Our Fest — December 14, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

    I love love love Burt’s Bees – I wear it 24/7 all day all night. I’m definitely addicted.

    As for gloss, I am a HUGE sucker for Juicy Tubes from Lancome. They have one, the color is called simmer, and it is the perfect shade of neutral pink with a tiny bit of shimmer and it tastes like Fruity Pebbles. I dare you to find one that tops that.


  41. #
    Sommer J — December 14, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

    i try to get cool new lipsticks that are totally different from the light browns i usually get and they always end up being the same color as my lips. I got a plum color from nars that i thought would be like a deep plum color and it was my lip color! i don’t wear lip gloss or chapsticks as much as i should though I have loads of them. i wish there was a mac dept in my closest dept store. i’ve been using lancome and chanel. lately i’ve been wearing revlon (i am a halle berry fan and i am under the illusion that what she wears would look nice enough on me *d’oh*!) and their stuff is decent enough.


  42. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — December 14, 2011 @ 6:04 pm

    I like the victoria’s secret lip gloss – i always have like 5 different kinds of lip gloss in my purse, though. It’s fun to switch it up!


  43. #
    kate — December 14, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

    i’m not a giant lipgloss fan. mostly because i tend to buy ’em and lose them within about 30 seconds…yeah i’m one of those people. anyyway i did find these super amazing chapsticks last week in a children’s store of all place while i was picking up a christmas present for my nephew – it’s called a la mode by crazy rumours (?) i don’t know but it’s apparently cruelty free and vegan (not something i realized i needed to be concerned about when buying chapstick, ohmygod i’m rambling) ANYWAY the thing that attracted me were the flavours – mint chocolate chip and banana split. i obviously got one of each and have been obsessed ever since. SO good.
    I love MAC too, although I haven’t made the switch off the lipglass yet…i’m very much a clear gloss kind of girl. but maybe you’ve inspired me to put a little dazzle in my life.
    and i think you made the right decision sticking with mr. how sweet, even if he likes lip chap. he did pick you up in a jag afterall. haha.


  44. #
    Jess K — December 14, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

    I swear by my softlips (during the day) and Blistex Lip Medex (comes in a little blue pot … and is a miracle worker for chapped lips). My lips can be cracked and bleeding after a day of snowboarding and the blistex will have them back to awesome in a day or 2.


  45. #
    Makana — December 14, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

    And I thought I was the only one with this problem! haha.

    My favorite is Burt’s Bees. I don’t think they’re boring because there are sooo many flavors to choose from. My most recent find and current reigning favorite is the Pink Grapefruit flavor. I’m sure that I’m using too much of it because it tastes so good that I keep licking my lips. Before that was the pomegranate flavor. My other go to is Smith’s Rosebud Salve which now conviniently comes in a tube to keep my fingers clean and unsticky.

    Scattered within purses and makeup pouches I own are also MAC Lip Glass, Dior gloss, Khiels lip balm (pear and mango are my favorites) and more Burt’s Bees.

    I bought some Revlon lip sticks in varying shades of red and pink when they were 50% off but I don’t like the dry texture of them. Lip stains are another issue. I got the Laura Mercier stain in Mulberry, loved it at the store but not so much when I got home and I can’t get it to last that long either. The colors gone from my lips in a couple hours. Thankfully, I’ve always got something else for backup.


  46. #
    Bev Weidner — December 14, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

    I AM THE SAME WAY. If I don’t have something on my lips AT ALL TIMES I’m a freak. Like, the other night I met some girls for a happy hour and discovered that I left my lip gloss bag AT HOME. I freaking panicked. I got sweaty, nervous, had absolutely no idea how to even HAVE A NICE TIME. I asked this girl that I JUST MET if I could borrow hers. I did. I really really did.

    Oh, but to answer you – Burts Bees! That and this Loreal brown glossy stuff that rawks my face off.

    p.s. sorry about the CAPS problem. I need to settle down.


  47. #
    janetha — December 14, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

    this post is just what i needed today! my lips are dying from the winter conditions.. gonna look for that top balm.


  48. #
    Elaine — December 14, 2011 @ 6:38 pm

    vaseline lip therapy, cherry flavored. i will be SO sad if they ever discontinue it.


  49. #
    Kath — December 14, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    This is why I love blogs. I am going to go buy this exact lip gloss just because you said so. I haven’t found a gloss I’ve loved – ever.


  50. #
    Julie — December 14, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

    I, too, started reading this post and had to reach for the standby on my desk – Rosebud Salve. I love it! I also use it on my cuticles and the backs of my hands during the day. I love CoverGirl LipSlicks! Can’t believe no one has mentioned them. I also have the assortment that many others mention – Smashbox, Buxom, MAC (Enchanted), Neutrogena. But the LipSlicks are my fave because they’re not sticky, they feel like regular lip balm, and the color can be dark enough (depending on which you choose) to pass for lipstick at this place where I have to wear suits everyday and look put together.


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