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.”

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    Nicole — December 14, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

    Buxom Lips by sephora in Trixie. It’s amazing!


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    Alanna — December 14, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

    Lancome Juicy Tubes. I’ve been wearing these things for years. I’ve tried branching out but my problem is that I have a hard time finding lip gloss that’s not “sticky” feeling. I’ll have to try MAC.

    Otherwise, I’m a huge fan of Rosebud Salve.


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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — December 14, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

    I am addicted to Carmex in a tube/stick. I have it in every purse, room, drawer, car, bag,…I have about 10 tubes going at any one moment.

    And MAC. I have more Mac than the Mac store. And I’m kinda not kidding. I have a PPID discount so it’s even easier to justify buying it :) I love Dazzleglass too but I am so very, very loyal to Lipglass in Prrr. I have tubes of that stuff…..everywhere, too!


    • Kristen — December 15th, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

      Averie, I have the PPID card too. I have thought about posting a pic of my makeup stash on Instagram but I am kind of embarrassed by it. If it wasn’t for that discount I definitely WOULD NOT own so much MAC. I couldn’t afford it!


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    Jacqueline — December 14, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

    Burt’s Bees original lip balm. I kept trying other sticks and I kept coming back to Burt’s Bees. Careful wearing it outside in the winter though! Brrr!


    • Jacqueline — December 14th, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

      Oh, and I keep a tube of Auqaphor by the bed. That stuff is great for chapped lips, cracked knuckles, extra dry skin, etc! Plus it doesn’t roll away like a tube of chapstick :)


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    stephanie @cookinfanatic — December 14, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

    I’m obsessed with Korres Lip Butter in jasmine – it’s wonderfully moisturizing with the perfect pink tint! Plus it doesn’t have parabens, sulfates, etc, which I love :)


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    heather — December 14, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

    LOL, my entire blog revolves around lip products. i’m a MAC monster…my all-time favourite beauty product, anywhere, is Bombshell lipstick(i know, frost finish and all! im a mess!). its the best. i reallllly like the awkward(prized)collection of flavor-savers balm that my mom got from avon over the early 90’s. the pineapple one went out of production in like the late 80’s but i love it. <3


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    kerri — December 14, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

    Thanks for posting two days AFTER stocking up on gloss again :(, but my favorite us Buxom Lips in Dolly…. I will need to try yours though. AND I just got a Clarisonic…so excited to try it out!


    • Jessica — December 14th, 2011 @ 9:37 pm

      Ah! So jealous. Has been on my Christmas list forever.


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    Ashli — December 14, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

    I worked for MAC for years and had every color made…and then some. Since leaving I have gone back to dabbling in lots of other brands, but love Dior’s 001 and 002 the best. I have NEVER, EVER bought two of any lipgloss, but just bought new ones of each of those. I also love Buxom for something tingly during this season and Chanel glosses are always great too. I used to put Rosebud Salve on my lips every night (it was very LA when I lived there), but my Colorado days now have me putting on vanilla bean Badger lip balm. It does the trick! (Now, let’s talk hand cream!)


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    sarah — December 14, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

    Yep. Complete lip product whore here as well. Because I live in Colorado, I wear Chapstick 24/7 underneath everything else. (When I was younger I was also a LipGlass groupie. I used to wear it over the top of BRIGHT reddish-pink lipstick and was known as “glossylips” for years because of it. :P )

    My favorite lipcolor of all. time. was made by Olay, during the very short time that they sold make-up. It was called Black Cherry and it was PERFECT. The color was so saturated that I always had at least *some* color on my lips, even when the rest of the lipstick ickiness had rubbed off. It was my dream lipcolor. I then moved to a MAC lipcolor that is now retired, sadly, but it was also bright reddish-pink. I have run through dozens and dozens of other lipcolors and brands trying to find the perfect lipcolor…one that is intensely saturated and will practically stain my lips but won’t dry them out. Right now I’m using a L’Oreal color that does the trick, but it’s no Olay.


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    Stacie (Foodie2Shoes) — December 14, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

    Sexy Mother Pucker — it’s tingly and has the best name! The sales girl at sephora was really good — I had smoky eyes that day and she came up to me and said I had to try it. She put the champagne pink color on me and that was it. I left the store with something other than the gel eyeliner I went in for…


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    elizabeth — December 14, 2011 @ 11:54 pm

    I currently have three glosses in rotation that I love.

    I put on Jouer’s Lip Enhancer in the morning and before bed. I wear Be Fine’s gloss all day, and then Rosebud Salve if I can’t track down the Be Fine, or if I want a little color. I have some lipsticks that I wear to go out, but 90% of the time, I’m using my glosses.


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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — December 15, 2011 @ 12:25 am

    Ooh, I’m definitely a beauty junky… Sephora will be the end of me. Though, I recently switched to all paraben free, stuff… So I’ve cut back quite a bit. I love the Yes to Carrots gloss… And, I just ordered some lip glaze from Korres that I haven’t tried yet. It looks so pretty though!


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    my honest answer — December 15, 2011 @ 5:37 am

    Burt’s Bees. Either the original peppermint (I love the tingle!) or honey variety in a tube, so you don’t have the finger-wiping problem, like you say. I like their lip shimmer as well, but the lighter ones tend to feel a bit gritty – it’s like you can feel the actual particles of glitter in them, so I prefer the darker shades. And for out and about – stila lip gloss. Love.


  14. #
    Brady — December 15, 2011 @ 7:29 am

    Cherry chapstick and hot coral lipstick. Any other lip balm dries out my lips.


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    Erin — December 15, 2011 @ 7:49 am

    Eurcerin Aquaphor now makes a lip moisturizer…it is amazing in a tube!!!!! I’ve used everything under the sun and this is the best best best best best!!!!!!! Give it a try, you won’t be sorry! I am also a MAC fan, I just don’t like the brushes they have with certain lip glosses, I like the little spongey things all the way!!!!


    • Erin W. — December 15th, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

      I agree with my fellow Erin. Aquaphor Lip Treatment is the BEST. I use it overnight when my lips are chapped, and they are perfect in the morning. Most effective overnight treatment out there.


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    LeAnna — December 15, 2011 @ 7:50 am

    I have tubes of Burt’s Bees Original EVERYWHERE–a tube at work, three tubes in my makeup bag in my purse, a tube by my bed, and a tube in each of my Vera Bradley tote bags. I have been addicted to some kind of lip balm since I started playing clarinet in middle school forever ago. I find myself buying tubes of it in the checkout line at the grocery store. I will have to try the MAC lip gloss. I love their lipstick, but I wear lipstick so infrequently that a tube will last 1 – 2 years. I currently have L’Oreal lip gloss, which I like, but the colors are very limited.

    BTW, the muffins from the e-mail sound wonderful!


  17. #
    Celestine — December 15, 2011 @ 8:39 am

    Totally addicted to Lancome Juicy Tubes and Chanel Aqualumiere


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    Kat @ living like the kings — December 15, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    my hubs is a wicked chap stick junkie as well! And every single year i buy the huge packs at BJ’s Wholesale club to stuff in his stocking and by the end of the year there are always like NONE left. Me? I’m obsessed with Bath & Body and Victoria’s secret lip glosses – especially the peppermint ones.


  19. #
    Erica Cooper — December 15, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    Burt’s Bees, plain ol peppermint. <3 it


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    Brooke Bailey — December 15, 2011 @ 10:28 am

    Cannot fall asleep without a 1/2 inch layer of Reg. tubed Carmex on my lips

    For 10 years, I collected MAC lip glass. I seriously think I had 70% of the colors. I even thought about purchasing the stand that spins from a MAC store to display them in my bathroom.

    I have been (for 2 years now) in love with BUXOM lipgloss – in all colors – with a few mentionables : Dollie, Trixie and Candy. if you are a lipgloss/lipglass lover – you would be doing yourself an injustace not to buy a tube today!


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    HeatherChristo — December 15, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    lip medex in the blue tub. I hoard them when i go to different cities cause they don’t sell it here. I have an issue.

    Otherwise MAC/Nars red lipsticks or for the light lip/dark eye combo I too am a MAC gloss addict. I think I am a makeup addict in general…


  22. #
    Brooke Bailey — December 15, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    Carmex by night, buxom by day!


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    Erin — December 15, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    Burt’s Bees. That’s all. I try to wear tinted lip gloss on occasion, but I always get frustrated when it ends up on my water bottle/glass or my hair gets blown into my face…which inevitably happens within the first 30 seconds of wearing it. So, Burt is my main man/gloss.


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    Megan C. — December 15, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    I love lip gloss!! I use Bare Escentuals Buxom lip gloss…it has peppermint in it to plump your lips and it stays on very well. I use Gabby (a medium plum) the most but I have many of the colors that I love!! I also use Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lip gloss. It is very moisturizing and it stays on well. I love Midnight Cowboy (sparkly nude) for everyday and Red Light (a nice red) for when I want something a bit more.


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    Naomi(onefitfoodie) — December 15, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    burts bees and also the blistex DCT chapstick (I’m so lady like aren’t I?) haha but when it comes to color, I love lip glass too! I have a bunch because I always seem to lose them, then they turn up in a pocket so I have accumulated quite a few :)


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    Erica — December 15, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    I have TON of lip gloss. I just went through and did a purge of all the gloss I own- just in time for Santa.

    Day to day, when I’m just chilling at home I go for rosebud salve. I have the strawberry flavour from Sephora and the plan stuff from Bath and Body Works. When I’m at work/ school I go for the combo of MAC Slimshine Lipstick in Scant and Vanillamint lip shine from Bath and body works as well.

    When I’m studying, the pot of coconut butter lip butter is delish!!

    I love your forays into girlyness. Our twitter chat about nail polish was a great way to start the day ;).


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    Chris — December 15, 2011 @ 11:47 am

    Neutrogena makes some fine cheap glosses, though I do like me some Buxom as well. BUT for really dry lips, NOTHING works like Jack Black. It’s actually for MEN (Mr. How Sweet stocking stuffer?), but I love the stuff. Comes in good flavors like mint, grapefruit, etc. Get it at Sephora. Seriously the best stuff ever.


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    Adele — December 15, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    Haha I love your post. We all have our favorites and preferences when it comes to lip color, balms, glosses, etc. Those MAC glosses look so pretty I might have to get one! I use the Pomegranate Burt’s Bee’s “chap stick” obsessively. In fact that is usually all I wear. In high school I used to wear lipstick, in college I wore gloss, but once I hit my late twenties for some reason I can’t be bothered. I feel like glosses either come off immediately or my hair gets stuck in them, ew. I wear eye makeup almost every day, and when I go out I wear even more – but still stick with the Burt’s Bees pomegranate lip balm. Kind of weird haha.


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    Jennifer Maier — December 15, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

    I would have to say either Burt’s Bees or Lancome’s Juicy Tubes Jelly… <3<3<3 them both!!! and I agree that I ALWAYS have to have somehing on my lips also…

    : )


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    Kristen — December 15, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

    I have some random brands in my lipstick/lipgloss tackle box but the majority is all MAC. I love the colors and texture. I have some NARS, Stila, Lorac, Revlon, etc. but they always bother me in some way. Either they put a weird taste in my mouth or they are too sticky or cakey. MAC never seems to let me down. The holiday glosses are so fun to get at this time of year, but you are right when they are gone…they are GONE!

    Have you tried MAC’s perfume Turquatic? It smells so good! My sister and I are addicted to its clean and fresh scent. They briefly discontinued it and we were devasted. Then they brought it back with new packaging but sadly it seems to always be sold out. So close, yet so far to be reunited again!


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    Summer Womack — December 15, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

    I’m a junkie, too!!!!! This delights me to no end. I love Buxom (Clair and Dolly are my faves). I use Aquaphor to heal, if needed. I have lip gloss EVERYWHERE. My desk, my coats, my purses, next to the bed, 100 in the bathroom, it never ends!!! UGH.
    I’m a fan of the MAC lipglass, but have yet to try the Dazzleglass. I agree with a previous comment-I HATE the brush style.. I MUST have the sponge tip applicator. (Can put it on without a mirror).

    Did you get the Coconut butter at B&BW? I know they carry Bigelow products. I also like Avon Glazewear, but it’s like the WORST for horrible additives, so I had to stop using it. I also like the Korres lip butters-but have the same pink sparkly carpet problem in my CAR!!! LOL.

    If I could only pick one forever…it would be Buxom:) Not too sticky! LOVE this.


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    Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions — December 15, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

    Oh I love this! I ALWAYS forget about putting stuff on my lips, and if I actually do put something on for an evening out I never remember to upkeep. I do however put Vaseline on my lips every night before bed for softness factor! I think I’m going to have to check out some of your suggestions here.


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    Joanna @ Southern Daisy — December 15, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

    I love Mac LipGlass as well. I haven’t tried the Dazzle Glass yet. When I got my makeup done for my wedding the girl put some Bare Escentuals Buxome Lip Gloss in the Dani color, and I think I fell in love. It has a cooling ingredient that makes your lips all cool and tingly. It is my main lip gloss. I also like Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works lip gloss in the tubes.


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    Erin — December 15, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

    I’m a lip product junkie too… my newest obsession is Fresh Sugar Balm in Passion. It’s silky and moisturizing like chapstick, but tinted with enough color that it looks like gloss. AND it stays on for hours! Sephora sells it, and they have some awesome gift sets out right now. I LOOOOVE it so much I’m getting some as Christmas gifts :)


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    Kristy — December 15, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

    My husband (meaning I) just bought some of this for a stocking stuffer. Thanks to you:)


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    Katie @ — December 15, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

    will always be a hardcore lover of burt’s bees… there’s just something magical that happens when it touches my lips. i probably have three or four active tubes that i use everyday… one for each bag


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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — December 15, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

    I love the nude Dior lip smoothing lipgloss, but lately I’ve been rockin’ a red lip for parties using Chanel Flamboyante.


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    Ceren — December 15, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

    Always and forever red lipstick….Chanel, Bobbi Brown, and nowadays MAC movie star red. I don’t recall wearing any other color or lipgloss. My mum used to be like this, I guess I am following her steps;))


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    Jourdan — December 16, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    everyday all day … beauty rush from victoria’s secret! i’m obsessed! its a pot lipgloss though so you might not like it!


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    Amanda — December 16, 2011 @ 10:27 am

    On my desk at work and in every bag I own I have a tube of Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm. Of all the balms I’ve tried its my favorite – its the perfect weight, stays put, is not sticky at all and the flavors aren’t too overpowering.

    On the color front I have a TON of smashbox lipglosses in everything from sheer to opaque that are my go to glosses. I’ve heard good things about the MAC glosses and use their eye color but its such a PAIN to go to Macy’s when every other makeup product I buy is at Sephora…I think I have something like 1500 points on my Sephora card. Yeah, I have a makeup problem.


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    Kathleen — December 16, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

    A few different things…
    -Love the Aquafina lip gloss. Especially the mixed berry stuff. It’s cheap, but it feels great. That’s what I put on before going to bed.
    -Sometimes I’ll use mint Blistex. It’s nice if your lips have gotten windburned (living in a very windy, cold part of Canada, that often happens).
    -My favorite is Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping gloss in Prune by Soap & Glory. Maybe it’s Canadian only? Splurged on a tube of this stuff once and have loved it since. You put it on and your lips begin to tingle a bit, then in a matter of seconds, you have these gorgeous, full, voluminous Jessica Rabbit type lips. The only downfall is that it’s a bit too sticky. When it’s done, I cover it with my Aquafina stuff so that my hair doesn’t stick in it. LOL.


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    Krystal — December 16, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

    I’m also a lip gloss junkie, and as per your suggestion I decided to give Rags to Riches a try… it is gorgeous! Thanks so much for the tip :D


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    Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions — December 16, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    I always put Vaseline on my lips before bed for softness factor. Other than that, I am absolutely terrible at remembering to put anything on my lips! And on the rare occasions that I do put some color on before a night on the town, I never remember to upkeep ;) I may have to try the glossies that you recommend here!


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    Chrissy — December 16, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

    My friends call my Carmex my crack. I start to shake if I can’t find it in my purse. Once I dropped it between the seats of my friend’s car and tore her vehicle apart trying to get it back.


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    cori c — December 16, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

    Um, Burt’s Bee for lip balm… tubes everywhere. Although I like Kiehl’s when I can get my hands on some. For lip gloss, I always go back to Stila. I have like 20 colors although my favorite is kitten. I also use to love a lip gloss by Fresh in Claret that they don’t make any more. Sigh.


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    Sydney — December 20, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    Oooh i have the mango flavor of that and it is amazing!


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    Becca — January 6, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    I too was obsessed with the original clear Lipglass back in the day! Have since moved on to Viva Glam Lipglass, it’s not as sticky as the original & the color is amazing! I think they may be on Viva Glam V now, I’ve been buying it for years, it’s the perfect neutral gloss color & if I’m remembering correctly all proceeds go to HIV/Aids awareness & research. I get amazing lips & my money goes to charity, win/win!


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    FoodFaceChomp! — May 18, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    Yes, I have been reading through all of your Crumbs posts today. It’s slow at work. Anyway, I am currently obsessed with Benefit’s Ultra Shines in Dancing Queen. Oh mah GOD, I love it. I have about five billion lip products at home, in all of my purses, in my car and on my desk at work but find that this is the best one of all. It’s glossy (but not SO glossy), provides a nice bit of color and tastes delish. And it conditions my lips making them feel soft — not dry. I’m a big fan!


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    Crystal — June 27, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    Carmex 99% of the time. Addicted. But when I want to feel pretty I do Clarins Instant Light natural lip perfector in 02. Has a sponge applicator, I love it! Can anyone tell me if the Dazzleglass is sticky at all? I can’t stand sticky glosses in the slightest and mainly why I stay away…and my obsession w/Carmex! And I do tons of online shopping so can’t tell for myself!


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    Sabine — July 16, 2012 @ 12:59 am

    I use the mentha lip glosses from c.o. bigelow. they aren’t too sticky and they taste like the flavor they smell like. I also love dazzleglass!



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