Pool Proof Lippy

We’ve all seen that babe at the pool party. (heck we have all seen that babe in my indoor cycling class too) You know the one: with a full face of makeup and perfect curls, uncomfortably positioned on her towel to avoid a single drop of water from ruining the perfection. Needless to say, we NEVER want to be that girl! I actually think I was that girl last year and the year before. HA!

Not sure about you but I want to be the one who’s up for all those endless summer adventures. I want to be the babe  who dives in head first, and can chillax in the sun feeling comfortable and confident in my own skin. But I am a girly girl after all and I do want some little tips and tricks to make me feel my best...I mean...sitting around in public in a bathing suit is already a huge step for me! 

I have a few tricks for you so you will be looking (and feeling) great at all of your pool parties this summer.  And it all comes to a foundation and a lipstick! That's it!! Seriously so subtle but these two beauty products make me feel amazing. 

First you want a waterproof makeup with a solid SPF built in. Sun protection is so sexy so make it top priority. I love the Mac Pro Long-wear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation. This tenacious waterproof formula that can be used as a foundation or concealer, wearing for an unprecedented 16 hours. Neither rain nor tears can budge this oil-free watertight product that actually repels moisture from the surface of the face. The formula blends seamlessly on the skin with medium to full weightless coverage and a natural satin finish.

Now for the lips dears! My friend Jen introduced me to a product called LipSense. Have you all heard of it? 

Getting a lipstick to stay in place is difficult enough when water isn't involved. So I was on the hunt for the perfect "staying" product.  I’ve just been waiting for the day when someone would finally invent lip color that lasted – truly lasted – through all the wear and tear of my daily routine.  I never actually thought that day would come, but sure enough, I started to see reviews for new ‘smear-proof’, long-lasting lipsticks and I know Jen would never leave me in the dark. She gave me some product to try as she just launched her biz selling this stuff. Way to go Jen!! So so very proud of her. 

You guys ! I am loving it! Why did I wait so long to jump on this band wagon?!

So for those of you ladies wondering what the heck is LipSense.....LipSense by Senegence is said to be a smear-proof, water-proof, budge-proof, kiss-proof, long-wear lipstick.  Its lasting abilities are a result of Senegence’s patented super-adhesive lip color formula, a multi-layered lip color process, and sealing ‘top coats’ (aka glosses). The Lipsense collection of colors and glosses is quite expansiveThere are currently 70+ shades of the Lipsense Long Lasting Liquid Lip Colors available, plus a number of topcoat gloss options (including matte, rose, pearl, glitter, and even diamond finishes).  And because of the 2-3 step layering process, they give you the option to combine different colors and create completely unique shades and combos. I cannot wait to try experimenting with that!

Lipsense lip colors also contain cosmetic-grade alcohol, which has two benefits: 1) it prevents bacteria build-up in the product tubes, and 2) it exfoliates your lips and removes build-up leftover from other products (enough so that it supposedly restores and revitalizes your lips after 1-4 weeks of using the product daily).  And finally, their products are vegan and cruelty-free. 

The key to Lipsense’s long-lasting abilities is partly in the whole layering process.  Three coats of lip color (two for lighter colors) is what Senegence recommends.  Add the gloss on top to further lock in the color as well as provide moisture, and you’ve got a (somewhat length) application process that goes something like this:

  1. Prep lips by cleansing them – removing any lip balm or other leftover products.
  2. Begin by applying the Lipsense lip color, in three thin coats (allowing each layer a few seconds to dry in between).  Swipe the brush from one corner of the lip to the other without rubbing the applicator back and forth.
  3. Finish with a topcoat gloss to seal in the color and also hydrate the lips.
  4. Clean up any mistakes with the Ooops! Remover.

So for my honest review...

For my first go, I tried out LipSense’s Starter Kit, which came with one Long Lasting Liquid Lip Color (I picked the shade Fly Girl), along with a clear Moisturizing Gloss and the Oops! Remover. Actually truth be told Jen picked Fly Girl for me because she knows me and ohhhhh....she knows me well!!! 

The Application Process...

Since I’m more of a lip balm/tint wearer, I initially found the whole LipSense application process to be a bit difficult. It took me some time to get used to drawing in my lips not only neatly, but also in one quick swipe. (Why is this so important?  Because the lip color starts out sticky, and if you run the brush over the same spot a second time before it dries, it can lift off some of the product and create a patchy look.)

After some practice, I came up with a system: First, I’ll angle the lip color wand along one side of my cupid’s bow, and then swipe out to the corner of my lips. Then I’ll do the exact same thing with the other side.  Finally, I’ll do one quick swipe along the bottom lip (the easy part).  I’ll repeat these steps to build up coats, moving the wand closer in with each step to cover the middle of my lips.

The good news is that even if you don’t get the first layer right, most of the lip colors are so opaque that you can easily make corrections with the next layer, or third layer.  (And any out-of-line mistakes can be fixed with the Oops! Remover/soap+water once you’re all done.)  Sometimes I’ll even cheat a bit and dab the color on my lips with the wand and then (quickly – like within 1-2 seconds) smooth it out with my finger.  Surprisingly, this works just fine and still gives me even coverage.

Now I have the hang of it and can do it in my sleep!

What Are the Formulas Like?....

The formula of the LipSense Long Lasting Liquid Lip Color is that of a liquid lipstick, only a little thinner and runnier.  It’s also quite sticky due to the product’s adhesive ingredients.  After the full 2-3 coats (plus a top coat), as you might expect, the wear isn’t the most comfortable (nothing like the cushiony, lightweight feel of the Anastasia Beverley Hills or Kat Von D’s liquid lipsticks, if you happen to have tried them out).  However, after some experimenting, I discovered that by applying the thinnest and least amount of coats possible (but still enough for full coverage), you can get the feeling of almost weightless wear.  The lip color is also surprisingly flexible, and easily moves with your lips as your stretch them out without cracking.

One important thing to note is that all LipSense lip colors contain cosmetic grade alcohol to prevent the growth of bacteria in your tubes.  This can cause unpleasant side effects if you have dry or chapped lips.  Just like putting alcohol on a wound, you’ll feel a slight tingling/burning sensation when the alcohol comes in contact with any broken skin, which typically lasts around 5-10 seconds.  To prevent this, it’s important to take extra care of your lips – that means always keeping your lips moisturized and smooth.

Now to the top coats.  Their main purpose is to seal in the lip color, but they also provide a healthy dose of hydration that supposedly penetrates through the lip color to reach your lips.  They can even be used alone to add shine and moisturize the lips, as they’re formulated similar to a balm. All the glossy top coats provide these benefits (Matte being the only exception), but probably the most hydrating gloss is the Moisturizing (or “Glossy”) Gloss which comes with all starter kits just for that reason.

Impressively, upon the initial application, the LipSense lip color is completely kiss-proof, smudge-proof, and waterproof, just as it claims.  During the first 3-4 hours of wear, it was bulletproof and lasted through drinking, talking, and even a few quick smooches – with no transferring.

During the learning process..but isn't the color gorgeous?!

During the learning process..but isn't the color gorgeous?!

Even after 5-6 hours, the color was still looking as fresh as when I had first applied it. This stuff even survives indoor cycling!! 

After continuing to test out LipSense for a full week, I learned that the key to making the color last all day is the top coat gloss – it needs applied frequently – every 4-5 hours or so.  It’s not just there to add shine and re-hydrate – it really does help to coat and protect the base layers of color for longer wear. So use the gloss babes!!! 

LipSense will be in my beauty bag all summer long!!!

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To order just join that group to see her stock and contact her with any requests. She is offering free shipping and no tax on your first order to my readers.. And anyone who buys a Lip Kit in the month of May and June will be entered into a drawing to win a free Goddess. Goddess is a special , limited edition color that is perfect for Summer and it's completely sold out and will not be available again. I love how matte it is! Ohhhh and for anyone who joins her group.. you get a free gloss! Say what??! GO NOW!