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RED Lipstick is Classic!

In a recent online article discussing how a woman can make herself more attractive,
one of the tips is to wear red lipstick.

Duh.

Men love it.  If you really want to get attention, wear red – the brighter, the better.

My friends at Red Apple Lipstick asked me to do a review of four red lip shades:
Red! 101, Ravishing, Strawberry Lips and Berried Treasure gloss.

First up: THE Classic: RED! 101 is my favorite (and my Husband’s too!)

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All dressed up in RED! 101 for JOSH GROBAN!
Eyeshadows in Porcelain, Iced Mocha, Twinkle Taupe with Espresso applied wet as eyeliner.

Red! 101.  This color will get you noticed.  LOTS of attention.  (Of course it doesn’t hurt to pair it with a Rodrigo Otazu choker and Victoria’s Secret cashmere sweater dress…) LOL
In an extremely crowded Fogo de Chao we got excellent service!  😉

Here is Hubby wearing Red! 101 after the show:

Lee wearing RED!

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My son said Ravishing was “beautiful”.  It looks nothing like the solid bullet in the tube.
As intense as Rebel and HibisKiss but more berry/burgundy.  The perfect color to wear with Burberry plaid (were that I had some!)

To soften the look and add a touch of shimmer, add a dab of Berried Treasure gloss.

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Strawberry Lips
is a lovely semi-sheer muted red suitable for anytime.

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Berried Treasure
gloss is luscious on its own or layered with your favorite lipstick.

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With any red or other intense lipstick, base prep is important to look your best all day/night.
Exfoliate and apply Rallye Balm for smooth, even coverage and dimensional color.
Line your lips with foundation and/or a flesh-colored lip pencil to prevent bleeding.
The Ultimate Guide to Red Lipstick has some additional tips for perfect red lips.

Now it’s YOUR TURN!  Go to Red Apple Lipstick and try something new!
The sample packs make it easy to try several shades to find your favorite.

Be sure to sign up for the VIP Club email list to get 20% off codes each month – the first one arrives IMMEDIATELY (conveniently located at the top of their web page).  Free shipping for purchases over $50.  Look for the many select-your-own discount packages in each category.

Click HERE to get yours!!


*Dislosure: Products for this review were provided at no cost to me by
Red Apple Lipstick.

It’s Coming At Last!! Red Apple Lipstick’s Gluten-Free Mascara!

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*SQUEAL!*

This is gonna be GREAT!  A virtually non-toxic, non-allergenic mascara that’s actually GOOD for our lashes.  I for one cannot wait until December 2nd!  This is just too exciting!

If you’re allergy-prone or celiac like me, you know how important this is.  Even trace amount of gluten ingested via eyes, nose or mouth can trigger an autoimmune reaction that lasts more than a week, inhibiting absorption of nutrients and causing great pain/inflammation and frustrating symptoms like brain fog and uncoordination.  For some, it can cause itching, irritation and swelling of skin and eye tissue.  Other chemical and/or allergens can do the same to non-celiacs.

From Andrea at Red Apple Lipstick:

Red Apple Lipstick has announced the release date (December 2, 2013!) of our ground-breaking gluten free mascara that’s actually designed to help lashes grow and follicles to become healthy and strong!

There is nothing on the market today that does what The Lash Project does – nothing!

“The Lash Project” will be released early December just in time for Christmas!

We’ve listened to so many women complain (myself included) about mascara that makes their eyes itchy or watery, that smudges, that clumps, that makes them have raccoon eyes a few hours later – that burns and that rips out eyelashes when they remove the mascara at the end of the day!  Sound familiar?

Jay and I spent the last few years researching what ingredients actually make all these issues happen.  And how to formulate a mascara that doesn’t cause these awful problems yet actually WORKS.

Makes your lashes look long and luxurious.  Makes your lash follicle strong and healthy.  Stays put throughout the day and throughout a sappy tear-filled movie! 🙂

We’ve developed a mascara full of healthy ingredients, intended to make your lashes full of life again!

  • Gluten Free
  • Paraben Free
  • Allergen Free
  • Soy Free
  • Corn Free
  • Toxin Free
  • Cruelty Free
  • Plasticizer Free
  • GMO Free
  • Petroleum Free
  • Vegan
  • AWESOME!


We would love your help explaining to all your lovely readers why it’s so important to wear healthy mascara – and certainly why you shouldn’t keep mascara longer than 6-9 months.
We’ve designed a special little page where they can register for the sale in December.  We need everyone to register for The Lash Project launch so we have a rough idea of how many we need to make!  

That page is: www.redapplelipstick.com/thelashproject

Don’t miss out on your chance to get yourself some of this AWESOME product!
You owe it to your eyes – and your vanity!  I’ve said repeatedly that Red Apple Lipstick products are the best I’ve ever used (gluten-free or not!) and this mascara is going to be revolutionary.  I am confident it’s going to blow all others “out of the water”.

So let’s do this!  www.redapplelipstick.com/thelashproject  

I Will Not Be Pink-Washed

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I will not be Pinkwashed.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Cancer is a tragedy and my heart aches for its victims.  [We’ve lost two in the family to esophageal and lung cancer(s) this year.]

Cancer is also preventable and treatable – something the pink pushers would like to ignore.

I agree with the author of this article.  This exploitation of breast cancer as a cause has become a huge money maker.  It seems everyone wants in on the ruse.  Perusing Facebook today and encountered another article, this one posted by Primal Docs.

I do not purchase items simply because they support the pink ribbon.  I make my purchase decisions based upon whether the product is of quality and promotes healthy lifestyle – as defined by Paleo/Primal criteria!  I worked for marketing/advertising agencies for 5+ years and learned many tricks of the trade and I believe that helps me avoid some of them now.  Two of the biggest tactics used are the emotional response to the tragedy of cancer and the desire to do anything to help; and the affiliation herding (or groupthink) –  that feeling of belonging through purchase.

I encourage everyone to think carefully about the “awareness” and charitable campaigns they support.  Research the organization’s efforts and spending.  What do they really accomplish and support?  Health and longevity or profits?  I for one will NOT be Pinkwashed!

 

As a side note: one of the key chemical contributors to breast cancer are parabens.  Parabens are a group of cosmetic preservatives that mimic estrogen.  Studies in the UK have found at least 6 varieties of parabens in all breast cancer tumors tested.  Look for the “-paraben” on the ingredient label of cosmetics and personal care products and avoid them like the plague!

I choose Red Apple Lipstick lipstick and eye makeup because it is paraben-free in addition to being gluten-free.  They are on a mission to share safe makeup with the world.  And I recently found Tarte Amazonian Clay mineral foundation and mascara.  They are also gluten- and paraben-free.  There are safe, conscientious companies out there.  We just have to make the time and effort to find and support them!

History of Paraben and Breast Cancer

 

New Fall Colors!!

The latest from Red Apple Lipstick!  The new Fall color collection is now available, and it is gorgeous.  Perfect Fall shades for eyes and lips.  Something for everyone!

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Cozy colors! Matte eye shadows in rich Fall shades and auburn red lipsticks.

As mineral-based lip and eye products, the color is buildable from a soft hue to intense opaque color.  Eye shadows also take on a new effect when applied wet.  These mineral-based products also do not stain skin and clothing the way dye-based cosmetics can!

Brr!  The wind and cold is coming – get extra protection.  Stock up on Rallye Balmthe BEST lip balm on the planet!!  [...and under-eye and cuticle moisturizer!]

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Be sure to sign up for the VIP Club email list to get 20% off codes each month – the first one arrives IMMEDIATELY (conveniently located at the top of their web page).  Free shipping for purchases over $50.  Look for the many select-your-own discount packages in each category.

Click on any of these Red Apple Lipstick images to ORDER ====>

It’s Beauty without the Beasties!

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The Magic of Sleep Masks

Most Americans do not get enough quality sleep, which is arguably the most influential health factor, even more so than diet and exercise.  Sleep deprivation for even just one night  has disastrous physical and mental health effects.

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To maximize the regenerative benefits of sleep, it is often recommended that we sleep in complete darkness.  Some people go to great lengths to achieve this, including taping aluminum foil over their bedroom windows.  (This was too much for me, as I love to see the morning sun and actually look out the window once in a while.)

I had some challenges with this.  We live in the suburbs and have street lights shine in our windows as well as the pre-emptive night lights in the hallway and bathroom for the kiddo.

Since my medical emergency this Spring, I’ve had sleep issues.  No problem falling asleep, but waking up very early and not being able to fall back asleep.  I’ve read countless articles on sleep hygiene and have established the bedtime routine, eliminated afternoon caffeine consumption, removed all electronics from the bedroom, turned down my artificial lights in the evening and installed F.lux on the computer.  The blackout eluded me though, until I had an epiphany.

Sleep masks.

Yes, those cutesy things the housewives on TV always wear.  I never knew anyone who had ever used them.  They were utterly foreign to me.

I received one as a freebie many months ago and promptly put in in a drawer and forgot about it.  I discovered it during a recent round of decluttering and the light bulb went on (or off?! LOL) that this just might help me sleep better.  Why not give it a go?  So I did.

And it worked – really well!

I was stunned.  How could I have missed out on this for so long?!  Who knew?!

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Red Apple Lipstick Now Sells SAMPLES of All Lipstick Colors!

This is BIG news!  Now we can “try before we buy” ALL of the beautiful Red Apple Lipstick colors and formulas!  BONUS:  RAL is enclosing a special offer with each sample pack, sure to make you swoon!

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To order lipstick samples, click HERE and go to the “BUY SAMPLES” tab – AFTER you sign up for the VIP Club!

Be sure to sign up for the VIP Club email list to get 20% off codes each month – the first one arrives IMMEDIATELY (conveniently located at the top of their web page).  Free shipping for purchases over $25.  Look for the many select-your-own discount packages in each category.

Each sample pack also receives a Rallye Balm sample pod at no additional cost – this is the BEST lip balm on the planet!  You will absolutely LOVE Red Apple Lipstick.  Try some today – it’s Beauty without the “Beasties”!

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