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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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BAM! Instant Color: A Red Apple Lipstick Review

Red Apple Lipstick asked me if I was interested in doing a product review and I enthusiastically said,

“YES!  I would LOVE to!”

Since I’ve already tried nearly every pink- or red-based lipstick they’ve made to date, I suggested doing a review on their latest product line: Instant Color Lipstick.

This formula is the creamiest lipstick I’ve ever worn, providing an ultra-moisturizing smooth feel. The color is opaque – INSTANT – just as you would expect from the name.  It is pure, creamy color without shimmer or glitter.  Most mineral-based lipsticks have a “buildability” feature, meaning you can apply sheer or build the color and opacity with multiple swipes.  This formula is different from the others that way – it is more like traditional lipsticks in color intensity.  It also wears down to a “staining” on the lips, keeping the color longer.  The flip side, of course, is that you have to be careful where you put it – as it stays put.

I tried three of the six colors in the Instant Color Collection:
Lovebird, Oh My Guava and HibisKiss.

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Lovebird – HibisKiss – Oh My Guava

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Lovebird – Oh My Guava – HibisKiss

These lovely lipsticks are unscented, gluten-free, nut-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free, vegan and all-around AWESOME!

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 upper right side of their web page).
Free shipping for purchases over $25.  Look for the many select-your-own discount packages in each category.

What are YOU waiting for?!  It’s Beauty without the Beasties!

Click on the Red Apple Lipstick image on the right side of this page to ORDER ====>

Ernie’s Pub & Grille

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Ernie’s Pub & Grille – 14351 Nicollet Court – Burnsville, MN 55306

For all my GF/Paleo Peeps in or visiting Minnesota:  a restaurant with a focus on gluten-free eating.  This place even has a dedicated gluten-free deep fryer for french fries and sweet potato fries.  What a treat!

Last Sunday we attended their Gluten-Free Expo and had an opportunity to try the smoked chicken wings, salt & pepper french fries and sweet potato fries.  So Yummy!  I can’t tell you just how special it was.  It’s been nearly two years since I’ve had proper (sweet) potato fries due to gluten cross-contamination of fryer oil.  So good we signed up for their card program and mailing list!

This is the first area restaurant I’m aware of that focuses on safe gluten-free food.
From the website:

We’re proud of our Gluten Free options!

When we made the commitment to move forward with offering Gluten-Free menu items, the first rule was that we would do it RIGHT!     We continue to grow within that commitment and continue to develop additional menu items and procedures that allow us to meet our own expectations in hopes of exceeding yours!

​All of our dressings, pasta sauces and our condiment sauces including Lemon-Dill Sauce and others are homemade and are specially designed to be safe for Celiacs and those with general Wheat allergies!

We’re also  pleased to have a “dedicated” fryer which allows us to prepare Fries, Sweet Potato Fries and other deep-fried items in a GLUTEN-FREE method!  Simply put, Ernie’s has put French Fries back on the menu for YOU!

The menu links below are our “regular” menus.     For all items that are “naturally” Gluten-Free, they are marked with a Gluten-Free Logo.       There are many items which are not Gluten-Free but can be modified to be Gluten-Free.    Some of those modifications are as simple as leaving the Seasoned Bread Crumbs off of the Scallops or leaving the Croutons off a Salad.

We offer an outstanding Gluten-Free Pasta alternative to our regular pasta AND we also offer Udi’s Gluten-Free Buns.     The cost for those modifications are listed right in the menus for your convenience!

​When joining us for a meal, please be sure to let your server know about your special dietary requirements so that we can ensure your safety.

Menu perusal revealed a good selection of (GF) meat and seafood entrees in addition to the appetizers.  Even though they are located across the metro from us, we will definitely be returning for Date Night soon!  It’s worth the trip!

Many Thanks to talk radio personality Jason Lewis for promoting the event and restaurant on his show.  Apparently his wife is celiac and they really enjoy going to Ernie’s.  See you there!