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What it is:

A tinted lip balm from the Kiss You Off: Color Rich Lip Balm range.

What it claims:

According to the Darling Girl (DG) website,

Kiss You Off: Color Rich Lip Balms have all the color and pigmentation of a lipstick, varying from sheer to completely opaque, but are made with skin-loving moisturizing ingredients.

What is noteworthy:

Susan, the owner, has launched a new website and shop, and the Sugar Rush lip balm listed there has been reformulated to be more pigmented than my swatches.

My impressions:

“WHY IS MY LIP BALM BRIGHT PINK?!” was my initial reaction when I saw the colour of Sugar Rush in its tube. When I put it on however, I was relieved.

Sugar Rush is a warm-toned, sheer baby pink lip balm with fine gold shimmer. My pre-reformulated (I made that word  up :P) lip balm is so sheer, it barely shows up on my lips. Believe me when I say it took many coats to get the swatch to look like this. Based on the swatches on the DG website, it looks like the pink in the new Sugar Rush would be just a tad more visible. I think I would like the reformulated version, as I prefer my tinted lip balms to be sheer yet give a hint of colour at the same time.

I love that the gold shimmer in the lip balm is extremely fine and doesn’t stay behind on the lips. There is nothing I hate more than finding huge chunks of sparkly stuff stuck on my lips after a meal. The gold shift really complements warm tones and I find that it helps to polish up my look. This is a great everyday colour, and it is perfect for ladies who do not like wearing a lot of make up. I put it on whenever I need to go downstairs to buy food or run some quick errands. It just adds that extra little something and makes me feel less sloppy in my t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops.

The texture is quite waxy, and I have to glide it over my lips a few times to coat them. I honestly do not know if the lip balm is long-lasting, because I keep licking it off my lips! I know the website states that it is bubblegum flavoured, but it smells and tastes like burnt sugar to me. Absolutely delicious!

I do find that I cannot use this for many days in a row, as it causes the edges of my lips to become really dry, like they’re about to peel. I have never had this problem before and I have no allergies that I know of. I’m not sure what causes it, but I’m not too worried as the lip balm has been reformulated, and the ingredients seem to be slightly different.

I adore the see-through packaging, the vintage label and the oval tube is just too cute. However, I do prefer slim tubes as my lips aren’t thick, so I tend to end up with lip balm on the skin around my lips (might explain the dry ring around my mouth).  I’m happy to read that the reformulated lip balms will be packaged in slim tubes instead.

Size (reformulated version):

0.07 oz or 1.98 g

Price (reformulated version):

USD $5.25

 

Ingredients (reformulated version):

Prunus Amygdalus Dulics (Sweet Almond oil), Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Cocoa Butter), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Persea Gratissima oil (and) Hydrogentated Vegetable oil (Avocado Butter), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene (and) Ethylene/ Propylene/ Styrene Copolymer (and) Butylene/ Ethylene/ Styrene Copolymer, Sunflower Wax, Ozokerite Wax, Soy Lecithin, Vitamin E

I know, I know. What is the point of doing a review of a product that has already been reformulated? Well, I only realised it after I’d already done most of the work, so I didn’t want the blog entry to go to waste! 😛 No doubt the reformulated version will be more pigmented than what you see in my swatches, but I do think that the new Sugar Rush will still be sheer – just perfect for me.

 

xoxo

 

Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.
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What it is:

Holo-gloss, which is basically loads of natural glitter suspended in clear/sheer lip gloss.

What it claims:

The Darling Girl (DG) website states that,

Raspberry Beret is a sheer pink with pink, gold and copper glitter.

Holo-glosses are perfect for the ladies who don’t like a lot of color but still want something a little special to wear. While these are sheer shades they have a fantastic sheen/finish to them… I think these will be great for ladies who don’t really like a colored gloss or lipstick but still want something a little special to put on.

What is noteworthy:

These were inspired by Lorac Multiplex 3-D lip glosses, but the owner, Susan, had improved on the texture and added her own little spin on them. On her blog, she explained,

While I loved the shades which are essentially clear with loads and loads of natural glitter, so no gritty feeling on the lips, I hated the super thick sticky feeling.

Susan also offers an alternate formula for ladies with Shea allergies.

My impressions:

I was blown away by Raspberry Beret. It is sheer (I like sheer!), full of shimmer (I LOVE shimmer!), and the texture is just wonderful.

The pink in Raspberry Beret is not obvious, but it is very flattering when the holo-gloss is used on its own. The star of this product though, is the glitter. Oh helloooo, glitter. It seemed like Susan held nothing back, and kept packing that tiny amount of pink gloss with all kinds of crazy, multi-coloured glitter! 

I am happy with the colour of my lips and well, the shade suits me perfectly (as it should), so I always gravitate towards sheer and shimmery, sparkly glosses to let my natural lip colour show through. The pretty glitter in Raspberry Beret adds an extra dimension to my lips and gives the illusion of a fuller, sexier pout.

I’m sure they’d be great as layering glosses too, but I haven’t tried them that way. I don’t like getting the doe-foot wands stained by other colours lol. I know, I have issues!

Size:

3.5 ml in a lip gloss tube with a doe foot applicator.

Price:

$4.25

Ingredients:

Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Bee’s Wax,Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tin Oxide and Silica.

Alternate Formula (for ladies with allergies to Shea):
Castor Seed Oil, Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol, Olive Fruit Oil, Beeswax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glycine Soybean Lipds, Lauryl Laurate, Carnauba Wax, Candillia Wax. Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer.

I love the sizes of DG’s lip products because let’s face it, how often do we actually use up anything?! I want to be able to buy new colours and new collections, and trying to finish up a huge tube of something is a chore. Makeup is supposed to be fun!

The one thing that slightly bugs me is the packaging. DG’s lip glosses come in a small tube, and it is hard to get the gloss out because the applicator only deposits a tiny amount at a time. In order to coat my lips, I had to stick the applicator into the tube more than 10 times.

Susan has acknowledged on her shop that the tubes aren’t the best quality. When I asked her about it, she explained that these are the only wands available to her at this time, but she’s keeping an eye out for alternatives.

 

xoxo

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Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.

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What it is:

Kisser Slicker, clone of Hunny Bunny by Eve Pearl.

 

What it claims:

The description on the website states,

It’s a lovely, more subtle color where its simple elegance makes it a great match for lots of different looks.  It would be spectacular on a bride, or for a casual picnic.    

I can’t imagine the person that it wouldn’t look good on – and it’s excellent for layering, or apply just a dot in the center of your bottom lip to make it look a bit plumper.  It’s a plummy pink – very sheer, not a super in your face pink with gorgeous golden pearl on top.

 

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What is noteworthy:

Silk Naturals (SN) lippies have a few different formulas, and Kisser Slickers are the original lip gloss. They are handmade and hand poured lippies which are lightly sweetened with a hint of vanilla flavor.

Copied from the SN website and forum,

Each lippie that we make is hand-made, from scratch using all natural oils, butters and waxes. We use organic ingredients whenever possible, and there are never any preservatives, petroleum products, or silicones in any of our lippies. Pigmentation varies quite a bit. Some are absolutely sheer, some are shimmery, some are matte, some contain almost as much pigment as a lipstick. Over 85% organic.

Lippies are 100% satisfaction guaranteed!  Try a few, and after 30 days, if you find a color you don’t love you can send it back for store credit!

 

 

 

My Impressions:

Precious is what most would describe as a ‘My Lips, But Better’ (MLBB) shade. It is a very sheer, slightly peachy-pink lippie that is absolutely gorgeous. Because it is packed with subtle gold shimmer,  Precious leans rather warm. I’d even go as far to call it an almost-nude lippie, but with shimmer. I think ladies who don’t wear much makeup would love this colour as it is very natural. Even though it could be considered a neutral lippie, Precious is NOT a boring colour. It made me look fresh and very put together, and matched nicely with any eyeshadow or blush I wore. In my opinion, this is one of the most versatile lip colours out there, and it really does suit all kinds of different looks.

I was very surprised at the Kisser Slicker formula, because on my lips, it looked exactly like a lip gloss, only it did not have that dreaded sticky texture or the hassle of application you would experience with most lip glosses. The best way to describe it would be ‘Lip Gloss in a Tube’ – Kisser Slickers are packaged in slim tubes (not the fat lip balm tubes), hence application is a breeze without the need for a mirror. I often use it in place of a lip balm as it is extremely moisturising.

Size:

2g 

Price:

USD $4.50

Ingredients:

Certified Organic Castor, Jojoba and Avocado Oils, Beeswax, Candillia Wax, Carnauba Wax, mica, flavor. Also contains Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Carmine.

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Karen, the owner, is one of the nicest people I have ever interacted with. She provides good customer service, and she is lightning fast with everything, be it email responses or shipping. I remember receiving my SN package in 6 days during the Christmas period, which is some sort of record! When I shop at other companies, the packages usually take about 14 days to reach Singapore, sometimes longer.

SN is one of my favourite companies, and if you were to look into my makeup collection, more than 70% of it is from SN. I would buy from Karen again. Hell, I’d work for her FOR FREE if she’d have me lol! Well, maybe not free, I’d ask to be paid in SN products, of course.

 

xoxo

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Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.

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