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Yesterday’s News: National Lipstick Day!

We’re a day late and a dollar short, but let’s ignore that and extend yesterday’s big beauty holiday, National Lipstick Day (July 29th)! As people do with holidays of such importance, we’re going to get all up in history and then we’re going to ask you to let us know your favorite lipstick… starting with some of the hottest lip hues for summer 2014.

Lipstick throughout history has had its highs and lows. Like that time Queen Elizabeth II of England commissioned her own shade of red-blue to match her 1952 coronation robes and dubbed the royal color “The Balmoral Lipstick” after her Scottish country home. Or that time in 1770 that the British Parliament passed a law allowing for the annulment of a gals marriage if she dared to wear cosmetics before her wedding — ’cause makeup was reserved for prostitutes. (*sigh)

Starting with Cleopatra, who is long rumored to have started the lip paint craze by crushing ants and carmine and mixing that with beeswax to color her lips, the popularity of lipstick and ebbed and flowed through the ages. The painting of the pout was seen as a status symbol during the Roman Empire with everyone — gals and guys alike — painting their pouts to indicate their awesomeness. We wonder what they would have thought about the 1915 Kansas legislature, who introduced a bill that would have made it a misdemeanor for ladies under 44 to wear makeup, as it “created a false impression.” (Cue a collective eye roll.)

Today’s style set loves their lipstick, lip balm, lip stain AND lip gloss — starting with a strong ebb and flow in the popularity of the classic red pout and ending with the vast palette of fluctuating lip color, texture and coverage — from sheer to matte and back again. And what’s not to love? Lipstick can do everything from make a bold statement or simply accentuate (or even refine) the natural beauty of a lady pout. Some of the current top picks for a summer 2014 pout include the classic red and a bold palette of bright pinks, purples and oranges, and as fall 2014 takes hold, we’re likely to see more lips painted with plums, browns and the ever popular neutral and nude glosses and balms. And what fun it is to switch up your makeup routine with new tube of lipstick — makes a gal feel nice, right?

So let us have it? What lipstick, stain, gloss or balm is on your current favorites list?


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Vaseline: A multi-tasking must-have

If you’re anything like us your cosmetics cabinet is a smorgasborg of beauty products, some of which you’ve spent a pretty penny for. But being beautiful needn’t always bust your bank account. Sometimes the best beauty must have is something you likely already have — Vaseline.

A first aid kit staple, Vaseline is making it’s way onto the makeup hot list as beauty bloggers tout it’s iconic formula for skin, eyes and lips. Oh sure, it’s still great for treating burns, diaper rash and irritated skin, but petroleum jelly is also a great hydrator (it keeps moisture sealed in), lusciously glossy lip balm, and is handy in helping insert earrings through a stubborn pierced ear.

Did someone say highlighter? A sought after luminous glow can be had by lightly dabbing Vaseline onto your cheekbones. And you can skip the mascara by applying the iconic goo to your lash line for more voluminous and longer looking lashes.

Eye makeup removal is a breeze with petroleum jelly and will prevent harmful tugging and smoothing Vaseline over your brows can tame even the most unruly over-the-eye fringe.

And speaking of fringe, you can mask dry, frizzy split ends by lightly smoothing petroleum jelly over them until you can schedule in a trim.

So for today’s must-have, we nominate an ultra-multi-tasking and super affordable tub of Vaseline. You’re welcome.

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