Many of you know by now about Carmindy's collaboration with Sally Hansen to create the Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Line. For those of you who don't know, Carmindy Acosta is the featured makeup artist on TLC's What Not to Wear, my and Sarai's favorite makeover show.
Carmindy is one of my beauty inspirations because her 5 Minute Face Technique gives each woman the tools to look and feel beautiful in a short amount of time, since so many of us don't really have much time to spare on beautifying. She encourages each woman to recognize and highlight her natural beauty, which is very much in sync with my personal aesthetic and beliefs.
So now, Carmindy has joined with Sally Hansen to create this beauty line featuring products that are paraben free and contain wonderful nutrients like avocado oil, aloe, gingko biloba, Vitamins A & E, and others. As soon as I heard about it, I knew I had to delve into this line head first. And so, I did.
Being a lip product fiend, I, of course, bought the Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Natural Lip Shine Gloss in every darn color available. I have been wearing them for weeks now and they are the only ones I took on vacation with me. They are almost perfect glosses - lush, moisturizing, high on shine (a troupe member told me my "lip gloss was poppin'" the first time she saw me sporting one), come in a bunch of colors and are affordable. Yay! Carmindy and Sally Hansen got these glosses right. In fact, I'm wearing one today - the shade is Juicy Cherry and it is fab!
Unfortunately, the scent is a bit irksome for me, though I don't think it'll bother everybody. I'm not sure how to describe it other than "sweet". But it fades, so I don't mind after a while. Worse, though, is that my local Walgreen's has stopped carrying the line, which makes me furious, since I love it so much. But, Ulta has the entire line in full force, so if you have an Ulta not too far from you, get it there! You can also find the line in Duane Reade and in some Rite Aid and CVS stores.
In honor of the utter awesomeness of these glosses, I am instituting two new categories here on The Life of A Ladybug. The first is "And it's good for you, too!" in honor of those beauty products that not only make you look your best, but are good for you, to boot. And the second is "Ding! Pick it up!" in honor of those products that I love best. (This comes from a hilarious set of sketches on "In Living Color". Tommy Davidson's character was a deaf short order cook, who would ring his bell and scream "Pick it up!" Holla at me in the comments if you remember those.)