08 May 2017

What's the deal with this lip stuff?

Ok. Before I jump into this...  I do not sell LipSense. I do not plan to sell LipSense. However, it seems that many of my friends have made a very different choice and peddle the shit out of some LipSense!

lipsense review

Multi level marketing companies like SeneGence (the brand behind LipSense and various other make up and skin care products) are something I try to avoid like the plague. I've had a bad experience purchasing from one in the past and I generally like to have the freedom to purchase something completely on my own -- no middle man.

However,  one of my particularly sweet, LipSense loving friends, Camille, sent me a starter kit and I quickly found myself completely hooked!

lipsense starter collection

LipSense claims their lip colors wont budge, last anywhere between 4-18 hours and work to restore moisture to your lips. One of the most appealing of their claims is the ability to create your own lip color combo by layering various shades on top of each other. "Custom" sounds pretty big leagues stuff if you ask me. Also, their glosses are supposed to be some of the best, most hydrating, good-for-you glosses in the game!

Big words SeneGence. Big words.

lipsense starter kit

Before Camille sent my starter kit, which includes a liquid lip color of my choice, a gloss and the Oops! Remover, she gave me some personalized advice on choosing a color, plus a clear run down on how to apply this stuff, but I'll get more into that in a second. Of the 36 different liquid lip colors -- I went with Pink Champagne, a beautiful, cool toned pink.


pink champagne lipsense image


Pink Champagne falls right in line with my favorite, go to, everyday lip color. Actually, now that I'm thinking about it, it reminds me ALOT of lovesick by Kat Von D!  

how to apply lipsense

You are supposed to apply your well shaken LipSense to clean, dry lips using a layering technique. 

With color on your applicator and beginning at the corner of your mouth, move the wand in one continuous motion across each lip, creating the first layer.

 With your lips apart, wait a few seconds for the first layer to dry then repeat step 1 two more times.

 ** Make sure you are moving the wand across your lips in the same direction you did for the first layer. 

After the third layer has completely dried, apply your gloss. 

Bam! Done. Crushed it.
 

pink champagne lipsense on fair skin


PS. You can comb through images of all 36 colors on various skin tones here or just consult the Pinterest which is chalk full of LipSense pics and ideas.

At this point, I've been using my starter collection and LipSense lipcolor EXCLUSIVELY for over a month and feel ready to spill... 

Is it worth the hype? What's the deal?

The "exfoliation process" is no joke. Apparently there is some magic sauce in LipSense that sloughs off alllllll of the dead skin and years of bull shit lip product build up from your lips -- a cool but lengthy process. Nearly three weeks after beginning to use LipSense (they certainly make you work for that longwear-ability) my lips finally started to improve and now feel absolutely amazing -- smooth, hydrated and healthy.

4-18 hours? Seriously?

During those first couple of weeks when my lips were falling off my face, I was lucky to hit that 4 hour mark without needing to touch up. But now, I have to deliberately take my LipSense off at the end of the day because it's still going so strong -- and with only a gloss reapply or two to speak of.

Worth the price tag?

FYI the lip color costs $25 and the glosses cost $20.

But the answer to this question is a ground ball. YES! Cost per use is pennies on the dollar compared to even the cheapest of drugstore lipsticks. Seriously, think about it. You reapply your Cover Girl lipstick 5ish times per day to your 1 LipSense application... A tube of LipSense is said to last you six months easy!

!!!DISCOUNT ALERT!!!

Your cost per use will be even less because Camille has offered Marry Mint readers 10% off any purchase from her shop Ash Beauty Boutique!

Update*** She is also running a Mother's Day sale that gets you 15% off any lip color!

lipsense starter collection promo code

I think LipSense is definitely something worth trying if you haven't already.

I have already purchased two more glosses AND the lip volumizer.  #byedollars

Have you used LipSense? What colors or color combinations are your favorites? Looking to add to my shopping list... ;)




01 May 2017

New Groove?

All of my people (and dogs) are finally on the same continent AND we have officially moved into our new home in Wiesbaden, Germany!


The kids and I left the states ahead of Kyle and sent our household goods at that time as well. Kyle and the dogs toughed it out by camping in our empty house in Arizona in the name of not having to wait on our stuff on the Germany side of this move. It worked out perfectly because our household goods were delivered the same day we signed for housing. 

By the way, we signed for an APARTMENT. An apartment in a stairwell. … !!! I mean, I know this is Europe and apartment living is more commonplace here but hot damn - talk about an adjustment! In the past year we have gone from owning a home on a half acre in Alaska, to a townhouse, then a small house in the desert of Arizona and now an apartment in Germany! Sheesh!

But we did get an apartment on the first floor and there is not one bit of carpeting in the entire place, so I’m calling it an overall win. ;) Oh and houseplants! Germans love them some houseplants and I hopped right on that train. Decorating? So easy and so done with a shit pile of random, difficult to kill plants!  -- Shout out to Mama Nature! … and Pinterest.

I would go as far as to say that we are “settled”, but because our car isn’t here yet, I just can’t. I mean, we are settled enough to feel awkward about not having any friends yet or our usual activities so that’s as good an indicator of settled-ness as anything, right? Ugh, it’s times like this when being an introvert can be annoying. Making friends is so much work!

We have Mallory on the wait-list to attend German Kindergarten in the fall and she is SO excited. Side note: I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but in a former life (aka through college) I spoke a decent amount of German. It certainly ain’t pretty but the skill hasn’t diminished toooo much. Anyway, Kyle and I both agreed that Mallory (and Mike) are at the perfect age for the immersion/sink or swim approach to foreign language. Shit, for Michael German may very well become is first language because who knows what that boy is saying right now?! 


Regardless, we are all looking forward to the new opportunities “school” will bring.

The spring fests have started and we have a few trips on the books for May so be on the lookout for Euro/redhead/toddler/cliche photo-spam.


Alright, I’m going to wrap it up. Wish me luck as I venture into the world of small talk and trying to be social.


Phew.


PS. Did you this years' sun safety kit from Sephora!?  I'm not so patiently waiting on mine... That same order may or may not have the Casey Holmes/Smashbox palette in it too!

06 March 2017

Girl Talk

Like friends who meet for a quick 15 minute coffee break in the midst of cramming as many errands as possible into nap time...

pretty coffee


My son is going to send me to an early grave! It's either that or the looney bin, shit, maybe both! He does some of the most bizarre, ridiculous, destructive, and dangerous stuff, all in the name of a laugh. *eye roll*  Today it was taking a swan dive off the tallest point of the playground because it was really freaking funny to watch his mom tell him to "get down right now" from juuuusssst out of reach. He got down alright...

(Only a bloody lip. Day in the life.)

toddler picking his nose


Germany is an introverts' freaking paradise! No small talk - like, at all. There's no shooting the shit with passers by on hiking trails or talking about your weekend with a random parent in the library. It's awesome. There is a level of honesty about German's that I really appreciate -- that and they are damn good drivers!

You know what Germany is not a paradise for, anything after 9pm. Burden! It's those late night hours that are primo for kid free grocery trips.

Germany may not have a Nordstrom, but they do have Brueninger and I'm a fan. HUGE fan.

I chopped all my hair. Ugh! After cancer I promised myself I'd never willingly have short hair again, but it was just so unhealthy and weird that I felt like I just needed to start from scratch. I do not like how short hair looks on me and I really don't like those extra short pieces of hair that fall out of my ponytails now, but I guess I'll deal. ;) I recently added a fancy schmancy Kerastase product to my hair routine and I'll have to get back to you on that. Too soon to tell.

short blonde hair and red lipstick


Living in Europe has me wanting ally the backpacks. Either that or Kyle's backpack fetish collection is finally rubbing off on me. The man legit has like 12 backpacks on the wall in the garage. Each bag has a specific purpose and he uses them all! I'm wanting a day trip size backpack. Something large enough to hold "day trip stuff" (an extra outfit for each kid, diapers, wipes, snacks, water bottles, my wallet, etc.) but that is also cute (aka doesn't look like something that would ever mingle with my husband's backpacks.) Any suggestions? I'm currently using this backpack as my everyday purse and love it, but it's entirely too small for day tripping ha! These are some I'm liking...


Gotta run! 

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