Friday, January 29, 2010

A Couple of Things for Friday: Estée Lauder Love Your Lips Collection (review)

Contrary to all the anti-commercial sentiments, I think Valentine's Day is a great invention for keeping love alive. Especially in cold climates. January is all cosy and "let's keep warm by the fire;" but by February, it's very possible that cabin fever has set in, and the two of you are squabbling over whose turn it is to get the firewood. Or who said what to whom at the superbowl party. Or whatever. I'm not saying that this is true for every couple every year; but sometimes a little mid-winter pick-me-up is very welcome.

And the lead up to the day of love can be an even better thing. What will we do? Where will we go? And…what will I wear? Where will I shop for it? See? Fun is already happening, and January isn't even over.

Of course, none of this has anything to do with the things that add up to real love (caring, respect, attraction, shared values, etc.); but a little beauty and romance (not to mention a little seduction) can make a good thing even better. Today's little beauty and romance items are from Estée Lauder.

Love Your Lips Limited Edition Lip Collection
(Hydra Lustre Lipsticks and Kissable Lip Glosses)

Blurb: This Valentine’s Day, love your lips, and he will too! Estée Lauder’s Love Your Lips collection comes just in time for Valentine’s Day to give your lips that perfect, seductive look. Estée Lauder Signature Lipstick’s lustrous, creamy, comfortable formula delivers hours of moisture and wear to lips with a sensual, high-shine finish. Estée Lauder Kissable Lip Gloss is a non-tacky, cushioned formula that feels comfortable on the lips. This lustful gloss provides sheer coverage and a shimmering, kissable finish. Wear alone for a subtle look, or layer over Signature Lipstick for added shine.

The collection features 12 lipstick shades (3 new) and 4 new glosses. The packaging is adorable: the lipsticks have a special “L♥VE” logo engraved on them (and the glosses have the logo on the vials). Exactly the sort of thing you want to take out of your bag during a romantic dinner (or right before the theatre lights go out).

Besides great packaging and sexy colors, you also get Estée Lauder's unbeatable formulas. The Hydra Lustre Lipsticks are fabulous – especially in the winter. They keep my lips really soft, yet the color lasts for hours. I tried one of the new colors in this collection "Coral Kiss." It's a delicate, pale coral that would be great for an understated look - or make a nice contrast to a dramatic eye. The Kissable Lip Glosses are also excellent. A gorgeous finish that lasts without being sticky. I tried "Pink Kiss," and it made my lips look like candy. Slightly sophisticated candy, but still yummy and kissable.

These will be out in February (which starts on Monday), so they're not on the website just yet. But in the meantime, you can always take a quick peek at the other Valentine's ideas.

Happy Friday!

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