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Let me just start off by saying I’m a bad bad blogger. I received my order from Performance Colors at the end of May 2013. Eek. d= All I can say is a lot(of crap) happened last year and blogging wasn’t a main priority. But I have whipped out my lipsticks to swatch! I also have a few other goodies to swatch and post, but those will be in another post. Also because it’s been so long since I ordered a few of the colors are discontinued, but I had to swatch them anyways, just cause. And next let me say ohmygod. I need Zombie Bride( :GRABBY: ), Badlands and Committed in my life, yesterday. I have been lusting over Zombie Bride since it came out and just discovered Badlands and Committed. Okay now that that is out of the way. Valentine, Vertigo and Vino are semi-matte lipsticks and the rest are the restorative lipstick formula. Also these are all the older formulas and I have a sample and fullsize of mango, but they are different shades since I got one early on when I made an order of cream eyeshadow(which are really awesome by the way) samples in 2012. Swatches!

Official descriptions
Bubblegum is a highly pigmented, baby pink sparkly semi-opaque.
Cheekie Monkey is a super cool wearable flashy lilac, goth by day color.
Cool Pink is a deep rose pink with cool blue shift.
Hottie I couldn’t find the description.
Islander is a deep warm pink color.
Mango is a neon deep peach coral.
Peachy is a highly reflective peach.
Rocket is a red chockful of red sparkles.
Ruby is a deep dark cooler red.
South of France is a medium deep muted raspberry color with hint of apricot bronze.
Valentine is a deep dark and mysterious classic valentine blood red rose color.
Vertigo is a dark violet brown color.
Vino is a deep wine red with purple and burgundy tones.

Ordering options
You will receive cream product in a standard size lip balm tube, packed 5 mL. ounces by volume for $6.00 USD per tube.
You will receive cream product in a 0.05 ounce clamshell, packed 1 gram by volume for $5.00 per 6 clamshells.
There are three listings for Purple, Deep Neutral and Red. You can choose 6 samples for $5.00 USD. There is also a buy 2 get a 3rd lipstick for free for $12.00 USD.

Photos were taken indoors in indirect sunlight.

RESTORATIVE LIP COLOR:
Ingredients: Ricinus communis (castor oil), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Beeswax, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sweet Almond Oil, Lanolin (anhydrous), Polyglycerol-3 Beeswax, Vitamin E Tocopherol, Emulsifing Wax, Preservative less than 1%: Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, and Hexylene Glycol. Flavor and Fragrance: Vanilla, Stevia extract infused in Coconut Oil. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Iron Oxides, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Silica, Red 33, Red 30, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Red 27, Red 7, Blue 1, Red 40, Red 6, Red 21, Orange 5.

SEMI MATTE LIP COLOR: (discontinued)
Ingredients: Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Beeswax, Macadamina Nut Oil, Ricinus communis (castor oil), Jojoba oil, Kaolin, Silica, Polyglycerol-3 Beeswax, Lanolin (anhydrous), Vitamin E Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol. Flavor and Fragrance: Vanilla, Stevia extract infused in Coconut Oil. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Tin Oxide, Red 33, Red 30, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Red 27, Red 7, Blue 1, Red 40, Red 6, Red 21, Orange 5.

Hottie, Islander and Rocket are discontinued. All of the other shades are still available. So these are the older formulas and not as pigmented as the newer formulas. They are still pretty! I love Vertigo and Vino. I need to get a full size of Vertigo! While I haven’t tried the new formulas yet, I’ve heard nothing but great things about them, and the old formulas were fantastic, so. Look out for a blog post in the next week or so on the other goodies I have to swatch!

You can find Performance Colors on Etsy here. You can contact Tiffany through Etsy here. Find Performance Colors on Facebook.

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Hi everyone!  I’m Daisy and I love talking about indies over at  /r/indiemakeupandmore.  Luna kindly agreed to let me do a guest post and I’ll be sharing my experiences with indie lip balms.

To begin with, I should probably tell you something about my lips: They’re really awful.  They crack, peel, bleed, and in general just look awful even if they’re not having a bad day.  And yes, I’ve tried drinking more water.  In elementary school, on multiple occasions, I would have teachers offer me Vaseline on little spoons  because they felt their lips peeling just looking at mine.  And those were on the good days.

I’ve since learned how to manage my finicky lips and along the way come to the conclusion that lip balms are incredibly personal. Different people take to various ingredients (the same lip balms that leave me peeling are some of my sister’s favorites while she can’t stand any of the ones I use).  There’s a lot of textural variation (soft, waxy, etc.) and personal preferences as well.

To get a reference of my personal preferences and how my lips behave here are some mainstream lip balms/ingredients that have worked for me:

  1. 100% Lanolin – holy grail, and so far the only thing I’ve encountered that actually seems to moisturize my lips rather than simply prevent them from chapping too much
  2. Blistex – prevents my lips from getting worse, possibly just a waxy barrier to trap moisture in
  3. Smith’s Rosebud salve – if my lips are already doing okay (from lanolin) then this works to maintain them at that level, otherwise it doesn’t do much for actually chapped lips

Here are some mainstream items that haven’t worked for me:

  1. EOS – these feel nice on for about 5 minutes, start to dry out my lips after that, and by 30 minutes my lips are worse for having them on
  2. Softlips – great to apply, very smooth but needs constant reapplication and dries out my lips similarly to EOS
  3. 100% Vaseline – unfortunately those teachers were just exacerbating the problem as Vaseline tends to make my lips crack as soon as the glossiness wears off
  4. 100% Shea butter – I need to reapply this about every 5 minutes, dries out my lips spectacularly fast

Now armed with a bit of information about my lips, we’re ready to talk indies!  In order of softest to hardest, here’s my list and thoughts:

  1. Detrivore Embalming Tubes: Extremely soft, this is not one you want if you ever store your lip balms in your pocket. I try to apply this by barely touching my lips. It is very buttery, feels rather oily and looks like a gloss upon first application. It sinks in after a while (30 or so minutes if you leave your lips alone, in about a minute if you rub them together) but only really maintains my lips at a decent level instead of improving them.
  2. Notoriously Morbid Coffin Kissers: Soft, but not insanely so like the Detrivore ones. This doesn’t particularly improve my lips but doesn’t make them any worse. If you like a soft lip balm that sinks in quickly, this would be your best option.
  3. Kimberly Noel Cosmetics Lip Lotion: (Full disclosure: I received this as a gift from Kimberly Noel although she didn’t know it would be featured in this guest blog post.) This is very soft and applies just as thickly as the Detrivore embalming tubes, with a gloss-like finish. However, it feels more wax-like and after checking the ingredients list I realized my HG lanolin is the 2nd one listed.  I like this one quite a bit, although I was sent “Mint Peppermint” and I find menthol a questionable inclusion. I also personally don’t like the cooling/burning sensation.
  4. noto

  5. Performance Colors Lip Repair: This is soft and applies smoothly, but is more on the waxy side than oily. It doesn’t apply with a gloss-like finish, seems to be absorbed easily and is one of the more moisturizing lip balms I’ve tried.
  6. Silk Naturals Matte Lip Balm: Slightly waxier than PC lip repair, I really enjoy applying this as it truly just glides on, even over my chapped lips. It’s not quite as moisturizing as I would like (keeping in mind my ridiculously dry lips) but it’s fantastic for when my lips are already in good condition. It also does not apply matte as advertised. It doesn’t have the same glossy or wet finish, but there is certainly a (natural-looking) sheen to it.
  7. Haus of Gloi Lip Balm: These do glide on but you do have to apply a bit more pressure to get it on your lips than with the SN lip balm. Personally, sometimes I do find this one a bit easier to use since with the other options you have to be careful not to apply too much.  It’s the most moisturizing indie option I’ve tried save for the PC lip repair.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the indie balms out there and there are certainly some that I’d like to try eventually. If you have any that you adore, please feel free to share in the comments.

Otherwise, I hope this provided some ideas for your next lip balms!

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