It’s no secret that I am a lip balm junkie and I’m always looking for one that hydrates and protects my lips with a sweet scent or flavor that makes treatment fun and exciting. I have tried many available so I was so excited to be given the opportunity to try some from Mwah. Mwah launched in 2014 with a vision to offer an innovative, effective, fresh and healthy spin on lip care that is still affordable for young women. Mwah’s lip care products are natural, do not have harmful chemicals or preservatives and are never tested on animals. They are produced in their 100% solar powered factory right in the U.S. (Southern California). Today I am excited to share these products with you – they have been favorites of mine since I began using them so let’s chit chat about it.
Mwah offers three types of products at the moment. Their lip balm stick, lip gloss and lip balm slider. These products are available for purchase at stores like Target, Ulta, Walgreens, Walmart, CVS and Meijer as well as on Amazon. Each of their products are solar factory made and are fun for all ages. The packaging is cute – meant for tweens I’m sure, but this young-at-heart 35 year old loves it and I proudly tote them and take them out anywhere and in public.
Mwah products are produced in a 100% solar powered facility because the sun nourishes the mangoes that go into the super moisturizing formula. Drawing from 100,000 watts of solar energy, Mwah’s facility combines solar power, low energy demand equipment and motion activated lighting to help reduce the carbon footprint and environmental effects from manufacturing their products. I really love that so much thought and care is taken into consideration with the production of a product that I have grown to love. What’s great is that each product is also made with Mango butter which is one of the healthiest and most beneficial ingredients for the skin. It hydrates and nourishes and has great emollient properties but also provides excellent protection against the sun’s damaging UV radiation. With vitamins A, C and E – mango butter offers awesome moisture and the hardness of the butter makes it a great butter for stick formulations such as lip balm and lotion bars. Used to treat dry skin, heal skin peeling from tanning and heal sunburn and promote healthy rejuvenated skin. Mwah’s products include all of this goodness thanks to the inclusion of mango butter in their lip products.
I have been loving the lip balm sticks and keep one in my purse, one on my vanity and one at my desk. Available in Mango Madness, Creamsicle and Strawberry Sweetheart. Creamsicle is my favorite at the moment. Applying this is easy and my lips feel wonderfully moisturized and soft. I especially have been loving applying this product prior to adding a lip color to give my lips a soft, pouty look.
The sliders are fun and have cute and interesting packaging. Available in Coconut Chick, Sweet Tart and Mango Tango. My favorite at the moment is Mango Tango and I love putting this balm on my lips before bed to give my pout a soft feel through the night and first thing in the morning. Each slider includes mango butter, shea butter and macadamia nut oil which make them not only yummy but filled with great ingredients. I love how cute and fun the packaging is, though I am not too fond of using my fingers to apply the product. While I’m out and about, I tend to take the stick form to keep from contamination or germs but love the slider nonetheless.
Last but not least are the lip glosses. Available in Berrylicious, Peachy Keen and Sugar lips. These come in a traditional lip gloss squeeze tube and are made with mango butter and avocado oil to keep your lips pouty and pretty. Each gloss is glittery and while I do think they are fun and make a great topper on the lips for on the go, I think these are definitely meant for the tween generation. The gloss is thick, but feels nice on the lips which help to keep your lips moisturized.
I am glad I was introduced to this brand and love the message behind their products as well as the products themselves. While I may not get much use out of the glosses, I have been loving the lip balm sticks and sliders and have been using them like crazy. I have had a favorite lip balm now for over 4 years and I think I have just found one (or a few) that I enjoy more. My lips love me and I love how soft they feel.
These products are made with a 100% natural formula and are Not tested on animals. They do not include parabens, sulfates or harsh chemicals and are solar-factory made. Not to mention they are filled with mango butter and delicious flavors. I’m sold.
Have you tried these products from Mwah or have you seen them in your local stores? I think the lip balms (stick and slider) will be a product I’ll continue to love for years to come. You can check out what Mwah has to offer on their website at: http://www.perfectlypoutable.com/.
Disclaimer: I received these products for review consideration. All opinions are my own and 100% honest and unbiased. No payment was received in exchange for a review.
I am an OG Monthly Subscription box/bag person… having been one of the first subscribers to Birchbox, Ipsy (then My Glam) and even one of the first for Glossy Box in the US, so I’m always stoked and excited to try out new Monthly Subscription services, especially if they are beauty related and offer Full Size goodies. This month I had the opportunity to get a new Monthly Box in my mail and I was definitely excited since we all know I’m a lip product junkie.
Lip Monthly is a $10 a month beauty subscription. You can select to have your Lip Monthly membership be monthly, every 4 months or yearly. You will receive approximately 3-4 Full Sized Lip Products or Beauty Products and 1-2 Sample Sized products. This box includes primarily lip products, but they are looking to include at least one bonus item that may not be a lip product in future bags. Keep in mind, this subscription is just a couple of months old and still working out all the processes so at their early stage, we can expect a couple of small hiccups.
This month’s theme is Lips 101 – focused on getting ready to go back to school and enjoying the lovely summer weather. There were a total of five products in the August Lip Monthly Bag… however, I did receive an extra product as an additional Press Sample to show you other products that you can get in your bag. Check out my Open Box Video embedded below (and the excitement as I see each product) or click here to watch directly on YouTube.
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The next item I received was the City Color Glossy Kiss Lip Gloss. I could not find the name of the product or the actual product or cost on City Color Cosmetics website. This was a bonus item sent to me, so not everyone who got a Lip Monthly bag would have received this. The lip gloss is really nice, has a nice color to it and I love that it smells like Jolly Ranchers. I’m not sure if this product is new to City Color Cosmetics or not yet released or a discontinued item. But, I’ll be sure to update once I know more.
The next goodie I got in my bag is the City Color Cosmetics Lip Balm in Ultra Pink. This lip balm retails on the site for 2.99 and is a moisturizing lip balm with a lipstick-like texture. It also has a lot of pigment and offers a bold color on the lips.
The City Color Magic Balm was an interesting find in this August bag. It retails for $3.99 and is not available on CCC website just yet. I have been told this is a new product not yet released. It is a moisturizing balm and at first I thought that it just offered a sheer wash of color on the lips but after using it on my lips and waiting a minute, I looked at my lips to find that the color pigment actually increased and became a deeper shade. I guess that is where they got the “magic” part from.
I also got a Jesse’s Girl product in my bag this month. This Jesse’s Girl Lip Gloss Lip Lock retails for $4.99 and is a sheer pink with light shimmer. It’s a gorgeous gloss but a little on the sticky side (definitely not a fan of sticky), but overall – it’s a fun shade that I can definitely make use of or pass on to my sissy for her fun. This lip gloss is in the shade Lickity Split.
Last but not least is the Monthly Mix Up item. It is a Pixi by Petra Lid Last Shadow Pen in Gentle Gold and retails for $18.00. The shade is one I know I’ll get some use out of I love the high price point.
Overall, I think this bag is pretty cool – so much so I actually subscribed and signed up. I love that it offers you a collection of lip goodies, which is great. This will make it much more favorable for me knowing that there shouldn’t be much of an issue with shipping as other Monthly Subscriptions have had in the past due to items that include Hasmat items that cannot be shipped air to me in Hawaii. I have heard from a few people that they had issues with Lip Monthly the first few months, but as I mentioned in the beginning, like any subscription service, you can expect to be a few kinks as they work everything out to be much smoothly. When I first started with Ipsy (then My Glam), shipping and products were an issue back then and it took some time to really get things running smoothly.
I love that Lip Monthly has a little card that lists the products in the bag as well as the price point so you know the value of your bag. I also like that they sent a little cosmetic bag as a part of this month’s bag… because I have seen that others have gotten little boxes to hold their products in previous months. While it does remind me of Ipsy a bit, I do like the personal touch and appreciate it. Since you can cancel this box at any time, I think it would be worth it to try it out at least a month or two and see if this is something you’d be interested in.
Ooh baby… don’t I love a bright, bold lip shade. But, a bright, bold lip shade on a budget? Yes, that’s what I said… on a budget – which means AFFORDABLE. I didn’t believe the rave this product was getting but knew I had to pick them up myself and test them out. It is rare to find such bold shades in the drug store scene but over the last year, cosmetic companies have been making waves and L.A. Girl recently came out with these show stoppers. The L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints… are they worth their affordable price tag? Check out my thoughts below.
These gorgeous beauties are packed with a punch of colors and are bold and bright. Retailing for $4.00 on L.A. Girls Website and various retail stores that carry the brand, this lippy is definitely affordable. With six different shades – you have a few choices to choose from. These lip colors are pretty intense and offer bold color in just one layer of application. While they have such bold “lipstick like” color, they are shiny and glossy like you would expect from a lip gloss. If you are a more neutral toned babe and not fond of bold shades, it may be a little bit of a challenge to find a lip color you can work with, but nonetheless, this is that time when I say – “go bold”.
Check out my video below for try-on swatches and a full video review, or click here to watch directly on YouTube.
Packing of the lip paints are similar in shape to the Melted Lipsticks from Too Faced, and in fact – each of them have the same amount of product – 0.40 fl oz. (12 ml). While I have heard from different sources that these lip paints are dupes for the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks – I can certainly say that they are no where near similar besides their shape of their tubes. Check out my video, in the first half of the video I do a full comparison. The L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints come with a lip balm style applicator, you squeeze the product out of the tube and it comes out of the black applicator. While others may have had better experience with that, I definitely thought that it was messy and took a lot of finesse to be able to work with the product from tube to lips. This product is not one that you can apply quickly and be out of the door in a heart beat… it takes a little time to apply and I suggest a lip brush.
In the photo above I am using the Glazed Lip Paint in baby doll. A gorgeous baby pink (the name suits the color well) that reminds me of a bright Barbie pink tone. It’s definitely a bright, almost neon looking lip shade and while I think it would look pretty awesome on a lot of skin tones, it is definitely subject to opinion. If I had to really compare these to a product, they remind me of OCC Lip Tars… though I only have two and couldn’t say much for the bright neon like shades from OCC, these definitely seem much more similar in shade to those than the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks.
Now, I read on the website that these lip glazes have Vitamin E and Peppermint Oil. I was a little freaked about the Peppermint Oil having used products in the past that made my lips feel like they were burning off. The peppermint oil on these feel really nice on the lips… almost like a nice Burt’s Bees lip balm with peppermint in them. It wasn’t a strong minty feel on my lips like I had expected and I quite enjoyed it. The Vitamin E is pretty evident in that these really left my lips feeling moisturized after hours of wear. There was no need to apply lip balm in between applications in a day – though I do suggest that you exfoliate and moisturize prior to initial application since the shades can and tend to sink into the lines of your lips.
Lip Swatches – Top: Babydoll, Bottom: Bombshell
Lip Swatches – Top: Blushed, Bottom: Coy
Lip Swatches – Top: Hot Mess, Bottom: Pin Up
Overall, if you can get your hands on these babies, I would definitely pick them up – especially if they are less than $5.00. No where near me sells L.A. Girl which is a bummer, so I had to kind of hunt down an affordable alternative, due to the shipping costs from the actual site. While I think the packaging is cool (it reminds me of acrylic paints in the tube), it is not ideal for quick application and can be a mess sometimes – so be sure to take your time and apply with a brush. The peppermint oil was a nice addition, I didn’t think it was overpowering at all and I love the light peppermint scent. When it comes to longevity – I probably got four hours of staying power if I didn’t drink or eat anything before I felt the need to reapply. If I was to drink or eat anything – it would come right off. This product is not sticky – so it doesn’t adhere as well as some glosses may do. While the color may still be visible, you will start noticing that the glossy look will start coming off the quickest. This product is NOT HUBBY APPROVED. While my husband did like the colors, once he kissed me and seen the amount of product that came off, he was not a fan – so I remove the product before kissing. If you are going on a date and plan on doing a bunch of kissing or going out to eat say… a hamburger – this probably would not be the lippy you would want to use.
The colors are gorgeous and definitely pack a punch of intense color. With one layer of application you get great color pay off but if you want to build up on the shine and give it a glossier and bolder punch of color, you can add more layers. Make sure however, that you wait till the first layer dries a little. It will still feel wet, but you can tell when applying that it will start layering the color on instead of taking off what you just put on.
So – do I think this drug store / affordable product is worth it? I definitely think so. The price is awesome, but the colors are definitely great. I can’t wait and hope that LA girls comes out with more shades, a nice nude would be awesome. Have you tried these or do you plan to?