08.26.2013    |    
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With Fall literally right around the corner, I can’t help myself from seriously wanting to test out one of my favorite Fall 13 beauty trends: the glamorous wine colored lip. You must have been hiding under a rock if you didn’t notice the irresistible dark lip sported at Louis Vuitton, Derek Lam, Miu Miu and of course, Dolce. Oh, and the temptation is even more intense now that the September issues have dropped and this must try statement look is everywhere. So yes, we are still “technically” in the month of August, but I simply can’t wait any longer to start flaunting these sultry shades. Or can I? My dark desires were answered when I stumbled across the Lipstick Queen new launch of Velvet Rope.

OMG. This collection of 5 lipsticks (Private Party – hot pink, Brat Pack – red, Entourage – wine, Black Tie – deep red, Star System – nude) contains something for everyone. Each luxurious shade gives you that glamorous runway look—instantly.

Australian beauty and founder of Lipstick Queen Poppy King talks about the vision behind Velvet Rope: “I was inspired by the golden years of Hollywood when stars were stars and glamour was in every detail. I wanted to create a lipstick that had the femme fatale factor of velvet with intense pigment and a subtle sheen and the sensual, floating feeling of silk. Here it is! Velvet Rope has the look of velvet but the cushion-feel of silk. This is true luxury.” Sounds incredible, right?

What is so special about these lipsticks is that the dense pigment of each shade is combined with a moisturizing texture. Typically, according to lipstick 101, you sacrifice hydration for rich color and vise versa. This formula proves that times are changing! Each color glides on without drying out the lips, leaving a feather-like, velvety texture on your pretty pout. Literally, all it takes is one application for a dramatic and glamorous matte finish.

What’s in this fabulous formula you ask? Natural waxes (including beeswax… My fave!) provide the stick’s structure, while Vitamin E and apricot oil ensure a moisturizing finish. The final magic ingredient is peppermint oil, which adds a delicious scent. These natural ingredients are all beautifully wrapped in a chic gold package so you look and feel gorgeous.

Ok, so maybe I will hold off (for just a minute) on the whole wine lip and stick to Private Party Pink. A little glamour never hurt anybody. Watch out Tom Ford.

TIP: Try Marni’s Fall 13 “blurred line” soft-focused lip if you are scared of the super bold look, using your fingers or a Q-tip to blur or “delete” the edges.

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