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It’s lip primer. It’s lip plumper. It’s good stuff.
My main reason for wanting this product is its priming element, as I use a primer on my lips pretty much every day. Once I apply lipstick or gloss, it kinda get’s a mind of its own and starts wandering all around my face. Which is awesome if you like looking insane at the office. But since I don’t, primer is a necessary item.
Since I couldn’t wait to try this stuff out, I tore into it as soon as I got in my car. I was going out for drinks after my little mall detour anyway, so what better way to test the staying power of a lip primer. After putting on my newly acquired Prime Venom, I re-did my lipstick and headed out for the evening. Almost immediately I noticed the all familiar Venom tingle I’ve come to know and love over the years. I also couldn’t help but notice the how silky smooth the balm went on. Normally balms like this one have a waxy, Chapstick-y feel which I hate, so this was a welcome surprise. Also, because it’s completely sheer it didn’t alter the color of my lipstick, which tends to happen a lot with crème based primers.
As the night went on, my lipstick held up pretty well for about the first three hours – after that it started to run a little. Which is pretty good for a priming balm in my experience, since most don’t even last that long. I also tried wearing this to the gym the following day by itself, and love how it made my lips look naturally lush and rosy without the glossy shine that looks out of place when one is on the elliptical machine.
I’d say the one downside is Prime venom is a little on the pricey side ($20), especially if you’re gonna just be using it as a balm. To me however it’s worth it because it’s basically three products – plumper, primer and conditioner – in one.
Comes in: Sheer, Cha-cha (a pale nude), Samba (fresh peach), Tango (sheer black currant)
Get it at: www.sephora.com, www.DuWop.com, and your local Sephora stores
I found this ad for one of my favorite shows – Samantha Who – in an issue of US Weekly last month and couldn’t wait to try this hot pink look out for myself. Since I’m not feeling quite up to doing video tutorials just yet, I went ahead and created a little step by step guide on how to achieve a similar look.
I wore this to work a few days ago and got tons of compliments on my make-up, so don’t be afraid to try it out – even if it is hot pink. Live a little bitches!
- A good eyelid primer like Urban Decay Primer Potion
- Stila Eye Shadow Pans in Moonlight (shimmering white), Cloud (shimmering neutral gray) and Black Cat (shimmering soft black)
- Black liquid eye liner. My favorite is L’Oreal Line Intense in Carbon Black
- A rich, black mascara like Benefit Bad Gal Lash or L’oreal Voluminous
- Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes liner in 01 (black)
Brushes: - Sephora medium size all over eye-shadow brush
- Sephora rounded crease brush
After applying your primer, use the all over eye shadow brush to dust the entire eye lid with Moonlight, or any other shimmery white shadow you chose. Then, use the same brush to apply Cloud to the lid using a dabbing motion. With the rounded crease brush, sweep a small amount of Black Cat to the crease, starting at the outer corner of the eye working your way inward. If you overdo it, sweep a touch of the white shadow over the lid to tone the darker colors down a bit. Using your liquid liner, draw a medium thick line across the top lash line. Line the inner rim of the lower lash line with Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes liner in 01 (black) paying special attention to the outer and inner corners. Finish by curling lashes and applying two coats of mascara.
Cheeks: Sweep a light, shimmering pink blush across cheeks. I used Nars blush in Oasis (shock!) but you can use any light pink. Whatever you do, don’t try to use a dark pink blush with this look or you’ll end up looking crazy. And not in the sexy, mysterious way either. I mean in the “I stockpile old newspapers and cats” sorta way. *shudder*
- DuWop Prime Venom
- Urban Decay 24/7 lipliner in Envious (a medium berry color)
- Urban Decay Pocket Rocket Lip Gloss in Doug (shimmering hot pink)
Apply your DuWop Prime Venom balm to the entire lip area and allow to set. Avoid using a cream based primer because it’ll alter the color of your lip liner, turning it from hot pink to a hot mess. Next, line and fill in lips with the Urban Decay Lipliner, and blend. Then apply a generous coat of gloss, adding an extra amount to the center of your lower lip for added fullness.
And viola! Now hit the streets and bask in the compliments!
The good folks over at DuWop have put together what they call a “Beauty Stimulus Plan” to ensure your make-up drawer still overfloweth during this crap-tastic economy.
From now until April 30th, enjoy the following beauty incentives:
With every $25 – $75 purchase - Get a free bottle of Toe Polish in Flip Flop. (a super girly, pink color)
With every $76 – $150 purchase - Get a free tube of Prime Venom plumping balm.
With every purchase over $151 – Get a free Moodswing Palette, which includes:
- a full size Reverse Lipliner
- 2 brushes
- 2 mini tubes of Lip Venom Flash (gold and silver)
- 4 lip colors 6 eye shadows and 2 blushes
You don’t need a code to get your free gift – it will automatically be added to your purchase. I already took full advantage of this – so now, I just wait for my Moodswing Palette!
Kids, there has been a tragedy of epic proportions in Sparkle Land. I think I may have developed an allergy to Lip Venom, one of my very favorite products in the whole wide world.
The panic started several weeks ago, when I awoke to dry patches on my lower lip. I moisturize every night like a good girl, and I hadn’t tried any new lipstick or lip liner in a while, so I was befuddled. It didn’t look that bad – especially considering I won’t even venture to the mailbox without a freshly painted pout – but it felt like sandpaper. And since I’m a fan of making out with cute boys, well that just won’t work now will it?
After the sandpaper fiasco, I tweaked my normal lip routine, applying a little Aquaphor before bed which seemed to help. While it healed, I laid off the Lip Venom because I figured it was too harsh to use on a damaged lip, and a few days later my pucker was as good as new.
But alas, my kissable joy would not last for long. For the very day I started wearing my Lip Venom again, the dry patches came back. I repeated this process several times last week just to be sure, but it’s almost certain I can no longer wear my precious lip plumper.
Folks, I’m no stranger to heartbreak, but never has it hurt quite like this. No more Lip Venom, Venom Flash or Lip Venom 2nd Sin. No more pretending I’m Angelina Jolie =( I mean, sure, there’ll be other lip plumpers, but none like you Lip Venom. We had some good times together, but I think it’s time we just say our goodbyes. I’ll always love you Lip Venom…thanks for everything. *Sheds tear, tips 40 on the curb*
Though I’m always on the prowl for fabulous new products, these MVPs have found a permanent place in my heart – as well as my make-up bag!
5. Lorac Glam Rocks loose metallic eye shadow:
This offers major shimmer, and because the shadow comes in the form of tiny beads, it’s easy to control how heavily it goes on.
Price: $16, but worth it considering I wear it nearly every day, have had the same pot for 5 months and still have over half my product left.
4. Duwop Lip Venom:It tingles, it plumps. It makes me look like someone punched me in the mouth – without actually getting punched in the mouth! What more can a girl ask for?
3. Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara:
This is hands down my favorite mascara. It lengthens, thickens and never ever clumps. Because it’s so rich, one coat is more than enough, but I generally go for two or three because it gives the appearance of fake lashes and I enjoy the extra drama.
2. Nars Blush in Oasis:
It’s pink, it’s sparkly, it’s so pretty it brings a tear to my eye. And it goes on sheer so I don’t look like the crazy old lady on the bus who wears way too much blush and carries 8 bags full of crap with her.
1. Benefit Playsticks Foundation:
This foundation is awesome. The coverage is great, but it’s not too heavy. It looks and feels natural, and the stick lasts me about 3 months. My color is Jumprope, a medium tan hue that that perfectly matches my not quite dark, not quite light olive complexion.
And there ya have it kids. Learn it. Know it. Live it.