My lip gloss obsession has been well documented, and I thought I was almost hitting the tipping point. I just haven’t been blown away by the selection on store shelves these days. I still browse the beauty aisle at the drug store like I always do, but no lip gloss has made me want to give it a second glance (much less purchase it) recently. Silly me — apparently I didn’t realize I’d been waiting for a new breakthrough in the world of glossy lips. Bellas, the future is now!

Lo and behold — the Rimmel Light Beam Lip Gloss. Cue a chorus of angels.

This is a sheer, tinted gloss that gives your lips a subtle spladazzle of color. The color I have, Spotlight, is a fresh and bright pink that doesn’t overwhelm. It’s just glossy and bright and I love, love, love it. AND it tastes like candy!

It’s ALL about the packaging — the gloss features a mirror and an internal super bright LED light that illuminates your lips and the tip of the lip gloss. Bust this out at the club and everyone will want to ask you about it. Seriously, every woman I’ve shown this to regresses into an excitable teenager state when they see it. “Ooh! What is that? That is SO COOL!” The next lip gloss to come out on the market will have to go the extra mile to impress me now. I’d need to see a lip gloss/penknife/wine bottle corkscrew combo next.

But a friendly word of advice — as excited as you might be, don’t try to show your man what your cool new lip gloss can do while you’re driving on the highway at night. You just might blind him and maybe you’ll get in a fight about it, and… it’s just not a good idea. Trust. You can get it for $10.99 at Ulta.

In other futuristic beauty product news… I wanted to try that new Smashbox O-Glow stuff since I read Lianne’s review on The Makeup Girl Blog. This new gel blush squeezes out clear, then reacts to your skin to give you a natural, healthy flush thanks to a Goji Berry-C Complexâ„¢. Plus it’s got antioxidants like pomegranate seed oil and marine plankton, yadda yadda yadda. But does it work?

Unwilling to shell out $26 for a blush that might not work for me — I scored a Sephora sample. It freaked me out that the stuff turned bright pink on my fingertip, but it dulled to a reddish glow on my cheeks. By the time I blended it, I could hardly tell I was wearing blush! It really blends in and gives a subtle color. But for $26? Meh. Not so much. Maybe I just tried the wrong one. Apparently, there’s O-Glows for deep/dark skin, too. I’ll keep you all posted if I come across a freebie, or an extra $30 to splurge at Sephora.

And speaking of the homegirl Lianne, to celebrate a blogging milestone — 150,000 page views! — she’s hosting a fabulous MAC Cosmetics giveaway! Enter now to win MAC’s newest collection, Blue Storm. Contest closes on Friday. Congrats, Lianne! Here’s to 150,000 more!

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MochaSiren says:
August 29, 2007, 11:04 am
I have to admit that I had given up on glosses until a few years ago, my aunt turned me onto Juicy Tubes by Lancome. My favorite shade is Sun Bronze. It goes on very smooth, It is not sticky or "gloppy" like most I've tried. I get so many compliments when I wear it. It costs about $17 a tube but it last well over a year and is very worth it! BTW, another great color my twin sis gave me is Berry Twist. It's looks like swirls of various shades of berry in the tube but comes out one beautiful color. The two I mentioned have great scents and "tastes" good. Some colors I noticed are a little too "fruity-smelling" for me. Check out Lancome Juicy Tubes and decide for for yourself!!! :-)
Naturally Sophia says:
August 29, 2007, 1:14 pm
Thanks for the info on the MAC contest. I really don't need any more products though...someone should really create a rehab program for product junkies. Smile!
ladybugfromthechi says:
August 29, 2007, 1:56 pm
Hi Bella, Thank you for the update on the lip gloss. I will definitely be checking for the "Rimmel Light Beam Lip Gloss" the next time I am in Ulta. I love love lovvvveeee Everything about a great lip gloss. I am currently hooked on Beauty Rush Lip Gloss' by Victoria's Secret. I adore..."I Want Candy". Its very light pink in the tube, however it goes on soft and almost nude. I receive lots of compliments on it all of the time. It goes on smooth and lasts for a long time. I still have some on even after drinking my coffee through a straw...preserving my pearly whites ;-)! I've tried their "My Cherry Amour", "Strawberry Fix", and "Juiced Berry" however my fav is still "I Want Candy". In regards to the Smash Box O Glow Blush, I definitely had my doubts and I will take your word for it, Bella. I think its a bit pricey as well. I enjoyed this post. Keep up the good work, Bella...Many blessings to you!
ladybugfromthechi says:
August 29, 2007, 2:03 pm
Oops...Bella. I made a funny typo in the Victoria's Secret. Can you please correct the typo above and make it Victorias Secret...its referencing a Playmate's website...Lol. Sorry about that, Bella!
bella says:
August 29, 2007, 2:21 pm
Did I fix it? I hope so! I'm not really in control of these ad links. Might have to e mail and complain about that...
T says:
August 29, 2007, 2:31 pm
Lip gloss AND cute packaging? WOW!!!
Toya says:
August 29, 2007, 2:58 pm
I haven't heard of a Smashbox O-Glow for deep/dark skin - I've only seen the one. I use it and love it!
Bebroma says:
August 29, 2007, 3:15 pm has a fabulous picture of the whole light thing. Okay, I'm not even all that into makeup, but I gotta get me some of this. Just something about the light/gloss combo.
Christine says:
August 29, 2007, 5:18 pm
I have the O-Glow. (I'm lighter skinned and have the regular one that you tried.) I like it enough, and I use it, but I won't purchase again. I feel like it looks great, but like you mentioned it is subtle, so subtle that frankly I can't tell within the hour whether or not I have any effect from the blush. For $26, I'll pass the next time. Shame, too since I loved the idea of it.
Mireille says:
August 29, 2007, 10:39 pm
I'm a blush junkie, but O-Glow didn't do anything for me. But DUDE, lip gloss that can double as an anti-rape devise via blinding my attacker? Awesome. Too bad I went the way of Vincent Lango lip tint + burts bees a long time ago.
chocopina says:
August 30, 2007, 10:58 am
i was reading an advertisement and it looks like almay has a blusher similar to the smashbox blusher called smartshade. they also have a foundation in the same line that works the same way as the blush to "magically" match your skin tone. i'd imagine the almay version would cost much less than smashbox.
Ashley Samantha says:
August 30, 2007, 7:36 pm
Oooh! I absolutely adore light beam! I have it in 2 colors (In the Mix and After Hours). A girlfriend brought it to me about a month and a half ago and I haven't put it down since. Oh, and you're ABSOLUTELY right about women rhapsodizing over it! I pulled it out at the club one night last week and all the girls in my immediate vicinity flocked! I could practically see the joy glinting in their eyes! Oh,and another reader reccomended juicy tubes by lancome, they were right! It is a divine lip gloss. Origins has some great ones, and as much as other people complain about them...I'm a MAC Lipglass junkie at heart.
AJ says:
August 30, 2007, 10:52 pm
Bella, I went out and bought the lip gloss today at Walmart. It was like 5.50 or something (cheaper than Ulta). It's not the best lip gloss I've ever had, but the light and mirror totally make up for it. I've been using it as a handy dandy purse light too! Your site is great, good job! I was wondering, could you do a post about cosmetic mainteniance? I bought an eye liner crayon, and I have no idea how to sharpen it. And someone told me I could wash my make up brushes instead of throwing them out, but with what? Dish soap? Just a thought, well a question I guess. :). Stay blessed and fab!
Mrs518 says:
August 31, 2007, 8:40 pm
Bella Thanks for the heads up. I was her Grand Prize winner!!! YAY. I sent you a thank you e-mail. She is a super sweet lady, and we happen to live in the same area, so its even better. Thanks Again Bella.


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