Wednesday, February 3, 2016


I can remember loving lipstick, well, as long as I can remember. I definitely think this stems from my Mom, she always had her lipstick on. I can see the typical shade in my mind as I type. This encouraged me to always reach for a shade of my own. In high school it was L'Oreal Brown Sugar, in college it was MAC anything (Modesty, Please Me), my 20's was certainly Bobbi Brown Raspberry 13. And I don't tell you that for you to look those shades up, because they are TOXIC. I tell you that because the need for lipstick has always been in my blood.

Speaking of blood, did you know the average conventional lipstick (including the ones above) may contain: parabens, phthalates, BHA, chemical preservatives, mineral oil, propylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, petroleum, "fragrance" and possibly even LEAD. Yes, LEAD. A federal analysis found that over 400 shades of the most popular lipstick contained lead, top offenders being Maybelline, L'Oreal and even pricier brands like NARS. Aside from that, if you aren't an ingredient super sleuth, the above cocktail of ingredients can cause hormone disruption, reproductive issues, neurological damage and many are linked to cancer. And that old "only if it's ingested" cosmetic debate, it applies here, because where do you think your lipstick goes....

Anyway, I don't like to be alarmist, and not all mainstream brands are as bad, but I am encouraging you to please do your ingredient research before buying a shade you love. (Need help? EWG Skin Deep). Because I know that feeling of LOVE when it comes to a lip product. Which is also why I've spent the last 3 years providing you with alternatives, one of them being Kosas Cosmetics.

Clockwise from top left: Rosewater, Undone, Fringe, Darkroom

Holy smokes how gorgeous are these shades?!? These 4 shades are the foundation (and only products) in the brands initial foray into lipstick. And man, they are stunning. There wasn't a shade that didn't work for me or that I didn't love the formulation of, which speaks to their thought process in catering to all skin tones.

The first time I wore one it was Darkroom, and I had it on from 7AM to 3PM without smudging or fading, and I'd snacked and drank countless cups of tea. The other 3 have lived up to the hype as well, yet none of them are drying or cakey, they feel like some of the best, high-end lipsticks I've tried in my lifetime, but without the icky toxins.

Here's what they do have: green tea oil, grape seed oil, rosehip seed oil, orange oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, mango seed butter, castor oil, coconut oil, candelila wax, lanolin, carnauba wax, beeswax, ricebran extract. There are a few other ingredients for preservation and form, none of which rank above a 2 on EWG.

To say I'm pleased with my introduction to the brand would be an understatement, now my only quibble is MORE COLORS PLEASE!

Top to Bottom: Darkroom, Fringe, Undone, Rosewater


  1. All of those colors are PERFECTION. and I still love that tattoo 😍

  2. I am in love with the dark neutrals! I am putting them on my wish list. So far I have only tried Kosas highlights from b-glowing, Kosas lipstick is definitely going on the try list.