Although Red Apple Lipstick is known mainly for making gluten-free and nasty-free makeup, do not think of it as a makeup brand for green-living, fanatics only. I have been using their Exfoliate Stick* and Rallye Balm* daily. I have frequently worn their Lipstick in the shade New York* and Lip Gloss in shade Honey Badger* and my lips have not gone dry for a single day. Everything from the sleek packaging to the pigmentation of the lipstick and gloss, are absolutely lovely and feel amazing on the lips. Here is how I have been using these four products and got my lips from dry and flakey, to moisturized and plump.
Step #1: Exfoliate. This is the first exfoliating stick that I have tried and I find it quite handy for when my lips are a little dry and flakey. I usually exfoliate with an extra soft toothbrush and coconut oil, but the exfoliating stick is obviously more convenient. I gently rub my lips with it and then I remove it with a wet cotton bud. It leaves the lips feeling quite dry, but free of dead skin. (Although I do not find it to be harsh at all on dry lips, I would still skip to the next step if I were in the painful stage of chapped lips.)
Step #2 – Moisturize. Apply the Rallye Balm. This is hands down one of the best lip balms that I have tried, and I am actually using it every day under any lipstick, because it makes my lips feel pretty smooth and silky, so any lipstick glides over it. It’s packed with (gluten-free, soy-free) Vitamin E, which is very healing. The texture is soft, but not overly creamy, and leaves a bit of a shine. It feels like it literally melts into my lips. Lip balm hoarders — this one deserves a spot in your stash.
Step #3 – Color. Apply lipstick. Red Apple Lipstick lipsticks are Vitamin E enriched and come in loads of fun shades. I only own the shade New York, which is a pinky-brown nude shade and it is very moisturizing. The finish is similar to the Ilia Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioners, but with more color payoff. (I will upload a comparison swatch on Instagram with a few other nude lipsticks, so keep an eye on that). Green beauty beginners: you can think of it as a MAC Patisserie “natural” dupe.
Step #4 – Shine. Add a touch of gloss. The Mint 2 Be Lip Gloss gives a nice amount of shine without feeling sticky or tacky. The color pay off is very good (I would rate it as medium pigmentation) and it has a lovely spearmint scent, which is deeee-licious. The shade that I am wearing above is Honey Badger, which is a lovely nude with pink and brown undertones. It is the perfect topper for the New York lipstick shade.
I am overall very pleased with the quality of these products and they definitely exceeded my expectations. It’s easy to think that a gluten-free makeup is made only for people with gluten sensitivity, but the truth is that high quality, nasty-free makeup is for everyone, and gluten does no good to anyone. I plan on getting more Rallye Balm when I am out of it, and there are also a few lipstick shades that I would love to try. Also, I know that some of you may be happy to learn that Red Apple makes a pressed, completely matte, black eyeshadow, which I have not tried yet, but it’s the #1 Red Apple Lipstick product on my wish-list.
On to the giveaway, Red Apple Lipstick generously offered to send a trio of products that includes: Exfoliating Stick+ Rallye Balm+ Lipstick of your choice. In order to enter, you wil have to:
1. Leave a comment below telling me which shade of Red Apple Lipstick lipstick you would like to win (find them here);
2. Like Red Apple Lipstick on Facebook
3. Like Genuine Glow on Facebook
The giveaway starts on February 19, 2014 at 12:00 pm Eastern Time.
All entries will be verified. The winner will be randomly picked by Rafflecopter and announced in this post on February 28th. The giveaway is open internationally.
** Special thanks to Mr. Genuine Glow for creating the spiffy animation above, and to Anna @Viviannadoesmakeup for the inspiration (you’re the bauss!)