Product Review: Lipsense by SeneGence

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I love lipstick. There is something about lipstick that finishes off a look and makes you look put together – even when you might not be. As much as I love lipstick, I am not a huge fan of wearing products that require a lot of maintenance. I hate having to worry about if my lipstick is wearing off, or smeared all over my face.

I have started to wear lipstick more frequently due to the new liquid lip products that are long wearing and low maintenance. Recently Emily, a SeneGence Consultant, reached out to me offering a Lipsense product of choice for me to try. This was the first time I had ever heard of SeneGence and their Lipsense products. Lipsense makes lip kits that are unlike your traditional lipstick, stain or colour. They are waterproof, kiss-proof, budge-proof, smudge-proof and are long-wearing (anywhere from 4-18 hours).

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What is Lipsense?

Thanks to the whole Kylie Lip Kit trend, we have all become very familiar with the variety of long wearing lip kits available on the market. Lipsense offers a lip kit that includes a lip colour (your base), a top coat in a number of finishes and an easy to use lip colour remover product. Lipsense offers 70 different shades of lip colours and a variety of finishes in their top coats – pearl, shimmer, matte or glossy.

You can also purchase the products separately (outside of purchasing a kit), but for first time users I definitely recommend purchasing a kit. I found it extremely helpful to have all the necessary steps to start. My kit included the glossy top coat, the Ooops! Remover and a base lip colour in the shade Plum.

SeneGence Lipsense Review

Application Tips and Tricks

When I first got my Lipsense I was like a kid at Christmas. I tore through the package and began swatching, playing and applying the product. Through all this excitement, like any kid at Christmas, I neglected to read the instructions or the lovely information book Emily shared with me. This was a huge mistake because there is a very specific process you have to follow when applying your Lipsense. Following the process, which is not difficult, ensures that you get the best possible application of the product and that it will be long-wearing.

How to Apply Your Lipsense

  1. Apply the product to clean dry lips. This will ensure the longevity of the product.
  2. Shake the tube horizontally for a few seconds prior to application.
  3. Lipsense is applied using a layering technique. The number of layers you add will enhance the pigmentation of the product. For best results, it is recommended to apply 2-3 layers. When applying the layers you want to do it in one quick sweep across the lips from one side to the other. You do not want go back and forth. Then, wait a few seconds for the product to dry before applying the second layer. Be sure to keep your lips separated while the product is drying between layers.
  4. Add your top coat!

For a visual demonstration, check out SeneGence’s application video here.

Some great tips are that the Ooops! Remover can also be used as a corrector. You can use it to clean up any mistakes, or smooth along the edges of your lip line. Also, since you layer the products to get the desired colour pay off you want Lipsense is very customizable. You can layer different shades together to get any colour of your choice. I think this is amazing because sometimes it is hard to find that perfect shade for your skin tone and the ability to layer different colours together makes the possibilities endless.

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My Experience

I am extremely impressed with Lipsense. At first, I was a little overwhelmed with the application process, but once I tried it I was hooked. The applicator is small enough that it allows you to be precise in your application and get a smooth clean line along the edges, but still large enough to be able to cover your lips in one quick sweep. I also did go back over spots I needed (even though you aren’t supposed to) and I didn’t have any issues.

I also found the product extremely comfortable to wear – thanks to the top coat. Applying the top coat added an extra boost of moisture to my lips leaving them so comfortable. Even after the top coat wore off it left a demi-matte finish on my lips. The finish was absolutely beautiful. It is important to make sure you really apply the top coat to your entire lips. If you don’t I do find the lip colour itself can feel a bit sticky, but the top coat  makes that completely disappear.

The first time I wore the colour I was out for a day of shopping with a friend. I was so surprised when the colour didn’t wear off on the lid of my coffee cup. It felt like I wasn’t even wearing anything on my lips and I kept having to ask my friend if my lip colour was still there. Eventually there was some wear towards the inside of my lips, but not until after I wore the product for approximately 8 hours and had eaten, drank and chatted a lot.

Here are some time lapse photos Emily has provided of the wear time for her Lipsense products:

Want to learn more about Lipsense? Check out Emily’s Facebook Page here. You can order directly through Emily here by entering her Distributor ID, which is 178282. Emily has also very graciously offered to provide you, my subscribers, with a 10% discount on your orders! To receive your discount please email Emily at demoss.emily@gmail.com with the coupon code: “buttonedbeauty”.

If you purchase a Lipsense product from Emily please be sure to tag me in your post on Instagram (@buttonedbeauty)! I can’t wait to see the colours you choose.

Kaitlyn xo

 

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me in return for a collaborative post with a SeneGence consultant. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are 100% honest and my own.

 

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Monthly Must Haves: November 2016

Vasanti Eye Shadow Duo, La Roche Posay Mascara, Rodan + Fields Toner, Color Switch

Monthly Must Haves are one of my favourite posts to write. Nearing the end of every month my roommate and I think about all the new products I’ve tried, or the things I have been using a lot lately, and pick out my favourites. She is usually better at remembering which products I have been using the most then I am. The other thing I love about monthly favourites is that it gives me a little bit of time to reflect on the actual month itself. The month of November was a crazy busy month for me. Despite the busy time, I still managed to give lots of new products a try! Let’s get into some of my favourites!

Vasanti Eye Shadow Duo Taj Mahal

Vasanti Taj Mahal Silky Eye Shadow Duo ($22) – This duo has a metallic champagne rose colour paired with a luminous cream shade and they are absolutely stunning. I love wearing the champagne rose colour all over my lid and applying the cream shade to my inner corner and brow bone as a highlight. I usually add some depth to the crease by using my bronzer. The shadows are incredibly pigmented and super smooth. They have beautiful colour pay off as well. I also love how small and compact the duos are. It is the perfect size for someone who travels, or is on the go a lot.

Vasanti Eye Shadow Duo Swatch Taj Mahal

La Roche Posay Respectissime Volume Mascara

La Roche Posay Respectissime Volume Mascara ($20) – I rarely test out new mascaras. I have my tried and true go-to products that I stick to for mascara. This month, I was having some issues with my eyes feeling irritated and I was trying to determine if it was related to my eye makeup. While testing out this theory, I swapped out my regular mascara for this one from La Roche Posay. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. This mascara is designed to provide zero discomfort from application to when you remove it at the end of the day. It is paraben free and made for those with sensitive eyes, as well as safe for contact lens wearers. The product itself is enriched with ceramides, which will help strenghthen the lashes. I love when cosmetic products provide extra benefits, like stregthening my lashes. This product is really good at creating a lot of volume. The large brush catches each individual lash and helps to separate and provide fullness to the lashes.

Rodan + Fields Redefine Pore Minimizing Toner

Rodan + Fields Redefine Pore Minimizing Toner ($55) – This month, I did a thirty day challenge using Rodan + Fields products from their Redefine product line thanks to one of their consultants Devon – check out her page here. During the challenge I fell in love with the toner that is part of their Redefine line. My number one skin concern is pores. I am constantly up close in a magnifying mirror examining the appearance of my pores, or trying new products to improve or conceal my pore size. When I received my Rodan + Fields package, I was so excited to discover the toner that is specifically designed to minimize the appearance of pores. This toner is alcohol free. That alone is a huge win in my books. I often times, avoid toners because I don’t like the heavy smell of alcohol that is present. I have to say, this one smells fantastic! This product uses hydroxy acids to exfoliate dead skin cells and unclog pores. This can enhance the benefits of the product you use afterwards because the exfoliating and pore clearing actions will allow the products you apply after to better penetrate the skin. I did notice while using this product that my moisturizers absorbed more quickly into the skin and the exfoliation from this product left my skin looking brighter.

Clean Sweep Makeup Brush Pad

Clean Sweep Makeup Brush Pad ($8) – This product is a life changer, I am not even being the slightest bit over dramatic. This is a dry brush cleaning tool you can use as a quick cleanse between colours. I use this specifically for my eye shadow brushes. You just swirl the brush on the textured pad and it removes all colour from the brush. It allows you to use the same brush for different colours without having to worry about ruining a shadow because there was still pigment on your brush from the previous shadow. I found mine for around $8 at Winners. Here is a link to a comparable product at Sephora, but I would recommend looking at other retailers for cheaper alternatives.

Those are a few of my favourites from the month of November. Did you have any new favourites this month? Please share them with me in a comment below!

Happy December,

Kaitlyn xo