This week it is all about health and beauty products, probably more beauty and cosmetics related actually. I’ve got a review of a fab new lip gloss that you can now get at some Costco US locations. Luckily for me and my lips, I was sent the full selection available at Costco to try out and review for everyone. In short, I loved it. I’ve also reposted some earlier reviews of Kirkland Signature items: facial cleansing wipes, and the shampoo and conditioner. I’ve even included an update on how my hair is doing after using the KS shampoo and conditioner for the last six months.
LuMESH Lip Gloss – I am totally a lip gloss kind of girl. Even if I’m not wearing makeup, I’ll always have some lip gloss handy. It might be clear or with just a touch of pink, but I always have some available. I’ve got quite dry lips and usually no matter what I use on them, they still stay dry and get unattractively chappy. However, the LuMesh lip gloss works like magic to keep my lips well hydrated and soft. I was amazed the first time I tried it because I was expecting it to me like most of the other brands I’ve tried and rub off in a short period of time, leaving my lips dry and exposed. I was so wrong to doubt it! It lasts for a very long time, even when I wear it out to dinner it will last throughout the meal. Seriously, it usually lasts until I want to reapply it. Even overnight! Yes, I said overnight (I wanted to see just how long it would last); not full on color but still a little layer that is protective throughout the night. I was pretty amazed because I’ve only got one lip balm (Molton Brown) that sticks around all night. And the LuMESH lip gloss does all of that while being free from paraben, phthalates, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances. What it does have is really intense colour, nourishing Vitamin E, and a bit of a lip plumper. You’ll notice the lip plumper as soon as you put on the gloss because it makes your lips feel really cool and a bit tingly. It is clearly one of the keys to why this lip gloss makes your lips look so nice and smooth too. The other thing that helps it look so incredible on is that it has a thicker consistency so it stays put and gives you great colour. There are some lip glosses that are so thin that you barely have it out of the tube and on your lips before it just seems to be wearing away (I’m looking at you Sephora).
The colours are really fabulous too. I tried all six colours (you get three different colours in the two different packages at Costco currently) and really did like them all. I even liked the very bright pink one (funny enough named “Kim”) that looks sort of Barbie pink in the tube, but looked really great when I actually put it on my lips. I have pretty pale skin, so I had thought that the darkest colour (Taffi) would maybe be too intense for me, but it looked perfect on my lips. I think it is probably my favourite colour actually; a little more pop of colour to liven up my face. All of the colours are really lovely and would work well on a lot of different skin types I think and be just that perfect colour that you haven’t been able to quite get right with other brands. The makeup artist that created the LuMESH line, Lu Camarena Meshulam, had just that in mind when creating the colours:
As a makeup artist we mix more than one lip-gloss to make one ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICENT color when working on a photo shoot. I combined all those colors and came up with that 1 lip-gloss that would give you that magnificent color that we all wish we could find when we see it on a celebrity. All 6 colors were formulated with this strategy in mind.
For me, I love pretty much all of the colours. Though, as I said my favourite is definitely the Taffi, but the others are so good it is hard to pick just one. You know, we all have lipstick or lip gloss colours that we gravitate towards even if other ones look good, you still have your favourite shades, but this might encourage you to try some colours that you would have shied away from. Here’s what Lu Camarena Meshulam has to say about each of the colours that you can find in her LuMesh line at Costco:
- Taffi is everyone. Literally anyone can wear the darkest color, which is perfect…because when light/dark African American women wear it this color appears to look like a beige nude color. When worn by any other ethnicity it the perfect fall/winter color.
- Trischa is a sun set radiance that looks great on Fair, and Medium skin tones.
- Magaly, is universal and is that perfect hint of color for everyday wear. Perfect for Fair, Medium, and light African American complexions.
- Min is that baby doll frosty pink that looks beautiful on Fair, and Medium skin tones. It works so well on Asian women.
- Kathlene, this color really compliments, women with Fair -medium skin tones. Absolutely gives that perfect peachy pink tone to woman of Latin, Mediterranean, light African American skin tones.
- Kim, well this is the A-lister of Pinks! Yes, this is the wow I am a celebrity pink!
I haven’t even gotten to one of the best parts: there is a mirror on the side of the lip gloss tube. I know, it is absolutely brilliant! Why doesn’t all lip gloss have this genius feature? I use this now all the time for quick little touchups and am totally hooked on the handiness of the mirror. It is so much easier and more convenient than using my iPhone camera.
Currently at various Costco locations around the US (I know, it’s so sad that it is only in the US), you can find two different variety packages of LuMESH lip gloss. Each package comes with three lip glosses and costs just $19.99, a total bargain. One package contains Min, Trischa, and Magaly. And the other package contains Kathlene, Kim, and Taffi. As I said, all of the colours are very nice, but the quality of the lip gloss is what has me hooked. I have tried all kinds of different brands in the pursuit of the perfect lip gloss – Dior, Lancome, Benefit, Clinique, Molton Brown, Bare Minerals, Sephora, Burt’s Bees, Mary Kay, DHC, Stila,and even Kirkland Signature Borghese – and I have to say this is a new favourite. It certainly lasts the longest and has the most intense colours as well. All good things, especially if you prefer lip gloss to lip stick, like I do. One little tip that I picked up from the LuMESH packaging: don’t blend or rub your lips together if you want to get the best and longest wear out of your lip gloss. Since I’ve been using the LuMESH lip gloss, I haven’t had the super dry lips and they don’t get that flaky look which is so totally unattractive. Aside from my Molton Brown vitamin lip balm, this lip gloss is one of the best things I’ve found for keeping my lips healthy looking. And, I can get lovely lip colour to boot!
As I mentioned, the LuMESH lip gloss is currently only available in certain US warehouse and not even on Costco.com (click here for a list of Costco locations where you can find it). But hopefully you’ll be able to find it in your local Costco. If not, and you want to try it, check out the LuMESH website and their list of alternative stores. 3 tubes for $19.99 (UK: £12.47). Item #: 693640.
Delon+ Cotton Rounds – If you wear makeup, you probably use something like these brilliant cotton rounds to remove it. And they are a great deal at Costco. The ones at Costco are 100% cotton and feel really lovely. What I find very useful is the two different textures on each side. One side is a soft, smooth cotton that very soft on your skin. This side is perfect for light cleaning or any type of cleaning or makeup removal around your delicate eye area. I also use that side for removing nail polish. The other side has a bit of a texture to it and isn’t quite as soft. This is ideal for heavy makeup removal or stubborn polish remover. In between these two outer layers, is a fluffy layer that works well to absorb things like polish remover, astringent, or makeup remover, which means that your round stays moist longer. The really nice thing is that the little rounds are truly lint-free. So, no lint will get stuck on your freshly cleaned lashes; especially important if you wear contact lenses, I think. I’ve also noticed that they don’t seem to fall apart like some of the cheaper, less sturdy versions. Who would have thought that simple little cotton rounds could be so different? The rounds are all cotton, and completely hypoallergenic. They mention aloe vera and vitamin B5 on the sleeve, which is interesting because I’ve never thought there was anything actually on them. But they are very soft, so maybe those two items are key to that softness. In the box at Costco you get 8 sleeves, each with 100 cotton rounds in it. Nicely, the sleeves have a ziptop (like a Ziploc) so that you can easily reseal the sleeve. That is so much better than most of these that once you open the package, they are just all exposed to the air and whatnot. Of course, 800 cotton rounds is quite a lot, so this might be a perfect Costco item to split with someone else. Of course, it isn’t like they’ll go bad, so if you’ve got the storage, they’re a great buy. 800 rounds for £8.99 (US: $14.41). Item #: 0419753.
Kirkland Signature Facial Wipes – I hadn’t ever used these before, though I know that they sell them in the US too. I used to buy the ones from Dove and thought that they were okay, but didn’t use them all the time because they were kind of a pain because you still had to rinse your face (or at least felt like it) and then put on moisturiser. And they really didn’t make a dent in my eye makeup. However, the KS ones rock. I like to wash my face at night before bed, and sometimes in the morning before I work out, and these KS cleansing cloths make that so much quicker. Each cloth is quite moist so that you can clean your whole face without it getting dry and this also means that you have enough moisture to tackle things like taking off mascara. I was amazed at how well it could handle mascara removal, even the water proof kind. Then, after you are done cleaning your face you don’t have to rinse! And that eliminates a lot of water splashing about and time. But even better, your face does actually feel moist enough to skip putting some type of moisturiser on, if you wanted. I like that because it means that when I’m exercising I can avoid having a layer of anything on my skin that will clog pores. I’ve got dry skin and never go without moisturiser on my face too, so I was really amazed by this. The moistness probably comes from the fact that there is no alcohol in them, no oil either. What they do have is Vitamin E, chamomile, and a triple tea complex. I don’t know about the triple tea complex, but I know that the other stuff is used in a lot of skin care products to keep your skin moist and blemish free. The cloths are divided between six different packages: two are small travel sizes with 15 towelettes each and then four are the full sized ones with 30 towelettes each. The travel sized ones are in little packages with a sticky closure, like if you buy Wet-Ones. The full sized versions come with a plastic snap closure to make sure that the moisture doesn’t evaporate before you use them. I love that closure because it really works and that was always one of my big complaints with the Dove version, the package didn’t seal well so the cloths would dry out before I got through the whole container. 150 towelettes for £8.49 (US: $13.61). Item #: 0368491. (Reposted from March 13, 2011)
Update on the Kirkland Signature Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner – I’ve been using the KS Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner for at least six months now and I still love it. My hair has been healthier than ever and my colour hasn’t faded nearly as fast as it did with the fancy schmancy salon brand stuff that I was using. My hair stylist has commented on how much healthier my hair looks several times now, so I think it really must be as terrific as I think. The other nice thing is that my natural curl is much better with the KS conditioner. I think it must not weigh it down as much as some of the other conditioners I was using. I also notice that I don’t feel the need to use a clarifying shampoo as often now (which is so much better for my hair) because the KS shampoo and conditioner seem to clean my hair better and don’t lead to build up of the yucky stuff that can make your hair appear dull. And really, for the price, you just can not beat the quality of the KS shampoo and conditioner. I’m reposting my full reviews for each product below, so you can read through what I originally said about them as well as my update.
Kirkland Signature Moisture Shampoo – We have previously always used the old formulation of the Kirkland Signature shampoo but we hadn’t had a chance to try the new version yet. The bottle says it will make your hair healthier, softer and shinier. The shampoo uses their Moisture Nutrient Complex, which they say provides hydration, nourishment and helps improve the overall performance, manageability and vibrancy of hair. And indeed, my hair does feel really nice after I use it. It has a nice florally fragrance, which doesn’t seem quite as powerful as the scent in the conditioner (but that could just be because I’m used to it now). It comes in a fairly large container, thankfully with a pump, that has a slightly smaller footprint than the previous shampoo but seems to be taller than the old bottle. Some might not think it is all that attractive but who needs a lovely looking bottle that you never really look at and just sits in your shower? Luckily, we don’t (though, in the package’s defense, I actually like it and think it looks better than the big Aveda bottle we just rid of). The important thing is that it is actually a really great shampoo with a nice fragrance that leaves your hair looking nice too. It’s also safe to use on colour treated hair. I haven’t been using it long enough to verify that it really doesn’t prematurely strip out your colour but I’ll let you know if I think this is a fib. The shampoo is also sulfate, paraben and even gluten free. Is there usually gluten in shampoo? I would never have considered that or thought it would be a problem. Did I mention that it’s also quite low cost? I have paid way, way more than this for Aveda and other salon brands. A liter of Aveda could run you around £24.00 – £32.00; far more than the KS stuff and just as good. I know this is a product that you can get in the US and I’d bet that you can get it at other Costco locations around the world too. 1 liter for £6.79 (US: $10.89). Item #: 0519825. (Reposted from May 27, 2011)
Kirkland Signature Moisture Conditioner – I just used up the last of my previous giant bottle of KS conditioner, the old formula. When you use just a little bit of it per day, that liter of conditioner stays around for a long time. But finishing up that bottle has allowed me to try the new formula that has been around for like two years. On the bottle they say it is a “Professional Salon Formula” but I’m not really sure what that means exactly. It seems nice and thick and does a great job at keeping my hair looking shiny and healthy. The thing that I really appreciate too is that it is safe for colour treated hair. It’s hard to find a decent conditioner, that doesn’t cost a fortune, and won’t strip the colour right out of my hair. I’ve noticed that it somehow manages to keep my hair soft and shiny, and gives me great amount of curliness too. I have natural curl in my hair, but if I use a conditioner or shampoo that has lots of stuff in that weighs down my hair it gets all straight and flat looking. The KS conditioner though is free of sulfates and paraben, so I think that helps keep my hair in better shape and allows the curl to come out too. It’s also gluten free, though I’m not sure what that means in terms of hair care. I’ve never really thought about gluten in my shampoo and conditioner. The new bottle is a bit of a different size and shape too, a bit more compact, and fits in my shower a little better because it’s not as wide. My one and only gripe about the new conditioner formula is that it is super perfume-y when you first put it in your hair. It’s got a very floral and strong scent. It doesn’t seem to linger all day at the huge level that it hits your nose with initially, thankfully. I don’t know how guys would feel about this, Dave still uses it and says that it is okay because he doesn’t smell like a flower all day long. So, I guess that’s okay then. However, if you are really sensitive to smells, this might not be a good fit for you. I’m thinking someday soon-ish my current bottle of shampoo will run out and I’ll be able to try the new KS shampoo formula too. 1 liter for £4.99 (US: $7.99). Item #: 0519925. (Reposted from March 25, 2012)