“HIVE” A TREAT FOR MY LIPS:
Lipstick Queen by one of my favorites, Poppy King, has been really reaching past the merely decorate in terms of coloring lips, and moving into more creative colors and concepts. Now there’s Queen Bee ($22.00) . Poppy King (the founder of Lipstick Queen and therefore the company’s own “Queen Bee” says: “This is like a spa day for your lips – it really puts the ‘treat’ into treatment!”
Well, I had to find out.
The copper colored tube is pretty, and right now my lips are so dry, they need resuscitation and quickly. This golden-glazed lip treatment has a bronze-gold finish that’s noticeable but not too opaque. It’s pretty, but it’s pale. If you are like me and you can’t stop wearing bold colors, wear it when you’re not really “out and about” or wear it over or under your other favorite colors.
Since I started wear testing Queen Bee, I’ve been slathering it on my lips –a lot — to soothe my lips with Royal Jelly, which ensures lips remain super soft and plump. The tube of glamorizing sheer glitz also has chamomile and sunflower extract to help soothe sore, chapped lips (oh, it feels so nice)!
There is also a prominent honey scent, which isn’t personally to my taste (no pun intended) but lots of people will take to it like flies to….well…honey! If you need TLC for your lips and you want to do it in a glamorous and effective way, buy a tube of Queen Bee and take it to your “hive.”
On a totally different note, Lipstick Queen’s trio of Bete Noire lipsticks ($40.00 each) are interesting because they feature one shade in three contrasting moods. The theme is blackberry, but it’s a neutral tone, so everyone can wear it.
That said, this is a pretty sophisticated concept and color.
“I was inspired by the dark sensuality within us all when creating these three beautiful takes on black cherry lips. They’re glamorous, intriguing and yet with no hint of goth about them thanks to the warm, blackberry tone of these dark, midnight shades. This seductive collection will bring drama and intensity to your lips so get ready to embrace your dark side!” Poppy King, Lipstick Queen Founder.
I’ll admit that I was dubious about these. They are dark, goth looking, and blackberry doesn’t scream “Spring!” to me. But in a sea of pastels, there’s something enticing about these sophisticated lipsticks in their blackberry tubes with their glamorous formats.
I tried “Possessed Sheer,” a billed as a “sheer crush of forest fruits on the lips.” It’s enriched with anti-oxidant Vitamin E and nourishing moisturizing oils, this lipstick keeps lips soft, comfortable and hydrated. Color preferences are highly subjective. I thought it was pretty, even on my pale-ish skin, but to me it was still kind of cool and while it might bring drama, I still prefer red!
For those who are ready to move from baby steps to creamy opaque, there is “Possessed Intense.” I didn’t try it, but it’s described as “a rich, creamy and opaque formula which cloaks the lips with deep, powerful and enduring pigments while moisture-rich oils and waxes ensure lips remain super comfortable and soft.”
Fishing for a fashion statement? Go for the metallic finish of the third tube of Bete Noir, which is “Possessed Metal.” As described, it might not be for everyone, but it has a “burnished and richly shimmered texture. ” It is Enhanced with Apricot Kernel Oil, it glides on effortlessly, dressing the lips with long-lasting and hydrating color. If you can carry it off, you’ll turn heads.