Cheap Thrills with C Me Shine Lip Gloss from Yes To Carrots

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yes to carrots c me shine lip gloss review

Cheap thrill alert!


Hey, now, dirty birdies. Get that mind out of the gutter. I’m not talking ’bout that kind of nasty…

Or this kind for that matter…


I’m talking about the affordably awesome Yes to Carrots C Me Shine Lip Glosses ($6.50 each and available in six shades).

If it weren’t for their faint mint flavor and fragrance (which dissipates quickly), they’d almost be knockoffs of the MAC Lipgelles, which cost twice as much ($14). They have a similar smooth and shiny, non-stick texture and also broadcast seriously intense color.

And with six shades to choose from — Playful Nude, Rose Bliss, Flirty Pink, Carrot Kiss, Red Hot and Cocoa Loco — there’s a decent degree of variety within the line.

I’ve tried three of the colors:

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Red Hot

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Cocoa Loco

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Rose Bliss

First impressions? Moisture. These pretties make my parched pout feel softer than a baby’s bottom, and they do it naturally. Like Yes to Carrots’ fantabulous lip tints, the C Me Shine Lip Glosses contain 95% natural ingredients and few unpronounceable chemicals, with the exception of ricinus communis (castor seed oil)… That’s one I kinda struggle with. ๐Ÿ™‚


So far this year I’ve been really impressed by Yes to Carrots’ lip makeup. I’d LOVE to see them roll out color products for cheeks and eyes. The C Me Shine Glosses deliver rich color with a texture that feels way more expensive than it is. $6.50 for this kind of quality? Cheap thrills indeed! Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+

Plans tonight?

I just got back from a run, which looks to be the only productive thing I’ll probably do tonight. I may squeeze in some reading with my new Sookie Stackhouse book, Dead to the World. On account of last weekend’s True Blood season finale (wasn’t it bootsie?), I need to get my vamp fix one way or another.

Got any plans tonight, fangbangers? What are you up to right now?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Marisol says:

    Seeing Spencer just made me throw up in my mouth a little. o_O

    I got some of these lip products in my goody bag from Shecky’s but have yet to try them. I will have to look for them in my make up case and check them out.

    I am done reading all 9 Sookie Stackhouse books. Tonight I am waiting for my friend to come over and we are going to have some drinks at my house. I may need that Shu brush tomorrow morning to help conceal my dark circles. =)
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… SoCal Visit =-.

  2. Amanda says:

    I LOVE the Yes to Carrots Lip Tints so I may need to get the C Me Shines… I have so many extra ELF Lip Shines, though, I’m really trying to stop buying duplicates of things, LOL! We’ll see how well that goes…

    Tonight I’m working on Western Civilization homework, and reading some more Nabokov… again… LOL!

  3. Toni says:

    Ooooh, I am so loving these colors! I love, love, love glosses and these would definitely be in the budget price range. Although I don’t know – hubby and I talked about actual numbers tonight! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am trying to update my look (40 something mom of two and one of them is special needs), and some new glosses would be great.

    I am actually getting ready to go to bed now since it’s midnight on the east coast. Hope you have a wonderful evening!
    .-= Toni’s last blog post… Today’s Thrifty Treasures and Metamorphosis Monday =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Toni,

      I love me a good drugstore lip gloss too. Another good one to try: Sally Hansen Diamond Lip Treatments. They have great pigmentation, texture and shine; plus, they come in a bunch of colors and only cost $5!

  4. Rae says:

    Ooh, those look fab. Moisturising, shiny, and with a gorgeous colour range? One word: wishlisted. Red Hot, you will be mine!

    (Also, showing me that photo of Spencer totally just ruined my night. How will I ever get my eyes to stop burning?!)
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… Sulphur. Even though it smells bad. =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rae,

      Ha! I often wonder how Heidi manages to look at him, day in, day out… his personality (or the one he chooses to portray to the media) does NOT make him any cuter.

  5. Solรƒยฉ says:

    Thanks Karen! I still haven’t gotten a chance to pick up the tinted lip balms but I’m definitely going to pick up a few of these too. Almost completely natural and within my price range. It’s a win/win! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sole,

      You’re welcome. I hope you like them!

      I’m really enjoying the products from this line and think I’ll try some hair stuff next. Will let you know if it’s any good.

      Happy Thursday!

  6. Glosslizard says:

    Nice! If they have a clear shade I could throw one in my dojo bag for a cheap n’ easy aikido lipgloss! Right now I’m using a Philosophy gloss that came with a set I got… Ooey Gooey S’mores! Some nights I dig the marshmallow-y scent and other nights it bugs me! My go-to is Stila’s plumping lip glaze in Vanilla Mint, but sometimes I just can’t bring myself to lay down the 20-something bucks for a replacement!

    I know I’m totally rambling, but I am so exhausted… I’m at that cold-medicine-intoxicated-kind-of-feeling stage of fatigue! But I just got back from aikido (points for me… I dragged my sorry behind there tonight and learned some fantastic stuff) and had to check in! Have a great evening, I gotta go sleep now! ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Karen says:

      Hi Glosslizard,

      Oh, been there, done that! Hope you got some good rest last night and that you’re feeling better.

      I love the Philosophy glosses for moisture… I could see how Ooey Gooey S’mores might get gross!

  7. BeckBeck says:

    I’m surprised at your raves about the moisturizing properties of these – I bought one on a whim and found I had the same problem with it as a lot of other similar-textured glosses, which was that it seemed to make my lips flake if I didn’t alternate with balm throughout the day. The tints seemed to do this a little bit too. I’m thinking my lips don’t like the peppermint oil?

    • Karen says:

      Hi BeckBeck,

      Yeah, I dunno… my lips really liked these a lot (and most stuff makes them dry). There’s a couple of different oils listed on the ingredient list; maybe yours are sensitive to one of them.

      At least there’s a lot of other great drugstore glosses to be found! Have you tried the Sally Hansen Diamond Lip Treatments? Those are very moisturizing.

  8. gn. says:

    If only we could have that brand here (in the Philippines)! I’m crushing on red hot. Hm. Oh, I do have a question though, what’s the best *Red* lip gloss out there? Cheap or not, I just want with one that packs the most color. Heehee ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’ve been reeling since the True Blood finale. *Sigh* Time to hit the books again for the fourth time!

  9. Vonvon says:

    Wow!!! Such pretty colors! I don’t know what’s with me and lip glosses in tubes…just love the whole packaging and the colors look like they are from a higher end range of lip glosses. ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Vonvon’s last blog post… Chanel Good Enough To Eat?? And Pressies From A Friend =-.

  10. Michelle says:

    Love these! My local Target sells a 2 pack (with Playful Nude and Rose Bliss) for $5, so of course I just *had* to pick them up! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Catherine says:

    Wow, these look so nice! Red Hot is HOT on you!
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… Jane Iredale Catherine + FOTD =-.

  12. Eru says:

    The three look hot on you Karen!
    I was wondering if you have watched the premiere of The Vampire Diaries… I watched it a couple of days ago and I was surprised to see Ian Somerhalder as the “bad” guy. I liked the episode ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eru,

      I thought it was just okay… I kinda wish they moved beyond the Twilight story line to transform it into something fresh and new. I’m gonna keep watching to see where it goes — who knows? I might be good.

  13. I love ur rose bliss… ur lips look amazing with them!
    .-= Blovet Beauty’s last blog post… JAPAN SKINCARE & COSMETICS & RANDOM HAUL PART 2 =-.

  14. Tavia says:

    I like them so far, I haven’t tried them yet but I will give a chance to Rose Bliss, I’m addicted to anything that will make my lips shine ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… Review รขโ‚ฌโ€œ Florena Hand Cream with Chamomile =-.

  15. Tiffany says:

    Hey girlie, I keep forgetting to check this line out at target, and I was just there yesterday! I finally watched the true blood finale last night!

  16. reesa says:

    I’ve seen these before but kind of ignored them ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I am going to check these out at lunchtime today. I checked out their website and these look fab. Hopefully I won’t buy all of them! LOL.

  17. Michelle says:

    I haven’t tried any other Yes to Carrots products *yet*, but seriously, ever since I started reading your blog, I always seem to peruse the beauty isles of Target to check out your fab finds! ๐Ÿ™‚ I also love the Soap and Glory line that Target now carries (I wish we had a Boots in the US!!).

  18. Tiffany says:

    honestly, I sorta thought the finale would be better! I dunno, I just feel like they had been dragging the mary ann thing on for so long and then resolved it kinda quickly. and I feel like bill and sookie’s relationship has become so lame!

  19. Marilyn says:

    Ooh, those do look nice! Wish they were a bit more pigmented, but they still look nice on your swatches ๐Ÿ™‚

    I actually just bought the Yes To Carrots tinted lip balm trio on clearance at Target (they also had the C Me Shine Lip Gloss duo!). They were only $3.98 per boxed set, so I decided to give ’em a try. The tinted balms are just barely tinted, and are actually really moisturizing as well! I definitely recommend them.
    .-= Marilyn’s last blog post… Nothin’ like beer and pasta at 9 am! =-.

  20. amy says:

    What I cute cheeky name for a makeup brand, I have never head of this brand before. I don’t think I know anywhere that carries this in Vancouver. Base on the lip swatches I like Red Hot the best.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… John Masters Organics Shine On Leave in Hair Treatment =-.

  21. Amanda says:

    They’re alright. For $1 they’re pretty great, but I don’t mind spending more for a better product. The color is really minimal, but the shine in the ELF glosses is pretty good, and they have a really great but subtle shimmer. The scent can be weird for some, but I love it! It’s like lemonade!

  22. Tea says:

    This post came at the right time! I picked up the Cocoa Loco but haven’t wanted to open it yet because I think it might be too dark for me. (As my friend says, I only have a “baby tan”!) I might have to swap it for the Carrot Kiss, but I have to say that CL and Red Hot look gorgeous on you!

  23. Steph B says:

    I’m not big on minty glosses as they tend to irritate my lips. I just got an Alba gloss very similar to the Red Hot and love it. It has a light vanilla scent, isn’t sticky, and moisturizes fairly well. It was about a dollar cheaper too.

  24. Rose says:

    I found this in ‘Playful Nude’ and ‘Rose Bliss’ at the clearance rack in the house of tar-ghay for $1. Also got a YTC lip tint for $1 and found some retractable hairbrush that makes me happy.

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