Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tints Prove That Makeup Is the BEST Medicine

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Wearing Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint in Blood Orange on my lips



The sun has set, and I have the cover of darkness now. I’m almost positive I’m going to get away with it. I slowly withdraw the keys to the car from a bowl sitting on a table by the hall. They barely make a sound. Just a quiet jingling, barely audible, and I think I’m safe.

I start toward the door, my eyes checking the corners for signs of movement. The coast is clear. I walk faster now, my sneakers all but silent on the tiled hallway floor.

Almost there. I reach the door and take the knob in my hand, turning slowly. I have one foot out the door when…

“Where ya headed?”

“Gah!” My heart practically leaps from my chest. I turn toward the sound of the voice, but I already know who it is. El Hub. “Uh…to go pick up some medicine,” I reply as naturally as possible, but I don’t feel like I sound convincing. After a few seconds calculating my next move, I realize that I’m still holding the doorknob and promptly let go.

It’s as if he materialized out of thin air like a Portuguese ninja. POOF! Blast him and all those years of martial arts!

A knowing smile creeps across his lips. “Oh,” he asks coyly, “the Costco pharmacy?”

“Uhh…” He likes Costco, so I know I can’t say that. I try to think of something else, but I draw a blank. I know that too much time has passed when he finally speaks again.

“Babe, I don’t think makeup counts as medication.”

The cat’s out of the bag now, so I don’t hold back. “Hello, it totally does!” I shout. “I have a headache, and makeup is like homeopathic or something.”

We both stand there at the door, our unblinking eyes locked together. It’s a familiar battle of wills that continues for a few more seconds. “Well, that sounds serious,” he says, flashing his cutest grin. “Maybe I should drive.”

Makeup addicts, you know you married the right person when even after an exchange like this after a long day at work, your man (or woman) is still willing to shuttle you to Sephora (aka makeup nirvana) to self-medicate on a Friday night. πŸ™‚

And ooh, guuuurl, I had a field day in the store, especially when I got to the Pacifica section.

I’d originally wanted to get some Pacifica Malibu Lemon Body Wash, but for some reason the Sephora near my house recently stopped carrying it (boo!), so I ended up snagging the new Island Vanilla Body Butter and a couple of tubes of their new Color Quench Natural Moisture Lip Tints ($9 each) instead.

Love, LOVE these! I’ve been alternating between the Blood Orange and Guava Berry ones, two of the four available shades, since Friday night, and I like both of them so much that I plan to head back to Sephora this week to get a few more tubes as Christmas stocking stuffers for the ladies in my life.

They’re creamy, moisturizing, non-sticky lip treatments that give lips a light sheen as they lightly coat them with sheer pigment, and man! — they smell and taste yummy (very natural; not synthetic at all). Each one has its own flavor, too. Orange for Blood Orange (obvs) and guava for Guava Berry.

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Swatches of Blood Orange (left) and Guava Berry (right)

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Guava Berry on lips

They’re a little more expensive than my other current lip tint love by Burt’s Bees, but with these you get more product, and I think the packaging is cuter (and 100% recyclable).

More to like…

  • They contain moisturizing Vitamin E, cocoa butter, and avocado and coconut oils
  • They don’t contain parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan
  • They also earn paws up from Tabs, since they weren’t tested on animals

How perfect would these be for a movie date? They aren’t goopy, which makes them highly compatible with popcorn (the kernels won’t stick to your lips), and if you and your date share a kiss, he/she won’t come away with glitter or bright pigment all over his face. MWAH!

PRICE: $9 each for a 0.25-oz. tube
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and also online

You’re a star!


I’m being totally serious when I say this, but if thereÒ€ℒs any sort of goal that you’ve been trying to reach, like working out more often, studying for a test, finishing your novel or plotting world domination, here’s a self-motivator that could help. Post a calendar on your fridge, and get yourself a pack of those shiny teacher star stickers to help track your progress. They really help!

My half-assed attempts at getting back in shape took a big turn for the better when I started tracking my workouts with these stickers a few weeks ago, and I’m finally beginning to see some real progress. Okay, they’re a little childish, but who doesn’t like stars? And they work! Seeing those little stars add up day after day is a great motivator, and the closer I get to reaching my workout goal, the closer I get to that pair of boots I told myself I could get as a reward.

Yay for small victories. πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Appu says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the blood orange scent by Pacifica. I have the body butter, perfume and now I need the lip tint! πŸ™‚
    Appu recently posted … theBalm Frat Boy Blush – Review, Photos & Swatches

  2. rose says:

    mine is guava berry:)

  3. jennifer couzins says:

    karen, i love that these aren’t tested on animals, but does it say on the packaging if they’re vegan, too? i know beeswax is a popular non-vegan ingredient in many lip products. thanks!

  4. Jessi says:

    Those lip tints look amazing! I just wish my Sephora was closer, but it’s such a headache to head to the mall.

    And good for you and your goal! You know what, there is some solid psychology behind recording and keeping up with your goals. The effects of self-monitoring are heavily documented. Many studies have proven if you simply record the behavior you will see a positive trend in the direction you want. This goes for anything from smoking less to working out more.
    Jessi recently posted … Ghosts of Manicures Past

  5. Cindy G says:

    These look great, Karen! Guava Berry is totally calling my name.

    Does anyone know how these compare to the Clinique Chubby Sticks? I think these seem like a slightly cheaper alternative.

  6. Chris25 says:

    El Hub sounds awesome. I hope to find a guy like that some day.

    Pacifica seems to be churning out some good products! I usually get turned off by the price tag when I’m in Whole Foods, but I think I’ll give it a peek during my next trip.

  7. Sonya says:

    I recently fell in love with Pacifica through their Blood Orange rollerball – now I think I’m going to have to try these lip treatments! πŸ˜€
    Sonya recently posted … Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers Glitter Palettes in Stage Beauty, Rising Star – Review, Swatches, Photos

  8. marisol says:

    You are hilarious! And I had no idea El Hub was a ninja. Daaaaaamn!

    I like most things from Pacifica so I will put these on my radar.

    Let’s see the boots!
    marisol recently posted … Another four bite the dust

  9. Heidi says:

    Mmmmm…. I love the Blood Orange fragrance, so I’m sure I’d love the lip tint, too!

  10. sunshine says:

    hi, karen! i discovered your blog a while back and i’m completely hooked. thank you! i always look forward to reading your blog. πŸ˜€

    and i’ve noticed you’ve been hooked on ryan gosling & randomly came upon something you might appreciate πŸ™‚ …

  11. AK says:

    Karen I just love this post. So much positivity. Thank you for spreading some good vibes on the internet and reaching all the way on the east coast πŸ™‚ God that was a funny creep the front door story. I’ma have to try these new lippies. I’m a die hard fan of Burt’s Bees Pomegranate chapstick, but Pacifica’s look nice b/c they’ve got a subtle tint. Thanks woman! Have a good evening πŸ˜€

  12. blovetbeauty says:

    hahaha i think husbands can always smell when their other half is sneaking off to buy some makeup. i think its written all over my face

  13. Naj says:

    Totally love your story! And El Hub sounds like a dream man. Lucky you! πŸ˜€

    I’m so checking this lipbalm out. I just hate lipbalms that smell/taste like plastic. I literally threw one out the moment i tested it cause it smelt & tasted so bad.

    And hey, star is my favourite shape. Awesome tip there.

  14. SJ says:

    You’re lucky to have a guy that will go on the makeup run with you! Mine finds it hard to understand how a new lipstick can cheer me up as much as a new iPad for him … who said women were more material minded than men?!

    Id love you to check out my blog for some beauty tips and tricks for flawless makeup @

  15. Chess says:

    Can I just say how much I appreciate that you always remember that not all your readers date boys? It’s a little thing, but it always makes me smile. You’re the best.

  16. Ruchita says:

    Haha, great post! I’m glad there is not a Sephora too close by, otherwise I would be in trouble! I love these lip tints. I can defnitely see stashing these in my purse. I might have to steal your sticker idea. That’s a fun way to get motivated! πŸ™‚

  17. Nina says:

    the liptints are pretty, but your calendar is prettier!

  18. Kim says:

    The tints sound good and I’m a Pacifica fan, so I’ll have to check them out. Nice work on the stars and congrats on closing in on your goal! I’m currently being inspired by the need to fit into my pants before the cold weather hits. πŸ™‚ And, nice job, El Hub! I’m sure he knows he can count on you when he wants to medicate at Best Buy, or Lowes or wherever it is that the boys get their fix. πŸ™‚

  19. Joy says:

    Hmmmm..I like the guava berry. πŸ™‚

  20. I’m addicted to tints, they’re my no 1 beauty must have – wish I could be as good as you with my workouts, well done!

  21. Joi says:

    Love your story of getting out the door, sounds familiar….I’ve started calling them “errands”

  22. mulberrytea says:

    These look great! I don’t usually like tinted balms, but I wonder if the blood orange one would make a good replacement for my Fresh Sugar Rose that’s almost gone.

    I didn’t realize Pacifica added these to their line. Can’t wait to get down to Sephora and check them out! Just in time for a Friends & Family haul πŸ™‚

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