These new Flirt! Big Flirt Sheer and Shiny Lipglosses ($15.50) are like the Big Gulps of the gloss world. They come in super-size tubes with big@ss doe-foot applicators similar to the ones on the large-and-in-charge Lipglasses from the MAC Wonder Woman collection.
Flirt claims their massive “megatip applicator” helps them cover up to 170% more surface area than a standard doe foot…
That’s a lot of lip! I don’t know how practical it is for someone with small lips (like me), but I think the big applicator looks kinda cool. The trick, however, is using it without getting gloss all over the place.
Berry Bombshell, Big on Beige, Big Blush, Big Pink Kisses, Big Time Nude, Bigger than Rose, Big Pink Sunshine and Coral-Me Fabulous
With a regular MAC Lipglass for size
With a MAC Lipglass doe foot for scale
Swatches from the left: Berry Bombshell, Big on Beige, Big Blush, Big Pink Kisses, Big Time Nude, Bigger than Rose, Big Pink Sunshine and Coral-Me Fabulous
Big on Beige
Big Pink Kisses
Big Time Nude
Bigger than Rose
Big Pink Sunshine
I think the gloss itself is a’ight. Not bad. I’ve been into sheer glosses lately, so I like the subtle color payoff of the eight shades, but I can’t say I’m in love with the way they feel. They’re thick, almost uncomfortable — thicker than a Lipglass, even. And then there’s the intense vanilla frosting taste and scent I could do without…
I do really like the colors and the cute polka dots on the tubes (adorable!), but for $15.50 each, those may not be enough to make me a huge fan.
PRICE: $15.50 each
AVAILABILITY: Coming to Khol’s stores and kohls.com this August
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Crostini with Bean and a Green!
I’m sorry it took me forever and a day to send this along, but here’s that yummy recipe for kale and cannellini bean mash, one of my favorite dishes from Carole Raymond’s Student’s Vegetarian Cookbook.
It’s a delicious (and deliciously easy), quick meal. I usually like to round it out with a side salad.
Crostini with Bean and a Green
1 16-ounce can of white beans (1 1/2 cups)
2 tablespoons of water
2 teaspoons of olive oil
1 large clove of minced garlic
2 1/2 cups of washed, tightly packed and finely chopped kale leaves (de-stemmed)
2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
A pinch of salt and pepper
3 or 4 slices of toasted French or Italian bread (I like Trader Joe’s Pugliese lightly spayed with olive oil and then grilled in a non-stick stovetop pan)
- Wash and drain the beans, and then warm them in a saucepan with the water; once they’re warm, remove them from the heat, and coarsely mash the beans with a large spoon.
- Heat the oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat; add the garlic and saute for a few seconds; add the kale and stir. Cook, stirring frequently until the kale is tender and bright green (usually 7 to 10 minutes). The water that clings to the kale from washing is usually sufficient moisture for cooking. If the kale appears to be too dry, though, add water to the skillet, 1 tablespoon at a time, as necessary and continue to sauté.
- When the kale is done cooking, add it, along with the lemon juice, salt and pepper to the beans. Stir and taste. Add more salt and pepper if necessary. Spread the bean mixture onto the warm toasted bread for an open-faced sandwich, or use the toasted bread like you would chips and have the spread as a dip.
Makes two to three servings. Enjoy!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,