Lipsticks and lemon cream, these are a few of my favorite things…

>Since I had blogged about the higher prices of makeup in Target last year, I’ve kept an eye on the “premium” Target lines to see if anything caught my eye.  On a recent trip, I found myself coming back to the Napoleon Perdis NP Set line.  The lipsticks in particular were calling to me, but I kept pausing because of the $15 price tag.  That’s more than a MAC lipstick and close to an Urban Decay (my favorite, but $22), and as those are good quality, I was concerned with getting a crappy product even through the price was high. 

But what the hell.  Target has a good return policy.

I picked up three shades: 

 Athens, a creamy rose

Havana, a creamy neutral

and Denver, a sheer, shimmery beige.

The quality of these lipsticks is great.  They’re soft- packed with good-for-you oils and butters and without parabens- and they have a slick, moisturizing feel on the lips.  There’s no worry about dryness here.  However, since the lipsticks are so soft, it’s almost a given that they will break off in the tube.  It’s not an if, but a when.  Use with caution! 

The oils and butters allow the pigments to coat smoothly with a great shine.  Lipgloss is not necessary with these lipsticks, and I found it impossible to make this lipstick look too thick or cakey.  The color was definitely there, but none of the shades looked artificial.  I found all of these colors to work well with stronger eyes.

The wearability of these shades surprised me.  As soon as I felt their softness, I was certain they’d wear off in no time, but Athens lasted throughout a meal on more than one occasion.

Denver in particular reminds me of Urban Decay’s Midnight Cowboy, while Havana was exactly what I wanted my drawer full of discarded nudes to be.  Athens seems to hold up the best of the three since it is not quite as soft, so it’s been the one I carry in my purse.

Target does indeed have a great return policy, but I’m keeping these babies.  (And buying more.)

The second thing I bought on my trip was a sample kit of J.R. Watkins personal care products, specifically, the Head to Toe Kit.  Obligatory blurb from the website:  Our goal is to provide consumers with personal care that is truly natural. Our formulas are at least 95% natural, with many 99% or more.Using renewable and plentiful ingredients from Mother Earth, we provide luxurious personal care products that are free of synthetic and irritating chemicals.

 The kit I purchased contains:

Aloe & Green Tea Hand & Body Lotion
Mango Hand & Body Lotion
Aloe & Green Tea Body Cream
Lemon Cream Body Cream
Lavender Hand & Cuticle Salve
Lemon Hand & Cuticle Salve
Peppermint Foot Cream
Natural Beeswax Lip Balm

I’ve been using the Lip Balm pretty regularly, and… well… it’s a lip balm.  It reminds me of Burt’s Bees, which is neither good nor bad.  I think I prefer a non-beeswax balm, since I don’t care for the thick residue-like coating it leaves after an hour or so.  But that’s not the fault of this balm, which does the job just fine of keeping chapped lips at bay.

The Body Butters are magnificent, just the right texture and density, with wonderful scents, and perfect moisturization.  I use them on my knees, elbows, and scars, and then try very hard not to walk around sniffing them constantly because omg I love love love the fragrance.  The Aloe and Green Tea reminds me of Bath and Body Works Cucumber Melon in the best possible way, and Lemon Cream is bliss in a jar.  I’ve never been a big fan of food-scents for my products (minus chocolate), but seriously, this scent is divine.  Lemon, vanilla, and just a whiff of graham cracker crust.  I want to eat it with a spoon.  I am going to purchase the Lemon Cream in full size, and then it will be a battle of willpower whether I give in to my desire to roll around and coat my whole body in it.

The Cuticle Salve reminds me of a solid serum, the type that turns to oil when body heat is added.  It’s nice.  Sadly, the Lemon scent is not Lemon Cream, but instead the sharp citrus tang that I don’t particularly care for.  The product is decent, though, and a nice change from the Smith’s Rosebud Salve that’s been my standby cuticle cream for years.  The other Cuticle Salve is Lavender so I haven’t even opened it.  I need a friend who likes lavendar so I can pass on all this icky scented crap I keep accumulating.  Lavendar lovers, be my friend?

The Body Lotion has a great formula.  The product is quite scented, but it doesn’t have a heavy sillage and fades to a pleasant personal-aura type fragrance.  The Mango is fantastic and makes me hungry.  The Aloe and Green Tea is the same as the body butter.  I like to pair the Mango with the Lemon Cream, and the hell with anyone who thinks I smell like a fruit basket.  I smell like the best fruit basket ever, and that’s good enough for me.

The Peppermint Foot Cream is a nice foot cream, nothing to write home about but a solid product. I don’t really enjoy tingly feet so I pass on peppermint and use the Body Butter on them instead.

Of the products in the Head to Toe Kit ($15.99), the Body Butter and the Body Lotion were my favorites, with the Cuticle Salve being a nice product also.  I’d give the Foot Cream a pass because I don’t really use it, and the Lip Balm a so-so recommendation, depending on if you love Burt’s Bees or not.

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