Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sara Happ The Lip Slip and Kaplan MD Lip 20 Gloss

This is the tale of a balm that wants to be a gloss, and a gloss that wants to be a balm. Amid the confusion is my delight. Confused or not, both Sara Happ The Lip Slip and Kaplan MD Lip 20 Gloss have instantly taken their places in my daily roster of lip products.

Sara Happ The Lip Slip has a slightly sweet taste, and smells softly of vanilla and rose. It has a lot of lasting power, has a bit of a shimmer effect in a transparent light pink base. It is highly moisturizing, and looks gorgeous when worn alone or layered over lipstick. It comes in a generous half-ounce size, so it will last quite a long time.

This is the inspiration for the product: "the supple feel of a shimmery gold YSL calfskin bag, a bottle of Coco Chanel Mademoiselle, your favorite camisole; soft, sweet, nude, girly and grand."

The presentation is really lovely and would make a great gift. Once the recipient realizes you've given them the gift of voluptuous, glossy and super-hydrated lips 24/7, you'll become one of their favorite people, I promise. It retails for $24 at b-glowing.

Kaplan MD Lip 20 Gloss is a treatment gloss if ever there was one. A gloss that wants to be a balm and pamper your lips so badly that it actually succeeds, and then some. The shade I have is Nude Sparkle, and it has a nude, sheer base with pronounced bronze glitter. It sounds like party central and it looks extremely festive if you layer it on, but never does the glitter look tacky, it is totally luxe. It is extremely comfortable to wear, has a mint scent and is not exactly glossy in the traditional way; the glitter does all the talking here and is free of any tacky feeling that usually accompanies gloss. There is supposed to be a bit of a plumping effect, but I don't really get much of that, and there is no stinging or tingling. What I do get is a moisturizing, glamorous treatment "gloss" with a totally non-sticky base and SPF 20 that has me very excited, because this has not really been done before to my knowledge. Something new in beauty that is useful to me! I have been wearing this non-stop. It makes lips smooth as glass and super-sexy. 

Lip 20 Gloss was developed by dermatologist Stuart H. Kaplan to be an anti-aging lip treatment intended to provide moisture, repair lips, add natural fullness and sun protection. Some of the star ingredients here are marine collagen, antioxidants, botanical extracts, hyaluronic filling spheres, sea buckthorn berry extract, aloe vera and Maxi Lip, a patented peptide. I also have my eye on the Natural Sparkle and Clear Sparkle shades, and definitely plan on picking them up soon.  It retails for $30 at b-glowing

[Products were sent to me by b-glowing for review. I have no affiliation with b-glowing, Sara Happ, or Kaplan  MD. My review is completely my unbiased opinion, as per usual.]


  1. I definitely need to try The Lip Slip. I love lip gloss and that sounds so luxurious!

  2. These look good.
    My husband bought me the Sarah Happ Lip Scrub and it is awesome! Every since I started using the scrub, I have wanted to try the gloss/balm.
    My husband and I laugh because the little box is so nice for gifting. Only a beauty fiend like me would more excited that there was a scrub in there instead of a piece of jewelry!

  3. I really want to try the Sara Happ LE Red Velvet Lip Scrub. I currently use a Korres lip scrub in a bullet, and it's very nice, but the Sara Happ scrubs seem very luxurious and delicious. If the Lip Slip is any indication of how good the line is overall, I'm totally down with a scrub.

  4. I have the Peppermint one but I want Red Velvet. That's "my" cake. Used for receptions, birthdays, etc.
    It's amazing. It has beat any tube lip scrub or any other potted lip scrub on the market. I hate that I would buy it again, but I would. Why can't I love something cheaper?

  5. Now that I've looked at all of them, I want the Almond Creme Scrub more. Mmmm almondy.

  6. that nude sparkle gloss looks very appealing indeed...