Is there really a difference in cheap drug store lipsticks and higher priced lipsticks?


First let's take a look at what benefits women want in lipsticks; long lasting colors, non-bleeding, conditioning, creamy, pleasant or no taste or fragrance. 

So just what are the main ingredients necessary to give us this result? Waxes, oils, fats, emollients, paraffin and carnauba wax are the main ingredients to want to look for. Bonus ingredients would be Vitamin E and or aloe vera. 


The wax stabilizers help it mold to the container it will be supplied in and preservatives like alcohol and sometimes sunscreens, flavors and fragrance are there for obvious benefits and prolonged shelf life.

The higher the grade of ingredients and the type of processing is important to the consistency, longevity or shelf life and increase the cost. Because it is made in larger batches, it is important for consistent color and smoothness that each dry ingredient be ground very fine and combined with the heated oils slowly stirred and once combined can be poured into cold aluminum molds and chilled until firm enough to put into containers for packaging. The higher priced lipsticks see a more detailed processing providing you the consumer with a better product! While all lipsticks may seem alike, any lip guru would know that just isn't true. Pay more and score yourself a long lasting lip wear that is filled with benefits that will last even longer.

Fun Fact!


 Have you heard the claims that woman consumer 4 - 6 pounds of lipstick a year?  Lipstick weighs up to ½ an ounce.  So to consume 4 pounds a year you would have to eat 118 tubes and that is a lot of lipstick!  Moral to this story - wear your lipstick but don't lick your lips and consume it! Seriously though, since we do eat some of our lipstick, this is just another reason why higher quality ingredients are important!

Top 5 Pastel Hair Colors for Summer

Summer is here and ready to serve looks with these pastel trends. Want to make a statement this summer season? Fantasy colors may be perfect for you!  Though pastel hair is nothing new in the beauty world, there are some fresh takes on it, and new techniques to achieve your look. From gorgeous shades of peach to pops of purple pastel, we can’t stop staring at candy-colored hair. If you are considering changing your look, here are our top five favorite pastel hair colors that are perfect for summer days. Ask your Redken stylist about City Beats, Redken’s semi permanent color line.

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1.     Whether you go icy ombre, or a baby blue balyage, pastel blue is an eye catcher. This is a gorgeous look that is sure to get attention.


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2.     For those that are wanting to dip their toes in the pastel color world, peach hair may be the perfect match for you. The peach color allows you to play around with brighter shades without going too extreme. It’s a beautiful soft, warm look.


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3.     Summer’s sweetest hair trend goes to bubblegum pink hair. This bubbly shade is perfect for anyone looking to make a statement.


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4.     Looking for a subtle change? Ask your stylist about this lilac hair color. This beautiful subtle color blends easily with natural shades leaving a flawless finish.


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5.     Take the next step to the rose gold hair trend by going dusty rose. Ask your stylist to add a shadowed root at your hairline. This shadow creates a dimension and depth to your rose gold hair color that is amazing.