may your lips be healed (lipsense review + giveaway)

My friend Alissa is one of the sweetest people. I got to know her when we were in a church community group together for years and years. I watched her get married to the love of her life, and when I had (another!) baby she brought me my very first batch of Taco Soup and even gave me the recipe (we are forever and ever indebted). And then I'll never forget the time when she threw us a ladies' spa night at her house- how she bent down and washed my swollen, very pregnant feet. This girl has a servant's heart and loves people through and through. I just adore her. :)

So when she asked me about trying out LipSense lip color last month I knew it had to be the real deal, because not only is she sweet, she is a practical girl too. :) I knew from the start if she loved it enough to sell it, she really believed in it 100%.

I'd never heard of it before she told me, but LipSense is a two-step lip color that stays on all day long. Here's the starter kit, plus a moisturizing balm and soap Alissa gave me to review:

top to bottom: moisturizing balm, Cappucino color, clear gloss, Oops remover, soap
Since I mostly wear lip glosses and neutral/nude colors, she helped me choose a natural color called "Cappuccino" and it was exactly what I wanted!

real life: every time I try to take a picture with those boys they duck. Preteens. :D
She told me ahead of time that it might tingle a little and have more trouble staying all day if my lips were dry (it has cosmetic alcohol so that it stays bacteria-free). For some reason my lips have been cracking and peeling (and bleeding!) for years and years (!)- until I used the moisturizing balm she gave me and it changed everything. It look a couple of weeks of using it consistently, but it completely healed my lips!! I seriously had no idea what it felt like to have smooth lips without constant peeling (and bleeding)! I honestly cannot remember the last time that happened. It felt miraculous.


Once I used the moisturizing lip balm and my lips healed, the color stayed put magically and worked for hours (you reapply gloss as needed)!! It was super easy to use- shake---->3 short swipes of color ----> 1 swipe of gloss ----> done. I never even had to use the Oops remover she sent because I had such a light color. :) The moisturizing balm is sold separately, but if your lips need lots of help like mine, I'll say it is more than worthwhile to know what it's like to kiss your husband with soft lips again. :D 

I'll let Alissa tell you more about the in's and out's of it LipSense and how you can get your own! :D

WHAT IS IT?
-LipSense is a long wearing lip color that molecularly bonds to the lips.  It's worn with a permeable Shea Butter gloss that transfers through the color to hydrate the lips.  You get the benefits of a hydrating lip balm combined with all the benefits of a beautiful color. LipSense provides a mechanical shield from the sun, so you get the benefits of a sunscreen without all of the chemicals.  It's also lead free, and the color is wax free.  It's also gluten free and kosher!

-The color should last anywhere from 4-18 hours.

-LipSense is available in over 70 shades and 10 different glosses.  It's applied in 3 layers and topped with a gloss.  The layers can consist of one color, or a combination of any 3 shades for a completely custom look.  It's important to wear LipSense gloss with the color because other glosses will break down the color and they don't offer the same moisturizing benefits. 

-The starter kit costs $55 and consists of a Color, a Glossy Gloss, and an Ooops! Remover. Additional colors are $25, and additional glosses are $20. The tube of color should be equilivant to 4 tubes of regular lipstick, and it will last the average person around 5 months. The amazing lip balm that you love is $20, and mine has lasted me about 6 months so far. I still have a little bit left.

100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE…WHAT’S THE CATCH?
There’s always a catch, right?  Until now.  All of these products carry a 100% hassle free, money back guarantee.  I want for you to love these products as much as I do, so I am quick to recommend returns or exchanges if you have any issue or just don’t love the color.  I encourage people to return anything that they don’t love and rave about to others.  There is no paperwork for you to fill out or 1-800 numbers for you to call.  I do all of that.  You simply return the product to me and we will work out an exchange or refund.  It’s as easy as can be.

WHERE DO I GO TO PURCHASE THIS LIFE CHANGING LIP STUFF?
You can order directly from me (I try to keep most colors in stock), or you can order through the company.   If you joined my Facebook group Lasting Lips by Alissa, then you can simply send me a private message from there.  You can also text or call me at (903) 312-5896.

If you order through the company, the website is Senegence.com, and you can enter my Distributor ID #188232.  This will allow me to be the person you deal with if you have any issues and need to exchange or return the product.  You will pay around $7.50 to ship it from the main website versus $3.00 shipping when you order directly from me.  If you order through the main website, please reach out to me and let me know so that I can provide you with proper application techniques. 

HOW DO I PICK A COLOR?
Gracious, there are a ton of choices!  Before I found LipSense I was wearing a $28 lip stain that came in three colors.  Two of them looked awful on me, so that made it very easy to decide which direction to go.  LipSense comes in over 70 colors, and all of them can be layered for a custom look.  It can be overwhelming to decide.  My Facebook group has pictures of each of the colors, and I’ve spent hours creating and organizing albums of different people wearing each of the colors.  I think it helps to see the same color on different people with different features and skin tones.  You can look there as a starting point, or you can send me a picture of your favorite color on you.  You can also send me the name of your favorite lipstick and I can look it up online.   I’ll help in any way that I can to make sure you get a color you love.  If you live in the East Texas area then we might be able to meet up so that you can see these great colors!  I love to introduce this product to people.   

ARE YOU GOING TO PRESSURE ME TO SIGN UP FOR ANYTHING?
Ugh.  Awkward.  Haven’t we all been there?  You want a great product and are perfectly willing to pay $55 for this life changing, magical lip color that you may be thinking probably won’t work for you but you can return it anyway if that’s the case.  Suddenly you find out that you can actually get this for $2.50 if you will just sign up today!  Enter enrollment fees and monthly minimums to meet.  All you wanted was something to help your poor lips to heal and look pretty!

That’s a long way of saying that no, I will not pressure you to sign up to sell LipSense. 

Here’s my stance on all of that:
SeneGence, the company that makes LipSense, is a multi level marketing company.  I personally struggle with how to handle this.  I think most of us have had friends who have invited us, either gracefully or forcefully, to “Join their team” and “Sign up under them.”  It can create such an awkward situation if you aren’t interested, and it can create distance depending on how they handle your lack of interest.  I NEVER want for my work with SeneGence to get in the way of my friendships, and I think because of that I tend to err on the side of caution and not talk about the business potential with this company.

One of the things I love most about SeneGence is that they have amazing products that work so well!  I paid retail prices for my starter kit and for my first four colors.  They were worth the cost. I’ve found that many multi level marketing companies make the prices so high that you have to “Join their team” in order to not feel ripped off, and then you are stuck meeting a monthly minimum when all you really wanted was a few items for a decent price.  I will tell you honestly that the SeneGence products are worth the retail price, and you never have to sign up for anything in order to get a great product for a great value.

That being said, if you LOVE these products and would like to be a distributor or get discounts of 20-50% for your personal items, then there are some great things happening at this company. The start up cost is minimal and the earning potential is uncapped.  If you find yourself telling your friends about this great new lip color you found, then you are already promoting it! Please let me know if any of this piques your interest and I will send some information.  No pressure.

Thank you so much for your interest, and if I can help you out in any way then please reach out to me.  I look forward to helping you have gorgeous lip color all day!

Sincerely,
Alissa Deason

Giveaway

Alissa has generously offered to give one of you guys a starter kit (one gloss, color, and remover) of your choice! :DDD I'm so thrilled for you- it's a $55 value and one kit should last you a long time!

To enter the giveaway, hop over to her public page Lasting Lips by Alissa to see what color you would pick (and if you want, join her page to get to know her sweet self and find out more!), then come back and leave me a comment with your favorite color below to enter to win! 

The comments will close Friday night, July 1, 2016 and the winner will be randomly chosen and announced Monday, July 4th! :D

Good luck, and may your lips be healed! :)