Meet our first product outside of lip — the complexion-enhancing Fresh Glow 2 Layer Bronzer + Blush! Just in time for peak summer weather, this stacked compact featuring a luminous bronzer, highlighting blush and built-in brush plus mirror makes it super easy to achieve that "lit from within" glow on the go.
Available in 5 ultra-convenient combinations, there's a shade duo designed to compliment every skin tone. Not sure which one to choose? No worries — keep scrolling to check out our handy guide below!
Since launching in 2012, beauty lovers across the globe have kept us motivated to defy standards with bold lipstick hues that inspire everyone to live out loud and flaunt their creativity. But after 7 years, we've heard from you that it's time to shake things up even more.
Introducing our FIRST complexion-enhancing product taking The Lip Bar to all-new heights — Fresh Glow 2 Layer Bronzer + Blush! Just in time for peak summer weather, this stacked compact featuring a luminous bronzer, highlighting blush and built-in brush plus mirror makes it super easy to achieve that "lit from within" glow on the go.
Available in 5 ultra-convenient combinations, Fresh Glow is so irresistible — you'll tote it around just to show it off!
Using the top layer, either sweep the bronzer all over your face for added warmth, or along the hollows of your cheeks for warm contouring. The choice is yours! Using the second layer, add the highlighting blush to the apples of your cheeks and cheekbones. Last, take a little time to blend both colors together or an even and healthy-looking glow and voila, you're officially a Bronzed Babe.
Press play on the video below to hear Mel B share more about this monumental launch — plus a mini tutorial on how to create our own Fresh Glow look all year round.
Fresh Glow Melissa House The Lip Bar wide - YouTube
Which shade are you excited to get your hands on, Babe? Drop us a line in the comments below!
It took umpteen years for me to believe that having naturally full lips is pretty dope. Growing up, the neighborhood kids were ruthless...name-calling was just another sport to them, except unlike basketball, soccer or any other game we used to play, the crap never ended. And I never won.
My self-esteem? Shot. I hated looking in the mirror, felt defeated whenever someone would stare and couldn't for the life of me grasp WHY God had to make me this way.
I'll never forget the day I ran home to my mom and asked her why people picked on me. That evening, after being teased yet again, I begged her to take away the pain of being different. I even went to the extreme of asking for lip reduction surgery so that I could finally look — or at least feel — normal. Of course, she told me no...I was just 7 or 8-years-old at the time. But she did continue telling me for years and years that I'm beautiful and that God doesn't make mistakes.
Fast forward to now, and NO ONE CAN TELL ME A DAMN THING. You hear me?! Besides being the proud owner of over 100+ lippies, I'm known to keep one — especially from The Lip Bar — cocked and ready in my purse as a reminder I'm that chick. No fillers needed.
Like so many others who think the same, I'm a firm believer that self-love is a journey and not a destination. It's not something you wake up and proclaim that you've found; it takes lots of patience and practice — both of which I'm learning in my adulthood. I still have tough times, yes, especially given that social media and society at large constantly pushes the idea of perfection onto folks. But, overall, I'm much happy with the progress I've made. My lips (along with every other thing a stranger has deemed a flaw of mine) are AMAZING. And I'm proud of myself that I've reached a point to let hurtful things go and start living abundantly free in the woman I'm becoming.
I hope that everyone finds it within themselves to do the same.
The Lip Bar has always believed in expressing ourselves through bright bold hues and never being afraid to flaunt vibrant beautiful colors. And with our latest collection, beauty becomes an even BIGGER playground with more ways to play!
I think people who know me may be shocked to hear that the confidence I express in the way I dress and present myself isn't something I've known for very long. In fact, my relationship with true authenticity is a relatively new one.
I believe that a lot people, both gay and straight, don't realize that those of us who stray away from "typical" forms of self-expression have overcome many internal and external obstacles to be comfortable enough to do so. This is especially true for queer people, as we must consciously accept the fact that our reality isn't what's expected of us.
We must experience internalizing and reflecting upon the anti-gay jokes and phrases that the heteronormative society we exist in accepts as commonplace. It'sonly once we have faced those hurdles, and many others, that we can begin to proactively work towards achieving a mindset where we don't allow others to influence how we act or view ourselves subconsciously.
When I came out of the closet at 12 years old, I genuinely believed I'd embraced everything about being gay. The fact is, however, that for the next several years I would internalize the homophobia that had been projected upon me for as long as I can remember.
Whether it was my godmother's boyfriend teasing me about playing with dolls, my 4th grade teacher attempting to force friendships between me and other boys in my class as she was "concerned" for my development, or the pastor at my grandmother’s church warning me at 14 years old that I must "deny my sexuality" if I ever wanted to be accepted by God; for some reason adults seemed so intent on proving to me, a child who enjoyed dressing up in tiaras and high heels, that I could never be the person I wanted to be and find happiness in doing so.
By the time I reached 18 years old, I was drowning in an ocean of self-hate so deep that I was doing anything and everything to distract myself from the pain. All the highs and lows I chased in a desperate attempt to feel something authentic…nothing compared to what I felt when I finally let myself free from the restraints I had unknowingly placed upon myself all these years. I vividly remember, after much internal debate, finally allowing myself to put on a full face of makeup for the first time. That look — complete with poorly over-lined lips and tragically unblended peach eyeshadow — truly opened a world of possibilities for me.
I would be lying if I said I have everything figured out now. What I have learned, however, is that I will never shrink myself to fit into a box that society deems "valid" ever again. Everything I feel is valid. My identity is valid. I deserve to explore the things that interest me uninfluenced by fear of loved ones and/or peers not understanding. There will always be people who don't understand me — hell, sometimes I don't even understand myself.
Nevertheless, every day I learn more about my spirit and what I want to put out into the universe. I can confidently say that I am beginning to find the internal peace I have so desperately craved my entire life, and it has all come from living as authentically as I possibly can every single day.
Alena C., The Lip Bar Brand Manager, wears shade "Hot Mama."
In December of 2014, I became a mother.
EVERYTHING changed. My skin, my hair, my shoe size, my hormones, my ability to fit comfortably into my coupe. And that was just pregnancy.
The elasticity and the feeling in my lower abdomen was non existent, sleep was nonexistent, the size of my areolas — who even knew they could expand and change colors like this! The ability to check email, properly plan out my day — leave the house without pumping or nursing every few hours, forget about it!
I'm not too cool to say that motherhood laughed at me (and all my plans) in the face! Now three kids later, when other first-time moms ask me my best piece of advice, I tell them:
The sooner you embrace it, the better it will be.
Do it YOUR way.
Everything that I shared above, I complained about every single day. Especially breast-feeding. I just could not for the life of me understand how — or why — I had suddenly become a cow to this cute little face and why this precious little face needed so much milk. I once read a mom blog that stated, "you will be nursing 95% of your day in the first several weeks and anything out of that consider a blessing, accept it and move on." Something about that article struck a nerve, and it changed everything for me; it instantly shifted my perspective about my new role.
Instead of increasing my anxiety and complaining about how easy life used to be, I suddenly started embracing motherhood. Nothing about my new normal had changed, I was just finally ready to accept this newer version of myself. The only problem was I didn't read that blog until half-way through my second pregnancy! Which meant I spent over a year of my life in a personal battle between my old-self, my new-self and my real-self. I spent an enormous amount of time trying to keep up with all of the things I enjoyed pre-baby. Then, I spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to "do motherhood right" like all the moms in the books, blogs and social media. Whew, exhausting.
It took me three whole babies to figure out that just when you think you have it figured out and you've "mastered" this motherhood thing, they switch it up on you. Which is why I often describe my journey as "UnMastering Motherhood." It's one where I embrace the journey that's unique to me and my family, and it's the one where I learn what works for me. It's the one where I can chat with other moms for advice, listen to a ton of podcasts and even read pages of the latest scientific research and still ultimately decide that my way is good enough and that Alena The Mom, me, is more than enough.
The best self-care any mother can give herself is permission to simply embrace her own journey confidently.
For a week, we've been sharing teasers about a spicy shade that's been cooking at The Lip Bar, but today — the wait is finally over, Babe! Introducing your new favorite lippie, Hot Mama, a fire-engine red that'll set your lips ablaze and bring all the heat to your makeup looks: day and night.
Made with our signature liquid-matte formula, you'll never lose your spice — meaning there's no need to worry about feathering or fading. Just pucker up, apply, and you're set to go!
Wondering how Hot Mama compares to Bawse Lady, our cult-classic and best-seller of the past three years? In the video below, watch as founder Melissa Butler shares her thoughts about each and does a side-by-side lip tutorial to show the huge difference.
Melissa chats about our new shade, Hot Mama! - YouTube
Will you be copping Hot Mama? Drop us a line below in the comments to share your thoughts!
Like clockwork, those '90s fly girl styles (you know, the ones practically everyone was into/just had to recreate almost two decades ago) have made their way back onto the scene in 2019. We're talking retro neon 'fits, gigantic door-knocker earrings, and of course perfectly laid baby hair — and loving it all.
In the world of makeup, lip gloss so shiny you can see your reflection is yet another classic trend made popular again, opening the door for beauty lovers everywhere to switch things up.
With that being said, our latest drop at The Lip Bar — Minimalist aka the best and only crystal clear lip gloss you'll ever need — will help you get back to the basics, Babe! Ultralight and packed with lip nourishing ingredients, it's our ideal way to pamper our pout. Apply as much or as little as you'd like, we're not judging! ;)
Still craving a little shimmer? We got you covered there too with two other universally flattering shades: Trophy Wife, a bubbly champagne hue, and Goddess, a glistening rose gold.
If you're digging the trend just as much as we are, tag us in your Lip Bar selfies on Instagram for a chance to be featured!
It's that time of year again when love quite literally is in the air. Yep, you guessed right — we're talking about none other than the candy heart coated, red roses clad holiday known exclusively as Valentine's Day. Whether you've got plans or not, one thing's for sure, which is you deserve to shower yourself with affection, babe!
And with only two days left before the clock runs down, now presents the perfect opportunity to figure out just how. Need a few ideas? No problem! Below, we've got you covered with 10 fun ways to celebrate and indulge in some self-love this V-Day all through 2019.
The Lip Bar's 10 Ways To Practice Self-Love
1. Start (or finish!) that book you've been eyeing.
2. Catch those zzz's and get your rest.
3. Log off social media, if only for a few hours.
4. Start a new hobby.
5. Dress up your spot with a bouquet of flowers.
6. Give yourself a compliment.
7. Indulge in a tasty treat. Did someone say chocolate?!
8. Create a set of affirmations, and practice saying kind words out loud.
9. Take yourself on a date.
10. Everyone knows that friendship is essential to the SOUL. In fact, it's one of the greatest gifts life has to offer...
Return the favor by putting your BFFs aka your "Galentines" on with their very own Lip Bar lippie. Shop our curated LOVE collection, which includes pink, purple, and red shades, and receive 25% off when you buy two or more using the code: GALPALS.
For centuries, Black women have been charged with the task of stepping up to the proverbial plate, taking leadership roles in the shaping of U.S. history and culture at large. In their remarkable efforts and accomplishments, three notable figures in particular, stayed true to themselves despite fear and intimidation all while "challenging the standard" to make even greater impacts on the world.
During this Black History Month, The Lip Bar honors global icons Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, and Angela Davis by retelling HERstory and shining much-needed light on their respective legacies.
Born Rosa Louise McCauley on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama, Rosa Parks was a civil rights activist who became widely known after refusing to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Biography.com notes, "her defiance sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which successfully launched nationwide efforts to end racial segregation of public facilities."
Recognized for her admirability and steadfastness in the presence of adversity, Rosa Parks will forever embody what it means to be a true Class Act.
According to Biography.com, Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland in 1820 and escaped to freedom in the North in 1849 to become "the most famous 'conductor' on the Underground Railroad." Tubman was also a "leading abolitionist" before the American Civil War, helping the Union Army during the war by primarily working as a spy, the website notes.
As illustrated, fearless and determined, nothing — not even death itself — could deter Rebel pioneer Harriet Tubman on her journey to achieve freedom for herself and hundreds more.
Born on January 26, 1944, in Birmingham, Alabama, Angela Davis is one of the world's most impactful scholarly professors to date. As Biography.com points out, during the late '60s, she become highly regarded as a women who tirelessly advocated for "gender equity, prison reform, and alliances across color lines."
Through her present-day work, Ms. Independent thinker and heroine Angela Davis continues to fight for the full liberation of society against racism and unjust systemic oppression.
Press play on the video below to hear our Founder and CEO Melissa Butler share her thoughts on each of The Lip Bar SHEros — plus why highlighting Black Women leaders 24/7, 365 is imperative.