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Kiss Freely, Actually

Kiss Freely, Actually

Have you ever considered what's in your lipstick? If you have anaphylaxis, I bet you have. And if it hasn't occurred to you, now is the time to pull our your makeup bag and do some Google searches. I've been in the habit of checking all the ingredients in my makeup, creams, serums, and face washes for the last few years after having a bad experience. I bought a jar of intensive moisturizing cream from my most trusted skincare line. Since they promise to be allergy-tested I had always trusted that the products would be in line with my restrictions. But when my skin turned bright red, puffy, and broke into hives a few minutes after putting the cream on I knew something was wrong. I pulled out the info pamphlet and scanned the ingredients. Sure enough, milk was one of the first ingredients on the list.

And what if your significant other has allergies, but you don't? There's no need to sacrifice quality cosmetics or on-trend colors just so you can kiss freely (get it?!). You actually can kiss freely with Kiss Freely cosmetics. A whole line of skincare and cosmetics that are free of the top 8 allergens. Have an allergy that falls outside that scope? Just send them an email and they'll do their best to suit your needs. I tried 3 products this week; Lavender chapstick, Barely There lipstick, and Merlot lipstick. The colors are rich and long-lasting, and the natural oils used in their production will keep your lips moist and glistening long into the day or night.

Lipstick in Barely There is neutral but still provides a light pop of pink. My lips are already pretty full but they tend to be very pale so I liked that it added some color while still looking natural.

Lipstick in Merlot is a rich blue-tone red. Orange tone reds completely disagree with my skintone, so the cool hue of this shade was very complimentary. When I had a glass of water after applying nothing wiped off on the rim so that was a testament to the staying power of the color. You won't be reapplying every time you take a bite or sip of something.

If you'd like to pick up your own Kiss Freely products, visit their website
http://kissfreely.com/

And if you try out the killer black lipstick (I'd like to pair it with stick straight hair and a long black blazer) or any of their other products please tag @KissFreely in the photo on Instagram.

Photos in this segment were taken by Maddie Laforest @MadEyesJewelry

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