Object of Affection: Kiss + Makeup by Meredith Lip Gloss & Stain

Cindy is hard at work on this year's nD Festival which benefits the Belcourt Theatre and with the preview party happening this Thursday, I thought I would fill in for her this week. I have an object of affection for you, but I also wanted to tell you a little more about nD, since our favorite Sustainable Style Editor, Marcia, also plays a big role in this event. nD Festival is a fundraiser that supports the education and engagement programs at the Belcourt. It's a celebration of indie film, fashion and music and this year it starts on September 28 and runs through September 30. I've been behind the scenes a bit again this year and I can tell you that they've got some tricks up their sleeves. You're not going to want to miss a minute and you're especially not going to want to miss the Fashion Show and Auction that close the festival on September 30.

Head to imogene + willie Thursday from 6-8pm for the Preview Party. There will be more information about the festival and you'll be able to purchase your Patron Passes which are the best way to take in all of the festival events. You'll also be able to shop some of our favorite local merchants and artisans like Prairie Go Round, Debe Dohrer, Otis James and Emil Erwin.

So now for my current Object of Affection....

Saturday morning I woke up and went straight to Woo Cosmetics & Skincare for an eyebrow wax. I ended up finding the most amazing lip gloss and meeting the maker of said gloss, Meredith Tompkins of Kiss + Makeup. Could she be more adorable?!

Not only does Meredith create these fabulous lip glosses, she's a makeup artist, salon owner and mom to three children. Her 24 lip glosses and stains are hand developed and blended with a vitamin-enriched formula that provide incredible shine and color. Her unique formula includes Green Tea extract and Vitamin E, has an SPF of 8, and is completely paraben free.

Meredith is absolutely lovely and her glosses and stains are the real deal. The stains are water-based instead of alcohol-based so they don't dry your lips out. Once you apply, that color really does last all day..through countless cups of coffee and bottles of water...that color was still there. You can use as little or as much as you like to acquire just the right depth of color. Meredith chose the plum for me and I am obsessed with it. It's the perfect color to enhance my natural lip color and it looks great matte or with a simple lip balm over it. The key to the stain is to scrape the sponge applicator on the rim of the tube so you can take off any excess and gradually add the color to get the shade you want.

Secret Lip Stain in Plum ($22)

Next Meredith layered her lip gloss in Ciel over the stain. The color is amazing, it has just the right amount of shimmer, it's not sticky at all and it actually feels like it's moisturizing my lips. Needless to say...Sold!

Hand blended lip gloss in Ciel ($18)

Since Meredith hand blends her colors, she has the ability to host custom color parties where you can actually create your own one-of-a-kind lip gloss. How much fun does that sound?!

With every purchase on Saturday, you got a full size lip gloss that was specially made for the event. This one is the perfect neutral pink. It looks like it might be bright in the tube, but it doesn't go on that way.

We'll call this my "gift with purchase" gloss...the perfect pink.

I am always on the hunt for the perfect gloss and I think I just found it. Outside of Nashville, you can find Kiss + Makeup at Woo's Atlanta store and in Augusta, Georgia, where Meredith lives, at Ela and La Dolce Vita/Bella Faccia Airbrush + Makeup. You can also purchase online.

If you met Meredith on Saturday, what colors did you try?

Lollapalooza - Before the Bands: ck one Color Music Lounge & It's So Miami Oasis

Before the band frenzy began last Friday at Lollapalooza, we started our weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago who was host to the ck one Color Music Lounge and the It's So Miami Oasis. They literally transformed two floors of the hotel into an adult playground complete with ping pong, air hockey, video games, manicures, makeovers, tattoos (real & fake), live music and lots of cocktails courtesy of DISARONNO, Belvedere Vodka and Coors Light. Having woken up at 4:45am that morning to catch my flight, I'll admit I was a little dazed and a bit overwhelmed. Thankfully, Abby White was there too and together we navigated the maze of lounges that were waiting for us.

Abby White (right) and I mixing our prints. My Sugarhill Boutique carousel horse blouse and Motel Rocks star and moon shorts are from Nashville boutique, House of Stella.

A stop at the DISARONNO station, followed by a few stops at the Belvedere Vodka station, and we were on our way.


The It's So Miami Oasis really set the tone for the weekend. Celebs relaxed in the lounge which was complete with a killer DJ and a tattoo artist in case you needed a little ink. Each room surrounding the lounge provided it's own interactive experience. Abby and I spent some time in the Rock the Vote and Guess lounge. Rock the Vote has the coolest new campaign. It is literally easier than ever to register to vote. All you need to do is scan a QR code on your phone and it walks you through the steps. It's genius and if you're not registered to vote, it doesn't get any easier than this! If you see Abby and I wearing our Rock the Vote tees or buttons, you can scan their QR code and be on your way to voting in this year's election. (Do it!) It was cool to see so many artists stop by their lounge throughout the weekend in support of this brilliant initiative.

Rock the Vote y'all.

One of the lounges included these super cool watches from Nico Lives. They totally reminded me of the old school digital watches we had as kids. You can purchase your own at the Nico Lives website. They're super affordable at $15 per watch and they look really cool layered.

Nico Lives

If permanent ink wasn't your thing, you could head to the Clearasil® PerfectaWash™ lounge where their artists were doing custom body art. Every photo they took on their Clearasil® Rock Your Skin photo set helped Clearasil raise money for DoSomething.org, a not-for-profit that empowers teens and young adults to take action and make a difference in their communities. The best body art we saw had to be on their model! She looked amazing and was a trooper spending some time on the balcony where temps were already up into the 90's.

Clearasil® PerfectaWash™ model with Dallas star, Josh Henderson. Photo Credit: Seth Browarnik/WorldRedEye.com.

Kaylee Defer from Gossip Girl & Michelle Williams getting some body art in the Clearasil® PerfectaWash™ lounge. Photo Credit: Seth Browarnik/WorldRedEye.com.

As if all of this wasn't complete sensory overload, we were then whisked downstairs to the ck one Color Music Lounge which was complete with a beauty lounge for hair and makeup touch ups and a manicure bar. Fantastic! The new ck one color cosmetics line is pretty impressive and makeup artists Jodie Boland, Kristi Matamoros and Hung Vanngo were on hand making everyone look fabulous, including celebs like Jenny McCarthy and Dev (who both looked pretty amazing to begin with). Dev is an official ck one color cosmetics tastemaker. If you saw her set at the BMI stage on Friday you know she absolutely rocked it.

Jenny McCarthy in the ck one color cosmetics lounge. Photo Credit: Sara Jaye Weiss/Statraks.

Dev with Kelly Osbourne and Haley Reinhart. Photo Credit: Seth Browarnik/WorldRedEye.com.

Kelly Osbourne. Photo Credit: Sara Jaye Weiss/Statraks.

Here's a look at the ck one color cosmetics line that was set up in the lounge.

Abby went for a hair touch up and Taylor from Red 7 Salon in Chicago did an amazing job. The pink Kevin Murphy Color Bug he used in her hair definitely got her Lolla ready.

Taylor from Red 7 Salon working the pink into Abby's hair.

Between the bands, the primping and the shopping, we really had to pry ourselves away. If you can't be at Lolla, this is the next best thing, and definitely the perfect place to start what turned out to be an epic weekend.

Thanks ck one color & It's So Miami! See you next year! xoxo