Red Apple Lipstick {Review}


When I started my website I really wanted to include a page for cosmetics and beauty products that were gluten-free. I didn’t realize how difficult it was to read the labels on those things because prior to being diagnosed I never had to read them. So when I find a company that clearly states what they have is gluten-free or not I will continue to post it up there…and if any of you have suggestions of companies that I have missed, PLEASE let me know and I will be happy to get the info up.

I’m going to admit, I’m not the biggest makeup person out there, and a lot of that has to do with I can’t really wear makeup to school (culinary), but I wear a little bit anyway 😉 It normally consists of some powder, eye liner, and mascara with some chap-stick. Exciting, I know. I never really wear lipstick…it scares me a bit. I never know what color will look good, and its hard because for the most part you can’t try them on so I tend to stick with chap-stick of a light gloss. Every once in a while when we have somewhere to go and need to get all dressed up I do the whole look, with eyeshadow and everything, but it doesn’t happen that often.

Recent though I have heard so much about Red Apple Lipstick (RAL) from other bloggers and how much they LOVE their products.So when one of the lovely ladies over at Red Apple Lipstick asked if I wanted to give their products a try, I was quite excited about it. She told me to pick out three items to try. It took me a little while (and even asked for her help) to pick a color that would look good…we ended up picking Drama. I also have really bad chapped lips so I asked for the Exfoliate and the Rallye Balm. They also sell eye-shadows, pallets, lip glosses, and lip pencils.

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I use the exfoliate about twice a week to help with my chapped lips…this stuff is unbelievably amazing. So easy to use, and if my lips are really bad I’ll do it a few more times during the week as needed. The Rallye Balm is probably my favorite item so far. You can buy it in a tub or a regular lipstick, you can even get a 3 month supply of this bad boy. It ends dry lips, stops lips from cracking, and protects lips by surrounding them with a moist, protective shell. Head on over to their website to read about this amazing product in more detail!

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And last but certainly not least is the wonderful lipstick in Drama! I never knew I would enjoy lipstick so much. I know that sounds funny but this is a beautiful color, stays put, keeps my lips moist, and it is Gluten Free • Paraben Free • Allergen Free • Vegan • Mineral Based • Cruelty Free – seriously what could be better than that? Needless to say RAL has won me over on in the lipstick department.

RAL offers a Lipstick Exchange program – where you send them a lipstick you don’t like, from any manufacturer and they’ll send you a tube of Red Apple Lipstick at a reduced price!!

Red Apple Lipstick is currently running a contest called Red Apple Girl Contest!! Read the information below (copied from their website)

Red Apple Lipstick is launching a photo contest for Red Apple Girls to showcase their style while wearing their favorite lipstick! The contest begins on Friday, March 1. Entering is easy—simply take a photo of yourself wearing your favorite Red Apple Lipstick products and add the hashtag #redapplegirl. We also encourage you to include a hashtag with the name of the color you’re rocking (example: #Red!)

Ways to enter: Use your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Tag Red Apple Lipstick’s Instagram @RedAppleGirls in the photo description. Tweet your photo to @RedAppleLipstic or Facebook it and tag @Red Apple Lipstick, in either case with the same hashtag (#redapplegirl).

Red Apple Lipstick founder Jay Adam Harper says, “It doesn’t matter who you are or what walk of life you’re passing through. Every girl deserves a chance to show the world their beauty—inside and out!” The grand prize winner will receive a $200 gift certificate, plus the chance to be a new face of Red Apple Lipstick. The second place winner will receive a $50 gift certificate, the third place winner will receive a $40 gift certificate, the fourth place winner will receive a $30 gift certificate, and the fifth place winner will receive a $20 gift certificate. Please note that Red Apple Lipstick will not be able to see your photo if your account is set to “private.” The contest will close on Friday, March 29, and winners will be tagged on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter soon thereafter.

Snap away!

The Fine Print:
Photos must be appropriate for all viewers. By entering, you agree to give Red Apple Lipstick, Inc. permission to use your photographic likeness, basic location and name in all forms and media for advertising and trade. By entering you agree that the product/gift certificate received in exchange, if you are selected, is the only consideration you will receive. You must be 18 years of age or older in order to enter. If you are located outside of the Continental United States, you will be responsible for paying for the shipping of the products purchased with your gift certificate.

Thank you for making such amazing products!

Disclosure: I received Exfoliate, Rallye Balm, and Drama lipstick from Red Apple Lipstick in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other manner. The opinions expressed above are my own.


Gluten Free Cosmetics



UPDATE: Please check out my “BEAUTY” page for an updated list of gluten-free cosmetics, skin care and more!  If you have any suggestions please leave a comment below or send me an email at  – Jenny


I have been on the hunt for the past month for some new gluten free cosmetics and I never thought it would be so difficult to get an answer.  It started with going to the store to hopefully find something…anything but sadly it didn’t work out that way.  Most of the brand name cosmetics that you find in the stores have a laundry list of ingredients in them.  Who has the time to sit there and read all of these ingredients, plus have the ability to know all the technical names of ingredients that contain or are derived from gluten/wheat?  I surely do not so instead I decided I would start e-mailing and calling companies instead.

I started by looking at their websites only to find that just one company had the information listed on their website…just one (I sent them and e-mail just to double check)!  All the others I had to fill out the “contact us” forms online.  Some responded with the ingredients they use that contain gluten and wheat, however they would not list which products were free of them.  And again I ask, who has the time to read all the ingredients, especially in small print….not me.  Finally only two places got back to me.  Neutrogena and Bare Escentuals.

It took several days and a phone call later to hear back from Neutrogena, but bottom line, they responded and yes they have GF products!!!  Bare Escentuals responded in less than a half hour.   Below are the responses from both companies.  I think I will start out with trying the Neutorgena products because: 1) they are a bit less money and 2) they are pretty much everywhere.  Bare Escentuals look great but a bit out of my price range for now.

As for skin care I currently use Burt’s Bees and LOVE it.  I think for now I will stick with them, however on the Neutrogena list they have a good number of options for you in this area also.

NEUTROGENA GF(WF) LIST (Not available online)

Dear Jenny:

Thank you for contacting Neutrogena Corporation.  We appreciate your interest in our company.

Neutrogena Gluten Free (Wheat Free)
Updated 06/29/06

Active Breathable Sunblock SPF 30 (Discontinued)
Active Breathable Sunblock SPF 45 (Discontinued)
Advanced Solutions Acne Mark Eliminating Peel
Advanced Solutions Acne Therapy System
Advanced Solutions Facial Peel is now Ageless Restoratives™ 5 Minute Facial (2009)
Advanced Solutions Lip Rejuvenating Treatment SPF 20 is now Ageless Intensives Lip Plumping Treatment SPF 20 (2009)
Advanced Solutions Skin Transforming Complex Daily SPF 15 Moisturizer (Discontinued)
Advanced Solutions Skin Transforming Complex Nightly Renewal Cream  (Discontinued)
After Sun Treatment  (Discontinued)
Age Fighting Moisturizer SPF 15
Age Shield Sunblock SPF 30
Age Shield Sunblock SPF 45
Age Shield Face Sunblock SPF 55 (2009)
Age Shield Face Sunblock SPF 70 (2009)
Ageless Essentials Continuous Hydration Moisture SPF 25
Ageless Essentials Continuous Hydration Night
Ageless Intensives Lifting Treatment Eye (2009)
Ageless Intensives Lifting Treatment Night (2009)
Ageless Restoratives Anti-Oxidant Booster Serum (2009)
Ageless Restoratives Anti-Oxidant Detoxifying Cleanser (2009)
Ageless Restoratives Anti-Oxidant  Eye (2009)
Ageless Restoratives Anti-Oxidant Moisture SPF 20 (2009)
Ageless Restoratives Anti-Oxidant Night (2009)
Ageless Restoratives Energy Renewal Brightening Minerals- Eye (2009)
Ageless Restoratives Energy Renewal Exfoliating Cleanser (2009)
Ageless Restoratives Energy Renewal Moisture (2009)
Ageless Restoratives Energy Renewal Moisture- Night (2009)
Ageless Restoratives Instant Eye Reviver (2009)
Ageless Restoratives Total Skin Renewal Puffs Refill (2009)
Alcohol-Free Antiseptic Cleanser (Discontinued)
Alcohol-Free Toner
Anti-Cellulite Treatment (Discontinued)
Anti-Residue Shampoo
Blackhead Eliminating 2-in-1 Foaming Pads
Blackhead Eliminating Astringent (Discontinued)
Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub
Blackhead Eliminating Treatment Mask (Discontinued)
Blackhead Eliminating Warming Cleanser (Discontinued)
Body Clear Body Lotion (Discontinued)
Body Clear Body Scrub
Body Clear Body Wash
Body Emulsion
Body Lotion
Body Oil
Build- A- Tan
Clean Conditioners- All
Clean For Color- Color Defending Foam (Discontinued)
Clean Replenishing Instant Shine Detangler (Discontinued)
Clean Shampoos- All
Cleansing and Makeup Removing Towelettes
Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask
Clear Pore Oil Controlling Astringent
Clear Pore Shine Control Gel (Discontinued)
Clear Pore Treatment (Discontinued)
Combination Skin Moisture
Conditioner for Permed/Color Treated Hair (Discontinued)
Comforting Butter Body Cream is now called Deep Moisture Body Cream, Butter Cream (2009)
Comforting Butter Hand Cream  is now called Deep Moisture Hand Cream, Butter Cream (2009)
Deep Clean Astringent
Deep Clean Body Scrub Bar
Deep Clean Cleanser
Deep Clean Gentle Scrub
Deep Clean Invigorating Cleanser/ Mask
Deep Clean Invigorating Scrub
Deep Clean Invigorating Self Foaming Cleansing Pads
Deep Clean Mask
Detangling Conditioner (Discontinued)
Energizing Body Wash
Energizing Sugar Scrub
Extra Gentle Cleanser
Foot Cream
Fresh Body Herbal Body Wash
Fresh Cooling Body Mist SPF 30
Fresh Cooling Body Mist SPF 45
Fresh Finish Loose Powder/Healthy Skin Loose Powder
Fresh Finish Pressed Powder/Healthy Skin Pressed Powder
Fresh Foaming Cleanser
Hand Cream
Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 30- All
Healthy Defense Eye Cream SPF 30
Healthy Defense Protective Powder SPF 30
Healthy Defense Sheer Bronzer SPF 30 (Discontinued)
Healthy Defense Sheer Makeup SPF 30 (Disctontinued)
Healthy Defense Sunblock Spray SPF 30+ (Discontinued)
Healthy Defense Sunblock Stick SPF 30+
Healthy Defense Trio
Healthy Defense UVA/UVB Block SPF 30 + / SPF 45
Healthy Radiance Exfoliating Wash
Healthy Radiance Eye Cream
Healthy Radiance Moisturizer SPF 15
Healthy Scalp Shampoo
Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Anti Blemish Cleanser
Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Anti Blemish Cream
Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Anti Blemish Scrub
Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Cream
Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Intensive Eye Cream is now Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Eye (2009)
Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Intensive Night Cream is now Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Night (2009)
Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Intensive Serum is now Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Serum (2009)
Healthy Skin Blends Natural Radiance Bronzer
Healthy Skin Blends Sheer Highlighting Blush
Healthy Skin BlendsTranslucent Oil- Control Powder
Healthy Skin Cream Powder Makeup SPF 20
Healthy Skin Enhancer
Healthy Skin Eye Cream
Healthy Skin Face Lotion
Healthy Skin Face Lotion Sensitive Skin/Delicate Skin
Healthy Skin Face Lotion SPF 15
Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20
Healthy Skin Rejuvenator
Healthy Skin Smoothing Stick
Healthy Skin Visibly Even Daily SPF 15 Moisturizer
Healthy Skin Visibly Even Exfoliating Body Wash
Healthy Skin Visibly Even Exfoliating Cleanser
Hydrating Eye Reviver
Instant Lip Remedy
Instant Nail Enhancer (Discontinued)
Intensified Day Moisture SPF 15
Intensified Eye Moisture (Discontinued)
Invigorating Hair and Body Wash
Light Night Cream
Lip Boost Intense Moisture Lipstick SPF 20
Lip Boost Intense Moisture Therapy
Lip Moisturizer SPF 15
Lip Nutrition- All (Discontinued)
Liquid Neutrogena
Makeup Correcting Stick
Makeup Correcting Stick
Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
Maximum Strength Oil Controlling Pads
Mineral Sheers for Eyes
Mineral Sheers for Face
Moisture Boosting Body Wash (Discontinued)
Moisture for Sensitive Skin
Moisture Rich Sunless Tanning Lotion SPF 20
Moisture Shine Tinted Lip Balm- All
Moisture SPF 15
Moisture SPF 15 Sheer Tint
MoistureShine Lip Gloss
New Hands (Discontinued)
Oil Free Acne Mask/ Scrub
Oil Free Acne Wash Daily Scrub
Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover
Oil-Absorbing Acne Mask (Discontinued)
Oil-Free Acne Wash
Oil-Free Acne Wash pink grapefruit facial cleanser
Oil-Free Acne Wash pink grapefruit foaming scrub
On the Spot Acne Patch (Discontinued)
On the Spot Acne Treatment Tinted
On the Spot Acne Treatment Vanishing Formula
On The Spot Blemish Wand
Overnight Lip Therapy
Pore Refining Cleanser
Pore Refining Cream
Pore Refining Cream SPF 15
Pore Refining Mask
Pore Refining Mattifier (Discontinued)
Pore Refining Toner
Pure Glow Daily Cleansing Cushions (Discontinued)
Pure & Free Baby Sunblock Lotion SPF 60+
Pure & Free Baby Stick SPF 60+
Radiance Boost Eye Cream is now Ageless Essentials Continuous Moisture Eye Cream (2009)
Rainbath Dry Oil Spray (Discontinued)
Rainbath Moisturizing Body Mist (Discontinued)
Rainbath Shower & Bath Gel- All
Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion
Rapid Clear Gel
Rapid Clear Treatment Pads
Razor Defense Daily Face Scrub
Razor Defense Face Lotion
Relaxing Overnight Moisturizing Body Cream (Discontinued)
Sensitive Skin Solutions Alcohol Free Toner (Discontinued)
Sensitive Skin Solutions Cleansing Wash – Combination Skin (Discontinued)
Sensitive Skin Solutions Cream Cleanser – Dry Skin (Discontinued)
Sensitive Skin Solutions Oil-Free Foaming Cleanser – Oily Skin (Discontinued)
Sensitive Skin Sunblock Lotion SPF 60+
Shimmer Sheers (all shades)
Skin Clearing After Shave (Discontinued)
Skin Clearing Compact Foundation
Skin Clearing Concealer
Skin Clearing Face Bar (Discontinued)
Skin Clearing Face Wash
Skin Clearing Liquid Makeup
Skin Clearing Moisturizer
Skin Clearing Pressed Powder
Skin Clearing Targeted Acne Treatment (Discontinued)
Skin Smoothing Body Lotion (Discontinued)
Skin Soothing Eye Tints
Skin Soothing Under Eye Corrector
SkinClearing Clean Tint
SkinClearing Shave Gel
SkinClearing Trio
Soft Color Blush
Soothing Relief Anti-Itch Moisturizer
Summer Glow Daily Moisturizer SPF 20
Sunless Tanning Lotion- All
T/Gel Conditioner
T/Gel Overnight Dandruff Treatment
T/Gel Shampoos- All
T/Sal Maximum Strength Shampoo
Transparent Facial Bars- All
Transparent Sunblock Gel SPF 30 (Discontinued)
Triple Moisture Active Soothing Conditioner
Triple Moisture Active Soothing Shampoo
Triple Moisture Cream Lather Shampoo
Triple Moisture Deep Conditioner
Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask
Triple Moisture Healing Shine Serum
Triple Moisture Pure Strength Oil Therapy
Triple Moisture Sheer Hydration Leave- In Foam
Triple Moisture Silk- Touch Leave-In Cream
Triple Protect Face Gel
Triple Protect Face Lotion SPF 20
Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 30/ SPF 45
Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 55
Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 70
Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 100+
Ultra Soft Hydrating Sunblock SPF 30 (Discontinued)
Ultra Soft Hydrating Sunblock SPF 45 (Discontinued)
Under Cover Concealer Stick
Visibly Even Natural Look Makeup (Discontinued)
Visibly Firm Eye Cream
Visibly Firm Eye Treatment Concealer
Visibly Firm Face Lotion SPF 20 is  now Ageless Intensives Firming Moisture SPF20 (2009)
Visibly Firm Lift Serum
Visibly Firm Moisture Makeup
Visibly Firm Night Cream
Visibly Younger Hand Cream
Wave Power-Cleanser and Deep Clean Foaming Pads Refills
Wave Deep Clean Gentle Exfoliating Pads Refill

Again, thank you for your interest in our company.  Should you have any comments or questions in the future, please contact us via our website or by calling our toll-free number, 1-800-582-4048.  Our specialists are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m – 8:00 p.m. EST and will be happy to assist you.


Dear Jenny,

Thank you for contacting Bare Escentuals. I would be happy to assist you! I certainly understand your concern regarding gluten in our products!

The only products that we carry containing gluten are the 100% Natural Lipcolors, 100% Natural Lip Glosses, RareMinerals products, and the Skin Rev-er Upper contains Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract. The 100% Natural Lip Liners contain barley lipids but it has been tested to be gluten free.

While the list below shows the Wheat, Oat, Rye and Barely free products please keep in mind that these products may be made in an environment that handles Wheat, Oat, Rye and Barley derivatives.
All-Over Face Colors – all shades
bareEyes Eye Makeup Remover
Blush – All shades
Blush (SPF 20) – all shades
Brushless Mascara
Body Minerals – all shades
Eyecolor – all shades
Extreme Glimmers – all shades
Faux Tan
Faux Tan Body Moisturizer
First Base Lip Balm
Flawless Definition Mascara – all shades
Foundation (SPF 15 Original) – all shades
Foundation (SPF 15 Matte) – all shades
Gossamers – all shades
High Shine Eyecolors – all shades
Hydrating Blush – all shades
Liner Shadow – all shades
Lip Rev-er Upper
Makeup Remover Wipes
Mineral Veil – all shades
Mineral Veil (SPF 25) – all shades
MultiTasking Minerals – all shades
On the Spot Swabs
Prime Time Eyelid Primer
Prime Time Foundation Primer
Prime Time Oil Control Foundation Primer
Quick Change Brush Cleaner
Radiance Rocks – all shades
Soft Focus Colors – all shades
SPF 15 Lipgloss – Fiji
SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen – all shades
Weather Everything Liner Sealer
Well Cared For Brush Shampoo

Buxom Insider Liner – all shades
Buxom Lash Mascara
Buxom Lashliner – all shades
Buxom Lip Polish – all shades

Blemish Therapy
Moisture Burst Facial Mist

When I find more I’ll be sure to post it.