Let’s face it, you want to look pretty during a sweltering city summer, no matter how hot a crowded subway car, a sun-blasted street corner, or a cramped deli can possibly make you feel shleppy. Also, as a busy mom, the right lipstick color pulls an entire look and mood together in ten seconds, when you don’t have any other time. These are also all natural, and non-toxic products, making them all the better to kiss your sweet family with…

~Rebecca Conroy, Editor of A Child Grows in Brooklyn

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Liquid Lip

#18 Gwenyth

This is a statement shade! Not to be taken lightly, it makes an entrance and keeps you looking super glamorous for a long time. The pigments adhere wonderfully to your lips and don’t wipe off too easily.

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Pacifica Devocean (100% vegan and cruelty-free)


This is my personal favorite for everyday, everywhere, every type of occasion. It smells like coconuts and goes on really easily. People compliment it all the time, and it works well in the city for morning or night. This shade works with any outfit or skin tone, and makes any type of mood just a little better. A must-have this summer!

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Besame Red

This is a very sturdy line of lip colors, almost costume-like in their pop and boldness. This is a lipstick I use at night, or for parties. I like to add a little lip balm to it, to sort of thin it out, but that’s only because I may not personally have the bravado to go for the full effect of Hollywood. It’s amazing though and lasts forever. I love mine! Totally a good go-to for a fancy event.

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Burt’s Bees

Iced Iris

Easy, daytime fun addition to your face. No commitment needed for any specific look or outfit to go with this, and it feels really healing on the lips as well.

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Kari Gran Lip Whip


I live for this stuff. So does my daughter, when I let her have some. It’s very pleasing tasting, and looks really pretty- the shine stays and the whole experience of putting it on and tasting/smelling it really makes me happy. It’s a perfect lip balm substitute. Summer wouldn’t be complete without this in my bag.

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Vapour Siren Lipstick

Au Pair

This is similar to how I feel about Iced Iris from Burt’s Bees. It’s a great daytime go-to, and is subtle. You don’t have to feel like you’re all made-up, but it does show the world that you’re totally pretty and put together. This particular shade is great for the days when you just want to lay low but still try…

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Rebecca Conroy is an artist, stylist, and Editor of A Child Grows in Brooklyn. She is from New York City, and has an MFA from Columbia University in screenwriting. Rebecca often finds herself on film and photography sets making things run or look better, and is the mom of two outrageously wonderful kids.