Red My Lips with MAHALO

MAHALO Red My Lips

Red My Lips with MAHALO

Inspired by the Red My Lips Campaign, lovely Maryna of MAHALO decided to create a stunning organic lip tint, complete with a natural plumping infusion to help empower the lives of others. Hoping to raise awareness about sexual violence and speak out against victim blaming, Maryna made a lip color that’s as bold and beautiful as you are. It really touched me when she first wrote to me about the creation of this lip tint because I could just feel how much the cause means to her, even via email.

As someone who’s experienced assault and powerlessness personally, I find this particularly moving because I know I’m not alone in the experience. In fact, it’s a shockingly common experience. If you haven’t personally experienced sexual assault, you might have felt powerless or victimized at one point in your life and that can be just as damaging to someone, in my opinion. I really love the message behind this particular item because the lip tint supports the Red My Lips Campaign which happens the entire month of April and a large portion of proceeds (20%, to be exact!) from these limited edition lip tints go to These gorgeous lip tints also promote something that I think we can all do with a little more of and that’s reclaiming our power. I can’t tell you how many times in my life that I felt literally powerless. I felt immobile with the feeling of helplessness and it wasn’t until I realized that nobody could take my power without me giving it up to them, that I finally felt a shift in my perspective and began to reclaim my own power.

MAHALO Red My Lips Tint


Growing up, I often felt like I owed it to the world to be beautiful. I actually felt like I was letting everyone down if I wasn’t the prettiest, smartest girl in the room wherever I went. It’s ridiculous, looking back on it now, but I know I’m not alone in this. As women (and likely men, too), we stake a lot in our appearance and the inculturated pressure of these values is perpetuated by our parents, family and even friends. It’s especially difficult for women because we’re, often times, told that this is the most important thing (maybe even the only thing) to determine our worth. We should be beautiful and marry a rich man. We should be beautiful to get a good job, be admired, and stay young forever. It’s so unrealistic to think that beauty is the only value you have in life, but I’m sure many people put a lot of stock in it so it’s imperative to remember that your beauty is YOURS. It belongs to you. It’s not for anyone else and it’s so important to realize that your beauty can be anything you want it to be. It can be in your eyes, your smile, or your humor. It can be in the words that you write, the songs you sing, or the art you create. The point is that you decide what it is; nobody else has that power but you.


MAHALO Red My Lips Organic Lip Tint


In American culture, sexuality is incredibly taboo, thanks to our Puritan roots, so it’s no wonder that many of us have developed a discomfort when it comes to expressing our own sexuality. In the media, both men and women are constantly sexualized to sell products, yet expressing our sexuality in life, we’re called sluts or shamed in some way. If we don’t want to be sexy, objectified, or slut-shamed, we must pretend to be naive A-sexual nuns with no predilection for anything pleasurable. It’s absolutely insane, but just as your beauty belongs to you, so too does your sexuality. It’s whatever you want to it be; express it however you like.

MAHALO Red My Lips Tint


At the end of the day, NO ONE can take your power from you unless you relinquish it to them. Your power is your own and nobody has more say in your life than you. You may not be able to control the actions of others, but you can live by example and ensure your own actions are aligned with your values. That’s one of the things I love so much about the Red My Lips campaign. You don’t need to experience sexual violence to red your lips and show solidarity for those who have. You simply need to align your values and stand among us. There’s nothing more moving and empowering than all of us standing together in support for a better future without shame, blame, or guilt.

red my lips with MAHALO Skincare

MAHALO Red My Lips Tint

This beautifully pigmented organic red lip tint is formulated with hydrating plant oils, waxes, and collagen amino acids to naturally nourish, hydrate, smooth, and plump your lips while lending a beautiful red color.

Ingredients: camellia oleifera (camellia)*, persea gratissima (avocado)*, ricinus communist (castor)*, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla)*, copernicia cerifera (carnauba)*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba)*, theobroma cacao (cocoa)*, rosa damascena (rose wax), caprylic/capric triglyceride, maranta arundinacea (arrowroot), natural and organic flavors, dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline, euterpe oleracea (acai)*, vitis vinifera (grapeseed)*, non-gmo mixed tocopherols, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary)*, iron oxides, red 7, mica

Hand blended in small batches by MAHALO Skin Care in Hawaii, USA
*clean ingredients: organic + local and/or wild harvested (when available)

Stored in a metal  pan, wrapped in a renewable bamboo to preserve the vitality of the ingredients and provide an eco-luxurious beauty experience. Best to apply using provided vegan lip brush.

Red My Lips

Words from Maryna on the Red My Lips Tint:

“The Red My Lips tint is inspired by the, a non-profit organization who runs a month-long global red lip-wearing campaign every April where supporters from around the world join together to speak out against rape myths and victim-blaming, demonstrate solidarity and support for all survivors, and raise awareness and funds. In April 2015, over 500,000 people from 99 countries joined the red lips campaign to spark important conversations with people in their lives, challenged rape myths, extended love and support to those who have been victimized.”

When you shop with MAHALO and spend $150 or more, you’ll receive a FREE facial steam with your order and be sure to use my Code: STORYBOOKBEAUTY (any order) at checkout to get a FREE deluxe sample of your choice!

♥ You can purchase your own Red My Lips Tint at MAHALO

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8 thoughts on “Red My Lips with MAHALO

  1. April 15, 2016 at 7:39 AM

    Thanks for sharing such an important message. I love that quote: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
    After being sexually assaulted and having been physically and mentally abused as a child it was a huge turning point for me when I decided it was not going to ruin my life and I was not going to be a victim. Of course things like that will keep on influencing your life, but I chose to fight it and move forward.
    It’s a great initiative and I love the tints on you, really suits you.
    Sadly it’s not in my price range
    PS: loved that the campaign includes men wearing the tint
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    1. April 15, 2016 at 10:02 AM

      Absolutely. I love that quote so much. It made me change my thoughts completely. I love that you changed your thoughts as well in spite of everything that’s happened to you. You didn’t let those things ruin you. You are so strong and so inspirational to me for that. Thanks so much Helene. If it’s not in your price range, that’s all good. You can still share your red lips on social media (with your own lipstick) if you want to support this campaign any time in April 🙂

      PS Me too! Men are not exempt from abuse or sexual assault and to think that would be incredibly ignorant. I love that every person is included.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences!

  2. April 15, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    What a great company, supporting such a great cause! The color is gorgeous and looks like the perfect shade of red to wear every day. Thanks for sharing this brand Tianna! I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  3. April 15, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    I participated in the redmylips campaign for the first time last year on IG–I can’t believe it’s already been a year! I really love the message behind this too, and the Mahalo products always seem so awesome! I love the quotes that you shared too! <3

    1. April 20, 2016 at 11:43 AM

      that’s awesome! Me too. I love that it’s supporting such an amazing cause and I’m glad you support the campaign as well ♥

  4. April 17, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    I Love the quotes you shared. Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty. We would love to have you again next week.

  5. April 19, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    The red tint is so pretty!

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!


    May 3, 2016 at 6:40 AM

    Thank you for all the inspiration.

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