Clockwise from Burt’s Bees:
Burt’s Bee’s Tinted Lip Balm
in Rose: An easy, moisturizing swipe of sheer red that makes me look more alive
while blurring over my vaguely cracked lips. This was my 2nd or 3rd repurchase, so I may take a break on another repurchase to try something new, but I know this one is a good’un. Ingredients include coconut oil, olive oil, beeswax, and shea butter. ($7 on Burt’s Bees
Hurraw! Green Tea Lip Balm
: Smells like matcha green tea because…it has hemp oil infused with matcha green tea in it! Loved that (I mean, omega fatty acids for my lips is pretty ballin’) and also the moisturizing powers. Kept this at my desk
for moisturizing when I didn’t want/need color. I have two more of these left in Vanilla Bean and Earl Grey. ($3.79 on Hurraw!
Acure Argan Oil
: I have used this as a makeup remover, face moisturizer, and a body moisturizer. This was good as a face moisturizer, but now that I’m getting fancy with facial oil blends, I have delegated this more towards makeup remover and body moisturizer. It is a little pricier than jojoba oil or sweet almond oil, but let’s just say my mother took advantage of an Acure sale at our local health store a bit back. Easily takes off all makeup and leaves my body even softer than jojoba or sweet almond ever did. Also, 100% certified organic. ($12.99 on Vitacost
, $14.50 on Amazon
, $14.99 on Acure
Konjac Sponge Co. Konjac Sponge with French Green Clay
: This little guy
has unfortunately developed a tear at the 3 month mark (average lifetime of a Konjac sponge), so I will be searching for a plant that will serve as its final resting place. A nice, gentle sponge that I enjoyed using in the morning or post-makeup removal at night. Always left my face soft. ($9 on Spirit Beauty Lounge
S.W. Basics of Brooklyn (formerly Sprout Skincare) is changing up their packaging, so their lip balm is only $1 for this whole month. ONLY $1! I’ve yet to try any products from their brand (but I’d love to!) but I have heard nothing but goodness about them, and lip balm is a good place to start. Especially since IT’S ONLY $1. Perfect as a stocking stuffer or little extra something because everyone loves a well-moisturized lip. And you don’t want to be flaky under the mistletoe (a poor pun, I am sorry I should do better).
Ilia Beauty is also a brand I have not yet tried but would love to, and seeing I’ve also heard nothing but amazingness about them and I was looking for gifts for some loved ones, I figured a wonderfully non-toxic pinky nude and a seasonally purple tinted lip conditioners would be a potentially good choice. Maybe I’ll be able to sneak a few swipes in myself after the gift-giving is over, heh heh.
I’ve been dabbling with Vapour Organic Beauty’s Atmosphere Luminous Foundation for a couple months, and have been trying to figure out how to best make it work (shade is too light oh no, need to mix two shades, oh no is it breaking me out, oh no now it’s winter and I’m extra dry) hence per a recommendation of Vapour’s beauty expert via email, I am going to try their Stratus Instant Skin Perfector, which is a moisturizing primer base and what I am hoping will help with the dry effect I’m getting currently with the foundation because I really want to love it! *clasps hands together and looks to the sky in a passionate manner
Oh the weather outside is frightful, but lip balms are so delightful. They’re perfect for a no-mirror quick swipe for instant lip moisture and these days I always have these two on hand.
When I’m wanting a little extra (or I’ve just put on foundation and my lips have disappeared and I want to go out and not scare people…), I reach for Burt’s Bees Rose Tinted Lip Balm
($7), which is a lovely subtle but flattering sheer red that moisturizes and tints with lovelies like coconut oil, waxes, and shea butter. When I’m not feeling the red or I want to go to bed and not have red smears on my pillow case, I use Hurraw! Green Tea Lip Balm
($3.79). It smells and moisturizes AWESOME and the oval tubing is pretty fun (and I’ve put it to the test–it doesn’t slip out of pockets). Perfectly moisturizing and antioxidant full with hemp oil and matcha green tea, yum!
Hurraw! Some sunshine arrived in the mail today after Hurricane Sandy. Excited to try out these fun and healthy flavors (and see how well the interesting oval tubing does not slip out of my pockets).