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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Hurraw! for this Lip Balm! Seriously.

These balms have been taking my lips by storm since discovering them recently! They are called HURRAW! and might the best lip balms I’ve ever tried.

Available in 24 styles/scents/flavors/whatever you want to call it, know that each is vegan, not tested on animals, free of GMOs and made in the USA, not to mention some of the pretty fine ingredients inside them.


You know when you are doing something and mindlessly start biting at some peeling skin on your lip with your teeth? Well, that doesn’t happen anymore.  I have no skin to pick at since I started using these! Seriously, my lips are really in good shape, which I really need right now since my obsession with liquid lipsticks is at a peek.

And some of the scents available remind me of Lip Smackers from many years ago: Black Cherry, Lemon, and Root Beer to name a few.

Since I’m a fan of swiping some moisture on my lips at bed time, their night treatment balm called Moon Balm is always on my nightstand.


And if all that’s not enough, they seem to throw in an extra balm with each order. Now that shows how much they care about their customers, right? Highly recommended brand. $3.79 and $4.29 @

So tell me, are you in the market for some lip balms that actually work?  

Disclosure: I bought these. 

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Clean & Sleek with BUTTERelixir

I love when a line comes along and puts a spin on using-oils-in-beauty-products, as in, no fillers! From what I’ve seen, many products on the shelves contain silicones along with the oils but you’d never know it from the name of the products or the words “natural” and “organic” thrown around. Then when you get home and look at the ingredient list, BAM, fillers!

BUTTER ELIXIR is not that line. Created in NYC, the brand is comprised of 7 products and the ingredient list for each is clean and straight forward. Here are the two I tried:


BUTTERelixir Lip ($12/.25oz) – Ingredients: soy bean oil, sunflower oil, bees wax, hemp oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, cacao butter, shea butter, vitamin E, aloe vera, argan oil, vanilla and cardamom.

BUTTERelixir Body + Hair Oil ($35/3oz) – ingredients: sweet almond oil, lavender and chamomile fragrance oil.

Something I don’t see listed on the products is an expiration date. Maybe one of the ingredients also acts as a preservative? At the rate I’m going at using both of these, they won’t have time to expire.

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Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

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Saturday, December 19, 2015


Sometimes I use the holidays to give a beauty gift of luxury; something I just don’t see that person buying for themselves necessarily. Here are 5 that will dazzle and delight!

1. TOO FACED Mr. Right Perfect Powder Brush ($36 @ – never underestimate the power of a quality makeup brush! It just feels so nice to sweep one across the skin, right?

2. BARE MINERALS ‘Precious Gems’ Lip Oil Balm Trio ($26 @ – these are some of my favorite tinted balms and I always keep one tucked in my purse. Each has a hint of color you can actually see (hate when one promises tint and there is none!).

3. SEPHORA COLLECTION Ombré Obsession Eyeshadow Palette ($25 @ – OMG, how great is this palette?? I’d say it falls into the Product As Art category for sure. And what a great value at $25 (they claim it’s worth $175!). I can’t put enough exclamation points in this blurb about it!

4. HOURGLASS Nº 28 Lip Treatment Oil in Icon ($42 @ - lips are always center stage so you’ve got to keep them looking great in these cold temps. And this one has a dash of color in it.

5. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Contour Cream Kit $40 @ – I know I’ve tried using bronzers, eye shadows and other dark shades to contour with. Pick her up the right products to use for it, ok?

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Latest in Tinted Lip Balms!

I don’t know about you but I just can’t resist a tinted lip balm. My collection has reached a totally unneeded proportion (to most) but I say the more the merrier! And besides, each balm only imparts a certain amount of tint and no two are the same, right? Haha. I love the way I convince myself but there is something different about these next ones.

The new ones I’m adding to my stash are BARE ESCENTUALS bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm ($16 @ Yup, you read correctly, these oils, as in, passion fruit seed oil, jojoba and sunflower seed oils, as well as vitamin E.



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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Lather Gives a Tint

I always say, if you have to moisturize your lips, do it with the shade! I mean, there are so many lip balm options these days that plain and dull ol’ balm with no pizzazz is not the only one.

Just out with their version is LATHER and their three shades of Tinted Lip Balm - Pink Peony (shimmery pink), Plush Plum, and Cinnabar Silk.


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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Pixi Beauty Gives A Hint!

Sometimes I'm just not in the mood for a whole face of makeup or *gasp* lipstick but if I'm hitting up a holiday party, they're kind of required. Well, PIXI BEAUTY seems to understand as they just came out with a Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio in Balmy Winter ($16 @ and there’s a vanilla-scented, color-tinted one for every occasion you'll have this season – Comfort Clear (no color), Honey Nectar (nude) and Ripe Raspberry (raspberry pink). Since each contains Shea Butter, vitamin E, you can certainly count on them to keep lips moisturized and protected from the cold and with two outta the three containing color, they will at least make your lips look like you're holiday party ready, even if the rest of you isn't.

You can also pick these balms up individually for $8 each and there are an additional 3 colors available!



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Friday, August 15, 2014

How to Really Get Your Makeup Done in 5 Minutes

The secret to getting your makeup look done and out the door in 5 minutes is to use multi-taskers like ones that are tinted. Since you don’t have to be as precise with tinted versions, time is on your side. Here are some in each category you should cover in order to at least look polished.  

First up is a Tinted Moisturizer or tinted BB Cream. They can be applied with your fingers or a sponge and not only are they usually available in quite a few shades but they give just a hint of tint so you don’t have to worry about overdoing it. And some even come with a built-in SPF, so you’re saving a few extra seconds on your routine right there! Here are some I recommend:  

1. PIXI BEAUTY H2O Skintint $24/1.18oz @

2. BEAUTY ADDICTS Mineral SheerTINT $32/1.25oz @

3. MAYBELLINE Dream Pure BB 8-IN-1 Beauty Balm Skin Clearing Perfector $8.99/1oz @ and <--- this is a good one too if you are prone to acne.

4. TOO FACED Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20 $34/1.5oz @ and

Just remember that if you do choose one that doesn’t contain sunscreen, make sure you apply some before one of these. 


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Friday, July 11, 2014

5 Favorite … Summer Moisturizers

Each summer a ton of different moisturizers find their way to the top of my dressing table but only a handful are used over and over. Here are the ones that I’m starting to run low on. And be sure to check these out as a couple of them do more than double-duty. 


1. MAYBELLINE Baby Lips Crystal in Pink Quartz - $3.99 @ and drugstores nationwide

2. HEAVEN + URTH Beelieve Hydration Balm - $39/2oz, $73/4oz @

3. TEADORA Nourishing Lip Butter in Rainforest at Dawn - $15/.5oz @

4. AROMATHERAPHY ASSOCIATES 'Relax' Massage & Body Oil - $69/3.4oz @

5. PHARMAGEL Hand Therapé Sanitizer - $56/16.9oz, $24/6oz, $13/3oz @

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Review+Swatches - BITE Beauty BB for Lips

Yer a multitasker in life so shouldn’t your makeup also be? From one of my favorite new lines, BITE BEAUTY, is a new kind of BB – a BB for Lips ($24 @ I think when it comes to BB creams or BB anything, there can be upwards of, well, many different ingredients inside. I mean, that’s what makes a BB a BB! 



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Friday, March 21, 2014

Review+Swatches - Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm

Like BB Creams, it seems that every line has gotten into the chubby lip balm but ain’t complaining! CLINIQUE’s Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm ($17 @ and are big on moisture (Shea and mango butter) and have a better color payoff then most of these thick balms with color that I’ve tried. 



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