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My Lip Balm Collection

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Lip balms are like the perfect hybrid of skincare and makeup. Many have properties to help nourish and soothe my lips, while I still feel I can get away with just wearing them alone with a full face of makeup. Here is a look at all of the lip balms I am currently using:
1. NUXE Reve de Miel – This one has to be the most unique because it is a matte finish. I know, almost hard to believe but it’s true. It’s quite a thick texture but feels absolutely luxurious on the lips. And it’s one of my favorite lip balms to wear under a full coverage lipstick.
2. Omorovicza Perfecting Lip Balm – From the moment I received this, I haven’t stopped using it. I prefer to use it at night before I go to bed because it is so thick and nourishing. It has a bit of a tingle to it when I apply it which I love, and by the next morning my lips are soft and feel almost as if they have been exfoliated.
3. By Terry Baume de Rose – This is a cult classic and for very good reason. Between the beautiful rose scent and emollient texture, I would have to rate this my favorite out of all my lip balms. I love it at night, in the morning before my makeup, during the day when my lips need a bit of moisture – it is perfect anytime of the day. And though it has a bit of a slip to it when applied, lipstick and gloss wears beautifully over top.
4. Tatcha Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm – This is a rather unique texture and feels like an oil when applied to the lips.You can see when compared to the other balms, it is a bit more solid in texture. It can be too slippery for applying lipstick on top, but it is actually my preferred balm before I apply gloss. It seems to work well with a gloss texture layered over.
5. EOS Lip Balm – The appeal with using these spherical balms is truly the application. I love the dome shape because it easily fits onto my lips, my fingers don’t have to get messy and it smells like strawberry. Affordable, easy to carry around and smells like candy – what’s not to love?
6. Malin + Goetz Lip Moisturizer– I love when I have no preconceived notions of a product and it subsequently blows my mind. I received this balm in a Barneys beauty bag and could not believe my lips when I put this on them. I know I said the By Terry was my favorite, but this is a close second if not a tie for first place. The texture is incredibly softening and I reach for this when my lips are irritated because it soothes them immediately. And truth be told, this is my favorite balm to apply when I am doing lip swatches for the blog.

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What are some of your favorite lip balms?


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Beauty Bits: Body Products For Winter Skin

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 photo BodyProductsforwinterskin.jpg I may be oily as can be on my face but the rest of my skin tends to be dry, flaky, pale and just plain ick. During the summer months, obviously it is not as bad because of the humidity and heat, but I still need to my skin well hydrated.  But in the winter months, my skin takes a huge push into alligator territory – dry and scaly – double ICK!  There are even some days where it hurts after a particularly cold walk home – so having products that can moisturize and hydrate immediately are of the utmost importance.   I need relief NOW.  This winter these products have been saving my poor skin already (and the cold hasn’t even begun yet in NYC):
1. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Nurturing Body Wash Cream – Nothing is more luxurious than lathering up with a thick, creamy body wash as the Kiehl’s Creme de Corps line has been a favorite for years.  I even put a little in my bath and soak in it to help soothe my skin when it feels extra dry.  A winter doesn’t pass that I don’t have it in my shower.
2. Dermalogica Exfoliating Body Scrub (c/o) – I exfoliate A LOT in the summer (I love a good shiny leg), but I still keep the scrubs around when the temps drop.  I typically use this once a week, and while it gives a good scrub, I love the gentle foam that develops as I am scrub-a-dubbing.  It helps to take away all that dead, dull winter skin while still helping to calm it.
3. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Limited Edition “Grapefruit” Whipped Body Butter (c/o) – Hello, decadence.  I mean, there is the actual word ‘butter’ in the name – so you know this stuff is the real deal.  First of all, the original Creme de Corps Body Lotion has always been my holy grail – and is the most hydrating yet absorbent lotion of all time.  And then Kiehl’s had to kick it up a notch and blow my mind with the whipped body butter.  I left the top open in the picture to tease you a bit – can you even with that texture??  And now for the holidays, they have made a limited edition Grapefruit scent, with 100% of net profits going to the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign.  You can hydrate, have perfectly silky skin and give back.  Does it get better than that?
4. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse (c/o) – As you all probably know, I am never one to run from a body or face oil – I just love them!  And this cult classic certainly lives up to the hype.  A dry oil that absorbs immediately leaving the skin soft, supple and with a healthy shine.  But don’t let this one application stop you, it can be used on your hair, face (apply before foundation for a subtle glow) and a few drops in the bath for a milky emulsion in which you can soak yourself all night.

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