Da Balm! : Top Tinted Lip Balms On the Market

lip balmsSo we all know that trends come and go in fashion– but have you ever stopped and looked around a drug store and noticed that every once in a while, every single brand (or at least it seems like every brand) comes out with their version of the exact same product? I started to think about the trends that we have seen in the last few years- you know… BB creams as well as CC Creams and DD Creams (see my post about BB creams here!) , Lash Enhancing Serums, Lip-Plumpers,  Oil Cleansers, Nail Art galore, etc. etc.   Think about it.

Well, unless you have lived in a cave for the last couple year,  you’ve probably taken notice that  tinted lip balms are EVERYWHERE-  and I have this feeling that they arn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.  If you have never tried one, then think of tinted lip balms as BB Cream for your lips- it’s a multitasking product that heals, protects (usually with an SPF), moisturizes, and adds some sort of wearable and foolproof tint to the lips- the only real difference between them is how much pigment (ie: colour) you want.

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One Of The Many Reasons I Adore Burt’s Bees: Herbal Blemish Stick

product_thumb.phpBreakouts are one of those things that can instantaneously put me in a foul mood.  Something about having a raging red bulls eye, smack dab in the middle of my face, that no amount of well-placed concealer can hide, does not exactly make me cheery…and I am quite sure that I’m not alone.  I have long fought my acne prone skin since my early teens, and although the severity and duration of my breakouts have greatly improved over the years :) – there are still times when I wonder why the hell this is stilllllllll happening to me.  I kid you not, I had this exact conversation with one of my best friend’s the other night (punctuated by a few choice curse words over a few glasses of wine), as to why we are still battling zits, well into our late-twenties.

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Flawless Skin: My Picks For The Top 3 Drugstore BB Creams

Slide1I realize that envy is not the loveliest virtue to possess, but I must say that nothing makes me more green with envy, then seeing a woman with flawless, perrrfect skin.  Don’t you agree that there is something so quintessentially beautiful about gorgeous skin- its flawless, smooth, wrinkle and blemish-free, glowy, and by the looks of it- makeup-free (Ugghhh, just kill me now). To get a better mental image of the type of skin I am describing, let’s look at a few celebs whose skin we should all covet (and whose dermatologist we should stalk).

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The Perfect Facial Moisturizer: Andalou Naturals Acai + White Tea Moisturizer

acai_white_tea_oil-free_moisturizer-_pair If you are a person with extremely oily skin… you know,  the type that has skin which your friends can see their reflection in by 9 am, or if you have more balanced skin and simply want a great, everyday moisturizer that will provide you with light hydration, well today is your lucky day!  Andalou Naturals Acai + White Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer, $24  62 ml, is quite simply one of the best all-round facial moisturizers I have ever used. Period.

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Dessert For Your Hands: Cake’s Milk Made Hand & Cuticle Buffer

cake-beauty-milk-made-smoothing-hand--cuticle-bufferIt’s summertime people, which means it is time for you (and I) to get our hands and feet looking great because there is nothing worse that putting on a cute pair of sandals and noticing that your feet are in less than desirable condition.  If you are like me, you’ve also probably noticed that caring for your hands and feet are the first (beauty) item that gets pushed to the back burner when life gets busy.   Ironically enough as i am writing my post, my hands are unfortunately, yet, again, in this sad predicament.   If I was smart (and rich) I would be b-lining it to a salon every week to have my hands and tootsies tended to, but alas, this is only  a dream and I am relegated to doing my own mani/pedis when I can find the time.  Something I have noticed lately- I constantly find myself reaching for Cake’s  one-of-a-kind, fabulous, ahhh-mazing, all-round winning product- Milk Made Hand & Cuticle Buffer , $18, to get the job done, super fast.

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Your Significant Other Will Thank Me: Alba Botanica Very Emollient Cream Shave

vebl-creamshave-mangovanilla8oz-webThere are moments in a beauty nuts’ life, that they find a product that is a game changer.  By game-changer, I mean a product that they discover that literally makes them rethink a part of their beauty routine.  For me, shaving has been the bane of my existence  since I turned 10 years old.  That was the age my mother had the genius idea that I should start getting rid of the hair on my legs, as she was under the impression that it was slowing me down in the water during my swim competitions (probably not the most logical suggestion, but I still went along with it).  Needless to say, from that point on, I have hated everything to do with shaving my legs and anything to do with shaving amenities (i.e: cool new razors on the market, shaving cream, etc.).  None of it has ever peaked my interest.. until now.


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