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Lip Service

October 27, 2009
Lip Balms vs. Lip Conditioners

Have you ever wondered why your lips seem consistently chapped even though you use lip balms religiously? It could be because the product you are using doesn’t really fix your dryness problem.

Lip Balms are supposed to penetrate your lips to help soothe and replenish lost moisture. This is the stuff you want. It includes only natural waxes like beeswax and oils to moisturize.

Lip Conditioners or chapsticks sit on top of your skin and work to prevent further damage from environmental elements. It will prevent dryness, but won’t treat it. Dead giveaways are ingredients like wax, mineral oil, and petroleum. They are usually less expensive and will continue to work fine as long as you use it on top of treated lips.

Another way to keep your puckers from drying up is good old H20 and getting your beauty rest.

Let’s take a look at some top-selling lip products at Sephora and see if they actually do what they say they do, or just give lip service. My reviews below are based on my personal experience with these products as well.

1. Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15
Main ingredients are sugar that protects against moisture loss, plus natural oils and Vitamins. The base is a natural wax. Though it’s a whopping $22.50 versus a $2 chapstick from your local drugstore, it works. Plus, it’s in a good quality case.

2. Rosebud Salve
Ingredients include “Cotton Seed Oil and Aromol, with essential oils blended in a special petrolatum base.”

This is a glorified Vaseline product that will sit on your lips with a hint of pink and a slight shine, but won’t cure your lip woes.

Maybe it’s a best seller because it’s only $6 a pop is featured in Sephora’s impule aisle (the products lined up at checkout that you didn’t need, but now you suddenly want).

3. Philosophy Kiss Me Lip Exfoliating Lip Scrub

This product has finer granules that typical lip exfoliators, so it is non-abrasive. It works well to gently slough off dead skin to prep for richer treatments and/or lip color application. Secret: For chapped, peeling lips use a toothbrush to slough off lip “scales”.

Mostly includes natural ingredients like sunflower seed oil and beeswax, but also has traces of mineral oil and paraffin wax (i.e. cheap fillers).

I think think it’s a great product to carry around in your purse or next to your bed, but if you want intense therapy, this isn’t your savior.

4. Jack Black Intense Lip Therapy Balm
Not only for men, Ladies. And only seven buckaroos.

Active ingredients are mint for a light cooling sensation and shea butter. It goes on thin and feels slick (almost like silicone, but not as greasy). No wax harmed in the making of this product, so no waxy residue.

This isn’t MAC Lip Glass, so it’s not going to make your lips look full like gloss. Appropriate for the everyday Joe or Jane.

This may be a moot point because it’s no longer available for sale, but I was highly disappointed in the Shu Uemura Depsea Moisture Recovery Lip Balm SPF 15. I liked that it creative a protective glove on my lips, but I don’t think it really restored anything.

By understanding your skin’s needs and reading ingredients, hopefully you’ll be able to purchase the right products.

From my newly moisturized lips to yours, muah!


Sephora Discount

October 22, 2009

I heart Sephora. I refer to it as the Nordstrom’s of Beauty.

True, I can get a professional discount at makeup supply stores in Los Angeles or vendors online, but to save time, drive, and trouble I can easily find what I need at Sephora.

With the Friends & Family Discount of 20%, I can get the products I need at a comparable cost with the perk of Sephora’s easy return policy. Type in FF2009 at Checkout during 10/19 thru 11/2 get your beauty product needs and splurges. Also, any order over $50 at this time qualifies you for gratis shipping.

Beat that, Economy!

Project GlamOh: Kat Von D

August 14, 2009
Channeling my inner Kat Von D

My inspiration for this look was Kat Von D’s print ad for her new fragrances Saint and Sinner in the latest Sephora Catalog. Though I can’t compete with Kat Von D’s beautiful skin and face structure, a girl can try, can’t she? Besides, beauty is all about exploration. GlamOh stands for empowering women to explore their beauty through makeup, hair, fashion, and life.

Nose – My nose looked a little large due to the flash in my camera. In order to keep the entire look sharp, I decided to contour my nose more dramatically.

I used a dark, matte brown contour powder to create shadows on my nose for more definition. I highlighted the highest part of the bridge with a matte white and light tan powder.

Cheeks – I used a contouring powder to sculpt the cheek and used a bronzer with shimmer to highlight.

Lips – I used a matte red/pink as a base for my lips, blotted with a tissue, then layered on a slightly glossy bright magenta lip color. No gloss or illuminator added. In order to create a more 3D shape and make my lips pop, I put a light shimmer powder on the cupids bow of the upper lip and put a border of concealer around the entire lip.

Brows – I used a brow gel and dark eyebrow powder to create a strong arch.

My version of a magazine shot…

Remember, nothing is inaccessible for you. All you need is an adventurous spirit and an open mind.

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