Put your money where your mouth is with Apa Beauty

My favorite summer look? A long, wispy white dress with sky blue sandals, beachy waves, a deep tan…and a super white smile.

Nanette Lapore All Laced Up Dress

Nanette Lapore All Laced Up Dress

Charlotte Stone Ogden Gladiator Sandals

Charlotte Stone Ogden Gladiator Sandals

I can buy the dress and the sandals (at Shopbophere and here) – and I can get the tan with some great self tanner – but the teeth? I need some help. Luckily there are a few products by Apa Beauty that definitely do the trick!

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Apa BeautyApa Beauty is a line of oral care and beauty products created by the celebrity cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Apa.The packaging is sleek and white, just like your teeth will be after using the products.

Apa BeautyI am fascinated with all of the really cool products in this line and I tried a trio of items that make for a great summer smile: Apa Lip Loofah ($18), Apa Tooth Gloss ($28), and Apa Blue Lip Shine ($25).

Apa Beauty Lip Loofah

Apa Beauty Lip Loofah

I have a love/hate relationship with lip exfoliators. I love how soft my lips are after using them, but I usually hate the feel of them. They are either too gentle to make much difference or else they are too rough and are painful to use.

The Apa Beauty Lip Loofah impresses the heck out of me – this is a lip scrub to love! It’s super gentle but it gives excellent results. I use a tiny bit with some water and softly scrub in small circles, then rinse and voila – soft, moist lips that are super smooth. The scrubby stuff is made from sugar and sweet almond seed, and the moisturizing stuff includes Jojoba oil, shea butter and orange peel.

Apa Beauty Tooth Gloss

Apa Beauty Tooth Gloss

The biggest surprise for me out of the three products I tested is the Apa Beauty Tooth Gloss. I never thought for a moment that this would be anything I would use regularly – it seemed like something models or beauty pageant participants would use instead of Vaseline on their teeth to keep smiling.  But this tooth gloss does so much more:

  • LIGHT REFLECTING GLOSS BRIGHTENS TEETH FOR A BEAUTIFUL SMILE
  • ANTIOXIDANT GREEN TEA COMBATS BACTERIA AND BAD BREATH
  • SAFFLOWER SEED AND JOJOBA OIL NOURISH TEETH AND GUMS
  • PEPPERMINT OIL FIGHTS GERMS AND FRESHENS BREATH
  • RECOMMENDED FOR USE IN COMBINATION WITH APA LIP LOOFAH AND APA BLUE LIP SHINE FOR DAILY RADIANCE CARE

I don’t think I’ve ever tested anything quite like this light-reflecting gloss. It makes teeth look whiter and keeps breath fresh. It’s not slimy or weird feeling on…in fact, it’s really pleasant. It does make teeth look whiter and feels better than breath mints which actually minimize shiny teeth.  I keep it in my purse and apply it every so often. What a great and unique find.

Apa Beauty Blue Lip Shine

Apa Beauty Blue Lip Shine

Apa Beauty Blue Lip Shine swatch

Apa Beauty Blue Lip Shine swatch

I’ve had great results with blue lip gloss in the past and the Apa Beauty Blue Lip Shine does its job by making teeth look even whiter. It doesn’t really add color to lips – just shine with a slight tint thanks to minty blue crystals. I like the feel of this gloss, although I wish it lasted longer. I find I need to reapply it often to keep the effect.

Overall, I really like this trio for keeping my summer smile as white as possible. Apa Beauty has all kinds of other great products for keeping teeth white, so head over to their website at apabeauty.com to check them out.  – Lisa

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Lip Loofah Ingredients:  SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, SUCROSE, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, BEESWAX, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, THEOBROMA (CACAO) SEED BUTTER, OLEA EUROPEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL, SILICA, SQUALANE, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) SEED MEAL, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL, JUGLANS REGIA (WALNUT) SHELL POWDER, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, FLAVOR.

Blue Lip Shine ingredients:  POLYBUTENE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, CERESIN, BEESWAX, POLYETHYLENE, SILICA, OCTYLDODECYL NEOPENTANOATE, MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) OIL, VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER, POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, TOCOPHEROL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, TIN OXIDE, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRADITBUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNIMATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, BLUE 1 LAKE.

Tooth Gloss ingredients:  HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, POLYETHYLENE, PPG5 PENTAERYTHRITYL ETHER, PEG5 PENTAERYTHRITYL ETHER, MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) OIL, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, GLYCINE (SOYBEAN) STEROLS, STEVIOSIDE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, XYLITOL, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE

A lip smacking giveaway with Good Earth Beauty Lip Scrubs

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Once upon a time a maiden was searching for a shop that she could trust. One that carried natural products. One that was known for using organic ingredients. She believed that the items she used should be cruelty free and good for her. In her search she came upon Good Earth Beauty and knew that this was the start of a ‘happily ever after’.

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As she was traveling her lips felt awfully dry. She knew that they were dehydrated since they didn’t feel smooth and she even had some lip peeling. This wouldn’t do but luckily she found that Good Earth Beauty had an exclusive set of products – exfoliating lip scrubs. They sounded pretty darn good. There were 7 individual lip scrubs ($8.25 each) but they also came in a set of 3 ($22) with chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla flavors. It reminded her of Neopolitan ice cream which she always loved. That sounded perfect and she asked her friend Marcia to test these out.

Good Earth Beauty ice cream flavored lip scrubs

Good Earth Beauty ice cream flavored lip scrubs

Marcia was very impressed with these and couldn’t wait to share them with her maiden friend and two of her blog subscribers. She wanted them to see how yummy they smelled and how great they tasted on her lips. Her biggest problem was deciding which Lip Scrub to use each day.

Good Earth Beauty Chocolate Lip Scrub

Good Earth Beauty Chocolate Lip Scrub

Good Earth Beauty Vanilla Lip Scrub

Good Earth Beauty Vanilla Lip Scrub

Good Earth Beauty Strawberry Lip Scrub

Good Earth Beauty Strawberry Lip Scrub

Did she want to taste chocolate, which she can’t go a day without? Or what about the enticing vanilla with it’s secondary taste of almond? But then again there was strawberry and it’s not summer without strawberry. The fragrance of this was enough for her to want a bowl of fruit instantly. She couldn’t choose just one so this trio is wonderful.

Good Earth Beauty Lip Scrub

Good Earth Beauty Lip Scrub

These are not goopy lip scrubs, they feel like pure sugar but they are loaded with great ingredients: sugar, organic sunflower oil, organic coconut oil, organic almond oil, organic shea butter, organic jojoba oil and flavor.

You’ll end up with sugar on your lips that you just lick away after rubbing them onto your lips to exfoliate them. It’s a triple threat: exfoliation, hydration, and deliciousness! You definitely want this kind of threat!  — Marcia

Good Earth Beauty has free shipping in the US plus there’s a discount code you can use on your purchases to receive 10% off: GEB10. They carry so many brands beside their own that the code will surely come in handy.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Two US Beauty Info Zone subscribers will win a set of three Good Earth Beauty Lip Scrubs. Your set may include Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry OR Chocolate, Cherry Vanilla, and Strawberry. Either way you’ll come out a winner. The giveaway is open through 7/28/16 at 11:59 p.m. ET. If comments close early please email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Lip Scrubs; make your comment in the email so you can continue on with the Rafflecopter. Good yummy luck.

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Products and giveaway provided by Good Earth Beauty. Prizes will be sent by the company.

 

Perfect autumn lips with bodyography Exfoliating Lip Duo

I swear, indoor heat is the most annoying thing ever.  I have so many issues with dry skin and dry lips…my entire body becomes the Saraha Desert.

Sahara DesertI am always surrounded by tubes of various lip balms, but at night I like to give my lips a good scrubbing with bodyography Exfoliating Lip Duo ($25).  Now, scrubbing the lips sounds painful, and I have had some bloody lip disaster with exfoliants that are just too harsh.  But I am completely sold on the Exfoliating Lip Duo that we were sent because it gently and effectively removes any dry skin, hydrates lips, and comes in practical, smart packaging.

bodyography Exfoliating Lip Duo

bodyography Exfoliating Lip Duo

This is a dual-ended lip treatment with a sugar-based lip scrub on the bottom and a Marula Oil based solid lip oil on the other.  It is just an awesome little package with a fantastic lip scrub.  First, the lip scrub tastes delicious.  Second, just a tiny bit scrubbed onto dry lips removes all dry skin and leaves lips super smooth.  Third, you don’t even have to wash it off after – just wipe with a dry towel.

bodyography Exfoliating Lip Duo Lip Scrub

bodyography Exfoliating Lip Duo Lip Scrub

Exfoliating Lip Duo Lip Scrub

Exfoliating Lip Duo Lip Scrub

Once lips are wiped clean (I dare you not to lick them first…it really does taste wonderful!) open the top of the jar for the solid lip oil.

Exfoliating Lip Duo Solid Lip Oil

Exfoliating Lip Duo Solid Lip Oil

Exfoliating Lip Duo Solid Lip Oil

Exfoliating Lip Duo Solid Lip Oil

The solid lip oil is Marula Oil, a fantastic antioxidant that treats lips and helps to build collagen.  This is the perfect finishing touch for hydrated, healthy lips.

Since I started using the Exfoliating Lip Duo every night my lips couldn’t look or feel better.  It is a real winner in my book.  It’s not just a night treatment – it’s also perfect before applying lip pencil and lipstick.

Check out these tips from bodyography Creative Director and professional makeup artist, Lori Leib, on how to get your fall lipstick to last.

Step 1: Exfoliate and hydrate your lips with Bodyography Exfoliating Lip Duo, this creates a beautiful base for any lip color.
Step 2: Lightly dab off the solid oil from the Exfoliating Lip Duo with a tissue after a few minutes – now your lips are prepped for color.

bodyography Rosewood Lip Liner
Step 3: Choose a smooth plum-colored lip pencil like Bodyography’s Rosewood Lip Pencil and line the outside of your lips.

bodyography Rosewood Lip Liner
Step 4: Use this same pencil to color in the entire lip.
Step 5: Take a pressed powder, I used Bodyography’s Every Finish Powder in Translucent and lightly brush some of the powder over the lip liner to create a nice matte base.

bodyography Every Finish Powder
Step 6: Apply a warm plum toned lipstick like Havana Sheer Lip Stick all over the lips, blot with a tissue and apply again.
Step 7: You should now be left with a long-lasting, sexy Autumn lip!

bodyography Havana Lip Color

Be sure to try this, it works!  – Lisa

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