Waxelene – a winter savior giveaway

Waxelene Lip Balm

Waxelene Lip Balm

Earlier today I did a Top Ten post about winter saviors and Waxelene was one of my choices. There’s a very good reason for that. This is a product that you need for your dry winter lips. I received it this summer and used it sporadically. I forgot about it until my first cold of the season struck. Suddenly my lips were dry and hurting. I needed relief.

Waxelene

Waxelene

Waxelene is a name that doesn’t draw me in but the product is worth overlooking that. This is an all natural lip gel that has no petroleum in it. It isn’t greasy but you can feel it on your lips. It’s very soothing. I don’t wear it under most lip colors but as soon as I’m home for the day, on it goes.

Waxelene calls themselves “the petroleum jelly alternative”. It gives you the relief that you think of with petroleum jelly but the texture is much more pleasant to use. According to their website: Waxelene® is revolutionizing skin care. It creates the same waterproof barrier that doctors recommend petroleum jelly for but contains no petroleum or hydrogenated oil. Instead we use our patented aeration process that won’t clog pores and makes Waxelene® highly effective for any kind of dry skin. Not only that, it can be used for hundreds of other things just like petroleum jelly.”

Waxelene

Waxelene

There’s no fragrance from Waxelene and it’s cruelty free. The main ingredients are Organic Soy Oil, Beeswax, Natural Vitamin E Oil and Rosemary Oil. The size I have is the lip tube ($3.99, 0.25 oz) and it also comes in a flip top tube ($4.99) as well as in jars ($8.99/2 oz and $17.99/9 oz).

2 oz jar of Waxelene

2 oz jar of Waxelene

Now why would you want a jar of this? Because it’s not just for lips. Waxelene is good for dry skin, baby bottoms, after shave, anti-chafing. removing makeup and much more. Rub it on the heels of your feet or your elbows and you’ll notice the difference within days. You can find Waxelene online or at stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond, CVS and Whole Foods.waxelene back

For this giveaway we’ll have 2 winners of a lip tube for an international giveaway. It’s a small prize but one you’ll adore if you win it. The giveaway ends on 1/11/15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close please comment on our Facebook page or email me at [email protected] so you can continue adding your Rafflecopter options. I know you’ll love this if you win or if you purchase it. — Marcia

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*product sent by PR for review and giveaway

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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Double the care with ChapStick Hydration Lock

I love products that do more than one thing, and ChapStick’s newest product, Hydration Lock ($2.99), is doubly good.  ChapStick sent us their Moisture & Renew and Day & Night versions to try, and in this case being two-faced is a good thing.

The Hydration Lock Dual-Ended Balms are two lip balms in one, with a different formula on each end.

Chapstick Dual-Ended Hydration Lock:  Moisturize and Renew

Chapstick Dual-Ended Hydration Lock: Moisturize and Renew

Moisturize side

Moisturize side

Renew side

Renew side

The Dual-Ended Hydration Lock Moisturize & Renew is all about hydrating and treating for the best anti-aging results.  The Moisturize side has antioxidant CoQ10 and hyaluronic spheres, and leaves lips soft and silky.  This side has a slight vanilla flavor.  The Renew side has shea and mango butters, and tastes a little fruity.  I like to layer these for the full treatment.  Lips definitely look healthier with less fine lines when I use it.

ChapStick 24 Hour Hydration Lock

ChapStick 24 Hour Hydration Lock

Nighttime side

Day side

Night side

Night side

The Dual-Ended Hydration Lock Day & Night has skin protection on one side, and tons of moisturizers on the other.  This is the perfect ChapStick to have in your purse at all times.  The Day side has SPF 12 and no flavoring.  The Night side has shea and mango butters for conditioning lips, plus tamanu and coconut oil to soften and treat.  It doesn’t have much flavor, but it does smell like chamomile.

I love the packaging for these ChapSticks.  They are really convenient and definitely give 24 hour care for the lips.  You can find these in person and online at most major drugstores.  – Lisa

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Fighting vertical lip lines with Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck

So what do you find has aged the most rapidly on you over the years?  Your hands?  How about your neck?  For me, there’s no question…it’s my lips.  I have those darn hereditary vertical lip lines.  My mom has them, my grandma had them…and now I have them.  I’m not going to lie, I know I will eventually turn to something along the lines of Juvaderm or lasers to get rid of them.  But in the meantime, I do everything I can to stop their progression.  Osmotics Cosmeceuticals sent me their Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck ($35) to try, and with my lip issues they had me at hello.

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck

So what the heck is Blue Copper 5?  Copper peptides are amino acids bound with a copper element.  They have been found to be quite effective in healing wounds, fighting wrinkles, and smoothing skin.  Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck combines copper peptides with hyaluronic acid for mega hydration and anti-aging, with some macadamia oil thrown in for even more moisture.

How could anyone not try this??

How could anyone not try this??

Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck has a fantastic slip and feel, leaving lips extremely hydrated.  I put this on very generously and am sure to also apply the Natural shade to my vertical lip lines as well.  I just can’t tell you how fabulous my lips feel with this treatment.  Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck comes in three colors:  Natural, Golden Nectar, and Cognac.

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck in Natural

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck in Natural

Natural looks blue on the wand, but it goes on clear.  I go crazy with this one…it seems like the more I put on, the happier my lips are and my lip lines are much less noticeable.  This isn’t like other blue-tinted glosses that makes teeth look whiter, but the moisturizing effect is amazing.

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck in Golden Nectar

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck in Golden Nectar

Golden Nectar is a very subtle peachy shade, but it also has some shimmer so it makes lips look more lush.  I love this over lip liner because I get the color from the liner, the shimmer and shine from the gloss, and the moisture and plumping from the hyaluronic acid and macadamia oil.

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck in Cognac

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck in Cognac

Cognac is a very pretty soft red shade that provides color while also delivering the same moisture and treatment.  This is a lovely shade that would complement any skin tone, with just the right amount of pigmentation for a great pop of color.

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck swatched, left to right:  Cognac, Golden Nectar, Natural

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck swatched, left to right: Cognac, Golden Nectar, Natural

With all the fabulous moisture, my lip lines are most certainly less noticeable and pronounced.  My lips look more full, and they feel soft and smooth.  This lip treatment may not ‘cure’ my lip lines, but I do believe they keep them from getting worse.  And until I can afford a $3000 liquid face lift, I am happy to at least keep the status quo.

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck is non-comedogenic, and has no artificial colors or fragrances.  You can find Osmotics at high-end department stores like Saks and Nordstrom, as well as online at Osmotics.com.  – Lisa

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Ingredients:  Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Isohexadecane, BIS-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Mineral Oil, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Tripeptide-1, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Hyaluronic Acid, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Copper Sulfate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Squalane, Menthol, Flavor, Titanium Dioxide, Mica. MAY CONTAIN: Red 7 Lake, Red 40 Lake, Red 4, Iron Oxides

Recover seductive lips with Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

Cooler weather is moving in, which means chapped lips could be in your future.  Now is the time to do some prevention so you don’t have to do triage later.  I have been in major prevention mode with Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm ($65, product sample), and it is the ultimate in luxury for lips.

Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm - luxurious packaging

Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm – luxurious packaging

Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

Natura Bisse is a line that feels like fabulous indulgence in every way.  Just opening a Natura Bisse box makes me feel like I am wearing Louboutin heels and Bulgari diamonds whilst sipping Krug 1928 Champagne and luxuriating in a Chanel bubble bath.  I have read fantastic things about Natura Bisse Eye Recovery Balm, so I was hoping the Lip Recovery Balm would be just as great.  It certainly is different from any other lip balm I’ve ever tried…and it is wonderful.

I guess I am used to slick balms that make my lips feel all slippery, so at first I was taken aback by the texture of the Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm.  It doesn’t make lips slick, instead it ‘polishes’ them and gives a smooth, sleek look and feel.  It definitely hydrates and softens lips, and carob extract keeps lips from chapping.  Other ingredients include Opuntia Ficus extract for regenerating damaged skin, as well as aloe vera, Rosa Mosqueta, mango and shea butter, amaranth seeds and vitamin F to plump lips and increase elasticity.

Inside the jar of Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

Inside the jar of Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm - interesting texture!

Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm – interesting texture!

Polished lips with Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

Polished lips with Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

The smooth texture makes Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm a perfect base for lip liner and lipstick, and it helps keep color from migrating into fine lines.  Since it isn’t shiny, your guy will also love it and kissing will be that much more enjoyable!

This is definitely one of the pricier lip treatments available, but the jar lasts a long time and the results are terrific.  If this is in your budget, I highly recommend it.  Louboutins, Bulgari diamonds and Krug 1928 Champagne are optional!  – Lisa

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  • Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Hydrolized Ceratonia Siliqua Seed Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus-Indica Flower Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Glyceryl Linoleate, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Linolenate, Sodium Saccharin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 4 (CI 14700).

10 Budget Friendly Back-to-School Beauty Essentials

Whether you or your kids are going back to school or off to college, it’s the perfect time of year to find deals on essential beauty products.  The Meijer Beauty team challenged me to find my top back-to-school picks, and it was gratifying to see my must-have bath, body and color items with wonderful prices.  Considering I work in a high school and have kids in both college and middle school, I am all about finding the best products at the right price.  Drumroll please…my top ten recommendations for essential (and budget friendly) back-to-school products.

Soap for school:  J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap and I love...Coconut & Cream Shower Gel

Soap for school: J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap and I love…Coconut & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Cream

1.  J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap ($4.99, I got it at Meijer for $4.49)  The reason I first bought this hand soap was for the awesome vintage label.  The reason I keep buying it?  It’s excellent foaming hand soap, especially for the price.  The soap in public buildings like schools is usually pretty rough stuff, I wash my hands all the time.  My solution is to bring my own.  I keep this soap in my office, and it would fit nicely into a locker.  I like the Aloe and Green Tea scent as a real mood enhancer to help get the school year off right.

2.  I love…Coconut & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Cream ($7.29)  This British brand is soooo good…doesn’t the packaging look like the Philosophy bottles?  I actually prefer the I love… brand, and it is so much more affordable.  I start my day with a shower then end it with a bubble bath, and the Coconut & Cream scent takes me right back onto vacation.

Necessities for school

Necessities for school

3.  Goody 50 piece Ouchless No Metal Elastics ($2.19, but I got mine at Meijer for $1.10!)  The perfect way to hide morning bedhead is with a ponytail or bun…and these Ouchless Elastics don’t snag, pull, or break hair strands.

4.  Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel Cream Kiss ($3.99)  This super cute lip butter has only been available in the U.S. for about a year, and I am so happy it’s easily found now!  It has great slip and keeps lips soft and moist, plus it tastes like caramel toffee.  Yum.

5.  Meijer Hand Sanitizer ($1.19)  This is simply a must-have for purses and backpacks.  You never know who was sitting in that desk or what nose they were picking…eewwwwww.

Perfect colors for back to school!

Perfect colors for back to school!

Nudes and deep pinks

Nudes and berries

6.  Cover Girl Bombshell Volume by Lashblast Mascara ($9.39)  I think this is the best drugstore mascara out there.  One end is the base coat, which gives definition and length perfect for casual days.  When I want more oomph – and I mean fantastic oomph – I use the other end, the intensifying top coat.  This side darkens lashes and provides mega-drama without any flakes or smearing.

Physician's Formula Nude Eyes

Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes

Nude Eyes - gorgeous.

Nude Eyes – gorgeous.

7.  Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes ($9.99, but I got mine at Meijer for an incredible $6.99)  I am loving neutral, nude eyes with berry cheeks for the fall, and this nude eyeshadow palette is to die for.  Is it reminding you of the Urban Decay Naked2 palette?  Yup, me too, but this is way cheaper with the same quality.  Use these shadows dry or wet for more intensity, and keep the palette sitting out because the packaging is stunning.

Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose

Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose

8.  Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose ($8.29)  Just check out the gorgeousness of this mosaic highlighter/blush.  The soft, creamy shades can be used alone, but I like to swirl a big brush over the whole thing for a beautiful berry glow on my cheeks.

Nicole by OPI mani and pedi shades for school

Nicole by OPI mani and pedi shades for school

9 and 10.  Nicole by OPI Nail Polish in Sing You Like a Bee and Cocoa a Gogo ($5.99 each)  Going back to school is an awesome reason to treat yourself to a manicure and a pedicure, and these two shades are perfect for a nude and berry combo.

Sing You Like a Bee

Sing You Like a Bee

Sing You Like a Bee is from the Carrie Underwood collection.  This is a gorgeous sheer white with golden shimmers.  It is a beautiful shimmery nude look by itself, and it makes a perfect top layer over pretty much any color.

Cocoa a Gogo

Cocoa a Gogo

Cocoa a Gogo is a shimmery chocolate-brown that I love for pedicures…and it is the perfect color for transitioning into cool days and cozy nights by the fire.  Even better, it smells like cinnamon!

Not only are these ten products essentials, it also costs less than $55 to purchase them all at Meijer.  Get your style on for back to school and save money too!

Be sure to check out MeijerStyle.com the last week in August for a post with links to lots of blogger Back-to-School articles – one lucky person who comments on the MeijerStyle.com post will receive a gift basket of Back-to-School/Back-to-College products.  – Lisa

*products reviewed courtesty of Meijer, opinions and selection of items all my own!

Neova Illuminating Eye Therapy 4.0 and Cu3 Intensive Lip Repair

My dermatologist uses Neova professional products for office procedures, which is what got me interested in the line several months ago. Then I tried the Serious GlyPeel and I was hooked.  (You can read my review HERE). I was excited to try the Illuminating Eye Therapy 4.0 and the CuIntensive Lip Repair we were sent, and I used them both until I couldn’t squeeze even one more drop from the tubes. Then I was mad that they were all gone. But now I get to tell you all about them!

Illuminating Eye Therapy 4.0 ($58) surprised the heck out of me when I first tried it…it’s blue! Have you ever tried a blue eye cream? Something about that just tickled me and it made me happy every time I used it. Blue is fun and the effective ingredients are even better.

Neova Illuminating Eye Therapy 4.0

Neova Illuminating Eye Therapy 4.0

terrific packaging

terrific packaging

It's blue!!

It’s blue!!

There are seven main ingredients:

DNA CoFactor, an amalgam of two powerful delivery systems: DNA Repair Enzymes + Copper Peptide Complex® [CpC]: Mitosomes. A liposome encapsulated dna repair enzyme, Arabidopsis Thaliana, aids in the removal of the signs of oxidative damage.

Copper Peptide Complex [CpC]. Also known as Bis (Tripeptide-1) Copper Acetate, a delivery system that uses the body’s natural protective carrier to deliver proprietary copper peptides, an essential micronutrient for skin health, for maximum restorative benefit.

Pinoxide. Exclusive and patented blend supports natural nitric oxide production to speed blood flow and circulation, improving localized microcirculation to diminish the appearance of dark under eye circles.

Silica. Light-diffusing microspheres provide a wrinkle-masking effect.

Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer. Enhances skin’s barrier function and gives skin a smooth, velvet feel.

Skinmimics. A highly effective blend of new and unique long-chain Ceramides that provides effective skin protection, regeneration and prevention.

Squalane. Light, fast-absorbing emollient oil that hydrates and soothes dry skin.

Basically, this eye cream tackles dark undereye circles that are caused by poor circulation. The silica instantly lightens up the look of the dark circles, and the Pinoxide does the long-term work. Because the ingredients stimulate blood flow, the eye cream reduces puffiness as well. Plus, it also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

It’s not a thick, heavy cream, but it still hydrates beautifully and I have been extremely happy with my results. Another plus is the packaging – an airless pump ensures the efficacy of the ingredients and is perfectly hygienic. This is a winning eye cream.

Another Neova winner is their CuIntensive Lip Repair ($22). This is truly therapy for your lips.

Neova Intensive Lip Repair

Neova Intensive Lip Repair

Intensive Lip Repair

Intensive Lip Repair

There are four main ingredients:

Copper Peptide Complex [CpC]. Also known as Bis (Tripeptide-1) Copper Acetate, a delivery system that uses the body’s natural protective carrier to deliver proprietary copper peptides, an essential micronutrient for skin health, for maximum restorative benefit.

Petrolatum. Forms an occlusive film on the skin’s surface, preventing moisture loss due to evaporation and protects against irritation.

Mineral Oil. A non-comedogenic, occlusive substance that helps improve the epidermal barrier function.

Glycerin. A humectant that attracts essential moisture to the skin.

Cu3 Intensive Lip Repair is not just chapstick or lip moisturizer. This lip balm not only makes sore, hurting lips feel better instantly, it also repairs the damage. Plus, it reduces the look of those pesky ‘lip lines’ and is a fantastic source of hydration for lips. I adore this, and I am so sad that I used it all up!!

All those dermatologists know what works for skin, and the fact that they choose Neova should convince you to try this line. Everything I have tested has been excellent and I am excited to continue to explore all the fabulous products they have to offer.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration