Did you ever wonder what the difference is between Makeup Wars and Top Ten Tuesday? Today’s Makeup Wars post is a good example of the difference between the two series. A lot of the bloggers who participate in these two are the same yet we approach these differently. I think of Makeup Wars as the time to concentrate on some special products that exemplify what our theme is. Top Ten Tuesdays, at least to me, is more of a list of items that I love and usually doesn’t hone in on one or two items. With Makeup Wars today choosing LIP RESCUE I’ve picked 4 items that I’ve been using just about every day. If this had been Top Ten Tuesday I could easily have found 10 Lip Rescue products to share and I sort of feel bad to leave those out. I have a feeling though that you’ll end up finding quite a variety of products though from my friendly warriors and you’ll be able to get your lips in shape.
1. EXFOLIATE: There are quite a few products on the market that help you exfoliate your lips. It’s a great first step all year long but especially in the winter. I get chapped lips often and especially if I get a cold. I have quite a few items for exfoliation but I learned about the e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator this winter and wanted to try it. I’m sharing this e.l.f. one because it works and it’s only $3. That’s pretty phenomenal. It’s not the scrubbiest lip exfoliator I’ve ever tried but that’s good since it means that I can use it daily. There’s a caramel scent to this when you apply it and once it’s on your lips it just tastes sweet. I apply it like lipstick and rub with my finger to get the exfoliation working.
2. TREATMENT: As a treatment product I’m using a lip balm by emerginC called In Lips We Trust. EmerginC is part of scientific organics so you are getting a product that is the latest scientific technology as well as one that uses all natural ingredients. in lips we trust is a super anti-oxidant lip balm that isn’t waxy at all. This is a gentle cream that I like to keep on my lips when I’m home. It feels soothing and moisturizing. It has a yummy light citrus fragrance to it. (*sent for review)
Here’s what emerginC says about this: “Powerful antioxidants help protect against free-radical damage, while natural plant oils and waxes help soften and nourish lips.” This is $24 for 0.5 fl oz which isn’t cheap but it’s worth every penny to me. I love how this feels and how it protects my lips. I will definitely buy this again when I use this up.
3. PROTECT: To protect my lips I use lip balm sticks. I have lip balms in pots but I prefer them in tubes since they are easier to use. Most lip balm sticks seem to be pretty waxy to me but I’ve found two brands that I’ve been using and loving since they aren’t hard and waxy. They are creamy and soothing. Those two brands are NOYA and Painted Earth.
I won the NOYA in a giveaway plus received one in an Ipsy bag. At first I thought it was like any other lip balm and then I had a cold that left my lips crying for help. Since then I’ve carried a NOYA Lip Balm in my purse or pocket. It comes in 4 flavors: vanilla, spearmint, cherry, and natural. I love the Spearmint the best with Cherry next. I love that they are Kosher since you do end up “eating” whatever is on your lips. They don’t taste artificial to me which is one of my favorite things about these. These cost $3.49 at Makeup Geek and $3.99 at the NOYA website.
PAINTED EARTH is one of my favorite sites for natural products. I first reviewed their Natural Lip Balms last year (*sent for review then) and have since gotten another in a recent order. These wonderfully moisturizing balms are only $3 (and always free shipping) and come in great flavors: Amaretto (L.E.), Cucumber Melon (their best seller), Dill Pickle (L.E.), Mango, Natural Vanilla, Pina Colada, Pizza (L.E.), Red Delicious Apple (L.E.), and Sugared Strawberry. I’m in love with Amaretto and want to try the Sugared Strawberry next. The more I use my Painted Earth Natural Lip Balms the more I love them.
Thanks for taking the time to Exfoliate, Treat and Protect your lips with me. I’d love to hear what you use since this particular winter is just really beginning and it’s been a cruel one. — Marcia