MyChelle meets my needs well with Refining Sugar Cleanser and Lip Hints

A cleanser is a cleanser is a cleanser. Right? No no no. That’s wrong. It’s not a one size fits all product. A cleanser can do wonders for your skin if you choose the right one. MyChelle dermaceuticals has a cleanser that my skin is loving lately: Refining Sugar Cleanser. This is for normal skin and my skin is slightly dry but it’s a great match for me.

MyChelle Refining Sugar Cleanser

The Refining Sugar Cleanser isn’t my everyday cleanser though it certainly could be. It’s a combination of a cleanser and a soft exfoliator. Since this is a light exfoliation I can use this once a day or once every other day and still keep up with my other skincare products. Refining Sugar Cleanser is a delicious smelling natural cane sugar and vanilla-infused cleanser. I apply it to damp hands, massage it in to find a soft creamy lather develop. You are supposed to massage it in until the sugar dissolves but after a while I use a washcloth to remove it.

MyChelle Refining Sugar Cleanser

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The more exfoliation you want, the more product you should use. If you just use a small dab it will gently exfoliate which is how I prefer this. The ‘magic’ ingredients are anti-aging Matrixyl® Synthe’6™ Peptide, bioactive Plant Extracts, and Hyaluronic Acid to help keep skin hydrated.

MyChelle Refining Sugar Cleanser

My skin really missed this cleanser when I was away and I was eager to use it again once I was safely home and in my own bathroom. This doesn’t leave my skin feeling taut at all. It just feels soft and well cleansed. Definitely a cleanser that’s a step above the rest.

MyChelle LIP HINTS, Conditioning Lip Balm

The product that I didn’t have to miss on my recent trip though was a MyChelle Conditioning Lip Balm, Lip Hints. I took the Berry version of this potted lip balm with me. Mostly on the trip I didn’t use much in the way of makeup. I kept it simple with just my Emme Diane tinted sunscreen, eyeliner, mascara, cream blush and protected lips. MyChelle helped me along with that by sending their LipHints in both Nude and Berry.

MyChelle LIP HINTS in Berry and Nude

Just read what MyChelle has to say about these and you’ll know why I wanted these with me: ”

A rich, melting balm with a decadent blend of Shea Butter and Coconut, Kalahari Melon, and Meadowfoam Oils for a soft, dewy look that is never sticky. This 4-in-1 lip treatment nourishes, soothes, deeply hydrates, and primes lips to maximize the wear time of your lip color, or wear alone for a sheer, gloss finish.

In formulating our Lip Hints™ Conditioning Lip Balm, we traded the synthetic waxes, artificial colors, fake flavors, and petroleum-based ingredients of traditional lip products for pure plant oils and waxes, essential oils, and natural extracts.”

There are 4 different Lip Hints available: Sheer, Nude, Berry, and Plum. You’ll see in my attempt to swatch these that the Nude and Berry look very similar on my hand. On my lips though they have a hint of color which is affected by my personal chemistry. So while they look very similar at first, they will darken once on lips.

MyChelle LIP HINTS, top Berry, bottom Nude

You can wear these as is for a glossy balm or use them as a primer under a lipstick, especially a matte lipstick since it makes those more comfortable for me. I want my lips protected from the elements but I don’t wear a lot of color on them during the day so the Lip Hints are a great solution to my dry lips. I like to wear them around my house too since the Lip Hints aren’t sticky but they are moisturizing.

MyChelle has so many products that are great solutions to your skincare needs and the prices are reasonable just hovering between mass market and prestige. The Lip Hints are $12.50 each and will last a long time while the Refining Sugar Cleanser is $25 which is a good price for a cleanser of this quality. What MyChelle have you invited into your life? There are many that will fit your needs too.  —  Marcia

 

Lip Hints: Made without Phthalates, Parabens, Sulfates, Silicones, Ureas, Artifical Fragrances and Colors, Petroleum, GMOs, and Gluten. FD&C Dye Free Color.

Refining Sugar Cleanser: Made without GMO, Gluten, Parabens, Petroleum, Phthalates, Silicones, Sulfates, Ureas, Artificial Fragrances, and Artificial Colors. Vegan. Cruelty-free. 

Go Buxom for the best lips around

Buxom lips

If you are a lip product fan then you probably already know about the amazing array of lip products created by BUXOM COSMETICS. If you aren’t a lip product fan then you need educating. Either way the Beauty Info Zone team is ready to show you the many types of lip products so that you can begin your Buxom knowledge.

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Here’s a list of what’s available from Buxom:

VA-VA PLUMP SHINY LIQUID LIPSTICK

FULL ON LIP POLISH

POWER PLUMP LIP BALM

PLUMP LINE LIP LINER

FULL ON LIP CREAM

BIG & SEXY BOLD GEL LIPSTICK

METALIX LIP GLIDE

TRUE NUDE LIP FOUNDATION

SHIMMER SHOCK LIPSTICK

WILDLY WHIPPED LIGHTWEIGHT LIPSTICK

FULL ON LIPSTICK

Now multiply that by the oodles of colors available in each formula and you can see why we say to go to Buxom!

Today we have a smattering of some BUXOM formulas and colors so that you can see what you are missing.

MARCIA IS USING Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick, PlumpLine Lip Liner, Power Plump Lip Balm, and Full On Lip Polish

I hit the jackpot! When Lisa and I meet we decide who is going to review the products we get sent. I really fell for these lip products so Lisa let me pick what I wanted. I did good!

BIG & SEXY BOLD GEL LIPSTICK ($22)

Buxom Big & Sexy Gel Lipsticks in Evocative Petal, Burning Desire, Nude Exposure

This comes in two formulas and Buxom makes it easy for you to tell which formula they are with their packaging. The Matte lipsticks are houseD in a matte finish tube while the Satin finish is in a shiny tube. To make it even better the tubes are terrific since they have a strong magnetic closing. These aren’t coming apart in your purse or pocket so they can spend the whole day with you.

Lipsticks in Evocative Petal, Burning Desire, Nude Exposure

EVOCATIVE PETAL is my matte gel lipstick, it’s available at Ulta who describes it as a matte deep rose. This is actually a softer rose than that description implies. For a matte lipstick it applies very smoothly due to the gel formula. It looks like a matte but it doesn’t look dry.

BURNING DESIRE is a satin finish, which on me is more flattering than a matte. It too has an easy glide on formula. The shade is a blue red and it fits the Big & Sexy name. It’s a very striking color and one that would be flattering to most red lip lovers. It’s a gorgeous shade. (available at both Ulta and Sephora)

NUDE EXPERIENCE is my personal favorite of the three (with Evocative Petal close behind). It’s described as a nude beige or a peachy pink and I see a lot of peach in it. It’s a light shade which is my preference but when I add a liner or a gloss it intensifies. I love this satin formula since it’s a gloss and lipstick in one. It feels light and moisturizing on my lips.

Satin lipsticks: Burning Desire, Nude Exposure

PLUMP LINE LIP LINER ($17)

Buxom PlumpLine Lip Liners in InfraRed, Ransom and Stealth

Not only am I excited about these lip liners but if you spend $30 on Buxom at Ulta thru 2/17 you’ll get one as a gift with purchase. The Plump Line Lip Liners are different than my other lip liners. It’s plumper! The point is plumper, your lips will become a little plumper, and it’s available in 20 matte shades. They make for a great lip crayon or liner. Use it all over your lips as a base and your lip color will last longer.

There’s a lip brush on the opposite end of each one so that you can smooth the color especially when using it all over. Here’s what they have to say about the ingredients: “Unique peptide and hyaluronic acid booster helps to stimulate collagen, build volume, and plump to perfection – without irritation.”

Buxom PlumpLine Lip Liner brush on one end

The three shades I have are great with the Big & Sexy Bold Gel lipsticks or just on their own. My favorite is Ransom, a pink nude which is great for Nude Experience and half the lipsticks I own. Next is Stealth, a warm nude, also great for Nude Experience and the other half of the lipsticks I own. The stand out though is InfraRed which is an orange red that’s much more red than orange. If I apply this and use the brush I can make it look like a cherry popsicle lip.

Buxom PlumpLine Lip Liners in InfraRed, Ransom and Stealth

FULL ON LIP POLISH ($20)

There are 100 shades of Buxom Full On Lip Polish that Ulta carries. 100! If all are as pretty on as Dolly is then I’d want them all. Dolly is described as a shimmering sultry mauve and it sure is sultry.

Buxom Full On Lip Polish in Dolly

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish is the best-selling gloss from the lip plumping authority in a tingly shimmer-sheer finish. Lips reach their full potential with this ultimate lip plumper. A high-shine plumping gloss tingles to coax a gorgeous pout while pampering and moisturizing lips with Vitamins A and E. Lips stay lusciously soft, plumped, and seriously sexy. Unique peptide and hyaluronic acid booster helps to stimulate collagen, build volume, and plump to perfection – without irritation.

This is a lip plumper so if you don’t like that tingle you won’t like these but I don’t mind it at all. My lips are tiny so seeing a fuller look is a delight.

POWER PLUMP LIP BALM ($17)

Buxom Power Plump Lip Balm in Big O

Power Plump is unlike any other lip balm. It’s big, it plumps your lips, it tingles, and it reacts with your own lips to create a unique shade for you. When I apply it I see all the pink that I wish my lips naturally had. Some lipsticks that react like this turn more fuchsia on me but this is pink and makes me much happier. The original shade is Big O but now they’ve added 3 more (Glowing, Fiery, and Flushed). I’m sitting here wearing it and I can still feel the tingle after 3 hours.

 

LISA IS USING Full-On Lip Polish, Full-On Lip Cream, and Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick 

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish, Lip Cream, and Gel Lipstick

BIG & SEXY BOLD GEL LIPSTICK ($22)

DEFIANT BLOOM sounds like one rebellious lippie, doesn’t it?? Normally I don’t go for matte lipsticks because I have thin lips and matte lipsticks make them look so thin it’s like they aren’t even there. But a gel matte sounded intriguing and I love pink so I went for this one.

Buxom Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Defiant Bloom

Buxom Bi & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Defiant Bloom

Defiant Bloom is indeed a matte classic blue pink, and it has a fantastic wear. While it’s matte it isn’t dry, and while this turned out to be too bright for me to pull off, those of you who can rock this shade will be very, very pleased with the texture and longevity.

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Celeste

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Trixie

FULL ON LIP POLISH ($20)

Celeste and Trixie are my Full-On Lip Polish shades, and they are gorgeous. Celeste a is sheer peach with prismatic shimmer – perfect for those with pigmented lips. Trixie has a lot more pigment and is a pretty pink with beautiful shimmer. These lip plumping glosses give lips lots of tingle…I mean it, after an hour my lips still feel it. I love these lip glosses and reach for them all the time.

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Dolly

FULL ON LIP CREAM ($20)

Now, if you are looking for some lip plumping without the shimmer yet you still want some shine, the Full-On Lip Cream is right up your alley.  White Russian is a gorgeous creamy nude pink that has all the lip plumping power but more of a glassy shine. For a deeper shade, I love Dolly which is described as a sultry mauve. This is a pretty tenacious lip gloss, sticking around longer than most, and it has a nice slip – not too sticky. Nicely done, Buxom!

 

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Celeste, Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian, Full-On Lip Polish in Trixie, Full-On Lip Cream in Dolly

Now that you see the variety of lip products available from Buxom be sure you go online to Sephora or Ulta or get thee to a store to check out all the pretty shades for yourself. You won’t be sorry but you will look amazing.

Welcome to the jungle with Surya Brasil!

The natural and organic line Surya Brasil is a Brazilian company known for hair and body products, as well as their beautiful nail polishes. Marcia and I have been working our way through their lovely Exotic Animals Collection and I have several more for you today. I also have a few Vegan Tinted Lip Balms to recommend that will keep those dry winter lips perfectly hydrated with a lovely light tint. All of Surya Brasil’s products are reasonably priced and available on their website as well as at Whole Foods, Pharmaca and Thrive Market.

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Surya Brasil Pomegranate

The Vegan Tinted Lip Balms are just $4.99 and they are really beautiful. The ingredients include Castor seed oil, Cocoa seed butter, Coconut oil, Brazil nut seed oil, Murumuru butter and Vitamin E.

Surya Brasil Vanilla Dragon Fruit Vegan Tinted Lip Balm

Surya Brasil Pomegranate Vegan Tinted Lip Balm

Surya Brasil Blood Orange Vegan Tinted Lip Balm

Surya Brasil Coconut Nectar Vegan Tinted Lip Balm

I love the unique flavors that are available – Blood Orange, Coconut Nectar, Pink Grapefruit, Pomegranate, Sugared Fig, and Vanilla Dragon Fruit. There is a Valentine’s Day special right now where you can get all six in a set for $25.

Surya Brasil Vegan Tinted Lip Balms

I love how hydrating these babies are, and I appreciate the tint because my lips have no natural color to them. They all have a slight fruity fragrance and pleasant taste that makes them favorites for me.

Surya Brasil Exotic Animal Polish collection

In addition to lovely lip balms, Surya Brasil has gorgeous nail polish. The Exotic Animals Collection is certainly a collection to go wild over.

“The Exotic Animals Nail Polish collection is inspired by nature’s wonderful colors to leave your nails beautiful and healthy. There are many vibrant and bright colors, each one dedicated to a specific exotic animal from all over the world.”

One of the thrills of the Exotic Animals Nail Polish Collection is that the 16 polishes ($12 each) are all vibrant but they cover a huge variety of shades that work for all seasons. The nail polishes are all vegan, certified 7-free, and absolutely not tested on animals – the animals are just pictured on the bottles!

7-FREE: 

  • NO Camphor
  • NO DBP
  • NO Formaldehyde
  • NO Parabens
  • NO Toluene
  • NO ingredients of animal origin
  • NO animal testing

Right now there is a cool special going on – buy a color polish from the collection, and get a free pair of Golden Grass Earrings.  They are beautiful, aren’t they?

Surya Brasil Exotic Animals free earrings

The polishes I have for you today include Eclectus Parrot, Orangutan, Chameleon, and Wolf.

Surya Brasil Eclectus Parrot Nail Polish

Surya Brasil Eclectus Parrot Nail Polish

Eclectus Parrot is a dark red shade, a beautiful shade for Valentine’s Day. I typically stay away from orangey reds and this is more of a strawberry red. The parrot is fantastic – he’s actually native from Indonesia and unfortunately is extinct in some areas.

Surya Brasil Nail Polish in Orangutan

Surya Brasil Nail Polish in Orangutan

 Orangutans live in trees, something I did not know! The shade looks very dark in the bottle but on nails the dark brown shade turns far more red. Add a few coats for more of the dark brown to come out.

Surya Brasil Chameleon Nail Polish

Surya Brasil Chameleon Nail Polish

The Chameleon is known for being able to change its skin and this metallic green changes in the light. It’s sooo pretty – mesmerizing and a perfect shade to have on hand for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day festivities!

Surya Brasil Nail Polish in Wolf

Surya Brasil Nail Polish in Wolf

The Maned Wolf is actually in danger of going extinct in Brazil, in spite of being shy and harmless. The shade is warm brown, just like the fur of wolf, although this also has tiny golden shimmers.

From left to right:  Eclectus Parrot, Orangutan, Chameleon, Wolf

Surya Brasil has a great collection of vegan, organic, and natural products that are good for the environment. Head over to their website to check out the collections as well as their mission. It’s well worth a look and be prepared to find tons of things you won’t be able to live without!  – Lisa

Surya Brasil Exotic Animals Nail Polish Collection

My go-to for crazy winter skin? Paula’s Choice.

I don’t know what it is about winter but it sure makes my skin do crazy things. One day it’s so dry and itchy, the next day I have random blemishes…add into that mix wrinkles and hyperpigmentation and I am just a mess. I usually have my favorite skin care products that vary by season – products that I use in the summer when my skin is never dry and mostly oily, and products that I use in the fall and spring when I am a more predictably normal t-zone mix. But in the winter, I turn to Paula’s Choice more often than not to help my crazy lady skin get back to normal. Here are some of my favorites for my season of insanity.

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Paula’s Choice Perfect Cleansing Oil

Cleanser is an issue for me – I need something that suits my t-zone in spring and fall, and something that suits my overall oiliness in the summer. In the winter, I need something that addresses my suddenly dry skin that isn’t so rich it sends me back to the blemishes I had at 16 – no way, not unless I also get the body I had at 16.

I actually prefer the Resist Cleanser for spring and autumn and the Skin Balancing Cleanser for summer, but for winter I adore the Paula’s Choice Perfect Cleansing Oil ($25). I don’t even need a separate makeup remover, and the oils in this – sunflower and coconut – hydrate my dryness without overdoing it and making me break out. It’s fragrance-free, and a small amount mixed with warm water takes off super stubborn makeup. I use it with my Foreo Luna for amazingly clean skin regardless of its current mood.

Paula’s Choice Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask

Paula’s Choice Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask swatch

Paula’s Choice Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask swatch after drying

No matter what, in the winter my skin goes nuts and it transforms from super dry to super oily with blemishes and congested skin, seemingly from nowhere. When that happens I break out the Paula’s Choice Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask ($30) to banish the break outs on my skin.  I’ve used this for years now. The charcoal coaxes all that nasty stuff out of my pores without drying out skin, and the mask is actually a gel mask so it hydrates while purifying. My pores look smaller, I don’t look oily throughout the day, and I don’t break out – plus I don’t get that dryness that can happen with clay masks. It’s really perfect. Just apply this on clean dry skin and leave on for about 20 minutes. It doesn’t dry completely – that swatch on my hand had been there for 20 minutes when I took that photo. Oh, one more plus – this mask is so gentle you can use it every day if you want. Every single day. For real.

Paula’s Choice Rehydrating Moisture Mask

Paula’s Choice Rehydrating Moisture Mask swatch

So, my skin is certifiably nuts in the winter, right? I wake up one morning and it’s an oily, congested mess. I wake up a week later and I am as dry as the Sahara Desert. When that happens, I switch to my Paula’s Choice Rehydrating Moisture Mask ($30). This mask is like a long, tall, cool glass of water for dehydrated skin. It works immediately to moisturize and soften skin. The mask is thick and creamy and doesn’t dry hard. It has great ingredients including jojoba, vitamin E, plant oils, antioxidants, amino acids and glycerin. You can use this every day if you want, as a regular mask that you wash off after 20 minutes, or you can use it as an overnight mask. It’s glorious.

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion

The real miracle product for winter from Paula’s Choice is the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion ($29). This is a skin treatment that exfoliates, moisturizes, reduces pore size, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. It does all of this and quickly too – you will get results very quickly and you won’t believe how terrific those results are!! If you have dry skin and blemishes, you need this. If you also have wrinkles, my goodness, get this. If, in addition to dry skin, blemishes, and wrinkles, you also have large pores, why don’t you have this???? Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion has a pH range of 3.2–3.8. Use it after cleansing and toning – just a small amount as your treatment serum before moisturizing and it will get rid of dead skin, give you great skin texture, smaller pores, and less wrinkles. It’s fantastic.

In the winter, I also have my Paula’s Choice Lip & Body Treatment Balm ($15)  with me at all times. I reviewed this last week, you can read the full review HERE.

If you have crazy lady skin in the winter like me, definitely check out Paula’s Choice. She has loads of options that take amazing care of pretty much any skin care woe you may have!  – Lisa

Quick skin care favorite from Paula’s Choice: Lip and Body Treatment Balm

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Goodness, has it been cold and windy here! My skin has been taking a real beating with this weather and I have never been so thankful for my Paula’s Choice Lip and Body Treatment Balm. I remember being introduced to this about ten years ago by my friend Patty. She said it was the best lip balm she had ever used and urged me to give it a try.   became an instant fan and have had some on hand ever since.

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So what makes Paula’s Choice Lip and Body Treatment Balm so darn good? It is wonderfully emollient and it lasts. You just don’t have to keep applying it over and over. It works the first time you put it on, bringing instant relief to dry, chapped, thirsty skin. It doesn’t hurt, sting, or smell funny.  And, you can use it anywhere – lips, elbows, knees, cuticles…anywhere your skin is dry, cracked, crying for relief.

The Lip and Body Treatment Balm isn’t waxy like the average lip balm and doesn’t have menthol or fragrant oils so everyone, even those who are extremely sensitive, can use this lovely stuff. I’m telling you, from the very first application, dry, flaky lips go immediately soft, supple, and super happy. If you have eczema you will especially love this jar of goodness. I even put a little on my palms, rub together, then smooth over my hair when it gets full of static. This fabulously gently balm is truly the bomb and is something you want to stock up on for the winter.  – Lisa

Ingredients:  Ricinus Communis Seed Oil (castor oil/non-fragrant oil/emollient), Petrolatum (emollient), Euphorbia Cerifera Wax (candelilla wax/emollient/texture-enhancing), Lanolin (emollient), C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters (emollient/skin replenishing), Cera Alba, (beeswax/texture-enhancing), Ozokerite (texture-enhancing), Ethylhexyl Palmitate (emollient), Copernicia Cerifera Wax (carnauba wax/emollient/texture-enhancing), Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (shea butter/emollient/antioxidant), Jojoba Esters (emollient), Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil (wheat germ oil/non-fragrant oil/emollient), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Trihydroxystearin (emollient), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene (emollient/texture-enhancing).

Lustrous Lips with Pixi by Petra: Mattelustre Lipsticks and Shea Butter Lip Balm

If you want some color and some slip on your lips but you aren’t really into fully rocking a major bold shade all the time, I highly urge you to check out Pixi by Petra.  I love, love, love her lippies. They are subtle but have just enough pigment to make an impact. They are buildable so you can get drama if that’s your thing, but if you are more into keeping things soft and natural, you can have that no problem. I honestly think my Pixi lippies are my favorites of all time. Here are a few you really should check out.

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Left to right: Rose Naturale, Peach Blossom, Bitten Rose

If you want a traditional lipstick, be sure to try the Pixi by Petra Mattelustre Lipsticks ($12).  Pixi’s Mattelustre Lipsticks are lip plumpers that go on soft and build nicely for more drama and more vivid color. The matte colors are awesome – not so matte that lips looks flat and small and every tiny peel or flake looks massive. It has some shine so lips look luscious and beautiful. I think that’s because the ingredients include peptides and hyaluronic acid to keep sensitive lip skin hydrated and to increase collagen production. If you want a completely matte look just blot with fingers and the finish turns totally matte.

It’s not often you can find a matte lipstick that feels like a lip balm, but here you go! There are eleven shades available, ranging from Honey Bare to Plum Berry. The tubes themselves are Pixi green but the outer packaging is a covering of a bright fuchsia color to keep the lipsticks sealed. They are a chunky tube but the lipstick itself is the normal size. These lovelies are Target exclusives.

Left to right: Peach Blossom, Bitten Rose, Rose Naturale

Peach Blossom and Bitten Rose are for those of you who look better in warmer shades, while Rose Naturale is an excellent neutral nude shade. I was just gifted a $50 Target gift card from a student and I plan to pick up Petal Pink when I go in next time. Pixi’s Mattelustre Lipsticks are some of the few matte lipsticks I purchase regularly.

Pixi by Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm left to right: Natural Rose, Sweet Peach, Ripe Raspberry

Now, if you are more into lip balms and want a fabulous slip with a tint of color, then the Shea Butter Lip Balms ($8) are right up your alley.  I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love these fantastic tubes of sunshine!!

I am a bit of a lip balm addict…right now I am counting six lip balms sitting next to my computer and believe me I use them all. I can’t stand the feeling of dry lips so I am constantly putting some ‘slip’ on them. Pixi Beauty Shea Butter Lip Balms come in clear and six different tints. The major ingredients are shea butter, which is a wonderful moisturizer that also heals skin, and Vitamin E, a powerhouse antioxidant that protects the skin. This lip balm glides on easily and has a marvelous slip that makes my lips feel terrific.

Ripe Raspberry Lip Balm

The Ripe Raspberry Lip Balm was such a surprise to me…typically tinted lip balms are very, very sheer, but this one give an excellent dose of color along with the great slip and moisture. It gives lips a beautiful raspberry stain without gloss, but it still feels as moist and slick as a regular lip gloss. I love it.

Pixi by Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm top to bottom: Natural Rose, Sweet Peach, Ripe Raspberry

Swatched above are Natural Rose, a pinky nude; Sweet Peach, a light peach; and Ripe Raspberry.  Other shades available include Pixi Pink, Scarlet Sorbet, and Honey Nectar. Guess what? I want every single one of them! If you love lip balms, this is a collection that needs to be on your radar. You can find them at Target or online at Pixi Beauty. – Lisa

MatteLustre Lipstick Ingredients:  Isononyl Isononanoate, Octyldodecanol, Synthetic Wax, Glyceryl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl/Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Silica, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Shorea Robusta Resin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Stearyl Dimethicone, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Benzophenone-3, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Water/Aqua, Butylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tribehenin, Hexylene Glycol, Ceramide NG, PEG-10 Phytosterol, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12. [+/-Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)]. 3.6 g / 0.13 oz

Shea Butter Lip Balms Ingredients:  Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polybutene, Ozokerite, Octyldodecanol, Beeswax, Trihydroxystearin, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Phenoxyethanol, Vanillin. [+/- Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850)].

Discover new ChapStick® and Surya Brasil lip balms with a giveaway

What would a holiday stocking be like without a lip balm in it? It’s such a classic gift and one that everyone can use. Whether you want to get fancy like with the tinted Surya Brasil lip balms or traditional like ChapStick® balms or even a bit unique with Chapstick Duos, you’re sure to include winners.

ChapStick and Surya Brasil lip balms

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For inexpensive and fabulous balms that are a more “luxurious” gift Surya Brasil Vegan Tinted Lip Balms are perfect. At $4.99 they are just the right price for a stocking stuffer but don’t forget the “One for you, One for me” rule. You need to try these yourself because it doubles as a sheer lip color as well as a wonderful lip balm.

Each one contains Castor seed oil, Cocoa seed butter, Coconut oil, Brazil nut seed oil, Murumuru butter and Vitamin E. Can’t you just feel your lips getting better reading about these!

Surya Brasil Vegan Tinted Lip Balms

Surya Brasil Vegan Tinted Lip Balm Gift Set

6 single and unique flavors are available and the gift set ($25) has all 6. Choose from Blood Orange, Coconut Nectar, Pink Grapefruit, Pomegranate, Sugared Fig, and Vanilla Dragon Fruit. I’m currently using Pink Grapefruit and it has a very light grapefruit fragrance and a natural pink lip tone.

Surya Brasil Sugared Fig

Surya Brasil Pomegranate

Surya Brasil is a Brazilian company that we’ve written about and are proud to use since it’s a leader in natural, organic, and vegan products. You can buy these on their website as well as at Whole Foods, Pharmaca and Thrive Market.

Surya Brasil Pink Grapefruit Vegan Lip Balm

Ingredients: *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, *Fair Trade Certified™ *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Fair Trade Certified™ *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, *Flavor, *Bertholletia Excelsa (Brazil Nut) Seed Oil, Virola Sebifera (Ucuuba) Butter, Astrocaryum Murumuru (Murumuru) Butter, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Mica. *Certified Organic Ingredients
ChapStick® is the classic brand that can’t be beat. And do they have the best products for the holidays!! Why, yes they do. This year they even have 3 new flavors beside all your old favorites.
Limited Edition ChapStick® Holiday Collection contain the new flavors: Holiday Cocoa, Holiday Cinnamon, and Caramel Creme. At only $3.99 for this package you are getting a fabulous buy and 3 balms that will continue to cheer you up through the winter months.

ChapStick® Holiday Collection

A new ChapStick® Duo is available. These are the cutest balms because they snap apart. You can mix or match the ones available but don’t miss out on the new Candy Cane and Vanilla Shimmer Duo. These can be found at Walmart, Target, Walgreens, and Krogers for $3.99. This duo is sure to please a teen in your life since it’s too cute for words.

ChapStick® Duo

We can’t forget our regular ChapStick® loves that are only $1.00 but you need to look for the new seasonal holiday ones in Sugar Cookie, Candy Cane, and Pumpkin Pie. You’ve never seen anyone move as fast as my husband when these arrived. He confiscated a Pumpkin Pie and Candy Cane instantly. The first question out of his mouth was “Are these real ChapStick®?” and when I answered in the affirmative he grabbed! Sugar Cookie came to me in tin with 2 balms. This would be so sweet for a stocking stuffer!

ChapStick®

ChapStick® Sugar Cookie tin

ChapStick® also has two packs of their Total Hydration Essential Beauty Packs that are perfect for those of us with extra needs. In each pack there’s a tinted and non-tinted balm that are a little bigger than their regular balms. Look for packs with Soothing Vanilla and Merlot tint, Eucalyptus Mint and Rose Petal Tint, and Cooling Peppermint and House Red tint ($7.99 each at Target).

ChapStick® Total Hydration

Now aren’t your lips craving these? If so I have a giveaway for 3 US/Canadian subscribers.
Package 1 will contain a Total Hydration Essential Beauty Pack with Cooling Peppermint and House Red tint, Candy Cane and Pumpkin Pie singles, and a Holiday Collection with Holiday Cocoa, Holiday Cinnamon, and Caramel Creme.
Package 2 will have Candy Cane and Pumpkin Pie singles, a tin with 2 Sugar Cookie balms, and a ChapStick Duo with Candy Cane and Vanilla Shimmer.
Package 3 will have a Candy Cane and Pumpkin Pie singles, a ChapStick Duo with Candy Cane and Vanilla Shimmer, and a Total Hydration Essential Beauty Pack with Cooling Peppermint and House Red tint.
In addition the first two winners chosen by Rafflecopter will receive either a Surya Brasil Pomegranate or Sugared Fig lip balm.

Surya Brasil Pomegranate and Sugared Fig Vegan Tinted Lip Balms

Winners will be set with gifts and bonuses for themselves!
Open for US and Canada. You must be an email subscriber.
The giveaway is open through 12/19 at 11:59 p.m. EST. I will hopefully be able to mail on 12/21 so you can get them in time for gift giving.  —  Marcia

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