Stress Relief

Lately I’ve been looney for lip balms (yes, I am pretty nerdy… in a cool way). I don’t know what it is but my skin, hair, and lips feel completely parched right now. Parched my darlings. Maybe it’s the season or maybe it’s that I’m almost 35 .

*gasp*
*sob*
*hyperventilates into a paper bag*

Ahem. Obviously I’m cool with that.

So anyway, what was I talking about? Right, lip balm. I finally picked up one of the eos lip balms the other day. Everyone was hysterical over these a few years ago, but I’ve always been more of a gloss girl. Well. I’ve been schooled. I chose the scent Strawberry Sorbet and it tastes smells good. I have this incredibly strong urge to bite it in half and chew on it.

It’s very hydrating without being waxy, which is something I often find with lip balms. It’s quite thick, but not in an uncomfortable way. What I’ve been doing is using a stain and then slicking the eos on top of it.

My favourite thing about this product though is that it’s so satisfying to hold (just when you thought I couldn’t get any weirder). It sounds totally strange but it’s true. It fits perfectly in my hand and it’s just so round and satisfying. It’s like one of those stress release things that you hold in your hand, or the Harmony Balls that were so popular in the 80s or 90s. If I manage to avoid eating it, I’ll definitely be grabbing it on my way to any stressy meetings or dentist appointments.

For about $3 I think it’s totally worth picking one of these up if you’re feeling a little dry.

Have you eaten tried any of the eos lip balms?

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Honey

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I think Revlon knocks it out of the park in the lip product department. For a totes reasonable price you can grab yourself a lippie as good as, if not better than, anything you’d get at M.A.C. for twice as much. I was at London Drugs the other day (I have a tendency to casually wander over there and look at the make-up on my lunch break) and the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains were on sale for only $4.99! Mere pennies! Pennies my darlings!

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Born Lippy

10 Days of Favourites #3: Lips

I have a lot of lipsticks, balms, glosses, stains, etc. It all started with Lip Smackers when I was a teenager and 100 20 some odd years later the addiction continues.

Lately I’ve been loving Revlon. I’ve tried a lot of different brands, high end and drugstore lines, of lip products and I have to say that Revlon kills it. I’ve yet to buy a Revlon lip product that I don’t like.

I have two lip butters, in the shades Sugar Plum and Wild Watermelon. I love both but reach for Sugar Plum more often because it’s an easy, goes-with-everything shade.

I have one Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in the shade Lovesick. This is a lot pinker than I thought it would be, it’s pretty bold, but I still use it fairly often. The formula of these is really cool. They go on like a balm but, as the glossiness fades, you’re left with a long lasting stain. Neato.

I have one Revlon lipstick. The formula is called Super Lustrous and the shade is Fire and Ice. It’s an orangey red and I love it as a statement lip with just mascara and light blush.

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Left to right: Sugar Plum, Wild Watermelon, Lovesick, Fire and Ice.

Have you tried any of these?

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What about it Daddy Cool?

I have had “Daddy Cool” on repeat for the last couple of days. I cannot get it out of my head. I’ve always been like that with music, I listen to the same song over and over and over until I never want to hear it again. I wonder if it’s an OCD thing? Last night I could not sleep because the song was running through my head. It’s not a great lullaby! Does anyone else have this problem or I am the only one who’s crazy obssessive over songs?

Anyway, I’m not here to talk about that! How terribly dull for you lovely readers! What I’m here to talk about is a Clinique Chubby Stick, or more accurately, the Chunky Cherry Clinique Chubby Stick.

When I first purchased this, about two years ago, I was super excited about it. They’d received a lot of hype and I wanted to know what all the excitement was about! To say I was disapointed in the product is a pretty big understatement. I find this product to be incredibly drying. It’s fine for the first half hour or so but then my lips start to feel like they’re puckering, if that makes sense. The feeling makes me want to contort my lips into all kinds of weird shapes… not the greatest look if you’re in public.

When first applied, the Chubby Stick provides a nice wash of semi-opaque colour; however, after a couple of hours you end up looking like you’re just wearing poorly applied liner. I tested it out again yesterday, I’m determined to like this product for some reason, and it wore away completely in about 2 hours without any eating or drinking. Not great.

I will say that, when first applied, the Chubby Stick does look pretty.

For a product that’s ambitiously priced at $19 I really expect more.  Clinique also tests on animals, which I don’t like. Overall I do not recommend this product. If you’re dying to try something similar, I’ve read great things about the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains.

Have you had better luck with the Chubby Sticks?

What about it Daddy Cool…

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Born Lippy

My obessession love affair with lip gloss began in 1993 or 1994 when I stole a pot of Body Shop Strawberry Lip Balm from my dear mother. Back in those days the big thing was to stick your finger into the pot and stir the gloss up. The 90s were a strange time…

Fast forward to the present and I’m still a devotee of my good old strawberry gloss. These days they’ve updated the packaging, and darkened the colour, but it’s still the same yummy stuff I remember from my early teen years.

Here is my beat-up well-loved pot of The Body Shop’s Born Lippy Strawberry Lip Blam. I keep this one stashed in my purse for when I  need a slick of gloss and a pop of colour. It’s thick but not sticky, easy to apply, and smells like Fruit Roll-Ups. Total win! Every time I dig into this little beaut I’m taken on a mini trip back to my youth, not that I’d want to be 13 again but I don’t mind the occastional visit! If you’re looking for a fairly low-cost, classic, and pretty balm this one is a good bet!  It’s pretty on its own, but also looks great layered over a lip stain or even a nude lipstick.

Do you have a childhood favourite that you’re still using?

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