Showing posts with label lip balm. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lip balm. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

For Soft Supple Wintertime Lips, Try Herpecin L

This post is sponsored by the Primp Network.  All opinions and experiences are my own.


I don't know about you, but my lips can get really chapped going into winter.  The blowing wind and use of the home and car heaters zap the air of the moisture that my lips need to survive.  Increasing my use of liquid lipsticks to keep the seasonal red in place can sometimes add to my deficient lip condition.  It can hit all of a sudden as I feel the discomfort of dry lips and realize I need to increase my application of lip balm.  Enter Herpecin L.


Now I know you're thinking "HerpecinL, isn't that for herpes simplex virus, HEV-1, cold sores or canker sores or whatever you want to call them?"  Yes, actually it is a cold sore treatment but so much more.  HerpecinL helps treat cold sores and their uncomfortable complications such as burning, itching and oozing by applying a medication that speeds up recovery.  It should make that fever blister last less than a week!  I'm fortunate that I don't have fever blisters but it's estimated that 50-80% of adults in 1st world countries have been subjected to the virus via friends or family.   Most people get it in infancy or childhood - something to remember when old Aunt Edna insists on a kiss from a child that is too timid to do so!  I know how embarassing it feels to get a sore, but honestly it is nothing to be ashamed of and HerpecinL can help to heal it faster!

My experience with HerpecinL has been nothing short of remarkable.  When the balm arrived, I was a couple of weeks into my yearly term of chapped lips.  Really chapped.  So chapped that they hurt.  I had gotten out of the habit of using much in the way of protection on my lips as summer was pretty much over and my use of sunscreen sticks when I went outside had diminished.  I hadn't thought much about lip protection while indoor and didn't know I was getting into a flaky place until I was there.


HerpecinL is in a tube like a typical lip balm.  Pop the top and roll the clear balm up to apply.  It has SPF 30 so it's perfect for both winter and summer activity and is an excellent healer for chapped lips while providing sun protection and a protecting barrier during your outdoor activities.  My lips are particularly sensitive to sun so it's important to me to keep them covered with an SPF when I'm outside, whether it is in the summer heat of Phoenix or when it was from the sun glistening off the snow in Alaska.  I've got to have SPF in my balm!


It was just a couple of days that I used the Herpecin L until the sore chapped feeling was gone and my lips have been smooth and supple with regular use.  I can't believe it.  My lips have always been flaky at some point during the day prior to using this product.  And I should tell you, there is no scent but a delicious vanilla flavor.  It's a treat to wear it.

HerpecinL is truly a hidden gem in the drugstore and it's recommended by pharmacists as a cold sore treatment.  Plus, it's under 5 bucks for a tube.  I have one that I take in my purse and one by my bed.  I need a third for my desk area and I'll be adequately covered!  I think this would make an excellent stocking stuffer for everyone from family to friends, neighbors and co-workers.


Ingredients: Dimethicone 1% (skin protectant), Methyl Anthranilate 5% (sunscreen), Octyl Methoxycinnamate 7.5% (sunscreen), Octyl Salicylate 5% (sunscreen), Oxybenzone 6% (sunscreen), Helianthus Annuus Oil (hybrid sunflower), Petrolatum, Ozokerite, Mineral Oil, Microcrystalline Wax, Talc, Titanium Dioxide, Beeswax, Melissa Officinalis Extract (balm mint), Cetyl Lactate, Glyceryl Laurate, Flavor, Lysine HCI, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Pyridoxine HCl, Panthenol, BHT


HEV-1 is so common, I think it might even be more prevalent than the common cold!  Keep HerpecinL around for those with the virus and for anyone with lips.  You'll be kissably soft with regular use and protected from the harmful sun's rays.


HerpecinL is available in family and multi-packs, as well as singles, at Walmart.  Be sure to follow them on Facebook and learn more about the brand on their website.

What are the hidden gems that you've found in the drugstore?


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Check Out The Hottest New Cosmetics Brand - Glossier


The buzz has been on everyone's lips..."have you heard about Glossier?  Have you tried anything from them?"  Beauty bloggers are stalking each other's reviews to learn more about this up and coming brand.  I've been fortunate to test a few things and I'd like to give you my thoughts today from the cool package I received from this cruelty free company.

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The first thing I noticed right away was the wonderful packing of my products.  They came in this cuuuuutttttte pink bubble padded zip top plastic bag that can be used later as a makeup bag or whatever you'd like to use it for.  I know!!  Packing material, but it's so cool!!!  It makes for nice attention to detail.  I also received a cool sheet of Glossier stickers.

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primer, face mask, lips, brows, concealer

Now for the products.  The first item I want to talk about Boy Brow, (.11 oz / $16), which has already received cult like status in the beauty world.  It was a favorite in heavy rotation on the Oscar red carpet this year.

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Boy Brow has a 1/4" spoolie wand to dispense product.  This product thickens, fills in and sets brows in place all without a stiffness that some products give.  It comes in blonde, brown, black and clear.  The color that I received is brown.  Key ingredients include beeswax, carnauba wax, oleic acid, lecithin and atelocollegen.

What I really like about this product is that I can wear it alone for a finished brow look or use it as a final step to cover the blonde tips of my brows.  I enjoy using this and I'd love to purchase the clear as well.

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Next are the Generation G lip colors, (2 gm / $18).  I hadn't read anything about these so I was really curious to try them, not really knowing what to expect.  They are a thinner tube which fits easily in a pocket, wallet or bag.  I received the colors Like and Crush, (pictured left and right).

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The Generation G lip colors are a matte lightweight lip tint, more like a matte lip balm than a lipstick.  I haven't used anything quite like these before.  The light powdery pink of Like doesn't show on my naturally very lightly pigmented lips.  Crush is a nice lightweight berry.  They feel moisturizing while being a very natural look.  Some of the wonderful ingredients are blue agave, safflower oil, and triple coated mica which gives the signature matte look while having a smooth glide.  They are hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, paraben, fragrance and cruelty free.

Swatches are, left to right, Crush and Like.

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The last color product I received from Glossier is the Stretch Concealer, (.17 oz / $18).  I have it in medium, a perfect match for my both undereye and on the face.  Key ingredients include beeswax, microcrystalline wax, avocado oil, jojoba oil, cocoa butter, adaptable mineral pigments.

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This concealer is designed to move, (or stretch), with the skin rather than drying down to a cakey overlay.  The nourishing oils also hydrate as you wear it.  For as lightweight as this concealer is, it has surprising coverage.  I do have to set it with powder under the eyes or it will do some minimal migrating.  I'm pretty impressed with it.  I don't know that it will replace what I regularly use but I just love the feel with it and how adapting the pigment is to my skin.

And now we're going to cover the Glossier skincare products that I received.  Glossier is all about a healthy glowing skin.  The products are designed to create a naturally pretty look, which begins with fresh skin.

The first treatment I tried was the Moisturizing Moon Mask, (3 fl oz / $22).  This product is good for all skin types.  It soothes, gently brightens and hydrates the skin.  My skin looks plumped up and smoothed when I use it and feels really hydrated.  You can use this day or night to give your skin the beneath the surface boost that you need.  I really enjoy this.  My skin gets pretty dry here in the desert and I can use all the moisturizing that I can get.  I find this product to be really effective.  I also love the packaging.

primer, face mask, lips, brows, concealer

primer, face mask, lips, brows, concealer

Before makeup, I use the Priming Moisturizer, (1.7 fl oz / $25).   One of the most incredible things about this priming moisturizer is that you can layer it to achieve the level of moisturizing that you desire.  It plumps up the skin with hydration and evens out the surface helping to minimize pores.  There are no heavy silicones like in many pore minimizing products.  The anti-redness complex helps to even skin's pigmentation while it gives skin a cushiony surface.  Like the Moon Mask, this is a skincare winner.  And again, the packaging!

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I saved my favorite of all the Glossier products that I've used to tell you about last.  It is another skincare product.  Hands down, Balm DotCom, (,5 fl oz / $12),  is the best lip balm I've ever used.  This is an incredible formula in a squeeze tube and just the smallest amount will provide such amazing hydration to your lips that you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.  No joke.

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This balm lasts for HOURS on the lips as it works to hydrate and repair them.  It's very dense and when I say you just need a little, I'm talking about 1/4 of a pencil eraser worth or less.  This product will last a very long time.  I have the original but there are also flavored varieties available.  If you only ever purchase one item from Glossier, it should be this balm.  Key ingredients include beeswax, castor seed oil, omega 6 and 9 fatty acids, rice bran and rosemary leaf extracts.

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I've really enjoyed my introduction to this brand, especially the skincare.  There are full ingredient lists on the Glossier website.  You can follow them on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

I really feel that the skincare I've tried are destined to achieve cult status right up there with Boy Brow.  How about you?  What have you heard about Glossier?   Have you tried any of the brand yet?

Monday, April 15, 2013

Keep Your Lips Silky Soft With Fun Flavored Lip Balms From Claire's


When I was in junior high, flavored lip balms became a very big thing. Believe it or not, the only lip balm there used to be was the old waxy Chapstick. I hated that stuff. I wouldn't use it because it pilled up in waxy chunks, never went on smoothly, and I didn't like the odd taste. I went through half my childhood with chapped lips for lack of a good product. Then came flavored lip balms and my lips were saved all through junior high and high school and on till present day.

Today I have some lip balms from Claire's I want to show you. The old days of soda pop flavored balms have evolved into nearly everything you can imagine. Just look at these!!!

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Lip balms flavored like French Fries, Popcorn, (yum), and Maccaroni and Cheese!!! Kids will get a kick out of lip balm in their favorite food flavors. And there's more.

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Strawberry flavored Pucker Pops and Bacon flavored lip balm!!! Aren't they both so cute?? I love the little eyeballs. And the mustache on the bacon balm is right on trend!! The Pucker Pop is so cute with it's bow and there's a key chain to be able to attach it wherever you need to. The Pucker Pop is a little different from the other balms in that it isn't the usual open and roll up type of balm.

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It's cute. And it's almost like a lip gloss. It smells delicious. And while I'm not particularly a fan of very much bacon, the balm smells wonderful to me. You can find these balms at Claire's online or in the store for just $3.50 and they have a buy one, get one 1/2 off special too. These would make awesome prizes for goody bags at a birthday party, wouldn't they?

Be sure to keep up with Claire's on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

I have so many more cute and useful items from Claire's that I'll be showing you, including makeup brushes, all kinds of nail items, makeup and more!! So stay tuned!!


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