Nars Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Happy Days

How excited was I to pick this little number up!! Wanted to love it in the Sephora store. Wanted to love it at home. But in the end, this was just meh! Frankly, I think I own more Nars products than anything else. Yet this left me so disappointed. I loved the color, a gorgeous coral. And I loved the application. This fat pencil suprisingly gave me so much control.

But in terms of longevity – zilcho! I found it more drying than hydrating. Not very glossy. And the color faded in what felt like seconds. I chose Happy Days. And I was really happy, up unti it sat on my lips for a while…

Nars Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Happy Days

Available for $24 at:

Sephora

Jao Lip Balm


New and improved 100% NATURAL lip Jao with the tag line, “Specially formulated for lip balm snobs”, should read “specially formulated for all”. Jao is made with 34% shea butter, is a long lasting petro-chemical free formula, and contains lysine, calendula and chamomile oil extracts. The new formula does not claim an SPF rating of 15 as the old formula did, more like an SPF 8, but it’s therefore more accurate (See more details on the SPF rating below). And to top it off the company was started by a Father & daughter team, amazing, in Pennsylvania where all the products are formulated without dyes, petroleum or artificial fragrances.

It’s non-greasy and when my lips are particularly chapped I even put a light layer under my lipstick. I say light because due to the Zinc Oxide it does leave your lips a bit white. Just go easy on the application. I also like to put it on before I go to bed for an overnight chapped lip healer.

Check out all of the amazing natural ingredients notably rosehip and jojoba which are rich in vitamins A, E, and C.

INGREDIENTS: Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Candelilla Wax, Beeswax, Pumpkin Seed Butter, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Castor Oil, Rosehip Oil, Jojoba Oil, Zinc Oxide (Non Nano Uncoated), Sea Buckthorn, Vitamin E Acetate, Propolis, Rosemary Extract, Chamomile Oil, Calendula Oil, essential oils of: Tea Tree Oil, Anise Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Palmarosa Oil

From Jao Ltd website: *Our LipJao™ is not SPF rated because the FDA has made it difficult (expensive) for small companies to test. Since our focus as a company is to make 100% natural products, we did not want to make a chemical sunscreen anymore. Instead, we reformulated our LipJaoto include 34% Shea Butter as well as meadowfoam seed oil which both have a natural sunscreen property. We also did not want to make a pure white lip balm so added just 4% Zinc Oxide which IS, in fact, sunscreen. While we cannot claim a definite SPF number, we can approximate that LipJao’s rating is SPF-8.

Listed at: $7.00

Available at:

Jao

Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment

Some call this the holy grail of healing ointment! This dermatologist recommended product was the Allure best of beauty winner in 2009 and 2010.  It’s a simple over the counter product you can find in pretty much any drugstore, grocery store, or pharmacy. And, this moisturizing treatment gel serves more proven purposes than most products I’ve ever used.

I wouldn’t recommend it for everyday facial use but is good for moisturizing lips, heels, elbows, helps to soothe wind & sunburn, dry patches on your face (if you are not prone to clogged pores & breakouts), post surgery, and is even recommended by pediatricians for diaper rash healing & protection. Sometimes I even put a touch under my eyes at night for extra moisture if they seem particularly dry and is a true lip saver for winter vacations.

Fragrance-free, preservative-free, non-irritating, and ideal for sensitive skin

Active ingredient: Petrolatum (41%) Skin protectant (ointment)

Inactive Ingredients: Mineral Oil, Ceresin, Lanolin Alcohol, Panthenol, Glycerin, Bisabolol

Starting at: Approx. $7 .00 for 3.5 oz

Available at: CVS, WALGREENS, TARGET, WALMART, RITEAID, AND MORE