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This is part one in the Winter series of posts, covering beauty, fashion and pretty things for your mind and body in the coldest months. Hopefully there will be something in this series to help you cruise through the remaining months of Winter!
I can always tell that winter is here because my lips are super, unbelievably dry. Since I wear lipstick on the regular, this is a real pain in the you-know-what. I know I”m not alone so this winter I went on a mission: winter-appropriate lip solutions.
The first step was a priming solution. So let”s start with a bit of a visit to the kitchen…
Do this last thing at night just before you get into bed. Grab an egg cup or small container. Put in 1 teaspoon of ordinary white sugar. Slowly add a very small amount of olive oil (or whatever cooking oil you have to hand) to make the mixture just a little bit runny. You can either rub this on your lips,
or add just a single drop of strawberry food flavouring for a more delicious scrub. Don”t buy a lipscrub – this is just as effective and obviously super cheap. If you want, you can get a small plastic container and take this as you travel.
Once your lips have been gently rubbed with the scrub, get a good quality lipbalm and layer that sucker up. There will be no kissing in your evening; oh no, you want that lipbalm to soak in overnight. I love Lucas” Papaw Ointment, but I also use Maybelline BabyLips in a pinch.
By the time you wake up, some healing and soothing should have occurred. After your morning shower/facewashing, take a dry towel and very gently rub your lips. This will remove any dry skin. Then apply a thin layer of balm to protect your lips.
It usually takes a few days to get my lips from dry disaster back to normal using this technique. In the meantime, I still want the option of wearing a pretty lip colour. This winter several brands have released super-moisturising lipsticks that have a big balm component, so I tactically purchased a few over the last Cialis 20 mg few months and have been trying them out. Comparison review time!
I”ll be honest – these are all pretty much the same thing. The Za product was the only one I had a bad time with as it made my lips peel and wasn”t as smooth as the others. I would not recommend this lipstick even though it was less than $20.
The Revlon products are a little bit stickier than the L”Oreal and Maybelline, which didn”t bother me but is worth keeping in mind. The L”Oreal and Maybelline options reminded me of the lustre finish lipsticks from Mac – super shiny and smooth but they don”t last a particularly long time. The brighter colours in all of the brands did have more longevity because they colour your lips, but these are pretty much just a hyper-pigmented lipbalm or gloss.
This means that you use up the product much more quickly than a traditional lipstick. I also feel pretty confident that these would melt in the summer heat, so for me they are a winter-only option.
In terms of lip niceness, these are all great! I can use any of them (even the darker colours,
although several light layers works better than just slathering it on) on my dry lips and they melt in just like a balm. I don”t think they do much to heal the lips but they do keep them moisturised and prevent further drying. The lighter colours like Pretty Peach just add a nice tinted gloss and give you that finished look.
If forced to choose, I”d go with the L”Oreal option. I really like their packaging and they go on beautifully. However, these are kinda pricey* so if you do wear lipstick, and want a dry-lip-day option, I strongly suggest you wait for a deal.
Speaking of which, Farmers is currently doing buy 2 get 1 free on L”Oreal, so might be worth grabbing 2 friends and each getting a little treat (this deal extends to all of their cosmetics) so you can try this out at a significant discount! While you”re there, try the Infallible Eyes eyeshadows – they”re also a great product.
* (I got mine using vouchers, deals and the power of global purchasing via the Internet and so paid nowhere near full price – but it literally took months of spending $10 here and there to accumulate these for this review. This is why comparison reviews are rare!)
So you order cialis know how it goes: your top lip”s looking a wee bit fluffy on it so you”ve whacked on a couple of facial wax strips and sure they”ve generic cialis viagra done the bizzo and gotten rid of the hair, but you”re left with sticky wax residue on your skin and non
e of your cleansers will remove it so you”re stuck with it and by the end of the day every single
piece of dust and fluff and hair and small animal that you”ve come into contact with is stuck to your top lip and your moustache is looking even more impressive than before you waxed it?
Surely I can”t
be the only person this happens to?
And don”t even get me started on those wee wipes that come with the wax strips. Yes they work, but they work because they”re loaded with mineral oil and I don”t know about you but the last thing my face needs is MOAR OILZ!
Well never fear my pretties, Aunty Selina is here to help. Once you”ve finished with the wax strip, simply use the wax-free area around the edge of the strip to pick up the wax stuck to your skin. Trust me, it works. I mean that”s exactly what the paper those wax strips are made of is designed for – the wax to stick to!
True story for you: years ago I had a friend whose elderly aunty had a moustache of such impressiveness that everyone referred to her as “Aunty Hairy”.Not within her ear shot, obviously. Thing is, I never actually learned Aunty Hairy”s real name, so every time I saw her I was all “Hello Aunty Haa…ow are you?”. Alway learn names, people. Always. Learn. Names.
There are some great tips for home-made remedies over at (my favourite blog) pursebuzz like: sealing make-up with hairspray:fruit jell-o (jelly) for foot odour; and eyedrops to reduce blemishes. Check out the rest here: Eve Pearl’s Home Remedies
The NZ National Library archives articles from old newspapers. Here”s one that touts “warm oil and a vaccuum cleaner” to spring-clean your beauty.
“The society lady who dances five nights out of seven will find her spring cleaning of the greatest benefit to her health and beauty.”
I love these tips - thanks for the beauty round-up Megan!! (hope you don’t mind me linking to ya!) And you have some smart friends. I’ll have to check out this elizabeth arden 8 hour cream…
And while we’re sharing – I don’t actually cleanse, scrub or tone my skin either. I’ve got a foaming face wash in the shower and other than that it’s just moisturiser. Not that my skin’s great, but i don’t notice the difference from when i used to cleanse, scrub and tone.
But I do use a warm wet flannel (facecloth) on my face every day – that’s the best exfoliant I reckon. The heat opens the pores and water is the best solvent. Just go easy on the eye area.