Five Favorites: Lip Balm

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I’ve long said that lip balm is one of my most favorite products of all time. I have a hard time getting anything accomplished without moisture on my lips. There are lip products stocked in every corner of my existence. The car, my desk, the nightstand, gym bag, handbag, work bag, bathroom… you need lip balm? I’ve got you covered.

Today Janey is home sick from school with a sore throat and the poor girl’s lips are dry and cracked but she keeps shooing me and my chapstick away. How can she even stand it? Her dry lips are making me so anxious I’ve reapplied my own lip balm 463 times in the last two hours to compensate.

“Mom, stopppppp! I don’t want anything on my lips. I don’t feel good,” she whines, slapping my hand away from her face every time I come at her with Chapstick.

Because of this, I can’t concentrate. I mean, how can I focus on the piles of paperwork on my desk when my child’s moisture-less lips are sitting on the couch right next to me? I’m rendered useless, for real.

To keep my mind on moisturized lips, here are my five favorite lip balms of the moment starting from the bottom left going clockwise:

  • Carmex Ultra Smooth Lime Twist Lip Balm Stick This fresh lime flavor cools the lips with a slightly less intense version of the original Carmex, and leaves lips feeling fresh and soft. Bonus: Formulated with broad spectrum sunblock for the win.
  • Fresh Sugar Rose Extreme Tinted Lip Treatment I can’t even begin to adequately express my love for the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment line. I’m especially infatuated with the tinted versions like this Sugar Rose Extreme: it comes in the most adorable rose-covered packaging and is enriched with rose oil leaving the most divine scent and rosy tint.
  • Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy  I put some of these rose-scented mini Vaseline jars in the girls’ stockings at Christmas and I think we’ve already gone through them all. This is a better, more luxurious version of everyone’s favorite Vaseline.
  • COVERGIRL Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balm This balm is lightly tinted and so moisturizing it could almost pass as a gloss. Either way, it’s easy to apply and reapply all day long. My favorite shade is Sweet Tweet, I rarely leave home without it.
  • Chapstick Total Hydration My love affair with Chapstick runs long and hard. It started in Walla Walla, Washington when I would hide in my great-grandmothers dressing area and take bites off the top of her original flavor Chapstick. I would eat the Cherry Chapstick, too, but the original was my favorite. Now Chapstick has Total Hydration, three flavors of ultra moisturizing botanical complex rich in omegas available only at Target. I’m totally into the Sweet Peach flavor.

Now I need to get some work done with Janey’s chapped lips glaring at me from across the room. Would it be mean to ask her to go watch TV upstairs?

 

Get the Look: Katy Perry at the 2015 Grammy’s

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Celebrity makeup artist Jake Bailey created the gorgeous look for Katy Perry at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards last Sunday night and he revealed today on his Instagram how he created her makeup look:

“COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation in Natural Beige, Clean powder in Medium Light, Instant Cheekbones in Peach Perfection, Brow Wow in Medium Brown, Eyeshadow Quad in Blooming Blushes, Colorlicious Lipstick in Sultry Sienna, Colorlicious Gloss in Melted Toffee”

Her hair was created by Shon Ju and her dress was by Zuhair Murad. (Katy Perry photo credit: Steve Granitz, WireImage)

Get the Look: Gwen Stefani at the 2015 Grammy’s

Photo cred: Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Photo cred: Jason Merritt, Getty Images

 

By far my favorite look of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards was the ageless Gwen Stefani. She killed it on the red carpet in her Atelier Versace jumpsuit and flawless hair and makeup. She skipped her go-to red lips and opted for nude shimmer, the perfect accessory to her fierce up-do created by Pantene Global Ambassador and Celebrity Stylist, Danilo.

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Here is how Danilo created Gwen’s red carpet look:

1. Prep hair with a leave-in conditioner like Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Moisture Mist Detangler
2. Part hair into 4 sections (sides and top) and lightly mist hair with a volumizer all-over like Pantene Pro-V Full & Strong PowerFULL Booster Spray; then blow-dry each section
3. Curl hair in sections with a medium iron, pin to set, and allow to cool
4. Unpin the hair and brush the hair smooth
5. Apply a leave in crème like Pantene Pro-V Stylers All-In-One Styling Balm through the length of the hair for added texture
6. Brush back the hair to give fullness around the face, keeping the top of the hair loose
7. Gather brushed sections together, begin to twist and fold hair into a loose bun, keeping the sides tighter and finally pin to arrange
8. Lightly mist a shine spray like Pantene Advanced+ Keratin Repair KERAGLOSS Oil Mist on the hair to add shine

 

Get the Look: Kim Kardashian at the 2015 Grammy’s

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I’m not always a fan of Kim Kardashian‘s look (specifically since she started dabbling in injectables) but her hair and makeup at last night’s 57th Annual Grammy Awards was spot-on.

I’m really digging her new, shorter hairstyle. It’s fresh and unfussy and a nice change from her signature long hair look.

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Celebrity hairstylist Michael Silva styled Kim’s hair last night and here is how he created her Grammy look:

“I began by applying Shu Uemura Ample Angora Volumizing Mousse layered with Bumble and bumble Surf Spray.  On the ends I used Kerastase Touché Finale Serum.  I rough dried the hair then set it in an S wave.  I used a little flat iron and finished with the Kardashian Pure Glitz Hairspray.”

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Her flawless gilded makeup was inspired by her vintage Gaultier gown, says celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic. Here’s how he created her glowing skin and shimmery eyes:

“I used three Anastasia Beverly Hills Single Eyeshadows. Soft gold all over as a base and more on the inner corners, Emerald along the crease and outer corners, and Moss swept along the lower lash line together with the soft gold shade.

For lashes, I used Kardashian Beauty Individual Lashes (a few just on the outer corners) followed by L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black.

I used NARS Blush in Orgasm on the cheeks and Eye M Glam Highlighter on the cheek bones and bridge of the nose to highlight.

On the lips we went for a classic Kim K. nude which she loves. I used Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Naked.

For the body I used Supermodel Body by Charlotte Tilbury.”

To finish her look, Kim kept her nails neutral and wore a simple gold ankle strap sandal. Stay tuned for my other favorite looks from last night’s Grammy Awards.

6 Tips for Fresher Workout Clothes

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I’ve been trying to perfect my workout wear washing game for years. Since I spend a small fortune on moisture wicking, wind blocking, reflective performance gear that looks adorable, I feel it’s my JOB to keep it looking and smelling fresh.

This simple task, however, is not as easy as it sounds.

My running friends and I sometimes grab a coffee or breakfast after our morning workout. (Choosing the Starbucks parking lot as our meeting place makes this extra convenient.)  Lately, as we sip coffee and chat post-workout I’ve noticed my sweaty workout wear smells ridiculous amounts of not-so-fresh.

Before my funky gear starts to ruin my running crew’s morale, or worse, throw off the Starbucks barista on duty, I immediately reassessed my washing situation and put Operation Get the Stink Out into effect.

Here are six tips to keeping your workout wear smelling fresh:

1. RINSE Immediately

Much like it helps to rinse chlorine and salt water out of your swimsuit as soon as possible, sweat and grime should be rinsed out of your workout wear immediately. After a particularly hard workout or humid day, I’ll just wear my clothes right in the shower to rinse them off.

2. NEVER Throw in the hamper.

Don’t leave damp workout wear in a heap, the perfect environment for bacteria to grow. Instead, drape them over a towel bar or hang them up in the laundry room until you’re ready to wash them.

3. WASH Twice

Wash your workout wear separate from your other clothes and run them through the washer twice. The first time you run them through, don’t use any soap, just water and a half cup of white vinegar. This allows the moisture wicking performance fabrics to rinse thoroughly. The vinegar kills bacteria and helps to break down and neutralize odors. For extra tough stink, let the clothes soak in this cycle for about 30 minutes.

The second wash, add just half of your normal detergent or sport wash (I like to use Penguin Sport Wash) and wash on the hottest setting available.

NOTE: It’s very important not to overfill your machine. The soiled clothes need plenty of room to move around, so keep your loads small to medium sized.

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4. AVOID Fabric Softener

The softening agent in fabric softener leaves a coating and will prevent technical fabrics from optimum performance. Using fabric softener means your moisture wicking gear might not wick moisture at all next time. Definitely skip this step.

5. NEVER Dry

Always hang your workout clothes to dry. The repeated hot air from the dryer breaks down fibers reducing the life-span of your expensive gear. If you must dry, use a lower heat setting and avoid dryer sheets.

6. ROTATE your clothes

We all have that lucky shirt or favorite pair of shorts that we like to work out in, but do yourself a favor and don’t wear them for every single workout. Give your favorites a rest and they will hopefully last you, stink-free, for years to come.