Friday, January 25, 2013

Nicole Richie Rocks the 'Cut of the Year'


Hey everyone! Today I just have a quick post for you showcasing a new hairstyle trend! It's called "the Chop" and Nicole Richie has recently adopted this low maintenance look. Here are the details of the look and how to recreate it for yourself:


Recently, “the Chop” has quickly become the cut of the year. The swingy, low-maintenance style is one-length, with a slight layer in the front, and has been turning lots of heads – including that of Suave Professionals® spokeswoman Nicole Richie.

Here are Suave Professionals® Stylist Jenny Cho’s tips for creating the unstructured look that is full of shine:
  • For hair that needs an extra boost of shine, use the NEW Suave Professionals® Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil as a shine treatment on dry hair before you shampoo. Divide hair into three sections and apply 2-3 pumps of the Styling Oil to each section. Leave in for 5-7 minutes and shampoo as usual.
  • If your hair has some natural wave and texture, blow dry hair so that it’s only halfway dry, using fingers for a more natural look.  If you need some help with the wave, blow dry hair completely and wrap 1-2 inch sections of hair around a curling iron (alternating each section away from the face and towards the face), leaving ends out for a “messier” texture.  Front sections of hair should be curled away from the face. Tousle curls after they have cooled. 
  • Part hair to the side, so that it hangs just slightly in front of face, and finish by adding 1-2 pumps of the NEW Suave Professionals® Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil over the surface of dry hair for radiant shine.


Nicole recently filmed a quick behind-the-scenes video sharing some of her beauty secrets, and also how she gets red carpet ready! You can watch it below.

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Information, video, and photo of Nicole Richie were provided courtesy of PR.


Friday, January 18, 2013

NOTD -- PSHIIIT-Inspired Purple/Blue Gradient


Hey everyone! Today I have some super cute (and super easy!) nails for you. I was totally inspired by THIS post by the ever-amazing Pshiiit. In her version, she used Nfu Oh 13 and OPI's Last Friday Night. I... have neither of those polishes, so I subbed what I had in my stash that was similar.

For the purple, I used 2-3 coats (depending on the finger) of Essence's A Lovely Secret. It's a lilac/lavender with a heavy pinky-purple shimmer to it. Unfortunately, the shimmer doesn't really show up on the nail, but it's gorgeous in the bottle. Next, I did a quick (read: sloppy) gradient with a very thinned out Sinful Colors Hottie. I don't know how the quality of OPI's Last Friday Night is, but Hottie is a dead on dupe.. just with a formula like glue. I think I used about 30 drops of thinner to get it to a reasonable enough consistency where I could successfully make the gradient fade correctly.

To do the fade, I swiped one extremely thin coat of Hottie from about 2/3 of the nail down to the tip. I let that dry, then swiped a second coat 1/3 of the nail down to the tip. After that dried, I went back and just added a third coat to the very tips of my nails.

1 coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat blended everything together seamlessly and gave the mani a gorgeous shine. I think Pshiiit did her gradient a bit differently, and her base was a lighter purple than mine.. but I like mine just the same! It's a cute mani that's still understated, yet fun! :)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

REVIEW -- DermOrganic Argan Hair Products


Hey everyone! Today I have a MEGA review for you! It's 9 products from the DermOrganic line of Argan Hair and Skin Treatments! (I received all hair products.) Since this post is going to have so much info, I'm just going to dive right in!

Also, sorry for the quality of the product pictures. It's been completely rainy and overcast here, so I had no natural light to take pictures with! I did the best I could with a lamp, but they're just not quite the same. :(
DermOrganic Argan Hair Oil Treatments are the new beauty ritual for unparalleled performance. Their argan oil is cold pressed from the fruit of the Argan tree, and is rich in omega-6, antioxidants, and vitamin E. It creates a protective barrier against the damaging effects of heat, sun, and wind to restore a healthy and natural shine. 

These professional formulas combine the healing properties of the ancient and highly revered argan oil with the advanced therapeutic qualities of rice amino acids and grapeseed extract to repair, smooth, and soften hair.

DermOrganic products are:
  • Vegan
  • Not tested on animals
  • Free of artificial preservatives
  • Sulfate & Gluten free
  • Free of sodium chloride, salt, MEA, DEA, or dyes
  • Paraben free
  • Propylene Glycol free
  • pH balanced (4.5-5.5)
The DermOrganic products are available in Ulta stores and online at Ulta.com, at the DermOrganic website, and through various distributors.

Since I have 9 products to review for you, I'm going to include a brief description and my thoughts under a picture of each product.


DAILY CONDITIONING SHAMPOO
12 fl oz, $16

The Daily Conditioning Shampoo looks, smells, and feels exactly like white public bathroom hand soap... which makes sense because "it's the shampoo made with skin cleansers!" It is sulfate free and safe for color treated hair. It's enriched with omega-6, panthenol, rice keratin, and antioxidants.

Even though it's sulfate free, it DOES lather, which I appreciate. There's just something about lather that makes me think my hair is getting cleaner.. does anyone else feel that way?! Overall, it cleaned my hair well enough, but didn't leave it feeling super luxurious, or even that conditioned at all. To me, my hair felt similar to after I've used a clarifying shampoo on it, although this is NOT a clarifying shampoo.


DAILY HYDRATING CONDITIONER
10.1 fl oz, $16

The Daily Hydrating Conditioner is supposed to:
  • Eliminate tangles
  • Prevent flyaways
  • Control frizz
  • Improve slip and brushability
  • Be lightweight and rinse clean
  • Neutralize static
  • Keep hair manageable
  • Be pH balanced and color safe for everyday use
This one smells like a slightly more cherry version of the white public bathroom hand soap. But I will say that my hair did feel better after using the conditioner than it did after just using the shampoo. Although it did NOT help detangle my hair. At all. Whenever I test a new product line, I put all of my other normal products aside and just use the particular line that I'm testing, but after the first day I had to break down and use some Suave No More Tears for kids to get the knots out of my hair. I just couldn't do it without some type of additional help.


INTENSIVE HAIR REPAIR MASQUE
8.5 fl oz, $16

The Intensive Hair Repair Masque smells like a slightly spicier version of the shampoo. I promise I'll stop comparing everything to bathroom hand soap soon! It is enriched with omega-6, antioxidants, rice keratin amino acids, and essential lipids.

This one is supposed to:
  • Repair damaged hair
  • Smooth and soften
  • Strengthen and texturize
  • Fortify and improve elasticity

What I like about this one is that you only have to leave it on for 1 minute, so if you're running late in the shower and you don't have the 5-7 minutes to sit like you would with a normal intensive masque, you can use this one and still be out the door on time with fabulous hair. You're supposed to use it twice a week, but it is also safe to use daily instead of conditioner.

I find that this one does a better job at conditioning my hair than the Daily Hydrating Conditioner, and  actually makes my hair a bit easier to detangle, too. If you're used to using a very rich, thick conditioner every day, or you were only wanting to buy one conditioner from the line.. I would pick this one.


LEAVE-IN TREATMENT
4 fl oz, $25

The Leave-In Treatment is a thin oil that smells like black cherry...scented soap. It's made with Certified Argan Oil of Morocco, and enriched with omega-6 and antioxidants. 

It's supposed to:
  • Add incredible softness and shine
  • Protect hair from thermal damage
  • Speed drying time by up to 30%
  • Restore optimal moisture balance
  • Revitalize and repair
The oil is light-weight and absorbed quickly into my oily, fine, porous hair. I use about a dime sized amount and it didn't weigh it down or make it look greasy. I can't say that drying time was MUCH improved, but it might have been a bit faster than normal.


LEAVE-IN SPRAY THERAPY
3.4 fl oz, $19.99

The Leave-In Spray Therapy is almost like a dry-oil version of the Leave-In Treatment. It even smells the same! It also promises pretty much the same things as the Leave-In Treatment:
  • Easy application for long hair
  • Adds softness and shine
  • Eliminates frizz and improves slip
  • Improves blow drying time
  • Ideal for use with hot irons
  • Seals cuticle and protects color
I feel like if you have one, you don't really need the other as far as the Leave-In Treatment and Leave-In Spray are concerned. The spray is thinner, lighter, and easier to use and touch up with than the actual oil treatment is, and that's about the biggest difference that I see between the two. For testing purposes, I used both in conjunction on wet, towel dried hair and my hair (oily, fine, porous) did not look greasy at all afterwards.


FIRM HOLD VOLUME FOAM
5 fl oz, $15

The Firm Hold Volume Foam smells a bit citrus-y, and NOT like soap at all! It is alcohol free, non-aerosol, made with 3 UV inhibitors, and Enriched with omega-6, lipids, antioxidants, vitamin E, and panthenol.

It promises to:
  • Provide all day root lifting power
  • Thicken and amplify
  • Define curls and waves
  • Add volume, support, and shine
  • Maintain style after brushing
  • Provide humidity resistance
  • Provide heat protection
  • Guard against color fading
As a long time devotee of both Big Sexy's Root Pump and Root Pump Plus Volumizing Foam, I was interested to see how the DermOrganics compared. Especially because it's alcohol free. Well, I'll be honest with you.. that alcohol is kind of necessary for the product to dry quickly without turning into a sticky mess. Every time I used the Firm Hold Volume Foam, I had to blast my roots with the hair dryer to get the stuff to dry. And I only used one pump.

It provides decent lift and volume at the start of the day, but my hair was usually flat after about 4 hours. It could be the humid Georgia weather, or the fact that it's been almost consistently rainy.. who knows? I didn't try scrunching my curls with it, but that might be a more effective use of the product.



WINDSWEPT DEFINING WHIP
4 fl oz, $17

The Windswept Defining Whip smells JUST like Dimetapp. Or a grape Jolly Rancher. Maybe they smell the same?! I thought this would be like a defining paste, but it's actually for curls!

It's supposed to:
  • Separate and define
  • Add bounce and movement
  • Control frizz
  • Create definition without crispiness
  • Make hair smooth and supple
I tried to come up with nice things to say about this one, but it just did not work for my hair at ALL. I tried it by itself.. and it didn't hold any curl in my hair, leaving it limp and lifeless. I looked like I'd been caught out in a thunderstorm and my curls had been completely drenched and fallen flat. The next day, I tried it again with a medium hold spray gel. I had very weak, limp curls that were more like extremely relaxed waves. 

While it's true that it doesn't leave your hair crunchy, my hair apparently needs a little crunch to hold it's curl pattern and structure. I think if you were an ACTUAL "naturally curly" girl (you know, spirals/ringlets), this would be amazing. And it truly does smell great. It just doesn't work for me one bit. :\


TEXTURE TAFFY
3.4 fl oz, $17

The Texture Taffy just smells. It has a fragrance, but neither my husband nor I could place it until the product was used.. then it turns decidedly fruity. Since this is more his type of product than mine, I handed this one over to him and let him test it for the review.

The Texture Taffy is supposed to:
  • Be pliable and fibrous
  • Create manipulative, layered looks
  • Provide textured styling without stiffness
  • Provide superior memory and flexible control
  • Design and redefine
  • Have a matte and malleable finish
Since my husband is a pretty low-maintenance guy, he was pleased enough with how simple the Texture Taffy is to use, and that you can vary how much you emulsify it between your hands to better control the level of control that you want. 1 versatile product that can replace having separate light hold and firm hold pastes? He counts that as a definite win.

The Taffy does actually dry down to a matte finish, but it does make the hair look wet or damp. It gives his hair a finished look and provides all day hold, even on rainy days with him taking animals outside repeatedly to use the bathroom at work.


FAST DRY SHAPING SPRAY PLUS HOLD
1.5 fl oz, $8

I received two of these? Not quite sure why, but I'm not complaining! I can keep one in my purse for on-the-go touchups and the other one at home! Again, this is another product that just smells.. like hairspray. It lingers for a few minutes after use, but not very much. However, if you have pets.. be wary of using it around them. All four of our pets (2 cats, 2 dogs) either immediately started hacking or sneezing whenever I used this with them in the same room. I've never seen any of them do it with any other hairspray, so I'm definitely going to make sure I use it away from them in the future!

The Fast Dry Shaping Spray promises to:
  • Dry on contact
  • Be able to be brushed through while blow dry styling
  • Have ultra-fine mist for inside-out support
  • Provide all day hold for all hair types
  • Maintain shape after brushing
  • Be humidity resistant and color safe
  • Have anti-fade extracts to protect color
I've used this to control flyaways, and provide a good solid, all-over hold for top knots. I like it for both uses. It's a firm hold, but not like glue. You can still brush through it, and it does retain a level of hold afterwards. It dries matte, and doesn't give you that "slicked back" look. If I had to pinpoint it, I would call it a medium hold hairspray, and I have definitely been needing one of those! This fills that bill perfectly.

Are you still with me?! I know I just gave you a LOT of information! And there's also a Sculpting Spray Gel in the line that I didn't receive to review.

Overall, I like the DermOrganic products, but I don't really love any of them.. except for the Fast Dry Shaping Spray. There are definitely some overlapping products in the line where if you have one, you don't need the similar one, and I've shared those thoughts with you in the itemized reviews above.

I think if you're looking for any of the specific requirements of the line (vegan, cruelty free, pH balanced, paraben/gluten/sulfate free, etc.), then it is a fantastic choice, and that's usually why I recommend it to customers at work.

Maybe it's my pregnancy hair? Because my hair has legitimately changed throughout the course of my pregnancy. Maybe it's the dreary, drizzly Georgia weather? I'm not sure. I'm giving these 3 out of 5 stars. I think they're good products, unfortunately they're just not great for me. I plan on retesting them again post-delivery, once my hair finally returns to "normal" and see how they do then. I'll update with those results when I have them!
RATING: 3.0 out of 5 STARS

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

GET THE LOOK: Nicole Richie at the Golden Globes


Hey everyone! Today I have a quick post showing you how to get a little red carpet glamour in your every day life (like designer and "Fashion Star" mentor Nicole Richie!) with some help from the new Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion product line!

Here's how Suave Professionals stylist Jenny Cho created Nicole’s red carpet look:

  • Wash hair with New Suave Professionals® Moroccan Infusion Shine Shampoo and Conditioner, and then blow dry hair using a large paddle brush.
  • Part hair on the side and begin curling with a one-inch barrel curling iron. Be sure to hold the curling barrel horizontal to the head.
  • After curling each section, use bobby pins to hold in place.
  • Blast hair all over with a hot dryer for 1-2 minutes to help set the curls.
  • Remove the bobby pins, lightly brush the hair to soften curls and finish with Suave Professionals® Touchable Finish Super Hold Hairspray.
  • Place 1-2 drops of the New Suave Professionals® Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil in palms and rub hands together. Avoiding the roots, gently run hands over the surface of the hair to add a radiant shine.
  • Place the Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil in your clutch for touchups on the go.

Nicole also has a few tips that she can always count on to help shine on the carpet – or just a night on the town!

  • Identify your top feature and play it up – know your body and what silhouettes work for you.
  • With both makeup and accessories – focus on one bold item. For example, when doing a deep lip, leave eyes bare, or if wearing a statement necklace, keep the earrings simple.
  • Whether she’s doing an up ‘do or down and sleek for her hairstyle, she always goes for shine on the carpet. Her go-to product is the NEW Suave Professionals® Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil for brilliant, lightweight conditioning.

Have you already tried their Moroccan Infusion line? Join the conversation right now – follow @SuaveBeauty on Twitter, and be sure to check out their Facebook page!


Information and photo of Nicole Richie were provided courtesy of PR.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

REVIEW -- RELOGY: Inspired by the Biology of Your Skin


Hey everyone! Today I have a review of a vegan /cruelty free acne line called Relogy. I've been honest with you before that I've struggled with acne for most of my teenage and adult life. Overall, it seems to have gotten better with age.. but nothing could prepare me for pregnancy. If I don't wash my face twice a day like clockwork with an acne cleanser, I'm bound to wake up with at least one blemish in the morning. Gotta love hormones..

Thus, I was super excited to get the opportunity to review Relogy. I don't think I'm a particularly paranoid mom-to-be, but it's always nice to know that the products I'm using are all-natural. Especially now!
Relogy is a natural acne treatment that's inspired by the biology of your skin. Its innovative system of active ingredients works differently than traditional acne products, without harsh chemicals or side effects. The secret? Relogy uses a light, rinse-free foam treatment. You can cleanse from anywhere, without the hassle of having to use a slew of products or even a sink!

The foam penetrates deep into the skin's surface and begins to work at clearing up blemishes immediately. It's also convenient to use on the back or chest, as well.

Relogy promises to leave your skin clean, clear, refreshed, soft, smooth, and hydrated! It is currently available for purchase on their website in a 60 day supply for $49.95. You can choose to try it once, or get a recurring subscription. Currently, you'll get 2 free acne-fighting gifts with your purchase, and if you choose to do the recurring subscription.. your twelfth month will be free!
I received the Relogy foam, plus both acne fighting bonus gifts to try. I'm going to take you through each one individually and tell you about the ingredients, directions, and my thoughts. I think that will be easiest than trying to just lump all three together. If you would like detailed information on any of the three products, please click here to be taken to the Relogy website where they go into greater depth about the individual products.


STEP ONE: Dual-Action Treatment Foam

Active ingredients: Salicylic Acid 0.5%, Bensalkonium Chloride 0.2%

Directions: Apply a quarter size amount to face and areas where acne occurs. Allow to penetrate skin. Rinse with warm water if desired. If excessive drying occurs, reduce use to once per day or every other day.


First of all, I've tried to use the foam without rinsing. I really have. But it leaves my face a bit sticky, and force of habit makes me rinse my face every time I use it anyways. My face does feel clean after using it, and I haven't noticed any dryness, even during the dead of winter.

The foam does has a bit of a mild smell. It's kind of herbal, I guess? Not sweet, not like chemicals. I'd classify it as unobtrusive, but I know other people can be very particular (or averse) to fragrances.

I apologize this one doesn't have the cap with it. One of our cats was using it as a toy when I was taking pictures.. better to let him occupy himself with that, than have him pestering me while I was trying to work!
STEP TWO: Skin Balancing Lotion

Directions: Apply a pea-sized amount to clean skin.


The Skin Balancing Lotion contains coconut milk and jojoba oil to keep your skin hydrated and nourished. A pea-sized amount is usually about 2 pumps for me, but it feels like my pump isn't on all the way? It kind of wiggles around when I pump, so I don't know if that's how the packaging is, or if I got a wonky one. Either way, it's not horrible or inconvenient. Just something worth mentioning.

The lotion is light, slightly oily, but not greasy. It absorbs quickly, and it doesn't seem to make my oily skin oilier than normal. The website states to only use it once a day if you have oily skin, but I use it morning and night without a problem. It does smell a bit like coconut after you've rubbed it in, but again.. nothing too obtrusive.



BONUS: Targeted Acne Spot Treatment

Directions: Using the roller ball applicator, apply directly to the blemish while avoiding surrounding skin. Use up to twice a day: once for mild/moderate acne; twice for persistent or severe  acne.


I'm going to be honest: I pretty much love anything for my face that comes with a roller ball applicator. They just feel awesome when you apply them! So cool and refreshing.. just.. ahhh.. :ahem: Anyways, the liquid in this one is pretty thin, but not runny. It stays put where you apply it, and half of the time I don't even rub it into my skin. There's a very very slight herbal scent with this one, which makes sense because it contains tea tree oil, rosemary, and seaweed extract.
Overall, I like the Relogy products. They do their job, and I haven't noticed any adverse reactions or dryness to my skin. I haven't tried ProActiv to compare, but it beats the over the counter Acne Free system hands down. Personally, Murad's Acne & Anti-Aging system works the best for me.. but everyone's skin is different and I'm certainly not displeased with my results by any means.

I especially like that Relogy is an all natural, cruelty free, and vegan product line. For people who will only use those types of products, I would definitely recommend Relogy. I'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars. It's a pretty darn good product, and I think it's a fantastic alternative for people with sensitive skin.
RATING: 4.0 out of 5 STARS



Friday, January 11, 2013

REVIEW -- Save Your Sweaters with Lilly Brush!


 Not necessarily beauty related, but we all have those favorite sweaters that have seen better days and could use a little TLC, right? ...Right? Please tell me it's not just me! Enter the Lilly Brush!

The Lilly Brush is like a magic wand with nylon bristles! Banishing pill balls on cotton, wool, and cashmere, angora, hemp, and alpaca to an early death, it saves all of your beloved sweaters from the donation pile and keeps them hanging in your closet where they belong!

The best part? Unlike those battery operated sweater shaver things or regular old razors, the Lilly Brush will NOT leave a hole in your sweater (Or your finger! Ouch!), and it also has a handy lid that is embossed with a sleek houndstooth  design so that you can easily take it with you on the go.



To use the brush, you simply apply moderate pressure and sweep it across the garment in any direction to make short work of pills, pet hair, lint, and light soil. For washable fabrics, the Lilly Brush can be dampened before use to eliminate static.

To clean your brush, wash it with light soap, rinse, and tap briskly to remove excess water.

The Lilly Brush is currently available in Classic Red and Charcoal Grey, and retails for $12.95 each. You can purchase the brushes on the Lilly Brush website.
I was super excited to receive my Lilly Brush in the mail. Since I have to wear a "third piece" (read: sweater/jacket/blazer) as part of my required work outfit, several of my black cardigans are looking decidedly worse for wear after a year and a half of very frequent use.. And we all know that nothing shows pill balls as badly as black does.

I figured the Lilly Brush would be the perfect thing to save me from having to toss my beloved cardigans and invest in new ones! Here's how it performed:

Click to enlarge.
As you can see, it made a moderate improvement, but it didn't really "remove" the pills, it kind of just stretched them and "smeared" them down. I didn't quite end up with the results shown on their "Before & Afters" page, but my sweater was also decidedly worse than the ones they pictured. Yes, I'm embarrassed that I let it get that far. But to be fair, I had taken this one out of my regular rotation and was using it only in "nothing else is clean and I'm late for work" emergencies!

I think the Lilly Brush is a decent product with good potential. I love that it's another alternative to the lint brushes that don't really work well, or the electric shaver things that have the potential to put holes in your sweaters! I also think it would be great for people who travel frequently, due to the compact design and handy snap-tight lid. Finally, the price point is decent. $12.50 is about what I would expect to pay for a product like this in a store like Brookstone or Bed Bath & Beyond.

Again, I think if my sweater hadn't been such a hot mess, I would have had better results.. but I'm still giving it a 3.5 out of 5 stars based on the principle that I was hoping for a happier ending for my cardigan.

RATING: 3.5 out of 5 STARS


Thursday, January 10, 2013

REVIEW -- Vegan Lip Balms by Surya Brasil


Hey everyone! I'm slowly but surely trying to get back into the swing of blogging, now that the craziness of holiday retail is over and I'm settling into the routine of my new position at work. To be honest, I really hate waking up between 4 and 6 am five mornings a week, but I have to admit that it is pretty awesome to be done with my work day by 2pm. Plus, it's helping me re-establish my blogging schedule as well!

My top blogging goal this year is to work on creating better editorial pictures! I'll probably be doing a bit of experimenting for a while until I find the style that suits me best, so please bear with me while I try some new things! And, as always, I love your feedback! If I try something new that you love, definitely let me know in the comments! :)

Anyways, today I have a sneak peek at some new vegan lip balms that will be released next month (February 2013)!


These vegan lip balms are manufactured by the company Surya Brasil. Their focus is on organic and natural beauty products.

The balms are:
  • Vegan certified.
    • No animal ingredients or animal testing.
  • Made with fair trade certified cacao butter.
  • Packaged out of 40% recycled content.
  • Antioxidant rich. 
    • Açai oil is bursting with flavanoids and Omega-9 fatty acids.
  • Made with organic essential oils.
  • Petrolatum, gluten, and paraben free.
  • Free of artificial coloring and fragrance.
  • Free of beeswax.
  • Free of mineral oils and GMOs.

These nutrient rich lip treatments also introduce two new ingredients!
  • Cupuaçu (pronounced coo-pu-was-u) contains Vitamins B1, B2, and B3 (Niacin), fatty and amino acids, as well as antioxidants (including Vitamins A and C). It also has a high flavanoid content and tastes like a cross between chocolate, passion fruit, and bananas.
  • Buriti is rich in Vitamins A and C, with high levels of calcium, iron, and protein. Buriti fruit is traditionally eaten fresh, but can also be turned into sweets and juices.

There are five delicious flavors in total: Cinnamon Cupuaçu, Strawberry Buriti, Açai Berry, Mint Chocolate, and ChocolateEach balm comes in a 0.15oz tube (the same size as a Chap Stick), and will retail for $3.49 at Whole Foods in the US.

As a self-proclaimed lip balm addict, I can never pass up a chance to slather my lips with something new! The fact that these babies are all-natural and vegan was definitely a huge plus, though.. and the flavors sound so intriguing!

First, let's talk about quality: All 5 of the balms have the same amazing formula. It's a smooth, buttery consistency that glides on your lips effortlessly. There's no tugging or pulling on your lips during application. While the balm is on my lips, they feel protected and hydrated, but not sticky or waxy like some lip balms tend to be. I think this is due to the high quality cacao butter used. I can get about 3-4 hours of wear before I feel the need to reapply, but I'm also almost always eating or drinking. I think you could get a longer wear time out of these with normal eating and drinking conditions.

Now let's talk about the fun part.. flavors!

Strawberry Buriti -- Smells like strawberry preserves. Not overly sweet, and not artificial.

Açai Berry -- This one smells like berry. Not really like grape, but if you're unfamiliar with the smell of açai berries, that would be the closest thing I can relate it to. Again, this is not a sweet or artificial/Dimetap smelling scent.

Chocolate -- Chocolate smells more like cacao or cocoa powder than an actual bar of Hersheys chocolate. 

Mint Chocolate -- Mostly mint, with just a hint of chocolate. This smells like a sweet, creamy mint with a chocolate undertone. Almost like a York Peppermint Patty? (You can tell this girl loves her candy!)

Cinnamon Cupuaçu -- My absolute favorite! You know those cinnamon brooms or cinnamon pine cones that come out during fall? That's EXACTLY what this one smells like! And the Hubby and I both love us some cinnamon, so naturally this one tops my list!

Overall, I love these balms! I love how moisturizing they are, love the scents, and love that they're all natural and vegan/cruelty free! I've been consistently using mine for about a month and a half now, and still have plenty left in each tube!

They're the perfect size for purses, pockets, backpacks, clutches, etc.. and they also work well under long-wear lipsticks to help keep your lips hydrated.

I'm thrilled to give these a perfect rating of 5 out of 5 stars. Be sure to stop by your local Whole Foods next month to pick them up! I know I'll be stalking mine to buy up all of their Cinnamon Cupuaçus like they're going out of style. I need one with me everywhere I go!


RATING: 5 out of 5 STARS