Burt’s Bees Island Lip Balm with Passion Fruit

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I know many die hard Burt’s Bees lip balm fans and I wish I could say the same, but this just doesn’t really cut it for me.

Don’t get me wrong, I really wanted to like this, especially since it’s 100% natural. I’ve tried the original Beeswax one, and also another one with SPF (can’t remember the name) and they were all a bit disappointing. The only ones that I do like are their tinted lip balms (because of the smoother application). This Island Passion fruit one is just okay. Definitely not something I will repurchase though.

Some positives-

  • 100% natural
  • packaging strives to be as eco-friendly as possible

The negatives-

  • doesn’t really moisturize my lips
  • leaves my lips feeling sticky
  • leaves a white film over my lips
  • accentuates chapped, flakey lips
  • no SPF

What I look for in a lip balm is a smooth application that leaves my lips feeling super quenched and soft. For $3, I will definitely pass the next time around.

COCKTAIL PAIRING: Island Passion Fruit Sangria

passionfruit sangriaIngredients:

  • 1 bottle (750ml) any sweet white wine/riesling
  • 4 12oz bottles of Juice Squeeze Passion fruit & Mango flavor
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup white rum
  • 1 lemon

Mix all liquids into a pitcher and squeeze in juice of the lemon and stir.

Garnish with orange/lemon slices and pineapple wedges.

Serve chilled, sit beachside and enjoy!

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Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara

It’s nice to see brands going toward the natural/organic route. This caught my eye at CVS and was on sale for 40% off, so I thought I’d give it a try (it’s normally priced at about $10).

Description:

  • 5x lash boosting, lengthens, volumizes, defines
  • 100% free of harsh chemicals, synthetic preservatives, parabens, clumping, smudging, flaking, fibers, dyes
  • 100% recyclable eco-brush
  • 70% of the total ingredients are from organic farming

I would say this mascara is better than what I expected. I use this more as a daily wear mascara, not wanting super dramatic, false looking lashes. It does volumize and lengthen decently, but not dramatically. My favorite thing about this product is the brush applicator, which looks similar to Cover Girl’s Lashblast one. It does an exceptional job at separating the lashes without clumping.

The formula is not super wet, which I prefer for an everyday mascara because it doesn’t transfer onto my skin when I blink after I apply. It’s such a pain to try and wipe mascara off your skin when you’re in a rush in the mornings! It also leaves your lashes feeling soft and flexible.

I didn’t have a problem with smudging or flaking with this either, even after a sweaty workout at the gym. It also comes off easily with warm water or make-up remover, which is a plus. Sometimes with more heavy duty mascaras, it takes so much work getting it all off!

My only gripe about this product is the packaging. It’s a little too cutesy for my taste and looks like it’s targeted for tweens, but it definitely catches your eye.

All in all, I would repurchase this again for my daytime wear. I really like how it uses all natural ingredients, perfect for people with sensitive eyes.

COCKTAIL PAIRING: Organic Mojito

Organic MojitoIngredients:

  • 2 oz Papagayo Organic White Rum
  • 1 oz fresh organic lime juice
  • 2 organic lime wedges
  • 10 organic mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoon organic agave
  • club soda

Add in mint leaves and lime wedges into a glass and muddle.

Add in rum, fresh lime juice and agave. Top off with club soda.

Garnish by rimming the glass with sugar, adding a lime wedge or a sprig of mint.

Enjoy!

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EOS Shave Cream

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The one thing that draws you to most EOS products is their packaging- they come in fun, cute colors and scents which make you instantly reach out and throw it into your shopping basket… I know, I’m guilty.

I have been using their shaving cream for about a year now, and it’s pretty good. The sad thing is, I think I just like how the product looks in my shower. The bright colored bottle makes me feel a bit more cheerful… sad, I know.

Now, I can see people either loving or hating this, here’s why-

Some positives:

  • uses natural shea butter and aloe
  • paraben-free
  • phthalate-free (phthalates are used in many plastics and cosmetic products which some argue to cause negative health effects)

If you’re like me, and have to do a quick, dry shave once in a while, this is great since you can use it wet or dry. The consistency is very much like a lotion, so although that’s ideal for a dry shave, some may despise it while using it in the shower.

While shaving in the shower, you have to make sure you’re completely away from the shower stream since this washes away quite easily and doesn’t hold up as well as most foam shaving creams. I tend to use a lot of product while in the shower- about 4-5 pumps to lather up one leg.

The scents are really fragrant. I normally use the pomegranate raspberry one, but decided to switch it up and got the lavender jasmine this time around. I can see people who are sensitive to smells not liking this too much, as the scents are pretty strong. Luckily, they do carry a fragrance-free version.

To be honest, this product is probably no different than using a lotion or conditioner to shave, but it does help in reducing irritation or razor bumps since it is moisturizing.

One thing I do not like about this is that once you’re down to about the last quarter of the bottle, the product won’t pump out. The straw is too short, which is pretty annoying.

One bottle lasts me about a month or two and retails for around $3-4.

 

COCKTAIL PAIRING: Lavender Blueberry Martini

lavender blueberry martiniIngredients for Lavender-Blueberry Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 tbsp lavender flowers (dried or fresh, pesticide-free)

Bring water and sugar to a boil, add in lavender and blueberries and stir constantly for about 1 minute. Slightly crush the blueberries as you stir so that the flavor and color starts to bleed out. Take off heat, strain and cool

Ingredients for cocktail:

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 tbsp lavender-blueberry simple syrup
  • fresh lime/ lime juice
  • 2 mint leaves

In a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and pour in vodka, simple syrup and squeeze in some fresh lime juice. Tear up 2 mint leaves in half and add into shaker as well. Shake vigorously, strain and pour into a martini glass.

Garnish with fresh blueberries or mint… enjoy!

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BRIGHT LIPS ON A BUDGET

A simple way to add more excitement to your looks is by adding a pop of color to your lips. I tend to keep a pretty neutral lip, so spending more than $10 on lipstick isn’t very appealing.

WET N WILD SILK FINISH LIPSTICK

Color: 511B Nouveau Pinkwetnwild_511b

Let me just say, $0.99. Yea, I can go crazy and try colors I’m hesitant about without feeling guilty about spending the dough.

I normally don’t wear hot pink on my lips, but it’s definitely a fun way to accessorize on occasion. As the name states, it’s definitely silky and glides on with ease (no need for a lip gloss on top). Also, there’s no funky smell that some cheaper cosmetics have.

The only complaint I have about this is that the lipstick doesn’t go all the way down the tube when you twist it, so you have to be careful about putting the cap back on without taking a chunk of it off. Then again, I can’t really complain for $0.99!

MAYBELLINE COLOR SENSATIONAL LIPSTICK

Color: 515 Coral Crushmaybelline_515

This is another one of my go-to colors to brighten up my look. Definitely a favorite for Spring/Summer.

The formula is moisturizing and goes on somewhat sheer on the first swipe, which is nice since you have the option to wear it more subtly or build up.

This has a kind of coconut/almond butter scent and the color veers more toward the reddish-pink side of coral instead of orange.

For around $7-8, this is a great way to quickly add a bright statement to your overall look!

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COCKTAIL PAIRING: Pucker-up punch

pucker up punchIngredients:

  • 2 cups vodka
  • 4 cups cranberry juice
  • 4 cups sparkling grapefruit juice
  • 1 can frozen pink lemonade
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice

Pour all ingredients into a punch bowl, stir and enjoy!

Optional: add in slices of citrus fruit for garnish.

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Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel Alcohol-Free Toner

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Although toners have always been a part of my skin care routine, I never really knew what the benefits of using one were until later in life.

In a nutshell, facial toners balance the pH level of your skin. Everyday we are exposed to toxins in our environment and in the products we use, and toners just help our skin get back to a more neutral state.

I’ve tried many toners ranging from drugstore brands to department store, all of them being pretty underwhelming to just “okay”. I quickly learned that I didn’t like toners which contained alcohol as it dried out my skin. After years of trial and error, I think I’ve found one that I’m going to stick with (and luckily one that’s easy on the wallet)- Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel Alcohol-Free Toner.

This guy runs approximately $6-$10 and can be bought at your local heath food or vitamin store. I get mine at Whole Foods.

It feels refreshing to the skin and removes any impurities left on my skin after I wash. I apply it on my face with a cotton round right before I moisturize.

This company has been around since 1847, so they must be doing something right, right?

Benefits of witch hazel for the skin-

  • astringent
  • anti-inflammatory
  • aids in treating the following: insect bites, sunburn, psoriasis, eczema, acnes, varicose veins, sore throat, bruises, swelling, the list goes on…

Benefits of rose petal water-

  • anti-inflammatory
  • soothes irritated skin
  • anti-oxidant
  • good for sensitive skin

This product also uses certified organic Aloe Vera and Vitamin E.

COCKTAIL PAIRING: Rose Petal Prosecco

Rose_proseccoIngredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cupose petals (dried or fresh, pesticide-free)
  • 1 piece lemon peel (just yellow part) or lemon zest (to taste)
  • prosecco (chilled)

Add sugar, water, rose petals and lemon into a pot and bring to a boil. Stir constantly for about 1 minute and take off heat and strain. Let cool.

Add 1 tbsp of the rose petal simple syrup into a champagne flute and fill up with prosecco.

Enjoy!

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