Product Review: Carmex Medicated Lip Balm

Let’s face it: Cold sores are gross and painful, but most people have had a cold sore, or have known someone who has had one at one point in their life. I sliced the corner of my mouth with dental floss a few weeks ago and within a few days: BAM! I had a cold sore. They can be caused by trauma to the skin, exposure to the sun, and most commonly due to fever and illnesses.

To clear something up, that truly annoys me first. A Cold Sore does not mean you’re dirty, promiscuous, or that you have herpes. Although caused by a type of Herpes virus, it should be noted that if you’ve had Chicken Pox in your life that is also a strain of Herpes virus.

With that being said, I tried many different products in the past few weeks and nothing worked better than Carmex lip balm. Two people recommended that I try the product but I went with what I knew best first: Blistex, and when that failed, Peroxide and Neosporin. Carmex definitely worked the best out of everything. I purchased the original formula in the tube, so it’ll be easier to carry with me, and found out that it works as an amazing lip balm as well. The side of my mouth looks incredibly better with only 2 days of using this product.

When you put the lip balm on your lips feel cool and tingly due to the menthol and other anagesics that help to relieve pain. It smells and tastes like vanilla, and goes on smooth, although it’s a bit greasier than other products I’ve tried. A little bit goes a long way. And most importantly, Carmex states, “Products tested on family members, not animals.” It’s animal friendly!

If you have dry, chapped lips or a cold sore like I did, I recommend trying this product. I never even knew it existed until recently, but it’s been around for a while, and judging by how it’s worked for me, I think it’ll be around for a while more.

At Home Waxing Tips

Getting your eyebrows shaped and waxed every 3-4 weeks can be expensive as time goes on, so a few years ago I decided to take hair removal into my own hands and begin waxing my eyebrows at home. There have been some blunders along the way, and after doing this for a while I decided to compile some tips for the novice at home waxer. If you decide to try it, take these into consideration. Have I removed way too much before? OH YES! And have I looked permanently surprised for a few days? You bet! Here’s how to prevent accidents from happening and how to fix mistakes if they do happen.

I absolutely love this formula by Sally Hansen which runs about 5-8 dollars at any drug store. The formula has natural botanicals and comes with a Sesame Azulene finishing oil which helps to soothe skin and remove redness although I prefer to use Baby Oil to remove excess wax, and it also helps to soothe skin without the menthol. Either one works fine.

+ Try a no strip formula. The no strip formula like this one allows you to apply as much or as little wax, which is great for beginners. Apply less than you think you’ll need to begin with.

+ Most come with eyebrow guides. I DON’T use these. If you’ve never waxed before these are great, but since my brows are already shaped I go with what I have. Try these if your brows have never been waxed or shaped and they make it easier to see what should be waxed away.

+ If you take a little too much off, use a similar colored eyebrow pencil to fill in spots.

+ Have a tweezer handy. You can use the tweezer to remove hairs that the wax might have missed. I love the Mini Tweezer that comes in the wax pack.

+ Go slow! This isn’t a race. Go nice and slow and make sure to have a bright light in order to remove the exact amount of hair you want.

+ Baby Oil in my opinion surpassed the oil that comes in the set. It removes excess wax and has no menthol in it. I don’t mind the oil in the pack but I now use baby oil to remove redness, soothe, and remove wax easily.

If you’re looking into waxing at home, try these tips and this product. Sally Hansen makes a great product and you can save a lot of money by doing this beauty regime at home. Good luck, and take it nice and slow and your brows will look great.

Beauty In Your Kitchen

Sorry for the lack of posts and updates. I’ve been insanely busy as of late and life has been moving quickly. With everything being so expensive; gas, food, and the like, I managed to find some beauty routines that you can do at home, and with things that are most likely in your kitchen! Sounds like fun right? We’ve all heard of the Egg Mask, but I think these are much better. I’m looking into trying the following and figured I’d share them with you.

Soda Hair Soak – by Gregg Giamillo of J. Sisters Salon & Spa
3 tbsp baking powder
1 cup water

This recipe is a pre-shampoo rinse which helps to relieve product buildup in the hair. I know that with my thick curly hair I have to use a lot of product to keep frizz at bay, especially in the warm and humid weather we’ve been having. Simply mix together and when the mixture fizzes run through your hair until the fizzing stops. Shampoo as usual and do not rinse out the mixture before shampooing.

Very Berry Scrub – by Kimara Ahnert (celeb makeup artist)
1/2 cup fresh strawberries
1/2 cup plain unsweetened yogurt

Mash the berries and combine with yogurt. Make sure to keep ingredients equal. The yogurt balances the pH in levels in your skin which the berries contain alpha hydroxy acid which helps to remove dead skin cells.

I love strawberries, especially in the summer and this is just another reason to love them. When used on your skin they bring out a radiant complexion.

Product Review: Elta MD Physical SPF 41

A while ago my Aunt scored some free samples of Elta MD Sunscreen, and I just got around to trying it out. I have two tubes of product and used it today when I did my running in the pool and when I laid out afterwards.

Elta’s products range from skincare to suncare, and I was pleased with this product. There is no smell, oil, paraben, or chemicals. This sunscreen has natural ingredients that can be used on children or people with sensitive skin. I liked that it had a little bit of a tint to it as well. I tanned through the sunscreen as well. All too often people think that you can’t tan through sunscreen but you can. It simply blocks UVA and UVB which are the most harmful rays of the sun causing premature aging and skin cancer. You can still get a tan by wearing sunscreen, you’re just not absorbing the most damaging rays.

My only gripe? One of the main ingredients is Zinc Oxide, so if you use a little too much you can have a few white patches. To remove it simply soak a wet cloth and rub away and it’s gone in seconds. I probably used a bit too much, but that was the only problem I saw. If you want to learn some more check out Elta MD’s website.

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And I was tagged by Becky. =] 1. Would you say you have an accent? Haha yes. I have a CT one where I don’t pronounce T’s sometimes.

2. Do you hope to be married (married again if divorced)? I would love to marry Keith. =]

3. If you could take one technology to a desert island (the obvious satellite phone excluded), what would it be? Hmm…this one is tough but probably my laptop with a neverending battery and internet, haha.

4. What is the last activity you bought a ticket for? Probably going to see a movie in Rhode Island. The Love Guru.

My Beach Essentials

I leave for Rhode Island on Saturday for a week of vacation with Keith and my family. My Aunt gets a house right on the water (we go to the same one each year), and it’s absolutely beautiful. Being away for a week means extra packing, and making sure that I pack the right things. When you go to the beach for a week, or on any summery vacation for a week here are some of my essentials besides a week’s worth of clothes and regular purse essentials (like wallet and cellphone).

More than one bathing suit: In my opinion, there’s bathing suits for laying out, and then there’s bathing suits for swimming. A string bikini just simply can’t withstand big waves and boogie boarding. I always bring more than one. If you’re a two piece girl, try getting one with thicker straps so there’s no risk losing your bottom or top when you get crashed with a wave. I’ll be wearing a bikini this summer (but bringing one of my sexy VS short tankinis for boogie boarding).

SPF: You can still get tan while protecting your skin. Hawaiian Tropic makes a great tanning lotion with an SPF of 6 for sun worshipers, but you can also invest in a spray on sunscreen which I absolutely love. It’s light and does the job, and trust me, YOU WILL GET TAN!

Easy makeup/hair care: I pack light for the beach with my makeup and haircare. If you have longer curly hair like me bring a widetooth comb to get tangles out. And a plus! The saltwater and sun will give you natural high lights and beachy looking waves. Who said mother nature can’t help you out? As for makeup, I also pack light. I’ll have my bronzer to sweep on lightly, lip gloss, and mascara. Easy makeup for an easy vacation. Plus you don’t have to worry about eyeliner smudges and foundation meltdown. Getting tan means you can get away with less makeup, and also helps to clear your skin.

Swim coverup’s that double as dresses: It’s simple as that, go from the beach to the bar in minutes. Victoria’s Secret has amazing summer dresses that are cute and fun. Check out the PINK line. I picked up a navy blue dress which I hope to be wearing out when we hit the beach bars.

What are some of your beach essentials? Or vacation essentials?