favorite lip products

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i’m over on meg biram’s place in the blog world talking about my five most favorite lip products! meg has been tapping into the inner workings of several of my best beauty blogger girls and the resulting posts are incredibly fun. click on over to see the five products that made my cut, and rediscover a new go-to (or twelve).


my ten favorite product finds of 2012

my vanity, makeup bag, and face see a constant rotation of products. with the volume and frequency of beauty being tested, it can be really tough to hang on to something for longer than a few weeks, let alone give it permanent residence in my bathroom’s beauty basket. low and behold, some products do actually stand the test of time. here are ten products that i posted about in 2012 that are still in my daily routine:

my ten favorite product finds of 2012

1. urban decay’s naked foundation is my go-to for a flawless face; i use it every day and i am still loving the semi-matte finish.

2. dr. lipp’s nipple balm for lips is a godsend for chapped lips; when all else fails, i know this will get the job done!

3. pattern body wash’s balance of effective cleaning and hydration makes it a permanent favorite in our coed shower. i love the scents and feel like i’m doing something good for my skin when i’m lathering up.

4. oribe’s dry texturizing spray is better than the best dry shampoo. it continues to make day two hair look better than day one. and the scent! yum.

5. sheswai’s nail lacquers come in the most playful shades. i still haven’t found anything that’s easier to apply than these, saving me bundles in salon manicures.

6. deborah lippmann’s the stripper to go is the most ingenious nail polish remover method. the little mitts may be pricy, but their portability and swift polish removal makes them completely worth the expense!

7. i still dab leila lou’s perfume oil in the crook of my elbows daily. the fragrance is flirty, fresh, and light, plus the rollerball makes it easy to travel with.

8. when i cannot stand to look as tired as i feel, tarte emphaseyes inner rim brightener saves the day. i constantly rely on this small wonder to fake eight hours.

9. i will never go back to plain old boring hair ties! olivia’s mane message pretties crop up everywhere, from all around my condo to the depths of my handbags to my car cup holders. you’re sure to always find one on my wrist, too!

10. chanel’s precision eyelash curler has replaced my beloved shu ueumra and proven better than the original. lashes are left perfectly curled without the awkward crimp some other curlers leave behind.

have you discovered anything through the blog that has found a permanent home in your beauty bag this year?

dr. lipp original nipple balm for lips

for those of you who think i’ve lost my mind, bear with me here. i promise i’m going somewhere with this – and it’s going to be good.

beast feeding moms have been hip to the greatest beauty trick for years and someone (finally?) got smart and packaged nipple balm for lips. i was a total skeptic, but my momma friends have long been telling me that the stuff is great on your lips.

i believed them, but their raves didn’t exactly send me running to the drugstore to stock up on nipple cream. this little tube, though, was designed with me in mind. it looks like lip balm and it’s even beauty bag sized to make this whole situation feel more appropriate. however, i’m fully aware that even if it does look good in the package, not everyone is brave enough to slather nipple balm on their lips. but lucky for you, that’s why i’m here. and I’m telling you, you need to try this.

not just for its all natural, ultra rich, insanely long-lasting lip moisturizing goodness or even for the beautiful (i mean gorgeous!) shine that it leaves on your lips, but i mostly need you to try it for its incredibly strong grippy-ness and awesome functionality as a like-glue lip primer of epic proportions.

a word of warning, this formula is intensive and some may say sticky, but i am so sold on dr. lipp’s secret ability to latch on to lip color and hold tight for hours upon hours while still leaving lips crazy moisturized. it has turned some of my favorite shades of drying lipstick into complete winners because my lips are soothed and my color stays opaque and creamy. (ever notice how some lip balms thin out your lip color, making it more sheer than you’d like?) the best way i can describe it is that it almost acts as a barrier: lip moisture is sealed in place by the balm, and the balm holds on to your lip color for dear life.

i’ve already squirreled away several tubes, so if you want to snap one up before i get to your sephora next, buy dr. lipp original nipple balm for lips here for $14.50.

are you on board yet? had you tried this little gem of a beauty secret way before me?