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Why I Brush My Lips… & You Should Too.

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There is literally nothing worse than dry lips.

Like. Yuck yuck yuck. Not cute.

There is also really no excuse for it IMHO. Yes, the weather gets cold, our skin gets dry, our lips get chapped… BUT you do not need to be a victim.

So, what’s a girl to do? Brush your lips. Duh!

Here’s why… Brushing your lips is the best way to exfoliate them and get rid of that dry, chapped skin. Furthermore… brushing your lips totally plumps your pout by increasing circulation and bringing more blood to the surface of the skin.

Softer, fuller lips…? Sign me up.

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So, after you brush your teeth… brush your lips. Using a wet toothbrush gently brush your lips. Don’t get carried away, your goal is exfoliation… let’s not get crazy. If you want to add a little extra umph use brown sugar for extra exfoliation. When you are done brushing lock in that moisture with a rich lip balm. I swear by Smith’s Rosebud Salve. I’ve talked about it before because it is seriously the best. Another great option ( and something that belongs in everyone’s medicine cabinet ) is Alba’s Un-Petroleum Jelly. Just steer clear of regular old Vaseline or anything containing ‘Petroleum’. Sorry, but petroleum belongs in your car… not on your face. EW. You’re skin is your largest organ. Be good to it!

So spill… what are your weirdest beauty tricks?

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The Perfect Thanksgiving Cranberry Lip

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Happy Turkey Day lovas! We all know that Thxgiving is all about the food… sweet potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie ( I’ll be making this one ), and more…. however, there are other ( calorie free ) ways of indulging! One of my favs…? Satisfying my sweet tooth with the perfect cranberry lippy!

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The steps:

– The night before ( and every night for that matter ) moisturize, moisturize, moisturize at bedtime. Our skin best absorbs moisture while we are sleeping. There is absolutely nothing worse than dry lips! Yuck! I like to use a super rich balm at bedtime, my fav is Smith’s Rosebud Salve.

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– Before applying your cranberry lip, lightly brush your lips with a soft toothbrush. This will exfoliate your lips, making your color go on flawlessly. ( I exfoliate my lips on the daily )

– Next apply your favorite lip balm, in my case it’s EOS. Remember this post? Ya, still obsessed with these bad boys!

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– Use your lip brush to apply a rich, cranberry toned lipstick. Currently diggin’ Kat Von D’s Foiled Love Lipstick in F.T.W. It is literally the perfect shade of cranberry, plus it’s paraben free… score! Apply heavily then blot, blot, blot. This will give you stained, “three sheets to the red wine wind” effect.

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– Top it off with an extra pop of color ( & moisture ) in the form of your favorite lip & cheek cream color. I love Stila’s Convertable Color in Poppy. This color is universally flattering and will totally brighten up your look.

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– Remember to keep the rest of your makeup soft & natural. A cranberry lip calls for a nude eye and clean face.

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Cheers to Thanksgiving… and the perfect cranberry lip!

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Hope you guys have the best T Day evs!

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Must Have Mondays: Pucker Up!

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Though I absolutely love winter fashion, I do not love the dry skin that comes along with it and I absolutely hate chapped lips. I have a bit of an obsession with lip balm. I swear that I buy and try a new chapstick weekly daily… but those days are long gone. I have found my new bff in the form of the most amazing little product… the EOS Smooth Sphere. These gems are not only adorable [they remind me of easter eggs], but they are crazy moisturizing and super delish. I was first drawn to these due to their cute colors and unique shape, but as I read the ingredients {as I always do} I started falling deeper and deeper. Not only are they gluten free {a must for me and surprisingly many chapsticks are not}, they are also paraben free, petrolatum free, and phthalate free [[YAY!!]] They come in a ton of tasty flavors; my favorite of the moment is Summer Fruit <– so yum. Do yourself a favor… pick ’em up, put ’em on, and show that winter weather who’s boss!!

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Must Have Mondays: Ooooh Baby Baby.

So… I must admit I’m pretty obsessed with this week’s must-have!! It’s all about the lips… and this product keeps mine super soft and lookin’ good. I’m talking about Maybelline’s Baby Lips! They are amazing and I literally own each and every color & flavor. Though it’s too hard to pic a fave flave I’ve gotta say I am really digging Pink Punch {I’m wearing it above}! You can’t go wrong with a pretty pink lip & it tastes like fruit punch… so delish!!

Must-Have-Mondays: Tinted Love

By now you should all know about my obsession with beauty products. What you may not know is that my collection of lip products in particular is almost embarassing. I have always gravitated towards anything and everything “lips”… lipstick, lipgloss, lipstains and tints, you name it… I love it! Maybe that’s because by simply changing your lip color you can change your entire look, persona, attitude, and more!! One of my absolute FAV lip products is Tarte’s Lipsurgence lip tint. They are super sheer, go on smoothly, and leave a nice natural stain on your lips. I have a nice little variety almost all of their colors. Eeek! They come in three finishes: the basic lip tint, matte lip tint, and lip luster. Needless to say, I love them all. One of the great things about this product is that it is formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, and a number of other nasty little things. Asking me to choose my favorite color is a bit like “Sophie’s Choice,” but if forced I would have to go with ‘Enchanted.’ It’s a natural, rosy hue that leaves just the right amount of color on my lips. These little beauties have been featured in Lucky magazine, People, InStyle, W and many more. They have also been awarded the InStyle Best Beauty Buys, Redbook’s MVP: Most Valuable Product, and I think they’re totally worthy of the title “Must-Have“!