Clinique Super Balm

I’m what you call a lip balm addict. I have tubes of the stuff in my purse, on various tables throughout the house, in the car, and on my nightstand. My problem is, I like to wear lipcolor, but it’s often drying. Thankfully, I found that Clinique’s Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss provides the best of both worlds – the emollient effects of a lip balm and the flattering coverage of a sheer gloss.

Clinqiue Super Balm

When I first put the gloss on, I noticed how smooth the texture was. Many of the cheaper drugstore brands are sticky, grainy, or gummy. Who wants to keep pulling their hair off their mouth because it keeps sticking to the lip gloss? I didn’t have this problem with Clinique. The texture of Superbalm stayed smooth on my lips and my hair stayed off the front of my face. For that reason alone, it’s worth the $15 price tag.

A second thing I noticed was how soft my lips stayed while wearing the gloss. Usually, I have to layer lip balm under whatever color I’m wearing, but this product contains moisturizing ingredients that kept my lips from drying out. Even after the gloss wore off, I noticed that my lips remained hydrated. It’s nice to know that I’m providing them with conditioning.

This product comes in several shades. My chosen color is Black Honey. It gives my lips a pretty stained look as though I ate a bowl of cherries. Best of all, the color stands out and lasts a while. The product gives a nice shine but doesn’t give you that plastic coating look.

Since high school, I’ve used the Clinique brand of products. I trust them for the consistent quality and their continued research in the cosmetic industry.

Buy Clinique Super Balm

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Getting Naturally Clean with Neutrogena Naturals

I was given an eco-friendly Bliss bag from Glam Media with a bunch of environmentally friendly items, including a set of skin care products from the Neutrogena Naturals line. Here is a look at the contents of my bag:

Neutrogena Naturals Gift

Pictured are the Neutrogena items plus some other fun and useful things such as a Babble water bottle with a built in filter, a Yoga Fan full of poses and instructions, a Crate and Barrel bamboo tool set, a loofa sponge from The Loofa Farm, and some Simple Squares snacks that I found to be both unique and tasty. This Yoga Fan is particularly useful and interesting!

Yoga Fan

The star of the show though was the Neutrogena Naturals items, which I was quite happy to test. I am covering some of them here and some on Beauty and Fashion Tech. All of the products are free of parabens and harsh chemicals. They are formulated to be primarily natural, and in many cases the packaging is also partially made from recycled materials. Since I like to use natural products when possible and often try to recommend natural items, I was quite happy to see Neutrogena offering such a line of products.

Here is a look at four of the items, with a focus on cleansing:

Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser: This is a nice daily use cleanser that features Willowbark as an ingredient. It will pick up dirt and oils, without leaving you dry. It is gentle, yet it also removed makeup just fine for me. It also rinsed clean. I was quite happy with it, but it is on the light side, so I preferred it as a general cleanser more than as a makeup remover. If you want a cleanser specifically designed for makeup removal, the line also offers a Fresh Cleansing+Makeup Remover that I really liked.

Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub: This is a very nice light scrub for cleansing with exfoliation. I find it perfect for light use a few times each week in between my use of heavier exfoliation items. If you have sensitive skin, this would be a good choice of scrubs to try. It also happens to smell terrific, as does almost all of the items in the Neutrogena Naturals line. The products have light, fresh scent that I can’t quite identify but that I really like. I noticed it the most in the scrub and the moisturizers.

Neutrogena Naturals Face and Body Bar: I really like glycerin soaps, and this one is especially nice because of its additions of olive and avocado oils to the soap. I love using natural oils for cleansing, and those two happen to be a couple of my favorites. It is a great way to cleanse without stripping the skin of oils while also providing some additional moisture to the product that won’t clog pores or cause acne. If you like glycerin soap, definitely check this one out!

Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm: I love this balm! I like my lip balms to be on the buttery side and thick enough to stay on without a ton of reapplication. This one fits that perfectly and it happens to include a lot of my natural favorite lip balm ingredients. For oils it has my favorites of Olive Oil and Jojoba Oil, plus Sesame and Sunflower Seed Oils. Then, it includes my two favorite butters – Shea and Cocoa butters. Anytime you put Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, and Olive Oil together, I am in heaven! The wax is beeswax. This balm is great for protection, but it would also be an excellent healing balm because it is more buttery than a lot of the balms out there. I really love this one!

Here is a closer look at the Neutrogena Naturals products:

Neutrogena Naturals Products

These items are an excellent way to add some natural products to your daily skin care routine. You can easily find them at drugstores, big box stores, or other major retailers.  They also are very budget friendly.

Neutrogena Naturals Logo

NEUTROGENA® Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer is a daily lotion that replenishes essential skin nutrients while providing continuous moisture throughout the day for healthier, younger-looking skin.  It contains no harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes or phthalates.

NEUTROGENA® Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Night Cream replenishes essential skin nutrients and is fortified with vitamins B, C, E and anti-oxidant omega bionutrients. This nourishing cream is clinically proven to boost skin’s defense against dullness and roughness, leaving it  naturally radiant, healthier and younger looking today and in the future.  It contains no harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes or phthalates.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Neutrogena via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Neutrogena.

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How To Make Lip Balm At Home

Whether you are interested in exploring natural, homemade cosmetic-making or you are looking for simple, DIY products for gifts, making homemade lip balm is a fun project. Making lip balm at home allows you to make a custom product perfectly suited to you. Lip balms can be made with natural oils making them ideal for an eco-conscious or an individual with skin sensitivities.

Homemade lip balm

Homemade DIY Lip Balm

Choosing Your Ingredients

A good DIY lip balm begins with an oil or cosmetic butter base. There are many products that are appropriate for creating homemade lip balms. Recommended oils include coconut oil, sunflower oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil and almond oil. Each type of oil contains similar healing and moisturizing properties. In addition to choosing an oil base product, you may wish to add honey, an essential oil or a plant extract to add flavor. Lavender is recommended for stress relief, while rosemary is known to help heal cracked lips. Natural honey also possesses healing qualities and adds flavor to the product. Vitamin E oil helps moisturize dry, cracked lips and keeps healthy lips smooth. Ingredients can be purchased online from a variety of craft or soap making stores and most local craft stores will also carry what you need.

Things You’ll Need

4 tablespoons of oil base product
1 tablespoon of beeswax beads
1 teaspoon of honey (optional)
2 to 5 drops of essential oil or plant extract oil (optional)
¼ teaspoon of Vitamin E oil or 1 Vitamin E oil capsule
Grater
Double boiler pan
Water
Whisk
Lip balm containers
Wire cooling rack
Eye dropper

 

DIY lip balm

How to Make Lip Balm

Step One:

Gently grate beeswax beads into a small bowl. A peel zester tool works well for grating beeswax.

Step Two:

Fill the base of your double boiler pan half full with water. Heat over high heat until the water begins to boil.

Step Three:

Turn down the heat. Add oil base, beeswax and essential or plant extract oil to the top of the double boiler. Whisk thoroughly until all ingredients are completely combined.

Step Four:

Add in vitamin E oil and honey. Whisk together until all of the ingredients are completely combined.

Step Five:
Open lip balm containers and place them on a wire cooling rack. Using an eyedropper, fill each container with the liquid, lip balm mixture.

Step Six:

Allow lip balm mixture to cool completely before using. As the product cools, the lip balm will stiffen. To speed up cooling, place cooling rack into the refrigerator.

DIY Lip Balm Tips and Tricks

Be sure to heat ingredients over low heat. Using a high temperature can burn the product, rendering the mixture unusable. This recipe should make 12 containers of lip balm, using standard, small containers. Containers with an easily removable, twist-on top are ideal for this project. Little plastic craft pots work nicely, but so do metal tins or tubes. You can also carefully clean and recycle old tubes or pots.

Want a tinted balm? You can add color to your lip balm by grating 1 teaspoon of your favorite colored lipstick into the pot when you add the honey and vitamin e oil. Or look for food safe color at your local store.

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