I used to wear strawberry chapstick exclusively for the better part of my 25 years (errr…I think I’m 26 now actually?). It has this perfect just-bitten hue that I couldn’t find anywhere else. That mixed with it’s faux strawberry flavahh couldn’t be beat IMO.
…until I learned about intuitive lip balm. Do you know of this magical, mythical product? I truly feel like it’s one of the most underrated makeup products out there. Basically, the balm reacts with the chemistry of your lips to enhance it’s natural color. Super subtle, yet it somehow creates this perfect hue that you never knew you needed before. Also, it reacts to everyone differently. So for me, it’s a super light pink. For someone else, it could be richer. It’s like it knows exactly what color your lips ought to be. Magic, I tell you.
My favorite intuitive lip balm is Dior Addict Lip Glow. It’s a little on the pricey side but honestly and truthfully, I think it’s so worth the bucks. It’s really moisturizing and it lasts on your lips for a VERY long time. We’re talking HOURS. It’s perfect for daytime when you need a little hint of color but still want to look like yourself.
Find it here or here.
*PS…my favorite intuitive lip gloss is Smashbox’s O-Gloss. Oh it’s the most perfect pink if you’re more of a gloss person than a balm person!
I’ve mentioned this before but Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love cooking, I love baking, I love EATING, and I love spending time with my family. So pretty much Thanksgiving was destined to be my favorite. My mom and I have made the whole meal for our extended family for as long as I can remember and because of that, I’ve figured out all the essentials I need when in the kitchen for 2 days straight. Now, of course I have about 89 more essentials for Thanksgiving, but here are a few that I love:
ONE: A pre-seasoned skillet to saute everything in. And I mean EVERYTHING.
TWO: Every year, we like to try new recipes and I’ve found that Real Simple always has the easiest and most traditional dishes. For Thanksgiving dinner, I like the food to be simple and straightforward. Nothing crazy over here. This year, about 90% of our dishes are from the November issue of Real Simple.
THREE: This one seems obvious, but a good set of measuring spoons can make all the difference in the world!
FOUR: Standing in the kitchen all day is not easy on your little toesies. I love Wigwam socks because they’re super warm and cozy.
FIVE: A loose sweater to hide the eventual food baby.
SIX: A simple pie dish, like this Giada de Laurentiis for Target one, is a perfect way to show off all those pies. Pumpkin, pecan, apple – I’ll have a slice of each, k thanks.
SEVEN: For appetizers, a slate cheese board adds such a nice touch and will keep your guests busy while you’re still working in the kitchen.
I’m going to be honest with you: I buy a lot of shit. But…I try to invest in things (“try” being the emphasized word here) that I know will benefit me in the long run. Essentials, if you will.
So I’ve decided to start a new column about all of my favorite essentials. It’ll be anything from my go-to tees to my favorite kitchen tools. I’m no expert on products WHATSOEVER so you can completely ignore everything I say if it ain’t yo thang.
So here goes! My first essential is Egyptian Magic. One time, I left it at my parents’ house and my mom asked me if it was sex cream. UM, NO MOM!!!! It’s a salve for dry skin, JEEZ!!!!! #awkward.
It resembles Aquaphor or Vaseline but it’s a bit more natural with its’ beeswax and olive oil ingredients. Here’s what I use it for: on dry skin (face, elbows, toes, hands); removing my makeup (eye and lip); on my split ends; as a chapstick for my lips; on my eyebrows to create shape; on sunburns in the summer; and around my eyes. What a multi-tasker!
Also, it lasts FOREVER. I bought this jar probably 8 or 9 months ago and I’ve barely scratched the surface. I love it almost as much as when I click a link in Pinterest and it takes you to the ACTUAL original source. Best thing ever, am I right? You can find it here!