lip gloss

Instagram Roundup #18

by Jamie Sanford on December 12, 2012

Here are all of the other Instagram Roundups!

Snow in November 27th.

Well I hope so!

Tiny Edward makes an appearance.

I found gift cards with balances! Love it.

I got this teeny tiny Lorac lip gloss with an Ulta purchase. I put the Chapstick in the image for scale. It is the cutest thing.

In a showing of epic yuppie-dom, we drank mini icewines on our way into the Dave Matthews Band concert.

We were on the side of the stage. The setlist was disappointing and I had some unfortunate people around me, but it was still OK.

Online shopping – look at this adorable candle holder! I wish I had room for stuff like this.

Rocking my awesome furry hat in the elevator.

Will and I’s birthday dinner was again at The Melting Pot. They gave us birthday cards when we arrived!

…and we got an edible gift before we left.

On my actual birthday, I went out with Jason to Suite. Will stayed home to do schoolwork.

We saw Miz Cracker and Brenda Dharling perform, and this happened. It was amazing. Plus, free birthday shot!

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Lip Balm Reviews and Recommendations

by Jamie Sanford on July 27, 2011

Lip Balm Recommendations

I really love lip balm, I am constantly applying something to my lips to keep them moisturized and feeling healthy.  I’m not a big lipstick person, and I wear a lot of eyeliner so I like to keep the lip color to a minimum. You gotta keep the lips soft and moisturized though, chapped lips aren’t sexy. So, lip balm is a major part of my life.

So here are my lip balm reviews and recommendations!

Yes, I am 31 and recommending Boo Berry Lip Balm.  I bought this initially for some nostalgic goodness, but it turns out that this is a bangin’ lip balm. It is blue, super delicious and has a great texture, which can sometimes be a problem for me with lip balms.

Bonus is that the blue color can actually show up on the lips a bit, which I really like.  It gives my natural lip color a little something extra.

The Boo Berry Lip Balm is available from Perpetual Kid for $2.99.

Smith’s Rosebud Salve is next on my lip balm list.  While I do own a tin and enjoy it, it is not my favorite lip balm. However, it’s a great multi-use product, I have used it before to tame some frizzy hair and I understand its good for moisturizing cuticles as well.  In a pinch it will be a fine lip balm, but the texture of it is a little slippery for me.  I like something with a bit more heft to it, the the Smith’s Rosebud Salve doesn’t have that for me.

Smith’s Rosebud Salve is available from Amazon for $6.65.

Nivea Lip Care came into my life through the fabulous toiletries bag that one gets while flying Emirates.  It’s very nourishing and unisex, it has no color and doesn’t feel like a lipstick.  It’s about as light as it can be without being too light in texture for my personal taste.  It makes my lips feel soft and fabulous, and bonus to Emirates for providing quality products for those long flights when the stale air in the plane can wreak havoc on skin.

Nivea Lip Care “A Touch of Moisture” is available from Amazon for $2.50.

The classic, Chapstick is a great product.  Cherry is my favorite Chapstick flavor, so that’s what I’m sharing here, and I love it, but Chapstick isn’t as fulfilling for me as a lip treatment.  There are products on the market that are good for adding some color and are lip balm like, but don’t provide the name level of moisture that come from other thicker products.  However, having a Chapstick in your pocket or whatever is still a classic choice.  It will definitely keep your lips feeling moisturized and may even provide a little bit of color, but I would recommend using another product if your lips are already dry and chapped and need actual healing.

(Note that I am talking about Cherry Chapstick here – Medicated Chapstick is great when your lips aren’t in the best shape.)

Chapstick in Cherry is available from Amazon for $7.90 for a pack of 3.

I have run into a lot of Carmex haters, but this is a serious product. No, the look and feel of Carmex doesn’t have the sexy branding you can get from other products, but Carmex does the job.  If your lips are feeling dry or painful, slap on some Carmex and you are on your way to feeling better.  The only issue I’ve ever had with Carmex was my own fault, I left a pot of it in my car in the summer and nearly burned my lip off trying to put some on when I got in the car.  Carmex turns to LAVA in the sun.  So besides my own stupidity, I have nothing but love for Carmex.  I find it especially good for intense lip moisturizing overnight, put on a nice coat of Carmex before bed and your lips will be soft and supple when you wake up.

Carmex is available in a .5-ounce pot from Amazon for $2.05.

This is Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm.  It is my current favorite lip balm, but I only have 1 tube, and it’s on my desk at work.  Sadly, my husband hates the smell so I can’t be using it all the time at home without having to deal with a husband that doesn’t want to kiss me.  The smell is quite strong, it smells like beeswax candles to me, which is a scent that I really like.  The texture and weight of the product is amazing, it feels wonderful on my lips and leaves them feeling fabulous.

Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm is available on Amazon for $3.50.

I would love to get some opinions in the comments of this post, I know that everyone has their favorite lip balm and it seems to be a product that people are really into defending.  Let us have it!

Disclosure: I purchased all of the products mentioned in this post, with the exception of the Nivea Lip Care that I received via an Emirates flight toiletries bag.

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Sephora Holiday Gift Sets

by Jamie Sanford on November 30, 2010

If you haven’t started shopping yet, you might want to definitely do your shopping online, the stores will be a mess until after the holidays are over.  Luckily, stores like Sephora have put all of their holiday special sets online and they are great gift options.

As of now, there are 148 options in the gift set section of the Sephora website.  Here are a few of my favorites:

The Tarte Jewelry Box is a fabulous item.  I have the 2009 version of this and it’s been a great addition to my makeup collection.

An exclusive, limited-edition palette packed with 32 new eyeshadows, eight lip glosses, a mineral bronzer, a new shimmering powder, five deluxe long-wearing eyeliners, and a detachable necklace.

Grab this collection from Sephora for $52.


We all know a lip gloss addict.

Two new shades join this lineup of six gorgeous glosses, allowing you to pick the perfect color that fits your mood. Each of these innovative formulations provides high shine and medium color payoff in a silky, ultra-light gloss with a peach sorbet flavor.

This set contains:
– 6 x 0.1 oz Gem Glosses in Disco Nap, Barrette, Carousel, Fuchsia Revolution, Semiprecious, Ruby Headphones

Buy this great set of 6 Tarina Tarantino glosses for a mere $25.


Readers of the blog know that I love nail polish. I do have a few bottles of Sephora for OPI and the polish is really nice.

A perfect gift, this Sephora by OPI set includes 18 shades that range from essential to edgy. These longwearing, chip-resistant colors include a versatile spectrum of reds and a sampling of daring colors that can add fabulous fingertips to any look.

This set contains:
– 18 x 0.12 oz Nail Colors in A True Romantic, Techno Girl, Access 24/7, Ms. Can’t Be Wrong, What A Broad, Just A Little Dangerous, Cab Fare, Caliente Coral, Special Request, High Maintenance, Sample Sale, I’m With Brad, Leaf Him At The Altar, Mermaid To Order, Opening Night, Already Famous, Dating The Drummer, Never Enough Shoes

This is a great set of miniature bottles, so the gift recipient can try out the different colors and go out and get a full-sized bottle of anything they like.  This is available from Sephora for $48.

Love this!

This set of nine fragrance samples includes a voucher for a full-size version, making it a perfect present when you’re not sure what to choose. Its box opens to reveal a range of Sephora’s bestselling women’s fragrances that can be sampled right away. From the fruity, urban chic of DKNY Be Delicious to the luxurious, floral sophistication of Prada Infusion d’Iris, choose a favorite, then take the included voucher to a Sephora store to receive a full-size version.

Even better than the nail polish sampler – this one actually has the voucher for a full-size version.  Plus, Versace Bright Crystal is in there, and that’s one of my favorite scents ever.  This sampler set with full-size voucher is available from Sephora for $75.

Check out the entire gift set collection from Sephora here.

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