skin care

Sephora VIB Sale Picks and Wishlist | Spring 2017

by Jamie Sanford on April 18, 2017

The Sephora VIB sale event is back!

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April 18-24: VIB Rouge Members receive 15% off on all purchases, in store and online.

April 19-24: VIB members receive 15% off on all purchases, in store and online.

April 20-24: Beauty Insiders receive 15% off on all purchases, in store and online.

To become a VIB member, you have to spend $350 at Sephora in the span of a year. I’ve managed this the last few years by purchasing skincare from Sephora instead of with the individual brands. To become a VIB Rouge member, you have to spend $1000 at Sephora in the span of a year, which doesn’t feel like reality. I’m guessing it is mostly beauty professionals in this category.

So let’s get into it! The list below combines my wishlist or items I would like to pick up, as well as favorites that I might have to stock up on while they are being discounted. I will definitely also be picking up skin care items from Murad and Origins.




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Instagram Roundup #50

by Jamie Sanford on July 24, 2013

Here are all of the other Instagram Roundups!

It’s been a slow week for Instagrams.

I’ve been driving past the Elmwood Park Athletic Club for years, and I LOVE the signage. They are now turning this building into a church, so I’m afraid the signage will be going away. I wonder if they would be willing to part with the figures? They are amazing.

Saw this amazing set of triumphant flaming eagles out on the road.

I have lots of products on my nightstand. I’ll be writing about that DDF serum soon.

We had a very veggie-rific lunch over the weekend, when Will was trying to cook the vegetables we had purchased. Why do we always make the mistake of overbuying things like this?

Apparently I’m not the only one who misses the keyboard from the BlackBerry. I found this one the other day and really enjoyed pressing the buttons. I’ve had an iPhone for 3 years and I still suck at typing on it.

My tacos in progress at Chipotle. Not 10 seconds later, there was a hot mess situation with some sour cream. I love my tacos from Chipotle but it is nearly impossible to get them without some sort of problem.

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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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