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Younger Looking Lips, NEW Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment #NationalLipstickDay

Hey Mamas,

Happy National Lipstick Day!

In addition to scooping up a free lipstick from MAC – yup, go get them, there’s no catch! – I wanted to share a new treatment that might help you achieve younger looking lips, while you sleep.

I’m sure you apply nightly eye creams, masks and moisturizes to your face, but the lips and the area around them can develop some of the most dramatic signs of aging. Hello, my name is “laugh lines”, and I also have a friend called “feather lines”.

Sun damage, smoking, lots of smiling, even stress, will cause the lip area to develop permanent lines and wrinkles.

Celebrate National Lipstick Day by trying out a cool new product from Dermalogica called the Nightly Lip Treatment. This JUST CAME OUT so I’ve only used it a few times, but I’m excited about the treatment’s possibilities.

Fellow mama and NY-based Celebrity Dermatologist, Dr. Whitney Bowe, is a huge fan. She recommends using this product to target signs of lip aging, while also making sure you stay hydrated, avoid the sun during peak hours and don’t forget SPF on lips, stop smoking, and avoid drinking from straws.

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Apply Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment overnight to help firm, hydrate and restore skin on and around the lips, while preventatively smoothing away laugh and feather lines, and improving elasticity. The delicate formula is meant to target the intrinsic (physiological) and extrinsic (external) factors which contribute to lip aging. The goal, at least for me, is to achieve younger looking lips (and an overall youthful look) without an invasive procedure. Me an needles – it’s not a good mix. Key ingredients in the balm include Indian gentian extract, volumizing technology, sesame seed extract, shea butter and pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract and glycerin complex.

Curious about what your lips say about you? Click Here to check out the “Read My Lips” website, where you upload a photo  of yourself and it will guess your age based on your lips. Lips don’t lie.

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Okay, off to the pool (Coola SPF on the lips of course) to enjoy the the sun with the munchkins. Happy Saturday.

PS Don’t forget to use those lips – kiss away.

8 Tips for Cleaner Greener Beauty Cabinet, Let’s Talk Live #TVsegment

Hey Mamas,

Spring time, at least for today, – hello sunshine and 60-degree weather – is upon us. This season always makes me want to organize and update my beauty cabinet.

Except now, I’m not just thinking about a new shade of lipstick or a bolder bronzer. My cleaner greener journey is growing, and I took the show on the road, literally, sharing my finds on Let’s Talk Live DC.

If you’ve been following this blog and my Instagram account, you know I’m constantly evaluating and questioning the cosmetics and body products that come across my desk. This segment is all about the little changes you can actually do, not a total revolt against all products that don’t adhere to the “free from” labels.

Who’s ready to for a Cleaner Greener Beauty Cabinet?

TIP 1 –Remember Expiration Dates

Take note of the small cylinder with lid icon, located on your cosmetics and skincare products. Inside the cylinder, there will be a number (6, 12, 18, 24) following by an M. So, “6 M” means you should stop using the product 6 months after initially opening it.

With the products that most women own, it’s espier to label your beauty items, then try and remember “When did I buy that mascara?”

I also like to color code my cosmetics, so that it’s not all black ink, and easier to sort in my beauty cabinet/drawer.

TIP 2 – Buy Nontoxic Lipstick

If you are looking to upgrade and make one nontoxic beauty change, my suggestion is lipstick. Why? Because it’s the most reapplied cosmetics idea AND we ingest the ingredients via licking lips, drinking and eating.

Make sure your popular go-to lipstick is 100% lead free. If you aren’t sure, based on their website and/or ingredient list, call the manufacture up.

Recent science indicates there is no safe level of lead exposure, even though the FDA allows small dosages. Lead is a neurotoxin and can be dangerous at small doses. Medical experts are clear that any level of lead exposure is unhealthy.

BRANDS TO TRY:

TIP 3 – Wash Face with Coconut Oil

From your kitchen to you beauty cabinet, coconut oil is a natural way to gently stick away makeup and environmental build up, on your face. It’s completely non toxic, effective, and leaves a glowy dew. Best of all, it doesn’t sting your eyes, like many common makeup removes/face wash.

TIP 4 – Skin-friendly Skincare

There are so many “free-from” skin brands on the market right now, that help improve firmness, tone and texture of skin, that you don’t need a chemically-laced option. You also don’t need to spend a fortune on the free-from options.

FARMACY is affordable, effective, and focused on naturally-derived ingredients that are free of parabens, artificial coloring and formaldehyde. The brands prized ingredient is a unique, natural antioxidant, that helps to protect your skin’s collagen (aka the glue that keeps it tight, bright and youthful!).

TIP 5 – Chemical Free Acne Care

Women tend to break out during the change of the season and thank-goodness there are always new solutions coming out to help with this pesky problem.

Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask is a chemical-free, UV free solution for acne, using the power of blue light (which fights blemishes) and red light (which combats irritation). Dermatologists have used similar products in their offices for over a decade, now you can too.

TIP 6 – Kill Cold Sores with Flowers

As someone who’s prone to getting cold sores, I’ve don’t it all, tried it all. The over-the-counter cold sore remedies are often very strong, but feel like they are burning my skin.

Aubio Cold Sore Treatment Gel worked on me in less than 3 days. It’s made with a botanical blend that stops the painful itching, sooths and clears up the cold sore. This gel is natural, safe, and non-allergenic.

TIP 7 – Smarter Nail Care Sorting

We’ve all fussed through our beauty cabinet, to find a rainbow mix of nail polishes that never stay up. Bins and ziplock bags take up lots of space and just don’t help.

Color clutch is an innovative storage solution for nail polish, that’s compact (2 inches thick) and stands upright like a book. The clear lid allows nail color to be viewer while sitting upright in the case. #WhyDidntIThinkofThis

TIP 8 – Natural Nails

Who can stand the smell of nail polish drying? Eeek!! I’ve gotten headaches from doing my own nails in the bathroom. Can you relate?

Try Zoya nail polish for a more natural way to take care of and color your nails. Zoya is Big5Free meaning the formula is free of Formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, and camphor.

Hey preggos, it’s safe for pregnant women to use. #BumpBonus