Go-To founder and beauty queen Zoe Foster is one of the people I most admire so it should come as no surprise that I’m a big fan of her skincare line, especially the lip balm. You’ve heard it all before and you’re going to hear it again, I’m prone to the driest lips on the planet so when something can cure my dry lips it’s usually a winner. Go-To Lips A Super Balm is easily one of, if not my favourite lip balms of all time. Unlike many lip balms which simply sit on top of the lips and protect them from harsh elements, Go-To’s Lip Balm actually works and does something to the lips. Each time I use this lip balm it instantly soothes my poor dry lips and helps soften and get rid of any flakiness. Not only is it super hydrating and packed full of great ingredients like Shea Butter but it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy, instead it just leaves lips feeling perfectly moisturised. The product is packaged in my favourite type of packaging for lip products, it’s a squeeze tube which means you don’t have to stick your fingers into a pot and it’s much more hygienic than stick lip balms. The smell/taste is perhaps a little too intense at times but you eventually get used to it. Overall I really love this lip balm it’s natural, free of chemicals and has great packaging but most importantly,it works.
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step 1: If i have makeup on i always use my organic coconut oil. Its really light and is a gentle way to get all my makeup off. I have found it works better than any makeup pads i have used before. To use it just grab about a nickle size amount and rub it in your palm, this will make it liquify and then you can rub it on your face in circular motions. After really rubbing it in use a gentle rag and wipe it off or you can use an absorbent paper towel if you want.
step 2: I wash with this in the morning and at night after getting all my makeup off ,CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser for normal to dry skin. I love this wash especially if my skin is dry because it leaves it feeling smooth and hydrated after using it.
Step 3: After letting my face dry i will use Dickson’s Original Witch Hazel pore perfecting toner. You can use your fingertips to put this on or a cotton pad, whatever you like best. I love this stuff because it is fragrance free and is very gentle. It helps to depuff and soothe inflamed skin.
Step 4: Now after letting my face dry from my toner i will put my cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with sunscreen SPF 50+ on. Even though it has SPF in i put it on morning and night. It is very moisturizing and feels soothing on my skin.
Step 5: I religiously put my Dr. Dans Cortibalm all through out the day. This is the best lip balm that i have been able to find so far.
Step 6: All throughout the day i will use my coca butter but if i am feeling extra dry or just got out of the shower/bath then i will use my Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for dry or sensitive skin. This stuff is is very thick and will instantly give your skin a moisturizing feeling.
Step 7: My Aloe Vera 100% Gel ( pure no color added) I only use if i have been out in the sun that day or if my skin is really inflame. It is pretty sticky so i try and let it dry before falling asleep or it will get all over my pillow but it really does calm my skin down alot. Its also gives you a cooling effect which feels great.
I hope this helps you guys out. I will keep updating my routine if it changes but so far i am loving all these products. Let me know if you have any questions.
I just discovered like the BEST lip balm ever and it is soooo cheap. Its called Lypsyl and it’s just ??? so fucking good. I had really bad eczema growing up and my lips are like… practically always dry as a result. Anyway the past like two days my lips have been extremely sensitive despite exfoliating + the ointments I have at home and i was looking online for quality but affordable balms and I came across lypsyl and it has like…. GREAT reviews. anyway I found out that its sold @ walgreens and I got one today… I was a little hesitant abt it because it does include coconut oil and its not good for my skin but ??? this balm is literally a lifesaver like i put it on twice today and my lips are FINALLY Healing bith.. Wow.
Vaseline has been a product people have loved for generations and I’ve never quite understood why… Tell someone you’ve got dry lips? They’ll instantly respond with “put some Vaseline on them” but does Vaseline (or petroleum jelly) really cure dry lips?
Vaseline doesn’t provide any benefits to the lips, none, zero, nil. Vaseline is a “barrier” product, not a hydration product so all it will do is lock in moisture and help protect the lips from any further damage, this is all well and good but if you have very dry lips your lips wont have any moisture which means the Vaseline can cause them to dry out further.
Lips don’t have any oil glands which means they don’t produce any moisture. If you have dry lips you will want to use something that treats them and provides moisture like a lip treatment or mask and THEN apply a barrier lip balm on top, preferably one that is natural and organic rather than petroleum based. Still got dry lips? Read how to fix dry lips and keep them in tip top shape.
Since school season is upon us, I’ve decided that it is my duty as a high school senior to share the knowledge I’ve learned over the years. Here is a list (especially good for freshmen going into high school!) of things that you can and should have in your backpack.
• The backpack
Do not buy an expensive “lifetime guaranteed” backpack. You will get bored of it within six months. Trust me. Save yourself some money and get a cheaper one. It may break (it may not!), but you’ll be wanting a new backpack by then anyway. You could alternatively get a tote bag or messenger bag, but a regular, two strap backpack is recommended because it is easier on your neck, back, and shoulders when your carrying nearly 20 pounds of books and homework.
One single subject notebook for each class, or two or three 3 subject notebooks, or one or two 5 subject notebooks. The amount depends on the level of classes you’re taking and what kinds of classes (i.e. you’ll probably write more for a literature class than say, a math class).
One binder for every two classes you take, or one folder per class. Do not get a binder for each class. They will not all fit in your backpack, and you most likely won’t need them. If you do end up needing more, you can get them afterwards. Get dividers for your binders. If you prefer folders, make sure you get the sturdy, plastic kind, because the paper ones last about a day. Also, some teachers will require a binder for their class, so having at least one is good.
• Thumb drive/flash drive
Everyone has a teacher or two or five that insists on having the class do power points. This may be the only thing you use the flash drive for, and it will seem useless otherwise, but when you need it, it is the most helpful thing you can have in your backpack.
At least two colors, but you won’t need more than three. They’re great for studying, note taking, and other assorted things your teacher will have you do. Plus, who doesn’t love highlighters?
Unless you really love wooden pencils, I suggest mechanical pencils. A lot of classrooms don’t have a working pencil sharpener, or it works, but it sucks, so mechanical pencils can be a relief. If you do like the wooden kind, make sure you have your own handheld pencil sharpener. No matter what kind, only carry 3-5 pencils at a time, and replace them as needed. You’ll lose the pencils either way, but this way you’ll lose them gradually, and you’ll save yourself the trip to staples halfway through the year to buy new pencils.
Black and blue are best, because no teacher will tell you that you can’t use them. Some teachers will let you use colorful pens, but others will not, so make sure you at least have black and blue. Red is excellent too, for when your teacher has you correct your papers, or when you are editing an essay or peer reviewing. If you know you will lose pens easily, but a pen that you really like and won’t want to lose (I have a pen that is printed with a scene from The Hobbit and I haven’t lost it in three years).
• Book covers
This is something that you may never use, but they’re usually cheap, and there are some teachers that insist upon them for some odd reason. Make sure you get the really big ones, because they will actually fit on your textbooks.
• Hand sanitizer
You won’t always be able to wash your hands between classes, and there WILL be a few occasions when you touch gum under your desk (EW), and you will need this. This is also great during winter, when everyone is getting sick.
This isn’t strictly necessary, but if you have dry skin, this will come in handy, and it’s a great thing to have because even if you don’t need lotion, you may have classmates that will. Also very good for the winter months.
• Mini stapler and a pack of staples
Staplers get jammed easily. There may be times when all five staplers on your teachers desk are jammed. It will be so nice to have your own on hand. Also, if you do work during a study or in a library, you might not have access to a stapler otherwise.
• Paper clips
These are nice to have for organizing papers, but are not 100% necessary.
• A wallet
Use it to keep your school ID, permit/license, a library card (if you’ll need one), and any other credit/gift cards you have. They’ll come in handy. Make sure you have at least $5 at all times, but you’ll probably want around $15 total for school lunches or to buy any neat thing your school/department is selling for a fundraiser. You’ll want to have bills and coins. My school has vending machines, so if yours does too, the change will be very helpful if the machine is not accepting bills.
• A bag of personal supplies
Chapstick (the kind with sunscreen is best), lip balm, pads/tampons, a travel sized stick of deodorant (do NOT forget deodorant), a hairbrush and hair ties, face wipes, a lint roller, nail clippers, some mints or gum, band aids, some pain medication (this is against some school rules, but unless you’re waving it around in front of teachers/staff, it will go unnoticed and no one really cares. Bring it anyway. If could save you a trip to the nurse/home), sunblock if you need it, contact solution if you need it, and make up if you use it. This is a long list, and you won’t always need all of these things, so you could bring some of them as needed, for example, only bringing a lint roller when you’re wearing dark clothes.
• Glasses if you use them. And a case.
These will save your life. Trust me. Get a couple of those little packs of them. The ones with the cute, colorful designs. Perfect for when you get sick.
• Wet wipes
Not something you always think of, but absolutely wonderful to have.
• Your keys
Do not leave home without your keys unless you have a parent/sibling who will reliably be home or you always leave your house unlocked. You absolutely do not want to be locked out of the house (ever) but especially when it’s very cold or raining. Plus, you’ll most likely need to use the bathroom when you get home from school, so ALWAYS have your key.
Trust me. You may never need it, but if you don’t have it when you need it, you may spend half your school day completely soaked, and that’s not going to be fun at all. This is especially essential if you walk to school.
• Scarf, gloves, a hat, and a jacket.
Stay warm in the winter. You will be thankful you had these in your backpack when everyone else is complaining about how cold their ears/fingers are.
• A reusable water bottle
Easy way to stay hydrated, and a must have for gym class or athletics. Even if you don’t have a reusable bottle, always have water on you. Most of the water from water fountains tastes bad and won’t be enough to keep you hydrated.
Great if you ride the bus or have a study. Some teachers will even let you use headphones during quiet assignments or if you’ve finished a test and the rest of the class is working. Not all teachers will, but some of them are pretty awesome.
These are great for classes with a lot of vocabulary words, or when doing an oral presentation. Again, not something you will use every day, but very nice to have.
• A planner
Not everyone can or will use these, but if it will help you stay organized or remember upcoming tests/projects, get one.
• Red lipstick
Highly recommended for times you’re not feeling completely good or confident. Bring a small mirror or go to the bathroom and put some on. Guaranteed to make you feel better about yourself.
• A phone charger
This is a necessity. You will be so thankful. Even if you don’t use it, a friend or classmate may need it from time to time, and they will be so thankful.
• A sketchbook
If you like drawing, or even just doodling.
• A notebook for personal writing
If you like writing.
• A personal book
If you like reading.
• A snack
A granola bar or other non-messy snack (like grapes or carrot sticks) is good. There will be times you are hungry in or between classes, and you will need a snack. Some teacher will let you eat in their classroom. Others will not. Bring something anyway. You can probably eat it between classes.
• An EpiPen
If you have an allergy.
• An inhaler
If you need one, never forget it. Even if you don’t have asthma, there may be times someone else who does needs an inhaler and doesn’t have one, so this is never a bad thing to have.
• If you have space in your backpack, you can bring a change of clothes.
This may actually come in handy when you least expect it.
• A pack of cards or something similar
Great for something to do at lunchtime.
• A handheld gaming device
Again. Great for lunchtime, or on the bus.
• Anything else you notice yourself reaching for throughout the day
Hi friends! It’s time for our very first DIY beauty product! I think it’s fitting to make the first one lip balm, because who doesn’t love lip balm? This recipe is super easy with as little as four ingredients! It’s comparable to Burt’s Bees but at a fraction of the cost!
What You’ll Need:
3 Tbs Beeswax
2 Tbs Shea Butter
¼ Cup Grapeseed Oil (you can use jojoba, olive, almond oil instead)
8 drops Vitamin E oil (extends the life of the lip balm, great for your skin)
15 drops of essential oil (in this recipe I used 10 drops of Spearmint and 5 drops Vanilla extract)
In a double boiler (if you don’t have a double boiler, set a glad measuring cup into a pan of simmering water, that’s what I did!) melt the beeswax and she butter. Once both are melted add the grapeseed oil and Vitamin E oil. The oils will combine very easily with the others so once you add them you can remove from heat. Now that it’s removed from the heat you can add the essential oils for flavor and scent.
Use an eye dropper to fill the containers. This will reduce the chance of overfilling or spilling the lip balm. You can buy empty chapstick and lip balm containers online but I saved some containers (lip balm addict) and reused them!
That’s it! It’s that simple! Once the lip balm is in the containers, let it cool for about an hour and you are good to go! With this recipe I was able to fill three tubes and seven little pots! I have enough lip balm to last for years!
Get creative with the flavors! You can do it with no flavoring, but there are so many options! The next batch I make, I’m thinking lemon-lavender or ginger-orange blossom!
Any questions? Please feel free to send me an ask!
What are the best tinted lip balms for a natural look?
Generally speaking I prefer to spend my money on high pigment lipsticks, they can be applied directly from the tube for full colour pay off, with a brush for ultimate precision or with the fingertips for a subtle, stained effect. However, tinted lip balms still have their place in my makeup bag, they’re easy to apply and also make amazing cream blushes!
What would you say are some of the best lipsticks for chronically dry lips? Also, do you have an opinion on the best lip balms? Popular balms like EOS, Baby Lips, and even Burt's Bees do nothing for me.
My lips are always dry! If I don’t exfoliate them and apply lip balm at least twice a day they are dry and cracking.
Two things you should incorporate into your daily routine
Exfoliating your lips with a tooth brush gently for around 3 - 5 minutes every night or every other night. This will help remove dead skin so your lip balm sinks in better and is more effective/moisturizing and keep your lips baby soft.
Applying an intense lip balm at night before bed. You’ll wake up with moisturized, smooth lips.
Two lip balms that work best for me are Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm $7.50 and Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve in a Tube $6. You can get them both at Sephora and Jack Black at Nordstroms/Ulta! I like to use the Jack Black Lip Balm at night or if my lips are extremely dry because it’s suuuper moisturizing, when used at night I wake up with full, plump lips! I like to use the Rosebud Salve one during the day because it adds a light pink tint to the lips and keeps the moisture locked in.
As for lipsticks, if you keep a good lip routine going you should be able to use any lipstick. But I prefer tinted lip balms because they are easy, add color and are super moisturizing!
Some of my favs are
Maybelline Color Whispers. Smooth, creamy and moisturizing! The deeper colors have quite a bit of color payoff as well.
Tarte Lip Surgence. These are lip tints so they will add color, moisture and gently stain the lips. They even have lip stain versions and more intense pigmented versions.
Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment. One of my faaavorite lip products! Not only do they add color but they make the lips super soft and moisturized.
So a bunch of people who've reblogged that lip post from me have left tags about chapped/injured lips...
You cannot purchase a lip balm as good at this.
You need to obtain a glass vessel with a pour spout. A measuring cup works, but if you can swing it get one of these:
It’s a pyrex beaker (bomex also works) and you can get them on ebay for about five bucks.
Next you’re gonna want to get your hands on some pure beeswax. If you can get it as shavings, flakes, or pellets you’ll save yourself a ton of work, but it’s usually cheaper in blocks. If you have a local apiary, find out about getting it in bulk.
You want equal parts, by volume of three things:
granulated/shaved beeswax pressed firmly into your measuring device, as you would if measuring brown sugar.
A light oil, like coconut oil or grapeseed oil or hazlenut oil or jojoba oil. Something that has very low viscosity at body temperature.
A heavy oil, like olive oil or corn oil or avocado oil. Something with higher viscosity at body temperature. You can even push this and use things like cocoa butter and mango butter and avocado butter if you want something really deeply moisturizing.I don’t recommend shae butter as much because it has a weird flavor. That goes double on lanolin. But your mileage may vary.
Melt that shit in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring each time. Once it’s fully liquid, you can add oil-based flavorings or scents at this point. I like grapefruit peel oil or lime peel oil. I’ve made lavender and rose before too.
DO NOT USE PEPPERMINT. PEPPERMINT IS AN IRRITANT. LIKEWISE AVOID THINGS LIKE NUTMEG OR CLOVE.
Then you’re gonna need to obtain some lib balm tubes. You can buy them online for super cheap, or just buy the cheapest lip balm you can find, screw it all the way out of the tube and trash it, and screw the tube back down to fill with your melted goodness.
Don’t try to put this in pots or tins, it relies on keeping its shape and going on in a thin even layer. Once you break the surface it starts acting weird.
I make large batches (like 1 cup batches) this stuff every few months and refill my tubes as needed.
Keep one in your pocket. Keep one in your bag. Keep one in your night stand. Keep one in your car. Keep them EVERYWHERE. Have backups.
(FYI if this isn’t feasible the very best commercially available lip balm I’ve ever found is Burt’s Bees honey lip balm. Avoid the ones with peppermint oil, which is most of them. Go for the honey. Don’t use petroleum products like chapstick on your lips, as it just makes the problem worse over time. I have found that anything with a SPF rating also irritates the fuck out of my lips, but that might just be me.)
Steve's lip gloss is really a lip balm, recommended to him by the USO girls as the best lip balm there ever was. And they were right. The fact that it had a slight cherry pink tint that made Bucky's eyes pop out the first time he saw it was NEVER EVER A FACTOR in the recommendation. Never. At all. And when Steve found it was still being made, it was comforting and nostalgic. And if the first time the Avengers saw Steve put some on, Natasha punched Tony to keep him quiet as a service to us all.
The ladies were fairly familiar with Steve and Bucky by now and they were always willing to help out a friend in Dire Need. Also, Bucky’s reactions to this was generally the most entertaining thing they have ever seen. Especially when he was spotted with some of the lip balm on his own lips, in the same way one would get it if one happened to kiss a person wearing said lip balm.
There may have been cackling involved from the general direction of maeglinstark who also kept a supply of said lip balm in his first aid supplies, especially since Mae loved to mess with a certain Sergeant’s head.
It was very gratifying to see that Steve wearing said lip balm in the current century still had the power to elicit the same reactions from Bucky Barnes.
Natasha took pictures for posterity.
No Tony, you can’t have any. That’s the wrong color for you anyway, baby.
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Here are some products that I have come to love while gestating a tiny human.
LUSH DREAM CREAM: I got cocoa butter ASAP and had no problems with it, but the smell is just…overpowering. Pregnancy nose is real. A friend got me a small jar of this for Christmas and I was hooked. It has a light, neutral scent and soaks in well. Itchy belly is real, and I use this on my belly two times a day and have had no problems.
LUSH SILKY UNDERWEAR: This is a very light, floral scented body powder. If you have problems with snug clothes chaffing as you get bigger, this could help. I like using it at the end of the day on all the places my skin rubs now that didn’t rub together before.
COLACE/GAS-X: Just…swallow your pride. And these meds as needed. My first trimester was relatively easy considering I expected morning sickness and nothing else. I didn’t get that. I had gas cramps. As your hormones rage in the first trimester, you’ll swing between gas/bloating and constipation. Seek relief as needed. I didn’t put Tums on here because I haven’t had a problem with heartburn, really, but be prepared for that too. So glamorous.
WITCH HAZEL: I used this before I got pregnant, stopped using it, and I don’t know why. Thayers is a nonalcoholic brand with a light scent that I use as a toner. It’s really refreshing at the end of the day–or middle of the day if you need a pick up. Also, I used this kind with some aloe vera to make padsicles in the event I have a vaginal delivery. (Don’t know what that is? Pinterest it. Just go.)
LUSH 9-5: I just bought this when I restocked on Dream Cream. It’s apparently Lush’s only liquid face wash. It’s more of a lotion, and it’s very gentle if you’re experiencing sensitive skin while pregnant. I wipe off my make up with a warm wash cloth, layer this on, and “wash” my face with cotton rounds, and then rinse. (And follow with the Thayers toner.) I’m impressed so far. If you’re pregnant, you’re supposed to avoid most acne medications, and I had been using a salicylic acid regime before. I’ve had no flare ups in the couple days I’ve been using this.
GENTLE SOAP: I’m giving a shout out to TeaHelped on etsy here, a soap shop run by a college friend. You’ll want soap that is easy on your skin–because your skin will do weird stuff during this strange time. Also, you don’t want something that will offend pregnancy nose. I’m a handmade soap person, so you do you and find what you like. Just don’t be shocked if your old standby suddenly disagrees with you.
VITAMIN A & D: I swear by this stuff for everything. I use it before Neosporin most times, and it’s the best overnight lip balm ever. It’s way easier than normal to be dehydrated while pregnant, and for me, my lips are the first to dry out when that happens. Also, any weird scaly patch I find gets this first. And I put it on my heels with socks if they’re cracked. I just use it all the time. Don’t judge me. (NOT PICTURED: LANOLIN. A & D is petroleum and lanolin, but if you have dryness around your nippies, use straight lanolin instead. Much gentler. Also works as a lip balm. I’m just sayin’.)
FIBER/PRENATALS: I don’t care that I’m 31 years old and taking gummy vitamins. They still work. Vitafusion’s flavors are good and haven’t upset my stomach–and I did try a couple prenatal vitamin brands that didn’t agree with me. i took fiber every day before I got pregnant and continue to, so I don’t know if that has helped with me not having as many digestive issues as my other pregnant friends or not.