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New ChapStick 100% Natural Lip Butters

 

Reading labels

When was the last time you read a label on a product you use often? If you haven’t done it in a while, you should.

Even products that you think are better for you often contain mystery ingredients. Why? If something is suppose to be natural you should understand what the ingredients are.

Admittedly, some ingredients are written in their scientific terms. That might make them look like they are a synthetic and/or man-made ingredient when it’s really not. For example – butyrospermum parkii is another name for Shea Butter and rubus idaeus is another name for raspberry.

I think these natural ingredients should be listed using words we are familiar with (such as shea butter). I’m just saying…

I try and use the most natural products possible – both on my person (bath and body products) and at home (cleaning products, the foods that we eat…). It’s not always easy, but I do try and read labels and make better choices for me and my family.

One of our favorite brands, ChapStick, has a line of natural lip butters worth checking out.

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We’re long time fans of ChapStick. I’ve been using the lip balms since I was a young girl. My husband too. In fact, my husband is NEVER (and I do mean that literally) without Cherry ChapStick. For Christmas I usually stuff his stocking with Cherry ChapStick – enough to last him an entire year (or more). It might sound like a lame gift idea, but he loves it. He keeps one in his pocket, in his wardrobe, in his car and at his desk at work. That’s the reason why he has such soft, kissable lips.

ChapStick sent me some of their all natural lip butters to try out for myself, as well as some “sweet” treats in the form of fresh fruit. Just like ChapStick’s 100% Natural Lip Butters , fresh fruit is also all natural.

If you follow me on Instagram (SheScribes) you might have seen the photo I took of one of the ChapStick All Natural Lip Butters with some farm fresh blueberries.

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Sadly, I can’t find the photo I snapped of a ChapStick’s 100% Natural Lip Butters with some AMAZING cherries from The Fruit Company. For the life of me I can’t find it and I know I have it on my computer somewhere.

ChapStick’s 100% Natural Lip Butters are made from ingredients that most people can understand (and appreciate).

Take for example the Green Mint Tea variety. Here is the product label.

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As you can see, it’s made with a lot of natural ingredients (given in their scientific names). There are a few ingredients I don’t really understand (tocopheryl acetate) but I looked it up. It’s another name for Vitamin E.

I think it would be easier for things to be written in the common names we know they by.

ChapStick’s 100% Natural Lip Butters are available in three different flavor/varieties – Green Tea Mint, Pink Grapefruit and Sweet Papaya. Pink Grapefruit it my favorite.

The lip butters have a nice, mild taste to them. They are not overly sweet or candy like. I’m not a fan of candy like lip products. I don’t like having that taste on my lips all day long. I like the more natural, subtle taste of these lip butters.

The lip butters work wonderfully. They keep your lips soft, smooth and hydrated.

With the cooler weather upon us, my skin tends to try out very bad. My lips will split and crack open when they get too dry (especially the corners of my lips/mouth). That is why is super important for me to keep products on hand that I can use to prevent that from happening. ChapStick’s 100% Natural Lip Butters are a great choice.

If you would like to learn more about them, visit the ChapStick website at www.ChapStick.com. You can also find the brand on social media.

What do you think about ChapStick’s 100% Natural Lip Butters? Have you tried them yet? Which flavor do you think you’d like the most?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples and three months of fresh fruit to do my review. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty is BACK!

 

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Oh my goodness! I almost missed out on Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty Event! It started on September 4th, but thankfully there is still a week left. The event doesn’t end until the 24th of September (2016).

I have written about Ulta’s 21 Day Beauty Events in the past. Each day for three weeks (21 days), Ulta offers consumers special deals and offers on popular beauty brands and products. The special deals are available both online and in stores with extra deals available for online and in store shoppers.

The deals are only good for a 24 hour period. After that the deal is over.

To make sure I don’t miss anything I bookmark the special 21 Days of Beauty Event webpage, www.Ulta.com/21Days.

The beauty event is a great way to stock up on your favorite products, as well as try out new products.

Check out this week’s deals.

Sunday, Sept. 18th.

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Monday, Sept. 19th.

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Tuesday, Sept. 20th.

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Wednesday, Sept. 21st.

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Thursday, Sept. 22nd.

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Friday, Sept. 23rd.

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Saturday, Sept. 24th. 

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A few of these products I have tried in the past and love them. The Mario Badescu acne cleaner is a product both of my kids used a few years ago. They also have a pink liquid that helps to dry out pimples which worked great too.

I also had the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara. Loved it!

I’m also a big fan of the Benefit line of products.

In addition to the daily deals there are extra deals to be found. Simply visit the Ulta.com/21Days webpage and scroll down to the bottom to find other daily/weekly deals.

I love shopping at Ulta.com. We don’t have a store locally or I would shop in person so I could see all the goodies they have available.

Every year for Christmas I like to purchase gifts for my daughter and friends from Ulta. My daughter loves make-up and she enjoys trying out different brands and colors. I love to fill her stocking with her favorites (and a few new ones) from Ulta.com.

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BUXOM 6 Degrees Below Sexy Plumping 6 Pc Mini Full-On Lip Polish Collection

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It Cosmetics Superhero Eye Transforming Anti-Aging Super Palette

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LORAC Alter Ego Dynamic Duo Set

Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Lipstick Palette

Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Lipstick Palette

Tarte Styled By Hrush Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Styled By Hrush Eye & Cheek Palette

When it comes to my friends I love to gift them bath and body products like Philosophy, The Body Shop and Mr. Bubbles. Believe it or not, Ulta.com has A LOT of Mr. Bubbles products. The brand is not just for kids.

This is why shopping at the Ulta 21 Day Beauty Event is great to do – Not only can I buy my favorite products (or products I’d like to try) but I can also stock up on great gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

I would recommend signing up for Ulta’s email so that you know in advance when their 21 Days of Beauty Event are happening so that you don’t miss out. I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to notify readers sooner, but hopefully you can still enjoy some great deals.

If you would like to learn more about Ulta visit Ulta.com (or Ulta.com/21Days for their beauty event page). You can also find store locations on the brand’s website.

Are you a fan of Ulta? Do you ever take advantage of their 21 Days of Beaut Event?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received free products in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Head back to school with ChapStick

 

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Summer is almost officially over. Fall starts in just a few days (although it’s hard to tell by the hot and humid temperatures).

By now everyone is back into the swing of things when it comes to school. Our school district is on it’s second full week of school.

My kids are in high school and college. Even though they have both been back to school for over two weeks now, they are still coming home with wants and needs for the new school year. Thankfully I stock up on the essentials so we always have what they need on hand.

There is one product that should be considered a staple when it comes to skincare – ChapStick. ChapStick is America’s favorite lip balm, and a perfect must-have addition for any backpack.

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My husband is one of the biggest ChapStick fans that I know. He has been using Cherry ChapStick sine he was a young boy in school. Fast forward 40 years later and he’s still a fan of Cherry ChapStick. I don’t know if he originally started off with Cherry, but I know he’s been using it every day since we’ve been together (20 years). He is never without Cherry ChapStick. I can ask him for it at any time – year round – and he’ll always have one in his pocket.

He loves it so much that for Christmas I buy him several packages for his stocking.

My own kids have been using ChapStick for as long as I can remember (at least since Elementary school). It’s the best way to keep your lips smooth and moisturized.

Our son doesn’t care what flavor he uses. Our daughter likes to try different flavors all the time.

Personally I like the mint one and often the limited edition seasonal ones like Candy Cane.

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Did you know that you can now purchase ChapStick on their new online store. Their store carries a nice variety of products included tinted ChapStick products, the classics and other assorted varieties. Please note: There is a minimum quantity requirement of 3 items in order to proceed with checkout.

I received a cute little lunchbox full of ChapSticks. My whole family was anxious for me to take photos so that they can open up their favorites and take them. Right now my entire family has ChapStick tubes. My daughter keeps her’s in her purse and in her room. Our son has his in his backpack and another in his room. My husband took ALL of the Cherry ChapSticks (LOL) and I keep one on my desk, one in my car an one in my purse.

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While you are picking up a few last minute school supplies, be sure to stock up on ChapStick for your student and for your whole family.

For more information about ChapStick you can visit the official website. You can also follow the brand on social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

Would you consider ChapStick a “must have” back to school supply?

What is YOUR favorite ChapStick variety?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples and a gift card in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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5 Natural Teeth Whitening Tricks You Can Easily Do at Home

 

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A lot of people aspire to have whiter teeth. Unfortunately, however, professional whitening procedures aren’t only costly, but they can also take much of your time. If you are looking for natural alternatives, here are a few tricks you can try:

Baking Soda with Lemon Juice

Baking soda has a mild abrasive agent that can gently scrub away any surface stains on your teeth. It’s also alkaline in nature, which means it can balance the pH level of your mouth. This helps prevent bacteria from proliferating in your oral cavity. Lemon juice, on the other hand, has an innate brightening effect.

Directions:

Take a few teaspoons of baking soda and put it in a clean bowl. Add enough drops of lemon to create a paste. Expect the mixture to chemically react and form bubbles. Before actually applying the paste on your teeth, wipe off excess saliva using a paper towel. You can use a spare toothbrush or a cotton swab for application.

Coconut Oil Pulling

Although the idea might make you cringe, oil pulling is actually an effective teeth whitening trick. Coconut oil works by pulling off the stains on the surface of your teeth as well as the bacteria that are making them yellow.

This trick can be a bit time consuming, especially if you prefer to melt the coconut oil before placing it inside your mouth. If you are thinking of adding it to your dental hygiene routine, it’s best if you can set aside enough time for it. This method is best done in the morning to get rid of the bacteria that have build up during your sleep.

Directions:

Take a good amount of coconut oil and place inside your mouth. Swish it around for 10 to 15 minutes. Make sure to pass the oil through and around your teeth. Spit it out and rinse with water. You can brush your teeth after oil pulling.

Turmeric

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You might find turmeric staining most of the items in your kitchen. However, contrary to this, it actually carries a potent whitening effect when it comes to teeth. Turmeric has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties on top of acting as a mild abrasive agent.

Directions: 

Wet your toothbrush and dip it into your turmeric powder. Apply it evenly on your teeth, making sure you have everything covered. To get the best results, allow the powder to sit on your teeth for around 15 minutes before rinsing and brushing.

Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal has the ability to pull out toxins. It’s also capable of lifting off stains that are making your teeth dull. A lot of shops, both online and offline, actually sell activated charcoal powder so you wouldn’t have a hard time finding one for your teeth.

Directions:

Dip your wet toothbrush in your activated charcoal powder. Be careful with this process as the charcoal can easily stain your sink. Brush the powder all around your teeth while keeping your mouth closed to minimize spillage. After you’re done brushing, you can rinse it off and proceed with how you’d normally brush your teeth.

Strawberry Paste

If you’re struggling with coffee and tea stains in your teeth, one of the best natural teeth whitening solutions you can try is strawberry paste. This fruit contains malic acid that has a potent stain-dissolving property.

Directions: 

Take a teaspoon of baking soda and add it to two mashed strawberries. Using your toothbrush, apply the mixture on your teeth with gentle circular motions. Take your time when brushing with this paste to get the best results. Be sure to rinse with water thoroughly and brush and floss out any remaining strawberries that can get stuck in between your teeth.

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Author’s Bio:

Promoting health and wellness, Sophia spends most of her time writing about inexpensive ways to achieve optimum health. Her latest work includes electric toothbrush reviews.

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Top 5 Recommended Beauty Routines for Extra Sensitive Skin

 

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Sensitive skin can be tricky to manage. Incorporating any wrong product or ingredient in your beauty arsenal can result in a lot of uncomfortable reactions. Just think about rashes, redness and irritated skin.

If these ideas make you cringe, then here some of the most recommended routines and products you can use for your extra delicate skin.

Cleansing

When washing your extra sensitive skin, it’s a good idea to stick with a twice daily routine. It’s recommended that you wash your face in the morning and evening to make sure no debris and pollutants can clog your pores.

Choose a cleanser that’s mild enough to not cause irritation, but good enough to make sure your pores get cleaned. Although it’s tempting to buy products marked with a hypoallergenic label, do not get blinded by the hype. Test a product first to make sure that it really doesn’t cause any adverse reactions. You can try it on the inner part of your arm or the area behind your ears.

When drying your skin, avoid rubbing vigorously. Instead, you should dry your skin using a patting motion.

Exfoliation

Exfoliation is necessary for all skin types. However, for extra sensitive skin, sloughing off dead skin cells can be a bit tricky.

To avoid irritations caused by harsh chemicals and ingredients, it’s best if you can resort to using DIY and homemade scrubs instead. Since you’ll be making your own exfoliating product, you can be sure that its ingredients are safe enough to use on your delicate skin.

One of the simplest exfoliating scrubs you can use is baking soda. Simply combine it with your cleanser to make a paste and gently rub it into your skin using circular motion. Rinse with water and pat dry your skin after.

Use of Moisturizers

People with sensitive skin tend to have a weak skin barrier. This means that their skin can easily get penetrated by highly irritating ingredients.

To combat irritation, one of your best solutions is to fortify your skin barrier using moisturizers that have ceramides. This component is a type of lipid or fat that works to seal in moisture in your skin.

Another key thing to remember when moisturizing sensitive skin is to avoid fragrances. This, however, can be tricky since most companies do not directly advertise that they use scents and aromas in their products. To stay safe, it’s a good idea to read the fine prints at the back of your moisturizer.

Toning

Not all people are aware of the benefits of using skin toners. In fact, a lot of people skip this step in their beauty routines.

Toners are essential for sensitive skin since they help bring back the moisture that has been stripped away by washing. They can also provide your skin with a deeper clean by removing makeup residues and dirt.

In choosing the right toner, make sure that the one you are picking doesn’t contain any alcohol, menthol or astringent. These ingredients aren’t only irritating, but they can also be extremely drying for your skin.

Sun Protection

If you have sunspots or you want to prevent them from forming on your skin, you should invest in a quality sunblock. For sensitive skin, one of the best ingredients you should look for is niacinamide. This component is a B vitamin that offers a lot of anti-aging benefits. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which make it extremely good for sensitive skin.

To ensure protection, sunblocks should be used on a daily basis, even if you won’t be exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. Since some types can degrade when washed or when you perspire, keep in mind to reapply as necessary.

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Author’s Bio: 

Sophia is a self-confessed beauty enthusiast who’s extremely passionate about spreading proper skin care awareness. You can find more of her tips and tricks in www.MissShaveALot.co.uk.

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ROC Skincare predicts the most wrinkle-prone cities in America – is your city on the list?

This post was sponsored by RoC® Skincare as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

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Wrinkles… we all get them and most of us (including myself) dread them.

I have been fortunate that my wrinkles didn’t appear on my face until about a year ago. I used to think that being overweight and having extra fat on my body helped to keep the wrinkles from forming. Apparently I was very wrong.

I have wrinkles around my mouth and eyes. I don’t mind aging – per say – but I do mind looking older.

What exactly causes wrinkles? Is it just age or are their other factors at play?

Wrinkles are caused by a variety of thing including age, stress and your environment (weather, pollution…). I never know that. I honestly thought it was only aging that caused wrinkles.

Even your geographic location an play a part in your wrinkles. I find that totally fascinating.

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Are you familiar with the brand RoC? RoC makes a variety of retinol corrextion products that help fight the signs of aging.

The brand recently did a study to determine which cities in the United States are more prone to wrinkles based on factors other than aging. You can check out the 2016 RoC® Wrinkle Ranking for yourself and see where your city fits in. The study was conducted by RoC® Skincare and Sperling’s Best Places.

Things that were taken into consideration included lifestyle, occupational and environmental factors that directly and indirectly cause skin damage. These factors were weighted by relevancy to skin damage risk. All of the data collected was adjusted by the current population to arrive at “per capita” figures which providean accurate comparison between cities of varying sizes.

The closest city to me is New York City. I was shocked to find that New York City is ranked #8 on the list. I figured it would be listed as #1 (the city with the most wrinkles based on the various factors). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ranked #1. I was shocked by that.

Places I assumed were peaceful and calm places to live (compared to New York City) like Denver, Colorado and Seattle, Washington ranked #2 and #3 respectively. WOW! That is really shocking.

A lot of cities in California and Florida ranked the lowest for wrinkles. I assumed all that sun wasn’t good for your skin. I guess I was wrong.

I received a couple of RoC products to try out for myself. I am actually a fan of the products and have used them in the past. In fact, I am currently using RoC Multi- Correxion 5-in-1 Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30. I have been using it daily for about a year now. I love it!

RoC Skincare has been around for over 50 years. This leading French skincare brand is considered to be a pioneer in visibly reducing the appearance of wrinkles. RoC is the first brand to stabilize and patent pure retinol in a cosmetic products, Their products are known to improve skins aesthetics, tolerance and efficacy. Their  clinically proven products are suitable for most skin types. My skin can be a bit sensitive and I have never had any issues with RoC products. My skin might be different than your skin so you’d need to try the products for yourself to see how your skin reacts. I’m only going by my personal experience.

I received to review a couple of products from the Retinol Correxion Line. Retinol is often considered the “gold standard” in anti-aging ingredients in skincare products. RoC scientists have been researching how retinol improves your skin since 1995. Retinol helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles by working in balance with the skin’s natural renewal system to help improve skin tone and skin firmness.

You can find out which are the RoC® Brand retinol products by their special packaging which includes an aluminum tube that protects retinol from light and air to keep it stable.

The products I received to review are RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer and RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum.

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I’ve been using both products for about two weeks now. I haven’t noticed any real differences yet, but I am confident that I will. Like I mentioned earlier, I have used RoC products before (moisturizer) so I know they are quality products.

The RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer is a great daily moisturizer. It’s non-greasy (very important for me) and absorbs quickly. It leaves your skin feeling nice and soft. It doesn’t weigh it down like some moisturizers do. I don’t like to have a “heavy” feeling on my skin, which is why I wash make up off my face as soon as I get home. I don’t feel the need to do that with this moisturizer – even on non-make up days.

On the weekends I don’t wear make up (unless I am going out). All I do is wash my face in the morning and apply this moisturizer. That’s it.

I’ve been using the RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum twice a day – in the AM after I wash my face and before I apply make up and at night after I wash my face.

This product is also lightweight, non-greasy and absorbs quickly.

I’ve been applying it around my eyes and mouth. Those are the two areas I have the most noticeable wrinkles.

So far I have not noticed much of a difference around my mouth. Those are pretty deep wrinkles. I do think it’s “tightening” the skin (for lack of a better description) around my eyes. It’s only been two weeks so only time will tell. Of the two products I think this one might give me the most visible changes.

I’m going to continue using both products. If I remember I’ll update this post after a month or so with any noticeable results I have seen.

I am pleased with my experience thus far using the products.

RoC skincare products are available at many retail locations across the country including CVS and Target.

For more information about these and other Roc skincare products visit the brands website at RocSkincare.com. You can also check out the brand on Facebook.

See what others have to say by checking out the hashtag #RoCWrinkleRanking.

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Kimberly

*I received free products in order to do this review. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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