I think that I have finally found a brand of organic lip balm that I love. Badger USDA Organic Lip Balm is smooth and not gritty. I find that many formulas of natural lip balm get very, very gritty after a few weeks of use. I also find that many brands wear off too easily or they are too thick and apply unevenly. Badger is the perfect texture. It is not heavy or cakey. It is smooth without being greasy. It is the longest wearing natural lip balm that I have tried (and as you know, I’ve tried many). It’s a great everyday lip balm. I also love the Lavender and Orange fragrance. It is a perfect balance of lavender and orange, so it isn’t too medicinal or too citrusy. I know the aroma of lavender, I live in the PNW. This has a genuine lavender aroma that is balanced by the sweetness of orange. At first I think I was a tad disappointed with the aroma. I think that I wanted it to have more lavender and smell like a late summer day. However, after using it for a few days, I realized that the Badger blend was perfect. Just lavender would be too overwhelming in a lip balm. The orange adds a subtle sweetness. So, this reminds me of my favorite summer desserts that contain Meyer lemons and lavender. Delicious and gourmand without smelling like chocolate or cupcakes.

I’ve only tried the Lavender and Orange flavor. Six other flavors are available. I am interested in the Ginger and Lemon but I’ll probably stick with the Lavender and Orange since I know that it is perfect. The lip balm stick is a great price at about $3. It is available from Badger balm’s website or drugstore.com.

Kay Francis 1934

I love this magazine of Kay Francis. The colors are beautiful. To get this polished 30’s look do the following:

FACE: Apply a medium coverage liquid foundation such as Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Liquid Foundation. Apply concealer where needed. L’Oreal Infallible Concealer is a nice all-purpose concealer. Lightly dust a translucent powder over the face such as Coty AirSpun Loose Powder. Cheeks are very pink. Apply a hot pink powder blush like NARS Powder Blush in Desire to the apples of cheeks. A little bit of this shade goes a long way.

EYES: Brows are thin and penciled in. For a “waxy” authentic 1930’s brow look, apply a brow pencil and do not blend. I recommend Covergirl Brow Shaper. There is a Midnight Black for Kay’s look. Use Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Duo Eye Shadow in Brown Eyes. Apply the lightest shade, a soft warm ivory, from lash line to brow bone. Take the darker brown shade and blend into the crease. Take a small eyeshadow brush and line the bottom lashes with the darker brown shade used in the crease. Take a sheer gold shadow such as Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Glimmer Eyeshadow in True Gold, and apply to the lid. Apply it sweeping from the side closest to the nose to the center of the lid. This creates a “glowing” look. Apply a brown kohl liner for a smoky look. Try something L’Oreal HIP Kohl Liner in Brown Kohl. Take a fine liner brush and dip it into the powder. Line eyes and smudge with a shadow brush. Apply liner to top and bottom lashes. Keep applying enough to you reach your desired level of “smokiness”. Apply a few coats of a black/brown mascara such as Covergirl Lash Blast Lengthening Mascara to top and bottom lashes.

LIPS: Lips are red and glossy. Apply a sheerer red such as Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Red Saint. Apply a red lip gloss with shimmer. Apply Lipstick Queen Big Bang Theory Illusion Gloss in Energy over lipstick. A sheerer option is to use NARS Lip Gloss/Lip Stain Duo in Moon Fleet/Indian Red Coat with the stain and follow with the gloss.

Weekly Cheap Secret:

I bought this strange thing. OK, it has a name eos which stands for Evolution of Smooth. I was attracted to this product because it is 95% USDA organic and 100% natural with ingredients like shea butter and olive oil, even has honeysuckle flower extract! I needed a lip balm and thought I would try something new. (OK maybe not needed…) I’m not tired of my Rose Bud Salve, I love that stuff. I  just wanted something less glossy. I need a “balm”. I ordered this from drugstore.com for $3.99. I couldn’t really judge scale or anything from it because I have never seen this product in person before. I guess it is sold at Target and at Safeway here in the PNW.  I was tempted by the “honeysuckle” flavor claim. I wanted it to take me back to my childhood when sucking the nectar out of honeysuckle blossoms was the best treat ever. Well, this is the “smooth sphere” so what I got was a strange melon green sphere thing the size of a small chicken or quail egg with a twist off top. Unfortunately mine looks dirty because it rolled around and got grimy in the drugstore.com box. Inside is a lip balm, like the size of a small quail egg. It’s huge and you just apply it like you would a tube lip balm. I have a big mouth and one swipe and I’m done. It reminds me of those old school and huge Lip Smackers. One swipe of those and I was done too. I think when it gets flat, I can just use my fingers to get it out. I don’t know yet. The fragrance is more honeydew melon and not honeysuckle.  It’s a fresh and very sweet honeydew melon that doesn’t smell “fake” like a Lip Smackers 🙂 Really the odor is very faint and not offensive, I just wish it was more floral. However, the flavor is sweet like honeysuckle. Not the type of floral sweet found in honeysuckle but more like the sweet “honey”/nectar found in a honeysuckle. I really don’t “smell” it but I taste it. The balm is smooth, not sticky. I like the way it feels. It is a good lip balm, not too thick or waxy but not too thin or overly slippery. Unfortunately it doesn’t wear very long and I find that I have to reapply very, very frequently. It’s not a bad product, my only complaint is the lasting power. . Mainly I like the strange shape which reminds me of a Kinder Egg with a lip balmy surprise. The sphere also comes in Summer Fruit and Sweet Mint. eos also sells from their website. They also sell a shaving cream and lip balm in a stick form.

I really hate to rip on a product because I know we all have our opinions and if there is something that I don’t like then there is somebody out there that loves it. But, this product is not good and I don’t see anybody loving it. Nature’s Gate Organics Rainwater Lotion retails for $8.99 for 8 ounces. That’s a pretty expensive lotion compared to other drugstore products. I was attracted to this product because I have been in a real patchouli oil mixed with bergamot oil mood. It has a fresh and earthy vibe. I find that very nice for summer. The odor of this product isn’t too bad but it isn’t too great. It is heavy on the bergamot in an acidic, kinda laboratory way. I don’t hate the fragrance. It actually mixes nicely with the L’Aromarine oils that I wear (bergamote and patchouli). The fragrance from the lotion doesn’t linger around very long. This lotion is all organic and stuff. It even claims to have organic essential oils. The bottle has a sob story printed on it. It says something like I don’t have “to give up anything except for guilt”. I don’t even understand what that means. And that “this unique lotion is good for me and for the planet”. I didn’t know that my lotion could have such an impact on the globe…Anyways, we all know that that kind of stuff goes hand in hand in the organic market for some reason people try to convince me to feel guilt for no reason all the time. But, Nature’s Gate should feel guilty, not me. They should feel guilty for putting a price on such a sub par product. It is called Rainwater for a reason. It has the texture of rainwater and looks like it too. It is so runny that if you pump it on your hands or body it immediately leaks everywhere and makes a mess. Actual rainwater is more moisturizing than this stuff. This dries the heck out of my skin and makes it feel ouchy and tight. Oh, the second ingredient is organic alcohol. It dries my skin out so badly that I would be better off not using a product at all. It is cooling, that’s a bonus in the summer I guess. I thought my skin was exaggerating or was in shock because I use heavy products most of the time. I talked my husband into giving it a try because it smells good, I said.  My husband used some of this and he couldn’t stop complaining of the “tightness” and that his skin felt sticky. It does feel sticky. He won’t even use this and he doesn’t even know cheap stuff from expensive stuff.

So if you want a sticky, expensive lotion that dries your skin out until you have little lines everywhere with an OK smell that doesn’t make you feel guilty becuase it is organic, then give this a try. I dare you to try to like it.

I really have a thing for coconut scents. They are like an instant vacation. Believe me, my life has a really big shortage of lush, white beaches. My beaches are lush rocky and clammy. I bought Alba Hawaiian Coconut Cream Lip Balm on a good sale. I chose this “flavor” because it seems like it would be neutral enough but still fun. I like the scent, it is coconuty but it is a little too creamy and desertish. It contains coconut oil, Vitamin E, waxes and other natural “stuff”. I am not wild about this product and I will not be rebuying. The texture is so lumpy and waxy. When I apply this, it leaves wax balls on my lips. I have to peel them off. It is kind of rough. To see the glass half full, I can use this as a lip exfoilator followed by an actual moisturizing lip balm at night. It does not apply evenly. It is either too oily or too waxy. There is no happy medium. It is like it is either liquid or rock solid. I have definitely used better lip balms for the price. Plus, the fragrance has totally faded. It now smells like oil. Off to the garbage.

Better luck smearing this on your lips.

Better luck smearing this on your lips.

I’ve been using this Kiss My Face Certified Orangic Lip Balm in Sliced Peach for a few months and I like it. I have a fuzzy food phobia which means I won’t eat peaches or kiwi or anything “fuzzy” but I love the smell of peaches. This smells real and not artificial and has a fresh peach aroma. It is made of 52% certified organic materials if you care about that.  It has Royal Jelly and Vitamin E and a SPF of 15. Most SPF lip products make my lips feel itchy, uncomfortable and cause a burning raw sensation. This does not which is a big plus. I can’t figure out why some do. This is my “outdoor” lip balm because of the SPF factor. It isn’t too thick or thin. It doesn’t have an offensive odor. It doesn’t last very long because it isn’t a thick lip balm. I do reapply more frequently than with most other products. This doesn’t bother me since I carry it with me and have no applying makeup in public hangups. You can keep reapplying it and it doesn’t get waxy, slimy or hard on the lips. It retails for $3.49 which isn’t a horrible price. You can buy it at drugstore.com or from the Kiss My Face online store.

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Fuzzy.

Fuzzy.

This is the limited edition Josie Maran Wildflower Lip Color Palette. It comes in a lovely glimmering pink case that can be thrown into a compost pile after use, that’s a plus. It’s biodegradable.  It contains four sheer lip glosses and four juicy lipsticks. The palette is pretty small giving it advantages and disadvantages. It can fit anywhere and is nice for traveling; however, there isn’t a whole lot of product and it lacks a lip brush. Everything contains 100% pure Argan Oil which Josie claims is da bomb. The lip glosses are Delicious which is a soft pink, Amorous which is a rosey shade, Compassion which is a golden nude shimmer, and Radiance which is a nude pink. Delicious is my fave. The lipsticks are Courageous which is a plum, Gracious is a natural rose, Adventurous is a glimmering brown, and Flirtatious which is the creamy pink and my favorite. The colors are very natural and would look amazing on blondes and fair skin brunettes. It retails for $35.

Lips like wildflowers.