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Review: Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm

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“I’m a not-so-closeted makeup addict. I love testing, trying, buying and applying! This guilty pleasure began early on in life while in boarding school. A two-mile walk got me to a CVS, which was about as thrilling as it got. So, naturally, I went bonkers and I bought every moisturizer, shampoo and eyeliner possible.

The therapeutic euphoria of perusing the isles of a drugstore remains as strong, 10 years later. My roomie has to interrogate my Walgreens joy rides as if she were questioning the whereabouts of a rebellious Tween. “Where were you? What did you buy? How many? How much? Didn’t you just buy a lip balm? What is Witch Hazel and why?” But I thank her for it, because without her policing, I would be broke and homeless with a ton of moisturizers.

But I digress… Let’s talk lippies!

During my last therapy session at Walgreens; I landed on the Neutrogena section. I love me some Neutrogena. Maybe it’s marketing, maybe it’s the truth, but I feel like their products will actually protect and help my skin, versus clogging my pores.

So, when my eye caught this gem, I knew I had to reach out to Beauty Banter about it:

Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm. The product description from Neutrogena: “This sheer tinted balm with patent-pending ion_complex™ instantly moisturizes lips, leaving them looking fuller and more defined.” Ok, I believe that’s fancy talk for ‘this is a lip balm’. But in all seriousness the tint is great and subtle, and it does go on smoothly.

“In just one week, it helps improve lips’ texture and restores the look of rosiness, so lips look naturally beautiful even after you take it off.” I’m actually going to call truth on this one, my lips were chapped like a cowboy on Monday afternoon and by Friday, I didn’t even need lip balm! 

“SPF 20 helps protect lips and keeps them looking healthy.” TOTES! Love the SPF factor! Neutrogena does a great job at sneaking in SPF into their lippies, making it worth the extra $ versus my $1.99 chap stick. We gotta protect those lips so we don’t end up with the mouth lines of a 90 yr old Atlantic City Casino regular.

Pros:

• Truly hydrating. I applied only once or twice a day and it really did save my lips. I mean, this is not Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream repair style, but it goes beyond what your average tinted balm does.
• Moisturizing: My lips are always chapped; pretty sure I sleep with my mouth open, so I look like I’ve returned from an expedition to Siberia every morning. I don’t need a lip salve, I need a lip saver. This one saves my lips.
• Lasts long: Nothing news-breaking, but it stayed on my lips thru a diet Pepsi
• SPF 20!
• Fab Colors:
Sheer Shimmer: delicate shimmer, so you don’t look like you put your disco lips on for breakfast. Which is, depending on your lifestyle, either a good or a bad thing. Tip: Put a dab on your bottom lip for a subtle lip plump.
Healthy Blush: Sold out in all the Walgreens I visited… so I’m guessing its fab L
Sunny Berry: Bright yet not overwhelming pink red color; stands out for sure; perf for beach!
Petal Glow: Favorite! It’s a dark pink- lavender shimmer (looks great on blondes and pale folk like moi).
Soft Caramel: I have way too many pink undertones for this color to ever look good on me, but it would work for olive skin complexions. Looked good on my friends.
Fresh Plum: dark terra cotta red; great for going out when you rock heavy mascara and cat eye look, but want something other than a shimmer as a lippie.
• Flavor: a very subtle, pleasant hint of fruit can’t but barely detectable.
• Texture: Smooth, light… feels similar to Nivea lip care
• The tube: the tube is flatter, more oval shaped, so more precise application and not as noticeable if put in back pocket. It’s nothing special in terms of design, but it’s a subtle sophisticated black tube. It also won’t roll off your desk, makeup counter, etc.
• Peeps agree: 4.8 out of 5 rating on Neutrogena

Cons:

• The tube: While it looks sleek and sophisticated, It’s also hard to locate in your purse
• The taste: Ok, it’s got SPF 20; so if you get some in your mouth it does taste like sunscreen, but I’d rather that than lip lines, for sure.
• Expensive: retails at $8.99. If it didn’t have the tint, I wouldn’t pay that much. I would just go back to a personal favorite and beautybanter.com discovery: EOS lip sphere
• Other comparable products:
Burt’s bees tinted lip balms: $7. Tried it… definitely not a fan of the color I bought… a bland Flintstones-vitamin orange. (Hibiscus). Also, no SPF


BOTTOM LINE: I’m a believer! They provide a lot of color for being lip balms and would look great for a day at the beach and girls night out. From one drugstore Junkie to another, I highly recommend”

Thanks to our fabulous reader Laura Healy for writing in with this wonderful product review! We, too, are believers! xo, Beauty Banter.

The Moroccan Method.

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I spent this past weekend in the Hampton’s with my dear friend, Arden Wohl, and I couldn’t help but notice how incredible her hair looked. It was mildly wavy, shining and completely healthy. When I asked what she’d been doing to get her hair in such great shape, she quipped, “The Moroccan Method.” Now, I like to consider myself an avid beauty enthusiast but even I lamented, “oh, Moroccan Oil. Yeah, that stuff is awesome.”

Well, trusted readers, The Moroccan Method is not to be confused with Moroccan Oil, as I soon discovered. So, I asked Arden to review and explain the products in her own words. Here’s what she had to say:

“I find that my friends and I are constantly thinking about putting the purest and cleanest elements inside of our body but not so much when it comes to our beauty products. when I discovered the Moroccan Method hair products my entire view of appropriate beauty regiment changed. This is the most graceful RAW product hair. You can get it at Organic Avenue. Why just eat raw/vegan, shampoo raw!!

The Moroccan Method leaves hair non frizzy – flaxen, shiny,  – it doesn’t foam up – at all – and you can’t tell the shampoo or conditioner apart. They both look like thick, sludge and mud. They have green algae and other aquatic plants in the recipe. If you’ve lost curl due to damage and color damage it will bring the curl back without frizz. It seems to feed the hair.

Since using these products, I’ve never had more compliments on my hair. The hair looks alive and full of structure and shine. Full integrity to the hair!

Its definitely not a sexy product and you have to clean the shower well after using. However – its the cleanest most amazing, truest product I have ever used!”


The Moroccan Method is 100% Natural, Wild Crafted Organic, Raw – Vegan and Gluten Free Hair Care.

Flawless Skin From A Fellow Beauty Enthusiast: Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation

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“The week before Sarah moved back to New York she gave me several products. This is one of many times that she has given me products to try that have now become some of my beauty must-haves.


This time I left with 2 tubes of Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation. Just in time for the winter weather and chapped skin conditions, this Japanese makeup line that has proven to be nothing short of amazing! She gave me 2 different shades; the light one is color 01 and the second is color 02. As I am very pale, my skin requires light shades. Depending on the season both of these shades work well for me. A few dots out of the tube and I’m ready to go and my skin looks flawless, not cakey or bearing that “foundation” look. It’s also High Definition so it’s really covers – every fine line and blemish is gone with one simple stroke of the foundation brush. I might be crazy but I swear it improves the look of my skin with continual, everyday use. It’s miracle makeup and it’s fabulous for dryer skin as it actually moisturizes while it’s covering.

Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation
retails for $55 but it lasts longer than you would ever imagine. I went from using Laprarie ($250 a bottle) to Koh Gen Do and I can honestly say that it is truly one of the best.

Thank you Sarah for making me beautiful! ;)” — Carly Hoftman

What’s your Winter weather foundation?

French Find: Homeoplasmine

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There’s nothing like a French pharmacy, with all of those amazing brands and incredible products stacked on top of one another. It can be so much fun and slightly overwhelming.

Luckily, I walked into the place with a purpose: Pick up a tube of Homeoplasmine: a product that my friend, Jessica Stam, said is a must-have. I trust Jess’ picks so I uttered in my broken French, “Homeoplasmine, s’il vous plait?” And the grumpy French pharmacist handed me a box of the ointment.

Mind you, I had NO IDEA what this stuff was… I just knew that my gorgeous, supermodel friend who gets beautified for a living implored me to stock up. She said it’s the most amazing product for dry, cracked skin, sunburn and lips. She continued that every French makeup artist has a tube of the ointment in his/ her beauty bag…

Okay, tried and tested and I’m obsessed.

Basically, Homeoplasmine is the French version of our Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Cream and Japan’s Yu-Be. It’s a multi-purpose ointment that soothes, protects and moisturizes the skin. A little bit like Aquafor, sans the sheen and more natural. What I love about this stuff is that it’s not at all greasy like 8-Hour cream. In fact, it kind of has an au naturel, matte finish. And it is KILLER for dry lips, literally reattaching the flakey skin and filling in the cracks for hydration without the sheen. Perfect to use prior to makeup for a smooth, silky palette. So great for all flaky, dry areas including sun or wind burn. A little goes a long way and the ointment penetrates for hours.

Click here to buy! You can’t find in the US (I don’t think…)

Organic For Summer

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Fellow beauty enthusiast and contributing editor, Alex Asher Seers dishes on her favorite organic picks and beauty tips for Summer.

Read on, ladies, this is need-to-know info!

Alex’s beauty cabinet

“As a third generation Angeleno, it’s probably sacrilege to say I hate the heat. But I do. And so does my skin. Growing up with Mlle. Howard, summer was a never-ending pool party. Those were the days when my tan was real and my highlights were a mix of too much sun and pool chlorine. SPF, what?

These days I stay out of the sun, and try to keep my beauty choices eco-conscious and organic whenever possible. As a writer and photographer, some days I’m at home writing without a scrap of makeup and others I’m on a shoot hoping my mascara hasn’t smudge across my entire eye after hours behind the camera. Here’s what’s cluttering my vanity these days:

I’m a Dr. Hauschka devotee. I use Dr. H’s Cleansing Milk, Clarifying Toner and Normalizing Day Oil everyday. Perfect for combo skin but even better when the temperatures rise. If I need an exfoliator, I can’t say enough about . It cleans without feeling as abrasive as some scrubs I’ve used.

I use California Baby Shampoo year-round and Giovanni Organics Tea Tree Conditioner in warm weather when hair feels oily. My hair is naturally wavy if I don’t blow-dry it and in summer I don’t even think about it. I spray in to defrizz. If I want more texture David Babaii’s Bohemian Beach Spray smells amazing and 10% of profits go to WildAid.


As much as I love finding a discovering a product, some people are a wealth of information. Like my friend Erin Harding (www.yourlastlooks.com). Since the age of twelve I’ve been getting beauty tips from her. Now she’s an Emmy Award-winning makeup artist and she’s always there with expert advice. When I found mineral makeup bothered my skin she explained why.

“Many women come to me asking why mineral makeup irritates their skin when it’s supposed to be better for them. With nearly every cosmetic company trying to ride the green money train it’s important to remember that not all mineral makeups are made equal. Many brands cut production costs by including different additives into their products. One of the big culprits appears to be BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE, a color and texture enhancing product, which can cause redness, itching and dryness.”

Her pick? Jane Iredale mineral cosmetics for, “their quality and sensitivity tested ingredients.”

For makeup, I begin with Erin’s own primer by The Eris Collection. It’s the first primer I found that was paraben free and oil free and it gives everything from tinted moisturizer to foundation serious staying power. For tinted moisturizer, I mix Lancome UV EXPERT with Dr. H’s Translucent Bronze Concentrate. L’Oreal Bare Naturale mascara and a bit of Tarte cheek stain and I’m set.

The last few months left my skin really dry. I use Korres Yoghurt Body Butter every day. I love Weleda Skin Food, too, but Erin turned me on to Egyptian Magic (http://egyptianmagic.com) which she adores. “From my children to my clients, I have relied on this little jar for every skin ailment you can imagine. I’m not quite sure which ingredient is the “magic” that makes it so special, but I’m beginning to think it’s the love…”

And speaking of love, for fellow dog-lovers out there, I am a huge fan of SPA DOG by Fleurs de France. They use natural ingredients and lavender essential oils from their native France in their shampoo and dog spray. I use it on Truffaut at home or bring it to the groomer. His coat is amazing and lavender is a natural flea repellent. Since their skin can’t handle washing more than every 3-4 weeks, the spray is like dry shampoo. It smells great and has silicone, which repels dirt. They also have a great line for people, too.

Today almost hit triple digits. While I can’t go back to the summer of ’88, I’m thinking I’ll channel the happy days of childhood with a few highlights, some Lavera organic self tanner and a pedicure in Zoya’s neon pink Ali polish. Ready or not, here comes summer.

So many incredible products, so many summer necessities…

Have a great organic product that you can’t live without?
Let us know!

Do The Leg Work

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Once again, recent NYC transplant and West Coast Director of celebrity services for Alberta Ferretti, Annelise Peterson, discovers a hidden LA gem that she’d like to share with you Beauty Banter readers…

“I have more beauty news to report from my new home on the sunny California coast!

New York City may be hard on your high heals, but it’s great for the gams. For the past 13 years, I have walked everywhere and never had much need for personal training to keep my legs thoroughbred lean.

But my days of walking to Starbucks for my soy green tea latte are all but over. Life in West Hollywood calls for a car and little legwork.

What’s a girl to do? More than sample size is a sin in the business of fashion finding.

The answer? Wael Fitness, my friends. (Pronounced “why-Elle”). He is the trainer of choice when it comes to getting sexy sculpted legs perfectly suited for that Little Black Dress for Saturday night! The beauty business is more than just great hair and skin, it’s also about having a body worth bantering about.

Wael kicked me in to shape with band training, stair climbing, and light resistance work that had me sweating for more. Wael’s beauty boot camp for the perfect Brazilian body is a must have for any girl that wants legs like Heidi Klum. Driving my Mercedes for my green tea latte may be my new AM routine, but Wael fitness is my new morning regime.

Yes, gas may cost me an arm and a leg, but it’s not costing me my gams! Who says a girl can’t have long legs and love them too?”

Wael Fitness contact: waelfitness@yahoo.com

Hotness!

I Spy An Eye Primer

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Fellow beauty enthusiast and Beauty Banter reader, Amanda Adwell, gives a “5 kiss” recommendation for Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

I’ve never used this stuff, but after reading Amanda’s rave review, I’m heading to my nearest Too Faced retailer (or clicking HERE) to purchase a tube!

Here’s what Amanda has to say:

“In a nutshell, this stuff is a godsend because I normally end up with creasy eye shadow halfway through the day. The first day I used it, I put my makeup on at 6am for work and by the end of the day it was still looking as fresh as when I first put it on, which has NEVER happened before. I even use it if I am just wearing mascara because it makes my eyes look brighter. The tube will last me a long time as well, the tiniest dab of it covered my entire eyelid. A little goes a long way and it comes in a super cute tube, too!”

Bye-bye crusty, creasy eye shadow!


**P.S. I always encourage recommendations, so if you LOVE a product, tell us about it!!! We want to share the beauty! After all, this site isn’t called Beauty BANTER simply so that we can have a monologue (frankly, I’m sick of hearing myself… kidding!). Let’s partake in a dialogue, ladies… Let’s banter all things beauty!**

WEEKLY MUST-HAVE!

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My very chic and savvy friend Tessa Benson knows a lot about products! Besides being a fellow beauty whore, Tessa is also the Senior Editor at the newly relaunched LA Times Magazine and the West Coast Bureau Chief of Self Magazine. She’s kind of a big deal in the publishing world… so when Tessa swears by a product, I listen (or I at least give it a try and then assess).

Her latest discovery has become my newest obsession: Lip Toxyl, a plumping, smoothing and hydrating lip gloss! I’m going crazy for the clear (although they also have 4 sheer colors too). It’s the perfect last-step to your favorite lippy. A little Lip Toxyl and your lips are shining like a brand new red Corvete!

Besides plumping my pucker better then any product on the market, Lip Toxyl also fills in fine lines and wrinkles AND boosts hydration. In a study conducted over a 29 day period, applying Lip Toxyl 3 times a day, 60% of users noticed improvement in lip hydration, 40% had fuller lips and 29% saw a reduction in lines! It stings slightly post application, but that makes me think it’s really working. And it has a cinnamon aroma, so if nothing else, at least you’ll smell spicey! I also adore that the wand is bristled, allowing for a smooth and easy application.

Tessa and I literally fist-fought over who got to hold the tube while out at the MTV VMA After Party! We couldn’t stop applying the plumper and pursing our pout in that “come kiss me” way (it was completely targeted to a certain 8 time gold medalist – Michael Phelps. Of course, we fist fought over who was going home with him too… kidding… slightly!!!)

Here’s Tessa’s sexxxy pout:

**hair styled by Chris McMillan**

Work it, girl!

PRICE TAG: $14.00 for the tube (click HERE to buy)

Nars Red For Summer…

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Beauty maven, friend, screenwriter (of the upcoming Eloise staring Uma Thurman), Teen Vogue’s Young Hollywood featured starlet, and all around rad chick (at the tender age of 21), Hallie Meyers-Shyer debuts her favorite summer red:


Nars Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (note to self: it’s an orange red, so people with more olive skin tones, beware! This hue may be a bit too orange for you. It is, however, great for people who inherently have more red in their skin as it offsets the natural redness with a slight burst of orange-red.)


Says Hallie: “It’s a very “in” color. And I like that it’s matte, not shiny. It stays put on my lips without needing to constantly reapply. It reminds me of New York City – like a giant red apple.”

When Hallie glams up in her Nars Red she wears a pretty bare face otherwise. A little mascara, some bronzer and that’s about it!

Summer is all about keeping it simple and sexy. This look does both…

Space is the Place

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I read this great article in this week’s New York Times Magazine about Space NK’s Nicky Kinnaird. For those not in the know, Kanaird founded the apothecary store 15 years ago and has since opened a whopping 52 stores, the most recent being on SoHo, NYC. Talk about a devoted beauty whore!!!!

In the mag, she dishes on the world’s best in beauty… here are some of her picks:

  • Joshi’s Holistic Skincare Gentle Exfoliating Scrub
  • Eve Lom’s Aromatic Oil Cleanser
  • The Amanjena hotel in Marrakesh for clay tennis and fruit smoothies
  • AR457’s Metaserum Elixir (argan oil which Moroccan woman use to treat scars and sooth skin)
  • Nippon Kodo incense kit (for traveling)
  • INA Bath Crystals (Himalayan white-gold crystal salt)
  • Marcela’s nail salon in Holland Park
  • Space NK’s Seaweed Bath Soak (with Laminaria digitata, a seaweed harvested in Brittany, France)

How great are these goodies??? I can’t wait to get my hands on them… oh yeah, and I CANNOT wait to chill poolside in Marrakesh… I’ve been dying to go to Morocco!

To check out the Space NK website and their plethora of worldly products, click HERE.

Have a favorite Space NK product that we MUST try??? Let us know!

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