Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Go-Green Tuesday - Pucker Up

Okay, it's the last of the Go-Green Tuesday posts before I head out of the country, but I didn't want to leave you all hanging too long for the last in the three-part series on cosmetics. Lips have so many options -- chapstick, lip gloss, lip stick -- choosing what to tell you about wasn't easy! So I've picked a few of my favorites, with the hopes that you enjoy them as much as I do, and maybe submit some of your personal favorites in the comments.

Not to mention the fact that finding healthy lip product isn't hard, either -- just remember to read ingredients, and watch out for things like petroleum products (made from oil), and avoid petrolatum, which is another oil-product that has been linked to cancer.

I wear a lot of chapstick. Not because I don't like being dressed up, or because I go for the natural look (well, I do, but that's beside the point). My lips have always had a pretty nice natural tone to them, so it's just more flattering to wear chapstick than it is to put on some kind of color, more often than not.

My current favorite chapstick is Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. Even though it isn't really vegan-friendly (after all, beeswax is a product made by bees for their own use), it is fairly environmentally conscious otherwise, like most Burt's Bees products. It has a nice minty flavor to it, too, and does a good job of keeping your lips protected, if not moisturized. I would certainly recommend it if you're just trying to upkeep a healthy lip. Maybe not to heal chapped ones up, though.

As far as chapped lips go, I have long been obsessed with rose balms. If you haven't checked out Love Lula, a website for organic cosmetics (they call themselves an organic apothecary), I can't think of a better reason than to try their Figs & Rouge Rambling Rose balm. I have been meaning to replace my current (non-organic) rose balm with this stuff, and the cute tin certainly makes it easier. They do ship from England, which means you have to weigh out the whole cost-of-moving-things issue with yourself, but if you're adding it to another order, I think you can justify it. Especially since you'll be using these things for awhile, right? And there's no petroleum in them, after all....

I think that lip gloss is perhaps one of the most popular items to buy, cosmetic wise. You can buy it with or without tint, and it always looks good. It feels good too, if it's not gooey or overly sticky or the kind that ends up sliding slowly off your lips all day and making you look kind of like you're drooling. Gross.

Luckily, none of the products I'm about to list have any of those disgusting qualities, so you're safe.

My favorite lip gloss right now is one that my friend Carrie, from Funky Carolina, turned me on to - Burt's Bees Super Shiny Lip Gloss. My favorite color happens to be Carrie's favorite, too -- Juicy Peach. It's just the right shade between rose and beige to add color without being too obvious. Plus, it's never, ever sticky. Ever. I have even applied it (gasp) before blow drying my hair. Anyone with long hair knows what kind of mistake that can be. Seriously.

I don't wear lip stick, really, but I am totally addicted to those lip-tint crayons, which are kind of like applying a felt-tip marker to your lips. I used to use one by one of those major drugstore brands, but, like my rose balm, will eventually be replacing it with one of the following from Sephora:

Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip Stain, which I will probably buy in either Waltz or Jitterbug, though I am really tempted to try it in Maraschino, though I know perfectly well how precious little red lipstick I wear. This product is formulated without parabens or petroleum products, and comes with Sephora's Natural Seal (follow the link to read what that entails). Based on the comments, I'll be buying this in-store, since many folks felt like the color description online didn't match up with what they received.

Now, if you're a cosmetics buff, you'll know that nobody has been doing the lip stain better, or longer, than Tarte. I bought one of their lip stains that comes in a little bottle, and had a horrible time applying it, so I've avoided them for awhile. Until now, since they are now offering a lip stain marker-style! I'm pretty sure I want one in every color, since the packaging is adorable, too. This also comes with Sephora's Natural Seal.

I don't wear lip sticks, but I was really tempted to buy Korres Mango Butter Lipstick, also from Sephora. It has SPF 10, too, which is nice for summer -- and is supposedly extremely moisturizing. It comes in a ton of colors, as well, and is covered by Sephora's Natural Seal. I have also really wanted to try any of Nvey's products, after reading about them in several eco-cosmetic books, and figure that if I ever get into buying lipstick, I might try the Nvey Eco Organic Lipstick, which, while it doesn't come in many colors, is still certified USDA organic and with the Sephora Natural Seal.

If you've got stuff you love, please share it! I'm going to try to keep the blog busy this week before my packing and preparation consume me entirely, so stay tuned!

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