During the holidays, pampering is a must, so when you get a second, start thinking about the tools of the trade, those that you use for basic makeup application and those pieces that quench your lips. We all have our preferences, but sometimes certain pieces can really make a big difference in that beauty regime. I am all my lips not burning and my makeup going on just right. My daughter is obsessed with beauty brushes and consistently tries new ones, even if she has her standard favorites. Our recipe to successful beauty has been changing things up because new is always good and there are always essentials that go with every beauty regime. Let’s lavishly live holiday beauty out loud and check out beauty tools and lip stuff that will have you quenched, and sensational!
The Carmex Factor – Beauty
When looking for the perfect item to calm my burning lips, I resort to a wax-like lip balm that I have used for years. I was first introduced to this item when I was dating the man I would marry. Funny, the guy teaching the girl—-about the best stuff to treat chafed lips, but this is how it happened. My husband would carry this little yellow jar around with him, and apply the balm to his lips and well, I have to say his lips were always perfectly soft. Curious, I asked him where the normal tube was that everyone carried, and he simply said try this. The jar, was one of the first things my husband gave me. The smell of vanilla was so perfect and the little jar was so cute. I began using this smooth balm, and noticed that I did not have to apply it as often as the stick that I normally carried around. Year later, I am still using Carmex, and my lips are well-treated. The change… there are new flavors in addition to those we have been using for a long time and there are multiple carry containers from jars to click sticks, making it perfect for everyone in your life! Are you ready to kiss those dry lips away?
The Jar offers the Lip Balm in a small jar you can carry anywhere and it is formulated with menthol and camphor which soothes lips and cold sores. The Carmex Lip Balm in a tube gives soothing relief and adds moisturizer. I personally like this one for my jeans pockets as it seals tight! The Click Stick is 80 minute water resistant, and often comes in fun flavors! The Carmex Ultra Smooth Lip Balm Click Stick is extra gentle and it won’t stress out those already cracked lips. This offers protection against, UVA and UVB rays. Flavors in this line are vanilla, pomegranate and lime twist! The Carmex products are available nationwide at your favorite retailers, make sure to load those stockings with this because it is always a great treat to unwrap and allow your lips to relish in the softness.
The Beauty Tool Factor
As I had alluded to before, my daughter is a proponent of always changing up her makeup tools because she is always looking for the next big thing! She wants tools that work easily with her skin, do not scratch, scrape and that she can keep stashed with her at school, in her car and no matter where she goes! My daughter anchors news in high school and she is often found on camera with me creating YouTube Videos. We apply makeup often so we have a pretty good feel for what works and what does not. Our latest find is EcoTools and Real Techniques. During the holidays, we like to take a few extra minutes to primp and we love being pixel ready and using ultra soft bristles to place our beauty products on, thus we have found 2 collections that will help- you do the same!
EcoTools is a leader in the eco-conscious beauty care products. EcoTools strives to help women look and live beautifully. All EcoTools products are made with cruelty-free, innovative earth-conscious materials. This is one of the main reasons my daughter likes these tools as she is all about the cruelty-free and innovative earth products and this fits the bill! Why she likes the EcoTools Mini Essentials Set ? She drops these in her tote and while she is on campus, before they start going live, she touches up her makeup. The kit offers a powder brush, eye shading brush and angled liner brush. If you have someone in your life who is a beauty addict or you are looking for a small kit to tote, this is your answer! A perfect stocking stuffer and it retails at MSRP: $5.99.
As for getting the right look at every angle, Real Techniques, Nic’s Picks Holiday Set offers the must-haves to get the angles, shade it right and really get the look you are trying to achieve, from sexy to basic. This kit is designed with professional makeup artists and top-rated Pixiwoo YouTube beauty gurus Sam and Nic Chapman, Real Techniques offers high-tech brushes and makeup tutorials that make you the expert. What’s in the set?
- Nic’s Picks Holiday Exclusive Set – This essential set features five must-have brushes in a limited- edition silver metallic design and three exclusive brush cuts. The set includes a duo-fiber powder brush, cheek brush, base shadow brush, angled shadow brush and eyeliner brush. Retailing at only MSRP: $30
The Angled shadow brush is really quite perfect as far as we are concerned, because it lets the layering of eye shadow happen without ruining the look, due to its preciseness. The brushes in this kit are so soft, I wish I could just let you feel how soft! This is lavish living to the extreme as you will get high definition results using a limited edition design.