on10 – Fab-Flavored Lip Balms and Lotions

On my latest visit to Sephora I discovered on10, a company that creates lip balms, body butter,¬†lotions and candles¬†using natural and organic ingredients. The flavors and fragrances of on10 are inspired¬†by¬†beverages and candies. It’s a really yummy way to moisturize! The packaging¬†consists of¬†retro-inspired tins and jars, which are very appealing.¬†

My favorite product so far is the¬†Hershey’s Sweet Chocolate Body Butter ($10.00 USD). This product¬†is made with¬†coconut¬†oil and¬†is very thick and creamy. The fragrance is wonderful. It is a¬†subtle chocolaty scent that is not too sweet¬†or cloying.¬†

If you’re looking for a lotion with a more refreshing scent,¬†I recommend the¬†Schweppes Pink Grapefruit Body Lotion ($10.00 USD). This product also contains coconut oil as well as aloe. This is¬†very nice for moisturizing after the shower, or¬†to use¬†as a hand lotion at work.

The Dr. Pepper Original Lip Balm SPF 15 ($9.00) is also really nice, but is a little bit sweeter. The creamy formula protects with SPF 15 and contains a coconut oil, beeswax, olive oil, and cocoa butter.

I recommend checking these out the next time you are in Sephora. The prices are reasonable and they have a large selection, especially in the lip balms. Fun!

Want a Fun New Look? Try Purple Mascara!

This summer I tried purple mascara for the first time. I had a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for Almay Cosmetics at Walgreens. I decided to try some new eye products, so I chose a new mascara and eye palette.¬†I have brown eyes, and Almay’s Intense Eye Color line claimed that purples are the color for me.

The mascara I tried is called Almay Intense I-Color Play Up Thickening Mascara in Purple Amethyst ($7.49 USD). The brush has hard plastic bristles that separate and the formula is very thickening. The color is hard to discern on my black lashes, and the effect it gives is a soft black color. I really like this mascara, but it is more of a day look than an evening look. The best feature? It does not smudge at all!

This weekend I decided to see if¬†Sephora and Ulta¬†had any other purple mascaras that were a little more noticeable for going out.¬†The first one I tried was¬†Urban Decay’s Big Fatty Colored Mascara in Purple Haze ($17.00 USD). This is a brighter purple than the Almay¬†shade. This was more noticeable on my lashes, but my lashes¬†themselves did not appear much thicker or longer. I would not buy this mascara.

The second new mascara I tried was Benefit’s BADgal Plum ($19.00 USD). The color on this is a lot¬†different than the other two, since it is a true plum and not a purple. I really like the formula. It made my lashes look huge. The color is¬†fun, too, but it might be better on someone with fairer lashes.

I LOVE mascara, so it is always fun to try new colors and formulations. Go out and test drive some new lashes today!

FFF’s Skin Care Musts — Hydration and Protection

Hope In A Jar SPF 20
Hope In A Jar SPF 20

Luckily, I have been blessed with pretty good skin. But as I get older (40!), I have noticed my skin looking a bit dull. So I have turned to — gulp — anti-aging moisturizers.

This is new to me. In the past I have only worried about SPF in my moisturizer, but now I’m looking for ingredients that will keep my skin looking fresh and¬†slow the onset of wrinkles. Yes, I am vain.

Oh, well.

So to begin my quest I¬†am reviewing two anti-aging products with sunscreen. Philosophy’s Hope In A Jar¬†SPF 20 ($45.00 USD) and L’Oreal Skin Genesis SPF 15 Lotion (20.99 USD). ¬†¬†

I really like the classic Hope In A Jar. It is a heavy cream, but it makes the skin very soft and glowing. So I was really excited to hear of the Hope In A Jar SPF 20. But would it be the same wonderful cream, with the added benefit of SPF? Not really. It does have a little of the lavender scent of the original, but with a slight sunscreen smell to it. When I first put it on, it is very greasy and it never really sinks it, just gets less greasy over time. My skin is combination and still breaks out sometimes. This has not helped and I seem to be getting more breakouts.

As much as I wanted to like the Hope¬†In A Jar SPF 20, I don’t agree with the claims¬†that it “hydrates the skin, provides a gentle exfoliation, and helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, texture, and tone.” If it didn’t make my skin so oily, I might over time find that it does all it claims. But¬†I will not be continuing using this product to find out.

L'Oreal Skin Genesis SPF 15
L'Oreal Skin Genesis SPF 15 Lotion

With this next product, the L’Oreal Skin Genesis SPF 15, I did something crazy. I bought it without trying it first. I was hoping that it would be a¬†light lotion that would soften my skin, make it glow and protect it. Tall order, yes, but this product delivers.

This lotion claims that it “reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, combats the signs of aging, helps to even skin tone and texture, helps to firm and tone skin, helps moisturize dry skin”. I don’t really have wrinkles yet (knock on wood), but this lotion does reduce my pores and makes my skin glowy, without leaving it greasy. ¬†

I think the best advice I can give while looking for a skin product is to keep your skin type in mind. Having combination skin, I shouldn’t be looking for heavy creams. But as I’m aging, I do need to look for skin brighteners, pore minimizers and especially, SPF.