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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Jack Black Moisture Therapy Lip Balm

Holy crap folks, this stuff is amazing. First of all, I have a confession. I am a lip balm junkie. Out of necessity really, I've always had incredibly dry lips. Mostly because I'm not good at drinking water as often as I should (shhh!). When I say that I've tried nearly every balm, lip treatment, and what ever else you can think of, I mean it. Nothing really worked. Most of the time it was a band aid effect, making my lips feel smooth and lovely...  until the product wore off, which usually wasn't long. After it was gone, if I didn't have the current product of the day/month on me to reapply, my lips would be peeling or cracking within the hour. It was a very vicious, tedious, painful and expensive cycle.

I kind of rambled a bit, didn't I? Sorry 'bout that, just felt I needed to put this into proper perspective so you can know how absolutely incredible this balm is.

Now, onto my life saver. Or lip saver, which ever you prefer. Jack Black Lip Balm.

$8 at Sephora here in Canada, with 5 different "flavours": Vanilla & Lavender, Grapefruit & Ginger, Black Tea & Blackberry, Natural Mint, and Lemon & Chamomile. I wanted the Black Tea, but they were out of stock, so I bought the Grapefruit. It's not sweet, not really flavoured much at all, just enough so it doesn't seem like you have some random balmy substance on your lips. I hate that generic balm taste! I have literally only been putting this on about 3-4 time a day. Seems like a lot, I know. But I was putting other balms on much more than that. I'm going to say at least, if not more, than once an hour. 

Now that I've had it for about 4 or 5 days, I can really tell that it's repaired and moisturized my lips, rather than just making them soft for a little while. I am in love. I will never buy a different type of lip balm, ever again.

If they stop making this, I will cry and hoard loads of it before it disappears. I swear I will!

I want to thank Cora of Vintage or Tacky on YouTube for using this, because without you telling us what you use, I would never have found this lovely little blue tube. 

5 Stars, 2 thumbs up and all sorts of praise for Jack Black Lip Balm!
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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Coconut Oil & Its Awesomeness

Oh coconut oil, will you never cease to amaze me? 

Fairly recently I had found a video on YouTube detailing how do a coconut oil mask for your hair, promising to up the moisture, softness and shine of your hair. Considering my hair is fine, bleached, blow dried and straightened, I was game to try it out as my shorty locks can be pretty damaged at the ends by the time Salon Day comes around. 

I'm impressed with this little trick. I leave the oil in my hair for a few hours at most, wash gently and condition normally. The best way I can describe how it feels after is renewed. Soft and not weighed down. Just lovely.

Well, since I've had the jar around the house for a while now, I'm finding all sorts of things it's good for. Dry patches of skin, greatly improved after putting the oil on daily. Dry feet and those odd little patches of skin that lift on the pads of the feet? Moisturized and not lifting or sore anymore. Chapped lips (often due to me being dehydrated... water is not fun to drink, I tell ya), smooth and not peeling with very little use of the oil. Cuticles? Smooth and repairing from all the nail polish removing I do. Makeup remover! I have pretty sensitive eyes, so makeup removers are often a hassle to use, leaving my eyes teary and tender, if not outright stinging and crying. Coconut oil not only removed my stubborn makeup, but didn't bother my eyes! Also, when I wake up in the morning my eyes are nice and soft having been moisturized all night.

I buy a jar at Bulk Barn, for around $16, but you can get it anywhere now. I even saw it at Sobey's the other day. I buy organic and cold pressed, and the jar lasts forever. I haven't run out and it's been months now. I urge you to give it a try, especially with those chilly and dry winter months coming up!
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