Obvs, the packaging.
Like, what are these? From the front they kinda look like jewelry to me, like you could wear one as an earring or a statement necklace (a statement pendant?), and from the side, they look like, I dunno…Saturn? Or perhaps a doughnut with a jelly center.
OK, so these aren’t jewelry, doughnuts or Saturn. They’re actually lip balms! They’re the new $22 The Estée Edit Cocobalms, and The Estée Edit is a relatively new makeup line from Estée Lauder that splashed on the scene at Sephora a few months ago.
It’s like the younger, hipper, more casual branch of Estée Lauder because, you know, Estée Lauder has a bit of a rep among many makeup lovers for being more stately, mature and refined.
The Estée Edit is their shout-out to risk takers and rule breakers, like the girl who goes to brunch wearing a flower crown, a flowing Free People tee, tassled shorts and gladiator shoes.
The Estée Edit recently released these new coconut-infused Cocobalms ($22 each) — lip balms infused with coconut oil — and there are one, two, three, four, five of them (extra points if you read that sequence like The Count from Seasame Street).
They vary in intensity, with the sheerest ones being mostly just pure shine with very little pigment.
I’ve been using three of ’em — Coco Peach, Coco Blush and Coco Berry — and texture-wise, finish-wise and performance-wise, they’re all pretty much the same.
The formula feels thick, slightly sticky and hangs around for a few hours, so before I give Connor a snuggle and a kiss while wearing one, I have to remind myself to wipe it off, and I also have to remember to use some elbow grease when I do it, because these take some effort to remove. They really cling to the lips.
Oh, and yes, they do have a coconut scent, but it’s very faint. I can barely smell it, but it’s there. I don’t really detect a flavor, though.
About the packaging, did I mention how they work? You lift the silver top, then squeeze the colorful center part, and gloss comes out of a tiny applicator. Seems pretty innovative, but they aren’t the easiest glosses to use when I’m on the move.
The formula is also modestly moisturizing, so if your lips are dry all the time (the struggle is so real!), these should do an OK job keeping ’em soft and smooth.
They’re $22 each, and you can find them now at Sephora.
Filed under “Things That Entertain Me While I’m Running”
In other news…I think I mentioned that I’ve been getting back into running after quite a few months off, but I haven’t had the guts yet to start running again outside.
Running outside is so different than running on the treadmill. You have to be more aware of your surroundings and watch where you’re putting your feet because, ya know, if you step on a rock or a slip on the pavement, you’re going down (I speak from experience, LOL!).
And you also have to watch out for traffic and be careful that you don’t get lost (again, speaking from experience!). But the thing about the treadmill is that it’s SO FREAKING BORING.
Oh — get this! I used to have my treadmill in what is now Connor’s room. It faced a window so I could look outside and watch birds and people and cats and dogs, and see people going to the neighborhood pool and cars driving by, but now the treadmill is in my bedroom facing a blank wall…so running on it is beyond monotonous. I’ve taken to watching videos on my phone to entertain myself while I run (slowly, so as not to trip over my own feet).
I discovered this whole genre of YouTube videos from people who post videos of themselves doing dance choreography, and it’s fascinating!
OK, well…it might not be fascinating if you don’t like dancing at all, but check it out! There’s this one guy named Matt Steffanina, and he has his choreography music on a loop, so the same part of the song plays over and over again, and he’ll have students from his class do the dance.
It’s neat to see how different people interpret the same moves and really make them their own.
For some weird reason, watching people in motion helps me run a little harder. I dunno… Give it a watch.
So what did you do today? I just got back from the dentist for a cleaning and found out that I don’t have any new caveties (YAY!).
It’s the little things, ya know? 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,