Real talk: Does anyone actually sit at a pretty vanity table with a special lighted mirror, and scented candles burning in the background, and music playing, and perfect lighting hitting all the good angles while they apply their lipstick or other lip products for the day? — because my usual scenario involves me using the rearview mirror while sitting in my car as it warms up in my dark garage, and putting on whatever I’ve got in my purse in the 30 seconds I have before leaving to take Connor somewhere, and P.S., apparently, three-year-olds have many, many places to be, which is why I’m basically the family Uber driver now.
Anyway, that’s why I’m grabbing something moisturizing with a wash of color 99% of the time (#drylips #priorities), like a balm, a lip tint or a hydrating lip oil, which brings me to the latest love of my lip life by Wander Beauty…
Shine and moisture FTW
The Lip Retreat Lip Oils drench dry lips with moisturizing fruit oils and fatty acids, and they coat that kisser with a shiny finish that feels slightly sticky (but not obnoxiously so). There are four shades to choose from, each with a different degree of vivid intensity, and my favorites are juicy strawberry pink Spa Day, and clear shiny Oasis. Both of them smell and taste a little like vanilla, which I’m cool with.
The angled doe-foot has a pointed tip, so drawing into tight corners with the brighter shades is just as easy to do as it is with the nude colors, and the squishy tube means that I can squeeze every last drop outta the 0.33-oz. $22 tubes.
No parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances or mineral oil, and they’re cruelty-free and gluten-free as well.
I love lip oils…but I do not love kale.
I have no problem eating my veggies, but kale? Eww! I’ve tried all sorts of ways to get myself to like kale over the past few years, but it always tastes like gummy, chewy grass to me, and is therefore my equivalent of low-key punishment. (Give me spinach any old day.)
I don’t mind kale in my beauty products, though, especially when they work as well as the Yes to Carrots & Kale Wipes ($5.99).
Packed with vitamin A from the carrots and vitamin E from the kale, these makeup wipes, which are made from compostable natural cloth, remove everything, even hard-to-remove liner and mascara. My skin feels clean, but not sticky afterwards, and I like how they smell like carrot juice!
Viva la ’80s
One last pressing question… Are you down for an ’80s dance party? I hope you know that the only correct answer to that is “yes.” 😊
I’ve been listening to a lot of old-school ’80s Whitney Houston lately because I heard a few lines of I Will Always Love You during the first few minutes of the new Spiderman movie, and HOT DAYUM — if you haven’t heard Whitney in her prime belting inside a big theater, you haven’t lived.
For real! When she was at her peak, her voice was unlike anything out there. Her tone was just so clear and precise, and the way she could effortlessly move through complicated parts of a song, yet make it sound so easy? Amazing.
It’s hard to narrow down my favorite Whitney songs, but these are my “desert island” picks…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,