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Suzy ChapStick Has Grown Up!

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I think the mass product world is really listening to what the consumer demand is, as they have taken the parabens out and put some cutting-edge ingredients in.  The formulating folks at Pfizer have added ingredients used in pharmaceuticals for skin regeneration. I feel like calling it ChapStick doesn’t do it justice! It contains an ingredient called Madecassoside, which is a powerful antioxidant derived from Gota Kola. This ingredient is known to stimulate synthesis of collagen types I and II. It is also used in the pharmaceutical world as a treatment for psoriasis.  It has been clinically proven to enhance wound healing and heal chronic skin lesions. It is also anti-inflammatory which is a wonderful benefit in a lip treatment. The Total Hydration formula also contains ingredients such as, Shea butter, Olive oil, Squalene, Meadowfoam, Hibiscus, Linseed oil and more.

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I’m always on the hunt for hydrating and anti-aging lip treatments and I’ve stayed away from Chapstick for many years mainly because I’ve always associated it as having Petrolatum as the main ingredient.  Petrolatum is an occlusive ingredient that doesn’t let moisture in or out.  I’ve always believed it to be more of a “quick fix” and “addictive” since it didn’t contain ingredients that provided a truly long-lasting therapeutic benefit.  Petrolatum coats the lips, leaving you feeling moisturized albeit a little waxy while it’s on. Petrolatum is more of a band-aid effect and it leads to a dependence on it for your lips to maintain that softness.

This new formula boasts a nifty twist up package – much more upscale than the original and more like a lipstick. It makes my lips feel very hydrated, soft, shimmery and actually plumper.  This product is not marketed as a plumper, but It does seem to plump up my lips a little. Total Hydration has three light and very non-intrusive flavors: Sweet Peach, Soothing Oasis and Luscious Lemon Delight.

I wasn’t paid for this review but was sent a few chopsticks to sample. These are my unbiased opinion.

For more information you can check out all the new lip treatments at www.chapstick.com

 

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Rozge LipGloss Review and a little hot spot for wine lovers in SF…

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I love lipgloss, wine bars, shopping, and spending time with friends especially! This review is about a new lip gloss and a little fun I had in SF recently! Take a great pink color and throw in some antioxidants and cutting edge ingredients and you’ve got my new favorite Rozge lip gloss named Amsterdam! The lip glosses from Rozge do not disappoint in any way. They sent me a couple of great colors to review – a “hot” hot pink I kept for myself called Amsterdam which I absolutely adore either alone or over my current Bite or Lorac lip pencils to add even more little sparkle. They also sent me a warm, sparkly rich ginger shade which I immediately knew would be perfect for my gorgeous ginger-haired BFF Jodi Koskella.

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The photo above was taken of us after a long but amazing day shopping in San Francisco’s Union Square – our Rozge lip gloss held up pretty well! Our 10 hour of fun girls day included a stop at Tiffany & Co, hours spent at Saks (there was a big sale going on!) and ended at a quaint Wine Bar called ENO where Jodi had a bubbly flight and I had the tastiest red vino ever from 100 year old European vines and as Jodi stated the best deviled eggs we’ve both ever had – they were topped with duck confit and a yummy grilled cheese sandwich which we pretty much devoured after all the hard work shopping. Eno has upscale wine with down-home food and warmly welcoming service- the perfect combination. I noticed while we were there that there were a few couples, small groups and several women sitting alone enjoying their wine on a beautiful SF Sunday evening watching the bustle of SF’s Union Square go by from the large street-front windows. It’s definitely a great spot to people watch. Steven, the wonderful sommelier was extremely knowledgeable and really made sure we had a great time and made fantastic recommendations. We will enjoy the wine we bought there – did I mention you can purchase the bottles you like right there on the spot!

Duck Confit Deviled Eggs at ENO

Duck Confit Deviled Eggs at ENO

Back to the gloss though – so Rozge has 22 lip nourishing shades so there really is something for everyone. The colors are so pretty and richly pigmented – they look good alone or over other lip color. They are very nourishing and non-toxic (very important to me!). The ingredient list is impressive with shea butter, jojoba oil, safflower oil, and aloe vera. What really intrigued me though was this ingredient called Dragons Blood! I had heard of it but didn’t know what it was and had never used it. I did some research on it and now I love this lip gloss even more. Dragons Blood is a sap that comes from a tree in the Amazon. This blood red sap is rich in antioxidant phenols, anti-inflammatory compounds and has anti-viral and antibacterial properties. It also contains proanthocyanidins which actually repair collagen and taspine, a known tissue-healing agent. This gloss feels very healing on the lips and looks great too. The packaging is very nice too as the wand lights up and the tube itself has a mirror on it! I can’t wait to try more of the Rozge shades. You can check them out here:

www.rozge.com

 

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Win these ICU Sunglasses!

Eco-Chic Sunglasses – ICU Sunglass Review and Giveaway! OVER- Congrats Cecily from Texas!!!!

Win these ICU Sunglasses!

Win these ICU Sunglasses and one other Tortoise shell frame pair! ICU has gifted me with 2 pairs to giveaway to my followers!

Cute sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection are a must-have fashion accessory for the skin and sun savvy girl on the go! Sunglasses protect our eyes from damaging rays that can cause eye health issues and of course they also protect the vulnerable skin around the eyes as well. The skin around the eyes is the thinnest skin on the body and lacks oil glands so this skin is easily damaged and usually the first area of the face to show premature aging. The muscles between the eyes are called the corrugator and this is the most common area that men and women get Botox injections since when we squint these muscles come together and eventually make the lines commonly referred to as the “11” by our dermatologist and plastic surgeon friends. This is so common that the company that distributes Botox  has created a whole advertising campaign about the “11” lines. We can stave off the development of these lines by avoiding squinting when possible- good sunglasses will help immensely!  Pigmentation issues can pop up around the eyes too so protect your peepers with sunglasses that offer both UVA/UVB protection. Remember that UVA rays penetrate through glass so when we are driving we aren’t protected from the sun.

I recently discovered a wonderful brand called ICU Eyewear that not only offer UVA/UVB protective lenses but are stylish, eco-friendly and affordable – yes affordable! Sometimes “eco-anything” denotes a higher price tag but the folks at ICU eyewear in Hollister, CA want everyone to have gorgeously protective sunglasses so they are priced just right – you may want to buy several pairs for different outfits, events, moods, hair colors (you know who you are! etc.) You are sure to find a pair that will reflect your own personal style! ICU was the first sunglass company in the U.S. to make designs with reclaimed plastic, recycled metal and sustainable bamboo. They are fashion-forward and some even incorporate sparkle and really fashionable designs – there are some very sophisticated designs and pink and sparkly too which works for me! They are sold online and in many stores including Whole Foods. The good folks at ICU Eyewear donate 1000’s of pairs of their reading glasses every year to charity! They have the cutest reading glasses and an online chart on their site which can tell you what percentage of magnification you need so there is no guessing games there. Also, it is interesting to note that studies say 73% of adults wear sunglasses and that only 58% of adults make their children wear sunglasses. I think it’s great that ICU has cute and affordable sunglasses for children too!

I have two different pairs to give away to one lucky reader!  Just comment on this post and share it on social media for a chance to win! The winner will be contacted Sept 20th and announced on my blog. This contest is only open to U.S. residents.

You can check out all the great styles at http://www.icueyewear.com

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