Cheap Thrills: Waxelene


Today’s cheap thrill is brought to you by Polar Vortex-related chapping. Fun stuff! I have been using Waxelene as a lip balm for a couple of months now. I received it as a gift when doing some holiday shopping at a local bath and beauty store. The store owner had just started stocking it and asked me to try it out and report back on it. This was perfect timing as I was going clean with lip products and that meant kicking Blistex Lip Medex (which contains, among other things, a troubling little something called phenol) out of the nightly routine.

Waxelene is made with soybean oil, beeswax, rosemary oil, and vitamin e oil. It is not tacky or greasy like petroleum-based balms. I find it stays put a bit better and it does a nice job of softening my lips overnight. There is barely any scent to it—another plus. I’ve also used it around my nose when it was raw from a nasty cold. Here is what the company says about it:

 It creates the same waterproof barrier that doctors recommend petroleum jelly for but contains no petroleum or hydrogenated oil. Instead we use our patented aeration process that won’t clog pores and makes Waxelene® highly effective for any kind of dry skin. Not only that, it can be used for hundreds of other things just like petroleum jelly.

The squeeze tube has .75 oz of product in it and sells for $4.99. It also available in glass jars in two sizes: 2 oz for $6.99 and 9 oz for $15.9). I am hoping they make a twist-up lip balm kind of tube at some point too because if I didn’t have to use my fingers, I’d be more likely to carry it my my purse to use throughout the day. It’s not enough of an issue to stop me from using it, though I have asked the company whether they plan to do this. I’ll update this if I hear anything.

I’d like to close with a couple of things about the company. In going greener, it’s been a pleasure to learn about small businesses that are taking innovative and responsible approaches to products. Waxelene is Leaping Bunny certified (cruelty-free); uses recycled glass for their jars; utilizes wind-power at their facility; and is made in the U.S.A. So in addition to it working well, there are lots of other good reasons to give them your business.

Juicy Jewels of Color: RMS Lip Shines

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Welcome to my fifth blog post. In honor of Valentine’s Day, I am talking lip color. RMS Beauty Lip Shines, to be specific. I love these babies. They are little juicy jewels of happiness. I own three of the four shades offered:

Bloom (pictured at the top of the lip color pyramid on the left) is described as a sheer, youthful petal pink with the most subtle hint of shimmer. When I think of petal pink, I think of something more along the lines of a baby pink. I consider Bloom to be a nude, albeit a pinky nude.  I didn’t notice any shimmer at all—and I am okay with that. Bloom is the sheerest of the three shades that I own. It and looks great alone or used on top of another lip color to tone down the color.

Sublime is pictured on the bottom left. It’s described as a bright and modern fuchsia pink. This color is a pick-me-up for your whole face. I think it’s also the glossiest of the three. It also leaves a pretty pink stain on the lips.

And last, Sacred. RMS describes this one as the most perfect, innocent red with a gentle hint of pink. I think it’s the color of the reddest, sweetest slice of watermelon  ever eaten. It’s the most pigmented of the three and can be layered to intensify the color. Like Sublime, it leaves a pretty stain behind. I usually go for pinks and nudes, but I had to have this one and I am glad I purchased it.

RMS is a darling of the green beauty movement. One of the main ingredients of the line—the ingredient of the moment—is coconut oil. They use organic, raw coconut oil and extract it in a way that preserves the good stuff: natural Vitamin E, antioxidants and enzymes. It doesn’t hurt that beautiful people like Miranda Kerr are big fans of Rose Marie Swift’s (RMS) makeup. I can only speak to the lip products and say, RMS deserves the hype. The lip shines are natural, beautifully packaged, really moisturizing, and very comfortable on the lips.

Here is what is in it as listed on the RMS site:

*Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Moringa Oleifera (Moringa) Oil, *Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), Centella Asiatica Extract, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Non-GMO, (CI 77491), (CI 77492), (CI 77499), (CI 77891), (CI 77019)

The product comes in glass pots. I know many people don’t like to use cosmetics that come in pots because they seem unhygienic. Coconut oil is said to be naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. I sometimes use a brush, but mostly take care to use clean hands.

So in closing, I highly recommend! Fair warning though, if you get one, you’ll want another.

Seasonal Sun Protection With Badger


The post is titled seasonal sun protection, because Badger’s Antioxidant Face Sunscreen ($17.99 for .85 oz) contains a sun protection factor of 16. I think that level is fine for winter and probably fall, but once spring and summer come around, I will likely switch something from Badger with a higher spf. But why worry about spring when old man winter is sitting on your chest and giving you wet willies?

When it comes to sunscreen (other than doing what it’s supposed to sun-wise) I really want it to absorb quickly and have a dry finish.  I have tried tons of sunscreens and all of them left me greasy. Then I discovered a department-store makeup brand with a milky texture and a matte finish (and a price tag of $30 an oz). I thought it worked great, but when I started reading labels, I decided to look for an alternative. When doing research for my next option, I saw really good things about the Badger facial sunscreen, including a few reviews specifically praising the non-greasy texture. I decided to get a bottle and I am very glad that I did.  It has the texture of a light cream. It glides on and sinks into the skin with no oily shine whatsoever.  Even though it’s not oil-free. Magic!

In the photo on the right, I squirted some onto my wrist, then lightly rubbed a little in right beside it. It is barely rubbed in so you can see where it is and so you can see that it isn’t shiny. Well, hopefully you can see that. I a’int exactly Mario Testino, ovah here.

Here are the ingredients as listed on their site:

Active Face Sunscreen Ingredient:
Non-Nano, Uncoated Zinc Oxide 10.55%

Other Face Sunscreen Ingredients:
*Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Extract, *Olea Europaea (Organic Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, *Sucrose Polysoyate (from Organic Soybean), *Ethyl Palmate (from Organic Palm), Aqua (Purified Water), *Sucrose Cocoate (from Organic Coconut), *Glycerin (from Organic Palm), *Citrus Medica Limonum (Organic Lemon) Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Xanthan Gum, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Organic Lavender) Oil, *Hydrolyzed Soy Protein (from Organic Soybean), *Rosa Canina (Organic Rosehip) CO2 Extract, *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Organic Seabuckthorn) CO2 Extract, *Rosa Damascena (Organic Rose Otto) Oil, *Anthemis Nobilis (Organic Roman Chamomile) Oil, and *Calendula Officinalis (Organic Calendula) CO2 Extract.
* = Certified Organic

I like the wordy label and glass bottle, but the pump stopped pumping product when there was clearly more in there. I purchased mine at a local store, so it could have been on the shelf drying out. It certainly didn’t deter me from reordering.  I am currently scraping the bottom of my bottle with a cotton swab each morning. Hopefully the new one arrives before I run out!

One more thing. Badger is a cool-ass company. Not just because of their commitment to the environment and social initiatives. That stuff is great. But they let you bring your baby to work. How freaking cool is that?!