Quickie: Touching Up with RMS Lip2Cheek and Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm


My skin is feeling really DRY today. It shouldn’t be because it was summer all weekend and it’s going to rain so the air is humid. It might have something to do with a matte foundation I tested. Anyway, it got me thinking that I need to stock a spray toner at my desk. Which got me looking at what beauty bits I do have at work… Here’s the thing, once I do my makeup in the morning I don’t touch up other than to put on lip balm or lip balm plus. Therefore, I just have a couple of items on my desk: First, a pot of RMS lip2cheek in Smile  ($36, 1.7 oz). While you can use it as a blush, I only use it on my lips. It’s a bright, happy color. I know the price may seem steep, but I think this little pot of goodness will last a long time. And the coconut butter in it is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial so bonus on that. Click here to read about the ingredients that RMS uses. (I love, love, love the RMS lip shines too—I have 3 of them. Read my review here.)

The texture of the RMS lip2cheek is drier than their lip shines, so I’ll often add a balm over it. A note on mixing lip colors: I used to be one of these people who was always on the hunt for the perfect nude,  pink or coral lipstick/gloss. I ever found it and always ended up mixing colors to suit me. I have stopped looking for the perfect anything and now embrace mixing and not just for color, but for finish too. I think Burt’s Bees lip tint in Tiger Lily, a warm nude, ($7) does the trick with Smile on both counts. It mellows out the color and adds a little shine and moisture. Each of these is lovely on its own or combined. The photo above shows (from left to right) the BB Tiger Lily Lip Tint, RMS Smile, and the two combined.


Foundation Follies Revisited


Finding a green foundation was sort of a quest for me. I’ve written about it a few times. I am revisiting it today because I came across another that didn’t work for me and figured I should report on it before tossing it. I cleaned out my makeup  drawers a couple of weeks ago and it resulted in a nice care package of gently used items for a cousin who is a makeup artist. It was comprised of makeup that wasn’t bad, just stuff that didn’t work for me. After sending it, I realized I hadn’t included today’s product. I think it was for the best ultimately since I really was not a fan.

I was super excited to find a mousse foundation from a clean brand. I don’t think Lavera’s Mousse Makeup is on sale in the U.S. yet. I acquired it online for the reasonable price, less than $15, I think. I had been a Revlon’s Colorstay mousse foundation fan. I saw it on the Beauty Professor’s blog and it made me want to try it–the only drugstore foundation I had purchased since high school! The stuff is bullet-proof. In going clean and green, I really wanted to find a mousse or cream formulation that was matte. There are nearly no options of this kind. When I saw this product, I knew I had to try it. Well, this post is titled Foundation Follies, so you know where this is going. So in short: this is very slippy and doesn’t really set. It just keeps moving around over the skin. In addition, it is heavily scented (think baby powder). And last and most importantly, it made me break out. I used it once and had breakouts of small pimples from cheekbone to jaw. I never break out there. After my skin healed from the breakouts, I picked it up and put a small amount on my cheek just to remind myself of the texture (and to see if I wanted to try it again). I immediately removed it and hours later had a breakout right in that spot.

Here is what is in it:

Dodecane, Silica, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Tricaprylin, Lauroyl Lysine, Canola Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Hydrogenated Rapeseed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract*, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract*, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract*, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract*, Lecithin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Vegetable Oil (Olus Oil), Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Aqua (Water), Alcohol*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Limonene**, Benzyl Salicylate**, Linalool**, Geraniol**, Citral**, Citronellol**, Benzyl Alcohol**, Benzyl Benzoate**, [+/- Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Tin Oxide (CI 77861)]
* Ingredients from Certified Organic Agriculture
** Natural Essential Oils
*** Fair Trade

So Fancy: Amala Advanced Firming Complex


Today’s (overdue–sorry) post is about Amala Advanced Firming Complex. This is a gorgeous product is natural, organic, luxurious, and best of all, created by a socially responsible company. I consider it a treatment-slash-moisturizer as it is extremely emollient…and have I mentioned, luxurious? Because it is. It is also expensive–quite. I have to admit to feeling a bit guilty writing about it because of the cost. I am lucky in that my family knows that I am a beauty product junkie and thus I receive gift cards for holidays and birthdays. Taking a breath…this stuff costs $248 for 1.7 oz. Okay, it’s out there. I had initially gotten the trial size (more than once) on Spirit Beauty Lounge (SBL). And I really loved it. So once my birthday rolled around (along with giftcards and a SBL sale), getting the full size was at the top of my to-do list.

It’s described as a “high potency cream transforms skin with concentrated firming actives and antioxidant-rich seed oils. Redensifies to restore youthful contours and smooth the look of lines in 28 days.” When looking at skincare, I am usually interested in plumping and firming formulas. I don’t really have wrinkles, but I do have laugh lines—I always have, it’s just how my face was made (and I cherish them because my grandfather had them too). However, I don’t want them deepening too much! You may ask, did it work? Well, I used it through the winter and spring and thought it was working. Then I stopped because it seemed too heavy for the summer use and I noticed a change in the wrong direction! So that confirmed it for me. It was doing what it said it would when I used it, so I went back to it.

Here is what is in it:

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Stearic Acid, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract*, Soy Isoflavones, Sodium Hyaluronate, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil*, Carapa Guaianensis Seed Oil*, Malpighia Punicifolia (Acerola) Fruit Extract*, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract*, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Garcinia Mangostana Fruit Juice*, Leucojum Aestivum Bulb Extract, Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract, Tocopherol, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Fragrance (Parfum)+, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract*, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil*, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil*, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Alcohol*, Maltodextrin, Benzyl Benzoate+, Limonene+, Linalool+

Look at those gorgeous ingredients! Here are some of the actives as described by Amala:

Cocoa Bean: is rich in collagen-boosting plant peptides and helps stimulate microcirculation while restoring elasticity, fighting inflammation and providing antioxidant protection
Soy: improves firmness with proteins and plant peptides that help boost collagen and elastin synthesis. Also helps fortify skin’s inner structural matrix and retexturizes for soft, youthful smoothness.
Natural Hyaluronic Acid: derived from wheat and beetroot, combats the appearance of lines and wrinkles while firming and hydrating.
Inca Inchi Seed: nourishes skin with nature’s highest concentration of Omega 3 essential fatty acids while quelling inflammation and defending skin from free radical age damage.

The texture is fluffy. Once you start to massage it in, you get a sense of the oils in it. I like to work it in over skin dampened by squirts of toner. It would be way too much as a daytime moisturizer for me, but it’s great for lots ‘o moisture at night. It is also very soothing after an exfoliating mask or treatment. I also adore the packaging. You depress the top and the perfect amount of product is comes up. It is sanitary, keeps the product fresh, and assures you get every bit. I hope to see other “potted” cosmetics go this route. Lastly, the scent. Oh my. It’s hard to describe, but very lovely. It smells of cocoa mixed with a light citrusy-floral scent. What else can I say? It’s luscious. That is all.