Quickie: Drunk Elephant Lippe


I bet many EOS users tossed their little ball o’ balm away after the recent coverage of what it has done to some women’s lips. I have never had a reaction to the product, but decided to stop using it. No point in risking it–those pics look so painful. I decided to replace it will a little splurge–Drunk Elephant Lippe.  To start: How cute is this lip balm? In addition to being an adorable little fattie of a balm, it’s absolutely loaded with goodies such as Drunk Elephant’s signature ingredient–Virgin Marula Oil and other oils like avocado, cranberry and a new one to me–Mongongo, a fruit oil which is super hydrating and provides uv protection. Peptides and algae help restore (and avoid the breakdown of) collagen and add volume.

So the ingredients hit all the bases–softening, rejuvenating, moisturizing, plumping, and protecting. But what’s it like? It feels really light yet really hydrating and plumping. And there is not a strong scent, or taste (slightly sweet) or too waxy or too greasy. It’s just right. It is a treat to use as part of an evening routine or under lip color in the morning. My only tiny suggestion to Drunk Elephant would be to make the top of balm dome shaped instead of concave so you can coat the lips more easily. Of course, I have already used it enough to remove the dip.

Did I mention the best part? DE’s Lippe is clean. The other best part? It’s available at Sephora, so it’s pretty easy to get your hands on it. And kudos to Sephora for carrying this great green brand. I also recommend checking out Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum.

Here is the full list of what’s in it:

Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Beeswax, Ozokerite, Polyisobutene, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Dictyopteris Membranacea Extract, Magnolia Grandiflora Bark Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Schinziophyton Rautanenii (Mongongo) Kernel Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (Licorice Root Extract), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Lauryl Alcohol, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid

Here’s what Drunk Elephant has to say about Marula:

Highly absorbent, Virgin Marula™ Oil delivers clinically proven advanced protection against environmental stressors and free radicals. Look for a noticeable reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, redness and blotchiness, with a marked improvement in skin elasticity. It is anti-microbial and appropriate for all skin types.



Current Everyday Lip with Jane Iredale and Bite Beauty


I am often tempted to purchased the Lip Cheat lip liner from Charlotte Tilbury (in the shade Pillowtalk, if you’re wondering). But I resist. My lip collection is pretty damn clean (RMS, Ilia, Bite and Jane Iredale). So instead, I have been reaching for the combo of Jane Iredale lip liner in Spice and Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Fig. Jane Iredale’s Spice is pretty close to my natural lip color–perfect for a little “cheating” with over-lining. I sometimes line and fill in my lips with it and just top with a little lip balm or Bite Beauty Lip Mask–I have the one with a bit of shimmer. The thing about Spice that I love is its versatility. I can use it with bright corals and watermelon reds in the summer and my nudes, peaches and pinks all year. I have my eye on the Peach liner from Jane Iredale next because I think that one will be really lovely on its own.

Most days,  after lining and filling in, I’ll dab on the Fig and really press it in. It’s not too thin or shiny and can be pressed in for a lovely matte. I think it’s a perfect rosy nude that just has more life to it than most nudes. I really like my Bite Beauty acquisitions (in addition to the lip mask and Fig lipstick, I have another Luminous Creme Lipstick in Vouvray–a ballerina pink and a High Pigment Pencil in Syrah–a nude peach). Next I want to try their Matte Lip Crayon. I also want to go the Bite Beauty Lab and make a lipstick. I think that might be a perfect birthday gift to myself this spring! (By the way, I found this post by iwearlipstick.com to have great photos of many of the colors worn on the lips.)

Quickie: Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser


Of course the first post of 2016 is gonna be skincare: Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser to be exact. It’s also nice to start with a company founded by a woman–a cancer survivor–who creates products “…designed to enhance the face and body with gratifying green glamour.”

Indie definitely met her glamour goal. The packaging is modern looking and feels luxe. After all, it was Instagram posts of that clear jelly in a frosted bottle that made me cave in on my no foaming cleanser rule. I love jelly/gel textures and this doesn’t disappoint. It has a thick consistency and feels cool and refreshing. I would say this cleanser removes light makeup. Nothing takes off mascara like oil does for me. So I prefer to use the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser for second cleansing or morning cleansing. It can also be used as a 5-minute brightening mask. I’ve enjoyed using it this way too. I recommend taking it off by pressing a warm, wet washcloth over the face then wipe away in circles to get some exfoliating in as well.

A note on fragrance: STRAWBERRY with a “!”

Ingredients: Purified Water, Decyl Glucoside (Veg. Oils & Sugar), Disodium Coco-Glucoside Citrate, Coco Glucoside Oleaste (Coconut and Sunflower Oil), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein*, Xanthan Gum, Fragaria Chiloensis Seed Oil (Strawberry), Lycopene, Phenoxyethanol and Ethylhexylglycerin (both derived from natural sources). 

Indie Lee’s site contains an ingredient glossary–something Pratima also has. I love that.

You get 4 oz. for $32 in a glass bottle with a pump It seems to be lasting forever. I think this would best suit those with combination to oily skin. It may be a bit strong for dryer skin. I find myself using it a bit less frequently in the cold weather. I know Indie Lee also has a Rosehip Cleanser which is meant to be soothing to reddened skin so I may look into that one next. I definitely think this is a brand worth exploring.