gemstonz cbd-infused lip balm

So babes, now that I am jumping back in, I thought my first product should be something that is not just fun and functional, but also at the forefront in the land of product ingredients. And what other product these days is more on than the forefront than CBD. Haven’t heard of it? Well, you soon will as it’s right now all the rage.

CBD is short for cannabidiol and yes, it is found in the marijuana plant, but no, it does not get you high. It is one of the “cannabinoids” found in the cannabis plant. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the one that is better known and the one that causes a high. Both occur naturally in the plant, and both interact with “cannabinoid receptors” that are found in the human body.

If you haven’t yet noticed, CBD products are everywhere. It’s an industry that is growing by the day and it quickly finding its way into health and beauty products. More and more claims are being made each day about the health benefits about using CBD to treat pain, anxiety, depression and a host of other ailments.

Now, babes, I am not a doctor, so I am not endorsing any of these claims. But what I can tell you is that before I picked this product, I had tried about a half a dozen CBD products, including gummies, tinctures, capsules, and yes, even “flower” to help with sleep issues that have plagued me over the years. I finally found one product that really did help (a capsule), … keep on reading...

sally hansen vita-c lip plumper

Hey babes!

So I was walking down my favorite aisle at Walgreen’s the other day (can you guess which one? wink, wink), looking for a product that Sally Hansen sells, and what did I stumble across but this little orange tube that stopped me in my tracks.

Now that doesn’t happen too often, but when it does, I know that I am a goner. Shopping list be damned. I must have you little orange tube…

This particular product is part of a new lip line from Sally Hansen called Vita Lip Care and includes 3 other products, a Moisturizer, a Soother, a Smoother. Now, you might be asking, “Hey, glossgirl, I thought Sally Hansen is a nail polish company, what the what are they doing with lip products?” And that, my babes, is a good question. A couple of years ago, they expanded their brand (and bought out a few other product lines from other companies), and now offer all types products.

Anyhoo, the packaging was fairly simple (simple=green=good), labeled the product ‘New’ and claimed to ‘visibly plump thin lips’ because it ‘contains a nutrient complex with vitamin C know to stimulate collagen production, as micro sponges plump with moisture for fuller looking lips’, and states that it could be worn alone, or under another lip color (it goes on clear). Truth be told, that was what I was most excited about, the fact that this plumper – which is shaped like a regular lipstick and feels like a balm – could be used under other sticks and glosses.

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yes to carrots c me smile lip butter

My “real job” is in marketing so I can be a sucker for a pretty package, but I am also pretty quick to see right through if something pretty on the outside has no substance on the inside.

That’s not the case with Yes to Carrots C Me Smile Lip Butter. The line caught my eye on the shelf at my local pharmacy as I was looking for something else in the skin care aisle. The Yes to Carrots brand, created in Australia and now based in San Francisco, became available in the U.S. in 2007 and includes a full line of skin care products, with extensions geared towards to skin types: Yes to Carrots (Normal to Dry Skin), Yes to Tomatoes (Oily/Combination Skin), and Yes to Cucumbers (Normal to Sensitive Skin). Catchy, no?

The Yes to Carrots Lip Butter comes in a familiar sized and shaped lip balm container with the oh-so-normal cap and twister bottom. But what I found inside was anything but normal. The butters come in Carrot, Melon, Berry, Mint and Citrus. The one I tried – Carrot, of course – had a light, pleasing scent, although I wouldn’t necessarily identify it as carrot in a blind scent test. It had no flavor whatsoever, which for me is a positive, but for you may not be. I have to admit, I was equally intrigued and skeptical of carrot-flavored lip balm, and was a teensy bit disappointed that it didn’t taste like a carrot.

The butter went on easily after the couple of swipes you always have … keep on reading...