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Lather-Spearmint-Tea-Tree-Lip-Protector-SPF-15.jpgWe’re constantly trying new lip balms. Scented, flavored, pot, stick, it doesn’t matter — we never have less than 10 in our rotating arsenal. But, recently, one has definitely surfaced above the rest — Lather Spearmint & Tea Tree Lip Protector SPF 15.

This paraben-free, protective lip balm is formulated with tons of good-for-the-lips ingredients that help to keep them soft and smooth. Ingredients like royal jelly, B-vitamins and pure beeswax ensure that lips stay nourished and hydrated — and, thankfully, chap-free.

We love the scent and taste of this balm, too. The spearmint and tea tree oils within make it refreshing, cooling and just a touch zesty — and they just make it feel so luxurious.

Truth be told, our lips haven’t felt this good in weeks. And we hardly ever need to reapply!

Lather Spearmint & Tea Tree Lip Protector SPF 15 retails for $6.50 at lather.com.
What can we say — St. Patrick’s Day brings out the lucky leprechaun inside of us! We’ve decided to bring you a host of green products guaranteed to bring a little fun into your beauty routine. Last up — skincare!

Green-Beauty-Products-Skincare-Image-1.jpgMario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Lotion
We love every cleansing lotion (AKA toner) MB puts out — this one, which contains witch hazel, deep cleans even the most stubborn of pores.
$15-$45 at mariobadescu.com

SUPER by Dr. Nicholas Perricone Detox Elixir
Want a refreshing mist of goodness throughout the day? This spritz — formulated with nourishing watercress — minimizes pores and keeps skin looking super glowy.
$30 at sephora.com

Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner
Cucumbers may just be the most refreshing ingredient on the planet. Kiehl’s has certainly used that to their advantage with this toner that’s good for every type of skin imaginable.
$11-$27 at kiehls.com

La Prairie Cellular Energizing Body Spray
Part fragrance, part skincare, this luxurious spray smells amazing and leaves behind a radiant glow.
$115 at shoplaprairie.com

The Body Shop Tea Tree Cleansing Wipes
We’re a sucker for a good cleansing wipe — and, since these not only make our skin tingly clean but contain fresh-smelling tea tree oil, they’re a winner in our book.
$12 at thebodyshop.com

Green-Beauty-Products-Skincare-Image-2.jpgClark’s Botanicals Ultra Rich Lip Balm
Ultra rich is right. We feel as though our lips have been bathed in silk every time we slick this sweet-tasting balm across our pout!
$19 at clarksbotanicals.com

Freeman Avocado & Oatmeal Facial Clay Mask
We’ve been told practically since birth that avocados and oatmeal form the best mask ever for the skin. Well, Freeman sure did us a favor by combining the two ingredients into this super-luxe mask!
$3.99 at freemanbeauty.com

David Yurman Fresh Essence Eau de Toilette
This fruity floral — notes of apple, cassis and juicy red fruits combine with rose, peony, water lily and crisp greens — brings a welcome note of spring.
$85 at davidyurman.com

St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Cleanser
You’d be surprised at how far one pump can go! Expect to lather up with the best of them.
$6.59 at drugstore.com

Kiss My Face Grassy Mint Peace Soap
Olive and coconut oils moisturize, grassy spearmint energizes, castile cleanses gently … and this soap, quite literally, cleans EVERYTHING.
$15.99 at kissmyfacewebstore.com

Tata Harper Restorative Eye Cream
Diminish fine lines and wrinkles, get rid of dark shadows and make skin appear brighter and younger? Um, sign us up.
$90 at tataharperskincare.com
How many times have you taken pictures with your friends, only to look at them and wish your face didn’t look so greasy? If you’re like us, it’s happened more times than you’d care to remember. Luckily, there’s a miraculous invention that makes that unsightly shine disappear in an instant. Welcome to the wonderful world of blotting papers! Read on to learn about some of our very favorites.

Blotting-Linens-Image-1.jpgSephora Matte Blotting Film
Pretty blue papers made from an absorbent, microporous film ensure your skin will be matte to the max.
$10 for 50 sheets at sephora.com

Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens
Natural albaca leaf fibers and the slight scent of refreshing green tea make for a beautiful set of shine-reducing linens.
$10 for 100 at ulta.com

Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper
We seriously love everything about these papers — especially the chic little carrying case.
$18 for 100 at sephora.com

Blotting-Linens-Image-2.jpgEarth Therapeutics Shine-Free Spot Blots
What a fun name, right? And the rice-infused consistency gets rid of all unearthly shine and grease in an instant!
$5 for 80 at ulta.com

Hollywood Fashion Tape Oil Blotting Film
The purveyor of all things mishap (we’re talking nipple covers, double-sided tape and more!) has, of course, created blotting papers guaranteed to give you that gorgeous Hollywood-ready skin.
$5 for 18 at beauty.com

Philosophy The Supernatural Blotting Papers
“Never let them see you shine.” We can definitely get behind the phrase printed on the front of this adorable packaging.
$10 for 100 at beauty.com
Fresh-Creme-Ancienne-Eye-Cream.jpgWe normally like our eye creams on the thick, creamy side. So when we first unscrewed the top of Fresh Creme Ancienne Eye Cream and saw a consistency much like pure shea butter, we must admit we were both intrigued and petrified. Would this eye cream really work if it were so unlike the ones we’d come to know and love?

In a word, yes.

In a mere matter of weeks, the area around our eyes was noticeably lighter and had decreased in puffiness significantly. Our under-eye area feels so hydrated, thanks to ingredients like meadowfoam seed oil (to nourish the skin), jojoba seed oil (to restore suppleness) and moisturizing Vitamin E. You’ll even find anti-inflammatory-enhancing beeswax, soothing chamomile oil, toning lemon peel oil and calming rosewater within the formula.

But what we really love about it? The inspiration behind this luxurious eye cream! The first cream of the 2nd century A.D. inspired the creators of Fresh to come up with it. It’s hand-blended in a European monastery to preserve the fragile ingredients and its rich history. How cool is that?

We will caution you that Creme Ancienne doesn’t come cheap … it retails for $95. But if you’re looking to hydrate the under-eye area like never before, this is the eye cream that can’t be beat!

Fresh Creme Ancienne Eye Cream is available at fresh.com.

Yes-To-Tomatoes-Deep-Cleansing-Facial-Pads.jpgRemember when we talked about First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads last week? Well, we simply had to continue down the cleansing pads road … which is why, today, we’re bringing you a review of Yes to Tomatoes Deep Cleansing Facial Pads.

Truth be told, we couldn’t have started using these cleansing pads at a better time. Our skin has been extremely temperamental as of late, with flareups occurring more than they did in our teenage years. (Trust us, we’re less than thrilled with this turn of events.) In any case, the fact that these cleansing pads are formulated with salicylic acid definitely seemed like a blessing in disguise.

So we started using these pads every night before bed (and sometimes twice a day, if we were good and went to the gym). At first, we didn’t notice anything happening to the unsightly bumps, blemishes and red patches on our face. But, after about a week, we definitely started seeing a noticeable difference in our skin.

The blemishes were disappearing right before our eyes! What had been bright red pimples were now on their last legs. Our skin even felt softer and smoother than it had in weeks, finally returning to the baby-soft quality it usually sports.

Now, these pads do have a medicinal scent, thanks to the salicylic acid. But if you can get past that, they are most definitely worth investing in! Your skin will be clearer than ever before.

Yes to Tomatoes Deep Cleansing Facial Pads are $7.99 for a pack of 50 at drugstore.com.

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