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Burts-Bees-Lip-Balm.jpgOver the past few years, we’ve tested more lip sticks, glosses and balms than we could possibly count, all promising numerous benefits with varying results. 

Some were too sticky, some were too slick. Some too pigmented, or poor tasting. But the one balm that has proven one of our favorites of all time has been Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil. For merely $3, this perfect lip ointment packs the ideal combination of hydration, tint, texture (super silky smooth!), scent and price. 
With a few passes on your lips, your smackers will be soft and supple with a slight sheen. 

Plus, we love Burt’s Bees for its commitment to using all-natural products, such as the anti-oxidant rich pomegranate oil in this lip balm. And for those that already call themselves devotees to this brand’s lip products, make sure to try their new acai berry and mango butter varieties. Yum! $2.99,


Bottega Verde, Italy’s largest cosmetics brand, has finally hit the US market with its best-selling, natural beauty products. Founded in Tuscany, Bottega Verde uses more than 300 active ingredients derived from nature. Their vast range of products includes beauty care and body treatments that harness the natural properties of almond, aloe, shea, olive oil, honey and more.

Since olive oil is so closely associated with Italy and the Tuscany region, we chose to sample some of Bottega Verde’s extra virgin olive oil products, including Olive Oil Body Butter, Hand Cream, Lip Balm and Shower Gel.


The Olive Oil Body Butter has a really nice creamy consistency that is much lighter than other body butters we’ve tried. The smooth texture makes it easy to spread as it literally sinks into your skin, leaving it feeling soft and silky smooth. The floral fragrance with subtle green notes is delicious without overpowering. The Olive Oil Hand Cream is an even lighter consistency which is ideal for softening and protecting hands without any greasy residue.

Organic olive oil is the active ingredient in the Lip Balm Stick which glides on easily and offers long-lasting protection for lips, making them softer and smoother immediately. The balm also has a light fragrance which pleasantly lingers. Finally, the Olive Oil Shower Gel has a nice, creamy consistency that cleanses while nourishing the skin leaving it lightly fragranced.

Sound amazing? Don’t just take our word for it - you can sample some of Bottega Verde’s most popular products for free with their Italian Beauty Sample Package (worth over $24).

We’re also giving away an Olive Oil Gift Set featuring all the products mentioned here. Just leave a comment below and we’ll choose someone at random to win! (Contest is open to US residents only; winner will be chosen on 11/30/10)

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Bottega Verde. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Stila-Acai-Crush.jpgWe know we’ve been covering a lot of lip stains lately (like here and here), but they are just so…efficient. Their color lasts so much longer than any lip gloss or lipstick, and you can customize the depth of your hue by using single, or multiple applications. 

Stila’s Açaí Crush Lip & Cheeks Stain is the newest addition to their fruit-inspired stains (even though it doesn’t smell or taste fruity.) The color is fantastically rich and vibrant, and we didn’t experience sandpaper lips like wit some other more drying lip stains. 

This lip color is not only inspired from a super fruit, but Stila claims it’s “super smart”, too. The formula is specifically formulated to create a unique color depending on your skin’s pH levels. Though the color was severely clown-like on our cheeks (maybe we used too much of the product), our lips were a perfect (and we mean purrrrrfect) shade of ruby red! It was the most perfect (yes, we said it again) shade of candy apple red we’ve ever found for our skin color and lips. 

The color comes quickly when you click, click, click, so beware. Plus, a tiny bit goes a very long way, since the formula is deeply pigmented. The brush works great for precise application, which is ideal for a gel formula like this one. 

Our beautiful ruby lip shade lasted all night, without fading even just a bit. The only bad part about having such a long-lasting formula, is that sometimes…it lasts too long! We had to scrub our lips in the morning to get off excess color, but we thought it was well worth the pretty pout from the night before! We foresee ourselves wearing the Stila Açaí Crush Lip & Cheeks Stain for every holiday party we have in the coming weeks, and you will, too, once you add it to your makeup bag. $24,

olay total effects plus cooling hydration moisturizer.jpgWe don’t have to tell you just how long we’ve been on the hunt for the holy grail anti-aging moisturizer…obviously long enough to NEED an anti-aging moisturizer. It’s been a long road, but we may have finally hit the jackpot with Olay’s Total Effects 7 in 1 Anti-Aging Moisturizer Plus Cooling Hydration.  

This heavy hitter fights the signs of aging and keeps skin refreshed, providing the benefits of 7 anti-aging therapies plus a burst of invigorating mint-extract complex to keep skin feeling refreshed. It’s lightweight, oil-free, and leaves skin smooth, more even-toned, and definitely younger looking.

Total Effects Plus Cooling Hydration fights 7 signs of aging by:

• Minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
• Soothing dry skin with cooling moisturization
• Fighting dullness for a healthy-looking radiance
• Gently exfoliating to smooth and even skin’s texture
• Refining to minimize the appearance of pores
• With antioxidants, helps protect skin’s surface from free radical damage
• Hydrating to firm the appearance of skin

The moisturizer is a dream under makeup or alone, and hydrates skin with no greasy feel or film left behind; it sinks into the skin quickly and really improves appearance. Since receiving a sample, we haven’t been without it!

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The new color wands from the Sephora Collection are genius. Honestly, they are so brilliant, it’s amazing to us to think that no one ever thought of something like this before (well, maybe they have, but they clearly weren’t memorable enough to mention here.) Each wand comes equipped with six different colors. The Nymph wand (center) comes with clear gloss, light pinks, and neutral peaches. The Siren wand (right) has medium pinks, berry tones and shimmery nudes. Our favorite, though, was the Muse wand (left). It comes stacked with glossy plum, tangerine and a variety of nudes. 

All wands have a mango, peachy smell and flavor. We loved how easy these were to carry around, without feeling like we were toting an arsenal of glosses with us. Think about it, if you were to purchase all three wands, which take up the space of three traditional lip glosses, you’d actually have 18 options! They aren’t sticky, and the darker hues are nicely pigmented, plus the color lasts a decent amount of time. 

Each color connects to the next with their own brush. The only problem we’d foresee having with these is falling madly in love with one or two hues, and running out quickly, since the jars are pretty micro, and we can’t imagine them lasting a huge amount of time if this were the case. 

Regardless, we absolutely adore these color wands, and at $10 each, think they’re a great value, as well.

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