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At any given moment, you will find over five different types of lip products in my purse. At last count, over nine lip products were floating around in the recesses of my large bag. Clearly in my opinion you can never have too many lip products. If you’re looking for a beauty product to stock pile, lip balms are small in size, effective in purpose, and easy on the wallet. At just a few measly dollars a pop, these four lip balms help keep your lips hydrated through spring, summer and beyond.

Nivea Olive Oil & Lemon Lip Care ($2.99): Enriched with lemon extract and vitamin E, the lemon sooths rough, dry lips and 
the olive oil moisturizes. The subtle scent is like a mini-Mediterranean vacation, making this an absolute favorite among the Nivea lip care line.

EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm ($3.49): The egg shape may take a few applications to get used to, but the lasting hydration, yummy flavors (lemon, mint, pomegranate to name a few), and all-natural formula will keep you hooked. 

Aquaphor Lip Repair ($4.99): Similar to the Aquaphor repair lotion, the rich texture of the Aquaphor lip repair works well for severely dry, cracked lips, especially for individuals with sensitive skin since it is fragrance free with no preservatives or dyes. 

John Masters Organics Lip Calm ($6): Olive oil, jojoba oil, and shea butter combine in this lightweight organic ‘lip calm’ that glides on more like an oil than a wax based product.   
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The eyebrows are often the most neglected facial feature on a woman (and a man — but that’s a whole ‘nother post for a whole ‘nother blog). I learned several years back how critical a role a good eyebrow pencil should have in your beauty routine and to this day I almost never leave home without a swipe of Laura Mercier’s Eyebrow Pencil. But when I’m looking to take my look to the next level I turn to Benefit High Brow. This thick oyster-pink pencil is meant to be swept right under the eyebrow line then blended gently into skin. The luminous color adds life to your brows and even seems to add a little lift to the arches, too. 

You can buy Benefit High Brow for $20 at sephora.com.
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With the Met Gala’s Punk: Chaos to Couture theme this year, beauty products that pull in that rock star element have been catching my eye. There is something about the cool, “I’m not trying too hard, but actually yes this look took hours to create” element of rocker chic beauty that draws me in. Bringing the chance to channel your inner punk to the masses, Theo Kogan is a rocker, model, makeup artist, mom and the founder of cosmetics brand Armour Beauty. As a singer for bands, Theo wanted to create a lip gloss that would stay on during her performances. What she created is an intensely moisturizing, highly pigmented gloss that is as nourishing for the lips as it is fashion-forward rocker chic. 

At first swipe, Armour Beauty’s lip gloss goes on smooth, produces bright color, and stays on much longer than your average gloss. The line of 20 glosses are named after songs, bands, and pop icons. The glosses come in two different collections: shimmer and opaque. Armour Beauty glosses range from on trend colors like Barracuda, a classic blue-red, to punk rock Femme Fatale, an opaque black gloss. 

Not only do the glosses come packed with natural ingredients like avocado, mango, olive and shea butters, grape seed oil, and Vitamin E, they are also paraben- and cruelty-free. Finally a lip gloss that rocks as much as you do.     
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Landing in a Sephora near you on April 30th, British beauty brand Illamasqua explores the supernatural side of beauty in their summer Paranormal collection. The collection includes a vibrant water resistant Paranormal eyeshadow palette ($46.50) featuring four colors ranging from Vivid Cerise (reddish pink) to Cool Green, Warm Copper and Soft Violet. The Paranormal collection also includes a lightweight highlighter ($26) that “creates a glow of extraordinary light wherever applied” and the Precision Ink water-proof liquid liner ($27.50) that goes on with a sheen and stays put all day, and then a little longer. Rumor has it that the liquid liner can also double as a nail art pen. 

The real stand out in Illamasqua’s Paranormal beauty world is their limited edition collection of UV nail varnishes ($17). To the world your nails will be bright and colorful with a slight metallic finish, but to those in the know (with the assistance of a black light) all of your nail art secrets can be revealed. That’s right… these colors glow under black light. Even just saying the colors will freak people out, with names like Omen (bright green), Séance (bright violet), and Ouija (bright pink). One of the most impressive products is the UV top coat Geist, which turns every nail polish you own into a color that will glow under black lights. Next up on the agenda: plan your weekend around places that use black lights.
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I’m so over gooey gloss that sticks to everything, like my hair (UGH) and paper napkins (double UGH). I’ve also never been a big fan of matte lipsticks that make my lips look dry and cakey. Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks give you shine, texture and color in the best type of formula (crayon-style). Application is easy and effortless and the results are amazing. Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks are packed with ingredients aimed at enhancing your pout, creating fuller, more noticeable lips. They only come in three different shades — do you want barely there Nudist, bright and bold Fuschia-ristic, or deep and dramatic Plum Jam? Nudist, my shade of choice, is a great spring shade.

You can buy Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Glossy Sticks for $16 at sephora.com.

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