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My Favorite Lip Products

AQUAPHOR by Eucerin

Aquaphor Healing Ointment is my favorite product. This was suggested to me by my physician years ago. I went in with some sort of ailment and he noticed how dry, cracked, and how painful my lips looked! My lips are chapped from October to April, and if they are not chapped they are dry (my poor husband – he’s a saint for kissin’ these lips!) I’m not talking about your basic chapped lips. My lips crack, peel, and bleed (gross, I know)! It’s an extremely painful situation.

Aquaphor has helped to keep my lips hydrated and smooth – even during Michigan winters! This product has truly saved my lips. Just like our body and face need to be moisturized so do our lips. I apply this ointment to my lips in the morning as part of my makeup routine and slather it on before I go to bed. There’s nothing worse than waking up with tight, dry lips!  This is especially helpful in the winter and during the hottest part of the summer when the air inside and outside can be really dry. I always have a tube in purse and on my desk. I reapply throughout the day (and I need to
reapply a lot in the winter). Always having it in my purse works as a constant reminder to reapply after eating out or while out running errands (if need be).

Photo by: Ashley E. Angle
This Vaseline-textured ointment is moisturizing, non-irritating, preservative-free and fragrance-free. It’s also multi-purpose! Not only can you use it on your lips, Aquaphor Healing Ointment protects dry, cracked or irritated skin all over your body! It helps enhance the natural healing process and restore smooth, healthy skin. It also can be used to sooth minor burns, and it also helps irritated skin caused by radiation treatments, facial resurfacing procedures (I’ll keep this in mind for next time – haha), and eczema. I’ve also read that it works wonders as an under eye moisturizer (apply at bedtime) and a heel and elbow moisturizer. It also has protecting and soothing qualities when applied over a fresh tattoo!

Aquaphor Healing Ointment can be purchased in a jar or tube, and pocket size portable-friendly .35 oz tubes. Aquaphor costs between $5 and $15 depending on what form you buy it in. The jars hold the most product so, naturally, that’s going to be the most expensive. You can find Aquaphor at your grocery store, drug stores, Wal-Mart, and Target. I always start at my grocery store and Target because that is usually where it is the cheapest.

The best way to describe this product is as a lip gloss in chap stick form or maybe a lip balm. I don’t like lip glosses because they tend to feel heavy and are really sticky. I wanted something lighter with just a little hint of tint and Dew Kiss delivers. The product is light on my lips and enhances my lips' natural color by making them look hydrated (and dewy). It smells AMAZING! I wear it as part of my everyday makeup look. It’s packaged in a pink chap stick tube which makes it super portable! I can carry it in my purse or conveniently in my pocket. I reapply throughout the day like you would for any lip gloss or stick. Lip Dew just gives an incredible fresh, glossy look.
This little gem is available only through Avon. Dew Kiss Lip Dew costs 99 cents (yes, you read that correctly) and goes on sale four times a year for 69 cents. Amazon does carry this product. This may be the one and only time I’m going to tell you not to use Amazon. The product was listed for $5 on the site!!! To purchase Dew Kiss you can find a local Avon dealer or order it from my website – www.youravon.com/afleury (product # 188342).

Photo by: Ashley E. Angle


Photo by: Ashley E. Angle
I always thought lipstick was for an older generation. My grandma (Grandmommie) always wore lipstick. From my earliest memory up until she passed away in March she was never without her Chanel lipstick. She had numerous tubes in her vanity drawers, and always carried it with her. I remember her reapplying it after eating, drinking, or smoking a cigarette. The older I got the more I realized that my Grandmommie was pretty kick-ass. She was this southern belle who took great pride in keeping her home, being a wife, and raising her children. She was classy, and beautiful, and so smart. So, when I received a free tube of lipstick from Clinique’s Long Lasting Lipstick line I’d figured I’d give it a try. What was good for Grandmommie might be good for me!
The free sample I got came in a color called Bamboo Pink. First, I am hesitant about any color on my lips making me look like a) I’m trying too hard b) I have too much makeup on and c) a hooker. I gave it a shot for Grandmommie! The color is not too dark for my liking and it goes on really smooth. It feels moist and hydrates my lips. I find that some lipsticks tend to dry out your lips. The Bamboo Pink color offers a slight shimmer. Shimmer is something I try to stay away from. I personally don’t find it age appropriate (for me - I’m pushing 30!). I like that the color is light enough to wear to work or I can punch it up for a night out (hint-hint, hubs! I know you are reading this…). I’m hooked. It’s an all-around great product that lasts and is easy to carry for reapplication.

Me and Grandmommie - January 2013 (2 months before she passed away). She hadn't yet reapplied after our lunch.
I love Clinique anything because it’s all dermatologist tested and usually has some sort benefit (evens out skin tone, moisturizing, correcting, etc). You can purchase Clinique’s Long Lasting Lipstick at any Clinique counter for $15. Counters can be found in Macy’s, Nordstrom, Dillards, Boscovs and some Sephora's… or you can shop online at www.clinique.com – shipping is usually free. The Long Lasting Lipstick comes in an array of colors; if Bamboo Pink is not the right shade for you there are plenty more to choose from!

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  1. Aquaphor is AMAZING stuff. I use it on my lips, areas of dryness, and even as a makeup remover. I've never tried any of Avon's glosses, so I'll have to give them a try based on your recommendation :) Hope you're having a great week!

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  2. I love Clinque stuff. Always been worth the price in my opinion :)

  3. I will definitely have to try Aquaphor. My lips aren't as bad as yours, but they definitely get dry almost daily.

    And, slightly off topic, but I just wanted to let you know that I've tagged you in a "Would You Rather" tag, if you're interested :) Thanks for writing such a fun blog!