Finally! A reason (besides social decency) to get up that 20 mins early and apply some make-up.
So, honestly I am the worst chronic alarm clock snoozer there is. I will snooze until my cats are literally clawing my eyeballs out for food...ok...that's a little exaggerated, but you know what I mean; no time for make-up application.
My unexpected make-up revelation came to me while I was traveling through the cosmetic section at, I think, Macy's (don't quote me on that). Anyway, on my way past the cosmetic section praying I wouldn't be bombarded by attendants spraying me with whatever smells like my grandma's air freshener, I came across a counter that distracted me from the perfume ciaos.
It was pink, shiny, and smelt like raspberries. Ahh..I was taken. While standing at the counter staring and probably inadvertently drooling, I was approached by a very friendly (non pushy) cosmetic associate. "Hello my name is Kathy, I saw you looking at the Korres Raspberry Antioxidant Liquid Lipstick, would you like to try it out?" Wiping the droll off my mouth, hoping this nice lady didn't think I was a disheveled bum (wearing my nurse scrubs at the time) I quickly agreed, and also asked more about the antioxidant claim. Kathy stated "this new liquid lipstick has a very unique formula. Its water-based, feels cool on the lips, and it's also nurturing." At this point I was about to make an inappropriate probably not even funny joke about breast feeding, but instead I just requested for a new tube to be started for my tester.
I know this may sound obnoxious, and be annoying for the cosmetic associate, but make-up in general is an excellent home for bacteria, the worst is lip gloss, it's like the Ritz Carlton for living organisms. Even if it's applied by a cotton swab and not directly to the lip it's still a bacteria playground!! If more people request new containers to be open every time for a tester, maybe the cosmetic companies will have to make individual sample testers (which should have already been done). So as a side note don't feel like an annoyance to ask, it's what you deserve.
Kathy was very open to this request, and agreed it was probably is the best idea. When I asked her if people frequently just took the lip applicators and applied them to their lips? She said she would let me know off the record...hmm...what do you think she said?
As she opened a new gloss she told me "It's made with antioxidant raspberry and pomegranate, certified organic acai palm pulp oil to moisturize and sooth winter touched lips; and its also made without parabens, synthetic fragrances, phthalates, and GMO's. It gives a rich, lush color of a lipstick in a cream, lightweight formula that feels more like a gloss but without any of the stickiness or tackiness many lip-glosses give."
Well, Kathy was right on with that, this lip gloss is heaven on a stick, a true innovation in lip color. This product comes in Natural, Nude Beige, Fuchsia, Berry, and Red.
How can you get these magical wonders? Korres Raspberry Antioxidant Liquid Lipstick is available for 22$ at korresusa.com , and from Sephora.
So, take off the PJs, go to your local Sephora, buy this yummy, yet healthy product, and then you can go back home and put the PJs back on (what I did). Or just keep the PJs on and order online. Either way you can be in your Pjs all day next sat getting healthier, with beautiful kissable lips:*
Just for the rundown on what to look for and what to avoid when buying make-up, I made a few important rules to live by.
1. Even though, the makeup sounds or smells good enough to eat, with names like Fresh Peach, Strawberry Pie, Coco Desire, etc. DO NOT EAT THEM!! Even if they claim to be edible still DO NOT EAT THEM. These products were made in a production factory, probably next to Firestone tires for ---sake, not grannies kitchen, so, please don't eat these products.
2. Antioxidants are pretty much phytochemicals, vitamins, and other nutrients that protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals. Antioxidants can be found in most fruits and vegetables, coffee, and red wine. Free radicals are formed as part of our natural metabolism, but also by environmental factors, including smoking, pesticides, pollution and radiation. Without getting into the molecular structure of how free radicals enter our body, just believe me they do, and they do damage to your body.
3. How to really know what's in your make-up? Well start by reading the tiny, tiny labels. Ever wonder why most make up ingredient labels are microscopic? Could it be because the cosmetic conglomerates don't want you to see what you're putting on your skin? Please read those labels, and if you can't pronounce most of the ingredients, move on to a healthier choice.
4. Avoid synthetic fragrances, urea, phthalates, talc, DEA, TEA, MEA, and preservatives like anything ethyl-, methyl-, propyl-, and butylparaben. What to look for are ingredients like jojoba oil, calendula extract, chamomile, peppermint extract, or Antioxidants. If you see those in the ingredients you're probably headed in the right direction.
Just remember make-up goes on your naked skin, so before you grab that synthetically made foundation, or cream, think to yourself, would you really rub your face against your car tire? I wouldn't.