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Winter Skin Savers from eraclea

Samples sent for review purposes, but opinions are all Anne’s own.

Right before the holidays, I unceremoniously dumped my old skin care regimen and publicly professed my love for a new-found skin care line called eraclea that simply rocked my world at first sight. And as it is with any relationship that’s meant to be, my love is only growing stronger with time.

What's not to love about these three products?
What’s not to love about these three products?

So what’s so special about my “Mr. Right” of the skincare world? Well first, the products are so incredibly hydrating that it’s like my scaly winter skin stumbled upon hot springs containing the fountain of youth. And yes, I know that sounds dramatic, but isn’t love dramatic? Seriously though, my skin has never felt more nourished than it has over the past couple of months, and that’s saying a lot considering it’s been one of the coldest winters in years here in the DC area.

Here are a few eraclea products that are keeping my frozen parts from scaling and flaking:

Ever-moist Lip Balm

Who doesn’t love a good lip balm that nourishes but doesn’t feel waxy or sticky? This lip balm has all the best qualities packed into one tube retailing for $16, and it’s worth every pretty penny. My lips get particularly chapped during the winter, and this refreshing balm restores moisture and acts as a really good base for your lipstick, because it keeps lips smooth and silky.

Simply Perfect Hand Cream


Don’t you love it when the name says it all? If you suffer from dry, cracked hands that hurt and resort to “unique” solutions like my mother does (can you say “udder cream?”) then you can ditch your bovine remedies and try a more humanly salve like eraclea’s Simply Perfect Hand Cream ($20).  It features eraclea’s signature HylaSponge®System (a combination of hyaluronic acid sponges and hyaluronic acids of various molecular weights) and is infused with lipids and vitamins to keep hands smooth all day.

Firming Lifting Mask


Your face won’t know what hit it (in a good way!) once it gets a hold of this ultimate age-defying face mask ($50). A little goes a long way with this gel mask, which you only need to leave on for a few minutes to see results (immediately smoothing skin like a powerful, wrinkle-reducing, pore-smoothing primer would). Of course, because I like to take things to the extreme, I tried leaving the mask on overnight, and while it definitely helped my skin look firm and supple the next morning, I learned the hard way that the gel doesn’t really dry, so my pillowcase was a bit tacky. Lesson learned. But in the end, I got the results I was looking for!

Now that you’ve heard so much about my new love, I hope you get a chance to go out and meet “him” for yourself. Let me know if you end up trying any of these incredible winter skin savers!


Photos:  Anne Houseman/beautyxpose

Product Review: New eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balms

I’m not sure about all you readers out there, but lip balm is a serious purse necessity no matter where I’m going.  It’s not that I constantly have chapped lips, but the feeling of soft, smooth lips is much better than dry lips, right?  So, you can imagine the moment when I anxiously ripped open the packaging of six new eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balms.  Yup, you heard me right, six.  I was lucky enough to have the chance to try out all of the new flavors!  But, now I have the problem of never knowing which one to choose for the day!  In all honesty, I normally just carry two along with me.  Yes, that is how indecisive I am.

The eos lip balms have tons of jojoba oil, shea butter, and vitamin E so your lips will stay soft and completely moisturized throughout the day.  Also, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be extremely pleased to hear they don’t test any of their products on animals.  Yay for fabulous, smooth, organic lip balm!

The new summer 2012 lip balm line includes Summer Fruit, Lemon Drop (spf 15), Strawberry Sorbet, Honeysuckle Honeydew, Medicated Tangerine, and Sweet Mint.  See what I mean when I can never pick just one?!  The Smooth Sphere Lip Balm retails for $3.29 at retailers such as Target, CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens.

Are you convinced to try out a new lip balm for summer?  Check out the rest of their products here!

How fun are these new lip balms?!  They feature soft, sweet scents such as strawberry, honeydew, and tangerine — perfect for summer!

Even though the spheres are small and totally great for toting around in a clutch, there is so much lip balm packed inside each one! Luckily these won’t run out too quickly!

Gift these cute little egg like lip balms for Easter! Stock up on a few and stuff them into Easter baskets for the upcoming holiday — the perfect gift for any age.

Photos: Gabi Valladares/BeautyXpose

Lip Balm Love

At this point in the winter there is no doubting how dry our skin can get. The bitter wind chill often times leaves our faces frostbitten, and even worse, our lips chapped. However, there is no need to fear since us lucky ladies have the choice of many different moisturizing lip balms to protect our pouts during the winter season.

As a little experiment, I’ve been trying out a variety of different lip balms over the past month or so to fill you all in on my favorites. You could find some great deals with Meijer lip balm and lip treatment coupons and keep your lip healthy and hydrated. I’ve even learned an awesome trick or two to help lips brave the cold…


1. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment– Sephora – $22.50

Aside from being on the pricey side, this SPF 15 lip balm is worth the splurge. It comes in a variety of tinted shades, which nourish lips all while adding a subtle yet charming hint of color. It smells citrusy and feels fresh on the lips, a nice reminder of the summer months ahead!2.  eos Lip Balm Smooth Spheres– Evolution of Smooth – $3.29I’ve written a review and raved about these little spheres of wonder before, and I will mention them again right now. This is probably my favorite lip balm I’ve ever owned. The formula glides on easy and remains on the lips for a long period of time. The lip spheres are 100% natural and 95% organic. Added bonus — the egged-shaped packaging makes this balm easy to find in any handbag!


3. Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm– Neutrogena- $1.99

I was interested in trying out this lip balm since I use the Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser and absolutely love it. Predictably, this lip balm was just as refreshing as the facial cleanser. The balm contains Vitamin E and leaves a soothing feeling on the lips. If you’re looking for a simple and clean lip balm, definitely opt for this one.


4. Vaseline Petroleum Jelly– Target- $3.39

I know this is probably the least glamorous sounding lip balm ever, but for this one it’s all about the technique. A good friend of mine told me to try brushing my lips with an old toothbrush and Vaseline every night before bed to exfoliate and moisturize my lips, and boy was she right on! This is the perfect way to keep lips healthy while sleeping and creates the perfect base for wearing other lip balms during the day. I’m now a regular on this lip trick!

Will you be trying any of these lip balms this winter?

WTF of the Week: Free Range Chicken Poop Lip Junk

Slather on a pile of poop!

Slather on a pile of poop!

My grandma is keen to utter wise old sayings like, “A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush.” While I’ve never thought of making a beauty brand based on her idioms, the creators of Chicken Poop™ Lip Junk lip balm appear to have taken their grandpa’s words to heart. According to the brand’s website, “Grandpa says: If ya got dry lips put chicken poop on ’em so ya won’t lick ’em.” And from there, a chap stick named after poultry poo was born.

But don’t worry — the brand is quick to note that Chicken Poop Lip Junk  actually “contains no poop.” It’s real 100 percent natural ingredients include Avocado oil, jojoba, sweet orange, lavender essential oil, bees wax, and vitamin E.  For others concerned about the living conditions of  the pretend chicken (again, there’s no poultry-derived ingredients at all), the product label assures the imaginary hen was “free range.”

If you’re into thinking of something fowl when applying lip balm, you can purchase Chicken Poop Lip Junk individually for $4 or in a Pile of Poop (five tubes) for $18.  The brand also offers Chicken Poop Outdoors and other interesting products at its website and at drugstore.com.

Photos: Simone Chickenbone Natural Put-Ons

Give Lips the Cold (Sexy) Shoulder with Mint Glaze FX

MintGlazeFXThe only thing worse than enduring a nasty New England winter without any lip moisturizer is going through it with one that only does an okay job. Let’s face it –Vaseline might be effective, but it doesn’t really give off that I’m-so-sexy vibe. Lip gloss is luscious but doesn’t usually stand a chance against dry lips. So how do you get the best of both worlds? Why, with the MintGlaze FX that’s brought to you by Cover FX, of course.

Inside the sizable tube of this “fortifying lip treat-mint primer” lies 0.10 fluid ounces of peppermint heaven. The convenient wand applicator delivers a soothing, creamy gloss that actually tingles — and not in the allergic reaction way, either — to relieve cranky, cracked lips in need of a sexy pick-me-up. Plus, it’s got SPF 15!

I was surprised to find that the glaze left my lips neither waxy nor sticky. The tingling sensation suggested that it works a bit as a lip plumper, which would fulfill the product’s “volumizing” description, but its best asset is really in the lasting protective shine. You can use it as a primer under a lip stain, gloss or stick to quench thirsty puckers and make your color last longer, or go for a touched up natural look instead, and sport the clear glaze on its own. You can also dab some on before you head to bed and let the balm sink in while you sleep. Whichever way you choose to use it, this hydrating lip saint will be your new best friend.

Buy your own! It’s available online at Sephora for $22.

Photos: Cover FX

Go Nude: Celebrity Makeup Artist Shares Secrets for Gorgeous, Natural Lips

lip linerEarlier, we reported on how to get the perfect red pout for fall, but we know the “old Hollywood glamour” look can be an acquired taste for everyday wear.  If ruby red smackers just aren’t your style, we have good news –  “new Hollywood” nude lips are in now too.  In fact, they were all over the red carpet at the 2009 Emmy’s (think Christina Applegate and Heidi Klum).

According to celebrity makeup artist Belinda Moss, not all stars are born with naturally gorgeous lips, and even the most natural-looking lips on the red carpet get help from some insider tricks (to actually look “natural!”). Moss, who has worked her magic on big name stars, including Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Eva Longoria and Gisele Bundchen, offers insight on how to achieve a luscious, natural-looking pout:

  • soft lipsSmooth Operator: The key to great looking natural lips is having healthy looking lips – nothing looks worse than flaky, peeling lips. “Dab your favorite moisturizer on your lips,” suggests Moss. After a few minutes, use a clean, damp, soft toothbrush to brush off any flaky bits of dry skin.  Now, you’re ready to achieve the best looking, dewy pout in town!
  • Go Nude: Pale and nude lips are very popular now. “You can achieve a beautiful nude lip look by taking a few simple steps. Apply your concealer on your lips and cover your lips with a nude lip liner,” says Moss. “Finish up with Softlips lip conditioning balm with SPF 20 to help condition your lips and give them a soft, smooth look.”  If you’re looking for a little pop, apply your favorite clear lip gloss over the lip balm. Moss suggests using a clear gloss with a little silver or gold to add a little extra shimmer.
  • Bold Peepers: A great way to make your beautiful, natural lips more noticeable is by brightening up your look with some color on your eyes. “Try using colored mascara in bright blues and burgundies,” Moss says. “Remember when using bright colors, a lot goes a long way, and keep the rest of the face neutral to avoid looking overdone.”  The darker the eye, the more neutral and natural your lips and cheeks should be, Moss says.

Cover Image – Marinka van Holten; Lips with Liner – Flavio Takemoto; Soft Lips

What’s Cookin’ Good Lookin’?

At BX, we realize that the economy has not only hurt your wallet, but your personal beauty regimen. Those $150 – $250 spa appointments are a thing of the past – or saved for a very special occasion (we still maintain having a difficult day due to “shoe malfunctions” classifies as one of those occasions).

Well prepare yourselves, because we have compiled some highly recommended at-home spa treatments that you can make yourself using ingredients found in most kitchens (just not in Kristin’s because she doesn’t cook, bad Kristin). And stay tuned for our at-home spa part two, where we have found some of the most relaxing and soothing pampering products to help treat yourself to a day of pure bliss.

Until then, put on your most luxurious bathrobe, then put your apron on over that, and get ready to cook your way to a beautiful you.


banana1The Expert Chef: Keneesha Hudson, owner of Urbanbella salon in Atlanta. Hudson suggests her honey-banana hair smoothie for added moisture, shine, and smooth texture.

The Recipe: Honey-Banana Hair Smoothie

2 Tbsp condensed soy milk
3 drops of honey
1 mashed banana
1 Tbsp plain yogurt.

Directions: Blend ingredients together and apply to wet hair (pre-shampoo). To prevent dripping (or eating) wrap hair in plastic wrap and cover with a towel. Leave in one hour and then wash out and shampoo and condition as usual.

What it’s great for: All hair types, but especially us gals with curly hair.


lime2The Expert Chef: Mindy Terry, owner of Creative Spa Concepts. Terry has concocted two truly delicious face masques for at home pampering: Avocado Citrus Masque for Dry Skin and Banana Blueberry Soother for Oily/Combination Skin.

The Recipe: Avocado Citrus Masque

½ Ripe Organic Avocado
3 Chunks Fresh Pineapple
¼ Organic Lime
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ Tbsp Honey (Local, if available)

Directions: Cleanse before hand with approx. ½ Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar by dampening a cotton pad with apple cider vinegar and smoothing over face and neck. Carefully avoid eye and lip area. (This step may tingle a little.  Some redness is common.  For sensitive skin, soak cotton pad with water prior to applying ACV).

avocado2To create the masque add avocado, pineapple chunks, and limejuice and pulp into to a food processor and mix until smooth, but textured.  Add olive oil and honey and mix with a fork until well blended.  Apply a fine layer of the masque to your skin, again avoiding the eye and lip areas. Relax for 10 minutes.

Prepare a steam bath by simmering water over the stove.  While water heats up, massage the masque into the skin using deep, upward circular movements.  Continue to massage for three to five minutes.

Turn off the stove and lean your face over the steam rising from the water.  Drape a towel over your head to create a tent preventing the steam from escaping.  Enjoy the steam bath for 3 minutes.  Use a washcloth soaked in warm water to remove the masque.  Apply your favorite moisturizer.

What it’s great for: Dry Skin

The Recipe: Banana Blueberry Soother Face Masque

blueberries1 ½ Organic Banana
3 Chunks Fresh Pineapple
4 Organic Blueberries
2 tsp Honey
1 – 2 tsp Plain Organic Yogurt

Directions: Cleanse using Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (see above). To create masque, mash banana, pineapple and blueberries in a bowl with a fork, add honey and mix well.  Add yogurt to desired consistency. Apply a fine layer onto face while lying down. After 10 minutes prepare a steam bath following the directions above.

What it’s good for: Oily/Combination Skin


almond1The Expert Chef: Ellen Cagnassola, owner of SweetSoaps. Cagnassola handcrafts all her products, including this delicious homemade lip balm.

The Recipe: Homemade Lip Balm (Pick your own flavor!)

1½ oz beeswax pearls
1 oz cocoa butter
1½ oz shea butter
2 oz. sweet almond oil
2 tsp flavor oil
1 tsp vitamin E liquid

Directions: Weigh ingredients. Melt the beeswax in a small pan over the stove.  Once melted add the cocoa butter chunks and shea butter, let melt, and then add sweet almond oil.  Heat thoroughly.  Add the Vitamin E oil. Remove from stove and pour into a glass-measuring cup for easy pouring into lip balm containers.  Stir flavor oils in and pour into lip balm containers.  If the mixture gets hard, place in
the microwave for a few seconds to re-melt and pour again..

What it will do: Moisturize lips and give you balm to spare. This recipe makes 6 oz. – a normal tube holds .15oz.