Lip Balm Addiction


These are all mine. Yes, ALL of them! Finally, the obsession is public now. I have a special place in my heart (and in my dressing-room) for lip balms. Firstly, I love that they have so many delicious names like lip balms, lip butter, lip tint, lip shield and what not..

Secondly, there are endless number of varieties, and flavors available in the market to try! A girl can never have too many. ADDICTIONNN!!
And before you ask, yes, I use of all them, depending on my mood and the need of the hour. I have opinions for all of them –

VLCC Lip Shield – Super soft, and smells delicious! I use the Cocoa butter one, it’s great for daily use. Keeps lips hydrated for hours.
Maybelline Baby Lips – A tinted lip balm. The color is subtle but makes lips appear full and supple. Great when you don’t have time to apply a lipstick and want a little color on your lips.
Neosporin – The night version (Neosporin Lip Health Overnight Renewal Therapy) is magical. It claims to heal the chapped lips if you apply it 3 nights in a row! And it really works. Lips stay soft and moist even in the morning. I give 10 on 10 to this one! And the day version (Neosporin Lip Health Daily Hydration Therapy Lip Balm) has SPF 20 in it! Bonus points!!
Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm – It’s soothing, cooling and refreshing! Another amazing lip balm for curing chapped lips. Great help in fighting the after effects of winter. Though I like the original version more than the tinted one. How about you?
The Body Shop Lip Butters – I have mentioned it earlier that I really like the Satsuma Shimmer Born Lippy Lip Butter version, but the Pink Grapefruit one was a total disappointment. Since that one leaves a white glaze on the lips and does not smell that good. Forgot to picture, but I also love the Lip scrub from Body Shop, it is so effective and so amazing!
EOS Lip Balm – Has SPF 15 and tastes amazing! Stays on the lips as long as you don’t lick it! No, really, no kidding! LOL..
Smith’s Rosebud Salve – Bought from the Urban Outfitters store. And they are superb! Loved both the versions (strawberry and mint). Too good!
Lush Lip tint – It’s a matte lip tint. (wore it in this post). Would not put it in the category of a lip balm, since it’s a substitute of a lipstick. But I like it. 
Nivea Lip care – Not a big fan of this one. Though it gives a little color to the lips (I got the red one), but it dries fast, re-application is required quite frequently. Better if used as a gloss (or if you don’t mind re-applying in short intervals).
L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm – A good nude lipstick kind-a balm. Stays for more than 6 hours. Good for daily application like in office or school. Has SPF 15 (yayy..) Love it!
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter – Nice one and love that it gives a nice shiny color to the lips! Great substitute of a lipstick.
Vaseline – I use it when I do not find anything else (and/or ‘in emergencies’). How can the collection be complete without a Vaseline?


There you go! Here are all my lip balms I have used so far (actually I have used more than these)! Which are your favorites? I don’t mind adding more to my list 😉

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Ditch those Sweatpants

It struck me today when I was sitting at this hip café for a brunch on a weekday that dressing up is so much more important in our daily lives! It lays a very deep impact on others when they look at you. And why not? Your clothes and dressing style lays a big impact on the other person. Your first impression is already created, even before you open your mouth to say something!

It was the perfect weather to sit on the café patio, eat and not sweat. I was wearing a high-waist black and white hounds-tooth print pencil skirt and a green collared shirt tucked-in with black pumps. As I was enjoying my super light and super tasty brunch (which was by the way, a Mediterranean Veggie sandwich and a cup of hot mocha), I was equally engrossed in to people watching. Just to let you know, this is one of the most famous bakery shops in Phoenix and hence the breakfast and lunch hours are always crowded.
Out of the very few people who were dressed up, one could easily point out the ones coming straight from office (as they were wearing fromal work wear, and again, few of them were very boring-ly dressed, what happend to those interesting work wear experiments, people?), however most of the other people stepping in, were wearing their sweatpants or workout wear. I was shocked to see this at first! Even mommies entering with their children were also wearing sweatpants (they learn from us, don’t they?).

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To be honest, I was highly disappointed and was feeling over-dressed in front of them! Well, anyways, being a blogger has its own cons, and one of them is that you feel over-dressed most of the times, considering these days people dress up well only if they are going to attend a party or a formal occasion or something like that (of course, exceptions are always there). But is it right? Well, I don’t think so! How can one step out of their house wearing their gym wear to grab lunch at such a nice place? Wearing sweats in pulic? This is a fashion crime, people!! Yes it is.

On the other side, dressing up is so much fun and we all agree to that! Putting on a pair of sweatpants and a lose t-shirt is a no-brainer and on top of it, it does no good to your attitude, self-confidence or for that matter, your first impression.
I feel so good when I am all dressed up, don’t we all? No offense, but this trend of NOT dressing up is mostly seen in the United States. I mean if we look at other fashion-aware countries like Paris, United Kingdom or Italy etc. you would rarely see people stepping out like that (unless they are out for a run or heading to the gym).

Apparently, how long does it take to swap those sweatpants with a Jeans or a Skirt? Less than a minute I guess! But it earns you so many brownie points for sure, and one should never forget that opportunities usually come your way in the least expected situations and you may not want to accept it wearing your PJs! Or do you?

So next time, when you are heading to that grocery store or for that cup of daily coffee wearing your Pajama’s or track pants, think again, take a minute and go change it!!

P.S. All of the above applies to both men and women. We believe in gender equality! Dressing up is important for all of us.

Quote: Weekend Word

Enjoy Life! Stay Happy!
Cheers
Ritika

Outtakes – 1

4 – In Style

As I was looking in to my archives, I thought it would be fun to post some outtake shots! And trust me, it was serious fun for me because my husband sat beside me all the time and kept making fun of all the potential pictures for this post.

On other note, you might have noticed by now, that I have changed the template of the blog. And I am loving this new template soooo very much!
It is more user friendly as I have added a ‘Search‘ box on the top right corner of the page, which will help all my lovely readers to search any content they like.

Weekend is close, and my plans are ready! What are you doing this weekend?? Something new, something fun?

Cheers
Ritika