Winter means more lip balm

We are having the season’s first nor’easter today here in Virginia. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s rather like a mini hurricane that comes along in the winter. So while our hurricane season lasts through October, November heralds the start of nor’easter season. It brings tons of rain (or snow, if the polar vortex visits) and wind. So. Much. Wind.

The first thing I noticed while being out in the almost-cold wind was that my lips were in serious need of help. First they needed a serious exfoliation. So I whipped up a touch of my DIY lip scrub – it’s super easy. Combine a very small amount of brown (or regular – it doesn’t matter, really) sugar with a tiny touch of honey. It doesn’t last long, so be sure to make only as much as you think you’ll use in a day or two.

After giving my lips a good scrub (you can use a clean toothbrush if your lips are having a serious chapped emergency), I needed some balm to smooth and protect them. I reached for LaFresh Eco-Beauty Lip Treat. This cruelty-free, all natural balm contains ogliopeptides, jojoba oil, shea and cocoa butters, almond oil, cinnamon, and peppermint. It goes on so smoothly, and the peppermint gives you a bit of (very minor) lip plumping. It’s supposed to help fine lines around the mouth as well, so if you’re beginning to get concerned about that area, this is an excellent solution.

Packaging is super small and simple, so it fits anywhere from a pocket to a makeup bag.

I’m totally addicted to it. Here is to having soft lips all winter!

Mani Monday: Halloween

I’ve been in the holiday spirit, so when my daughter asked if she could do my nails in orange and black (photo and Photoshop skills by her too), I was totally happy to do it. So nothing terribly exciting, just NYC Color In A Minute Quick Dry polish in pumpkin, and Orly in Liquid Vinyl.

BUT. I have some awesome ideas on my Pinterest board, and wanted to share them. So many amazing nails!

Follow Meredith Edwards-Cornwall’s board Halloween Nails on Pinterest.

How to get perfect beach waves with NYM

Living across the street from the beach has a few benefits. Besides the obvious walk to the beach thing, one benefit is the salty air, especially in the summer. It’s that salty air that Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe has managed to stick into a bottle. Sitting on the beach for a few hours is a super easy way to get beach waves, but if you don’t have a beach handy, there are a few other ways to get those beachy waves.

Method #1: After shampooing with NYM’s Beach Babe shampoo/conditioner, take damp hair and twist it into two buns on your head, Princess Leia style. Be sure to twist away from your face, and pin well. You can either sleep on it or you can hit it with a blow dryer. When dry, spray it liberally with NYM’s Beach Babe spray and scrunch well.
Method #2: After spraying NYM’s Beach Babe spray into your hair, take a 1 1/2 inch barrel curling iron and wrap hair around the barrel loosely, and don’t use the clamp. Work completely around the head, making sure to curl away from your face. Spray again and fluff waves out.
Method #3: Section hair into two sections on each side of the head. Section each section into two more sections. Twist the two sections together (moving away from the face) and tie off. Run a flat iron over each twist. The heat from the iron will lock in the waves. Take the twists out and spray with Beach Babe spray. Work through waves with fingers, and spray again.

The Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe line includes shampoo, conditioner, and texturizing spray all of which are extremely reasonably priced, at about $7 each. The shampoo and conditioner are essentially volumizing formulas, and work well on most hair types. And […]

How to keep your makeup organized for travel

I’ve been traveling quite a bit lately, and I’m not an extremely organized person by nature. Usually I end up with three or four makeup bags full of hair, skin care, and makeup. It’s funny really, because otherwise I can pack pretty light.

I picked up the Beauty Butler at The Makeup Show Dallas thinking that perhaps it would be good for travel. At the very least I could keep my day to day makeup on it, or my daughter could. I purchased two boards (called Divas) and a case (called a Binder).

The concept is so simple, you’ll wonder why it hasn’t been done before. The boards are essentially Velcro loops, and you apply strips of pre-glued hook strips to your products by wiping down the back with alcohol and sticking on in the middle. I’m able to attach everything I need for a quick face, close it up in the case, and keep it ready for quick packing without having to think much about it. Sample sizes are GREAT for this.

It’s obviously great for a lot of different things – keep organized with a board of favorite blushes, and one for eyeshadows. The possibilities are endless.

Divas are $12.99, and smaller boards (Flirts) are $10.99. Binders are sold with one Diva and retail at $28.99. They sell lots of combinations of different pieces, so you can mix and match. Visit the Beauty Butler site to purchase or to find out more.

Tilda Swinton is the new face of NARS reported yesterday that Tilda Swinton will be the new face of NARS Cosmetics.
“I love bold style and really admire her work,” Nars told WWD, adding that he chose the fiftysomething Swinton in part because of the roles she chooses as an actress, such as in the films “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
I think she’s a fantastic choice, what do you think?