Monday, November 30, 2020

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Chapstick Holiday Stocking Stuffers #Chapstick #HolldayGiftGuide2020 #StockingStuffer #totalhydration #beauty #lipcare #lipbalm

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Chapstick Holiday Stocking Stuffers 

As you start (or finish) your holiday shopping, I am sure you are probably looking for stocking stuffers. You may have kids, sisters, brothers, other family members or friends (or even yourself) that you need to shop for. I have the perfect stocking stuffer to help keep your precious one's lips nice and protected throughout the cold, blustery winter weather. Read on for descriptions and places to find these great stocking stuffer ideas! Believe me, these are some of the best ideas for anyone on your gift list. I already have about three people clamoring to use up some of my extra Chapstick this holiday season!

Chapstick Storybook Pack $9.99

This fun pack of Chapstick includes a total of 5 different flavors with 2 of each flavor included for 10 total. It has Candy Cane, Hot Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie, Sugar Cookie and Vanilla Latte. I actually tried all of the flavors included and each is exactly like the flavor listed. My personal favorite is the minty Candy Cane which I find particularly refreshing. I also really like the Pumpkin Pie flavor, which tastes remarkably similar to Pumpkin Pie! This set is available at Rite Aid, Target and Kroger. This is sure to be a hit with anyone on your holiday shopping list!!!!

Available in either pack of 2 count Santa, or a pack of 5 count in a tree or ornament pack, Chapstick Candy Cane flavor is the most popular holiday flavor because it is very refreshing. And it keeps lips moisturized throughout the winter. The 2-count Santa pack is available for $2.99, and is available from CVS, SuperValu and Target. The 5-pack Tree for $4.99, and is available from CVS, Rite Aid, Staples, Walgreens and Target. The 5-pack Ornament for $4.99, and is available from CVS, Rite Aid, Staples, Hy-Vee, Target and Walgreens. I have a few people who have requested this item from me already. They are loving the icy, minty refreshing flavor of Chapstick Candy Cane. Like all other Chapstick flavors, these are paraben and cruelty-free. 

This 5-pack of assorted Chapstick flavors includes one each of Candy Cane. Hot Cocoa, Sugar Cookie, Vanilla Latte and Pumpkin Pie. Trust me when I say each flavor is fun and tastes delicious! This cute little set is available at Big Lots, Rite Aid and Target. This is similar to the Chapstick Storybook but includes only one of each flavor. It is perfect for fitting in the stocking. Sugar Cookie tastes just like a cookie and Vanilla Latte has a delicious vanilla flavor. Hot Cocoa is also quite chocolately! I bet this would be a hit with any teenage girl. 

Chapstick Advanced Care For Lips Collection $4.99

If you know someone who tends to need more advanced lip hydration, then turn to the Chapstick Total Hydration Snowflake collection. It gives the gift of healthy and beautiful lips all winter long. Each Snowflake contains two different flavors: 

Soothing Vanilla & Cooling Peppermint which is available from Big Lots, Hy-Vee, Staples, Target and Publix. Soothing Vanilla is made with 100% naturally sourced ingredients. And, it has an age defying formula with Argan Oil & Avocado butter. The formula also contains Omegas 6 and 9 fatty acids. This soothing balm instantly smooths and moisturizes, and has been clinically proven to make lips look healthier and more youthful looking. Soothing Peppermint has a botanical moisturizing complex that keeps lips moisturized for up to 8 hours. It is also rich in Omega fatty acids 3, 6 and 9 and helps to renew the natural moisture barrier of he lips. Finally, it also helps improve damaged appearance of skin. Helping lisp maintain a healthier appearance..

The Soothing Oasis & Coconut Snowflake is available from Rite Aid, Publix, Amazon, Target,, and Kroger. Both the Soothing Oasis and Soothing Coconut have been shown to help improve the damaged appearance of skin & helping lips maintain a healthier appearance. They also are made with a botanical moisturizing complex. These balms also aide in keeping lips moisturized for up to 8 hours. And they contain Omegas 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids. Finally, both help to renew the lips' natural moisture barrier. .

Personally, I love the Total Hydration lip care collection and use these at night before bed to help soothe my lips and keep them protected. They make a great lip mask for night time or any time of the day. These are especially good for keeping extra chapped lips hydrated during the winter months. I am wearing the Coconut Hydration as I am writing this. Yummy! The best thing about these is that they go on so smoothly and last forever. I don't have a favorite among them. I honestly love all of these because they provide such nice lip hydration. 

Whether you need to purchase for your kids or other members of your family, you can be rest assured that Chapstick will be a welcome addition to any gift list. I know it is to mine. Order online, they have free shipping on orders above $15.00. Like Chapstick on Facebook:; Follow Chapstick on Twitter: @ChapStick; Follow Chapstick on Pinterest: Follow Chapstick on Instagram: and Subscribe to Chapstick on YouTube:

Happy Holidays!

Marie Papachatzis

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Review: Timeless Skincare Hyaluronic Acid 100% Pure Serum #Timeless #HyaluronicAcid #Serum #Beauty #Skincare #HASerum

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1 fl.oz./30mL $9.95

I am sure that you have often heard of Hyaluronic Acid. It is touted as the end-all-be-all of skincare ingredients. And it is a great ingredient. With good reason. Hyaluronic Acid is a natural humectant that is found in our own body. It is a molecule that holds 1,000 times its own weight in water and helps to draw moisture into the skin. The reason many skincare companies love it is because it adds instant hydration to your skin without adding any weight or greasiness and it is perfect for literally any skin type. 

If you are looking for an inexpensive and good Hyaluronic Acid serum to try out, then try Timeless Skincare Hyaluronic Acid 100% Pure Serum. This serum not only helps to rehydrate the skin & boost moisture levels but helps to keep skin healthy. It contains 1% pure Hyaluronic Acid, the highest concentration in maintaining the skin's moisture. To use, apply 2-3 drops on clean, damp skin or combine with your favorite cream/moisturizer to enhance its benefits. Use serum twice a day, morning and night for best results. 

This serum is lightweight and goes on easily. It literally sinks into the skin instantly, adding great hydration to the skin. I apply mine to damp skin, which makes the serum more effective. Usually I apply my serum right after an essence, then the HA serum, and then I use my moisturizer. The moisturizer will lock in the hydration from the serum. 

Another product that is great with this is Timeless Skincare HA Matrixyl 3000 W/ Cucumber Spray ($17.95) This is a wonderful product that you can spray on your face at times when you need extra hydration. It is a pick-me-up for the skin. The spray instantly absorbs into the skin and gives tired, dull and dry skin a boost. This spray is essentially a lighter version of the Hyaluronic Acid Serum. It includes Hyaluronic Acid, Matrixyl 3000+ Aloe Barbadensis and Cucumber to rehydrate, soothe, protect and awaken the skin & senses throughout the day. Matrixyl 3000 is a potent anti-wrinkle complex containing polypeptides that helps to repair aging skin and protects it from environmental damage. Blended with Hyaluronic Acid, it helps to hydrate and retain the most optimum moisture levels in the skin. Aloe and Cucumber soothe, calm and refresh the skin. It can also be used as a makeup finishing spray! Spray on skin daily or as needed. Can be applied to skin anywhere on the body.

I personally like to apply this spray right before I apply my Hyaluronic Acid Serum. They work best in tandem. It can also be applied any time during the day to refresh makeup or the skin when a boost of hydration is needed. The only thing to watch out for is the pump on the bottle is strong, so hold it far away (about 6-8 inches) from the face and spray gently. This spray is great for all skin types because it is so lightweight. 

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Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Desert Harvest Skin Care #holidaygiftguide2020 #desertharvestskincare #eczema #acne #aloevera #beauty #skincare

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Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Desert Harvest Skin Care 

If the pandemic has taught us one thing this year, it is that self care is more important than anything else. People are forgoing outside interests and taking care of themselves more than ever before, not in a selfish way, but deciding to finally take time to stop and smell the roses in this time of uncertainty. And with good reason, one never knows what is around the corner. 

Because of the pandemic stress is at an all time high. And stress induced acne & eczema are also more pronounced too. I can speak from experience as I have a little bit of both. Even at age 49 I still get acne. Yes it is extremely frustrating but I seem to have found something that helps both of these issues. Desert Harvest makes Aloe Vera Skin Care that works well for stress induced acne and eczema. Or just plain acne and eczema (which is an inflammatory response in the skin). Read on below for my reviews.

 4 fl.oz./118mL  $9.00

This organic highest grade cold-pressed Aloe Vera gel is formulated to moisturize, soothe and relieve inflammation caused by irritation. Aloe Vera contains 75 active vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, amino acids and salicylic acid. It has an abundance of antioxidants including beta carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and the mineral Zinc. Aloe Vera supports healthy tissue development, wound healing and aids in the prevention of tissue scarring and discoloration. By penetrating deep into the dermis, it helps to improve skin's natural firmness and helps to keep skin hydrated. It contains antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral and antimicrobial compounds that help prevent wound infection while stimulating collagen synthesis and skin regeneration. 

Aloe Vera is a natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. It is effective for dryness, chemical burns, sunburns, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne, minor skin infections, tattoos, surgical scars, wound healing, insect bites, itching, chapping and razor burn. The gel can be used on all sensitive tissue as a soothing personal moisturizer for vulvodynia, lichen sclerosis, Sjorgen's and on the external vulva when it is irritated from waxing or wiping. 

Aloe Vera moisturizes without leaving the skin greasy and doesn't clog the pores. Use it as a daily moisturizer under makeup or it as an aftershave for cuts and bumps (for both men and women). It has naturally occurring salicylic acid, that has the ability to unclog pores and reduce bacteria build-up, which is the trigger for acne lesions. Refrigerate the gel for an added cooling effect that can help alleviate and reduce swelling. This product contains 100% natural ingredients, certified organic Aloe Vera, doesn't contain any parabens, petrochemicals, any fillers, no artificial colors, no artificial fragrance or preservatives. 

4 fl.oz./118mL  $9.00

This gel for acne is made with 80% pure Aloe Vera concentrate. It is formulated to relieve pain, redness and inflammation of minor skin irritations and acne lesions. It also helps prevent scarring and discoloration. The gel can be used on the entire body. Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Acne Gel contains the most therapeutic levels of Aloe Vera. It moisturizes without leaving the skin greasy and will not clog pores. Naturally occurring salicylic acid in the Aloe Vera helps to unclog pores and reduce bacteria, which triggers acne flare ups. 

Studies helps support the effectives of Aloe Vera to help with acne vulgaris, including its use with comedones, papules, pustules, nodules and cysts. When applied to the skin twice daily, after a month of use, 66% of subjects were entirely free of all acne lesions. 33% had marked improved with minimal residual acne lesions. There were no patients with negative reactions to the Aloe Vera treatment. Read more here about Dermatological Uses. Contains 100% natural ingredients, no parabens, artificial ingredients or preservatives. 

To use: squeeze a drop or two of the acne gel onto your ginger and apply a gin layer over your entire face and or body. Use morning and evening. Concentrate on active acne lesions. Can be used anywhere where acne lesions occur. 

There is abundant evidence that Aloe Vera is an anti-inflammatory and works well on eczema and acne lesions. After using this gel on my own eczema I can say for certain that it does work to quell the itching and inflammation associated with flare-ups. I applied a light layer to the skin whenever I experienced any redness and itching. Immediately upon application the itching subsides and the redness also started to disappear. Luckily I only have eczema on my neck and scalp. I gave this to my daughter for her to use too and she applied it on her flare ups. She also noticed a difference when she applied it to her eczema. 

As for acne lesions, I only experience them on my chin. I apply the acne gel to my chin whenever I am experiencing a hormonal breakout. The salicylic acid in Aloe Vera quickly heals the lesion and soothes any inflammation. It is an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory that works swiftly and is a natural acne treatment for mild to moderate acne lesions. It can also be used as a prophylactic treatment, apply daily in a light thin layer so you will prevent any breakouts without drying out the skin. 

Desert Harvest Skincare can be purchased online at This will make a great gift for anyone who suffers from eczema or acne and the price range is exceptionable. 

Happy Holidays!

Marie Papachatzis

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"BEAUTY SLEEP" IS A REAL THING #Sleep #BeautySleep #Insomnia



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This article was originally posted on Proven Skincare.

You’ve probably heard the phrase “beauty sleep” so many times that you stopped wondering if it meant much. Well, it does: sleeping the right amount every night is an essential part of maintaining optimal skin health, and there are many benefits of sleep for both your skin and overall health.

Sleep is when your whole body does housekeeping to clean up and repair cells—and that includes your skin. During deep sleep, the natural rise in growth hormones repairs damaged cells. These are benefits of deep sleep only - so without the deeper phases of sleep, this won't occur, and your skin’s daily wear and tear will accumulates. You may be wondering, how much sleep do I need? The answer is between 7 to 9 hours a night. Continual sleep deprivation--meaning less than 7 to 9 hours per night--results in more noticeable signs of aging because the body isn’t able to repair itself.

During sleep, blood flow to the skin increases, helping to rebuild collagen and repair UV damage.

Regular sleep deprivation can lead to wrinkles, sagging skin, and dark circles under the eyes. When you sleep, your body delivers fluids to organs and tissues that need replenishing, and removes excess fluids

from other areas—those under-eye bags are pockets of fluid your body didn’t have time to drain. When you get too little sleep, your blood vessels leak a little, mixing with the fluids that are already there and creating dark circles.

Skimping on sleep also increases levels of the stress hormone cortisol throughout your body, which causes inflammation. In addition to contributing to signs of premature aging, lack of sleep effects such as higher cortisol levels further exacerbate skin problems like acne, psoriasis, and eczema.

The way you sleep can also affect your skin. As far as your skin is concerned, the best way to sleep is on your back. If you sleep on your side, you should get a skin-friendly pillow, such as silk or copper oxide. Silk is super soft and tightly woven, which minimizes rubbing and those funny-looking skin imprints. It also absorbs less oil and bacteria than cotton does, so it stays cleaner. Copper oxide pillowcases have copper oxide particles embedded in the fabrics. While it sounds far-fetched, the science behind it is pretty solid--copper oxide has been shown to benefit acne-prone skin, and may also help prevent fine lines and wrinkles.

“Copper is naturally antimicrobial,” says Susan Bard, MD, a New York City-based board-certified dermatologist. “In this case, the copper may help keep bacterial counts low. People prone to acne have reported improvement with copper pillow use. Copper is also a vital cofactor for collagen synthesis,” Bard explains. “Increased collagen production leads to improvement in fine lines and wrinkles.”

Whether or not a copper oxide pillow is in your budget right now, the basic three “musts” when it comes to maximizing your beauty rest are:

  • Always wash your face before going to bed

  • Always use a night cream that will maximize your skin’s repair processes

  • Always get 7 to 9 hours of sleep, so your body has enough time to replenish its cells, and enjoy the many benefits of getting enough sleep!

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Review: Versed Doctor's Visit Instant Resurfacing Mask #Versed #DoctorsVisit #InstantResurfacingMask #beauty #skincare

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1.7 fl.oz./50mL $17.99

Autumn is the time of year when our skin needs a reboot. Not only do we as a people start to feel sluggish, but our skin starts to feel sluggish too. One thing you can do is to actually give yourself a nice resurfacing mask that makes you look a few years younger, and helps to make your skin look brighter and more radiant. I have just the mask too! Try Versed's Doctor's Visit Instant Resurfacing Mask

Why is it so good you ask? This pro-grade mask gives you results that you don't need an appointment for, in just a few minutes. It features AHAs, BHAs and fruit enzymes. All of which tackle hyperpigmentation and help boost cell turnover for brighter, smoother more rejuvenated looking skin. Glycolic and lactic acids dissolve dull, dead skin and help fade dark spots. Salicylic acid minimizes the appearance of pores and redness. The instant glow comes from the Vitamin C-rich pineapple and papaya enzymes, which gently remove the outer layer of dead skin cells that trap acne causing bacteria and sebum. All of this occurs while moisturizing and softening skin. No tingling, no burning, just a post facial glow in no time, with results that build-up week after week. 

To use: apply a thin, even layer to clean, dry skin and rinse with cool water after 2-3 minutes. Do not leave on for more than 3 minutes and avoid using other acid based products and retinoids for 24 hours before and after each use. Use on the entire face and and neck area, avoiding eyes. Use only once a week, ideally at night, after cleansing (and toning) but before moisturizing). You will see full results in about 4 uses, and will see results with continued use. The skin will may appear slightly pink after use. This is normal, and should subside after use. If your skin is sensitive, this mask may not be right for you. Start with a patch test of 60-90 seconds and wait to see if your skin reacts and tolerates the product. If it does, try the Shortcut Overnight Facial Peel instead, which is a gentler option. Use up within 6 months of opening or keep unopened within 2 years. 

I use Retin-A and love this mask. It really is a great mask for those of use who are accustomed to using retinoids. I like a strong product and this fits the bill. It contains a host of great ingredients: glycerin (hydrating humectant), glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, papaya enzyme, pineapple enzyme, lactobacillus ferment extract, turmeric root extract, lactobacillus ferment, and many botanical extracts that are too numerous to name here. The acids turn over the dead skin cells, lighten hyperpigmentation and get rid of the bacteria and pore-clogging sebum. The ferment extracts help to re-balance the microbiome of the skin. Turmeric extract actually helps to lighten hyperpigmentation. 

Even if you don't use retinoids or anything on your skin, this is a great mask. It will help turnover dead skin cells and to actually get rid of pore clogging sebum. And is also helps to rebalance out your natural moisture barrier and the microbiome of your skin. Skin will glow afterwards. Use once a week for a month to see best results. Then continue to use to maintain skin. 

Versed Doctor's Visit Instant Resurfacing Mask retails for $17.99 and can be purchased online at Like Versed on Facebook:; Follow Versed on Pinterest: and Follow Versed on Instagram:

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

Friday, November 27, 2020

What Accessories Will Actually Do For Your Look

When it comes to the way we present ourselves, we always want to look our best. Some of us around the world don’t mind and will rock any outfit and any design, but the majority try our hardest to impress. If it’s not to look good for a certain someone or a particular group, then it’s to satisfy our own needs. 

The idea of looking good isn’t just a vain fashion aspect of life; it’s more than that. The human brain has the ability to judge things immediately – if we don’t like what we see, then we’ll use those negative first impressions when considered other facets later on down the line. The looks set the tone for how we treat others. It’s quite harsh at times, but that’s just how the human mind gets to know people and things. 

We do all kinds of things to boost our looks. We work on a skincare routine, we work out in order to alter our physique, and we buy all kinds of different outfits. Something that sort of goes under the radar, however, is the accessories. Now, if you’re a fashionista that loves accessorizing, then you’re going to notice every single nook and cranny on someone’s get-up. Not everyone is like that, though. For those of you who don’t really know about it and never really add different pieces to your outfits, here are what accessories will actually do for your look. Perhaps you’ll learn a thing or two, and it’ll change your mind somewhat!

They Show Off Extra Bits Of Personality

Sometimes we mean to show people what we’re like in our minds, and sometimes we’ll do it subliminally and subconsciously. Whenever we do anything in this life, we like to leave our mark. We like showing people a little about what we’re like as individuals. When we pick an outfit and personalize it a little, we’re not just picking things that we like – we’re picking things that tell others about us. Accessories come in all different designs, shapes, colors, and sizes – if you wanted a gold nose ring shop has to offer, then that can say something about you in the same way a pair of pretty earrings can. With this array of different choices, we can really show others what we’re trying to say and can tell people about us without saying a thing. 

They Make Us Unique In Most Situations

When you have a group of people, it’s easy to look a little similar to everyone else. Your style is supposed to be unique, and you’re supposed to be a little different. Nobody wants to turn up to a social gathering looking absolutely identical to the person standing next to them. Accessories can make people go from an average Joe into someone that stands above the crowd. Even if you’re not the most confident person in terms of getting attention, you have to admit that positive attention is a nice feeling. If you like lots of attention, then this kind of thing is a no-brainer for you!

They Are Extremely Satisfying At Times

When it comes to accessorizing and trying to add little extras to our style, we can sometimes make something that looks very, very attractive. Some days we’ll make mistakes and conjure up something to forget, but with a little practice and perseverance, we can make something super pretty. When we make outfits and complete them with accessories, it can be very pleasing not only on the eye but in the soul, too. 

Your Creativity Gets A Boost 

This, of course, isn’t necessarily about what happens to your look, but the way it improves your creativity will mean future looks will be enhanced. The more we choose to accessorize, the better we’ll become at doing this later on down the line. Creativity is needed in life in order to live freer and with more fun! Life is all about learning new things and trying all kinds of different alternatives. It might even transcend fashion.

They Stop Us From Having A Somewhat Boring Look 

Sometimes, creating a pretty boring look and hoping you don’t stand out happens. You don’t always have to be the best dressed or the most creative on the planet. Those moments are few and far between, though, as you’ll want to spice up your ensemble as much as you can, right? Life is all about habits and, if you consistently wear boring outfits, then you’ll get used to doing it. Accessorizing can put you in a much better and more rewarding habit.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

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5 Beauty Swaps You Need To Make


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If you’ve got a habit of sticking to the same beauty products, you could be missing out on something even better. What’s more – there are plenty of beauty swaps that can enhance your skin and save you money. If you want to overhaul your routine, check out these five beauty swaps you need to make:

1. Switch Cream Foundation for Mousse

Cream foundation is great if you want maximum coverage, but it can feel rather heavy on your skin. If you want a good level of coverage but a lighter feel, try mousse foundation instead. The extra air in the formula gives it a lightweight feel and lets your skin breathe, but you’ll still be able to enjoy a flawless complexion.

2. Swap Matt Lipstick for a Satin Finish

Matt lipstick can look great, but it can dry your lips out and make them feel uncomfortable. Additionally, it can be tricky to get matt lipstick to last for hours, which means that you’ll need frequent applications. If you want to avoid the high shine of lip gloss and the hassle of reapplying matt shades, opt for satin lipstick instead. It will keep your lips more hydrated and offers a long-lasting finish. You’ll get the impact of matt lipstick, but the creamy formula makes it easier to apply, which means you can create the perfect pout in seconds.

3. Ditch Shaving Foam for Oil

If you routinely buy shaving foam or gel, you could save your money by switching to oil instead. In fact, you don’t need to buy any special formulas or products when it comes to getting soft, stubble-free skin. Apply a little coconut oil to your skin before shaving and you’ll notice better results, and enjoy more supple, hydrated skin.

4. Drop Mascara for Tinted Lashes

If you’re fed-up with mascara clumping your lashes together or running down your face in the rain, definitely you’re not alone. Fortunately, there’s a super-easy fix. Having your eyelashes tinted will make them look darker and more striking, which is exactly the look you’re trying to achieve with mascara. Eyelash tinting only takes around 10-15 minutes, but the results can last for up to six weeks, which means you can shave precious minutes off your makeup routine every day and enjoy fuller lashes for longer.

5. Scrap Wipes for Cleansing Cloths

If you’re still using wipes to remove your makeup or cleanse your skin, you might want to think again. It’s almost impossible to fully remove makeup with wipes, which means there’s a good chance they’re leaving debris on your skin, which could contribute to dry, flaking patches, as well as breakouts. Switching to a cleansing cloth and cleanser can transform your skin and it’s better for the environment too!

Streamline Your Routine

The right beauty swaps won’t just deliver better results, they’ll streamline your routine and make it easier than ever. Instead of spending hours struggling with complicated application techniques, you can look fabulous in minutes with these handy beauty swaps.

Until Next Time~

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Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Eco Lips Holiday Stocking Stuffers #EcoLips #HolldayGiftGuide2020 #StockingStuffers #LipBalm #beauty #skincare #lipcare

 Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Eco Lips Holiday Stocking Stuffers

If you have not either started or finished your holiday shopping yet, let me help you! I happen to have some great stocking stuffers for anyone on your list (even yourself if you so desire). Eco Lips makes the most amazing lip balms and they make great stocking stuffers for kids, friends, Secret Santa Gifts, significant others, etc. So sit back and read on for some great ideas...

Eco Lips uses Mongongo oil in their products to help moisturize the lips. It is not a super well known oil yet, but has been used for centuries as a body rub by the !Kung bushmen of the Kalahari to cleanse and moisturize their skin and protect against the harsh environment. They also eat the mongongo fruit as their primary food. The oil derived from the fruit of the manketti tree is hand picked and harvested. It is very nutritious and super emollient (great for protectant for hair and skin). Each seed contains a substantial amount of Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that helps to moisturize and fight off free radicals. It also contains calcium, copper, zinc and linoleic acid (which calms irritation). 

Mongongo is also high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which remain on the skin longer than, say coconut or jojoba oil. Thus it provides a more protective layer to keep moisture from escaping. This is why the lip balm lasts longer and you don't have to keep reapplying! Eco Lips provides the silkiest, smoothest lip glide available for a lip balm. Mongongo oil is nutrient dense and truly protects and restores even the driest, most cracked lips. It feels good going on and tastes/smells delicious. The lip balm is certified organic, is fair trade and is cruelty free too!

Infused with African mongongo oil, Fair Trade Certified cocoa butter, sunflower seed oil, lavender flower oil, rosemary leaf extract and calendula flower extract.  This 2-step Mongo Kiss lip care routine helps to keep lips incredibly nourished and protected all day long. First use the organic Vanilla Honey Sugar Scrub to exfoliate, soothe and condition the lips. Then use the organic Strawberry Lavender Lip Balm to moisturize lips. There is nothing artificial in these products, no petroleum, no artificial fragrance or colorants. 

This holiday lip balm, bursting with delicious sweet minty flavor, is made with organic beeswax and hydrating coconut oil. It nourishes and protects your lips during the winter season. Candy Cane features invigorating peppermint which leaves a tingling sensation and warming vanilla to comfort and soothe dry lips. Makes a great stocking stuffer! No artificial flavors, petroleum or colorants. 

To help make you nostalgic for gingerbread fresh out of the oven, Eco Lips has successfully captured the delightful cozy aroma of fresh, spicy-sweet taste of gingerbread cookies (but without the gluten) in this inspired holiday lip balm. Made with certified organic coconut oil, beeswax and the perfect combination of ginger, vanilla and brown sugar for a decadent yet moisturizing treat for your lips. Nothing artificial included: no artificial colorants, flavors or petroleum. 

Mongo Kiss 4-Pack Variety Pack $10.49

These large lip balms make kissable lips just a swipe away. Made with mongongo oil from Africa and Fair Trade Certified cocoa butter, this 4-pack of ultra hydrating lip balms provides essential nutrients for your lips. As mentioned above, mongongo oil is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids which remain on the skin longer than saturated fatty acids like coconut oil of jojoba oil do. Thus the thin skin on the lips is protected and soothed longer. And you do not have to keep reapplying your lip balm as often. The flavors in this pack are: Pomegranate, Açai Berry, Vanilla Honey and Peppermint. 

This 3-pack of nutrient dense Lip Food detoxifies, nourishes and hydrates to help soothe the lips. Globally sourced and minimally processed plant-based ingredient in Eco Lips Lip Food provide the ultimate lip soothing and moisturizing experience. Organic golden jojoba oil combined with organic Fair Trade Certified cocoa butter and coconut provide the perfect base. In the Nourish Lip Food Lemon flavored with spirulina blue-green algae extract purifies and hydrates to soothe the lips. In the Plump Lip Food Rosemary Mint flavored chamomile mushroom invigorates and moisturizes for a smooth, full look. With the Protect Lip Food Vanilla Lavender has pumpkin seed to fight free radicals, hydrate, repair and to boost skin health. 

I found these to be especially good for my lips. They last a long time on the lips, are very nourishing and soothing. I like the lip food as much as I like the Eco Lips Mongo Kiss as much (which is saying a lot because the Mongo Kiss lip balms are the best I have ever used). 

If someone you know is looking for a lip balm/lip tint, this is the perfect gift. Luxurious with a creamy satin finish, this vegan Brazilian Lip Tint features ethically sources Babaçu & Pracaxi oils along with Cupuaçu butter from Brazil. They nourish, moisturize and protect lips. Blissful is a soft dusty rose for a barely-there flush of color on the lips. With a fruity, floral flavor of passionfruit, this Fair Trade Certified, earth mineral tint provides pretty. matte coverage for everyday use. Included is a vegan vanilla lip scrub to exfoliate and prep lips before applying the lip tint. To use the scrub, gently rub on the lips and wipe off remaining sugar. There is nothing artificial in this product, no artificial colors, fragrances or petroleum. Leaping Bunny Certified. 

All of the above make the perfect stocking stuffer gifts this holiday season. I have never encountered lip balm like this before and am extremely happy with it. It is certainly the best I have ever used. Definitely worth ordering from Eco Lips. Give them a try, you will not be disappointed. 

From Friday November 27th-Monday November 30th 2020, Take 20% off of EVERYTHING with the the following code: HOLIDAYSHOP20

Purchase Eco Lips online at and at Walmart. 

Happy Holidays!

Marie Papachatzis

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