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Any nursing mother knows how essential nipple cream is during the first few weeks of breast feeding — cracked, bleeding nipples anyone? And so, with the birth of my son Ian, my obsession with lanolin began. Since it’s natural and safe to be ingested, it’s typically the ingredient of choice for new moms. Once I learned how amazing it was, I used my trusted nipple balm on everything — cuts, dry skin, inside my kids’ nose in the winter and of course on my lips. But taking out a big ol’ tube of nipple balm at the dinner table is kind of awkward. That’s where Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips, $15, comes into the picture. 100% medical grade lanolin, it’s an amazing lip healer, but it’s also a makeup-bag essential for fixing up dry patches or as an intense eye cream. A makeup artist recently dabbed it on my dry nose and forehead to smooth my skin under my makeup. The tube will last you ages and you too can discover the wonder that is nipple balm — for lips!
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As the weather starts to chill in New York, I go bananas for lip balm. I always find if I start off on the right foot protecting my pout, I won’t have to deal with those peely, cracked lips we all complain about come January. I’ve typically been true to a few old standbys: Smith’s Rosebud Salve, $7, Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1, $9, and, of course Cherry Chapstick, $2, yum. But this season, I have a new favorite that just might trump the rest this year: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, SPF 15, $23. Yes, it’s ultra-pricey for a lip balm, but it lasts for ages and ages — and it truly works. This special balm is packed with reparative oils, waxes essential fatty acids, and real sugar, a natural humectant. When you apply it, it practically melts into your lips, keeping them moisturized for hours. And the sweet, lemon-y flavor is nice, but not overpowering. If you prefer a tinted balm, this also comes in a new shade, Sugar Berry Tinted, a pretty, sheer raspberry mauve — the perfect shade to freshen your face when you aren’t wearing any makeup.
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— Carrie Stern Kleiner
Every year around this time we start thinking about the many things we need (or want, I should say) in preparation of the gift-filled holidays. So, I think it’s about time that we all share our beauty wishes. So tell me, what products are you lusting after at this moment?
I’m personally determined to get my hands on a truly hydrating lipstick. In years past I was mostly a gloss girl, but lately I find myself only reaching for lipstick. It lasts longer and I dig bold shades of red and coral — hues that seem to wake up my face in an instant — and they look more classic and less over-the-top in lipstick form.
But, my lips are so dry and chapped right now that even the use of these two lip softening products isn’t cutting the mustard. I know my bold lipsticks are to blame, but I don’t want to give them up. So, over the next few weeks, I’ll be trying a slew of lipsticks that claim to be hydrating and moisturizing and I’ll report back once I do find the perfect stick. Hopefully once I discover it, I’ll end up with another shade or five in one of the packages I open from a loved one.
OK, now it’s your turn … what beauty goods are on your list?