Monday, April 30, 2012

Lip Balm Testing and Trails

Lip Balm Product Development and Testing

A few months back I purchased some Olive Butter thinking that I'd like to try using it in a new lip balm. Well yesterday I finally had the time to test it out and I do love it! It will be a few months though before I can sell it since I need to have it around and use it myself to make sure it holds up and doesn't fractionate (the little hard gritty particles in it), etc.

Some of the other ingredients in this new vegan base are shea butter, sweet almond oil and I used candelilla wax instead of my usual beeswax. It also has organic Goji Berry extract which is supposed to be a real miracle worker berry which has some healing properties in it. I wanted to make a vegan product and I think it turned out great but would like someone else to try it along side of me.

Is there anyone out there that would like to test this new lip balm with me?

Please comment below and I'll choose someone on May 10th.

Oh and the Facebook Fan Appreciation Coupon Savings was extended through today and maybe even tomorrow. Use FACEBOOK20 to save 20% off of your entire order :)

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Facebook FLASH SALE Today Only

I'm trying so hard to make this blog an informative one so even though I'm not posting on the weekends I thought I should inform you that...

ForGoodnessGrape is having a Facebook FLASH SALE today only in both shops.

use coupon code FACEBOOK20 to save

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Friday, April 27, 2012

What's the Difference?

Marilyn Lip Tint - Tinted Lip Balm - Sexy Red

Today I thought it would be GRAPE to talk about Lip Color and explain the differences between a Tinted Lip Balm, a Lip Stain and a Lip Tint. We all know what a Lipstick is so we'll leave that out for now.

First let me say that these are my observations which I use to discern my lip products. And of course I've read other opinions on the internet as well. So let's get started...

What is a Tinted Lip Balm?
A Tinted Lip Balm is a lip balm base to which a tint/color has been added. This is usually done using a mica, pigment or dye in small quantities. This type of product may add a very slight tint to the lips depending on how much color is used when making it but it is mostly used to add aesthetic properties to a lip balm. You know, just to color the lip balm and not necessarily lips.

What is a Lip Stain?
Good question! What is it and why is it so different? A lip stain does stain your lips so you have to be super careful when applying it since it will also stain other areas on your face and hands. A good lip stain will usually lasts 7-8 hours. It gives a matte finish and since your lips are still exposed to the elements you may also want to use a lip gloss or balm as well. Stains are sometimes made using using everclear alcohol so this method can be drying to your lips. The colors for a stain can be obtained from many sources such as using Beets (fresh or powdered), Henna, Alkanet Root, Powdered Drink Mix, Regular Food Coloring or pigments and dyes.

What is a Lip Tint?
A Lip Tint is designed to add a tint to the lips. Lip Tints are not as "heavy" as a lipstick and feel more like a lip balm and much more forgiving than a lipstick. They add a nice wash of color to the lips but they also let your natural beauty show through. The tints (colors) are derived from micas, pigments and/or dyes and some also use beets or alkanet root or other natural root based plants. The base can vary from a lip balm type to a lipstick type or something in between which is what I prefer to use for my lip tints. Lip Tints need to be applied about as often as a lip balm but are much easier to apply than a lip stain or lipstick since you really don't need a mirror. And personally I think lip tints are more moisturizing than a lip stain or lipstick.

Now that you are armed with this knowledge you can now go forth out into the world and buy the right products to suit your particular needs.

Where to buy lip products...
               .....Etsy of course :) and search away. There are many great shops and lip products to choose from.

Some of my personal favorites are:
ForGoodnessGrape (of course)
Epically EpicSoap
Ophelia's Apothecary

and there are so many other great shops with lip tints, stains and sticks on Etsy as well.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What's My Favorite Lippie This Week?

Innocent Shimmer Stix Lip Tint

Today I thought it would be fun if we talk about what our absolute favorite lippie is this week. Since last week I've been wearing my Innocent Shimmer Stix all day while I'm at work. At home I'm using lip balms in Earl Grey (love, love, love how creamy this is), Blueberry Lemonade (photo featured on Monday and I can't get enough of it) and Secret Stash (applied every night before bed). I am so hopelessly addicted to lip balm that I even wake up in the middle of the night to reapply it. Can't believe that I know I need to reapply even in my sleep. Oh I also have a great lip balm holder from a shop on Etsy that holds 5 lip balms by my bedside which makes getting the right lip balm so easy. I also have their 3 holed holder too on my desk. I love these and highly recommend them! Also very reasonably priced too.

Back to the main story...what I personally really love about Innocent is all the shimmer that it puts on my lips with a healthy natural glow. Looks fantastic and lasts for many hours. As a matter of fact I'm extra pleased with how long this one lasts on my lips. I rarely have to reapply and I'm getting tons of moisture from it. (Something we all LOVE)

So tell us...what's your favorite this week? 

And please provide a link as well so we can all check it out :)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What do you mean I have too many lip balms in my purse?

Red Velvet Cupcake Lip Candy Lip Balm

Someone recently said to me, "You carry too many lip balms in your purse." Immediately my defensive addiction thinks, "What do you mean I have too many lip balms in my purse?" "How can that even be possible?" But of course aloud I say, "You really think so?"

If you are're not a lip balm addict you cannot understand what I'm saying here. It's like lip balm addicts are all members of a secret society with our own agenda and language. So with that in mind that's how we will proceed with this blog. This is where our secret society can come to meet and talk about LIP BALM (and other lip goodies) and our likes and dislikes about them and being addicted to them.

What should we call our Secret Society?

Monday, April 23, 2012

Confessions of a Lip Balm Addict

When I checked blogger for names I couldn't believe that this one wasn't already I've taken it.

I'd like this blog to be a place where we can talk about really great lip products and other makeup and of course you can also talk about how you can't leave the house without a lip balm in your purse. Maybe you're like me and carry an exorbitant number of them at all times. You have them by your bedside and in your bathroom and kitchen. For me lip balm must be accessible at ALL TIMES and WHEREVER I AM!

So with that in mind how about some comments and let's get talking.