Must Have: My Favorite $7 Lip Balm

Kiehl's lip balm
I wasn’t going to blog about this today, but woke up and had to share because we can all benefit from a good lip treatment find. Some of you may know how much love lip balms–it’s something I inherited from one of my late grandmothers and it’s pretty hard for me to resist trying out new things that catch my eye–the cuter the packaging, the better–or products that come highly recommended by others.

Back in the summer, I needed to meet a minimum while placing a Birchbox order and decided to add this Kiehl’s lip balm to my cart. It didn’t even get opened until a couple of months ago (again, this is what happens when you’re rotating between like 12 lip treatments) but when I did use it before bed one day, noticed a huge difference the next morning. As someone who has really dry skin (has it been worse for anyone else this year, despite it not being so cold outside?), I definitely noticed waking up with softer and significantly more hydrated lips. Same thing happened this morning…I’ve been going to sleep with overly chapped lips and even my trusty jojoba oil hadn’t been delivering as well as it usually does. The Kiehl’s balm has a creamy, Vaseline-like texture and only requires a tiny amount to get the job done. Oh, and it’s $7 and is available from Nordstrom, so it ships free. A done deal, if you ask me! :)

I’d love to know (and my storage space + wallet don’t want to know)…what are some of your go-to winter lip balms? I’m all ears!

Photo by Monica Dutia for Cake & Lilies

Beauty Product Roundup

Best Beauty Products

One of my favorite parts about blogging is trying new things and being able to share my thoughts and experiences with you guys. While skincare is something I still have a lot to learn about, I have been trying out some products and brands that are finally ready to make their debut over here now that I’ve used them for a few consecutive weeks! I’m always partial to cosmetic brands that prioritize skincare (rather than just pretty makeup products), and have two new goodies you’ve gotta know about.

Beauty Vol. I

Favorite Beauty Products

August 1–can you believe it?! I won’t pretend that every summer doesn’t seem to fly by at this rate, but it’s crazy that fall is just a second away (yet the hottest is probably still yet to come…ugh). I spent the weekend getting drinks with Meg + friends on Friday, got a haircut on Saturday, and went to the rainy but incredible Billy Joel concert Saturday night. Other than brunch, yesterday was spent getting my ducks in a row for Charleston this week. It felt like one of my more productive Sundays in awhile, which was totally necessary going into a busy week!

I’m back with some current beauty favorites–most are skincare this time around. The good news is that they’ll all carry over to fall and winter (as in, they’re dry skin friendly!).