My Skincare Struggles/Beauty Vol. 3

Original post

A version of this post has been sitting in my drafts for awhile, and I waited to hit publish for a couple of reasons. One, it talks about a bunch of products and when it comes to trying those, I like to use them as much as possible before sharing my experience. Second, it had the potential to get pretty lengthy, which I wanted to avoid. Definitely failed on the latter front, so feel free to skip to the products if you aren’t interested in a girl’s journey from terrible acne to much, much clearer skin :)

Round Two of The Best Razor

The best razors for women

About a year ago, I shared this post and it quickly became one of the most popular ever on this blog. Apparently I’m not the only one who struggled to find a good razor! Background: J got a Harry’s razor like three years ago, hadn’t used it, and I borrowed it in a pinch only to end up ordering one myself the following week. It’s all I’ve used since, and can’t recommend it enough!

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