Lip Balm · Smith's Rosebud Salve · Uncategorized

Bah Humbag! Sick for the Holidays- Rosebud Salve to the Rescue

I have been sick since Saturday and I just can’t shake this cold. My head is pounding. My nose is running and I have a fever. Needless to say I have not worn any makeup, except for yesterday when I had to go into the office and I slapped on some mascara and lipstick so that I can look presentable and not like a Walking Dead cast member

For the record, my Hard Candy Velvet Mousse Lipstick in Cherry Blossom actually held strong through all the sneezing and nose blowing at the office. I really don’t know why more people don’t talk about them. Hands down one of my favorite liquid lipstick formulas because they are matte, but comfortable and not drying. The only drawback is that they leave a slight stain to your lips.

Today I find myself at home and I made the HUGE mistake of taking a peek in the mirror and was like “YOWZA! You look beat up, Maritza” To be honest, I feel so bad that I don’t care. My husband and kids will just need to deal with my red nose and under eye circles. However, all the nose blowing and coughing has really chapped my lips, nose and that space in between. When that happens, I turn to my savior. Smith’s Rosebud Salve.


I have been using this balm for about 15 years. I bought my first tin when I was in my 20’s and back then, I liked the natural, ever so pinky, glossy sheen it gave my lips. Now, I still use it as a lip balm when my lips are chapped or dry, but I find that it works wonders on my cuticles, rough patches on my elbows and, yes, even the redness that occurs around my nose and upper lips when I blow my nose too much.

According to their website, this little handy-dandy product has been around since 1895 and has multiple uses. For example, I never thought to use it as a frizz fighter for your hair or to tame your eyebrows.  Also, they state you can use it as blush or even as eye shadow base to create a glossy wet look with your favorite eye shadow. I may just give that a try when I feel a bit better.

It has a slight rose scent, which now that I am all stuffed up, I can’t even enjoy. I know that some people don’t like that rosey smell because it’s a little grandma-ish, but I happen to like it. Funny enough, it reminds me more of my 20’s (single, clubbing with no kids) than it does of the Roaring 20’s when grandma was young,

I always stock up on these when I am at the checkout line at Sephora and trust me, a little goes a long way, so this tin will last you from one VIB sale to another. However, if you are a LBA (Lip Balm Addict), it only costs $6, so you are not breaking the bank if you find yourself hitting pan in between.

I hope all of you are enjoying the holidays so far. I am about to curl up in bed, fetal position style, close the blinds, swab some Smith’s Rosebud on my lips and on my nose and go to bed. Hoping that I feel much better before Christmas Day.

Till next time, my friends!


First Impressions · Glossier

Glossier – First Impressions

Disclaimer: please excuse any typos you may find in this post. Due to Hurricane Irma cutting my power, I am writing this post on my phone. Damn! That’s dedication, right?

You ever get sucked into buying something just because it is so hyped on Instagram? If so, don’t worry. We’ve all been there and some stuff is complete crap and other times you are pleasantly surprised. That’s what happened with me and Glossier.

Every time I go through my Instagram feed, I see at least one post showcasing that cute pink see through pouch and always wondered what all the hype was. I go to their website and everything seems very clinical. Like as if I was buying hydrocortisone instead of lip balm, but still, I was sucked in.

I went on twitter and asked my whopping 46 followers (I know you are all like “She got 46 followers, ya’ll! She’s a star!”) what products they recommend I try out and I was kind of disappointed that all I got were a bunch of people just sending me their affiliate codes. However, a few people actually sent me some good recommendations. It seems, that a lot of you like the Boy Brow and the Milky Gel Cleanser. I decided to go with the Boy Brow seeing as I am almost out of my precious Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow, but passed on the Milky Gel Cleanser. I’m too loyal to my Boscia Charcoal Makeup Melter. That’s the shiznet, right there!

However, seeing that I am lip balm junkie, I did throw the Balm Dotcom in Birthday in the cart at the last minute. How can you not with a name like that? I swear I could create imaginary reasons to whip that out just to say the name.

Stranger: I love starfish!

Me: you want some of my Balm Dotcom. It shimmers like the blue sea the starfish comes from.

When the package arrived, I do have to admit that I was girlishly happy to see that pink see through pouch with its bubble wrap interior. I was also doubly pleased to see that they came with stickers! What is it about school like stationary items that turn me into a giddy mess?

I first attacked the lip balm. Upon inspection, it does resemble a tube of hydrocortisone. It’s medicinal resemblance stops there as it smells just like vanilla cupcakes and although it’s clear, it has a sheen of shimmer that immediately makes me double up on the application. It’s not sticky and it glides on easily. My one complaint would be that you have to apply it with your finger as it’s not stick balm, but a squeeze one.

I then address the eyebrows. I have practically clear eyebrows, so any brow products needs to be able to not only tame these beasts, but also fill and color them in. The ABH Dip Brow allows me to use an angled edge brush to carve out and practically paint my brows. The Boy Brow is just a small wand used to just groom the brows.

I apply my first layer and I’m not really seeing the results I like. My right Brow looks like it got a light wash of color. It needs more power! I dip into the tube once more and go for a second coat and with much determination finally get my brows tamed and to the exact medium brown shade that I like. The only problem now is that they have this wet, sticky consistency that I am not digging.

After about 10 minutes, the brows are dry and although not stiff to the touch, they have a textured look to them. I’m thinking that this product is not necessarily built for colorless brows like mine. Would definitely need to fill them in with using a pencil and then tame them with the Boy Brow.

Is that a problem? No. I know plenty of people who already do this, but I’m inherently lazy and prefer to use one product that can do both jobs instead of two. Why reinvent the wheel, right?

So we are at 50/50 here. Loving the Balm Dotcom and just liking the Boy Brow. Seeing as we are at an impasse, I’m thinking I will give Glossier another try and check out some of their other products.

Cloud Paint looks very intriguing. So may hit that up next.

Send me some recommendation if you can. I like to see what everyone else thinks.

Till next time, my friends!