5 Ways to Primp Like an Olympian

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With the 2014 Winter Olympics over in Sochi, Russia in full effect, you may wonder how these athletes, both the men and women, primp and prep. Maybe you’re not wondering… but if you took the time to read this far you’re going to find out anyway, because I know you at least looked at the pretty picture ;)

5 Ways to Primp Like an OlympianOlympians…..

  1. Stay glossy.  That’s right, I said it.  Glossy.  Exposed lips need moisture, love and protection.  Some awesome picks – Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm (a cult love of men and women and also boasts SPF 25), or, if you’re feeling a little more patriotic for the good ol’ U S of A, IT Cosmetics has News Anchor Blue.  Even though it looks like the lip gloss of a smurf it goes on sheer, but has enough of a hidden tint to make your teeth appear whiter.  So when you’re up there accepting that gold medal, you can really shine!
  2. Stay fresh.  These athletes work so hard, clearly sweating up a storm.  Keeping smells at a minimum is a win for yourself as well as the people around you.  For women, Dove has a New Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant/Deoderant that offers 48-hour odor and wetness protection.  It’s also full of ingredients known to moisturize the skin.  There are several scents available, but there’s also an unscented version that the men can pick up.  We won’t tell – what happens at at the Olympics, stays at the Olympics.
  3. Are always prepared.  And the best way to be prepared is by having all of the essentials.  Pinch Provisions makes mini-emergency kits for both men and women (pictured) that is stuffed full of 17 must-have items.  When you’re traveling anywhere, you never know what you might need.  It’s best just to have it on hand.  I personally always have one of these little kits in my purse.
  4. Brush their hair.  Olympic athletes are the best of the best.  This means they’re going to be sought after for photographs.  The Wet Brush is the best I’ve found for detangling wet hair fast, and it’s not huge, so it can easily be slipped into your gym bag.  It works for any hair texture on men, women and children.
  5. Have no time for dry, discolored skin.  Therefore, stock in a facial moisturizing oil is necessary.  A good one is the Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil (pictured) which is rich in vitamin C which keeps the skin from looking dull and will also fight against fine lines and wrinkles.

Clearly this isn’t an official list, I just like to have fun cause I’m a fun kind of gal, but the stuff mentioned would make sense living inside their duffel bags.  Of course, it goes without saying that Olympians also need heavy sunscreen, creams, lots of water for that inner hydration and probably a whole lot of icy hot.

If you were headed to the Olympics as an athlete, what would you bring?

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Makeup Wars: Beyond the Lip Chap – My 3 Favorite Lip Treatments

For this weeks Makeup Wars we’re focusing on our Favorite Lip Treatments.  I keep chapsticks and lip balms scattered all over my house, car, coat pockets… I have a weird phobia of dry lips and even if my lips get just a little bit dry I freak out and have to apply something.

Makeup Wars 3 best lip treatments

  1. LUSH Lip Scrub – I’ve shown you Santa Baby and Mint Julips – but I also have Bubble Gum here!  They feel SO very amazing, taste yummy and leave your lips uber soft and plumped.
  2. Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm – This is a great lip therapy and carries SPF, so it’s perfect for all seasons.  It guards, heals and provides long-term protection.  This winter has been so bitter cold, we need all the help we can get!
  3. Dior Addict Lip Glow – I always keep this in my makeup bag as a staple item for quick moisturization and color.  It adjust to the pigments in your lips so everyone gets a custom color that will work perfectly on them.  It’s also now available in a coral shade (to be reviewed)!

If you’re a gal on a budget I also love Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm and Vaseline Lip Therapy (to be reviewed).  One chapstick I’ve been using since high school is the Bonne Bell Lipsmacker in Dr. Pepper.  So yum and just a tint of color.

What are your must have lip saviors?  Tell me in the comments below and be sure to visit the other Makeup Wars bloggers by clicking the icons below!

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm Review

Chances are, if you love having soft lips you’ve at least heard of Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm.

This lip balm has been a cult item for years and is a go to favorite lip therapy for both men and women.  Their core line consisted of five flavors in Natural Mint & Shea Butter, Lemon & Chamomile, Vanilla & Lavender, Black Tea & Blackberry and Grapefruit & Ginger.  Now they’re introducing two new flavors in Shea Butter & Vitamin E and Mango & Mandarin.

240What the Sephora website says about Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm:

What it is:
A conditioning lip balm that protects lips from sun and wind, with soothing effects.

What it is formulated to do:
Field tested in extreme conditions, this hydrating balm contains antioxidants and superior moisturizers to provide lasting treatment benefits. It provides broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

What else you need to know:
Shea butter and avocado oil deliver moisture while vitamin E and green tea contribute antioxidant fortification. For powerful sun protection, PARSOL and Octinoxate team up to block both UVA and UVB rays.

I literally have Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm in every other drawer in my house as well as in my car and purse.  This is an HG lip product of mine throughout every season.  In the Summer it’s great for SPF and because of it’s formula it doesn’t melt in extreme heat or freeze up in the cold.  In the winter it guards and also heals chapped, dry and irritated lips providing instant relief and long-term protection.

The gloss makes it ideal for women to use daily making lips look supple and fresh, but it’s actually a product geared towards men because it’s ultra-moisturizing as well as fragrance and colorant free.  With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I’d say both sexes need to get those lips primed and ready for smooches!

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm retails for $7.50 and is available for purchase at Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and www.getjackblack.com.

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