Balm vs Gloss

Is there a difference between lip balm and lip gloss? What are they made for and what’s appropriate to way to use them?


The most basic difference is that lip balm is designed for function and lip gloss is designed for appearance. But they often work together for both, which is why they are so easily confused.

A balm is usually petroleum, beeswax, or vitamin E based and is intended to soften and moisturize lips. It relieves dry lips and may or may not have a tint added. A gloss is designed for shine and usually has a tint.

A quick rule of thumb for their use: don’t use too much. Too much balm can trick you into dependence and too much gloss can look thick and sticky.

For the perfect balance of both moisture and gloss, you might try a product like ECO’s Organic Lip Lustre. It’s available in eight shades, made of natural ingredients, and has a touch of beeswax for moisturizing. Try it!


Pro Tip: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Remember the sunscreen! Many products include them by default. Check the labels and take care of your lips.

Try Artisan Soaps

There is an entire row at the pharmacy dedicated to body soaps, so most of us take for granted the quality of the soap we purchase. We think: if they sell it at the store, it must be well-made, right? Well, what if I told you that all soaps are not created equal?

Have you considered buying an artisan soap?

Artisan, by definition, connotes fine worksmanship and quality ingredients. Buying a bonafide artisan product insures that it’s made well, probably in smaller batches than most factory products. If you want to wash your body (or hands or face) with the best possible soap, why don’t you consider an artisan product?

Bloftin Cosmetics sells handcrafted soaps in eleven scents. My favorite? Try the Honey Suckle With Shea Butter soap. It’s made with (among other things) beeswax, honey, essential oils, and shea butter. It’s great for dry skin and smells heavenly.



Pro Tip: Artisan soaps are great for sensitive skin. If your skin has reacted poorly to mainline, factory-produced soaps, artisan soaps might surprise you. The ingredients are often more gentle and straight-forward. They are also usually chemical free. Even the scents and colors are usually from natural sources!


This Season’s Pink: Burgundy

In the world of women, pink never goes away. But, it does changes its face. This season, pink appears as dark, rich burgundy. With cold weather approaching, don’t let this cool tone trend pass you by.

How can you wear burgundy?

- Makeup. This should be obvious, but a new lip, shadow, or nail shade is a quick fix for changing trends without investing too much money. Jane Iredale makes a lip stain with both a pigment and shine. The color combination titled desire is perfect for the season.

- Accessories. Try a new scarf, a hat/glove combo, or a purse. Especially if the rest of your outfit is in muted or natural tones, be bold with your choice of color. If the outfit is already bold, then keep your color subtle. What about a pair of burgundy-colored glasses?

Every girl looks great in pink and, thankfully, burgundy is an easy shade to wear. Jump onto the trend now and you’ll be able to keep your new products and pieces around for a long, long time.


Pro Tip: As with any fashion trend, the rule of thumb is “go big or go home.” If you’re going to give anything new a try, you may as well jump in boldly. If it doesn’t work the first time, tweak the look just a bit and then try again! Try a different pair of shoes, a new bag, or less color overall.

Prepare Your Skin for the Fall with HYDRO Cell Technology!

Autumn is a wonderful time when everything slows a bit and cozies-up in preparation for the winter. We all love sweater-worthy weather, but our skin can start to feel the effects long before the rest of our bodies. How can you prepare your skin now, before the chill arrives?

Start a good moisturizing routine!

Have you heard of Germaine Monteil cosmetics?

In the Monteil Paris line, there are a few wonderful options for instituting a new skin care routine. For those whose skin tends to dry out when the sun disappears, the HYDRO CELL technology will quickly become your skin’s best friend. The combination of stem cells from sea fennel, gulf-stream water, and an algae called bofa is the perfect recipe for rejuvenating and protecting even the most sensitive skin, well into the cold, dry months.

Not sure which product to try?

I’d recommend the combination of the HYDRO CELL Intensive Mouisture Creme for both day and night use, with the Monteil Pro Active Cleanser. Start with those two products and branch out from there!

Believe me, your skin with thank you.




Pro Tip: As I’ve said before, hydrating your skin is not only important for keeping it supple and soft, but also for keeping it young. Everyone’s face ages, but you have some control over how quickly yours does! Keep it moisturized and those fine lines will appear much later than most.


Need Help With Your Cosmetics? Watch These Videos!

Have you ever wondered how to properly apply lip liner? What about eye shadow?

Have you ever wondered how to take your “day look” to “night look” in only a few minutes?

Do you need help visualizing the newest trends in cosmetics?

Jane Iredale is here to help with dozens of videos posted on her very own YouTube Channel! The videos posted span various topics–everything from application help for specific Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup products to general “How To” videos like this one:

In this video, we see a model apply an eye gloss, gold dust, eye liner, eye pencil, lash extender, and mascara on her eyes. She then moves on to use a cream blush and lip tint. The video is only two minutes long and shows an easy way to prep for a party!

Take a look and then browse around the rest of the videos. I’m sure there’s something you can learn!

Building Your Cosmetic Collection from the Basics Up

What if a friend approached you asking if you’d help them re-create their look by throwing away all their products and re-building their collection from the bottom up? Which cosmetics are most important? Which products should be in every girl’s makeup bag? What are the basics?

To build a cosmetic collection from the basics up, you’ll need to begin with a few necessary items:

1. Foundation
2. Blush
3. Powder
4. Mascara
5. Eye Shadow
6. Eye Liner
7. Lipstick/Gloss

But, even if you know what products to buy, it’s hard to decide what brand or shades. Depending on how familiar your friend is to the world of makeup, she may or may not be able to make those decisions herself. The choice of colors is a mix between what works best for her skintone and how dramatic a look she’s hoping for and sometimes these decisions require a professional opinion. You might suggest a visit to the makeup counters at a nearby department store. The women working there would be happy to let your friend try their products. In fact, your friend will walk away with, essentially, a free makeover and a list of “what to buy” if she likes what she sees! If she doesn’t like what she sees, she can come back the next day to visit a different manufacturer and try out a different line of products or a different look.

Jane Iredale Sample Kit- Medium

Another suggestion is to purchase a starter kit or a few sample sized products. Companies like Jane Iredale Cosmetics offer sample kits designed for specific skin tones. These kits contain all “the basics” as outlined above, but in small, sample sizes. So, your friend can take a few days to experiment to see what works and, when a color doesn’t work, she won’t have to throw away a $30 swatch of eye shadow!

Once your friend has determined what brands and colors she prefers, the fun begins! Start with the list of products above and she’ll have everything she needs to get started on her new look. When she builds up from the basics, the options are endless.

Malie Kauai Organic Spa Products-Organic Body Polishes

Then we have our Organic body polishes. There is the Organic Ginger lime body polish that will nurture your skin. The blend of Kauai Sugar and Kauai Ginger rejuvenates dull skin while arousing the senses and enlightening your mood. The rich coconut oil will nourish the skin making it feel soft and moisturized. There is also the Organic Lilikoi Lemongrass Body Polish that will exfoliate and revitalize dull, dry skin. These botanicals will rescue skin from fatigue and daily stress by reducing swelling and puffiness and stimulating the blood flow. The Oraganic Virgin Coconut Oil and Mango Butter will nourish and moisturize fresh skin. And we also have the Organic Sea Salt Coconut Body Polish, that will exfoliate the skin. The combination of Hawaiian Sea salts and Kauai Clay have been traditionally used in the islands to spiritually cleanse the soul while pulling the impurities of dirt, oil and toxins from your pores. This body polish will aid the blood circulation and metabolism.
And lastly we have our Organic Mango Butter Bun that will moisturize your skin as revitalize dull dry skin. The Mango Butter Bun is perfect for sun recovery. It is enriched with the nourishing fat of the Mango seed, Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E. The Butter Bun is heat activated by steam and warm water to hydrate while quenching your skin with anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. The Mango Butter Bun will leave your skin silky with a beautiful golden glow.

Malie Kauai Organic Spa Products-Organic Body Wash

We also have the Organic Body wash. The Coconut Vanilla Body wash is full of natural and organic indigenous ingredients and infused with the therapeutic aroma of coconut and pure Vanilla Hydrosols. The Coconut Vanilla Body wash will leave your skin smooth, clean and refreshed. We also have the Organic Body Wash mango Nectar, that will transform your shower or bath with the exotic, uplifting scent of paradise. The luscious all natural bath later is infused with pure, aromatic Hawaiian Mango Hydrosols and therapeutic botanicals to nourish and moisturize. And we also have the Organic Body Wash Plumeria. The body wash in Plumeria is also infused with pure, aromatic Hawaiian Plumeria Hydrosols and therapeutic botanicals like Awapuhi Ginger, Aloe and Spirulina. The rich coconut, Kukui nut and Jojoba oils will nourish and moisturize leaving your skin clean, smooth and refreshed!

Malie Kauai Organic Spa Products-Organic Body Cream

The Organic body cream, made with natural and organic ingredients indigenous to Hawaii. The Organic Body Cream in Coconut Vanilla is infused with the therapeutic aroma of Mango Nectar. The Malie body cream will leave your skin moisturized. There is also the Organic body cream Mango Nectar which will treat your skin to the nourishing blend of therapeutic botanicals and oils, including organic Mango Nectar, moisturizing Coconut Kukui and Macadamia Nut oils. The Awapuhi Ginger, Aloe and Chamomile will work to calm and sooth the skin, and leave it feeling soft and smooth. And there is also the Organic Body Cream Plumeria which will treat your skin to a nourishing blend of therapeutic botanicals and oils, including the moisturizing Coconut, Kukui and Macadamia Nut oils. The Organic Body Cream Plumeria also has the Awapuhi Ginger, aloe and Chamomile to calm and sooth the skin.

Loftin Clinical

Vitamin C Cream
> Our Vitamin C Cream is a light multi-purpose day cream that is great for all skin types. It also gives you the benefits of having an SPF in a moisturizer. The Vitamin C Cream also has
vitamin C for maximum antioxidant protection. Just apply to clean skin daily to hydrate and protect. If you’re going to be in the sun for prolonged periods of time, we would recommend reapplying every few hours for the best protection. The Vitamin C Cream will also help improve elasticity and texture.
> Lactic Green Tea Cleanser
> The Lactic Green Tea Cleanser is a very soothing hydrating facial cleanser for all skin types, from dry, to sensitive, to normal.
The Lactic Green Tea Cleanser contains a combination of Lactic Acid, Green Tea, Allantoin, Linden Flower Extract and Aloe Vera which work together to help calm the skin that is easily irritated or prone to redness. This is a light and creamy hydrating cleanser that gently exfoliates, and helps calm skin.