Saturday, June 23, 2007


In the aftermath of my little bubonic plague I was left with insanely dry lips. I'm not sure why. The weather was quite humid and my water consumption was even higher than normal. I managed to keep my skin from suffering, but my lips paid the price.

Like every beauty blogger worth her lotions and potions, I have a commercial-sized collection of lip balms. I tried them all: L'Occitane, Kiehl's, Smith's Rosebud salve, Burt's Bees, Philosophy and every other tube or tin that resides in my drawers, purses and cabinets. Nothing helped. My lips remained dry and cracked, especially around that tiny scar on my lower lip that felt like it was seconds away from bleeding. I love all the above mentioned balms and normally they are more than enough to keep me and my lips happy, but now only managed to act as a goopy layer.

Rummaging through another purse I came across a rarely used tube of Benefit's Smooch. I applied it without expecting much. It's a thin liquid that was never one of my top five of balms, mostly because it can leave a white residue if not blended carefully with a lip color. Also, as fond as I am of several Benefit products (there's a post coming about a couple of extra fabulous shadows and a lipstick), their lip glosses aren't up to par.

To my surprise, I felt an instant relief. That was the end of dry lips. A few more applications of Smooch during the day and I was back to normal. There are many lip products that contain Vitamin E and jojoba oil, so I'm not sure why this was the winner. It might have something to do with the thin consistency that sinks into the skin instead of coating it. Whatever it was, it worked. I'm adding that to my list of essentials for fighting a cold.


  1. Sorry to hear you were under the weather! I thought maybe you were on vacation...Happy to see you back again. :)

  2. Hello, my friend. I've been awful about communicating lately and have yet to catch up. an email will be written soon :-) I missed you, too.


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