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April 8, 2014

beauty scoop | ora’s amazing herbal lip balm

With so many clean, green lip balms on the market, it takes more than the usual combination of beeswax and shea butter to get my attention.

Unconventional flavor combinations attracted me to Ora’s Amazing Herbal Lip Balm.

Basil Rosemary, Chai Spice and Earl Grey stand apart from the usual berry-flavored suspects and deliver an infusion of goodness and protection to your pout.

ora's amazing herbal lip balm

{Ora’s Amazing Herbal sent me three lip balms to review. Each 0.15-ounce tube of balm retails for $3.99.}

Ora’s handcrafted lip balms have a dense feel, meaning the product doesn’t carelessly slide around on your lips. However, the balm has enough slip to it that it’s easy to apply.

Take it from a bona fide lip balm addict — not all balms’ textures are created with as much love and care!

Herbal infusions  — think calendula, comfrey, chickweed, St. John’s Wort, burdock, the works! — aid in relieving chapped and irritated lips while pushing the ingredients envelope.

How many times have you picked up a lip balm that costs less than $5 and seen such thoughtful ingredients packed into the tube?

I also appreciate that Ora’s Herbal Lip Balms are unsweetened, which keeps me from wanting to lick my lips too much.

They are instead subtly scented with therapeutic essential oils and spices.

While I chose to try Basil Rosemary, Chai Spice and Earl Grey, Ora’s Amazing Herbal also offers lip balms in Berry-Lime, Clove, Minty Cocoa, Vanilla and Unscented.

Here’s what’s in each of my Ora’s Herbal Lip Balm picks:

Ora’s Herbal Lip Balm in Basil Rosemary

Beeswax, Grapeseed Oil Infused With Organic Calendula, Organic Comfrey, Organic Plantain, Organic Chickweed, Organic St. John’s Wort, Organic Burdock and Organic Thyme, Organic Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Essential Oils Of Basil and Rosemary

Ora’s Herbal Lip Balm in Chai Spice

Beeswax, Grapeseed Oil Infused With Organic Calendula, Organic Comfrey, Organic Plantain, Organic Chickweed, Organic St. John’s Wort, Organic Burdock And Organic Thyme, Organic Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Essential Oils and Spices Of Cinnamon, Cardamom, Clove, and Ginger

Ora’s Herbal Lip Balm in Earl Grey

Beeswax, Grapeseed Oil Infused With Organic Calendula, Organic Comfrey, Organic Plantain, Organic Chickweed, Organic St. John’s Wort, Organic Burdock And Organic Thyme, Organic Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Essential Oils Of Bergamot and Mandarin Orange

Ora’s Amazing Herbal doesn’t test on animals and the lip balms are also gluten-free (because I mean, you are going to naturally lick your lips from time to time.)

So, will I repurchase these lip balms? You betcha! I love the soft, pastel packaging as much as I love the healing product inside.

Currently, Ora’s Amazing Herbal appears to be available online only. Wholesaling is available — which of my favorite retailers is going to pick up this special line?!

Have you heard of Ora’s Amazing Herbal? What do you look for in a lip balm? Tell me in the comments section!

 

April 1, 2014

beauty scoop | gabriel color lip gloss treatment

While I love a deep, red lip as much as the next girl, I’m much more of a neutral-lippie-kind-of-gal, especially during warmer weather.

I like to be able to swipe, smack and go, yet still look warm and put-together; the best color I’ve found to give my pout a come-hither glow is Gabriel Color Lip Gloss Treatment in “Ambrosia” by Gabriel Cosmetics.

gabriel color lip gloss treatment in ambrosia

{Gabriel Cosmetics sent me a sample of its Lip Gloss Treatment in “Ambrosia” to review. It retails for $16.75 for a 0.27-ounce tube.}

Ambrosia” has a pinkish-nude base that mimics the natural color of my lips, but amps up the kissability factor with a hint of gold shimmer that catches the light so beautifully that you can’t help but gaze a little longer.

While I’m pretty fair until summer hits, my yellow-undertone skin works well with this neutral, especially when paired with a brighter pink blush. I think “Ambrosia” would look even more beautiful on deeper skin tones — I love a shiny, neutral gloss against mocha skin.

gabriel color lip gloss treatment in ambrosia

Gabriel Color Lip Gloss Treatment in “Ambrosia” has a medium thickness but isn’t sticky. If you’re a bit heavy-handed with application, though, the color can look a little milky (likely due to the titanium dioxide included for an SPF 8). Layering is key!

Speaking of layering, “Ambrosia” can help you create a dramatic lip when layer atop a deeper color of your choice. Simply dab it in the center of your lips to create an illusion of thickness and depth.

gabriel color lip gloss treatment in ambrosia

Here’s what’s inside Gabriel Color Lip Gloss Treatment in “Ambrosia”

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Bisabolol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Crithmum Maritimum (Sea Fennel) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Iron Oxides, Mica, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Extract, Titanium Dioxide.

gabriel color lip gloss treatment in ambrosia

{I would have let Anya use some gloss, but she’s too naturally beautiful.}

I’m looking forward to trying more of Gabriel Cosmetics’ lip glosses — “Nectar” is next on my hit list!

So, bottom line, would I repurchase Gabriel Color Lip Gloss Treatments? Yes! At $16.75 a pop and readily available at Whole Foods, I am going to have to hold myself back from hauling them all!

What are your favorite lip gloss colors? Have you tried anything from Gabriel Cosmetics? Tell me in the comments section!

 

March 27, 2014

outfit post | almost famous

I had a lot of title options when it came to today’s outfit post.

“Standard poodle” came out of my boss’ mouth when he saw me in this coat at work yesterday.

“Hollywood” came to mind as I thought back to fond memories of my dad calling anyone in a crazy getup and sunglasses that beloved nickname.

But I have to credit my friend, Gina, with telling me this jacket reminded her of Kate Hudson in “Almost Famous.”

She wore some fabulous fuzz and sunglasses in that Hollywood production, so it was only fitting.

Was there a poodle in that movie by chance? Because that would just be epic.

kimberlyloc almost famous outfit post

kimberlyloc almost famous outfit post

kimberlyloc almost famous outfit post

kimberlyloc almost famous outfit post

kimberlyloc almost famous outfit post

kimberlyloc almost famous outfit post

kimberlyloc almost famous outfit post

Photos by Susan Melgren

Fuzzy Jacket (similar) // Langford Market, Austin, Texas

Top (similar) // Banana Republic

Necklace (similar) // Standard Style, Leawood, Kansas

Earrings (similar) // Boutique in San Francisco

Rings // H&M, Boutique in Chicago, Charming Charlie

Jeans // Joe’s Jeans “The Skinny”

Tiger Heels (similar) // Forever 21 (O-L-D)

Tiger Clutch (similar) // Gift from Jennifer via Hobo the Original

Sunglasses / Retro Vixen, Kansas City, Missouri

Lipstick // Living Nature

March 19, 2014

outfit post | fashion tribe

After feeling run-down most of last week (thanks, SXSW), I finally felt well enough on Saturday to attend the afternoon and evening fashion shows during Kansas City Fashion Week.

(Check back later this week for my reviews of both shows. There are some droolworthy designs!)

For my daytime look, I wore a simple periwinkle shirtdress and fuschia heels.

For evening, I opted to keep it simple and cool with a “downtown girl” look that had me feeling like part of the fashion girl tribe thanks to sassy leopard mules and elephant earrings paired with skinnies and a flowy silk top.

Thank you to the sweet folks at the Legends Outlets of Kansas City who gave me a $100 gift card, which I used at Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth to score this gorgeous eggshell-colored silk Joie top. It’s a new favorite of mine!

kimberlyloc kansas city fashion week

kimberlyloc kansas city fashion week

kimberlyloc kansas city fashion week

kimberlyloc kansas city fashion week

kimberlyloc kansas city fashion week

kimberlyloc kansas city fashion week

Photos by Laura Hall // Laura Put Together

Top (similar) // Joie c/o Legends Outlets Kansas City via Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth

Pants // J. Brand via Lola Boutique, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Leopard Mules // Prada via Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth

Bag (similar) // Hobo International via Frankly Basic Boutique, Leawood, Kansas

Headband // Retro Vixen, Kansas City

Elephant Earrings (similar) // Random Boutique in New York

Watch // Daniel Wellington via Lola Boutique, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Heart Ring (similar) // Charming Charlie

Lipstick // “Bang Bang” c/o ILIA Beauty

Fingernail Polish // Sparitual “Sun Salutation”

Toenail Polish // China Glaze “Aquadelic”

February 9, 2014

outfit post | pencil me in

I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with pencil skirts.

While I love the look of them — what’s more posh than a sleek skirt hugging all the right curves while staying sophisticated and chic? — many of the pencil skirts I’ve tried are boxy, shapeless and put me at risk for a FUPA.

(Please don’t Google Image FUPA at work, mmk?)

When I got the chance to meet with Arkansas fashion entrepreneur Nancy Martin of N.A. Martin and try on her designed-in-Bentonville-and-made-in-New-York pencil skirts, I was pleasantly surprised by the amazing fit and feel.

kimberlyloc wears a dark olive green na martin pencil skirt and violet hobo bag

The fabric is forgiving to those of us who like to eat, and the sizing caters to vanity (I got a size 4, which feels a bit big but leaves some room for lunch, and I’m typically a size 6/8), so there’s that bit of psychological “yes!” going on with the collection.

I got a dark olive green pencil skirt from N.A. Martin and am craving a few more, especially the black waffle and cream waffle; I love the texture of those skirts, which give the staple colors a bit of edge.

N.A. Martin’s classic pencil skirts also pop in a bit of color in the lining; you can see a pretty aqua shade in the black waffle.

I’m excited to see what N.A. Martin has to offer for spring (there’s some talk of prints and patterns).

No matter what Nancy comes up with, it’s guaranteed to fit like a glove — or, perhaps, how a pencil skirt should fit. Goodbye, boxy, shapeless skirts!

kimberlyloc wears a dark olive green na martin pencil skirt

kimberlyloc wears a dark olive green na martin pencil skirt

kimberlyloc wears a dark olive green na martin pencil skirt and gray via spiga coat

kimberlyloc wears a dark olive green na martin pencil skirt, gray via spiga coat and violet hobo bag

kimberlyloc anjolee ring

kimberlyloc gray via spiga coat and ruffled striped top

Photos by Laura Hall / Laura Put Together

Top // The Limited (similar)

Skirt // c/o N.A. Martin

Tights // Target

Booties // c/o Ross Dress for Less (similar)

Bag // Hobo the Original via Frankly Basic (also love this one, this one, this one, this one,

Ring // c/o Anjolee (see more of their beautiful diamond eternity bands)

Coat // Via Spiga via Rue La La (similar)

Lipstick // Ecco Bella “Merlot”



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