Review: Honest Beauty Truly Kissable Lip Crayon

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If you are starting out in green and/or natural beauty, lip products are always a good way to go because there are just so many good choices. Some of my favourites include Bite Beauty, Kosäs, and even Burt’s Bee. Today, I am going to review one of my recent finds from the States. I have been meaning to try out some beauty products from Honest Beauty, but they are hard to get out of the United States. To my great surprise, you can now easily pick up items from their line in Target. I wasn’t sure what to get so I decided to get their Truly Kissable Lip in Sheer Rose Kiss and their Everyday Primer because they both received nods from Allure magazine (and I love Allure).

Background

Honest Beauty is a brand created by the actress Jessica Alba. The main keywords used in their brand marketing are “safe” and “effective.” It is important to note though that they do not claim to use natural and organic ingredients. Their policy indicates that they do not use parabens, paraffins, silicones, talc, petrolatum, mineral oil, or synthetic fragrances. If you want to check out their ingredient lists, they are listed clearly for each product.

Claims

This lip crayon is supposed to provide a sheer wash of colour giving a natural look on the lips. The formula is lightweight and will glide onto your lips for a quick and convenient application. The ingredients will also keep your lips and moisturized and cushioned.

Ingredients

The main ingredients of this lip crayon are coconut oil, murumuru butter and shea butter.

Packaging

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It has the standard twist-up lip crayon packaging. Like many twist-up crayons, there is always the risk of closing the lid improperly and ruining the product inside. This is happened to me on many occasions and I have ruined the original sharp point of the crayon. That being said, the packaging is quite sturdy and has withstood all the tossing around in the bottom of my purse unscathed except for a tiny crack in the lid.

Application

With its rounded crayon tip, it is quite easy to apply on your lips precisely. They even recommend that you can overdraw your lips to create volume without any problem since it is a tint. The texture is very balmy. It almost feels like I am applying a regular lip balm. I find that I don’t even need to apply a lip balm underneath it since it is so moisturizing and will not enhance the flakiness of dry and peeling lips.

Review

I really enjoyed this lip crayon. In fact, it was constantly on my lips for a few weeks. I think the main reason I love it so much is because it is so convenient. You don’t need to apply a separate lip balm underneath and it keeps my lips as moisturized as if I am using my favourite Burt’s Bee lip balm. Furthermore, don’t be fooled by the word “sheer” in the name because I would consider the pigmentation equal to a regular lipstick. However, this means you will need a mirror when you apply it. If there is one possible downside, it would be that it doesn’t wear super long. However, I guess you really shouldn’t expect that from a lip tint. It is interesting in that it has a tad of a shine for the first hour or so and then after that, the colour starts fading and it looks more like a matte stain. It holds up pretty well through casual drinking, but won’t last through a meal. I tend to wear it like a lip balm, reapplying it every few hours.

VERDICT: If you are looking for a moisturizing lip balm with more than just a tint of colour, I would totally recommend this lip crayon.

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Current Favourites

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If you are new to my blog, I usually do a favourites blogpost every few months. Even though I mainly blog about beauty, I like to include favourites from different categories so you can get to know me a little better. Like previous favourites blogposts, I am going to categorize my favourites according to the five senses inspired by Youtuber Ingrid Nilsen’s series called Sense of Self.

Sight

I was a huge fan of the TV show, House, a few years back. In each episode, I loved how House would save a patient’s life with his genius diagnostic skills. When I heard that David Shore, House’s creator, was producing another medical drama, I was super excited to see if it would be just as good. His new show is called, The Good Doctor, based on a drama from Korea with the same name. The main character is a medical resident named Shaun who has autism and savant syndrome. We follow his story as he is first met with skepticism at the hospital till eventually his medical prowess respected. Along the way, we see him learn to deal with new changes, like working alongside new coworkers and living independently. Like House, this show has a brilliant doctor who faces many struggles in his life and as viewers, we watch alongside celebrating in their successes and connecting to their struggles.

Smell

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If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that the only scents I really enjoy are usually quite citrusy. I’ve talked previously about how much I enjoy the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum. Other than the effectiveness of this product, a big part of why I love it is due to the user experience. It smells so refreshing, like sweet oranges. I must admit it is a tiny bit artificial, but I don’t mind it. For me, the smell of product can be a dealbreaker, so I’m glad that that I enjoy this scent. On the flip side, I can’t say that for the Fresh facial oil I’ve been using lately though. I don’t think I will repurchase it again purely due to its scent.

Taste

I was racking my brain for a taste favourite and I couldn’t really come up with anything. Then, it suddenly hit me. Chocolate. All I have been doing is it eating chocolate lately. I mean, I couldn’t help it because it was everywhere during Christmas time. I tried to share and give some away, but for the most part, I selfishly saved them for myself. Lately, I don’t really discriminate anymore. I used to mostly eat dark chocolate, but I’ve been loving milk chocolate and even white chocolate lately. So what are some of my faves? Probably, my favourite are the Lindt truffles. I have had way too many of those. I also love Ferraro Rocher, just the original ones in the gold foil packaging. Oh, but my all-time fave that no one talks about much, are the Ferraro Rocher eggs! It is like eating the same flavours but with a smooth chocolate exterior.

Touch

I had bought a cashmere sweater over 5 years ago which I still wear often today. I had heard so much about how great cashmere wears and bought this particular sweater on sale. Since then, I haven’t had the budget or justification to get another one since they are usually priced at a few hundred dollars. So why do so many people love cashmere? I think it is because it doesn’t pill much, keeps you so warm, and feels so soft. Plus, it just wears so well over time. I have had mine for over 5 years and it looks almost like it did the day I bought it. I do take very good care of it and only dry clean so I don’t know if that has made a difference. So fast forward to today, I spot some cashmere sweaters on sale at Uniquo and I just had to buy one because it was sale for $50. So how does this new breed of “economical” cashmere compare to the previous more high-end versions? So far, I think the Uniquo cashmere sweater wears really good. It might be slightly more pilling than my higher-end version, but it feels just as soft. I’ll have to report back after several more washings to see if it keeps it shape and retains its soft texture.

Hearing

If you have read my last favourites post, you would know that I have been super into buying vinyl records. For me, this has been such an amazing musical journey because I am not familiar with most of the music before the 90s. It has been so fun to learn about why these artists have been so impactful in the history of music. I found Elton John’s Greatest Hits at a local records lately, and I am amazed at the breath and depth of his music. I am embarrassed to say that most of the knowledge of I have his music has been through his score of Lion King. I’ve been loving “Yellow Brick Road,” and “Don’t Let Sun Go Down On Me.” He has just announced his retirement from touring. Hopefully, I will have the chance to catch one of his last shows. Do you have any favourite Elton John songs?

I also have to mention to BTS. I do listen to Kpop on and off, but after seeing BTS on the American Music Awards, I had to seek out some of their music. “DNA” and “Mic Drop” have been repeat the last few months. For me, it has been so amazing to see Asian faces on American TV singing in their own language. Growing up, I never saw a lot of Asian representation in Western media, and it has been wonderful to see BTS perform on so many American media outlets. I so excited to see what they will do next and what other Asian artists will also enter the Western music arena.

How to Feel Less Overwhelmed

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I have been meaning to write this blogpost for awhile, especially around the Christmas and the winter holidays time period. With having to attend Christmas dinners, and buying Christmas presents, December can be very stressful and very overwhelming (I particularly feel like typing the word “very” in capitals). I am definitely one of those people that get overwhelmed easily. It stills happens a lot despite that fact that I am better at dealing with it, and part of me has accepted that I will always be a little overwhelmed. However, there are a few things I do which have helped me feel less overwhelmed over the years and I thought they might be helpful for you.

Focus on the Immediate

Usually, I feel the most overwhelmed when my to-do list starts stacking up. There is so much to do that I simply don’t know where to begin. That is usually when the panic begins to set in and I decide to start finding out a way out before I lose complete control. At this point, I will usually just put the brakes on everything and focus on the immediate thing I need to get done. For me, this is usually the task with the nearest deadline or has the greatest importance to me. Then, I proceed to block out everything till I get this one task finished. After I am done, I find that it buys me a little time to figure out how to complete the other tasks on my plate. Moreover, it just feels good to be able to finish something, even if it seems small in comparison to everything else you need to do.

Plan of Attack

Now, that I am not freaked out about the closest deadline coming up too fast, I then start to wrap my head around how to make the rest of the tasks less overwhelming. I usually have several strategies of attack. Sometimes, I will just add all the events onto my calendar first and then add all the tasks I need to complete each event also on the calendar. I find that once I see how everything fits in, almost like a puzzle, I don’t see it as tons of tasks I have to complete. Instead, I just see it is as a few tasks that I have to complete each day. I also like to spend time prioritizing the tasks each day just in case I don’t finish everything that day. The ones that I have to do for sure are placed at the top of the list. You can also colour-code them so you easily see which ones are the must-dos of that day.

Choosing Perfection

I find I often feel overwhelmed, not only because I have to get a lot done, but also because I want to do everything well. Being perfect all the time, if that does exist, is very difficult to achieve, if not impossible. What I usually do is aim for “more perfection” in some tasks over others. I will think to myself that I want to do Task A and Task B the best I can. Then, I will complete the other tasks well, but not fuss over the small details. I understand that seems like I am not pushing myself enough, but I just think it is a more healthy way to live. I personally don’t think you can be an “A+” in every part of your life. Instead, living a balanced and healthy life has become my form of an “A+.”

What are your tips for feeling less overwhelmed?