For nearly a decade, I've never been more than 5 feet from a lip balm of some sort - ever. There's one by my bed, another at my desk, one in my purse, a backup in my suitcase, and another backup in my car. When one runs out, there's a Costco value pack under my bathroom cabinet. It's bad. And it wasn't good for my lips either.
I switched away from Carmex in college after finding out about the damaging and drying effects of menthol-based lip balms. Chapstick had to be better, right? Not for me. The wax in lip balms like Chapstick are intended to hold the moisture in your lips in by creating a watertight seal on the surface. The added chemicals used in the SPF version I wore during the day and the strawberry version I kept as a backup can cause an allergic reaction that actually makes your lips feel more chapped. While Chapstick itself isn't addictive, you can get attached to the behavior of putting on a lip balm and the way it makes your lips feel.
I knew I needed to kick this habit. It just seemed silly - there's no way my lips are actually that chapped. And, it limited my ability to wear lipstick because I was always rolling Chapstick over it (and thus, removing it).
That is, until Lauren of Dressing Dallas introduced me to LipSense. LipSense is a long-lasting, waterproof lip color. Unlike a conventional lipstick that pushes up from a tube, LipSense is wax-free. Instead, it uses a cosmetic grade alcohol (SD Alcohol 40) to transfer pigment onto your lips. The alcohol does lead to a brief drying / tingling sensation which goes away pretty quickly. 3 coats of color (it's thinner than most lipstick with just one coat) + some of their vegan, no wax lipgloss and you're good to go - for up to 18 hours! I've made it through sweaty workouts, pool days, and even a shower without impacting the color. Craziness.
For the first few days of using LipSense, I noticed my lips were starting to crack. I used a sugar scrub at night (recipe coming soon), and by day 4, I only applied the LipSense gloss a couple times a day when I wasn't wearing a color (I apply more frequently when pairing it with a color because I like the shine!). No more Chapstick. Ever.
I may be a little crazy, but I'm pretty obsessed with this stuff now - so much so that I signed up as a distributor to get a discount of my own. You can now buy LipSense directly from me by going to this section of my website. If you pick from the colors I have in-stock, you cut your shipping cost down by almost a week for colors I have in stock! Have questions? Email me or comment below and I'll try to get them answered for you!