Sunday, January 12, 2014


I totally ripped off my post title from Childish Gambino, who I don't even like, because I can't come up with a good post title.

So, old friends, it has been a while.  In July, I moved across the country, started a new job, started to get ridiculously ill, got diagnosed with Crohn's Disease, continued to be's been fun. And by fun, I mean the exact opposite.  For a while there, I wasn't even wearing makeup.  Other than my eyebrows and mascara.  MY LIFE WAS IN SHAMBLES.  Okay, not really, but have you ever noticed how when everything is coming together, everything is still falling apart?  I have found there is no point where you finally look around and say, well, that's settled.  I think if I ever get to that point, I should prepare for the apocalypse.

Enough about me.  So a few weeks ago, I tried out a product line called GlaMERLips by Make Up by Mer after seeing a few of the makeup artists I follow in Instagram recommend it.  I was like WHATEVER IT'S ONLY TEN DOLLARS and didn't really expect anything out of the ordinary.  I have made my own scrubs, which were either too rough on my lips, didn't do much, and/or tasted like shit (and usually all 3), have bought various scrubs (the most successful being Lush's Popcorn Scrub, but it still under-performed).  NEVER HAPPY.  I live in a pretty humid city, but it still gets cold (especially so, this year, I am told), I am on some medications that give me dry mouth, and staying hydrated is either something I forget to do or have trouble doing because REASONS.  Then, I am a lip biter.  My lips get chapped and crack and then I bite them, as if this is some effective way to combat the whole situation.  (PRO-TIP: It's not.)

I ordered Cinnamon and Bubblegum, first.  Cinnamon has a brief plumping effect, but mainly I love that it tastes like Red Hots.  I followed the directions Mer includes, which are basically scrub in a circular motion for 60 seconds, then wash it off or lick it off, whatever.  It's edible, I'm lazy.  It left my lips really soft, scrubbed off a lot of dead skin (except for the areas where I had been biting) and was overall awesome.  I had the same results with Bubblegum, Lemon, and Champagne (the latter two I ordered because I wanted Champagne before it was gone SUE ME).  If you enter the code IG at checkout, you even get a little gift! Her lip balm is pretty good, too, even if I will never leave my Jack Black lip balm.

Bottom left: before.  Bottom right: after, with lip balm.
You can still see I had been biting my bottom lip up like whoa in the second picture, and it's not the best photo of my lips around (I took it with the front facing camera n the iPhone 5, so...the back camera would have been better), but there was a big difference between the two.  

Also, Mer is totally sweet - I posted a review on my IG, and she reposted it and genuinely thanked me.  You can find her shop at GlaMERLips or find it through her website, Make Up by Mer.  She ships quickly and is wonderful!  GO GO GO.

Stay beautiful, party people.