National Novel Writing Month Day 7: Best Red Lip Color For Your Skin Tone

Who doesn’t like a red lip? It is a classic color and goes well with everything and you can wear it for any occassion.

Just like my article for the berry group, not all reds are created equal. You should consider your skintone and undertone to find the perfect red.

Red lip for Skintone-Undertone

If your skintone is within the range of medium to tan:

Now onto the dark to deep skin tones (like myself!):


Remember: lip liner is your friend!

Red lips can be worn either with a bold smokey eye or a bare lid with a cat eye; it’s totally up to you!

Day 6: Lip Care 101

Winter is right around the corner for some of us. This means cold and dry air! Sadly, as most of us prepare our facial skin for the winter months, some of us don’t take the same precautions to our lips. Dry and chapped lips doesn’t look the best when you are trying to rock the latest matte color this season.

So here are some easy tips to help those cracked lips!

TIP #1: Do not lick your lips. THIS IS VERY TEMPTING, I know. But your saliva, when drying, will only take more moisture away.

TIP #2: Scrub it away! Instead of picking and licking at the dead skin, use a lip scrub in the shower to refresh the lips. You can either create your own scrub or purchase a small jar like LUSH’s Popcorn Lip Scrub ($9.95).

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TIP #3: Please, please, PLEASE stay away from petroleum or petroleum-based lip balms. Growing up, I always had one of those small jars of Vaseline in my reach. Heck, Carmex too. It was cheap! But petroleum is a byproduct of the oil industry. Not only is petroleum not good for the environment; but when it comes to your lips “it’s water-repellant and not water-soluble, meaning it merely seals the barrier so that moisture does not leave the skin. So while you might feel the instant gratification of a softened surface, you’re actually drying out your pores by keeping out air and moisture.” So what can you use instead? Products containing beeswax (non-vegan), coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter and cocoa butter are better at sealing moisture in AND moisturizing.

Below are some examples of great lip balm out there!

Lip care 101

  1. Badger Unscented Classic Lip Balm $2.99 Certified Organic and Cruelty-Free. Not Vegan.
  2. Aubrey Organic Lip Balm in Raspberry $2.95 Certified Organic and Cruelty-Free. THIS IS NOT VEGAN.
  3. Honeybee Gardens Orange Mimosa Lip Balm $2.99 Cruelty-Free. NOT VEGAN or Certified Organic.
  4. Hurraw Lemon Lip Balm $3.79 Cerfitied Organic, Vegan, and Cruelty-Free.
  5. Crazy Rumors Mint Bubble Lip Balm $3.49 Certified Organic, Vegan, and Cruelty-Free.
  6. Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Lip Balm $2.99 Certified Organic and Cruelty-Free. Not Vegan.
  7. Surya Brasil Acai Berry Lip Balm $3.49 Vegan and Cruelty-Free. Not Cerfitied Organic.

TOP 5 Vegan & Cruelty-Free Nail Polish Removers

It’s has been about a week now and it’s time to remove that old polish! But before you grab your conventional nail polish remover; let’s learn what acetone is. Acetone, a common ingredient found in nail polish removers, is a colorless, volatile, flammable organic solvent. That’s right! It’s naturally occurring. It is found in small amount in plants,trees, or even blood. So why do people avoid it? Well, acetone is still a harsh chemical, especially when directly applied onto your nail. This can lead to drier, more brittle nails over time.

But you don’t need acetone to remove the polish. All you need is some alternative ingredients, such as different oils, to help lift the color from your nail, while still moisturizing your digits. Here are some vegan and cruelty-free nail polish removers to try!

Vegan or Cruelty-Free Nail Polish remover

  • Honeybee Gardens Nail Polish Remover $9.99
    • Enriched with horsetail extract to strengthen nails
    • Fortified with vitamin E
    • Fortified with aloe to soothe and protect cuticles
    • Removes water-based and conventional nail polishes
    • Gluten-Free
    • Vegan & Cruelty-Free
    • Child safety cap
  • Karma Naturals Soybean Oil Nail Polish Removers $12.00
    • Vegan & Cruelty-free
    • Comes in three scents (Lavendar, Tea Tree, and Unscented)
    • Free of any petroleum ingredients
    • Derived from farm crops (supporting American farmers)
    • Packaged in 100% recyclable glass bottle
  • SUNCOAT™ Plant Based Nail Polish Remover $12.00
    • Vegan & Cruelty-free
    • Plant-based–made from corn stock fermentation
    • Enriched with vitamin E
    • Removes water-based and conventional nail polishes
    • Oil like consistency, will not dry or discolour nails
    • Biodegradable
    • Spill-Free
  • EXO Pure Remover™ $15.95
    • Cruelty-free
    • Organic
    • Plant-based
    • Designed to condition and repair your nails while it removes polish!
    • Available in four natural scent (Lavendar, Mint, Orange, Unscented)
    • Safe for natural nails, acrylic nails, and removes most gel polishes
  • PRITI NYC Soy Nail Polish Remover $22.00
    • 100% Biodegradable
    • Derived from farm crops
    • Comes in two scents (Lemongrass, Unscented)
    • Can remove water-based or solvent-based nail polishes
    • Has 2 oz. options ($13.00)