Chic Beauty: New Burt’s Bees Lipstick is a Natural and Affordable Way to Pamper Your Lips

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Burt's Bees lipsticks array with flower

Burt’s Bees has just come out with a NEW line of luscious lipsticks available at Target – and I’m over the moon about them!

These lipsticks not only provide 8-hour hydration and moisturizing for dry lips, they also are 100% natural and thus: great for you. (Especially considering the average woman will likely consume a large amount of the lipstick she wears on her lips over a course of time…you can only imagine what tiny doses of methylparaben, colorants, and tocopheryl acetate can do when compounded in the body. Blech!) When it comes to something that’s on the lips and easily licked off or absorbed, it’s far safer to go with products that are safe to ingest and have no harmful effects.
Burt's Bees lipsticks 3 colors
These lipsticks are formulated with Moringa oil (full of essential fatty acids, and helps to soften and condition skin), and raspberry seed oil to improve skin elasticity, as well as vitamin E and of course, beeswax, a Burt’s Bees staple. Available at Target (or, each lipstick is $8.99 or less (look out for those Target coupons or Cartwheel offers!) and comes in 14 versatile shades that work great with a variety of skin tones.
Burt's Bees lipstick swatches on hand, fair skin
I’m super-pale, so I chose to swatch and sample 3 colors that I felt would be ultra-useful for a number of different makeup looks: Nude (500), a warm beige with slightly blue undertones, Iced (510), a pretty pastel pink, and Magenta (511), a deep Winter berry color.
Burt's Bees lipsticks 3 colors on lips, fair skin
Here’s how they turned out:

Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Nude
Burt's Bees lipstick in Nude color, fair skin

I have very pigmented lips so I need to put on a layer of concealer over my lips so that lipsticks “read true.” Even so, Nude is a lovely, pigmented beige, that was surprisingly opaque even without the concealer (though that did help a bit for me). It makes a perfect 70’s-style lip…and could be dressed up for evening with a dab of gold gloss in the center of the lip.

Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Iced
Burt's Bees lipstick in Iced, fair skin

I had to do the same concealer trick for Iced, but this time it was quite difficult to get the color to read. Unlike Nude, Iced seems to be more transparent, and would work well as a color for mixing or layering. It imparts a very soft pink sheen, very girly and sweet.

Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Magenta
Burt's Bees lipstick in Magenta, fair skin

For Magenta I didn’t even need to do the concealer trick – the formula was pigmented and went on beautifully. Such a pretty lip color for Winter (pair with flushed cheeks and dark, dark eyelashes!).
All of the colors were very slick and soft and extremely moisturizing. I’d even go so far as to say that Iced was more like a lip gloss! (Plus, no weird taste when you lick your lips because the formula is all-natural, yay!)

Since they’re available at Target (and less than $9 each, hello!) you can have your pick of color.

Check them out here:

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Burt's Bees lipsticks, 3 colors with red flowers

Which Burt’s Bees lipstick color did you like best? (Help – I can’t choose!!)

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DIY: Shine Word Sweater AKA How to Cover Up a Stain on Your Sweater

diy-shine-word-sweater-how-to-cover-up-stain-chic-stealsOh metallic lurex thread, how I love thee!! It adds so much dimension, so much Wintry sparkle, so much glamour to just plain old fabrics. But it’s a demon to clean.

Once I found a beautiful silvery sweater at H&M on the clearance rack for a mere $8.95. And it happened to be in my size, too. I wore it often for many years. I wore it here, for example.

And then while at work one day I dropped my lunch on it. A small mouthful of leftover Thai drunken noodles. In oily brown sauce. And my favorite sweater was ruined forever.

diy-shine-word-sweater-stain-chic-stealsI washed it multiple times, in both cold and warm water, and tried every stain remover known to woman. But nothing got the stain out of acrylic. That brownish-yellow stain would not budge. I tried to wear it after the unfortunate incident, but the stain was too obvious, and I felt self-conscious. I thought about discarding the sweater (heck, I had only paid $8.95 for it so it wasn’t a huge investment)…but I wanted to save it if I could.

And then I had an epiphany…to combine that trend of one big word on your shirt…with my poor abused sweater…hence forever covering up that stain and allowing me to wear it again (or at least, until it got too pilled and stretched out to even resemble clothing anymore). Hence this DIY. Here’s how to cover up that horrible stain on your own shirt if it has befallen similar circumstances:

DIY Shine Word Sweater (or, How to Cover a Stain on Your Sweater)

You Need:

diy-shine-word-sweater-materials-chic-stealssweater or top  /  black felt  /  fabric scissors  /  needle and matching thread  /  pins  /  graphic program to create your word if you’re not using the download below  /  printer (or print at an office store)  /  regular scissors

How To:


  1. Choose what word you’re going to put on your top. It took me forever to finally choose a word (and yes, I browsed Pinterest, blogs, and magazines for what seemed like ages). But I found it: Shine. Quite ironically literal. So I went with that, and typed it out in Photoshop using the Ballpark Weiner font and printed out a copy of the word to see if the spacing and font would indeed cover up the stain. It did so I went with
  2. Cut out the word using regular scissors. Don’t forget to cut out dots on i’s or punctuation as well. I didn’t cut out the negative space inside the letters at this
  3. Pin the word to your
  4. Use fabric scissors to cut around your word carefully. You may need to make certain areas wider than the font so the felt doesn’t pull apart. For cutting the negative space out of the inside of loops, I just eyeballed it, cutting smaller than I needed to and then widening once I laid the cut-out on the original
  5. Place the the cut out felt word to the center of your top, and pin down so it is
  6. Use a running stitch (looks like – – – – ) around the inside edges of the felt to secure the word to your top. This is long and tedious – make sure you have some Netflix or mindless TV to get you through. Also stitch on any i dots or punctuation as well. (If you’re dealing with a stretchy top like a sweater, be careful not to stretch the knit too much as you are sewing or else the finished word will pucker.)

diy-shine-word-sweater-done-3-chic-stealsAnd that’s it! A pretty upgrade to a soiled mistake…and I’ve just saved a major piece in my wardrobe. How to cover a stain on your sweater is really as easy as a bit of felt, time, and thread!

diy-shine-word-sweater-done-1-chic-stealsThis is something you will need to hand-wash cold and lay flat to dry. You could also use suedecloth or any other fabric that doesn’t fray when you cut it – leather or vinyl I would think a little tough to hand-sew but you could always try it if you prefer that look.

Download my DIY Shine Word Sweater graphic here if you’d like to make your own “Shine” version (click below):

Shine Font Graphic for DIY Shine Word Sweater

(77 KB PDF, sized at 300 dpi, for 8.5″ x 11″ paper)

diy-shine-word-sweater-done-2-chic-stealsdiy-shine-word-sweater-done-4-chic-stealsShine on, my friends!

Ever had a stain on your shirt where you did something creative to cover it up? Do tell!


Announcement: Here’s What’s Coming Up for Chic Steals

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Hello friends!

As I mentioned in my Happy New Year post, things are going to be changing a bit around here in 2016.

I’ve spent a long time thinking about this site and my goals for it (and took an extended period of time away from frequent updating so I could truly decide what I wanted to do).

The truth is, personally I’ve drifted away from the being on-trend, DIY the latest designer pieces, make and make and make…consume more and more and more. It’s been a long time coming, and I’m sure my long-time readers could tell that I just didn’t have my heart in making the latest clothing, accessories, or jewelry any more. Don’t get me wrong, I still love to create things – but now my focus is on fewer, better things; more beautiful, satisfying things. A curated closet rather than a closet bursting at the seams with stuff that just isn’t “me.”

Once upon a time, Chic Steals meant chic ideas “stolen” from the runways and chic items for cheap. I began to feel that it wasn’t truly what I wanted to share with all of you.

So here’s where I’m going with this: Chic Steals will now be a place for a chic life, lived frugally. Glamour on a budget. Glitter with a glue gun. (Props to Mr. Kate for that awesome title!!)  Fabulousness – for less. And here are a few new series that you’ll be seeing soon…and hopefully you will be as excited about as I am:


DIY: I’ll still be sharing DIY tutorials, but less frequently. They may be clothing, jewelry, accessories, or home decor, but they’ll still be how to create beautiful things on a budget, with your own unique twist.

Chic Tip: A weekly series of tips, tricks, and short how-to’s for streamlining your life and adding efficiency and glam to your every day.

DIY Home: Ideas for creating a beautiful space, centralized around a theme.

Creativity Tip: Tips on how become more creative, tap into your inner glam goddess, and explode your own unique possibilities.

Email Challenges: Soon to be announced, I’ll be challenging you every day to take a step in DIY’ing your life into fabulous. Totally free and fun – you’ll get a new challenge each day in your inbox when you sign up.

E-Courses: Yes, indeedy, I’m going to be offering some very special courses I’ve been working on some time, that revolve around DIY, creativity, crafting, and, of course, blogging.


(And, of course…a new logo!)

Stay tuned – this all launches tomorrow!

Want to stay updated? The easiest way is to sign up to receive a weekly digest of posts in your inbox. The email arrives on Monday mornings with all of last week’s posts in it. It’s hassle-free and you can unsubscribe any time. That way, you won’t miss anything. (Plus! I am going to be offering freebies like craft books, DIY jewelry, cool products I find to subscribers only…so sign up now to get in on the action!)

Thoughts? Ideas? Can’t wait? Me neither!

Thanks for reading, fellow glamazons.


Happy New Year! Welcome to 2016.

Happy New Year 2016 from Chic Steals

To all my readers, wishing you the Happiest of New Years – hope 2016 started off with a bang for everyone!

Things are going to be changing around here, but I hope you stick around, because it’s going to get…ideally…awesome!

See you soon with new content, ideas, DIY’s, and a fresh start!

Thanks for reading with me for so long, and here’s to the new :-)


Book Review: Washi Tape Crafts as a Last-Minute Holiday Gift for Your Craft-Loving Friends!

washi-tape-crafts-book-review-cover-chic-stealsThis is such an adorable book, I can’t stop raving about it.

Washi tape has been around forever and I’ve been an avid collector of it for many years, ever since I first spied it while living in Japan 15+ years ago. My stash has grown and grown – and somehow just looking at all those pretty patterns and colors puts a smile on my face.

But what to do with all of that tape? Besides using it on my planners and calendars, I also have been known to use it as home decor on my walls. And wrapping presents of course. But besides that…? I’m kind of at a loss with how to use it in a cute and functional way.washi-tape-crafts-book-review-washi-tape-chic-steals

Enter this awesome book, jam-packed with tons of tutorials and crafts for finally putting that washi tape to good use! With 110 ideas for using your tape (plus 10 original included tape rolls for you to play with!) this book can kickstart just about any project or idea for gifts, decor, accessories, office supplies, kiddie crafts…and on and on and on.washi-tape-crafts-book-review-project-1-chic-steals

Written by the one and only Amy Anderson (of Mod Podge Rocks! fame – and accompanying Mod Podge universe website), the book brings Amy’s whimsical sense of design married to practicality and easy-to-follow step-by-steps.washi-tape-crafts-book-review-project-3-chic-steals

After first laying out basic techniques and skills when working with washi tape like cutting clean edges, creating corners, weaving, punching shapes, and making patterns, the book dives into the projects section.washi-tape-crafts-book-review-project-2-chic-steals

Between Goods and Gifts, Home Decor, Jewelry and Fashion, Holidays and Celebrations, and Just For Fun, there are so many projects to choose from. Though some projects may seem pretty basic (Embellished Envelopes, Photo Coasters, Wall Art) – I guarantee there will be many that make you go “I never thought of that!” and send you scurrying to your tape stash.washi-tape-crafts-book-review-project-4-chic-steals

Some are incredibly innovative, like the Paper Planes Wall Mural, Wishy-Washi Window Blinds, Faux Floor Rug, Headboard, Party Mask, and Faux Floral Bouquet that are so fun to try out.washi-tape-crafts-book-review-back-cover-chic-stealswashi-tape-crafts-book-review-project-5-chic-stealswashi-tape-crafts-book-review-project-6-chic-stealswashi-tape-crafts-book-review-project-7-chic-steals

If you have a craft-loving friend, this book would be an excellent holiday gift for them – and will keep them crafting well into the New Year!

Get Washi Tape Crafts: 110 Ways to Decorate Just About Anything Here

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You can also get in on the washi tape fun at Amy’s website


FTC Disclosure: I received one complimentary copy of Washi Tape Crafts for review purposes. I have not been otherwise compensated for this review. My full Disclosure Policy is here.

Burt’s Bees Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm Now Available at Target!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees at Target for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Burt's Bees Pumpkin Spice lip balm with pumpkins and Fall leaves

Fall evokes for me leaves crunching beneath my feet, warm apple cider, and whiffs of fragrant spices on the air. Pumpkin, cinnamon, burning wood, nutmeg, cloves…all very Autumnal scents. (When I was a teenager I always switched my perfume out to a deep spicey scent during this time of year…until it ran out and I couldn’t find anything similar ever. again. *sad face*)

But I digress. With the changing of seasons comes the changing of clothing, makeup, scents, lotions…to more orangey and cranberry hues and more deep and spicy scents. I LOVE this change and I love every day of this season. Warmth, crisp air, fun, friends, family…this time of year is one of the most special, filled with great food and holiday traditions.

Burt's Bees Pumpkin Spice clear lip balm with lid off
Burt’s Bees (one of my faves for all-natural, good-looking-on-you-and-healthy-for-you lip balm) has once again brought our their Pumpkin Spice this year, a delicious take on their 100% natural lip balm. It goes on soft and moisturizing, with sunflower seed oil, coconut, and beeswax, scented with creamy pumpkin scent and just a hint of spice. It’s free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum and SLS and any irritating substances. Plus it’s a handy size – and since it’s perfect for stashing in a pocket or a purse, it’s my new go-to balm when I’m on the go!

So much like my favorite spicey perfume scent from so long ago, Pumpkin Spice evokes Fall in every way – but is colorless, so doesn’t mess with anything else you may be wearing on your lips. (I like layering it underneath a dab of berry lip gloss for a delicious scented base to my color.) And, it’s ultra-moisturizing and keeps dry lips at bay during the sudden cold snap we’re experiencing here in the Pacific Northwest.

Burt's Bees Pumpkin Spice lip balm on end cap at Target

You can find Burt’s Bees Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm in Target stores on an end cap or with the Burt’s Bees products – just look for the orange box decorated with bees and pumpkin illustrations. 😉 Or, you can purchase online here if you’ve got any other shopping to do from Target (and who doesn’t have extra shopping they can do at Target???)

Shopping for Burt's Bees Pumpkin Spice lip balm at Target
The holidays are coming up fast – and I’m already stocking up on these little lip balms as stocking stuffers and Secret Santas for everyone in my life. (At around $3 a balm, these are definitely a chic steal!) They’re a great little addition to a homemade treat or a DIY ornament or thoughtful handmade trinket. Buying them in bulk is so easy online – and packaging them up with a ribbon and homemade gingerbread cookie and my gift-giving is done! My son’s teachers, check. My blogger buddy girlfriends, check. My coworkers, check. Mom, check. Done! (And, FYI: Burt’s Bees Pumpkin Spice is a Target EXCLUSIVE and you can’t get it anywhere else!)

Available Only at Target

Burt’s Bees has made this season that much more special with this great scent and sweet little balm.

Burt's Bees pumpkin spice lip balm with pumpkins and leaves

So tell me: what are YOUR favorite Fall flavors or scents? Mine are most definitely pumpkin and apple. GO!


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