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quick tip: exfoliate your lips with two simple ingredients.

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Y’all know I love lipstick. Like LOVE love it. If I had the space and the disposable income, I’d have an entire closet just dedicated to lipstick that contained every shade ever and a lipstick tracking system that paired the perfect shade with my outfit, Cher Horowitz-style. Sigh. A girl can dream.

But. If there’s one thing that kills a great lippy look, it’s lips that are…unkempt, shall we say. Dryness and flakiness are things that can happen to any lady about town and they can be brought on by a variety of things — the seasons changing or your bodily chemistry or by lipstick itself. And while I love the lip scrubs on the market that are meant to rid you of these woes, like this one or this one, I have a really hard time paying $20 for something that is essentially sugar in a jar.

As it turns out, you don’t need any of those fancy, highfalutin products — you just need two things you probably already have around the house — cane sugar and coconut oil. Mix the two using a 1:1 ratio and you have all you need to scrub away any unsightly flakies. You can make it in small batches to use in the moment, or make a larger batch and store in an airtight container for later use. Heck, make a bunch of it, make it cute, add a ribbon and gift it to all your friends. You do you, girlfriend.

And using it is just as easy peasy as making it. Apply a small amount to your lips, scrub in a circular motion with your finger until appropriately exfoliated, and remove with a damp washcloth. Moisturize your lips after exfoliating, either with your favorite lip balm or a touch of coconut oil. Let your lips absorb the balm or oil, and after just a few minutes, you’ll be all set with the perfect foundation for any lip look you choose. I try to exfoliate approximately once a week, but you can really use this whenever or how often you need it.

So go out there and conquer the world with your perfect pink (or red or orange or coral or crimson or plum or whatever color you love) pout, assured that your kisser is also flake-free. Enjoy!

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quick tip: the importance of the reset button.

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I had the best of intentions yesterday. Woke before my alarm went off, was having an unusually great hair day, trains were running on time, the weather was perfect. I was checking all the boxes and I knew it. It was going to be a good day. I arrived at my office, breezed through the doors with a self-assured smile…and was promptly clocked straight in the face (in the metaphorical sense, of course). My ‘perfect’ day, the one I was supposed to conquer with my great hair and my on-time train, was reduced to a series of meetings and conversations and emails, all seemingly asking, and in some cases, demanding, answers that I didn’t have. I couldn’t please or satisfy even one person. For 10 straight hours, I was off my game and it stung. By the time 7pm rolled around, I was a tired, cranky mess; trudging around the office with a scowl (I have never had a good poker face), just trying to get shit done and get home.

It was as I was shutting my computer down for the night that I realized I needed to do something to rectify this day. Illegitimus non carborundum, my father always tells me. Don’t let the bastards get you down. I needed a reset button. Something to ensure that I would leave the crap weighing me down behind, that I wouldn’t carry it with me into the next day. So, in a moment of spontaneity, I decided to go to a movie. A quick goodbye to my coworkers and I was off to the theater around the corner.

It turns out that was the best decision I made all day. I got to escape my life for two hours, to forget about the proverbial ‘FAIL’ I had stamped on my forehead, to put into perspective that one bad day is just that. It’s one bad day. You’re going to be fine, Tina, stop being such a drama queen. I left the movie theater (after a good Disney-movie induced ugly cry) feeling lighter. I took the long way to the subway, enjoying the cool night air and the buzz of the city. My train home was perfectly on time. I felt like myself again.

On days like these, everyone needs a reset button (as Liz Lemon says, ‘Don’t go to sleep with a frown in your pocket.’). It’s one of my big adult lessons that I carry with me and share as often as I can with others. You have to find what works for you — whether it be running it out on the treadmill or grabbing dinner with friends or watching a silly YouTube video or carving out fifteen minutes of your day to read a great article (like this, this, this or this). Whatever works for you, whatever snaps you out of your funk and gives you the energy you need to press on, cherish that. Nurture it. And make time for it. Sometimes it’s the only thing that saves you. It’s the thing that picks you back up, dusts you off, and with a swift kick in the ass, sends you back out into the world to conquer tomorrow (which surely will be another great hair day).