Current Obsessions: Oronine Ointment & Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick

by Sue

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As some of you may notice, or maybe not at all since I’ve been the worst at writing in this thing for the year or so with weird transitions happening with me, I’m trying to breathe life into my little, teeny, tiny corner of the internet. I was rereading what I had written in the past and noticed a category titled “Rants & Raves” in which I mention that I’d write reviews (read: gush) about things that really caught my attention, whether it may be music, TV show, a blog… you get it. I probably just won’t partake in writing reviews for restaurants or places since I now have a Yelp account for that, but you never know. I may find something so wonderful that I absolutely can’t help but to rave about it on my blog. So anyway, this is my first installment of “Current Obsessions.” One thing or several things that I absolutely can’t live without for the time being.


1. We’ll start off with this Oronine Ointment. My grandmother was obsessed with this stuff, and I remember when I visited her in Hong Kong, I watched as she lathered her face, her elbows, and the heels of her feet with this stuff before she went to bed every night. As a kid, I never really cared about skin care, and honestly, why should we as kids? Our skin was perfect. No acne, not too much oil, no large, visible pores, and definitely no cracked skin. It was always baby soft.

I actually haven’t used this until about a couple of months ago – at least not religiously – because the way your skin feels after you’ve put it on… it is left to be desired. It leaves a sticky residue, like lip gloss would feel if you smeared it everywhere. And you know what I’m talking about, ladies, when you have that pesky strand of hair that gets caught on your lips when the wind suddenly decides to blow in your direction and you have to move that wayward strand away only to have lip gloss EVERYWHERE, sticking to EVERYTHING. Anyway, I digress… The smell isn’t terrible, but it does have a distinct smell to it. It’s kind of a “fresh” scent so I don’t mind it too much, but for those who are allergic to perfumed products, this may not be an option for you, particularly if you were to put it on your face.

So now that I’ve got all that out of the way, the reasons why I’m so obsessed with this product is because it’s saved me on more than one occasion when it came to break outs. If I don’t get enough sleep or if I’m stressed out of my mind or if I’ve eaten way too many bad-for-me-things, I end up with very localized smatterings of pimples on my face or like one really huge one on my forehead. After one or two nights – depending on the monstrosity of said break out – of massaging a liberal amount of this ointment in the area, the pimple significantly reduces in size, if it hasn’t already disappeared. And trust me, lately I’ve been stressing out because relocating to a new city is STRESSFUL. It also leaves your skin very, very smooth. I hear it’s supposed to also diminish the size of your pores, but I haven’t seen that in effect, but either way, I’m keeping this ointment around and putting it on my face nightly to prevent further break outs and to get rid of the ones that I have.

It is available for purchase on Amazon here


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2. If I’m not using fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15 in clear during the day or Guerlain’s No. 27 for evening wear, I’m using tarte’s Amazonian butter lipstick in Watermelon. I love the whimsical design of the tube, and it’s so incredibly lightweight. My mother bought this for me a while back because she heard that tarte brand of cosmetics was known for their eco-friendly and natural products. She knew I was/am really into environmental awareness, so she surprised me with it one day. I have to say, after trying this lipstick, I want to try all of tarte’s line.

The color is absolutely beautiful, and it’s a great shade of reddish pink, something that can be worn during the day and transitioned for night time. It leaves my lips incredibly soft – even after I remove it. It doesn’t feel sticky on your lips, and you know that tingly feeling you get on your lips when you’ve put on something like “medicated” Chapstick or lip balm? There’s an initial minty, tingly feeling when you put tarte’s Amazonian butter lipstick on your lips, and it’s not that silly lip venom kind of tingly feeling either. It just puts a nice small smile on my face because I know it’s making my lips all nice and pretty and ultimately, maybe, kissable.

You can find tarte’s Amazonian butter lipstick in Watermelon and other yummy shades here at Sephora.

What are some beauty products you can’t live without?