Sunday, 7 October 2012
My favourite Lip Balms
Yes a girl can have six favourite Lip Balms, thanks for asking.
Lips are the most ignored part of the face in my opinion and it's not our fault as a blogger or consumer as even brands tend to ignore them most often by not introducing a variety of products geared towards their treatment. I mean you hardly come across a mask for the lips or a SPF geared just for it. Hence the only way I can pamper them is via Lip Balms of all sorts, textures and finishes.
1. Glam Balm Lip by Rodial - This one smells the best out of them all - of roses, honey and almonds. Containing Rose wax, Shea butter and Vitamin E, this atrociously expensive pot also promises to inject fillers on to the lips to make them appear fuller. My lips do appear fuller and seem to have more of a pout after using this but I can't tell if its due to the 'fillers' or the extremely glossy nature of this. It is very slightly tinted and works brilliantly as a lip gloss too. If left overnight, this is intensely hydrating and penetrates right into the skin.
2. Barbara Daly Luscious Lip Balm 'Cutie' - Under the deceivingly boring and plain white lid is a medium toned coral lip balm that tints the lips very slightly in a warm shade, perfect for the beach and to compliment neutral, day make-up. Its not tacky or sticky and does a decent job at keeping lips supple during hot and humid months. Not intense enough for the winter but cheaper than chips, available at Tesco's and doubles up as tint - what's not to like!
3. Rouge Bunny Rouge Kiss Lip Elixir - Containing Macadamia, Jojoba and Avocado oils, this luxe treatment is again an investment like the first one but totally worth the price if you want a super hydrating treatment for extremely chapped, flaked and cracked lips. This literally treats them overnight and that's what I love about it. It apparently does not contain water hence stays on the lips like glue and doesn't dry them out, preventing that lip licking habit. It smells like honey and peppermint, is very slightly tingly on the lips and tastes not bad at all. Again, an extremely glossy product in nature which some may find sticky but totally worth it if you are a lip biter in stressful situations.
4. Vaseline - I am featuring the super cute 'Pink Bubbly' version here because that's what I am going through at present and its inevitable that it's much better looking that the original tin. This one's supposedly slightly tinted and even appears a translucent baby pink in the pot but is clear when applied. It smells better than the original one, i.e. not of petroleum jelly. It's also somehow less sticky and quite light on the lips. I don't find these extremely hydrating but in fact great for a treatment when I apply these over the lips, pat it with my fingers to absorb well and then brush it off with a muslin cloth as an exfoliating treatment. Because it's so light in texture, it works best to remove dead skin and as a travel friendly option.
5. Figs & Rouge Pepperment & Tea Tree - This one's the most therapeutic of them all as it seems to contain antibacterial ingredients and smells herbal as well. Because it's a grainy, balm like texture, it works best when melted between fingers on which it converts to an oil, making it easier to absorb into the lips. It's also light like the Vaseline in texture but once absorbed, it treats and heals lips and I can literally tell it's doing that which is great.
6. Carmex Moisture Plus - I hate the normal, plain, unscented Carmex. It's just bleugh. This one's not only convenient as it comes in a lipstick like twist up format but is not minty, tingly and has a decent scent and taste. It's a nicely pigmented shade of cool pink for a lip balm and gives a lovely colour and shine to the lips as well. Not the most moisturising product in the world but great to pop in the bag for on the go lip emergencies and it surely helps that it's tinted!
What are you favourite Lip Balms? I would love to try out some lesser known brands with chic packaging.