Posts tagged ‘lipbalm’

February 12, 2012

Winter Lips – Lipbalm Addiction!

The winter really plays havoc with my lips. I use lipbalms at the best of times, (thanks Mum for getting me addicted at a nice early age!) but in winter, they really suffer. I’m not just talking about slight dryness or flakiness – sometimes if I can’t use a balm, my lips feel like they’re burning and splitting the whole time.

It didn’t take me long to realise a few things. Firstly, tingly “medicated” lipbalms are not all the same. If it tingles all that much, it’s probably making the problem worse, even if it soothes for a while. Some are genuinely good – for example, my current Holy Grail tube, the Blistex Intensive Moisturiser:

image from chemistdirect.co.uk

This does what it should, without making my problem worse by irritating already sore skin with tingly things. However, a product made by the same people, Blistex MedPlus, has good instant results but does nothing to keep my lips soft or moisturised once it’s worn off, or protect them while I’m outside in the cold:

image from cali-vita.com

This stuff sounds like it should be exactly what I need in winter, but it’s just not up to the job. Another similar offender is Carmex, which tingles like hell and, in my opinion, can do more harm than good.

I mainly wanted to compare these two, but there are several other lipbalms I’ve been trying recently. Vaseline, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter (Dark Chocolate and Peppermint) Lip Butter, and a Boots Cocoa Butter Lip Care Stick I have – none of these are hardcore enough to do it for me. They just don’t provide enough protection or moisture. However, if I leave my Blistex white tube in a handbag or pocket, and start panicking, I can rely on my LUSH Whip Stick lipbalm. This is moisturising enough to soothe, and waxy enough to protect my lips from the cold. I love it – it’s just not quite as amazing as the Blistex.

Also, if I know it’s going to be cold and windy, I’ll use a moisturising one overnight and then a layer of Burt’s Bees lipbalm in the morning before I leave will really seal in the moisture and protect my lips. It’s brilliant as a layer, but it does need to be used in conjunction with something else that’ll soften first.

Right, I’ll shut up about lipbalm now! Phew, that was a lot.

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September 3, 2011

Review: e.l.f. Studio Conditioning Lip Balm

I’m sure it’s safe to admit here among friends that e.l.f. products are definitely of the hit-and-miss variety! I’ve had loads of their stuff over the last year, and while some of it is an absolute steal at the price, other things, I’m sorry to say, hit the dustbin almost immediately. (More on those later!)

But onto the lipbalm. Firstly, here’s a nice big picture of it:

Pot of pink lipbalm

image from drugstore.com

This picture is quite big, yes? And as usual with e.l.f., you’ll get it in the post and it’ll be tiny, right? Wrong. This pot is HENCH. There’s no other word. It’s way too chunky to go in my jeans pocket, and although it does the Estée Lauder trick of ‘square pot/round product well = less product’, you still do get a pretty large amount for your money. I was very impressed by that straight away.
The next thing is the smell. I know a lot of people take issue with the scents on certain e.l.f. products, but I’m an unashamed scent junkie – I love it. This stuff smells lovely, as far as I’m concerned! Fairly standard sweet smell that the company use for lots of things, but I like it. It also tastes nice – important for something you’re putting on your lips!

I bought the shade Mellow Melon, and it’s quite strongly pigmented. It’s not like the Vaseline Rosy Lips or anything – this stuff is pink. But that’s great for me, because I’d been looking out for a nice bright pink lipgloss anyway, and the stickiness of this product makes it basically a gloss, but more nourishing.
Speaking of nourishing, I’m fairly whelmed by this balm. (As opposed to under- or overwhelmed! Don’t think it’s a word any more, but I’m trying to bring it back. I like it.) Just…yep, it’s a lipbalm all right. Not incredible, not bad. A LOT better than their ordinary line’s lipbalm offerings, as I’ve been told, but I’ve never tried that one so I can’t say myself. I’ll be using it mainly for the colour, as I am completely addicted to LUSH’s Whip Stick lip balm (officially the Best Thing Ever In The Entire World For Your Lips, 2011!) and so don’t really need it to be uber-nourishing.

I’d buy this again, just because it’s cheap, cheerful and pretty. For people who aren’t hardcore lipbalm fiends, it’s going to do the job of moisturising your lips, probably as well as you need it to. (Don’t get sucked in! SAVE YOURSELVES!) But if it weren’t nicely coloured, it’d be a lipbalm last resort for me. There are much better things out there.

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