by corinne iaia

February 03, 2015

LIP BALM SHOWDOWN


Lip balm is an essential for me, as I'm sure it is for most. It has become a part of my routine that cannot be missed, and after years of trialling products from Chapstick to La Mer, I have discovered which work the most effectively. There are almost too many lip balms on the market to choose from, let alone to know which will work well with your skin type and which will wear well under a bold lip. Allow me to give you the low-down on my favorites...

If you're an ingredient-reader and therefore prefer natural products with a thick emollient texture, then you'll love the Lucas PawPaw Ointment. This stuff is literally a godsend; from painfully chapped lips to dry cuticles and everything in between, it solves all your dry skin woes without any nasties. If you're looking for a fancier, less smelly Vaseline, then the Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 is your guy. I like this when I'm in the mood for a bit of shine, it works great on top of a nude lipstick to add the illusion of plumpness - it's also available in a boatload of flavors which is nice for picky-people. Everyone and their mother rants and raves about the Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm, but have you tried their Reve de Miel Lip Moisturizing Stick? The potted balm (with that heavenly orange-honey scent) is great for a more intensive treatment, and I especially love it for it's matte finish, but the stick is better suited for on-the-go touch ups and is more compatible for use under lipsticks because of it's thinner texture. 

Try EOS Lip Balm for a cheap and cheerful option that is less medicinal than drugstore alternatives. I love how the Coconut Milk scent smells of candy, and the formula sits happily in between matte and shiny. Dr. Hauschka Lip Balm is a great organic option and is infused with tons of antioxidant-rich nourishing plant oils. Its' texture turns from a sold balm into an oil when massaged into lips which makes it feel as though it's quite an intensive treatment. Of course, I couldn't leave out the cult-classic By Terry Baume de Rose, although it's wallet-weepingly expensive. *I think it physically hurt to hand my card over for this at the register.* Surprisingly, I don't regret buying this wonder-pot, and in fact, it's become my favorite lip treatment of all. It sloughs off dry skin like nobody's business and gets to work like a serum for the pout. If you're not a fan of rose scented products then this might be one to skip, but I love to slap on a bit before I hit the sack because I wake up to still-moist lips and no cracking in sight. 

What are your favorite lip balms and treatments?
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2 comments

  1. It seems By Terry Baume de Rose is worth the hype, but I still don't think I could pay that much for a lip balm haha! Woot woot to Lucas Paw Paw, and the EOS milk varieties sound really great :)

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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