I kinda have an obsessive desire to buy/hoard/collect any sort of lipcare product from lipsalve to lipstick to lipgloss. However I have always suffered from dry chapped lips no matter what time of year so I’m always on the hunt for a miracle product. Over the years I have tried heaps ( – a bit of aussie lingo for you! ) and some were definitely worth it more than others. So to try save you guys a little bit of time & money (they are all super affordable yey!) – who are in a similar situation to me, or just to see what lipcare products I would recommend – I have chosen my favourite 5 from over the past year!
So this lil beauty comes all the way from Aus! I saw it in Woolworths and had read about in magazines and had to snatch one up – one of the best decisions I made ever! I won’t go in to too much detail about this bad boy as I posted here about it a while ago more in depth. Basically it’s a kinda holy grail / go-to product that has like a million and one uses – but more to the point it is amazing for taking care of your lips! It really soothes chapped and sore lips – perfect!
Pro – a teeny tiny bit of this product goes a long way. Once applied this product protects and moisturizes for a long time.
Con – the smell is a little unusual and the texture is rather thick so doesn’t sink in that quickly – but definitely something you get used to with the product!
The Practical/Cute One
I have actually always been a little dubious of buying one of these suckers and I am glad I have! (Also couldn’t decide between it being more practical or cute so I went with both!) It is literally so easy to throw in a clutch/purse/handbag and takes like 2 seconds to apply! Plus it comes in loads of different flavours and different coloured packaging!
Pro – super super easy to apply, the round shape of the balm means that you simply just have to pucker up and it is the perfect shape to quickly smooth across for an even coat of balm.
Con – as cute as it is, it isn’t the most effective at moisturising long term – but it was definitely worth being in my faves for it being mega practical and giving my lips some instant moisture relief!
The Plumping One
So this one actually came free as part of a set with Elle magazine and I had never heard of the brand previously. A little research tells that two guys (Malin+Goetz duhh) came together in NY to create this brand that is formed from natural ingredients, is perf for sensitive skin and for both men and women. It is a gel like texture and is not at all greasy or too shiny – which sometimes I prefer instead of a high gloss effect.
Pro – after continual use it seemed to have a plumping effect on my lips! Not too sure if it is down to the fatty acid absorption technology, but anything that fakes a hollywood-esque plumped up pout minor the fillers is good for me!
Con – now I kinda feel mean and picky for pulling this out as a con as I actually really struggled to find one for this product but here goes…it is a little hard to control how much product is coming out of the tube and the full size version has a rounded applicator (which you use to squeeze out the product and directly apply to the lip) which I am not a huge fan of.
The Fragranced One
Okay there are probably a million things I could have named this one, and for such a small and simple lipcare product it packs so much! This is the pink grapefruit scented lipbalm that is great for hydrating and refreshing – hence it’s punchy scent! It really does moisturise my lips and the scent is tdf – even my bf notices it! It is easy to use, I do use this one quite a bit on nights out as it fits quite well in a clutch.
Pro – it has to be the scent which is created from the use of pink grapefruit seed oil which not only gives it the gorgeous scent but also cleanses, clears and tones the lips – which for dry lips is a winner!
Con – it’s kinda a personal bug bear, but I find the packaging and the actual product can get a little grubby after a while – and I don’t ever use this product over lip colour. That being said it has never compromised its effectiveness so still a total must for me!
Carmex is kinda the original lipcare product – it has been around for 75 years! It is the #1 recommended lipbalm by pharmacists and here is why..it moisturises, heals, soothes and protects. It is great for sore chapped lips and also to help soothe cold sore symptoms. It comes in like a million different varieties and you can get hold of it just about anywhere.
Pro – I really don’t think you can beat a good little pot of lipbalm – there’s just something about it! Plus I love the scent (minty) and the tingly sensation you get when you first apply it to your lips (menthol)
Con – I find there isn’t an awful lot of product and so goes down very quickly which is a bit of a shame as it is quite addictive to use, but on the plus side it is fairly inexpensive and does work!
I hope this was of some use to fellow lip product junkies out there, especially with the weather getting colder now! And this has actually been one of my favourite posts to write, and something that I haven’t really done before in this style so will definitely have to try doing more of them! I also have a new lip product that I am currently trialing and testing that was recommended by Lauryn Evarts on The Skinny Confidential that is a lip plumping gloss and so far I think I am on to a winner here so watch out for a future post on it!
Hope everyone is having a lovely start to November!