Saturday, 5 July 2014

The ultimate lip balm hunt

Man oh man do I have a lot of lip balms!  For years I have been on the hunt for the perfect one which will moisturise my (badly) chapped lips and create a good base for lipsticks.  My search has lead me to cheaper products and to high end (why am I paying this price?) products.  My logic behind the higher priced balms was that if they solve and can deter my chapped lips then they will so be worth the money. 

So some background on my lips.  My lips can become super dry and chapped and flaky (attractive right?), especially during the colder winter months.  Sometimes they can be sore and bleed if really chapped. They are not smooth all year round and so my quest for the best lip balm for me has been an ongoing process and, if I want to get really dramatic about it, quite a struggle. 

Like most girls in their teens I started on the classic Vaseline and swiftly moved onto Carmex.  Both of these are not suitable for me to moisturise my lips.  I have heard that they tend to just layer over the problem rather than solving it.  For me both these products would sit on my lips and maybe make them smoother for half an hour or so and then I would need to top up again - not what I want from a product really.  I have kept both these products in my stash as Vaseline is helpful for other reasons (recently used to product the skin around my brows when dying them) but I think it might be time to chuck away the Carmex!

Since reading blogs and watching beauty Youtube channels my search ventured into the higher priced brands.  Their talk of these balms working wonders on their lips lured me in but (again) unfortunately for me they just didn't quite do the job.  First up the Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips (please can I draw your attention to the 'for lips' section of the name!)  This one is actually pretty good for me, it has a thick consistency and has a light musky scent.  This does work well but not when my lips are super chapped.  I like to use this during the night or when I need a little top up and it's easy to reach for.  I will definitely repurchase this when it runs out, however I don't use it too often. 

My next splurge was the Nuxe Reve de Miel.  I really wanted to love this one, all the top Youtubers I watch raved about this product saying how it had done wonders for them, but again I just didn't get on with it!  Am I the only person? I love the scent of this and the texture is creamy (although it can have some lumps in it), it glided onto the skin well but then would just tend to sit on the harder parts of my lips.  I am determined to finish the pot and so will be using this more at night - perhaps this is it's best way for me so I may have to have an update if it works out better. 

My last more expensive product I asked for Christmas and as my mum said - it's a time when you can be treated to more expensive products - so luckily for me mum and Dad gave it to me as a gift.  I really liked this to start with, once I had gone through the first layer the softer under layer worked well on my lips and the scent was also very appealing.  However after several uses I realised it wasn't long lasting and didn't cut it on those really bad lip days.  Perhaps if you have slightly chapped lips this may work for you, as it did again for SO many Youtubers and bloggers.  Again I wanted to love it but I have come to the conclusion that my lips must be very different to others!  I have used a lot of this product and am hoping it might come into it's own during the summer months - here's hoping!

One product that I found at a bargain price was the Neutrogena Intense Repair Lip Balm.  This for me was THE ONE.  Although it could be a little white (I had no problem with this as it could be blended in) it smoothed over my lips so well and after some time working it cleared the chapped patches on my lips.  I was delighted! It also worked well as a base so I could put lipsticks on over it without them looking terrible - one of my key aims.  However after purchasing 2 or 3 of these I soon discovered that they were being discontinued and had been taken off the shelves before I could stock up!  Man I was gutted, so the search continued...

Since then I have found two other products which work well but can't really be used under lipsticks (they need to settle into the lips first).  One if Lanolips and the other is the Body shop Aloe lip care.  I will definitely repurchase the Lanolips but I'm not too sure about the Body shop one (this needs to be tested a little more!).  The Body shop one smells like Fruit Salads to me, as in the blackjacks and Fruit salads!  Delicious!  Both of these leave a slight shine to the lips. 

Last but not least my current favourite - Blistex.  I purchased this on a whim when browsing the Boots lip balm/care section and am so glad I did.  Again like the Nuetrogena one it has a slight white layer but this can easily be blended in - perhaps this is the key element for me!  It works really well on my lips even when they are super chapped, lasts well, works great under lipsticks and at such a bargain price I can't go wrong.  If you have tried other products and their just not cutting it for you I would definitely recommend it.  Unfortunately it is a small tube (only 5grams) so I am having to repurchase regularly but anything that makes me feel more confident to wear lipsticks/other lip products is worth it in my book!

I would also like to mention the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick, I purchased this along with some of the other eight hour cream products on a plane back from holiday and really enjoyed using this at night time.  It was quickly running out!  This is good because it has SPF15, which the blistex does not, so this will be a good product to take on holiday with me.  It does have the strange (I don't like it) eight hour cream smell but is not as strong as the original cream.  This is a lovely product but again not the biggest size.

Wow what a SUPER long post - who knew lips could be such trouble!!


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