Friday, 2 August 2013

Guest Post: Friday Fives - My Top 5 Fave Lip Balms

I love lip balms, and always carry at least one around with me in my handbag, have one in the car, and have at least one on my bedside table. Frequent use keeps my lips soft, and means that any lipstick or gloss will go on nicer and last longer too!! Here are some of my all-time favourite lip balms;

Burts Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil.
This lip balm is another one that is made from 100% natural ingredients, which I really like. It comes in a typical lip balm tube. It is infused with pomegranate oil to help replenish and hydrate the lips, making them feel soft and moisturised, yet without feeling too greasy. Because of the pomegranate oil it also has a beautiful fruity scent, while it has no flavour. In the tube the lip balm looks quite red, but once on the lips it only gives the lips a slight hint of colour. I really like this lip balm, as it is so comfortable to wear, and I like that it gives me that hint of colour on the very casual days where I don’t feel like wearing a lipgloss or lipstick. At $6.95 this is a great bargain buy for a natural product!

*Neutrogena Neutrals Lip Balm
This is another lip balm that I made from 100% natural ingredients, and without using sulfates, parabens, dyes, and phthalates, which I really do like.

It comes in a clear frosted tube which makes it easy to see exactly how much is left. The lip balm contains natural flavour, but this is very minimal, and actually quite difficult to say exactly what that flavour is. It has a slight peppermint scent and also a slight cooling sensation, which I kind of like.
It contains beeswax and shea butter, and once on the lips it is smooth and creamy, and it leaves the lips soft and moisturised. It goes on clear, with very little gloss or sheen, so it great for use under a lipstick. At $4.99 this is another fantastic bargain buy. If you’ve missed my full review of the Neutrogena Neutrals Lip Balm, you can see it here.

*Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla & Macadamia
I love Nivea products, as they are always such great value, and you can always rely on the quality of the products. And this Lip Butter is no exception. It comes in a cute little flat tin that is easy to carry around in the handbag. It has the most gorgeous scent of sweet vanilla and macadamia. It is very concentrated, and the thick creamy formula instantly moisturises dry and chapped lips, keeping them wonderfully hydrated, lasting for quite a while too. And at just $5.49, it is an absolute bargain buy. If you’ve missed my full review of the Nivea Lip Butter, you can see it here.

Trilogy Everything Balm
As the name suggests, this balm really is suited for absolutely everything, including treating dry nails and cuticles, as a lip balm, for very dry areas including dry hands, feet and elbows. It is so gentle that it can even be used on babies!!

I love the fact that the Everything Balm is free from preservatives and contain nothing but natural ingredients including among others rosehip oil, olive oil, evening primrose oil, honey and vitamin C.
It has a very natural scent, which I personally don’t mind as it is obvious that it comes from all the natural ingredients in the balm. It comes in a large 45ml jar, and I have had it on my bedside table for so long now, and you can hardly see I’ve used it. At $18.95 it is one of the more expensive products, but again, the jar is huge.

And because the jar is so large, I also find that it is more suitable for the bedside table than carry around in the handbag!! It is truly such a wonder product!!

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant.
This is another true multi-purpose product that helps relieve chapped, cracked, dry skin on the face, hands, lips, nails and cuticles – anywhere. It also helps soothe irritations and redness and helps store skin, as well as it is fantastic to help relieve windburn or skin that is peeling from too much time in the sun. It contains among others beta-hydroxy and vitamin E.

The cream comes in a large easy to use tube with 50ml, and as it is so concentrated it will last you forever!! It has a very distinct scent,

This cream has been on the market since 1930, which I believe is a true testament to the quality of the product. It is a true cult product, I love it, and always have a tube on my bedside table. To me it is well worth the $38.

So there you have it, my top five favourite lip balms!!

*These products were kindly provided for consideration, and have been reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

What’s your favourite lip balm? Or in case you’re like me and always have numerous ones on the go at the same time – what’s your favourite lip balms? And how much money do you usually spend on a lip balm? Do you save, or do you splurge?
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