It might be a bit of an understatement to say that I like lip balms. I don’t just like them; I need them every day. It has become a compulsive urge to slather something moisturizing on my lips constantly, especially during the winter months. Lip balm never goes out of style and while there are “designer” brands, the drugstore ones work just as well, maybe sometimes even better.
As I dig through my bag for another stick of creamy joy, I come to the conclusion that I may have found some of the best lip balms for my semi-dry lips, some of which are plain and natural and some that have a bit of tint to them for those lazy-glamorous days.
This is my all-time favourite. No matter where I go or what purse I carry, this blue stick of magic is always in there. It’s creamy consistency last long without feeling too greasy. It has a bit of a milky tint so that it smoothes out the natural colour of your own lips an gives it almost a glow as it seeps into the skin. This is a lip balm that I am constantly buying and constantly panicking that I am going to run out of when the stick starts getting low.
These lip balms became a bit of a trend a few years ago and, being the wanna-be hipster that I am, did not want to give into the hype. So what? They’re called ‘Baby Lips’. Does that prove anything about their effectiveness? Actually…it does. This is probably the softest lip balm I have ever used and will continue to buy because of their wide range of tinted colours. My two favourites are ‘Quenched’ (clear) and ‘Pink Shock’ which is a perfect vibrant rose colour for autumn.
The only downfall with this product might be in the fact that it is so smooth. It is almost like swiping water against your lips. And what happens to water after a bit of time? It evaporates. Baby Lips is perfect for when you want colour but not the dryness or patchiness of lipstick, however, it requires a few more applications than the Nivea balm.
FRESH - SUGAR LIP TREATMENT
This has quickly become another balm I keep in my purse at all times. It’s smooth but has that grainy feeling associate with sugar that feels like it is buffing your lips slightly. The tint I usually go for is ‘Rose’ and it gives my lips the perfect shade of ‘my lips but healthier’ that I’m sure everyone longs for. I love it; there isn’t more I can say to praise this product. But the price…oh, the price! At the rate I go through lip balms, investing in this every month does not seem practical. But, I am overdue for a new one so I might suck it up and pop by Sephora in February.
My lip balm obsession does not only occur during the day. Oh no, I also need something on my lips right before I go to sleep. This became a habit from when my lips were so dry and flaky that I had no other choice than to carry around a tub of Vaseline and wear a thick layer of it during the night for deep, intensive healing. Those days are gone, but the habit is still there and Rosebud Salve is perfect for putting on right before a long night. It is essentially petroleum jelly, but with a pretty rose scent and the slightest bit of tint, imperceptible to the amateur eye (I’m not a professional). I used to carry it around with my during the day, but the process of popping off the lid and using my finger for application was proving to be more work than I wanted to commit to.
SHAE BUTTER LIP BUTTER
This is a new addition to my dysfunctional lip balm family, given to me as a Christmas gift from my mom. I haven’t had the chance to really test it out yet, but the scent is so delicious I just keep it around to give it a quick sniff. The consistency seems to be as thick as a cream with the same grainy feeling as the Sugar balm, however, can be used in lighter dosages. It will be fun to give that a test now that the days are undeniably getting colder.