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The Under £10 Lip Balm Guide

Posted on February 4, 2015

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Hi Guys!

My lips are officially a complete pain in the butt. If you’re a regular reader you may have picked up on this! I’ve always suffered with dry, cracked and flaky lips which seem to get worse in the colder months, so I’m forever on the hunt for the perfect lip treatment. Because of this I’ve basically become a bit of a lip balm hoarder, I’ve tried most high street brands that are decently priced and readily available, and there really are masses of balms, creams and treatments available now. I thought it would be handy to put a post together to let you know my thoughts on some of the reasonably priced lip balms I’ve tried – basically those I have that are under £10.

Papaya Gold Paw Paw Moisturising Balm is a new addition to my collection. This moisturising balm is enriched with Bio Active Manuka Honey, a topical balm that soothes, relieves and moisturises dry, sensitive, chaffed and irritated skin and dry chapped lips. It’s a fab all round product that can also be used on eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. I love that this is a multi-use dry skin product in a handy portable tube. This works fantastically well on the lips with a subtle, pleasant scent. This comes in a massive tube and it’s a real bargain at £5.99 from Boots.

Hurraw! Balm – Another new product in my stash, Hurraw! balms are made of premium organic, vegan and raw ingredients and contains certified organic, cold pressed and centrifuged extracted, nut and seed oils and butters. No petroleum, parabens, preservatives, artifical flavours or colours, these balms are gluten free, soy free, and shea free. If you want products as natural as possible, Hurraw! is where it’s at. In terms of performance, Hurraw! is great for mildly dry lips. This is £3.99 from mypure.

Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula – This Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm, enriched with Vitamin E and with the added benefit of SPF 15, helps prevent and protect chapped, cracked or wind-burned lips. This is a great balm for mildly dry lips and a complete bargain for only £1.99 from Boots.

Nivea Lip Care Pearly Shine – £2.29 from Boots. I love the idea of a lip balm that also makes your lips look pretty, and this really does give a pearly shine! It’s not the best balm in the world though and I found it didn’t really sink into the lips unfortunately.

Lush Mint Julips – £5.50 from LUSH. Ok I know it’s not actually a balm, but I think this product is worth mentioning anyway. Mint Julips is a gentle lip scrub with warming peppermint and sweet vanilla combined with real sugar crystals to buff away any flaky skin. I find this scrub works really well, followed by a dose of balm it leaves my lips super soft!

Nuxe Reve de Miel – £9.50 from Space NK. This is an intensely hydrating lip balm to protect and repair dry, sore and chapped lips. Their winning formula comprises of honey, plant oils, shea butter and grapefruit essence to instantly protect, repair and restore comfort to chapped lips. This balm really is fantastic, it really sunk in to my lips and was intensely moisturising. I currently take this Nuxeeverywhere with me!

Anatomicals Never Lose Your Cherry – I love Anatomicals fun packaging! This balm is designed to soften-up your lips and maintain a perfectly gorgeous pout. This is a lovely moisturising balm that worked really well when my lips were slightly dry. This is £2.55 from ASOS.

Skin Shop’s Liquorice Balm – This is a product specifically for cold sore sufferers to use between outbreaks. A trial by the Herpes Virus Association found that Liquorice Balm helped reduce the frequency and intensity of cold sore outbreaks if used regularly. Liquorice Balm can be rubbed into lips as often as necessary and not only could it help reduce cold sore outbreaks, it is also a nourishing balm that helps keep lips well-conditioned and smelling candy-shop sweet. £7.95 from skinshop.

Liquorice and Melissa Rescue Lip Gel – And this is for use when you already have coldsores. This is an intensive gel containing 8% liquorice extract and an extract of Melissa. It designed for quick and easy application to maintain the good condition of lips. £7.95 from skinshop.

Carmex Lip Balm Tube – Carmex has been one of my go-to lip balms for years upon years since my school days! Whether it’s in a tube or pot I’ve always used Carmex without problem. I find they work well on mild to moderately dry lips. £2.69 from Boots.

EOS Lip Balm – £6.50 from Selfridges. Ok so this is a bit of a funny one. I was originally a fan of EOS lip balms, and apart from the Blueberry and Acai one featured here, I would always have a few others dotted around the house. But since the cold weather hit and my lips have become even more troublesome, I find this balm just kind of sits on the lips and doesn’t really moisturise that well. Sad face.

Lansinoh Nipple Cream – £7.49 from John Lewis. This stuff is 100% natural, paraben free, has no additives, preservatives or chemicals, and no taste, colour or smell. Of course it’s technically a nipple cream, but it also works amazingly well on the lips, and is just the same, but cheaper than Dr Lipp products. I highly recommend this for extra dry lips, and I’ve got the full details in a post here.

Bee Good Vanilla and Honey Lip Balm – This deeply rich and nourishing balm includes British beeswax, natural source vitamin E, British borage oil; a rich source of skin strengthening essential fatty acids and British echium oil to replenish dry skin. This is a lovely balm that did the trick and was super moisturising. £4.75 from bee good.

Ok so overall there really are some fab lip balms out there that won’t break the bank, by my personal stand out ones definitely have to be Nuxe Reve de Meil, Lansinoh and Papaya Gold Paw Paw to sooth my super dry lips.

I hope you’ve found this post useful and I’d love to hear if you have any recommendations that I haven’t tried yet? xxx

This post contains some samples provided for review

Glossybox December | Review

Posted on December 11, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I can’t believe it’s mid December already! It seems like no time ago November’s Glossybox was arriving at my door, and now the Christmas box is here! December’s box doesn’t actually have a Christmas theme regarding products, but the box itself has a pretty snowflake print, so I may use it to package up some Christmas gifts!

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Here’s what’s in December’s box –

  • So Susan Concealer Quad (full size) £18.95
  • Bellapierre Cosmetics Cheek and Lip Stain in colour Coral (full size) £12.99
  • SkinPep Hydra Boost- Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum (trial size 15ml) £8.99
  • TRESemmé Renewal Hair and Scalp Nourish 60 Second Treatment Shot (4x 15ml set) £5.50
  • Anatomicals Zap! Zap! Zap! Gets that Chap. Day and Night Spot Stick (full size) £3.00

Total value of box – £49.43

I have to say the value of the box really surprised me, I really didnt think these products would be worth pretty much £50! So I’ll start off with the plus points – I really like the Tresseme set, I’ve used one of the treatment shots so far and it left my hair feeling smooth and nourished, so the rest will definitely get used. The Hyaluronic Acid Serum was also a favourite – this is really similar to Indeedlabs Hydraluron Ultimate Moisture Boosting Serum which I love. The super silky serum melted into my skin to hydrate it without leaving any residue, which is a bonus! And the Bellapierre Cheek and Lip Stain is a lovely easy to wear coral shade, it gave a hint of colour to my cheeks but didn’t really show on my lips.

Ok so now onto the negatives. I have to say I’m not overly impressed with the So Susan Concelaer Quad. Firstly, its way too dark for my fair skin tone – I did rectify this by mixing the white shade with the other colours though, but the concealers also felt quite dry and were hard to work with. Also the palette is TINY (only 4g of product) and for an RRP of nearly £19 I think it’s way over priced. Another no so great product was the Anatomicals Day and Night Spot Stick, I usually love Anatomicals products but this hasn’t helped get rid my big red friend sitting in the middle of my chin at all. It’s only been 24 hours though so maybe I need to persevere…

Overall I’m a bit on the fence about this box, for me there are a couple of good products and a couple of not so good ones. Also, November’s box received a Best Secret invitation and voucher, and I think it would have been nice to get a little extra something in December’s box really as it is Christmas!

I hope you enjoyed my review, I’d love to hear what you think? xxx

This post contains a sample provided for review

My Current Budget Dry Skin Saviours

Posted on October 17, 2014

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Hi Guys!

If you’re a sufferer of dry skin like me, you’ll know that as the weather gets colder your skin KNOWS, and it doesn’t like the change in temperature one little bit. Skin becomes dryer, irritated and more sensitive, and requires a whole new set of products to tackle the problems that the colder weather brings. So with this in mind I’ve put together some my favourite purse-friendly skincare saviours for those with dry skin…

Natio Daily Protection Moisturiser (£13.60) – Keeping your skin moisturised really is key. If you’re like me and you’re a bit lax with your skincare regime (sorry), make sure you at least use a daily moisturiser. I’m loving this Natio Daily Moisturiser at the moment, it’s lightweight so it’s perect for every day wear, it has a non-greasy formula that helps protect skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, and it’s enriched with organic rosehip oil, lavender and lemon to leave skin hydrated, soft and smooth.

Mary Elizabeth Juniper & Jojoba Hand Cream (£9.50) – And while your at it, don’t forget your hands! We use our hands all the time, they are one of the most active parts of the body, but do we look after them? Well I don’t. I’m a handcare novice. It’s never really been something I thought about until now. I’ve recently started using this Mary Elizabeth hand cream and it really is working wonders for my tired old hands. Nurturing Juniper Oil soothes skin, whilst Jojoba Oil has antiseptic properties and helps to retain moisture. Other active ingredients include Calendula Oil which calms and promotes suppleness for youthful looking hands. 

Carmex Lip Balm (£2.69) – My lips are literally a sore point for me most of the year round, so come winter I like to up my lip care game. This Carmex Lip Balm lives in my makeup bag for relieving dry lips on the go, and it really does work wonders. The only thing I don’t like about it is that the product comes in a pot, so you have to stick your finger in to apply. I can live with it though!

Anatomicals High Noon for the Prune (£4.00) – If you’re susceptible to dry patches on your skin that require a little extra TLC than what your regular moisturiser can offer, get some of this Anatomicals Dry Relief Balm on and let it work it’s magic. High Noon For The Prune is a natural remedy for eczema and extremely dry skin. The formula includes all-natural ingredients and features the amazing healing power of the Cocus Nucifera Extract and Gardenia Tahitensis. This stuff will really soothe the driest skin, and it can also be used on sunburn, rashes, and minor scrapes and burns. It’s suitable for children too which is super handy, so this is definitely a handbag essential for me.

Weleda Skin Food (£9.95) – This is one of Weleda’s oldest products, originating from 1926. A product that stands the test of time like that really says something to me! Weleda Skin Food is a nourishing and hydrating treatment for the whole body, especially hands, feet and elbows. It’s is a deep-penetrating replenishing skin repair cream for skin that is dry, flaky and in need of extra care. Made with organic sunflower seed oil, and extracts of wild pansy, chamomile, calendula and revitalising rosemary extract to perk up tired skin, it’s a great rescue remedy for lack-lustre or generally undernourished complexions.

I hope this post has been useful, and please let me know if you’ve tried any of these products! xxx

This post contains samples provided for review