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The Under £10 Lip Balm Guide

Posted on February 4, 2015


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

LUSH Norwich Blogger Event!

Posted on May 6, 2014

lush blogger event

Hi Guys!

I’ve just had the most awesome crazy busy weekend! Including lots of travelling, a trip to London, and a visit to LUSH for a blogger party! I was so excited to attend the LUSH blogger event at their Norwich store on Firday afternoon – I’ve been waiting for ages for them to announce they were going to hold an event so I was really looking forward to it! Apart from that I was going with Laura from LauraJaneStyle and meeting up with Dee from DeesBeautifulLife, it’s always good to hang out with the girls! So, the idea of the event was to show us all some brand new LUSH products…

First up we have the May Day Bath Bomb. This awesome product contains fennel oil to stimulate your skin, and antiseptic rosewood oil to soothe and uplift. It has a lovely sweet, sherberty fragrance. Also, for every one of these bath bombs that’s sold, all the proceeds (minus the VAT) will go towards anti-badger cull projects in the UK. (There’s also a surprise in the centre, I won’t tell you what it is though!)

may day bath bomb

And my personal favourite – the Granny Takes a Dip Bath Bomb. ‘This ginger, pepper and lemon-scented bath bomb turns your water psychedelic and puts some colour in your life. Simply drop into a warm bath and watch as its fizzing centre dissolves into multi-coloured waters. Its spicy, citrusy scent will pep you up: lemon oil boosts the mood, while ginger and pepper are warming.’

granny takes a dip

granny takes a dip lush

Magnificent Soap was also another of the new products. ‘Feel totally tropical with this fabulously fruity hand and body soap. Packed full of skin cleansing dried mango, zingy Sicilian lemon oil, mandarin oil and serotonin increasing neroli – you’ll be ready for a Week-End In Havana in no time.’

magnificent hand and body soap

We also had the chance to make our own Comforter bubble bar which was so much fun! There’s definitely an art to twisting this bad boy! I was pretty impressed with mine!!

making the comforter

making the comforter 2

the comforter

As I was one of the first ten bloggers to confirm attendance, I also received a lovely goodie bag (aww thanks LUSH!) Inside was a Think Pink Bath Bomb, a Rub Rub Rub Body Scrub and a catalogue and some information cards. (You can also see my The Comforter packaged up, and a Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask sample I received in store)

lush goodie bag

We all had such a lovely afternoon, thanks so much Lush Norwich! 🙂 Dee then went off with her lovely mummy for pizza, so Laura and I had a quick look round the shops before stopping for a well deserved brew and cake!

Reviews will be coming up shortly… I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

What’s Cooking in the LUSH Kitchen?

Posted on April 3, 2014

lush kitchen

Have you heard? Lush have just opened their brand new LUSH KITCHEN!

The LUSH Kitchen will be producing exclusive, pre-release and customer favourite products – small batches of limited edition LUSH goodies will be made daily and available to purchase exclusively online, they will then be posted out on the same day so you receive them as fresh as possible from the LUSH Kitchen!

Customers will also be able to view real-time updates from behind the scenes activity in the
LUSH Kitchen, with special events and expert Q&A’s streamed live through the new LUSH website. 

For the first time, fans of LUSH will be able to see the inner workings of the factory and just how the LUSH Compounders (aka, cosmetic chefs) hand make LUSH’s products, using the best quality and ethically sourced ingredients at their freshest and most effective!

By showcasing and exploring the magic in the transformation from source to product, customers will have access to the LUSH experts in their craft and see the real, transparent and engaging way the products are made.

The LUSH Kitchen offers a completely new way of delivering cosmetics to customers and is unique in the beauty industry as we show you what really is inside their manufacturing process!

…I’m particularly liking the look of the Violet Nights Bath Oil 🙂 Make sure you check out the Kitchen at LUSH to see what’s cooking! xxx