I can’t resist a lip balm that claims to make your lips softer, smoother and plumper. Who doesn’t want that, hey? I’ve narrowed it down to the 5 that I reach for most at the moment. 5 does seem excessive, but my lips seem to get used to particular formula after a few months, so I like to keep switching things up. You know the drill, one in my pocket, one in my makeup bag, one in my hand bag etc.
I had an M&S voucher from returning some clothes so I headed straight to the beauty section. Does anyone else feel like shop credit is free money?! It definitely isn’t, but I always want to treat myself when I have it, haha. Anyway, M&S actually have a great range of brands, from Bourjois to Ren, Glam Glow and of course, Nuxe. This was the first Nuxe product I’d tried, and it seemed like a lot of money for a lip balm. But with my ‘free money’ I decided to treat myself!
The Reve Du Miel lip balm is without a doubt, the most nourishing I have ever tried! It is a thicker, creamy formula, that sort of smells like chocolate orange (incredible!) and lasts the longest on my lips. You get a really decent amount of product and my little pot still has plenty in it. I would repurchase this without a doubt. Sometimes nothing else will do.
When my lips are very dry and start to suffer in the winter, I always keep a little tube of Blistex lip balm around. I consider this a ‘treatment’, almost more a medical product. The colour of this is white, so you wouldn’t slather this on right before leaving the house! But it sort of melts in to a thinner texture and gets to work on treating dryness straight away. Sometimes a layer of this on overnight is all I need to combat dry lips.
This is really affordable and is sold in most places, from Boots to Sainsbury’s. Definitely worth having around, especially if you do struggle with extremely dry lips.
Ah Burt’s Bees. What a happy little tube of lip balm! I’ve used Burt’s Bees lip products on and off for about 5 years. I love the brand and their ethic, which is one of the reasons I always come back to their lip balm. The classic lip balm, which I have, smells amazing and feels slightly tingly. It leaves your lips feeling plumped and moisturised at the same time. You can get these in coloured formulas too, which just leave a sheer wash of colour on the lips.
I tend to buy these in Waitrose (who incidentally, sell Burts Bees, Neals Yard and lots of other lovely brands) so it is easy to pick up while you do the shopping. Probably a little expensive for what it is, but it is one of my classic favourites.
I was recently contacted by the lip balm makers Emile Cordon who asked if I would like to try some of their luxury lip pots. I was kindly sent 2 over to try, this pink one is called Lisa which is probably my favourite! The brand specialize in these luxe, vintage lip pots, which come in different scants/flavours. I adore the packaging, the glass pot and gold lid just feel more high-end. These moisturise your lips without being sticky and I love the named ideas for the different scents.
At around £32 per pot, these definitely are more of a luxury purchase. But for a gift or a treat, it does feel special to have a high-end lip product to carry around!
Sali Hughes is one of my favourite beauty writers, so when I saw that she wrote Lanolips may be the best lip balm ever, it went straight on my wish list. Again, another Waitrose purchase. Definitely worth checking out the beauty isle next time you are in there. I think this was around £8 on offer so not too bad – I feel this is good value for money as you get such a big tube!
As you can guess from the name, this is made using Lanolin. So it does feel very different on the lips to say, the Nuxe lip balm. It feels almost gel-based yet still so rich in consistency. This one is colour-less so perfect to pop on anytime, and it stays almost matte on the lips so won’t be sticky. This makes it a perfect base for lipstick. Similar to Vaseline, you can use this anywhere really as a multi-purpose product. Any grazes or dry patches, Lanolips will be your best friend. Definitely on to keep in your bag and bedside table.