Tag Archives: Lip balm

Benefit Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm – Benebalm

28 Jul

It’s not that I’m not trying new products. It’s not even that I don’t have a few minutes to type up a quick review.

It’s the links. And pictures. They take me forever.

So, I have decided that I will post these reviews and come back LATER and do the links and pictures. At least it’s something!

I have gone through I think three tubes now of Benefit Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm in Benebalm (rose), and for me that’s really saying something. I have a very bad tendency to fall in love with a product, use it religiously for a month, and then move on. But Benebalm has proven itself indispensable to me. (It comes in other colors, too, if reddish isn’t your thang.)

What is it? It’s a lip gloss. It’s a lip balm. It’s a lip tint. It’s perfect. It comes solid, in a tube, so it’s easy to apply (no mirror needed) and transport. It smells like sweet roses and gives my normally pale lips the slightest, prettiest rosy tint. I can wear it with no makeup, I can wear it with light makeup, or I can even wear it when I’ve gone all out but don’t want my lips to be stealing the show. I carry it with me everywhere, day and night, because I find it’s also a perfect refresher for faded lipstick. It’s not sticky, has no funky taste, and lasts about as long as I expect a balm to.

I actually keep a spare in my cupboard now because I never want to be out. Couldn’t recommend this product more highly. 5/5.

Weleda Everon Lip Balm

22 Jul

I have been looking for a lip balm in a tube that I really love. After trying Weleda’s Everon Lip Balm, I am still looking.

Here are my criteria:

  • easy to open and apply
  • glides on smooth
  • looks glossy
  • stays on a reasonable amount of time
  • nice but not overpowering scent
  • nice flavor a bonus
  • no spf (because that always messes with the scent and flavor. ALWAYS.)
  • natural a big plus

As you know, I absolute LOVE Korres little gloss pots, but I don’t always feel like getting a messy finger applying them – sometimes, like at bedtime, I just want to twist up a balm and be done with it.

For awhile I was using Clinique’s balm at bedtime. It fulfilled a lot of the above criteria, but it had a couple flaws. One, it is a BITCH to open – the smooth, shiny metal tube slides out of even the most lightly moisturized fingers. Two, it has no real flavor or scent, which I kind of miss. At bedtime, it’s fine, but I’d like a balm to carry with me during the day, and then, I don’t know, scent is a plus. I have also tried Caudalie’s balm. Same story – good, but it’s not glossy enough for day wear and it doesn’t have much of a scent. Sigh, my life is so tough.

I decided to try Weleda’s Everon balm, and am currently using it at bedtime. MEH. It has a nice, cocoa butter sort of smell and is easy to open, but it’s HARD, so it is kind of tough to put on, and it’s not at all glossy. I’ll keep using it at bedtime, but the quest for the perfect day balm continues.

Korres: A Yea and a Nay

15 Mar

I really like Korres a lot. I have used a lot of their products with good results. I like that they’re “natural,” yet also affordable. I’ve never had a bad experience with any of their line… until a week ago. First, the bad – but keep reading, because the good is so good, it almost deserves its own entry.

Sephora was having a promo where you could get a free deluxe sample of Korres Wild Rose Brightening Sleep Facial with your order, and I snapped it up.

I set aside my usual evening routine for a few nights (shocker!) and tried it – it’s essentially a night cream, with 95% natural content. It had a pleasant smell and feel, and the sample contained enough for probably almost a week. After night three, however, I decided to discontinue using it – my forehead was completely broken out. I am used to the odd pimple, particularly the week before my period. This was three pimples on my forehead alone, however, and it wasn’t anywhere near that time of the month for me. As soon as I stopped using it, my skin returned to normal. I love you Korres, but I’m going to have to give your “Sleeping Facial” two thumbs down.

Since I do love Korres, though, here’s another Korres product I do HIGHLY recommend – their Lip Butters.

Korres Lip Butters are really simply the best lip balms I have ever used, and I have tried just about everything out there. Smooth, soft, non-sticky, non-waxy, natural, pleasantly scented, slightly sweet – perfect in every possible way. Plus, if you want almost no color you can choose Jasmine or Guava (Guava is my personal favorite), or for a sheer tint, one of the other five flavors (Quince is also to die for). If you can imagine smoothing actual butter onto your lips, that’s close to the sensation of these balms – just an absolutely perfect texture. I cannot say enough about them; I even gave them to my bridesmaids as part of their gifts. I kind of want to post these balms in their own entry, they’re so good. Maybe I’ll do a longer post on them in the future!