Saturday, 7 December 2019

Herbs and Heart Lip Glide



Texture: Rich and creamy.

Flavour: None.

Fragrance: A light cocoa scent.

Finish: Slightly glossy.

Lasting power: Four hours.

Colour: Clear.

Longevity: 6 months.

Size: 4.75g.

Price: $8

Availability:  Herbs and Heart website

Website:  https://herbsandheart.com/collections/face/products/lip-glide

Discontinued:  No.

Limited Edition: No.

Rating: 5 stars

If you like this, try: Burt's Bees Mango Butter Lip Balm, Crazy Rumors balms.

 Ingredients: shea butter, coconut oil, cherry seed oil, hydrogenated sweet almond oil, candelilla wax, sweet almond oil, beeswax, aloe barbadensis leaf, natural sweetener, vitamin e.

When I first started using this balm I wasn't expecting to like it. The first few applications felt very waxy and heavy. One I'd worn off the top layer it was a totally different story. This is now one of my favourite lip balms. It's very rich without being goopy or waxy, it's very hydrating, doesn't melt in my pocket and leaves my lips feeling very soft.

I used this over winter and it was the perfect winter balm. I wish I'd saved a little bit to try it out in summer, but I'm sure it'd be great in summer too.
At only $8 this is a bargain and one that I'll definitely be purchasing again.



Sunday, 8 September 2019

Lost Planet Cacao Mint Lip Butter


Texture: Smooth and creamy

Flavour: Choc mint

Fragrance: Choc mint

Finish: Glossy

Lasting power: Around two hours

Colour: Clear

Longevity: Around twelve months

Size: 8 grams

Price: $12 (AUD)

Availability: https://www.facebook.com/lostplanetsw/

Website: https://www.instagram.com/lostplanetsw/


Discontinued: No

Limited Edition: No

Rating: 4

If you like this, try: Badger Cocoa Butter Lip Balm

Ingredients: cacao butter, coconut oil, candelilla wax, hemp seed oil, vanilla extract, vitamin e, peppermint oil.

I'm slowly trying to switch to zero waste products, which with lip balms isn't very easy. Whilst I appreciate cardboard packaging it can get quite greasy and messy.
The other issue is that if the balm goes all lumpy it can't be saved.
That's what happened with my Lost Planet balm. The cacao butter went lumpy and I couldn't heat it up to fix it so I had to throw it out. Thankfully it's compostible so I buried it in the garden.

If you're a lip balm collector this isn't the balm for you. This is a balm for someone who is going to use it exclusively until it's finished. Being organic and natural it's not a long lasting balm so you need to use it within twelve months or it will go off.

Despite all that I really enjoyed my Lost Planet lip butters and would buy one again if I came across it.



Sunday, 1 September 2019

A Buzz From The Bees Lip Balm

 
Photo from A Buzz from the Bees website

Texture: Smooth, creamy and super hydrating

Flavour: Sweet honey

Fragrance: Honey

Finish: Glossy

Lasting power: Approximately three hours

Colour: Clear


Size: 4.5g

Price: $8.95

Availability: Click here for stockists

Website: A Buzz From the Bees

Discontinued: I'm not sure. I've been unable to get in contact with the company however I can still find the balms in store and their website is still live.

Limited Edition: No

Rating: 5

If you like this, try: Crazy Rumors.

Ingredients: virgin olive oil, yellow beeswax, honey.

Oh how I love this beautiful balm. It's one of my all time favourite balms. My only wish is that it was easier to get hold of. The ingredients are simple, it is super hydrating and tastes beautiful. 
There's nothing I can fault. If you like sweet lip balms you'll love A Buzz From The Bees.

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Drunk Elephant Lippe

Image from Drunk Elephant website

Texture: Soft and buttery

Flavour: Sweet

Fragrance: None

Finish: Soft shine

Lasting power: Around four hours

Colour: Clear

Longevity: 24 months

Size: 3.7 g

Price: $28 (AUD)

Availability: Mecca Cosmetica, Drunk Elephant Website and various other online stockists

Website: Drunk Elephant

Discontinued: No

Limited Edition: No

Rating: 4.5

If you like this, try: Sol de Janeiro Brazillian Kiss Cupaucu Lip Butter, The Body Shop Lip Butter, Natralus Paw Paw Lip Butter.

Ingredients: Coconut oil, sclerocarya birrea seed oil, shea butter, caprylic/capric triglyceride, bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2, beeswax, ozokerite, polyisobutene, soybean oil, carnauba wax, candelilla wax, camellia oleifera leaf extract, dictyopteris membranacea extract, magnolia grandiflora bark extract, safflower seed oil, avocade oil, mongongo kernel oil, cranberry seed oil, tocopheryl acetate, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, palmitoyl tripeptide-1, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, ethylhexyl palmittate, dicaprylyl ether, tribehenin, sorbitan isostearate, lauryl alcohol, linoleic acide, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol. 

Oh how I love this beautiful balm. I love it so much I bought a back-up, which is a little crazy considering my out of control lip balm collection. 
There's so much to love, the beautiful texture, the gorgeous flavour and how great it makes my lips feel. 
This is designed to be a lip plumper and to reduce fine lines around the lips. It can also be used around the eyes and on other dry patches. I have only used it on my lips, so can't say how effective it is as a multi purpose balm.

The reason I didn't give Lippe five stars is two factored. Firstly, the tube is short and chubby so not convenient for carrying in my pocket. Secondly, I used it up so quickly. I only used it whilst I was at home (so probably three times a day or less) and it was gone within a month. 
If it wasn't for those two factors I would have given it five stars. 

Aside from the gorgeous buttery texture, the flavour is wonderful, it leaves my lips tasting beautifully sweet even after the balm has worn off. 

I didn't notice any reduction to the lines around my lips, however I wasn't really applying it to those areas. With my next tube I'll apply it on my lip lines and see if it makes a difference.
I also didn't notice any plumping effects, but really, what balm does plump? If you know of a lip balm that really does plump lips I'd love to hear about it!

Monday, 6 May 2019

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm


Texture: Rich and thick

Flavour: None

Fragrance: Very light 8 Hour Cream scent

Finish: Glossy

Lasting power: Around 6 hours

Colour: Clear

Longevity: 36 months

Size: 11.6ml, 10g, 0.35oz

Price: $28 (AUD)

Availability: Myer, David Jones and various other stockists

Website: Elizabeth Arden

Rating: 4

If you like this, try: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask.

Ingredients: 


I don't mind the scent of 8 Hour Cream, I often use the original on my lips, however if you aren't a fan so haven't tried Intensive Repair Lip Balm, have a sniff of it next time you're in store because the scent is very, very subtle.

This is a very thick, hydrating lip balm with a lovely soft cooling sensation that lasts for around half an hour after application. 

I typically use this as a night time treatment and on days when my lips are really dry. It also works well as a treatment for sore noses and dry patches. 

It's fragrance free, so ideal for those days when you can't tolerate any flavour on your lips.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Salt by Hendrix Blush Lip Butter

Image from Salt by Hendrix

Texture: Slightly gritty

Flavour: None

Fragrance: None

Finish: Glossy

Lasting power: A few hours

Colour: Sheer light pink

Size: 10ml

Price: $14.95

Availability: Salt by Hendrix website and

Website: www.saltbyhendrix.com

Rating: 3.5

If you like this, try: The Body Shop Lip Butter

Ingredients: shea butter, coconut oil, cocoa butter, carnauba wax, argan oil, jojoba oil, mandarin oil, vitamin E, iron oxide.

I'd like to give you a little background on the Salt by Hendrix range, but their website is sorely lacking, so I know nothing about them. 

Their lip butter is an interesting little thing. When I first scoop it out it feels a little dry and slightly gritty but once I rub it into my lips the grittiness disappears and I'm left with a smooth, soft balm.

The tint is very sheer, on my lips it's undetectable, however I have quite pigmented lips. If you have pale lips it would be noticeable. There is also a rose colour that is darker if you are wanting something with more colour to it. 

I gave this a rating of 3.5 because it's unremarkable. It's not great, it's not awful. It gets the job done.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Malin and Goetz Mojito Lip Balm

Image from Mecca Cosmetica

Texture:  Smooth gel

Flavour: Mojito

Fragrance: Mojito

Finish: Glossy

Lasting power: Three to four hours

Colour: Clear

Size: 7g

Price: $20

Availability: Mecca Cosmetica and the Malin and Goetz website

Website: www.malinandgoetz.com

Rating: 5

If you like this, try: Sara Happ The Lip Slip

Ingredients: hydrogenated polyisobutene, butylene/ethylene/styrene copolymer, ethylene/propylene/styrene copolymer, ethylhexyl palmitate, tricaprylin, benzyl benzoate, phenoxyethanol, fragrance, limonene, citral, bisabolol

Oh how I love this balm. It's like the perfect blend of lip balm and lip gloss. It feels and looks like a gloss without the stickiness and with the added bonus of being super hydrating. It's perfection. The tube is small so the ideal size for carrying around in my pocket or handbag. 

There's nothing I don't love about my Malin and Goetz mojito lip balm, it's beautiful and one that I'll definitely repurchase. 

Monday, 5 March 2018

Salt and Glow Be Still

Image from Salt and Glow

Texture: Lumpy, probably from the shea butter.

Flavour: A little bitter

Fragrance: Lavender and sweet orange.

Finish: Glossy.

Lasting power: Two hours.

Colour: Clear

Longevity: 24 months

Size: 4g

Price: $5.80

Availability: Salt and Glow website, various stockists.

Website: www.saltandglow.com

Rating: 3

If you like this, try: 

Ingredients: macadamia seed oil, avocado oil, candelilla wax, shea butter, coconut oil, cocoa seed butter, rosehip seed oi, vitamin E, lavender oil, sweet orange oil.


I really wanted to like this balm but the shea butter lumps and lavender scent really put me off. On paper this looks like the type of balm that I'd love, it's natural, vegan and made in Australia.

Salt and Glow say that this would be the ideal night time balm as the lavender and orange are calming, but it's just not a scent I can wear on my lips. The balm itself is quite night, it's lightly hydrating and feels pleasant on my lips. The lumpiness makes it unpleasant to apply. No doubt this could be fixed by melting the balm down, but it'd probably get lumpy again once the weather cooled down.

Despite not liking this balm, I'm still interested in trying other Salt and Glow balms. 

Monday, 5 February 2018

Alaffia Everyday Coconut Purely Coconut Lip Balm

Image from Alaffia

Texture: Smooth and creamy

Flavour: Awful

Fragrance: Coconut

Finish: Slightly glossy

Lasting power: A few hours

Colour: Clear


Size:  0.15oz 4.25g

Price: $3.06

Availability: Alaffia and iHerb

Website: alaffia.com.au


Rating: 1

If you like this, try: Crazy Rumors, their flavours are so much better.

Ingredients: coconut oil, candelilla wax, cocoa butter, natural coconut flavour.

I threw this balm in the bin. That's not something I do very often, usually my unloved balms go to the boys, but this one tastes so bad that it went straight into the bin. I have no idea why it tastes so bad, it's not off, it smells good and the ingredients look fine. Perhaps I got a bad one. 

It's a shame the flavour is so awful because the balm is nice. It's soft, creamy, hydrating and feels lovely on my lips.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Vapour Organic Beauty Lux Lip Conditioner

Texture: Smooth and creamy

Flavour: Apricot

Fragrance: Apricot

Finish: Slightly glossy

Lasting power:Two to three hours

Colour: Clear


Size: 0.135oz/3.82g

Price: $28.75

Availability: Vapours website and various natural/organic stores

Website:  http://www.vapourbeauty.com

Discontinued: No

Limited Edition: No

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

If you like this, try: Burt's Bees Mango Butter lip balm.

Ingredients: jojoba seed oil, beeswax, coconut oil, castor seed oil, fig flavour oil, plum and apricot flavour oil, helichrysum arenarium flower extract, lemon balm leaf extract, calendula officinalis flower extract.

Vapour says : Pure relief and comfort for lips with Lux’s heavenly, emollient formula. A synergistic organic botanical blend of Coconut, Fig, Plum and Calendula soothes and protects delicate skin in one creamy, luxurious swipe.

I'm a bit on the fence about this balm. Whilst I like it, it's not love. For the price I want to love it more than I do. It's nice but when you compare it to other similar balms such as Burt's Bees, I just can't rate it very highly. Despite that, it is a lovely balm and one that I enjoyed using. 

The fruity fragrance and flavour it lovely, it leaves a beautiful sheen and is hydrating enough to keep my lips in good condition.