I have previously mentioned in my blogposts that I suffer from an overactive bladder, without boring you with the medical details – this means I take medication to relax the bladder muscles. One of the most annoying side effects, is the severe drying I encounter on my lips through taking these tablets. This means my intense struggle to find a stable lip balm to see me through winter, is an uphill one to say the least.
Desperately trying to soften my medically induced dry lips I have tried a plethora of lip balms including, but not limited to: Burts Bee’s, Vaseline (both the stick and the pot versions), Carmex (my usual go-to) and also Eve Lom. A majority of the mentioned lip balms provide temporary relief from the dryness, but do not condition the lips with any longevity.
Super excited to try a new lip balm I was sent from Balmkind, I was filled with a hopelessly optimistic glimmer of hope that I may have finally found ‘the one’.
Balmkind is a relatively new brand which was launched earlier this year, the lip balm is infact the only product they currently sell. I really like the fact they use antixiodant rich ingredients; Alpine Rose and Lysine (an essential Amino Acid). This means the lip balm not only nourishes, but aims to improve the overall condition of the lips, especially over longer periods of use.
How did it perform?
It has a lovely consistency, it’s not sticky or gloopy. It sits on your lips, and provides a lovely natural pink tone. I did find it to be brilliant at nourishing my lips, and it would be a good buy for anyone who suffers with parched lips. When testing lip balms I generally like to carry out what I call a ‘Re-application test’. This refers to the amount of time I take to feel as if I need to re-apply the balm, you know that dry nagging that almost hurts – it’s at that precise despairing moment in time we reach to re-apply. Balmkind lasted 35 minutes without me needing to re-apply, and that is pretty darn impressive by my standards.
Our lips are often one of the areas we neglect, however it is mandatory to exfoliate and moisturise them accordingly; if not regularly, this should be done every once in a while as part of our skin care regimes. It is part of our skin after all.
Overall score – 8/10
The lip balm is £14 and available here.
Not to brag or sound terribly conceited but recently it seems I am being sent products constantly! Several boxes arriving every week out of nowhere – it’s actually a little overwhelming. Amazing, but overwhelming. However, there are some products that are absolutely outstanding, and will be essential for the upcoming Winter season. These are the ones I need to inform you of.
I have combination skin, meaning it can be oily and dry at the same time (it often is and it drives me barmy). It means that my face will be dry to the point of peeling skin, whilst also managing to look like I have been dipped in a chip fat fryer, all at the same time. So any products I find that can quench the dehydration my skin insistently suffers from is an absolute godsend.
1. Spritz your worries away
Mario Badescu facial spray, £7
This bad boy is only £7, and contains some great ingredients to help feed skin in desperate times of dryness. Cucumber, Aloe Vera and Green Tea are all known for their renewing and rejuvenating properties. The spray is great because it provides a moisture boost before you even apply make up for the day; and I have the miniature version so it’s great for travelling and handbag use.
2. Contour contour contour
Nars bronzing powder in Laguna, £29
I really felt my usual girly pink shade of Blusher just wouldn’t suffice for winter. Winter make up should always be darker, in correlation with the weather and subsequent darkness we must endure. This Nars bronzer is great for dusting over cheeks to give a tanned effect, but it’s also great at one of my favourite tasks. Contouring. It gives definitive lines, and also has a slight shimmer so looks great on cheekbones. A worthy investment.
3. Crusty lips
EveLom KissMix, £16
This lip balm provides a cooling sensation which hydrates and protects lips, even in extreme weather conditions. Mandatory in the winter months which can leave lips chapped and damaged. A must have.
As a beauty reviewer you always have to try your utmost to be as honest as possible. And to be fair, I’m an understanding individual – it’s rare for me to write a bad review. I may mention some negative points, but I try to be as considerate as possible. But occasionally there are just some products you really do not get on with. And this week I have come across two. I decided I had to share with everyone so nobody else had to make the mistake of wasting their time and money! (Not to mention the dreams I was sold)
First up we have Superdrug’s make up revolution lip contour kit in ‘Reign‘. Granted the kit includes a lip liner and lipgloss, and it’s only £6. Amazing value I hear you say. Nope. Nah uh. Because I was completely mislead, firstly am I right in thinking the colour on the box shows a pinky nude tone? Well much to my surprise, when I applied the lip liner it was orange. Yes orange. Coral orange to be exact, I mean yes people have different skin tones so I know some shades can vary a little. But this was so far from nude I wanted to cry at my sheer disappointment. The consistency was something else as well, let me tell you – it was like superglue. So people, if you think of buying this lip kit, please do swatches beforehand. And use a lipgloss. Or carmex. Or WD40. Your going to need it.
Next awesome product of the month is this Vaseline stick (I don’t know how else to describe it). The only good thing about this is the added SPF. I brought this admittedly because it was cheap, at £2. However I swear to you, it does nothing. Gives no mousturisation whatsoever. I would be better off pouring a glass of water over my lips. And I invested because the good ole Vaseline pots always work, they aren’t the best lip balm in the world – but they do the job for the low price category. Honestly, do not bother buying this it’s god awful.