By Hollie Kiernan
I know very few women or girls who are not perpetually accompanied by a well-used tin of Vaseline, or a collection of battered lipsticks. Whether or not their lips are particularly dry, most women apply a slick of balm out of habit, or dap on some lippy to add a dash of colour to the face, regardless of time or place.
I’ve collected a fair few lip balms, glosses and tints over the last couple of months, so I decided to dedicate a post to my three favourites. I’m never without some kind of balm in my bag, and tend to panic when my trusty tube or tub of lip salve can’t be found during the day. For nights out, I prefer something more matte and dramatic, that can survive civilised drinks, drunken snogs and a veggie kebab.
For long lasting colour LAQA & Co Fat Lip pencils are a good bet. The packaging is simple and the twist-up style is handy, and avoids breakages. The tip of the stick is quite large, so you may need a lip brush to apply to your cupid’s bow, but once this is on, it stays on! The texture is quite thick and matte, so it’s best kept for nights out if you like to keep it natural during the week. I recently used it for filming and it stayed in place all day and came across great on camera. It does feel quite thick though, so I patted on some balm over it, just to add some moisture. I went for a classic red, aptly named Ring of Fire, but they come in a range of colours. The range is also paraben free so it’s kinder to sensitive skins, you only need a light slick so it lasts for ages, and at £13 it won’t break the bank.
Take a peek at all they have to offer here http://laqaandco.com/.
If you’re more of a balm girl, but you still want a slick of colour, try the latest offering from Soap and Glory, the cute and kitsch A Great Kisser range. The brand have ventured into the make-up market, and the packaging is every bit as dinky as the body care range.
The balm comes in three flavours, Coconut, Chocolate Cherry and Peach. I went for Peach, but the Coconut number is also divine. I’m not a fan of chocolate or cherry scented/flavoured cosmetics, so I passed on that one. The Peach balm smells like Lipton Ice Tea, and evokes thoughts of sun and holidays. The balm itself is thick, and gives a delicate sheen and a light peach-y tint. It really is great at moisturizing scaly lips, but it may be a bit too thick for those who like a light balm. The good news is that it’s rich in apricot and mango butter, great for adding moisture to dried-out lips, and also contains pomegranate extract, the antioxidant du-jour.
At £5, it’s a little bit pricy for a balm, but a little does go a long way. See http://www.soapandglory.com for more info.
At school, Carmex was ever-present, there was always a tub knocking about and boys and girls alike could be seen brandishing the little yellow-lidded pot, passing it between classes and under desks. Even now the strong menthol scent brings me back to a time of schoolbags and braces, lockers and lunch boxes.
So when I saw this little number, I snapped it up, it’s like the Carmex that we all know and love, but for grown-ups! The original formula now comes in a sleek lipstick shape, complete with a light tint. The smell has also been moderated, with more of a gentle whiff of all the natural scent. This balm was a lifesaver during a very cold January and February, and the sheer soft-pink tint also perked up my pout during the day. It also comes with SPF 15, so it’s a great addition to your beach bag for the summer months. Be aware, this product does contain petroleum jelly which is not for everyone, and I’ve heard of the occasional person having a negative reaction to the menthol and salicylic acid in the product, but for the majority, Carmex is a definite lip saver. http://www.mycarmex.com At £4.49, it’s a steal.