Thursday, July 19, 2012

Luscious Lips

I'm a firm believer that having a good base for make up is essential for making the most of the products you use. Therefore if I'm wearing lipstick or lip gloss I want my lips to be as soft and smooth as possible so that the lip colour lasts and looks good. I've been trying out various lip balms over the past 6 months and I wanted to share my favourites.

First up and one of my more recent purchases is the NUXE Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm. I love pharmacy skincare brands especially French companies like Vichy, La Roche-Posay, Avene and now NUXE. I had heard a bit about this before I decided to buy it, all of which was very positive. I was running out of my Lush Honey Trap and wanted something similar as an overnight lip balm. According to the NUXE site, this rich lip balm repairs, nourishes, restores suppleness and comforts dry and chapped lips. It contains honey, plant oils, shea butter and grapefruit essence. 

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When they say rich, they really mean it. I don't wear this during the day as I think it's too rich to wear under a lip colour unless you rub it between your fingers to melt it a bit and a little goes a long way! Also the packaging which is so beautiful, is made of glass so I wouldn't want to risk dropping it when I'm out and breaking it. I keep it on my bedside locker and put it on before I go to bed.  It smells really good, it has a nice subtle fruity scent because of the grapefruit oil but I think it smells kind of orangey too. 

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For 15g of product I really think it's worth it because you don't need lots to coat your lips because it's so rich. It's matte too which is great for when I wear matte lipsticks as glossy balms tend to make the lipstick go all over the place unless you really rub it into your lips. I bought this in my local pharmacy for €11.35 and you can buy it online on Feel Unique for €12.35 with free delivery! I definitely want to try out more NUXE products, including the Reve de Miel face cream. 

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The second balm I've been loving is the Pomegranate Lip Butter by Korres. I decided to get this thanks to Emma's review. The idea of having a silky buttery lip balm with a tint of colour really appealed to me as a daytime lip balm. It contains shea butter and rice wax and claims to offer deep hydration and softness which I totally agree with. I am happy to wear this by itself all day, it just feels so amazing on my lips and the hint of colour is perfect for those days when I don't want to look too made up and just want to give my lips some hydration.

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 I opted for the Pomegranate as the Mango that I wanted was out of stock on Feel Unique. It was €7.80 when I bought it but I think that was a special offer and it's now available for €9.10 with free shipping. The Pomegranate smells really nice, I definitely want to try out the other scents which are Guava, Quince, Mango, Wild Rose, Plum and Jasmine. The packaging is plastic so it's perfect to keep knocking around in your bag. It's not as good value for money as the NUXE one as it's only 6g of product for €9.10 but to be honest when something works as well as this does it's worth the money to me. 

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I've already talked about the Figs and Rouge balms after receiving one in a Glossybox. I fell in love with these balms so I decided to get another scent, the Peppermint and Tea Tree one. I also got this on Feel Unique for €4.54 which is a really great price for 8ml of product which is 2g more than the Korres one and half the price. I love anything mint or tea tree scented so the two together is so nice! This is my quick fix balm because it sinks into the skin so quickly, I put this on if I'm in a hurry and want smooth lips quickly before putting on lipstick. If you want to know more check out my review of the Rambling Rose one. 

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The final lip balm I want to talk about is Honey Trap from Lush. I got this back in December along with Celebrate and Snow Fairy which were both seasonal scents and on sale. Honey Trap has been my over night lip balm since December and it has earned it's place as one of my all time favourite lip balms. 

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It contains oat milk, almond oil, beeswax, white chocolate, organic extra virgin olive oil, shea butter, honey etc. So it has lots of ingredients that all sound lovely (white chocolate!). All of these ingredients help to calm, soothe and smooth the lips and it smells just incredible! I found this balm very rich and hard to work with when I first started using it so I got a knife and broke it all up to make it softer and easier to use. It retails for about €6.50 and for that you get 10g of product. Both of these Christmas Limited Edition Lip Tints smell incredible! I'm a big fan of anything that smells, feels, looks and does good so these lip tints are perfect for me! I took some photos of them on my lips so you can see the kind of colour pay off you get.

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Lush Snow Fairy

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So what's your favourite lip balm? Are their any that you swear by? Have you got any recommendations for me?

I hope you're all doing well!

PS. The winner of my Wild Curls Mascara Giveaway is Kelly-Marie! Please check out her blog if you have the time, she is such a beautiful person inside and out and I adore her style! 

Emma x


15 comments:

  1. You have the world's prettiest lips, Emma! I hope your sore throat is a distant memory by now. I wish you blue skies and a safe and happy weekend, dear friend!

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    1. Thank you Tom :) yes my sore throat is long gone and I'm back to "normal" again :) I am also wishing for blue skies but I think that might be a stretch, I'll settle for no rain!

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  2. Excellent post Emma - delighted you like the Korres balm! I want all the other flavours too xo

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    1. I know, I am so impressed, can't stop putting it on! Getting the Mango next!

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  3. I just wanted to stop by to extend my gratitude to you for following my blog! Thank you so much.

    http://fashionhandglide.blogspot.ca/

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    1. You're very welcome Stacy! I love your style (and your bright lippie!)

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  4. that snow fairy color looks wonderful on you. I dont really have any balms I can swear by unless you count carmex which really isnt a balm its more of a chapstick so yea I'm useless when it comes to balms. Luckily you know all there is to know about balms so I can learn from the best :)

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    1. I love carmex too! It's one of those products I always have because it's so damn good and reliable!

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  5. Hi Emma! I am happy to know you are now well and back to blogging and life. Your lipstick photos were beautiful! It is difficult to say which one was my favorite. I decided on "Celebrate".

    I wear lipstick every day but admit I don't wear lip balm. Looking at your brands you listed and seeing that honey was an ingredient brought back a memory. I had been using Burt's Bees brand, it is like a balm. My lips really stung when I used it. I thought they were supposed to sting. How stupid of me. I then realized I was allergic to the honey in the balm. I can't eat honey, either.

    May you and Donnacha have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

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    1. Wow! I never even realised people could be allergic to honey, that's a first for me! And I love products with honey! I hope you and Clint are having a lovely weekend too!

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    1. Thank you Ben/Ting! I love yours too, just joined your site!

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  7. I recently stumbled across your blog and I LOVE it! I love the layout to the content and everything in between! Your photography is just impeccable and your blog is simply the epitome of perfection! I am your newest, most avid follower, I look forward to reading your future posts. I would love it if you could perhaps follow me back too? Have a lovely day!

    Love from, MISSIFFA

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  8. I recently stumbled across your blog and I LOVE it! I love the layout to the content and everything in between! Your photography is just impeccable and your blog is simply the epitome of perfection! I am your newest, most avid follower, I look forward to reading your future posts. I would love it if you could perhaps follow me back too? Have a lovely day!

    Love from, MISSIFFA

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  9. Thank you so much Emma and for your kind words too. I'm so happy that the blog world brought us together.
    I am very excited for my mascara. I'm away at my Mum's house at the mo but i'll let you know when i'm back and have recieved it. xxxx
    P.S I am totally loving Figs and Rouge, what amazing packaging.

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