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Back to basics – the conditioning lip products that I can’t live without

When I was a pre-teen (about a hundred years ago), I was addicted to cherry flavoured Chapstick. I would apply it more times in a day than was strictly necessary.  If I even smell anything cherry scented now, it will instantly transport me back to my school playground days. This addiction moved on, and as a teenager I would apply whatever lip balms I could get my hands on.


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Now, if you have ever had a lip balm addiction, then you will be well aware that this is not necessarily a good thing. I haven’t done any specific scientifical research into the phenomenon that is ‘lip balm reliance’, but I am pretty sure that applying moisturising lip products every hour on the hour eventually become counter-productive.  In my experience, when I overdid the Chapstick application, my lips could no longer fend for themselves.  They too became addicted, and with it they were even more dry and cracked. What the what?!

Soooo, I went cold-turkey.  I cut myself off. No more cherry Chapstick for me. *sad face*

As an adult, however, I thought I may be able to trust myself to be sensible in my lip balm usage. And so the search began, to find one that would soothe my – often sensitive – dry lips.  I am really quite fussy about lip balms.  They can’t be too sticky, dry or smelly. I like them to be moisturising (obviously), and preferably in stick form so that I don’t have to poke (potentially dirty) fingers into a pot. If this were a movie, this would be where there would be a montage of me trying – and disliking – several lip balms. Fascinating stuff. I have settled on a couple of lovely lip saviours since then.


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You may notice from my pictures that neither of the products I am talking about today are in stick form. Oh well, you can’t tick every box can you. I have been using the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Cream Protectant for a few months, and it is wonderfully fabulous. Yes, it’s in a pot, but I can – just about – ignore that.  It is perfectly moisturising, and doesn’t leave a sticky mess behind.  It is glossy, and not so dry that I need to dig my nail in to get anything out.  No surprises there, considering the cult status of the Eight Hour products. Elizabeth Arden also offer a similar lip protectant in a stick form, and in tinted form too!! (lip tints and oils are my latest obsession).


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For taking away dry bits, I have recently discovered the Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub. Ohmygerrsssh. This stuff is amazing.  It is a little bit fiddly and messy.  It’s really hard to JUST apply it to the lips; it usually ends up on my chin, all over my hands, and sprinkled on whatever surface I am standing near at the time. But it smells and tastes divine. The Lush Lip Scrubs (they also have mint and popcorn flavours) are oil based, so are a little bit moisturising as well as exfoliating. Being Lush, they are also vegan, and non-toxic.  Of course, you could very easily concoct a home-made alternative, and in fact when I run out I plan to give that a go (I’ll keep you posted!).


If you too have sensitive lips (mine are the worst) then you will understand the almost claustrophobic feeling that comes with having dry, chapped lips. It’s not an exaggeration to say that it is a real pleasure to have found a couple of lip products that deal with this.  All things in moderation though, and I try not to apply lip balm more often than I need to. I wouldn’t want to have to stage an intervention on myself.


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Tinted Lip Products That My Lips Love

At the risk of being accused of not being a ‘real’ beauty lover, I am making a lip-related confession.  I don’t really like lipsticks.  There I said it.

I just don’t go gaga about lip products in same the way that I get excited about blushers, highlighters and eyeshadow palettes.  I did try; I even wrote about my favourite nude lipsticksThat still stands, but other than that I just don’t really love lipsticks of any kind.  I find matte lipsticks too dry; liquid lipsticks are just yuck;  and glossy lipsticks don’t suit me.  And this is before I even think about finding colours that don’t make my teeth look yellow, or my skin sallow. I hate that lipsticks either dry to a hard shell, or they come off at the slightest breeze.


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Unfortunately, I also find that my face doesn’t look quite finished without something on my lips.   So, what to do? For me, the solution is tinted lip products. Lips oils and balms have become my new best friends.  And in true Joyful Things fashion, I have a whole collection.  (Why can’t I just have one of something? Honestly, it’s just greedy).

All of these lip products have different formulas, textures and finishes.  They do all have one thing in common, though; they all offer a sheer sweep of colour, along with a moisturising layer.   For day to day wear, when often I have no other make-up on, they are perfect.


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For a more lasting tint of colour, I go for either the Lancôme Juicy Shakers, or the Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-in-Oil.  Both are an oil based lip colour, which sounds disgusting but it’s really not.  The oil disappears fairly quickly, to leave behind a subtle hint of colour.  Gorgeous.  On seriously dry days I like to reach for my NYX Butter Lip Balm in Panna Cotta, or the Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayons ( I have Proudly Naked and Peach on the Beach) The Bourjois Lip Crayons have SPF 15 too, which make them a good choice for the upcoming warmer weather (I live in hope).  I haven’t had the Wet’n’Wild Mega Slicks Balm Stain in Pink Promise for very long, and haven’t used it as much as the Bourjois crayons.  On first impression, it offers a nice amount of colour and hydration, and the lasting power is as good as these lip balms tend to be.  The colour is a little on the shimmery side for me, and has that ’80s pearly sheen to it.  However, mixed with another lip colour, it is perfectly wearable.


I love the Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-one Cheek and Lip Beauty Balm, and the Maybelline Baby Lips Balm and Blush for both cheeks and lips.  I have three of the wonderful Baby Lips balms (Innocent Peach, Booming Ruby and Flirty Pink) and I cannot recommend them enough.  I have managed to shoehorn at least one of them into every post since I bought Innocent Peach, which shows how dedicated I am to them.  The Physicians Formula balm is a little more dry when applied, but it still hydrates my lips exceptionally well, while giving a subtle hint of colour.


Probably one of the things I love most about lip balms, is that they can be reapplied without a mirror.  There is less risk of lipstick-on-the-teeth syndrome, and they are generally much easier to wear than lipsticks and the like.  I also have the most ridiculously sensitive lips you could ever meet; they get dry and cracked at the slightest thing.  So, for me, tinted lip balms and oils are a happy medium; a little bit of colour without the irritation.


What do you think? Do you too have a passion for lip balms, or do you like good old-fashioned lipsticks?





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