Hey Gals! I’ve been told that people are looking forward to the lip plumper review, so don’t worry-it’s coming! However, to make it as informative as possible, I’ve swapped with some lovely ladies on MUA for a few other brands! Right now, it will be featuring:
Too Faced Lip Injection
DuWop Venom Flash
BE Buxom Lips
UD XXX Shine
…as well as one from Maybelline and one from Avon that I can’t recall the names of!
I’m really trying to encompass everyone’s budget! If there’s a specific gloss/plumping treatment you’d like me to review, please let me know! I can’t promise that it will be in my review, but I’ll try my damndest! After I’m done, everyone’s going to have lips like Angelina! Well, we can hope, right?
Now, beauties, I hope the last post on lip treatments didn’t fool you-I have more! And, believe it or not, there are some coming in the mail! I’ll keep this post a bit shorter and only review eight… Between this post and the last one, you’ll have twenty to pick from! How’s that for variety???
1. Origins Lip Remedy. Honestly, I’m never sure quite how I feel about lip products that involve wands. If you’re opposed to them, skip the Lip Remedy. However, if you’re not-keep reading! This product actually reminds me a lot of the Kerastase one in terms of texture. The smell is vaguely off-putting… Not exactly minty, but close. It does give my lips a nice, tingly feeling–not harsh like some plumpers, but a milder version (unfortunately, no plumping ensues). The packaging is sleek, although looking at it now, it vaguely resembles a tampon. Sorry, Origins… That probably put you back a bit. $12.00 isn’t too high a price tag: Origins Lip Remedy is available at Macy’s and Origins online.
2. Blistex (original). I know, this is a basic one-but a cheap one, too. Unfortunately, I HATE blistex. It always leaves a weird white residue on my lips, gets in my mouth, and disgusts me with its taste and smell. However, it does the trick when it comes to chapped lips. It also comes in about eight thousand varieties: Herbal Answer, Clear Advance, Lip Tone, Medicated (various), Berry, Gentle Sense, etc. etc. The best part? None of them will run you more than $3.00. I actually might pick up the Herbal Answer next time I’m at the drugstore!
3. C.O. Bigelow No. 3 “My Favorite Lip Balm,” with 5% Shea Butter and 2% Sweet Almond Oil. I actually don’t think I’ve ever tried this one until now! I’m glad I pulled it out to review, though–the smell is absolutely delicious, and my lips already feel lips silk. A+! I love all of the various glosses and balms in C.O.’s line… Especially the Black Cherry Soda! That’s for a different post, though. $5.50 on the company’s site.
4. Avon Lip Savers. Mine’s strawberry, and smells like summer. Just picking up the tube reminds me of being a little girl browsing through my mom’s Avon catalogues and carefully picking out what to spend my allowance on. I loved it then, and I love it now. Plus, I think their lip savers are about $0.99? Excellent.
5. Bonne Bell’s Lip Balm. Mine is Jolly Rancher Watermelon (oh, the cravings!) and it tastes as good as it smells. Actually, I have a pack of Skittles scented/flavored ones coming in the mail, too! I love MakeupAlley! As much as I love silky textured lip balms, I always feel as though they’re about to slide right off my lips! However, this balm feels a little waxy (in a good way) and definitely stays put! If watermelon’s not your thing, you can find pretty much any scent under the sun-from Dr. Pepper to Bubble Gum, and everything in between! Individually, they’re under $2 apiece-but I’d go for the value pack and revel in a whole rainbow of flavors!
6. Honey Pure Lip Gloss. Yeah, I know it’s a lip gloss-but it doubles as a balm! The tint is as sheer as the scent (cherry, in this case) and both are scoring big with me! This is another balm you can really feel sinking in. I can’t find a price online, but since it’s a Rite Aid brand-now you know where to look! Don’t pass up their squeeze tube glosses, either… the mint one is delicious!
7. Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Natural Lip Gloss (mine is Sweet Pink). Another gloss that doubles as a balm! Immediately it makes my lips feel like silk, and the scent doesn’t have any of the artificial undertones that some of the previous balms are guilty of. The colors available are also lovely. My only problem is that I feel I need to reapply often. However, I wouldn’t consider the $6.99 I spent on it a waste, either.
8. Clinique’s Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss (in 04 Rootbeer). I’ll just put it out there-I LOVE Clinique’s skincare, and I’m obsessed with their mascara. Other than that… Not a huge fan. They probably should stick to the masks and scrubs that they do best. However, their Superbalm is an exception. I snagged a sample sized tube from their counter when I was working at Macy’s (major perk!) and wanted to hate it… but I couldn’t. Superbalm has the same weight and general “staying” power of a sticky gloss, without being sticky in the least. I HATE sticky lipgloss (bad memories of long hair!) so I totally appreciate that factor. It doesn’t have a scent or taste, which is something I normally look for in a lip treatment, but the way the formula comforts my lips earns Clinique a pass on that one. $13.50 isn’t a high price for a department store brand-and if you don’t want it to have a color (although they’re so pretty) you can pick up a clear one for $2 less.
Loves to Lip-Lock,
The Beauty Sniper