Friday, January 3, 2014

Lip Balm Low-down

La Roche Posay and Nuxe lip balms
La Roche-Posay and Nuxe lip balms
Christmas might be over but winter is far from finished. It takes its toll on just about everything. Skin, hair, hands, lips - you name it, and there's nothing I hate more than sore, cracking lips.

A year ago I stopped using any and all lip products that contained petroleum, which has done wonders all in itself in helping my lips stay naturally moisturised and reducing my dependence on constant reapplication.

In recent weeks I made a point of seeking out my ideal lip products, and tonight, the results are in.

One of my first beauty-blog-buys was Nuxe Rêve de Miel. Very much a lip treatment in my opinion. A very rich balmy texture, it's almost slightly grainy when you apply it but whatever that is melts away on application. This little frosted pot of pout perfection lives exclusively on my bedside table where I liberally apply it before drifting off. In the morning my lips are soft and smooth and often times I barely need to apply any lip balm during the day, or at least not until after lunch. Even the most weather-worn lips are brought back to life in a matter of hours with this little wonder. The texture is non-greasy, almost semi-mat so dabbing a smidgen under your daily lip colour and you're only laughing.

Cicaplast is a range within La Roche-Posay well-known for being, well, brilliant. Baume B5 has a cult following for being an all-purpose wonder product, I named it last year as one of my Dry Lip Superheros (also featuring Rève de Miel) as a great emergency treatment for sore, swollen lips. Now, somehow, the magical properties of Cicaplast has been channelled into a neat barrier repairing balm which fills in cracks and creates a soothing barrier that repairs and protects long suffering lips. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Levres came into my life only a few short weeks ago but I've already repurchased a new tube and re-gifted a tube to my sister, who sings its praises to the tune of "you don't have to apply it as often as other lip balms and it's particularly good overnight."

As my first tube of Cicaplast Levres began showing signs I ventured out to repurchase and got drawn in, in the name of blog research, to Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Moisturizing Stick. Could it be that honey-scented miracle I knew and loved was available in a handbag friendly twist-up? Well, not exactly. But it's close. The formula isn't a rich, obviously to allow for the new application method, but it is effective. I find it's the perfect accompaniment to it's more luxurious sister as a top up during the day.

On the same day, my eye was drawn to La Roche-Posay Nutritic Lips. Nutritic is the range that produced the moisturiser that saved my skin, and to which I owe nearly two years of flake-free face so when I read "transforming care for very dry lips" my heart skipped a beat. As a standard stick lip balm goes it does exactly what you need. Keeps lips soft, moisturised and generally satisfied. It will remain in my collection as my "oh crap I need lip balm" lip balm.

Nuxe Rêve de Miel comes in at just under €12, Cicaplast Lips €6.50, Rêve de Miel Moisturizing stick €6.99 and Nutritic Lips at €4.

Do you take lip balms as seriously as I do?

Lots of love

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