Here it is, a small blue plastic mailer has arrived in my mail box and it is postmarked New Jersey. You know what that means, my darlings. The September Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip Balm Subscription has arrived. Now this month they did increase the price. Before the subscription (with shipping) came to $8 per month. Now, with shipping it is $10 per month.
As each of their lip balms retail for $10 and you receive two lip balms per month. So it is basically double the value, so I don’t mind the increase. And I do like the lip balms. In fact these have been my go to standard for lip balms for a while. I love the formula and the scents and tastes of the lip balms. i always keep a tube on my desk and all winter you will find them tucked into coat pockets and purses in my world.
In fact this is the subscription I use to stock up so that I don’t end up with dry cracked lips in the winter. There is something I really like about seeing a stockpile of lip balms. It makes me think, ‘wow I really need to use those up’. Because of that thought I tend to reach for them more, and apply the product more and thus have fewer chapped lips in the winter.
However it does take me more than a month to get through one lip balm. And each month comes with two, so this is one of those subscriptions that I frequently dip in and out of. I keep it around for a few months and then let it go as I work my way through the balms I have. It is one of the reasons I tend to subscribe to this service through Cratejoy rather than look for it on the Jersey Shore Cosmetics Website. It is super easy to find, sign up for and cancel. And I sign up and cancel at least once a year.
This will probably be my last month for a while as I am starting to look at my lip balms and thing, yeah I have enough for a while. I know it is a bit early, but I want to actually restart the subscription again around January. I noticed that I tend to stock pile enough to get me through the winter, which means I sign up for the subscription in the spring and keep it through the summer. It means I get a lot of watermelon, Strawberry and lemonade flavored lip balms. This year I want to try out some of the wintery versions instead.
But September is most definitely autumn, so what lip balms arrived this month?
First off both are labeled Lip conditioner and aromatherapy.
The first is Citrus Zest. It is lemony but has a slightly different scent and taste from the Lemonade lip balm (which I actually really enjoy). It smells as though lemon and lime were blended together in this vegan formula.
The Second lip balm is the Petite Vanilla. As you might expect it smells of vanilla, but has no real taste to it. The scent is actually more like a vanilla pod than the faux vanilla that you get in a lot of beauty products. It is lighter and less cloying.
Now while I tend to pay attention to the scent of lip balms because they are placed on your lips which are just under your nose, these are labeled aromatherapy. I’ll have to look into what the scent of vanilla and citrus are supposed to do mentally, but I can tell you that the scents of these are a little bit stronger than their normal lip balms. So I can see why they are a different line.
Personally, I rather like both of them. I can sort of see the Vanilla edging into fall scents, but I’m not certain about the citrus. Admittedly seasonality is not always the point. One thing i really like about this Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip Balm Subscription, besides the lip balms, is that the products sent out tend to be their new releases. It is not older product the brand is trying to get rid of, but new items they just released. Earlier this summer we received two products from their new Spritzer line of lip balms and now we have the aromatherapy ones. As Autumn deepens I’m sure there will be more seasonal scents. And while these don’t scream fall, they are good lip balms and I will very much enjoy putting them to use.
Ah, can you feel it? A new month a new season even and so it is time now for the first of the Autumnal declutters. And because it is the one that I always put off until last, this time I am starting with the lip declutter. I find this one really hard and in fact I often skip it.
First off because I love lip products. I do and I will often pick them up in the grocery store, or add one onto another shopping list eight to get the value of the cart to the level of free shipping or because I want to try a new formula. Sometimes I will simply see a color and say OOH. Then before I know it I will have added it to the cart.
In addition there are a lot of lip products that end up in my collection due to subscription boxes. I don’t mind that as I often get to try products from companies I haven’t tried before. Or I will get a color that it would never occur to me to buy that I find looks good on me.
I also get a lot of colors that I just don’t like.
And they end up staying in my collection to. A lot of times it will be because I like the formula of the product even if I don’t like the color. Then I keep it so that I remember it is a formula that I like so that I can order a color that suits me. And then I forget why I saved it.
It has also been a really long time since my last lip declutter. I keep promising myself that I am going to and then I schedule it so in the back of my mind I will think that it hasn’t been that long since I went through and got rid of things, but it really has.
So as a consequence the first pass through the lip products involved getting rid of anything that was expired, used up to the point where keeping it was somewhat pointless or that was simply a shade I didn’t like. That actually cleared out quite a lot.
It also added loads of color swatches to my hand and arm as I tried to determine if a product was worth staying through that first pass.
Then I separated out a few products that I either hadn’t tried (or don’t remember trying) or that I hadn’t fully made my mind up about because they were still new to me. There actually weren’t that many. Five actually: The Roen lip gloss, KAB Hydrating Lip oil, the Zoeva Lip crayon, a YSL Lipstick and a M2U NYC matte lip that I do not remember actually seeing before. I’m sure it came in a subscription box but it is unopened and looks like a good color. I just don’t remember getting it.
Most of the time if I don’t like a lip formula, I get rid of it pretty quickly. There were however a few hanging around that weren’t my favorites. The first was from a Live Glam subscription. I found the formula, once it dried down, to be a bit on the crumbly side. I left little flakes of it everywhere my lips touched and I just wasn’t a fan. The Jules Smith Lip Gloss and the Arrow lip balm I just didn’t like the feel of on my lips. They were sticky and made me feel like I needed to wipe off my lips. The Feel lip balm was just a little bit on the slimy side for me.
The Butter London Lip Glazen I really wanted to like. I love the way it looked and felt, but I just didn’t like the taste. Normally taste isn’t a thing with makeup, but with lip products it matters and I simply couldn’t take the taste of the butter London one no matter how much I liked the formula.
There were three interesting products in the lipstick collection. One was the Elf Lip scrub. This one is worn down to the nub and no longer usable. I kept it to remind me to pick up another one. The Perricone MD No Makeup Makeup Lipstick is also beyond expired. It too is kept soely to remind me to pick up another one. It is a fantastic barely there product that just makes the lips look like your lips but a little bit better. But it is beyond expired so I marked it down and will order a new one at some point. The Refil from Birchbox I kept because it is a refillable lip balm. I like the lip balm well enough to use and I want to keep it to see if I will use it up and then feel like refilling it. I am going to try to keep it out and try to use it more often. I like the thought of a refillable lip balm, I’m just not sure I like this one enough to refill it when it is empty. But I will try.
You may also notice the stack of Trestique lip products. Yeah, I’m keeping all of them. They are easy to wear and easy to use. Some of them are sheer in color while others are more matte. All are in various stages of use. A few don’t really have long for this world actually. The sheer ones I tend to grab and dash on over whatever else I am wearing just before I run out somewhere so those are the most used. In fact the sheer pink (Shell Beach Sheer) goes on well over almost any lip product. It has almost no tint to it and if you have a drying liquid lip on, it really helps keep your lips moist. It has reached the tiny nub stage and will be used up. The other sheers will be used as well (and have been actually). As they are used up completely I will get rid of them but as a collection I highly recommend the Trestique sheers they just work so well over any other lip product that they are worth keeping around for that alone. Although I do like wearing them on their own as well.
Colorpop, Bite Beauty and Elf are staying. I got rids of all of the ones that were almost out of product and/or expired so there aren’t many of any of them left, but I do have a few I consistently repurchase. With ELF that is the Sheer Slick in Black Cherry. I love this as a simple low key color on my lips. I also love the vibrant red matte of Red Vixen. It dries down and simply doesn’t move. It doesn’t dry out the lips though.
Yensa may be my favorite lip oil. So I am happy to keep that along with my favorite Buxom Plumping lip stick. One of the reasons that I actually wanted to go through my lipsticks was because there were other colors of the Buxom plumping lip stick that I wanted to pick up. I just knew I didn’t have room.
There are of course many, many more lip products I kept, but those are really my highlights. I’m going to try to rotate more through my lip products, not that I have cut them down and they aren’t so overwhelming. I actually like being able to see and use all of my lip products. Lately I have found myself reaching for the same three or four, mostly because they were easily accessible. At this point I have actually gone through and gotten rid of two thirds of my lip products. Which actually makes me feel really good. Now I feel as though I can actually see and use them.
For me this was a hard declutter to do. I know it isn’t as in depth as some of my other declutters but the truth is I tend not to keep lip products I don’t like so pretty much everything I had was a product I liked. Age and color were what took most of the products out of my collection this time around. And as difficult as it was, I feel much better because of it. Let the Autumnal Decluttering Begin!
One of my favorite subscriptions is the Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip Balm Subscription. Mostly because I really love The Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip Balms. What I generally tend to do with this subscription is to keep it for a few months and stock up and then cancel it while I work through my stockpile.
Then of course once my stockpile drops low, I open my subscription back up. The subscription itself is through Cratejoy. I found it while poking around one afternoon several years ago. The subscription has changed a little bit over time. There used to be tiers (1, 2 or 4 lip balms per month) but now they only seem to have the one tier.
It is $5 per month ($8 with shipping) and you receive two lip balms each month. The subscription always ships out by the 7th of the month and you are charged on the 11th of the month for the following month’s package. They are usually really good about sticking to the listed dates. The lip balms sent are the same lip balms they sell on the Jersey Shore Cosmetics website. Those retail for $10 each, which makes this a great deal actually.
Yup, my frugal senses are tingling, Batman.
Or whatever superhero is in charge of savings.
Accountancyman? The Budgetator?
Actually, the Budgetator sounds like a potato with a coupon clipping habit.
I’ll work on my super heroes later.
In fact last month we received two of their newly released Spritzer Lip balms. The Peach Apricot Spritzer is one of my favorites and I think it is one I will end up reordering at some point. It smells just like a peach Bellini (sans alcohol of course). The spritzer part keeps the scent light and stops it from becoming too cloyingly sweet, which I like.
This year when I signed back up for the subscription (having worked through my stockpile once again) I realized that because I generally run out of lip balm in early spring, I tend to do my stockpiling in the spring and summer so those are the scents I end up using. My plan this year was to wait a little longer, possibly use up some other lip balms and then get some fall flavors/scents.
August is that strange borderland between summer and autumn. There is a great deal of longing for fall, or at least cooler weathers. Especially as you gather school supplies and realize that over the summer your desk has become a strange place where notes lay have buried under reports and where your Humidity control hair products mingle with your spray sunscreen. But at the same time, the heat has hit what we generally call The Dog Days. Where the heat and humidity combine to make you feel like you are in some strange giant’s stew pot.
Or at least that is how I think of August.
Oddly my lip balm subscription sort of reflected that. The two scents I received this time were Watermelon and Peppermint. Watermelon is most certainly a summer scent and one I have used quite frequently from Jersey Shore Cosmetics. I really enjoy it and am happy to have another one around. The peppermint I have had before and also enjoy. It is cool and refreshing, although peppermint seems to be associated with cooler months. Or at least that is what I am told when I question why peppermint scented body wash is only available for a few months out of the year. I love the scent of peppermint. I find it far superior to spearmint. I find it rather rude that peppermint gets restricted to the cold while spearmint gets to frolic throughout the calendar.
It is an injustice.
So I was happy to see the peppermint lip balm. I didn’t get to keep it however. My babydoll looked at it and said, “Is that for me because I ran out?”
I said yes. Because getting him to use any lip product has been quite the battle. He seems to believe that lips aren’t actually dry enough to need anything until they actually hurt. So if he will use the peppermint lip balm, I will happily give it over to him.
So that was my August Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip Balm Subscription. I enjoy the two products I received and think they are well worth the price. I have already paid for September’s subscription and have my fingers crossed that there will be some fall scents just around the corner. If you are interested in this subscription, I would recommend that you go through Crate Joy to get to it. It is much easier to find. I have been all over the Jersey Shore Cosmetics website and it tends to be really hard to locate. With Crate joy it is quick and easy, plus it is easy to cancel when I have reached sufficient stockpile levels, and renew when levels drop. Plus, I can always poke around and see what other nifty things are on Cratejoy.
I’m also interested to see what changes Jersey Shore Cosmetics has going on. At the moment they have a sign on their website saying that big changes are coming. So that too will be something to watch.
Oh yes, it is that time again. It is time for the Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip Balm Subscription. At just $5 (plus $3 shipping for a total of $8) this is currently my least expensive subscription box. For your low subscription price you receive two lip balms per month.
I have tried to find the subscription link on the site but even though they talk about it on the blog I tend to have a hard time finding it there, so I go through Cratejoy to find them. It is super east to sign up for Cratejoy and I have to say I find myself poking around on there often just to see what new subscriptions appear.
The Jersey Shore Cosmetics one is a subscription that I sign up for every year, and keep for a few months before letting go while I work my way through the lip balms. How long I keep it depends on me. Sometimes I use the lip balms fast, or accidently leave them in my pocket and send them through the washing machine, or lose them in a purse, while other times I keep it on my desk and slowly work through them.
I generally keep the subscription until I feel like the lip balms are accumulating faster than I can use them and then I take a break. When I last subscribed, the subscription cost more and sent four lip balms in a package so I kept it around less. Two balms is actually more my speed and I might actually use them enough that I won’t feel overwhelmed.
Summer is usually the time when I sign up and then I end up leaving the subscription just as they roll fall flavors and scents out. Last year i missed the spiced pear and was annoyed, but as I was swimming in lip balms I couldn’t justify it. With only two per package, I don’t think I’ll be swamped as fast this time and will get to linger in the subscription until the fall.
I personally like the formula of the Jersey Shore Cosmetics lip balm formula. It is soft and hydrating. It is also vegan and both paraben and phthalate free. It glides on easily and smoothly without tugging at the lips, fairly melting into them, and even when it is gone from the surface, my lips feel hydrated. On the Jersey Shore Cosmetics website their vegan lip balms are sold for $10 each, so getting two for $5 or even $8 is a really good value. Plus, I know I will always go through them.
I think one of my favorite things about the subscription though, is that it never feels like left overs. The two lip balms I received in this month’s subscription are Peach Apricot Spritzer (which smells a lot like a peach bellini) and Strawberry Lemonade Spritzer which still smells of strawberry, but has a slightly more effervescent scent to it than the regular strawberry lip balm making it lighter and fresher in scent.
The Spritzer line is one of the latest released for Jersey Shore Cosmetics. Which means that the balms included in the subscription are among their newest releases, not the products that failed to sell last season. How cool is that?
Plus, they are really good lip balms. I can’t wait to see what the next few months bring.
Since I find it easier to locate the subscription on cratejoy, the links are to the cratejoy subscription site. For those interested Cratejoy just started a mega sale. It is the Summer Christmas in July Sale. If you are looking for something new to try, now might be a good time.
Lip scrub is one of those items I don’t use everyday, or even every week. It is one of those things I always have around, so that when I need it I can reach for it. Consistently I tend to need lip scrub through the transition time in the autumn as we go into winter. I then use it periodically over the winter and then my use of it fades out though the spring. There is always a stretch of time where spring becomes summer where my lips need a good scrub and that is the time we have now entered.
First, the packaging. It is quite nice. Sturdy plastic that can stand up to squeezing but isn’t too firm. An angled tip so that it could easily be spread on the lips. I think the full size does come in a jar though. Which I think I’d prefer the trail sized tube, but that is just a personal preference. In addition, the hole for dispensing product is large enough that the granules can get through. During the times I used it, there was no clogging and the product was easy to use.
The argan oil always works well on my skin, lips included so that was nice and quite frankly I like seeing hyaluronic acid.
And in truth, my lips did feel gloriously soft and smooth. It performs really well. The exfoliant particles were gentle enough not to cause any harsh scrubbing, yet quite effective. It really is a very well performing product.
I know you are thinking, well that doesn’t sound like it is an interesting scrub to review. It just sounds like you liked the scrub.
The interesting part is that I found it really a hard scrub to use. In fact i found that I often talked myself out of using it.
‘Oh no, I think my lips are fine tonight, I’ll just add an extra layer of lip balm instead.’
And here’s why: The Avant Lip Scrub tastes awful.
It quite frankly tastes like its name. It tastes like Rose, Peony, and argan oil. It is not a delightful combination. When sniffed in the tube, the Sweet Almond comes through and so i expected that to be the taste, which would have been fine. It might be mixed in, but the taste is oily dead flowers.
I know, it isn’t a product designed to be eaten. However, it is on my lips. To use a lip scrub, you apply it to the lips and then roll your lips a bit so the sugar can work around and exfoliate. Then you pat off any particulates that remain so that the softness of the oil can remain on the lips and be absorbed. That’s just how lip scrubs work.
Because of this, at some point (possibly many points) you are going to taste the scrub. And this Avant Lip scrub tastes vile. Argan oil is great for hair and skin but it isn’t a tasty oil and mixing it with florals doesn’t help. In fact all it does is insure that if you do get any in your mouth the oil will case the flavor to linger.
Normally, I brush my teeth, use my mouthwash and then use my lips scrub so that I can leave the oils on my lips to settle in overnight. With using this scrub this week I had to bring the lip scrub forward a bit and apply it well before my nighttime routine. Then make a conscious effort not to eat or drink anything. Then I washed off the oils before brushing my teeth. After I just added My Bite Beauty Agave Lip mask for moisture and called it good.
I will say that the product does work well, but the taste insures I won’t really use it. The best thing that can be said about the taste is that it works well as an anti snacking device. If you are looking for ways to keep yourself from snacking in the evenings, this might be a good choice for you because after you taste it once, you will do your best not to taste it again.
Sometimes, taste does matter. Even in skincare.
The Avant Lip Scrub (the 10 ml not the trial size I have) retails for $71. Which is a lot for a lip scrub. Personally I don’t think a lip scrub should cost that much. As far as lip scrubs go, my two favorites are much less costly. I really like the Fresh Sugar Lip Polish ($18). Fresh is one of those brands I can always trust for good products actually. Personally I also like the Elf Lip exfoliator sugar scrub ($4). It comes in a lipstick form and is very easy to use. The exfoliation on that one is nice although I do find I need to add something like the Bite Beauty Agave lip mask to the lips after using it to provide post scrub hydration. I think the dryer formula used to crate the stick form just leaves it lacking in the post scrub moisture department.
Even though both are less expensive (even if you also add the cost of the Bite Beauty Agave Mask ($26) into the tally) were they all the same price, I still wouldn’t go for the Avant Lip Scrub as a repurchase. The formula may be great but the taste insures I would never use it.
I think that Fresh has a standard 15% off for new shoppers on their site. They also seem to have a 20% off deal going with their refer a friend section. I’m not an affiliate (and the link will just take you to the general page) but it seems like if you and a friend each purchase from the site you both get 20% off. Bite Beauty and Elf also have some sales going at the moment which I’ve posted below. The ELF 60% off clearance sale lasts until June 18th.
For those who have been following along for some time, you may have picked up on the fact that I have been trying to eliminate a lot of waste from my life and to be more eco-conscious in my decisions. Despite loving them and finding them convenient I have mostly eliminated makeup wipes from my routine and I am switching into using reusable rounds instead of disposable cotton. I use Makeup Erasers whenever possible as well as the Magnitone Cotton rounds when I need something smaller.
Recently, for April, Birchbox sent out their box as an eco-friendly version. Instead of the regular box they sent the products in a reusable Stasher. I am completely loving by the way. I have tried everything but boiling it (which is in the list of ways to use it) and it has performed really well. Once I get through that final test I will post a review. But at the moment it is amazing. One of the products that everyone received in the box was the Re-fil Beauty balm.
I’ll admit, I was a little bit annoyed that it was that month’s choice item and that the only choice you made was on the color of the case. However, I do use lip balm regularly. I love the Bite Beauty Agave Mask for night time use but it is too much during the day. But all lip balms are not created equal and a reusable case is only of use if you do end up reusing it.
According to the Birchbox website re-fil is…
Good for your skin, good for the planet. We created Re.fil to make incorporating sustainable practices into your routine as simple as possible. Re.fil reimagines your daily staples, with clean, vegan, and refillable solutions. Available exclusively on Birchbox.com.
Not just a lip balm, this is your salve for anything (plus, it’s refillable!). With so many uses, from lips, to cuticles, to dry patches, and even taming your brows, this is your ultimate all-over balm. Made with a blend of natural oils, hyaluronic acid, ceramides and squalane, it hydrates and conditions dry skin, helps promote skin barrier function, and leaves a protective layer that’s light and soft (never sticky!). It has just a hint of chamomile for a light and calming scent.
The original product retails for $12 and the refills are $8 for two. Which I will say isn’t a bad price. In fact it is more than fair given the amount of product.
Here is the initial problem that I had. I am pleased that this is a balm that can be used in multiple ways. I think that is a great idea. However it is in a stick format and not a squeeze tube. And I don’t want to run the balm over my elbows or knees and then put it on my lips. I just don’t. If it were a product that I could squeeze out of a tube I could see using it multiple ways, but I am just not going to run the product across my lips and then on my arm and then back to my lips.
Given the size of the tube I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use it for body or lips though. It is wider than a normal lip balm. So I tried the product in a few different places.
I did test it out on my elbow by using my finger. I washed my hands and then rubbed my finger across the top and then applied it to my elbow. That way I could use the product without contaminating it. I know this may sound a bit precious but in the past year especially I have become very cross contamination conscious.
The balm was not sticky, but on my elbow it was a bit greasy and took a really long time to absorb into the skin. I am pretty sure that I ended up rubbing it off on the arm of my desk chair more than it absorbed. But what did absorb softened and hydrated the skin.
I moved on to trying the product on my lips. It is a little too wide to be comfortable applying as a lip balm. At least for me. It covered my lips and then some. And it is a bit on the greasy side. It is not sticky though. On my lips, without drinking or eating anything it took about ten to twelve minutes to actually absorb into my lips. Once it did my lips were soft and hydrated. It just needs a little bit of time to settle in. During the past month as I used this Re fil balm, I found it best to apply it just before I went on a walk or to the gym. Mostly because that gave it time to sit and absorb before I ate or drank anything. (it is a fifteen minute drive to get to my gym so I applied it before I left the house and by the time I arrived it was settled in and not likely to get all over my water bottle).
The formula is good, but it does need that time. Once applied, give it ten to fifteen minutes to sit and everything will be fine. I liked it better on my lips than on other parts of my body because I can decide not to eat or drink for fifteen minutes but have issues remembering not to rest my arms or elbows on anything. I also tried it on a spot on my leg but once I put on clothing the balm rubbed off on the clothing.
Because of the absorption time, this is a lip balm for me. Because it is a lip balm the width of the tube kind of bothers me. When I apply it, there is always excess product I have to wipe off from around my lips. Because of this I don’t know how much I will actually reach for it. I will certainly use up the product I have, but it will have to keep it on my desk in clear sight to remind myself to use it. It won’t be something I naturally reach for and so I don’t know if I would actually order a refill for it once it is empty or not. By the time the product is empty I might have gotten into the habit of using it and not mind the size or the waiting so much. At the moment though, ordering refills for the reusable Re fil balm case isn’t looking likely.
Many of you know I like to keep lip balm on my desk and use it throughout the day. I use it to hydrate my lips and quite often I use it to convince myself that I don’t need a snack. It is actually quite a useful dieting tool. No matter what lip product I actually put on my lips I always wait a while between applying a lip product and letting myself eat something (otherwise what is the point of putting on the product). And while I will have a snack in the afternoon, convincing myself not to nibble throughout the day or in the evening is kind of key. So I am a big fan of lip balm.
Filled with exotic coconut and sweet orange extracts, this silky-smooth balm is packed with a tantalizingly tropical blend, including coconut fruit, a known natural moisturizer, orange peel, rich in vitamin C that can protect against free-radicals, as well as antioxidant rosemary and peppermint leaf that’s said to soothe and plump – perfect for paradise-found lips with a soft, tropical twist.
Okay you will notice that I put the entire description up. Now I know, it’s a lip balm. We all know what lip balms are supposed to do. They are meant to hydrate your lips and lock in moisture. Sometimes they are worn over lipstick, sometimes lipstick is worn over them. Sometimes they are worn alone. It isn’t rocket science. This lip balm is vegan so there is no beeswax. I have used vegan lip balms before and I have used regular beeswax lip balms.
I am going to cover the two positives first.
One, it smells really nice. It is a sweet orange coconut scent. The scent is quite pungent and it stays a while.
And two, I really like the plastic applicator as it is easy to wipe off and keep clean. If you want to dab it on over a dry lipstick you can do so without fear of contaminating the lip balm. It is a nice feature in a lip balm.
Here are some of the issues I have with this lip balm. While it comes out somewhat thick, it melts into an oil very quickly on the lips. This in itself is fine, however the oils never really absorbed into the lips. I applied it and my lips remained greasy. I left greasy lip prints everywhere until it wore off. I applied it thinking I could let it absorb a little and then put one of my dryer formula lipsticks over it. The problem was that it never absorbed enough to be able to put lipstick over it. I could dab it on over a matte lipstick and have it act like a lip gloss, but trying to put it under a lip product just made everything slide around and made me look like I was making out with a clown.
I kept trying to apply less and less product to my lips to see if I was just over doing it. A little does go a long way but even with the barest amount, I found that it either wore away on the rims of glasses or I licked it off when I licked my lips. It never fully absorbed into the skin.
If I applied it, waited a minute or two and then wiped it off, then I could see some moisturizing effect from the product. But I had to actually remove it to see. I think that part of the problem is that it may have too many oils in it. Or I simply don’t have dry enough lips to work with the product.
Over all I was not a fan of the product. It is an okay but not great lip balm to begin with.
Then I checked the price.
The Bali Balm retails for $33. That’s right. It is a $33 lip balm.
Now I know. Some of you are thinking, but it’s a vegan product. Aren’t they always more expensive. Here are three other lip balms that I have tried and that I liked infinitely better. These three lip balms are at different price points but all are vegan and all worked really well on my lips when I used them. The three listed below are all ones I’ve tried. I am not an affiliate for any of them and the links will take you to their brand pages so I make nothing off of you clicking the links and/or purchasing. They are only for comparison.
Pacifica Color Quench Lip tint retails for $5. It is vegan and it does have some tint to it. I believe they have a clear one but I’m not 100% on that one. The color I had was a barely there wash of color though. It absorbed well and I was able to wear a second lip product over it if I wanted.
If you are looking for something a little more expensive then I’d suggest the Kopari Lip Glossy which retails for $13. In general I like how Kopari products work but I am not their biggest fan because of the overly strong scent. Oddly, I like their lip balm the best of all the Kopari products I’ve tried. It is scented, but the scent dissipates rather quickly and the product is moisturizing and glossy. If pairing it with a second lip balm, I’d use the Kopari as a topper rather than underneath. It is glossy and gives all matte lips a shine, but it also locks in moisture so that you can go with a dryer lip product and not feel like your lips are going to end up desert dry.
If you are looking for something more high end then I suggest going with the luxury brand Tatcha. The Tatcha Gold Spun Lip Balm retails $30. It has a fantastic scent which is light and doesn’t overpower you. It absorbs quickly and works beautifully on even sun damaged lips. Of the lip balms I’ve tried this one left the least amount of lip prints on glasses and mugs. It simply absorbs fast enough that the greasy lip prints aren’t a factor. And the gold mixed in gives your lips a nice shimmer without looking like you kissed a box of glitter.
I don’t know why that is my fear with anything that has gold flakes in it. I’ve used several gold flecked products and it has never happened, yet somehow I always look at them and think I’m going to come out looking like an arts and crafts project gone wrong.
But now we move on.
The Tatcha Gold Spun Lip Balm is Vegan, like the others on this list and does feel (and work) like a very high end product. I would like to point out that it is $30. The Bali Balm is $33. Looking at the two products you would not think they were in direct competition. The Bali Balm looks like something you would pick up at the drugstore in the rack by the register. I have actually picked up several lip balms there so I am not knocking them. In fact, all of the ones there worked better than the Bali Balm. They didn’t smell as good. Most of them smelled medicated and I doubt they were vegan, however even though I listed only three vegan lip balms I’ve tried, there are many others. The average price starts at $4.
Now here is the thing. While I like finding discounts and sales, and I love finding cost effective products that work, I also like a lot of luxury items. I am not adverse to the occasional splurge item. But it has to work and it has to feel luxurious. The Tatcha product, which is the Bali Balm’s closest competitor on this list, looks luxe, feels luxe and works luxe. I have no problems putting it on my splurge list. It is pricey, but worth the splurge if you are going to splurge.
The Bali Balm simply isn’t. It doesn’t look luxe. It doesn’t feel luxe and it doesn’t work luxe. If this was marked $4 I could see picking it up. It wouldn’t be my favorite even at $4 and it would probably end up living in the bottom of my purse. It is not a $33 product. It isn’t packaged like a $33 product and it doesn’t work like a $33 product. And to be completely honest , it sort of makes me mad that it is marketed as a $33 lip balm. In my opinion this product simply isn’t worth it.
It will come as no surprise to you that I am a big fan of lip products In fact I can almost hear everyone who has ever read any of my posts rolling their eyes and saying Duh. In the winter that can be an issue. Lipsticks, both liquid and traditional, can dry out your lips something fierce. Some formulas are better than others of course and I usually try to go for those, but then I will see a color in my collection and just be unable to resist, even though I know the formula is drying.
Then there are the winter winds and of course the central heat. Both serve to do extra damage to my lips than I prefer. Also I have to confess to a bad habit. When I work at my desk and my lips are dry, I tend to pick at them. I have been trying to break myself of this habit for years, but every winter there will come a point where I will be working on something and not think about it and just pick at the dry lips while I am trying to figure out the wording of a sentence.
And so I take steps to ensure that my lips remain chapped as little as possible. I need protecting from myself. I am a huge fan of both lip scrubs and lip masks. Lips on their own don’t really shed skin cells the way the rest of your body does and they need something to kind of buff them out every now and again. And while most lip scrubs have an oil component meant to hydrate and moisturize, I almost invariably end up wiping much of it off when I wipe away the extra particles. Hence the follow up with a lip mask.
Now I’ve talked about the Milk Makeup Kush Lip Scrub before so I won’t go in as great a detail with it, but I really do like it. It has a nice peppermint scent and a magnetic cap. The magnet in the cap is quite strong so I could drop it into a bag with no fear of it coming undone. Mostly though it lives on the sink next to my toothbrush and toothpaste.
I really love the stick formulas of scrubs as I find them tidier than their jarred counterparts. I’ll use both, but I really like the stick form. You can tell I really like it as if you look at the picture you can see that it is almost completely used up. Sadly, that is all of the product I have left. And yes, this will be repurchased. It has a good oil formula with it (providing you don’t wipe it all off) and a fine, but not harsh particulate. It is a very gentle scrub.
Paired with it is the Kush Lip glaze which I have been using as a post scrub lip mask. I find even if i don’t wipe off my lips after using a lip scrub, it is best if I add a hydrating lip product to my lips as soon as I am finished so that the newly exfoliated skin has the best chance of staying hydrated and not simply drying out While this Kush Lip Glaze is an easy formula to wear throughout the day, I really like it as an overnight mask. I really enjoy putting it on just before bed and leaving it. The scent has a slight hint of peppermint to it, but it has a back note of sage which makes it slightly herbally. Personally I really enjoy the scent.
According to the Milk Makeup Website, this product:
HYDRATES: Conditioning, plant-derived helps hydrate for smoother lips.
SOFTENS + SMOOTHS: Shea, cocoa, and mango butters soften lips and improve texture. Jojoba and olive oils help provide antioxidant benefits.
SHINES: Liquid formula locks in hydration. Sage extract and peppermint oil combine for a subtle, natural flavor.
DIRECTIONS: Glaze glides on easily with cooling metal applicator. Use day and night for deep hydration. Can also be used on top of Lip Color for a high shine finish.
You’ll notice that in addition to the mentioned Shea butter, Squalane is pretty high up the list and my skin always reacts well to squalane. It is an ingredient I love to see in my skincare and in my lip care. Looking at all of the claims, I have to say that the Milk Makeup Kush Lip Glaze meets and even exceeds my expectations. I love the metal applicator tip as it is an easy glide over the lips as well as easy to keep clean and with the Kush Lip Scrub is a winning duo if you are trying to fight winter dry lips or just the effects of overly drying lip products. .
Welcome my darlings to the weekly makeup bag. Here I go through all of the products I used throughout the week and let you know what I thought of them.
This week I will start with a Primer. You know I love a good primer. I love smoothing the canvas of my face down as much as possible before I start to apply everything else. This week I chose my small sample of the Pore Professional Pearl for my primer. I chose it for several reasons. The first was that it is the last of a whole bunch of Pore Professional sample sizes that I had. I slowly worked my way through them and whittled it down to just the one. And once I got down to the last one, I let it languish in the drawer while I use other products.
This was once my absolute favorite primer. It is still good, but I can’t remember when exactly when I picked up the primer so it is time for it to be used up. The second reason I chose to use this primer is because the Clarins primer I’ve used for the last two weeks, and fell in love with, sort of reminded me of this one and I wanted to compare them to each other. The fact is that I still really like the Pore Professional Pearl Primer. I actually prefer it to the regular Porefessional Primer to be honest. It not only fills the pores like the original but the pink tint really suits my skin tone. In the pallor of winter it brings a very slight pink tint to the skin. It is light enough that I don’t think it can actually be called a tint. Maybe a hue would be a better term.
Either way it brightens the skin and makes me look healthier, even on days when I just wear the primer and no foundation. I very much like it and as I think I have only a week’s worth of product left in the sample tube, it will be sticking around in the makeup bag another week, just so it can be used up. It is also going on my list of products to purchase in the full size very soon.
This week I used the Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Perfecting Foundation stick. I adore this stick foundation. A couple of swipes across the face and a quick blend with the Bdellium 999 Master blender and that’s it. No muss no fuss. And this shade works so well for my skin. It is light Warm in case you are wondering. The color is actually flexible enough with my skin that I can wear it year round. It also requires so little product to create a fantastic look so the Foundation stick lasts a long time.
Unlike other foundation sticks I’ve tried, this doesn’t need to be warmed up or anything before applying it. The center circle of product is actually a priming agent, I find I still like a pore filling primer underneath, but the primer in the foundation really helps with the smoothness of the application.
This is one of those foundations I always travel with because it is so quick and easy to use, and because it is as stick it doesn’t spill. It feels weightless on the skin. It is one I will continue to use and always repurchase.
This week I also reached for another favorite. I pulled the RealHer Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek trio out of my makeup drawer. It is a blush, bronzer and highlighter combo and as you can see the bronzer is already showing the outline of the pan underneath. This is one of my favorite face palettes. All three products are buildable formulas that let you control exactly how much product you want to apply on your face.
Even though the palette is small enough to be travel sized the pans are large enough to be used with the face brushes I usually use. I don’t have to get a different smaller brush to use them. The white casing was a little unfortunate of a choice as you can see the area around the bronzer has become especially dirty. It does clean up easily, but it does accumulate fast on the white plastic.
I like that the pans can easily be popped out of the palette as I think I will probably run out of bronzer before I use up the other two pans and I love the thought of being able to replace the pans in the palette with new ones a they are used up. I think it is really smart and I really hope I can get this bronzer in a single pan to fit it inside once it is used up.
Speaking of used up, I completely used up the sample size of the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed powder this week. It was a good powder and one I wouldn’t mind using again. It wasn’t my favorite pressed powder, but it was nice to use even if I won’t be running out to immediately buy the full size.
My loose powder this week was the Pacifica Cherry Velvet translucent setting powder. I think this is either the second or third container of this I have had in my dressing table and when this powder is used up, I will be picking up a replacement of it. It is a great loose setting powder and pacifica is a really good vegan brand that I can easily pick up on a run to Target.
I think I have about half a container of this powder left in the container so it will take a while for me to use it up, but when I do, it will be replaced. It is finely milled enough to set my makeup without being powdery and it has no white flash back in photographs. The cherry scent can be a bit overpowering if used every day, but in a rotation of other powders it is always a nice delight to have the cherry scent around for a week.
Because I wanted to try out the Galactic Lid Gloss from Eyeko this week I added both it and the Meet Matt (e) Trimony to my makeup bag. The Balm’s shadows always work well for me and they were again fantastic this week. I live using this all matte palette in general, but it also is a great palette to use when working with layering sparkle and shimmer products over.
It was excellent with my shimmer stick shadows and it was again fabulous with the Eyeko Galactic Lid Gloss. The lid gloss itself was fun to play with and I think I will be picking up several. While you can read my full review here, the lid gloss performed well. It could be sheered out to a little shimmer and it could be packed on for a coppery, metallic foil look. It was very versatile and once dried, stayed in place all day. I am a huge fan and look forward to trying out more colors.
As the Eyeko was so dazzling, I couldn’t resist keeping the New Big Poppa mascara from Wet ‘n Wild out another week. This is one of their new products and so worth picking up. In the photos it took just one application to make my lashes stand out. It does a great job lengthening and making my lashes look a little fuller. It also didn’t flake throughout the day. I’d say it might be one of my new favorite drugstore products, but quite frankly it out performed many of my more expensive mascaras. I am very much a fan of Big Poppa. I’ll try to remember to trade him out for next week’s selection, but it will be hard to let him go.
I had two lipsticks this week. I have the Dose of Colors liquid lipstick in Stone that I am trying to finish out and I had the Nars Bullet style lipstick in Karat. If applied directly the Nars is a deep purple red lipstick that I absolutely adore. It can be tamed by using a brush to apply it and thin it out a little bit, for when you don’t want to be quite as vampy. It can also be lightened with a little dose of Dose of Colors Stone on top of it. Stone is a pinky neutral shade. The tones played well with the Nars and the two colors blended well. I could go very neutral with Stone alone or super dark with Kirat. I could also hit most of the spectrum between by blending them in different ways. It was the best of all lipstick worlds. The only downside was that these formulas both tend to be a bit drying.
But that wasn’t a problem as I had Teadora Wild Superfood Lip Drops on hand. The link will take you to my full review of them. The drops may be a lip treatment, but when used with a drying lipstick formula they really keep your lips from drying out. Just let your lipstick actually dry down before you apply it so that the lipstick doesn’t smear. That is the only trick. It will make everything more glossy instead of matte but your lips won’t feel parched, dry and cracked.
My final touch was my setting spray and I have to say I opened the new bottle of the Timeless HA Spray that just came in. I finished the old bottle and couldn’t resisted ordering the exact same one again. I thought about the other scents but I really like the fresh Cucumber scent of this cucumber scented HA spray. I also like the extra dose of HA and the way it keeps my makeup in place. I will say that the Pore Professional Super Setter does better at locking things down, but the HA spray gives me those extra skin care benefits. I think at this moment those two are my top setting sprays and while I will continue to try others, those are the two I will most often reach for.
And that my darlings is the makeup bag for this week. I’ll admit, I did go for a lot of tried and true products this week. I had some of my favorites I just couldn’t help reaching for. I think the reason was mostly due to my skin. Right now I am going through a really good skin moment. I have had a really good spate of products and I really like the way my skin looks and feels. Several of those products however are running out or have run out and are being replaced.
I’ll do a skin care line up post in the near future to discuss. But the end result is that since I am getting ready to try new products I wanted to take advantage of my good skin moment by using products I knew weren’t going to cause me trouble. Hence the lineup of favorites. I’ll get over it, I just wanted to take the small window before I start tinkering with my skin care again. While I enjoy trying all new skin care products, sometimes there is a slight risk. Of course some times that risk pays off by adding new favorites to my line up. We’ll have to see as things move forward. But for now, this was my makeup bag this week.
By now I am sure that anyone who reads my blog for any length of times knows that I love lip products. I love trying all sorts of new things for my lips. I always have. It is kind of my weakness category. I think partially because lip products span both makeup and skincare categories.
While all that is really good, the part that I really like is the sustainably harvested aspect. If you go to their about page you can find not only information about their practices, but also about the activism. I really like that they focus not only on protecting the resources (namely the Amazon Rainforest) where their ingredients are sourced, but also in working with the indigenous peoples of the area. There is a list of projects they are involved in and I highly recommend going on the website and following the links to those organizations. While I could dive deep and spend quite a lot of time talking about the organizations, the need for them and the need for a focus on sustainable harvesting and processing practices because it something I feel is very important, I will just let you follow the links and say the company ethos make me feel good about using their products.
And then we will look at the product, as that is after all the point of this post.
Our powerful superfood blend with Pequi, Tomato and Geranium is rich in tri-peptides, antioxidants, vitamins and fatty-acids to provide a luxurious lip treatment that moisturizes, plumps, soothes and seals with a luscious glossy finish that will last for hours at a time. Our one of a kind, bio-degradable, vegi-cap is easy to apply and carry with you.
Imagine the gentle kiss of a warm Amazon rain while you apply generously to your lips in the morning after lipstick and in the evening before going out or before bed. Use entire quantity in capsule for maximum benefit. Easy to share. Apply daily to see plumping benefits over time.
Okay that does sound like a lovely result, but before we get into my trial phase I want to take a little bit of a look at the ingredients. I love that there really aren’t that many.
First up we have Hydrogenated Polydecene. I know that is a mouthful to say, however this is just a non-sticky emollient that makes the product easily spreadable and very moisturizing. It is what makes creams feel smooth and silky.
Polybutene is essentially a binder that is often used in lipsticks, eyeshadows and skincare and it basically keeps all of the ingredients together. Silica Dimethyl Silylate is an anti-caking, viscosity increasing emollient that has been deemed safe to use in all cosmetic products.
Okay, now brace yourself. Ready? Okay our next ingredient is Ethylhexyl Palmitate (RSPO Certified).
Now I know you see an ingredient that is palm oil based and if you are anything like me you start to feel a little squidgy inside. However, while as an ingredient the Ethylhexyl Palmitate is another emollient and a solvent and therefore important in the formulation, the really important bit – at least for me – is the RSPO Certified. The RSPO (Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil) was founded in 2004 and is designed to promote the sustainable harvesting of palm oil. The certification provides a traceable supply chain which lets the consumer know exactly where their palm oil is coming from and how it was produced. The palm oil with this certification has been kept separated from other palm oil products. Because of the transparency of this chain I am less squidgy about seeing the Ethylhexyl Palmitate (RSPO Certified) on my ingredients list. I highly recommend checking out the RSPO site for more information.
Moving on down the list we come to Tocopheryl Acetate which is essentially Vitamin E and has skin soothing and softening properties. Tribehenin is a plant derived fatty acid that acts as a humectant (it locks in moisture). Caryocar Brasiliense Fruit Oil (pequi fruit oil) has a host of benefits including adding Potassium, Fatty acids, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E. Tocopherol (vitamin E) is a natural antioxidant. And last, but certainly not least is Gerenium Oil which tightens, brightens and removes dead skin cells.
This last bit is especially important when dealing with the lips a they don’t shed skin cells the awy the rest of your skin does.
So now that we have wrapped our brains around the short, but potent ingredient’s list, let’s look at the actual product. The Teadora Wild Superfood Lip Drops come in little golden capsules, each capsule being a single application. Unlike a lot of single use capsules, these are not made from plastic but rather a biodegradable veggie base. They are soft but the outer case is more substantial than it looks. If traveling with a few I would put them in some sort of pill case rather then just chucking them into your makeup bag, but I think in a small pill case they would easily travel around in your purse without breaking.
To open I found it best to pinch the neck of the little teardrop shaped capsule between my fingernail and finger. I found that if I tried twisting off the top little bit I often squeezed the product out all over my hands. Using my thumbnail just worked better for me. Once opened I squeezed the contents onto the tip of my finger and applied with my finger like a jarred lip balm.
Because it is me and you know I am a very scent oriented person, you know I sniffed the oil. There is no fragrance added to any of Teadora’s products. So the oil, just smells like oil. It definitely smells more like oil you would use in skin care rather than something like cooking, but it is an oil scent. It is more noticeable in the jar than it is when you apply it. Once on the lips the scent fades.
In the product description the product is recommended for use either over lipstick or on its own. I tried it both ways. When I used it on its own, I tended to use it at night. I tried wearing it alone during the day, but quite frankly I didn’t like it. The only reason I didn’t like it alone during the day is that it tended to get oily lip prints everywhere and I just felt like it was rubbing off more than soaking in. I think my coffee cup saw the most benefit then.
However, I loved it on my lips alone at night, so I started making that my last step in pre bed skincare. After finishing with my skincare for the night, I applied a capsule to my lips and went to bed, letting it set in overnight without the interference of coffee cups and lunch. In the morning there were only slight traces of product on my lips (none on the pillow) and mu lips felt softer and more hydrated. At this time of the year where I am constantly fighting the battle of the dried lips, this product was amazing. While I am using it at night (and will be until the drops are all gone) in the winter, I could very easily see this as something to reach for after a day in the sun. It was very moisturizing and I really liked treating it as a sleeping mask for my lips.
However it was also recommended to wear the Wild Superfood Lip Drops over lipstick. I’ll admit, I did have some fun with this. First of all I liked it a lot better during the day over lipstick than I did on its own. It does turn every lipstick into a gloss. This negates and matte your lipstick may have. But here is the fun part. I have several lipsticks I wear because I really like the color. Unfortunately some of those formulas are a bit drying. With the lipsticks that are drying, when I put the Wild Superfood Lip Drops over them, my lips didn’t get dry.
And as an added bonus, I didn’t get as much of the oily lip prints on my coffee mug as I did when I tried wearing it on its own. It was like the dry lipstick absorbed the lip drops a bit, becoming one. I have to say it really made me like those lipsticks a lot more. As I have to avoid some of them in the winter because they tend to add to the issue of dry cracked lips and using the Lip Drops let me wear them in the winter with no issue, it was a substantial benefit to me.
I do have a caution though. The lip drops worked excellently well with drying formulas of lip products, both bullet and liquid lips, but they didn’t always play well with some of the moisturizing formulas. While it looked really nice ad added an amazing sheen to the lips, the lip drops combined with moisturizing lip formulas, just meant that the lipstick never dried down in any form and a trail of lip prints were left behind.
I am personally okay with not using them with every lipstick. The moisturizing lipsticks don’t dry out my lips. Using the Lip Drops with my drying lipsticks lets me wear those lipsticks more which makes me happy. My favorite use however is as a night mask. Don’t get me wrong, if I want to wear a drying lipstick I have no issues popping a capsule of the Wild Superfood lip Drops over it to prevent drying, but I really like giving my lips the full benefit of the drops by letting it sit overnight. In the winter especially it makes for a wonderful addition to my routine and I am very glad Teadora sent these Wild Superfood Lip Drops for me to try.