Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Beauty | Putting Lipcare to the test

I never suffer with dry, chapped lips. Ever. Not even in the coldest weather. I've always looked after my lips, using lip care products everyday to protect and condition my lips and prevent them from becoming dry or chapped. 

Until now. Pregnancy hormones took over and took away all my good work and I've been left with a pair of dry lips. Gutted.

They are getting better, thankfully, thanks to some fab lip products and I've decided to put some lip care products to the test for you.

Over the next 5 days I will test out a different lip care product each day and let you know my thoughts.

So these are the lucky products I've decided to put to the test:

What I'll be looking out for:
  • Fragrance [does it smell yummy? is it a pleasure to apply?]
  • Packaging [simple to use? easy to carry around?]
  • How do my lips feel and look on application?
  • Lasting power [do I have to re-apply often?]
  • Price [is it worth the pennies?]
  • Most importantly, how did my lips feel and look at the end of the day [does it work!?]

DAY ONE: Classic Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm

Classic Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm (£2.65 / 75g)
'For fast relief of sore, dry or chapped lips, preventing damage caused by sun, cold and other harsh environments.'

First things first, the fragrance, for me, isn't great. It smells quite menthol-y, like Vicks vapour rub. It's not something that'll stop me using it, but it's not a product that I open and think 'Mmmm!' - Fragrance 3/5

The packaging is a cute little plastic pot, with a metal screw lid which contains the famous yellow and red Carmex logo. Easy access and easy to carry around in my handbag. The jar, although very cute, is also quite narrow; the product is full right up to the top of the jar, but I wonder how practical it will become when the product starts running out; will I be able to get to the product without getting my long nails stuck in it? - Packaging 4/5

On application, using my finger, the menthol feeling makes my lips feel clean and almost tingly as though the product is working straight away. It leaves a slight sheen on my lips, not at all greasy or shiny and I can get away with a natural lip look using this product alone, but it does sink in quite quickly. - Application 4/5

I can still feel the balm on my lips after an hour or so, it seems to need reapplying every few hours, although my lips still feel soft up to hours afterwards - Lasting Power 4/5

At £2.65 I think it's a perfect purse friendly price for a decent lip care product. 

- Price 4/5

After using the balm throughout the day, my lips feel soft and supple, although I can still feel some dry, chapped skin on my lips. Overall it's a good lip balm to reach for every few hours - Overall Performance 4/5

What I most like about this product...

It helps my lips to feel super moisturised and soft, all day.

What I least like about this product...

The smell isn't great, compared to others and it contains salicylic acid. Boo.

SCORE: 23/30

DAY TWO: Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips

Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips (£11.50 / 15ml) [3ml tester tube shown in image]
'An extremely versatile healing and nourishing balm that was originally developed as a nipple balm for breastfeeding women because of it's ultra hydrating, ultra thick, hypoallergenic & counterirritant properties.'

Dr Lipp prides itself on being 100% natural, meaning it is totally odourless. 
- Fragrance 5/5

The balm comes in a squeezy grey tube, but the product is quite thick so it doesn't come out messy at all, which is a big plus. I'd say the tube is quirky and stylish, I only have the tiny sample size tube, but at 15ml the normal size tube is still perfect size to carry around for daily use.  - Packaging 5/5

At normal room temperature, the product comes out in quite a thick consistency and smooths onto the lips using my fingers beautifully. It sinks in, leaving a gorgeous glossy finish that isn't too sticky. I automatically feel any dry skin soften and the glossy finish means I don't have to use lipstick or gloss on top. - Application 4/5

I probably only reapplied it about 3 times all day, after eating. It has amazing lasting power, I can constantly feel it on my lips, they feel real soft and smooth. And the glossiness lasts super long, a lot longer than most lip glosses, which is amazing!! - Lasting Power 5/5

At £11.50, this lip balm is pretty pricey compared to the others. But it's more than just a lip balm. Think Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. The beauty and skincare uses are endless. To be honest, I haven't yet used it for anything else other than on my lips but I think it's a fab little product, works great as a lip gloss and I'd be happy to pay the price, personally. Although for others it may be a little expensive for a lip product.  - Price 3/5

I cannot fault it, it's amazing. My lips feel soft and smooth, totally changes the feel of the dry, chapped area and I can't get over how long the glossiness lasts for. - Overall Performance 5/5

What I most like about this product...
It's a multi-use product, completely natural and free from nasty parabens. I LOVE the glossy finish it leaves, for a perfect natural lip look. It's almost a fantastic softening, smoothing lip product, protecting and nourishing my lips, and a lip gloss in one. Perfect. 

What I least like about this product...
Hmm, I'm trying hard to find a negative about this product. Literally being picky here but the only thing I can think of is the fact that the product is in a tube, therefore having to use my fingers to apply the thick, sticky product to my lips.

SCORE: 27/30

DAY THREE: The Bakewell Soap Company Luscious Lips in Mixed Berries

'Crafted from a blend of butters and oils and plump with moisture. With added natural vitamin e and essential nutrients to help guard against chapping and cracked lips.'

The scent of this lip balm is one of the yummiest things I've smelt in a while. And the smell lasts a fair while too. The balms come in an array of flavours, the one I'm using is Mixed Berries, which is a super sweet, yummy, berry flavour. - Fragrance 5/5

This balm is in a stick form, a plain white tube with the colourful logo sticker and  very easy to carry around. - Packaging 3/5

It is super easy to apply, applying directly to the lips with no need to use fingers. On application the product feels soft and smoothing, not at all greasy or sticky. - Application 5/5

Although my lips feel soft throughout the day, I had to apply it a few times as it sunk into my lips pretty quickly. - Lasting Power 3/5

The Bakewell Soap Company is a handmade, homemade company so products are only available online. At £3.45 it's a pretty good price for a lip product. P&P is £2.95 so it'd make sense to pick up a few goodies to make it worthwhile :) - Price 4/5

I love the smell and my lips feel soft throughout the day, but I can still feel the dry, chapped bits on my lips. - Overall Performance 4/5

What I most like about this product...
The smell is amazing, its a pleasure to use as the smell is so yummy! I love how easy it is to apply without getting sticky fingers!! It doesn't contain nasty parabens or phthalates! Big plus!

What I least like about this product...
It doesn't last as long as others. 

SCORE: 24/30

DAY FOUR: Balmi Lip Balm in Coconut

'The cube shaped Balmi Lip Balm has been designed to not only provide moisturisation for your lips but also protection from harmful UVA rays.'

Balmi lip cubes come in 4 flavours, I have the coconut one. It smells of yummy, fresh coconut, not too over powering but just enough to think 'yum!'- Fragrance 5/5

I love the cube packaging! A simple, white cube with the Balmi logo embossed into the plastic. Super easy to carry around! - Packaging 5/5

Balmi have designed them to be easy to apply, with the conical shaped balm, it is a pleasure to apply to the lips, without messy fingers. It's really creamy and smooth on application, applies to both lips at the same time and feels lovely on the lips, leaving a lovely sheen thats not at all greasy. - Application 5/5

Unfortunately the lasting power isn't great. It only lasts a short time before the lips feel dry and need reapplying. That said, the softness is long lasting, its just a shame the moisturisation doesn't last as long. - Lasting Power 3/5

At £4.99, I think it's a pretty purse friendly price for this quirky lip product. - Price 4/5

I love the shape, the quirkiness and the feel of this product. It's a pleasure to use and smells fab. It's just a shame it doesn't last as long as others. - Overall Performance 3/5

What I most like about this product...
The look, the shape, the ease of use, the yummy flavour and the fact it provides UVA protection are all big positives. 

What I least like about this product...
It doesn't last as long as some others, before having to be reapplied.

SCORE: 25/30

DAY FIVE: Vaseline Lip Therapy in Cocoa Butter 

'Functional and stylish, Vaseline Lip Therapy helps maintain the skins natural moisture barrier to form a protective shield between your lips and the elements.'

I LOVE the smell of cocoa butter, it's one of my favourite smells in beauty products! It's just... YUM! So top marks for fragrance! - Fragrance 5/5

Lip Therapy come in cute little tins, with the legendary Vaseline logo. Really easy to carry around, the lid slips of really nicely to reveal a creamy, petroleum jelly, that my fingers fit into nicely. I can smooth some product onto my fingers without them getting too messy - Packaging 4/5

Using my fingers, the product smooths onto my lips nicely, leaving a nice, healthy sheen, that's not at all greasy, but a slight creamy feel. - Application 5/5

The moisturisation stays on the lips for quite a while, but the feel of the product sinks into the skin quite quickly, so I find myself re-applying the product quite often. - Lasting Power 3/5

At £2.18, it's VERY purse friendly. You can't really go wrong for that price! - Price 5/5

I own pretty much every flavour from the Vaseline range, it's such a cheap and easy lip product that smell great, feel great and are perfect for carrying round for touch ups. It leaves a lovely feel on the lips, but it does need reapplying quite often. - Overall Performance 4/5

What I most like about this product...
The yummy smell and the creamy feel.

What I least like about this product...
It needs reapplying quite often.

SCORE: 26/30

So, going by the scores I've given the lip products after trialling them all over the past 5 days, my favourite is...

5th - Classic Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm
4th - The Bakewell Soap Company Luscious Lips in Mixed Berries
3th - Balmi Lip Balm in Coconut
2nd - Vaseline Lip Therapy in Cocoa Butter
1st - Dr Lipp Original Nipple Cream for Lips

Which is your favourite lip product?

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