Lip Products

Clarins KISS Lipbalm

So it’s been about a minute since I last blogged anything on this website and the reason for this is because I was away on holidays. Most of the blog posts that were posts were pre-scheduled as I knew I wouldn’t really have access to internet while I was away. That said I’m back now and ready to get back into the swing of things with some new blog posts. Any requests leave them in the comments below.

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With me being on holidays in the very hot country that is Lebanon, I ended up suffering from very dehydrated lips. My saviour as always came from the incredible brand that is Clarins Skincare. It’s very typical of me whenever I have something bothering my lips to head straight for the Clarins counter because I know their products work. Their Lip Oil is one of my favourite product ever and would have worked wonders had I remembered to pack it.

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Instead of purchasing something I already knew I had back home I decided to take a chance and picked up their new KISS Lipbalm. This come in a cardboard tube with very cute and fun loveheart and kisses popped all over it. The lipbalm itself is amazingly hydrating and develops a slight pink tint as it reacts to the pH of the lips.

At only 14 euros a price tag I highly recommend this for anyone thinking of a new purchase from Clarins or even just needing a new lipbalm. It’s honestly the only thing that saved my lips over the summer. I also managed to pick up all three of their new Instant Light Lip Perfectors which I shall have a review of soon enough so stay tuned!

-Talk Soon xx

Collections

Essence Cubanita Trend Edition

Another limited edition trend edition from the brand Essence Cosmetics is hitting the shelves for the month of July and ending in August. Details on this collection are all below and as far as I know this collection won’t be available in Ireland.

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Jumbo Highlighter

“Fine metallic, shimmering pigments ensures a summery glow-the gorgeous palm tree embossment and the exotic coconut fragrance create a Cuban beach feeling.”

Gel Eyeliner Pen
Available in two shades

“Metallic turquoise and pink with a high coverage ensure long-lasting, waterproof eye makeup styles.”

Cosmetic Bag

“Cute cosmetic bag made of canvas with a banana print and a funny statement-perfect for storing beauty products.”

csm_225178225743_7f7d117c02Duo Brow Styler

“One end is for combing the eyebrows and the other is for applying various eyebrow products-especially suitable for liquid and gel-like textures like the cushion eyebrow ink.”

csm_225177225743_008053fdecCushion Eyebrow Ink

“The innovative cushion is soaked with liquid eyebrow ink and dispenses just the right amount of texture. The eyebrow ink has a buildable coverage: one layer is ideal for lighter skin tones, two are perfect for brunettes.”

Baking and Banana Powder

“The loose powder in a soft, light yellow is ideal for the baking technique or for use as a matt highlighter.”

Wet Look Lip Laquer
Available in two shades

“Liquid lip colour in pink and purple with a strong coverage and a high shine effect.”

Nail Polish
Available in four shades

“The ‘Essence Beauty Friends’ community has selected it’s favourites: the winners are these four summery ‘cubanita’ nail polishes with a strong coverage and a high shine effect”

Balmy Tint

“Tints the lips in a long-lasting pink-lighter or more intense depending on the individual pH-Value of the lips.”

csm_225172225743_7e195c9690Disclaimer: All images used in this post have been acquired via the Essence Cosmetics website and are for illustrative purposes only and not for profit gain. All images remain property of Essence Cosmetics™

 

 

Skincare

Dr PAWPAW Balms

Dr. PAWPAW is a brand that is known for having created the first ever fragrance free, multi-use balm. These balms can literally be used on hands, lips, cuticles, tips of the hair and on any cracked/dry skin areas of the body. Recently the brand has been awarded with the PETA seal of approval and is officially cruelty-free. It always has been cruelty-free but now the brand can prove it.

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The most famous balm out of their range is the Original Balm due to it being completely clear, fragrance free and great for sensitive skin. The main ingredient in Dr. PawPaw balms is Carica Papaya which is also known as fermented Paw Paw hence where it’s name comes from. Texture wise this balm is very similar to Vaseline but it doesn’t have that petroleum scent to it nor is it quite as thick as Vaseline tends to be.

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This balm is also available in three different tinted versions and to be honest these ones aren’t as multi-use as the clear original version. They can only really be used on the lips as a hydrating lip balm and as a cream/gel blush. The shade Peach Pink has the thickest texture and consistency out of all of them. It feels more like a cream than a balm. That said it also has the highest colour pay-off and looks really pretty and fresh on the cheeks. Perfect for the coming summer months.

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The shade Ultimate Red is my favourite for applying onto the lips as a lipbalm. It gives a subtle tint of red to the lips that looks nothing short of natural. Surprisingly these balms do last quite a long time on the lips and cheeks which I wasn’t expecting because of the slip they have to their formulation. I’ve found these last a good solid four hours even if you eat and drink.

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Last of the shades is actually limited edition and it’s really just the shade Ultimate Red with added sparkle. These for me is a great topper over lipstick as it adds the sparkle effect to it and keeps the lips moisturised all at the same time. The packaging is also the coolest out of them all as it has this god sparkle effect to it.

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These balms retail for roughly 8.99 euros and are available from most pharmacies. I’ve even started to notice that mini versions of them have come into Primark/Pennys which make them even better for popping into the handbag for on the go.

-Talk Soon xx

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Lip Products

Ruth’s Natural Skincare LipBalms

Is it me or is the weather getting colder and colder these days? I’m finding the temperature dropping day by day and to be quite frank my lips are feeling it too. I’ve been for the past few weeks since I got them been using the Ruth’s Natural Skincare lip-balms and to be honest if it wasn’t for them I  would propably have the sorest lips ever. I was generously given these lip balms by Ruth herself who is such an inspiration woman in that she started up her own cosmetics business and is selling only natural handmade products.

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All of these lip balms have the same basic twist-up white tube packaging. It’s convenient, simple and easy to use. They’re also light enough and small enough to fit into any clutch or handbag. Sometimes the lip-balms that come in jars may look beautiful but they’re a nuisance to take on the go. The different flavours/scents of the lip-balms is the only thing that’s different on each tube. Each scent/flavour has it’s own colour and that how you differ between them.

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These lip-balms have one of the nicest formulations that I’ve used in awhile. The texture of them is just right in that they have the right amount of slip to them to be applied evenly on the lips but at the same time they don’t go sliding all over the mouth. They would be considered very satin like on the lips. They also have just the right amount of matiness to them that they can be used under lipsticks and liquid lipsticks without changing the finish of the lipstick itself.

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These lip-balms fully moisturise the lips and help them maintain hydration. I normally have the problem where if I get a new lip-balm, it works the first few times on my lips and them it stops having an effect and my lips revert to being chapped. I didn’t find this happening with these lip-balms. They’ve honestly gotten me through the entire month of December without any flaky, chapped lips 🙂

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The five flavours/scents are as follows:

  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Patchouli
  • Peppermint
  • Natural

If you have really sensitive skin I recommend staying away from any of the fragranced ones and sticking to the natural. My personal favourites are the Lavender and Lemon. The Peppermint one is lovely but it does create a slight tingly effect on the lips on initial application. My least favourite is the Patchouli, I simply didn’t like the scent but the balm itself is still lovely to use.

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All of these products are available to purchase in various pharmacies and health stores around Ireland. If you want to find a stockist near you I recommend you check out Ruth’s website (linked below) which lists all the available stockist on it.

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Ruth’s Website

Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored.

Lip Products

Maybelline Baby Lips Balm & Blush

The whole Baby Lips trend that has been happening these days with the release of the many “Baby” named products from Maybelline really hasn’t been my thing! I didn’t like their original formulation that comes looking like a chapstick. I found it too waxy. I didn’t like the primer, way to much silicone (It is a dupe for the Benefit Porefessional but I don’t like that primer either). They then came out with the Dr. Rescue range which I thought did no rescuing whatsoever for my lips. Now they’ve finally hit the nail on the head with their formulation for these “Baby” lip products for me with this release of the Maybelline Baby Lips Balm & Blush.

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There are three in the range and initially because of my lack of love for the range I only purchased one in the shade 06 Shimmering Bronze. However after falling in love with the formulation of this shade I went back and picked up every single shade and hence I have all three to review for you guys today.

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I’ll begin with my favourite and the first one that I bought and that’s 06 Shimmering Bronze. I love the packaging, it’s super cute and small making it very compact for the purse. The applicator is both the lid of the product and the actual product itself. I love that it has a dome shape because it makes it so easy to apply onto the lips without a mirror.

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These products are super pigmented but this shade is the most sheer of the three. It’s also the only one that has shimmer running through it but the shimmer is very fine and when applied to the lips you really can’t see it unless your in certain lighting. I find this shade to be the perfect nude especially when you don’t want anything high maintence on the lips.

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The second shade is 05 Booming Ruby and this is the cherry red shade in the trio. It has the same story as the bronze shade except this one is more pigmented and has not shimmer running through it. I personally love this shade for layering under a matte red lip like MAC’s Russian Red so that the lipstick doesn’t dry out your lips with it’s matte formulation.

The last shade is called 02 Flirty Pink and to be honest I’m nota fan of the shade colour. I was expecting it to be a bit more sheer than it actually is but on the lips this goes on rather a pigmented pink and I just don’t do pink lipstick I’m afraid. It’s great for those who do though because it does have the same great formulation as the other two above.

I know I bought these as separate purchases but Maybelline is great for doing 3 for 2 offers on it’s range so I would wait until they do and grab all if three if all three is what you’re interested in. If not these retail for 6.49 euros a piece and are great for on the go!.

-Talk Soon xx