Nothing beats the old standby, Vaseline jelly, for protecting our tender lips from the elements. Vaseline protects, promotes healing and leaves a soft sheen to the lips. I spotted this teeny tiny Vaseline Lip Therapy jar at the drugstore, and, lo and behold, it was tinted a deep pink! Lip balm junkie that I am, I bought five – two for my daughters and a couple back ups for moi. We all love it and at the easy cost of $2, it has quickly become a Purse Necessity.
It reminds me of Smith’s Rosebud Salve, but less shiny/glossy, which I prefer. It has a very soft and sweet rose scent, also softer that Smith’s Rosebud Salve. It feels and behaves on the lip just as you would expect petrolatum would – softens, but doesn’t last long on the lips. Which is why it’s perfect for the purse. I got mind at Walgreens, but Rosy Lips is not listed on the US Vaseline site. It’s listed on the UK site, but it’s in a cute little retro tin.
I love my Chanel Rouge Coco Shines. They are moisturizing as well as sheer, which means they can be applied without a mirror ie. foolproof. This really appeals to the colour shy lip product lover in me, but there is the benefit of a gradual introduction to wearing colour on the lips. I don’t think there will ever come a time when I will go for a full on opaque intense lip color, but, never say never. At this point though, the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines are just perfect.
My daughter recently got a Rouge Coco Shine that was such a lovely fuschia/pink tone that I decided I needed it for myself. It’s Bonheur, which translated from French means “happiness”, and that sounds pretty lovely to me. I tried it, loved it, bought it. I think it will get a lot of wear this season. Again, please excuse the iPhone photos. Hopefully soon I will figure out how to use a real camera….
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Bonheur is available at Chanel counters.
On holiday with my family I realized I did not have a lip balm with SPF with me (first world problems….I know…) so I borrowed one of my daughters. Both girls got Maybelline Baby Lips tinted lip balms in their Christmas stocking and I was happy to discover they had brought them along. They are precious little lip balms- kitschy, bright packaging reminiscent of the 80s- with lovely noticeable tints and SPF 20. They also offer 8 hour moisture and “lip renewal”. Lip renewal to me implies some kind of exfoliant and perhaps hyaluronic action as well. So smoother lips as well!
From top: Grape Vine, Pink Punch & Cherry Me (my fave)
At any rate, they are brilliant little lip balms. They do indeed offer beautiful moisture- lips feel plump and soft with regular use. The colour is not a stain, per say, but it does seem to linger and does not build up in a weird way with continued beach or poolside applications. The website says after 4 weeks of use one will see visible improvement in their lip condition, and this doesn’t seem far fetched to me. There is a mild scent that matches the name but it is gone in no time flat, and I could not discern a taste of any kind.
I hate photographing my lips but here I am poolside in Cherry Me!
The younger one, Biddy (@kittybiddy), got Cherry Me, a bright cherry popsicle shade that leaves the lips a soft but bright pink, and the older one, Em (half of @BSDropouts, The Beauty School Dropouts), got Grape Vine, more of a deeper colour. Grape Vine actually reminds me of the old standby, Clinique Black Honey. If you loved Black Honey, get this Baby Lips shade asap. Once we arrived I realized I needed my very own. So I got Cherry Me as well and Em got herself Pink Punch which is more of a bright light pink- perfect for Florida as it’s very Lilly Pulitzer! They also have a peachy one, called Peach Kiss, and two clear ones with different “flavours”. I am totally getting a clear one as well.
Playing with my iPhone – this is my poolside view…ahhhh…
I’ve been using my Baby Lips non-stop for over a week and have to say, I love it. The name is a bit funny and the packaging and advertising seem to be aimed at the under 25 (under 16 even?) demographic but I think they are missing a huge market by not marketing to grown ups as well. These are lovely tinted lip balms that feel wonderful, makes your lips soft, and protect them from the sun. Oh yes, and they are under $5 where Maybelline is sold. What’s not to love?