C.O. Bigelow Warm Spiced Cider Lip Shine ($7.50 for 0.5 oz.) is a sheer, shimmery lip jelly that spells like a apple cider and tastes sweet. I very rarely lick my lips, but this tastes so yum! This particular flavor is part of the Mentha Lip Cordials, so there is a bit of a cooling sensation when you initially apply it, and apparently it also freshens breath (zero calories!). It gives lips a glossy look with just a touch of shimmer but no real color (which is fine) while keeping them hydrated while you wear it. Warm Spiced Cider is new for the holiday season, along with Hot Buttered Rum, Triple Hot Chocolate, and Vanilla Cream Eggnog. I find I apply this when I’m running errands or around the house to keep my lips in tip top shape.
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- Product: 28/30
- Value: 9/10
- Ease of Use: 4/5
- Packaging: 4/5
Recommendation: If you’re looking for a moisturizing lip balm/jelly, C.O. Bigelow’s Lip Shines give you high gloss, yummy flavored choices.
Availability: Bath & Body Works
Soothe Dry, Chapped Lips with Philosophy’s Latest
philosophy ‘kiss me tonight’ intense lip therapy ($20.00 for 0.3 oz.) is a sheer, lightly glossy lip balm that’s designed to combat dry, chapped lips. It does seem to brighten lips up a little bit, but I don’t feel like it adds much noticeable color. It does, however, work to keep lips soft and supple and extra kissable. It has a jelly texture and smells minty-fresh to me.
I like it because it does soften my lips and keeps them hydrated for several hours at a time. I find I don’t have to reapply lip balm quite as often when I’m using this. It sits well on the lips, as it doesn’t just absorb right away. It’s also non-sticky and doesn’t feel thick like Vaseline either.
Kiss Me Tonight is also very soothing when applied over worried lips–cracked or chapped–without irritating at all. I use this both day and night, but it does make a great overnight lip treatment product (particularly if you’re a bit wary of the price tag). I’ve been using my pot for two weeks now, and it hardly looks used at all, so I think it’s well worth the money.
- Product: 9/10
- Value: 8/10
- Ease of Use: 8/10
- Packaging: 7/10
Recommendation: If you suffer from dry lips, I suggest looking into Kiss Me Tonight as a night time lip treatment product. It’ll keep your lips moisturized and hydrated while you sleep and give you softer, more kissable lips in the morning. If it came in a squeeze-tube or twist-up formulation, it would be tops–so just be sure to use an applicator or very clean fingers!
Availability: Nordstrom, Philosophy.com
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Victoria’s Secret Pool Party Lip Butter in Coolada ($7.00) is new for summer, and it’s a sheer, golden shimmered balm for your lips. I love the Coolada scent; it definitely reminds me of a pina colada, except perhaps with a bit more of a tang/citrus bite–maybe more pineapple scented (just a touch). It’s moisturizing, gives lips a nice shimmer, and it’s non-sticky. I find it keeps my lips super soft for hours, and I love the way it feels on them–like butter (but not greasy/oily like Vaseline can sometimes feel). It’s a bit pricey at $7, but they often have sales where you can get three for $15 or six for $20, so that’s a better time to stock up!
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Yes to Carrots Frosty Loves C Holiday Set contains three of Yes to Carrots C Me Smile Lip Butters in Mint, Carrot, and Berry. There are two other flavors (not included), which are Citrus and Melon. I couldn’t actually find a retailer online which sold the holiday trio, but each of the lip butters retails for $3.69 at major drugstores/retailers (drugstore.com, Target, Walgreens, etc.). If you can snatch a few up on sale, even better! My favorite flavors are Berry, Carrot, and Citrus–Citrus probably being my numero uno (I adore lemony-scented products).
I love these tubes of lip moisturizing delight because they’re–duh–incredibly moisturizing, but they smell delicious. I also feel like I don’t have to reapply all the time, because my lips stay soft for quite awhile. As far as natural and organic products go, I’m pleased to be able to tell you that this product is certified as USDA organic. The brand doesn’t practice animal testing, nor do they use parabens, petroleums, or phthalates.
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on10 Disney Red Apple Lip Balm SPF 15 ($9.00) is a tin pot filled with lip balm. The lip balm contains SPF15, which is always a good thing (especially since I often forget about SPF on my lips!). I think the selling point of this product is the Snow White drawing on the tin. It’s cute and very vintage, so it feels more sophisticated/adult. The lip balm formula contains coconut oil, beeswax, olive oil, and cocoa butter. It goes on clear, despite looking pink in the tin, and it lasts for an hour or two before I feel the need to reapply. I don’t know if I’d grab more of these, though I’d definitely consider the set of them ($38 for 9, slightly smaller tins). I think it’s a great stocking stuffer for the Disney fan in your life, though!
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Copper Diamond Shimmer Brick ($38.00) According to Bobbi Brown, there are five shades found within this shimmer brick: Candlelight, Gold, Copper, Beige, and Sand. I like the subtle glow it gave me; it’s very subtle, not too much color–more of a shimmer, highlighting effect. Some shimmer bricks give more color than others, but I’ve always liked the shimmer they’ve given, regardless of actual color (since I still consider these highlighters rather than blushes!). Copper Diamond is probably more suitable for warm-tones, just because it’s so warm itself. I still think cooler skin tones will enjoy this shimmer brick, because it won’t bronze you in a fake, orange kind of way.
Copper Diamond Glitter Lip Balm ($19.00) is a very subtle and sheer lip balm. It’s not sticky or tacky; it barely went on for me, to be honest. I saw a hint of shimmer/glitter on my lips, but the color itself was minimal. I haven’t tried the other shades, so perhaps those are more pigmented–otherwise, I’d skip these and head straight for the new, limited edition glitter lip gloss (the ones in the compact).
Glitz Metallic Eyeshadow ($20.00) is a new shade to the line’s existing metallic eyeshadows. The metallic eyeshadows have a more–you guessed it–metallic finish. I find they’re shimmery/frosty finishes, some of them do seem more metallic than others, though. Glitz itself is a soft, pale yellow-gold that goes on with a nice dose of shimmer and glitz (ha!). I think it’s a great shade for the holidays, as it’s a great all-over lid color to match with festive holiday-red lips! Oh, by the way? While they’re sold in their individual compacts, you can always pop ‘em out and put them in Bobbi Brown’s customizable palettes. Depotting without the hassle that comes alogn with MAC pots–awesome.
Ball Glitter Lip Gloss ($19.00) is actually my favorite product from the two collections. It’s a thick, semi-tacky gloss that is full of glittery bits with decent color. I picked up Ball, which gives lips some warmth and golden shimmer. It’s a great gloss over reds, especially a red like MAC’s Port Red, because of the lipstick’s subtle gold shimmer.
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