Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Best and Worst Lip Balm Pots and Tins

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Hello, beauties! I hope you've all had an absolutely fab week so far!  I've been a bit under the weather, but now I'm back and I come bearing a lovely follow-up to Monday's hit round up of the best and worst lip balm sticks! So let's get to it, shall we?

I love stick type lip balms for easy on the go application, but when I'm at home and getting my face ready for a night out on the town, I love slathering a luscious balm from a tin onto my lips. There's just something that signals the beginning of a glorious night when I slap a little balm on to settle and moisturize while I apply the rest of my makeup.

So, I thought that after giving you a rundown of some of my least and most favorite lip balm sticks, I might do the same with my favorite pots and tins. After all, variety is the spice of life, is it not?


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 Rosebud Perfume Co. Smith's Rosebud Salve, $6.00 (Grade: A+)

Last year when I got married, I hired a professional makeup artist to apply my makeup. Prior to the wedding, she and I had a meeting where we discussed style, products, and did a test run of how things would go on the big day. I'd always wanted to try Smith's Rosebud Salve, but I'd forget when it came time to pick up a new balm. However, after that test run, I'll always remember it!  She slathered a touch of this on my lips while she worked on the rest of my face, and my lips had never felt better.

Since then, it is my go-to balm both during makeup application and just for fun. I'll frequently find myself just smelling it to have a rose scented pick-me-up during the day. The balm itself is so lush and smoothing that I'm still kicking myself for not having tried it earlier. While it is not as cheap as your average drugstore chap stick, it is not at all cost prohibitive, so there is truly no excuse not to give it a whirl. This is an absolute Holy Grail product for me and I think that every girl should have this in her makeup bag!

 Rosebud Perfume Co. Smith's Minted Rose Lip Balm, $7.00 (Grade: A)

If you quite like Smith's Rosebud Salve, but you aren't a huge fan of the rose scent, then the Smith's Minted Rose Lip Balm is the balm for you. Same tin, same formula, same feel, except now you can be minty fresh! While the word "rose" is still in the name, I've found that you really can't smell the rose perfume at all. It truly smells and tastes like your favorite mint toothpaste. Plus, it gives you a bit of a tingle and a cooling sensation as soon as you apply it!

I will admit that the only reason I didn't give it an A+ like its sister product is purely superficial in that I prefer the rose scent over the mint.  Also, it costs $1 extra, which, while not much, is still a tick in the cons column.  However, I would recommend this variation in a heartbeat and see it as just as good as the original Rosebud Salve!

 C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve, $5.50 (Grade: B)

Alright, I'll admit it. I picked this up on a whim as I wanted to see how much of a resemblance it held to my beloved Smith's Rosebud Salve. Plus, the brand's reputation is a fantastic one! C.O. Bigelow isn't America's oldest apothecary for nothing! While it definitely felt a bit like cheating at the time, after giving it a spin, I'm feeling exonerated. The names might be similar, and the formulas could almost pass as the same, however these are two distinctly different products.

For starters, the C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve doesn't feel quite as thick or soothing as the Rosebud Perfume Co. variety.  The scent is another huge difference. The Rosebud Perfume Co. version is very rose scented, the C.O. Bigelow pot is a lot more muted and has almost a vanilla-like smell underlying the rose.  Personally, while I don't mind the smell of this one, it just doesn't compare to the amazing scent of Smith's Rosebud Salve.

 Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel Cream Kiss, $3.99 (Grade: B)

If you read my last post, then you know how much I adore the Nivea stick lip balms! I can't stop raving about them. So do Nivea's lip butters live up to the sticks? Not quite. However, I wouldn't write them off just yet. This is Nivea we're talking about, after all! I can imagine that I've set my expectations too high for it. The Nivea lip balm sticks are so heavenly and moisturizing that I imagined that the tinned versions would be just as thick and creamy. Unfortunately, that is not my experience.

If you are like me and you just like to rub a bit on your finger before applying, that may not be quite enough to really do it justice. This seems to be a balm that you'll really need to get in there and scoop out to see the proper effects. Since that really isn't my thing, I'll probably continue to stick with my Smith's Rosebud Salve as it puts on a proper gloss with the tiniest rub versus the need for a dollop. The true crowning glory for this lip pot is the fabulous smell and taste. The caramel scent is delightful and it made me want a Werther's Original something horrible. Yum!

 LUSH Cosmetics Lip Balm in The Kiss, $8.95 (Grade: B-)

Oh, LUSH Cosmetics! Why does almost everything you do have to be so good? Technically, The Kiss is more of a gloss than a balm, but it says "lip balm" on the tin, so I figure it will fit right in! The balm is smooth, and one little dab will do you. Also, it gives the slightest hint of baby pink tint to your pout. The sales girl said she thought The Kiss smelled just like a Bonne Bell Lip Smacker, but I'd have to say that it smells exactly like Burt's Bees' long gone strawberry lip balm. Never thought I'd smell that scent again!

It's a lovely little balm, but it feels like it dries up much too quickly leaving you having to apply it over and over again. In the end, I'd suggest picking up a tin of The Kiss just to try a limited edition balm that will take you straight back to your teenage years with it's lovely candy sweet scent, but don't expect any earth shattering moisturizing.

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And now we've come to the end of this lovely little two parter. I hope you've enjoyed taking a peek at my favorite balms of all kinds (and the ones I think are worth skipping).

Have you tried any of these lip balms? What are your favorite lip balm pots and tins? Which ones do you recommend giving a pass?

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  1. great post :) I like the Nivea Lip Butter tins although I think the fact that they smell amazing has a lot to do with it lol x

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    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate you being the first to give it a read! I like the Nivea Lip Butter tins, too! The smell is absolutely one of the best parts about it! My husband calls the Caramel Cream Kiss one the "cookie chapstick"! It makes me want to sit around and lick it all off my lips! x

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  2. Great post my dear! I LOVE lip balms!! I really like Nivea balms.

    xx, Gina

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    1. Thank you! I'm with you on lip balms! I think there was a time when I had more balm sticks and tins than I did lip sticks and glosses! The Nivea balms are quite lush, aren't they! I'm so glad that so many people really like them! x

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  3. I have the mint version as, unlike you, I'm not that fancy of Rose scents. I really like this also because it's bigger than regular lip balms...which means I'm less likely to lose them! Haha! xx

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate Life | bloglovin

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    1. My mom picked out the mint version, so technically I'm reviewing her beauty buy and not mine! Haha! I don't usually care for rose scents, but the scent of Smith's Rosebud Salve brings up such fantastic memories that I just don't think I could ever part with it! I like that they are large, too! I lose my stick balms constantly because my cats find them and knock them around, but they ignore the tinned balms! I'd say that is a positive, right?! x

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  4. Nice post! I get really disturbingly addicted to buying lip balm, so this post was nice but also equally upsetting as now I have the urge to go out and buy some more..

    xxx

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    1. Aw, thank you! I don't think a girl could ever have too many lip balms, so if my post gave you the itch, I'd suggest you give it a teensy scratch! You won't feel better until you do! If you buy one, let me know what you choose and what you think of it! x

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  5. Cool! I have way too many lip balms but at least they are always used :)
    MISSY IN THE MIRROR

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    1. Hi, love! I think most people can agree that their lip balms are their most used products! I know I run through those a lot quicker than all the other beauty products I own! Working on a few right now, as we speak! x

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  6. I like the Nivea lip butters better than the balms. Instead of using my finger to apply, I usually just touch the tin up to my lips.
    The macadamia one smells delicious too :)

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    1. Ooh, I've never thought to touch my lips to the tin! I've just always used my fingers! Might have to try that some time! I didn't see the macadamia one at the store, but I've heard it is lush! Need to add it to my shopping list for the future! x

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  7. I love how you graded them! I need to get my hands on the Rosebud Perfume and Co one as I can imagine it smells LUSH!

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    1. Well, thank you, doll! You should definitely get your hands on the Rosebud Salve! It is some of the best balm I've ever come across in my life! And there is always the mint version if the rose doesn't tickle your fancy! x

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  8. i really want to try the rosebud one, i adore the little tin!

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    1. Yes, the tin is fabulous! I think I'll keep the tin once I'm done for medicine or other little things I might need to keep in my purse! x

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  9. There are so many great lip balms in tins but I never use any of them because I just hate getting it under my finger nails! The convenience of a stick will always win out. I have tried sticking my lips into the tin but always wind up getting funny looks ;)

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    1. I can definitely understand this! I hate pots that are so tiny that you can't help but have to stick your whole finger in! It drives me crazy! I'm much more partial to wide mouth tins that I just have to rub my finger across it lightly! The MUA who did my wedding makeup used a small brush to apply it, so if you come across a tinned balm you like, perhaps picking up a travel lip brush to go with it could be the answer! x

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    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate it! x

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  11. Never heard of the Rosebub lip balms before, they definitely sound amazing though x

    Amy / srslylou.com

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    1. They truly are amazing! I can't rave about them enough! x

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  12. I'v never heard of the Rosebud balms, but how can I resist buying them after such great reviews!?

    Maxine, xx
    beautybeatsbooks.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Now that you know about them, you should definitely grab one! You'd think I was a spokesperson for them with the way I push them, but they truly are fantastic! x

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  13. I love a good lip balm! Number one interests me the most, I adore rose scented products. xxx

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    1. Rosebud Salve is super fabulous! If you are a sucker for rose scents, then this will be perfect for you! It has a lovely scent without being too over the top or fake smelling! Plus, it moisturizes lips beautifully! x

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  14. I love tinned lip products. I've always got a little Vaseline with aloe or rose tint in my bag, couldn't live without them!

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    1. I have not come across a vaseline with rose tint in it, but now I'm going to be on the look out for it! Can you remember where you picked it up? x

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  15. LOVE lip balms in a tin! I think I adore the tins more than the contents! A win/win when they're both lovely, like Rosebud Salve!

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    1. I feel a little old-fashioned in a good way when I apply balms straight from a tin! And I love tins that can be reused afterward because they are so lovely! x

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  16. I've heard mixed reviews on those nivea tins, but I really love the sticks too! Now following you by the way :)

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    1. I definitely think the sticks are better than their tins! But their tins aren't bad for the price, I'd say! Personally, I just picked this one up because I'm obsessed with caramel and they didn't offer it as a stick! Thanks for the follow, love! Hope you'll enjoy upcoming posts here on the blog! x

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  17. Ooh they look wonderful and sound really nice! Also just noticed you did a review on Matched i LOVED that book so so good! x

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    1. I really love these products, so definitely give one a go if you get the chance! I did do a review on Matched. I wasn't a huge fan of it, but I know that it's a big deal in the YA book world right now! x

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  18. The rosebud salve is absolutely amazing. I'm tempted to try out the minted rose one :)

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    stylevancity

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    1. You should! It has such a lovely mint flavor and it makes me feel like my breath feels extra fresh even if it only goes on my lips! And it feels just as fantastic as the original version we both love! x

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